1954

 

Charlie Parker Chronology

 

 

 

Created by Leif Bo Petersen

Last Update: October 30, 2016.

Date

Event

References/Further Details

 

January 4

Charlie Parker

Charlie Parker (as); Unidentified accompaniment.

Blue Note, Philadelphia, PA.

January 4–?, 1954.

 

"Rhythm and Blues Notes, "Billboard, January 9, 1954, 36: Charlie Parker will be at the Blue Note... in the first week of January.

K. Vail, Bird’s Diary (1996), 144: Charlie Parker including Clifford Brown at Blue Note, Philadelphia, opening January 4. No source is given.

I do not think this gig was realized: it seems to be in conflict with Parker's presence in Boston on January 10.

 

January 9?

Charlie Parker

Herbie Williams (tp); Charlie Parker (as); Rollins Griffith (p); Jimmy Woode (b); Marquis Foster (d).

Hi-Hat, Boston, MA.

January 9?–11, 1954.

Probably January 9, 1954.

Broadcast: WCOP: 10:05 p.m.: Symphony Sid.

Recordings exist.

January 10, 1954:

Broadcast: WBMS: 3.05 p.m.: Symphony Sid.

Recordings exist.

 

Ad in Boston Daily Record, January 4, 1954, 36: Tonite thru Sunday Louis Bellson and Don Elliott Band at Hi-Hat. Opening January 11: Ruth Brown.

Ad in Boston Daily Record, January 6, 1954, 32: Tonite thru Sunday Louis Bellson and Don Elliott Band at Hi-Hat.

Ad in Boston Daily Record, January 11, 1954, 36: Tonite thru Sunday: Ruth Brown at Hi-Hat. Opening January 18: Dizzy Gillespie.

Judging from the surviving broadcast announcements Charlie Parker was at the Hi-Hat at least in the last part of the week before Ruth Brown opened. Parker may have been billed as a last minute substitute for the weekend, but I have found no newspaper ads verifying this. However, an article in the Jet magazine (January 18, 1954, 62) has statements from Parker about the future of jazz allegedly given in Boston. Since Jet was a weekly publication these statements probably were made some days before January 18, thereby indicating Parker’s presence in Boston prior to his January 18-24 engagement.

http://www.plosin.com/MilesAhead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=540104

It has been believed that some of these surviving broadcasts come from a gig in December 1953, but newspaper ads neither confirm a Parker engagement nor an engagement by Ruth Brown in December.

Radio logs shows that Symphony Sid in this period had a show at station WMBS every day at 3 p.m. and also a nightly show on station WCOP. The surviving broadcasts come from some of these shows.

On his Bird Flight broadcasts (WKCR) Phil Schaap has played a track of My Funny Valentine, which has a short introduction by Parker.

Symphony Sid’s ending announcement in the broadcast, which may include  items 1–6, refers to his 3 p.m. broadcast on WBMS the next day, revealing that this was stated in a WCOP broadcast. The broadcast covering items 7–15 are from the WBMS Sunday afternoon broadcast: Symphony Sid encourages the listeners to spend the evening at the Hit-Hat and tells that Ruth Brown will be in next day, Monday

  “Programs on Other Stations for Saturday, Jan. 9,” Boston Daily Record, January 9, 1954, 35: WBMS: 3:05—4:30: Symphony Sid.

“WCOP,” Boston Daily Record, January 9, 1954, 35: WCOP: 10:05—12:00: Symphony Sid.

“Today’s TV, Radio Log” Boston Record American, January 10, 1954, TV-D: WBMS: 3.00—4:00 p.m.: Symphony Sid. WCOP: 11:30: Symphony Sid.

 

January 18

Charlie Parker

Herbie Williams (tp); Charlie Parker (as); Rollins Griffith (p); Jimmy Woode (b); Marquis Foster (d).

On January 23 Jay Migliori replaces Griffith and George Solano replaces Foster.

Hi-Hat, Boston, MA.

January 18–24, 1954.

January 18:

Broadcast: WCOP: 10:05–12:00. Symphony Sid.

Recordings exist.

January 23:

Broadcast: WCOP: 10:05–12:00. Symphony Sid.

Recordings exist.

January 24:

Broadcast: WBMS: 3.05–4:15 p.m.: Symphony Sid.

Recordings exist.

