1953

 

Charlie Parker Chronology

 

 

 

Created by Leif Bo Petersen

Last Update: July 24, 2016.

Date

Event

References/Further Details

 

January mid

Charlie Parker

Le Downbeat, New York, NY.

“Goings on about Town,” New Yorker, January 10, 1953, 6: “The boys here really play for keeps. Among them are Milt Jackson, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Don Abney, Chuck Wayne, and Candido.”

Parker is not mentioned in this venue’s bills in the weeks before or after. Considering that Parker had not yet regained his Cabaret Card, this cannot have been a regular engagement.

 

January 27

Charlie Parker

Times Square Hotel, Rochester, NY.

Opening January 27, 1953. Probably for a week.

 

K. Vail, Bird’s Diary (1996), 118: No source is given.

January 30

Miles Davis Sextet

Miles Davis (tp); Charlie Parker, Sonny Rollins (ts); Walter Bishop Jr. (p); Percy Heath (b); Philly Joe Jones (d).

WOR Studio, New York, NY.

Commercial recordings for Prestige.

 

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=530130

 

February 1

Concert

Charlie Parker

Stan Getz

Bud Powell Trio

Bud Powell (p); Tommy Potter (b); Roy Haynes (dr).

Johnny Smith & His Trio

Battle of the Saxes

Parker, Getz, and Spence Sinatra.

Howard Theatre, Washington, DC.

February 1 (January 31 after Midnight).

Willis Conover (prod).

Jazz at Midnite.

 

Ad in Washington Afro-American., January 27, 7.

According to persons interviewed by Phil Schaap, Parker did not show up.

February 5

Charlie Parker

Charlie Parker (as); Brew Moore (ts); Paul Bley (p); Dick Garcia (g); Neil Michaud (b); Ted Paskert (d).

CBC Studio, Montreal, Canada.

CBC TV program: Jazz Workshop. Don Cameron (mc).

 

M. Miller, Cool Blues: Charlie Parker in Canada. 1953. (1990) Here quoted from C. Haddix, The Life and Music of Charlie Parker (2013), 145 and 177 note 30 and 31.

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February 7

Charlie Parker All Stars

Charlie Parker (as); Valdo Williams (p); Steep Wade (p); Dick Garcia (g); Hal Gaylor (b); Bob Rudd (b); Billy Graham (d); Bobby Malloy (d).

Chez Parée, Montreal, Canada.

Don Cameron (mc).

Private tape recordings exist.

 

M. Miller, Charlie Parker in Canada. 1953. (1990) Here quoted from C. Haddix, The Life and Music of Charlie Parker (2013), 146 and 177 note 34.

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=530207

 

 

 

 

February 7

Jam session

Charlie Parker and local musicians.

Latin Quartier, Montreal, Canada.

 

M. Miller, Charlie Parker in Canada. 1953. (1990) Here quoted from C. Haddix, The Life and Music of Charlie Parker (2013), 146.

 

February 13

Art Tatum Trio

Art Tatum (p); Slam Stewart (b); Everett Barksdale (d).

Stan Getz Trio

Bill Harris-Chubby Jackson Herd

Machito Orchestra

Including Charlie Parker and Buddy Rich.

Joe Loco Band

Bandbox, New York, NY.

February 13–27, 1953.

February 16 (Sunday, February 15, after midnight):

WMGM broadcast: 12–2:30 a.m.: Jazz Caravan. Leonard Feather (mc).

Charlie Parker and Bill Harris-Chubby Jackson Herd

Charlie Parker (as); Bill Harris (tb); Charlie Mariano (as); Harry Johnson (ts); Sonny Truitt (p); Chubby Jackson (b); Morey Field (d).

Broadcast recordings exist.

 

“Goings on about Town,” New Yorker, February 14, 1953, 8: Ellington and Tatum out on February 12. No mention of the bill starting February 13.

“Goings on about Town,” New Yorker, February 21, 1953, 6: Bill as listed. New bill February 27. Closed on Mondays.

