1944

 

Wardell Gray Chronology

 

 

 

 

Created by Leif Bo Petersen

 

Last updated: December 4, 2013

 

 

Date

 

Event

References/Further Details

January?

Earl Hines Orchestra

Richmond, VA.

 

International Musician, March 1944.

January 3

City Auditorium, Macon, GA.

 

“Band Bookings,” Variety, December 22, 1943, 43.

January 4

Auditorium, Atlanta, GA.

 

“Band Bookings,” Variety, December 22, 1943, 43.

January 5

Municipal Auditorium, Birmingham, AL.

 

“Band Bookings,” Variety, December 22, 1943, 43.

January 8

Brookley Field, Mobile, AL.

January 8–10.

 

“Band Bookings,” Variety, December 22, 1943, 43.

January 14

28 piece orchestra incl. Four Bluebonnets, Sarah Vaughan,

Marva Louis (voc), Brown & Brown (dance).

Rainbow Gardens, Little Rock, AR.

 

Ad in Arkansas State Press (Little Rock, AR.), January 14, 1944, 3.

January 21

Orchestra feat. Lavilla Tulos, Ardine Loving, Sarah Vaughan, and The Bluebonnets; Canfield & Lewis; Al Custer.

Regal Theater, Chicago, IL.

January 21–27.

 

Ad in Chicago Defender, January 22, 1944, 9.

February 4

Paradise Theatre, Detroit, MI.

February 4–10.

 

D. Salemann, Wardell Gray 1921-1955 Discography  (1986), 2.

February 12

I.M.A. Ballroom, Flint MI.

February 12–13.

 

D. Salemann, Wardell Gray 1921-1955 Discography  (1986), 2.

February 14

Armory, Akron, OH.

February 14–?

 

D. Salemann, Wardell Gray 1921-1955 Discography (1986), 2.

February 18

Orchestra feat. Sarah Vaughan, the Bluebonnets and Shorty Howell; Two Nit Wits; the Canine Gang; Spider Bruce.

Apollo Theater, New York, NY.

February 18–24.

 

Ad in New York Amsterdam News, February 19, 1944, 11A.

March 3

28-piece orchestra: 16 men and 12 women: Incl. Sarah Vaughan and The Bluebonnets; Baby Lawrence; Al Custer; Spider Bruce.

Royal Theatre, Baltimore, MD.

March 3–9.

 

Ad in Baltimore Afro-American, March 3, 1944, 12.

“Royal Presents Hines on Stage; Action on Screen,” Baltimore Afro-American, March 3, 1944, 12.

March 10

Orchestra featuring Sarah Vaughan.

Town Hall, Philadelphia, PA.

 

“Race bands Save Philly from War Dough Ballroom Aches,” Billboard, March 11, 1944, 16.

March?

Kansas City, MO.

 

International Musician, May 1944.

March 24

28-piece orchestra.

Brooklyn Palace, New York, NY.

 

Ad in New York Amsterdam News, March 18, 1944, 11A.

March 30

28-piece orchestra incl. strings, harp etc.; Clifton Smalls doubles on piano; Betty Roche, Phil Hanna, and The Bluebonnets (voc); Al Juster, Chuck & Chuckles; The Antaleks; Leo Carillo (comedy).

Loews’s State Theater, New York, NY.

March 30–April 5.

 

Ad in New York Times, March 30, 1944, 18: featuring Sarah Vaughan, Lavilla Tulos, and Ardine Loving.

“Night Clubs-Vaudeville,” Billboard, April 8, 1944, 26: Review on March 31.

“House Reviews: State, N.Y.,” Variety, April 5, 1944, 35.

April 10

28-piece orchestra featuring Lavilla Tulos, Ardine Loving, Sarah Vaughan, and The Blue Bonnets.

Mechanics Hall, Boston, MA.

Easter Monday Parade and Ball.

 

Ad in Boston Afro-American, April 8, 1944, 13.

Apr 13

Billy Eckstine Orchestra

Unidentified studio. New York, NY.

Commercial recordings for DeLuxe.

Wardell Gray participates here.

 

See discography for details.

May 7

Earl Hines Orchestra

Savoy Ballroom, Chicago, IL.

 

Ad in Chicago Defender, May 6, 1944, 9.

May?

Richmond, VA.

 

International Musician, May 1944.

May 13

Fairyland Park, Kansas City, MO.

 

Ad in Kansas City Star, May 7, 1944.

May 26

Orchestra and Revue incl. Betty Roche (voc).

Club Plantation, St. Louis, MO.

 

May 26–June 14.

 

“Name bands to St. L. Plantation,” Billboard, May 27, 1944, 26.

July 7

16-piece orchestra incl. Betty Roche and Jesse Perry (voc); Louise Beavers; 2 Zephyrs; Red & Curley.

Earle Theater, Philadelphia, PA.

Jul 7–13.

 

“House Reviews: Earle, Philly,” Variety, July 12, 1944, 39: Review on July 7.