 

Ad in Boston Daily Record, January 11, 1954, 36: Tonite thru Sunday: Ruth Brown at Hi-Hat. Opening January 18: Dizzy Gillespie.

Ad in Boston Daily Record, January 14, 1954, 27: Tonite thru Sunday: Ruth Brown at Hi-Hat. Opening January 18: Charlie Parker.

Ad in Boston Daily Record, January 16, 1954, 25: Tonite thru Sunday: Ruth Brown at Hi-Hat. Opening January 18: Charlie Parker.

 “Blinstrub’s Gets La Rosa…” Boston Daily Record, January 18, 1954, 37: Charlie Parker on a return visit at Hi Hat.

Ad in Boston American, January 18, 1954, 34: Parker tonite through Sunday. Opening Monday Tiny Bradshaw and Love Notes.

http://www.plosin.com/MilesAhead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=540118

Symphony Sid’s closing announcement reveals that this broadcast comes from the opening night.

“WCOP,” Boston Daily Record, January 18, 1954, 50: 10:05—12:00p.m..:Symphony Sid.

http://www.plosin.com/MilesAhead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=540123

Symphony Sid’s closing announcement refers to the Sunday afternoon broadcast, revealing that this broadcast comes from the night before.

 “WCOP,” Boston Daily Record, January 23, 1954, 21: 10:05—12:00 p.m.: Symphony Sid.

http://www.plosin.com/MilesAhead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=540124

Symphony Sid’s closing announcement refers to his WCOP show later in the night, revealing that his statement comes from a WBMS show.

“WBMS,” Boston Daily Record, January 24, 1954, 21. 3.05—4:15 p.m.: Symphony Sid.

 

January 23

Charlie Parker

Interviewed by John McClellan and Paul Desmond

WHDH studio, Boston, MA.

January 23, 1954.

WHDH broadcast: 7:00 p.m.: Top Shelf.

Recording exists.

 

“WHDF,” Boston Daily Record, January 23, 1954, 18.

http://www.plosin.com/MilesAhead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=540200

Ad in Boston Herald, January 18, 1954, 15: Dave Brubeck is at the Storyville January 18–24.

In his January 24 announcement Symphony Sid refers to having heard the Parker interview the night before.

 

January 27?

Festival of Modern American Jazz

Stan Kenton Orchestra

Sam Noto, Vic Minichelli, Buddy Childers, Don Smith, Stu Williamson (tp); Milt Gold, Joe Ciavardone, Bob Fitzpatrick, Frank Rosolino (tb); George Roberts (b-tb); Charlie Mariano, Dave Schildkraut (as); Mike Ciccheti, Bill Perkins (ts); Tony Ferina (bars); Bob Lesher (g); Don Bagley (b); Stan Levey (d); Stan Kenton (arr, cond).

Candido

Errol Garner Trio

June Christy

Dizzy Gillespie

Charlie Parker

Lee Konitz

Dallas, TX.

Rehearsals for the tour.

 

“On the Upbeat,” Variety, February 3, 1954, 58: Rehearsals in Dallas for the tour.

"Kenton Gives Tonal Feast in Plantation," Dallas Morning News, January 27, 1954, part I, 7: Kenton had given a concert in Dallas on January 26.

January 28

Festival of Modern American Jazz

Stan Kenton Orchestra

Candido

Errol Garner Trio

June Christy

Dizzy Gillespie

Charlie Parker

Lee Konitz

Wichita Falls, TX.

 

K. Vail, Bird’s Diary (1996), 147: No source is given.

January 29

Festival of Modern American Jazz

Stan Kenton Orchestra

Candido

Erroll Garner Trio

June Christy

Dizzy Gillespie

Charlie Parker

Lee Konitz

Coliseum, San Antonia, TX.

 

K. Vail, Bird’s Diary (1996), 147: No source is given.

January 30

Festival of Modern American Jazz

Stan Kenton Orchestra

Candido

Erroll Garner Trio

June Christy

Dizzy Gillespie

Charlie Parker

Lee Konitz

City Auditorium, Houston, TX.

 

K. Vail, Bird’s Diary (1996), 147: No source is given.

January 31

Jazz Festival of Modern American Music

Stan Kenton Orchestra

Candido

Erroll Garner Trio

June Christy

Dizzy Gillespie

Charlie Parker

Lee Konitz

Municipal Auditorium, New Orleans, LA.

