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Charlie Parker session details

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April 1946 (7 items; TT = 14:15)
NBC Studios, Hollywood CA
AFRS Jubilee (B)
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Charlie Parker (as); Willie Smith (as); Benny Carter (as, tpt); Nat "King" Cole (p); Oscar Moore (g); Johnny Miller (b); Buddy Rich (d); Miles Davis (tpt); Fred Trainer (tpt); Calvin Strickland (tpt); Walter Williams (tpt); Ira Pettiford (tpt); Candy Ross (tb); Johnny Morris (tb); Al Grey (tb); Charley Johnson (tb); Bob Graettinger (as); Joe Epps (as); Harold Clark (ts); Hubert "Bumps" Myers (ts); Willard Brown (ts); James Cannady (g); Sonny White (p); Thomas Moultrie (b); Percy Brice (d); Ernie "Bubbles" Whitman (ann)

1 Introduction (Ernie "Bubbles" Whitman) 0:10
2 Just You, Just Me (R. Klages-J. Greer) 4:20

Davis plays a sixteen-bar solo (0:42-0:59)
3 Announcement (Ernie "Bubbles" Whitman and Benny Carter) 1:20
4 Tea for Two (V. Youmans-I. Caesar) 2:44

Smith solos, Parker out
5 Body and Soul (J.W. Green-E. Heyman-R. Sour-F. Eyton) 2:38

Carter solos, Parker out
6 Cherokee (R. Noble) 2:53
7 Closing announcement (Ernie "Bubbles" Whitman) 0:10


1 Introduction (Ernie "Bubbles" Whitman)
12" LP: Spotlite SPJ 147
CD: Jazz Door JD 1206, Masters of Jazz MJCD 151

2 Just You, Just Me
12" LP: Spotlite SPJ 147
CD: Jazz Door JD 1206, Masters of Jazz MJCD 151

3 Announcement (Ernie "Bubbles" Whitman and Benny Carter)
12" LP: Phoenix LP 17, Spotlite SPJ 123
CD: Philology Volume 18 (W 848), Rare Live Recordings RLR 88634, ESP-Disk 4050, Frémeaux & Associés FA 1333

4 Tea for Two
12" LP: Phoenix LP 17, Spotlite SPJ 123, Sounds 1206
CD: Philology Volume 18 (W 848), Rare Live Recordings RLR 88634, ESP-Disk 4050, Frémeaux & Associés FA 1333

5 Body and Soul
12" LP: Phoenix LP 17, Spotlite SPJ 123, Sounds 1206
CD: Philology Volume 18 (W 848), Rare Live Recordings RLR 88634, ESP-Disk 4050, Frémeaux & Associés FA 1333

6 Cherokee
12" LP: Phoenix LP 17, Spotlite SPJ 123, Sounds 1206
CD: Philology Volume 18 (W 848), Volume 43 (W 874), Volume 44 (W 875), Masters of Jazz MJCD 121, Rare Live Recordings RLR 88634, ESP-Disk 4050, Frémeaux & Associés FA 1333

7 Closing announcement (Ernie "Bubbles" Whitman)
12" LP: Phoenix LP 17, Spotlite SPJ 123
CD: Philology Volume 18 (W 848), Rare Live Recordings RLR 88634, ESP-Disk 4050, Frémeaux & Associés FA 1333


The issued version of "Just You, Just Me" is about a half-tone sharp.

This material was included in Jubilee #186. The Carter group performed "One O'Clock Jump," "Just You, Just Me," "Lover Man" (with Lucy Elliott, voc), "Bugle Call Rag," and a closing "One O'Clock Jump." The Nat Cole Trio performed "Route 66" and "Sweet Georgia Brown." Carter and the Cole group were joined by Willie Smith and Parker, who were part of an all-star group assembled by Norman Granz for Jazz at the Philharmonic.

The trumpet solo on "Just You, Just Me" contains phrases also used in Davis's solo on "Just You, Just Me" from the Streets of Paris recording from March 31. Compare the opening phrase here (0:49) with that from the beginning of Davis's second chorus from March 31 (at 2:28); and compare the phrase at 0:56-0:58 with the same phrase from Davis's solo on "Sweet Georgia Brown" from the Streets of Paris (at 1:43-1:45).

This session is usually dated in May, but the presence of Davis in the Carter group is problematic. Davis had joined the Carter group after a January 1946 engagement at the Riviera Club in St. Louis; he traveled to Los Angeles in February and, in addition to playing with Carter's orchestra and a smaller Carter group, began sitting in with Parker at the Finale Club. In March he became a regular member of the Parker Quintet, and he participated in the Dial session on March 28 . He continued to play regularly with Carter's bands, as evidenced by a March 31 broadcast from the Streets of Paris. Eventually the musicians' union caught up with him and he was fined for double-dipping. Davis chose to leave the Carter group. Exactly when this happened is not clear, but if Davis is in fact present on "Just You Just Me," it must have happened after this recording was made.

There is a nearly complete discography of the Jubilee series in Rainer Lötz and Ulrich Neuert, The AFRS Jubilee Transcription Programs: An Exploratory Discography, Vol. 1-2 (1985). Dennis M. Spragg has updated the discography and maintains it on the Glenn Miller Archive website, http://www.colorado.edu/amrc/glenn-miller-archive/gma-catalogs/jubilee. I am grateful to Craig Neilson for his help with these Jubilee sessions, and to Tommaso Urbano for his expertise in identifying the trumpet soloists.

A version of "Ornithology," performed with a rhythm trio, is sometimes grouped with these tunes, e.g. on RLR 88634. It is from a May 23, 1948 performance at the Washington Music Hall.

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