Leo Parker Complete Discography

by Frank Basile

Page generated on Jan 14, 2018


Tom Lord’s The Jazz Discography and Jan Evensmo’s Leo Parker solography list Leo Parker as playing alto saxophone on Trummy Young’s February 7, 1944 recording session for the Session label in Chicago (Session 12-010, Hollywood/Talk of the Town). However, Parker is not listed in the band personnel on the record’s label (the saxophonists are listed as Harry Curtis on alto and Leo Williams on tenor). I can find or hear no evidence that Leo Parker plays on this date.


Date: February 16, 1944
Location: New York, NY
Label: Apollo
Coleman Hawkins and Orchestra

Coleman Hawkins (ldr), Leonard Lowry, Leo Parker (as), Ray Abrams, Don Byas, Coleman Hawkins (ts), Budd Johnson (bar), Vic Coulson, Dizzy Gillespie, Ed Vandever (t), Clyde Hart (p), Oscar Pettiford (b), Max Roach (d)

a. R-1000 Woody 'n You - 2:57(Dizzy Gillespie)
Apollo 78751 — Woodyn' You/Rainbow Mist
b. R-1001 Bu-Dee-Daht - 3:10(Budd Johnson, Clyde Hart)
Apollo 78752 — Bu-Dee-Daht/Yesterdays
c. R-1002 Yesterdays - 2:53(Jerome Kern, Otto Harbach)
Apollo 78752 — Bu-Dee-Daht/Yesterdays
All titles on: Classics CD807 — Coleman Hawkins 1943-1944
Delmark CDDD-459 — Rainbow Mist

Date: February 22, 1944
Location: New York, NY
Label: Apollo
Coleman Hawkins and Orchestra

Coleman Hawkins (ldr), Leonard Lowry, Leo Parker (as), Ray Abrams, Don Byas, Coleman Hawkins (ts), Budd Johnson (bar), Vic Coulson, Dizzy Gillespie, Ed Vandever (t), Clyde Hart (p), Oscar Pettiford (b), Max Roach (d)

a. R-1003 Disorder At The Border - 2:54(Coleman Hawkins)
Apollo 78753 — Disorder at the Border/Feeling Zero
b. R-1004 Feeling Zero - 2:55(Coleman Hawkins)
Apollo 78753 — Disorder at the Border/Feeling Zero
c. R-1005 Rainbow Mist - 2:55(Coleman Hawkins)
Apollo 78751 — Woodyn' You/Rainbow Mist
All titles on: Classics CD842 — Coleman Hawkins 1944
Delmark CDDD-459 — Rainbow Mist

Date: September 5, 1944
Location: New York, NY
Label: De Luxe
Billy Eckstine and his Orchestra

Billy Eckstine (ldr), Bill Frazier, John Jackson (as), Gene Ammons, Dexter Gordon (ts), Leo Parker (bar), Gail Brockman, Dizzy Gillespie, Boonie Hazel, Shorty McConnell (t), Taswell Baird, Alfred 'Chips' Outcalt, Howard Scott, Jerry Valentine (tb), Connie Wainwright (g), John Malachi (p), Tommy Potter (b), Art Blakey (d), Billy Eckstine, Sarah Vaughan (v)

a. D-118-2 If That's The Way You Feel - 2:40(Billy Eckstine) / arr: Jerry Valentine
De Luxe 782001 — If That's The Way Tou Feel/Blowing The Blues Away
b. D-119-4 I Want To Talk About You - 2:37(Billy Eckstine) / arr: Tadd Dameron
De Luxe 782003 — I Want To Talk About You/I'll Wait And Pray
c. D-120-3 Blowing The Blues Away - 3:05(Billy Eckstine, Jerry Valentine) / arr: Jerry Valentine
De Luxe 782001 — If That's The Way Tou Feel/Blowing The Blues Away
d. D-121-2 Opus X - 2:39(John Malachi) / arr: John Malachi
De Luxe 782002 — The Real Thing Happened To Me/Opus X
e. D-122 I'll Wait And Pray - 2:43(Jerry Valentine, George Treadwell) / arr: Jerry Valentine
De Luxe 782003 — I Want To Talk About You/I'll Wait And Pray
f. D-123 The Real Thing Happened To Me - 2:44(June Eckstine) / arr: John Malachi
De Luxe 782002 — The Real Thing Happened To Me/Opus X
All titles on: Classics CD914 — Billy Eckstine And His Orchestra 1944-1945

Billy Eckstine (v) on a-c, f; Sarah Vaughan (v) on e.


Date: ca. February 5, 1945
Location: NBC Studios, Hollywood, CA
Label: AFRS Jubilee
Billy Eckstine and his Orchestra

Billy Eckstine (ldr), Bill Frazier, John Jackson (as), Gene Ammons, Budd Johnson (ts), Leo Parker (bar), Gail Brockman, Boonie Hazel, Shorty McConnell, Fats Navarro (t), Billy Eckstine (t, v), Taswell Baird, Alfred 'Chips' Outcalt, Howard Scott, Jerry Valentine (tb), Connie Wainwright (g), John Malachi (p), Tommy Potter (b), Art Blakey (d), Lena Horne (v), Ernie 'Bubbles' Whitman (mc), Verne Smith (ann)

a. Theme [Blue 'n' Boogie] - 1:02
b. Blowing The Blues Away - 2:00(Billy Eckstine, Jerry Valentine) / arr: Jerry Valentine
c. 'Deed I Do - 2:08(Walter Hirsch, Fred Rose)
d. I Want To Talk About You - 2:56(Billy Eckstine) / arr: Tadd Dameron
e. Theme [Blue 'n' Boogie] - 0:46
All titles on: AFRS Jubilee ET119
Spotlite LP 12"100 — Together
Spotlite CDSPJ CD 200 — Together

Billy Eckstine (v) on b, d; Lena Horne (v) on c; Verne Smith (ann) on a.

