1948

Fats Navarro Chronology

 

 

 

 

Created by Leif Bo Petersen and Theo Rehak

Last updated: January 25, 2017.

 

Date

Event

References/Further Details

 

February 7

Concert

Fats Navarro (tp); Charlie Parker (as); Flip Philips (s); Milt Jackson (vib); Jimmy Jones (p); Jimmy Glover (b); Art Mardigan (d); Sarah Vaughan (d).

Masonic Temple Auditorium, Detroit, MI.

February 7, 1948. 11:45 p.m.

Norman Granz (prod).

 

Ad in Detroit Free Press, February 1, 1948 sec. D 19.

"Concert Star," Detroit Free Press, February 3, 1948, 15.

"Hot-Jazz Fans Gather for Midnight Frenzy," Detroit Free Press, February 3, 1948, 15: Review.

“Roy Stephens, Sarah Vaughan, Bird, and Fats Spark Bash,” Michigan Chronicle, February 14, 1948. Here quoted from L. Bjorn and J. Gallart, Before Motown: A History of Jazz in Detroit, 1920-60 (2001), 93.

 

March 26

Lionel Hampton And His Orchestra

Probably: Fats Navarro, Teddy Buckner, Wendell Culley, Leo Shepherd, Duke Garette (tp); Britt Woodman, James Wormick, Andrew Penn or Sonny Craven (tb); Ben Kynard, Bobby Plater (as); Morris Lane, John Sparrow (ts); Charlie Fowlkes (bar), Lionel Hampton (vib, p, dr), Milt Buckner (p); Charlie Harris, Charlie Mingus (b); Earl Walker (d); Winnie Brown, Roland Burton (voc).

Red and Curly

Myra Kim

Paradise Theater, Detroit, MI.

March 26–Apr. 1, 1948.

 

"Paradise to Open with Hampton," Detroit Free Press, March 25, 1948, 11.

Ad in Detroit Free Press, March 26, 1948, 23.

Milt Buckner’s diary in Otto Flückiger Collection (Armin Büttner): Fats Navarro joins here.

C. Mingus, Beneath the Underdog (1980), 134-39: tells a story that implies that Navarro joined already in January. This mostly seems to be pure fiction.

"Roi Du 'Ukulele' en 1923 —Teddy Buckner a Joué avec Fats Navarro..." Jazz Hot, September 1958, 26: Buckner gives the trumpet line-up during Navarro’s stay.

 

 

April 2

Lionel Hampton And His Orchestra

The Hamp-Tones

Arena, London, Ontario, Canada.

 

Milt Buckner’s diary in Otto Flückiger Collection (Armin Büttner).

April 3

Lionel Hampton And His Orchestra

The Hamp-Tones

Arena, Niagara Falls, Canada.

 

Ad in Niagara Falls Gazette, March 31, 1948, 14.

Milt Buckner’s diary in Otto Flückiger Collection (Armin Büttner).

 

April 4

Lionel Hampton And His Orchestra

Day off.

Milt Buckner’s diary in Otto Flückiger Collection (Armin Büttner).

 

April 5

Lionel Hampton And His Orchestra

The Hamp-Tones

Palace Pier, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

 

Milt Buckner’s diary in Otto Flückiger Collection (Armin Büttner).

 

April 6

Lionel Hampton And His Orchestra

The Hamp-Tones

Peterborough, Ontario, Canada.

 

Milt Buckner’s diary in Otto Flückiger Collection (Armin Büttner).

April 6

Symphony Sid’s Bop Concert

Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Lucky Thompson, Dexter Gordon, Allen Eager, Tadd Dameron, George Wallington, Chubby Jackson, Denzil Best, and others.

Royal Roost, New York, NY.

This was the first of the bebop concerts at Royal Roost.

 

“Music—As Written,” Billboard, April 10, 1948, 38: Gives date April 6.

“Cozy-Roost Date Mulled,” Down Beat, April 21, 1948, 1: Initial session featured Chubby Jackson, Dexter Gordon, Denzil Best, George Wallington, Lucky Thompson, Allen Eager, Fats Navarro and Tadd Dameron.

Monte Kay in I. Gitler, Jazz Masters of the 40s (1984), 269: has Parker and Davis participating.

The presence of Fats Navarro is wrong. A 1948 calendar note of Milt Buckner (Otto Flückiger’s Archive) shows that the Hampton Orchestra was in Canada on this date. Navarro may have been planned for the concert, but may have left the project because of disagreements with Dameron and then have joined Hampton.

For details see also L. B. Petersen and T. Rehak, Infatuation - The Music and Life of Theodore "Fats" Navarro (2009), 187–89.

 

April 7

Lionel Hampton And His Orchestra

No entry

Milt Buckner’s diary in Otto Flückiger Collection (Armin Büttner).

 

April 8

Lionel Hampton And His Orchestra

The Hamp-Tones

Mid-City Park, Albany, NY.

 

Notice in Variety, April 7, 1948, 49.

Milt Buckner’s diary in Otto Flückiger Collection (Armin Büttner).

 

April 9

Lionel Hampton And His Orchestra

The Hamp-Tones

B???ie Beach, Boston. MA.

 

Milt Buckner’s diary in Otto Flückiger Collection (Armin Büttner).

April 10

Lionel Hampton And His Orchestra

Fats Navarro, Teddy Buckner, Wendell Culley, Leo Shepherd, Jimmy Nottingham, Duke Garette (tp); Britt Woodman, James Wormick, Andrew Penn or Sonny Craven (tb); Ben Kynard, Bobby Plater (as); Morris Lane, John Sparrow (ts); Charlie Fowlkes (bar), Lionel Hampton (vib, p, dr), Milt Buckner (p); Charlie Harris, Charlie Mingus (b); Earl Walker (d).

The Hamp-Tones

Wini Brown, Roland Burton, Herman McCoy (voc).

Deep River Boys

Lena Horne?

