1923–42

Fats Navarro Chronology

 

 

 

 

Created by Leif Bo Petersen and Theo Rehak

Last updated: January 5, 2017.

 

Date

Event

References/Further Details

 

1923

 

 

September 24

Fats Navarro

Theodore “Fats” Navarro is born in Key West, FL.

Father:  Theodore Navarro (b. December 18, 1901): Barber with shop on 1013 Howe Street (1923); Barber with shop on 306 Petronia Street and Cloth Cleaner with shop on 305 Petronia (1927/28); Barber with own shop (1930); Laborer (1935); Laborer, road construction (1940).

Mother: Miriam Navarro (b. April 5, 1905): Laundress at home (1930); Home (1935); Housemaid in a private home (1940).

Fats Navarro lives in his parent’s house at 828 Thomas Street together with sisters Elisabeth (born 1925) and Dolores (born 1932) until he leaves Key West in 1941.

His parents divorced in 1943.

The 1945 Florida State Census shows Miriam [now Williams] living at Virginia Street 411 with Jasper Williams and their two children Tony (1) and Brenda (0). Theodore, Elisabeth, and Delores Navarro are also registered living here. The duration of Theodore’s education is given as 12 years and he his occupation is musician. Theodore Navarro Sr. is still living at 828 Thomas Street in 1945. A man, probably a tenant, is living at the same address.

 

US Federal Census 1930. Florida; Monroe County; Key West. 4; 44-16.

The 1930 census gives age 21 for Theodore Sr.’s first marriage and age 16 for Miriam’s first marriage. This indicates that both had been married before, but these age indications are probably just approximate.

Florida State Census 1935. Monroe County; Key West.

US Federal Census 1940. Florida; Monroe County; Key West. 4; 44-14.

Florida State Census 1945. Monroe County; Key West.

Key West City Directory 1923.

Key West City Directory 1927/28.

Florida Divorce Index 1927–2001.

US. Social Security Death Index, 1935–2014: Gives birthday of Theodore Sr. and Miriam Williams. But there is no information of Theodore Navarro Jr. here.

B. Vuijsje “Notes on Fats Navarro in Key West.” Unpublished (2008): The parent’s marriage certificate is dated February 5, 1923 (source local library in Key West), so Miriam may have been pregnant at the time of their marriage.

L. B. Petersen and T. Rehak, Infatuation - The Music and Life of Theodore "Fats" Navarro (2009), 3.

 

1929

 

 

September

Fats Navarro

Starts in School.

 

Florida State Census 1935: assigns him 6 Years of school education.

 

1929?

Fats Navarro

At the initiative of his father Fats Navarro gets piano lessons with a private teacher at the age of six.

G. Hoefer, “The Significance of Fats Navarro,” Down Beat, January 27, 1966: 16.

Miriam Williams interviewed by T. Rehak in L. B. Petersen and T. Rehak, Infatuation - The Music and Life of Theodore "Fats" Navarro (2009), 7.

 

1935

 

 

1935?

Fats Navarro

Fats Navarro takes up trumpet and saxophone at school.

At twelve or thirteen his mother buys him a trumpet, and he begins serious trumpet studies.

 

Miriam Williams interviewed by T. Rehak in L. B. Petersen and T. Rehak, Infatuation - The Music and Life of Theodore "Fats" Navarro (2009), 7.

 

1935?

Island City Choral Singers

1935?–?

Fats Navarro is a member here.

 

E. M. Quinn, “Fats Navarro,” Solares Hill, August 1980, 19.

L. B. Petersen and T. Rehak, Infatuation - The Music and Life of Theodore "Fats" Navarro (2009), 12: Photo.

 

1935?

Welters’ Cornet Band

1935?–?

Fats Navarro plays trumpet in Welters’ band.

 

E. M. Quinn, “Fats Navarro,” Solares Hill, August 1980, 19.

1937

 

 

September

Fats Navarro

Starts in Fredrick Douglass High School

 

E. M. Quinn, “Fats Navarro,” Solares Hill, August 1980, 19.

Florida State Census 1935: assigns him 6 Years of school education. This indicates a High School start in 1937.

 

1937?

Harry Chipchase’s Band

Fats Navarro plays trumpet in Chipchase’s band.

1937?–?

 

N. J. Sawyer and L. Wells-Bowie, Key West (2002), 101: photo.

E. M. Quinn, “Fats Navarro,” Solares Hill, August 1980, 19.

 

 

1938

 

 

1938?

Walter Johnson’s Band

Including Fats Navarro (tp, ts) and Walther Johnson (d).

