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T.K. Blue

As a budding 20-year-old saxophonist, T.K. Blue was enamored of John Coltrane’s music, but he’d never heard of Charlie Parker until Jimmy Heath, one of his instructors at the Jazzmobile in New York City, invited Blue to his house to hear some records by Bird, as the late saxophone great was lovingly known.

“Before he played any Bird for me, he showed me a photograph taken in Philly in the Forties,” Blue recalls. “It’s a big band, and Bird is taking a solo, playing Jimmy’s alto, and John Coltrane is sitting in the sax section looking in utter amazement at Charlie Parker.”

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