1949

Charlie Parker Chronology

 

 

 

Created by Leif Bo Petersen

Last updated: March 25, 2014.

 

Date

Event

References/Further Details

 

January

Machito and His Orchestra and Charlie Parker

Charlie Parker (as); Mario Bauza, Frank Davilla (tp); Gene Johnson, Fred Skerritt (as); Jose Madera (ts); Leslie Johnakins (bs); Rene Hernandez (p); Roberto Rodriguez (b); Jose Manguel (bgo); Luis Miranda (cga); Umbaldo Nieto (timbales); Frank Grillo (maracas).

January 1949

Unidentified recording studio, New York, NY.

Commercial recording for Mercury.

 

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=490110

 

January 1

Charlie Parker Quintet

Kenny Dorham (tp); Charlie Parker (as); Al Haig (p); Tommy Potter (b); Max Roach (d).

Joe Harris seems to have subbed for Roach at least on the New Years’ night.

Charlie Ventura Band

Norman Faye (tp); Benny Green, (tb); Ben Ventura (as); Charlie Ventura (ts & bs); Roy Kral (p); Ken O'Brien (b); Ed Shaughnessy (d); Jackie Cain (voc).

Billy Eckstine (voc)

(Probably closing before January 6).

Royal Roost, New York, NY.

Closing January 6.

January 1:

WMCA broadcast. 2–4 a.m. Symphony Sid (mc).

Charlie Parker Quintet incl. Joe Harris and Charlie Ventura band Recordings exist:

.

 

“Goings on about Town: Royal Roost,” New Yorker, January 1 1949, 5: Eckstine, Parker, and Ventura.

"Herd Opens Empire; Eckstine, Ellington Skedded to Follow," Billboard, December 11, 1948, 17: Eckstine planned to open at the Empire Room, LA., on January 4.

Statement of Charlie Parker account from the Gale Agency dated April 25, 1949. A scan is shown in K. Vail (ed.), Charlie Parker & Jazz Club Memorabilia  (2007), 44: Shows January 5 receipt of $350 for Roost engagement.

 

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=490101

Boris Rose’s Birdland Book.

Losin includes a jam session recording on January 1, but according to Boris Rose’s list this comes from January 15.

 

January 3

Metronome All Stars

Dizzy Gillespie, Fats Navarro, Miles Davis (tp); J. J. Johnson, Kai Winding (tb); Buddy DeFranco (cl); Charlie Parker  (as); Charlie Ventura (ts); Ernie Caceres (bs); Lennie Tristano (p); Billy Bauer (g); Eddie Safranski (b); Shelly Manne (d); Pete Rugolo, Lennie Tristano (arr).

Unidentified Studio, New York, NY.

Commercial recordings for RCA.

 

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=490103

 

January 7

Charlie Parker Quintet

Kenny Dorham (tp); Charlie Parker (as); Al Haig (p); Tommy Potter (b); Max Roach (d).

Joe Harris replaced Max Roach for some days in January because of Max Roach’s wedding.

Charlie Ventura Band

Norman Faye (tp); Benny Green, (tb); Ben Ventura (as); Charlie Ventura (ts & bs); Roy Kral (p); Ken O’Brien (b); Ed Shaughnessy (d); Jackie Cain (voc).

Conte Candoli and Boots Mussulli, replaced Norman Faye and Ben Ventura during January.

Flip Philips Band

Incl. Flip Philips (ts), Curly Russell (b); Shelly Manne (d).

(Closing January 18).

Kenny Hagood (voc).

Royal Roost, New York, NY.

January 7–19.

January 8:

No surviving WMCA broadcast.

January 15:

WMCA broadcast. 3–4 a.m. Symphony Sid (mc).

Charlie Parker Quintet incl. Joe Harris (d); Charlie Ventura band; Flip Philips Band; Jam session.

Recordings exist.

 

“Goings on about Town: Royal Roost,” New Yorker, January 8, 1949, 6: Parker Charlie Ventura, Flip Philips

“Round Midnight,” Philadelphia Tribune, January 8, 1949, 12: Ventura and Parker remains. Flip Philips and Shelly Manne moved in yesterday.

“Goings On About Town: Royal Roost,” New Yorker, January 15, 1949, 6: Charlie Ventura, Charlie Parker, and through January 18 Flip Philips.”

“Music—As Written, Billboard, January 22, 1949:  20: Conte Candoli and Boots Mussuli replaced Norman Faye and Ben Ventura.

“Boppers Taking Breather In NYC,” Down Beat, 28 January 1949: 1: “Roost held over the Charlie Ventura and Charlie Parker groups and added that of another award winning saxist, Flip Philips. To the lineup Kenny Hagood, former Gillespie singer, also was added.

Statement of Charlie Parker account from the Gale Agency dated April 25, 1949. A scan is shown in K. Vail (ed.), Charlie Parker & Jazz Club Memorabilia  (2007), 44: Shows January 12 receipt of $450 for Roost engagement.

Boris Rose’s Birdland Book.

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=490115

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=490101

 

January 20

Dinah Washington

(Opening January 19)

The Ravens

Harry Belafonte (voc)

Charlie Ventura

Conte Candoli (tp); Benny Green, (tb); Boots Mussuli (as); Charlie Ventura (ts & bs); Roy Kral (p); Ken O’Brien (b): Ed Shaughnessy (d); Jackie Cain (voc).

Charlie Parker Quintet

Kenny Dorham (tp); Charlie Parker (as); Al Haig (p); Tommy Potter (b); Max Roach, Joe Harris (d).

