1947

Charlie Parker Chronology

 

 

 

Created by Leif Bo Petersen

Last updated: January 28, 2014.

 

Date

Event

 

References/Further Details

 

January

Charlie Parker

Russ Russell and Chan Richardson (Parker) are in contact concerning a Three Deuces homecoming gig for Charlie Parker in New York.

 

K. Vail, Bird’s Diary (1996), 22: Photo of first page of letter dated February 1: The first line shows they had been in contact before February 1.

January

Charlie Parker

Charlie Parker renews his contract with Dial for one year.

 

R. Russell, Bird Lives (1994), 234.

 

January late

Charlie Parker

Parker is released from Camarillo.

Ross Russell has taken the role of “legal guardian.”

At Parker’s release Doris Sydnor (Parker) accompanies him in bus from Camarillo, and they end up dining with Gene Montgomery and Teddy Edwards.

 

“Teddy Edwards Interview” Cadence, April 1994, 11: Ross Russell was not present at the release.R. Russell, Bird Lives (1988), 234–35: Russell claims that he took Parker from Camarillo in his Chevrolet and afterwards to a party at Tempo Music Shop. This is probably not true.

January late

Jam Session

Charlie Parker (as); Errol Garner (p); Red Callender (b); Joe Jones (d); June Christy (voc).

Bird in the Basket, Los Angeles, CA.

“Teddy Edwards Interview” Cadence, April 1994, 11: On the night of his release Parker sits in at the Bird in the Basket, where Erroll Garner and June Christy are on the bill.

Howard McGhee in I. Gitler, Swing to Bop (1987), 175–76: Tells that on the night of Parker’s release, Parker joined McGhee’ band at its opening at the Hi-De-Ho Club. This is probably not true.

 

February 1

Jam session

Charlie Parker (as), Melvin Broiles, Howard McGhee, Shorty Rogers (tp); Charlie Parker (as); Russ Freemann (p); Arnold Fishkin (b); Jimmy Pratt (d).

Chuck Kopely 's apartment, Los Angeles, CA.

Welcome home party.

Privately recorded lacquers by Ross Russell exist.

 

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=470201

 

February 2

Charlie Parker and Errol Garner Trio

Charlie Parker (as); Errol Garner (p); Red Callender (b); Harold Doc West (d).

Pete Dailey’s Chicagoans

Billy Berg’s, Hollywood, CA.

Sunday Matinee “Battle of Old vs. New.”

Possibly the same on the 3 following Sunday afternoons.

 

“Los Angeles Band Briefs,” Down Beat, March 12, 1947, 8.

K. Vail, Bird’s Diary (1996), 22: Gives date and states that it is the first of 4 sessions (no source given).

February 7

Charlie Parker

Chan Richardson answers Ross Russell: Sammy Kaye is positive about a Three Deuces engagement for Charlie Parker. The plans comprised a combo including Howard McGhee and Erroll Garner.

 

R. Russell, Bird Lives (1988), 236-38: letter dated February 7 is reprinted here.

February 9

Charlie Parker and Errol Garner Trio

Charlie Parker (as); Errol Garner (p); Red Callender (b); Harold Doc West (d).

Billy Berg’s, Hollywood, CA.

Sunday Matinee.

 

K. Vail, Bird’s Diary (1996), 22: This would be the second if there were 4 as stated.

February 13

Jam session

Including Howard McGhee, Charlie Parker, Jack Teagarden, Lucky Thompson, Wardell Gray, Big Bill Moore, and Barney Kessel.

Casablanca, Los Angeles, CA.

 

"I Cover the Town," California Eagle, February 20, 1947, 18.

February 16

Charlie Parker and Errol Garner Trio

Charlie Parker (as); Errol Garner (p); Red Callender (b); Harold Doc West (d).

Billy Berg’s, Hollywood, CA.

Sunday Matinee

 

K. Vail, Bird’s Diary (1996), 22: This would be the third if there were 4 as stated.

February mid

Charlie Parker Quartet and Earl Coleman

Charlie Parker (as); Erroll Garner (p); Red Callender (b); Harold Doc West (d); Earl Coleman (voc).

Lester Young’s family home, Los Angeles, CA.

Rehearsal at Lester Young's apartment preparing the Dial recording session.

 

Earl Coleman in I. Gitler, Swing to Bop (1987), 181:  Rehearsal at Lester Young’s home some days before the recording session.

