1946

Wardell Gray Chronology

 

 

 

 

Created by Leif Bo Petersen

 

Last updated: July 23, 2019.

 

 

 

Date

 

Event

References/Further Details

 

Until January 3

Startime 9th edition

Earl Hines and His Orchestra

Probably: Billy Douglas, Willie Cook (tp); Palmer “Fats” Davis (tp, voc); Arthur Walker (tp, voc): Cliff Smalls  (tb, p); Gus Chappell, Walter Harris,  Druie Bess (tb); Scoops Carey (as, cl); Lloyd Smith (as); Kermit Scott, Wardell Gray (ts); Earl Hines (p, dir); Bill Thompson (vib); Rene Hall (g); Eugene Thomas (b, arr); David Booth (d); Dolores Parker, Lord Essex (voc ).

Lovi Lane

Dick Montgomery

Pierce & Pierce

Margaret Brown

10 Grottoettes

Joe Stevenson (revue arr).

El Grotto, Chicago, IL.

 

Ad in Chicago Sun, December 9, 1945, 40: 9th edition of Startime.

 

January 4

Startime 10th edition - All Star Harlem Revue

Earl Hines and His Orchestra

Probably: Billy Douglas, Willie Cook (tp); Palmer “Fats” Davis (tp, voc); Arthur Walker (tp, voc): Cliff Smalls  (tb, p); Gus Chappell, Walter Harris,  Druie Bess (tb); Scoops Carry (as, cl); Lloyd Smith (as); Kermit Scott, Wardell Gray (ts); John Williams (bars); Earl Hines (p, dir); Bill Thompson (vib); Rene Hall (g); Eugene Thomas (b, arr); David Booth (d); Dolores Parker, Lord Essex (voc ).

Mabel Scott

(boogie woogie piano)

Patterson & Jackson

(comedy)

Holmes & Jean

(dance)

10 Grottoettes

El Grotto, Chicago, IL.

January 4–31.

 

Ad in Chicago Defender, January 5, 1946, 22: 10th Edition of Startime.

Ad in Chicago Sun. January 6, 1945, 32: All Star Harlem Revue.

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

 

 

 

January late

Earl Hines and His Orchestra

Release of ARA RM 127.

10” 78 rpm. record.

 

Recorded May 1946.

ARA RM 127 A

Nonchalant Man

ARA RM 127 B

At the El Grotto

 

"Popular Records," Arizona Daily Star, January 26, 1946, 4: negative review.

"Advance Record Releases," Billboard, February 6, 1946, 30.

"Record Reviews," Billboard, February 16, 1946, 37: negative review.

February 1

A Great New Harlem Revue

Earl Hines and His Orchestra

Mabel Scott

(voc)

Al Custer

(tap dance)

Manhattan Debs

(dance)

Cuban Pete and Santa

 Joe Steele

(comedy and dance)

The Grottoettes.

(8 dancers)

 Jim Bowman

(intermission p, voc).

El Grotto, Chicago, IL.

February 1–March 14.

 

Ad in Chicago Sun. February 3, 1945, 36: All Star Harlem Revue.

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

“House Reviews: El Grotto, Chi,” Variety, February 27, 1946, 57. Reviewed on February 20: 18-piece orchestra.

Ad in Chicago Defender, March 9, 1946, 25: opening March 15: Roy Eldridge.

 

February mid

Earl Hines and His Orchestra

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 15

Earl Hines and His Orchestra

Pershing Ballroom, Chicago, IL.

Urban League Benefit Dance.

 

Ad in Chicago Defender, March 3, 1946, 25.

 

 

March 27

Earl Hines and His Orchestra

Probably: Billy Douglas, Willie Cook (tp); Palmer “Fats” Davis (tp, voc); Arthur Walker (tp, voc): Cliff Smalls  (tb, p); Gus Chappell, Walter Harris,  Druie Bess (tb); Scoops Carry (as, cl); Lloyd Smith (as); Kermit Scott, Wardell Gray (ts); John Williams (bars); Earl Hines (p, dir); Bill Thompson (vib); Eugene Thomas (b, arr); David Booth (d); Dolores Parker, Lord Essex (voc ).

Auditorium, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

8:30.

Dance.