Joe Harris replaced Max Roach for some days in January because of Max Roach’s wedding.

Tadd Dameron Big Ten

Leonard Hawkins (tp); Ted Kelly (tb); Sahib Shihab (as): Benjamin Lundy (ts); Cecil Payne (bs); Tadd Dameron (p); John Collins (g); Curley Russell (b); Kenny Clarke (d).

(This band was at the Roost on Friday, February 11, probably as a relief for Charlie Parker, who both performed for JATP at Carnegie Hall this night, but also had a broadcasts spot at the Roost later in the night).

Royal Roost, New York, NY.

January 20–February 16.

January 22:

WMCA broadcast. 3–4 a.m. Symphony Sid (mc).

Charlie Parker Quintet and Charlie Ventura Orchestra. Probably also Dinah Washington and Belafonte, but recordings seem not to have survived.

Recordings exist.

January 29:

WMCA broadcast. 3–4 a.m. Symphony Sid (mc).

Charlie Parker Quintet and Charlie Ventura Orchestra. Probably also Dinah Washington and Belafonte, but recordings seem not to have survived.

Recordings exist.

February 5:

WMCA broadcast. 3–4 a.m. Symphony Sid (mc).

Recordings exist:

Charlie Parker Quintet and Charlie Ventura Orchestra. Probably also Dinah Washington and Belafonte, but recordings seem not to have survived.

February 12:

WMCA broadcast. 3–4 a.m. Symphony Sid (mc).

Charlie Parker Quintet and Tadd Dameron Big Ten. Probably also Ventura, Dinah Washington and Belafonte, but recordings seem not to have survived.

Recordings exist.

 

“Goings On About Town: Royal Roost,” New Yorker, January 15, 1949, 6: “Dinah Washington will open Wednesday, January 19.

K. Vail, Bird’s Diary (1996), 49: Shows ad from unidentified newspaper: Opening Thursday: The Ravens, Dinah Washington, and Harry Belafonte. Charlie Ventura and Charlie Parker held over.

 “Goings On About Town: Royal Roost,” New Yorker, January 22, 1949, 6: Charlie Ventura, Charlie Parker, and Dinah Washington.

“Navy Vet, 24, Hit B’way Over Night,” Baltimore Afro-American, February 12, 1949, first news section, 2: Harry Belafonte auditioned at the Roost on January 11 and immediately got a 5 weeks contract. “On the Upbeat,” Variety, February 9, 1949, 48.

 “Goings On About Town: Royal Roost,” New Yorker, February 12, 1949: Charlie Ventura and Charlie Parker. Dinah Washington sings, (through February 16). Tadd Dameron and his band will replace the Ventura crowd on February 17.

The Symphony Sid announcements on the broadcast of February 12 states that Dameron’s group will open on Thursday after Dinah Washington, The Ravens, and Charlie Ventura leaves on Wednesday.

Statement of Charlie Parker account from the Gale Agency dated April 25, 1949. A scan is shown in K. Vail (ed.), Charlie Parker & Jazz Club Memorabilia  (2007), 44: Shows January 19, 24, February 3, 10 and 17 receipts of $600, for Roost engagement.

Boris Rose’s Birdland Book.

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=490122

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=490129

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=490205

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=490212

 

February 11

Concert

JATP Tour Group & Charlie Parker

Charlie Parker (as); Fats Navarro (tp); Tommy Turk (tb); Sonny Criss (as); Coleman Hawkins, Flip Philips (ts); Hank Jones (p); Ray Brown (b); Shelley Manne (d); Ella Fitzgerald (voc).

Machito and his Orchestra featuring Charlie Parker

Charlie Parker (as); Mario Bauza, Frank Davilla, Bob Woodlen (tp); Gene Johnson, Fred Skerritt (as); Jose Madera (ts); Leslie Johnakins (bs); Rene Hernandez (p); Roberto Rodriguez (b); Jose Manguel (bgo); Luis Miranda (cga); Umbaldo Nieto (timbales); Frank Grillo (maracas).

February 11, 1949. Probably 11 p.m.

Carnegie Hall. New York, NY.

Norman Granz (mc).

JATP concert recordings exist.

 

"With A Hoot And A Howl, JATP Kicks Off Another," Down Beat, April 8, 1949, 12: Review.

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=490211

February 17

Charlie Parker Quintet

Kenny Dorham (tp); Charlie Parker (as); Al Haig (p); Tommy Potter (b); Max Roach (d).

Tadd Dameron Big Ten

Miles Davis (tp); Kai Winding (tb); Sahib Shihab (as); Benjamin Lundy (ts); Cecil Payne (bs); Tadd Dameron (p); John Collins (g); Curley Russell (b); Kenny Clarke (d); Carlos Vidal (cng).

Harry Belafonte (voc)

The Orioles (voc)

(Maybe cancelled)

Royal Roost, New York, NY.

February 17–23, 1949.

February 19:

WMCA broadcast. 3–4 a.m. Symphony Sid (mc).

Charlie Parker Quintet and Tadd Dameron Big Ten. Probably also Belafonte and possibly also the Orioles, but recordings seem not to

Have survived.

Recordings exist.

 

“Goings On About Town: Royal Roost,” New Yorker, February 12, 1949, 7: Tadd Dameron and his band will replace Ventura on February 17.

“Orioles Make Royal Roost,” Baltimore Afro-American, February 15, 1949, first news section, 8: “The Orioles will make their debut on Broadway in headlining a four-week show at the Royal Roost, beginning Thursday.