February 19

Charlie Parker Quartet and Earl Coleman

Charlie Parker (as); Erroll Garner (p); Red Callender (b); Harold Doc West (d); Earl Coleman (voc).

 C. P. MacGregor Studio, Hollywood, California

Commercial recordings for Dial Records.

 

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=470219

February 19

Jam session

Including Charlie Parker, John Coltrane (as), unidentified (g).

Lester Young’s family home, Los Angeles, CA.

Private recording dubbed or recorded by Dean Benedetti exist.

 

 

K. Vail, Bird’s Diary (1996), 23: Party after the recording session (no source given).

Earl Coleman in I. Gitler, Swing to Bop (1987), 182: Mentions John Coltrane’s presence at the recording studio. In his version there is a jam session in the recording studio.

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=470300

 

February 23

Charlie Parker and Errol Garner Trio

Charlie Parker (as); Errol Garner (p); Red Callender (b); Harold Doc West (d).

Billy Berg’s, Hollywood, CA.

Sunday Matinee.

 

K. Vail, Bird’s Diary (1996), 22: This would be the fourth if there were 4 as stated (no source given).

February 26

Charlie Parker's New Stars

Howard McGee (tp); Charlie Parker (as); Wardell Gray (ts); Dodo Marmarosa (p); Barney Kessel (g); Red Callender (b); Don Lamond (d).

C. P. MacGregor Studio, Hollywood, CA.

Commercial recordings for Dial Records.

 

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=470226

February 28

Howard McGhee Quintet featuring Charlie Parker

Howard McGhee (tp); Charlie Parker (as); Russ Freeman? (p); Harry Babasin? (b); Roy Porter (d).

Hi-De-Ho Club, Los Angeles, CA.

February 28–March 13?

March 1–13:

Dean Benedetti lacquer (acetate) recordings exist.

“Parker Working in L.A. Club,” Down Beat, March 12, 1947, 8: opening February 28.

“On the Upbeat,” Variety, February 26, 1947, 46: opening Wednesday 26.

“Music Notes,” Variety (Daily), February 24, 1947, 14: opening Friday: McGhee, Charlie Parker, Harry Babasin, Roy Porter, Russ Freeman.

Howard McGhee in I. Gitler, Swing to Bop (1987), 176: Hampton Hawes was in the band.

Losin has Hampton Hawes (p) and Addison Farmer (b).

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=470301

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April 4?

Charlie Parker

Charlie Parker and Doris Sydnor (Parker) leave for Chicago.

Doris Sydnor in R. Reisner, Bird: The Legend of Charlie Parker (1962), 180.

R. Russell, Bird Lives (1988), 240–41: Tells in detail of driving Parker to the departure from Los Angeles International Airport.

K. Vail, Bird’s Diary (1996), 26: Gives date (no source given). This date may be pure conjecture.

 

April 6?

Concert

Including Parker and Howard McGhee.

Pershing Ballroom, Chicago, IL.

Doris Sydnor in R. Reisner, Bird: The Legend of Charlie Parker (1962), 180: Names the location “Persian Ballroom.”

Howard McGhee interviewed by Phil Schaap. “Bird Flight.” Radio WKCR, Columbia University (1977 or 1978).

K. Vail, Bird’s Diary (1996), 26: Gives date (no source given). ). This date may be pure conjecture.

 

April 7?

Charlie Parker

Charlie Parker and Doris Sydnor arrive in New York and move in at the Dewey Square Hotel, W. 117th St. They lived here for the next year.

Sadik Hakim and Bud Powell visit Parker on his first day in New York.

 

R. Russell, Bird Lives (1988), 243. ). This date may be pure conjecture.

K. Vail, Bird’s Diary (1996), 26: Gives date (no source given).

Sadik Hakim in R. Reisner, Bird: The Legend of Charlie Parker (1962), 102–03.

April 8?

Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra

Savoy Ballroom, New York, NY.

Parker visits and is sitting in.

Anecdote telling that Parker was thrown out of Gillespie’s band here is false.

 

K. Vail, Bird’s Diary (1996), 26: Gives date (no source given). ). This date may be pure conjecture.

“Where they are playing,” Chicago Defender, April 12, 1947, 28: Gillespie in New York March 23-April 11.

“Band Routes,” Richmond Afro-American, February 22, 8: Gillespie opening on March 28 for an “indefinite stay” at Savoy Ballroom, New York, NY.

