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Jazzing with WordPress, from Miles Davis v1.0 to Charlie Parker v3.8


by Charles Mombo
@CharlesSMombo, @burnedbrass

Jazzing with WordPress, from Miles Davis v1.0 to Charlie Parker v3.8
Jazzing with WordPress, from Miles Davis v1.0 to Charlie Parker v3.8

Congratulations to Matt Mullenweg and the WordPress core developers for another outstanding software release – WordPress Version 3.8.

Those who know me are aware that I live and breathe WordPress. I have conducted several WordPress workshops. Additionally, I am currently writing an eBook, title, “Blogging from an Entrepreneur’s Perspective: How to Build a Search Engine Friendly Blog & Make Money.” Stay Tune (@CharlesSMombo) for the release date.

For me, WordPress is the best thing since sliced bread. It is definitely a no-brainer and an easy revenue generating tool. It is the most user friendly and leading web creating software. As WordPress developers say, “WordPress is both free and priceless at the same time.”

Since the released of WordPress version 1.0 in January 3, 2004, named after Miles Davis, each new WordPress release carries the name of a renowned jazz musician. The December 13, 2013 released of WordPress 3.8 is named after the great Charlie Parker.

Nicknamed "Yardbird" and "Bird," Parker was born in Kansas City in 1920 and raised by his single mother, Addie, who worked as a night cleaner. She gave Parker his first saxaphone when he was 13-year-old. Parker skipped formal education, but schooled himself on the saxophone.

Accordding to wikipedia.org;

Parker's chronic addiction to heroin caused him to miss gigs and lose work. He frequently resorted to busking on the streets, receiving loans from fellow musicians and admirers, and pawning his saxophones for drug money. Heroin use was rampant in the jazz scene and the drug could be acquired easily.

Parker died on March 12, 1955 in the suite of his friend and patron Baroness Pannonica de Koenigswarter at the Stanhope Hotel in New York City while watching The Dorsey Brothers' Stage Show on television. The official causes of death were lobar pneumonia and a bleeding ulcer but Parker also had an advanced case of cirrhosis and had suffered a heart attack. The coroner who performed his autopsy mistakenly estimated Parker's 34-year-old body to be between 50 and 60 years of age.

The official WordPress roadmap states, “WordPress core developers share a love of jazz music, and all our major releases are named in honor of jazz musicians we personally admire.”

Here is a list of releases and the musicians they were named in honor of:





No musician chosen.

May 27, 2003


Miles Davis

January 3, 2004


Charles Mingus

May 22, 2004


Billy Strayhorn

February 17, 2005


Duke Ellington

December 31, 2005


Ella Fitzgerald

January 22, 2007


Stan Getz

May 16, 2007


Dexter Gordon

September 24, 2007


Michael Brecker

March 29, 2008


McCoy Tyner

July 15, 2008


John Coltrane

December 10, 2008


Chet Baker

June 11, 2009


Carmen McRae

December 18, 2009


Thelonious Monk

June 17, 2010


Django Reinhardt

February 23, 2011


George Gershwin

July 4, 2011


Sonny Stitt

December 12, 2011


Grant Green

June 13, 2012


Elvin Jones

December 11, 2012


Oscar Peterson

August 1, 2013


Count Basie

October 24, 2013


Charlie Parker

December 12, 2013

Charlie Parker – All The Things You Are


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