Charlie Parker session details

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February 16, 1953 (4 items; TT = 14:21)
Band Box, New York NY
WMGM radio broadcast (B-)
Bill Harris-Chubby Jackson Herd
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Charlie Parker (as); Bill Harris (tb); Charlie Mariano (as); Harry Johnson (ts); Sonny Truitt (p); Chubby Jackson (b); Morey Feld (d)

1 Foogereemi (with voiceover introduction) (B. Harris) 6:26
2 Introduction (Leonard Feather) 1:04
3 Your Father's Moustache (B. Harris) 5:09
4 Interview (Leonard Feather, Charlie Parker) 1:42


3 Your Father's Moustache
12" LP: Bird Box LP 19
CD: Bird Box Volume 15, Philology Volume 9 (W 120), Volume 21 (W 851), Volume 34 (W 865)


This is from a Jazz Caravan broadcast. All of these items are included on an 8" acetate issued by Radiodiffusion Française. I am grateful to Wasaburo Miura for sharing a copy with me.

Parker plays only on "Your Father's Moustache."

An unknown vocalist plus several band members sing the "Ah, Your Father's Moustache" jingle early on. This is followed by a long solo by Johnson, with riffing horns behind him. As Parker enters, Ed Stokes shouts, "Here comes Charlie Parker!" (2:41-2:44), and Parker takes a nice six-chorus solo (2:40-4:42).

The interview with Leonard Feather, during which Parker is presented with two plaques for the Down Beat readers' poll, is sometimes included with the Band Box recording from March 23, but it belongs here. Thanks to Wasuburo Miura, and to Dean Chambers and James Accardi for help with the session.

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