1950

Fats Navarro Chronology

 

 

 

 

Created by Leif Bo Petersen and Theo Rehak

Last updated: January 17, 2017.

 

Date

Event

References/Further Details

 

February mid

Jam Session

Fats Navarro, Clifford Brown (tp); John Joyner, Ziggy Vines (as); James “Sax” Young (ts); William Langford (p); Stephen Davis (b); Nasirdean (d).

Club Vouge, O.V. Catto Hall, Philadelphia, PA.

3rd Jazz session of the Club Vogue

 

Club Vogue Gives Musical Concerts,” Philadelphia Tribune, February 23, 1950, 6.

March/April

Coleman Hawkins Orchestra

Fats Navarro (tp); J.J. Johnson (tb); Coleman Hawkins (ts); Bud Powell (p); Curley Russell (b); Art Blakey (dr);

Birdland, New York, NY.

Horace Silver heard Navarro playing with Hawkins.

This was probably a Monday jam session date.

 

Horace Silver in P. Pullman ed., Booklet to Complete Bud Powell on Verve, Verve Records 314521669-2

 (1994), 99.

 

March/April

Jam Sessions

Birdland, New York, NY.

Fats Navarro participated in Birdland jam sessions.

 

See L. B. Petersen and T. Rehak, Infatuation - The Music and Life of Theodore "Fats" Navarro (2009), 279–80.

 

March 27

Jam Session

3 Bips & A Bop

Thelonious Monk Quartet

Arnett Cobb, Oscar Moore, Charlie Simon, and Fats Navarro.

Babs Gonzales (prod).

Small’s Paradise, New York, NY.

 

Ad in New York Amsterdam News, March 25, 1950, 27.

May 15?

Jam session

Fats Navarro (tp); Charlie Parker (as); Bud Powell; Walther Bishop Jr. (p); Curley Russell (b); Art Blakey, Roy Haynes? (d); Jimmy Scott (voc).

Birdland, NYC.

Possibly May 15–16, 1950, around midnight.

Tape recordings by Bill Hirsch exist.

 

http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=500517

Boris Rose’s Birdland Book dates most of this material May 17, but in a 1993 telephone interview with Don Manning Boris Rose has told that the dating of the material in this part of his list is rather arbitrary with the purpose to conceal the real recording date (a transcription of this interview is located at IJS, Rutgers University, NJ.):

For further details see L. B. Petersen and T. Rehak, Infatuation - The Music and Life of Theodore "Fats" Navarro (2009), 281, 284–90.

 

June 1?

Bud Powell Band

Fats Navarro, Miles Davis (tp); J. J. Johnson (tb); Leo Parker (bars); Percy Heath (b); Art Blakey (d).

Errol Garner Trio

Erroll Garner (p); Leonard Gaskin (b); Doc West (d).

Birdland, New York, NY

June 1?–21.

 

"Goings on about Town: Birdland" New Yorker, June 10, 1950, 6 and June 17, 1950, 4:  Errol Garner now equipped with a trio plays masterly piano, and Bud Powell, Fats Navarro, J.J. Johnson and others fill in. Jam sessions Mondays, when Mr. Garner takes a night off."

 “Goings on about Town: Birdland” New Yorker, June 10, 1950, 6 and June 17, 1950, 4:  Errol Garner now equipped with a trio plays masterly piano, and Bud Powell, Fats Navarro, J.J. Johnson and others fill in. Jam sessions Mondays, when Mr. Garner takes a night off.”

“Goings on about Town: Birdland” New Yorker, June 17, 1950, 4: Through Wednesday, June 21, the trio topped by the spellbinding Errol Garner. Bud Powell, Fats Navarro, J.J. Johnson and others are on the deck too.

C. Dahlgreen: “Nytt FrĆn New York,” Orkester Journalen, Juli 1950, 14: Errol Garner, Miles Davis, J. J. Johnson, Leo Parker, Milt Jackson, Bud Powell, Gene Ramey, Max Roach. Only soloing no arrangements.

Percy Heath in R. J. DeLuke, “A Remembrance of Percy Heath.” All-about-Jazz. http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/article.php?id=17730#.UW24tXDziig: Heath played in Navarro's last gig at Birdland: Sextet of Miles Davis, Navarro, Leo Parker, Bud Powell, Percy Heath, Art Blakey.

 

June 30?

Birdland All Stars

Miles Davis, Fats Navarro (tp); J. J. Johnson (tb): Charlie Parker (as); Brew Moore (ts); Tadd Dameron, Walter Bishop Jr. (p); Curly Russell (b), Art Blakey (d), Chubby Newsome (voc). Pee Wee Marquette (mc).

Birdland, NYC.

June 30, 1950.

Possibly from a Monday jam session.

Tape recordings by Bill Hirsch exist:

 

 

http://www.plosin.com/milesAhead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=500630: I doubt

According to Phil Schaap (Bird Flight, WKCR) the June 30 date comes from the Bill Hirsch, who claimed that the recording took place a week before Navarro died.

Boris Rose’s Birdland Book dates some of this material May 17, but In a 1993 telephone interview with Don Manning Boris Rose has told that the dating of the material in this part of his list is rather arbitrary in order to conceal the real recording date (a transcription of this interview is located at IJS, Rutgers University, NJ.).

Charlie Parker’s presence here. He supposed to be heard in a flurry on Deception, but it could just as well be Brew Moore in a high register outburst

For further details see L. B. Petersen and T. Rehak, Infatuation - The Music and Life of Theodore "Fats" Navarro (2009), 281, 290–94.

 

July 6

Fats Navarro dies at the Metropolitan Hospital, Welfare Island, New York, NY.

For further details see L. B. Petersen and T. Rehak, Infatuation - The Music and Life of Theodore "Fats" Navarro (2009), 295–297.

 

July 13

Funeral service for Fats Navarro in Harlem, NYC.

For further details see L. B. Petersen and T. Rehak, Infatuation - The Music and Life of Theodore "Fats" Navarro (2009), 298-99.

 

July 14

Fats Navarro is buried at Rose Hill Cemetery, Linden, N.J.

For further details see L. B. Petersen and T. Rehak, Infatuation - The Music and Life of Theodore "Fats" Navarro (2009), 298-99.

 

July 23?

Memorial and Benefit Concert for Fats Navarro.

Symphony Sid (mc).

Birdland, New York, NY.

Probably a Matinee concert.

“R. & B. Notes,” Billboard, July 22, 37.