1941

Charlie Parker Chronology

 

 

 

 

Created by Leif Bo Petersen

Last updated: November 18, 2017.

 

Date

Event

 

References/Further Details

 

February 6

Jay McShann and His Orchestra

Probably: Buddy Anderson, Orville Minor, Harold Bruce (tp); Joe Taswell Baird (tb); John Jackson, Charlie Parker (as); Harold Ferguson, Bob Mabane (ts); Jay McShann (p); Gene Ramey (b); Gus Johnson (d); Joe Coleman (voc).

Unidentified venue, Kansas City, MO.

Promotional recordings by John Tumino.

 

C. Haddix, Bird –The Life and Music of Charlie Parker (2013), 48.

John B. Tumino Collection. Marr Sound Archives. University of Missouri-Kansas City.

http://library.umkc.edu/marr-collections/archival/tumino

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=410206

 

 

March late

Jay McShann and His Orchestra

Casa Fiesta Club, Kansas City, MO.

 

Ad in Nebraska State Journal, March 29, 1941, 9: Direct from the Casa Fiesta Club.

March 29

Jay McShann and His Orchestra

King’s, Lincoln, NE.

March 29–?, 1941.

 

Ad in Nebraska State Journal, March 29, 1941, 9: Tonight.

April 30

Jay McShann and His Orchestra

Buddy Anderson, Orville Minor, Harold Bruce (tp); Joe Taswell Baird (tb); John Jackson, Charlie Parker (as); Harold Ferguson, Bob Mabane (ts); Jay McShann (p); Gene Ramey (b); Gus Johnson (d); Walter Brown (voc).

Unidentified studio, Dallas, TX.

Commercial recordings for Decca Records. Dave Kapp (prod).

 

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=410430

C. Haddix, Bird –The Life and Music of Charlie Parker (2013), 47–50.

 

May 5

Jay McShann and His Orchestra

Unidentified venue, possibly in Jefferson City, MO.

May 5, 1941:

Mutual Broadcasting system (MBS) broadcast 9:00–9:30: 9:00–9:30: Jay McShann Orchestra.

No recordings of this broadcast seem to have survived.

 

“KWOS Programs,” Jefferson City Post-Tribune (MO), May 5 1941, 7: 9:00–9:30: Jay McShann Orchestra.

May 19

Jay McShann and His Orchestra

Kentucky Paradise, Kansas City, KS.

May 19–24, 1941.

 

Ad in Plaindealer (Kansas City, KS), May 16, 1941, 4:  Grand opening Monday May 9th (sic]. Added attraction: Jay McShann and His Band. Matinee from 4:00–8:00. Music Nightly.

Ad in Plaindealer (Kansas City, KS), May 23, 1941, 3.

Ad in Plaindealer (Kansas City, KS), May 30 1941, 5: Lawrence Keyes.

 

May 25

Jay McShann and His Decca Recording Band

Fairyland Park, Kansas City, MO.

May 25–30, 1941.

Ad in Kansas City Star (MO), May 15, 12: Fairyland Park opening May 17.

Ad in Kansas City Star (MO), May 24, 27: Johnny Engro and His Orchestra. Coming May 31: Lou Breese. Sunday Night: Jay McShann’s Band.

Ad in Kansas City Star (MO), May 25, 2D:  Jay McShann’s Band.

Ad in Kansas City Star (Kansas City, MO), May 28, 1941, 21: opening May 31: Lou Breese and His Orchestra. Thursday night (29) Jay McShann.

Ad in Kansas City Star (MO), May 29, 1941, 9: opening Saturday May 31: Lou Breese and His Orchestra. Tonight Ladies Night: Jay McShann.

Ad in Kansas City Star (MO), May 30, 1941, 11: Tonight Jay McShann.

 

May 31

Jay McShann and His Orchestra

King’s, Lincoln, NE.

May 31–June 7, 1941.

June 4 and 6:

MBS broadcast 9:15–9:30: Jay McShann Orchestra.

No recordings of this broadcasts seem to have survived.

 

Ad in Nebraska State Journal, May 31, 1941, 3: Tonight.

Ad in Nebraska State Journal, June 3, 1941, 3: Tonight.

Ad in Nebraska State Journal, June 4, 1941, 4: Broadcast tonight 9:15–9:30 over KFOR (MBS).

Ad in Nebraska State Journal, June 6, 1941, 9: Broadcast tonight 9:15–9:30 over KFOR (MBS).

Ad in Nebraska State Journal, June 7, 1941, 9: Tonight: Farewell Party.

June 11

Jay McShann and His Orchestra

Probably: Buddy Anderson, Orville Minor, Harold Bruce (tp); Lawrence Anderson?, Joe Taswell Baird (tb); John Jackson, Charlie Parker (as): Freddie Culliver?, Bob Mabane (ts); James Coe (bar)?; Jay McShann (p); Lucky Enois (g)?; Gene Ramey (b); Gus Johnson (d); Carrie Carr, Walter Brown (voc).

