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Street renamed for Charlie Parker

Street named for Charlie Parker in East Village

Article of a ceremony renaming Avenue B in the East Village in New York City for Jazz great Charlie Parker.

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Charlie Parker Residence Parlor Floor


Manhattan home of legendary saxophonist Charlie Parker undergoes repairs to the facade. The building on Tompkins Square Park near East 10th street in New York City.

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Bird’s Refuge

Judy Rhodes, owner of The Charlie Parker Residence, is interviewed by The New York Times. Ms. Rhodes elaborates on life inside the residence.

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Landmark Trust & Preservation

It had always been a wish of mine to landmark 151 Avenue B after I bought it in 1979…in 1992 Avenue B was renamed Charlie Parker place from 7th st to 10th st and at the same time the first Charlie Parker festival was held…the festival is still being produced in Tompkins Square park yearly on the closest Sunday to Bird’s birthday August 29th…in 1994 151 Avenue B was placed on the national register of historic places by the U.S. Department of the Interior…these were all big steps toward the city landmark which is the most difficult to obtain.

My wish to have 151 land marked was so it would be permanently protected by the city so that it could never be destroyed…every place Bird lived evidently no longer existed...in 1999 after several years of working on the application, the New York City landmarks preservation commission designated 151 Avenue B The Charlie Parker Residence an individually land marked building… Learn More

Jazz Musicians in Performance

It was accidental that I started photographing musicians in performance…in 1984 after two years of booking musicians into the Village Vanguard, I bought a point and shoot camera to take snapshots backstage (at the suggestion of my friend drummer Denis Charles)…I moved quickly to photographing them on stage.

I shot these color slide photos of jazz musician's in performance in the early 1990’s …they are some of a group of photos I shot to be viewed by the Smithsonian Museum for display in the music department…they chose eight photos from these which are on permanent display in the musical instruments department… Continue Reading