1949

Fats Navarro Chronology

 

 

 

 

Created by Leif Bo Petersen and Theo Rehak

Last updated: January 17, 2017.

 

Date

Event

References/Further Details

 

January early

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.

 

January 3

Metronome All Stars 

Dizzy Gillespie, Fats Navarro, Miles Davis (tp); J. J. Johnson, Kai Winding (tb); Buddy DeFranco (cl); Charlie Parker as); Charlie Ventura (ts); Ernie Caceres (bars); Lennie Tristano (p); Billy Bauer (g); Eddie Safranski (b); Shelly Manne (d); Pete Rugolo, Lennie Tristano (arr).

Victor Sound Studios, New York, NY.

Commercial recordings for RCA/Victor.

George Simon and Barry Ulanov (prod).

 

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=490103

For further details see L. B. Petersen and T. Rehak, Infatuation - The Music and Life of Theodore "Fats" Navarro (2009), 237–38, 245–50.

 

January 6

Oscar Pettiford All Stars

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

This group was fired before the engagement expired because of undisciplined behavior.

George Shearing Quartet

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

3 Bips and a Bop

Wynton Kelly (p); Bill Tinney? (g); Bruce Lawrence? (b); Jackie Mills? (d); Babs Gonzales (voc).

Marcy Lutes (voc) acc. by ?

January early–January 26.

 

 Bebop Group Clique Stars,” New York Age, January 15, 1949, 12: Three Bips and a Bop opened at the Clique last week.

“Dan Burley’s Back Door Stuff,” New York Age, January 15, 1949, 17: Mentions bill of Pettiford, Gordon, Thompson, Navarro, Davis, Winding, Jackson, Powell, and Clarke opposite Shearing with Franco, Marcy Lutes, and 3 Bips.

“Music–As Written,” Billboard, January 15, 1949, 38: DeFranco has joined Shearing.

Kenny Clarke in M. Hennessey, Klook (1990), 75–76: probably taken from a 1977 interview by Helen Oakley Dance: Tells about the firing of the Pettiford group.

For further details see L. B. Petersen and T. Rehak, Infatuation - The Music and Life of Theodore "Fats" Navarro (2009), 237.

 

January 18

Tadd Dameron and His Orchestra/Big Ten

Fats Navarro (tp); Kai Winding (tb); Sahib Shihab (as); Dexter Gordon (ts); Cecil Payne (bars); Tadd Dameron (p, arr); Curley Russell (b); Kenny Clarke (dr); Diego Iborra (bgo); Vidal Bolado (cng); Rae Pearl (voc).

Capitol Sound Studios, New York, NY.

Commercial recordings for Capitol.

 

For further details see L. B. Petersen and T. Rehak, Infatuation - The Music and Life of Theodore "Fats" Navarro (2009), 238, 249–50.

 

February 11

JATP Tour

(8th National Tour)

February 11–March 30.

February 11:    Carnegie Hall. New York, NY.

                        Opening concert.

February 12:    Academy of Music. Philadelphia, PA.

February 13:    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA.

February 20:    Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo

February 21:    Massey Hall, Toronto, Canada.

February 24:    Municipal Hall, Cleveland, OH,

February 26:    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.

February 26:    Masonic Hall, Detroit, MI.

February 27:    Memorial Hall, Columbus, OH.

March 3:          Syria Mosque, Pittsburgh, PA.

March 5:          Taft Theater, Cincinnati, OH

March 6:          Public Music Hall, Cleveland, OH.

March 11:        Pabst Theater, Milwaukee. MI.

March 12:        KRNT Theater, Des Moines. IA.

March 13:        Kiel Auditorium, St. Louis, MO.

March 15:        South High School aud., Salt Lake City, UT.

March 17:        Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, CA.

March 18:        Embassy Auditorium, LA.

March 20;        Auditorium Theater, Oakland, CA.

March 23:        Municipal Auditorium, Denver, CO.

March 25:        Civic Opera House, Chicago, IL.

March 26:        Mosque Theater, Newark, NJ.

March 27:        Washington, D.C.

March 30:        Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York, NY.

                        Final Concert).

 

Pullman ed., Booklet to the Complete Jazz at The Philharmonic on Verve.

February 11

Concert 

JATP Tour Group & Charlie Parker

Charlie Parker (as); Fats Navarro (tp); Tommy Turk (tb); Sonny Criss (as); Coleman Hawkins, Flip Philips (ts); Hank Jones (p); Ray Brown (b); Shelley Manne (d); Ella Fitzgerald (voc).

