Charlie Parker in United States - 20th Century

from Jazz Anecdotes, page 298:

I’d learned the scale and learned how to play to tunes in a certain key, the key of G for the saxophone, you know, concert. I'd learned the first eight bars of Lazy River and I knew the complete tune of Honeysuckle Rose. I didn't ever stop to think about any different kind of keys or nothing like that. So I took my horn out to a joint where the guys, a bunch of fellows I'd seen around, were, and the first thing they started playing was Body and Soul. So I go to playing my Honeysuckle Rose and they laughed me off the bandstand, laughed at me so hard I had to leave the club.

cite as

Bill Crow, Jazz Anecdotes (New York, 1990), p. 298. accessed: 29 May, 2024

location of experience: United States


Charlie Parker
jazz composer, jazz saxophonist

Listening to

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Body and Soul
Honeysuckle Rose performed by Charlie Parker

Experience Information

Date/Time 20th Century
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by Gorwel Owen on Thu, 03 Dec 2015 11:19:29 +0000
Approved on Wed, 19 Oct 2016 14:56:07 +0100