Miami, FL.

1938?–39?

Fats Navarro plays with Walther Johnson’s Band during summer vacations.

 

N. J. Sawyer and L. Wells-Bowie, Key West (2002), 101.

1940

 

 

Summer

Fats Navarro

Miami, FL.

Fats Navarro plays in Miami in the summer vacation.

He wants to quit school and proceed with the band, but his mother goes there and persuades him to return home.

 

Miriam Williams interviewed by T. Rehak in L. B. Petersen and T. Rehak, Infatuation – The Music and Life of Theodore “Fats” Navarro (2009), 9.

B. Vuijsje “Notes on Fats Navarro in Key West.” Unpublished (2008): Delores Navarro tells that it was Snookum Russell’s Orchestra. This information that it was Snookum Russell’s band seems dubious, since it played out of Florida all summer not to return to Miami until September 24 (“Gala Homecoming Planned,” Pittsburgh Courier, August 11, 1943, 20). It may instead have been Sol Albright’s band.

 

1941

 

 

Summer

Fats Navarro

Navarro graduates from Fredrick Douglass High School, Key West, FL.

 

Miriam Williams interviewed by T. Rehak in L. B. Petersen and T. Rehak, Infatuation - The Music and Life of Theodore "Fats" Navarro (2009), 9.

 

July?

Fats Navarro

Navarro works for some months at the Navy Yard in Key West, FL.

July?–September?

 

Miriam Williams interviewed by T. Rehak in L. B. Petersen and T. Rehak, Infatuation - The Music and Life of Theodore "Fats" Navarro (2009), 9.

 

October early

Sol Albright Band

Including Fats Navarro (tp), Sol Albright (p & dir), and Grace Cummings (voc).

Cotton Club, Cincinnati, OH.

October early—October 31, 1941.

Fats Navarro joins Albright.

“Sol Albright Opens Cincy Cotton Club,” Pittsburgh Courier, October 11, 1941, 21: Fats Navarro is regarded as the Louis Armstrong of the South.

“Sol Albright Closes at Cincy Cotton Club, ,Pittsburgh Courier, November 1, 1941, 21: On November 1, the band starts a 5 weeks Southern tour booked by Willie R. Davis, Miami, FL.

Fats Navarro may have left the band when this tour started. Snookum Russell’s band follows at Cotton Club.

 

October?

Fats Navarro

Cincinnati, OH.

October 1941?–?

Navarro studies trumpet by a local teacher.

 

G. Hoefer, “The Significance of Fats Navarro,” Down Beat, January 27, 1966: 16.

This may alternatively have been during the engagement in October–December 1942, or on both occasions.

 

November 1

Sol Albright Band

November 1, 1942.

Starts a 5 weeks’ Southern tour booked by Willie R. Davis, Miami, FL.

Fats Navarro may have left the band when this tour started.

 

“Sol Albright Opens Cincy Cotton Club,” Pittsburgh Courier, October 11, 1941, 21: Fats Navarro is regarded as the Louis Armstrong of the South.

“Sol Albright Closes at Cincy Cotton Club,” Pittsburgh Courier, Snookum Russell’s band follows at the Cotton Club.

 

November 7?

Snookum Russell and His Orchestra

Including Bill Thompson (vib); Bernard Brown (dr, voc); Cotton Club, Cincinnati, OH.

November 7?–December ?, 1944.

Fats Navarro joins Russell here or in the following engagement in Indianapolis.

“Sol Albright Opens Cincy Cotton Club,” Pittsburgh Courier, October 10, 1941, 20: Snookum Russell follows Albright.

“Sol Albright Closes at Cincy Cotton Club,” Pittsburgh Courier, November 1, 1941, 20: Snookum Russell will follow on Friday night.

G. Hoefer, “The Significance of Fats Navarro,” Down Beat, January 27, 1966, 16: Has Indianapolis as location for Fats Navarro’s entrance in Russell’s band.

 

December

Snookum Russell and His Orchestra

Indianapolis, IN.

 

“Sol Albright Closes at Cincy Cotton Club,” Pittsburgh Courier, November 1, 1941, 21: After the Cotton Club engagement Snookum Russell’s band will have a club engagement in Indianapolis.

 

1941 late or 1942 early

Snookum Russell Orchestra

1941 late or 1942 early.

Navarro joins Russell in Cincinnati or Indianapolis.

 

“Sol Albright Closes at Cincy Cotton Club,” Pittsburgh Courier, November 1, 1941, 21: After the Cotton Club engagement   Snookum Russell’s band will have a club engagement in Indianapolis.

