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Charlie Parker session details

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April 7, 1951 (9 items; TT = 23:26)
Birdland, New York NY
WJZ radio broadcast (B)
Show chatter

Charlie Parker (as); Walter Bishop, Jr. (p); Teddy Kotick (b); Roy Haynes (d); Martin Sperber (oboe); Daniel Stern (cello); Unknown (other strings, harp); Symphony Sid Torin (ann)

1 What is This Thing Called Love? (C. Porter) 2:02

Faded out during closing theme on Ember
2 Laura (D. Raskin-J. Mercer) 3:31

During his solo Parker quotes "Cool Blues" (0:55-1:02)
3 Repetition (N. Hefti) 2:43
4 Interview 3:04
5 They Can't Take That Away from Me (G. Gershwin-I. Gershwin) 3:07

Faded out during closing theme on Ember
6 Easy to Love (C. Porter) 2:15

Faded out during closing theme on Ember
7 Easy to Love (incomplete) (C. Porter) 1:35

End of Parker solo and closing chorus only
8 Rocker (G. Mulligan) 2:33
9 Jumpin' with Symphony Sid (with voiceover) (L. Young) 2:36


1 What is This Thing Called Love?
12" LP: Bird Box 01-22 LP 13, Columbia JC-34832
CD: New Sound Planet JUTB 3010, Sound Hills SSCD 8026, Ember/Fat Boy FBB 901, Philology Volume 52 (W 893), Sony SRCS 7096, Frémeaux & Associés FA 1339

2 Laura
12" LP: Bird Box 01-22 LP 13, Columbia JC-34832
CD: New Sound Planet JUTB 3010, Sound Hills SSCD 8026, Ember/Fat Boy FBB 901, Philology Volume 52 (W 893), Sony SRCS 7096, Frémeaux & Associés FA 1339

3 Repetition
12" LP: Bird Box 01-22 LP 13, Columbia JC-34832
CD: New Sound Planet JUTB 3010, Sound Hills SSCD 8026, Ember/Fat Boy FBB 901, Philology Volume 52 (W 893), Sony SRCS 7096, Frémeaux & Associés FA 1339

4 Interview
12" LP: Columbia JC-34832
CD: New Sound Planet JUTB 3010, Sound Hills SSCD 8026, Ember/Fat Boy FBB 901, Philology Volume 52 (W 893), Sony SRCS 7096

5 They Can't Take That Away from Me
12" LP: Bird Box 01-22 LP 13, Columbia JC-34832
CD: New Sound Planet JUTB 3010, Sound Hills SSCD 8026, Ember/Fat Boy FBB 901, Philology Volume 52 (W 893), Sony SRCS 7096, Frémeaux & Associés FA 1339

6 Easy to Love
12" LP: Bird Box 01-22 LP 13, Columbia JC-34832
CD: New Sound Planet JUTB 3010, Sound Hills SSCD 8026, Ember/Fat Boy FBB 901, Philology Volume 52 (W 893), Frémeaux & Associés FA 1339

7 Easy to Love (incomplete)
CD: Philology Volume 17 (W 847), Volume 52 (W 893), Ember/Fat Boy FBB 901

8 Rocker
12" LP: Bird Box 01-22 LP 14
CD: New Sound Planet JUTB 3011, Sound Hills SSCD 8027, Philology Volume 17 (W 847), Volume 52 (W 893), Ember/Fat Boy FBB 901, Frémeaux & Associés FA 1339

9 Jumpin' with Symphony Sid (with voiceover)
12" LP: Bird Box 01-22 LP 14
CD: New Sound Planet JUTB 3011, Sound Hills SSCD 8027, Philology Volume 17 (W 847), Volume 52 (W 893), Ember/Fat Boy FBB 901, Frémeaux & Associés FA 1339


This is the second of two WJZ Saturday broadcasts of Parker and Strings from Birdland. The strings group began a three-week engagement at Birdland on March 22, and we have WJZ broadcasts from March 24 and April 7. During this time Parker also appeared at Birdland with his Quintet (with Gillespie, Bud Powell or Billy Taylor, Potter, and Haynes), and there are recordings from March 31 and April 8.

The last three items are often listed as from March 17 (or March 22, as in Ken Vail, Bird's Diary), but they belong here. In closing, Symphony Sid says, "See you at the Apollo Theatre this morning." Leif Bo Petersen tells me that Symphony Sid was on the bill at the Apollo the week beginning April 6 (according to an advertisement in New York's Amsterdam News, April 7, 1951, p. 13). I'm grateful to him for his help with this session.

Thanks to Meg Stafford for identifying the oboe player and cellist, Martin Sperber and Daniel Stern, who toured briefly with Parker and Strings in the spring of 1951.

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