1949

Wardell Gray Chronology

 

 

 

Created by Leif Bo Petersen

 

Last updated: December 24, 2019.

 

 

Date

 

Event

References/Further Details

January

Metronome Poll 1948

Wardell Gray is number 4 on tenor sax

Metronome, January 1949, ?

January

Gene Norman’s Just Jazz

Release of Modern 20-622 and 20-623.

10” 78 rpm. records.

 

Recorded December 27, 1947.

From Gene Norman’s Just Jazz

Modern 20-622 A

Just You, Just Me, Just Bop part 1

Modern Music 20-622 B

Just Bop part 2

Modern Music 20-623 A

Just Bop part 3

Modern Music 20-623 B

Just Bop part 4

 

“Disc Data,” Detroit Free Press, January 22, 14: Review

January early

Benny Goodman and His Orchestra

Benny Goodman (cl, dir); Howard Reich, Doug Mettome, Al Stewart, Nick Travis (tp); Milt Bernhart, Eddie Bert, George Monte (tb); Mitch Goldberg, Angelo Cicalese (as); Wardell Gray, Eddie Wasserman (ts); Larry Molinelli (bar); Buddy Greco (p, voc); Francis Beecher (g); Clyde Lombardi (b); Sonny Igoe (d); Terry Swope.

Benny Goodman Sextet

Benny Goodman, Wardell Gray, and the Rhythm.

The Clarinaders

5 vocals including Buddy Greco and Terry Swope

Buddy Lester

Comedian.

Peiro Bros

Jugglers.

Paramount Theater, Manhattan, New York, NY.

Closing January 11, 1949.

The press reported that Goodman suffered from severe illness at the end of the Paramount gig. Gene Krupa was called in to lead the band the last 4 days.

 

“Vaudeville Reviews: Paramount, New York,” Billboard, December 25, 1948, 42: Review on opening night, December 15.

Ad in New York Times, January 11, 1949, 35: Has new show opening at Paramount on January 12.

“Fever Hits Goodman; Doctor Orders Rest,” Billboard, January 29, 1949, 36.

 

January 7

Benny Goodman Sextet

Benny Goodman (cl); Wardell Gray (ts); Buddy Greco (p); Francis Beecher (g); Clyde Lombardi (b); Sonny Igoe (d).

Stork Club, New York, NY.

Goodman made a one night appearance here with his sextet during his Paramount engagement.

January 7, 1949:

WINS Broadcast at 11:00–11:30 p.m.: Bop Goes to the Stork Club. Jack Lacy (mc).

Recorded fragment exists.

 

“Walter Winchell on Broadway,” Courier-Post (Camden, NJ), January 3, 1949, 18.

“Today’s Radio Best Bets” Brooklyn Daily Eagle, January 7, 1949, 21.

See discography for details.

 

January 20

Benny Goodman and His Orchestra

Guy Lombardo and His Orchestra

Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra

Lionel Hampton and His Orchestra

National Guard Armory, Washington, DC.

President’s Inauguration Ball.

TV broadcasts by several network: 10:00–11:00 pm.

Radio broadcast by several networks: 10:15 pm.–1 am.

Recording exists.

Goodman played the Inaugural Ball against his doctor’s advice. He had to leave the bandstand during performance and let Lionel Hampton take over the band. Goodman returned to California on January 21 in order to rest. A Capitol recording date in January was cancelled.

“Orks, Stars Lined Up for Inaugural Ball,” Billboard, January 15, 1949, 38.

“Radio and TV Throw Curves at Inaugural,” Billboard, January 29, 1949, 3 and 5.

“Programs on the Air,” New York Times, January 20, 1949, 54: 10:OO–11:00: WCBS, WNET, WJZ-TV,: Inaugural Ball.

“On the Air,” Gazette and Daily (York, PA), January 20, 1949, 26: WRZE (Continental Network): 11:30– pm.–1:00 am.: Inauguration Ball.

“Fever Hits Goodman; Doctor Orders Rest,” Billboard, January 29, 1949, 36.

“Illness Forces Goodman to Leave Inaugural Ball,” “Niagara Falls Gazette, January 21, 1949, 6.

See discography for details.

 

January late

Benny Goodman and His Orchestra

Benny Goodman Sextet

The Clarinaders

Buddy Greco leads the band as it moves to the West Coast doing one-niters.

 

D. Russell Connor, Benny Goodman – Listen to His Legacy (1988), 194.

January 21

Benny Goodman and His Orchestra

Benny Goodman Sextet

The Clarinaders

Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL.

 

Ad in Chicago Tribune, January 16, 1949, part 7, 14.

January 22

Benny Goodman and His Orchestra

Benny Goodman Sextet

The Clarinaders

The Hub, Edelstein, IL.

 

Ad in Daily Times-Press (Streator, IL), January 14, 1949, 2.

January 23

Benny Goodman and His Orchestra

Benny Goodman Sextet

The Clarinaders

Armar Ballroom, Cedar Rapids, IA.

 

Ad in Gazette, January 23, sec. 3, 11: tonight.

January 25

Benny Goodman and His Orchestra

Benny Goodman Sextet

The Clarinaders

Coconut Groove, Salt Lake City, UT.

