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December 11, 1948 (12 items; TT = 32:19)
Royal Roost Club, New York NY
WMCA radio broadcast (B+)
Show chatter

Miles Davis (tpt); Charlie Parker (as); Al Haig (p); Tommy Potter (b); Max Roach (d); Symphony Sid Torin (ann)

1 Jumpin' with Symphony Sid (with introduction) (L. Young) 1:04
2 Groovin' High (D. Gillespie-F. Paparelli) 4:44
3 Introduction (Symphony Sid Torin) 0:37
4 Big Foot (C. Parker) 4:39

During his solo Davis quotes the "Jumpin' with Symphony Sid" theme (1:40-1:42); Parker and Davis exchanges before closing theme (3:33-4:10)
5 Introduction (Symphony Sid Torin) 0:22
6 Ornithology (C. Parker-B. Harris) 5:40

During his solo Parker quotes the "Cool Blues" theme (1:02-1:04), then plays with "I'll Remember April" (1:37-1:50)
7 Introduction (Symphony Sid Torin) 0:24
8 Slow Boat to China (F. Loesser) 4:56
9 Announcement (Symphony Sid Torin) 1:11
10 Euphoria (R. Kral) 3:29
11 Introduction (Symphony Sid Torin) 0:40
12 I Cover the Waterfront (E. Heyman-J.W. Green) 4:33


1 Jumpin' with Symphony Sid (with introduction)
12" LP: Savoy MG 12186, SJL 2260, ESP Bird-1
CD: Savoy ZDS 4411/4, K30Y 6241/4, Nippon Columbia COCY 75791/8, COCB 50405 (= COCB 53440), Savoy SVY 17021/4, Definitive DRCD 11153

2 Groovin' High
12" LP: Savoy MG 12186, SJL 2260, ESP Bird-1
CD: Savoy ZDS 4411/4, K30Y 6241/4, Nippon Columbia COCY 75791/8, COCB 50405 (= COCB 53440), Savoy SVY 17021/4, Definitive DRCD 11153

3 Introduction (Symphony Sid Torin)
12" LP: Savoy SJL 2260
CD: Savoy ZDS 4411/4, K30Y 6241/4, Nippon Columbia COCY 75791/8, COCB 50405 (= COCB 53440)

4 Big Foot
12" LP: Savoy MG 12186, SJL 2260, ESP Bird-1
CD: Savoy ZDS 4411/4, K30Y 6241/4, Nippon Columbia COCY 75791/8, COCB 50405 (= COCB 53440), Savoy SVY 17021/4, Definitive DRCD 11153

5 Introduction (Symphony Sid Torin)
12" LP: Savoy SJL 2260
CD: Savoy ZDS 4411/4, K30Y 6241/4, Nippon Columbia COCY 75791/8, COCB 50405 (= COCB 53440), Savoy SVY 17021/4, Definitive DRCD 11153

6 Ornithology
12" LP: Savoy MG 12179, SJL 2260, ESP Bird-1
CD: Savoy ZDS 4411/4, K30Y 6241/4, Nippon Columbia COCY 75791/8, COCB 50405 (= COCB 53440), Savoy SVY 17021/4, Definitive DRCD 11153, Philology Volume 58 (W 889)

7 Introduction (Symphony Sid Torin)
12" LP: Savoy SJL 2260
CD: Savoy ZDS 4411/4, K30Y 6241/4, Nippon Columbia COCY 75791/8, COCB 50405 (= COCB 53440), Savoy SVY 17021/4, Definitive DRCD 11153

8 Slow Boat to China
12" LP: Savoy SJL 2260, ESP Bird-1
CD: Savoy ZDS 4411/4, K30Y 6241/4, Nippon Columbia COCY 75791/8, COCB 50405 (= COCB 53440), Savoy SVY 17021/4, Definitive DRCD 11153, Musica Jazz MJCD 1102

9 Announcement (Symphony Sid Torin)
12" LP: Savoy SJL 2260
CD: Savoy ZDS 4411/4, K30Y 6241/4, Nippon Columbia COCY 75791/8, COCB 50405 (= COCB 53440)


This is the first of the weekly broadcasts of the Parker Quintet from the Royal Roost since Parker guested at the Roost in September.

Parker began a four-month engagement at the Royal Roost on December 9; the gig ran through March 12, 1949, though as it turned out, Davis didn't stay long.

After leaving the Parker Quintet, Davis participated in an all-star group led by Oscar Pettiford that included Fats Navarro, Kai Winding, Lucky Thompson, Dexter Gordon, Milt Jackson, Bud Powell, and Kenny Clarke.

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