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Charlie Parker session details

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September 22, 1953 (5 items; TT = 21:28)
Storyville, Boston MA
WHDH radio broadcast (B)
Show chatter

Charlie Parker (as); Herb Pomeroy (tpt); Sir Charles Thompson (p); Jimmy Woode (b); Kenny Clarke (d); John McLellan (ann)

1 Now's the Time (C. Parker) 4:14
2 Don't Blame Me (D. Fields-J. McHugh) 4:57

Parker plays the "Country Gardens" tag (4:50-4:55)
3 Dancing on the Ceiling (incomplete) (R. Rodgers-L. Hart) 2:27
4 Cool Blues (C. Parker) 4:47
5 Groovin' High (incomplete) (D. Gillespie-F. Paparelli) 5:03


1 Now's the Time
12" LP: Blue Note BT 85108
CD: Blue Note CDP 85108, Frémeaux & Associés FA 1343

2 Don't Blame Me
12" LP: Blue Note BT 85108
CD: Blue Note CDP 85108, Frémeaux & Associés FA 1343

3 Dancing on the Ceiling (incomplete)
12" LP: Blue Note BT 85108
CD: Blue Note CDP 85108, Frémeaux & Associés FA 1343

4 Cool Blues
12" LP: Blue Note BT 85108
CD: Blue Note CDP 85108, Frémeaux & Associés FA 1343

5 Groovin' High (incomplete)
12" LP: Blue Note BT 85108
CD: Blue Note CDP 85108, Frémeaux & Associés FA 1343


The master tape of "Dancing on the Ceiling" is incomplete (including only Thompson's solo and the out chorus). According to the liner notes, "WHDH was owned by The Boston Herald-Traveller and the ownership was quite conservative. Boston, a very political town, had a primary election that day and the Herald had endorsed a slate of candidates. Despite the fact that the next newscast was only a few minutes away, station management had no hesitation about interrupting Charlie Parker to describe the election results!"

Parker was booked at Boston venues on the following dates during this period: April 12, 1951, Christy's Tavern, Framingham; May 28-June 3, 1951: Hi-Hat Club; March 3-9, 1952, Hi-Hat Club; December 8-14, 1952: Hi-Hat Club; March 9-15, 1953: Storyville Club; June 8-14, 1953: Hi-Hat Club; September 21-27, 1953: Storyville Club; October 25, 1953: Jordan Hall (Parker with Strings); January 18-24, 1954: Hi-Hat Club; February 9, 1954: Worcester Memorial Auditorium, Worcester (Festival of Modern American Jazz -- thanks to Jon Foley for identifying the venue); September 26, 1954: Boston Arena (Birdland Stars of 1954).

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