Canada Lee (mc)

Mutual Network Studio, New York, NY. 

3:00–3:300 p.m.

MBS: Lionel Hampton Show. In New York WBAM: 3:00–3:300 p.m.

Sponsored by United States Treasury Department.

Surviving recordings exist.

 

 

"Radio Chatter," Janesville Daily Gazette (WI.), April 9. 1944, 10.

"On Radio today," New York Times, April 10, 1948, 28: WBAM: 3:00 p.m.: Lionel Hampton Show. WNEW: 5:00 p.m.:  Lionel Hampton Show.

"Lionel Hampton Show Premieres Over 400 Mutual Stations," Baltimore Afro-American, April 13, 1948, 6: The Saturday night show originated from New York City. Hampton was presented with the Down Beat award at the broadcast and again at Carnegie Hall same night.

Flückiger Collection (Armin Büttner): Teddy Buckner doubled for Wormick at the Carnegie concert and probably also in the broadcast, because Wormick had had too much to drink the day before.

"Lionel Hampton Scores in First Coast to Coast Mutual Broadcast, Chicago Defender (nat. ed.), April 17, 1948, ?.

"On the Radio Today," New York Times, April 10, 1948, 28.

"Radio Reviews: Lionel Hampton," Variety, April 28, 1948: As the Mutual affiliate station in NYC, WOR, had another program here, the transmission was re-broadcasted by WNEW at 5 p.m. The FM station WBAM sent it directly at 3:00.

Milt Buckner in unpublished interview with Otto Flückiger and Kees Bakker. Otto Flückiger Collection (Armin Büttner): Lena Horne participated

For further details see also L. B. Petersen and T. Rehak, Infatuation - The Music and Life of Theodore "Fats" Navarro (2009), 187–89.

 

April 11

Lionel Hampton And His Orchestra

Fats Navarro, Teddy Buckner, Wendell Culley, Leo Shepherd, Duke Garette, Jimmy Nottingham (tp); Jimmy Wormick, Britt Woodman, Andrew Penn, Sonny Craven (tb); Ben Kynard, Bobby Plater (as); Morris Lane, John Sparrow (ts); Charlie Fowlkes (bars), Lionel Hampton (vib, p, d, dir); Milt Buckner (p); Billy Mackel (g); Charlie Harris; Charlie Mingus (b); Earl Walker (d).

The Hamp-Tones

Wini Brown, Roland Burton, Herman McCoy (voc).

Guest: Timmie Rogers.

Carnegie Hall, New York, NY. 

April 10, 1948 (after midnight). Planned for April 10, 11:30 p.m., but delayed.

Fred Robbins mc.

Ernestine Anderson prod. (One Night Stand) 

Broadcast by Mutual (MBS).

Surviving recordings exist.

 

Ad in New York Amsterdam News, April 10, 1948, 4: April 10, 11:30.

Milt Buckner in unpublished interview with Otto Flückiger and Kees Bakker. Otto Flückiger Collection (Armin Büttner): Teddy Buckner doubled for Wormick at the Carnegie concert and probably also in the broadcast, because Wormick had had too much to drink the day before.

Card in Otto Flückiger Collection (Armin Büttner): Flückiger described an unidentified track from this concert listening to it, but did not copy it for his collection: It had Timmie Rogers performing. 

"Hampton Breaks It Up with Carnegie Concert," Down Beat, May 5, 1948, 5.

"Lionel Hampton Show Premieres Over 400 Mutual Stations," Baltimore Afro-American, April 13, 1948, 6: The Saturday night show originated from New York City. Hampton was presented with the Down Beat award at the broadcast and again at Carnegie Hall same night.

The closing announcement on the MBS broadcast on April 10 reveals that the Midnight Carnegie concert would be transmitted by Mutual. We have not been able to find such a broadcast in radio logs.

For details see also L. B. Petersen and T. Rehak, Infatuation - The Music and Life of Theodore "Fats" Navarro (2009), 190–91.

 

April 11

Lionel Hampton And His Orchestra

The Hamp-Tones

Bridgeport, CT.

 

Milt Buckner’s diary in Otto Flückiger Collection (Armin Büttner).

April 12

No entry

Milt Buckner’s diary in Otto Flückiger Collection (Armin Büttner).

 

April 13

Lionel Hampton And His Orchestra

The Hamp-Tones

Armory, Camden, NJ.

 

Milt Buckner’s diary in Otto Flückiger Collection (Armin Büttner).

April 14

Open

Milt Buckner’s diary in Otto Flückiger Collection (Armin Büttner).

 

April 15

Lionel Hampton And His Orchestra

The Hamp-Tones

 Wini Brown, Roland Burton, Herman McCoy (voc).

Slim and Sweets

Red and Curly

Mara Kim

Adam's Theatre, Newark, NJ.

April 15–21, 1948.

April 17:

Mutual Broadcasting System (MBS) broadcast: Lionel Hampton Show. Canada Lee (mc).

In New York WBAM at 3:00–3:30 p.m. and WNEW at 5 p.m.

Sponsored by United States Treasury Department.

Surviving recordings exist.

 

Milt Buckner’s diary in Otto Flückiger Collection (Armin Büttner).

"On the Radio Today," New York Times, April 17, 1948, 30.

"Radio Reviews: Lionel Hampton," Variety, April 28, 1948, 36.

"Who Started the Applejack," Baltimore Afro-American, May 4, 1948, 6 (first news section): review of shows in New Jersey; Washington, D.C.; and Baltimore.

For further details see L. B. Petersen and T. Rehak, Infatuation - The Music and Life of Theodore "Fats" Navarro (2009), 191–92.

 

 

April 22

Lionel Hampton And His Orchestra

Probably: Fats Navarro, Teddy Buckner, Wendell Culley, Leo Shepherd, Duke Garette, Jimmy Nottingham (tp); Britt Woodman, Andrew Penn, Sonny Craven (tb); Ben Kynard, Bobby Plater (as); Morris Lane, John Sparrow (ts); Charlie Fowlkes (bars), Lionel Hampton (vib, p, d, dir); Milt Buckner (p); Billy Mackel (g); Charlie Harris; Charlie Mingus (b); Earl Walker (d).

