OSCAR PETTIFORD 1950-1955

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OSCAR PETTIFORD

1950-1955

 

(BIO / SESSIONS continued)

50 With the Bellson-Shavers combo.

5002 Jazz Hot No. 41 (Févr. 1950) has an article by Jean Bouchety and Guy Fatto: "Oscar Pettiford". Pages 10 & 11, page 12. With a photo by James J. Kriegsmann. 

500324 NYC, Birdland: Benefit memorial for Buddy Stewart. Charlie Parker, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Lester Young, Charlie Ventura, Stan Getz, Tony Scott, Al Cohn, Billy Byers, Lennie Tristano, Harry Belafonte, J. J. Johnson, Oscar Pettiford. John Coltrane. - Communicated by Leif Bo Petersen.

500720 NYC. Leo Parker and his Mad Lads. Leo Parker as, bs, Al Haig p, Oscar Pettiford b, Max Roach d, Jack Parker* d. [Coover Gazdar 50010; Tom Lord P991].

Except 99-A on: First Sessions 1949/50. Prestige P 24081. - First Sessions. Prestige PCD 24114-2. - Except 99-A and 99-C also on: Leo Parker 1947-1950. Classics 1203. - 99A on: Wardell Gray / Leo Parker: The Thin Man Meets Mad Lad. Misterioso MLP 1983.  

500831(?) -13 (?) NYC, Birdland: 1950 Charlie Parker with Strings. Stan Getz. Oscar Pettiford Trio. - Communicated by Leif Bo Petersen.

500913 Oscar Pettiford, His Cello & Quartet. Oscar Pettiford cello, Duke Ellington p, Billy Strayhorn celeste*, Lloyd Trotman b, Jo Jones d.

Mercer Records M-1959. - L. Feather in Melody Maker June 9, 1951: "Oscar played his first 'cello engagement at Birdland with a little group including Terry Gibbs. Duke Ellington came, saw and was conquered. Mercer and I had just started the Mercer label; we signed Oscar, and both Duke and Strayhorn sat in on the first session." - A fine photo from the Frank Driggs Collection shows Lloyd Trotman (not "Trottman"), Duke Ellington and a fully concentrated OP during this session; cf. A. H. Lawrence: Duke Ellington and His World. A Biography. New York / London, Routledge 2001. For a critique of this book see Steven Lasker's open letter to the publisher in the DEMS Bulletin. 

     

Duke Ellington Presents OSCAR PETTIFORD, his cello and quartet. Jazz Selection J.S. 622 Ellingtonia series (Mercer 4005). - Scans by Uwe Weiler.

The Chronological Duke Ellington & His Orch. 1949-1950. Classics 1191. - Except „Untitled Blues" also on: Duke Ellington. LP BYG 529081 (Archive of Jazz Vol. 31), and on: Duke Ellington & the Ellingtonians. LP Vogue DP 19, and on: Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn: Great Times! OJC-108 (R475). - Untitled Blues is a bowed Blues For Blanton. Cf. the Duke Ellington Collection, Series 6: Sound Recordings, at the NMAH. 

50 ff. Mercer Ellington, Duke Ellington In Person, p. 102: "... a new venture began in 1950 when Mercer Records was formed. Leonard Feather and I were more or less the company at that particular time. ... Oscar Pettiford was our chief artist, and I was involved again with Al Hibbler. ..."

Leonard Feather: The Jazz Years p. 66f: "We got off to a fine start when Oscar Pettiford, who had been practising jazz cello, taped our first session. It was my thirty-sixth birthday, as good a day as any to pruduce the closest thing we would ever have to a hit: Oscar's 78 of 'Perdido'."

500921 Chubby Kemp & Her All Stars / The Ellingtonians with Chubby Kemp. Chubby Kemp voc, Red Rodney tp, Johnny Hodges as, Harry Carney bs, Oscar Pettiford cello, Duke Ellington p, Wendell Marshall b, Max Roach d.

The Chronological Duke Ellington & His Orch. 1949-1950. Classics 1191. - *also on: Jazz Legacy 62: Johnny Hodges: Jumpin'. Vogue 500 112.

500921 Sarah Forde With Mercer Ellington & His Orch. / Sarah Forde With The Ellingtonians. Sarah Forde voc, Red Rodney tp, Johnny Hodges as, Harry Carney bs, Oscar Pettiford cello, Duke Ellington p, Wendell Marshall b, Max Roach d.

The Chronological Duke Ellington & His Orch. 1949-1950. Classics 1191. Also on: Jazz Legacy 62: Johnny Hodges: Jumpin'. Vogue 500 112.

500921 Al Hibbler With The Ellingtonians. Al Hibbler voc, Red Rodney tp, Johnny Hodges as, Harry Carney bs, Oscar Pettiford cello, Billy Strayhorn p, Wendell Marshall b, Max Roach d.

Mercer 1953. - The Chronological Al Hibbler 1950-1952. Classics 1300. 

Leonard Feather: The Jazz Years p. 67: "The arrangements for occasions like this [the early Mercer sessions] were usually by Swee' Pea and invariably brought in at the last minute or even finished in the studio."

50 winter - 51 spring. Christy's Restaurant. Framingham, MA. Jam Session. Collective personnel: Howard McGhee, unknown tp, Bob Wilber cl, Gigi Gryce as, p, Joe Roland vib, Duke Jordan, Nat Pierce p, Oscar Pettiford cello, b, Tommy Potter b, unknown d, Eddie Curran mc.

Jam Sessions at Christy's, Vol. 2. Zim Records ZM-1010 (unreleased). - Art Zimmerman is in possession of the tapes. Pete Bainbridge writes: "It is interesting that the Christy's Jam session was ready for production on Zim records in the mid-1980s. With the advent of cds, Artie Zimmerman concluded that its release was not economically feasible, and so he shelved the project." - Cf. Noal Cohen & Michael Fitzgerald: Rat Race Blues. The Musical Life of Gigi Gryce, p. 376.

51 NYC. Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis ts, Bill Doggett org, Oscar Pettiford b, Shadow Wilson d. - Recorded for Royal Roost Records.

NYC. Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis ts, Billy Taylor org, Freddie Greene g, Oscar Pettiford b, Shadow Wilson d.

Eddie 'Lockjaw' Davis 1948-1952. Classics (F) 1382. - Except 1121 also on:  Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis: Hey Lock! Ocium 41 (CD). - *also on: Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis: Hey Lock! Vogue VJD 548 (LP). - 1122 also on: Roost 5th Anniversary Album. Roost LP 1201. - Davis recalls: "I wanted to use Wild Bill Davis, but by the time I got back to him, he'd signed with another label. Roost had the studio booked, so I used Bill Doggett, who was playing piano for Ella Fitzgerald. He didn't know about the bass footpedals, which was why we had to use Oscar Pettiford. The same thing happened with Billy Taylor, who I used because Ella, and Bill Doggett, had moved on to the next gig before the album was finished." Eddie was categoric, incidentally, that all these sessions were recorded in 1951, before joining Basie in 1952. - Coover Gazdar has Summer '51 for the first session, and January '52 for the second session. Lord has '52 for the first session and '52-'53 for the second session. Classics has '52 for both sessions. 

510102 NYC. Duke Ellington & His Orch. Oscar Pettiford cello.

The Winners. Giants of Jazz 1018.

510428 NYC. Oscar Pettiford, his Cello and Orkette.  Oscar Pettiford cello, ld, Howard McGhee tp, Joe Roland vib, Kenny Drew p, Tommy Potter b, Art Taylor d. [Coover Gazdar 51020; Tom Lord P3436] - The Autobiography of Quincy Jones p. 69-70: "I was off to New York to do a Pettiford session supervised by Leonard Feather, the jazz critic, on Mercer Records, Duke's son's label. ... Oscar paid me for my [two] arrangements, then showed me around."

