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November 14, 1952 (31 items; TT = 117:00)
Carnegie Hall, New York NY
Location recording (B-)
Charlie Parker with Strings
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Charlie Parker (as); Walter Bishop, Jr. (p); Walter Yost (b); Roy Haynes (d); J.B. "Dizzy" Gillespie (tpt); Candido Camero (cga); Teddy Blume (vln); NULL Unknown (strings); Cat Anderson (tpt); Clark Terry (tpt); Willie Cook (tpt); Britt Woodman (tb); Juan Tizol (tb); Quentin Jackson (tb); Russell Procope (as, cl); Hilton Jefferson (as); Paul Gonsalves (ts); Jimmy Hamilton (ts, cl); Harry Carney (as, bs, bcl); Ray Nance (vln); Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington (p); Wendell Marshall (b); Louis Bellson (d); Stan Getz (ts); Duke Jordan (p); Jimmy Raney (g); Bill Crow (b); Frank Isola (d); Ahmad Jamal (p); Unknown (b); Unknown (d); Billie Holiday (voc); Buster Harding (p); John Fields (b); Marquis Foster (d); Bob Garrity (ann)

First concert
1 The Star-Spangled Banner 1:23

Ellington Orchestra
2 The Mooche (D. Ellington) 5:30

Ellington Orchestra
3 How High the Moon (N. Hamilton-M. Lewis) 6:01

Ellington Orchestra
4 The Tattooed Bride (D. Ellington) 11:22

Ellington Orchestra
5 Lullaby of Birdland (G. Shearing-G. Weiss) 3:36

Ellington Orchestra
6 The Hawk Talks (D. Ellington) 3:32

Ellington Orchestra
7 There Will Never Be Another You (M. Gordon-H. Warren) 6:31

Stan Getz Quintet
8 Strike Up the Band (G. Gershwin-I. Gershwin) 6:39

Stan Getz Quintet
9 Introduction (Bob Garrity) 1:14
10 Just Friends (J. Klenner-S. Lewis) 3:20
11 Easy to Love (C. Porter) 2:19
12 Repetition (N. Hefti) 4:33
13 Strings Theme (Unknown) 0:16
14 Introduction (Bob Garrity) 1:28
15 A Night in Tunisia (D. Gillespie-F. Paparelli) 7:41

No strings; add Gillespie and Candido
16 52nd Street Theme (T. Monk) 2:25

No strings; add Gillespie

Second concert
17 This Can't Be Love (R. Rodgers-L. Hart) 3:21

Ahmad Jamal Trio
18 Just Friends (J. Klenner-S. Lewis) 3:34
19 Easy to Love (C. Porter) 2:29
20 Repetition (N. Hefti) 4:58
21 Strings Theme (Unknown) 0:23
22 Body and Soul (J.W. Green-E. Heyman-R. Sour-F. Eyton) 5:05

Ellington Orchestra with Gillespie
23 Introduction (Ellington) 0:38
24 Monologue 2:43
25 The VIP's Boogie (D. Ellington) 3:12
26 Jam with Sam (D. Ellington) 3:39
27 Duke Ellington Medley 7:38

Ellington Orchestra. "Don't Get Around Much Anymore," "In a Sentimental Mood," "Mood Indigo," "I'm Beginning to See the Light," "Sophisticated Lady," "Caravan," "It Don't Mean a Thing," "Solitude," "I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart," etc.
28 Skin Deep (L. Bellson) 9:06
29 Lover Come Back to Me (S. Romberg-O. Hammerstein) 2:24

Billie Holiday


1 The Star-Spangled Banner
12" LP: For Discriminate Collectors FDC 1005/6

2 The Mooche
12" LP: For Discriminate Collectors FDC 1005/6

3 How High the Moon
12" LP: For Discriminate Collectors FDC 1005/6

4 The Tattooed Bride
12" LP: For Discriminate Collectors FDC 1005/6

5 Lullaby of Birdland
12" LP: For Discriminate Collectors FDC 1005/6

6 The Hawk Talks
12" LP: For Discriminate Collectors FDC 1005/6

7 There Will Never Be Another You
12" LP: For Discriminate Collectors FDC 1005/6

8 Strike Up the Band
12" LP: For Discriminate Collectors FDC 1005/6

10 Just Friends
12" LP: Philology Volume 1 (W 5)
CD: Philology Volume 1/4 (W 5/18), Volume 28 (W 859), Definitive Records DRCD 11375