The Hamp-Tones

Wini Brown, Roland Burton, Herman McCoy (voc).

Armory, Trenton, NJ.

 

Milt Buckner’s diary in Otto Flückiger Collection (Armin Büttner).

 

April 23

Lionel Hampton And His Orchestra

Probably: Fats Navarro, Teddy Buckner, Wendell Culley, Leo Shepherd, Duke Garette, Jimmy Nottingham (tp); Britt Woodman, Andrew Penn, Sonny Craven (tb); Ben Kynard, Bobby Plater (as); Billy "Smallwood" Williams, Morris Lane, John Sparrow (ts); Charlie Fowlkes (bars), Lionel Hampton (vib, p, d, dir); Milt Buckner (p); Billy Mackel (g); Charlie Harris; Charlie Mingus (b); Earl Walker (d). Wini Brown, Roland Burton (voc).

The Hamp-Tones

Wini Brown, Roland Burton, Herman McCoy (voc).

Slims and Sweets

Red and Curley

Mara Kim

Howard Theatre, Washington, DC

April 23–29, 1948. 

April 24:

Mutual Broadcasting System (MBS) broadcast: Lionel Hampton Show. Guests: Howard University Glee Club. Fred Fisk (mc).

In New York WBAM at 3:00–3:30 p.m. and WNEW at 5 p.m.

Sponsored by United States Treasury Department.

Surviving recordings exist.

 

"Hamp's on the Cowan Band Wagon," Baltimore Afro-American, May 4, first news section, 6: Photo and caption: the band outside the Howard in Washington.

Milt Buckner’s diary in Otto Flückiger Collection (Armin Büttner): April 23: Billy Williams joined the band.

"On the Radio Today," New York Times, April 24, 1948, 30.

"Radio Reviews: Lionel Hampton," Variety, April 28, 1948, 36.

"Who Started the Applejack," Afro-American, May 4, 1948, 6 (first news section).

"Hampton's Avalanche of Rhythm Takes over Royal," Baltimore Afro-American, May 1, 1948, 16.

For further details see L. B. Petersen and T. Rehak, Infatuation - The Music and Life of Theodore "Fats" Navarro (2009), 192–93.

 

April 30

Lionel Hampton And His Orchestra

21 Pieces: Probably: Fats Navarro, Teddy Buckner, Wendell Culley, Leo Shepherd, Duke Garette, Jimmy Nottingham (tp); Britt Woodman, Andrew Penn, Sonny Craven (tb); Ben Kynard, Bobby Plater (as); Billy "Smallwood" Williams, Morris Lane, John Sparrow (ts); Charlie Fowlkes (bars), Lionel Hampton (vib, p, d, dir); Milt Buckner (p); Billy Mackel (g); Charlie Harris; Charlie Mingus (b); Earl Walker (d).

The Hamp-Tones

Wini Brown, Roland Burton, Herman McCoy (voc).

Slim and Sweets

Red and Curly

Mara Kim

April 30 –May 6, 1948.

Royal Theatre, Baltimore, MD.

May 1:

Mutual Broadcasting System (MBS) broadcast: Lionel Hampton Show. Guests: The Singing Housewives; Morgan State College Glee Club. Dick Coleman (mc).

In New York WBAM at 3:00–3:30 p.m. and WNEW at 5 p.m.

Sponsored by United States Treasury Department.

Surviving recordings exist.

 

Ad in Baltimore Afro-American, May 1, 1948, 16: Lionel Hampton and His 20 Piece Orchestra.

"Hampton's Avalanche of Rhythm Takes over Royal," Baltimore Afro-American, May 1, 1948, 16: 21-piece band: 2 basses, 6 saxophones, 6 trumpets, 3 trombones, 4 rhythm. Featured vocalists: Winnie Brown, Roland Burton plus Reds and Curley, and Slim & Sweets. Billy Williams featured as regular member.

Milt Buckner’s diary in Otto Flückiger Collection (Armin Büttner): May 5: Butch Burcell, Chippie Outcalt, and Lester Bass joined the band.

"Pennsylvania Avenue," May 8, 1948, 4 (first news section): Billy Mackel, Sonny Craven, Andrew Penn, and Morris Lane left after the closing at the Royal.

"Who Started the Applejack," Baltimore Afro-American, May 4, 1948, 6 (first news section).

"On the Radio Today," New York Times, May 1, 1948, 30.

For further details see L. B. Petersen and T. Rehak, Infatuation - The Music and Life of Theodore "Fats" Navarro (2009), 193–96.

 

 

May 7

Lionel Hampton And His Orchestra

Probably: Fats Navarro, Teddy Buckner, Wendell Culley, Leo Shepherd, Duke Garette, Jimmy Nottingham (tp); Lester Bass (btp, tb); Britt Woodman, Butch Burcell, Chippie Outcalt (tb); Ben Kynard, Bobby Plater (as); Billy "Smallwood" Williams, Bill Swindell (ts); Charlie Fowlkes (bars), Lionel Hampton (vib, p, d, dir); Milt Buckner (p); ?  (g); Charlie Harris; Charlie Mingus (b); Earl Walker (d).

The Hamp-Tones

Wini Brown, Roland Burton, Herman McCoy (voc).

City Auditorium, Lynchburg, VA.

 

“Where They Are Playing,” Afro-American, May 8, 1948, 6 (first news section).

Milt Buckner’s diary in Otto Flückiger Collection (Armin Büttner): Has nothing about Sparrow leaving or Bill Swindell joining.

Card in Otto Flückiger Collection (Armin Büttner): Bill Swindell (ts) joined the band here.

May 8

Lionel Hampton And His Orchestra

The Hamp-Tones

Capitol Theatre, Portsmouth, VA.

