Two Down Beat awards presented to Charlie Parker for ‘Favorite Soloist: First Place’ and ‘Alto Sax: First Place’, 1952
Two Down Beat awards presented to Charlie Parker for ‘Favorite Soloist: First Place’ and ‘Alto Sax: First Place’, 1952
Two Down Beat awards presented to Charlie Parker for ‘Favorite Soloist: First Place’ and ‘Alto Sax: First Place’, 1952
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Two Down Beat awards presented to Charlie Parker for ‘Favorite Soloist: First Place’ and ‘Alto Sax: First Place’, 1952

CHARLIE PARKER

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Two Down Beat awards presented to Charlie Parker for ‘Favorite Soloist: First Place’ and ‘Alto Sax: First Place’, 1952
Charlie Parker
PARKER, Charlie (1920-1955).

Two Down Beat awards presented to Charlie Parker for ‘Favorite Soloist: First Place’ and ‘Alto Sax: First Place’, 1952.

The two awards were presented to Parker by the great altoist Leonard Feather on 16 February 1953 at the Bandbox in New York. In presenting the award, Feather introduced Parker as 'the Kansas City Flash, the man who brought a new style and a whole new era to jazz history, the man to whom I'm now very happy to hand his Down Beat victory plaque, the inimitable Charlie Parker.' Parker had opened at the Bandbox on 13 February for a week-long engagement and on the night of the Down Beat presentation was appearing with the Bill Harris-Chubby Jackson Herd. Sadly, as was so often the case during Parker's career, this public acknowledgement of his success came as his personal life was in turmoil - his one-year-old daughter Pree was seriously ill, 'hospitalised with a wracking cold from which she would never recover.' Koch, 277. The Bandbox presentation captured by amateur recordist Boris Rose and transcribed by bird.parkerslegacy.com.

The mahogany plaques with brass quaver motifs and engraved plates, each 254 x 166 mm. Provenance: The Chan Parker Collection, Christie’s London, 8 September 1994, lots 39 & 40 (part) – The Norman R. Saks Collection (Vail, pl.1 & 5).

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