Mercer 1966, Vogue (E) 2083, Swing (F) 373. - Cf. Oral history interview with Art Taylor, 26 July 1994. From the summary: "In 1950, Taylor began playing with Oscar Pettiford's trio (which included Wynton Kelly), made his first recording session with Pettiford, after which they drove to Chicago to open at the Blue Note where Duke Ellington was closing. He recalls staying in the South Central Hotel on 63th Street with Dizzy Gillespie, John Coltrane, Jimmy and Percy Heath, Specs Wright, and Milt Jackson; an experience he treasured. After one year with Pettiford, Taylor joined Coleman Hawkins (with Kenny Drew, Sweets Edison, Tommy Potter)." Strange chronology. Duke Ellington closed at the Blue Note on August 13, 1952. 

510601 Down Beat Vol. 18, No. 11, p. 13 reports: "Roland Joins Pettiford Unit. - New York. - Discouraged by the inability of the Shaw office to get work for his swinging strings unit, Joe Roland has temporarily gone to work here as a sideman with Oscar Pettiford. Latter, ironically, left the Shaw aegis several months ago after three months out of work. He has reorganized his combo to include Roland and Howard McGhee and has gone out on the road." - On the same page: Leonard Feather's article "Roland Trying To Prove A Point" about Roland's efforts to integrate strings in a bebop context. A hint: listen to your Savoy CD "Joltin' Joe" and DO NOT skip the string titles. There is a string quartet phrasing like Charlie Parker, and they do it convincingly and with ease. 

510609 An article in Melody Maker June 9, 1951 (Vol. 27 No. 925): OSCAR IS WILD! Leonard Feather Talks 'Pettiford' ('Fabulous', 'Unhappy', 'Melodic', 'Frantic', 'Mercurial', 'Illustrious'). In the same issue: Edgar Jackson reviews the first British record release by Oscar Pettiford, his 'cello and quartet. 

510613 German weekly Der Spiegel 24/1951, p. 39 f.: Oscar zupft besser.

510720 NYC. Gladys Bruce w. Jimmy Mundy's Band. Leon Merian tp, Kai Winding tb, Bernie Peacock as, Budd Johnson ts, Danny Bank bs, Billy Taylor p, Skeeter Best g, Oscar Pettiford b, Art Blakey d

Coral 65068.

510725 NYC. Wynton Kelly Trio. Wynton Kelly p, Oscar Pettiford b, Lee Abrams d. - Cf. Coover Gazdar 51040.

New Faces-New Sounds: Piano Interpretations by Wynton Kelly. Blue Note (J) Mono TOCJ-9222 (BNLP-5025). RVG edition.

Piano Interpretations by Wynton Kelly. Blue Note [J] BNJ-71001. - Wynton Kelly: First Sessions. Proper Records (UK) 2037. - *also on: The Immortal Session from Blue Note / Sonny Clark, Wynton Kelly. Blue Note [J] LNJ-70079. 

5109 NYC. Budd Johnson's All Stars. Howard McGhee tp, J. J. Johnson tb, Budd Johnson ts, Charlie Singleton ts, voc*, Cecil Payne bs, Kenny Drew p, Oscar Pettiford b, Kansas Field d. Freddie Jackson voc**.

Faith 315

Faith 314. - Complete session on: Budd Johnson 1944-1952. Classics (F) 1307.

510929 The Billboard p. 42: "Oscar Pettiford heads a jazz sextet which has begun a tour of Army camps fot the USO. The unit is known as the "Swingin' Jamboree" and along with Pettiford includes trumpeter Howard McGhee, tramist Jay Johnson, drummer Charlie Rice, tenorist Budd Johnson and guitarist Clifton Best." 

The USO unit was put together by Pettiford. It debuted at shows in New Jersey and at Pine Camp in northern New York state. They went overseas on Nov. 3 after playing a number of USO dates at camps across the United States. Then they went to Korea, Japan, and Southern Pacific islands. However, this group encountered internal problems that resulted in Pettiford leaving the tour early to return to the United States. Cf. Ralph Gleason's article in Down Beat (February 22, 1952). - "It was cold like something else," Rice said of Korea. "We'd be playing for five minutes, and the guys' lips would freeze to the mouthpieces."

5110 Nola Studios, NYC. Howard McGhee tp, J. J. Johnson tb, Budd Johnson ts,  Skeeter Best g, Oscar Pettiford b, Charlie Rice d. 

Unissued. - Paul Benkimoun sent a dub of the tape. Many thanks! - This sounds like a rehearsal for the USO tour. There are breakdowns, repeated endings etc. 

511103 The Billboard, p. 3: "Mr. Rosenberg [Assistant Secretary of Defense] laid it on the line that overseas commanders are urgently demanding more live entertainment for our men [...] The answer is immediately forthcoming with the dispatch on November 5 of a six-man unit, "Swingin' Jamboree," comprising Oscar Pettiford and His All-Star Dixieland Band to the Far East command, which includes the Pacific islands and Korea."

late 1951/ 520117. Guam, Pacific Islands. Howard McGhee tp, J. J. Johnson tb, Rudy Williams ts, Clifton "Skeeter" Best g, Oscar Pettiford b, Charlie Rice d. [Coover Gazdar 000051, p. 81, is incomplete.]

Jazz: South Pacific. Regent MG-6001. - South Pacific Jazz. Savoy SV-0219.

5201 NYC. Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis - cf. 51 (summer). Eddie was categoric, incidentally, that all these sessions were recorded in 1951, before joining Basie in 1952. - Coover Gazdar has Summer '51 for the first session, and January '52 for the second session.

520221 [Lord and FSR: 521016] Oscar Pettiford cello, ld, Billy Taylor p, Charles Mingus b, Charlie Smith d. - Click on the titles to find reproductions of the labels! Uwe Weiler sent the photographs.

Roost 546. - Oscar Pettiford: In a Cello Mood. FSR-CD 452. - 1102 also on: Charlie Mingus. The Young Rebel. Properbox 77. 

Roost 561. - Oscar Pettiford: In a Cello Mood. FSR-CD 452. - 1103 also on: Charlie Mingus. The Young Rebel. Properbox 77. 

Oscar Pettiford: Discoveries. Savoy SJL 1172. - The originally published masters are not on this LP. In his liner notes producer Phil Schaap says that they "will be published on a forthcoming Savoy Jazz compilation to be called 'Cello Again'." - The LP Roost OJ1, called "Operation Jazz" has* as Oriental Cello Blues.

520313 NYC. Beryl Booker Trio. Beryl Booker p, John Collins g, Oscar Pettiford b. - Love Is The Thing is a piano solo. 

Beryl Booker: Love Is The Thing. Mercury MG 26007 except*. - Emarcy (J) LP 10102 including the previously unissued*. - Beryl Booker 1946-1952. Classics 1415 has all masters and 4981, but not the alt. takes of  4977 & 4980; it is their politics to issue alt. takes separately.   

520509 NYC. Miles Davis Sextet. Miles Davis tp, J. J. Johnson tb, Jackie McLean as, Gil Coggins p, Oscar Pettiford b, Kenny Clarke d.

Miles Davis: Volume 1. Blue Note Records: RVG Edition 7243 5 32610 2 3. - The master takes on Miles Davis: Young Man with a Horn. Blue Note LP 5013. - * also on: Blue Berlin. Blue Note Plays the Music of Irving Berlin. CDP 7990952. This compilation has one previously unissued recording: a seven minute duet performance by bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Art Blakey, "I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm", 590329.