According to Rainer E. Kotz and Ulrich Neuert’s The AFRS “Jubilee” Transcription Programs: An Exploratory Discography, the presence of Fats Navarro, John Jackson, Gene Ammons, Budd Johnson, John Malachi, and Art Blakey was confirmed in interviews with Billy Eckstine and Gene Ammons. The remaining personnel is probable.

For more on the AFRS Jubilee programs, see here.


Date: ca. February 12, 1945
Location: NBC Studios, Hollywood, CA
Label: AFRS Jubilee
Billy Eckstine and his Orchestra

Billy Eckstine (ldr), Bill Frazier, John Jackson (as), Gene Ammons, Budd Johnson (ts), Leo Parker (bar), Gail Brockman, Boonie Hazel, Shorty McConnell, Fats Navarro (t), Billy Eckstine (t, v), Taswell Baird, Alfred 'Chips' Outcalt, Howard Scott, Jerry Valentine (tb), Connie Wainwright (g), John Malachi (p), Tommy Potter (b), Art Blakey (d), Sarah Vaughan (v), Ernie 'Bubbles' Whitman (mc), Verne Smith (ann)

a. Theme [Blue 'n' Boogie] - 0:57
b. Together - 3:41(Buddy DeSylva, Lew Brown, Ray Henderson) / arr: Budd Johnson
c. Mean To Me - 3:29(Roy Turk, Fred E. Ahlert) / arr: Tadd Dameron
d. Without A Song - 4:13(Vincent Youmans, Edward Eliscu, Billy Rose)
e. Mr. Chips - 2:47
f. Theme [Blue 'n' Boogie] - 0:56
All titles on: AFRS Jubilee ET120
Spotlite LP 12"100 — Together
Spotlite CDSPJ CD 200 — Together

Billy Eckstine (v) on b, d; Sarah Vaughan (v) on c; Verne Smith (ann) on a.

According to Rainer E. Kotz and Ulrich Neuert’s The AFRS “Jubilee” Transcription Programs: An Exploratory Discography, the presence of Fats Navarro, John Jackson, Gene Ammons, Budd Johnson, John Malachi, and Art Blakey was confirmed in interviews with Billy Eckstine and Gene Ammons. The remaining personnel is probable.

For more on the AFRS Jubilee programs, see here.


Date: ca. February 19, 1945
Location: NBC Studios, Hollywood, CA
Label: AFRS Jubilee
Billy Eckstine and his Orchestra

Billy Eckstine (ldr), Bill Frazier, John Jackson (as), Gene Ammons, Budd Johnson (ts), Leo Parker (bar), Gail Brockman, Boonie Hazel, Shorty McConnell, Fats Navarro (t), Billy Eckstine (t, v), Taswell Baird, Alfred 'Chips' Outcalt, Howard Scott, Jerry Valentine (tb), Connie Wainwright (g), John Malachi (p), Tommy Potter (b), Art Blakey (d), Sarah Vaughan (v), Ernie 'Bubbles' Whitman (mc), Verne Smith (ann)

a. Theme [Blue 'n' Boogie] - 0:51
b. Airmail Special - 3:37(Benny Goodman, Charlie Christian, Jimmy Mundy) / arr: Tadd Dameron
c. Don't Blame Me - 3:16(Dorothy Fields, Jimmy McHugh) / arr: Tadd Dameron
d. If That's The Way You Feel - 3:20(Billy Eckstine)
e. Theme [Blue 'n' Boogie] - 1:13
All titles on: AFRS Jubilee ET121
Spotlite LP 12"100 — Together
Spotlite CDSPJ CD 200 — Together

Billy Eckstine (v) on d; Sarah Vaughan (v) on c; Verne Smith (ann) on a.

According to Rainer E. Kotz and Ulrich Neuert’s The AFRS “Jubilee” Transcription Programs: An Exploratory Discography, the presence of Fats Navarro, John Jackson, Gene Ammons, Budd Johnson, John Malachi, and Art Blakey was confirmed in interviews with Billy Eckstine and Gene Ammons. The remaining personnel is probable.

For more on the AFRS Jubilee programs, see here.


Date: ca. February 26, 1945
Location: NBC Studios, Hollywood, CA
Label: AFRS Jubilee
Billy Eckstine and his Orchestra

Billy Eckstine (ldr), Bill Frazier, John Jackson (as), Gene Ammons, Budd Johnson (ts), Leo Parker (bar), Gail Brockman, Billy Eckstine, Boonie Hazel, Shorty McConnell, Fats Navarro (t), Taswell Baird, Alfred 'Chips' Outcalt, Howard Scott, Jerry Valentine (tb), Connie Wainwright (g), John Malachi (p), Tommy Potter (b), Art Blakey (d), Ernie 'Bubbles' Whitman (mc), Verne Smith (ann)

a. Theme [Blue 'n' Boogie] - 0:54
b. Opus X - 2:41(John Malachi) / arr: John Malachi
c. Love Me Or Leave Me - 4:42(Gus Kahn, Walter Donaldson) / arr: Jerry Valentine
All titles on: AFRS Jubilee ET122
Spotlite LP 12"100 — Together
Spotlite CDSPJ CD 200 — Together

Verne Smith (ann) on a.

According to Rainer E. Kotz and Ulrich Neuert’s The AFRS “Jubilee” Transcription Programs: An Exploratory Discography, the presence of Fats Navarro, John Jackson, Gene Ammons, Budd Johnson, John Malachi, and Art Blakey was confirmed in interviews with Billy Eckstine and Gene Ammons. The remaining personnel is probable.

