Charlie Parker and McKusick's Suit - JazzWax

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August 31, 2010


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Ed Leimbacher

Just think... Hal could have gotten some useful publicity just by stating, wherever he went, "McKusick suits Bird."


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Rab Hines

Where else but Jazzwax would you find nuggets like this?


In an earlier jazzwax interview Hal says:
“I was playing with my eyes closed and when I was done, I opened them and there was Charlie Parker, sitting right in front of me. He had just come out to California. Bird said, 'Oh man, man, jeeze, what a sound, what a sound!'“
Perhaps he misunderstood, Bird may have actually been saying "what a suit!"

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