520524 The Billboard p. 35: "Slim Gaillard starts at the Downbeat Club, New York, on Tuesday (20). The rest of show includes the Oscar Pettiford Trio, with Lee Konitz and Max Roach, and the Billy Taylor Trio."

52 (first half) After a tour with Hal McIntyre's  dance band [cf. also "The Mills Brothers with Hal McIntyre & his Orch.], Frank DeVito was back in New York and ran into OP, who was looking for a drummer. DeVito ended up playing seven weeks at Snooky's on 57th with Pettiford's group of rising stars that included Lee Konitz on alto, Kai Winding or J.J. Johnson on trombone, and Kenny Dorham on trumpet. John Lewis and Horace Silver traded off on the piano chair. "Oscar Pettiford, man, anybody could play drums with him. He'd play those double stop tempos so fast. He was brilliant," says DeVito. Pettiford had gone through three drummers and was looking for someone that didn't play so much in the new style. Frank explains, "I was into bebop but had been playing a much straighter style with Hal's band, which was more of a Les Brown style band. Oscar was still kind of old school. I wasn't dropping a lot of bombs and he dug that. That was his groove." 

MLW: "Oscar had employed Lee Konitz and Kai Winding the first time he took his small combo into Snookie's." Linda Dahl: Morning Glory p. 221. - Cf. Let's Get to the Nitty Gritty: The Autobiography of Horace Silver p. 71: "We worked there six nights a week for about three months. It was an eight-piece band: Leonard Hawkins on trumpet, Kai Winding on trombone, Lee Konitz on alto, Rudy Williams on tenor, Cecil Payne on baritone, Osie Johnson on drums, myself on piano, and Oscar on bass. We played a lot of Duke Ellington's music, most of it arranged bei Tom Talbert and Tom Whaley. [...] Oscar was a great bassist and a beautiful person, except when he got drunk. When he was drinking, his whole personality changed, and he became quite nasty and obnoxious. We worked from nine at night to four in the morning. Sometimes when Oscar got drunk during the course of the evening, he would complain that the band wasn't playing the music right. Then he had us rehearse from four to six in the morning. The guys in the band got so mad at him. They were all tired and wanted to go home. Most of the time, I couldn't hear anything wrong with the way the band was playing the music, but it was his band and his gig, so we all went along with the program. It was a real good band, and I had a lot of fun of working with them." 

52 (second half) (?) Tony Scott worked as composer, arranger, clarinetist and dancer for 52nd Street - or Pleasure Girl, a movie with famous stripper Lili St.Cyr. In his group Joseph Marx oboe, Janet Putnam harp, Oscar Pettiford b, and string quartet. - Other sources say that the film was called Pleasure Girl (Or 52nd Street), and produced by Delta Productions (U.S.A.1950). 

520711 Pythian Temple, NY. Oscar Pettiford with Billy Taylor Quartet. Oscar Pettiford cello, Billy Taylor p, Chuck Wayne g, George Duvivier d, Sid Bulkin d.

Brunswick 80215. - Jazztime U.S.A. The Best Of Bob Thiele's Jam Sessions Of The 1950's. 2LP MCA2-4113. - The Chronological Billy Taylor 1950-1952. Classics 1344. 

5209 (or earlier?) MLW Trio „at the Downbeat Club, where she was booked … on and off, starting in September". MLW p, Oscar Pettiford b, Kenny Clarke d. MLW's dream band was not recorded. Cf. Linda Dahl: Morning Glory. A Biography of MLW p. 220f. „Pettiford was one of Mary's favorites, though she noted he could be difficult when he drank his favorite cocktail, called a Moscow mule." In MLW's own words: „It was this same Monty Kay who afterwards ran the Downbeat Club, another cool haunt. He was the ideas man in the club business. Whenever I went there, Monty offered me three or four weeks, and I finally took him up on it. … Oscar Pettiford and Klook Clarke were the rhythm men, and when I'd played half an hour I would bring Kai Winding, Zoot Sims and Kenny Dorham on the stand. There wasn't a set with the trio when we didn't compose on the spot.

Three months passed and Oscar left to return to one of his old jobs in Snookie's, near 6th Avenue, taking Klook with him. The new section wasn't bad, perhaps, but after what I'd had it annoyed me. …

Next thing, I received an offer to come to England. Several times I refused, then made up my mind to go, getting permission to leave my job for thirty days. That was November [28] of 1952, and I'm in Europe yet." (Melody Maker 1954)

520904 George Wallington p, ld, Oscar Pettiford b, Max Roach d.

Prestige 788. - The other title of this record has "Baron Fingus" on bass; photographs by Uwe Weiler.

Our Delight. Prestige P 24093. - The George Wallington Trios. Prestige PRLP-7587. - When Your Old Wedding Ring Was New originally on Prestige 803B. Prestige 803A has Mingus on bass. Scans by Uwe Weiler.

520910 Club Downbeat, New York. A fine photo (in the booklet accompanying the 4 CD set "Klook's the Man", Properbox 120) shows Charlie Shavers, Kenny Clarke, Zoot Sims, Kai Winding, OP.

521016 s. 520221

521025 Birdland, NYC. Broadcast "The Birdland Show". The Red Rodney Group without Oscar Pettiford. Red Rodney tp, J. R. Monterose ts, George Wallington p, Max Roach d. The announcer Bob Garrity says it twice: "The Red Rodney Group - they drew back in a quartet", and "and remember for a couple of weeks in Birdland the Red Rodney Quintet - they drew back in a quartet -"  

Mitsuo Johfu sent a tape of the broadcast, which in some way seems to belong to Oscar Pettiford's biography. - Cf. Coover Gazdar 52070. 

521204 Jet Magazine: "The Truth About Band Wives." - "... they can be as notorious as some men. Many of them, like pretty Harriett Pettiford, a former radio researcher, keeps busy while hubby Oscar, the celebrated bassist, is playing his 'gigs.' She makes garments for wealthy clients and for a leading fabric concern besides taking care of their six-year-old son, Oscar, Jr."

53 The Down Beat critics poll is started. Oscar Pettiford wins the Down Beat critics poll. S. below 530826

530108 Oscar Pettiford & wife appear on the cover of Jet magazine. "Why Musicians Choose White Wives". "Typical is the case of Oscar Pettiford and his wife, Harriet (see cover) whose nine-year marriage had its beginning at New York's Onyx Club where Pettiford was playing bass. Harriet admits that 'music indirectly brought us together,' points out that she once studied piano and could appreciate Oscar's intricate manipulations on the bass." Pages 24/25, 26/27, 28/29.

530122 Jet Magazine: New York Beat. "The Oscar Pettifords are not enjoying a happy married life, their friends hint. He is the jazz bass fiddler; she's an ofay modiste."

530203-15 or 20. NYC. Duke Ellington & His Orch. Cf. Klaus Stratemann: Duke Ellington Day By Day p. 348: „The Ellington band was broadcast … almost daily. The earlier programs from Jan30 to Feb2 feature bassist Charles Mingus in place of Wendell Marshall who was on temporary leave to get married. Mingus was unceremoniously fired … over the famous hassle with trombonist Juan Tizol, and Oscar Pettiford came in as temporary substitute." P. 705: „Oscar Pettiford subbed through Feb. 15 or Feb. 20." - Desor p. 1486: "February 3 - March 1953". - Cf. 530322. - Clark Terry in You Can't Steal a Gift by Gene Lees and Nat Hentoff, p. 138: "When Duke found out about Tizol and Mingus, he yelled to Al Sully, the manager, 'Hey, Sully, pay him off. Call Oscar.' Oscar Pettiford. Oscar got there in record time. He came in laughing. And of course walked in and played his ass off." "I was told Pettiford knocked Mingus down once." "Yeah, sure! He cold-cocked him in Birdland one night."

