Charlie Parker session details

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December 25, 1948 (11 items; TT = 23:50)
Royal Roost Club, New York NY
WMCA radio broadcast (B+)
Charlie Parker Quintet
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Charlie Parker (as); Kenny Dorham (tpt); Al Haig (p); Tommy Potter (b); Max Roach (d); Conti Candoli (tpt); Benny Green (tb); Charlie Ventura (ts); Ben Ventura (bs); Roy Kral (p); Dillon "Curley" Russell (b); Ed Shaughnessy (d); Jackie Cain (voc); Symphony Sid Torin (ann); Bob Garrity (ann)

1 Announcement 0:19
2 Jumpin' with Symphony Sid (with introduction) (L. Young) 1:16
3 Half Nelson (M. Davis) 4:31
4 Introduction 0:48
5 White Christmas (I. Berlin) 4:52

During his solo Parker quotes "Jingle Bells" (1:52-1:57), which derails Symphony Sid for a few moments
6 Introduction 0:41
7 Little Willie Leaps (M. Davis) 3:40

Early in his solo Parker quotes "Why Was I Born?" (0:38-0:41)
8 52nd Street Theme (with closing announcement) (T. Monk) 0:56
9 Announcement 0:47
10 Yesterdays (with introduction) (J. Kern-O. Harbach) 1:12
11 Birdland (J. Zawinul) 4:48

Green quotes "White Christmas" during his solo (1:18-1:22)


1 Announcement
CD: Savoy ZDS 4411/4, K30Y 6241/4, Nippon Columbia COCY 75791/8, COCB 50406 (= COCB 53441)

2 Jumpin' with Symphony Sid (with introduction)
CD: Savoy ZDS 4411/4, K30Y 6241/4, Nippon Columbia COCY 75791/8, COCB 50406 (= COCB 53441)

3 Half Nelson
12" LP: Savoy SJL 2259, Spotlite SPJ 110, ESP Bird-1
CD: Savoy ZDS 4411/4, K30Y 6241/4, Nippon Columbia COCY 75791/8, COCB 50406 (= COCB 53441), Savoy SVY 17021/4, Definitive DRCD 11153

4 Introduction
12" LP: Savoy SJL 2259
CD: Savoy ZDS 4411/4, K30Y 6241/4, Nippon Columbia COCY 75791/8, COCB 50406 (= COCB 53441), Savoy SVY 17021/4, Definitive DRCD 11153

5 White Christmas
12" LP: Savoy SJL 2259, Spotlite SPJ 110, ESP Bird-1
CD: Savoy ZDS 4411/4, K30Y 6241/4, Nippon Columbia COCY 75791/8, COCB 50406 (= COCB 53441), Savoy SVY 17021/4, Definitive DRCD 11153

6 Introduction
12" LP: Savoy SJL 2259
CD: Savoy ZDS 4411/4, K30Y 6241/4, Nippon Columbia COCY 75791/8, COCB 50406 (= COCB 53441), Savoy SVY 17021/4, Definitive DRCD 11153

7 Little Willie Leaps
12" LP: Savoy SJL 2259, Spotlite SPJ 110, ESP Bird-1
CD: Savoy ZDS 4411/4, K30Y 6241/4, Nippon Columbia COCY 75791/8, COCB 50406 (= COCB 53441), Savoy SVY 17021/4, Definitive DRCD 11153

8 52nd Street Theme (with closing announcement)
12" LP: Savoy SJL 2259, Spotlite SPJ 110
CD: Savoy ZDS 4411/4, K30Y 6241/4, Nippon Columbia COCY 75791/8, COCB 50406 (= COCB 53441)

9 Announcement
12" LP: Savoy SJL 2259, Spotlite SPJ 110
CD: Savoy ZDS 4411/4, K30Y 6241/4, Nippon Columbia COCY 75791/8, COCB 50406 (= COCB 53441)


Davis had left the band, storming off the stand two days earlier. Parker, always the sweetheart, immediately featured two of Davis's compositions in his set. Davis later wrote, "Bird died before we could get even with him."

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