Parker’s presence at this bill was in violation of his Cabaret Card status. See B. Priestley, Chasin’ the Bird (2006), 93 and 219 (note to p. 93): Here it is stated that Parker played opposite Duke Ellington, But this may have been a sitting in situation in the previous week. A Down Beat article is also quoted for Parker being forced to leave the Bandbox because of Cabaret Card troubles.

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=530216

“On the Radio This Week,” New York Times, February 16, 1953.

 

February 17

Charlie Parker

Charlie Parker writes a letter to the State Liquor Authority making an appeal for regaining his Cabaret Card.

 

Maxwell T. Cohen quoted this letter in Down Beat, March 11, 1965.

See also March 17.

 

February 22

Concert

Miles Davis

Max Roach

Allen Eager

Terry Swope

Conover Big band

Joe Theimer (d, dir).

A Big  Surprise” Guest

Howard Theater, Washington, DC.

February 22, 1953. 12:15 a.m. (February 21 after midnight).

Willis Conover (prod).

Jazz at Midnite no. 9

Private audience recordings exist:

Miles Davis

Miles Davis (tp); Allen Eager (ts); Jack Holliday? (p); Franklin Skeete? (b); Max Roach (d).

Charlie Parker

Charlie Parker (as); Jack Holliday? (p); Franklin Skeete? (b); Max Roach (d).

 

Ad in Washington Afro-American, February 17, 1953, 6.

“Howard to Repeat Jazz at Midnight,” Washington Afro-American, February 17, 1953, 6: “a big surprise guest, said to be one of the big names in Jazz today.”

http://www.plosin.com/milesAhead/Sessions.aspx?s=530221

http://www.plosin.com/MilesAhead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=530221

The Parker recordings have been considered to come from a March 8, 1953, concert at the Howard. This is not true.  Parker was not on the bill on March 8. He was working in Boston on this date. The presence of Max Roach points to the present February 22 concert.

February 22

Charlie Parker All Stars

Ed Leddy, Marky Markowitz, Charlie Walp, Bob Carey (tp); Earl Swope, Rob Swope, Dan Spiker (tb); Charlie Parker (as); Jim Riley (as); Jim Parker (ts); Angelo Tompros (ts); Ben Lary (ts); Jack Nimitz (bars); Jack Holliday (p); Merton Oliver (b); Joe Theimer (d).

Club Cavakos, Washington, DC.

February 22, 1953. 4–8 p.m.

Private tape recordings exist.

 

K. Vail, Bird’s Diary (1996), 122: The source is a contract.

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=530222

 

 

March 6

Charlie Parker Quintet?

Hunt’s Point Palace, Bronx, New York, NY.

 

“Bronx Limited,” New York Age, March 7, 1953, 25: Charlie Parker at Hunt’s Point Palace.

March 7

Charlie Parker Quintet

Charlie Parker (as); Red Garland (p); Bernie Griggs (b); Roy Haynes (d).

Storyville Club, Buckminster Hotel, Boston, MA.

March 7–15, 1952.

March 10:

Broadcast WHDH: 9:35–10 p.m.: Music from Storyville. Guest Charlie Parker. John McClellan (mc).

Broadcast recording exist.

 

"Off the Records," Boston Herald, March 5, 1953, 35: Charlie Parker opens tomorrow, maybe with strings.

Ad in Boston American, March 6, 1953, 40: “Parker opens tomorrow for one week”.

Ad in Boston American, March 9, 1953, 30: “Tonite thru Sunday.”

“At Storyville,” Boston Traveler, March 16, 1953, 6: Opening tonight: Frankie Newton Quartet and Pat Rainey.

K. Vail, Bird’s Diary (1996), 122: Quotes contract. The Shaw Artist Corporation is involved in this engagement.

“Today’s Radio Headliners,” Boston Herald, March 10, 1953, 14.

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=530310

 

March 17

Charlie Parker

Charlie Parker’s Cabaret Card is reinstated. 

Letter to Charlie Parker from The Legal Aid Society dated March 17, 1952: Here Parker is informed that his appeal to the State Liquor Authority (see February 17) had been successful.

L. Kopitnik, “Bird Documents,” JAM (Jazz Ambassador Magazine), August/September 2015, 13, 21.

 

March 20

Terry Gibbs Quintet

Including Don Elliott.