530204. Band Box, NYC. Duke Ellington & His Orch. Ray Nance, Willie Cook, Clark Terry, Cat Anderson tp, Britt Woodman, Quentin Jackson, Juan Tizol tb, Jimmy Hamilton cl, ts, Russell Procope cl, as, Hilton Jefferson as, Tony Scott ts, cl, fl, Harry Carney cl, bs, D.E. p, Oscar Pettiford b, cello, Louie Bellson d, Betty Roche, Jimmy Grissom voc. WMGM broadcast (Desor 5305). 

AZURE CD 83: Oscar Pettiford. For DEMS Members Only. - Sjef Hoefsmit of the DEMS sent a copy. Many thanks, Sjef! 

530207 Broadcast from „Birdland", NYC. Bud Powell Trio. Bud Powell p, Oscar Pettiford b, Roy Haynes d.

Bud Powell. Alto AL 715. - Birdland '53 Vol. 1. FSCD-1017. - Bud Powell: Lover Come Back To Me. Broadcast Performances. Magic Music 30009-CD. - Earl Bud' Powell. Muza (Poland) SX 1647.

Earl Bud Powell Vol. 2: Burning in U.S.A., 53-55. Mythic Sound MS 6002-1. -

530209 NYC, Band Box. Duke Ellington & His Orch. Same as 530204. WMGM broadcast titled "Jazz Caravan" (Desor 5307). - Unissued, with the exception of guest artist Stan Getz' appearance on (x):

(x) Stan Getz Special - Vol. 2 with Guests. Raretone (It) 5012-FC. Paul Benkimoun sent a tape of the broadcast.

530214 NYC, Broadcast „Birdland". Bud Powell Trio. Bud Powell p, Oscar Pettiford b, Roy Haynes d.

Birdland '53 Vol. 1. FSCD-1017. - Except** also on: Bud Powell. Alto AL 715, and on Earl Bud' Powell. Muza (Poland) SX 1647. - *also on: Live At Birdland. Queen-Disc 024, and on: Bud Powell: Lover Come Back To Me. Broadcast Performances. Magic Music 30009-CD.

Earl Bud Powell Vol. 2: Burning in U.S.A., 53-55. Mythic Sound MS 6002-1.

530219 Jet Magazine: Hot Jazz On Upsurge In New York. "Le Downbeat has Oscar Pettiford and Terry Gibbs."

530225 NYC, Apollo Theatre. Duke Ellington & His Orch. Same as 530204. Telecast (Desor 5309). - Unissued.

530322 Albuquerque, NM. Duke Ellington & His Orch. Ray Nance, Willie Cook, Clark Terry, Cat Anderson tp, Britt Woodman, Quentin Jackson tb, Jimmy Hamilton cl, ts, Russell Procope cl, as, Rick Henderson as, Paul Gonsalves ts, Harry Carney cl, bs, D.E. p, Oscar Pettiford b, cello, Butch Ballard d. - Dance date (Desor 5311). - Unissued. Paul Benkimoun sent a tape of the following titles:

Paul's comments: "sound is not great but OP is heavily featured on cello on both and his solo on Perdido is unbelievable, wilder maybe greater
than the Pasadena one 8 days later." It leaves you breathless.

530330 Pasadena, CA. Duke Ellington & His Orch. Guest star Oscar Pettiford cello. Ray Nance, Willie Cook, Clark Terry, Cat Anderson tp, Britt Woodman, Quentin Jackson, Juan Tizol tb, Jimmy Hamilton cl, ts, Russell Procope cl, as, Rick Henderson as, Paul Gonsalves ts, Harry Carney cl, bs, D.E. p, Wendell Marshall b, Butch Ballard d.

Duke Ellington: The 1953 Pasadena Concert. LP & CD GNP Crescendo 9045. - From Stanley Dance's liner notes: "The exciting version of Perdido ... introduces as a guest star the band's former bassist, Oscar Pettiford. He plays cello pizzicato throughout, and swings like mad. Certainly the best of Jimmy Blanton's successors in the band, Ellington introduces him as 'one of the milestones of Jazz', adding that he 'is considered the greatest jazz bass player.' Nobody else ever played the cello in a jazz context so well, before or since."

5305 Priestley's bio of Mingus. „Bill Coss' notes to the original 12" issue of the Massey Hall concert on Debut „noted that the Society 'decided to reunite as many of the early bop greats as they possibly could... Running into early trouble, the club finally contracted with bassist Charlie Mingus to bring such a group,' but Max Roach has stated on a couple of recent occasions that he was responsible for suggesting Mingus as 'substitute for Oscar Pettiford who had broken his arm playing baseball.' [And I heard Max assert the part about Pettiford's broken arm, if not his own responsibility for the presence of Mingus less than two years ago]. This only proves how fallible memory can be, for Pettiford's injury occurred in 1949, but it has to be admitted that Parker, Gillespie, Bud Powell and Roach himself were originators of New York bebop, and the choice of Pettiford therefore would have been logical."

Cf. Jazz at Massey Hall: Eyewitness Don Brown: "His (Dick Wattam's) original choice of participants was Dizzy Gillespie on trumpet, Charlie Parker on alto saxophone, Lennie Tristano on piano, Oscar Pettiford on bass, and Max Roach on drums. Dizzy, Bird and Max agreed, but Pettiford was unavailable, and Tristano declined the offer. Tristano told Wattam that Bud Powell, who had just been released from a mental hospital, would be far more appropriate for the group. Charles Mingus was Wattam's choice to replace Pettiford on bass."

530514 s. next entry.

5306 L.A. Oscar Pettiford and his Jazz All Stars. Oscar Pettiford, Harry Babasin cello, Arnold Ross p, Joe Comfort b, Alvin Stoller d. [Coover Gazdar 53040; Tom Lord P3438]. - A photograph from this session is here.

Imperial EP 122. Click on the link for a fine scan by Uwe Weiler. - First Bass. IAJRC CD 1010. - Oscar Pettiford: In a Cello Mood. FSR-CD 452 (has 530514). 

530627 - 530903 Pete Bainbridge forwarded these finds: 

Telethon for cerebral palsy, broadcast on KGO-TV and KGO radio - Oakland Auditorium 27/06/53 - 'Oscar Pettiford Jazz Band' scheduled to appear as the closing act at 2.30 on the am of the 28 (show ends at 3am, started at some point on the 26th) [source: Oakland Tribune 27/06/53]

'Oscar Pettiford' (no details of band) is advertised as appearing at the Down Beat, 90 Market St, SF on Thurs 27 Aug and 3 Sep 1953. Looks as though bands begin on the Tues of a week. On 20/08 the acts were Georgie Auld / Vido Musso, and on the 10 Sep only Sidney Bechet and Marty Marsala are billed. The feature article further up the page on 10 Sep says 'Sidney Bechet starts tonight with the Jerry [sic] Mulligan gang at the Downbeat'. Bechet and Miles billed for the following week. Source again is Oak Trib.

From Otto Flückiger's Wardell Gray Discography (Jazz Podium June 1955): Oscar Pettiford's eight piece band including Allan Smith tp, Frank Morgan as, Wardell Gray ts, Oscar Pettiford b, at the Down Beat, San Francisco, August 1953. 

530826 1953 Down Beat Critics Poll: 

Bass 

Oscar Pettiford: 50
Ray Brown: 40
Milton Hinton: 30
Charlie Mingus: 20
Tommy Potter: 20
Eddie Safranski: 20
Trigger Alpert: 10
Bob Haggart: 10
Wendell Marshall: 10
Gene Mayl: 10
Joe Mondragon: 10

Bass: New Star

Charlie Mingus: 40
Red Mitchell: 40
Wendell Marshall: 20
Jimmy Woode: 20
Arvell Shaw: 20
Bob Carter: 10
George Duvivier: 10
Milton Hinton: 10
Joe Mondragon: 10
Bill Stanley: 10
Charlie Traegar: 10

530915 "Tonight!" The Steve Allen Show. NYC. Bud Powell p, Oscar Pettiford b, Art Blakey d. - [Cf. Carl Smith: Bouncing with Bud p. 61; says 1955. -  Record has "Birdland, New York, 1953"].