For more on the AFRS Jubilee programs, see here.


Date: May 2, 1945
Location: New York, NY
Label: National
Billy Eckstine and his Orchestra

Billy Eckstine (ldr), Budd Johnson, Sonny Stitt (as), Gene Ammons, Dexter Gordon (ts), Leo Parker (bar), Gail Brockman, Boonie Hazel, Shorty McConnell, Fats Navarro (t), Taswell Baird, Alfred 'Chips' Outcalt, Howard Scott, Jerry Valentine (tb), Billy Eckstine (vtb, v), Connie Wainwright (g), John Malachi (p), Tommy Potter (b), Art Blakey (d)

a. NSC-53-1 Lonesome Lover Blues - 2:46(Billy Eckstine)
National 789015 — Lonesome Lover Blues/Last Night (And Now Tonight Again)
b. NSC-54-3 A Cottage For Sale - 2:46(Willard Robison, L. Conley)
National 789014 — A Cottage For Sale/I Love The Rhythm In A Riff
c. NSC-55-2 I Love The Rhythm In A Riff - 2:49(Billy Eckstine)
National 789014 — A Cottage For Sale/I Love The Rhythm In A Riff
d. NSC-56-2 Last Night (And Now Tonight Again) - 3:00(Sam Koval)
National 789015 — Lonesome Lover Blues/Last Night (And Now Tonight Again)
All titles on: Classics CD914 — Billy Eckstine And His Orchestra 1944-1945

Date: ca. 1946
Label: Aladdin
Leo Parker & Dizzy Gillespie

Dizzy Gillespie, Leo Parker (ldr), Leo Parker (bar), Dizzy Gillespie (t)

a. IM-5032 Instrumental
b. IM-5033 Cool Me Off
Both titles unissued.

Complete personnel unknown.

Info taken from Michel Ruppli's The Aladdin/Imperial Labels: A Discography under the section “List of Untraced Aladdin Sessions.” Other details remain unknown.


Date: February, 1946
Location: New York, NY
Label: National
Billy Eckstine and his Orchestra

Billy Eckstine (ldr), Norris Turney, Junior Williams (as), Gene Ammons, Josh Jackson (ts), Leo Parker (bar), Boonie Hazel, Shorty McConnell, Fats Navarro, Raymond Orr (t), Alfred 'Chips' Outcalt, Robert Scott, Jerry Valentine (tb), Connie Wainwright (g), Jimmy Golden (p), Bill McMahon (b), Art Blakey (d), Billy Eckstine (v)

a. NSC-114 Blue - 2:57(Abner Silver, Nick Kenny, Charles Kenny)
National 789018 — Blue/Second Balcony Jump
b. NSC-115 Second Balcony Jump - 2:51(Billy Eckstine, Jerry Valentine) / arr: Jerry Valentine
National 789018 — Blue/Second Balcony Jump
c. NSC-116 Gloomy Sunday - 2:51(Laszlo Javor, Rezso Seress, Sam M. Lewis)
National 789037 — Gloomy Sunday/In The Still Of The Night
d. NSC-117 Tell Me Pretty Baby - 2:56(Jerry Valentine, Alfred 'Chips' Outcalt, Billy Eckstine)
National 789019 — You Call It Madness But I Call It Love/Tell Me Pretty Baby
All titles on: Classics CD1022 — Billy Eckstine And His Orchestra 1946-1947

Billy Eckstine (v) on a, c-d.

Leif Bo Petersen and Theo Rehak’s The Music and Life of Theodore “Fats” Navarro: Infatuation lists Linton Garner on piano instead of Jimmy Golden and Tommy Potter on bass instead of Bill McMahon. They also assert that Kenny Dorham is present in the trumpet section and is the soloist on “Second Balcony Jump.”


Date: March, 1946
Location: New York, NY
Label: National
Billy Eckstine and his Orchestra

Billy Eckstine (ldr), Norris Turney, Junior Williams (as), Gene Ammons, Josh Jackson (ts), Leo Parker (bar), Boonie Hazel, Shorty McConnell, Fats Navarro, Raymond Orr (t), Alfred 'Chips' Outcalt, Robert Scott, Jerry Valentine (tb), Connie Wainwright (g), Jimmy Golden (p), Bill McMahon (b), Art Blakey (d), Billy Eckstine (v)

a. NSC-122 Love Is The Thing - 2:48(Victor Young, Ned Washington)
b. NSC-123 Without A Song - 2:50(Vincent Youmans, Edward Eliscu, Billy Rose)
National 789061 — Say It Isn't So/Without A Song
c. NSC-124 Cool Breeze - 2:50(Tadd Dameron, Dizzy Gillespie, Billy Eckstine)
National 789052 — You're My Everything/Cool Breeze
d. NSC-125 Don't Take Your Love From Me - 2:54(Henry Nemo)
National 789023 — All The Things You Are/Don't Take Your Love From Me
All titles on: Classics CD1022 — Billy Eckstine And His Orchestra 1946-1947

Billy Eckstine (v) on a-b, d.

Leif Bo Petersen and Theo Rehak’s The Music and Life of Theodore “Fats” Navarro: Infatuation lists Linton Garner on piano instead of Jimmy Golden and Tommy Potter on bass instead of Bill McMahon. They also list Kenny Dorham in place of Fats Navarro in the trumpet section.


