1946

Fats Navarro Chronology

 

 

 

 

Created by Leif Bo Petersen and Theo Rehak

Last updated: January 7, 2017.

 

Date

Event

References/Further Details

 

January early

Billy Eckstine and His Orchestra

Probably: Boonie Hazel, Shorty McConnell, Raymond Orr, Kenny Dorham, Fats Navarro (tp); Chippie Outcalt, Robert Scott, Jerry Valentine (tb); Norris Turney, Junior Williams (as); Gene Ammons, Arthur Sammons (ts); Tate Houston (bars), Linton Garner (p); Connie Wainwright (g); Bill McMahon (b); Art Blakey (d); Ann Baker (voc).

Sid Field becomes new roadman with Eckstine.

 

"The Drama Desk," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, January 3, 1946: mentions McMahon and Ann Baker as members of the Eckstine band.

 “Music–As Written,” Billboard, January 5, 1946, 28.

January 3

Billy Eckstine and His Orchestra

Boonie Hazel, Shorty McConnell, Raymond Orr, Kenny Dorham (tp); Chippie Outcalt, Robert Scott, Jerry Valentine (tb); Norris Turney, Junior Williams (as); Gene Ammons, Arthur Sammons (ts); Tate Houston (bars), Linton Garner (p); Connie Wainwright (g); Bill McMahon (b); Art Blakey (dr).

Unidentified Studio, New York, NY.

Commercial recordings for National.

Fats Navarro seems not to have participated here.

 

Booklet to The Chronological Billy Eckstine and His Orchestra 1946–47, Classics 1022.

L. B. Petersen and T. Rehak, Infatuation – The Music and Life of Theodore “Fats” Navarro (2009), 73–74.

 

January 3

Andy Kirk and His Orchestra

Harry Lawson, Claude Dunson, John Lynch, Fats Navarro (tp); Henry Wells, Wayman Richardson, Milt Robinson, Bob Murray (tb); Reuben Philips, Joe Evans (as), Jimmy Forrest, Eddie Lockjaw Davis (ts); John Porter (bars); Hank Jones (p); Floyd Wonderful Smith (g), All Hall (b), Ben Thigpen (dr); Beverly White, Bea Booze, Billy Daniels (voc); Andy Kirk (dir).

WOR studios, New York, NY.

Commercial recordings for National.

Navarro subs here.

 

L. B. Petersen and T. Rehak, Infatuation – The Music and Life of Theodore “Fats” Navarro (2009), 88–89.

 

January 5

Billy Eckstine and His Orchestra

Probably: Boonie Hazel, Shorty McConnell, Raymond Orr, Fats Navarro, Kenny Dorham (tp); Chippie Outcalt, Robert Scott, Jerry Valentine (tb); Norris Turney, Junior Williams (as); Gene Ammons, Arthur Sammons (ts); Tate Houston (bars), Richard Duke Ellington or Linton Garner (p); Connie Wainwright (g); Bill McMahon (b); Art Blakey (dr); Ann Baker (voc); Billy Eckstine (voc, dir)

Jimmy Lunceford Orchestra

13th Regimental Armory, Brooklyn, NY.

Benefit for the Brooklyn NAACP.

Band Battle.

 

"Eckstine Vs. Lunceford Set for NAACP Benefit," Billboard, December 29, 1945, 31.

 “Where They Are Playing,” Chicago Defender, January 5, 1946, 12.

D. Gillespie and A. Fraser, To Be or Not... to Bop (1979), 92.  Billy Eckstine in I. Gitler, Swing to Bop (1987), 27.

 

January 11

Billy Eckstine and His Orchestra

Bill Bailey

Pitts & Pitts

Revue

Regal Theatre, Chicago, IL.

January 11-17, 1946.

 

Ad in Chicago Tribune, January 11, 1946, 19.

Ad in Chicago Defender, January 12, 1946, 21.

 

January 21

Billy Eckstine and His Orchestra

Probably: Boonie Hazel, Shorty McConnell, Raymond Orr, Fats Navarro?, Kenny Dorham (tp); Chippie Outcalt, Robert Scott, Jerry Valentine (tb); Norris Turney, Junior Williams (as); Gene Ammons, Arthur Sammons (ts); Tate Houston (bars), Richard Duke Ellington (p); Connie Wainwraight (g); Bill McMahon (b); Art Blakey (dr): Ann Baker (voc); Billy Eckstine (voc, dir)

Akron Armory, Akron, OH.

 

Ad in Akron Beacon Journal, January 20, 1946, 10.