Earl Bud Powell - Vol. 2: Burning in U.S.A., 53-55. Mythic Sound (It) MS 6002-1.

531015-1108. Duke Ellington & His Orch. Cf. Klaus Stratemann: Duke Ellington Day By Day p. 353: „For the next several weeks the Ellington Band was part of a concert package that included the Stan Getz Quintet and the quartets of Gerry Mulligan and Dave Brubeck. Between Oct15 and Nov8, this troupe, termed 'Modern Jazz Concert' by its promoter, Norman Granz, swept the entire US. … Nat Hentoff… reviewed the package for Down Beat… Among the good moments, he mentioned the solos of Oscar Pettiford. The Bassist was again subbing for Wendell Marshall, who had taken leave to be with his wife until the expected arrival of a child." Possibly Clark Terry's recollections: „I remember one day on the bus, Oscar Pettiford..." can be placed here (or above: 530322 & 30). Cf. Stanley Dance: The World of Duke Ellington p. 188.

531229 NYC. The New Oscar Pettiford Sextet. Oscar Pettiford cello (b on Tamalpais), Phil Urso ts, Julius Watkins fr-h, Walter Bishop p, Charles Mingus b, Percy Brice d. Quincy Jones arr (cf. Uwe Weiler: The Debut Label p. 60; The Autobiography of Quincy Jones p. 357). Aural evidence confirms that Tamalpais and Stockholm Sweetnin' were arranged by Quincy Jones.

LP 25 cm Debut (USA) DLP-8. Kees Hazevoet sent scans of the very fine cover by Bill Spilka (Foto by Herman Leonard), and the back. - Fantasy 6010 (Mono), Fantasy (US) 86010 (e-stereo), both titled: My Little Cello. - Except* also on: EP (33 1/3 RPM) Debut (DK) DL-102. - All titles on: The New Oscar Pettiford Sextet. Debut OJCCD-1926-2, ad on: Oscar Pettiford: In a Cello Mood. FSR-CD 452. - *also on: In Memoriam Oscar Pettiford. Philips B 08 657 2 (twen 21).

531231 NYC. New Year's Eve. Harriet and Oscar Pettiford, Jeri Caldwell-Jones and Quincy Jones celebrate. Cf. The Autobiography of Quincy Jones p. 94-96. Quincy and Jeri had been living with the Pettifords before that in 1953 (after Jeri found out she was pregnant in early 1953). Quincy p. 97 remembers it as 1952: "Me and my wife, Jeri, were sleeping on a mattress on the floor of Oscar Pettiford's appartment in 1952..."

54 The second year of the Down Beat critics poll. Ray Brown wins. 

54 (ca.) NYC (?). Russell Jacquet tp, Cecil Payne bs, Kenny Drew p, Oscar Pettiford b, Shadow Wilson d. - Benny Green, tb, is listed by discographers, but is not audible. - Coover Gazdar 54/18/0. 

Russ in Nice - The Valentine Waltz.  Jazz at Town Hall Records JATH-11435. - This is a sampler. Lord J584-5 has: Los Angeles & Nice, France, c. 1964, for all titles.

540321 NYC. Oscar Pettiford Sextet. Oscar Pettiford b & cello, Al Cohn ts, Kai Winding tb, Tal Farlow g, Henri Renaud p, Max Roach d.

Oscar Pettiford Sextet. BMG (F) Original Vogue Masters 743211409452. - Except alternate takes also on: The Birdlanders Vol. 2 (E-Lag as East Lag; date given: 540313).

540424 The New York Times: "A jazz matinee will be presented this afternoon at 3:30 in the Pump Room of the Shelton Hotel. Buck Clayton, Sol Yaged, Oscar Pettiford, Kenny Percy, Karl Kiffe and Sidney Gross will participate."

540508 Frank Wess Quintet. Frank Wess ts, fl, Benny Powell* or Henry Coker tb, Jimmy Jones p, Oscar Pettiford b, Osie Johnson d. - Coover Gazdar 54050.

Frank Wess Quintet. Commodore FL-20031 (except 4954-2). - Frank Wess: Wess Of The Moon. Commodore 6. 25897 AG

Giants of the Tenor Sax. Coleman Hawkins / Frank Wess. Commodore Classics CCL 7003 mono. - **Extended by one minute (originally it ran only 1:54) thanks to some splicing by Milt Gabler of solos from alternate takes. 

All masters and alternate takes on: The Complete Commodore Jazz Recordings, Vol. III. Mosaic Box MR20-134; except 4954-2 tk. 1 also on: Wess Point - The Commodore Recordings. FSRCD 469.

540510 Joe Roland vib, Freddie Redd p, Oscar Pettiford b, Ron Jefferson d.

Joe Roland: Joltin' Joe. Savoy SV-0215.

540512 George Wallington & His All Star Band. George Wallington p, Dave Burns tp, Jimmy Cleveland tb, Frank Foster ts, Danny Bank bs, Oscar Pettiford b, Kenny Clarke d. Quincy Jones arr.

George Wallington: Showcase. Blue Note BLP-5045 (no alternate takes). - Blue Note (Jap) LP BNJ 71003 / CD CJ28-5126. - Blue Note 95750 (Connoisseur 10" series). This CD lists 16 titles, but has in fact 17 titles: the Here Comes Frank Foster-session and George Wallington Showcase, complete with all alt. takes. - George Wallington: Complete Live At The Bohemia (2 Cd Set), Lone Hill Jazz LHJ10280_2, includes the complete George Wallington Showcase, too.

540602 NYC. Clark Terry Septet. Clark Terry tp, Lucky Thompson ts. Urbie Green tb, Horace Silver p, Tal Farlow g, Oscar Pettiford b, Kenny Clarke d. - A match in four rounds. "Oscar Pettiford lands a brief blow just after the bell sounds and is disqualified."

Leonard Feather Presents: "Cats vs. Chicks". MGM E3614. - Reissued on CD "Clark Terry". Verve 314537754-2. - Hot Vs. Cool / Cats Vs. Chicks. Membran 222976-203 (OLP #11).

540602 NYC. Tal Farlow g, Barry Galbraith g, Oscar Pettiford b, Joe Morello d.

The Tal Farlow Album. Norgran MGN19. - Entire session also on Norgran MGN1047 and Verve (Jap)MV2584, MGV8138, (G)2584. *Also on Verve 527365-2. - **Also on Verve 840037-2 entitled "Jazz Club: Bass".

540618 The Harry Lookofsky Strings. Harry Lookofsky violin, viola (multitrack), Billy Taylor p, Oscar Pettiford cello, b, Charlie Smith d. Arranged by Quincy Jones. - [Coover Gazdar 54070; CD Sony (Jap) has 550117!]

Miracle in Strings. EP Epic EG 7081. (The liner notes to Epic 7081 are here). - On CD: Sony (Jap) 14-477455-10.

540627 NYC. Ada Moore & Her Quintet. Ada Moore voc, John LaPorta cl, as, Wally Cirillo p, Tal Farlow g, Oscar Pettiford b, Osie Johnson d, Alonzo Levister, arr*, Charles Mingus arr**.

Jazz Workshop Vol. 3. Debut OJCCD-1701-2.

540808 Hackensack, N.J. Julius Watkins Sextet. Julius Watkins fh, Frank Foster ts, George Butcher p, Perry Lopez g, Oscar Pettiford b, Kenny Clarke d.

