Charlie Parker Chronology 1950

 

By Leif Bo Petersen

 

1950

 

Charlie Parker Chronology

 

 

Created by Leif Bo Petersen

Last update: July 16, 2016.

Date

Event

References/Further Details

 

January early

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.

Continued from December 15. Closing January 11.

Birdland opening show.  William B. Williams (mc)

 

“Goings on about Town: Birdland,” New Yorker, January 7, 1950, 6: No mention of Birdland.

“Goings on about Town: Birdland” New Yorker, January 14, 1950, 7: Erroll Garner, Henry Red Allen, and Lester Young.

“Dixieland at Birdland,” Pittsburgh Courier, January 14, 1949, 19: Second show opening Thursday: Errol, Garner Trio, Lester Young, Mary Ann McCall, Red Allen’s Sextet, Serge Chaloff all Stars. Garner doubles at the Apollo.

Ad in New York Age, January 14, 1950, 18: Garner at the Apollo the week beginning Friday, January 13th.

 

January mid

Charlie Parker Quintet

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

421 Club, Philadelphia, PA.

January mid–29.

 

“Music as Written,” Billboard, January 21, 1950, 41: “Parker takes over“ no dates. Illinois Jacquet opens at 421 Club on January 30.

K. Vail, Bird's Diary (1996), 70: Has opening January 9. No source is given.

February 2

Charlie Parker Quintet

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

Gene Ammons/Bobby Hackett

Bobby Hackett (tp); Gene Ammons (ts); Dick Hyman (p); Irv Lang (b); Jo Jones (d).

Florence Wright

Mr. Google Eyes

Birdland, New York, NY.

February 2–15, 1950.

February 14:

Private tape recordings of the Parker Sextet by Jimmy Knepper and Don Lanphere exist.

 

“Goings on about Town: Birdland," New Yorker, February 4, 1950, 7: Opening February 2: Charlie Parker, Hackett, and Wynonie Harris.

Ad in New York Age, February 4, 1950, 7: Wynonie Harris not mentioned on the bill. Instead it has Florence Wright and Mr. Google Eyes.

”Goings on about Town: Birdland,” New Yorker, February 11, 1950, 7: Bobby Hackett’s Quartet with Dick Hyman, Charlie Parker with J. J. Johnson. New show opening on Thursday February 16.

Claes Dahlgreen, “Nytt Fran New York,” Orkester Journalen, March 1950, 11.

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=500214

 

February 13

Benefit Memorial for Buddy Stewart

Dizzy Gillespie, J. J. Johnson, Tony Scott, Charlie Parker, Lester Young, John Coltrane, Charlie Ventura, Stan Getz, Al Cohn, Zoot Sims, Lennie Tristano, Billy Byers, Lennie Tristano, Ella Fitzgerald, Harry Belafonte, and others.

Birdland, New York, NY.

Probably February 13, 1950.

 

“Talent by the Carload at Stewart Benefit.” Down Beat, March 24, 1950, 3: …”: Held at Birdland on a recent Monday night.”

Claes Dahlgreen, “Nytt Fran New York,” Orkester Journalen, April 1950, 13.

“Little Old New York,” Oil City Derrick (PA.), February 17, 1950, 10: The Stewart benefit gave $1,500.

 

February 16

Charlie Parker Sextet

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

Ella Fitzgerald (voc) acc. by

Ray Brown Trio

Hank Jones (p); Ray Brown (b); Unidentified (d).

Bud Powell Trio

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

Stan Getz

Birdland, New York, NY.

February 16–22, 1950.

 

“Goings on about Town: Birdland,” New Yorker, February 18, 1950, 7: Opening February 16: Parker (held over), Fitzgerald, Bud Powell Trio, and Stan Getz.

Ad in New York Age, February 25, 1950, 23: Miles Sextet has replaced Charlie Parker Quintet.

K. Vail, Bird's Diary (1996), 71: Has Parker Sextet closing on Thursday, February 16. No source is given.

February 18

Charlie Parker Quintet

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

Saint Nicholas Arena, New York, NY.

Private recordings by Don Lanphere exist.

Chan Parker [Richardson] and Charlie Parker are seen together in public here.

 

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=500218b

K. Vail, Bird’s Diary (1996), 71: No source is given.

February 18 was a Saturday, so it may have been a matinee. If not, Parker must have had this gig alongside his Birdland engagement.

 

March 11

Charlie Parker Band

Probably: Red Rodney (tp); J. J. Johnson (tb); Charlie Parker (as); Al Haig (p); Tommy Potter (b); Roy Haynes (d).

Waukegan, North Chicago, IL.

 

K. Vail, Bird’s Diary (1996), 73: Reader’s letter from Down Beat is shown.

March mid/late

Jam session

Probably Kenny Dorham (tp); Charlie Parker (as); Tony Scott (cl); unidentified (ts); Mundell Lowe (g): Dick Hyman (p); Irv Lang? (b); Irv Kluger? (d).

Café Society, New York, NY.

Probably in March before March 22, 1950.

Private tape recordings by Bill Hirsch exist.

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=500322

 http://markweber.free-jazz.net/2012/01/19/a-note-considering-charlie-parker-discography-and-my-tony-scott-story/

http://www.jazzwax.com/2010/01/interview-dick-hyman-part-1.html

http://www.JazzWax.com/2010/01/interview-dick-hyman-part-2.html

Dick Hyman has told about this jam in many interviews. He consistently states that this jam happened during a Tony Scott gig at Café Society in 1950. He mentions Irv Lang (b), and Irv Kluger (d) as the possible members of Scott’s rhythm group. Mundell Lowe was a sitter-in as well as Parker and the trumpeter, Boris Rose has stated that the latter is Fats Navarro, but to my years he sounds more like Kenny Dorham.

The Tony Scott Quartet was booked into Café Society from February 23–March 22 ("Goings on about Town: Café Society," New Yorker, February 25, 1950, 4, and "Goings on about Town: Café Society," New Yorker, March 11, 1950, 4). Dick Hyman was in Europe with Benny Goodman, leaving US on April 17 for a 6-week tour (“Goodman leaves for Denmark,” New York Times, April 18, 1950).

At one occasion Hyman has stated that the subbed for Bud Powell at Birdland shortly after the jam event under discussion, there accompanying Charlie Parker. This definitely points to a date in March 1950. Bud Powell had opened at Birdland on March 16 as a soloist, and continued with a trio accompanying Charlie Parker from March 23.