Cancelled.

 

Ad in Salt Lake Tribune, January 22, 1949, 12: Planned but cancelled because of Benny Goodman’s absence from the band.

January 27

Benny Goodman and His Orchestra

Bennie Goodman Sextet

The Clarinaders

Pinky Lee

(comedy)

Herkie Styles

(comedy)

Nick and Taylor

(dance)

Eight Lucky Girls

(dance)

Flamingo Club, Las Vegas, NV.

January 27–February 9?

Goodman fires Wardell Gray during this engagement, but this cannot be effectuated because of the contract’s clause of six-month’s notice. Gray continues.

 

“Fever Hits Goodman; Doctor Orders Rest,” Billboard, January 29, 1949, 36.

 “Benny Goodman Packing Flamingo with Top Show” Las Vegas Review-Journal,” January 30, 1949, 4: Review.

“Goodman Adds Comic,” Variety February 16, 1949, 47:  Herkie Styles became a regular member of the Goodman show last week.

Milt Bernhart in G. Lees, Friends Along the Way (2003) 30.

February

Gene Norman’s Just Jazz

Release of Modern Music 20-639 and 20-640.

10” 78 rpm. records.

 

Recorded April 29, 1947.

Howard McGhee et al.

Modern Music 20-639 A

Groovin’ High part 1

Modern Music 20-639 B

Groovin’ High part 1

Errol Garner et al.

Modern Music 20-640 A

Blue Lou part 1

Modern Music 20-640 B

Blue Lou part 2

 

Ad for Hudson-Ross, Chicago Tribune, February 24, part 2, 1 S: Lists Modern Music 20-639 and 20-640.

 

February 10

Benny Goodman and His Orchestra

Benny Goodman (cl, dir); Howard Reich, Doug Mettome, Al Stewart, Nick Travis (tp); Milt Bernhart, Eddie Bert, George Monte (tb); Mitch Goldberg, Angelo Cicalese (as); Wardell Gray, Eddie Wasserman (ts); Larry Molinelli (bar); Buddy Greco (p, voc); Francis Beecher (g); Clyde Lombardi (b); Sonny Igoe (d); Terry Swope (voc).

Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA.

Commercial recordings for Capitol.

 

See discography for details.

 

February 11

Benny Goodman and His Orchestra and Revue

Bennie Goodman Sextet

The Clarinaders

Herkie Styles

(comedy)

Nick and Taylor

(dance)

Urbita Ballroom, San Bernardino, CA.

9–1:00 am.

 

“Benny Goodman coming to S, B,” San Bernardino Daily Sun, February 7, 1949, 4.

Ad in San Bernardino Daily Sun, February 11, 1949, 4.

February 12

Benny Goodman and His Orchestra and Revue

Pacific Square Ballroom, San Diego, CA.

9:00–1:00 pm.

 

“Benny Goodman Plays Saturday,” San Diego Union, February 9, 1949, 11.

Ad in San Diego Union, February 12, 1949, A-8.

 

 

 

February 16

Benny Goodman and His Orchestra and Revue

War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco, CA.

8:30 pm.

 

Ad in San Francisco Examiner, February 16, 1949, 16.

“Goodman Band Here Tonight,” San Francisco Examiner, February 16, 1949, 16.

 

February 17

Benny Goodman and His Orchestra and Revue

Oakland Auditorium, Oakland, CA.

Dance.

 

Ad in San Francisco Examiner, February 16, 1949, 16.

February 18

Benny Goodman and His Orchestra and Revue

Memorial Auditorium Sacramento, CA.

9–1:00 am.

 

Ad in Sacramento Bee, February 18, 1949, 11.

February 20

Benny Goodman and His Orchestra and Revue

Edgewater Ballroom, San Francisco, CA.

February 20–21.

 

Ad in San Francisco Examiner, February 20, 1949, Pictorial Section, no page number.

February 24

Benny Goodman and His Orchestra and Revue

Civic Auditorium, Hanford, CA.

 

Ad in Hanford Morning Journal, February 24, 1949,

“Nearly 1400 Hear Genius of Benny Goodman’s Clarinet in Auditorium,” Hanford Morning Journal, February 26, 1949, 10.

 

February 26

Benny Goodman and His Orchestra and Revue

9-1 Pavilion, Stanford University, Stanford,

ASSU Cardinals (prod).

 

Ad in Stanford Daily, February 21, 1.

Concert flyer.

March

Gene Norman’s Just Jazz

Release of Modern Music 20-641 and 20-642.

10” 78 rpm. records.

 

Recorded April 29, 1947.

 

From Gene Norman’s Just Jazz

Modern Music 20-641 A

One O’clock Jump

Modern Music 20-641 B

Two O’clock Jump

Modern Music 20-642 A

Three O’clock Jump

Modern Music 20-642 B

Four O’clock Jump

 

Advance Record Releases," Billboard, March 5, 1949, 35.

 

March

Al Haig Quintet with Wardell Gray

Release of Seeco 10-002

10” 78 rpm. record.

 

Recorded December1948/January 1949

10-002A

Sugar Hill Bop

10-002B

Five Star

 

“Advance Record Release: Hot Jazz,” Billboard, March 4, 1948, 35.