Machito and his Orchestra featuring Charlie Parker

Charlie Parker (as); Mario Bauza, Frank Davilla, Bob Woodlen (tp); Gene Johnson, Fred Skerritt (as); Jose Madera (ts); Leslie Johnakins (bars); Rene Hernandez (p); Roberto Rodriguez (b); Jose Manguel (bgo); Luis Miranda (cga); Umbaldo Nieto (timbales); Frank Grillo (maracas).

February 11, 1949. 11:30 p.m.

Carnegie Hall. New York, NY.

Norman Granz (mc).

JATP concert recordings exist.

 

Ad in New York Amsterdam News, February 12, 1949, 4.

"With A Hoot and A Howl, JATP Kicks Off Another," Down Beat, April 8, 1949, ?: Review.

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=490211

 

For further details see L. B. Petersen and T. Rehak, Infatuation - The Music and Life of Theodore "Fats" Navarro (2009), 239–40, 250–55.

 

February 12

JATP

Fats Navarro (tp); Tommy Turk (tb); Sonny Criss (as); Coleman Hawkins, Flip Philips (ts); Hank Jones (p); Ray Brown (b); Shelley Manne (d); Ella Fitzgerald (voc).

Academy of Music, Philadelphia, PA.

8:30 p.m.

 

Ad in Philadelphia Inquirer, February 12, 1949, 28.

 

February 13

JATP

Symphony Hall, Boston, MA.

8:30 p.m.

 

Ad in Boston Herald, February 13, 1949, 4 C.

 

February 20

JATP

Fats Navarro (tp); Tommy Turk (tb); Sonny Criss (as); Coleman Hawkins, Flip Philips (ts); Hank Jones (p); Ray Brown (b); Shelley Manne (d); Ella Fitzgerald (voc).

Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo, N.Y.

8:30 p.m.

 

Ad in Buffalo Courier Express, February 18, 1949, 13.

 

February 21

JATP

Fats Navarro (tp); Tommy Turk (tb); Sonny Criss (as); Coleman Hawkins, Flip Philips (ts); Hank Jones (p); Ray Brown (b); Shelley Manne (d); Ella Fitzgerald (voc).

Massey Hall, Toronto, Canada.

 

"Band Stands," Pittsburgh Courier, February 19, 1949, 18: Ella Fitzgerald: Massey Hall, Toronto, Canada, February 21.

 

February 25

JATP

Fats Navarro (tp); Tommy Turk (tb); Sonny Criss (as); Coleman Hawkins, Flip Philips (ts); Hank Jones (p); Ray Brown (b); Shelley Manne (d); Ella Fitzgerald (voc).

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.

 

"Band Stands," Pittsburgh Courier, February 19, 1949, 18: Ella Fitzgerald: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.: February 25.

 

February 26

JATP

Fats Navarro (tp); Tommy Turk (tb); Sonny Criss (as); Coleman Hawkins, Flip Philips (ts); Hank Jones (p); Ray Brown (b); Shelley Manne (d); Ella Fitzgerald (voc).

Masonic Hall, Detroit, MI.

Midnight.

 

Ad in Detroit Free Press, February 21, 16.

 

February 27

JATP

Fats Navarro (tp); Tommy Turk (tb); Sonny Criss (as); Coleman Hawkins, Flip Philips (ts); Hank Jones (p); Ray Brown (b); Shelley Manne (d); Ella Fitzgerald (voc).

Memorial Hall, Columbus, OH.

8:30 p.m.

 

Ad in Columbus Dispatch, February23, B 5.

March 4

JATP

Fats Navarro (tp); Tommy Turk (tb); Sonny Criss (as); Coleman Hawkins, Flip Philips (ts); Hank Jones (p); Ray Brown (b); Shelley Manne (d); Ella Fitzgerald (voc).

Syria Mosque, Pittsburgh, PA.

8:30 p.m.

Private recordings of the entire concert exist.

 

Ad in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 4, 1949, 15.

March 5

JATP

Fats Navarro (tp); Tommy Turk (tb); Sonny Criss (as); Coleman Hawkins, Flip Philips (ts); Hank Jones (p); Ray Brown (b); Shelley Manne (d); Ella Fitzgerald (voc).

Taft Theater, Cincinnati, OH.

8:30 p.m.

 

Ad in Cincinnati Enquirer, March 5, 1949, 8.

“Jazz at the Philharmonic,” Cincinnati Enquirer, March 5, 1949, 8.  

 

March 6

JATP

Fats Navarro (tp); Tommy Turk (tb); Sonny Criss (as); Coleman Hawkins, Flip Philips (ts); Hank Jones (p); Ray Brown (b); Shelley Manne (d); Ella Fitzgerald (voc).

