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March 5, 1949 (26 items; TT = 54:04)
Royal Roost Club, New York NY
WMCA radio broadcast (B+)
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Charlie Parker (as); Kenny Dorham (tpt); Eli "Lucky" Thompson (ts); Milt Jackson (vb); Al Haig (p); Tommy Potter (b); Max Roach (d); Dave Lambert (voc); Buddy Stewart (voc); Miles Davis (tpt); Ted Kelly (tb); Sahib Shihab [Edmund Gregory] (as); Benjamin Lundy (ts); Cecil Payne (bs); Tadd Dameron (p); John Collins (g); Dillon "Curley" Russell (b); Kenny Clarke (d); Carlos Vidal (bgo); Norman Faye (tpt); Al Porcino (tpt); Charlie Walp (tpt); Mario Daone (tb); Rob Swope (tb); Frankie Socolow (as); Ray Turner (ts); Al Epstein (ts); Marty Flachsenhaar (bs); Teddy Charles [Theodore Cohen] (vb); Gene Di Novi (p); Grieg Stewart "Chubby" Jackson (b); Thomas "Red" Kelly (b); Norman "Tiny" Kahn (d); Joe Harris (bgo, cga); Paula Castle (voc); Symphony Sid Torin (ann); Bob Garrity (ann)

1 Jumpin' with Symphony Sid (L. Young) 1:16
2 Cheryl (C. Parker) 3:38

The ensemble is very ragged, and Parker has intonation problems. Parker and Dorham exchanges for half a chorus following Thompson's solo (3:03-3:12). Haig is missing
3 Introduction (Symphony Sid Torin) 0:27
4 Anthropology (D. Gillespie-C. Parker) 5:01

Haig returns to the stage during Thompson's solo (he is audible from 4:17)
5 Jumpin' with Symphony Sid (L. Young) 1:09
6 Hurry Home (B. Bernier-R. Emmerich-J. Meyer) 2:25

Parker takes a one-chorus solo (1:22-1:40)
7 Deedle (D. Lambert-B. Stewart) 2:04

Parker takes a one-chorus solo (1:21-1:39)
8 Royal Roost Bop [All the Things You Are] (D. Lambert-B. Stewart) 2:11
9 Jumpin' with Symphony Sid (L. Young) 0:19
10 Introduction (Symphony Sid Torin) 2:15
11 Good Bait (T. Dameron-C. Basie) 4:09
12 Introduction (Symphony Sid Torin) 0:06
13 The Squirrel (T. Dameron) 3:36
14 Announcement (Symphony Sid Torin) 0:11
15 Jumpin' with Symphony Sid (L. Young) 0:47
16 Tiny's Blues (T. Dameron) 5:30
17 Introduction (Symphony Sid Torin) 0:30
18 Father Knickerbocker (E. Wilson) 3:09
19 Introduction (Symphony Sid Torin) 0:27
20 Tenderly (W. Gross-J. Lawrence) 3:14
21 Introduction (Symphony Sid Torin) 0:15
22 Lemon Drop (W. Herman) 3:33
23 Introduction (Symphony Sid Torin) 0:46
24 Boomsie (S. Rogers) 5:48
25 Announcement (Symphony Sid Torin) 0:57
26 Closing announcement (Bob Garrity) 0:21


1 Jumpin' with Symphony Sid
12" LP: Savoy SJL 1173
CD: Savoy ZDS 4411/4, K30Y 6241/4, Nippon Columbia COCY 75791/8, COCB 50408 (= COCB 53443), Frémeaux & Associés FA 1336

2 Cheryl
12" LP: Savoy SJL 1173
CD: Savoy ZDS 4411/4, K30Y 6241/4, Nippon Columbia COCY 75791/8, COCB 50408 (= COCB 53443), Savoy SVY 17021/4, Definitive DRCD 11153, Frémeaux & Associés FA 1336

3 Introduction (Symphony Sid Torin)
12" LP: Savoy SJL 1173
CD: Savoy ZDS 4411/4, K30Y 6241/4, Nippon Columbia COCY 75791/8, COCB 50408 (= COCB 53443), Savoy SVY 17021/4, Definitive DRCD 11153, Frémeaux & Associés FA 1336