 

January 25

 

Billy Eckstine and His band

The Jubilaires

4 Macks

Cindy and Windy

Pigmeat and His Gang

Apollo Theatre, New York, NY.

January 25–31, 1946.

 

Ad in New York Age, January 26, 1946, 10.

“Billy Eckstine’s band and Jubilaires Come to Apollo for a Week,” New York Age, January 26, 1946, 10.

“Eckstine at Apollo for Fifth Engagement,” Afro-American, January 26, 1946, 10: Ann Baker, Shorty McConnell, Valentine, Gene Ammons, and Arthur Sammons mentioned.

February

Billy Eckstine Orchestra

Probably: Boonie Hazel, Shorty McConnell, Raymond Orr, Kenny Dorham, Fats Navarro (tp); Chippie Outcalt, Robert Scott, Jerry Valentine (tb); Norris Turney, Junior Williams (as); Gene Ammons, Johs Jackson (ts); Leo Parker (bars), Linton Garner (p); Connie Wainwright (g); Bill McMahon (b); Art Blakey (dr); Billy Eckstine (voc, dir).

Unidentified Studio, New York, NY.

Commercial recordings for National.

Fats Navarro is soloing here.

 

Booklet to The Chronological Billy Eckstine and His Orchestra 1946–47, Classics 1022.

L. B. Petersen and T. Rehak, Infatuation – The Music and Life of Theodore “Fats” Navarro (2009), 73–74.

February early

Billy Eckstine and His band

Eckstine gets a New Singing Star Esquire Award.

The band has a vacation until the Adams Theatre engagement.

 

“Eckstine to Receive Reward,” Pittsburgh Courier, February 9, 1946, 18.

February 14

Billy Eckstine and His Orchestra

Probably: Boonie Hazel, Shorty McConnell, Raymond Orr, Kenny Dorham, Fats Navarro (tp); Chippie Outcalt, Robert Scott, Jerry Valentine (tb); Norris Turney, Junior Williams (as); Gene Ammons, Josh Jackson (ts); Leo Parker (bars), Linton Garner (p); Connie Wainwright (g); Bill McMahon (b); Art Blakey (dr); Billy Eckstine (voc, dir).

Joe Liggin’s Honeydrippers

Canfield and Lewis

Slim and Sweets

Adams Theatre, Newark, NJ.

February 14–20, 1946.

 

 “House Reviews: Adams, Newark,” Variety, February 20, 1946, 47: reviewed on February 14 (opening day):  Ann Baker and Maurice [sic for Norris] Turney (as) are mentioned.

“Sew What!” Billboard, March 2, 1946, 15: An anecdote of new uniforms to the band is revealing that Fats Navarro was in the band here.

 

February 21

Billy Eckstine and His Orchestra

Felix and His Crazy Cats

Golden Gate Ballroom, New York, NY.

Better Business Circle Annual Ball.

 

Ad in New York Amsterdam News, February 16, 1946, 21.

Fats Navarro may have been in the band here. It is more dubious if he participated in the bands out-of-town engagement in the following period.

 

March

Billy Eckstine Orchestra

Unidentified Studio, New York, NY.

March ?, 1946.

Commercial recordings for National.

Fats Navarro is listed here in standard discographies, but this may be a mistake.

 

Booklet to The Chronological Billy Eckstine and His Orchestra 1946–47 Classics 1022.

L. B. Petersen and T. Rehak, Infatuation – The Music and Life of Theodore “Fats” Navarro (2009), 90.

 

 

 

 

March 3

Billy Eckstine and His Orchestra

Mary Small

Guy Kibbe

Al Strohman’s Orchestra

Auditorium, Springfield, MA.

Shows 2:15; 5:15; 8:25 p.m.

Albert Laragione (prod).

 

Laragione to Resume Sunday presentations,” Springfield Republican, February 23, 1946, 12.

 

March 12

Billy Eckstine and His Orchestra

Savoy Ballroom, Pittsburgh, PA.

March 12, 1946. 9:30–1:30.

 

Ad in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 3, 1946, 18.

 

March 15

Billy Eckstine and His Orchestra

Dynamite Jefferson

Johnny Mason

King Johnson

Paradise Theatre, Detroit, MI.

March 15—21, 1946.

 

Ad in Detroit Free Press, March 15, 1945, 25.

 

 

March 30

Billy Eckstine and His Orchestra

Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, MO.

 

 

Ad in Kansas City Star, March 28, 1946, 14.

 

 March 31

Billy Eckstine and His Orchestra

Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, MO.

 

Ad in Kansas City Star, March 29, 1946, 8.