Statement of Charlie Parker account from the Gale Agency dated April 25, 1949. A scan is shown in K. Vail (ed.), Charlie Parker & Jazz Club Memorabilia  (2007), 44: Shows February 24 receipt of $600 Roost engagement.

Boris Rose’s Birdland Book.

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=490219

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/Sessions.aspx?s=490219

 

February 20

Be-Bop Benefit for Leo Parker

Babs Gonsalves 3 Bips and A Bop; Charlie Parker, Tadd Dameron, Wynton Kelly, Miles Davis, Cecil Payne, Jack The Bear Parker, Max Roach, Kenny Clarke, Sonny Rollins, Pee Wee Tinney, Dave Burns, Arturo Phipps, and Tommy Potter.

Royal Roost, New York, NY.

February 20, 1949. (Sunday) 3-7 p.m.

 

Ad in New York Amsterdam News, January 22, 1949, 7.

February 21

Metronome Award Show 1949

Shorty Sherock (tp); Benny Morton (tb); Sidney Bechet (ss); Charlie Parker (as): Chubby Jackson (b); Joe Bushkin (p); George Wettling (d); Teddy Hale (tap dance).

WPIX TV studio, New York, NY.

February 21, 1949, 7:30–8:00 p.m.

Chubby Jackson and Charles Delaunay (mc).

Private recordings and a video fragment exist.

 

Television program in Brooklyn Eagle, February 21, 1949, 17: WPIX 7:30: Jazz concert with Dixieland combo.

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=490221

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xx_TIs8l6rA&feature=youtu.be

http://jazzontherecord.blogspot.dk/

 

February 21

Cavalcade Of Stars

Among others: Charlie Parker and Royal Roost Bob [sic] Stars.

Loew’s Victoria Theatre, New York NY.

February 21, 1949 (Monday midnight to 5 am.)

Benefit of USO sponsored by the New York Age.

 

Ad in New York Age February 19, 1949, 6.

February 24?

 

Charlie Parker Septet

Kenny Dorham (tp); Charlie Parker (as); Lucky Thompson (ts); Milt Jackson (vib); Al Haig (p); Tommy Potter (b); Max Roach (d).

Tadd Dameron Big Ten

Miles Davis (tp); Kai Winding (tb); Sahib Shihab (as); Benjamin Lundy (ts); Cecil Payne (bs); Tadd Dameron (p); John Collins (g); Curley Russell (b); Kenny Clarke (d); Carlos Vidal (cng).

Buddy Stewart & Dave Lambert (voc)

Harry Belafonte (voc)

Ginnie Powell (voc)

Royal Roost, New York, NY.

February 24–March 2, 1949.

February 26:

WMCA broadcast. 3–4 a.m. Symphony Sid (mc).

Charlie Parker Septet; Tadd Dameron Big Ten; Stewart & Lambert. Probably also Belafonte and Ginnie Powell, but recordings seem not to have survived.

Recordings exist.

 

K. Vail, Bird’s Diary (1996), 51: Ad in unidentified newspaper: Opening tonight.

Statement of Charlie Parker account from the Gale Agency dated April 25, 1949. A scan is shown in K. Vail (ed.), Charlie Parker & Jazz Club Memorabilia  (2007), 44: Shows March 3 receipt of $600 for Roost engagement.

Boris Rose’s Birdland Book.

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=490226

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/Sessions.aspx?s=490226

 

March 3

Chubby Jackson Orchestra

13 pieces.

(From March 4).

Charlie Parker Septet

Kenny Dorham (tp); Charlie Parker (as); Lucky Thompson (ts); Milt Jackson (vib); Al Haig (p); Tommy Potter (b); Max Roach (d).

Buddy Stewart, Dave Lambert (voc)

Miles Davis (tp); Kai Winding (tb); Sahib Shihab (as); Benjamin Lundy (ts); Cecil Payne (bs); Tadd Dameron (p); John Collins (g); Curley Russell (b); Kenny Clarke (d); Carlos Vidal (cng).

Royal Roost, New York, NY.

March 3–15, 1949.

March 5:

WMCA broadcast. 3–4 a.m. Symphony Sid (mc).

Chubby Jackson, Charlie Parker Septet, Tadd Dameron, and Stewart & Lambert.

Recordings exist.

March 12:

WMCA broadcast. 3–4 a.m. Symphony Sid (mc).

Chubby Jackson Orchestra and Charlie Parker Septet.

Recordings exist.

Ad in Brooklyn Eagle, March 3, 1949, 20: Opening tonight.

“Music–As Written,” Billboard, March 12, 1949, 29: Chubby Jackson’s 13-piece band opened yesterday on March 4 in a hurried booking.

“Music–As written,” Billboard, March 5, 1949: 40: Lambert and Stewart doubles at the Apollo the week of April 4 [sic! Meaning March 4].

Statement of Charlie Parker account from the Gale Agency dated April 25, 1949. A scan is shown in K. Vail (ed.), Charlie Parker & Jazz Club Memorabilia  (2007), 44: Shows March 15 receipt of §690, and March 17 receipt of §113.92 for Roost engagement.

Boris Rose’s Birdland Book.

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=490305

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/Sessions.aspx?s=490305

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=490312

 

March 5

Battle of Bands

Charlie Parker All Stars

Kenny Dorham (tp); Charlie Parker (as); Thompson (ts); Milt Jackson (vib); Al Haig (p); Tommy Potter (b); Max Roach (d).

