[JPL] Bird and Juggling

Lenny Mazel lenmaz1 at adelphia.net
Sun Mar 13 21:55:30 EST 2005

As a jazz and juggling enthusiast, I found the following to be of interest.  It's from the March/April 2005 issue of Juggle magazine.

   Charlie Parker, legendary genius of the alto sax, passed away on March 12, 1955, at the age of just 34.  Officially ascribed to pneumonia, but brought on by years of substance abuse, his death came after suffering a seizure while watching a juggling act on television.
   Who were the jugglers who caused the jazz giant to literally die laughing?  The Peiro Brothers, a duo from Argentina, performing on Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey's Stage Show program.
   Clint Eastwood used a clip of the Peiros in his 1988 biopic, Bird, showing a cigar box routine, followed by passing clubs to knock a cigarette from a volunteer's mouth.  (Ken Burns' 2000 documentary, Jazz, told the story of Parker's death while showing a clip of Rudy Cardenas - hardly a juggler to be laughed at - in place of the proper act.)

Bright Moments,

Lenny Mazel
Jazz Director, KCME-FM
1921 N Weber St
Colorado Springs, CO 80907

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