The band at Tony Scott’s Café Society gig was a quartet of Scott, Hyman, bass and drums. Reviews show Tony Scott as playing both clarinet and tenor sax in the gig opening February 23 (Night Club Reviews: Café Society, New York," Billboard, March 11, 1950, 54, and "Night Club Reviews," Variety, March 1, 1950, 48), but on the Lover Come Back-track from this jam session there is an overlap between ts and cl, showing that it is not Scot who plays the tenor solo here.

The recordings can be found in Boris Rose’s Birdland Book in connection with material recorded in 1950.

In 1991 and 1993 telephone interviews with Don Manning Boris Rose has told that his associate, Bill Hirsch, made the recordings. Rose gives the following scenario (a transcription is located at IJS, Rutgers University, NJ.):

Hirsch who was a cripple went to Birdland with a heavy Ampex tape recorder, which Rose had provided him with. He was denied to record there, and Charlie Parker, who was present, helped him out with the recorder and took him to Café Society where he succeeded in recording.

In an email correspondence with me (November 2013) Dick Hyman has stated that the facts presented here “seems quite accurate,” except that he don’t remember Scott playing tenor-sax at the Café Society gig. He recalls Scott doubling on tenor and baritone saxophone on other occasions.

 

March 23

Wynonie Harris (voc)

Mabel Scott (voc)

Milt Buckner All Stars

Sonny Stitt (as); Gene Ammons; Stan Getz (ts); Milt Buckner (p); unidentified (b); Jo Jones (d).

Charlie Parker

acc. by

Bud Powell Trio

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

Birdland, New York, NY.

Probably March 23–April 6, 1950.

 

Ad in New York Amsterdam News, March 25, 1950, 27.

“Goings on about Town: Birdland,” New Yorker, April 1, 1950, 6: Wynonie Harris (closing April 7). Bud Powell’s Trio (Charlie Parker sits in), and Gene Ammons band.

Claes Dahlgreen: Nytt Fran New York,” Orkester Journalen April 1950, 12. Gives personnel of Bud Powell Trio.

“Milt Buckner Band Stays at Birdland,” New York Age, April 22, 1950, 14.

March 30

Gene Roland Orchestra

Marty Bell, Don Ferrera, Don Joseph, Jon Nielson, Al Porcino, Sonny Rich, Red Rodney, Neil Friez (tp); Frank Orchard (vtb); Eddie Bert, Porky Cohen, Jimmy Knepper, Paul Selden (tb); Joe Mainie, Charlie Parker (as); Al Cohn, Don Lanphere, Tommy Mackagon, Zoot Sims (ts); Bob Newman, Marty Flax (bs); Harry Biss (p); Sam Herman (g); Buddy Jones (b); Freddie Gruber (d); Gene Roland (arr & cond).

March 30, 1950.

Nola's Studio, Broadway, New York City

Rehearsal.

 

Bob Newman in R. Reisner, Bird: The Legend of Charlie Parker (1962), 154-55: Newman tells about the Gene Roland Orchestra, dating 1949. It was supposed to open at the Adams Theatre, Newark, but the localities were too small so it was cancelled. The orchestra existed for 2 weeks.

K. Vail, Bird’s Diary (1996), 72-73: Photos by Eddie Bert.

April

Charlie Parker with Strings

Birdland, New York, NY.

Plans of presenting Parker with Strings at Birdland are not realized.

“Bird, Backed by Strings, Disappoints at Birdland,” Down Beat, August 1950: Article fragment shown in K. Vail, Bird’s Diary (1996), 79: “Shortly after the release of the Parker with Strings album plans were afoot to put the Bird and strings into Birdland, but it fell through.”

The Parker with Strings album was reviewed in Billboard, April 1, 1950, 44.

 

April

Jam session

Unidentified (tp); Charlie Parker (as); unidentified (as); unidentified (p); unidentified (b); Freddie Gruber (d).

Unidentified venue, possibly Nola Studios, New York, NY.

Possibly April 1950.

Private tape recordings.

 

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=500400

K. Vail, Bird’s Diary (1996), 73: Freddie Gruber tells that many of the Gene Roland rehearsals ended up with just the Rhythm section with Parker playing... and the guys listening.

These tracks may be from the Nola sessions of Gene Roland.

April 3

Gene Roland Orchestra

Marty Bell, Don Ferrera, Don Joseph, Jon Nielson, Al Porcino, Sonny Rich, Red Rodney, Neil Friez (tp); Frank Orchard (vtb); Eddie Bert, Porky Cohen, Jimmy Knepper, Paul Selden (tb); Joe Mainie, Charlie Parker (as); Al Cohn, Don Lanphere, Tommy Mackagon, Zoot Sims (ts); Bob Newman, Marty Flax (bs); Harry Biss (p); Sam Herman (g); Buddy Jones (b): Freddie Gruber (d); Gene Roland (arr & cond).

Nola's Studio, Broadway, New York, NY.

Rehearsal.

Private tape recordings exist.

 

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=500403

Bob Newman in R. Reisner, Bird: The Legend of Charlie Parker (1975), 154-55: Tells that tapes exist.

April 7

Georgie Auld and His Orchestra

Charlie Parker

acc. by

Bud Powell Trio

Probably: Bud Powell (p); Curly Russell (b); Max Roach (d).

The Orioles

Savannah Churchill (voc)

Milt Buckner Band?

Birdland, New York, NY.

April 7–9, 1950.

Gala Easter Holiday Show.

 

Ad in New York Amsterdam News, April 8, 1950, 27.

“Goings on about Town: Birdland,” New Yorker, April 8. 1950, 6: Savannah Churchill, Georgie Auld, and Bud Powell’s Band.

“Goings on about Town,” New Yorker, April 15, 1950, 7: Closing April 19: Savannah Churchill, Georgie Auld, and Bud Powell’s Trio.

“Milt Buckner Band Stays at Birdland,” New York Age, April 22, 1950, 14.

April 10

Charlie Parker Quintet

Possibly:  Jimmy Knepper (tb); Charlie Parker (as); Al Haig (p); Tommy Potter (b); Roy Haynes (d).

Showboat, Philadelphia, PA.

Opening April 10, 1950.

Tape recordings from this engagement are rumored to exist.

 

"Music–As Written,” Billboard, March 25, 1950, 47: Charlie Parker has been set for the Showboat, Philadelphia, starting April 10.

"Music–As Written,” Billboard, April 22, 1950, 26: Charlie Parker taking a return trip to the Showboat. Dizzy Gillespie took his place in the Club 421 band parade.