Mutual Broadcasting System (MBS) broadcast: Lionel Hampton Show. Guests: The Jones Brothers. Dave Nelson (mc).

In New York WBAM at 3:00–3:30 p.m. and WNEW at 5 p.m.

Sponsored by United States Treasury Department.

Surviving recordings exist.

 

Card in Otto Flückiger Collection (Armin Büttner): Walker was substituted by McCoy, vocalist in the Hamp-Tones, in this broadcast.

"Hampton clicks in Broadcast," Pittsburgh Courier, May 22, 1948, 17: Review of broadcast show: Capitol theatre, Portsmouth. David Nelson mc.

"On the Radio Today," New York Times, May 8, 1948, 30.

For further details see L. B. Petersen and T. Rehak, Infatuation - The Music and Life of Theodore "Fats" Navarro (2009), 193–96.

 

May 8

Lionel Hampton And His Orchestra

The Hamp-Tones

Seaview Beach, Norfolk, VA.

Lionel Hampton Is Set for Tour of the South," Chicago Defender (nat. ed.), May 2, 1948, ?. May 8: Seaview Beach

Milt Buckner’s diary in Otto Flückiger Collection (Armin Büttner): May 8: Seaview Beach

 

May 9

Lionel Hampton And His Orchestra

The Hamp-Tones

Red and Curley

Mosque Theatre, Richmond, VA.

Three hours Show and Concert.

 

Ad in Richmond Times Dispatch (VA.). May 8, 1948, 7.

Milt Buckner’s diary in Otto Flückiger Collection (Armin Büttner).

"Local Talent May Get a Chance with Hampton," Richmond Times Dispatch (VA.). May 9, 1948, 14-D.

 

May 10

Lionel Hampton And His Orchestra

The Hamp-Tones

Raleigh, NC,

Probably cancelled.

 

"Lionel Hampton Is Set for Tour of the South," Chicago Defender (nat. ed.), May 2, 1948,?.

Milt Buckner’s diary in Otto Flückiger Collection (Armin Büttner): x-ed out.

 

May 11

Lionel Hampton And His Orchestra

The Hamp-Tones

Danville, VA.

 

"Lionel Hampton Is Set for Tour of the South," Chicago Defender (nat. ed.), May 2, 1948,?.

Milt Buckner’s diary in Otto Flückiger Collection (Armin Büttner).

 

May 12

Lionel Hampton And His Orchestra

The Hamp-Tones

Knoxville, TN.

 

"Lionel Hampton Is Set for Tour of the South," Chicago Defender (nat. ed.), May 2, 1948,?.

Milt Buckner’s diary in Otto Flückiger Collection (Armin Büttner).

 

May 13

Lionel Hampton And His Orchestra

The Hamp-Tones

War Memorial Auditorium, Nashville, TN.

Two shows: 7:30 and 9:45.

Section for white: 7:30 show only.

 

"To Play Here," Tennessean (Nashville, TN.), May 9, 1948, 5-B: Photo and caption.

Milt Buckner’s diary in Otto Flückiger Collection (Armin Büttner).

Ad in Tennessean (Nashville, TN.), May 9, 1948, 4-B: 33 artists.

 

May 14

Lionel Hampton And His Orchestra

The Hamp-Tones

Anderson, IN.

Benefit sponsored by St. Rita Church (Rev. Bernhard L. Strange, prod.)

 

"Lionel Hampton to Play 5 Benefits in Indiana," Chicago Defender May 9, 1948, ?.

Milt Buckner’s diary in Otto Flückiger Collection (Armin Büttner).

 

May 15

Lionel Hampton And His Orchestra

The Hamp-Tones

National Guard Armory, Indianapolis, IN.

8:30–9:00: Broadcast open to the public. 9:00 pm.–1: Dance.

Benefit sponsored by St. Rita Church (Rev. Bernhard L. Strange, prod.)

Mutual Broadcasting System (MBS) broadcast 9:30–9:55 EST: Lionel Hampton Show. Guests: Wilberforce University Glee Club. Dave Nelson (mc).

New York stations seem not to have sent this broadcast directly.

Sponsored by United States Treasury Department.

Surviving recordings exist.

 

"Lionel Hampton to Play 5 Benefits in Indiana," Chicago Defender May 9, 1948, ?.

"Mutual Will Air Hampton Benefit," Indianapolis Star, May 13, 1948, 21.

Ad in Indianapolis Star, May 12, 1948, 24.

Milt Buckner’s diary in Otto Flückiger Collection (Armin Büttner): May 15: Illegible city, Armory.

The Location is revealed in the ending announcement of the broadcast on May 8. This also tells that the time schedule is changed to 9:30.

"Guide to Radio Programs," Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, May 15, 1948, 15: WVET: 9:30: Lionel Hampton.

"On the Radio Today," New York Times, May 15, 1948, 30: No Hampton show found.

 

May 16

Lionel Hampton And His Orchestra

The Hamp-Tones

National Guard Armory, Indianapolis, IN.

Concert. Benefit sponsored by St. Rita Church (Rev. Bernhard L. Strange, prod.)

 

Lionel Hampton to Play 5 Benefits in Indiana," Chicago Defender May 9, 1948,?.

Ad in Indianapolis Star, May 12, 1948, 24.

Milt Buckner’s diary in Otto Flückiger Collection (Armin Büttner): May 16: Armory Indianapolis (concert for Father Strange?)

 

May 17

Lionel Hampton And His Orchestra

The Hamp-Tones

Brill Hall, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN.

Benefit sponsored by St. Rita Church (Rev. Bernhard L. Strange, prod.)

 

"Lionel Hampton to Play 5 Benefits in Indiana," Chicago Defender May 9, 1948, ?.

Milt Buckner’s diary in Otto Flückiger Collection (Armin Büttner).

 

May 18

Lionel Hampton And His Orchestra

The Hamp-Tones

Quincy Theatre, Fort Wayne, IN.