Fairyland Park, Kansas City, MO.

June 11 –15, 1941.

 

“Busy Week at the Park,” Kansas City Star, June 8, 1941, 3D: Johnny Ben Dover and his Orchestra closes Tuesday. McShann opening Wednesday with a 14-piece band. Walter Brown, Carrie Carr, Gene Ramey and Gus Johnson are mentioned

 Ad in Kansas City Star (MO), June 11, 1941, 15: Tonight: Jay McShann.

Ad in Kansas City Star (MO), June 12, 1941, 16: Tonight: Jay McShann.

Ad in Kansas City Star (MO), June 13, 1941, 23: Tonight: Jay McShann.

Ad in Kansas City Star (MO), June 14, 1941, 23: Tonight: Jay McShann.

Ad in Kansas City Star (MO), June 15, 1941, 2D: Tonight: Jay McShann.

Ad in Kansas City Star (MO), June 16, 1941, 6: Tonight: Jesse Rodgers’ Lazy K’s Oldtime Barn Dance. Tuesday [17]: Joe Venuti.

C.     McCarthy, Big Band Jazz (1974), 152: The chronology is wrong and somehow confused here. He states that Bob Merrill had replaced Harold Bruce in March and that soon after Ferguson was replaced by Freddie Culliver and Lawrence Anderson and James Coe added.

 

June 18

Jay McShann and His Orchestra

Probably: Buddy Anderson, Orville Minor, Harold Bruce (tp); Lawrence Anderson?, Joe Taswell Baird (tb); John Jackson, Charlie Parker (as): Freddie Culliver?, Bob Mabane (ts); James Coe (bar)?; Jay McShann (p); Lucky Enois (g)?; Gene Ramey (b); Gus Johnson (d); Carrie Carr, Walter Brown (voc).

June 18–20, 1941.

 

Ad in Kansas City Star (MO), June 16, 1941, 6: Wednesday [18]: Jay McShann.

Ad in Kansas City Star (MO), June 18 1941, 12: Tonight: Jay McShann.

Ad in Kansas City Star (MO), June 19, 1941, 13: Tonight’s surprise: Jay McShann.

Ad in Kansas City Star (MO), June 20, 1941, 14: Tonight: Jay McShann.

Ad in Kansas City Star (MO), June 21, 1941, 5: Tonight: Dee Courtney.

 

June 22

Jay McShann and His Orchestra

Fairyland Park, Kansas City, MO.

 

“Many Events at Park,” Kansas City Star (MO), June 22, 1941, 3D: Tonight: Jay McShann. Tuesday: King Kolax. Friday: Al Donahue.

Ad in Kansas City Star (MO), June 23, 1941, 9: No orchestra.

Ad in Kansas City Star (MO), June 24, 1941, 10: Tonight: King Kolax.

 

June 25

Jay McShann and His Orchestra

Fairyland Park, Kansas City, MO.

June 25–26, 1941.

 

Ad in Kansas City Star (MO), June 25, 1941, 17: Tonight: Jay McShann.

Ad in Kansas City Star (MO), June 26 1941, 17: Tonight: Jay McShann.

Ad in Kansas City Star (MO), June 27, 1941, 23: Tonight: Al Donahue and His Band.

 

June 28

Jay McShann and His Orchestra

Fairyland Park, Kansas City, MO.

 

Ad in Kansas City Star (MO), June 28, 1941, 8: Tonight: Jay McShann.

Ad in Kansas City Star (MO), July 1, 1941, 9: Tonight: Don Kelly and His Orchestra.

 

July 15

Jay McShann and His Orchestra

Fairyland Park, Kansas City, MO.

July 15–18, 1941.

“McShann at Park Again,” Kansas City Star (Kansas City, MO), July 13, 1941, 3D: Jay McShann opens Tuesday.

Ad in Kansas City Star (MO), July 16, 1941, 11: Tonight: Jay McShann.

Ad in Kansas City Star (MO), July 17, 1941, 13: Tonight: Jay McShann.

Ad in Kansas City Star (MO), July 18, 1941, 13: Tonight: Jay McShann.

Ad in Kansas City Star (MO), July 19, 1941, 8: Tonight: Lawrence Welk.

 

July 20

Jay McShann and His Orchestra

Fairyland Park, Kansas City, MO.

 

Ad in Kansas City Star (MO), July 20, 1941, 2D: Tonight: Jay McShann.

Ad in Kansas City Star (MO), July 22, 1941, 9: Tonight: Don Kelly Orchestra.

 

July 24

Jay McShann and His Orchestra

Tootie’s Mayfair, Kansas City, MO.