G. Hoefer, “The Significance of Fats Navarro,” Down Beat, January 27, 1966, 16: Has Indianapolis as location for Fats Navarro’s entrance.

 

1941 late or 1942 early

Snookum Russell Orchestra

Kansas City, MO.

1941 late or 1942 early.

Buddy Anderson meets Fats Navarro here.

 

F. Driggs, “The Story of Buddy Anderson,” Jazz Journal, February 1962, 11: Buddy Anderson meets Fats Navarro. This meeting is dated 1941 during a Russell engagement at Scott’s Theatre Restaurant.

This date and the location are not consistent. Scott’s Theatre Restaurant opened on March 24, 1943 with Snookum Russell’s band as the main attraction. Russell’s engagement there ran to May late ("Snookum Russell Opens at Scott's," Pittsburgh Courier, April 3, 1942, 21: Two weeks with an option ("Band Routes," Pittsburgh Courier, May 2, 1942, 20: Russell at Scott's May 21—28.).

This meeting may have been at another venue in Kansas City late 1941 or early 1942, but we have not been able to document Russell in Kansas City in this period. Buddy Anderson was out of Kansas City from early in February 1942 and the rest of the year as a member of the McShann Orchestra.

If the location is right the date must be in March–May 1943, indicating that Fats Navarro had not yet joined Andy Kirk in the spring of 1943, but I do not know if Buddy Anderson was in Kansas City in this period.

 

1942

 

 

February early

Snookum Russell and His Orchestra

14 artists: Harry Par Jones, Fats Navarro Jr., William Hickman, (tp); J. J. Johnson (tb); Clyde Ewell (tb, arr); John Church, Robert Graham, Arthur Rowland, Hermann Bell (saxes); Sylvester Trent (p); Maxwell McCarthy (b), Bill Thompson (vib, d); Mae Daniels (voc); Snookum Russell (dir, voc).

Booking Ferguson Bros. Agency. Joseph R. Webb (road manager).

“Southland Swings to New Russell Styling,” Pittsburgh Courier, February 14, 1942, 21. Article dated Indianapolis February 12: Gives details of personnel.

Ad in Pittsburgh Courier, February 14, 1942, 20: Snookum Russell and His ‘All Reet’ Orchestra. 14 artists including Mae Daniels (voc). Ferguson Bros. Agency. (Weekly ad in Pittsburgh Courier until April 18).

“Snookum Russell Clicks with New Defense Tunes,” Pittsburgh Courier, February 21, 1942, 20: Article dated Atlanta, Georgia, February 19: 13 pieces and Daniels (voc).

Publicity montage from Ferguson Bros. Agency. Duncan Scheidt Collection. See L. B. Petersen and T. Rehak, Infatuation - The Music and Life of Theodore “Fats” Navarro (2009), 14: Photos similar to the ones here were used in newspaper articles in the first half of 1942 (for instance: “’Hide-Beater’ for Russell,” Pittsburgh Courier, February 21, 1942, 20; “Snookum Russell and His Blitzkrieg of Swing,” Baltimore Afro-American, May 2, 192, 17).

J. Berrett & G. Bourgois III, The Musical World of J. J. Johnson (1999), 22: Has J. J. Johnson joining Russell in early March, but it is more likely that he did this in February. The James Johnson on trumpet in the Pittsburgh is a mistake for James Johnson on trombone. He was not yet widely known as J. J. Johnson. I also think that he is on the publicity photo.

 

February early

Snookum Russell Orchestra

Jacksonville, GA.

 

“Snookum Russell Clicks with New Defense Tunes,” Pittsburgh Courier, February 21, 1942, 20: Article dated Atlanta, February 19.

“Hide-Beater for Russell, Pittsburgh Courier, February 21, 1942, 20: Photo of Bill Thompson.

 

February early

Snookum Russell Orchestra

Atlanta, GA.

“Snookum Russell Clicks with New Defense Tunes,” Pittsburgh Courier, February 21, 1942, 20: Article dated Atlanta, February 19.

“Hide-Beater for Russell, Pittsburgh Courier, February 21, 1942, 20: Photo of Bill Thompson.

 

February 13

Snookum Russell Orchestra

Fort Lauderdale, FL.

“Band Routes,” Pittsburgh Courier, February 14, 1942, 20.

“Hide-Beater for Russell, Pittsburgh Courier, February 21, 1942, 20: Photo of Bill Thompson.

February 14

Snookum Russell Orchestra

West Palm Beach, FL.

