1943

Fats Navarro Chronology

 

 

 

 

Created by Leif Bo Petersen

Last updated: January 25, 2017

 

Date

Event

References/Further Details

 

January

Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy

Probably including: Harry Lawson, Jack Dozier, Fats Navarro (tp); Ted Donnelly, unidentified (tb); John Harrington (cl, as, ts); Ben Smith (as); J. D. King, Jimmy Forrest (ts); Johnny Young (p); Booker Collins (b); Ben Thigpen (dr); June Richmond (voc); June Richmond (voc); Andy Kirk (dir).

Fats Navarro joins Andy Kirk, probably January 1943.

 

International Musician, February 1943: New York: reports personnel, probably referring to December 1943:  Lawson, Dozier, Donnelly, Harrington, King, Forrest, Young, Collins, Thigpen, Andy Kirk (information from Howard Rye).

Howard McGhee interviewed by Phil Schaap. Radio WKCR 1977-78: McGhee’s account implies that Navarro had been in Kirk’s band for a short time when McGhee rejoined Kirk.

 

January–March

Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy

Theater tour.

“Where the Bands Are Playing,” Down Beat, February 15, 1943, 22.

“Where the Bands Are Playing,” Down Beat, March 1, 1943, 22.

 

January 29

Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy

Probably including: Harry Lawson, Jack Dozier, Fats Navarro (tp); Ted Donnelly, unidentified (tb); John Harrington (cl, as, ts); Ben Smith (as); J. D. King, Jimmy Forrest (ts); Johnny Young (p); Booker Collins (b); Ben Thigpen (dr); June Richmond (voc); June Richmond (voc); Andy Kirk (dir).

Stepin Fetchit

Bobby and Foster Johnson

Otto Eason

Paradise, Detroit, MI.

January 30–February 5, 1943.

 

“Paradise Offering,” Detroit Free Press, January 28, 1943, 21: mentions mistakenly Henry Wells and Floyd Smith as participants.

Ad in Detroit Free Press, January 29, 1943, 20.

“Andy Kirk band at Paradise,” Detroit Free Press, February 2, 1943, 18: Mentions Johnny Young and June Richmond. No mention of Wells and Floyd Smith.

Ad in Detroit Free Press, February 4, 1943, 21: Last day.

February 31

Benefit Concert

Charlotte Greenwood

Martha Errole

Yvette French

Margaret Anglin

Walter Gilbert and Katherine Warren

Andy Kirk and His Orchestra

Una May Carlisle

George Bernard Dancers

Frakson

Dolores and Her Orchestra

Jack Heller

Fox Theater, Detroit, MI.

January 30, 1943. Midnight.

Polio Benefit.

 

“Polio Fight a Challenge to Detroiters,” Detroit Free Press, January 26, 1943, 7.

February early

Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy

Probably including:  Harry Lawson, Jack Dozier, Fats Navarro, Howard McGhee (tp); Ted Donnelly, unidentified (tb); John Harrington (cl, as, ts); Ben Smith (as); J. D. King, Jimmy Forrest (ts); Johnny Young (p); Booker Collins (b); Ben Thigpen (dr); June Richmond (voc); Andy Kirk (dir).

Unidentified Ballroom, Cincinnati, OH.

Howard McGhee interviewed by Phil Schaap. Radio WKCR 1977-78: McGhee tells that Barnet’s band had a vacation and that McGhee temporarily rejoined Kirk. This happened in a ballroom in Cincinnati, and Fats Navarro was in the band. He also tells that afterwards the band had an engagement at the Regal in Chicago, and that Navarro got a new mouthpiece from Charlie Allen there. We have not been able to verify Kirk engagements in Cincinnati or Regal around this time, but the band could have had a one-nighter in Chicago before going to Washington, PA. Anyway, McGhee has told the mouthpiece anecdote on several occasions maybe referring to a later time frame, for instance: Scott DeVeaux: “Conversation with Howard McGhee,” The Black Perspective in Music, vol. 15. Spring 1987: “Later, when I was playing trumpet with Kirk, Fats Navarro was in the band, and I helped him get himself straight because he had chops trouble, too. So I took him to Charlie Allen, this mouthpiece maker I knew, and had him make (Fats) a mouthpiece. And about three weeks later, Fats was hitting high F’s.

