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Founded in 1980 as an independent music store, the Princeton Record Exchange continues to promote and support some of the best musicians and their recordings, including Charlie Parker CDs, DVDs and more. Read about us in Published Articles and read our Customer Reviews on We appreciate your support for our indie music store!

Our in-store music selection of over 100,000 CDs and LPs includes: Rock, Alternative, Punk, Jazz, Classical, Soul, Funk, Blues, Hip Hop, other genres, and often Charlie Parker albums. Our in-store DVD selection of over 10,000 titles includes: Action, Comedy, Criterion, Disney, TV DVDs and more. We hope you can visit our unique record store to see our Charlie Parker record collection, Charlie Parker CD collection and much more. We are located in historic downtown Princeton, New Jersey, about one hour from New York City and Philadelphia, which is easily accessible by car, train and bus.

Sell us your unwanted CDs DVDs and Vinyl, and they will be recycled into the hands of music and movie lovers who can appreciate them again. From personal collections to estate collections, from reviewer/radio station surplus to entire store inventories- no collection is too large! Contact us in order to determine how much we can pay you for your collection.

We appreciate your support for Charlie Parker and our indie music store!

They Might Be Giants played free show this past Record Store Day, April 21st, 2012!

You may not know this, but independent record stores have a holiday all their own. The third Saturday of April every year is National Record Store Day! We've participated in every one since it began five years ago, and every year we've had a fantastic turnout. This past April, we were thrilled to have the Grammy-award winning band They Might Be Giants help us celebrate by performing a free concert in the nearby Princeton Public Library courtyard. 

At this point, a very small percentage of you may be wondering, "wait, who are these guys?" I'm glad you asked - but the truth of the matter is you've probably heard them and just don't know it. Have you ever seen the intro to the hit TV show "Malcolm in the Middle"? That's them. Have you ever gotten "The Daily Show's" opening song stuck in your head? That's them, and we were honored that they chose our store as the place where they wanted to play.

We'd like to mention a special thanks to our friends at Princeton Public Library who graciously agreed to host the concert. (With all the merchandise we carry, we didn’t have the space!). The staff really went out of their way to pull this off.

The weather was great, the band was in fine form and the turnout was fantastic!  Over 1,000 folks showed up, and the band spent hours at the store after at a meet-and-greet posing for photos and signing autographs.  It was truly a memorable day.

In addition to TMBG, Record Store Day featured hundreds of limited edition vinyl records from the most talented musicians of our time. If you're interested in one of the limited edition releases at the next Record Store Day, we highly recommend you arrive early to maximize your chances of buying a copy. It's first come, first serve, so we look forward to seeing you bright and early!


Charlie Parker Biography

Charles "Bird" Parker, Jr. (August 29, 1920 ? March 12, 1955) was an American jazz saxophonist and composer. Early in his career Parker was dubbed "Yardbird" (there are many contradictory stories of the name's origin). It was later shortened to "Bird" and remained Parker's nickname for the rest of his life and inspiration for the titles of his works, such as "Yardbird Suite" and "Bird Feathers".

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Charlie Parker Bio Continued

Parker was one of the most prominent and inspirational musical minds and American intellectuals of the 20th century.

Charlie Parker was born in Kansas City, Kansas and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. He was the only child of Charles and Addie Parker. A persistent myth, repeated by many reputable sources, including the Encyclopedia Britannica, is that Christopher was Parker's second Christian name.