“Billy Eckstine Thrills Crowd,” Plaindealer (Kansas City), April 5, 1946, 14: this article implies that there was only one concert.

 

April 2

Billy Eckstine and His Orchestra

Wichita, KS.

The band shows up for an engagement in Wichita, which was not in effect.

 

“Wichita Switch,” Billboard, April 13, 1946, 16.

 

 

April 12

Billy Eckstine and His Orchestra

Billie Holiday

Canfield and Louis

Otto Easen

Earle Theatre, Philadelphia, PA.

April 12—18, 1946

 

Ad in Philadelphia Inquirer, April 13, 1946, 18.

“Billy Eckstine and His Band on Earl Stage,” Philadelphia Inquirer, April 13, 1946, 18.

“Eckstine’s Zowie 31 1/23, Philly Earle,” Billboard, April 27, 1946, 45.

 

 

April 19

Billy Eckstine and His Orchestra

State Armory, Canonsburg, PA.

9 p.m.

Pre-Easter Ball. 

Steel City Council no. 8 (prod).

 

Ad in Daily Notes (Canonsburg, PA.), April 4, 1946, 6.

 

April late

Billy Eckstine and His Orchestra

Pittsburgh, PA.

 

“George F. Brown…Show Shopping,” Pittsburgh Courier, April 27, 1946, 8.

 

April 25

Billy Eckstine and His Orchestra

8 brasses, 5 reeds; 4 in the rhythm. Probably: Boonie Hazel, Shorty McConnell, Raymond Orr, Kenny Dorham, Fats Navarro (tp); Chippie Outcalt, Robert Scott, Jerry Valentine (tb); Norris Turney, Junior Williams (as); Gene Ammons, Frank Wess? (ts); Leo Parker (bars), Linton Garner or Hank Jones (p); Connie Wainwright (g); Bill McMahon (b); Art Blakey (dr); Ann Baker (voc); Billy Eckstine (voc, dir).

Patterson and Jackson

Leroy Carrington

Canfield and Louis

Sudanettes

Club Sudan, New York NY.

April 25—May 13, 1947. 3 shows nightly: 10:30; 12:10; 2:30.

Prolonged:

Billy Eckstine and His Orchestra

Holmes and Jean

Al & Billy Richards

Tequila-Spizzy Canfield

Sudanettes

John Soler’s Rhumba Orchestra

May 14—29, 1946. 3 shows nightly: 10:30; 12:10; 2:30.

 

“Billy Eckstine’s Ork Set for N.Y Club Sudan,” Pittsburgh Courier, April 27, 1946, 18.

“Variety Bills: Club Sudan,” Variety, May 1, 1946, 63.

“Night club Reviews: Club Sudan, N.Y., Variety, May 1, 1946, 60: 17 pieces and Ann Baker.

“Variety Bills: Club Sudan,” Variety, May 8, 1946, 55.

“Variety Bills: Club Sudan,” Variety, May 22, 1946, 55.

Ad in New York Evening Post, May 14, 1946, 49: Held over by popular demand.

Ad in New York Age, May 18, 1946, 10:

Patterson & Jackson

Leroy Carrington

Spivy and Canfield

Stella and Sadie

Club Sudan Trio

Sudanettes

Weekly ad in New York Amsterdam News.

"Band Pull Cue by Sudan's Renewal of Billy Eckstine" Billboard, June 1, 1946, 43.

"Night Clubs-Vaudeville: Club Sudan" Billboard, June 8, 1946, 46: Review on May 23: First trumpet and other trumpet were out ill in review date.

Hank Jones in "Oral Histories," Smithsonian Jazz Oral History Program (2004): Hank Jones tells that he played with Eckstine during this gig and that Fats Navarro was in the band here. He also mentions Frank Wess . Tells an anecdote of Navarro jumping down and breaking the bandstand floor. http://americanhistory.si.edu/smithsonian-jazz/collections-and-archives/oral-histories#JonesH

Jones' participation may refer to the prolonged part of the engagement.

 

May 12

Rebop Jam Session

Charlie Ventura

Red Rodney

J. J. Johnson

Dexter Gordon

Sonny Stitt

Sarah Vaughan

Billy Eckstine

Gene Ammons

Fats Navarro

Red Garland

Art Blakey

Leo Parker

Bill McMahon

Lincoln Square Center, New York, NY.

3 p.m.

New Jazz Foundation, Monte Kay-Symphony Sid (prod).

 

F. Driggs and H. Levine, Black Beauty - White Heat (1996), 326: photo of handbill.

September?

