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January 18, 1954 (8 items; TT = 29:38)
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 Introduction (Symphony Sid Torin) 0:21
2 Ornithology (C. Parker-B. Harris) 6:46

Parker muffs the final phrase of the opening chorus (0:29-0:31), and during his solo he quotes "Tenderly" (1:48-1:52); during his solo Williams plays "Country Gardens" (2:24-2:27) and "I Cover the Waterfront" (2:49-2:53). Edited and faded out during closing theme on Stash and Fresh Sounds (4:57)
3 Introduction (Symphony Sid Torin) 0:21
4 Out of Nowhere (E. Heyman-J.W. Green) 9:30

Edited and faded out during closing theme on Stash and Fresh Sounds (5:41)
5 Introduction (Symphony Sid Torin) 0:33
6 Cool Blues (C. Parker) 6:51

During his solo Griffith develops a "Little Rootie Tootie"-ish riff (2:01-2:04) and "Half Nelson" (2:44-2:48); Griffith quotes "Country Gardens" (4:37-4:41). Faded out during closing theme on Stash and Fresh Sounds (6:45)
7 Introduction (Symphony Sid Torin) 0:46
8 Scrapple from the Apple (incomplete, with voiceover) (C. Parker) 4:30

Parker muffs a phrase in the opening theme (0:24); Williams begins his solo with a quick allusion to "Country Gardens" (1:40-1:41), and also alludes to "Cool Blues" (2:08-2:10); Griffith quotes a few notes of "Straight, No Chaser" during his solo (3:31-3:35). Voiceover from 3:54-4:29: "I hate to be a drag and cut the band off, but time is growing short. Don't forget, Charlie Parker and the All-Stars will be here right up until 1:00 this morning. They'll be here all week long, and then on Sunday we'll have an afternoon jazz concert Sunday afternoon, and then again till Sunday night, Monday morning. Try to make it here at the Hi-Hat, at the jazz corner of Boston, Columbus and Mass Avenue, Charlie Parker, the greatest gentleman of modern progressive jazz, that's made it possible, and we're awfully proud to have him here. Thank you very much ladies and gentlemen, until tomorrow at 3:00 in the afternoon, over WBMS, this is your boy Symphony Sid saying 'I dig you the most'..." Faded out at 4:30


1 Introduction (Symphony Sid Torin)
CD: Uptown UPCD 27.42, Philology Volume 46 (W 877), Frémeaux & Associés FA 1343

2 Ornithology
12" LP: Stash ST 280
CD: Stash STCD 10, STCD 582, Fresh Sounds FSCD 1007, Uptown UPCD 27.42, Philology Volume 46 (W 877), Volume 59 (W 890), Frémeaux & Associés FA 1343

3 Introduction (Symphony Sid Torin)
CD: Uptown UPCD 27.42, Philology Volume 46 (W 877), Frémeaux & Associés FA 1343

4 Out of Nowhere
CD: Stash STCD 10, STCD 582, Fresh Sounds FSCD 1007, Uptown UPCD 27.42, Philology Volume 46 (W 877), Frémeaux & Associés FA 1343

5 Introduction (Symphony Sid Torin)
CD: Uptown UPCD 27.42, Philology Volume 46 (W 877), Frémeaux & Associés FA 1343

6 Cool Blues
CD: Stash STCD 10, STCD 582, Fresh Sounds FSCD 1007, Uptown UPCD 27.42, Philology Volume 46 (W 877), Frémeaux & Associés FA 1343

7 Introduction (Symphony Sid Torin)
CD: Uptown UPCD 27.42, Philology Volume 46 (W 877), Frémeaux & Associés FA 1343

8 Scrapple from the Apple (incomplete, with voiceover)
CD: Uptown UPCD 27.42, Philology Volume 46 (W 877), Frémeaux & Associés FA 1343


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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