Charlie Parker Discography Updated January 2007
Charlie Parker Albums

Charlie Parker Vinyl & Charlie Parker CDs: Studio Recordings

1945 Bird, Diz, Bud, Max Savoy
1949 The Genius of Charlie Parker, Vol. 3: Now's... Verve
1950 The Genius of Charlie Parker, Vol. 4: Bird... Verve
1950 Bird & Diz [Verve] Verve
1950 Bird and Diz Verve
1950 The Genius of Charlie Parker, Vol. 1: Night... Verve
1950 Charlie Parker Sextet Dial
1951 The Genius of Charlie Parker, Vol. 8:... Verve
1951 The Genius of Charlie Parker, Vol. 6: Fiesta Verve
1952 The Genius of Charlie Parker, Vol. 3: Now's...
1953 Charlie Parker Plays South of the Border Mercury
1953 Yardbird: DC-53 VGM
1953 Quintet of the Year Debut
1953 One Night in Washington Elektra
1954 The Genius of Charlie Parker, Vol. 5: C.P.... Verve
1981 Charlie Parker with Strings Mercury
1988 The Bird [Prime Cuts] Prime Cuts
1991 Jam Session Verve
2002 Plays It Cool Metro
2002 Lover Man Prestige Elite
2002 A Soulful Mood Music Club
2002 Timeless Savoy Jazz
2002 Charlie Parker [First Budget]
2002 Star Eyes Past Perfect
2004 East of the Sun Pazzazz

Live Charlie Parker Records and Charlie Parker CD Releases

1946 At the 1946 JATP Concert Verve
1946 Bird/Pres: '46 Concert Verve
1946 Bird & Pres Verve
1946 Jazz at the Philharmonic, 1946 [Polygram] PolyGram
1947 Diz 'N Bird at Carnegie Hall Blue Note
1948 Bird on 52nd Street Original Jazz
1948 Bird at the Roost: The Savoy Years, Vol. 1 Savoy
1949 Jazz at the Philharmonic, 1949 Verve
1949 Charlie Parker & Stars of Modern Jazz at... Jass
1950 One Night at Birdland Columbia
1950 Bird with Strings Columbia
1951 Summit Meeting at Birdland Columbia
1952 The Complete Legendary Rockland Palace... Jazz Classics
1952 Boston (1952) Uptown
1953 The Greatest Jazz Concert Ever Prestige
1953 Jazz at Massey Hall Debut/OJC
1953 Bird at the Hi-Hat Blue Note
1956 A Night at Carnegie Hall Birdland

1992 Inglewood Jam Time Is
1996 Live at Trade Winds Le Jazz
2000 At Birdland, Vol. 2 Ember
2002 Bird at Birland [UK] Import
2002 Royal Roost Bop Arpeggio Jazz
2003 Yardbird: DC-53