 

“Band Routes,” Pittsburgh Courier, February 14, 1942, 20.

February 15

Snookum Russell Orchestra

Miami, FL.

 

“Band Routes,” Pittsburgh Courier, February 14, 1947, 20.

February 16

Snookum Russell Orchestra

Fort Myers, FL.

 

“Band Routes,” Pittsburgh Courier, February 14, 1942, 20.

February 17

Snookum Russell Orchestra

Open.

 

“Band Routes,” Pittsburgh Courier, February 14, 1942, 20.

February 18

Snookum Russell Orchestra

Lakeland, FL.

 

“Band Routes,” Pittsburgh Courier, February 14, 1942, 20.

February 19

Snookum Russell Orchestra

Winter Haven, FL.

 

“Band Routes,” Pittsburgh Courier, February 14, 1942, 20.

February 20

Snookum Russell Orchestra

Panama City, FL.

February 20-21, 1942.

 

“Band Routes,” Pittsburgh Courier, February 14, 1942, 20.

February 22

Snookum Russell Orchestra

Clearwater, FL.

 

“Band Routes,” Pittsburgh Courier, February 14, 1942, 20.

February 23

Snookum Russell Orchestra

Tampa, FL.

 

“Band Routes,” Pittsburgh Courier, February 14, 1942, 20.

February 24

Snookum Russell Orchestra

Dothan, AL.

 

“Band Routes,” Pittsburgh Courier, February 14, 1942, 20.

February 25

Snookum Russell Orchestra

Auburn, AL.

 

“Band Routes,” Pittsburgh Courier, February 14, 1942, 20.

February 26

Snookum Russell Orchestra

Clarksville, TN.

 

“Band Routes,” Pittsburgh Courier, February 14, 1942, 20.

February 27

Snookum Russell Orchestra

Nashville, TN.

 

“Band Routes,” Pittsburgh Courier, February 14, 1942, 20.

February 28

Snookum Russell Orchestra

Ritz Theater, Blytheville, AR.

 

“Band Routes,” Pittsburgh Courier, February 14, 1942, 20.

March 1

Snookum Russell Orchestra

Palace Theater, Memphis, TN.

March 1–6.

 

“Band Routes,” Pittsburgh Courier, February 14, 1942, 20.

March 15

Snookum Russell Orchestra

New Orleans, LA.

“Russell’s Band to Play “Skegee” Prom,” Afro-American March 14, 1942, 13.

“Band Routes,” Pittsburgh Courier, March 14, 1942, 21.

 

March 16

Snookum Russell Orchestra

Biloxi, MS.

 

Russell’s Band to Play “Skegee” Prom,” Afro-American March 14, 1942, 13.

Band Routes,” Pittsburgh Courier, March 14, 1942, 21.

 

March 17

Snookum Russell Orchestra

Hattiesburg, MS.

 

Russell’s Band to Play “Skegee” Prom,” Afro-American March 14, 1942, 13.

“Band Routes,” Pittsburgh Courier, March 14, 1942, 21.

 

March 18

 

Snookum Russell Orchestra

Meridian, MS.

 

Russell’s Band to Play “Skegee” Prom,” Afro-American March 14, 1942, 13.

“Band Routes,” Pittsburgh Courier, March 14, 1942, 21.

 

March 19

Snookum Russell Orchestra

Bessemer, AL.

March 19, 1942.

 

Russell’s Band to Play “Skegee” Prom,” Afro-American March 14, 1942, 13.

“Band Routes,” Pittsburgh Courier, March 14, 1942, 21.

 

March 20

Snookum Russell Orchestra

Tuscaloosa, AL.

 

Russell’s Band to Play “Skegee” Prom,” Afro-American March 14, 1942, 13.“

Band Routes,” Pittsburgh Courier, March 14, 1942, 21.

 

March 20

Snookum Russell Orchestra

Tuskegee Institute, AL.

Prom for the NYX Club.

 

Russell’s Band to Play “Skegee” Prom,” Afro-American March 14, 1942.

“To Play “Skegee,” Afro-American, March 21, 1942, 13:  Photo and text: plays prom at Tuskegee Institute on Friday.

 

March 27

Snookum Russell Orchestra

Paducah, KY.

 

“Band Routes,” Pittsburgh Courier, March 28, 1942, 21.

 

 

March 29

Snookum Russell Orchestra

Fulton, KY.

 

“Band Routes,” Pittsburgh Courier, March 28, 1942, 21.

