Fats Navarro

Born: 
09/24/1923
City: 
Key West
Region: 
Florida
Country: 
USA
Died: 
07/07/1950
Years Active: 
1940's-1950
Genre(s): 
Instruments: 
Trumpet
Image Credit: 
William P. Gottlieb/Ira and Leonore S. Gershwin Fund Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress

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Theodore "Fats" Navarro was an American jazz trumpet player. He was a pioneer of the bebop style of jazz improvisation in the 1940s. He met and played with, among others, Charlie Parker, but Navarro was in a position to demand a high salary and did not join one of Parker's regular groups. He also developed a heroin addiction, which, coupled with tuberculosis and a weight problem (he was nicknamed "Fat Girl") led to a slow decline in his health and death at the age of 26.

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