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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 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 2:15
11 Good Bait (T. Dameron-C. Basie) 4:09
12 Introduction 0:06
13 The Squirrel (T. Dameron) 3:36
14 Announcement 0:11
15 Jumpin' with Symphony Sid (L. Young) 0:47
16 Tiny's Blues (T. Dameron) 5:30
17 Introduction 0:30
18 Father Knickerbocker (E. Wilson) 3:09
19 Introduction 0:27
20 Tenderly (W. Gross-J. Lawrence) 3:14
21 Introduction 0:15
22 Lemon Drop (W. Herman) 3:33
23 Introduction 0:46
24 Boomsie (S. Rogers) 5:48
25 Announcement 0:57
26 Closing announcement 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
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
CD: Philology

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

12 Introduction
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
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
CD: Uptown UPCD 27.75/27.76

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

19 Introduction
CD: Uptown UPCD 27.75/27.76

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

21 Introduction
CD: Uptown UPCD 27.75/27.76

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

23 Introduction
CD: Uptown UPCD 27.75/27.76

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

25 Announcement
CD: Uptown UPCD 27.75/27.76

26 Closing announcement
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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