3:30 and 8:30 p.m.

 

Notice in Times-Pi

cayune New Orleans States, January 17, 1954, sec. 2, 9.

“Jazz in Several Facets Offered,” Times-Pecayune New Orleans States, February 1, 30.

February 1

Jazz Festival of Modern American Music

Stan Kenton Orchestra

Candido

Erroll Garner Trio

June Christy

Dizzy Gillespie

Charlie Parker

Lee Konitz

Fort Whiting, Mobile AL.

 

K. Vail, Bird’s Diary (1996), 149: No source is given.

February 2

Jazz Festival of Modern American Music

Stan Kenton Orchestra

Candido

Erroll Garner Trio

June Christy

Dizzy Gillespie

Charlie Parker

Lee Konitz

Municipal Auditorium, Atlanta, GA.

 

K. Vail, Bird’s Diary (1996), 149: No source is given.

February 3

Jazz Festival of Modern American Music

Stan Kenton Orchestra

Candido

Erroll Garner Trio

June Christy

Dizzy Gillespie

Charlie Parker

Lee Konitz

Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN.

 

K. Vail, Bird’s Diary (1996), 149: No source is given.

February 4

Jazz Festival of Modern American Music

Stan Kenton Orchestra

Candido

Erroll Garner Trio

June Christy

Dizzy Gillespie

Charlie Parker

Lee Konitz

Memorial Auditorium, Spartanburg, SC.

 

K. Vail, Bird’s Diary (1996), 149: No source is given.

February 5

Jazz Festival of Modern American Music

Stan Kenton Orchestra

Candido

Erroll Garner Trio

June Christy

Dizzy Gillespie

Charlie Parker

Lee Konitz

Memorial Auditorium, Raleigh, NC.

 

Photo and capture in Daily Tar Heel (NC), February 5, 1954, 6.

"Kenton, Crew Play in Raleigh for Foot-Thumping Collegians, Daily Tar Heel (NC), February 7 1954, 1: Review.

February 6

Jazz Festival of Modern American Music

Stan Kenton Orchestra

Candido

Erroll Garner Trio

June Christy

Dizzy Gillespie

Charlie Parker

Lee Konitz

Paramount Theatre, Brooklyn, New York, NY.

8:30 p.m. and midnight.

 

“B’klyn Paramount Books Stan Kenton Jazz Show Feb. 6,” Brooklyn Eagle, January 27, 8.

Ad in New York Amsterdam News, January 30, 1954, 21.

 

February 7

Jazz Festival of Modern American Music

Stan Kenton Orchestra

Candido

Erroll Garner Trio

June Christy

Dizzy Gillespie

Charlie Parker

Lee Konitz

National Guard Armory, Washington, DC.

9:00 p.m.

 

“Kenton's Big ‘Modern Jazz Festival’ Slated,” Washington Afro-American, February 2, 1954, 18.

K. Vail, Bird’s Diary (1996), 150: Ad from unidentified newspaper is shown.

February 8

Jazz Festival of Modern American Music

Stan Kenton Orchestra

Candido

Erroll Garner Trio

June Christy

Dizzy Gillespie

Charlie Parker

Lee Konitz

Upper Darby, PA.

 

K. Vail, Bird’s Diary (1996), 150: No source is given.

 

February 9

Jazz Festival of Modern American Music

Stan Kenton Orchestra

Candido

Erroll Garner Trio

June Christy

Dizzy Gillespie

Charlie Parker

Lee Konitz

Worchester, MA.

 

K. Vail, Bird’s Diary (1996), 150: No source is given.

 

February 10

Jazz Festival of Modern American Music

Stan Kenton Orchestra

Candido

Erroll Garner Trio

June Christy

Dizzy Gillespie

Charlie Parker

Lee Konitz

Civic Center, White Plains, NY.

 

K. Vail, Bird’s Diary (1996), 150: No source is given.

February 11

Jazz Festival of Modern American Music

Stan Kenton Orchestra

Candido

Erroll Garner Trio

June Christy

Dizzy Gillespie

Charlie Parker

Lee Konitz

Ann Arbor, MI.

7:30 and 9:30.

