I discovered he was probably as influenced by pre-bebop swing styles as he was by his association with Charlie Parker. This was evidenced by the fact that he was never reluctant to swing hard with unabashed joy.
I was first exposed to jazz by my high school girlfriend's father. On the one hand he was the school's Vice Principal, on the other
he was a big Miles Davis fan. He gave me my first jazz record, Miles at the Blackhawk.