Benefit sponsored by St. Rita Church (Rev. Bernhard L. Strange, prod.)

 

"Lionel Hampton to Play 5 Benefits in Indiana," Chicago Defender May 9, 1948,?.

Milt Buckner’s diary in Otto Flückiger Collection (Armin Büttner).

 

 

May 19

Lionel Hampton And His Orchestra

The Hamp-Tones

Decatur, IL.

"Where They Are Playing," Afro-American, May 22, 1948, first news section, 6

Milt Buckner’s diary in Otto Flückiger Collection (Armin Büttner): Illegible.

 

May 20

Lionel Hampton And His Orchestra

Probably: Fats Navarro, Teddy Buckner, Wendell Culley, Leo Shepherd, Duke Garette, Jimmy Nottingham (tp); Lester Bass (btp, tb); Britt Woodman, Butch Burcell, Chippie Outcalt (tb); Ben Kynard, Bobby Plater (as); Billy "Smallwood" Williams, Bill Swindell (ts); Charlie Fowlkes (bars), Lionel Hampton (vib, p, d, dir); Milt Buckner (p); ? (g); Charlie Harris; Charlie Mingus (b); Earl Walker (d).

The Hamp-Tones

Paducah, KY

 

Milt Buckner’s diary in Otto Flückiger Collection (Armin Büttner): Charlie Harris left the band.

 

May 21

Lionel Hampton And His Orchestra

The Hamp-Tones

Wini Brown, Roland Burton, Herman McCoy (voc).

Louisville, KY.

 

Milt Buckner’s diary in Otto Flückiger Collection (Armin Büttner).

 

May 22

Lionel Hampton And His Orchestra

Probably: Fats Navarro?, Teddy Buckner, Wendell Culley, Leo Shepherd, Duke Garette, Jimmy Nottingham (tp); Lester Bass (btp, tb); Britt Woodman, Butch Burcell, Chippie Outcalt (tb); Ben Kynard, Bobby Plater (as); Billy "Smallwood" Williams, Bill Swindell (ts); Charlie Fowlkes (bars), Lionel Hampton (vib, p, d, dir); Milt Buckner (p); Wes Montgomery? 

The Hamp-Tones

Wini Brown, Roland Burton, Herman McCoy (voc).

Miramar Ballroom, Gary, IN.

Mutual Broadcasting System (MBS) broadcast: 9:30–10:00 EST: Lionel Hampton Show. Dave Nelson (mc).

New York stations seem not to have sent this broadcast directly. 

Sponsored by United States Treasury Department.

Surviving recordings exist.

 

Milt Buckner’s diary in Otto Flückiger Collection (Armin Büttner): Roy Johnson joined the band.

Fats Navarro is not heard in this broadcast. He may already have left the band, but according to Mingus he left in Chicago. There is a guitar solo in the broadcast, indicating that Wes Montgomery had joined at this point of time.

"Guide to Radio Programs," Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, May 22, 1948, 15: WVET: 9:30: Lionel Hampton.

"On the Radio Today," New York Times, May 22, 1948, 28: No Hampton show found.

 

May 23

Lionel Hampton And His Orchestra

Probably: Fats Navarro?, Teddy Buckner, Wendell Culley, Leo Shepherd, Duke Garette, Jimmy Nottingham (tp); Lester Bass (btp, tb); Britt Woodman, Butch Burcell, Chippie Outcalt (tb); Ben Kynard, Bobby Plater (as); Billy "Smallwood" Williams, Bill Swindell (ts); Charlie Fowlkes (bars), Lionel Hampton (vib, p, d, dir); Milt Buckner (p); Wes Montgomery? 

The Hamp-Tones

Wini Brown, Roland Burton, Herman McCoy (voc).

Civic Opera House, Chicago, IL.

May 23, 1948. 8:30 pm.

Al Benson and Jackie Cooper (mc).

 

Ad in Chicago Tribune, May 23, 1948, part 7, 7.

Milt Buckner’s diary in Otto Flückiger Collection (Armin Büttner): Ray or Roy joined the band.

Chicago Defender May 29, 1948, p. 26: Photo of Billy Williams and Hampton and caption.

C. Mingus, Beneath the Underdog (1980), 139: Navarro left Hampton in Chicago. He may have left already before the Miramar engagement.

June?

Fats Navarro may have participated in a rehearsal band led by Stan Hasselgard and assisted by Gil Fuller.

 

L. B. Petersen and T. Rehak, Infatuation - The Music and Life of Theodore "Fats" Navarro (2009), 202.

 

June mid

Fats Navarro takes trumpet lessons from trumpeter Uan Rasey who briefly was in NYC.

 

Stuart Varden-interview with Uan Rasey. December 1, 2003.

For further details see L. B. Petersen and T. Rehak, Infatuation - The Music and Life of Theodore "Fats" Navarro (2009), 202.

 

Summer

Fats Navarro meets Rena Marie Clarke.

 

L. B. Petersen and T. Rehak, Infatuation - The Music and Life of Theodore "Fats" Navarro (2009), 203.

 

June 30

All Stars

Red Rodney (tp); Bill Harris (tb); Lucky Thompson (ts); Errol Garner (p); Oscar Pettiford (b); Shelly Manne (d).

Probably only first 2 weeks.

Tadd Dameron Orchestra

Fats Navarro (tp); Allen Eager, Dexter Gordon (ts;) Tadd Dameron (p): Curley Russell (b); Kenny Clarke (d).

Jimmy Ford probably replaced Dexter Gordon during this engagement.

Kenny Hagood (voc & mc).

Royal Roost, New York, NY.

June 30–July 22.

 

“Goings on about Town: Royal Roost,” New Yorker, July 3, 1948, 6: Auld, Harris, Chubby Jackson, and Tadd Dameron. Closed on Mondays. 