 

K. Vail (ed.), Charlie Parker & Jazz Club Memorabilia (2007), 26: ad from unidentified newspaper is shown

February 12

Jazz Festival of Modern American Music

Stan Kenton Orchestra

Candido

Erroll Garner Trio

June Christy

Dizzy Gillespie

Charlie Parker

Lee Konitz

Massey Hall, Toronto, Canada.

 

K. Vail, Bird’s Diary (1996), 151: No source is given.

February 13

Jazz Festival of Modern American Music

Stan Kenton Orchestra

Candido

Erroll Garner Trio

June Christy

Dizzy Gillespie

Charlie Parker

Lee Konitz

Detroit. MI.

 

K. Vail, Bird’s Diary (1996), 151: No source is given.

February 14

Jazz Festival of Modern American Music

Stan Kenton Orchestra

Candido

Erroll Garner Trio

June Christy

Dizzy Gillespie

Charlie Parker

Lee Konitz

Rainbo Arena, Chicago, IL.

7 p.m. and 10 p.m.

 

“Stan Kenton Heads Festival of Jazz at Rainbo Arena,” Arlington Heights Herald (Chicago), February 11, 1954, 15.

Ad In Chicago Defender, January 13, 1954, 27.

 

February 24

Concert

Stan Kenton Orchestra

Errol Garner Trio

June Christy

Dizzy Gillespie

Charlie Parker

Lee Konitz

Candido

Civic Auditorium, Seattle, WA.

3:30 and 8:30 p.m.

 

Ad in Seattle Times, February 12, 1954, 24.

”Words and Music,” Seattle Daily Times, February 25, 1954, 49: review.

February 25

Jazz Festival of Modern American Music

Stan Kenton Orchestra

Candido

Erroll Garner Trio

June Christy

Dizzy Gillespie

Charlie Parker

Lee Konitz

Public Auditorium, Portland, OR.

8:30 p.m.

 

Ad in Oregonian, February 25, 1954, 13.

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=540225

 

February 26

Jazz Festival of Modern American Music

Stan Kenton Orchestra

Candido

Erroll Garner Trio

June Christy

Dizzy Gillespie

Charlie Parker

Lee Konitz

Paramount Theatre, San Francisco, CA.

 

K. Vail, Bird’s Diary (1996), 151: No source is given.

February 27

Jazz Festival of Modern American Music

Stan Kenton Orchestra

Candido

Erroll Garner Trio

June Christy

Dizzy Gillespie

Charlie Parker

Lee Konitz

Auditorium Arena, Oakland, CA.

 

K. Vail, Bird’s Diary (1996), 151: No source is given.

February 28

Jazz Festival of Modern American Music

Stan Kenton Orchestra

Candido

Erroll Garner Trio

June Christy

Dizzy Gillespie

Charlie Parker

Lee Konitz

Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA.

8:30 p.m.

Gene Norman (mc).

 

Ad in California Eagle, February 25, 1954, 9.

“’Just Jazz’ Gene Norman Presents ‘Wildest Action’ at Shrine Sunday Feb. 28,” California Eagle, February 25, 1954, 9.

March 1

Charlie Parker acc. by

Joe Rotondi Trio

Al Hibbler

Tiffany Club, Los Angeles, CA.

March 1–6, 1954.

Parker is fired on March 4 after rows with the management.

 

Ad in California Eagle, March 4, 1954, 9: Opening Friday [26]: All Hibbler.

Ad in California Eagle, March 4, 1954, 9: Charlie Parker - last 3 days

K. Vail, Bird’s Diary (1996), 151–154: Sources: correspondence concerning the engagement.

March 5

Charlie Parker

New York, NY.

Charlie Parker’s daughter, Pree Parker, dies after having been hospitalized.

 

K. Vail, Bird’s Diary (1996), 152: Gives date March 6. Memorial sheet from Walter B. Cooke Funeral Service is shown.

Family Trees in Ancestry.com date March 5, New York, NY.

March 31

Charlie Parker Quintet

Charlie Parker (as); Walter Bishop, Jr. (p); Jerome Darr (g); Teddy Kotick (b); Roy Haynes (d).

Fine studios, New York, NY.

Commercial recordings for Mercury.

 

http://www.plosin.com/milesAhead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=540331

 

April 3

Charlie Parke Combo

Probably: Charlie Parker (as); Walter Bishop, Jr. (p); Jerome Darr (g); Teddy Kotick (b); Roy Haynes (d).