"Inside Stuff - Orchestras," Variety, January 27, 1943, 30: Barnet disbanded after closing an engagement on February 8 at Fort Wayne, IN. He was going to take a vacation of 4 weeks to recover from a generally rundown physical condition.

As this was the only occasion on which the Barnet band took a break during McGhee’s stay in the band, September 1942_September 1943, it must be February 1943 that McGhee came back to Kirk and met Navarro for the first time.

 

February 11

Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy

Army School, Washington, PA.

Blue Network broadcast: 9:30 p.m. EWT.

Coca Cola Victory Parade of Spotlight Bands # 124.

We have found no surviving parts of this show.

 

“Radio Programs,” Brooklyn Eagle, February 11, 1943, 22: 9:30 p.m.: WJZ: Spotlight Bands.

“Radio program Notes,” Dallas Morning News, February 11, 1943, sec. II, 3: Andy Kirk in Spotlight program from Army School, Washington, PA. KGKO 8:30 p.m.

The Online Discographical Project: http://www.78discography.com/AFRS1.htm: Coca Cola Spotlight Bands # 124.

Some radio programs have false information of this broadcast. For instance:

"Network and Local Radio Features Today and Sunday," Philadelphia Inquirer, January 23, 1943, 22: 9:30 p.m.: WFIL, WJZ: Andy Kirk's band from Washington Press Club.

"Complete Radio Programs and Highlights for Today;" Chicago Tribune, January 23, 1943, 11: 8:30 WLS-Spotlight bands: Andy Kirk's orchestra, band of the week.

The correct information for January 23 is: Leo Reisman from Washington Press Club. ("Radio Programs and Highlights," Washington Post, January 23, 1943, ?: WMAL 9:30 p.m.)

L. B. Petersen and T. Rehak, Infatuation - The Music and Life of Theodore "Fats" Navarro (2009), 35: Look here for further details.

 

February 12

Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy

Stepin Fetchit

Bea Booze

Royal Theatre, Baltimore, MD.

Feb. 12–18, 1943.

Ad in Baltimore Afro-American, February 13, 1943, 14.

“Bea Won Contract at Royal, Can’t Sing There,” Baltimore Afro-American, February 16 1943, 11: Bea Booze was taken off the bill by the theater management after the first show: Her songs were too “ritzy”.

 

February 19

Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy

Stepin Fetchit

Howard Theater, Washington, DC.

February 19–25.

 

“Variety Bills,” Variety, February 17, 1943, 40: opening February 19.

“Fetchit, Kirk Ork Break D. C. Record,” Billboard, March 13, 1943, 15: Kirk at Howard Theater, Washington, closing February 26 [sic].

February 26

Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy

A southern tour opens February 26.

 

"Andy Kirk Gets Southern Tour," Pittsburgh Courier, January 30, 1943, 21.

February late

Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy

Kirk’s planned engagement at the Palomar Ballroom, Norfolk, VA., is cancelled because of racial protest against a black band in a white place.

 

"Dixie Date for Andy Kirk 'Hope Deferred'," Pittsburgh Courier, February 20, 1943, 20.

 

 

March 1

Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy

Benevolent Temple, Greenville, SC.

March 1, 1943. 8 p.m.

Seats will be reserved for white people.

 

"Andy Kirk and His Band to Play Here," Greenville News (SC.), January 30, 1943, 21.

March 2

Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy

Andy Kirk’s band bus has an accident on its way to Charleston, SC. Five band members are slightly injured.

 

“Kirk’s Bus Overturns But Injuries Are Only Slight,” Chicago Defender (Nat. ed.), March 20, 1943, 19.

March 3

Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy

Del Mar Casino, Augusta, GA.

9 p.m.1 a.m.

 

Ad in Augusta Chronicle, March 3, 1943, A 8.