April 4

Snookum Russell Orchestra

Sunset Terrace, Indianapolis, IN.

April 4–12, 1942.

 

“At Naptown,” Pittsburgh Courier, April 4, 1942, 20.

“Band Routes,” Pittsburgh Courier, April 11, 1942, 21.

“Bands on Tour - Advance dates,” Billboard, April 4, 1942, 25: Has April 4 –12.

Ad in Billboard, April 4, 1942, 25: “Snookum Russell and His Orchestra. 13 colored artist (union). Available for engagement April 13–30 anywhere in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, and Wisconsin… Ferguson Artists…”

 

April 16

Snookum Russell Orchestra

Springfield, IL.

 

“Band Routes,” Pittsburgh Courier, April 18, 1942, 20.

April 18

Snookum Russell Orchestra

Davenport, IA.

 

“Band Routes,” Pittsburgh Courier, April 18, 1942, 21.

April 19

Snookum Russell Orchestra

Quincy, IL.

 

“Band Routes,” Pittsburgh Courier, April 18, 1942, 20.

April 20

Snookum Russell Orchestra

Mae Daniels probably stopped in the band around this time.

Waterloo. IA.

.

 

“Band Routes,” Pittsburgh Courier, April 25, 1942, 20.

Ad in Pittsburgh Courier, April 25, 1942, 21: Snookum Russell and His Famous Orchestra. Ferguson Bros. Agency: Mae Daniels is not mentioned here.

 

April 25

Snookum Russell Orchestra

Bloomington, IL.

 

“Band Routes,” Pittsburgh Courier, April 25, 1942, 20.

 

April 26

Snookum Russell Orchestra

LaSalle, IL.

 

 “Band Routes,” Pittsburgh Courier, April 25, 1942, 20.

 

 

 

April 29

Snookum Russell Orchestra

Fort Wayne, IN.

 

“Band Routes,” Pittsburgh Courier, April 25, 1942, 20.

 

 

April 30

Snookum Russell Orchestra

Unidentified venue, Kansas City, MO.

 

“Russell Ork at Kaycee,” Pittsburgh Courier, May 2, 1942, 21: Notice dated April 30: one-night stand Friday Night.

 

May 1

Snookum Russell Orchestra

Including Bill Thompson (vib, d); Mae Daniels (voc): Snookum Russell (dir, voc).

Floor Show

College Inn, Kansas City, MO.

May 1–June 11, 1942.

Nightly KCKN broadcasts.

 

Add in Kansas City Star, May 1, 1942, 28: Opening tonight.

“Band Routes,” Pittsburgh Courier, May 2, 1942, 21: College Inn, Kansas City, May 1–7.

“Band Routes,” Pittsburgh Courier, May 9, 1942, 20: College Inn, Kansas City, May 8–15.

“Band Routes,” Pittsburgh Courier, May 16, 1942, 20: College Inn, Kansas City, May 16–22.

“Band Routes,” Pittsburgh Courier, May 23, 1942, 20: College Inn, Kansas City, May 23–29.

“Band Routes,” Afro-American, May 30, 1942, 15: College Inn, Kansas City, May 29–June 6.

“Band Routes,” Pittsburgh Courier, June 6, 1942, 21: College Inn, Kansas City, June 5–11.

“Band Routes,” Pittsburgh Courier, June 13, 1942, 21: June 11 College Inn.

"Snookum Russell and His Blitzkrieg of Swing,"" Baltimore Afro-American, May 2, 1942, 13: Photo and text: This twelve pieces blitzkrieg of Swing is headed by Isaac (Snookum) Russell, a native of Columbia, S.C. The unit is booked for a six weeks’ engagement at the swank College Inn at Kansas City, where it will broadcast nightly for the entire southwest. The photo is probably from February (see February early).

Ad in Pittsburgh Courier, May 2, 1942, 21: Snookum Russell and His Orchestra: Broadcasting Nightly KCKN 10–10:30 p.m. Ferguson Bros. Agency. Same ad until May 30.

Radio programs show somewhat more varied schedules for the radio transmissions. For instance:

"Radio Programs," Kansas City Star, May 22, 1942, E: Tonight (Friday): KCKN: 11:45–12 p.m.: Snookum Russell Orchestra. Saturday: KCKN: 3:3–3:45 p.m.

"Radio Programs," Kansas City Star, June 3, 1942, E: Tonight (Wednesday): KCKN: 11:45–12 p.m.: Snookum Russell Orchestra. Thursday: KCKN: 10:15–10.30 p.m.