Date: May 7, 1946
Location: New York, NY
Label: Musicraft
Sarah Vaughan Orchestra under direction of Tadd Dameron

Sarah Vaughan (ldr), Leroy Harris (as), Leo Parker (bar), Henry 'Hank' Ross (bcl), Freddie Webster (t), Bud Powell (p), Ted Sturgis (b), Kenny Clarke (d), unknown (str), Sarah Vaughan (v)

a. 5485 If You Could See Me Now - 2:48(Tadd Dameron, Carl Sigman) / arr: Tadd Dameron
Musicraft 78380 — You're Not The Kind/If You Could See Me Now
b. 5486 I Can Make You Love Me - 3:01(Sidney Keith 'Bob' Russell, Peter DeRose) / arr: Tadd Dameron
Musicraft 78398 — I Can Make You Love Me/My Kinda Love
c. 5487 You're Not The Kind - 2:45(Irving Mills, Will Hudson) / arr: Tadd Dameron
Musicraft 78380 — You're Not The Kind/If You Could See Me Now
d. 5488 My Kinda Love - 2:37(Louis Alter, Jo Trent) / arr: Tadd Dameron
Musicraft 78398 — I Can Make You Love Me/My Kinda Love
All titles on: Classics CD958 — Sarah Vaughan 1944-1946

9 unknown string players.

Tom Lord’s The Jazz Discography lists an unissued alternate take of My Kinda Love as appearing on Vernon MVM 504 (“That Everlovin’ ‘Sassy’”) and on Saga ERO 8016 (“Sassy Sings”). I have auditioned the Vernon LP, and My Kinda Love does not sound to be an alternate. I have not yet auditioned the Saga LP.


Most discographies have listed Leo Parker as present on the live recordings of Dizzy Gillespie’s big band from the Spotlite Club in June of 1946. These recordings have been issued in various forms over the years. But the most recent and perhaps the most researched release of these recordings (Dizzy Gillespie Big Band, Showtime at the Spotlite, 52nd Street, New York City, June 1946, Uptown UPCD 27.53-54) lists the baritone saxophonist as Sol Moore.


Date: July 9, 1946
Location: New York, NY
Label: Musicraft
Dizzy Gillespie and his Orchestra

Dizzy Gillespie (ldr), Howard Johnson, Sonny Stitt (as), Ray Abrams, Warren Lucky (ts), Leo Parker (bar), Dave Burns, Talib Daawud, Kenny Dorham, John Lynch, Elmon Wright (t), Dizzy Gillespie (t, v), Leon Comegys, Alton 'Slim' Moore, Gordon Thomas (tb), Milt Jackson (vib), John Lewis (p), Ray Brown (b), Kenny Clarke (d), Alice Roberts (v)

a. 5609 One Bass Hit - 2:57(Ray Brown, Walter 'Gil' Fuller, Dizzy Gillespie)
Musicraft 78404 — One Bass Hit (part 1)/One Bass Hit (part 2)
Savoy Jazz CDSV-0152 — Groovin' High
b. 5610 Ray's Idea - 2:25(Dizzy Gillespie, Walter 'Gil' Fuller)
Musicraft 78487 — Ray's Idea/He Beeped When He Shoulda Bopped
Savoy Jazz CDSV-0152 — Groovin' High
c. 5611 Things To Come - 2:49(Dizzy Gillespie, Walter 'Gil' Fuller)
Musicraft 78447 — Things To Come/Emanon
Savoy Jazz CDSV-0152 — Groovin' High
d. 5612 He Beeped When He Shoulda Bopped - 2:39(Dizzy Gillespie)
Musicraft 78487 — Ray's Idea/He Beeped When He Shoulda Bopped
e. 5612 (alt.) He Beeped When He Shoulda Bopped - 2:40(Dizzy Gillespie)
Musicraft LP 12"MVS-2010 — One Bass Hit
All titles on: Classics CD986 — Dizzy Gillespie 1946-1947

Dizzy Gillespie (v) on e; Alice Roberts (v) on d.

Tom Lord’s The Jazz Discography lists John Brown on alto saxophone in place of Sonny Stitt and Sol Moore on baritone saxophone in place of Leo Parker. Lord does not list Kenny Dorham in the trumpet section.


Date: January 7, 1947
Location: New York, NY
Label: Aladdin
Illinois Jacquet and his Orchestra

Illinois Jacquet (ldr), Ray Perry, Jimmy Powell (as), Illinois Jacquet, Budd Johnson (ts), Leo Parker (bar), Miles Davis, Russell Jacquet, Fats Navarro, Joe Newman (t), Gus Chapell, Ted Kelly, Fred Robinson, Dicky Wells (tb), Bill Doggett, Leonard Feather (p), Al Lucas (b), Shadow Wilson (d)

a. NR-94-4 For Europeans Only - 2:41(Tadd Dameron, Illinois Jacquet) / arr: Tadd Dameron, Illinois Jacquet
Aladdin 78180 — Big Dog/For Europeans Only
b. NR-95-3 Big Dog - 2:41(Illinois Jacquet) / arr: A. K. Salim
Aladdin 78180 — Big Dog/For Europeans Only
c. NR-96-4 You Left Me All Alone - 2:58(Illinois Jacquet) / arr: Tadd Dameron, Illinois Jacquet
Aladdin 78179 — You Left Me All Alone/Jivin' With Jack The Bellboy
d. NR-97-2 Jivin' With Jack The Bellboy - 2:48(Illinois Jacquet) / arr: Bill Doggett
Aladdin 78179 — You Left Me All Alone/Jivin' With Jack The Bellboy
All titles on: Mosaic CDMD4-165 — The Complete Illinois Jacquet Sessions 1945-50
Classics CD1019 — Illinois Jacquet 1946-1947

Bill Doggett (p) on a, c-d; Leonard Feather (p) on b.

Personnel information as recalled by Illinois Jacquet comes from the liner notes to Mosaic CD: MD4-165. Leif Bo Petersen and Theo Rehak’s The Music and Life of Theodore “Fats” Navarro: Infatuation and Michel Ruppli’s The Aladdin/Imperial Labels: A Discography list Marion Hazel on trumpet in place of Russell Jacquet and Big Nick Nicholas or Clay Nicholas on tenor saxophone in place of Budd Johnson. Petersen also lists Tadd Dameron as playing piano on For Europeans Only.