“Record Reviews: Hot Jazz,” Billboard, March 12, 1949, 131: Very Positive Review.

 

March

J. C. Heard and His Orchestra

Released of Apollo 790

10” 78 rpm. record.

 

Recorded May 1948.

 

Apollo 790 A

Sugar Hips

Apollo 790 B

Coastin’ with J. C.

 

”Advance Record Releases,” Billboard, March 26, 1949, 115.

“Record Reviews: Race,” Billboard, April 23, 1949, 139: friendly review.

March 1

Benny Goodman and His Orchestra

Benny Goodman (cl, dir); Howard Reich, Doug Mettome, Al Stewart, Nick Travis (tp); Milt Bernhart, Eddie Bert, George Monte (tb); Mitch Goldberg, Angelo Cicalese (as); Wardell Gray, Eddie Wasserman (ts); Larry Molinelli (bar); Buddy Greco (p, voc); Francis Beecher (g); Clyde Lombardi (b); Sonny Igoe (d); Sabu Martinez (bgo); Terry Swope (voc).

Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood, CA.

March 1–April 3.

Broadcasts by CBS:

Weekdays, except Mondays: 10:30–11:00 pm. PT.

Sundays: 11:00–11·30 pm. PT.

Surviving recordings exist.

Material from some of these broadcasts can be found on: AFRS One Night Stand ## 1901, 1911, 193, 1946, 1957, 1974, and 1994.

Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA.

 

“Chatter,” Variety (Daily), February 19, 1949, 2: Opening March 1 for four weeks.

“Music–As Written,” Billboard, April 2, 1949, 50: Gene Krupa follows Goodman at the Palladium on Tuesday (5).

“Radio Programs from Local Stations,” the Bakersfield Californian, March 1, 1949, 15: KERN (CBS): 10:30–11:00 pm.: Benny Goodman.

“Radio Programs from Local Stations,” the Bakersfield Californian, March 2, 1949, 23: KERN (CBS): 10:30–11:00 pm.: Benny Goodman.

“Radio Programs from Local Stations,” the Bakersfield Californian, March 3, 1949, 21: KERN (CBS): 10:30–11:00 pm.: Benny Goodman.

“Radio Programs from Local Stations,” the Bakersfield Californian, March 4, 1949, 24: KERN (CBS): 10:30–11:00 pm.: Benny Goodman.

“Radio Programs from Local Stations,” the Bakersfield Californian, March 5, 1949, 15: KERN (CBS): 10:30–11:00 pm.: Benny Goodman.

“Radio Program,” Hanford Daily Sentinel, March 6, 1949, 2:  KRFE (CBS): 11:00–11:55. pm.: Benny Goodman.

“Radio Programs from Local Stations,” the Bakersfield Californian, March 8, 1949, 17: KERN (CBS): 10:30–11:00 pm.: Benny Goodman.

“Radio Programs from Local Stations,” the Bakersfield Californian, March 9, 1949, 21: KERN (CBS): 10:30–11:00 pm.: Benny Goodman.

“Radio Programs from Local Stations,” the Bakersfield Californian, March 10, 1949, 21: KERN (CBS): 10:45–11:00 pm.: Benny Goodman.

“Radio Programs from Local Stations,” the Bakersfield Californian, March 11, 1949, 21: KERN (CBS): 10:30­–11:00 pm.: Benny Goodman.

“Radio Programs from Local Stations,” the Bakersfield Californian, March 12, 1949, 15: KERN (CBS): 10:30­–11:00 pm.: Benny Goodman.

“Radio Program,” Hanford Daily Sentinel, March 13, 1949, 2:  KRFE (CBS): 11:00–11:30: pm.: Benny Goodman.

“Radio Programs from Local Stations,” the Bakersfield Californian, March 15, 1949, 15: KERN (CBS): 10:30­–11:00 pm.: Benny Goodman.

“Radio Programs from Local Stations,” the Bakersfield Californian, March 16, 1949, 20: KERN (CBS): 10:30­–11:00 pm.: Benny Goodman.

“KGGM-CBS,” Albuquerque Journal, March 17, 1949, 22: 11:30: Benny Goodman Orch.

“Radio Programs from Local Stations,” the Bakersfield Californian, March 18, 1949, 24: KERN (CBS): 10:30­–11:00 pm.: Benny Goodman.

“Radio Programs from Local Stations,” the Bakersfield Californian, March 19, 1949, 17: KERN (CBS): 10:30­–11:00 pm.: Benny Goodman.

“Radio Program,” Hanford Daily Sentinel, March 20, 1949, 2:  KRFE (CBS): 11:00–11:30 pm.: Benny Goodman.

“Radio Programs from Local Stations,” the Bakersfield Californian, March 22, 1949, 17: KERN (CBS): 10:30­–11:00 pm.: Benny Goodman.

“Radio Programs from Local Stations,” the Bakersfield Californian, March 23, 1949, 25: KERN (CBS): 10:30­–11:00 pm.: Benny Goodman.

“Radio Programs from Local Stations,” the Bakersfield Californian, March 24, 1949, 25: KERN (CBS): 10:30­–11:00 pm.: Benny Goodman.