4 Anthropology
12" LP: Savoy SJL 1173
CD: Savoy ZDS 4411/4, K30Y 6241/4, Nippon Columbia COCY 75791/8, COCB 50408 (= COCB 53443), Savoy SVY 17021/4, Definitive DRCD 11153, Frémeaux & Associés FA 1336

5 Jumpin' with Symphony Sid
12" LP: Savoy SJL 1173
CD: Savoy ZDS 4411/4, K30Y 6241/4, Nippon Columbia COCY 75791/8, COCB 50408 (= COCB 53443), Frémeaux & Associés FA 1336

6 Hurry Home
12" LP: Savoy SJL 1173
CD: Savoy ZDS 4411/4, K30Y 6241/4, Nippon Columbia COCY 75791/8, COCB 50408 (= COCB 53443), Savoy SVY 17021/4, Definitive DRCD 11153, Frémeaux & Associés FA 1336

7 Deedle
12" LP: Savoy SJL 1173
CD: Savoy ZDS 4411/4, K30Y 6241/4, Nippon Columbia COCY 75791/8, COCB 50408 (= COCB 53443), Savoy SVY 17021/4, Definitive DRCD 11153, Frémeaux & Associés FA 1336

8 Royal Roost Bop
12" LP: Savoy SJL 1173
CD: Savoy ZDS 4411/4, K30Y 6241/4, Nippon Columbia COCY 75791/8, COCB 50408 (= COCB 53443), Savoy SVY 17021/4, Definitive DRCD 11153, Frémeaux & Associés FA 1336

9 Jumpin' with Symphony Sid
12" LP: Savoy SJL 1173
CD: Savoy ZDS 4411/4, K30Y 6241/4, Nippon Columbia COCY 75791/8, COCB 50408 (= COCB 53443), Frémeaux & Associés FA 1336

10 Introduction (Symphony Sid Torin)
12" LP: UL-TADD TDFN XX 1500 Air Check Series
CD: Savoy ZDS 4411/4, K30Y 6241/4, Nippon Columbia COCY 75791/8, COCB 50408 (= COCB 53443), Frémeaux & Associés FA 1336

11 Good Bait
12" LP: UL-TADD TDFN XX 1500 Air Check Series

12 Introduction (Symphony Sid Torin)
12" LP: UL-TADD TDFN XX 1500 Air Check Series

13 The Squirrel
12" LP: UL-TADD TDFN XX 1500 Air Check Series

14 Announcement (Symphony Sid Torin)
12" LP: UL-TADD TDFN XX 1500 Air Check Series

15 Jumpin' with Symphony Sid
CD: Uptown UPCD 27.75/27.76

16 Tiny's Blues
12" LP: Mopaque CJR 300
CD: Uptown UPCD 27.75/27.76

17 Introduction (Symphony Sid Torin)
CD: Uptown UPCD 27.75/27.76

18 Father Knickerbocker
12" LP: Mopaque CJR 300
CD: Uptown UPCD 27.75/27.76

19 Introduction (Symphony Sid Torin)
CD: Uptown UPCD 27.75/27.76

20 Tenderly
12" LP: Mopaque CJR 300
CD: Uptown UPCD 27.75/27.76

21 Introduction (Symphony Sid Torin)
CD: Uptown UPCD 27.75/27.76

22 Lemon Drop
12" LP: Mopaque CJR 300
CD: Uptown UPCD 27.75/27.76

23 Introduction (Symphony Sid Torin)
CD: Uptown UPCD 27.75/27.76

24 Boomsie
12" LP: Mopaque CJR 300
CD: Uptown UPCD 27.75/27.76

25 Announcement (Symphony Sid Torin)
CD: Uptown UPCD 27.75/27.76

26 Closing announcement (Bob Garrity)
CD: Uptown UPCD 27.75/27.76


Parker was joined by Tadd Dameron's Big Ten for a month-long engagement. Leonard Hawkins was on trumpet for the first week, but Miles Davis replaced him on subsequent broadcasts from the Roost (February 19 and 26, and March 5). Many of these fine recordings are collected on Philology Volume 20 (W 850). Chubby Jackson had recently begun an extended stay at the Roost, and this gives us nearly an hour of the all-frantic Symphony Sid show.

This is another ragged set. The absence of Al Haig (who re-enters during Thompson's solo in "Anthropology") may account for some of this, since Jackson comes in for his solo sixteen bars too early. Roach attempts to fill in for the missing Haig -- and ends up sounding like Kenny Clarke!

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