March 4

Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy

Army Administration School. Branch no. 7. Atlanta University, Atlanta, GA.

Coca Cola Victory Parade of Spotlight Bands # 142.

Blue Network broadcast: 9:30 p.m. EWT.

We have found no surviving parts from this show.

 

Andy Kirk Collection no. 257. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.: Radio Script by  WAGA.

“Radio Programs,” Brooklyn Eagle, March 4, 1943, 8: WJZ; 9:30: Spotlight Bands.

The Online Discographical Project: http://www.78discography.com/AFRS1.htm: Coca Cola Spotlight Bands # 142.

L. B. Petersen and T. Rehak, Infatuation - The Music and Life of Theodore "Fats" Navarro (2009), 35–36: Look here for the dating and content of the show.

March early

Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy

Probably including: Harry Lawson, Jack Dozier, Howard McGhee, Fats Navarro (tp); Ted Donnelly, Milt Robinson, (tb); John Harrington (cl, ts); Ben Smith (as); Jimmy Forrest, J. D. King (ts); Johnny Young (p); Booker Collins (b); Ben Thigpen (dr); June Richmond (voc); Andy Kirk (dir).

The band is recuperating in Miami from the effects of the car accident.

McGhee gets a call in Miami that Barnet was reforming his band and quits to join Barnet in Philadelphia.

 

“Kirk’s Bus Overturns but Injuries Are Only Slight,” Chicago Defender (Nat. ed.), March 20 1943, 19.

A. Zimmerman, “Howard McGhee –Number One,” IAJRC Journal vol. 20, No 4, October 1987, 45.

March 11?

Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy

Probably including: Harry Lawson, John Burris, Jack Dozier, Fats Navarro (tp); Ted Donnelly, Milt Robinson, (tb); John Harrington (cl, ts); Ben Smith (as); Jimmy Forrest, J. D. King (ts); Johnny Young (p); Booker Collins (b); Ben Thigpen (dr); June Richmond (voc); Andy Kirk (dir).

Rockland Palace, Miami, FL.

“Kirk’s Bus Overturns but Injuries Are Only Slight,” Chicago Defender (Nat. ed.), March 20 1943, 19: Rockland palace, Miami, Thursday, and at the Windsor Club, Fort Lauderdale, next evening.

A. Zimmerman, “Howard McGhee —Number One,” IAJRC Journal vol. 20, No 4, October 1987, 45.

International Musician, April 1943: Charleston: reports personnel probably referring to March 1943:  Lawson, Burris, Dozier, Donnelly, Robinson, Harrington, King, Forrest, Young, Collins, Thigpen, Andy Kirk (information from Howard Rye).

 

March 12?

Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy

Windsor Club, Fort Lauderdale, FL.

 

“Kirk’s Bus Overturns But Injuries Are Only Slight,” Chicago Defender (Nat. ed.), March 20 1943, 19: Rockland Palace, Miami, Thursday, and at the Windsor Club, Fort Lauderdale, next evening.

March mid

Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy

Engagements in Jacksonville, FL., Savannah, GA., and Birmingham, AL.

 

“Kirk’s Bus Overturns But Injuries Are Only Slight,” Chicago Defender (Nat. ed.), March 20 1943, 19.

March 23

Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy

Silver Moon Club, Alexandria, LA.

March 12, 1943, 8:30 p.m.

 

Ad in Town Talk, (Alexandria, LA.), March 18, 1943, 9.

March 25

Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy

Probably including: Harry Lawson, John Burris, Jack Dozier, Fats Navarro (tp); Robert Murray, Milton Robinson (tb); John Harrington

(cl, as); Buddy Miller, Ben Smith (as); Jimmy Forrest, Morris Lane (ts); Johnny Young (p); Booker Collins (b): Ben Thigpen (dr); June Richmond (voc); Andy Kirk (dir).

Emancipation Park Auditorium, Houston TX.

 

"Toppin' the Town," Pittsburgh Courier, March 20, 1943, 16.