Booklet to The Complete Benedetti Recordings of Charlie Parker, Mosaic #129, 13: Photo of Knepper, Haynes, and Parker at the Showboat in Philadelphia 1950.

K. Vail, Bird’s Diary (1996), 105: Vail dates this photo November 1951, but an April 1950 dating seems more plausible in the light of Rodney's illness at that time.

C. Haddix, Bird -The Life and Music of Charlie Parker (2013), 127 and 176 note 49: In a letter to Ross Russell (Russell Collection Ransom Center) Rodney tells about an appendicitis attack and hospitalization at his time.

 

May 1

Charlie Parker

Unknown venue, New York, NY.

May 1, 1950.

Charlie Parker interviewed by Marshall Stearns and John Maher.

Also present Chan Parker [Richardson] and her daughter.

 

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=500501

The recorded interview appears in Boris Rose’s Birdland Book.

In a 1993 telephone interview with Don Manning Boris Rose has related that he provided Marshal Stearns with a tape recorder (a transcription of the Manning interview is located at IJS, Rutgers University, NJ.).

 

May 2

Concert

Charlie Parker Orchestra

George Shearing Quintet

Slam Stewart Trio

Metropolitan, Philadelphia, PA.

 

“Music–As Written,” Billboard, April 15, 1950, 28.

“Guardsmen Aim at SRO for Shearing, Bird, Slam,” Pittsburgh Courier, April 29, 1950, 20.

May 3

Concert

Charlie Parker and His Orchestra

George Shearing Quintet

Slam Stewart Trio

Beryl Booker (p); Slam Stewart (b); unidentified (d).

Helen James

(voc) acc. by Ray Lawson (p).

Syria Mosque, Pittsburgh, PA.

8:30 p.m.

 

“Guardsmen Aim at SRO for Shearing, Bird, Slam,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 30, 1950, 20.

Ad in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 30, 1950, Sec. 5, 2.

K. Vail (ed.), Charlie Parker & Jazz Club Memorabilia (2007), 21: Handbill. 39: Jazz Concert program.

May 15?

Jam session

Fats Navarro (tp); Charlie Parker (as); Bud Powell; Walther Bishop Jr. (p); Curley Russell, Tommy Potter? (b); Art Blakey, Roy Haynes? (d); Little Jimmy Scott (voc).

Birdland, New York, NY.

Possibly May 15–16, 1950, around midnight.

Tape recordings by Bill Hirsch exist.

 

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=500517

Norman Saks claims to possess a tape copy of the material, which has the handwritten date May 16. This could mean that the session took place on Monday evening/Tuesday morning, which was jam session time at Birdland, the night off for the regular bill.

Boris Rose’s Birdland Book dates most of this material May 17, but In a 1993 telephone interview with Don Manning Boris Rose has told that the dating of the material in this part of his list is rather arbitrary in order to conceal the real recording date (a transcription is located at IJS, Rutgers University, NJ.):

 

May 19

Machito Orchestra

Usually listed as Charlie Parker (as) and Howard McGhee (tp) as soloists with the Machito Orchestra: Mario Bauzo, Frank Davilla, Bob Woodlen (tp); Gene Johnson, Fred Skerritt (as); Jose Madera, Frank Socolow (ts); Leslie Johnakins (bs); René Hernandez (p); Robert Rodriguez (b); Jose Manguel (d); Luis Miranda (cga); Ubaldo Nieto (timbales); Machito (maracas).

Renaissance Ballroom, Harlem, New York, NY.

May 19, 1950.

Private tape recordings by Marshall Stearns exist.

 

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=500519b

In Boris Rose's Birdland Book these items are labeled "Afro-Cuban Bop -FS.” The FS has been interpreted as Frank Socolow.

In a 1993 telephone interview with Don Manning Boris Rose tells that he provided Marshall Stearns with a tape recorder and that Stearns made these recordings. In discussion with Manning Rose cannot explain the FS and sticks to the Parker identification of the alto sax soloist (a transcription of the Manning interview is located at IJS, Rutgers University, NJ.).

Listening to the recordings, I am pretty sure that it is not Howard McGhee we hear soloing. I also severely doubt the presence of Charlie Parker.

 

May 20

Concert

Charlie Parker

Flip Philips

Kenny Dorham

Slam Stewart Trio

Beryl Booker (p); Slam Stewart (b); unidentified (d).

Masonic Temple, Norwich, CT.

Sponsored by Downtown Community Association.

 

Ad in Hartford Courant, May 5, 1950, 4: Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Stan Getz, J. J. Johnson, and Slam Stewart Trio. Sponsored by Downtown Community Association. Norwich.

Ad in Hartford Courant, May 19, 1950, 1: Charlie Parker, Slam Stewart Trio, Benny Green, Kenny Dorham, and Beryl Booker. Sponsored by Downtown Community Association. Norwich.

Ad in Hartford Courant, May 20, 1950, 8: Charlie Parker, Flip Philips, Slam Stewart Trio, Kenny Dorham. Auspices DCA Fund Benefit.

 

May 28

Jam Session

Charlie Parker (as); Jon Eardley, Norma Carson (tp); Jimmy Knepper (tb); Gers Yowell, Bob Newman (ts); John Williams (p); Buddy Jones (b); Frank Isola, Phil Brown, Buzzy Bridgeford (d).

William Henry Apartments, New York, NY.

Private wire recordings by Gers Yowell exist.

 

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=500528

 

May 29

Charlie Parker

422 E. 11th Street, New York, NY.

Chan Parker [Richardson] and Charlie Parker starts living together at Parker's apartment.

 

Chan Parker [Richardson], My Life In E-Flat (1993). 30.

Doris Sydnor in R. Reisner, Bird: The Legend of Charlie Parker (1962) 174:  Parker and Chan move together in July 1950.

June

Jam session

Jon Nielson (tp); Jimmy Knepper (tb); Charlie Parker; Joe Mainie (as); Don Lanphere (ts); Al Haig (p); Buddy Jones (b); Frank Isola (d).

William Henry Apartments, New York, NY.

Possibly June 1950.

Private wire recordings by Don Lanphere exist.

 

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=500600

Phil Schaap in Bird Flight (WKCR) dates these recordings Sunday, January 7, 1951. No source given.

June 5

Jam session

Dizzy Gillespie (tp), Charlie Parker (as), and others.

Birdland, New York, NY.

Monday night jam session.