July 14

16-piece orchestra: 4 trumpets incl. Willie Cook; Cliff Smalls (tb & p); 3 unidentified trombones; 5 reeds incl. Scoops Carey (cl), Wardell Gray (ts); Lloyd Smith (fl); Earl Hines (p & dir); unidentified (g); unidentified (b); unidentified (d).

Leon Colliers; Buster & Toby; Duster Fletcher, and others.

Apollo Theater, New York, NY.

July 14–20.

 

Ad in New York Age, July 7, 1944, 10.

Metronome, Aug 1944: Review with personnel acc. to S. Dance, The World of Earl Hines (1977), 302.

August 1

Tic Toc Club, Boston, MA.

August 1–15

Racial incident reported on Saturday.

 

Ads in Boston Herald, August 1, 2, 3, 9, 12, 15. “Hines Halts Riot in Boston Club,” Afro-American, August 12, 1944, 8.

September 4

Public Auditory, Cleveland, OH.

 

Ad in Plain Dealer, September 3, 1944.

September 10

Opposite Eugene Wright Band.

Savoy Ballroom, Chicago, IL.

 

Ad in Chicago Defender, September 2, 1944, 10.

September 26

16-piece orchestra, incl. Clifton Smalls (tb & p), Kermit Scott, Scoops Carey, Chick Booth; Betty Roche and Jesse Perry (voc); Ben Carter; Mantan Moreland; Elroy Peace; Ernie Morris; The Cuban Diamonds.

Orpheum Theater, Los Angeles, CA.

September 26–October early.

 

 

Ad in California Eagle, September 21, 1944, 13: Hines opening September 26.

 “House Reviews: Orpheum, L.A.” Variety, October 4, 1944, 16: Reviewed on September 29.

“Hines Scores at Orpheum,” California Eagle, September 21, 1944, 12: Celebrity party at Orpheum incl. Hines on Monday October 2.

October 5

Betty Roche and Jesse Perry (voc).

Club Plantation, Los Angeles, CA.

October 5–November 1.

 

Ad in California Eagle, September 28, 1944, 12.

“Earl Hines in His Last Week at the Plantation,” California Eagle, October 26, 1944, 15.

October 23

AFRS Jubilee

Also on the bill Ben Carter, Manhattan Moreland, June Richmond, and Ernie Whitman

NBC studio, Hollywood, CA.

Live studio recordings for AFRS Jubilee ##105–06.

October 23 and possibly also October 30.

“HVC Sets 17 stars, Two bands for G. I. Platter,” Variety (Daily), October 31, 1944, 8: refers to show “last night.” Probably Monday 23, as this kind of notices sometimes seem to be a week old, when published.

Lotz & Neuert, The AFRS “Jubilee” Transcription Programs (1985), Nos. 105-06: Has dubbing dates October 23 and 30.

See discography for details.

 

November

Hines is sued by AFM and AGVA for firing Jesse Perry without sufficient compensation.

 

“Hollywood Inside,” Variety (Daily), December 5, 1944, 2.

November 11

Lincoln Park Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA.

November 11 and 12.

 

“Earl Hines Plays Two Dances on Sat.–Sun., Nov. 11–12,” California Eagle, November 9, 1944, 13.

November 17

Orchestra and Revue: 17 pieces incl. Betty Roche, Arthur Walker, Essex Scott, and Clifton Smalls; The Mellowtones;

Ford, Harris, and Jones; Freddy and Flo

Metropolitan, Cleveland, OH.

November 17–23.

 

Ad in Cleveland Gazette, November 11, 1944, 9.

“Earl Hines Heads Met Revue,” Cleveland Gazette, November 18, 1944, 9.

“Earl Hines, Piano Pioneer in Swingdom…” Plain Dealer, November 18, 1944, 14: Review.

Notice in Plain Dealer, November 18, 1944, 12.

November mid

Billy Douglas and 2 unidentified (tp); “Woogie” Harris (tb); Scoops Carey, Lloyd Smith (as); Kermit Scott, Wardell Gray (ts); John Williams (bars); Clifton Smalls (p): Gene Thomas (b); Chick Booth (d); Earl Hines (p & dir); 3 Maniacs of Rhythm.

Cleveland, OH.

 

S. Dance, The World of Earl Hines (1977), 267, 289, 303: photos dated Cleveland 1944.

 

November 18

Terminal Concourse, Cleveland, OH.

Half hour show beginning 12.30 p.m.

Opening of Cleveland’s Sixth War Loan Drive.

 

Theatrical Changes,” Plain Dealer, November 16, 1944.

November 21

Benefit at Crile General Hospital, Cleveland, OH.

 

Notice in Plain Dealer, November 18, 1944, 12.

December 1

Orchestra and Revue: Essex Scott; Arthur Walker; The Mellowtones (voc); 3 Maniacs of Rhythm (Ford, Harris & Jones); Butterbeans & Susie; Shorty Howell.

Downtown Theater, Chicago, IL.

December 1–7.

 

Ad in Chicago Defender, December 12, 1944, 7.