"Radio Programs," Kansas City Star, June 12, 1942, E: Tonight (Friday): KCKN: 10:30–10:45 p.m.: Snookum Russell Orchestra. Saturday; KCKN: 9:30–9:45 p.m.

 

June 12

Snookum Russell Orchestra

Including Annie Laurie Page (voc).

Moberly, MO.

“Band Routes,” Pittsburgh Courier, June 13, 1942, 21.

“Ad in Pittsburgh Courier, June 6, 1942, 21:  Snookum Russell and His Famous Orchestra with Annie Laura Page. Month of June in Michigan territory. Ferguson Bros. Agency. Indianapolis, IA. (Same weekly until June 27).

 

June 13

Snookum Russell Orchestra

Chicago, IL.

June 13, 1942

 

 “Band Routes,” Pittsburgh Courier, June 13, 1942, 21.

 

June 14

Snookum Russell Orchestra

Indianapolis, IN.

June 14–18, 1942.

 

“Band Routes,” Pittsburgh Courier, June 13, 1942, 21.

 

June 19

Snookum Russell Orchestra

Springfield, IL.

 

“Band Routes,” Pittsburgh Courier, June 20, 1942, 21.

June 20

Snookum Russell Orchestra

Champaign, IL.

 

“Band Routes,” Pittsburgh Courier, June 20, 1942, 21.

June 21

Snookum Russell Orchestra

June 21–25.

Indianapolis, IN.

 

“Band Routes,” Pittsburgh Courier, June 20, 1942, 21.

June 26

Snookum Russell Orchestra

Bartlett's, Pleasant Lake, MI.

June 26–30?, 1942.

 

Ad in State Journal (Lansing, MI), June 26, 1942, 14: Starting tonight.

July 1

Snookum Russell Orchestra

Including Annie Laurie Page (voc).

Bass Lake, Jackson, MI.

July 1–9.

“Band Routes,” Pittsburgh Courier, July 4, 1942, 21.

Ad in Pittsburgh Courier, July 4, 1942, 21: Snookum Russell and His Famous Orchestra with Annie Laura Page. Ferguson Bros. Agency. Indianapolis, IA. (Same weekly for the rest of the year).

 

July 10

Snookum Russell Orchestra

Fort Wayne, IN.

 

“Band Routes,” Pittsburgh Courier, July 11, 1942, 20.

 

 

 

July 11

Snookum Russell Orchestra

Canton, OH.

 

“Band Routes,” Pittsburgh Courier, July 11, 1942, 20.

July 12

Snookum Russell Orchestra

Narrow Lake Ballroom, Springport, MI.

 

Band Routes” Pittsburgh Courier, July 18, 1942, 21.

Ad in State Journal (Lansing, MI.), July 9, 1942, 10.

Ad in Battle Creek Enquirer, July 10, 1942, 18: shows the promotion photo of the band.

 

July 13

Snookum Russell Orchestra

Flint, MI.

 

“Band Routes,” Pittsburgh Courier, July 18, 1942, 21.

 

July 15

Snookum Russell Orchestra

Shadow Grove Park, Uniontown, PA.

Colored Community picnic.

 

“Here Wednesday,” Morning Herald (PA), July 11, 1942?, 10.

“Band Routes,” Pittsburgh Courier, July 18, 1942, 21.

 

July 17

Snookum Russell Orchestra

Kimball, WV.

 

“Band Routes,” Pittsburgh Courier, July 18, 1942, 21.

 

July 24

Snookum Russell Orchestra

Township Auditorium, Columbia, SC.

 

“Snookum Russell to Play His Home Town,” Baltimore Afro-American, July 14, 1942, 10.

 

July 25

Snookum Russell Orchestra

Touring in the South.

July 25–28, 1942.

 

“Band Routes,” Pittsburgh Courier, July 25, 1942, 21: illegible venues in SC., GA., and WV.

July 29

Snookum Russell Orchestra

Spartanburg, SC.

 

“Band Routes,” Pittsburgh Courier, August 1, 1942, 21.

July 30

Snookum Russell Orchestra

Enroute.

 

“Band Routes,” Pittsburgh Courier, August 1, 1942, 21.

July 31

Snookum Russell Orchestra

Berkley, Norfolk, VA.

July 31—August 1.

 

“Band Routes,” Pittsburgh Courier, August 1, 1942, 21.

August 2

Snookum Russell Orchestra

Buckroe Beach, VA.

Aug. 2–3, 1942.

 

“Band Routes,” Pittsburgh Courier, August 1, 1942, 21.

