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Charlie Parker session details

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January 24, 1954 (8 items; TT = 29:02)
Hi-Hat Club, Boston MA
WCOP radio broadcast (B)
Show chatter

Charlie Parker (as); Herbie Williams (tpt); Rollins Griffith (p); Jimmy Woode (b); Marquis Foster (d); Symphony Sid Torin (ann)

1 Cool Blues (incomplete) (C. Parker) 6:09

Opening measures missing. During his solo Griffith develops a "Rhythm-a-Ning"-ish riff (1:50-1:55, 2:13-2:17, 2:47-2:52) and quotes "Blue 'n' Boogie" (2:36-2:41). Parker, Williams, and Foster exchanges following Woode's solo (5:13-5:45)
2 Introduction (Symphony Sid Torin (inc)) 0:10
3 My Little Suede Shoes (incomplete) (C. Parker) 5:51

Begins about halfway through the last chorus of Parker's solo
4 Introduction (Symphony Sid Torin and Parker) 1:01
5 Ornithology (C. Parker-B. Harris) 7:35

There's a quick allusion to "Country Gardens" at the beginning of the second chorus of Williams's solo (3:03-3:04), and he quotes "On the Trail" (3:03-3:17)
6 Introduction (Symphony Sid Torin and Parker) 1:22
7 Out of Nowhere (E. Heyman-J.W. Green) 4:22

During his solo Williams plays "Country Gardens" (2:16-2:35)
8 Jumpin' with Symphony Sid (incomplete, with voiceover) (L. Young) 2:32


1 Cool Blues (incomplete)
12" LP: Bird Box 01-22 LP 22, Phoenix LP 12
CD: New Sound Planet JUTB 3018, Sound Hills SSCD 8034, Fresh Sounds FSCD 1007, Blue Note CDP 99787, Philology Volume 47 (W 878), Frémeaux & Associés FA 1343

2 Introduction (Symphony Sid Torin (inc))
12" LP: Bird Box 01-22 LP 22, Phoenix LP 12
CD: New Sound Planet JUTB 3018, Sound Hills SSCD 8034, Fresh Sounds FSCD 1007, Blue Note CDP 99787, Philology Volume 47 (W 878), Frémeaux & Associés FA 1343

3 My Little Suede Shoes (incomplete)
12" LP: Bird Box 01-22 LP 22, Phoenix LP 12
CD: New Sound Planet JUTB 3018, Sound Hills SSCD 8034, Fresh Sounds FSCD 1007, Blue Note CDP 99787, Philology Volume 47 (W 878), Frémeaux & Associés FA 1343

4 Introduction (Symphony Sid Torin and Parker)
12" LP: Bird Box 01-22 LP 22, Phoenix LP 12
CD: New Sound Planet JUTB 3018, Sound Hills SSCD 8034, Fresh Sounds FSCD 1007, Blue Note CDP 99787, Philology Volume 47 (W 878), Frémeaux & Associés FA 1343

5 Ornithology
12" LP: Bird Box 01-22 LP 22, Phoenix LP 12
CD: New Sound Planet JUTB 3018, Sound Hills SSCD 8034, Fresh Sounds FSCD 1007, Blue Note CDP 99787, Philology Volume 47 (W 878), Volume 60 (W 891), Frémeaux & Associés FA 1343

6 Introduction (Symphony Sid Torin and Parker)
12" LP: Bird Box 01-22 LP 22, Phoenix LP 12
CD: New Sound Planet JUTB 3018, Sound Hills SSCD 8034, Fresh Sounds FSCD 1007, Blue Note CDP 99787, Philology Volume 47 (W 878), Frémeaux & Associés FA 1343

7 Out of Nowhere
12" LP: Bird Box 01-22 LP 22, Phoenix LP 12
CD: New Sound Planet JUTB 3018, Sound Hills SSCD 8034, Fresh Sounds FSCD 1007, Blue Note CDP 99787, Philology Volume 47 (W 878), Frémeaux & Associés FA 1343

8 Jumpin' with Symphony Sid (incomplete, with voiceover)
12" LP: Bird Box 01-22 LP 22, Phoenix LP 12
CD: New Sound Planet JUTB 3018, Sound Hills SSCD 8034, Fresh Sounds FSCD 1007, Blue Note CDP 99787, Philology Volume 47 (W 878), Frémeaux & Associés FA 1343


The trumpet is poorly miked on most of the titles.

Stash STCD-10 contains four titles ("Ornithology," "Out of Nowhere," "My Funny Valentine," and "Cool Blues") purportedly recorded on this date with Herb Pomeroy on trumpet. All but "My Funny Valentine" are from January 18. Pomeroy is almost certainly not present if these titles were recorded in January 1954.

Parker was booked at Boston venues on the following dates during this period: April 12, 1951, Christy's Tavern, Framingham; May 28-June 3, 1951: Hi-Hat Club; March 3-9, 1952, Hi-Hat Club; December 8-14, 1952: Hi-Hat Club; March 9-15, 1953: Storyville Club; June 8-14, 1953: Hi-Hat Club; September 21-27, 1953: Storyville Club; October 25, 1953: Jordan Hall (Parker with Strings); January 18-24, 1954: Hi-Hat Club; February 9, 1954: Worcester Memorial Auditorium, Worcester (Festival of Modern American Jazz -- thanks to Jon Foley for identifying the venue); September 26, 1954: Boston Arena (Birdland Stars of 1954).

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