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December 11, 1948 (12 items; TT = 32:19)
Royal Roost Club, New York NY
WMCA radio broadcast (B+)
Charlie Parker Quintet

Miles Davis (tpt); Charlie Parker (as); Al Haig (p); Tommy Potter (b); Max Roach (d); Symphony Sid Torin (ann)

1 Jumpin' with Symphony Sid (with introduction) (L. Young) 1:04

Voiceover from 0:15: "And so once again, ladies and gentlemen, we take our WMCA microphones... Without wasting too much time, bringing you here at the Metropolitan Opera House [sic], we bring you the great Bird, Charlie Parker. Let's give Charlie a great big hand... Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker on alto, Miles Davis on trumpet, Tommy Potter on bass, and the great Max Roach on drums. And to start things jumping without wasting too much time, the Bird -- 'Groovin' High'..." Announcement incomplete (0:12) on Savoy 17021/4 and Definitive
2 Groovin' High (D. Gillespie-F. Paparelli) 4:44
3 Introduction 0:37

"And so, ladies and gentlemen, there's the great Bird, Charlie Parker and the All-Stars, and don't be surprised if we go off the air and go back to the Apollo Theater, I'd like to remind you it's being done for a wonderful cause. I'd also like to remind you that we're gonna take the same group, around 4:15, we're gonna take Charlie Parker and the All-Stars, the great Mr. B, Billy Eckstine, and the wonderful Charlie Ventura and the bop group, and take 'em right up to the Apollo Theater where we'll do exactly the same thing as we're having here at the Roost. So stand by and have a lot of fun, and I know that you will, diggin' the great Bird and the All-Stars. And right now, Mr. Bird, what do we got? A thing called 'Big Foot'..."
4 Big Foot (C. Parker) 4:39

During his solo Davis quotes the "Jumpin' with Symphony Sid" theme (1:40-1:42); Parker and Davis exchanges before closing theme (3:33-4:10)
5 Introduction 0:22

"And so, ladies and gentlemen, once again at the Metropolitan Bopera House, the original house that bop built, on Broadway between 47th, we're presenting to you over the Christmas holidays right up into New Year, the great Bird, Charlie Parker and the All-Stars, Mr. B, Billy Eckstine, and the wonderful Charlie Ventura and the bop group. We invite you to come down and sit back and relax and have a wonderful time. And right now the Bird with his original thing, 'Ornithology'..." Incomplete (0:04) on Savoy 17021/4 and Definitive
6 Ornithology (C. Parker-B. Harris) 5:40

During his solo Parker quotes the "Cool Blues" theme (1:02-1:04), then plays with "I'll Remember April" (1:37-1:50)
7 Introduction 0:24

"...and everybody that's been winners in this wonderful wonderful poll of ours. Well, looks like we're gonna have a Charlie Parker program this morning here at the Royal Roost, and I don't think that for... Well, I think it's for a lot of wonderful kicks, man... Ah, you get... How about let's getting Charlie Parker to do one of the pop tunes of the day, his version of 'A Slow Boat to China'..." Incomplete (0:06) on Savoy 17021/4 and Definitive
8 Slow Boat to China (F. Loesser) 4:56
9 Announcement 1:11

"And so, ladies and gentlemen, the wonderful Charlie Parker and the All-Stars, direct here from the Royal Roost, I hope that a lot of you folks out there are really having a wonderful time. But don't forget, every Friday night, Saturday morning, we take our WMCA microphones right down to the Roost where we bring you the gonest. So you all be cool and everything will be real straight. Don't forget, once again this morning we'll take our WMCA microphones right up to the Apollo Theater, where we'll once again bring to you the entire show from the Royal Roost -- the great Mr. B, Billy Eckstine, who's now doing a benefit over at the Ziegfeld Theater, Charlie Ventura and his wonderful bop group, and of course the sensational and wonderful... Charlie Parker and the All-Stars. And right now, let's bring him on with a wonderful hand... the wonderful and sensational Charlie Ventura and his bop group to do for you, let's bring him on, ladies and gentlemen... Charlie Ventura to do 'Euphoria'..."
10 Euphoria (R. Kral) 3:29
11 Introduction 0:40