Ray Brown in D. Gillespie and J. Fraser, To Be or Not to Bop (1979), 271: “I remember when Bird got out of the hospital in California. He came back East, and Dizzy's band was up at the Savoy, and he came up and sat in, and that was a fantastic night.”

The original source of the false anecdote is Gil Fuller in D. Gillespie and A. Fraser, To Be, or Not… to Bop (1979), 256–57: Fuller’s story about Parker in Gillespie’s big band is misplaced by Gillespie and Fraser. It really belongs to the Hepsations band in September 1945. See also L. B. Petersen and T. Rehak, The Music and Life of Theodore ‘Fats’ Navarro – Infatuation (2009), 130, 158 notes 158–59.

From the Gillespie memoirs this anecdote has wandered to Chambers’ Miles Davis biography (J. Chambers, Milestones, vol. 1 (1983), 55–56), and to Miles Davis’ so-called autobiography (M. Davis and Q. Troupe, Miles (1990), 99-10), where Fuller’s account is placed into Miles Davis’ mouth.

 

April 14

Jam Session Concert

Charlie Parker (as)

acc. by Miles Davis (tp); Steve Pullman (tb); Hal Singer (ts), Ernie Washington (p); Jimmy Butts (b); Chris Columbus Jr. (d).

Bob Harvell and His Trio

Other musicians participating:

Leo Parker, Serge Chaloff, Bernie Peacock (as), and Dizzy Gillespie Sextet: Gillespie, Milt Jackson, Ray Brown, John Lewis, and James Moody).

Visitors: Ralph Cooper, Betti May, Chris Columbus, Miss Cornshucks, Li’l Green, and others.

Small’s Paradise, New York, NY.

Blue Monday Jazz Concert

John Jackson (mc).

9:30 p.m.

 

Ad in New York Amsterdam News, April 12, 1947, 21: Baritone sax duel between Leo Parker and Serge Chaloff; Miles Davis, Ernie Washington, Jimmy Butts, Art Blakey, Steve Pullman, and Hal Singer; Robert Harvell and His Trio.

This program seems to have been modified.

“Yardbird Parker In Smalls Rebop,” New York Amsterdam News, April 12, 1947.

“Diz Gillespie Champ Bebopper Guest at Smalls,” New York Amsterdam News, April 19, 1947, 21: Review.

K. Vail, Bird’s Diary (1996), 26: Has a homecoming party at Small’s on April 7. This may be a misdating of this one.

April/May

Charlie Parker Band

Including Max Roach.

Brooklyn, New York, NY.

Arranged by Max Roach.

 

Max Roach in R. Reisner, Bird: The Legend of Charlie Parker (1962), 195: Parker came late and was unwilling to play more than one number.

April 23

Charlie Parker

Parker gets a 3 years contract with the Moe Gale Agency.

“Broadway Chatter,” New York Age, April 26, 1947, 11: 3 years contract communicated last Wednesday.

 

May early

Charlie Parker Quintet

Rehearsals for Savoy recording session at Teddy Reig’s apartment and at Max Roach’s mother’s apartment.

 

K. Vail, Bird’s Diary (1996), 27 (no source given).

 

May 3

Saturday Night Swing Session

Hazel Scot; Charlie Parker; The Ragamuffins.

WNEW broadcast 8:30 p.m.

Private recording with Charlie Parker and the Ragamuffins (Now’s the Time) is rumored to exist.

 

“On the Radio Today,” New York Times, May 3, 1947: WNEW: 8:30 p.m.: News - Swing Session.

“Today’s Radio Highlights,” New York Post, March 15, 1947, 8: WNEW: 8:30: Hazel Scott, “Bird” Parker.

 

May 5

JATP

Buck Clayton, Roy Eldridge (tp); Kai Winding (tb); Charlie Parker, Willie Smith (as); Coleman Hawkins, Flip Philips (ts); Harry Carney (bar); Kenny Kersey, Lennie Tristano, Hank Jones (p); Oscar Pettiford, Eddie Safranski, Benny Fonville (b); Alvin Stoller, Buddy Rich (dr); Helen Humes (voc).

Carnegie Hall, New York, NY.

8 p.m.

Fats Navarro is on the bill in the newspaper ad, but he is not mentioned in the very detailed Down Beat review, which also shows that Roy Eldridge and Charlie Parker participated, even if they were not on the bill in the ad.

Broadcast. WNYC, 10:00 p.m.: Carnegie Pop Concert

Private broadcast recordings exist.