11 Easy to Love
12" LP: Bird Box LP 18
CD: Bird Box Volume 15, Philology Volume 28 (W 859), Sony SRCS 7096, Definitive Records DRCD 11375

12 Repetition
12" LP: Bird Box LP 18
CD: Bird Box Volume 15, Philology Volume 28 (W 859), Sony SRCS 7096, Definitive Records DRCD 11375

13 Strings Theme
12" LP: Bird Box LP 18
CD: Bird Box Volume 15, Philology Volume 28 (W 859), Sony SRCS 7096, Definitive Records DRCD 11375

14 Introduction (Bob Garrity)
12" LP: Bird Box LP 18
CD: Bird Box Volume 15, Philology Volume 28 (W 859), Cool and Blue CD 105, Definitive Records DRCD 11375

15 A Night in Tunisia
12" LP: Bird Box LP 18, Klacto MG 102
CD: Bird Box Volume 15, Philology Volume 28 (W 859), Cool and Blue CD 105, Definitive Records DRCD 11375

16 52nd Street Theme
12" LP: Bird Box LP 18, Klacto MG 102
CD: Bird Box Volume 15, Philology Volume 28 (W 859), Cool and Blue CD 105, Definitive Records DRCD 11375

18 Just Friends
12" LP: Bird Box LP 18, Philology Volume 1 (W 5)
CD: Philology Volume 1/4 (W 5/18), Bird Box Volume 15, Philology Volume 28 (W 859), Definitive Records DRCD 11375

19 Easy to Love
12" LP: Bird Box LP 18
CD: Bird Box Volume 15, Philology Volume 28 (W 859), Definitive Records DRCD 11375

20 Repetition
12" LP: Bird Box LP 18
CD: Bird Box Volume 15, Philology Volume 28 (W 859), Definitive Records DRCD 11375

21 Strings Theme
12" LP: Bird Box LP 18, Philology Volume 1 (W 5)
CD: Philology Volume 1/4 (W 5/18), Bird Box Volume 15, Philology Volume 28 (W 859), Definitive Records DRCD 11375

22 Body and Soul
12" LP: For Discriminate Collectors FDC 1005/6

27 Duke Ellington Medley
12" LP: For Discriminate Collectors FDC 1005/6

29 Lover Come Back to Me
12" LP: For Discriminate Collectors FDC 1005/6


This was a festive all-star night celebrating 25 years of Duke Ellington in the music business. Two concerts (8:15 and 11:45 pm) featured "Duke Ellington and His World-Famous Orchestra, "the one and only 'Lady Day' - Billie Holiday, "'Yardbird' Charlie Parker and His Strings," "The King of Be-Pop - Dizzy Gillespie," "Long Island Sound - Stan Getz," and "The Amad Jamal Trio." Bob Garrity acted as master of ceremonies for both concerts. These are probably location recordings. WNBC may have broadcast parts of these concerts on a later date (the New York Times radio log has nothing about such a broadcast on November 14th).

The Ellington Orchestra probably began the second concert as they did the first -- "Star-Spangled Banner," "The Mooche," "How High the Moon," "The Tattooed Bride," "Lullaby of Birdland," and "The Hawk Talks" -- before the Jamal Trio item listed above. Clearly this was a complex affair with difficult choreography!

The Getz Quintet probably performed more than two numbers in the first concert; Fresh Sound FSCD-1003 contains four items from the second concert: "Sweetie Pie," "Moonlight in Vermont," "Stella by Starlight," and "Cherokee."

Walter Bruyninckx lists three titles by the Ahmad Jamal Trio, "So Beats My Heart For You," "It Ain't Necessarily So," and "This Can't Be Love."

Some of Billie Holiday's performances from these shows have been issued on ESP 3003, Live Performances, Vol. 2.

The order of these performances above is very speculative. I am very grateful to Bruno Leicht for his careful reconstruction and pitch-correction, and to James Accardi, Wasaburo Miura, and Chieo Yamada for help with the details of the session.

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