“Radio Programs from Local Stations,” the Bakersfield Californian, March 25, 1949, 21: KERN (CBS): 10:30­–11:00 pm.: Benny Goodman.

“Radio Programs from Local Stations,” the Bakersfield Californian, March 26, 1949, 15: KERN (CBS): 10:30­–11:00 pm.: Benny Goodman.

“Radio Program,” Hanford Daily Sentinel, March 27, 1949, 2: KRFE (CBS): 11:00–11·30 pm.: Benny Goodman.

“Radio Programs from Local Stations,” the Bakersfield Californian, March 29, 1949, 19: KERN (CBS): 10:30­–11:00 pm.: Benny Goodman.

“Radio Programs from Local Stations,” the Bakersfield Californian, March 30, 1949, 26: KERN (CBS): 10:30­–11:00 pm.: Benny Goodman.

“Radio Programs from Local Stations,” the Bakersfield Californian, March 31, 1949, 26: KERN (CBS): 10:30­–11:00 pm.: Benny Goodman.

“Radio Programs from Local Stations,” the Bakersfield Californian, April 1, 1949, 20: KERN (CBS): 10:30­–11:00 pm.: Benny Goodman.

“Radio Programs from Local Stations,” the Bakersfield Californian, April 2, 1949, 20: KERN (CBS): 10:30­–11:00 pm.: Benny Goodman.

“Radio Program,” Hanford Daily Sentinel, April 3, 1949, 2: KRFE (CBS): 10:30–11:00: Benny Goodman.

See discography for details.

 

March 24

Benny Goodman and His Orchestra

Benny Goodman (cl, dir); Howard Reich, Doug Mettome, Al Stewart, Nick Travis (tp); Milt Bernhart, Eddie Bert, George Monte (tb); Mitch Goldberg, Angelo Cicalese (as); Wardell Gray, Eddie Wasserman (ts); Larry Molinelli (bars); Buddy Greco (p, voc); Francis Beecher (g); Clyde Lombardi (b); Sonny Igoe (d); Louis Sabu Martinez (bgo); The Clarinaders (voc); Arturo “Chico” O'Farrill (arr).

Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA.

Commercial recordings for Capitol.

 

See discography for details.

 

March 31

Benny Goodman and His Orchestra

Benny Goodman (cl, dir); Howard Reich, Doug Mettome, Al Stewart, Irving Goodman (tp); Bill Byers, Eddie Bert, George Monte (tb); Mitch Goldberg, Angelo Cicalese (as); Wardell Gray, Eddie Wasserman (ts); Bob Dawes (bars); Buddy Greco (p, voc); Bud Herman (p); Francis Beecher (g); Clyde Lombardi (b); Sonny Igoe (d); Terry Swope, The Clarinaders (voc); Arturo “Chico” O'Farrill (arr).

Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA.

Commercial recordings for Capitol.

 

“Los Angeles band Briefs,” Down Beat, May 6, 1949, 9: Nick Travis leaves (his chair was taken by Irving Goodman during recent Capitol recordings). No replacement for Travis at press time.

“Sidemen Switches,” Down Beat, July 29, 1949, 4: Bill Byers replaces Milt Bernhardt (tb, and Bob Dawes replaces Larry Molinelli (bars). .

See discography for details.

 

April

Tadd Dameron Septet

Release of Blue Note BN 559.

10” 78 rpm. record.

 

Recorded September 13, 1948.

 

Blue Note BN 559-A

Jahbero

Blue Note BN 559-B

Ladybird

 

 “Advance Record Releases: Hot Jazz,” Billboard, April 16, 1949, 122. “Record Reviews: Hot Jazz,” Billboard, April 30, 1949, 133: Positive review.

April 12

Benny Goodman and His Orchestra

Benny Goodman (cl, dir); Howard Reich, Doug Mettome, Al Stewart, Sigmund “Ziggy” Schatz (tp); Bill Byers, Eddie Bert, George Monte (tb); Mitch Goldberg, Angelo Cicalese (as); Wardell Gray, Eddie Wasserman (ts); Bob Dawes (bars); Buddy Greco (p, voc); Bud Herman (p); Francis Beecher (g); Clyde Lombardi (b); Sonny Igoe (d); Terry Swope (voc).

Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA.

Commercial recordings for Capitol.

 

“Sidemen Switches,” Down Beat, July 29, 1949, 4: Ziggy Schatz replaces Nick Travis (tp).

See discography for details.

April 14

Benny Goodman Septet

Doug Mettome (tp); Benny Goodman (cl); Wardell Gray (ts); Buddy Greco (p, voc); Francis Beecher (g); Clyde Lombardi (b); Sonny Igoe (d).

Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA.

Commercial recordings for Capitol.

 

See discography for details.

 

April 18

Benny Goodman and His Orchestra and Revue

Benny Goodman Sextet

Herkie Styles (comedy)

Nicks and Taylor (dance)

The Clarinaders

Tony’s El Patio, Reno, NV.

 

Ad in Reno Evening Gazette, April 18, 1949, 2.

April 20

Benny Goodman, His Orchestra and Revue

Rainbow Rendezvous, Salt Lake City, UT.