Date: January 29, 1947     9:00 PM
Location: Schermer Studio, New York, NY
Label: Savoy
Fats Navarro and his Thin Men

Fats Navarro (ldr), Leo Parker (bar), Fats Navarro (t), Tadd Dameron (p), Gene Ramey (b), Denzil Best (d)

a. S3383-2 Fat Girl - 2:21(Theodore 'Fats' Navarro)
Savoy 78906 — A Bar A Second/Fat Girl
b. S3384-2 Ice Freezes Red - 2:39(Theodore 'Fats' Navarro, Tadd Dameron)
Savoy 78976 — Ice Freezes Red/For Hecklers Only
c. S3385 Eb Pob - 2:26(Theodore 'Fats' Navarro, Leo Parker)
Savoy 78905 — O-Go-Mo/Eb-Pob
d. S3386 Goin' To Minton's - 2:54(Theodore 'Fats' Navarro)
Savoy 78951 — Goin To Mintons/Half-Nelson
All titles on: Mosaic CDMD10-264 — Classic Savoy Be-Bop Sessions 1945-49
Classics CD1108 — Fats Navarro 1947-1949
Savoy Jazz CDSV-0118 — Opus De Bop

According to Leif Bo Petersen and Theo Rehak’s The Music and Life of Theodore “Fats” Navarro: Infatuation, “Documents in the Savoy archives show that the first proposed title for Eb Pob was Kilroy’s (or Leo’s) Bounce, while the first suggestion for Goin’ to Minton’s was Teddy’s Hassell [sic].”


Date: April 1, 1947
Location: New York, NY
Label: Aladdin
Illinois Jacquet and his All Stars

Illinois Jacquet (ldr), Ray Perry (as), Illinois Jacquet (ts), Leo Parker (bar), Russell Jacquet, Joe Newman (t), J. J. Johnson (tb), Freddie Green (g), Sir Charles Thompson (p), Al Lucas (b), Shadow Wilson (d)

a. 137-AL Blow Illinois Blow - 2:46(Illinois Jacquet)
b. 138-AL Illinois Blows The Blues - 2:30(Illinois Jacquet)
Both titles on: Aladdin 783001 — Blow Illinois Blow/Illinois Blows The Blues
Mosaic CDMD4-165 — The Complete Illinois Jacquet Sessions 1945-50
Classics CD1019 — Illinois Jacquet 1946-1947

Ray Perry (as) on a; Leo Parker (bar) on a; Russell Jacquet (t) on a; Joe Newman (t) on a; J. J. Johnson (tb) on a.

Leif Bo Petersen and Theo Rehak’s The Music and Life of Theodore “Fats” Navarro: Infatuation and Michel Ruppli’s The Aladdin/Imperial Labels: A Discography list Jimmy Powell on alto saxophone in place of Ray Perry and add Fats Navarro as present in the trumpet section.


Date: April 29, 1947
Location: Mutual Street Arena, Toronto, Canada
Label: [private recording]
Illinois Jacquet and his Orchestra

Illinois Jacquet (ldr), Illinois Jacquet (ts), Leo Parker (bar), Russell Jacquet (t, v), Joe Newman (t), Sir Charles Thompson (p), Al Lucas (b), Shadow Wilson (d)

a. Bottoms Up - 6:14(Illinois Jacquet)
b. All The Things You Are(Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein II)
c. She's Funny That Way(Charles N. Daniels [aka Neil Moret], Richard Whiting)
d. Music Hall Beat - 14:16(Illinois Jacquet)
e. Music Hall Beat - 9:28(Illinois Jacquet)
f. Body And Soul - 6:31(Edward Heyman, Robert Sour, Frank Eyton, Johnny Green)
g. Throw It Out Of Your Mind, Baby - 4:35(Russell Jacquet, Illinois Jacquet)
h. Oh, Lady Be Good - 6:56(George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
i. Memories Of You(Eubie Blake, Andy Razaf)
j. unidentified tune [Jacquet's Salt Peanuts] - 7:41(Illinois Jacquet)
k. Robbin's Nest - 4:55(Illinois Jacquet, Sir Charles Thompson)
l. Mutton Leg - 3:31(Count Basie, Harry Edison)
m. Bottoms Up - 5:10(Illinois Jacquet)
n. Home, Sweet Home (aka There's No Place Like Home) - 1:37(John Howard Payne, Henry Rowley Bishop)
All titles on: Uptown CDUPCD 27.73 — Toronto 1947

b, c, d;   i, j performed as medleys.

Russell Jacquet (v) on g.


Date: May 21, 1947
Location: New York, NY
Label: Apollo
Illinois Jacquet and his All Stars

Illinois Jacquet (ldr), Illinois Jacquet (ts), Leo Parker (bar), Joe Newman (t), Sir Charles Thompson (p), Al Lucas (b), Shadow Wilson (d)