Sidney Bechet

Wilbur De Paris (tb); Buster Bailey (cl); Sidney Bechet (ss); Ralph Sutton (p); Walter Page (b); George Wettling (d).

Waldorf Astoria Hotel, New York, NY.

Rudi Blesh (mc). Arr. New York Herald Tribune.

Private recordings exist.

 

I have not been able to find this event in radio logs. The recording may be an audience recording.

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=490305c

 

March 13

Bop In The Bronx

Miles Davis, (tp); Kai Winding (tb); Charlie Parker (as); Ike Quebec (ts); Milt Jackson (vib); Tadd Dameron (p); Curly Russell (b); Max Roach  (d).

Bronx Winter Garden, New York, NY.

March 13, 1949, 2 p.m.

 

Ad in New York Amsterdam News, March 12, 1949, 4.

March

Charlie Parker and his Orchestra

Kenny Dorham (tp); Tommy Turk (tb); Charlie Parker (as); Al Haig (p); Tommy Potter (b); Max Roach (d); Carlos Vidal (cga).

Unidentified studio, New York, NY.

Commercial recordings for Mercury.

 

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=490315

 

March 25

Charlie Parker Quintet

Probably: Kenny Dorham (tp); Charlie Parker (as); Al Haig (p); Tommy Potter (b); Max Roach (d).

Amity Hall, Buffalo, NY.

10­2 a.m.

 

K. Vail, Bird's Diary (1996), 54: Contract is shown.

March 26

Charlie Parker Quintet?

Graham, Newark, NJ.

March 26–27?.

Weekend engagement.

 

“Jersey Nights,” New York Age, March 26, 1949, 11.

Statement of Charlie Parker account from the Gale Agency dated April 25, 1949. A scan is shown in K. Vail (ed.), Charlie Parker & Jazz Club Memorabilia  (2007), 44: Shows March 23 receipt of $220 for Newark and Philadelphia dates.

 

 

March late?

Charlie Parker Quintet?

Philadelphia, PA.

Statement of Charlie Parker account from the Gale Agency dated April 25, 1949. A scan is shown in K. Vail (ed.), Charlie Parker & Jazz Club Memorabilia  (2007), 44: Shows March 23 receipt of $220 for Newark and Philadelphia dates.

 

April 28?

Charlie Parker Quintet?

Probably: Kenny Dorham (tp); Charlie Parker (as); Al Haig (p); Tommy Potter (b); Max Roach (d); Billy “Junior” Daniels (voc)?

Larry Steele and His Revue

Featuring Patterson & Jackson (comedy); Ralph Brown Rhytmites Trio; Ethel Duncan.

Lonnie Simmons and His Band;

New Beige Room, Pershing Hotel, Chicago, IL.

Originally planned as March 28–April 10?, 1949.

Maybe moved.

 

Ad in Chicago Defender April 2, 1949, 35: Charlie Parker featuring Max Roach at New Beige Room.

Ad in Chicago Defender April 9, 1949, 39: Ivory Joe Hunter at the New Beige Room. 

 “Where the Bands Are Playing,” Down Beat, April 8, 1949, 17: Gives dates March 28–April 10.

“Windy City Chatter,” Plaindealer (Kansas City, KS), April 8, 1949, 5: Parker at the Beige room, opposite Patterson & Jackson (comedians). Also Lonnie Simmons and his Band. Larry Siecle [sic] (mc). Al Benson owner.

 “Windy City Chatter,” Plaindealer (Kansas City, KS), April 15, 1949, 5: Parker at the Beige room, opposite Patterson & Jackson (comedians). Also Lonnie Simmons and his Band. Larry Siecle [sic] (mc).

“Chicago Band Briefs,” Down Beat, April 22, 1949, 4: Tells this engagement was cancelled.

“Chicago Band Briefs," Down Beat, May 6, 1949, 4: Tells that Parker came anyway.

K. Vail, Bird's Diary (1996), 54: has Billy Daniels as vocalist here. The ad does not show this.

Statement of Charlie Parker account from the Gale Agency dated April 25, 1949. A scan is shown in K. Vail (ed.), Charlie Parker & Jazz Club Memorabilia  (2007), 44: Shows April 12 receipt of $490 for Chicago, Beige Room engagement.

 

April 11

Charlie Parker Quintet

Music Bowl, Chicago.

April 11-24.

This engagement was probably cancelled.

 

“Chicago band Briefs,” Down Beat. March 11, 1949, 4:  Two weeks following the engagement at Beige Room. Starting April 11.

“Billie Gets Month’s delay in Dope Trial,” Down Beat, April 8, 1949, 1: Billie Holiday was scheduled to go into the Music Bowl on April 15, but the Bowl folded.

 

April mid

Charlie Parker Quintet

Kenny Dorham (tp); Charlie Parker (as); Al Haig (p); Tommy Potter (b); Max Roach (d).

Miramar Ballroom?, Gary, IN.

 

K. Vail, Bird's Diary (1996), 55: No source. Dates after April 24, which seems incorrect.

April 18

Charlie Parker Quintet

Kenny Dorham (tp); Charlie Parker (as); Al Haig (p); Tommy Potter (b); Max Roach (d).

Unidentified venue, possibly Pershing Ballroom, Chicago, IL.

Existing private recordings (lacquers) from Pershing Ballroom may be from this occasion.

 

K. Vail, Bird's Diary (1996), 55: Photo of the quintet at unidentified venue.

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=490328

 

April 24

 

Charlie Parker and His All-Star Boppers

Kenny Dorham (tp); Charlie Parker (as); Al Haig (p); Tommy Potter (b); Max Roach (d); Junior Daniels (voc).

