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Charlie Parker session details

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June 14, 1953 (7 items; TT = 21:27)
Hi-Hat Club, Boston MA
WCOP radio broadcast (B)
Show chatter

Charlie Parker (as); Herb Pomeroy (tpt); Dean Earl (p); Bernie Griggs (b); Bill "Baggy" Grant (d); Symphony Sid Torin (ann)

1 Announcement (Symphony Sid Torin, Parker) 0:40
2 Cool Blues (C. Parker) 5:34

Parker has some reed trouble early, but plays a very good eight-chorus solo, during which he quotes the "William Tell Overture" (1:20-1:24). Parker, Pomeroy, and Grant exchanges following Earl's solo (4:29-4:51), after which Grant takes a short solo
3 Introduction (Symphony Sid Torin) 0:11
4 Scrapple from the Apple (C. Parker) 7:01

Parker blows a nice, if somewhat repetitive, ten-chorus solo. Parker, Pomeroy, and Grant exchanges following Earl's solo (5:42-6:12), after which Grant takes a short solo
5 Introduction (Symphony Sid Torin, Parker) 0:57
6 Laura (D. Raskin-J. Mercer) 6:34

Parker is alone for opening and closing choruses, but there are solos by Pomeroy, Earl, and Griggs. Pomeroy plays muted obbligatos during the closing theme
7 Closing announcement (Symphony Sid Torin) 0:30


1 Announcement (Symphony Sid Torin, Parker)
CD: Stash STCD 21, Fresh Sounds FSCD 1006, Philology Volume 45 (W 876), Frémeaux & Associés FA 1343

2 Cool Blues
12" LP: Stash ST 280
CD: Stash STCD 21, Fresh Sounds FSCD 1006, Philology Volume 45 (W 876), Frémeaux & Associés FA 1343

3 Introduction (Symphony Sid Torin)
CD: Stash STCD 21, Fresh Sounds FSCD 1006, Philology Volume 45 (W 876), Frémeaux & Associés FA 1343

4 Scrapple from the Apple
CD: Stash STCD 21, Fresh Sounds FSCD 1006, Philology Volume 45 (W 876), Frémeaux & Associés FA 1343

5 Introduction (Symphony Sid Torin, Parker)
CD: Stash STCD 21, Fresh Sounds FSCD 1006, Philology Volume 45 (W 876), Frémeaux & Associés FA 1343

6 Laura
CD: Stash STCD 21, Fresh Sounds FSCD 1006, Philology Volume 45 (W 876), Frémeaux & Associés FA 1343

7 Closing announcement (Symphony Sid Torin)
CD: Stash STCD 21, Fresh Sounds FSCD 1006, Philology Volume 45 (W 876), Frémeaux & Associés FA 1343


Two additional tunes ("Cheryl" and "Ornithology") are often placed with these, but given the quotation from "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" during Parker's solo on "Ornithology," I suspect that the date for these three titles is really closer to Christmas. There is a lot of uncertainty about the dates for these 1952-1954 Boston live sessions.

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).

The drummer is usually misidentified (as on Fresh Sound) as Bill Graham.

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