April 20–23.

 

Ad in Salt Lake Tribune, April 20, 1949, 24.

 

April 24

Benny Goodman, His Orchestra and Revue

Colorado University, Boulder, CO.

 

“Goodman Preps 1-night Vauder,” Billboard, April 9, 1949, 19.

 

April 25

Benny Goodman, His Orchestra and Revue

Russell Shrine Club, Russell, KS.

Spring Party.

 

“Benny Goodman Plans for Russell Shrine,” Hutchinson News Herald, April 13, 1948, 3.

 

April 26

Benny Goodman, His Orchestra and Revue

Rainbow Ballroom, Denver, CO.

 

D. Russell Connor, Benny Goodman – Listen to His Legacy  (1988), 197.

April 27

Benny Goodman, His Orchestra and Revue

Pla-Mor Ballroom, Kansas City, KS.

Russ Morgan (prod).

 

“What to See in Kansas City,” Iola Register, April 21, 1949.

Ad in Kansas City Star, April 27, 1949, 27.

April 28

Benny Goodman, His Orchestra and Revue

Iowa State University, Ames, IA.

 

“Goodman Preps 1-night Vauder,” Billboard, April 9, 1949, 19.

 

April 30

Benny Goodman, His Orchestra and Revue

University of Minnesota, Rochester, MN.

Stardust Ball.

 

“Day Brightener,” Star Tribune Minneapolis, MN), April 26, 1949, 14.

May early

Al Haig Quintet with Wardell Gray

Release of Seeco 10-003.

10” 78 rpm. record.

 

Recorded December1948/January 1949

10-003A

In a Pinch

10-003B

It’s the Talk of the Town

 

“Record Reviews: Hot Jazz,” Billboard May 7, 1949, 125: very positive review.

May Early

Benny Goodman and His Orchestra

Release of Capitol 57-568 and 57-586

10” 78 rpm. records.

 

Benny Goodman and His Orchestra

Recorded March 24, 1949.

57-568 A

Having a Wonderful Wish

57-568 B

Shiskabop

57-586 A

That Wonderful Girl of Mine

Recorded March 31, 1949.

57-586 B

The Huckle-Buck

 

“Advance Record Releases: Popular,” Billboard, April 23, 1949, 40.

May 1

Benny Goodman, His Orchestra and Revue

George Devine’s Million Dollar Ballroom, Milwaukee, WI.

7–1 am.

 

Ad in Milwaukee Journal, April 29, 1949, 25.

 

May 2

Benny Goodman, His Orchestra and Revue

Capitol Theater, Madison, WI.

5 Stage Shows: 2,. 4:15, 6:30, and 10;00 pm.

 

Ad in Capital Times, May 2, 1949, 9.

 

 

May 3

Benny Goodman, His Orchestra and Revue

Parthenon Theater, Munster, IN.

Stage shows at 2:40 and 7:30 pm.

 

Ad in Times (Munster, IN.) May 3, 1949, 9.

May 5

Benny Goodman, His Orchestra and Revue

St. Louis Theater, St. Louis, MO.

May 5–11.

Stage shows at 7:10 and 9:30 pm.

 

“Ad in St. Louis Star and Times, May 5, 1959, 30.

 

May 12

Benny Goodman, His Orchestra and Revue

Bradley College, Peoria, IL.

 

“On the Upbeat,” Variety, April 27, 1949, 51.

May 14

Benny Goodman, His Orchestra and Revue

Shryock Auditorium, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL.

8:00 p.m.: Concert. 9:30 p.m.: Dance.

Ad in Murphysboro Daily Independent, May 13, 1949, 2.

“King of Swing Swinging,” Murphysboro Daily Independent, May 13, 1949, 2.

 

May 15

Benny Goodman, His Orchestra and Revue

Club Madrid, Louisville, KY.

Sunday Night,

 

Ad in Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY.), May 15, 1949, 3.

May 16

Benny Goodman, His Orchestra and Revue

Coliseum, Evansville, IN.

7 p.m. and 8:30 pm.

 

Ad in Evansville Courier and Press, May 16, 9.

May 19

Benny Goodman, His Orchestra and Revue

Circle Theater, Indianapolis. IN.

May 19–25.

 

Ad in Indianapolis Star, May 19, 1949, 24.

 

May 26

Benny Goodman, His Orchestra and Revue

Riverside Theater, Milwaukee, WI

May 26–June 2.

 

Ad in Milwaukee Journal, May 26, 1949, loc news, 5.

 

June 3

Benny Goodman, His Orchestra and Revue

Ocean Beach Ballroom, New London, CT.

 

“Capacity for BG in Conn.,” Billboard, July 16, 1949 41.

June 4

Benny Goodman, His Orchestra and Revue

Windsor Arena, Ontario, Canada.

8:30 pm.

Optimist Club of Windsor (prod).

 

Ad in Windsor Star, June 4, 1949, sec. 3, 8.

June 6

Benny Goodman, His Orchestra and Revue

Ohio Theatre, Mansfield, OH.

Stage shows: 2:25, 4:42, 7:25, and 9:40 pm.