Compilation Charlie Parker Vinyl and Charlie Parker CD's

1937 Last Unissued, Vol. 1: Bird's Eyes Philology
1940 Complete Birth of Bebop Stash
1940 Early Bird (1940-1944) Stash
1940 First Recordings Onyx
1940 Early Bird Le Jazz
1940 The Charlie Parker Story, Vol. 1 [Stash] Stash Budget
1943 Birth of the Bebop Stash
1944 Best of the Complete Savoy and Dial Studio... Savoy Jazz
1944 Bird/The Savoy Recordings (Master Takes) Savoy
1944 Encores, Vol. 1 Savoy
1944 Charlie Parker, Vol. 1 [Savoy] Savoy
1944 Charlie Parker, Vol. 3 Savoy
1944 Encores, Vol. 2 Savoy
1945 Every Bit of It Spotlite
1945 Yardbird Suite: The Ultimate Collection Rhino
1945 Charlie Parker on Dial, Vol. 5 Spotlite
1945 Charlie Parker, Vol. 2 Savoy
1945 Charlie Parker Memorial, Vol. 2 Savoy
1945 Bebop's Heartbeat Savoy
1945 Yardbird in Lotus Land Spotlite
1945 The Genius of Charlie Parker Savoy
1945 The Complete Savoy Sessions Savoy x
1946 The Charlie Parker Story, Vol. 3 [Verve] Verve
1946 Charlie Parker on Verve 1946-1954 Verve
1946 Bird: Complete on Verve Verve x
1946 Compact Jazz: Charlie Parker Plays the Blues Verve
1946 Confirmation: The Best of the Verve Years Verve
1946 Bird of Paradise [History] History x
1946 Charlie Parker on Dial, Vol. 1 Spotlite
1946 Complete Dial Sessions Stash x
1946 The Charlie Parker Story, Vol. 2 [Stash] Stash Budget
1946 In a Soulful Mood Music Club
1946 Bird Set Verve
1946 Carvin' the Bird Drive Archive
1946 The Legendary Dial Masters, Vol. 1 Stash
1946 The Legendary Dial Masters, Vol. 2 Stash
1946 Bebop and Bird, Vol. 2 Rhino
1946 Bebop & Bird, Vol. 2 Rhino
1947 Charlie Parker on Dial, Vol. 3 Spotlite
1947 Charlie Parker on Dial, Vol. 2 Spotlite
1947 The Complete Dean Benedetti Recordings of... Mosaic
1947 The Immortal Charlie Parker, Vol. 2 Savoy
1947 Charlie Parker Memorial, Vol. 1 Savoy
1947 Rare Bird Recording Arts
1947 Charlie Parker on Dial, Vol. 4 Spotlite
1947 Charlie Parker on Dial, Vol. 8 Spotlite
1947 The Great Sessions (1947-1948) Jazz Anthology
1947 Charlie Parker on Dial, Vol. 6 Spotlite
1947 Alternate Masters, Vol. 1 Dial
1947 The Charlie Parker Story, Vol. 1 [Verve] Verve
1947 The Charlie Parker Story, Vol. 2 [Verve] Verve
1947 Charlie Parker Alternate Masters, Vol. 2 Dial
1947 Legendary Dial Masters, Vol. 1 Stash
1947 Legendary Dial Masters, Vol. 2 Stash
1947 The Charlie Parker Anthology Accord
1947 Charlie Parker [Verve] Polygram
1947 Charlie Parker on Dial, Vol. 7 Spotlite
1947 The Charlie Parker Story on Dial, Vol. 1:... Stash
1947 The Charlie Parker Story on Dial, Vol. 2:... Stash
1947 With Dizzy Gillespie & Miles Davis Stash
1948 South of the Border: The Verve Latin-Jazz... Verve
1948 The Band That Never Was Spotlite
1948 Charlie Parker, Vol. 4 [Savoy] Savoy
1948 Charlie Parker [Prestige] Prestige
1948 Newly Discovered Sides Savoy
1948 The Bird Returns Savoy
1948 Sessions Live, Vol. 2 Zeta
1948 Historical Recordings, Vols. 1 & 2 Les Jazz Cool
1948 Sessions Live, Vol. 1 Zeta
1948 The Verve Years (1948-1950) PolyGram
1949 Rara Avis Stash
1949 The Genius of Charlie Parker, Vol. 7: Jazz... Verve
1949 Swedish Schnapps Polygram
1949 The Essential Charlie Parker Verve
1949 The Genius of Charlie Parker, Vol. 2: April... Verve
1949 Charlie Parker With Strings: The Master Takes [live] Verve
1949 Last Unissued, Vol. 2: Bird's Eyes Philology
1949 Last Unissued, Vol. 3: Bird's Eyes Philology
1949 The Bird Blows the Blues Dial
1949 Charlie Parker Quintet Dial
194 Le Jazz Cool, Vol. 1 JC
