Charlie Parker session details

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December 17, 1945 (9 items; TT = 14:21)
Billy Berg's Club, Hollywood CA
Unknown radio broadcast (C)
Slim Gaillard and His Orchestra
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Charlie Parker (as); J.B. "Dizzy" Gillespie (tpt); Milt Jackson (vb); Ray Brown (b); Stan Levey (d); Bulee "Slim" Gaillard (g, voc); Unknown (d); Harry "The Hipster" Gibson (p, voc); Billy Berg (ann)

1 Cement Mixer (S. Gaillard) 2:56

Slim Gaillard
2 Announcement (Slim Gaillard) 0:37

Gaillard announces the Gillespie band, mentions "Shaw 'Nuff," but this is apparently missing
3 Unknown Title (incomplete) 0:26
4 Introduction (Slim Gaillard and Harry the Hipster) 0:48

Slim Gaillard raps with Harry the Hipster
5 Harry the Hipster Theme (incomplete) (H. Gibson) 3:25

Harry "The Hipster" Gibson
6 Announcement (Slim Gaillard) 0:08
7 I Waited for You (W.G. Fuller) 0:35

Incomplete (0:11) on Philology
8 How High the Moon (incomplete) (N. Hamilton-M. Lewis) 3:32
9 52nd Street Theme (incomplete) (T. Monk) 1:54


1 Cement Mixer
CD: Philology Volume 73 (W 904)

2 Announcement (Slim Gaillard)
CD: Philology Volume 73 (W 904)

3 Unknown Title (incomplete)
CD: Philology Volume 73 (W 904)

4 Introduction (Slim Gaillard and Harry the Hipster)
CD: Philology Volume 73 (W 904)

5 Harry the Hipster Theme (incomplete)
CD: Philology Volume 73 (W 904)

6 Announcement (Slim Gaillard)
CD: Philology Volume 62 (W 893), Volume 73 (W 904)

7 I Waited for You
CD: Definitive Records DRCD 11250, Philology Volume 62 (W 893), Volume 73 (W 904), Definitive DRCD 11250

8 How High the Moon (incomplete)
CD: Definitive Records DRCD 11250, Philology Volume 73 (W 904), Definitive DRCD 11250

9 52nd Street Theme (incomplete)
CD: Definitive Records DRCD 11250, Philology Volume 73 (W 904), Definitive DRCD 11250


The sound quality is very poor throughout, but there's a full Parker and Jackson solo on "How High the Moon" (faded out during Gillespie solo). Parker's solo on "52nd Street Theme" is intact, but not much else.

The engagement at Billy Berg's Club lasted from December 10 until February 3, 1946. After it finished, Parker remained in California while the rest of the group returned to New York.

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