 

“On the Upbeat,” Variety, April 9, 1047. 40: JATP will do six dates in the Carnegie Hall Pop Concert series.

Ad in New York Amsterdam News, May 3, 1947, 21.

“Granz N. Y. Bash Misses,” Down Beat, May 21, 1947, 6: Review.

“On the Radio Today,” New York Times, May 5, 1947: WNYC, 10:00 p.m.: Carnegie Pop Concert: Jazz at the Philharmonic – Presented by Norman Granz.

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=470505

 

May 5

Jam Session Concert

Charlie Parker (as); Morris Lane vs. James Moody (tenor battle); Kenny Dorham (tp); Tony Scott (cl); Gil Coggins (p); Jimmy Butts (b); Teddy Stewart (d); Joe Livingstone and His Quartet.

Small’s Paradise, New York, NY.

9.30 p.m.

Blue Monday Jazz Concert

Johnny Jackson (prod).

The ad states that this is Parker’s second appearance in New York.

 

Ad in New York Amsterdam News, May 3, 1947, 23.

“Yardbird Parker Is Blue Monday Jam ‘Sesh’ Star,” New York Amsterdam News, May 3, 1947, 23.

Tony Scott in R. Reisner, Bird: The Legend Of Charlie Parker (1962), 209: Scott tells of meeting parker here.

 

May 7

Concert

Including Dafora (dancer); Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Max Roach, Bill Alvarez, Pepe Becké, Eladio Gonzales, Diego Iborra, and Ralph, Mora.

Hotel Diplomat, New York, NY.

African Interlude.

 

“The Dance: Notes,” New York Times, April 20, 1947, X6.

“Bombastic “Be-Bop,” New York Amsterdam News, May 17, 1947: Article reproduced in the booklet to the CD set, Chano Pozo: El Tambor de Cuba, Tombao (2009], 67.

May 8

Charlie Parker All Stars

Harris Smith Studios, New York, NY.

Commercial recordings for Savoy.

 

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=470508

 

May 31

Concert

Dizzy Gillespie (tp); Charlie Parker (as); Milt Jackson (vib); John Lewis (p); Ray Brown (b); Joe Harris (d).

Dan Burley (p); June Hawkins; Muriel Gaines; Hope Foye; Robert P?; Derek Watson’s Brown Dots; Harlem Symphonic Choir.

Town Hall, New York, NY.

3 p.m.

Salute to the Negro Veterans.

United Negro and Allied Veterans of America (prod).

Parker may not have participated.

 

Ad in New York Age, May 31, 10.

“Be Bop Music to Be Featured at UNAVA’s Town Hall Program,” New York Age, May 31, 11.

Alan Morrison in R. Reisner, Bird: The Legend Of Charlie Parker (1962), 154: It is not perfectly clear if it is the same event he is speaking of. He mentions Gillespie, Bud Powell, Curley Russell, and Max Roach as the members of the backing group. He also states that Parker actually did not appear because of illness.

 

July

Coleman Hawkins Orchestra

Miles Davis (tp); Coleman Hawkins (ts); Hank Jones? (p); Curly Russell? (b); Max Roach (d).

Three Deuces, New York, NY.

July 10–August early?

Charlie Parker is occasionally sitting in. Parker recruits Miles Davis and Max Roach for his quintet.

 

“Goings on about Town,” New Yorker, July 12, 1947, 6: Coleman Hawkins. Same in the following period.

Ake Hasselgard, “Jamsession i New York,” Orkester Journalen August 1947, 10.

 “Be-Bop Bistros Boom on 52d,“ Billboard, August 2, 1947, 40–41: Review: The review tells that Hawkins is performing in a quartet format (e.g. Miles Davis was out of the band at this point of time).

Phil Schaap, “Bird Flight, Radio WKCR, Columbia University: Davis and Roach was in Hawkins’ band, and was recruited by Parker.

 

July 18

Charlie Parker Quintet

Miles Davis (tp); Charlie Parker (as); Duke Jordan (p); Tommy Potter (b); Max Roach (d).

New Bali, Washington, D. C.

July 18–31.

 

K. Vail, Bird’s Diary, 1996, 29: gives dates and shows ad and notice from unidentified newspaper.

August early

Charlie Parker Quintet

Miles Davis (tp); Charlie Parker (as); Duke Jordan (p); Tommy Potter (b); Max Roach (d).