International Musician, May 1943: Dallas: reports personnel probably referring to March 1943:  Lawson, Burris, Dozier, Robinson, Murray, Harrington, Miller, Forrest, Lane, Young, Collins, Thigpen, Andy Kirk (information from Howard Rye).

 

March 30

Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy

Monroe Colored High School, Monroe, LA.

 

“Andy Kirk and His Orchestra Coming,” Monroe Morning World (LA.), March 21, 1943, 14.

March 31

Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy

Robinson Auditorium, Robinson, AR.

S. W. Tucker (prod).

 

Ad in Arkansas State Press (Little Rock, AR), March 26, 1943, 3–4.

April 1

Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy

Ordinance Works, El Dorado, AR.

Coca Cola Victory Parade of Spotlight Bands # 142. # 166. AFRS Spotlight Bands #10.

Blue Network broadcast 9:30–9:55 EWT.

The AFRS version has survived.

 

Andy Kirk Collection no. 258. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.: Radio script by D’Arcy Advertising Company.

“Radio Programs,” Brooklyn Eagle, April 1, 1943, 16: WJZ; 9:30: Spotlight Bands.

The Online Discographical Project: http://www.78discography.com/AFRS1.htm: Coca Cola Spotlight Bands # 166. AFRS Spotlight #10.

L. B. Petersen and T. Rehak, Infatuation - The Music and Life of Theodore "Fats" Navarro (2009), 36–39: Look here for the dating and content of the show.

 

April 2

Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy

Lakeside Park, Wichita, TX.

Colored Dance.

 

“Andy Kirk Negro Orchestra Coming,” Wichita Daily News, March 28, 1943, part 1, 17.

Ad in Wichita Daily News, March 31, 1943, 5.

April 3

Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy

Town Club, Wichita, TX.

Open to the public.

 

Ad in Wichita Daily News, March 31, 1943, 5.

April 14

Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy

Paradise Ballroom, Nashville, TN.

 

“Andy Kirk, Band Here Tonight,” Nashville Tennessean, April 4, 1943, 7: the entire balcony will be reserved for white spectators.

 

April 19

Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy

City Auditorium, Macon, GA.

April 19, 8–12.

Elk’s State meeting.

 

Ad in Macon Telegraph, April 18, 1943, 26.

April late

Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy

Probably including: Harry Lawson, John Burris, Jack Dozier, Fats Navarro (tp); Robert Murray, Milton Robinson (tb); John Harrington (cl, as); Buddy Miller, Ben Smith (as); J. D. King?, jimmy Forrest, Morris Lane (ts); Johnny Young (p); Booker Collins (b): Ben Thigpen (dr); June Richmond (voc); Andy Kirk (dir).

Memphis, TN.

April late.

 

"Say Andy Kirk Is Tops," Chicago Defender, May 1, 1943, 18: Memphis, Tennessee. Andy Kirk appeared here last week.

International Musician, May 1943: Memphis, TN.: reports personnel probably referring to April 1943: Lawson, Burris, Dozier, Murray, Harrington, Miller, Smith, Forrest, Lane, Young, Collins, Thigpen, Andy Kirk (information from Howard Rye).

International Musician, May 1943: Nashville, TN.: reports personnel probably referring to April 1943: Lawson, Burris, Dozier, Murray, Harrington, Miller, Smith, King, Forrest, Lane, Young, Collins, Thigpen, Andy Kirk (information from Howard Rye).

 

April 26

Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy

Armory, Louisville, KY.

April 26, 1943. 10–2.

 

Ad in Courier-Journal (KY), April 26, 1943, sec. 2,3: Tonight.

April 27

Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy

Tune Town Ballroom, St. Louis, MO.

April 27–May 10.

Jimmy Forrest leaves the band here

“Kirk Will Return to ‘Tune Town’", Pittsburgh Courier, April 17, 1943, 20: Opening April 27 for two weeks.

Ad in St. Louis Post-Dispatch, April 27, 1943, 11A.

"On the Stand," Billboard, June 5, 1943. 24, cont. 57: rev. Eddie Randle orchestra: Jimmy Forrest leaves the band and goes to Eddie Randle Orchestra during this stay.