Blue Note BLP 5053. Blue Note (Jap) 9273. Blue Note CD 95749.

540812 Frank Wess Sextet. Frank Wess ts, fl, Joe Wilder tp, Henry Coker* or Urbie Green tb, Jimmy Jones p, Oscar Pettiford b, Osie Johnson d.

Frank Wess: Wess Of The Moon. Commodore 6. 25897 AG. - 4959 & 4963 also on: Giants of the Tenor Sax. Coleman Hawkins / Frank Wess. Commodore Classics CCL 7003 mono. - Wess Point - The Commodore Recordings. FSRCD 469. - Lord has 4962 for Romance.

All masters and alternate takes on: The Complete Commodore Jazz Recordings, Vol. III. Mosaic Box MR20-134.

5409 Oscar Pettiford Quintet. Oscar Pettiford b, cello, Julius Watkins fr-h, Charlie Rouse ts, Duke Jordan p, Ron Jefferson d.

Oscar Pettiford Modern Quintet. Bethlehem BCP1003. - Oscar Rides Again. LP Affinity AFF 160. - Bass by Pettiford / Burke. CD Bethlehem Archives R2 75820. - Oscar Pettiford: In a Cello Mood. FSR-CD 452.

5409 Ralph Burns & His Orch. Ralph Burns p, comp, arr, Joe Wilder tp, Kai Winding tb, Jimmy Buffington fr-h, Bill Barber tuba, Herbie Mann fl, Vinnie Dean piccolo, as, Danny Bank fl, bs, Billy Bauer g, Oscar Pettiford b, Osie Johnson d, Leonard Feather comp, arr, cond.

Winter Sequence:

Winter Sequence. A Seasonal Suite for Rhythmic Reindeer. MGM E270. - Ralph Burns Conducts Ralph Burns. Queen-Disc 5017 FC. - Raretone 5017-FC. - The photo of "COMET (OP) in WINTER SEQUENCE" was made by Jerry Saltsberg.

5410 Ernie Royal Sextet. Ernie Royal tp, George Barnes e-g, Billy Taylor p, Sidney Gross g, Oscar Pettiford b, Osie Johnson d.

Ernie Royal Sextet: Accent On Trumpet. Fresh Sound FSR 645 (Urania UJLP 1203).

5410 (ca.) NYC. Jimmy Hamilton Jazz Ensemble. Jimmy Hamilton cl, Ernie Royal tp, Lucky Thompson ts, Earl Knight p, Sidney Gross g, Oscar Pettiford b, Osie Johnson d.

Accent On Tenor Sax. Fresh Sound FSCD 2001.

Jimmy Hamilton and the New York Jazz Quintet. Jimmy Hamilton cl, Earl Knight p, Oscar Pettiford b, Sidney Gross g, Osie Johnson d.

Jimmy Hamilton and the New York Jazz Quintet feat. Clark Terry. Fresh Sound FSCD-2002.

5410 NYC. Lucky Thompson Sextet. Lucky Thompson ts, Jimmy Hamilton cl, Billy Taylor p, Sidney Gross g, Oscar Pettiford b, Osie Johnson d.

Society (E) SOC 920. - Jazz Kings JK 1206. - Accent On Tenor Sax. Fresh Sound FSCD 2001.

5410 Cf. Whitney Balliett, Brendan Gill, The Talk of the Town, "Magnetic Force," The New Yorker, December 25, 1954, p. 16, about a ten week course conducted by Sidney Gross at the School of Journalism Building, sponsored by the Institute of Arts and Scienes of Columbia University, called "Adventures in Jazz." When "The New Yorker" sent their crew, the topic of the evening was bebop. Monk, Pettiford, Bellson and Hamilton played "Just You; Just Me"; Langston Hughes read from his works. According to Hughes' papers, it was one night in October. 

541008 Capitol recording session at Universal Studios. Chicago. Duke Ellington & His Famous Orch. Ray Nance, Willie Cook, Clark Terry, Cat Anderson tp, Britt Woodman, Quentin Jackson, John Sanders tb, Jimmy Hamilton cl, ts, Russell Procope cl, as, Rick Henderson as, Paul Gonsalves ts, Harry Carney cl, bs, D.E. p, Oscar Pettiford b, Dave Black d, Frank Rollo bongos.

The Complete Capitol Recordings of Duke Ellington. Mosaic MQ8-160 and MDS-160. - Caravan first issued on Capitol T637 "Dance to the Duke". 

54 (late) NYC. Jimmy Hamilton and the New York Jazz Quintet. Jimmy Hamilton cl, Clark Terry tp, Barry Galbraith g, Sidney Gross rh g, Oscar Pettiford b, Osie Johnson d.

Jimmy Hamilton and the New York Jazz Quintet feat. Clark Terry. Fresh Sound FSCD-2002. - Jimmy Hamilton Orchestra. Jazz Kings 1204 (*wrongly titled I Can't Get Started on cover).

541217 Oscar Pettiford Nonet. Oscar Pettiford b, Clark Terry tp, arr*, Joe Wilder tp, Jimmy Cleveland tb, Jimmy Hamilton cl, ts, arr**, Dave Schildkraut as, Danny Bank bs, Earl Knight p, Osie Johnson d. Quincy Jones arr.°

Basically Duke. Bethlehem BCP1019. - Finest of Oscar Pettiford. Bethlehem BCP6007. - Oscar Rides Again. Affinity AFF 160. - FSR-CD 453 combines Bethlehem BCP1019 and BCP33. It is called: Oscar Pettiford Nonet & Octet. The sound is very good. 

541224 NYC. Helen Merrill With The Quincy Jones Orch. Helen Merrill voc, Clifford Brown tp, Danny Bank fl, bs, Jimmy Jones p, Barry Galbraith g, Oscar Pettiford b, Bobby Donaldson d, Quincy Jones arr.

Brownie. The Complete EmArcy Recordings of Clifford Brown. EmArcy 838306-2. - Helen Merrill, Gil Evans & Clifford Brown. EmArcy 838292-2. - The Complete Helen Merrill On Mercury. 18PJ-1047-50. Compiler Kiyoshi Koyama who had access to the Mercury files says 541223. 

55 The third year of the Down Beat critics poll. Oscar Pettiford wins. S. below 550831. 

55 NYC. Leonard Feather (prod): West Coast vs. East Coast. A Battle of Jazz with Leonard Feather's West Coast Stars & East Coast Stars. East coast personnel: Thad Jones tp, Benny Powell tb, Frank Wess ts, fl, Dick Hyman p, organ, arr, Oscar Pettiford b, Osie Johnson d. - The last title is a combination of both ensembles "through the technological convenience of magnetic tape."

Verve (Jap) E 3390 (POJJ-1576).

55 NYC. Music Minus One. Don Abney p, Jimmy Raney g, Oscar Pettiford b, Kenny Clarke d.

Music Minus One Volume 2. A Rhythm Background For Any Musician Or Vocalist.

55 (ca.) NYC. Jimmy Hamilton and the New York Jazz Quintet. Jimmy Hamilton cl, Earl Knight p, Oscar Pettiford b, Sidney Gross g, Osie Johnson d.

Jimmy Hamilton and the New York Jazz Quintet feat. Clark Terry. Fresh Sound FSCD-2002. - Jimmy Hamilton Orchestra. Jazz Kings 1204.

550103-04 Clark Terry tp, Cecil Payne bs, Jimmy Cleveland tb, Horace Silver p, Oscar Pettiford cello,b, Wendell Marshall b, Art Blakey d, Quincy Jones arr.

