Were Charlie Parker And Don Drummond Musical Twins?
Their birth dates were not the same (Parker August 1920/Drummond March 1932) so biological twins is not what is intended.
The type of music they played was also different.
I met Charlie Parker as a young lad being inducted into jazz by my cousin. I met Charlie at the same time as Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis and John Coltrane. John was a bit too deep for me. Dave Brubeck came along with Paul Desmond. Desmond was just mesmerizing. He was so cool. He dampened my enthusiasm and appreciation of Charlie Parker.
My introduction to Don Drummond came years later through the medium of dance music. The Skatalites were all the rage. One night at the UWI Student’s Union will live on my memory. “Please, please don’t crowd the bandstand”, pleaded the MC as everyone wanted to be as close as possible to…
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