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Charlie Parker – Signed Concert Pay Receipt

A receipt for a pay advance, signed by Jazz giant Charlie Parker, framed with his photograph. Parker and his quintet played Philadelphia's Club 421 the week of June 25, 1950. On June 29, he signed this receipt "C.Parker." Parker's longtime manager, Teddy Blume, has written the date, club name, and "Received One Hundred dollars on advance." Parker was always in need of quick cash, and often took advances on payment for gigs. The book "Bird's Diary:The Life of Charlie Parker" reproduces on page 102 two similar receipts for smaller advances from this same engagement. Charlie Parker's signature is without question the rarest and most sought after in all of Jazz. Though he died in 1955 at the young age of 34, his impact as a player and improvisor is still felt today. Allmusic.com calls him "one of a handfull of musicians who can be said to have permanently changed jazz" and "arguably the greatest saxophonist of all time." This receipt, from a show during his prime, and coming originally from the collection of a family member, is truly a museum quality collectible. Receipt has one set of staple holes, otherwise in excellent condition; we have archivally framed this with a photograph of Charlie Parker. As with everything we offer, guaranteed authentic with no time limit, in writing.

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