Charlie Parker (as); Unidentified accompaniment.

Crystal Show Bar, Detroit, MI.

April 3–9, 1954.

 

K. Vail, Bird’s Diary (1996), 155: Source: Money order from Charlie Parker to Chan Parker [Richardson dated April 8.

"After Dark," Detroit Free Press, April 6, 1954, 18: Parker and his recording combo at the Crystal Show Bar.

"After Dark," Detroit Free Press, April 9, 1954, 21: Parker and his recording combo at the Crystal Show Bar through next Thursday. Sunday Matinee concert 4–7 p.m.

 

April 12

Charlie Parker

Philadelphia, PA.

April 12–17, 1954.

 

K. Vail, Bird’s Diary (1996), 155: No source is given.

April 18

Charlie Parker and His All Star Orchestra

Loop Lounge, Cleveland, OH.

April 18–25, 1954.

 

Ad in Cleveland Plain Dealer, April 18, 1954, 49 D: Now playing in person. Thru Sunday night April 25.

May early

Jam session

Including Charlie Parker (as), and others

Club 708, Chicago, IL.

May early, 1945.

Benefit for Gene Ammons.

 

"Rhythm N' Blues Ramblings: Chicago," Cash Box, May 15, 1954, 25.

Notice in Chicago Defender, May 29, 1954, 22: Ammons was injured in a car crash in Cleveland, OH.

May 9

Charlie Parker and His All Stars

Including Charlie Parker (as); Brew Moore (ts); Ted Kotick (b); Art Mardigan (dr).

And other jazz greats.

Open Door, New York, NY.

May 30, 1954. 4–7 p.m. and 10_–2 a.m.

Bob Reisner (prod).

 

Ad in Villager, May 6, 1954, ?

K. Vail (ed.), Charlie Parker & Jazz Club Memorabilia (2007), 36: Handbill.

May 16

Charlie Parker and His All Stars

Inclusive Brew Moore.

Open Door, New York, NY.

9 p.m.–1 a.m.

 

"Jazz Concerts," Daily News, May 15, 1954, ?

K. Vail (ed.), Charlie Parker & Jazz Club Memorabilia (2007), 36: Handbill.

May 23

Charlie Parker and His All Stars

Open Door, New York, NY.

9 p.m.–1 a.m.

Bob Reisner (prod).

 

K. Vail (ed.), Charlie Parker & Jazz Club Memorabilia (2007), 36: Handbill.

May 25

Ella Fitzgerald

Louis Bellson Band

Basin Street, New York, NY.

May 25–June 7, 1954.

 

K. Vail, Bird’s Diary (1996), 159: Has Parker and Fitzgerald in an engagement at Basin Street May 25–June 7. A telegram from Parker to Fitzgerald is shown.

This is not true. The telegram probably congratulates Fitzgerald because she celebrated her 19 years as “First Lady of Song” on May 25 (See notice New York Age, May 22, 1954).

“Goings on about Town,” New Yorker, May 22, 11: Opening May 25: Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Bellson, and one or two other.

Ad in New York Age, May 29, 6: Fitzgerald, Bellson (including Eldridge and Shavers), Sam Butera Quintet, and Lord Richard Buckley. “

Goings on about Town,” New Yorker, May 29, 7: Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Bellson (including Charlie Shavers and Roy Eldridge).

“Goings on about Town,” New Yorker, June 5, 6: Closing June 7: Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Bellson (including Charlie Shavers and Roy Eldridge).

 

May 28

Concert

American String Quartette; Leon Bibb; Alan Boeth; Madyne Brewer; Lawrence Brown; Alice Childress; Stewart Clark; Zeebedee Collins; Laura Duncan; Marion Gambo; Herbert Haefrecht; Carroll Hollister; David Johnson; Peggy Kisseloff; Tony Kraber; Julian Mayfeld; Margaret McCaden; Thelonious Monk; Karen Morley; Lorraine Nemeroff; Chancey Northers; Charlie Parker; James T. Powell; Carl Pruitt; Beaulah Richardson; Bill Robinson; Earl Robinson; Betty Sanders; Pete Seeger; Edith Segal; Edith Sewell; Frances Walley; Felix Weiss; Charles White.

Renaissance Casino, New York, NY.

Benefit for Paul Robeson.

 

Ad in New York Amsterdam News, May 22, 1954, 22.