Music Hall, Cleveland, OH.

8:30 p.m.

 

Ad in Cleveland Plain Dealer, March 7, 1949 12.

“Ella Fitzgerald Is Song Hit of Jazz by Granz,” Cleveland Plain Dealer, March 7, 1949 12.

 

March 11

JATP

Fats Navarro (tp); Tommy Turk (tb); Sonny Criss (as); Coleman Hawkins, Flip Philips (ts); Hank Jones (p); Ray Brown (b); Shelley Manne (d); Ella Fitzgerald (voc).

Pabst Theater, Milwaukee, WI.

 

P. Pullman (ed.), Booklet to the Complete Jazz at the Philharmonic on Verve. 1998.pp. 185-88. Verve 10 CD set. Verve 314 523 893-2.

 

March 12

JATP

Fats Navarro (tp); Tommy Turk (tb); Sonny Criss (as); Coleman Hawkins, Flip Philips (ts); Hank Jones (p); Ray Brown (b); Shelley Manne (d); Ella Fitzgerald (voc).

KRNT Theater, Des Moines, IA.

 

Ad in Des Moines Register, March 7, 1949, 4.

 

March 13

JATP

Fats Navarro (tp); Tommy Turk (tb); Sonny Criss (as); Coleman Hawkins, Flip Philips (ts); Hank Jones (p); Ray Brown (b); Shelley Manne (d); Ella Fitzgerald (voc).

Kiel Auditorium, St. Louis, MO.

8:30 p.m.

 

Ad in St. Louis Post-Dispatch, March 6, 1949, 4G.

“Record Attendance at Jazz Concert,” St. Louis Post-Dispatch, March 1, 1949, 3B: Review.

 

March 15

JATP

Fats Navarro (tp); Tommy Turk (tb); Sonny Criss (as); Coleman Hawkins, Flip Philips (ts); Hank Jones (p); Ray Brown (b); Shelley Manne (d); Ella Fitzgerald (voc).

High school Auditorium, Salt Lake City, UT.

 

P. Pullman (ed.), Booklet to the Complete Jazz at the Philharmonic on Verve. 1998.pp. 185-88. Verve 10 CD set. Verve 314 523 893-2.

 

March 17

JATP

Fats Navarro (tp); Tommy Turk (tb); Sonny Criss (as); Coleman Hawkins, Flip Philips (ts); Hank Jones (p); Ray Brown (b); Shelley Manne (d); Ella Fitzgerald (voc).

Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, CA.

 

P. Pullman (ed.), Booklet to the Complete Jazz at the Philharmonic on Verve. 1998.pp. 185-88. Verve 10 CD set. Verve 314 523 893-2.

 

 

March 18

JATP

Fats Navarro (tp); Tommy Turk (tb); Sonny Criss (as); Coleman Hawkins, Flip Philips (ts); Hank Jones (p); Ray Brown (b); Shelley Manne (d); Ella Fitzgerald (voc).

Embassy Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA.

8:30 p.m.

 

P. Pullman (ed.), Booklet to the Complete Jazz at the Philharmonic on Verve. 1998.pp. 185-88. Verve 10 CD set. Verve 314 523 893-2.

March 20

JATP

Fats Navarro (tp); Tommy Turk (tb); Sonny Criss (as); Coleman Hawkins, Flip Philips (ts); Hank Jones (p); Ray Brown (b); Shelley Manne (d); Ella Fitzgerald (voc).

Auditorium Theater, Oakland, CA.

 

P. Pullman (ed.), Booklet to the Complete Jazz at the Philharmonic on Verve. 1998.pp. 185-88. Verve 10 CD set. Verve 314 523 893-2.

March 23

JATP

Fats Navarro (tp); Tommy Turk (tb); Sonny Criss (as); Coleman Hawkins, Flip Philips (ts); Hank Jones (p); Ray Brown (b); Shelley Manne (d); Ella Fitzgerald (voc).

Municipal Auditorium, Denver, CO.

 

P. Pullman (ed.), Booklet to the Complete Jazz at the Philharmonic on Verve. 1998.pp. 185-88. Verve 10 CD set. Verve 314 523 893-2.

March 24

JATP

Fats Navarro (tp); Tommy Turk (tb); Sonny Criss (as); Coleman Hawkins, Flip Philips (ts); Hank Jones (p); Ray Brown (b); Shelley Manne (d); Ella Fitzgerald (voc).

Murat, Indianapolis, IN.

8:30 p.m.

 

Ad in Indianapolis Star, March 24, 1949, 27. 

