Charlie Parker session details

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December 17, 1945 (14 items; TT = 26:24)
NBC Studios, Hollywood CA
AFRS Jubilee (B)
Boyd Raeburn Orchestra
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J.B. "Dizzy" Gillespie (tpt); Tommy Allison (tpt); Benny Harris (tpt); Stan Fishelson (tpt); Walter Robertson (tpt, tb); Jack Carmen (tb); Ollie Wilson (tb); Trummy Young (tb); Johnny Bothwell (as); Hal McKusick (as); Eli "Lucky" Thompson (ts); Al Cohn (ts); Joe Megro (ts); Serge Chaloff (bs); Boyd Raeburn (bss, arr, cond); Ike Carpenter (p); Steve Jordan (g); Mickey Mendi (b); Shelly Manne (d); David Allyn (voc); Ginnie Powell (voc); Ernie "Bubbles" Whitman (ann); Vernon Smith (ann)

1 Introduction (Vernon Smith, Ernie "Bubbles" Whitman) 1:25
2 Tonsillectomy (B. Raeburn) 2:43
3 Introduction (Ernie "Bubbles" Whitman, Boyd Raeburn) 1:05
4 Picnic in Wintertime (B. Raeburn) 2:55
5 Introduction (Ernie "Bubbles" Whitman, Dizzy Gillespie) 1:00
6 A Night in Tunisia (D. Gillespie-F. Paparelli) 3:07
7 Introduction (Ernie "Bubbles" Whitman, Boyd Raeburn) 0:59
8 Rip Van Winkle (B. Raeburn) 3:12
9 Introduction (Ernie "Bubbles" Whitman) 0:08
10 Introduction (Ernie "Bubbles" Whitman, Boyd Raeburn) 0:20
11 Yerxa [Elegy from Jitterbug Suite] (B. Raeburn) 3:47
12 Introduction (Ernie "Bubbles" Whitman) 0:21
13 The Eagle Flies (B. Raeburn) 4:17
14 One O'Clock Jump (C. Basie) 1:05


1 Introduction (Vernon Smith, Ernie "Bubbles" Whitman)
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2 Tonsillectomy
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3 Introduction (Ernie "Bubbles" Whitman, Boyd Raeburn)
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4 Picnic in Wintertime
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5 Introduction (Ernie "Bubbles" Whitman, Dizzy Gillespie)
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6 A Night in Tunisia
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7 Introduction (Ernie "Bubbles" Whitman, Boyd Raeburn)
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8 Rip Van Winkle
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9 Introduction (Ernie "Bubbles" Whitman)
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10 Introduction (Ernie "Bubbles" Whitman, Boyd Raeburn)
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11 Yerxa
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12 Introduction (Ernie "Bubbles" Whitman)
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13 The Eagle Flies
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14 One O'Clock Jump
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These items were included in Jubilee #163 (also repeated in Jubilee #209). Parker does not play on any of these numbers, although "Dizzy Atmosphere," performed by Dizzy Gillespie and His Rebop Six on December 10, is included on the Jubilee recordings between the announcements listed above as items 9 and 10. A different version of "A Night in Tunisia" included on Philology Volume 8 (W 80) and Masters of Jazz MJCD 121 is a fake, as the notes to MJCD 142 observe: "We now know that it is an incredible five-part montage, taken alternately from 'A Night in Tunisia' by Dizzy, the January 1951 Birdland version with John Coltrane, and another 'A Night in Tunisia' by Parker, the February 26, 1949 Royal Roost version with Kenny Dorham."

This is probably the session that Gillespie alludes to in his remarks to Slim Gaillard during "Slim's Jam" (recorded for Bel-Tone and usually dated December 29) that he's got to leave to make a Jubilee date. According to Rainer E. Lötz and Ulrich Neuert, the AFRS ledgers show that December 17th was the last recording session of the year. (See The AFRS Jubilee Transcription Programs: An Exploratory Discography [Frankfurt am Main: Ruecker, 1985] -- revised and now online, http://home.swipnet.se/dooji/jubilee.htm.) It seems more likely that both the Beltone and Jubilee sessions took place on December 17, when Gillespie (but not Parker) was present at NBC Studios for a Jubilee session.

Whitman's announcements were used in a number of different Jubilee recordings. For example, part of the introduction to "Shaw 'Nuff" from December 10, and included on Jubilee #162, was re-used as the introduction to "Groovin' High" on Jubilee #165. There are many other such examples. See Lötz and Neuert for the gory details.

Gillespie and Parker were booked at Billy Berg's Club in Hollywood from December 10 until February 3, 1946. Following this engagement, Parker remained in California while the rest of the group returned to New York.

Thanks to Leif Bo Petersen for help on this session.

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