1937

Charlie Parker Chronology

 

 

 

Created by Leif Bo Petersen

Last updated: October 10, 2017.

 

Date

Event

References/Further Details

 

First half

Charlie Parker

Charlie Parker is in the process of recovering after the automobile accident in November 1936. During this convalescence Parker gets heroin prescribed by a doctor to relieve pains. He becomes addicted.

 

C. Haddix, Bird -The Life and Music of Charlie Parker (2013), 24–25.

March 9

George E. Lee and His Orchestra

Musser's Tavern, Eldon, MO.

March 9, 1937.

9 p.m.–1 a.m.

Charlie Parker had probably not joined the band at this time.

 

Ad in Jefferson City Post-Tribune (MO), March 7, 1937, 14: George E. Lee and His Orchestra Tuesday night (March 9).

 

April 17

George E. Lee and His Orchestra

Including Charlie Parker (as); Efferge Ware (g); George E. Lee (voc).

Musser's Ozark Resort, Eldon, MO.

April 17–August early.

Charlie Parker may not have participated until June. He uses this engagement to practice intensively.

 

Ad in Jefferson City Post-Tribune (MO), April 16, 1937, 12: The Ozarks Newest and Most Modern Ballroom Opens Saturday (17).

Ad in Kansas City Star (MO), August 14, 1937, 8: George E. Lee and his Orchestra at Jockey Club. Back from 6 month’s engagement in the Ozarks.

Jay McShann in R. Reisner, Bird: The Legend of Charlie Parker (1962), 147.

Gene Ramey in R. Reisner, Bird: The Legend of Charlie Parker (1962), 186.

C. Haddix, Bird -The Life and Music of Charlie Parker (2013), 25–26: states that Parker was in this engagement from June to September.

 

September

Jam session

Barl-Le-Duc, Kansas City, MO.

Jay McShann attends jam session at Barley Duke and hears Charlie Parker, who impresses him. Parker tells him that he just has been with George E. Lee in the Ozarks, in order to "to woodshed."

 

Jay McShann in B. O'Connor, "Its Still a Gas Playing in Kansas City," JAM Magazine, February/March 1997.

C. Haddix, Bird -The Life and Music of Charlie Parker (2013), 33.

Autumn

Charlie Parker

Conflicts between Charlie and Rebecca concerning other women and drug use.

 

C. Haddix, Bird -The Life and Music of Charlie Parker (2013), 26.

Autumn?

Charlie Parker

Charlie Parker has brawl with taxi driver over a bill ($10). He is arrested for stabbing the driver with a knife. His mother states that he was out after one day. Parker later tells that he was withheld in 22 days.

 

Addie Parker in R. Reisner, Bird: The Legend of Charlie Parker (1962), 163.

M. Levin and J. S. Wilson, "No Bop Roots in Jazz," Down Beat, September 9, 1949. Reprinted in C. Woideck (ed.), The Charlie Parker Companion (1998), 75: Dates this 1937.

Autumn?

Charlie Parker

Tutty’s Mayfair Club, Kansas City, MO.

Charlie Parker works here for a while. He is using drugs and is very erroneous in showing up,

 

Tutty Clarkin in R. Reisner, Bird: The Legend of Charlie Parker (1962,) 67: dates 1937.

 

 

October?

Tommy Douglas Orchestra

7 pieces including Tommy Douglas (cl, ts); Charlie Parker (as).

Amos 'n' Andy Club, Kansas City, MO.

Parker plays with this orchestra for a short time.

Tommy Douglas in R. Reisner, Bird: The Legend of Charlie Parker (1962), 82–83.

Buster Smith in R. Reisner, Bird: The Legend of Charlie Parker (1962), 213.

C. Haddix, Bird -The Life and Music of Charlie Parker (2013), 27.