Nola Studios, New York, NY.

Rehearsal a week before engagement at the Three Deuces. Parker does not show up. Davis rehearses the band instead.

 

M. Davis & Q. Troupe, Miles (1989), 101: this is wrongly dated April 1947.

August 7

Charlie Parker Quintet

Miles Davis (tp); Charlie Parker (as); Duke Jordan (p): Tommy Potter (b); Max Roach (d).

Slam Stewart Trio

Beryl Booker? (p); John Collins? (g); Slam Stewart (b).

Three Deuces, New York, NY.

August 7–20.

Lennie Tristano seems to have been working at the club in this period.

 

“Slam Stewart and Yardbird Parker Put 52nd Street Back in the Swing Groove,” Chicago Defender, august 16, 1947, 10: Opened last Thursday for a limited run.

“Where The Bands Are Playing,” Down Beat, August 13, 1947, 17: Parker at Three Deuces, out August 20.

Lennie Tristano in R. Reisner, Bird: The Legend of Charlie Parker (1962), 223.

 

August ?

Concert

Including Parker, Gillespie, Bud Powell, Max Roach, and Chano Pozo.

Fraternal Clubhouse, New York, NY.

 

 

Morty Yoss in I. Gitler and R. Sunenblick eds., booklet to Allen Eager in the Land of O.-Bla­-Dee. Uptown UPCD 27.49, 42–43: Yoss tells that the jam session found place after a Matinee concert arrangement at the Fraternal Clubhouse.

August ?

Private jam session

Charlie Parker (as, ts); Allen Eager (as, ts); Bud Powell (p); Specs Goldberg (b); Max Roach (d); Morty Yoss (d).

Milton Greene’s Studio, New York, NY.

Recordings exist.

Morty Yoss in I. Gitler and R. Sunenblick eds., booklet to Allen Eager in the Land of O.-Bla­-Dee. Uptown UPCD 27.49, 42–43: Yoss tells that the jam session found place after a Matinee concert arrangement at the Fraternal Clubhouse.

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=470900

 

August 12

Miles Davis All Stars

Charlie Parker (ts); Miles Davis (tp); John Lewis (p); Nelson Boyd (b); Max Roach (d).

Nola Studios, New York, NY.

Rehearsals for Miles Davis’ commercial Savoy recording session.

August 12 and 13.

 

J. Chambers, Milestones vol. 1 (1983), 64.

K. Vail, Bird’s Diary (1996), 30: Gives dates (no source given).

August 14

Miles Davis All Stars

Charlie Parker (ts); Miles Davis (tp); John Lewis (p); Nelson Boyd (b); Max Roach (d).

Harris Smith Studios, New York, NY.

Commercial recordings for Savoy

 

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=470814

 

August 22

Concert

Including Gillespie, Parker, and Max Roach, James Young, Alma Hubbard, and Emerson Yearwood.

Harlem Servicemen’s Center, NYC.

Benefit concert.

 

Handbill in K. Vail (ed.), Charlie Parker & Jazz Club Memorabilia  (2007), 25.

“Bebop Kings Entertain,” New York Amsterdam News, August 30, 19, 1947, 19.

August 29

Charlie Parker Quintet?

Livingston Manor, Brooklyn, New York, NY.

Evening Dance arranged by American Legion, Kings County.

 

Handbill in K. Vail (ed.), Charlie Parker & Jazz Club Memorabilia  (2007), 25.

September 13

Bands for Bonds

Rudi Blesh's All-Star Stompers

Wild Bill Davison (cnt); Jimmy Archey (tb); Edmund Hall (cl); Ralph Sutton (p); Danny Barker (g); Baby Dodds (d).

Barry Ulanov and His All-Star Metronome Jazzmen

Charlie Parker (as); Dizzy Gillespie (tp); John LaPorta (cl); Lennie Tristano (p); Billy Bauer (g); Ray Brown (b); Max Roach (d).

Mutual Studios, New York, NY.

Mutual Broadcasting System (MBS) broadcast. 1:30–2 p.m. EST: Bands for Bonds.

Bruce Elliott, Rudi Blesh, and Barry Ulanov (ann).

Recordings exist.

 

“Network Programs,” Daily Sentinel (Rome, NY.), September 12, 1947, 13: Saturday, September 13: 1:30–2 p.m.: Mutual: Bands For Bonds.