Sunday April 24, 1949.  8:30 p.m.

Bushnell Memorial Auditorium, Hartford, CT.

Art Slade (mc).

 

Ad in Springfield Union, CT. April 21, 1949, 27

Ad in Hartford Courant, April 24, 1949.

"Many-sided Slade," Hartford Courant, April 24, 1949: Last of six popular concerts produced by Art Slade. Bringing Charlie Parker and his outfit from New York. "In the crew there is a lad billed only as Junior. He was Billy Eckstine's valet before that big number found he had talent."

 

April 29

Charlie Parker Quintet

Kenny Dorham (tp); Charlie Parker (as); Al Haig (p); Tommy Potter (b); Max Roach (d).

Lester Young Band

Incl. Jesse Drakes (tp); Lester Young (ts); Roy Haynes (d).

Coliseum, Baltimore, MD.

Shriners Charity Ball.

 

“Shriners Give TV Set at Charity Dance,” Baltimore Afro-American, April 30, 1949, 1st news section 14: Concert at Coliseum Friday.

August Blume in R. Reisner: Bird: The Legend of Charlie Parker (1962), 55.

 

May 5

Charlie Parker Quintet

Kenny Dorham (tp); Charlie Parker (as); Al Haig (p); Tommy Potter (b); Max Roach (d).

Unidentified studio, New York, NY.

Commercial recordings for Mercury.

 

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=490505

 

May 7

Festival International 1949 de Jazz

Charlie Parker, Doris Sydnor Parker, Kenny Dorham, Al Haig, Tommy Potter, Max Roach, Tadd Dameron, Miles Davis, Hot Lips Page, Sidney Bechet, and “Big Chief” Russell Moore.

Departure by airplane and arrival in Paris.

 

K. Vail, Bird's Diary (1996), 56: Photo of arrival in Paris.

May 7

Jam session

Club St. Germain, Paris, France.

 

K. Vail, Bird's Diary (1996), 58

May 8

Festival International 1949 de Jazz

Sidney Bechet; J.P. Johnson; “Big Chief” Russell Moore; Oran Hot Lips Page.

Miles Davis, Tadd Dameron, James Moody, and Kenny Clarke.

Charlie Parker, Kenny Dorham, Al Haig, Tommy Potter, and Max Roach.

Don Byas; Bill Coleman; Rex Stewart; Jimmy McPartland.

Vic Lewis Orchestra; Carlo Krammer Orchestra (United Kingdom).

 Toots Thielemans Trio & the Bob Shots (Belgium).

Hazy Osterwald and His Quintet incl. Ernt Höllenhagen (Switzerland).

Armando Trovajol (Italy); National ? (Sweden).

Aimé Barelli; André Ekyan; Hubert Rostaing; Jean Claude Fohrenbach; Unidentified; Bernhard Peiffer Trio; Jack Dieval and His quintet inc. Hubert Fol; Django Reinhardt and His Hot Club Quintet; Claude Lauter and His orchestra; Pierre Braslavsky and His Orchestra (France).

Salle Pleyel, Paris, France.

May 8—15, 1949.

 

Festival poster

http://www.multimedialibrary.com/music/paris.asp

 

May 8

Festival International 1949 de Jazz

Opening Concert

Vic Lewis Orchestra (UK)

Carlo Krammer Orchestra

Miles Davis/Tadd Dameron Quintet

Miles Davis (tp); James Moody (ts); Tadd Dameron (p); Barney Spieler (b); Kenny Clarke (d).

Oran Hot Lips Page Band

Oran Hot Lips Page (tp); Big Chief Russell Moore (tb); George Johnson (as); Don Byas (ts); Bernhard Peiffer (p); Jean Bouchéty (b); Roger Paraboschi (d).

Sidney Bechet

acc. by Pierre Braslavsky’s Orchestra

Charlie Parker Quintet

Kenny Dorham (tp); Charlie Parker (as); Al Haig (p); Tommy Potter (b); Max Roach (d).

Salle Pleyel, Paris, France.

May 8, 1949.

Private tape recordings exist.

 

http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Festival_International_1949_de_Jazz#cite_ref-10

K. Vail, Bird's Diary (1996), 57: Photo of opening program.

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=490508b

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/Sessions.aspx?s=490508a

 

 

May 9

 

Festival International 1949 de Jazz

Concert

Miles Davis/Tadd Dameron Quintet

Miles Davis (tp); James Moody (ts); Tadd Dameron (p); Barney Spieler (b); Kenny Clarke (d).

Charlie Parker Quintet

Kenny Dorham (tp); Charlie Parker (as); Al Haig (p);

Tommy Potter (b); Max Roach (d).

Salle Pleyel, Paris, France.

May 8, 1949.

Private tape recordings exist.

 

K. Vail, Bird's Diary (1996), 57

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=490508b

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/Sessions.aspx?s=490509

 

 

May 10

Concert

Charlie Parker Quintet

Kenny Dorham (tp); Charlie Parker (as); Al Haig (p);

Tommy Potter (b); Max Roach (d).

Unknown venue, Marseilles, France.

 

K. Vail, Bird's Diary (1996), 57

May 11

Concert

Charlie Parker Quintet

Kenny Dorham (tp); Charlie Parker (as); Al Haig (p);

Tommy Potter (b); Max Roach (d).

Rex (movie theater), Marseilles, France.

 

K. Vail, Bird's Diary (1996), 57

May 11

Concert

Charlie Parker Quintet

Kenny Dorham (tp); Charlie Parker (as); Al Haig (p);

Tommy Potter (b); Max Roach (d).