Milt Buckner Trio & Sonny Stitt

Sonny Stitt; Milt Buckner (org); Bernie McKay (g); Cornelius Thomas (d).

Bandbox, New York, NY.

March 20–26, 1953.

March 23 (Sunday, March 22 after midnight):

WMGM Broadcast: Jazz Caravan. 12:00. Leonard Feather (mc).

Charlie Parker

Charlie Parker (as); Milt Buckner (org); Bernie McKay (g); Cornelius Thomas (d).

Broadcast recording exist.

 

“Goings on about Town,” New Yorker, March 21, 1953, 6: Bill as listed.

Parker’s comments in the announcement imply that he is in a working situation at the club.

“Radio Highlights,” Brooklyn Eagle, March 22, 1953, 30.

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=530323

 

March 27

Buddy Rich Quartet & Sonny Stitt

Charlie Parker Quintet

Charlie Parker (as); Walter Bishop, Jr. (p); Kenny O'Brien (b); Roy Haynes (d).

Machito Orchestra

Bandbox, New York, NY. March 27–April 2, 1953.

March 30 (Sunday, March 29 after midnight):

WMGM Broadcast: Jazz Caravan. 12:00. Leonard Feather, Bob ? (mc).

Broadcast recordings exist.

 

“Goings on about Town,” New Yorker, March 28, 1953, 6: Bill as listed.

“Radio Highlights,” Brooklyn Eagle, March 29, 1953, 30.

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=530330

 

April 19

Benefit Concert

Ruth Brown, Roy Eldridge, Coleman Hawkins, Al Hibbler, Joe Jones, Jackie Mabley, Hot Lips Page, Stuff Smith, Slam Stewart, Dizzy Gillespie, and Charlie Parker.

Birdland, New York, NY.

April 19, 1953. 3–7 p.m.

Benefit for drummer Billy Exner.

 

“Izzy Rowe’s Notebook, Pittsburgh Courier, April 18, 1953, 18.

April 24

Charlie Parker

Philadelphia, PA.

 

K. Vail, Bird’s Diary (1996), 123: Quotes money order to Chan Parker (Richardson) sent from Philadelphia on this date.

I have not been able to verify a Parker gig in Philadelphia on this date.

 

May 9

Kai Winding Band

Kai Winding (tb); Brew Moore, Phil Urso (ts); Cecil Payne (bars); Percy Heath (b); Philly Jo Jones (dr).

Gil Melle Quintet

Gil Melle (ts); ? Burt (?); Chuck Wayne (g); Claude Lombardi (b); Ed Shaughnessy (d).

Charlie Parker All Stars

Charlie Parker (as); John Lewis (p); Curly Russell (b); Kenny Clarke (d); Birdland, New York, NY.

May 7–14, 1953.

May 9 (Friday, May 8, after midnight):

WABC Birdland Show: broadcast from Birdland. 2–3 a.m. Bob Garrity (mc).

Gil Melle Quintet

Kai Winding Band

Charlie Parker All Stars

Candido Camero (cga) is guest on the closing number.

Boris Rose recordings exist.

“Goings on about Town,” New Yorker, May 2, 1953, 6: Opening May 7: Kai Winding Band, Gil Melle’s Quintet.

“Goings on about Town,” New Yorker, May 9, 1953, 6: Kai Winding Band, Gil Melle’s Quintet.

“Goings on about Town,” New Yorker, May 16, 1953, 8: Melle and Windings closing May 14:

“On the Radio,” New York Times, May 8, 1953, ?.

Tracks, which cover about 50 minutes of transmission, are listed in Boris Rose’s Birdland Book dated May 9.

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=530509

Garrity’s announcement states that Parker is in for 2 weeks and that “this is a show, at least a good part of it, that will be here until Wednesday at Birdland.”

K. Vail, Bird’s Diary (1996), 133: Has Parker opposite Winding and Slim Gaillard in June. Source: Metronome Review. This review is probably misplaced and belongs to the present engagement because it mentions the shown personnel of Parker’s group.