 

Ad in News-Journal, June 6, 1949, 10.

June 9

Benny Goodman, His Orchestra and Revue

Ches-a-Rena, Cheswick, PA.

9–1 am.

 

Ad in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 8, 1949 12.

June 10

Benny Goodman, His Orchestra and Revue

Hecla Park, Mingoville, PA.

 

Ad in Express (Lock Haven, PA.), June 4, 1949, 2.

June 11

Benny Goodman, His Orchestra and Revue

Sunnybrook, Pottstown, PA.

 

Ad in Pottstown Mercury, June 9, 1949, 21.

June 18

Benny Goodman, His Orchestra and Revue

Hershey Park Ballroom, Hershey, PA.

CBS Broadcast. Recordings exist.

 

“Ad in Daily Intelligencer Journal, June 18, 1949, 10.

“Radio Programs,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 18, 1949, Daily Magazine, 3: WJAS (CBS): 11:30–12:00: Benny Goodman.

See discography for details.

 

June 20

Benny Goodman, His Orchestra and Revue

Auto Inn, Plattsburgh, NY.

 

Ad in Plattsburgh Press-Republican, June 15, 1949, ?

June 25?

Benny Goodman, His Orchestra and Revue

Armory, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

D. Russell Connor, Benny Goodman – Listen to His Legacy (1988), 197.

 

June 26

Benny Goodman, His Orchestra and Revue

Mancuso Theatre, Batavia, NY.

Shows at: 1:45, 3:50, 5:50, 7:50, and 10:00 pm.

 

Ad in Democrat and Chronicle (Rochester, NY), June 25, 11.

July 1

 

Benny Goodman, His Orchestra and Revue

Memorial Auditorium, Burlington, VT.

New York Herald’s Fresh Air Fund (prod).

 

Ad in Perry Herald, June 16, 1949, 3.

July 2

Benny Goodman, His Orchestra and Revue

Sun Valley, Shrewsbury, MA.

 

Ad in Fitchburg Sentinel (MA.), June 30, 1949, 10.

July 3

Benny Goodman, His Orchestra and Revue

Ocean Beach Park Ballroom, New London, CT.

8:30–1:0 0 am.

 

Ad in Hartford Courant, July 1, 1949, 26.

July 4

Benny Goodman, His Orchestra and Revue

Armory North Adams, MA.

 

Ad in North Adams Transcript, Jun 28, 1949, 3.

July 5

Benny Goodman and His Orchestra

Al Stewart, Doug Mettome, John Wilson, Howard Reich (tp); Billy Byers, George Monte, poss. Mario Daone (tb); Benny Goodman (cl); Mitch Goldberg, Angelo Cicalese (as); Wardell Gray, Eddie Wasserman (ts); Bob Dawes (bars); Buddy Greco (p); Francis Beecher (g); Bob Carter (b); Sonny Igoe (d); Marcy Lutes (voc); Arturo “Chico” O'Farrill (arr). 

Capitol Studios, New York, NY.

Commercial recordings for Capitol.

 

“Sidemen Switches,” Down Beat, August 12, 1949, 11: John Wilson (tp), Gene Steinman (tb), and Bob Carter (b) replace Howard Reich, Eddie Bert, and Clyde Lombardi.

“Sidemen Switches,” Down Beat, August 26, 1949, 17: Mario Daone (tb) replaces Gene Steinman.

See discography for details.

July/August

Benny Goodman and His Orchestra

Planned European tour starting July 18 with Goodman and Buddy Greco and local musicians at the Palladium, London.

The full orchestra had  six weeks vacation and was planned to join Goodman in Europe later for a continental tour.

The tour is cancelled after Goodman’s Palladium appearance.

 

“Goodman Europe Tour Schedule Settled,” Down Beat, July 15, 1949, 1.

“Benny Goodman Unit Clicks at Palladium,” Variety, July 20, 1949, 44. 

 “BG Drops Europe Tour,” Down Beat, September 9, 1949, 1.

 

July/August

Phil Hill Band

Wardell Gray (ts); Phil Hill (p); James “Beans” Richardson (b); Art Mardigan (d); Jack Tiant (bgo).

Blue Bird Inn, Detroit, MI.

July 20, 1949:

Private recording exists.

 

Michigan Chronicle August 6, 1949, according to L. Bjorn and J. Gallart, Before Motown (2001), 101: Wardell Gray is in Detroit and gigs with Phil Hill at the Blue Bird.

See discography for details.

August

Wardell Gray

Release of Sittin’ in with 506

10” 78 rpm. record.

 

Recorded April 1948.

 

Wardell Gray

Sittin’ in with 506 A

Stoned

Sittin’ in with 506 B

Matter of Mind

 

“New Popular Records,” St. Louis Post-Dispatch, September 1, 1949, 4D: positive review.

Ad for Castle Records, Billboard, September 25, 1948.

August 25

Benny Goodman, His Orchestra and Revue

Probably: Benny Goodman (cl, dir); Al Stewart, Doug Mettome, John Wilson, Ziggy Schatz (tp); George Monte, Bill Byers, Mario Daone (tb); Mitch Goldberg, Angelo Cicalese (as); Wardell Gray, Eddie Wasserman (ts); probably Joe Casalaro (bars); Buddy Greco (p, voc); Francis Beecher (g); Bob Carter (b); Sonny Igoe (d); Emily Long, The Clarinaders (voc).