Coleman Hawkins and His Orchestra

Fats Navarro (tp); J. J. Johnson (tb); Porter Kilbert (as); Coleman Hawkins (ts); Milt Jackson (vib); Hank Jones (p); Curly Russell (b); Max Roach (ts); Gil Fuller? (arr).

Unidentified studio, New York, NY,

September ?, 1946.

Commercial recordings for Sonora.

 

For details see: L. B. Petersen and T. Rehak, Infatuation – The Music and Life of Theodore “Fats” Navarro (2009), 120–22.

The recordings are usually dated December 1946, but this is wrong. A release list in Billboard tells that two tracks from this session will be out in a couple of weeks (“Advance Record Releases,” Billboard, October 19, 1946, 30).

 

September 5

Kenny Clarke and His 52nd Street Boys

Fats Navarro, Kenny Dorham (tp); Sonny Stitt (as); Ray Abrams (ts); Eddie DeVerteuill (bars); Bud Powell (p); John Collins (g); All Hall (b); Kenny Clarke (dr); Gil Fuller (arr).

Victor Sound Studios, New York, NY.

Commercial recording for (French) Swing and Victor.

Charles Delaunay (prod).

 

For details see: L. B. Petersen and T. Rehak, Infatuation – The Music and Life of Theodore “Fats” Navarro (2009), 113–15.

 

September 6

The Be Bop Boys

Fats Navarro, Kenny Dorham (tp); Sonny Stitt (as); Morris Lane (ts); Eddie DeVerteuill (bars); Bud Powell (p); All Hall (b); Kenny Clarke (dr); Gil Fuller (arr).

Unidentified studio, New York, NY.

September 6, 1946.

Commercial recordings for  Savoy. Teddy Reig (prod).

 

For details see: L. B. Petersen and T. Rehak, Infatuation – The Music and Life of Theodore “Fats” Navarro (2009), 116–20.

 

September 24

Fats Navarro

Navarro signs an exclusive contract with Savoy Records.

For details see: L. B. Petersen and T. Rehak, Infatuation – The Music and Life of Theodore “Fats” Navarro (2009), 104: the contract is signed September 24.

 “Savoy Diskery Incorporates,” Billboard, October 12, 1946, 16: Dated October 5: Savoy is now incorporated and has signed exclusive contract with Sonny Stitt and Fats Navarro.

 

October

Jam sessions

Navarro and Bud Powell are reported jamming at Minton’s, New York, NY.

Bill Triglia quoted in F. Büchmann-MŅller, You Just Fight for Your Life (1990), 136–37.

L. B. Petersen and T. Rehak, Infatuation – The Music and Life of Theodore “Fats” Navarro (2009), 111.

 

December 18

Eddie Davis and His Reboppers

Fats Navarro (tp); Eddie Lockjaw Davis (ts); Al Haig (p); Huey Long (g); Gene Ramey (b); Denzil Best (dr).

Unidentified studio, New York, NY.

Commercial recording for Savoy.

Teddy Reig (prod).

 

See L. B. Petersen and T. Rehak, Infatuation – The Music and Life of Theodore “Fats” Navarro (2009), 122–23.

 

December 20

Eddie Davis and His Reboppers

Fats Navarro (tp); Eddie Lockjaw Davis (ts); Al Haig (p); Huey Long (g); Gene Ramey (b); Denzil Best (dr).

Unidentified studio, New York, NY.

December 20, 1946.

Commercial recording for Savoy.

Teddy Reig (prod).

 

See L. B. Petersen and T. Rehak, Infatuation – The Music and Life of Theodore “Fats” Navarro (2009), 123–24.

 

December late?

Illinois Jacquet and His Orchestra

Navarro joins Jacquet December late or January early.

 

See L. B. Petersen and T. Rehak, Infatuation – The Music and Life of Theodore “Fats” Navarro (2009), 125.

 

December 25

Illinois Jacquet and His Orchestra

All Star band maybe including Fats Navarro.

Elates Hall, Philadelphia, PA.

 

“Sets Philly Record,” California Eagle, January 2, 1947, 15.  "Jacquet Sets Philly Record in band Debut," Baltimore Afro-American, December 31, 1946, 9.

December 27

Illinois Jacquet Five

Maybe including Fats Navarro.

Johnny ‘Beat’ Davis Orchestra

Pigmeat Markham and Co

6 Marvelettes

Howard Theatre, Washington, DC.

December 28, 1946–January 1, 1947.

 

“Variety Bills,” Variety, December 25, 2956, 41.

Ad in Evening Star (Washington, DC), December 27, 1946, 14.