 

May 15

Quintet of the Year

Dizzy Gillespie (tp); Charlie Parker (as); Bud Powell (p); Charles Mingus (b); Max Roach (d)

Massey Hall, Toronto, Canada.

Private tape recordings by Charlie Mingus exist.

 

M. Miller, Cool Blues: Charlie Parker in Canada. 1953. (1990) Here quoted from C. Haddix, The Life and Music of Charlie Parker (2013), 148–152 and 177 note 39, 41, and 42.

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=530515

 

May 16

Kai Winding Band

Probably only May 15.

Charlie Parker acc. by

Bud Powell Trio

Bud Powell (p); Charles Mingus (b); Art Taylor (d).

Probably opening May 16.

Dizzy Gillespie Quintet

Dizzy" Gillespie (tp); Sahib Shihab (bars); Wade Legge (p); Louis Hackney (b); Al Jones (d); Joe Carroll (voc). Miles Davis subs for Gillespie on May 15.

Birdland, New York, NY.

May 15—27, 1952.

May 16 (Friday, May 15, after midnight):

WABC broadcast from Birdland. 2—3 a.m. Bob Garrity (mc).

Kai Winding Band

Dizzy Gillespie Quintet

Miles Davis is subbing for Gillespie here. Candido Camero  (cga) is guest on one of the tracks.

Boris Rose recordings exist.

May 23 (Friday, May 22, after midnight):

WABC broadcast from Birdland. 2—3 a.m. Bob Garrity (mc).

Bud Powell Trio

Charlie Parker

Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra

Charlie Parker and Miles Davis sit in here.

Private recordings off the air by Chan Parker [Richardson] exist.

 

“Goings on about Town,” New Yorker, May 16, 1953, 8: Expected opening of Gillespie and Parker’s band on May 15.

Because of the Massey Hall concert Dizzy Gillespie’s Quintet had Miles Davis subbing for Gillespie on May 15.The Kai Winding Band stayed one day extra, postponing the Parker opening until May 16.

“Goings on about Town,” New Yorker, May 23, 1953, 6: Parker and Gillespie’s bands are here now, closing on May 27, where Ella Fitzgerald, Wild Bill Davis Trio, and Bud Powell Trio take over.

“On the Radio,” New York Times, May 15, 1953, ?.

Tracks, which cover about 50 minutes of transmission, are listed in Boris Rose’s Birdland Book dated May 16.

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=530522

“On the Radio,” New York Times, May 22, 1953, ?.

Boris Rose’s Birdland Book lists no recordings on this date.

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=530523

The track below may also belong to May 23. It is not listed in Boris Rose’s Birdland Book on May 30.

http://www.plosin.com/MilesAhead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=530600a

 

 

May 25

Charlie Parker and His Orchestra

Charlie Parker (as); Junior Collins (frh); Hal McKusick (cl); Tommy Mace (oboe); Manny Thaler (bassoon); Tony Aless (p); Charles Mingus (b); Max Roach (d); Dave Lambert Singers (voc); Dave Lambert (arr); Gil Evans (arr, cond)

Fulton Recording Studio, New York. NY.

Commercial recordings for Mercury.

 

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=530525

K. Vail, Bird’s Diary (1996), 128: Quotes Gil Evans interviewed by Charlie Fox.

 

 

May 28

Ella Fitzgerald

Wild Bill Davis Trio

Charlie Parker acc. by

Bud Powell Trio

Bud Powell (p); Charles Mingus (b); Art Taylor (d).

Birdland, New York, NY.

May 28–June 3, 1952.

May 30: (May 29 after midnight)

WABC broadcast from Birdland. 2–3 a.m. Bob Garrity (mc).

Wild Bill Davis Trio

Ella Fitzgerald

Bud Powell Trio

Charlie Parker

Candido Camero (cga) is guest on two tracks.

Boris Rose recordings exist.

 

“Goings on about Town,” New Yorker, May 30, 1953, 6: Ella Fitzgerald, Wild Bill Davis Trio, and Bud Powell Trio.

The broadcast indicate that Parker was held over.

“On the Radio,” New York Times, May 29, 1953, ?