 

May 12

Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy

Probably including: Harry Lawson, John Burris, Art Capehart, Fats Navarro (tp); Robert Murray, Milton Robinson (tb); John Harrington (cl, as); Buddy Miller, Ben Smith (as); J .D. King, Morris Lane (ts); Ed Loving (bars); Johnny Young (p); Booker Collins (b); Ben Thigpen (dr); June Richmond (voc); Andy Kirk (dir).

Pla-Mor, Kansas City, MO.

9 p.m.—1 a.m.

 

Ad in Kansas City Star, May 12, 1943, 22.

Ad in Kansas City Star, May 12, 1943, 22.

International Musician, July 1943: Milwaukee, MI.: reports personnel probably referring to May 1943:  Lawson, Burris, Capehart, Robinson, Murray, Harrington, Miller, Smith, Forrest?, Loving, Young, Collins, Thigpen, Andy Kirk (information from Howard Rye).

 

May 13

Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy

Dreamland, Omaha, NE.

 

Ad in Morning Herald (Omaha, NE), May 13, 1943, 13.

May 14

Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy

Probably including: Harry Lawson, John Burris, Art Capehart, Fats Navarro (tp); Robert Murray, Milton Robinson (tb); John Harrington (cl, as); Buddy Miller, Ben Smith (as); J. D. King, Morris Lane (ts); Ed Loving (bars); Johnny Young (p); Booker Collins (b): Ben Thigpen (dr); June Richmond (voc); Andy Kirk (dir).

Twin Lakes, IA.

 

Ad in Carroll Daily Times (IA.), April 29, 1943, 4.

Ad in Kansas City Star, May 12, 1943, 22.

International Musician, August 1943: Des Moines, IA.: reports personnel probably referring to May 1943:  Lawson, Burris,  Capehart,  Murray, Harrington, Miller, Smith, Forrest?, Loving, Young,  Collins, Thigpen, Andy Kirk (information from Howard Rye).

May 20

Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy

Stepin Fetchit

Sinclair and Le Rot

Grand, Evansville, IN.

May 20-26, 1943.

Door opens at 12 noon. Stage shows at 1:35, 3:40, 5:40, 7:05, and 9:55.

 

Ad in Evansville Courier and Press (IN), May 20, 1944, 6: Starts today. 1 whole week.

Ad in Evansville Courier and Press (IN), May 26, 1944, 8: Starts today. Last day.

 

May 28

Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy

Armory, Louisville, KY.

May 28, 1943. 10–2.

 

Ad in Courier-Journal (KY), May 27, 1943, sec. 2,7: Tonight.

May 29

Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy

Auditorium, Springfield, OH.

 

"Advance Bookings" Billboard, May 29, 1943, 28.

May 30

Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy

Akron, OH.

 

“The Midnight Man in Chicago,” Kansas City Plain Dealer, May 21, 1943, 6.

May 31

Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy

Auditorium, Buffalo, OH.

 

“Advance Bookings” Billboard, May 29, 1943, 28.

June 4

Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy

Auditorium, Columbus, OH.

 

“Orchestra Routes” Billboard, June 5, 1943, 25.

June 5

Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy

Castle Farm, Cincinnati, OH.

 

Ad in Cincinnati Enquirer, June 5, 1943, 20.

June 6

Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy

Ballroom, Detroit, MI.

 

“Orchestra Routes” Billboard, June 5, 1943, 25.

June 8

Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy

Ballroom, Baltimore, MD.

 

“Orchestra Routes” Billboard, June 5, 1943, 25.

June 9

Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy

Turner's Arena, Washington, DC.

 

Orchestra Routes" Billboard, June 12, 1943, 26.

June 11

Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy

16 pieces: 4 trumpets, 2 trombones, 5 saxes, 4 in the rhythm. Probably including: Harry Lawson, Art Capehart, John Burris, Fats Navarro (tp); Robert Murray, Wayman Richardson (tb); John Harrington (cl, as ts); Buddy Miller, Ben Smith (as); Jimmy Forrest? (ts); Ed Loving (bars); Johnny Young (p, arr); ? (g); Booker Collins (b); Ben Thigpen (dr); June Richmond (voc); Andy Kirk (dir).