Cambridge Country Club, Cambridge, MD.

Cambridge Country Club (prod).

 

“Benny Goodman to Play on Shore,” Daily Times (Salisbury, MD) August 23, 1949, 7.

August 26

Benny Goodman and His Orchestra

Canadian National Exhibition, Toronto, Canada.

August 26–27, 1951.

Two shows daily: 3–5 p.m. and 9­–1 a.m.

This seem to have been shortened to August 26 or cancelled.

 

 “Benny Goodman to Play at Exposition on C-E Day,” Buffalo Courier-Express, August 14, 1949, 6B

August 27

Benny Goodman and His Orchestra

Surf Beach Club, Virginia Beach, VA.

August 27–September 5.

August 27: 1949: WTAR (NBC) broadcast.

September 3, 1949: WTAR (NBC) broadcasts.

Recordings exist.

 

“Where the Bands Are Playing,” Down Beat, September 9, 1949, 17.

D. Russell Connor. Benny Goodman – Listen to His Legacy (1988), 197–98.

“Radio Programs,’’ Daily Press (Newport News), August 27, 1949, 6: WTAR: 11:30–12: Midnight Ballroom.

See discography for details.

 

September 7

Benny Goodman and His Orchestra

Recreation Building, Beckley, WV.

9 p.m.–1 a.m.

Junior Chamber of Commerce (prod).

 

“Benny Goodman to Appear in Beckley September 7,” Raleigh Register, August 25, 3.

September 9

Benny Goodman and His Orchestra

Armory Auditorium, Charlotte, NC.

9:00-

 

“Goodman Plays Charlotte Thursday,” Gastonia Gazette, September 6, 1949, 1.

September 14

Benny Goodman and His Orchestra

Raleigh, NC.

 

“Benny Goodman and Wardell Gray,” Carolina Times, September 24, 1949, 2.

September 16

Benny Goodman and His Orchestra

Marcy Lutes

(voc)

Sports Arena, Greensboro, NC.

 

“Goodman to Play Here,” Greensboro Daily News, September 15, 1949, sec. 2-14: Including Sonny Igoe, Wardell Gray, Dolly Houston, Buddy Greco, and Doug Mettome.

 

September 17

Benny Goodman and His Orchestra

Grand View Ballroom, Chesapeake Bay, Hampton, VA.

Festival Ball.

 

“Gregg Sherwood Is Chosen Queen of Hampton Festival,” Richmond Times Dispatch, September 11, 38.

September 18

Benny Goodman and His Orchestra

Benny Goodman (cl, dir); Doug Mettome, Al Stewart, John Wilson, Ziggy Schatz (tp); George Monte, Bill Byers, Mario Daone (tb); Mitch Goldberg, Angelo Cicalese (as) Wardell Gray, Eddie Wasserman (ts); Larry Molinelli, probably Joe Casalaro (bars); Buddy Greco (p, voc); Francis Beecher (g); Bob Carter (b); Sonny Igoe (d); Dolly Houston The Heathertones (voc). 

Unidentified studio, New York, NY.

Commercial recordings for Capitol,

 

See discography for details.

 

September 19

The Benny Goodman His Orchestra and Big Vaudeville Show.

26 pieces incl. Doug Mettome (tp); Wardell Gray (ts); Buddy Greco (p & voc); Sonny Igoe (d); Dolly Houston (voc).

Herkie Styles (comedy)

Nick &Taylor (dance)

The Four Step Bros

Adeleine Niece (voc)

The Wally Wanger Casino Beautees

The Gauchos

The Madhatters

Gino Bono’s Orchestra

Town Casino, Buffalo, NY.

September 19–25.

Three shows pr. Night 7:30, 10:30, and 1:00 p.m. Lenny Page (mc).

 

“Benny Goodman Coming to Casino,” Buffalo Courier-Express, September 18, 1949, 3C

Ad in Buffalo Courier-Express, September 20, 1949, 6.

 

September 26

The Benny Goodman, His orchestra and Revue

Vogue Terrace, McKeesport, PA.

September 26–October 2.

 

Ad in Evening Standard (Uniontown. PA.), September 24, 1949, 7.

September late

or October early

 

Benny Goodman and His Orchestra

Wardell Gray leaves Goodman and is replaced by Zoot Sims.

“Sidemen Switches,” Down Beat, November 18, 1949, 9.

Claes Dahlgreen: “Nytt Fran New York,” Orkester Journalen, November 1949, 14: states that it was because of drinking problems.

 

October 7

Bud Powell Band

Miles Davis (tp), Bud Powell (p) Nelson Boyd (b), Roy Haynes (dr).

Wardell Gray Band

Sonny Stitt (as), Wardell Gray (ts), Tadd Dameron (p), Gene Ramey (b), Charlie Perry (dr)

Orchid Room, NYC.

October 7–13, 1949.