Tracks, which cover about 1 hour of transmission, are listed in Boris Rose’s Birdland Book dated May 30.

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=530529

 

June 8

Charlie Parker and His All Stars

Herb Pomeroy (tp); Charlie Parker (as); Dean Earl (p); Bernie Griggs (b); Baggy Grant (d).

Hi-Hat, Boston, MA.

June 8–14, 1953.

June 15 (Sunday, June 14, after midnight):

WCOP: 12:00: Symphony Sid (mc).

Recordings exist.

 

Ad in Boston Traveler, June 1, 1953, 12: Sarah Vaughan at Hi-Hat. Next week Charlie Parker.

Ad in Boston American, June 8, 1953, 40: Presenting nightly Charlie Parker. Next Week Ruth Brown.

“Today’s TV, Radio Log,” Boston American, June 14, 1953, 30.

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=530614

Symphony Sid’s opening announcements reveal that it is Parker’s last day at the Hi-Hat.

 

June 13

Charlie Parker

WHDH Studio, Boston, MA.

WHDH broadcast: 7:00 p.m.: Top Shelf. John McClellan (mc).

John McClellan interview with Charlie Parker.

 

“Radio Head Liners,” Boston Traveler, June 13, 1953, 3.

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=530613

 

 

June 18

Charlie Parker acc. by

Bud Powell Trio

Cootie Williams Orchestra

Paul Quinichette Band

Birdland, New York, NY.

June 18–24, 1953.

June 20 (Friday, June 19, after midnight):

Broadcast WABC: 12:00: Birdland Show. Bob Garrity (mc).

Cootie Williams Orchestra

Paul Quinichette Band

Bud Powell Trio

Charlie Parker

 

“Goings on about Town,” New Yorker, June 13 1953, 6: Bill as shown, opening June 17.

“Goings on about Town,” New Yorker, June 20, 1953, 6: Bill as shown closing June 24.

K. Vail, Bird’s Diary (1996), 133: Has Parker opposite Winding and Slim Gaillard. Source: Metronome review. This review probably belongs to Parker’s early May engagement at Birdland.

“Radio Highlights,” Brooklyn Eagle, June 19, 1953, 13.

Tracks, which cover about 1 hour of transmission, are listed in Boris Rose’s Birdland Book dated June 20. No tracks with Parker are listed.

 

June 25

Charlie Parker

Sonny Stitt

acc. by

Bud Powell Trio

Errol Garner Trio

Paul Quinichette Quintet

Including organ.

Birdland, New York, NY.

June 25–July 1, 1953.

June 27 (Friday, June 26, after midnight):

Broadcast WABC: 12:00: Birdland Show. Bob Garrity (mc).

Paul Quinichette Band?

Erroll Garner Trio?

Charlie Parker/Sonny Stitt

Charlie Parker (as); Sonny Stitt (ts); Hank Mobley (ts); Bud Powell (p); George Duvivier (b); Max Roach (d).

Tape recording off the air by Chan Parker [Richardson] exist.

 

“Goings on about Town,” New Yorker, June 27 1953, 7: Bill as shown, closing July 1.

“Little Old New York,” Morning Herald (Union Town, PA.), June 30, 1950, 4: Has a Birdland bill of Sonny Stitt/Charlie Parker/Powell and Paul Quinichette.

D. Kilgallen, “the Voice of Broadway,” Pottstown Mercury (PA), July 7, 1953, 4: Parker nearly lost his job because he left Birdland and went to jam with Lionel Hampton at the Bandbox (Hampton opened at bandbox on June 24).

“Radio Highlights,” Brooklyn Eagle, June 26, 1953, 22.

Boris Rose’s Birdland Book shows no tracks from this broadcast.

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=530626

 

 

July 2

Charlie Parker acc. by

Bud Powell Trio

Billy Eckstine

Lester Young Band

Birdland, New York, NY.

July 2–15, 1953.

July 4 (Friday, July 3, after midnight):

Broadcast WABC: 12:00: Birdland Show. Bob Garrity (mc).

 

“Goings on about Town,” New Yorker, July 4 1953, 4: Bud Powell Trio, Billy Eckstine, and Lester Young band.