a. R-1214 South Street Special - 2:41(Illinois Jacquet)
Apollo 78785 — South Street Special/Diggin' The Count
Classics CD1019 — Illinois Jacquet 1946-1947
b. R-1214 (alt.) South Street Special - 2:40(Illinois Jacquet)
Apollo LP 12"LP 477 — Saxomaniac: Sax Sounds
c. R-1215-B Diggin' The Count - 2:49(J. J. Johnson, Illinois Jacquet)
Apollo 78785 — South Street Special/Diggin' The Count
Classics CD1019 — Illinois Jacquet 1946-1947
d. R-1216-2 Robbin's Nest - 2:53(Illinois Jacquet, Sir Charles Thompson)
Apollo 78769 — Jacquet Mood/Robbin's Nest
Classics CD1019 — Illinois Jacquet 1946-1947
e. R-1217 Music Hall Beat - 2:45(Illinois Jacquet)
Apollo 78777 — Music Hall Beat/Jumpin' At The Woodside
Classics CD1019 — Illinois Jacquet 1946-1947
f. R-1218-4 Jumpin' At The Woodside - 2:45(Count Basie)
Apollo 78777 — Music Hall Beat/Jumpin' At The Woodside
Classics CD1019 — Illinois Jacquet 1946-1947
g. R-1218 (alt.) Jumpin' At The Woodside - 2:42(Count Basie)
Grand Award LP 12"LP33-315 — Rex Stewart Plays Duke Ellington/Illinois Jacquet And His All Stars
All titles on: Mosaic CDMD4-165 — The Complete Illinois Jacquet Sessions 1945-50

Date: summer, 1947
Location: New York, NY
Label: Apollo
Sir Charles and his All Stars

Sir Charles Thompson (ldr), Bob Dorsey (ts), Leo Parker (bar), Joe Newman (t), Freddie Green (g), Sir Charles Thompson (p), John Simmons (b), Shadow Wilson (d)

a. R-1247 Tunis In - 2:50(Sir Charles Thompson)
Apollo 78773 — Tunis In/Mad Lad
b. R-1248-1 (alt.) Strange Hour - 3:03(Sir Charles Thompson)
c. R-1248-2 Strange Hour - 3:00(Sir Charles Thompson)
Apollo 78782 — Strange Hour/Rhythm Itch
d. R-1249-1 (alt.) Rhythm Itch - 2:58(Sir Charles Thompson)
e. R-1249-2 Rhythm Itch - 2:49(Sir Charles Thompson)
Apollo 78782 — Strange Hour/Rhythm Itch
f. R-1250-1 (alt.) Mad Lad - 2:42(Sir Charles Thompson)
g. R-1250-2 Mad Lad - 2:34(Sir Charles Thompson)
Apollo 78773 — Tunis In/Mad Lad
All titles on: Delmark CDDD-450 — Takin' Off

Date: September 10, 1947
Location: New York, NY
Label: Aladdin
Illinois Jacquet and his All Stars

Illinois Jacquet (ldr), Illinois Jacquet (ts), Leo Parker (bar), Russell Jacquet, Joe Newman (t), J. J. Johnson (tb), John Collins (g), Sir Charles Thompson (p), Al Lucas (b), Shadow Wilson (d)

a. WOR-260-1 Goofin' Off - 2:24(Illinois Jacquet)
Aladdin 783011 — It's Wild/Goofin' Off
Mosaic CDMD4-165 — The Complete Illinois Jacquet Sessions 1945-50
Classics CD1019 — Illinois Jacquet 1946-1947
b. WOR-261-2 Riffin' With Jacquet - 2:52(Illinois Jacquet)
Aladdin LP 12"(F) 803 — Illinois Jacquet And His Tenor Sax
Mosaic CDMD4-165 — The Complete Illinois Jacquet Sessions 1945-50
Classics CD1019 — Illinois Jacquet 1946-1947
c. WOR-262-1 Don't Push, Daddy - 3:09(Illinois Jacquet)
Aladdin 783260 — Don't Push, Daddy/Sahara Heat
Classics CD1019 — Illinois Jacquet 1946-1947
d. WOR-263-2 (alt.) Sahara Heat - 3:24(Illinois Jacquet)
Mosaic CDMD4-165 — The Complete Illinois Jacquet Sessions 1945-50
e. WOR-263-3 Sahara Heat - 2:41(Illinois Jacquet)
Aladdin 783260 — Don't Push, Daddy/Sahara Heat
Mosaic CDMD4-165 — The Complete Illinois Jacquet Sessions 1945-50
Classics CD1019 — Illinois Jacquet 1946-1947
f. WOR-264-1 It's Wild - 2:32(Illinois Jacquet)
Aladdin 783011 — It's Wild/Goofin' Off
Mosaic CDMD4-165 — The Complete Illinois Jacquet Sessions 1945-50
Classics CD1019 — Illinois Jacquet 1946-1947

Leo Parker (bar) on a-e; Russell Jacquet (t) on a-e; Joe Newman (t) on a-e; J. J. Johnson (tb) on a-e.

Note: At Illinois Jacquet’s request, Mosaic MD4-165 did not include c.

Michel Ruppli’s The Aladdin/Imperial Labels: A Discography lists b as matrix WOR-261-3 and c as matrix WOR-262-3. Ruppli does not list J.J. Johnson on this session, but he is indeed heard soloing on Riffin’ With Jacquet.


Date: September 23, 1947
Location: Toogood Studios, Chicago, IL
Label: Aladdin
Gene Ammons Quintet

Gene Ammons (ldr), Gene Ammons (ts), Leo Parker (bar), Junior Mance (p), Eugene Wright (b), Ellis Bartee (d)

a. 301-5 Concentration - 2:22(Gene Ammons)
Aladdin 783012 — Blowing Red's Bop/Concentration
Classics CD1251 — Gene Ammons 1947-1949
Capitol CDCDP 7243 8 52051 2 5 — Jumpin' Like Mad: Cool Cats & Hip Chicks Non-Stop Dancin'
b. 302-7 Jack's Town - 2:57(Gene Ammons)
Capitol CDCDP 7243 8 52051 2 5 — Jumpin' Like Mad: Cool Cats & Hip Chicks Non-Stop Dancin'
c. 303-8 Blowing Red's Bop - 2:29(Gene Ammons)
Aladdin 783012 — Blowing Red's Bop/Concentration
Classics CD1251 — Gene Ammons 1947-1949
Capitol CDCDP 7243 8 52051 2 5 — Jumpin' Like Mad: Cool Cats & Hip Chicks Non-Stop Dancin'
d. 304-9 Bartee Meets Gene(Gene Ammons)
unissued

Leo Parker (bar) on a-b, d.

