Charlie Parker session details

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March 31, 1951 (9 items; TT = 24:34)
Birdland, New York NY
WJZ radio broadcast (B)
Charlie Parker Quintet
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Charlie Parker (as); J.B. "Dizzy" Gillespie (tpt); Earl "Bud" Powell (p); Tommy Potter (b); Roy Haynes (d); Symphony Sid Torin (ann)

1 Announcement (Symphony Sid Torin) 1:51
2 Blue 'n' Boogie (D. Gillespie-F. Paparelli) 6:54

During his solo Parker quotes "I Dream of Jeannie with the Light Brown Hair" (1:28-1:32) and "Lady Bird" (2:32-2:36)
3 Introduction (Symphony Sid Torin) 0:17
4 Anthropology (D. Gillespie-C. Parker) 5:04

Parker, Gillespie, and Haynes exchanges following Powell's solo (3:48-4:35)
5 Introduction (Symphony Sid Torin) 1:09
6 'Round Midnight (B. Hanighen-C. Williams-T. Monk) 3:14
7 Introduction (Symphony Sid Torin) 0:31
8 A Night in Tunisia (D. Gillespie-F. Paparelli) 4:54
9 Jumpin' with Symphony Sid (incomplete, with closing announcement) (L. Young) 0:40


1 Announcement (Symphony Sid Torin)
12" LP: Bird Box LP 12
CD: Bird Box Volume 10, Charly Le Jazz 21, Ember/Fat Boy FBB 901, Philology Volume 53 (W 894)

2 Blue 'n' Boogie
12" LP: Bird Box LP 13, Columbia JC 34831
CD: Bird Box Volume 10, Charly Le Jazz 21, Ember/Fat Boy FBB 901, Philology Volume 53 (W 894)

3 Introduction (Symphony Sid Torin)
12" LP: Bird Box LP 13
CD: Bird Box Volume 10, Charly Le Jazz 21, Ember/Fat Boy FBB 901, Philology Volume 53 (W 894)

4 Anthropology
12" LP: Bird Box LP 13, Columbia JC 34831
CD: Bird Box Volume 10, Charly Le Jazz 21, Ember/Fat Boy FBB 901, Philology Volume 53 (W 894)

5 Introduction (Symphony Sid Torin)
CD: Ember/Fat Boy FBB 901, Philology Volume 53 (W 894)

6 'Round Midnight
12" LP: Bird Box LP 13, Columbia JC 34831
CD: Bird Box Volume 10, Charly Le Jazz 21, Ember/Fat Boy FBB 901, Philology Volume 53 (W 894)

7 Introduction (Symphony Sid Torin)
12" LP: Bird Box LP 13
CD: Bird Box Volume 10, Charly Le Jazz 21, Ember/Fat Boy FBB 901, Philology Volume 53 (W 894)

8 A Night in Tunisia
12" LP: Bird Box LP 13, Columbia JC 34831
CD: Bird Box Volume 10, Charly Le Jazz 21, Ember/Fat Boy FBB 901, Philology Volume 53 (W 894), Volume 57 (W 888)

9 Jumpin' with Symphony Sid (incomplete, with closing announcement)
12" LP: Bird Box LP 13, Columbia JC 34831
CD: Bird Box Volume 10, Charly Le Jazz 21, Ember/Fat Boy FBB 901, Philology Volume 53 (W 894)


The Gillespie-Parker group (with Powell, Potter, and Haynes) opened at Birdland on March 29, but Powell was quickly replaced by Billy Taylor. According to Symphony Sid, the Quintet will be at Birdland "up until this coming Wednesday" (April 4?), but there is a Voice of America recording from Birdland, with Leonard Feather as master of ceremonies, probably from April 8, featuring the Parker-Gillespie Quintet and Georgie Auld's Quintet.

In his introduction Symphony Sid alludes to a 1945 Carnegie Hall appearance of Parker, Gillespie, and Powell, but it's not clear what he's referring to. Gillespie and Parker played together at Carnegie Hall in 1947 (September 29), but Powell was not in the band. Neither Parker nor Gillespie played in Carnegie Hall during 1945. In the notes to the Ember set, Robert Bregman speculates that Sid may have in mind a performance in Town Hall. Parker and Gillespie performed together at Town Hall on May 16 and June 22, but Al Haig is usually listed as the pianist on these concerts for the New Jazz Foundation.

The announcements are usually severely edited or missing altogether from Bird Box. Thanks to James Accardi for help with some of Sid's comments.

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