In this week in 1956, Billy Shaw, a former trumpeter who became a jazz agent, died. He represented Roy Eldridge, and Charlie Parker. When Parker was in a rage once and threw his saxophone out of a hotel window, Shaw bought him a replacement, a Selmer Model 22.
We've handpicked 13 classic jazz albums that we think you've never heard, but certainly should have. Each one is here on merit, giving you a chance to explore the depth of amazing music that gets overlooked by the mainstream.
The great Rolling Stones drummer and jazz fan Charlie Watts was born on this day in 1941. One of his musical heroes is Charlie Parker. Watts said: 'I've always been in love with people who improvise. I was 13 when I first heard Charlie Parker and I am who I am because of this man.' One of his favourite records is Parker's 'Out of Nowhere'
'Bird was 34 when he died, but according to the autopsy report he had the body of a man of over 50. Lived fast, died young? Definitely. But along the way he helped make modern jazz sound the way it does today'