Although Aladdin 3012 is billed as the “Gene Ammons Quintet,” Leo Parker is not heard on c. Exact personnel on d needs confirmation.


Date: October 4, 1947
Location: Detroit, MI
Label: Savoy
Leo Parker All Stars

Leo Parker (ldr), Gene Ammons (ts), Leo Parker (bar), Howard McGhee (t), Junior Mance (p), Eugene Wright (b), Charles Williams (d)

a. D-800 El Sino - 3:13(Charles Greenlee)
Savoy 78912 — El Sino/Wild Leo
Savoy EP 7"XP 8081 — New Sounds in Modern Music, Vol. 3
Savoy LP 10"MG 9018 — New Trends of Jazz, Vol. 5
b. D-801 Ineta - 2:52(Leo Parker)
Savoy 78954 — Running Water/Ineta
Savoy LP 10"MG 9009 — New Sounds in Modern Music, Vol. 1
c. D-802 Wild Leo - 2:56(Leo Parker)
Savoy 78912 — El Sino/Wild Leo
Savoy EP 7"XP 8081 — New Sounds in Modern Music, Vol. 3
Savoy LP 10"MG 9018 — New Trends of Jazz, Vol. 5
d. D-803 Leaping Leo - 3:03(Leo Parker)
Savoy 78950 — Wee Dot/Leaping Leo
Savoy EP 7"XP 8081 — New Sounds in Modern Music, Vol. 3
Savoy LP 10"MG 9018 — New Trends of Jazz, Vol. 5
All titles on: Savoy LP 12"SJL 1103 — Red Top
Mosaic CDMD10-264 — Classic Savoy Be-Bop Sessions 1945-49
Classics CD1203 — Leo Parker 1947-1950
Savoy Jazz CDSV-0242 — Red Top

Date: November 28, 1947
Location: Chicago, IL
Label: Aladdin
Illinois Jacquet and his All Stars

Illinois Jacquet (ldr), Porter Kilbert (as), Illinois Jacquet (ts), Leo Parker (bar), Russell Jacquet, Joe Newman (t), J. J. Johnson (tb), John Collins (g), Sir Charles Thompson (p), Al Lucas (b), Shadow Wilson (d)

a. 480-4 Destination Moon - 2:48(Illinois Jacquet)
Aladdin 783180 — Destination Moon/For Truly
Classics CD1019 — Illinois Jacquet 1946-1947
b. 481-4 For Truly - 2:53(Illinois Jacquet)
Aladdin 783180 — Destination Moon/For Truly
Classics CD1019 — Illinois Jacquet 1946-1947
c. 482-1 (alt.) I Surrender Dear - 3:46(Harry Barris, Gordon Clifford)
d. 482-3 I Surrender Dear - 3:04(Harry Barris, Gordon Clifford)
Aladdin LP 12"(F) 803 — Illinois Jacquet And His Tenor Sax
Classics CD1019 — Illinois Jacquet 1946-1947
All titles on: Mosaic CDMD4-165 — The Complete Illinois Jacquet Sessions 1945-50

Porter Kilbert (as) on a-b; Leo Parker (bar) on a-b; Russell Jacquet (t) on a-b; Joe Newman (t) on a-b; J. J. Johnson (tb) on a-b.

According to the liner notes to Mosaic MD4-165, although November 7 is entered into the Aladdin master book for this date and used in most discographies, the actual discs from the session are dated November 28.

Michel Ruppli’s The Aladdin/Imperial Labels: A Discography does not list Porter Kilbert as being present on alto saxophone. It is unclear whether he is on this session or not.


Date: December 11, 1947
Location: New York, NY
Label: Savoy
Dexter Gordon Quintette

Dexter Gordon (ldr), Dexter Gordon (ts), Leo Parker (bar), Tadd Dameron (p), Curly Russell (b), Art Blakey (d)

a. S3491/2-3 Settin' The Pace - 5:56(Dexter Gordon)
Savoy 78913 — Settin' The Pace-Part One/Settin' The Pace-Part Two
Savoy LP 12"MG 12130 — Dexter Rides Again
Savoy LP 12"SJL 2211 — Long Tall Dexter
Mosaic CDMD10-264 — Classic Savoy Be-Bop Sessions 1945-49
Savoy Jazz CDSV-0120 — Dexter Rides Again
b. S3493-1(?) So Easy - 3:38(Dexter Gordon)
Savoy LP 12"MG 12130 — Dexter Rides Again
Savoy Jazz CDSV-0120 — Dexter Rides Again
c. S3493-2 (alt.) So Easy - 2:39(Dexter Gordon)
Savoy LP 12"SJL 2211 — Long Tall Dexter
Mosaic CDMD10-264 — Classic Savoy Be-Bop Sessions 1945-49
d. S3493-3 So Easy - 2:42(Dexter Gordon)
Savoy 78960 — Dexter's Riff/So Easy
Savoy LP 12"SJL 2211 — Long Tall Dexter
Mosaic CDMD10-264 — Classic Savoy Be-Bop Sessions 1945-49
e. S3494-1 (alt.) Dexter's Riff - 3:03(Dexter Gordon)
Savoy LP 12"SJL 2211 — Long Tall Dexter
Mosaic CDMD10-264 — Classic Savoy Be-Bop Sessions 1945-49
f. S3494-2 Dexter's Riff - 2:47(Dexter Gordon)
Savoy 78960 — Dexter's Riff/So Easy
Savoy LP 12"MG 12130 — Dexter Rides Again
Savoy LP 12"SJL 2211 — Long Tall Dexter
Mosaic CDMD10-264 — Classic Savoy Be-Bop Sessions 1945-49
Savoy Jazz CDSV-0120 — Dexter Rides Again

Note: Mosaic omitted b from MD10-264.