"And so, there's the wonderful Charlie Ventura and his wonderful group. Oh, everything jumps here at the Royal Roost, come on down and really have yourself a wonderful time. Well, if you listen to the fights and you follow all the boxing events you know that Izak Charles [sic] won from Baski [sic], and we have him here in the audience, ladies and gentlemen, Izak Challs [sic] and his wonderful party... wonderful to have him down here, and, doing a lot of great work in the fistic world, and uh... Aw, just everybody falls by the Roost for kicks. Right now? Another wonderful side featuring the great Jackie Cain, 'I Cover the Waterfront'..."
12 I Cover the Waterfront (E. Heyman-J.W. Green) 4:33


1 Jumpin' with Symphony Sid (with introduction)
12" LP: Savoy MG 12186, SJL 2260, ESP Bird-1
CD: Savoy ZDS 4411/4, K30Y 6241/4, Nippon Columbia COCY 75791/8, COCB 50405 (= COCB 53440), Savoy SVY 17021/4, Definitive DRCD 11153

2 Groovin' High
12" LP: Savoy MG 12186, SJL 2260, ESP Bird-1
CD: Savoy ZDS 4411/4, K30Y 6241/4, Nippon Columbia COCY 75791/8, COCB 50405 (= COCB 53440), Savoy SVY 17021/4, Definitive DRCD 11153

3 Introduction
12" LP: Savoy SJL 2260
CD: Savoy ZDS 4411/4, K30Y 6241/4, Nippon Columbia COCY 75791/8, COCB 50405 (= COCB 53440)

4 Big Foot
12" LP: Savoy MG 12186, SJL 2260, ESP Bird-1
CD: Savoy ZDS 4411/4, K30Y 6241/4, Nippon Columbia COCY 75791/8, COCB 50405 (= COCB 53440), Savoy SVY 17021/4, Definitive DRCD 11153

5 Introduction
12" LP: Savoy SJL 2260
CD: Savoy ZDS 4411/4, K30Y 6241/4, Nippon Columbia COCY 75791/8, COCB 50405 (= COCB 53440), Savoy SVY 17021/4, Definitive DRCD 11153

6 Ornithology
12" LP: Savoy MG 12179, SJL 2260, ESP Bird-1
CD: Savoy ZDS 4411/4, K30Y 6241/4, Nippon Columbia COCY 75791/8, COCB 50405 (= COCB 53440), Savoy SVY 17021/4, Definitive DRCD 11153, Philology Volume 58 (W 889)

7 Introduction
12" LP: Savoy SJL 2260
CD: Savoy ZDS 4411/4, K30Y 6241/4, Nippon Columbia COCY 75791/8, COCB 50405 (= COCB 53440), Savoy SVY 17021/4, Definitive DRCD 11153

8 Slow Boat to China
12" LP: Savoy SJL 2260, ESP Bird-1
CD: Savoy ZDS 4411/4, K30Y 6241/4, Nippon Columbia COCY 75791/8, COCB 50405 (= COCB 53440), Savoy SVY 17021/4, Definitive DRCD 11153, Musica Jazz MJCD 1102

9 Announcement
12" LP: Savoy SJL 2260
CD: Savoy ZDS 4411/4, K30Y 6241/4, Nippon Columbia COCY 75791/8, COCB 50405 (= COCB 53440)


This is the first of the weekly broadcasts of the Parker Quintet from the Royal Roost since Parker guested at the Roost in September.

Parker began a four-month engagement at the Royal Roost on December 9; the gig ran through March 12, 1949, though as it turned out, Davis didn't stay long.

After leaving the Parker Quintet, Davis participated in an all-star group led by Oscar Pettiford that included Fats Navarro, Kai Winding, Lucky Thompson, Dexter Gordon, Milt Jackson, Bud Powell, and Kenny Clarke.

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