194 Le Jazz Cool, Vol. 2 JC
1950 Bird in Sweden Spotlite
1950 Apartment Sessions Spotlite
1950 The Bird You Never Heard Stash
1950 Charlie Parker in Sweden 1950 Alamac
1950 More Unissued, Vol. 2 Royal
1950 And the Swedish All Stars Sonet
1950 Verve Years (1950-1951) Polygram
1950 Evening at Home with the Bird Savoy
1951 The Happy Bird Charlie Parker
1951 More Unissued, Vol. 1 Royal
1951 Fabulous Jam Session Dial
1952 Verve Years (1952-1954) Verve
1953 Collectors' Items Dial
1953 Big Band Clef
1955 The Magnificent Charlie Parker Clef
1955 Yardbird Clef
1955 The Fabulous Bird Concert Hall
1955 Memorial Album Vogue
1955 Giants of Modern Jazz Jazztone
1956 All Star Sextet Roost
1957 The Saxes of Stan Getz and Charlie Parker Jazztone
1957 Dedicated to the Music of Charlie Parker
195 West Coast Time Black Label
1960 Les Jazz Cool, Vol. 1 Les Jazz Cool
1960 Les Jazz Cool, Vol. 2 Les Jazz Cool
1960 Les Jazz Cool, Vol. 3 Les Jazz Cool
1961 Historical Recordings, Vol. 1 LeJazz
1961 Bird Is Free Charlie Parker
1961 A Handful of Modern Jazz Baronet
1961 Pair of Kings: Stan Getz and Horace Silver Baronet
1961 Bird Symbols Charlie Parker
1961 Once There Was Bird Charlie Parker
1962 Bird Lives Charly
1964 By the Immortal Charlie Parker
1965 The World of Charlie Parker [Roost] Roost
1967 Bird Wings VSP
196 Charlie Parker Plus Strings Charlie Parker
1973 Comprehensive Charlie Parker Live... ESP
1973 The Best of Charlie Parker: Dizzy Gillespie... Roulette
1973 The Charlie Parker: Dizzy Gillespie Years Roulette
1977 Apartment Jam Sessions Zim
1988 Au Privave Object
1988 Bird: The Original Recordings of Charlie... Verve
1989 Bird Flies High Special Music
1991 Birdology Black Label
1991 Charlie Parker, Vol. 2: 1949-1953 Saga x
1991 Jazz 'Round Midnight: Charlie Parker PolyGram
1991 The Immortal Charlie Parker Savoy
1992 The Bird [Sound Solutions] Sound
1992 Historical Sessions BL
1992 Last Unissued, Vol. 8: Bird's Eyes Philology
1992 Jazz Greats [Black Label] BL
1993 The Best of the Bird [LaserLight] LaserLight
1993 Don't Blame Me Pilz
1993 Congo Blues Pilz
1994 The Charlie Parker Story: In Words & Music Black Label x
1994 Verve Jazz Masters 15 Verve
1994 Bird Eyes, Vol. 11 Philology
1994 Bird Eyes, Vol. 12 Philology
1994 The Best of the Bird [Legacy] Legacy
1994 Birdman Royal Co
1994 Charlie Parker, Vol. 1 RCA Makin'
1994 Bird Eyes, Vol. 15 Philology
1994 Bird Eyes, Vol. 16 Philology
1994 Essential PolyGram
1994 Verve Jazz Masters 28: Charlie Parker Plays... Verve
1995 Bird Seed: The Unheard Charlie Parker Stash Budget
1995 Early Years, Vol. 1 Stash
1995 Early Years, Vol. 2 Stash
1995 Bop City, Vol. 1 Black Label
1995 Bop City, Vol. 2 Black Label
1995 Bird Eyes, Vol. 19 Philology
1995 Bird Eyes, Vol. 20 Philology
1995 Bird's Best Bop on Verve Polygram
1995 Young Bird, Vols. 1 & 2: 1940-1944 Masters of
1995 Bird of Paradise, Vol. 1 Jazz Hour
1995 Bird of Paradise [Eclipse] Eclipse Music
1995 Blue Bird Eclipse Music
1995 The Jam Sessions Xanadu
1995 Unheard Charlie Parker: Bird Seed, Vol. 1 Stash
1995 Bebop & Bird, Vol. 1 Rhino
1995 Bird Meets Diz Charly Le Jazz
1996 Autumn in New York Le Jazz
1996 Bird Eyes, Vol. 21 Philology
1996 Bird Eyes, Vol. 22 [live] Philology
1996 Bird with the Herd [Drive] Drive Archive
1996 Bird Eyes, Vol. 9 Philology
1996 Bird's the Word Jazz World
1996 Bird Eyes, Vol. 10 Philology
1996 Groovin' High [Total Recording] Total
1996 Groovin' High [K-Tel] K-Tel

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