August. 4

Snookum Russell Orchestra

Portsmouth, VA.

 

“Band Routes,” Pittsburgh Courier, August 1, 1942, 21.

August 5

Snookum Russell Orchestra

Oxford, NC.

Cancelled because of transport problems.

 

“Band Routes,” Pittsburgh Courier, August 1, 1942, 21.

“Russell in Storm on East Coast, Pittsburgh Courier, August 15, 1942, 20.

 

August 6

Snookum Russell Orchestra

Ritz, Theater, Berkley, Norfolk, VA.

 

“Band Routes,” Pittsburgh Courier, August 1, 1942, 21.

 “Snookum Russell Puts SRO Sign in Virginia,” Pittsburgh Courier, August 8, 1942, 21.

 

August 7

Snookum Russell Orchestra

Suffolk, VA.

 

“Band Routes,” Pittsburgh Courier, August 1, 1942, 21.

 

August 9

Snookum Russell Orchestra

Newport Navy, VA.

 

“Band Routes,” Pittsburgh Courier, August 8, 1942, 21.

August 10

Snookum Russell Orchestra

Wilmington, NC.

 

“Band Routes,” Pittsburgh Courier, August 8, 1942, 21.

August 11

Snookum Russell Orchestra

Charleston, SC.

 

“Band Routes,” Pittsburgh Courier, August 8, 1942, 21.

August 12

Snookum Russell Orchestra

Durham, NC.

 

“Band Routes,” Pittsburgh Courier, August 8, 1942, 21.

August 14

Snookum Russell Orchestra

Youngstown, OH.

 

“Band Routes,” Pittsburgh Courier, August 15, 1942, 20.

August 15

Snookum Russell Orchestra

Detroit, MI.

August 15–16, 1942.

 

“Band Routes,” Pittsburgh Courier, August 15, 1942, 20.

August 21

Snookum Russell Orchestra

Muncie, IA

August 21–22, 1942.

 

“Band Routes,” Pittsburgh Courier, August 15, 1942, 20.

August 23

Snookum Russell Orchestra

Indianapolis, IA.

 

“Band Routes,” Pittsburgh Courier, August 15, 1942, 20.

August 24

Snookum Russell Orchestra

Louis Jordan Orchestra

Jefferson Park, Louisville, KY.

Band Battle.

 

“Band Routes,” Pittsburgh Courier, August 15, 1942, 20.“The “Midnight Man in Chicago,” Plaindealer (Kansas City, KS), August 21, 1942, 3.

August 26

Snookum Russell Orchestra

Columbus, OH.

August 26–28, 1942.

 

“Band Routes,” Pittsburgh Courier, August 15, 1942, 20.

August 29

Snookum Russell Orchestra

Dayton, OH.

 

“Band Routes,” Pittsburgh Courier, August 15, 1942, 20.

August 30

Snookum Russell Orchestra

Cincinnati, OH.

 

“Band Routes,” Pittsburgh Courier, August 15, 1942, 20.

August 31

Snookum Russell Orchestra

Clarksville, TN.

 

“Band Routes,” Pittsburgh Courier, August 15, 1942, 20.

September 1

Snookum Russell Orchestra

Open.

 

“Band Routes,” Pittsburgh Courier, August 15, 1942, 20.

September 2

Snookum Russell Orchestra

Columbus, GA.

 

“Band Routes,” Pittsburgh Courier, August 15, 1942, 20.

September 3

Snookum Russell Orchestra

Winter Haven, FL.

 

“Band Routes,” Pittsburgh Courier, August 15, 1942, 20.

September 4

Snookum Russell Orchestra

Fort Lauderdale, FL.

 

“Band Routes,” Pittsburgh Courier, August 15, 1942, 20.

September 5

Open.

“Band Routes,” Pittsburgh Courier, August 15, 1942, 20.

September 6

Snookum Russell Orchestra

Miami, FL.

 

“Band Routes,” Pittsburgh Courier, August 15, 1942, 20.

September 7

Snookum Russell Orchestra

Tampa, FL.

 

“Band Routes,” Pittsburgh Courier, August 15, 1942, 20.

September early?

Snookum Russell Orchestra

Pha Terrell and Carolina Cotton Pickers

Including Idrees Sulieman (tp).

Orlando, FL.

Band Battle.

 

“Ready for Band Battle,” Pittsburgh Courier, August 15, 1942, 21: No date or venue for the battle is mentioned.

Idrees Sulieman in I. Gitler, Swing to Bop (1987), 79–80: mentions such a battle in Orlando. No date is given. The event mentioned by Sulieman could alternatively have been in February.

