1952

Wardell Gray Chronology

 

 

 

Created by Leif Bo Petersen

 

Last updated: June 12, 2014.

 

 

Date

 

Event

 

References/Further Details

January 18

Dinah Washington accompanied by the Jimmy Cobb’s Orchestra

Unidentified studio, Los Angeles, CA.

Commercial recordings for Mercury.

 

See Discography for details.

January 21

Wardell Gray Six

Unidentified studio, Los Angeles, CA.

Commercial recordings for Prestige.

 

See Discography for details.

February 2

Just Jazz Concert

Conte Candoli, (tp); Wardell Gray, Dexter Gordon (ts); Les Thompson (harmonica); Bobby Tucker (p); Don Bagley (b); Chico Hamilton (d); Billy Eckstine, Helen, Humes (voc).

Civic auditorium, Pasadena, CA.

Gene Norman (mc).

 

“Eckstine in Pasadena Saturday,” California Eagle, January 31, 1952, 12.

March 18

Wardell Gray Quartet

Opposite Billy Holiday

Tiffany Club, Los Angeles, CA.

March 18–April 7.

 

Ad in Los Angeles Times, March 18, 1952.

Ad in Los Angeles Times, April 3, 1952: Last 5 days.

March 22

Concert

Stan Kenton, Les Brown, Willie Smith, Billy May’s Orchestra, Wardell Gray, Ginger Smock, Dexter Gordon, and Candy Davis.

An Afternoon in Jazz. YWCA benefit.

Golden State Insurance Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA.

12:30 p.m.

 

“YWCA Teenage Group to present programs of topflight Jazz Stars,” California Eagle, March 20, 1952, 12: has Stan Kenton, Benny Carter, Billy May’s Orchestra, Wardell Gray, Dexter Gordon, a. o.

“People and Places,” California Eagle, March 27, 1952, 9.

March 24

Jam Session

Trade Winds, Inglewood, CA.

Private recordings exist.

 

See Discography for details.

March late

Wardell Gray Combo

Wardell Gray (ts), Hampton Hawes (p), unidentified (b), Chico Hamilton (d).

Planned concerts, and one-niters in Chicago, Kansas City, and other cities.

 

“Wardell Gray Forms New Orchestra with ‘Top Stars,” California Eagle, March 17, 1952, 9.

“Bronzeville Is My Beat,” California Eagle, April 24, 1952, 10.

Spring

 

Wardell Gray Combo

Incl. Art Farmer and Hampton Hawes.

McClendon’s, Portland, OR.

1 week.

 

Robert Dietsche, Jumptown -The Golden Years of Portland Jazz, 1942-1957 (2005), 99.

May 6

Billie Holiday

Club Alabam, Los Angeles, CA.

Opening May 6.

Wardell Gray was in the House band.

Ad in California Eagle, April 24, 1952, 10.

http://content.cdlib.org/view?docId=hb6489p54g&brand=calisphere&doc.view=entire_text

Clora Bryant in interview: Wardell Gray was in the house band here.

 

May 23

Louis Bellson and the Just Jazz All Stars

Radio Recorder’s Annex, Los Angeles, CA.

Commercial recordings for Gene Norman.

 

 

May late

Wardell Gray Combo

Wardell Gray starts rehearsing a new band.

“Wardell Gray Has New Swing Combo,” Californian Eagle, June 5, 1952, 9.

May 29

Wardell Gray Combo

Incl. Sonny Criss.

El Sombrero, Los Angeles, CA.

Dance.

 

“Undercover Hounds,” California Eagle, May 15, 1952, 8.

June early

Incl. Sonny Criss.

Los Angeles, CA.

Dance.

 

“Undercover Hounds,” California Eagle, June 5, 1952, 8

June 9

Wardell Gray/Dexter Gordon Sextet

Unknown studio, Hollywood, CA.

Commercial recordings for Swingtime.

 

See discography for details.

September 9

Jam Session

The Haig, Los Angeles, CA.

Private recordings exist.

 

See discography for details.

September 13

Wardell Gray Combo

Royal Palms Hotel, Westlake, CA.

Dance

 

“Student Model Plaid Fashions at Royal Palms,” California Eagle, September 11, 1952, 9.

September/October

Shorty Rogers and His Giants

Rendezvous Ballroom, Balboa-Newport Beach, CA.

September 27 and October 10, and autumn undated:

Private recording exist.

 

See discography for details.

December 11

Jam session

Among others: Dexter Gordon, Wardell Gray.

Western Knights Hall, Los Angeles? CA-

Dance

Gordon and Gray are reported to Local 767 for a jamming engagement without report or contract.

 

Local 767 (LA) Musicians Protective Association report. Norman Saks Collection.