Walter Green (tap dance)

Eddie Lemmons (comedy)

Peg and Mary (jitterbug dance)

Wilfred May Trio (jugglers)

George Wiltshire Mantrap (indie)

Apollo Theater, NYC.

June 11–17.

 

Ad in New York Age, June 12, 1943, 10.

“House Reviews: Apollo,” Variety, June 16, 1943. 47.: “… Kirk features many soloists. Perhaps outstanding of all is the alto sax tooter with unusual ability of tone and technique. There’s also a tenor man, trumpet and piano which stand out.

 

June mid

Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy

Touring Harrisburg, PA.; Rocky Mount, Wilmington, Raleigh, and Durham, N.C.; Suffolk, VA.; Huntingdon and Charleston, WV.

 

“Andy Kirk Plays for June-German,” Pittsburgh Courier, June 26. 1943, 21.

 

June 16

Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy

Strand Ballroom, Philadelphia, PA.

"Hampton Socko in Phily," Billboard, June 19, 1943, 57: Gives date June 16 for Strand Ballroom, Philadelphia, PA. The date is not consistent with the Apollo engagement.

 

June 18

Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy

Chestnut Street Hall, Harrisburg, PA.

Starting 9:30 p.m.

 

Ad in Harrisburg Telegraph, June 17, 1943, 6.

June 26

Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy

Casa Loma, Charleston, WV.

 

Ad in Charleston Gazette, June 24, 1943, 4.

June 29

Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy

US Naval Barracks, Naval Ammunition Depot, St. Julien's Creek, Portsmouth, VA.

Coca Cola Victory Parade of Spotlight Bands  # 242, AFRS Spotlight Bands # 86.

Blue Network broadcast 9:30–9:55 EWT.

We have found no surviving parts of this show.

 

Radio script. Andy Kirk Collection no. 259. University of Michigan.

“Radio Programs,” Brooklyn Eagle, June 28, 1943, 12: WJZ; 9:30: Spotlight bands.

 “Tires Slashed in Disturbance at Naval Depot,” Richmond Times-Dispatch, July 1, 1943, 7.

“Trouble Flares Between Races in Portsmouth,” Kingsport News (TS.), July 1, 1943, 5.

The Online Discographical Project:

http://www.78discography.com/AFRS1.htm: Coca Cola Spotlight # 242. AFRS Spotlight # 86.

 

July 2

Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy

Stepin Fetchit

Son and Sonny

B. & E. Nightingale

Regal Theater, Chicago, IL.

July 2-8 1943.

"Andy Kirk Plays for June-German," Pittsburgh Courier, June 26, 1943, 21: Article dated New York, June 24."Variety Bills," Variety, June 30, 1943, 43.

Ad in Chicago Defender, July 3, 1943, 11.

"Andy Kirk Breaks House Record at Chicago," Pittsburgh Courier, July 24, 20, 1943.

 

July 12

Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy

Orpheum Theater, Milwaukee, WI.

 

Ad in Wisconsin State Journal, July 11, 1943, 18.

July mid

Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy

Tour: St. Louis; Kansas City; Missouri; North Dakota; South Dakota; Kansas; Texas.

 

“Andy Kirk Plays for June-German,” Pittsburgh Courier, June 26. 1943, 21.

July 13

Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy

The Surf, Clear Lake, IA.

 

Ad in Mason City Globe-Gazette, July 13, 1943, 2.

July 14

Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy

Terp Ballroom, Mason City, IA.

 

Ad in Mason City Globe-Gazette, July 8, 1943, 17.

July 15

Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy

Val-Air, Des Moines, IA.

 

Ad in Des Moines Register, July 15, 1943, 18.

July 16

Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy

Turnpike, Lincoln, NE.

 

“Ad in Lincoln Sunday Journal and Star, July 16, 1943, 11.

"Pushbutton Periods,” Lincoln Star, July 18, 1943, B8: rev. Kirk.

