Saturday, February 25

Charlie Parker - Bird in Boston · Live at the Hi-Hat 1953-1954

"For over two decades, the Hi-Hat Club occupied a choice location among the jazz clubs of Boston’s South End district, at the corner of Columbus and Massachusetts Avenue. After the end of World War II, lesser luminaries took over the band-stand, and after a while entertainment practically stopped altogether. Dave Coleman, a jazz promoter, had taken over management of the club in 1949. Through Coleman’s personal initiative, the Hi-Hat enjoyed its most successful years, and by 1951 it was the only club featuring a consistent policy of presenting modern jazz. Between 1953 and 1954 Charlie Parker made several visits to Boston, where he was often hired to play as a 'single' at the Hi-Hat, backed by local musicians. ..."
Fresh Sound Records
amazon: Bird in Boston. Charlie Parker Quintet & Sextet. Live at the Hi-Hat 1953-1954, Bird At The Hi Hat
YouTube: New Bird. Hi Hat Broadcasts 1953 40:10, Bird at the Hi-Hat 13 videos

2011 July: Charlie Parker and Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, et al 1950, 2012 July: The Charlie Parker Story, 2014 May: Afro-Cuban jazz, 2014 December: The Complete Savoy and Dial Studio Recordings 1944-1948