They Were Collaborators #279


Tommy Potter, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and John Coltrane hit the high notes at Birdland circa 1949.

6 comments:

PWC said...

Posthumous Charlie Parker appearance?

swac said...

D'oh. I took the date off the photo ... should'a known better.

Probably more like 1946, after JC got out of the army and joined Dizzy's band.

swac said...

A little more research shows that Tommy Potter was in Parker's combo from 1947-50, so that narrows it down a little.

Chuck V. said...

I bet no one will read this comment on such an old post but I've (apparently) pinpointed the date on the photo. From the bird and diz liner notes:

"My research has discovered that it was taken Monday, February 13, 1950 at Birdland when Parker and Gillespie were reunited during a benefit for singer Buddy Stewart's family (Stewart had died in an auto accident)." - Phil Schaap

swac said...

You bet wrong, Chuck! Thanks for digging up that info!

swac said...

Of course Blogger, in its infinite wisdom, won't let me correct anything before 2009, it seems.