“Music—As Written,” Billboard, July 10, 1948, 18: “Georgie Auld, Chubby Jackson, and Lou Levy cut out of the Esquire All-star jazz group just prior to opening at the Royal Roost here; opening replacements were Lucky Thompson, Oscar Pettiford, and Erroll Garner.”

Notice in Down Beat, 28 July, 1948: 12: “The All-Stars - Errol Garner, Shelly Manne, Oscar Pettiford, Bill Harris, Lucky Thompson, and Red Rodney - turned in a good, solid account of themselves during their two week stay, then packed up and went their various ways. Kenny Hagood, former Gillespie vocalist, has moved in as a regular house emcee and featured singer, and does a commendable job in both categories.”

Kenny Clarke, “Nouvelles de New York,” Jazz Hot (French) (August –September) 194, 16.

Claus Dahlgren: “Mitt i Be-bopnästet,” Orkester Journalen, August 1948, 11.

 

July 23

Billy Eckstine

(voc), probably acc. by Cliff Smalls (p).

Probably only until August 19.

Kenny Hagood

Probably replacing Eckstine.

Charlie Ventura Band

Norman Fay (tp); Benny Green (tb); Charlie Ventura (ts); Ben Ventura (bars); Roy Kral, (p); Gus Cole (b); Ed Shaughnessy (d); Jackie Cain (voc).

Tadd Dameron Orchestra

Fats Navarro (tp); Allen Eager (ts); Tadd Dameron (p); Curley Russell (b); Kenny Clarke (d).

Wardell Gray probably joined the Dameron band in this period.

Royal Roost, New York, NY.

June 30–September 2.

Probably Sunday, August 15 or 22 (Saturday after midnight):

Roost transmission in WMCA broadcast: Symphony Sid.

Surviving recordings with the Dameron group exist.

August 28 (Friday after midnight): Roost transmission in WMCA broadcast: Symphony Sid.

Surviving recordings with the Dameron and the Ventura groups exist.

“Night Club Review: Royal Roost,” Variety, July 28, 1948, 96: Charlie Ventura Orchestra (7 pieces) and Jackie Cain. Billy Eckstine. Tadd Dameron Orchestra (5 pieces). Ventura and Eckstine opened July 23. Dameron was held over.

“(Ex-chicken) Roost Has Charlie,” Down Beat, July 28, 1948, 15: Photo and caption: “Charlie Ventura (ts), Benny Green, (tb), Gus Cole, b, Jackie Cain, voc. Not shown in picture: Norman, Fay, tp, Ed Shaughnessy (dr), Roy Kral (p), and Ben Ventura (bars). Out August 5.”

Photo and caption in Down Beat September 22, 1948, 4: Ventura and Eckstine at the Roost.

A Herman Leonard Photo shows Eckstine and Cliff Smalls.

Billy Eckstine seems to have stopped about August 19. He can be found in a dance engagement in Asbury Park Armory on August 20 (“To sing Here,” Asbury Park Evening Press, August 19, 1948, 16). Nicole Barclay, “De la 52Ź Rue á Manhattan,” Jazz Hot (French), October 1948, 16 and 18: Nicole Barclay visited the Roost on two occasions in August.

Wardell Gray seems to have joined Dameron during this engagement. He appears on a surviving broadcast, which may be from this period.

Ad in New York Amsterdam News, September 28, 1948, 25: Wardell Gray is listed as member of the Dameron band here.

For further details see L. B. Petersen and T. Rehak, Infatuation - The Music and Life of Theodore "Fats" Navarro (2009), 204–06, 214–17.

 

 

September 3

Charlie Parker

(as), acc. by Miles Davis (tp); Tadd Dameron (p); Curley Russell (b); Max Roach (d).

Tadd Dameron Orchestra

Fats Navarro (tp); Allen Eager (ts); Milt Jackson (vib); Tadd Dameron (p); Curley Russell (b); Kenny Clarke (d).

Miles Davis Nonet

Miles Davis (tp); Michael Zwerin (tb); Junior Collins (frh); Bill Barber (tu); Lee Konitz (as); Gerry Mulligan (bars & arr); John Lewis (p & arr); Al McKibbon (b); Max Roach (d); Gil Evans (arr).

Kenny Hagood (voc).

Royal Roost, New York, NY.

September 3–5.

Special Labor Weekend program.

September 4 (Friday after midnight): Roost transmission in WMCA broadcast: Symphony Sid.

Surviving recordings with the Parker group, the Dameron group, and the Davis Nonet exists.

 

This bill is known from the surviving broadcast recordings and Symphony Sid’s announcements here.

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=480918a

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/Sessions.aspx?s=480904b

For further details see L. B. Petersen and T. Rehak, Infatuation - The Music and Life of Theodore "Fats" Navarro (2009), 217–18

 

 

September 9

Benny Goodman Septet

Fats Navarro (tp); Benny Goodman (cl); Wardell Gray (ts); Mundell Lowe (g); Clyde Lombard (b); Mel Zelnick (d). 

Capitol Studios, New York, NY.

Recording for Capitol.

Mary Lou Williams had left the group during the rehearsals.

 

R. Firestone, Swing, Swing, Swing (1993), 346.

L. Dahl, Morning Glory (1999), 200–201: dates September 8.

For further details see L. B. Petersen and T. Rehak, Infatuation - The Music and Life of Theodore "Fats" Navarro (2009), 208, 219–20.

 

September 13

Tadd Dameron Septet

Fats Navarro (tp); Allen Eager, Wardell Gray (ts); Tadd Dameron (p & arr); Curley Russell (b); Kenny Clarke (d); Chino Pozo (bgo); Kenny Hagood (voc).

WOR Studios, New York, NY.

Commercial recordings for Blue Note. Alfred Lion (prod) Doug Hawkins (rec. engineer)

 

For further details see L. B. Petersen and T. Rehak, Infatuation - The Music and Life of Theodore "Fats" Navarro (2009), 209–10, 221–23.