May 30

Charlie Parker and His All Stars

Open Door, New York, NY.

9 p.m.–1 a.m.

Bob Reisner (prod).

 

Ad in New York Age, May 29, 1954, 6.

June 6

Charlie Parker and His All Stars

Charlie Parker (as); Brew Moore (ts); Walter Bishop Jr. (p); Teddy Kotick (b); Art Mardigan (d).

Open Door, New York, NY. May 30, 1954. 9:30 p.m.–2 a.m.

June 6, 1954.

 

K. Vail (ed.), Charlie Parker & Jazz Club Memorabilia (2007), 36: Handbill is shown.

June 13

Charlie Parker and His Orchestra

Sparrows Beach and Amusement Park, Annapolis, MD.

 

K. Vail, Bird’s Diary (1996), 160: Handbill is shown.

June 14

Charlie Parker

Including Clifford Brown?

Blue Note, Philadelphia, PA.

June 14–19, 1954.

 

K. Vail, Bird’s Diary (1996), 160: No source is given.

As far as I know Clifford Brown had moved to California at this time.

 

June 27

Charlie Parker

Open Door, New York, NY.

June 27, 1954; 9 p.m.

Bob Reisner (prod).

 

Notice in Villager, June 24, 1954, ?

July early

Charlie Parker

Chan Parker [Richardson] and Charlie Parker rent a house in Brewster, Cape Cod, MA., for the summer.

 

Chan Parker [Richardson], My Life in E-Flat (1993), 47–48.

Symphony Sid in R. Reisner, Bird: The Legend of Charlie Parker (1975), 219–20: tells it was in Brewster.

July 9

Charlie Parker

Midtown, St. Louis, MO.?

K. Vail, Bird’s Diary (1996), 161: Parker telegram from St. Louis to Chan Parker [Richardson] in Brewster on July 9.

K. Vail, Bird’s Diary (1996), 160: Parker opens at Midtown St. Louis for a week on August 2. No source is given. May be a mistake for a July engagement.

 

July 12

Charlie Parker

Acc. by Gene Nero and His Jazz Group.

Crystal Show Bar, Detroit, MI.

July 12—25, 1954. Sunday Matinees 4–7 p.m.

 Ad in Detroit Free Press, July 12, 1954, 22: Opening tonight: Charlie Parker and His Famous Recording Jazz concert.

 Ad in Detroit Free Press, July 19, 1954, 25: Second demand week. Charlie Parker with Gene Nero and His Jazz Group.

Ad in Detroit Free Press, July 26, 1954, 18: Opening tonight: Lee Konitz.

K. Vail, Bird’s Diary (1996), 161: Parker telegram from Detroit to Chan Parker [Richardson] in Brewster on July 23.

 

July 17

Newport Jazz Festival

Duke Ellington

Billie Holiday

Eddie Condon

Teddy Wilson

Art Tatum

Erroll Garner

Gerry Mulligan

Stan Kenton

Sarah Vaughan

Ella Fitzgerald

Oscar Peterson

Count Basie

Lester Young

Roy Eldridge

Charlie Parker

Lennie Tristano

Lee Konitz

George Shearing

Casino, Newport, RI.

July 17–18, 1954.

George Wein John Hammond (prod).

Charlie Parker’s participation was not realized.

 

"First Newport jazz Festival announced," Boston Herald, June 13, 1954, Sec. 4, 15.

“Jazz Greats in Newport Festival,” Pittsburgh Courier, July 3, 1954, 19.

Ad in Newport Daily News, July 15, 1954, 11: Parker is not mentioned.

“Newport Jazz Festival Lines Up Top Names,” Pittsburgh Courier, July 17, 1954, 18: Parker mentioned as a possibility.

 

July 24

TV-Show

Jan August

Jerry Wallace

Hamish Menzies

Charlie Parker

Anita O'Day

WXYZ-TV 12:00–2 p.m.: Ed McKenzie's Saturday Party: Latest recordings; Teenage Talent; Dance contests; Guest Stars.

 

Ad in Detroit Free Press, July 24, 1954, 19.

"McKenzie Presents the Stars," Cash Box, August 14, 1954, 17: Including photo of Parker at the Grand Ballroom.

 

July/August

Charlie Parker

Including Dick Twarzdick (p)?