EmArcy MG 36007 (except*). - Speakers Corner (Mercury) AMER 36007. - Reissued on CD "Clark Terry". Verve 314537754-2. 

550112 NYC. Urbie Green Septet. Doug Mettome tp, Urbie Green tb, Danny Bank fl, cl, bs, Ike Horowitz ts, b-cl, fl, Jimmy Lyon p, Oscar Pettiford b, Jimmy Campbell d. Marion Evans arr.

East Coast Jazz 6. Urbie Green. Bethlehem BCP-14. - The Lyrical Language of Urbie Green. Bethlehem BCP 6041. - Bethlehem Archives R2 76686. - Urbie Green Sextet & Octet. FSRCD 451. - *also on: Various artists: Trombone Band Stand. Bethlehem BCP-6036.

550117 The Harry Lookofsky Strings cf. 540618.

550119 NYC. Urbie Green Septet. Doug Mettome tp, Urbie Green tb, Danny Bank fl, cl, bs, Ike Horowitz ts, b-cl, fl, Jimmy Lyon p, Oscar Pettiford b, Osie Johnson d. Marion Evans arr.

East Coast Jazz 6. Urbie Green. Bethlehem BCP-14. - The Lyrical Language of Urbie Green. Bethlehem BCP 6041. - Bethlehem Archives R2 76686. - Urbie Green Sextet & Octet. FSRCD 451.

550225 NYC. Quincy Jones & The All Stars. Quincy Jones arr, cond, Ernie Royal, Bernie Glow, Al Porcino, Jimmy Nottingham tp, J. J. Johnson, Kai Winding, Urbie Green, Jimmy Cleveland tb, Herbie Mann fl, Dave Schildkraut as, Sonny Stitt, Al Cohn ts, Jack Nimitz bs, Horace Silver p, Oscar Pettiford b, Osie Johnson, Art Blakey d. - [Coover Gazdar 55030; Tom Lord J4955]

The Giants of Jazz. Columbia CL1970, CS8770; CBS (Sp) BPG6147. - Three more titles were recorded but are still unissued.

5503 NYC. Sam Most Sextet. Sam Most fl, cl, Marty Flax bs, Bill Triglia p, Barry Galbraith g, Oscar Pettiford b, Osie Johnson d. Ronnie Woellmer arr.

East Coast Jazz 9. Sam Most. Bethlehem BCP-18. - Sam Most: I'm nuts about the Most....Sam that is! East Coast Jazz 9. FSR-2029. Cover art by Burt Goldblatt.

550307 Duke Jordan p, Gigi Gryce as, Oscar Pettiford b, Kenny Clarke d. - Originally recorded for the Signal label. Masters purchased by Savoy.

Do It Yourself Jazz. Duke Jordan - Hall Overton. Savoy (Jap) SV-0130. - And on: Gigi Gryce - Duke Jordan - Hall Overton: Signals. Savoy 2231. - Oh Yeah is credited to Duke Jordan; Gigi Gryce remembers that it is by OP.

550320 Hackensack, N.J. Julius Watkins Sextet. Julius Watkins fh, Hank Mobley ts, Duke Jordan p, Perry Lopez g, Oscar Pettiford b, Art Blakey d. [Coover Gazdar has 550319]

Blue Note BLP 5064. Blue Note (Jap) 9273. Blue Note CD 95749.

550329 Hackensack, N.J. Kenny Dorham tp, J. J. Johnson tb, Hank Mobley ts, Cecil Payne bs, Horace Silver p, Oscar Pettiford b, Carlos „Potato" Valdes conga, Art Blakey d.

Kenny Dorham: Afro Cuban. Blue Note TOCJ-1535.

5504 Open Door Café, NYC. The Jazz Messengers. Kenny Dorham tp, Hank Mobley ts, Horace Silver p, Doug Watkins b, Art Blakey d. One Sunday night OP subs for Doug Watkins. Cf. Jazz Magazine (F) No. 8, 1955, with photos by Herman Leonard, and the Chronology of Art Blakey (and the Jazz Messengers) by Steve Schwartz and Michael Fitzgerald. 

5504 NYC. Toots Thielemans & His Orch. Toots Thielemans harm, g, Lou McGarity, Al Godlis, Bill Rauch, Jack Satterfield tb, Tony Mottola g, unknown rh-g, Oscar Pettiford b, Cliff Leeman d. [The information about the tracks given by the LP, the CD, and Coover Gazdar is wrong. The tunes are as follows:]

Toots Thielemans: The Sound. Columbia 658. - Toots Thielemans: Harmonica Jazz. LP CBS 21108. - Toots Thielemans: Harmonica Jazz..CD COL (F) 471688 2 (Essentiel Jazz). - Toots Thielemans. Sony Jazz Collection COL (F) 488638-2. - The Amazing Sound of “Toots” Thielemans. FSRCD 526.

5504 NYC. Toots Thielemans & His Orch. Toots Thielemans harm, g, Toots Mondello, Artie Beck as, cl, Carl Prager bs, Oscar Pettiford b, Tony Mottola g, Cliff Leeman d. [The information about the tracks given on the LP, the CD, and by Coover Gazdar is wrong. The tunes are as follows:]

Toots Thielemans: The Sound. Columbia 658. - Toots Thielemans: Harmonica Jazz. LP CBS 21108. - Toots Thielemans: Harmonica Jazz. CD COL (F) 471688 2 (Essentiel Jazz). - Toots Thielemans. Sony Jazz Collection COL (F) 488638-2. - The Amazing Sound of “Toots” Thielemans. FSRCD 526. - *also on: Thanks Duke. Tribute to Duke Ellington. CD COL 477124 2. 

550509 NYC. George Williams and his Orch. Jack Laubach, Ernie Royal, John Bello, Taft Jordan, Charlie Shavers tp, Eddie Bert, Mort Troutman, Mervin Gold, Bart Varsalona tb, Joe Park tuba, Toots Mondello, Edie Scalzi as, Sam "The Man" Taylor, Bob Trock ts, Ernie Caceres bs, Ernie Hayes p, Mickey Baker g, Oscar Pettiford b, Panama Francis d. 

The "Fox" in Hi-Fi. Brunswick BL 54020. - George Williams, who is responsible for many arrangements played by Boyd Raeburn (s. Raeburn's 1945 and 1956 dates), Lunceford, Hampton, Miller, Krupa, Ray Anthony et. al., in an effort to fulfill "today's demand for the 'big beat'... It brings the elements of R&B to us in a new guise..." (From Burt Korall's liner notes).

5506 Lee Konitz With Warne Marsh. Lee Konitz as, Warne Marsh ts, Sal Mosca (Ronnie Ball*) p, Billy Bauer g, Oscar Pettiford b, Kenny Clarke d.

Lee Konitz & Warne Marsh. LP Atlantic ATL 50298 (That's Jazz Vol. 21). - Note: In Donna Lee the horns jump into the final theme (after Kenny Clarke's solo) with aplomb - but on the wrong foot. They are hobbling home hilariously, with breathtaking effect. It is a pity that the faces of Oscar Pettiford and Kenny Clarke cannot be seen. Oscar's final „fump" is on the down beat, where the last note of the melody should be, too.

550607 Miles Davis Quartet. Miles Davis tp, Red Garland p, Oscar Pettiford b, Philly Joe Jones d.

Miles Davis: Green Haze. Prestige P24064, and on: Miles Davis: The Musings of Miles. OJC20 004-2 (PR-7007).

550604 Billboard p. 22: "The latest [New York nitery] is the Cafe Bohemia in the Village, which opened Monday (30), with a bill that included Oscar Pettiford, Art Farmer, Hank Mobley, Kenny Clarke and Horace Silver..." - Café Bohemia, 15 Barrow St., near 4th St., now a residential building. O.P. was musical director. 

