Parker, Kim

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Parker, Kim

Parker, Kim, jazz vocalist; stepdaughter of Charlie Parker; b. N.Y., Aug. 22, 1946. After the famous saxophonist’s death, she was raised by her mother and her stepfather, Phil Woods. She performed with her stepfather’s and Quincy Jones’s orchs. in the late 1950s; while studying drama at Hofstra Univ. (graduating in 1964), won “best vocalist” award at Villanova’s Intercollegiate Jazz Festival. She left the music scene from 1967–79; she has since recorded and toured throughout the world with various accompanists. She has also acted in a number of films, most of them in French.


Language of Blue (1980); Havin’Myself a Time (1981); Good Girl (1982); Sometimes I’m Blue (1985).

—Lewis Porter

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