 

L. Feather, "Seven Days of Bop," Melody Maker, July 1, 1950.

June 6

Charlie Parker and His Orchestra

Dizzy Gillespie (tp); Charlie Parker (as); Thelonious Monk (p); Curly Russell (b); Buddy Rich (d).

Unidentified studio, New York, NY.

June 6, 1950.

Commercial recordings for Mercury Records.

 

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=500606

 

June 8

Charlie Parker Quintet

Kenny Dorham (tp); Charlie Parker (as); Al Haig (p), Tommy Potter (b); Roy Haynes (d).

Art Tatum

Cliff Jackson

Jack Prince,

Lea Matthews

Café Society Downtown, New York, NY.

June 8–July 5, 1950.

Undated private tape recordings probably by Bill Hirsch exist:

Charlie Parker Quintet. Two of these tracks also include Tony Scott in a Jam session setting.

“Goings on about Town: Birdland,” New Yorker, June 3, 1950, 4: Tatum, Jack Prince, Parker, and Clifford Jackson (intermission p) opening June 8.

“Goings on about Town: Birdland,” New Yorker, July 1, 1950, 4: Tatum, Prince, Parker, and Lea Matthews closing July 5.

“Night Club Reviews: Cafe Society,” Billboard, July 1, 1950: 40: Reviewed June 20. Art Tatum. Parker Quintet. Jack Prince (voc), Lea Matthews (voc).

“Bird, Backed by Strings, Disappoints at Birdland,” Down Beat, August 1950: Article fragment shown in K. Vail, Bird’s Diary (1996), 79: A try to have Charlie Parker with strings at Café Society also aborted and resulted in a quintet gig.

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=500608a

 

June

Birdland All Stars

Miles Davis, Fast Navarro (tp), J. J. Johnson (tb); Brew Moore (ts); Tadd Dameron, Walter Bishop Jr. (p); Curly Russell (b): Art Blakey (d); Chubby Newsome (voc); Pee Wee Marquette (mc).

Birdland, New York, NY.

June 1950.

Tape recordings by Bill Hirsch exist.

 

http://www.plosin.com/milesAhead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=500630

I doubt Charlie Parker’s presence here. He supposed to be heard in a flurry on Deception, but it could just as well be Brew Moore in a high register outburst.

According to Phil Schaap, Bird Flight, (WKCR) the June 30 date comes from the Bill Hirsch, who claimed that the recording took place a week before Navarro died.

Boris Rose’s Birdland Book dates some of this material May 17, but In a 1993 telephone interview with Don Manning Boris Rose has told that the dating of the material in this part of his list is rather arbitrary in order to conceal the real recording date (a transcription is located at IJS, Rutgers University, NJ.).

 

July?

Jam session

Charlie Parker (as); unidentified (p); unidentified (b); unidentified (d).

Unknown venue, possibly Café Society, New York, NY.

Unknown date, possibly June/July 1950

Private recording exist.

 

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=500700

Losin has Bernie Leighton, Ray Brown, and Buddy Rich in the rhythm. This personnel points to a recording situation around the Parker with String recording date in 1950, but this seems not very plausible. The recording sounds like coming from a club.

 

July 6

Charlie Parker with Strings

Charlie Parker (as & dir); Tommy Macey (oboe); Sam Caplan, Jerry Molfese, All Feller (vln); Dave Uchitel (viola); Seymore Barab (cello); Wallace MacManus (harp); Al Haig (p); Tommy Potter (b); Roy Haynes (d).

Gene Ammons/Sonny Stitt Band

Incl. Sonny Stitt (as); Gene Ammons (ts).

Stan Getz Quartet

Stan Getz (ts); Al Haig p); Tommy Potter (b); probably Ray Haynes (d).

Birdland, New York, NY.

July 6–26, 1950.

 

“Goings on about Town: Birdland,” New Yorker, July 8, 1950, 5.

“Night Club Reviews: Birdland,” Billboard, July 22, 1950, 43: Reviewed on Thursday July 6.

“Bird, Backed by Strings, Disappoints at Birdland,” Down Beat, August 1950: Fragment of this article is shown in K. Vail, Bird’s Diary (1996), 79: The personnel are listed.

July 27

Charlie Parker with Strings

Teddy Blume (v) temporarily replaces Sam Kaplan during this or the ensuing engagement.

Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra

Dizzy Gillespie (tp); Charlie Parker (as); Bud Powell (p); Curly Russell (b); Art Blakey (d).

Coleman Hawkins Band

Miles Davis (tp); J .J. Johnson (tb); Coleman Hawkins (ts); same rhythm group as Gillespie.

Birdland, New York, NY.

July 27–August 9, 1950.

 

“Goings on about Town: Birdland,” New Yorker, July 29, 1950, 4: Charlie Parker with Strings, Dizzy Gillespie, Coleman Hawkins. “Night Club Reviews: Birdland,” Variety, August 2, 1950, 46.

“Goings on about Town: Birdland,” New Yorker, August 5, 1950, 4: Through August 9: Charlie Parker with Strings, Dizzy Gillespie, Coleman Hawkins.

Teddy Blume interviewed by Phil Schaap in radio WCKR broadcast August 29, 1987: Blume subbed for Kaplan a Sunday night because Parker had fired Kaplan. Parker did not show up until 2 a.m., so Gillespie subbed for Parker until then. There were problems about money for paying of the musicians and Blume quitted the job without being paid.

If it was a payday, it seems more likely that this happened on a Wednesday than a Sunday, as engagements usually ran from Thursdays to Wednesdays.

Blume also tells of Symphony Sid broadcasting from Birdland on this night. Symphony Sid’s all night disc show had started to emanate from Birdland on August 1. It was sent Tuesday to Sunday from midnight to 5:45 a.m. on WJZ (“Symphony Sid Goes into N.Y. Jazz Nitery,” Variety, July 12, 1950, 42).

The next day Billy Shaw called Teddy Blume to the agency office and offered him the job as 1st violinist. Blume accepts; Sam Kaplan returns on Blume’s request, but leaves shortly after because of continuing quarrels with Parker.

Blume also claims that he was offered the position as personal manager for Parker instead of Maely Bartholomew at this occasion, but this seems to have been later on (see August late).

Teddy Blume in R. Reisner, Bird: The Legend of Charlie Parker (1962), 56–62.

 

August 10

Charlie Parker with Strings

Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra

Kai Winding Band

Birdland, New York, NY.

August 10–16, 1950.

 

“Goings on about Town: Birdland,” New Yorker, August 12, 1950, 6: Charlie Parker with Strings, Dizzy Gillespie Band, and Kai Winding Band closing August 16. Jam sessions on Mondays.