 

September 23

Count Basie Orchestra

Harry Edison, Emmett Berry, Clark Terry, Jimmy Nottingham (tp); Bill Johnson, Dickie Wells, George Matthews, Ted Donnelly (tb); Bernie Peacock (as); Earl Warren (cl, as & voc); Paul Gonsalves, Wardell Gray (ts); Jack Washington (bars); Count Basie (p); Freddie Green (g); Singleton “Cookie” Palmer (b); Shadow Wilson (d); Jimmy Rushing (voc).

Miles Davis Quintet

Miles Davis (tp); Lee Konitz (as); John Lewis (p); Curley Russell (b); Max Roach (d).

(This group may just have been subbing for the Dameron group on the Friday).

Tadd Dameron Orchestra

Fats Navarro (tp); Allen Eager, Rudy Williams (ts); Tadd Dameron (p); Curley Russell (b), Kenny Clarke (d).

Anita O’Day

(voc), acc. by Lou Stein (p), and by Count Basie’s orchestra.

September 23–29.

Royal Roost, New York, NY.

September 25 (Friday after midnight): Roost transmission in WMCA broadcast: Symphony Sid.

Surviving recordings with Basie, the Davis group, and Anita O’Day exist.

 

“Night Life,” Brooklyn Eagle, September 21, 1948, 5: Anita O’Day into the Roost on Thursday, Basie remains. According to Anita O’Day’s memoirs she opened at the Roost opposite Basie and Dameron (A. O’Day and G. Eells, High Times Hard Times (1982), 150–52). On September 18 Symphony Sid also announces O’Day, and Dameron for the next week.  However, the surviving broadcasts from September 25 do not have Tadd Dameron, but instead Miles Davis Quintet and Kenny Hagood.

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/Sessions.aspx?s=480925

For further details see L. B. Petersen and T. Rehak, Infatuation - The Music and Life of Theodore "Fats" Navarro (2009), 209–10.

 

September 26

Symphony Sid's Bop Concert

Fats Navarro (tp); Benny Green (tb); Stan Hasselgard (cl); Dexter Gordon, Wardell Gray, Allen Eager (ts); Milt Jackson (vib); Lou Stein, Tadd Dameron (p), Curley Russell, Al McKibbon (b), Kenny Clarke, Max Roach (dr).

Lou Stein replaced the announced Roy Kral.

Royal Roost, New York, NY.

4–8 p.m.

 

Symphony Sid announcement in broadcast on September 18, 1948.

Handbill: Handwritten notes on handbill: Lou Stein instead of Roy Kral; Stan Hasselgard is added (Lars Westin collection).

 

September 30

Dizzy Gillespie and His Orchestra

Probably Dizzy Gillespie (tp, voc & dir), Dave Burns, Elmon Wright, Willie Cook (tp), Billy Shepard, Jesse Tarrant, Andy Duryea (tb), John Brown, Ernie Henry (as & voc), Joe Gales, James Moody (ts), Cecil Payne (bar), James Foreman (p), Nelson Boyd (b), Teddy Stewart (dr), Chano Pozo (cng).

Tadd Dameron Orchestra

Fats Navarro (tp), Rudy Williams (as), Allen Eager (ts), Tadd Dameron (p), Curley Russell (b), Kenny Clarke (dr).

Anita O'Day.

From October 13 Anita O’Day was replaced by:

Dinah Washington (voc) acc. by Gillespie and Dameron orchestras.

Royal Roost, New York, NY.

September 30–October 27.

October 2 (Friday after midnight): Roost transmission in WMCA broadcast: Symphony Sid.

Surviving recordings with Gillespie, the Dameron group, and Anita O’Day exist.

October 9 (Friday after midnight): Roost transmission in WMCA broadcast: Symphony Sid.

Surviving recordings with Gillespie, the Dameron group, and Anita O’Day exist.

October 16 (Friday after midnight): Roost transmission in WMCA broadcast: Symphony Sid.

Surviving recordings with Gillespie, the Dameron group, and Dinah Washington exist.

October 23 (Friday after midnight): Roost transmission in WMCA broadcast: Symphony Sid.

Surviving recordings with Gillespie, the Dameron group, and Dinah Washington exist.

Fats Navarro leaves the Dameron group at the end of this engagement.

 

Ad in New York Amsterdam News, 28 Sept. 1948, 17.

“Improved Dizzy Band Cuts Old to Shreds,” Down Beat, October 20 1948: 3: Review of Gillespie and O’Day at the Roost. Critical towards O’Day. O’ Day worked with Dameron’s rhythm with Dameron replaced by Lou Stein. “The Symphony Sid Corner,” New York Age, October 30, 1948, 20: Dinah Washington back at the Roost acc. by Gillespie and Dameron.

For further details see L. B. Petersen and T. Rehak, Infatuation - The Music and Life of Theodore "Fats" Navarro (2009), 209–13, 223–25, 227–30.

 

October 3

Symphony Sid's Bop Concert

Royal Roost, NYC, 4–8 p.m.

Unknown program. Probably including Fats Navarro and Dexter Gordon.

 

 

October 10

Symphony Sid's Bop Concert

Fats Navarro (tp; James Moody, Allen Eager, Dexter Gordon (ts); Cecil Payne (bars); Milt Jackson (vib); Tadd Dameron, Al Haig (p): Tommy Potter (b): Max Roach, Art Blakey (d); Chano Pozo (cng).

Royal Roost, New York, NY.

 4–8 p.m.

 

Handbill reproduced in F. Driggs & H. Levine, Black Beauty, White Heat, (1996), 327.

October 11

McGhee-Navarro Boptet

Howard McGhee (tp, p, arr); Fats Navarro (tp); Ernie Henry (as); Milt Jackson (vib, p); Curly Russell (b); Kenny Clarke (d).

Apex Studios, New York, NY.

Commercial recordings for Blue Note Records.