“Jazz at the Philharmonic Gets Back in the solid Groove,” Indianapolis Star, March 25, 1949, 34. 

 

March 25

JATP

Fats Navarro (tp); Tommy Turk (tb); Sonny Criss (as); Coleman Hawkins, Flip Philips (ts); Hank Jones (p); Ray Brown (b); Shelley Manne (d); Ella Fitzgerald (voc).

Civic Opera House, Chicago, IL.

8:30 p.m.

 

Ad in Chicago Daily Tribune, March 20, 1949, pt. 7, sec. 2,2

“JATP lays Chicago Egg.” Down Beat, May 6, 1949, 5: Review.

 

March 26

JATP

Fats Navarro (tp); Tommy Turk (tb); Sonny Criss (as); Coleman Hawkins, Flip Philips (ts); Hank Jones (p); Ray Brown (b); Shelley Manne (d); Ella Fitzgerald (voc).

Mosque Theater, Newark, NJ.

 

“Band Stands,” Pittsburgh Courier, March 26, 1949, 20: Ella Fitzgerald: Mosque, Newark, NJ.: March 26.

 

March 27

JATP

Fats Navarro (tp); Tommy Turk (tb); Sonny Criss (as); Coleman Hawkins, Flip Philips (ts); Hank Jones (p); Ray Brown (b); Shelley Manne (d); Ella Fitzgerald (voc).

Unknown location in Washington, DC.

 

P. Pullman (ed.), Booklet to the Complete Jazz at the Philharmonic on Verve. 1998.pp. 185-88. Verve 10 CD set. Verve 314 523 893-2.

March 30

JATP

Fats Navarro (tp); Tommy Turk (tb); Sonny Criss (as); Coleman Hawkins, Flip Philips (ts); Hank Jones (p); Ray Brown (b); Shelley Manne (d); Ella Fitzgerald (voc).

Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York, NY.

8:30 p.m.

Final concert.

 

Ad in Brooklyn Eagle, March 29, 1949, 7.

March 30

Rena and Fats Navarro’ s daughter, Linda, is born.

Conversation with Linda Navarro at IJS, NJ, September 25, 2002.

 

April mid

Fats Navarro

Ivory Joe Hunter

New Beige Room, Pershing Hotel. Chicago, IL.

April mid.

 

Ad in Chicago Defender April 9, 1949, 39: Ivory Joe Hunter at the New Beige Room.  

“Chicago Band Briefs,” Down Beat, 6 May 1949, 4: Navarro at Pershing following Parker. Mabel Scott in at April 22.

“Where the Bands Are Playing,” Down Beat, April 8, 1949, 17: Gives dates March 28—April 10 for Charlie Parker engagement.

G. Hoefer, Unused notes for the article in Down Beat Jan. 27, 1966: he mentions Navarro and Ivory Joe Hunter working at the Beige Room.

 

April

Jam sessions

Fall River, MA.

These sessions have included Fats Navarro, Howard McGhee, and Roy Eldridge.

 

“Vox Jox,” Billboard: May 5, 1949, 37.

July 14

Kai Windings Boptet

Red Rodney (tp); Kai Winding (tb); Brew Moore (ts); Gerry Mulligan (bars); George Wallington (p); Curly Russell (b); Roy Haynes (dr).

Errol Garner Trio

Errol Garner (p); Leonard Gaskin (b); Charlie Smith (d).

Three Deuces, New York, NY.

Three Deuces re- opens for jazz.

Lionel Feather conducts Tuesday night jam sessions.

The leading boppers including Navarro and Bud Powell performs at these.

 

“Jazz to Return to 52nd Street,” Billboard, July 9, 1949, 15: Three Deuces opens under Sammy Kay and Irving Alexander. First bill. Kai Winding’s Boptet and Erroll Garner opening July 14.

“52nd Street on Way Back,” Down Beat, August 12, 1949, 11: Three Deuces re-opened for jazz. July 14 with Erroll Garner Trio and Kai Winding Quintet: Winding, Rodney, Brew Moore, Wallington, Curly Russell, Roy Haynes.

Leonard Feather Heads Jazz Bashes at Deuces,” Pittsburgh Courier, August 13, 1949, 19.

L. Feather, Liner notes to Fabulous Fats Navarro, Blue Note BLP 1531.

For further details see L. B. Petersen and T. Rehak, Infatuation - The Music and Life of Theodore "Fats" Navarro (2009), 265–66.

 

 

August 8

Bud Powell’s Modernists/Trio

Fats Navarro (tp); Sonny Rollins (ts); Bud Powell (p); Tommy Potter (b); Roy Haynes (d).  

WOR Studios, New York, NY. 