Billy Taylor interviewed by Mr. Brown and Eugene Holly, November 19, 1993, transcript pp.78–79. Smithsonian Jazz Oral History Program, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC: Billy Taylor played in Parker with Strings one week at Birdland, and the following week at the Apollo.

 

August 17

Charlie Parker with Strings

11 pieces: Charlie Parker (as & dir); Tommy Macey (oboe); Teddy Blume, Sam Caplan?, Stan Karpenia (vln): Dave Uchitel (viola); Bill Bundy (cello); Wallace McManus (harp); Billy Taylor (p), Tommy Potter (b), Roy Haynes (d).

Stan Getz Orchestra

11 pieces: 4 brass; 4 reeds; 3 in the rhythm;

Inclusive Al Porcine (tp); unidentified (flugelhorn); Stan Getz (ts);

Sarah Vaughan (voc)

acc. by George Treadwell (dir); Stan Getz Orchestra; Charlie Parker orchestra.

Timmie Rogers (comedy and voc)

acc. by Stan Getz Orchestra.

Three Poms (tapsters).

Symphony Sid (mc).

Apollo Theater, New York, NY.

August 17-23, 1950.

This bill constituted Apollo’s re-opening after 4 weeks of re-decoration. A new practice was introduced: Apollo bill openings on Thursdays instead of Fridays.

August 22:

Private tape recordings by Al Porcino exist:

Charlie Parker with Strings: 6 shows.

Finale: Sarah Vaughan; Stan Getz Orchestra; Charlie Parker.

Wednesday August 23:

Harlem Amateur Night. WMCA broadcast 11:10–12:00 p.m.:

Private recording exists: Parker with Strings and Sarah Vaughan with Stan Getz Orchestra.

 

Ad in New York Age, August 19, 1950, 9.

“House Reviews: Apollo, N. Y.,” Variety, August 23, 1959, 18: reviewed on August 17.

Teddy Blume in R. Reisner, Bird: The Legend of Charlie Parker (1962), 59: Teddy Blume claims that he acted as Parker’s personal manager here.

Radio program in New York Times, August 23, 1950.

Phil Schaap, Bird Flight (WKCR) April 2012.

Boris Rose’s Birdland Book

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=500817

http://www.plosin.com/milesAhead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=500800

 

August late

Charlie Parker

Maely Bartholomew [Dufty] becomes personal manager for Charlie Parker. The press describes her as a European newspaperwoman, who plans to sign artists for work abroad.

This seems to have been announced at Parker’s birthday party at Birdland on August 29.

Teddy Blume takes over as personal manager after her.

 

Photo and text in Chicago Defender (Nat. ed), September 26, 1950, 20.

“Early Bird Gets-“ Pittsburgh Courier (Nat. ed.) September 9, 1950, 14.

Maely Bartholomew [Dufty] was married to actor Freddie Bartholomew. Later on she divorced and married the journalist William Dufty, Billie Holiday’s biographer.

Teddy Blume interviewed by Phil Schaap in radio WCKR broadcast August 29, 1987.

 

August late/September early

Charlie Parker with Strings

Joseph Singer (frh); Charlie Parker (as); Edwin Brown (oboe), Sam Kaplan, Howard Kay, Zelly Smirnoff (vln); Isadore Zir (vlola); Maurice Brown (cello); Verley Mills (harp); Bernie Leighton (p); Ray Brown (b); Buddy Rich (d); Joe Lippman (arr & cond).

Reeves Sound Studios, 304 East 44th Street, New York, NY.

August late/September early.

 

http://www.plosin.com/milesAhead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=500705

http://www.jazzdisco.org/charlie-parker/discography/

http://www.preservationsound.com/?p=7848

Phil Schaap, Bird Flight (WKCR): The conventional given date is July 5, but this is wrong. Lippman has told that he consulted Parker concerning the arrangements during the Apollo Theater engagement. There seems to have been two sessions.

August 28

Charlie Parker

Unidentified (tp); Jimmy Knepper? (tb); Charlie Parker (as); Al Haig? (p); Tommy Potter? (b); Roy Haynes? (d).

Rainbow Inn, New Brunswick, NJ.

Private tape recordings exist:

 

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=500828

Phil Schaap, Bird Flight (WKCR) May 2012: Ads in local papers show venue as Rainbow Inn. Schaap assumes that the accompanying musicians are local.

August 29

Charlie Parker

Birdland, New York, NY.

August 29, 1950.

Parker celebrates his 30th birthday at a party at Birdland. Billy Eckstine participates.

 

“Really Flying High,” Chicago Defender (Nat. ed), September 26, 1950, 21: Photo and text.

August 31

Charlie Parker with Strings

Stan Getz Band

Oscar Pettiford Trio

Billy Taylor (p); Oscar Pettiford (b); Jo Jones (d).

Birdland, New York, NY.

August 31–September 13, 1950.

 

“Goings on about own: Birdland,” New Yorker, September 2, 1950, 6: Pettiford Trio, Stan Getz Band, and Charlie Parker with strings.

“Goings on about Town: Birdland,” New Yorker, September 9, 6: Pettiford Trio, Stan Getz Band, and Charlie Parker, all closing September 13.

September 5

JATP

Charlie Parker-Coleman Hawkins

Charlie Parker (as); Coleman Hawkins (ts); Hank Jones (p); Ray Brown (b); Buddy Rich (d).

Hank Jones Trio

Hank Jones (p); Ray Brown (b): Buddy Rich (d).

Lester Young-Bill Harris

Bill Harris (tb); Lester Young (ts); Hank Jones (p); Ray Brown (b); Buddy Rich (d).

Ella Fitzgerald/Harry Edison/Flip Philips

Harry Edison (tp): Bill Harris (tb); Lester Young, Flip Philips (ts); Hank Jones (p); Ray Brown (b); Buddy Rich (d); Ella Fitzgerald (voc).

Gjon Mili Studio, New York, NY.

Between September 5 and September 15, 1950.

Shooting and recording for a Norman Granz film project titled Improvisation.

Film and recordings exist.

 

http://www.plosin.com/milesAhead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=500900

“JATP Sets Up Film Division,” Billboard, June 17, 1950, 42: Shooting will start on September 5.

“Granz Duz All, Makes Hot Jazz Pay Upward of §500,000 a Yr.,” Billboard, September 9, 1950, 13: article dated New York September 3. In conjunction with photographer Gjon Mili, Granz will produce the first of a series of JATP movie shorts.

