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Charlie Parker session details

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February 12, 1945 (13 items; TT = 30:11)
Savoy Ballroom, New York NY
WOR radio broadcast (B)
Show chatter

Charlie Parker (as); Harry Johnson (tpt); Emmit Perry (tpt); George Treadwell (tpt); Charles "Cootie" Williams (tpt); Eddie Bert (tb); Bob Horton (tb); Frank Powell (as); Lee Pope (ts); Sam Taylor (ts); Eddie De Verteuil (bs); Arnold Jarvis (p); Leroy Kirkland (g); Carl Pruitt (b); Sylvester Paine (d); Tony Warren (voc)

1 'Round Midnight (theme) (B. Hanighen-C. Williams-T. Monk) 0:22
2 Seven Eleven (Unknown) 3:08

No Parker solo
3 Introduction 0:11
4 Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me (B. Russell-D. Ellington) 4:05

No Parker solo
5 Don't Blame Me (D. Fields-J. McHugh) 3:58

No Parker solo
6 Introduction 0:05
7 Perdido (J. Tizol) 3:57

No Parker solo
8 Nightcap (Unknown) 4:58

No Parker solo
9 Saturday Night is the Loneliest Night of the Week (S. Cahn-J. Styne) 3:23

Warren (voc); no Parker solo
10 Introduction 0:04
11 Floogie Boo (C. Williams) 3:52
12 Introduction 0:18
13 St. Louis Blues (incomplete) (W.C. Handy) 1:50

No Parker solo


1 'Round Midnight (theme)
12" LP: Spotlite SPJ 150D
CD: Philology Volume 22 (W 852), ESP-Disk 4050

2 Seven Eleven
12" LP: Spotlite SPJ 150D
CD: Philology Volume 22 (W 852), ESP-Disk 4050

3 Introduction
12" LP: Spotlite SPJ 150D
CD: Philology Volume 22 (W 852), ESP-Disk 4050

4 Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me
12" LP: Spotlite SPJ 150D
CD: Philology Volume 22 (W 852), ESP-Disk 4050

5 Don't Blame Me
12" LP: Spotlite SPJ 150D
CD: Philology Volume 22 (W 852), ESP-Disk 4050

6 Introduction
12" LP: Spotlite SPJ 150D
CD: Philology Volume 22 (W 852), ESP-Disk 4050

7 Perdido
12" LP: Spotlite SPJ 150D
CD: Philology Volume 22 (W 852), ESP-Disk 4050

8 Nightcap
12" LP: Spotlite SPJ 150D
CD: Philology Volume 22 (W 852), ESP-Disk 4050

9 Saturday Night is the Loneliest Night of the Week
12" LP: Spotlite SPJ 150D
CD: Philology Volume 22 (W 852), ESP-Disk 4050

10 Introduction
12" LP: Spotlite SPJ 150D
CD: Philology Volume 22 (W 852), ESP-Disk 4050

11 Floogie Boo
12" LP: Spotlite SPJ 150D, Onyx 221
CD: Masters of Jazz MJCD 104, Philology Volume 22 (W 852), ESP-Disk 4050, Frémeaux & Associés FA 1331

12 Introduction
12" LP: Spotlite SPJ 150D
CD: Philology Volume 22 (W 852), ESP-Disk 4050

13 St. Louis Blues (incomplete)
12" LP: Spotlite SPJ 150D
CD: Philology Volume 22 (W 852), ESP-Disk 4050


Cootie Williams and His Orchestra were booked at the Savoy Ballroom from February 2-15. Parker replaced Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, who had been drafted. Three performances were broadcast on the Mutual Network (WOR in New York): February 5, 9, and 12 (since the broadcasts were at 1:00 am, they are technically from the following day).

Parker solos only on "Floogie Boo," where the orchestra is scaled down to a sextet. He's probably in the ensemble on the other numbers, but it's hard to tell.

Thanks to Leif Bo Petersen for help with this session.

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