55, summer. Café Bohemia. Oscar Pettiford Band. Donald Byrd tp, Jimmy Cleveland tb, Jerome Richardson fl/ts, Horace Silver p, Oscar Pettiford b, Kenny Clarke d. (Cf. Chris Sheridan: Dis here: a bio-discography of Julian "Cannonball" Adderley p. XXIV).

550619 Cannonball Adderley sits in at the Cafe Bohemia. Cf. Erik Wiedemann's liner notes to "My Little Cello" 600705-06: "... Pettiford emphatically denies the widespread anecdote that he should have tried to scare Adderley off the stage at the 'Café Bohemia' when Adderley came to New York in 1955." - Cf. the Cannonball Adderley interview in Coda; Kenny Clarke in: Mike Hennessey: Klook. The Story of Kenny Clarke p. 108 f., and Phil Schaap's interview with Nat Adderley. - It was Sunday June 19, 1955. Cannonball began work at the Cafe Bohemia on Tuesday June 21,1955. He made his first recording with his new associates on Tuesday June 28,1955 on Savoy (not 6/26/55 which has been listed.) For that same label, Cannonball Adderley cut his first LP as a leader on Thursday July 14,1955.

550721 & 27 Hackensack, New Jersey. Thelonious Monk p, ld, Oscar Pettiford b, Kenny Clarke d.

Thelonious Monk Plays Duke Ellington. Riverside OJCCD 024-2. - *also on: In Memoriam Oscar Pettiford. Philips B 08 657 2 (twen 21).

550812 Oscar Pettiford Octet. Oscar Pettiford b & cello, Donald Byrd, Ernie Royal tp, Bob Brookmeyer tb, Gigi Gryce cl, as, Jerome Richardson cl, fl, ts, Don Abney p, Osie Johnson d.

The Finest of Oscar Pettiford. Bethlehem BCP-6007. - Oscar Pettiford. Bethlehem 6017-2. - Bethlehem BCP-33. - Bethlehem BTM 6822. - Polydor MP 2346. - *also on: Bethlehem's Best Vol. 1. Bethlehem BCP-82. - FSR-CD 453 combines Bethlehem BCP1019 and BCP33. It is called: Oscar Pettiford Nonet & Octet. The sound is very good. 

550831 1955 Down Beat Critics Poll. 

5509 Birdland, NYC. Bud Powell p, Oscar Pettford b, Art Blakey d.

Earl Bud Powell - Vol. 2: Burning in U.S.A., 53-55. Mythic Sound (It) MS 6002-1.

550913 NYC. Telecast 'Music '55'. Stan Kenton Orch. with the JATP All Stars. Big band incl. Dizzy Gillespie, Jimmy Nottingham tp, Buddy Rich d, Oscar Pettiford b, Coleman Hawkins, Illinois Jacquet ts, Lou Stein p, Jimmy Raney g, Ella Fitzgerald voc*.

Bean and the boys. Coleman Hawkins live and uncommercial recordings 1940-1965. Bean (It) 01. - Cf. Klaus Stratemann: Duke Ellington Day By Day p. 358: „'Music '55' was a thirty-minute TV summer replacement Programm for 'Person To Person', Edward R. Murrow's well-known CBS interview program..."

550917 Broadcast from Birdland, NYC. Oscar Pettiford Orchestra. Joe Wilder, Art Farmer tp, Eddie Bert tb, Gigi Gryce as, cl, arr, Jerome Richardson ts, cl, fl, Danny Bank bs, Hank Jones p, Oscar Pettiford b, cello, arr, Osie Johnson d, Ernie Wilkins arr.

Unissued. Tape is said to exist. Cf. Coover Gazdar 55/17/0.

550930 Sonny Stitt w. Quincy Jones Orch. Sonny Stitt as, Thad Jones, Jimmy Nottingham, Ernie Royal tp, T. Secret (i.e. J. J. Johnson) tb, Seldon Powell ts, Cecil Payne bs, Hank Jones p, Freddie Green g, Oscar Pettiford b, Jo Jones d. [Cf. Coover Gazdar 55180]

Sonny Stitt Plays Arrangements From the Pen of Quincy Jones. Roost LP 2204. - *also on: Sonny Stitt Plays Arrangements From the Pen of Quincy Jones. Sonet (Dk) EP SXP 2813. - The Complete Roost Sonny Stitt Studio Sessions. Mosaic Records #208.

551009 NYC. Sonny Stitt w. Quincy Jones Orchestra. Thad Jones, Joe Newman tp, Jimmy Cleveland tb, Anthony Ortega fl, as, Seldon Powell ts, Cecil Payne bari, Hank Jones p, Freddie Green g, Oscar Pettiford b, Jo Jones d. On* as, p, g, b & d only. [Cf. Coover Gazdar 55180 who has 550913 for all titles of the Roost LP 2204]

The Complete Roost Sonny Stitt Studio Sessions. Mosaic Records #208 (the previously unissued takes in this set only). - Sonny Stitt Plays Arrangements From the Pen of Quincy Jones. Roost LP 2204. - °also on: Sonny Stitt Plays Arrangements From the Pen of Quincy Jones. Sonet (Dk) EP SXP 2813.

551019 NYC. Mel Powell Quintet. Mel Powell p, Ruby Braff tp*, Skeeter Best g, Oscar Pettiford b, Bobby Donaldson d.

Mel Powell: Out On A Limb. Vanguard VRS 8506. Except You're Lucky To Me also on: Mel Powell: The Best Things In Life. Vanguard VCD 79602-2.

551022 NYC. Gigi Gryce & His Orch. Gigi Gryce as, Art Farmer tp, Eddie Bert tb, Julius Watkins fr-h, Bill Barber tuba, Cecil Payne bs, Horace Silver p, Oscar Pettiford b, Art Blakey d, Ernestine Anderson voc. - Session produced by Signal, purchased by Savoy.

Gigi Gryce: Nica's Tempo. Savoy SV 0126 (MG 12137). - And on: Gigi Gryce - Duke Jordan - Hall Overton: Signals. Savoy 2231.

551030 NYC. Gigi Gryce & His Orch. Gigi Gryce as, Art Farmer tp, Jimmy Cleveland tb, Gunther Schuller fr-h, Bill Barber tuba, Danny Bank bs, Horace Silver p, Oscar Pettiford b, Kenny Clarke d. - Session produced by Signal, purchased by Savoy.

Gigi Gryce: Nica's Tempo. Savoy SV 0126 (MG 12137). - And on: Gigi Gryce - Duke Jordan - Hall Overton: Signals. Savoy 2231.

5511 NYC. Eddie Bert, tb, ld. Jerome Richardson fl, ts, Vinnie Dean as, Hank Jones p, Barry Galbraith g, Oscar Pettiford b, Osie Johnson d.

Modern Moods. Jazztone J-1223. - Reissue: I Hear Music - Modern Music. Fresh Sound FSR 1611.

551103 NYC. Maxine Sullivan, voc. Dick Hyman p, org, harpsichord, Oscar Pettiford b, Osie Johnson d. - Dick Hyman accompanies alone on the last two songs.

Maxine Sullivan - 1956. Period RL 1909. - *also on: Maxine Sullivan Sings. 1955-56. FSR-CD178.

551119 NYC. Jimmy Cleveland & His All Stars. Ernie Royal tp, Jimmy Cleveland tb, Lucky Thompson ts, Cecil Payne bs, Hank Jones p, Barry Galbraith g, Oscar Pettiford b, Osie Johnson d.

Introducing Jimmy Cleveland & His All Stars. Verve 314 543 752-2. Also on: EmArCy MG 36066 and Trip TLP-5575; *also on: Jazz-Club trombone. Verve 840 040-2.

 

 

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