“Johnny Gotham's New York Beat,” New York Age, October 28, 1950, 14: JATP is now available on film starring Ella Fitzgerald, Flip Philips, Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, Buddy Rich, Hank Jones, Ray Brown, and Harry Edison.

September early

Charlie Parker Quartet

Charlie Parker (as); Hank Jones (p); Ray Brown (b); Buddy Rich (d).

Unidentified studio, New York, NY.

Probably September early, 1950.

Commercial recordings for Mercury Records.

 

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=500900b

The conventional dating, March/April 1950, seems dubious.

These recordings are more probably from the period of the Improvisation recordings of Granz.

September 16

JATP Concert

JATP tour band

Harry Edison (tp); Bill Harris (tb); Flip Philips, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young (ts); Oscar Peterson, Hank Jones (p); Ray Brown (b); Buddy Rich (d); Ella Fitzgerald (voc).

Charlie Parker with Strings

Charlie Parker (as); Tommy Mace (oboe); Teddy Blume, Sam Caplan, Stan Karpenia (vln); Dave Uchitel (viola); unidentified (cello); Wallace McManus (harp); Al Haig (p); Tommy Potter (b): Roy Haynes (d).

Carnegie Hall, New York, NY.

8:30 p.m.

Recordings exist.

 

“Granz Duz All, Makes Hot Jazz Pay Upward of §500,000 a Yr.,” Billboard, September 9, 1950, 13.

“’Jazz at the Philharmonic” Packs Carnegie Hall, N.Y...." Variety, September 20, 1950, 40: Review.

http://www.plosin.com/milesAhead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=500916

September 17

JATP Concert

JATP tour band

Harry Edison (tp); Bill Harris (tb); Flip Philips, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young (ts); Oscar Peterson, Hank Jones (p); Ray Brown (b); Buddy Rich (d); Ella Fitzgerald (voc).

Charlie Parker with Strings

Charlie Parker (as); Tommy Mace (oboe); Teddy Blume, Sam Caplan, Stan Karpenia (vln); Dave Uchitel (viola); unidentified (cello); Wallace McManus (harp); Al Haig (p); Tommy Potter (b): Roy Haynes (d).

Mosque Theater, Newark, NJ.

September 16, 1950. After midnight.

 

“Granz Duz All, Makes Hot Jazz Pay Upward of §500,000 a Yr.,” Billboard, September 9, 1950, 13.

September 17

JATP Concert

JATP tour band

Harry Edison (tp); Bill Harris (tb); Flip Philips, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young (ts); Oscar Peterson, Hank Jones (p); Ray Brown (b); Buddy Rich (d); Ella Fitzgerald (voc).

Charlie Parker with Strings

Charlie Parker (as); Tommy Mace (oboe); Teddy Blume, Sam Caplan, Stan Karpenia (vln); Dave Uchitel (viola); unidentified (cello); Wallace McManus (harp); Al Haig (p); Tommy Potter (b): Roy Haynes (d).

National Guard Armory, Washington, DC.

 

“Granz Duz All, Makes Hot Jazz Pay Upward of §500,000 a Yr.,” Billboard, September 9, 1950, 13.

Ad shown in K. Vail, Bird’s Diary (1996), 85.

September 22

Charlie Parker with Strings

Blue Note, Chicago, IL

September 22–October 5, 1950.

K. Vail, Bird’s Diary (1996), 85: Opening September 22. No source is given.

“Chicago Band Briefs,” Down Beat, October ?, 1950, 6: Closing October 5.

“Parker's ‘Mood Music’ Is out of this World,” Chicago Defender (Nat. ed.), October 14, 1950, 20: Review of Blue Note performances.

 

October 6

Charlie Parker with Strings

? Ballroom, Detroit, MI.

October 6–8, 1950.

http://www.birdlives.co.uk/gallery/norman-saks-gallery

Norman Saks Collection: Receipt for 10% collection by Local 3?: $66. Date of engagement: 3 days ending October 8, 1950. Day of receipt: October 7, 1950.

 

October 9

Charlie Parker and His Band

Slim Gaillard Trio

Ann Cornell (voc)

Club Harlem, Philadelphia, PA.

October 9-15, 1950. Nightly from 7:30 p.m. Saturday Matinee 2:30–6 p.m.

 

Ad in Philadelphia Inquirer, October 9, 1950, 26: Opening October 9. Nightly from 7:30. Saturday Matinee 2:30–6 p.m. Opening October 18; Jimmy Rushing

"Philly Niteries Book Heavy Array of Recording Names," Billboard, October 14, 1950, 55.

"it's Happening Here," Philadelphia Inquirer, October 12 1950, 25: Jimmy Rushing opening at Club Harlem Monday.

K. Vail, Bird’s Diary (1996), 87: Shows article, probably from Down Beat.

 

October 19

Charlie Parker with Strings

Soldier Meyer's, Brooklyn, New York, NY.

October 19–25, 1950.

Ad in New York Amsterdam News, October 14, 1950, B13: Opening Thursday, October 19.

“Night Life,” Brooklyn Eagle, October 20, 1950, 10: Parker opens a week's run tonight.

 

October 23

Charlie Parker

acc. by

Freeman Bros Band

Earl Lavon Freeman, unidentified (ts); Chris Anderson, unidentified (p); George Freeman (g); Leroy Jackson (b); Bruz Freeman (d); unidentified (voc).

Pershing Ballroom, Chicago IL.

October 23, 1950.

Private tape recordings by Donald Coy exist.

 

D. Coy, Liner notes to the LP, Charlie Parker at the Pershing Ballroom Chicago 1950, Zim Records LP ZM-1003.

http://www.plosin.com/milesAhead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=501023a

 

October 26

Charlie Parker with Strings?

Birdland, New York, NY.

October 26–November 2, 1950.

 

“Goings On About Town: Birdland,” New Yorker, October 28, 1950, 12: "Through Thursday, November 2, Charlie Parker's Band in full cry."

Probably Parker with Strings.

 

October 31

TV Broadcast

Unidentified (tp); Charlie Parker (as); Milton De Lugg (accordion); Unidentified (p); Unidentified (b); unidentified (d); Ray Malone (tap dancer), Buddy Lester (ann & voc); Dagmar (ann); Jerry Lester (ann).

WNTB TV Studio, New York, NY.

11:00 p.m.: Broadway Open House.

Private sound-recordings exist.