July 19

Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy

Dreamland, Omaha, NE.

 

Ad in Evening World-Herald, (Omaha, NE.), July 19, 1943, 11.

July 24

Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy

Pla-Mor, Kansas City, MO.

9 p.m.–1 a.m.

 

Ad in Kansas City Star, July 24, 1943, 7.

July 26

Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy

Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, MO.

 

"Armstrong, Kirk, Osborne All Good on One-Nighters," Variety, July 28, 1943, 36: Kirk at Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City on July 26.

July 27

Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy

New Trocadero, Wichita, KS.

 

Notice in Negro Star (Wichita), July 23, 1943, 3.

August 2

Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy

San Antonio, TX.

“Andy Kirk Perform Here,” San Antonio Register, July 23, 1943, 6.

”Andy Kirk Here with June Richmond Monday,” San Antonio Register, July 30, 1943, 5.

August 7

Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy

Mountain Top Dinner Club, San Antonio, TX.

 

Ad in San Antonio Light, July 31, 5B.

August 14

Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy

New Blue Moon Club. Alexandria, LA.

 

Ad in Town Talk, August 5, 1943, 9.

"Kirk Orchestra at New Blue Moon Aug. 14,"Town Talk,  August  5, 1943, 9.

August 15

Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy

Gypsy Tea Room, New Orleans, LA.

 

“Andy Kirk Invades New Orleans Sunday, Pittsburgh Courier, August 14, 1943, 20.

September 3

Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy

Cherokee Ranch, Augusta, VA.

9 p.m.–1 a.m.

 

Ad in Augusta Chronicle, September 2, 1943, 6.

September 7

Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy

Del Mar Casino, Augusta, VA.

9 p.m.–1 a.m.

 

Ad in Augusta Chronicle, September 5, 1943, 14.

September 10

Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy

Howard Theatre, Washington, DC.

September 10-16, 1943.

 

“Where the Bands Are Playing,” Down Beat, September 15, 1943, 18.

September 17

Andy Kirk and His Orchestra

Conway & Parks

Pepper Welch

8 Musical Madcaps

Royal Theatre, Baltimore, MD.

Sept. 17–23, 1943.

 

Ad in Baltimore Afro-American, September 18, 1944, 14.

"Andy Kirk's Revue at the Royal; Other Theatres List Top Films," Baltimore Afro-American, September 18, 1944, 14.

September 24

Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy

15 pieces. Probably including: Harry Lawson, Art Capehart, John Burris, Fats Navarro (tp); Robert Murray, Wayman Richardson (tb); John Harrington (cl, as ts); Buddy Miller, Ben Smith (as); J. D. King? Jimmy Forrest? (ts); Ed Loving (bars); Johnny Young (p, arr); Cooper Gibson (g); Booker Collins (b); Ben Thigpen (dr); June Richmond (voc); Andy Kirk (dir).

Conway and Parks

Pepper Welch

8 Musical Madcaps

Fay's, Philadelphia, PA.

September 24-30, 1943. Opens 8:30. Continuous shows until 2 a.m.

 

Ad in Philadelphia Inquirer, September 19, 1943, 10: Fays reopens at Noon Friday September 24. On Stage Andy Kirk and His Orchestra

Ad in Philadelphia Inquirer, September 26, 1943, 13.

"Andy Kirk at Fays with His Orchestra," Philadelphia Inquirer, September 26, 1943, 13.

" Night Clubs-Vaudeville: Fay's Philadelphia," Billboard, October 2, 1943, 23: Review on September 24.

 

October 3

Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy

Renaissance Ballroom, New York, NY.

 

Ad in New York Amsterdam News, October 2,1943, 9B.

October

Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy

On tour.

 

“Where the bands Are Playing,” Down Beat, October 1, 1943: 18.

October 17

Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy

Including June Richmond and 6 acts.

Tic Toc, Boston, MA.

October 17–November 6, 1943.

 

“Andy Kirk to Play Tic Toc,” Pittsburgh Courier, October 2, 1942, 19: Opening October 17 for 3 weeks.