 

Ad in Winnipeg Tribune, March 26, 1946, 2.

March 28

Earl Hines and His Orchestra

Cavern, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.

9 to 1 am.

Dance.

 

Ad in Saskatoon Star Phoenix, March 28, 1946, 4.

March 29

Earl Hines and His Orchestra

R.C.A.F. Drill Hall, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

9 to 1 am.

Dance.

 

Ad in Edmonton Journal, March 27, 1946, 7: 17 pieces.

March 30

Earl Hines and His Orchestra

8:30.

Dance.

 

Ad in Calgary Herald, March 27, 1946, 57.

April 2

Earl Hines and His Orchestra

Club Sirocco, Victoria, Canada.

Dance.

 

Ad in Victoria Daily Times, March 28, 1946, 17.

April 4

Earl Hines and His Orchestra

McElroy’s, Portland, OR.

April 4, 1946.

 

Ad in Oregonian, April 3, 1946, 13.

April 7

Earl Hines and His Orchestra

Evergreen Ballroom, Olympia, WA.

9–2 am.

Dance.

 

Ad in Morning Olympian, April 29, 1946, 2.

April 10

Earl Hines and His Orchestra

Armory, Klamath Falls, OR.

 

Ad in Herald and News, April 6, 1946, 11.

April 16

Earl Hines and His Orchestra

Trianon Ballroom, San Francisco, CA.

April 16–21.

 

“On the Upbeat,” Variety, March 27, 1946, 58: Set for a week, opening April 16.

 

April 22

Earl Hines and His Orchestra

Beardsley Dance Pavilion, Bakersfield, CA.

Dance.

 

Ad in Bakersfield Californian, April 22, 1946, 11.

April 23

Earl Hines and His Orchestra

Vernon Smith, Willie Cook (tp); Palmer “Fats” Davis (tp, voc); Arthur Walker (tp, voc): Cliff Smalls  (tb, p); Joe Mc Lewis, Walter Harris,  Druie Bess (tb); Scoops Carry (as, cl); Lloyd Smith (as); Kermit Scott, Wardell Gray (ts); John Williams (bars); Earl Hines (p, dir); Bill Thompson (vib); Eugene Thomas (b, arr); David Booth (d); Dolores Parker, Lord Essex (voc ).

Harry the Hipster Gibson

Two Black Crows

The Hi-Hatters

Orpheum Theatre, Los Angeles, CA.

April 23–29.

 

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

Ad in Los Angeles Times, April 23, 1946, part II, 3: Now on stage in person: Earl Hines.

“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 with personnel details.

Ad in Los Angeles Times, April 23, 1946, part II, 3: Now on the stage in every show: Ralph Edwards.

 

April late/May early

Earl Hines and His Orchestra

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

Earl Hines and His Orchestra

Unidentified studio, Los Angeles, CA.

Commercial Recordings for ARA.

.

 

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

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

See discography for details.

 

May 5

Earl Hines and His Orchestra

Elks Ballroom, Los Angeles, CA.

 

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

 

May 6

AFRS Jubilee Show

Earl Hines and His Orchestra

Peggy Lee

Les Paul Trio

Town Criers

Rickey Jordan

NBC Studios, Hollywood, CA.

 

“Jubilee Again Scores Heavily,” California Eagle, May 9, 1946, 15: Describes a 1-hour NBC Jubilee program “last Monday.”

See discography for details.

The material was used for AFRS Jubilee ##194 and 195.

 

May 8

Earl Hines and His Orchestra

Swing Club, Oakland, CA.

May 8–July 2.

 

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

June mid

Earl Hines and His Orchestra

Release of ARA 149 and 156

10” 78 rpm. record.

 

Recorded February 1946.

ARA 149-A

Margie

ARA RM 149-B

Rosetta

ARA 156-A

Straight Life

ARA RM 156-B

Now That You’re Mine

 

"Advance Releases," Billboard, June 15, 1946, 118: ARA 149.

"Record Reviews," Billboard, July 13, 1946, 117: ARA 149. Positive review.

“Advance Releases," Billboard, June 29, 1946, 118: ARA 156.

June late?

Earl Hines and His Orchestra

Unidentified studio, Hollywood, CA

Commercial Recordings for ARA.