 

“Orchid Room Closes After 3 Weeks.” Down Beat, November 18, 1949, 3:  Bud Powell held over heading a group of Miles Davis, Nelson Boyd, and Roy Haynes. Alternating with a Wardell Gray Group.

Claes Dahlgreen: “Nytt Fran New York,” Orkester Journalen, November 1949, 14.

 

Late in the year?

Freddie Slack Band

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

 

October late

Tadd Dameron Sextet

Release of Blue Note 1564

10” 78 rpm. record.

Wardell Gray only appears on Symphonette.

 

Recorded September 13, 1948.

Tadd Dameron Sextet

Blue Note 1564-A

Symphonette

Recorded July 2, 1948

Thelonious Monk Quartet

Blue Note 1564-B

I Mean You.

 

“Advance Record Releases: Hot Jazz,” Billboard, October 29, 1949, 112.

“Record Reviews: Hot Jazz,” Billboard, November 19, 1949,105

November

Wardell Gray Quartet

Wardell Gray has signed with Associated Booking Corporation (Joe Glaser) leading own band.

 

“Wardell a Leader,” Down Beat, December 2, 1949 18.

November 11

Wardell Gray Quartet

Wardell Gray (ts); Al Haig (p); Tommy Potter (b); Roy Haynes (d).

Unidentified studio, NYC.

September 11, 1949.

Commercial recordings for Prestige.

 

See discography for details.

November 24

Wardell Gray Quartet

Corpus Christie Auditorium, Chicago, IL.

McKie Fitzhugh (mc).

 

“Wardell a Leader,” Down Beat, December 2, 1949 18.

December

Phil Hill Band

Blue Bird Inn, Detroit, MI.

Gray replaces Frank Foster temporarily. Works in the band in and out for the next half year.

 

Michigan Chronicle December 24, 1949, acc. to L. Bjorn and J. Gallart. Before Motown (2001), 102, 125.

December 5

Count Basie Orchestra

Emmet Berry, Jimmy Nottingham, Clark Terry, Harry Edison (tp); Ted Donelly, William seals, Dickie Wells (tb); Earl Warren (as, voc); Willie Parker (as); Wardell Gray, C.Q. Price (ts); Jack Washington (bars); Freddie Green (g); Count Basie (p, dir); Singleton Palmer (b); Butch Ballard (d); Jimmy Rushing (voc).

Blue Note, Chicago, IL.

December 5–11.

16 pieces: Including Wardell Gray. He replaces Paul Gonsalves who had joined Dizzy Gillespie.

 

Ad in Chicago Tribune, December 4, 1959, part 7, 4.

“Hit the Blue Note,” Chicago Defender, December 12, 1949, 35: Photo and text. Basie in for a week closing December 11.

“Basie Best of What’s Left,” Down Beat, January 13, 1950, 21: Review from the Blue Note with personnel.

December 12

Celebrity Night

Savannah Churchill, Duke Williams, Bill Greaves, Wardell Gray, Jim Breedlove and others.

Turbo Village, Brooklyn, New York, NY.

Larry Douglas (prod).

 

“Celebrity Nights to Tee off Dec. 12th,” New York Age, December 10, 1949, 8.

December 24

Lavern Baker and Wardell Gray's Sextet

Miramar Ballroom, Gary, IN.

Breakfast dance.

 

Ad in Chicago Defender, according to http://campber.people.clemson.edu/saunders.html

 

 

December 24

Claude McLin Orchestra featuring Wardell Gray

Pershing Ballroom, Chicago, IL.

Christmas Evening Ball.

 

“Chicago Band Briefs,” Down Beat, January 27, 1950, 4.

 

December late

Wardell Gray Band

Chicago, IL.

Concert in Christmas week. McKie Fitzhugh (mc).

 

“Chicago Band Briefs,” Down Beat, December 30, 1949, 4.

Probably late 1949

Gene Norman’s Just Jazz

Release of Modern Music 20-694 and 20-696.

10” 78 rpm. records.

Wardell Gray does not appear on 20-696 B.

 

Recorded April 29, 1947.

 

From Gene Norman’s Just Jazz

Modern Music 20-694 A

Hot House part 1

Modern Music 20-694 A

Hot House part 2

Probably released late 1949.

Modern Music 20-696

Recorded December 27, 1947.

Modern Music 20-696 A

C Jam Blues

Recorded April 29, 1947.

Errol Garner with Rhythm Section

Modern Music 20-696 B

Just You Just Me

 

 

Probably late 1949

Wardell Gray

Release of Sittin’ in with 533

10” 78 rpm. record.

 

Recorded April 1948,

 

Wardell Gray

Sittin’ in with 533 A

Light Gray

Sittin’ in with 533 B

The Toup

 

 

Probably late 1949

Bopland Boys

Release of Savoy 962–, 963, and 964.

10” 78 rpm- discs.

Wardell Gray is heard in ensemble themes and riffs. He is soloing on part 3 and 4.

 

Recorded July 6, 1947.

 

The Bopland Boys

Savoy 962-A

Bopland part 1

Savoy 962-B

Bopland part 2

Savoy 963-A

Bopland part 3

Savoy 963-B

Bopland part 4

Savoy 964-A

Bopland part 5

Savoy 964-B

Bopland part 6