Martinez & Christera Club, Marseilles, France.

 

K. Vail, Bird's Diary (1996), 57

May 12

Concert

Charlie Parker Quintet

Kenny Dorham (tp); Charlie Parker (as); Al Haig (p);

Tommy Potter (b); Max Roach (d).

Colisée (movie theater), Rubaix, France.

Private tape recordings exist.

 

K. Vail, Bird's Diary (1996), 57.

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=490512

 

May 13

Festival International 1949 de Jazz

Day off.

 

K. Vail, Bird's Diary (1996), 61.

 

May 14

Festival International 1949 de Jazz

Concert

Miles Davis/Tadd Dameron Quintet

Miles Davis (tp); James Moody (ts); Tadd Dameron (p); Barney Spieler (b); Kenny Clarke (d).

Charlie Parker Quintet?

Kenny Dorham (tp); Charlie Parker (as); Al Haig (p);

Tommy Potter (b); Max Roach (d).

Salle Pleyel, Paris, France.

Private tape recordings exist.

 

K. Vail, Bird's Diary (1996), 61.

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=490508b

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/Sessions.aspx?s=490509

 

 

May 15

Festival International 1949 de Jazz

Concert

Miles Davis/Tadd Dameron Quintet

Miles Davis (tp); James Moody (ts); Tadd Dameron (p); Barney Spieler (b); Kenny Clarke (d).

Charlie Parker Quintet

Kenny Dorham (tp); Charlie Parker (as); Al Haig (p);

Tommy Potter (b); Max Roach (d).

Salle Pleyel, Paris, France.

Matinee.

Private tape recordings exist.

 

K. Vail, Bird's Diary (1996), 61.

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=490508b

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/Sessions.aspx?s=490509

 

 

May 15

Festival International 1949 de Jazz

Final concert

Miles Davis/Tadd Dameron Quintet

Miles Davis (tp); James Moody (ts); Tadd Dameron (p); Barney Spieler (b); Kenny Clarke (d).

Charlie Parker Quintet

Kenny Dorham (tp); Charlie Parker (as); Al Haig (p);

Tommy Potter (b); Max Roach (d).

Salle Pleyel, Paris, France.

Jam Session

Kenny Dorham, Hot Lips Page and Miles Davis, Aimeé Barelli, Bill Coleman (tp), Russell "Big Chief" Moore (tb), Hubert Rostaing (cl), Sidney Bechet (ss), Charlie Parker (as), Don Byas, James Moody (ts), Hazy Osterwald (vib), Al Haig (p), Toots Thielemans (g), Tommy Potter (b) and Max Roach (d.)

Salle Pleyel, Paris, France.

8:30 p.m.

Private tape recordings exist.

 

K. Vail, Bird's Diary (1996), 61.

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May 15

Jam session

Charlie Parker and others.

Club St. Germain, Paris, France.

 

K. Vail, Bird's Diary (1996), 61.

May 16

Festival International 1949 de Jazz

Charlie Parker, Doris Sydnor, Miles Davis, Sidney Bechet, Max Roach, Tommy Potter, and others.

Departure by airplane from Paris.

 

K. Vail, Bird's Diary (1996), 61.

June 6

Charlie Parker Quintet

Kenny Dorham (tp); Charlie Parker (as); Al Haig (p); Tommy Potter (b); Max Roach (d); Billy “Junior” Daniels (voc).

Continental Club, Milwaukee, WI.

June 6–12, 1949

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"Bird, Ventura Leave Milwaukee," Down Beat, July 15, 1949, 18: Opened June 6 for one week.

 

June 14

Charlie Parker Quintet

Kenny Dorham (tp); Charlie Parker (as); Al Haig (p); Tommy Potter (b); Max Roach (d); Billy “Junior” Daniels (voc).

Blue Note, Chicago, IL.

June 14–20.

 

K. Vail, Bird's Diary (1996), 62-63: Photo of the band on stage at the Blue Note.

August 4

Charlie Parker Quintet

Bop City, Broadway, New York, NY.

This was not realized.

“Diz' Bop City Lineup,” Down Beat, July 15, 1949, 3: Charlie Parker to open on August 4.

 “Goings On About Town: Bop City,” New Yorker, August 6, 1949: 6: Ventura and Count Basie.

 

September 6

Concert

Charlie Parker Quintet; Errol Garner Trio; Lennie Tristano Sextet; Fats Navarro, Miles Davis, J .J. Johnson, Buddy DeFranco, Stan Getz, Bud Powell, Harry Belafonte, Junior Daniels, and others.

September 6, 1949

Town Hall, New York, NY.

Committee for the Negro in the Arts (prod)

Symphony Sid (mc).

First jazz benefit concert produced by an organization for young black artists. Preceding concerts by this organization were with classical music.

 

Errol Garner Tops Big Jazz Concert,” New York Age, September 3, 1949, 17: Errol Garner, Harry Belafonte, Lennie Tristano Sextet, Lee Konitz, Buddy DeFranco, Warne Marsh, Max Roach, Kenny Dorham, Tommy Potter, Bud Powell, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, and others.

“Notre Directeur Eddie Barclay a New York,” Jazz News (French) October 1949, 8 –9: Mentions Fats Navarro participating.

“Town Hall Tempos,” Pittsburgh Courier, September 1949, 18; Photos and text: Stan Getz, Miles Davis, J. J. Johnson, Junior Daniels, Al Haig, Charlie Parker, and Errol Garner Trio.