 

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

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

See discography for details.

 

July

Earl Hines and His Orchestra

Wardell Gray leaves Earl Hines, probably in San Francisco.

 

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

 

 

August

Vernon Alley and His Orchestra

Ernie Royal (tp); Jerome Richardson (as); Wardell Gray (ts); Bob Skinner (p); Vernon Alley (b); Dick Saltzman (d); Brad Curtis (arr).

Unidentified studio, San Francisco, CA.

Commercial recordings for Trilon.

 

See discography for details.

I have found no release information for Trilon 127 and 128.

 

“Record Reviews,” Billboard, December 14, 1946, 32: Reviews of Trilon 143-45.

 

September?

Ivory Joe Hunter and His Big Band

Including: Ernie Royal (tp); Wardell Gray (ts); Ivory Joe Hunter (p, voc); Chuck Walker (d).

Unidentified studio, San Francisco, CA.

Probably September.

Commercial recordings for Pacific Records.

 

See discography for details.

 

 

September late

Ivory Joe Hunter

Release of Pacific 621 and 622.

10” 78 rpm. records.

Wardell gray appears only on the A sides.

 

Probably recorded September 1946.

Ivory Joe Hunter and His Big Band.

Pacific 621 A

We’re Gonna Boogie

Ivory Joe Hunter and His Combo.

Unidentified recording date.

Pacific 621 B

Heavy Hearted Blues

Probably recorded September 1946.

Ivory Joe Hunter and His Big Band.

Pacific 622 A

Why Did You Lie

Ivory Joe Hunter and His Combo.

Unidentified recording date.

Pacific 622 B

I’m Sorry

 

“Advance Record Releases,” Billboard, September 28, 1946, 33–34: Pacific 621 and 622 are listed.

 

 

Last half of the year?

Wardell Gray/Dexter Gordon

Gray works with Dexter Gordon in San Diego, CA.

 

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

 

October/November?

Release of Trilon 126 and 127.

10” 78 rpm. records.

 

Probably recorded September 1946.

Vernon Alley and His Orchestra.

 

Trilon 126-A

Benzadreams

Trilon 126-B

Out of Nowhere

 

Trilon 127-A

For You

Trilon 127-B

TZone

 

I have found no release information for Trilon 126 and 127.

“Record Reviews,” Billboard, December 14, 1946, 32: Reviews of Trilon 143-45.

 

November 23

Wardell Gray Quartet

Wardell Gray (ts); Dodo Marmarosa (p); Red Callender (b); Doc West, Chuck Thompson (d).

Sunset Recording Studios, Hollywood. CA.

November 23, 1946.

Commercial recordings for Keynote.

 

“Out of the Horn’s Mouth,” Variety, November 25, 1946, 10: Dodo Marmarosa, Red Callender, and Wardell Gray waxed Keynote Recordings first sides to be made since the plattery’s West Coast quarters opened a week ago,

See discography for details.

'These recordings remained unissued in the US until 1988.

 

 

November 25

Concert

Erroll Garner Trio,

Al Killian and His Orchestra

Howard McGhee and His Orchestra

Russell Jacquet, Red Callender, Ray Linn, Benny Carter, Barney Kessel, Herbie Steward, Lucky Thompson, Artie Shapiro, Winnie Beatty, Earl Spencer, and others.

Club Royale, Los Angeles, CA.

Charlie Emgee, Los Angeles Down Beat department (prod), Gene Norman (mc).

Benefit for Charlie Parker.

Ross Russell also mentions himself, Eddie Laguna, Maynard Sloate, and June Poole (Orr) as involved in arranging the event.

Wardell Gray was noticed by Gene Norman at this event.

 

“Charlie Parker Benefit at Club Royale,” California Eagle, November 21, 1945, 19.

“Charley Parker Benefit Success,” Pittsburgh Courier, December 7, 1946, 19: Review. Net total of §500.

“Billy Rowe’s Note Book,” California Eagle, December 14, 1946, 18: The benefit gave §600.

Ross Russell in R. Reisner, Bird: The Legend of Charlie Parker (1962), 200, 239: Dates December.

R. Russell, Bird Lives (1988), 233.

 “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.