September

Snookum Russell and His Orchestra

Temporary disbanding. J. J. Johnson leaves Russell.

J. Berrett & G. Bourgois III, The Musical World of J. J. Johnson (1999), 23: Dates October 5 for Johnson’s entrance in Benny Carter’s band in Indianapolis.

Ad in Pittsburgh Courier, September 19, 1942, 20: Snookum Russell and his famous band with Annie Laura Page. Ferguson Bros. Agency. Indianapolis, IA.

 

October 1

Snookum Russell and His Orchestra

13 pieces: Including Fats Navarro (tp); Bill Thompson (vib, d); Annie Laurie Page (voc); Snookum Russell (voc, dir).

Cotton Club, Cincinnati, OH.

October 1–December 13.

6 weeks, later on extended to 12. Closing December 13.

“Russell’s Band Opens at Cincinnati Club,” Baltimore Afro-American, September 29, 1942, 11.

“Band Routes,” Pittsburgh Courier, October 10, 1942, 21: Russell at Cotton club. Cincinnati October 1–6.

“Band Routes,” Pittsburgh Courier, October 17, 1942, 20: Russell at Cotton club. Cincinnati October 17–24.

“Band Routes,” Pittsburgh Courier, October 24, 1942, 21: Russell at Cotton club. Cincinnati October 24–November 1.

“Russell’s Stay at Cincy Extended,” Baltimore Afro-American, October 27, 1942, 11.

“Band Routes,” Pittsburgh Courier, October 31, 1942, 21: Russell at Cotton club. Cincinnati October 31–November 6.

“Band Routes,” Pittsburgh Courier, November 7, 1942, 20: Russell at Cotton club. Cincinnati November 6–12.

"Midnight Man In Chicago." Plaindealer (Kansas City KS.), November 13, 1942, 3: Snookum Russell's outfit is strictly all reet at the Cotton Club in Cincinnati... Booked until Dec. 12.”

 “Band Routes,” Pittsburgh Courier, November 14, 1942, 20: Russell at Cotton Club. Cincinnati November 14–20.

“Band Routes,” Pittsburgh Courier, November 21, 1942, 20: Russell at Cotton club. Cincinnati November 21_–27.

“Band Routes,” Pittsburgh Courier, November 28, 1942, 21: Russell at Cotton Club. Cincinnati November 27_–_December 4.

“Band Routes,” Pittsburgh Courier, December 12, 1942, 20: Russell at Cotton Club. Cincinnati _December 10–13.

 

December 14

Snookum Russell and His Orchestra

Sunset Terrace, Indianapolis, IN.

December 14–17, 1942.

 

“Band Routes,” Pittsburgh Courier, December 12, 1942, 20.

 

December 18

 

Snookum Russell and His Orchestra

Champaign, IL.

December 18, 1942.

 

“Band Routes,” Pittsburgh Courier, December 12, 1942, 20.

 

December 19

Snookum Russell and His Orchestra

Including Bill Thompson (vib), Christine Chatman (p and voc), and Annie Laurie Page (voc).

Sunset Terrace, Indianapolis, IN.

December 19–29, 1942 (except December 24).

“Snookum Russell to Play Sunset Terrace,” Pittsburgh Courier, December 12, 1942, 20.

“Snookum Russell to Toledo on Xmas Eve,” Pittsburgh Courier, December 19, 1942, 21: Lionel Hampton subs for him at Sunset Terrace.

“Snookum Russell to Play KC,” Pittsburgh Courier, January 16, 21.

 

December 24

Snookum Russell and His Orchestra

Including Bill Thompson (vib), Christine Chatman (p and voc), and Annie Laurie Page (voc).

Trianon Ballroom, Toledo, OH.

December 24.

 

“Snookum Russell to Toledo on Xmas Eve,” Pittsburgh Courier, December 19, 1942, 21.

 

December 31

 

Snookum Russell and His Orchestra

Including Bill Thompson (vib), Christine Chatman (p, voc), and Annie Laurie Page (voc).

Casino, Quincy, IL.

December 31, 1942–January 14, 1943.

 

“Snookum Russell to Play Sunset Terrace,” Pittsburgh Courier, December 12, 1942, 20.

“Orchestra Notes,” Billboard, January 2, 1943, 34: Christine Chatman, Boogie Woogie specialist, is new with the band.

Snookum Russell Opens at Peoria Club,” Pittsburgh Courier, January 23, 21: Article dated January 21: Closed at Casino Club, Quincy last Thursday.