July 24–August?, 1941.

 

Ad in Kansas City Star (MO), July 24, 1941, 8: Jay McShann’s Boogie piano and his 13-piece recording Orchestra.

Ad in Kansas City Star (MO), July 25, 1941, 12: Jay McShann’s Boogie piano and his 13-piece recording Orchestra.

Ad in Kansas City Star (MO), August 1, 1941, 18: Jay McShann’s Boogie piano and his 13-piece recording Orchestra.

 

August

Jay McShann and His Orchestra 

Release of Decca 8559 (recorded April 30, 1941):

Confessin’ the Blues

Hootie Blues

 

Decca ad in Billboard, August 2, 1941, 71. 

 “Recorded Music,” Times-Picayune. August 29, 1941, 14: Short mention: “Very earthy renditions of Hootie Blues and Confessin’ the Blues.”

“The New Records: Hot Jazz,” Des Moines Register, November 2, 1941, society sec. 12; Review: Jay McShann displays his prowess at Kansas City Style piano playing. The band plays somewhat ragged but solid, earthy music. 

 

August 8

Jay McShann and His Quartet

Probably: Jay McShann (p); Lucky Enois (g)?; Gene Ramey (b); Gus Johnson (d);

Walter Brown (voc)

Ernie Henderson (voc),

Duke and Duchess (tap)

Annette Gooch (shake dance)

Blue Room, Street Hotel, Kansas City, MO.

August 8—?, 1942.

Charlie Parker was probably not here.

 

Ad in Plaindealer (Kansas City, KS), August 8, 1941, 5.

Ad in Plaindealer (Kansas City, KS), August 15, 1941, 4.

Ad in Plaindealer (Kansas city (KS), August 22, 1941, 4.

August 19

Jay McShann and His Orchestra

Fairyland Park, Kansas City, MO.

August 19–25, 1941.

“McShann at Park,” Kansas City Star (Kansas City, MO), August 17, 1941, 3D: Jay McShann opens Tuesday for a week. The band’s last appearance here this summer.

Ad in Kansas City Star (MO), August 19, 1941, 8: Tonight: McShann Orchestra.

Ad in Kansas City Star (MO), August 20, 1941, 11: Tonight: McShann Orchestra.

Ad in Kansas City Star (MO), August 21, 1941, 10: Tonight: McShann Orchestra.

Ad in Kansas City Star (MO), August 22, 1941, 15: Tonight: McShann Orchestra.

Ad in Kansas City Star (MO), August 24, 1941, 2D: Tonight: McShann Orchestra.

Ad in Kansas City Star (MO), August 23, 1941, 8: Tonight: McShann Orchestra.

Ad in Kansas City Star (MO), August 24, 1941, 2D: Last appearance of Jay McShann Orchestra.

 

August late

Jay McShann and His Orchestra 

Release of Decca 8570 (recorded April 30, 1941):

Swingmatism

Vine Street Boogie

 

“Jay McShann at Park,” Kansas City Star, August 17, 1943, 3 D: The band’s latest record (Swingmatism –Vine Street Boogie) will be released next week.

“Recorded Music,” Philadelphia Inquirer, September 14, 1941, a 12: short release notice.

 

August 30

Jay McShann and His Orchestra

King’s, Lincoln, NE.

August 30–September 5, 1941.

Sunday Dawn Dance: 9 p.m.­–?

Monday: Holiday Dance.

 

Ad in Lincoln Star, August 30, 1941, 2.

Ad in Lincoln Star, August 31, 1941, D-6.

Ad in Lincoln Star, September 3, 1941, 6.

Ad in Lincoln Star, September 5, 1941, 4: Last night.

September 28

Jay McShann and His Orchestra

Probably: Buddy Anderson, Orville Minor, Harold Bruce (tp); Lawrence Anderson?, Joe Taswell Baird (tb); John Jackson, Charlie Parker (as): Freddie Culliver?, Bob Mabane (ts); James Coe (bar)?; Jay McShann (p); Lucky Enois (g)?; Gene Ramey (b); Gus Johnson (d); Walter Brown (voc).

Lincoln Hall, Kansas City, MO.

 

C. Haddix, Bird –The Life and Music of Charlie Parker (2013), 51.

October 3

Jay McShann and His Orchestra

King’s, Lincoln, NE.

October 3, 1941.

 

Ad in Lincoln Star, October 3, 1941: Including Walter Brown (voc).

 

October early

Jay McShann and His Orchestra

Blue Room, Street Hotel, Kansas City, MO.

October early, 1942.

 

“Kansas City Hot Spots ‘Leaping’,” Pittsburgh Courier, October 11, 21: Oct. 9- McShann and His Orchestra at Street’s Blue Room with Floor Show.