 

September 8

Opening concert

Charlie Parker Quintet

Kenny Dorham (tp); Charlie Parker (as): Al Haig (p); Tommy Potter (b); Max Roach (d).

Lennie Tristano Sextet

Lee Konitz (as); Warne Marsh (ts); Lennie Tristano (p); Billy Bauer (g); Arnold Fishkin (b); Jeff Morton (d).

Stan Getz (ts)

Bud Powell (p)

Harry Belafonte (voc)

Birdland, New York, NY.

The planned opening of Birdland on September 8 is cancelled because of a missing liquor license.

 

Opening program shown in K. Vail (ed.), Charlie Parker & Jazz Club Memorabilia  (2007), 15.

“New Bop Bistro in Clique Spot,” Billboard, August 13, 1949, 18.

“Jazz Booming Again In Gotham City;” Down Beat, August 26 1949, 1. “Birdland Bistro Fails to Open; No Liquor OK,” Billboard, September 9, 1949, 18.

“City Halts Birdland Opening,” Down Beat, October 2, 1949, 3.

September 17

 

JATP Concert

Charlie Parker

Roy Eldridge

Oscar Peterson

JATP Tour Group.

Tommy Turk (tb); Lester Young, Flip Phillips (ts); Hank Jones (p); Ray Brown {b); Buddy Rich (d), Ella Fitzgerald (voc).

Carnegie Hall, New York, NY.

September 17/18, 1949. Midnight

Commercial concert recordings by Mercury.

 

Billboard, September 24, 1949, 21: Article dated September 17: Mentions that Charlie Parker and Oscar Peterson will be at the Carnegie Hall bill as surprise starters.

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K. Vail, Bird's Diary (1996), 65: States that Charlie Parker joins the JATP Fall Tour.

This is not generally true: Parker was not at the opening concert at the Bushnell Auditorium on September 16, nor was he announced for the U-line, Washington, DC., concert on September 18. An ad in Washington Afro-American (September 13, 1949, 8) has Fats Navarro and Shelly Manne on this bill. This may be a mistake, or it may indicate a last minute change in the tour personnel. Buddy Rich was drummer on the tour, and apart from the Carnegie Hall concert, no trumpeter was participating in the tour.

Other ads and reviews have no traces of Parker:

Ad in Hartford Courant, September 15, 1949, 10: Parker not on the bill.

“Bushnell audience Greets Granz With enthusiasm,“ Hartford Courant, September 17, 1949, 10: Review. No mention of Parker.

“Bop Bugs Due for ‘Kicks’ From JATP,” Washington Afro-American, September 18, 1949: No mention of Parker.

“JATP Company Skeds Extensive Tour With Heavy Talent,” Billboard, September 24, 1949, 21: Article dated September 17. No mention of Parker.

Ad in Boston Herald, September 19, 1949, 31: Fitzgerald, Philips, Young, Hawkins, Brown, Turk, Hank Joes, and other all stars.

"Norman Granz in Jazz Concert," Boston Herald, September 26 1949, 14: Mention of Flip Philips, Buddy Rich, and Ella Fitzgerald.

Ad in Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH), September 28, 1949, 25: Parker is not on the bill.

 

September 18

JATP Concert

Charlie Parker

JATP Tour Group.

Tommy Turk (tb); Charlie Parker (as)?; Lester Young, Flip Phillips (ts); Hank Jones (p); Ray Brown {b); Buddy Rich (d), Ella Fitzgerald (voc).

U-line Arena, Washington, DC. 8:30 p.m.

 

“Bop Bugs Due for ‘Kicks’ From JATP,” Washington Afro-American, September 18, 1949: No mention of Parker.

K. Vail, Bird's Diary (1996), 67: Has Charlie Parker participating here.

Information from Tad Hershorn: Charlie Parker is on the bill here according to ad in Washington Post, September 19, 1949. I have not have had access to verify that this documents Parker’s presence.

October 1

JATP Concert

Charlie Parker

JATP Tour Group

 Tommy Turk (tb); Lester Young, Flip Phillips (ts); Hank Jones (p); Ray Brown {b); Buddy Rich (d), Ella Fitzgerald (voc).

Masonic Hall, Detroit, MI.

 

K. Vail, Bird's Diary (1996), 67: Has Charlie Parker participating here.

Information from Tad Hershorn: Charlie Parker is on the bill here. According to ad and article in Michigan Chronicle, October 1, 1949, 23. I have not have had access to verify that these document Parker’s presence.

October 1

Charlie Parker

acc. by Phil Hill Quintet

Tate Houston (bs); Phil Hill (p); James "Beans" Richardson (b); Art Mardigan (d); Jack Tiant (bgo.)

Bluebird Inn, Detroit, MI.

Private tape recording exists.

 

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=491001

K. Vail, Bird's Diary (1996), 67: Parker appears with JATP at Masonic Hall, Detroit, MI., and jams afterwards at the Bluebird Inn.

October 6

Charlie Parker Quintet

Red Rodney (tp); Charlie Parker (as); Al Haig (p); Tommy Potter

(b); Max Roach (d).

Roy Haynes replaces Max Roach during this engagement.

Slam Stewart Trio

Beryl Booker (p); Junior Collins (g); Slam Stewart (b).

Three Deuces, New York, NY

October 6–October late, 1949.

 

Goings on about Town,“ New Yorker, October 8, 15, 22, and 29, 1949: Slam Stewart band, Charlie Parker band.