 

Television program in Brooklyn Eagle, October 31, 1950, 21: WNBT, 11:00: Broadway Open House. Jerry Lester (mc).

http://www.plosin.com/milesAhead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=501031

November 18

Tour to Sweden and France

Roy Eldridge (tp); Charlie Parker (as).

Eldrigde was only participating in parts of the tour

November 18–December 2, 1950.

Nils Hellström, Estrad, (prod).

 

M. Westin, “Charlie Parker in Sweden,” Blogspot July 2007. http://martinwestin.blogspot.dk/2007/07/charlie-parker-in-sweden.html

Parker's salary: $1000 & first class flying ticket ($785).

November 19

Charlie Parker

Stockholm, Sweden.

Charlie Parker and Roy Eldridge arrive at Bromma, Stockholm, and are checked in at the Hotel Plaza.

 

M. Westin, “Charlie Parker in Sweden,” Blogspot July 2007. http://martinwestin.blogspot.dk/2007/07/charlie-parker-in-sweden.html

November 20

Concert

Charlie Parker

acc. by

Rolf Ericsson/Arne Domnerus Band

Rolf Ericsson (tp); Arne Domnerus (as); Rolf Blomquist (ts); Lars Gullin (bs); Gunnar Svensson (p); Yngve Akerberg (b); Jack Norén (d).

Roy Eldridge

acc. by

Charlie Norman Band

Konserthuset, Stockholm, Sweden.

2 concerts.

In the day Charlie Parker and Roy Eldridge rehearses for the evening concerts.

Private tape recordings exist.

 

M. Westin, “Charlie Parker in Sweden,” Blogspot July 2007. http://martinwestin.blogspot.dk/2007/07/charlie-parker-in-sweden.html

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=501120

 

November 20

Jam session

Leppe Sundewall, Eldridge (tp); Parker (as); Gullin (bs); Rolf Larsson, Reinhold Svensson (p); Simon Brehm, Yngve Akerberg (b): Jack Norén (d);

Van der Lindeska Valven, Stockholm, Sweden.

Jam session arranged by Stockholm's Jazz Club.

A Monday night jam session had been announced at the jazz club, Nalen, but this was not realized.

 

M. Westin, “Charlie Parker in Sweden,” Blogspot July 2007. http://martinwestin.blogspot.dk/2007/07/charlie-parker-in-sweden.html

November 21

Concert

Charlie Parker

acc. by

The Swedish All Stars

Rolf Ericsson (tp); Arne Domnerus (as); Gösta Theselius (p); Thore Jederby (b); Jack Norén (d).

Roy Eldridge

acc. by Charlie Norman Band

Konserthuset, Göteborg, Sweden.

2 concerts.

 

M. Westin, “Charlie Parker in Sweden,” Blogspot July 2007. http://martinwestin.blogspot.dk/2007/07/charlie-parker-in-sweden.html

November 22

Concert

Charlie Parker

acc. by

The Swedish All Stars

Rolf Ericsson (tp); Arne Domnerus (as); Gösta Theselius (p); Thore Jederby (b); Jack Norén (d).

Admiralen, Malmö, Sweden.

Concert and dance.

Private tape recordings exist.

 

M. Westin, “Charlie Parker in Sweden,” Blogspot July 2007. http://martinwestin.blogspot.dk/2007/07/charlie-parker-in-sweden.html

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=501122

 

 

November 22

Jam session

Rolf Ericsson (tp); Charlie Parker; Arne Domnerus (as); Gösta Theselius (p); Thore Jederby (b); Jack Norén (d).

University of Lund, Lund, Sweden.

Jam session after the concert in Malmö

 

M. Westin, “Charlie Parker in Sweden,” Blogspot July 2007. http://martinwestin.blogspot.dk/2007/07/charlie-parker-in-sweden.html

November 23

Concert

Roy Eldridge & Charlie Parker

acc. by

The Swedish All Stars

Rolf Ericsson (tp); Arne Domnerus (as); Gösta Theselius (p); Thore Jederby (b); Jack Norén (d).

Leo Mathiesen Band

Incl. Jörgen Ryg (tp).

Helge Jacobsen Trio

Lasse Gerlyng Orchestra (Norway)

Incl. Rowland Greenberg (ts).

KB-Hallen, Copenhagen, Denmark.

The concert closed in a general jam session.

 

M. Westin, “Charlie Parker in Sweden,” Blogspot July 2007. http://martinwestin.blogspot.dk/2007/07/charlie-parker-in-sweden.html

November 24

Charlie Parker

acc. by

The Swedish All Stars

Rowland Greenberg; Rolf Ericsson (tp); Arne Domnerus (as); Gösta Theselius (p); Thore Jederby (b); Jack Norén (d).

Folkets Park, Hälsingborg, Sweden.

2 concerts.

Private recordings exist.

 

M. Westin, “Charlie Parker in Sweden,” Blogspot July 2007. http://martinwestin.blogspot.dk/2007/07/charlie-parker-in-sweden.html

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=501124a

 

November 24

Jam session

Rowland Greenberg, Rolf Ericsson (tp), Charlie Parker (as), Gösta Theselius (ts), Lennart Nilsson (p), Folke Holst (b), Eric Nilsson (d),

Restaurant in Folkets Park, Hälsingborg, Sweden.

Jam session after the 2 concerts.

Private recordings exist.

 

M. Westin, “Charlie Parker in Sweden,” Blogspot July 2007. http://martinwestin.blogspot.dk/2007/07/charlie-parker-in-sweden.html

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=501124b

 

November 25

Concert

Charlie Parker

acc. by

The Swedish All Stars

Rowland Greenberg; (tp); Arne Domnerus (as); Gösta Theselius (p); Thore Jederby (b); Jack Norén (d).

Sportshallen, Jönköpimg, Sweden.

2 concerts.

 

M. Westin, “Charlie Parker in Sweden,” Blogspot July 2007. http://martinwestin.blogspot.dk/2007/07/charlie-parker-in-sweden.html

 

November 26

Concert

Charlie Parker

acc. by

The Swedish All Stars

Rolf Ericsson; (tp); Arne Domnerus (as); Gösta Theselius (p); Thore Jederby (b); Jack Norén (d).

Unidentified location, Gävle, Sweden.

2 concerts.

 

M. Westin, “Charlie Parker in Sweden,” Blogspot July 2007. http://martinwestin.blogspot.dk/2007/07/charlie-parker-in-sweden.html

 

November 27

Jam session

Charlie Parker

Toots Thielemans

Putte Wickman Orchestra

Incl. Stubben Kallin (d).