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=470913

 

September 20

Bands for Bonds

Rudi Blesh's All-Star Stompers

Wild Bill Davison (cnt); Jimmy Archey (tb); Edmund Hall (cl); Ralph Sutton (p); Danny Barker (g); Baby Dodds (d).

Barry Ulanov and His All-Star Metronome Jazzmen

Barry Ulanov and His All-Star Metronome Jazzmen

Charlie Parker (as); Dizzy Gillespie (tp); John La Porta (cl); Lennie Tristano (p); Billy Bauer (g); Ray Brown (b); Max Roach (d).

Mutual Broadcasting System (MBS) broadcast. 1:30–2 p.m. EST: Bands for Bonds.

Carl Caruso, Rudi Blesh, and Barry Ulanov (ann).

Recordings exist.

 

“Network Programs,” Daily Sentinel (Rome, NY.), September 19, 1947, 13: Saturday, September 20: 1:30–2 p.m.: Mutual: Bands For Bonds.

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=470920

 

September 25

Charlie Parker Quintet

Miles Davis (tp); Charlie Parker (as); Duke Jordan (p): Tommy Potter (b); Max Roach (d).

Charlie Ventura Sextet

Three Deuces, NYC.

September 25–October late.

 

“Goings on about Town,” New Yorker, September 20, 1947, 4: Slam Stewart will give way to Charlie Ventura on Thursday September 25.

“Street’s Newest Booking Hassle: Ventura Sextet,” Down Beat, September 24, 1947, 2: ‘Three Deuces and Troubador are fighting over a Ventura engagement.

“3 Deuces Get Ventura Band in 802 Ruling,” Billboard, September 27, 1947, 21: New York September 20–…The Charlie Ventura 52nd Street booking squabble got a Local 802-ing this week and the union decided that the band should play the Three Deuces.

“Goings on about Town,” New Yorker, October 4, 1947, 4: Charlie Ventura Band. Same until October 18.

“Where the bands Are Playing,” Down Beat, October 8, 3: Parker and Charlie Ventura at the Deuces.

 “Debts shutter Swing Spot,” Down Beat, October 8, 1947, 3: Charlie Parker and Charlie Ventura at the 3 Deuces.

“Ventura Haunted by Booking and Union Headaches”, Billboard, October 18, 1947, 18: currently playing at the Three Deuces.

 

September 29

Concert

Dizzy Gillespie and His Orchestra

Dizzy Gillespie (tp, voc & dir); Dave Burns, Elmon Wright, Matthew McKay, Raymond Orr (tp); Bill Shepard, Joe Taswell Baird [tb); John Brown, Howard Johnson (as); James Moody, Joe Gayles (ts); Cecil Payne (bar); Milt Jackson (vib); John Lewis (p & arr); Al McKibbon (b); Joe Harris (d); Chano Pozo (cng); Lorenzo Salan (bgo); Kenny Hagood (voc); Tadd Dameron, Gil Fuller, George Russell (arr).

Ella Fitzgerald (voc)

Charlie Parker (as)

Carnegie Hall, New York, NY.

8:30 p.m.

Concert recordings exist.

 

K. Vail, Bird’s Diary (1996), 32: Photo of concert-poster: Parker not mentioned.

“Gillespie Gives Concert,” New York Times, September 30, 20: Review.

M. Levin, “Diz, Bird, and Ella Pack Carnegie…”Down Beat, October 22, 1947, 1: Review.

R. Reisner, Bird: The Legend of Charlie Parker (1975), 191: Tells that Parker had to be picked out of the bathtub, put into clothes, and sent in a taxi for the concert.

Ella Fitzgerald on the Air vol. 3, Masters of Jazz MJCD 169

Dizzy Gillespie vol. 10, Masters of Jazz MJCD 179

Dizzy Gillespie vol. 101 Masters of Jazz MJCD 186

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=470929

 

October 19

Concert

Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra

Parker (as)

Symphony Hall, Boston, MA.

 

“Dizzy to Make Tour Abroad,” Down Beat, October 22, 1947, 3.

“Music–As Written, Billboard, October 11, 1947, 22.

October late

Charlie Parker Quintet

Charlie Parker Quintet

Charlie Parker (as); Miles Davis (tp); Duke Jordan (p); Tommy Potter (b); Max Roach (d).

 

Three Deuces, New York, NY.

October late–November 9?

 

“Where the bands Are Playing,” Down Beat, October 22, 15: Parker at the Deuces.