“Three Deuces Now Using Slam, Parker,” Down Beat, November 4, 1949, 1: “After three months bangup business with Garner the Three Deuces changed its show October 6.”

“Capsule Comments,” Down Beat, November 18, 1949, 12: Review, which gives the personnel.

 

October late

Charlie Parker Quintet

Red Rodney (tp); Charlie Parker (as); Al Haig (p); Tommy Potter

(b); Max Roach (d).

Bud Powell Trio

Three Deuces, New York, NY

October late–November 10?.

“Goings on about Town,“ New Yorker, November 5 and 12, 1949: Charlie Parker Band. “

“Goings on about Town,“ New Yorker, November 19, 1949: J.J. Johnson’s’ band, Bud Powell’s Trio.

“J. J. Johnson Takes Combo to 3 Deuces,” Down Beat, December 16, 1949, 11:  J. J. Johnson replaced Parker at Three Deuces in November… Bud Powell’s Trio was held over.

 

November 11

Billy Eckstine

Herbie Fields and His Orchestra

Charlie Parker Quintet

Red Rodney (tp); Charlie Parker (as); Al Haig (p); Tommy Potter (b); Roy Haynes (d).

Bop City, New York, NY.

November 11–23? 1949.

 

Goings On About Town: Bop City,” New Yorker, November 12, 1949, 6: Billy Eckstine opening November 11.

“Night Club Reviews: Bop City, N. Y.” Variety, November 16, 1949, 61.

“C. Dahlgreen: “Nytt Fran New York,” Orkester Journalen, January 1950, 12: Gives personnel for Parker Quintet, and tells about Haynes replacing Roach.

“Goings On About Town: Bop City,” New Yorker, November 19, 1949, 6: Herbie Fields. Billy Eckstine closing November 23.

K. Vail, Bird's Diary (1996), 68: shows ad from unidentified newspaper: states ”Last week to see…” Eckstine, Fields, and Parker.

 

November 30

Charlie Parker with Strings

Charlie Parker (as); Mitch Miller (oboe); Bronislaw Gimpel, Max Hollander, Milton Lomask (vln); Frank Brieff (viola); Frank Miller (cello); Meyer Rosen (harp); Stan Freeman (p); Ray Brown (b); Buddy Rich (d); Jimmy Carroll (arr & cond).

Mercury Studio, New York, NY.

Commercial recordings for Mercury.

 

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=491130

 

December 15

A Journey Through Jazz

Charlie Parker Quintet

Red Rodney (tp); Charlie Parker (as); Al Haig (p); Tommy Potter (b); Roy Haynes (d).

Lester Young's Quartet

Lester Young (ts); Dick Hyman (p); Irv Lang  (b); Joe Jones (d).

Hot Lips Page & Max Kaminsky Dixieland Band

Max Kaminsky (tp), Munn Ware (tb), Sol Yaged (cl), Dick Hyman (p); Irv Lang (b); George Wettling (d).

Stan Getz Quartet

Stan Getz (ts); Dick Hyman (p); Tommy Potter (b); Roy Haynes (d).

Lennie Tristano Sextet

Lee Konitz (as); Warne Marsh (ts); Lennie Tristano (p); Billy Bauer (g); Joe Shulman (b); Jeff Morton (dr).

Harry Belafonte (voc)

acc. by Dick Hyman (p).

Birdland, New York, NY.

December 15–January 4, 1950

Birdland opening show.  William B. Williams (mc)

 

Ad in New York Age December 24,1949, 40.

“Night Club Reviews: Birdland,” Variety, December 21, 1949, 46.

C. Dahlgreen: “Nytt Fran New York,” Orkester Journalen, February 1950, 10.

E. Shim, Lennie Tristano — His Life and Music (2007), 60.

December 24

Concert

Stars Of Modern Jazz

Miles Davis Septet

Miles Davis (tp); Bennie Green (tb); Sonny Stitt (as); Serge Chaloff (bs); Bud Powell (p); Curley Russell (b); Max Roach (d).

Bud Powell Trio

Bud Powell (p); Curley Russell (b); Max Roach (d).

Charlie Parker Quintet

Red Rodney (tp); Charlie Parker (as); Al Haig (p); Tommy Potter (b); Roy Haynes (d).

Winding/Getz Combo

Kai Winding (tb); Stan Getz (ts); Al Haig (p); Tommy Potter (b); Roy Haynes (d).

Stan Getz Quartet

Sarah Vaughan

Jimmy Jones (p); Sarah Vaughan (voc).

Lennie Tristano Sextet

Lee Konitz (as); Warne Marsh (ts); Lennie Tristano (p); Joe Shulman (b); Jeff Morton (d).

Carnegie Hall, New York, NY.

December 24/25, 1949.

Symphony Sid, Monte Kay, Leonard Feather  (Prod.)

Stars Of Modern Jazz.

Voice of America Radio Broadcast exists.

 

B. Milner, Liner notes to the CD: Carnegie Hall X-Mas ’49, Jazz JCD 16.

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December 30

George Shearing Band

Charlie Parker Band

Metropolitan, Philadelphia, PA.

December 30, 1950.

Concert and Dance.

 

“Music–As Written,” Billboard, December 24, 1949, 39: “George Shearing and Charlie Parker to make for a double-starrer concert and dance Friday (30) at the Met…”

“Jazzdom's Top 2 Here for Concert,” Philadelphia Tribune, December 27, 1949, 3.

“Shearing, Parker to Star at Met,” Baltimore Afro-American, December 31, 1949, 17: “they will appear at the Met, Broad and Poplar Sts.”