Charlie Parker session details

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February 25, 1954 (4 items; TT = 9:06)
Civic Auditorium, Portland OR
Private recording (Tape) (B-)
Stan Kenton Big Band

Charlie Parker (as); Sam Noto (tpt); Vic Minichelli (tpt); Buddy Childers (tpt); Don Smith (tpt); Stu Williamson (tpt); Milt Gold (tb); Joe Ciavardone (tb); Bob Fitzpatrick (tb); Frank Rosolino (tb); George Roberts (bass tb); Charlie Mariano (as); Dave Schildkraut (as); Mike Ciccheti (ts); Bill Perkins (ts); Tony Ferina (bs); Bob Lesher (g); Don Bagley (b); Stan Levey (d); Stan Kenton (arr, cond)

1 Introduction (Stan Kenton) 0:20

"Here now is one of the giants of this era in jazz, a guy that's done much to influence growth of it, in fact the conception outlook (?) of his alto saxophone, Charlie Parker..."
2 Night and Day (C. Porter) 2:38
3 My Funny Valentine (R. Rodgers-L. Hart) 3:16

The underlying rhythm alternates between a Latin beat and straight fours
4 Cherokee (R. Noble) 2:52

Bird Box includes a brief closing announcement by Kenton, "Charlie Parker! Charlie..."


1 Introduction (Stan Kenton)
CD: Philology Volume 8 (W 80), Vogue Jazz 600228

2 Night and Day
12" LP: Bird Box LP 22
CD: Bird Box Volume 18, Philology Volume 8 (W 80), Vogue Jazz 600228

3 My Funny Valentine
12" LP: Bird Box LP 22
CD: Bird Box Volume 18, Philology Volume 8 (W 80), Vogue Jazz 600229

4 Cherokee
12" LP: Bird Box LP 22
CD: Bird Box Volume 18, Philology Volume 8 (W 80), Volume 43 (W 874), Vogue Jazz 600229


Philology gives the date of this session as the 28th, but on that date the Kenton band played the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

Gene Norman apparently has some additional Kenton material which is rumored to feature Parker, but it remains unissued. The Vogue Jazz CDs contain additional titles from this date where Dizzy Gillespie is the guest soloist: "On the Alamo" (2:50), "Ooh Shoobie-Doobie" (3:53), and "Manteca" (8:13), the latter with Candido.

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