Cab Caye Orchestra

Nalen, Stockholm, Sweden.

Monday night jam session.

 

M. Westin, “Charlie Parker in Sweden,” Blogspot July 2007. http://martinwestin.blogspot.dk/2007/07/charlie-parker-in-sweden.html

 

November 28

Charlie Parker

Flight departure from Sweden, arrival in Paris.

Charlie Parker moves in at Kenny Clarke and Annie Ross' apartment.

 

M. Westin, “Charlie Parker in Sweden,” Blogspot July 2007. http://martinwestin.blogspot.dk/2007/07/charlie-parker-in-sweden.html

K. Vail, Bird’s Diary (1996), 93: Note from Kenny Clarke to Parker.

November 28

Charlie Parker

Maurice Moufflard Orchestra

Roger Guerin, Georges Jouvin, Pierre Fassin, Yves Alouette (tp); André Paginet, Maurice Gladieu, Charles Juss (tb); Robert Merchez (as); Marcel Pomes (ts); Honoré Truc (bs); Robert Cambier (p); Henri Karen (b); Pierre Loteguy (d); Unidentified (perc), Maurice Moufflard (arr & cond).

Studio Washington, Le Poste Parisien, Paris, France.

O.R.T.F. radio broadcast.

Recording exists.

 

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=501128

December 2

Charlie Parker

A concert appearance of Charlie Parker and Kenny Clarke on Saturday night, December 2, 1950, is planned by Charles Delaunay.

Charlie Parker backs out and flies back to the US and appears in Leonard Feather radio show the same evening. Here he excuses for not showing up at the Paris concert.

 

K. Vail, Bird’s Diary (1996), 94.

Chan Parker (Richardson), My Life In E-Flat (1993) 31.

L. Feather, “Parker Hotar Stämma Delaunay,” Estrad, February 1951, 7: gives an explanation of Parker retreat, which involves contractual matters.

December 4

Charlie Parker

Medical Arts Hospital, New York, NY.

December 4–December mid, 1950.

Parker is hospitalized for ulcers.

 

“Parker in Hosp; Ulcers,” Variety, December 6, 1950, 40: Parker is bedded at Medical Arts Hospital on Monday 4, for ulcers.

“Rhythm and Blues Notes,” Billboard, December 16, 1950, 31: Parker left the hospital last week.

December 15

Ella Fitzgerald (voc) acc. by Ray Brown Trio

Probably Hank Jones (p); Ray Brown (b); Unidentified (dr).

Billy Taylor Quartet

Billy Taylor (p): Unidentified (g); Joe Shulman (b); Joe Jones (dr).

Bud Powell Trio?

Bud Powell (p); Unidentified (b); Unidentified (dr).

Terry Gibbs Quartet

Terry Gibbs (vib), Bill Triglia (p), Teddy Kotick (b), Charlie Smith (dr).

(Probably from December late)

Birdland, New York, NY.

December 15, 1950–January 3, 1951.

 

December 23?, 1950:

WJZ broadcast: Symphony Sid. 12- 5:45 a.m. the Birdland transmission was from 3-4 a.m.

Charlie Parker

Red Rodney (tp); Charlie Parker (as); Kenny Drew (p); Curly Russell (b); Art Blakey (d).

Birdland, New York, NY.

Private recordings exist.

December 30. 1950:

WJZ broadcast: Symphony Sid. 12- 5:45 am. the Birdland transmission was from 3-4 a.m.

Bill Harris, Zoot Sims, Harry Edison and Billy Taylor Trio

Terry Gibbs Quartet

Ella Fitzgerald

Boris Rose recordings exist.

"Goings On About Town: Birdland," New Yorker, December 16, 1950, 8: Opening December 15: Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Brown Trio, Billy Taylor Quartet. Bud Powell Quartet.

"Goings on about Town: Birdland," New Yorker, December 23, 1950, 4: Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Taylor.

"Goings on about Town: Birdland," New Yorker, December 30, 1950, 4: Closing January 3: Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Taylor.

"Vibe Gibbs Exits B.G. to Front Own Orch," Variety, November 29, 1950, 41: Gibbs Orchestra incl. Bill Triglia (p), Teddy Kotick (b), Charlie Smith (dr) will open at Birdland after his Philadelphia shakedown.

Discographies show Parker WJZ broadcast recordings, usually dated December 9. Bob Garrity’s incomplete announcement mentions Charlie Parker and Billy Taylor. this indicates a date after December 15.

Parker may have been an added attraction this night, or a substitute for the Bud Powell Trio.

"Rhythm and Blues Notes," Billboard, December 16, 1950, 31: Parker will not be in work until an engagement in Philadelphia on December 24.

"On the Radio," New York Times, December 22, 1950, 30: 12:00-5-:45 a.m.: Symphony Sid. This broadcast is not included in Boris Rose’s Birdland Book. Here the first recorded broadcast is from the next Saturday, December 30, and this does not include Charlie Parker.

Boris Rose Birdland list,

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=501223

 

December 21

Charlie Parker

Flip Philips

Machito Orchestra

Reeves Sound Studios, 304 East 44th Street, New York, NY.

Commercial recordings for Mercury.

 

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=501221

http://www.preservationsound.com/?p=7848

 

December 25

Charlie and His Band

Probably: Red Rodney (tp). Charlie Parker (as), Kenny Drew (p), Curly Russell (b), Phil Brown (d).

Rendezvous, Philadelphia, PA.

December 25–?, 1950.  Xmas Matinee 5–7 p.m. Nightly from 8 p.m.

Probably not fulfilled (see January 3).

 

“Rhythm and Blues Notes,” Billboard, December 16, 1950, 31: Starting Christmas Night for a week.

Ad in Philadelphia Inquirer, December 22, 1950, 35: Coming Charlie Parker. Xmas Matinee 5–7 p.m. Monday.

Ad in Philadelphia Inquirer, December 24, 1950, 38; Xmas Matinee 5–7 p.m. Monday. Nightly from 8 p.m.

"It's Happening Here," Philadelphia Inquirer, December 27, 1951, 31: Charlie Parker opened at the Rendezvous Monday.

Ad in Philadelphia Inquirer, December 27, 1950, 25: Nightly from 8 p.m.

Philadelphia Inquirer has no further ads for this engagement.

Ad in Philadelphia Inquirer, December 29, 1950, 11: The photos of night club stars do not show Charlie Parker.

"It's Happening Here," Philadelphia Inquirer, January 1, 1951, 17: Billy Day opens at the Rendezvous tonight.