It was 1936 when he was supposedly laughed off the stage at a jam session, the event that motivated him to study the sax intensely. Imagine going from being humiliated in public to sounding like that in 4 short years. That should be enough motivation for anybody.
It could even be earlier than 1940 though. The video says it was recorded in Kansas City but I think Parker moved to New York in 1939.
Well, as the legend goes he spent time in the Ozarks, for a year or so practicing everything he knew in every key or something like that. When he came back, he was ready to work. It's hard to imagine playing that much, I mean just having that much time.
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