“Front and Center,” New York Age, July 4, 1953, 7: Mentions Parker on this bill with Powell.

“Eckstine and Lester Young,” Headline Birdland Show,” Pittsburgh Courier, July 4, 1953, 18: Mentions Parker on this bill with Powell.

“Goings on about Town,” New Yorker, July 11 1953, 4: Bud Powell Trio, Billy Eckstine, and Lester Young band closing on July 15.

Parker may have stopped before July 15.

“Radio Highlights,” Brooklyn Eagle, July 3, 1953, 19.

There seems to be no surviving broadcasts from this bill.

 

July 26

Charlie Parker and His All Stars

Benny Harris (tp); Charlie Parker (as); Al Haig (p); Charles Mingus (b); Art Taylor (d)

Open Door, New York, NY.

9 p.m.

New Jazz in the Village. Bob Reisner (prod).

Private tape recordings exist.

 

Ad in Villager, July 23, 1953, ?

C. Haddix, The Life and Music of Charlie Parker (2013), 148: Claims Parker appeared at the Open Door  in the first concert on April 26. No source is given.

Bob Reisner in R. Reisner, Bird: The Legend of Charlie Parker (1975), 12: Reisner has Charlie Parker’s first engagement at the Open Door some time after the first Open Door concert.

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=530726

 

July 30

Charlie Parker Quartet

Charlie Parker (as); Al Haig (p); Percy Heath (b); Max Roach (d).

Fulton Recording Studio, New York NY.

Commercial recordings for Mercury.

 

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=530730

 

 

August 9

Charlie Parker Quintet

Sparrow's Beach, Annapolis, MD.

 

K. Vail, Bird’s Diary (1996), 134: No source is given.

 

August 16

Charlie Parker

St. Louis, MO.

 

K. Vail, Bird’s Diary (1996), 134: Quotes Western Union money order from Parker to Chan sent from St. Louis on this date.

 

August mid/September early?

Charlie Parker

Tootie’s Mayfair, Jackson County, MO.

Charlie Parker had to fly from the gig in order not to be framed by a female Police agent.

 

Tutty Clarkin: in R. Reisner, Bird: The Legend of Charlie Parker (1975), 68: Dates this episode to 1953.

C. Haddix, Bird –The Life and Music of Charlie Parker (2013), 143: Refers this episode to July 1952, which may be correct.

 

September early

Charlie Parker

Illinois Jacquet

Arnett Cobb

Graystone Ballroom, Detroit, MI.

Battle Royal.

D. Kilgallen, “The Voice of Broadway,” Record-Argus (Greenville, PA), September 11, 1953, 8: Parker is arrested on the stage in Detroit for a non-support charge from his first wife. He was in the process of playing Everything I Have is Yours.

L. Bjorn and j. Gallart, Before Motown (2001), 109 note 24 and 25.

 

 

 

 

 

September 13

Woody Herman Orchestra

Bandbox, New York, NY.

Parker sits in here.

 

K. Vail, Bird’s Diary (1996), 135: No source is given.

 

 

September 20

Concert

Charlie Parker (as); Thelonious Monk (p); Charles Mingus (b); Roy Haynes (d)

Open Door, New York, NY.

8 p.m.

Bob Reisner (prod).

 

Notice in Villager, September 17, 1943, ?

K. Vail, Bird’s Diary (1996), 135: Dates September 13. Photo is shown. No source is given.

September 21

 

Charlie Parker and His Quintet

Herb Pomeroy (tp); Charlie Parker (as); Sir Charles Thompson (p); Jimmy Woode (b); Kenny Clarke (d).

Storyville Club, Copley Square Hotel, Boston, MA.

September 21–27, 1953.

September 22:

Broadcast WHDH. 11:35 p.m. Charlie Parker. John McClellan (mc).

Recordings exist.

 

Ad in Boston Herald, September 21, 1953, 7: “Opening tonite thru Sunday.”

Parker must have been out on Saturday night where he performed in concert at Carnegie Hall, N.Y.