“Swing Alley Staggering in Biz Doldrums,” Billboard, November 1, 1947, 24: …with the Three Deuces standing pat on Charlie Parker’s group after co-star attraction Charlie Ventura closed out…”

“The Swing on Swing Street Is From Be-Bop to Be-Pretty,” Billboard, November 15, 1947, 37: Three Deuces has now Charlie Parker (article dated November 8),

 

October 28

Charlie Parker Quintet

Charlie Parker (as); Miles Davis (tp); Duke Jordan (p); Tommy Potter (b); Max Roach (d).

WOR Studios, New York, NY.

Commercial recordings for Dial.

 

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=471028

 

 

November 4

 

Charlie Parker Quintet

Charlie Parker (as); Miles Davis (tp); Duke Jordan (p); Tommy Potter (b); Max Roach (d).

WOR Studios, New York, NY.

Commercial recordings for Dial.

 

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=471104

 

November 8

Bands for Bonds

Barry Ulanov and His All-Star Metronome Jazzmen

Charlie Parker (as); Fats Navarro (tp); John LaPorta (cl); Allen Eager (ts); Lennie Tristano (p); Billy Bauer (g); Tommy Potter (b); Buddy Rich (d); Sarah Vaughan (d).

Bruce Elliott, Barry Ulanov (ann).

Mutual Studios, New York, NY.

Mutual Broadcasting System (MBS) broadcast. 1:30—2 p.m. EST: Bands for Bonds.

“Network Programs,” Daily Sentinel (Rome, NY.), November 7, 1947, 15: Saturday, November 8: 1:30–2 p.m.: Mutual: Bands For Bonds.

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=471108

November 11

Charlie Parker Quintet

Charlie Parker (as); Miles Davis (tp); Duke Jordan (p); Tommy Potter (b); Max Roach (d).

Argyle Lounge, Chicago, IL.

November 11–23?

Private lacquer (acetate) recordings exist.

Parker great had troubles with the management during this engagement.

The telephone-box urinating episode seems to belong to this engagement.

The band is fired and gets no payment.

“Now Chi’s Jazz Spots Run Into Supply-Demand-Cost Problem,” Billboard, November 8, 1947, 25: Parker opens November 11. Dizzy Gillespie follows.

“Chicago Band Briefs,” Down Beat, December 12, 1947, 4: Parker was absent two entire evenings.

K. Vail, Bird’s Diary (1996), 33: Has dates (no source given).

Frank Sanderford in R. Reisner, Bird: the Legend of Charlie Parker (1962), 204: The band wanders out after an episode that has Parker refusing to go to the stand.

Duke Jordan in R. Reisner, Bird: the Legend of Charlie Parker (1962), 126: The band is fired because of Parker’s absence and coming late.

Union-episode with gun threatening. The band gets no pay.

Phil Schaap, “Bird Flight,” Radio WKCR, Columbia University: Roy Haynes came in at the Argyle with Lester Young and was told about the urinating episode, which had occurred shortly before.

“Music – As Written,” Billboard, December 6, 1947, 25: a notice states that Lester Young presently is at the Argyle.

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=471111

 

November 25

Charlie Parker Quintet

Charlie Parker (as); Miles Davis (tp); Irving "Duke" Jordan (p); Tommy Potter (b); Max Roach (d).

El Sino, Detroit, MI.

Opening November 25.

Cancelled as Parker leaves after quarreling with the owner. Afterwards Parker goes to his hotel and smashes his saxophone by throwing it out of the window.

 

R. Russell, Bird Lives (1994), 252: Has Parker at El Sino Immediately after the Dial recording date.

K. Vail, Miles’ Diary, 1996, 12: Has supposed opening date (no source given).

I have not found any evidence of such an engagement. I think Russell has misunderstood the location, which must be the Argyle. Vail’s date may be mere conjecture.

November 29

Concert

Charlie Parker Quintet

Charlie Parker (as); Miles Davis (tp); Irving "Duke" Jordan (p); Tommy Potter (b); Max Roach (d).

Pearl Bailey

Babs, 3 Bips, and a Bop

Town Hall, New York, NY.

A Midnight Variety Concert. Fred Robbins (prod).

 

Ad in New York Amsterdam News, November 22, 1947, 23.

December 2

Charlie Parker Quintet

Charlie Parker (as); Miles Davis (tp); Duke Jordan (p); Tommy Potter (b); Max Roach (d).

Downbeat Club, Philadelphia, PA.