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

 

For details see L. B. Petersen and T. Rehak, Infatuation - The Music and Life of Theodore "Fats" Navarro (2009), 265–66, 271.

 

September early

J. J. Johnson's Beboppers

Fats Navarro (tp); J. J. Johnson (tb); Stan Getz (ts); John Lewis (p); Curly Russell (b); Max Roach (dr).

Errol Garner Trio

Errol Garner (p); John Simmons? (b); Doc Wilson? (d).

Three Deuces, New York, NY.

September early– October 5.

“Goings on about Town,“ New Yorker, September 3, 1949: Errol Garner who has been away a long time. “Goings on about Town,“ New Yorker, September 10, 17, and 24, 1949: Errol Garner.

“Huh! Bop in The Village,” Down Beat, September 29 1949, 2: “Up on the Street Garner at the 3 Deuces. Kai Windings Boptet went out and J.J. Johnson’s Boptet came in.” Johnson, Roach, Curly Russell, John Lewis, Stan Getz, Navarro.

“Goings on about Town, New Yorker, October 1, 1949: J.J. Johnson’s Beboppers, which include Fats Navarro on trumpet. Errol Garner. “Where the Bands Are Playing,” Down Beat, October 7 1949: 17: J.J. Johnson, Erroll Garner.

Claes Dahlgreen, “Nytt FrĆn New York,” Orkester Journalen, October 1949, 12: Ordinary nights has: J.J. Johnson’s band: Fats Navarro, J.J. Johnson, Stan Getz, John Lewis, Curley Russell, Max Roach.

 

September 6

Concert

Charlie Parker Quintet; Errol Garner Trio; Lennie Tristano Sextet; Fats Navarro, Miles Davis, J .J. Johnson, Buddy DeFranco, Stan Getz, Bud Powell, Harry Belafonte, Junior Daniels, and others

Town Hall, New York, NY.

September 6, 1949

Committee for the Negro in the Arts (prod)

Symphony Sid (mc).

First jazz benefit concert produced by an organization for young black artists. Preceding concerts by this organization were with classical music.

 

Errol Garner Tops Big Jazz Concert,” New York Age, September 3, 1949, 17: Errol Garner, Harry Belafonte, Lennie Tristano Sextet, Lee Konitz, Buddy DeFranco, Warne Marsh, Max Roach, Kenny Dorham, Tommy Potter, Bud Powell, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, and others.

“Notre Directeur Eddie Barclay a New York,” Jazz News (French) October 1949, 8 —9: Mentions Fats Navarro participating.

“Town Hall Tempos,” Pittsburgh Courier, September 24, 1949, 18; Photos and text: Stan Getz, Miles Davis, J. J. Johnson, Junior Daniels, Al Haig, Charlie Parker, and Errol Garner Trio.

 

September 16

JATP

9th National Tour.

September 16–November 27.

Ad for Vega trumpets in Metronome, October 7, 1949, 16: The Clique photo of Fats Navarro, Miles, and Winding. Text: Fats is currently on tour with Norman Granz’ JATP.

An ad in Washington Afro-American (September 18, 1949, 8) for the opening U-line concert has Fats Navarro and Shelly Manne on the bill, indicating that they were planned as tour members. Health problems may have prevented them from participating. Bud Powell replaced Manne for the tour, while there was no trumpet in the final tour group.

 

September 20

Don Lanphere Quintet

Fats Navarro (tp); Don Lanphere (ts); Al Haig (p); Tommy Potter (b); Max Roach (d).

Unknown Studio, New York, NY.

Commercial recordings for New Jazz (Prestige). Bob Weinstock (prod).

 

For details see L. B. Petersen and T. Rehak, Infatuation - The Music and Life of Theodore "Fats" Navarro (2009), 267–68, 273–77.

 

October 25

Jam session

Including: Fats Navarro (tp); Buddy De France (cl); Eddie Shu (cl, ts and other instruments); Jackie Paris (g, voc).

Leonard Feather (prod.)

Café Society Downtown, NYC

Feather moves his Tuesday jam sessions to Café Society. Navarro participates in the opening one.

 

“Café Society Oks Jazz Deal,” Pittsburgh Courier, October 29. 1949, 19.

November 11

Fats Navarro

Buddy DeFranco

Rita Moss (p).

Soldier Meyer's, Brooklyn, New York, NY

Friday November 4–Sunday, November 6.

Leonard Feather presents nightly weekend concerts.

 

Ad in Daily Mirror, November 4, 1949 (Leonard Feather Scrapbook 1949–51).

http://digital.lib.uidaho.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/lfc/id/6937/rec/10