Red Barn, Brewster, Cape Cod, MA.

Dance.

 

Symphony Sid in R. Reisner, Bird: The Legend of Charlie Parker (1975), 219–20: Symphony Sid attended this Parker gig.

Chan Parker [Richardson], My Life In E-Flat (1993), 48: Tells that Parker had a gig in Boston during their stay at Cape Cod. Dick Twarzdick was the pianist. It may have been this one or a similar one.

 

August 13

Charlie Parker and His Band

Lake Park Ballroom, Canobie Lake, Salem, N.H.

Ad in Boston Daily Record, August 13, 1954, 36: Charlie Parker this Friday.

“Let's Go Dancing,” Boston Daily Record, August 14, 1954, 14: “Sax-man Charlie Parker brought in his band last night.”

Chan Parker [Richardson], My Life In E-Flat (1993), 48: Tells that Parker had a gig in Boston during their stay at Cape Cod. Dick Twarzdick was the pianist. It may have been this one or a similar one.

K. Vail, Bird’s Diary (1996), 162: Has Parker at the Apollo New York the week of August 13. This is clearly a mistake.

Ad in New York Age, August 14, 1954, 19: Gala week: Ruth Brown, Willis Jackson and His Hot Band; The Larks; Hines Kids; Pigmeat Markham; Edward Bros.

I have found no evidence of a Parker engagement at the Apollo in 1954.

 

August 26

Charlie Parker with Strings

Charlie Parker (as); Walter Bishop, Jr. (p); Teddy Kotick (b); Roy Haynes (d); Teddy Blume (vln); Unidentified (oboe, strings);

Dizzy Gillespie Band

Dinah Washington

Birdland, NYC

August 26–September 15, 1954.

Parker is fired, probably on August 29.

August 27:

NBC network broadcast: In New York: WNBC: 8–10 p.m.; Hear America Swingin’. Unidentified (mc).

Recordings exist.

 

“Goings on about Town,” New Yorker, August 28, 8: Dinah Washington, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker.

K. Vail (ed.), Charlie Parker & Jazz Club Memorabilia (2007), 55: Shows handbill with dates.

“Charlie Parker Tries Suicide after Having Been Fired,” Jet, September 16, 1954, 56:  Parker was fired from his engagement at Birdland because of erratic behavior on the stage. The camera girl of the club documented this.

R. Reisner, Bird: The Legend of Charlie Parker (1975), 16: Tommy Potter states that the firing was after a backstage drinking party at Birdland celebrating Parker’s and Dinah Washington’s common birthday on August 29.

http://www.plosin.com/milesAhead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=540827

The ending announcement of the surviving broadcast tells that this comes from the series “Hear America Swingin’.” This was a NBC network production, which was broadcast on Fridays 8:00–10. The program was probably edited and prerecorded.

“Radio Program: Evening Highlights,” Bridgeport Post, August 27, 1954, 18:  WNBC: 8–10: Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra with Mandy Carson vocal; Buddy Morrow orchestra; Louis Armstrong all stars; Charlie Parker with Strings; Woody Herman Orchestra.

 

August late/ September early

Charlie Parker

Charlie Parker is planned to participate in a European tour with Birdland stars.

 

K. Vail, Bird’s Diary (1996), 164: Article from Melody Maker dated September 4 is shown.

August 30

Charlie Parker

Charlie Parker attempts to commit suicide. Chan Parker [Richardson] has him transported to Bellevue Hospital, New York, NY.

 

Chan Parker (Richardson), My Life In E-Flat (1993), 48–49: Tells that Parker returned a day late from an out of town gig and rested before going to the Birdland engagement. Parker’s suicide attempt found place early in the morning after returning from Birdland. This indicates that it happened early in the morning after the opening night at Birdland. This is not consistent with other facts.

K. Vail, Bird’s Diary (1996), 164: Gives the date August 30 in the early morning for the incident. This is probable pure conjecture, but plausible considering that Monday was the day off at Birdland.

 

September 1

Charlie Parker

Charlie Parker is admitted to the Psychiatric Division at the Bellevue Hospital, New York, NY.

September 1–10, 1954.

 

R. Reisner, Bird: The Legend of Charlie Parker (1975), 42: Here it is stated that Parker was there September 1–10. The source seems to be the Hospital journal.