December 2­–6.

Jimmy Heath tells that Parker borrowed his saxophone during this gig because had no instrument of his own.

 

K. Vail, Bird’s Diary, 1996, 34: gives dates (no source given).

Jimmy Heath in J. Heath and J. McLaren, I Walked with Giants (2010), 49–50.

December 6

Jimmy Heath Orchestra

Inclusive Jimmy Heath (as & dir), Cal Massey, John Coltrane.

Earl Bostic, Slam Stewart, Jimmy Oliver, Beulah Frazier, Charlie Parker, Max Roach, and others are on the bill.

Elates Club, Philadelphia, PA.

Benefit matinée concert.

 

Jimmy Heath in the booklet to the CD set, John Coltrane. The Complete Atlantic Recordings (1995), 44.

Jimmy Heath in J. Heath and J. McLaren, I Walked with Giants (2010), 49–50.

 

 

December mid?

Charlie Parker Quartet

Charlie Parker (as); Hank Jones (p); Ray Brown (b); Shelly Manne (d).

 Neal Hefti’s Orchestra with Charlie Parker

Al Porcino, Doug Mettome, Ray Wetzel (tp); Bill Harris (tb); Bart Varsalona (bass tb); Vinnie Jacobs (frh); John LaPorta (cl); Murray Williams, Sonny Salad (as); Pete Mondello, Flip Phillips (ts); Manny Albam (bar); Gene Orloff (vln, concertmaster); Sam Kaplan, Manny Fiddler, Sid Harris, Harry Katzman, Zelly Smirnoff (vln); Nat Nathanson, Fred Ruzilla (viola); Joe Benaventi (cello); Tony Aless (p); Dillon Russell (b); Shelly Manne (d); Diego Iborra (perc); Neal Hefti (arr& cond).

Rehearsal studios, Carnegie Hall, New York, NY.

Commercial recordings for Mercury.

 

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=471200b

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=471200c

 

December 15

Charlie Parker Sextet

Miles Davis (tp); J. J. Johnson (tb); Charlie Parker (as); Duke Jordan (p); Tommy Potter (b); Max Roach (d).

Rehearsal for Dial recording session.

 

K. Vail, Bird’s Diary, 1996, 34 (no source given).

December 17

Charlie Parker Sextet

Miles Davis (tp); J. J. Johnson (tb); Charlie Parker (as); Duke Jordan (p); Tommy Potter (b); Max Roach (d).

WOR Studios, New York, NY.

Commercial recordings for Dial.

 

R. Russell, Bird Lives (1994), 252: Parker plays a new Selmer here.

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=471217

 

 

December 19

Charlie Parker Quintet

Miles Davis (tp); Charlie Parker (as); Duke Jordan (p); Tommy Potter (b); Max Roach (d).

Betty Carter (voc)

Larry Steele Chorus Line

El Sino, Detroit, MI.

December 19–January 1?, 1948.

This engagement seems to have closed earlier.

Private jam session recordings from here including Sonny Stitt are rumored to exist.

“Where the bands Are Playing,” Down Beat, December 31, 17: December 19–January 1.

K. Vail, Bird’s Diary, 1996, 34: States that it was opposite Sarah Vaughan. This is not true. Vaughan opened at the Onyx in New York on December 11 and stayed there until mid January.

“Stemmin’ with Steve,” Michigan Chronicle, December 27, 1947, 13.

“Bebop Clique Pays Homage,” Michigan Chronicle, January 3, 1948, 11.

Betty Carter in A. Taylor, Notes and Tones (1982), 273.

J. Lohmann, The Sound of Miles Davis (1987), 19.

 

December 21

Charlie Parker Quintet

Charlie Parker (as); Miles Davis (tp); Duke Jordan (p); Tommy Potter (b); Max Roach (d).

United Sound Studios, Detroit, MI

Commercial recordings for Savoy.

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=471221

 

December 31

Jam session

Charlie Parker, Lionel Hampton Orchestra.

Regal Theater, Chicago, IL.

New Year’s Night 1948.

 

“New Year’s Eve Celebration Was Greatest Since the War,” Chicago Defender, January 3, 1947, 8: Parker was on the stage at the Regal in Chicago on New Year’s Evening jamming with Lionel Hampton. “Where the bands Are Playing,” Down Beat, December 17: Has the Parker Quintet at El Sino, Detroit, MI., December 19–January 1. The closing date seems not to be correct.