October 18

 

Jay McShann and His Orchestra

Students Union, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE.

October 18, 1941.

Homecoming Dance.

 

“Full Calendar at U. N. in Honor of Homecoming Day,” Lincoln Star, October 27, 1941.

 

October 21

Jay McShann and His Orchestra 

Auditorium, Hutchinson, KS.

October 21, 1941.

 

"Bands on Tour," Billboard, October 25, 1941, 14.

 

October 22

Jay McShann and His Orchestra 

Trocadero, Wichita, KS.

October 22, 1941.

 

"Bands on Tour," Billboard, October 25, 1941, 14.

 

October 23

Jay McShann and His Orchestra 

Pla-Mor Pavillon, Bartlesville, OK.

October 23, 1941

 

"Bands on Tour," Billboard, October 25, 1941, 14.

 

October 24

Jay McShann and His Orchestra 

Century Room, Tulsa, OK.

October 24, 1941.

 

"Bands on Tour," Billboard, October 25, 1941, 14.

 

October 25

Jay McShann and His Orchestra 

Langston University, Langston, OK.

October 25, 1941.

 

"Bands on Tour," Billboard, October 25, 1941, 14.

 

 

November

Jay McShann and His Orchestra 

Reelase of Decca 8583 (recorded April 30, 1941):

Hold 'Em Hootie

Dexter Blues

 

“Recorded Music,” Times-Picayune, November 14, 1941, 17: Special mention of Dexter Blues: “The McShann band is in the making as a really outstanding aggregation.”

 

November ?

Jay McShann and His Orchestra

Houston Civic Auditorium, Houston, TX.

November?

Jam session with Milton Larkin Orchestra (Including Arnett Cobb, Illinois Jacquet, and Eddie Cleanhead Vinson), which was in the town at the same time.

 

C. Haddix, Bird -The Life and Music of Charlie Parker (2013), 51, 170 note 24: source “Kaycee Ork Waxes Eight Decca Sides,” Down Beat, December 15, 1941, 14.

C. Haddix, Bird -The Life and Music of Charlie Parker (2013), 51, 170 note 25: McShann interviewed by Haddix.

November ?

Jay McShann and His Orchestra

Milton Larkin Orchestra

Including Arnett Cobb, Illinois Jacquet, and Eddie Cleanhead Vinson.

Louisianan Fair, Shreveport, LA.

Band Battle.

 

C. Haddix, Bird -The Life and Music of Charlie Parker (2013), 51, 170 note 25: source: McShann interviewed by Haddix.

November?

Jay McShann and His Orchestra

Austin, TX.

November 1941.

 

C. Woideck, Charlie Parker: His Music and Life (1996), 19, 246 note 78: Austin, Texas: Parker and Walther Brown required drug-related medical treatment. Source: Gene Ramey interviewed by Phil Schaap.

 

November 10

Jay McShann and His Orchestra

San Antonio, TX.

The band picks Al Hibbler up in San Antonio.

"Jay McShann ork here November 10, "San Antonio Register, October 24, 1941, 6.

"Jay McShann comes here for dance engagement," San Antonio Register, October 31, 1941, 6.

"Jay McShann brings "Confessin' the Blues" to San Antonio," San Antonio Register, November 7, 1941, 6.

Gene Ramey in S. Dance, The World of Count Basie (1980), 278: The band picks Al Hibbler up in San Antonio. Ramey dates May/June, but it is more probably here.

 

November 18

Jay McShann Band

Orville Minor (tp); Joe Taswell Baird (tb); John Jackson (as), Jay McShann (p); Gene Ramey (b); Gus Johnson (d); Walther Brown (voc).

Unidentified studio, Chicago, IL.

Commercial recordings for Decca.

 

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=411118

It has been discussed if the alto sax heard on one of the tracks is by Charlie Parker, but now there seems to be consensus that it is John Jackson.

 

 

November 29

Jay McShann and His Orchestra

Probably: Buddy Anderson, Orville Minor, Harold Bruce (tp); Lawrence Anderson?, Joe Taswell Baird (tb); John Jackson, Charlie Parker (as): Freddie Culliver?, Bob Mabane (ts); James Coe (bar)?; Jay McShann (p); Lucky Enois (g)?; Gene Ramey (b); Gus Johnson (d); Carrie Carr, Walter Brown, Al Hibbler (voc).

Metropolitan Hall, Topeka, KS.

Dance sponsored by Forget-Me-Not Girls.

 

Notice in Kansas Whip (Topeka KS), November 14, 1941, 2.

December 27

Jay McShann and His Orchestra

The Surf, Mason City, IA.

 

“Jay McShann at the Surf Saturday,” Mason City Globe-Gazette, December 26, 1941, 5: Walter Brown mentioned

Ad in Mason City Globe-Gazette, December 27, 1941, 3.