I will be posting a few poems for Ronovan’s Haiku Challenge, each using the prompt words: ‘bird’ and ‘red’. I’ve dedicated this post to two American jazz musicians, Charlie Parker (1920-1955) and Art Farmer (1928-1999). Charlie Parker, also known as ‘Yardbird’ or ‘Bird’, was a brilliant saxophonist associated with the emergence of bebop. In the early 1940’s he recorded and improvised an original tune which became known as ‘Red Cross’. There is a YouTube recording of his performance of Red Cross, but I prefer Art Farmer’s rendition–if you don’t have time to listen, please check out my closing haiku following the video.
Art Farmer’s muted
trumpet smoothly interprets
Bird’s ‘Red Cross’ bop tune.
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