 

For further details see L. B. Petersen and T. Rehak, Infatuation - The Music and Life of Theodore "Fats" Navarro (2009), 210–12, 225–27.

 

October 17

Symphony Sid's Bop Concert

Including: Fats Navarro, Howard McGhee (tp).

Lennie Tristano’s All Stars?

Lee Konitz (as); Lennie Tristano (p); Billy Bauer (g): Arnold Fishkin (b); Mel McCormick (d).

Royal Roost, New York, NY.

 4–8 p.m.

 

Symphony Sid announcement in broadcast on October 23, 1948.

October 24

Symphony Sid's Bop Concert

Including: Fats Navarro, Howard McGhee (tp); Dexter Gordon, Wardell Gray (ts):

Lennie Tristano’s All Stars

Royal Roost, New York, NY.

 4–8 p.m.

 

Symphony Sid announcement in broadcast on October 23, 1948.

October late

Benny Goodman and His Orchestra

Including Fats Navarro (tp); Milt Bernhardt (tb); Wardell Gray (ts); Chico O’Farrill (arr).

Navarro rehearses with a new Goodman big band, but is fired after coming late to rehearsals.

 

R. Firestone, Swing, Swing, Swing (1993), 347–50.

For further details see L. B. Petersen and T. Rehak, Infatuation - The Music and Life of Theodore "Fats" Navarro (2009), 231–32.

 

November?

Concert

including: Fats Navarro, Clifford Brown (tp); John Joyner (as); other local musicians,

Unidentified venue, Philadelphia, PA.

November 1948. Alternatively, in June.

 

M. Crawford, "Bennie Remembers Clifford,"   Downbeat, October 12, 1961, 21:

One night, Fats Navarro was presented in concert. He was the only 'name' present; the rest were local musicians. Well, Brownie got up and played that night, and when he finished, Fats tucked his trumpet under his arm and stood beside Brownie and applauded.” 

N. Catalano, Clifford Brown (2000), 35.

Benny Golson in B. Golson and J. Merod, Whisper Not (2016) Kindle ed., location 1699–1737: Benny Golson tells in detail about the concert. He dates it "summer 1948" while he was on vacation from the Howard University.

Photo of Golson and Navarro at the entrance of a Philadelphia Septa Station exists (L’Archive Navarro): Judging from the clothes this was taken at winter time.

.

 

November 21

Concert

Program probably like concert November 22.

Al Benson (mc).

Civic Opera House, Chicago, IL.

 

“The Night Watch,” New York Age, November 20, 1948, 15.

http://campber.people.clemson.edu/archia.html: Including: Fats Navarro, Miles Davis (tp); Bennie Green (tb); Gene Ammons, Charlie Ventura, Allen Eager, Tom Archia, (ts); Max Roach, Ed Shaughnessy (d); Billie Holiday, Jackie Paris, Dolores Bell (voc). Dates November 7. This is wrong. Miles Davis and Max Roach had an engagement at the 3 Deuces in New York at this point of time.

“Benson Bash a Window-Buster,” Down Beat, December 15, 1948, 2: Review of concert.

 

November 21

Jam session

Probably including Billie Holiday, Navarro, Miles Davis, Gene Ammons, Tom Archia, Charlie Ventura, Max Roach, a. o.

Macomba Lounge, Chicago, IL.

 

“Benson Bash a Window-Buster,” Down Beat, 15 Dec. 1948: 2: mention of jam session.

http://campber.people.clemson.edu/archia.html: photo from the jam session.

November 22

Concert

Billie Holiday

Charlie Ventura; Miles Davis; Max Roach; Allen Eager;

 Jack Parris; Gene Ammons; Max Roach:

Al Benson All-Stars

Probably including Fats Navarro; Bennie Green; Tom Archia; Gene Ammons.

Dolores Bell

Al Benson (prod, mc).

Pabst Theatre, Milwaukee, WI.

8:15.

 

“The Night Watch,” New York Age, November 20, 1948, 15.

Ad in Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, November 21, 1948, 19. “Benson Jazz Show Satisfies Sudsville,” Down Beat, December 29, 1948, 7.

 

November 22

Jam session

Showboat, Milwaukee, W.

Probably including Billie Holiday, Navarro, Miles Davis, Gene Ammons, Tom Archia, Charlie Ventura, Max Roach, a. o.

Showboat, Milwaukee, WI.

 

“Benson Jazz Show Satisfies Sudsville,” Down Beat, December 29, 1948, 7.

November 29

Earl Coleman and His All Stars

Fats Navarro (tp); Don Lanphere (ts); Linton Garner (p, celeste); Al Casey (g); Jimmy Johnson (b); Max Roach (d); Earl Coleman (voc).

Fats Navarro Quintet

Earl Coleman out.

Nola Studios, New York, NY

Commercial recordings for Dial Records.

 

For further details see L. B. Petersen and T. Rehak, Infatuation - The Music and Life of Theodore "Fats" Navarro (2009), 232–35, 241–45.

 

December 23?

Oscar Pettiford All Stars

Fats Navarro, Miles Davis (tp); Kai Winding (tb); Buddy DeFranco (cl); Lucky Thompson (ts); Milt Jackson (vib); Bud Powell (p); Oscar Pettiford (b); Kenny Clarke (d).

George Shearing Trio

George Shearing (p); John Levy (b); Denzil Best (d).

Sarah Vaughan (voc) acc. by George Shearing Trio.

Clique Club, New York, NY.

December 23–January 6.

 

Ad in unidentified newspaper, December 27, 1948.

“Crowd Gives Enthusiastic Welcome to Extreme Bop by Pettiford All-Stars,” Down Beat, January 28, 1949, 1.

“Sarah Vaughan Sets Record at NY Clique,” Pittsburgh Courier, January 8, 1949, 18: Vaughan stopped after 5 weeks.

For further details see L. B. Petersen and T. Rehak, Infatuation - The Music and Life of Theodore "Fats" Navarro (2009), 235–37.