THE CHARLIE PARKER RESIDENCE
151 Avenue B   New York City   10009


Bird's House  © 2011 Michael R. Sneed
Original Drawing of 151 Avenue B

Historic Landmark Designation

The Charlie Parker Residence In The News

151 Avenue B in Bricks and Brownstone

Letters from Chan Richardson to Judy Rhodes
(formerly Judy Sneed), owner of the Charlie Parker Residence

Links of Interest: Jack Kerouac, etc.

Photographs of Jazz Musicians in Performance
by Judy Rhodes

Interview with Kim Parker at 151 Avenue B, 2005
(Kim Parker is Charlie Parker's step daughter)

The East Village Community Coalition honors owner of
Charlie Parker Residence

Radio Interview with Charlie Parker by Leonard Feather, 1951

Radio Interview with Charlie Parker by Paul Desmond

 

Built in l849, this Gothic Revival-style rowhouse was home to the alto saxophonist Charlie Parker (Bird) from l950-l954. With Chan Richardson and their three children, Parker occupied the ground floor apartment at the height of his career, having achieved considerable success and renown as the co-founder of bebop, the modern jazz style that he and trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie created in New York City during the mid-l940s. Parker enjoyed international fame while living here, performing with large and small ensembles, as well as with Latin big bands and string sections. Avenue B (between 7th & l0th Streets-along Tompkins Square Park) was renamed Charlie Parker Place in l992 and since l993 the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival is held annually in the park to celebrate Bird's birthday (August 29, l920 in Kansas City, Kansas) and his contribution to 20th century music.

The Charlie Parker Residence was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in l994 by the U.S. Department of the Interior. In l999 the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission designated the Charlie Parker Residence a New York City Landmark, finding the house at l5l Avenue B has special character, historical and aesthetic interest and value as part of the development, and heritage and cultural characteristics of New York City, New York State, and the nation.

For more information about the Charlie Parker Residence contact: Judy Rhodes