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Charlie Parker session details

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August 27, 1954 (10 items; TT = 14:48)
Birdland, New York NY
WABC radio broadcast (B)
Show chatter

Charlie Parker (as); Walter Bishop, Jr. (p); Teddy Kotick (b); Roy Haynes (d); Teddy Blume (vln); Unknown (oboe, strings); Fred Collins (ann)

1 Introduction (Fred Collins) 0:08
2 Strings Theme (Voiceover (Collins)) (Unknown) 0:39
3 What is This Thing Called Love? (C. Porter) 2:18
4 Introduction (Collins) 0:53
5 Repetition (N. Hefti) 2:44
6 Introduction (Collins) 0:06
7 Easy to Love (C. Porter) 2:09
8 Introduction (Collins) 0:46
9 East of the Sun (And West of the Moon) (B. Bowman) 3:37
10 Strings Theme (Unknown) 1:28


3 What is This Thing Called Love?
12" LP: Bird Box 01-22 LP 22, Ozone 2
CD: New Sound Planet JUTB 3018, Sound Hills SSCD 8034, Ember CD 509, Philology Volume 29 (W 860)

4 Introduction (Collins)
CD: Ember CD 509

5 Repetition
12" LP: Bird Box 01-22 LP 22, Ozone 2
CD: New Sound Planet JUTB 3018, Sound Hills SSCD 8034, Ember CD 509, Philology Volume 29 (W 860)

6 Introduction (Collins)
CD: Ember CD 509

7 Easy to Love
12" LP: Bird Box 01-22 LP 22, Ozone 2
CD: New Sound Planet JUTB 3018, Sound Hills SSCD 8034, Ember CD 509, Philology Volume 29 (W 860)

8 Introduction (Collins)
CD: Ember CD 509

9 East of the Sun (And West of the Moon)
12" LP: Bird Box 01-22 LP 22, Ozone 2
CD: New Sound Planet JUTB 3018, Sound Hills SSCD 8034, Ember CD 509, Philology Volume 29 (W 860)


Charlie Parker and Strings began what was supposed to be a three-week engagement at Birdland on August 26, opposite Dizzy Gillespie and Dinah Washington. Soon after this evening's performance, Parker was fired by the Birdland management, went home to argue with Chan, and ended up attempting suicide by swallowing the contents of a bottle of iodine. He was diagnosed with "latent schizophrenia" and confined to Bellevue Hospital until September 10.

Thanks to Leif Bo Petersen for help with this session.

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