“Off the Records," Boston Herald, September 22, 1953, 27: Broadcast tonight at WHDH 11:35 p.m.

“Radio –Television,” Boston American, September 22, 1953, 38.

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=530922

 

September 26

Concert

Stan Kenton Orchestra

19 pieces: 10 brass; 5 reeds; 4 rhythm including Stan Kenton (p).

Billie Holiday

Dizzy Gillespie

Charlie Parker

Bud Powell Trio

Carnegie Hall, New York, NY.

September 26, 1953.

8:15 and 11.45 p.m.

Stan Kenton and Hal Jackson (mc).

Kahl Music (Phil Kahl and Morris Levy) (prod).

 

“Kahl Music Tees Off jazz concerts in N.Y.,” Variety, September 9, 1953, 50.

“Goings on about Town,” New Yorker, September 26, 1953, 12.

“Stan Kenton Is Solid in Carnegie Hall, N.Y., Bash With All-Star Jazz Bill,” Variety, September 30, 1953, 53: Review.

The first mention announces 2 concerts: evening and midnight, but the review only mentions 1 concert.

 

 

October 4

Charlie Parker Quintet

Benny Harris (tp); Charlie Parker (as); Horace Silver (p); Charlie Mingus (b); Kenny Clarke (d).

Memorial Hall, Buffalo, NY.

 

K. Vail, Bird’s Diary (1996), 136: No source is given.

 

October 9

Charlie Parker

K. Vail, Bird’s Diary (1996), 136: Has money order from Parker in California to Chan on this date. Probably misdated!

 

October 12

Charlie Parker and His Band

Benny Harris (tp); Charlie parker (as); Harry Biss (p); Conrad Henry (b); Art Mardigan (d).

A Cowans and His Great Jazz Band

Quartier Latin, Montreal, Canada.

October 12–18.

The Parker band was actually fired on October 14.

 

K. Vail, Bird’s Diary (1996), 136–41: An ad is shown. Parker is fired because of unsatisfactory performance in the opinion of the manager, Moron Berman. The sources are letters to AFM about the firing.

 

October 19

Charlie Parker

Charlie Parker (as); unidentified accompaniment.

Blue Note, Philadelphia, PA.

October 19–25; 1952.

 

"Rhythm and Blues Notes," Billboard, October 17, 1953, 47: Parker opens at the Blues Note in Philadelphia on October 19 for a week.

October 25

Charlie Parker with Strings

Jordan Hall, Boston, MA.

 

According to information in the CD edition Charlie Parker Boston 1952, Uptown 27.42: October 25, 1953, Jordan Hall (Parker with Strings.

See note: http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=521214

K. Vail, Bird’s Diary (1996), 136: Onenighter with Strings at Jordan Hall for McClellan.

This information seems not to be true: Ad in Boston Herald, October 18, 1953, 6: Jordan Hall: October 25, 8:30 p.m.: Framingham Choral Society.

 

October 30

West Coast in Jazz

Charlie Parker Quintet

Chet Baker (tp), Charlie Parker (as); Jimmy Rowles (p); Carson Smith (b); Shelly Manne (d).

Dave Brubeck Quartet

Paul Desmond (as); Dave Brubeck (p); Ron Crotty (b); Lloyd Davis (d).

October 30–November 9, 1952.

Gene Norman (prod).

 

Brubeck, Parker Units for 1-niters," Billboard, October 31, 1953, 16: Gene Norman 10-day one-nighter tour.

October 30

West Coast in Jazz

Charlie Parker Quintet

Chet Baker (tp), Charlie Parker (as); Jimmy Rowles (p); Carson Smith (b); Shelly Manne (d).

Dave Brubeck Quartet

Paul Desmond (as); Dave Brubeck (p); Ron Crotty (b); Lloyd Davis (d).

Olympia, WA.

October 30, 1953.

Gene Norman (prod).

 

Brubeck, Parker Units for 1-niters," Billboard, October 31, 1953, 16: Gene Norman 10-day one-nighter tour.

 

October 31

Charlie Parker Quintet

Chet Baker (tp), Charlie Parker (as); Jimmy Rowles (p); Carson Smith (b); Shelly Manne (d).

