1947

Wardell Gray Chronology

 

 

 

Created by Leif Bo Petersen

 

Last updated: December 4, 2013

 

 

Date

 

Event

References/Further Details

1947?

Lewis Oles Bigband

Lewis Oles (tp), Teddy Edwards (ts & arr); Wardell Gray (ts); 3 unidentified (reeds); unidentified (p); unidentified (b); unidentified (d).

Unidentified studio. Los Angeles, CA, c. 1947 (?)

Recording session for Dick Bock (later owner of Pacific Jazz).

 

B. Rusch, “Teddy Edwards Interview,” Cadence, April 1994, 13.

See discography for details.

January 30

Concert

Joseph Le Conte Junior High School, Hollywood, CA.

KFWB broadcast of “Dancing on a Dime” benefit show. Gene Norman mc.

Material including Wardell Gray from this broadcast was used on AFRS Jubilee ## 228, 229, and 291.

 

“ ‘Dancing on a Dime’ Set Tonite,” California Eagle, January 30, 1947.

See discography for details.

February?

Ivory Joe Hunter

Unidentified studio, San Francisco, CA.

Commercial recordings for Pacific.

 

See discography for details.

February 13

Jam session

Howard McGhee, Charlie Parker, Jack Teagarden, Lucky Thompson, Wardell Gray, Big Bill Moore, and Barney Kessel.

Casa Blanca, Los Angeles, CA.

 

"I Cover the Town," California Eagle, February 20, 1947, 18.

February 26

Charlie Parker All Stars

C. P. MacGregor Studio, Hollywood, CA.

Commercial recordings for Dial.

 

 See discography for details.

April 3

Billy Eckstine acc. by Al Killian Orchestra, including Wardell Gray.

Billy Berg’s Supper Club, Hollywood, CA.

March 3–28.

“Billy Eckstine Arrives in L.A.,” California Eagle, March 27, 1947 20: opening April 3 for 8 weeks.

“Music–As Written,” Billboard, March 29, 1947, 18 opening April 4 with 6-piecer.

“Out of the horn’s Mouth,” Variety (Daily), April 18, 1947, 12: Eckstine closing April 29. Eckstine is working as a single after.

 

April 21

Billy Eckstine

Unidentified studio, Los Angeles, CA.

Commercial recordings for National.

 

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April 29

Just Jazz Concert

Benny Goodman Band

Benny Goodman (cl); Red Norvo (vib); Jimmy Rowles (p); Al Hendricson (g); Henry Babasin (b); Don Lamond (d).

Benny Carter band

Chuck Petersen (tb); Vic Dickenson (tb); Benny Carter (as); Charlie Barnet (ts); Dodo Marmarosa (p); Irving Ashby (g); Red Callender (b); Jackie Mills (d).

Howard McGhee Band

Howard McGhee (tp); Sonny Criss (as); Wardell Gray (ts); Dodo Marmarosa (p); Charlie Drayton (b); Don Lamond (d).

Erroll Garner

Peggy Lee

Gene Norman & Eddie Laguna (prod).

Civic Auditorium, Pasadena, CA.

Recordings exist.

 

“Music–As Written,” Billboard, April 12, 1947, 34:  Gene Norman will stage the first in a planned series of concerts, Gene Norman Presents Just Jazz, at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on April 29. Concert 2.5 hours.

 “Hollywood Inside,” Variety (Daily), April 28, 1947, 2.

“Goodman Redeems Self at Concert,” Down Beat, May 21, 1947, 10.

“Benny Carter Finds a Welcome…” Down Beat, May 18, 1951, 2.

See discography for details.

 

June 12

Dexter Gordon/Wardell Gray

C. P. MacGregor Studio, Hollywood, CA.

Commercial recordings for Dial.

 

See discography for details.

July 6

Bopland Concert

Howard McGhee Orchestra, Bill Moore Orchestra Al Killian Orchestra, Bopland Boys, and Earl Coleman.

Elk’s Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA.

Recordings exist.

 

See discography for details.

July late

Benny Carter Band

Wardell Gray replaces Lucky Thompson.

Million Dollar Theater, Los Angeles, CA.

One-week engagement.

 

“Music Notes,” Variety (Daily), July 27, 1947, 15

 “On the Upbeat,” Variety, July 30, 1947, 44.

Summer?

 

Al Killian Orchestra

Al Killian (tp); Sonny Criss (as); Wardell Gray (ts); Charley Fox (p); Shep Shepherd (b); Tim Kennedy (d).

ABC studio, Hollywood, CA.

Recordings for AFRS Jubilee. ##242 and 243.

Also appearing here: Kay Kyser, Jane Russell, Mervyn Bogue, and Hadda Brooks.

 

D. Salemann, Wardell Gray 1921-1955 Discography  (1986), 10: Dates May, McKormack General Hospital, Pasadena, CA.

R. E. Lotz & U. Neuert. The AFRS “Jubilee” Transcription Programs (1985), Nos. 242–43: Date August 1947, Hollywood, CA. Broadcast dates: #242: October. # 243: October 10.

See discography for details.

Summer

Al Killian Orchestra

Playing in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle. Touring in the Northwest ending with a prolonged stay at the Savoy Club, Portland, OR.

 

“Music–As Written,” Billboard, May 3, 1947, 34.

R. Dietsche. The Golden Years of Portland Jazz, 1942–57 (2005), 86.

T. Gioa. West Coast Jazz (1998), 125.

October 17?

Savoy Club, Portland, OR.

Private broadcast recordings.

 

R. Dietsche. The Golden Years of Portland Jazz, 1942–57 (2005), 91: gives date October 17.

See discography for details.

 

December 26

Just Jazz Concert

Benny Goodman, Wardell Gray, Vido Musso, Red Norvo, Mel Powell, Red Callender, Lee Young, Kay Starr, and Pete Johnson.

Civic Auditorium, Long Beach, CA.

Gene Norman (prod).

 

”Jazz Concert Play to 6,500…” Variety, December 29, 1947, 3.

“Benny Goodman Heads Holiday Jazz Concerts,” California Eagle, December 18, 1947, 27.

December 27

Just Jazz Concert

Benny Goodman, Wardell Gray, Vido Musso, Red Norvo, Ernie Royal, Don Lamond, Mel Powell, Red Callender, Lee Young, Kay Starr, and Pete Johnson.

Shrine Auditorium, LA.

Gene Norman (prod).

Material including Gray and Musso from this concert is on AFRS Jubilee #271 and AFRS Just Jazz #283 (Gray and Goodman).

 

”Jazz Concert Play to 6,500…” Variety, December 29, 1947, 3.3.

“Benny Goodman Heads Holiday Jazz Concerts,” California Eagle, December 18, 1947, 27.

“Just Jazz,” Daily Trojan, January 5, 1948, 4: Review.

See discography for details.