 

September early

Chan Parker

Chan Parker [Richardson] moves to New Hope, PA., with her children. Charlie Parker occasionally lives there after having left Bellevue.

 

Chan Parker (Richardson), My Life In E-Flat (1993), 50–51.

September 25

Birdland Stars of '54

Sarah Vaughan

Count Basie

Incl. Frank Foster (ts), Frank Wess (ts)

Billie Holiday

Charlie Parker & Wild Bill Davis Trio

Lester Young

Modern Jazz Quartet

Milt Jackson (vib); John Lewis (p); Percy Heath (b); Kenny Clarke (d).

Carnegie Hall, NYC. Bob Garrity (mc).

Recordings exist.

 

“Sarah, Billy to Headline Jazz Show at Carnegie,” Pittsburgh Courier, September 25, 1954, 16.

“Jazz Concert Review," Down Beat (partly shown in K, Vail, Bird's Diary (1996), 165.): Parker was not at his best.

“Birdland Group Brings Fine Layout To Carnegie Hall But B.O.’s Off,” Variety, September 29, 1954, 47: Parker had an off night.

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September 26

Birdland Stars of '54

Sarah Vaughan

Count Basie

Incl. Frank Foster (ts), Frank Wess (ts)

Billie Holiday

Roy Hamilton

Charlie Parker

Lester Young

The Drifters

Wild Bill Davis

Modern Jazz Quartet

Boston Arena, Boston, MA.

3:30 and 8:30 p.m.

 

Ad in Boston Herald, September 24, 1954, 42.

K. Vail, Bird’s Diary (1996), 165: Claims that a review does not mention Parker.

September 28

European Tour

Sarah Vaughan

Charlie Parker

Illinois Jacquet

UK, Germany, and other European countries.

September 28–? , 1954

Harold Davison (prod).

Parker’s participation is not realized.

 

“Vaughan, Jacquet, Parker Will Entertain GIs in Europe,” Pittsburgh Courier, September 18, 1954, 16.

K. Vail, Bird’s Diary (1996), 166: Coleman Hawkins replaces Parker No source given.

September 28

Charlie Parker

Charlie Parker recommits himself to the Psychiatric Division at the Bellevue Hospital, New York, NY. He stays there until October 15.

 

R. Reisner, Bird: The Legend of Charlie Parker (1975), 42: Parker The source seems to be the Hospital journal.

October 30

Concert

Charlie Parker

Sonny Rollins

Art Farmer

Thelonious Monk

Horace Silver

Hal Overton

Jimmy Raney

Addison Farmer

Art Taylor

Gigi Gryce

Will Bradley Jr.

Teddy Kotick

Phil Woods

Mike Mattos

Willie Jones

Town Hall, New York, NY.

8:30 p.m.

Bob Reisner (prod).

Great Moderns in Jazz.

 

Ad in New York Amsterdam News, October 30, 1954, 26.

November 21

Concert

Charlie Parker

Open Door, New York, NY.

November 21, 9 p.m.

Bob Reisner (prod).

 

"Jazz by 'Bird' Parker," Villager, November 18, 1954, ?

December 10

Charlie Parker Quintet

Charlie Parker (as); Walter Bishop, Jr. (p); Billy Bauer (g); Teddy Kotick (b); Arthur Taylor (d).

Fine Sounds Studio, New York, NY.

Commercial recordings for Mercury.

 

http://www.plosin.com/milesAhead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=541210

 

December 13

Charlie Parker

Blue Note Philadelphia, PA.

December 13–18, 1953.

 

K. Vail, Bird’s Diary (1996), 167: No source is given.

December late?

Charlie Parker

Parker moves in at the lodgings of Asmed Basheer in Greenwich Village.  Basheer becomes his personal adviser and manager for the last months of his life.

 

Asmed Basheer in R. Reisner, Bird: The Legend of Charlie Parker (1975), 38–41.

 

December late

Charlie Parker

Le Club Downbeat, New York, NY.

 

K. Vail, Bird’s Diary (1996), 167: source: Ross Russell. This is probably a mistake. Parker played here in January 1953. I have found no traces of jazz at Le Club Downbeat after May 9, 1953.

 

December late of early 1955

Charlie Parker

Interviewed by Dick Meldonian and unidentified person.

Dick Meldonian’s apartment, New York, NY.

Tape recording by Dick Meldonian exist.

 

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