Dave Brubeck Quartet

Paul Desmond (as); Dave Brubeck (p); Ron Crotty (b); Lloyd Davis (d).

Metropolitan Center, Seattle, WA.

9 p.m. and Midnight.

Gene Norman, Norm Robrow (prod).

 

Ad in Seattle Daily Times, October 31, 1953, 3.

“Jazz Concert Disappointing,” Seattle Daily Times, November 2, 1952, 15: Review: Unfavorable to Parker.

November 1

Charlie Parker Quintette

Chet Baker (tp), Charlie Parker (as); Jimmy Rowles (p); Carson Smith (b); Shelly Manne (d).

Dave Brubeck Quartette

Paul Desmond (as); Dave Brubeck (p); Ron Crotty (b); Lloyd Davis (d).

Playhouse Theater, Portland, OR.

8:30 and 10 p.m.

Gene Norman (prod).

 

Ad in Oregonian (Portland), October 29, 1953, 4M, 7.

November 5

Charlie Parker Quintet

Chet Baker (tp), Charlie Parker (as); Jimmy Rowles (p); Carson Smith (b); Shelly Manne (d).

Dave Brubeck Quartet

Paul Desmond (as); Dave Brubeck (p); Ron Crotty (b); Lloyd Davis (d).

Gene Norman (prod).

University of Eugene, Eugene, OR.

Private tape recordings exist.

 

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=531105

 

November 7

Charlie Parker Quintette

Chet Baker (tp), Charlie Parker (as); Jimmy Rowles (p); Carson Smith (b); Shelly Manne (d).

Dave Brubeck Quartet

Paul Desmond (as); Dave Brubeck (p); Ron Crotty (b); Lloyd Davis (d).

Gene Norman, (prod).

Portland, OR.

 

K. Vail, Bird’s Diary (1996), 137: No source is given. This may be a mistake for the November 1 concert.

November 8

Charlie Parker Quintet

Chet Baker (tp), Charlie Parker (as); Jimmy Rowles (p); Carson Smith (b); Shelly Manne (d).

Dave Brubeck Quartet

Paul Desmond (as); Dave Brubeck (p); Ron Crotty (b); Lloyd Davis (d).

Coliseum, San Diego, CA.

Gene Norman, Don Howard (prod).

 

“The Roundup,” San Diego Union, October 23, 1953, a-17.

“Don Howard's Jazz Show Wins Prize,” San Diego Union, November 9, 1953, a-15.

November 20

Charlie Parker

Acc. by local musicians including Israel Crosby.

Bee Hive Lounge, Chicago, IL.

November 20–December 10, 1953.

 

Ad in Chicago Defender, November 12, 1943, 34: Opening Friday October [sic] 20: Charlie Parker.

Ad in Chicago Defender, November 19, 1943, 53: Now appearing Charlie Parker.

Ad in Chicago Defender, December 12, 1943, 13: Sonny Stitt at Bee Hive.

K. Vail, Bird’s Diary (1996), 142–43: Has December 10 for Parker’s closing. Shows photo of Parker and Crosby

 

November 28

Ben Webster

Charlie Parker

Edward Sisters

T-Bone Walker

Buster Bennett And His Band

Dr. Jo Jo Adams

Dot and Dash

Muddy Water

Sammy Rogers

Eddie Boyd

Regal Theatre, Chicago, IL.

8:00 p.m. and 12:00 midnight.

McKie Fitzhugh (prod).

McKie Fitzhugh Variety Show of ’54.

 

Ad in Chicago Defender, November 19, 1953, 28.

 

December 19

Charlie Parker

Acc. by local musicians including a trumpet.

Club Tijuana, Baltimore, MD.

December 15–27, 1953.

“Smiling” J. C. Bailey and Nat Ailor (hosts).

 

"At Club Tijuana," Baltimore Afro-American, December 15, 1953, 7: Parker opening tonight with All Star group.

"Along the Avenue," Baltimore Afro-American, December 19, 1953, 20: the group included a trumpet.

Ad in Baltimore Afro-American, December 19, 1953, 21: December 19–27.