1946

Wardell Gray Chronology

 

 

 

 

Created by Leif Bo Petersen

 

Last updated: December 4, 2013

 

 

 

Date

 

Event

References/Further Details

 

January 4

Earl Hines Orchestra

10th Edition of Startime.

Arthur Walker, Fats Palmer, Delores Parker (voc), and Essex Scott, (voc); Mabel Scott (Boogie Woogie piano); Patterson & Jackson; Holmes & Jean; 10 Grottoettes.

El Grotto, Chicago, IL.

January 4–February 10.

 

Ad in Chicago Defender, January 5,

1946, 22.

 

 

January 11

An All New All Star Harlem Revue.

Arthur Walker, Fats Palmer, Delores Parker (voc), and Essex Scott (voc); Mabel Scott; Patterson & Jackson; Holmes & Jean; 10 Grottoettes.

El Grotto, Chicago, IL.

January 11–February 14.

 

Ad in Chicago Defender, January 12, 1946, 22.

 

February 15

A Great New Harlem Revue.

18-piece orchestra incl. Arthur Walker (voc & tp); Fats Palmer  (tp & voc); Clifton Smalls (p); Delores Parker (voc); Essex Scott, (voc). Mabel Scott; Al Custer; Manhattan Debs; Cuban Pete; Joe Steele; Jim Bowman (intermission p).

El Grotto, Chicago, IL.

February 15–March 7.

 

Ad in Chicago Defender, February 16, 24, 1946, 22.

“House Reviews: El Grotto, Chi,” Variety, February 27, 1946, 57. Reviewed on February 20.

Chicago Defender, February 23, 1946, according to S. Dance, The World of Earl Hines (1977), 302.

Feb mid

Unknown studio, Chicago, IL.

Commercial recordings for ARA.

 

“Out of Horn’s Mouth,” Variety (Daily), February 15, 1946, 18: Lou Bring to Chicago Saturday to supervise Hines discing 4 sides for ARA.

See discography for details.

 

March 8

“A Great New Harlem Revue.”

Delores Parker; Essex Scott; Mabel Scott; Manhattan Debs; Cuban Pete & Zanta al Gutter; Pecking Joe Steele.

El Grotto, Chicago, IL

March 8–14.

 

Ad in Chicago Defender, March 9, 24, 1946, 26: Roy Eldridge opening March 15.

March 15

Incl. Scoops Carey, Lord Essex, and Arthur Walker.

Pershing Ballroom, Chicago, IL.

Urban League Benefit Dance.

 

Ad in Chicago Defender, March 15, 1946, 25.

 

April

Start of one-niters in Canada and to California.

Chicago Defender, March 23, 1946, according to S. Dance, The World of Earl Hines (1977), 302.

 

April 16

Trianon Ballroom, San Francisco, CA

April 16–22.

 

“In Short,” Billboard (daily), March 27, 1946, 58.

April 23

Orchestra featuring: Arthur Walker, Vernon Smith, Willie Cook, Palmer Davis (tp); Mack Lewis, Clifton Small, Walter Harris, Druie Bess (tb); Scoops Carey, Lloyd Smith (as); Wardell Gray, Kermit Scott (ts); John Williams (bars); Earl Hines (p); Bill Thompson (vib); Gene Thomas (b); Chick Booth (d); Dolores Parker, Lord Essex (voc).

Also on the bill: The Hi-Hatters; Two Black Crows; Harry the Hipster Gibson.

Orpheum Theatre, Los Angeles, CA.

April 23–30.

 

 “In Short,” Billboard, March 23, 1946, 45: opening March 23.

“Vaudeville Reviews: Orpheum, Los Angeles,” Billboard, May 4, 1946, 52: Reviewed April 23.

"Caught In The Act", Clef, Volume 1, Number 4, June 1946, 5, 26: Review.

“Earl Hines to Play Elks Sun.,” California Eagle, May 2, 1946, 14: Hines closed at Orpheum Tuesday [April 30].

April late/ May early

Planned Puppetoon Short for Paramount.

This plan was not realized.

 

“On the Upbeat,” Variety, March 27, 1946, 58.

Information from Mark Cantor.

April late/ May early

Unidentified studio, Los Angeles, CA.

Commercial Recordings for ARA.

A selection from this session has been used on AFRS Jubilee # 268.

 

“Out of Horn’s Mouth,” Variety (Daily), May 3, 1946, 10: Hines currently in Town for discing for ARA.

See discography for details.

 

April 29 or May 6

AFRS Jubilee

ABC Studios, Hollywood, CA.

Also on the bill Peggy Lee; Les Paul Trio; Rickey Jordan; The Town Criers.

Live recordings for AFRS Jubilee ##194 and 195.

 

“Jubilee Again Scores Heavily,” California Eagle, May 9, 1946, 15: Describes session “last Monday.”

See discography for details.

 

May 5

Elks Ballroom, Los Angeles, CA.

Ad in California Eagle, May 2, 1946, 14.

 

May 8

Swing Club, Oakland, CA.

May 8–July 2.

 “Out of the Horn’s Mouth,” Variety (Daily), May 3, 1946, 10: Hines opens at Swing Club for 8 weeks on Wednesday.

 

July early

Unidentified studio, Hollywood, CA

Commercial Recordings for ARA.

Selections from this session have been used on AFRS Jubilee # 268.

 

“On the Upbeat,” Variety, July 10, 1946, 44: Earl Hines’ band flipped from Frisco to Hollywood to cut four sides for ARA.

See discography for details.

July

Wardell Gray leaves Earl Hines.

D. Salemann, Wardell Gray 1921-1955 Discography (1986), 6.

 

August

Vernon Alley and His Orchestra

Unknown studio, San Francisco, CA.

Commercial recordings for Trilon.

 

See discography for details.

Last half of the year?

Wardell Gray/Dexter Gordon

Works with Dexter Gordon in San Diego, CA.

 

Jerri Gray, “Mes Dix Années Avec Wardell Gray,” Jazz Magazine, September 1955, 20.

November 23

Wardell Gray Quartet

Sunset Recording Studios, Hollywood. CA.

Commercial recordings for Sunset.

 

See discography for details.

November 25

Charlie Parker Benefit Concert

Club Royale, Los Angeles, CA.

Wardell Gray was participating and was noticed by Gene Norman, who was mc.

 

“Music Notes,” Variety (Daily), November 22, 1946, 20.

“Hollywood Inside,” Variety (Daily), November 27, 1946, 2.

“Return of the Thin Man,” Melody Maker, July 51, 1954, 3.