Ads in Boston Traveler, October 20–November 5, 1943: Andy Kirk plus 6 acts.

 

November 11

Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy

Strand Ballroom, Philadelphia, PA.

Armistice Day Dance.

 

"Armstrong Disappoints With $1,640 One-Nighter," Billboard, November 20, 1943, 16.

 

November 19

Andy Kirk and His band

June Richmond

Deep River Boys

Slap and Happy

Burton and Jeanette

Apollo Theater, New York, NY.

November 19–25.

 

Ad in New York Age, November 20, 1943, 10.

"Andy Kirk and Ork to Be Featured at the Apollo Theatre," New York Age, November 20, 1943, 11.

“June Richmond Featured with Andy Kirk at Apollo,” Pittsburgh Courier, November 20, 1943, 19.

Notice in Baltimore Afro-American, November 27, 1943, 18: Cooper Gibson, guitar, plans to leave Andy Kirk, and go with Ben Webster.

 

November 26

Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy

Chestnut Street Hall, Harrisburg, PA.

November 26, 1943, 9:30 p.m.

Civic Colored Dance Club.

 

Ad in Harrisburg Telegraph (PA.), November 25, 1943, 23.

November 27

Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy

Brooklyn Palace, Brooklyn, NYC.

Broadcast WMCA: 11.45-12:00 p.m.

 

Ad in New York Amsterdam News, November 27, 1943, 9B.

“Radio programs,” Brooklyn Eagle, November 26, 1943, 15.

November late

Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy

Cooper Gibson, guitar, plans to leave Andy Kirk, and go with Ben Webster.

 

Notice in Baltimore Afro-American, November 27, 1943, 18.

November 28

Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy

Renaissance Ballroom, New York, NY.

 

Ad in New York Amsterdam News, November 27, 1943, 3B.

 

November late

Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy

Probably including: Harry Lawson, Art Capehart, John Burris, Fats Navarro (tp); Robert Murray, Wayman Richardson (tb); John Harrington (cl, as ts); Buddy Miller, Ben Smith (as); J. D. King, Jimmy Forrest (ts); Ed Loving (bars); Johnny Young (p, arr); ? (g); Booker Collins (b); Ben Thigpen (dr); June Richmond (voc); Andy Kirk (dir).

NBC Studio, Radio City, New York, NY.

November late, 1943

AFRS Jubilee # 54.

The AFRS Jubilee edition of this show has survived.

 

L. B. Petersen and T. Rehak, The Music and Life of Theodore “Fats” Navarro — Infatuation (2009), 40–45: Look here for details of dating and content.

December 1

Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy

Terrace Room, Newark, NJ.

December 1–15.

Howard McGhee may have rejoined the band in this period.

 

Documentations lost.

December 3

Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy

Harry Lawson, Art Capehart, Howard McGhee, Fats Navarro (tp); Joe Taswell Baird, Robert Murray, Wayman Richardson (tb); John Harrington (cl, as); Reuben Philips, Ben Smith (as); J. D. King, Jimmy Forrest  (cl, ts); Ed Loving (ts, bars); Johnny Young (p); Booker Collins (b); Ben Thigpen (dr); June Richmond (voc); Andy Kirk (dir).

Decca studio, New York, NY.

December 3, 1943.

Commercial recordings for Decca.

 

L. B. Petersen and T. Rehak, The Music and Life of Theodore “Fats” Navarro — Infatuation (2009), 47–50: Look here for details.

Standard discographies claim McGhee's presence here even if he is not heard soloing. He may not yet have re-entered the band at this point of time.

December

Jam sessions

Minton's Playhouse, New York, NY.

Howard McGhee, Fats Navarro, Ed Loving, and Jimmy Forrest.

December 1943.

 

Howard McGhee in I. Gitler, Swing to Bop (198), 86–87.

December late

Clark Monroe Band

Including Fats Navarro (tp) and Bud Powell (p).

 Kelly's Stable, New York, NY.

December late 1943.

 

A. Shaw, 52nd Street (1971), 211.