1947

Wardell Gray Chronology

 

 

 

Created by Leif Bo Petersen

 

Last updated: August 27, 2019.

 

 

Date

 

Event

References/Further Details

1947?

Louis [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.

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

 

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

See discography for details.

January 30

Concert

“Dancing on a Dime” benefit show

Artists from the film and music world.

Joseph Le Conte Junior High School, Hollywood, CA.

6:30–midnight.

Bill Anson; Martin Block; Frank Bull; Stuart Hamblen; Lou Marcelle; Maurice Hart; Gene Norman; Peter Potter (mc).

March of Dimes. FWB broadcast 6:00– Midnight.

Material from this broadcast including Wardell Gray was used on AFRS Jubilee # 228:

Woody Herman and the All Stars

Howard McGhee (tp); Jack Teagarden (tb); Woody Herman (cl, mc); Ted Nash, Wardell Gray (ts); Herbie Stewart (bars); Tommy Todd (p); Charlie Drayton (b); Jackie Mills (d); Gene Norman (mc).

 

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

“Your Radio today,” Los Angeles Times, January 30, 1947, part 1, 11: 6:00 pm.–midnight: March [of] Dimes.

See discography for details.

 

February 13

Jam session

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

Casa Blanca, Los Angeles, CA.

 

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

February 26

Charlie Parker All Stars

Howard McGhee (tp); Charlie Parker (as); Wardell Gray (ts); Michael “Dodo” Marmarosa (p); Barney Kessel (el-g); George “Red” Callender (b); Don Lamond (d).

C. P. MacGregor Studio, Hollywood, CA.

Commercial recordings for Dial.

 

 See discography for details.

See also: http://www.plosin.com/milesahead/BirdSessions.aspx?s=470226

 

April 3

Billy Eckstine

accompanied by

Al Killian Orchestra

Al Killian (tp); Billy Eckstine (vtb, voc); Sonny Criss (as); Wardell Gray (ts); Hampton Hawes (p); Shep Shepard (b); Chuck Thompson (d).

Billy Berg’s Supper Club, Hollywood, CA.

March 4–29.

 

“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.

Billy Eckstine quoted in M. Gardner, liner notes to 12-inch LP: Xanadu 200: gives the personnel.

 

April 21

Billy Eckstine

Ray Linn (tp); Billy Eckstine (vtb, voc); Jerry Valentine (tb); Sonny Criss (as); Wardell Gray (ts); Warren Bracken (p); Unidentified (g); Shifty Henry (b); Tim Kennedy (d).

Unidentified studio, Los Angeles, CA.

Commercial recordings for National.

 

See discography for details.

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.

Material from this broadcast including Wardell Gray was used on AFRS Jubilee ## 261 and 262.

Some of it was also commercially issued on Modern Music.

 

“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.

 

 

Spring or Summer

 

Al Killian Orchestra

Al Killian (tp); Sonny Criss (as); Wardell Gray (ts); unidentified (p); unidentified (b); Tim Kennedy (d).

Probably McCornack General Hospital, Pasadena, CA.

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

Recorded material from here was used on AFRS Jubilee. ##242 and 243.

 

D. Salemann, Wardell Gray 1921-1955 Discography (1986), 10: Dates May, McCormack 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.

Jubilee to Be First Broadcast from McCormack,” Needle, January 24, 2: From January AFRS Jubilee was produced in the Recreation Hall at the McCornack General Hospital on Mondays on a regular basis.  First Jubilee show found place on January 27. Material from here was used on Jubilee ## 225 and 226.

The last 1947 Jubilee production from McCornack seems to have been at July 27 (Needle, July 25, 1). Material from here was used on AFRS Jubilee ##239, 244, and 283.

 

May early

Charlie Parker 

Release of Dial 1012.

10" 78 rpm. record.

Wardell Gray appears only on 1012 A.

 

Recorded February 26, 1947.

Charlie Parker All Stars

Dial 1012-A

Relaxin’ at Camarillo

Recorded September 21, 1946.

The Mad Monks — Serge Chaloff

Dial 1012-B

Blue Serge

 

"Weekly Review of the New Records," St. Louis Post-Dispatch, May 7, 1947, 4D: favorable review.

Dial's releases continue to be a messy affair, having different track and/or different take combinations on the same or differing series numbers.

June 12

Dexter Gordon Quintet

Dexter Gordon/ Wardell Gray

Melba Liston (tb); Dexter Gordon (ts); Charles Fox (p); George Red Callender (b); Chuck Thompson (d).

C. P. MacGregor Studio, Hollywood, CA.

Commercial recordings for Dial.

 

See discography for details.

July 5

‘Let Freedom Fling’

12-piece Unity Band

Jam Session

Elk’s Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA.

July 5-6.

Dance from 8:30.

L. A. Communist Party (prod).

Jam session from midnight including:

Howard McGhee, Al Killian (tp); Trummy Young (tb); Sonny Criss (as); Dexter Gordon, Wardell Gray, Teddy Edwards; Wild Bill Moore, Gene Montgomery (ts); Hampton Hawes, Russ Freeman (p); Barney Kessel (el-g); Shifty Henry, Harry Babasin, Red Callender (b); Roy Porter, Leroy Gray, Tim Kennedy (d): Earl Coleman (voc).

Jack Williams (prod). Ralph Bass (mc).

The whole jam session was recorded by Ralph Bass.

Some of the material was commercially issued on BOP.

 

 

Ad in California Eagle, July 3, 14, 1947,

See discography for details.

July 24

Nat King Cole Trio

Benny Carter and His Orchestra

Wardell Gray has replaced Lucky Thompson.

Mary Bryant

Mack & Ace

Million Dollar Theater, Los Angeles, CA.

July 24–31.

 

Ad in California Eagle, July 24, 1947, 12.

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

 

 

 

Summer

Al Killian Orchestra

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

Tour in the Northwest.

2 weeks.

Realized without Eckstine. Ending with a prolonged stay in Portland, OR.

 

“Out of the Horn’s Mouth,” Variety (Daily), April 18, 1947, 12:

After closing at Berg’s Eckstine will take 14 days tour on one-nighters through the Pacific Northwest

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

R. Dietsche. The Golden Years of Portland Jazz, 1942–57 (2005), 86: The band was gathered for an Eckstine Californian tour, but Eckstine didn’t come, so the band filled these dates without Eckstine.

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

 

October 17?

Al Killian Orchestra

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

Savoy Club, Portland, OR.

Private broadcast recordings exist.

 

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

See discography for details.

 

October Late

Al Killian Orchestra

Club Cherokee, Portland, OR.

9:30–2:30. Sunday Matinee Jam session 3:00–6:30 pm.

 

 

 

Ad in Oregonian, October 29, 1947, 17: Playing nightly.

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, Pete Johnson, Kay Starr, and Johnny Mercer.

Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA.

Gene Norman (prod).

Material from this concert was used on AFRS Jubilee #271 (Gray and Musso) and AFRS Just Jazz #16 (Gray and Goodman).

Some of it was also commercially issued on Modern Music.

 

 

”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.