Howard Theater
       Washington, DC

         Recording Date:
             October 17, 1952

             Charlie Walp   TP
             Earl Swope      TB
             Charlie Parker  AS
             Zoot Sims        TS
             Bill Shanahan    P
             Mert Oliver      B
             Don Lamond     D


Review by arwulf arwulf
The earliest took place at the Howard Theater on October 18, 1952; the band was billed as "the Charlie Parker Tentet" and one of the participants was tenor saxophonist Zoot Sims. On February 22, 1953 Bird performed at the Club Kavakos in front of a big band led by drummer Joe Timer. For generations the recordings made that night have been savored as glowing examples of how inventive and adaptable Charlie Parker really was. As Rodney explains, there wasn't time for Yardbird to rehearse with the big band. Completely unfamiliar with the arrangements, Bird relied entirely on instinctual "bop logic" to navigate with ease as he formulated solos of remarkabl

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