Date: December 18, 1947
Location: New York, NY
Label: RCA Victor
Illinois Jacquet and his Orchestra

Illinois Jacquet (ldr), Illinois Jacquet (ts), Leo Parker (bar), Russell Jacquet (t, v), Joe Newman (t), J. J. Johnson (tb), Sir Charles Thompson (p), Al Lucas (b), Shadow Wilson (d)

a. D7VB-2854-1 Jet Propulsion - 2:53(Illinois Jacquet)
RCA Victor 7820-2892 — Jet Propulsion/Try Me One More Time
b. D7VB-2855-1 King Jacquet - 2:33(Illinois Jacquet)
RCA Victor 7820-2702 — Riffin' At 24th Street/King Jacquet
c. D7VB-2856-1 Try Me One More Time - 2:56(Russell Jacquet, Illinois Jacquet)
RCA Victor 7820-2892 — Jet Propulsion/Try Me One More Time
d. D7VB-2857-1 Embryo - 2:39(Illinois Jacquet, J. J. Johnson)
RCA Victor 7820-3278 — Embryo/A Jacquet For Jack The Bellboy
All titles on: Mosaic CDMD4-165 — The Complete Illinois Jacquet Sessions 1945-50
Classics CD1254 — Illinois Jacquet 1947-1951

Russell Jacquet (v) on c.

According to the liner notes to Mosaic MD4-165, Jimmy Mundy is the arranger on some or all of the above.


Date: December 19, 1947 (a)
Location: New York, NY
Label: RCA Victor
Illinois Jacquet and his Orchestra

Illinois Jacquet (ldr), Illinois Jacquet (ts), Leo Parker (bar), Russell Jacquet, Joe Newman (t), J. J. Johnson (tb), John Collins (g), Sir Charles Thompson (p), Al Lucas (b), Shadow Wilson (d)

a. D7VB-2889-1 Riffin' At 24th Street - 2:45(Illinois Jacquet)
RCA Victor 7820-2702 — Riffin' At 24th Street/King Jacquet
b. D7VB-2890-1 Mutton Leg - 2:15(Count Basie, Harry Edison)
RCA Victor 7820-3060 — Mutton Leg/Symphony In Sid
c. D7VB-2891-1 Symphony In Sid - 3:01(Illinois Jacquet)
RCA Victor 7820-3060 — Mutton Leg/Symphony In Sid
d. D7VB-2892-1 A Jacquet For Jack The Bellboy [Cloudy Day] - 3:03(Illinois Jacquet)
RCA Victor 7820-3278 — Embryo/A Jacquet For Jack The Bellboy
All titles on: Mosaic CDMD4-165 — The Complete Illinois Jacquet Sessions 1945-50
Classics CD1254 — Illinois Jacquet 1947-1951

According to the liner notes to Mosaic MD4-165, Tadd Dameron is the arranger on some or all of the above.


Date: December 19, 1947 (b)
Location: New York, NY
Label: Savoy
Leo Parker's All Stars

Leo Parker (ldr), Dexter Gordon (ts), Leo Parker (bar), Joe Newman (t), J. J. Johnson (tb), Hank Jones (p), Curly Russell (b), Shadow Wilson (d)

a. S3495-1 (alt.) Wee Dot - 2:41(J. J. Johnson, Leo Parker)
Savoy LP 12"SJL 2211 — Long Tall Dexter
b. S3495-2 (inc.) Wee Dot - 2:33(J. J. Johnson, Leo Parker)
Savoy LP 12"SJL 2225 — The Bebop Boys
c. S3495-3 Wee Dot - 2:40(J. J. Johnson, Leo Parker)
Savoy 78950 — Wee Dot/Leaping Leo
Savoy LP 12"SJL 2211 — Long Tall Dexter
Classics CD1203 — Leo Parker 1947-1950
d. S3495-4 (alt.) Wee Dot - 2:27(J. J. Johnson, Leo Parker)
Savoy LP 12"SJL 2225 — The Bebop Boys
e. S3496-2 Solitude - 2:53(Duke Ellington, Edgar DeLange, Irving Mills)
Savoy 78929 — Mad Lad Boogie/Solitude
Savoy LP 12"SJL 2225 — The Bebop Boys
Classics CD1203 — Leo Parker 1947-1950
f. S3497-1 (alt.) Lion Roars [The Lion's Roar] - 2:56(Leo Parker)
Savoy LP 12"SJL 2211 — Long Tall Dexter
g. S3497-2 (inc.) Lion Roars [The Lion's Roar] - 2:38(Leo Parker)
Savoy LP 12"SJL 2225 — The Bebop Boys
h. S3497-3 Lion Roars [The Lion's Roar] - 2:59(Leo Parker)
Savoy EP 7"XP 8060 — The Birth Of Bop, Vol. 1
Savoy LP 12"SJL 2211 — Long Tall Dexter
Classics CD1203 — Leo Parker 1947-1950
i. S3497-4 (alt.) Lion Roars [The Lion's Roar] - 2:51(Leo Parker)
Savoy LP 12"SJL 2225 — The Bebop Boys
j. S3498-3 Mad Lad Boogie - 2:47(Leo Parker)
Savoy 78929 — Mad Lad Boogie/Solitude
Classics CD1203 — Leo Parker 1947-1950
All titles on: Mosaic CDMD10-264 — Classic Savoy Be-Bop Sessions 1945-49

Tom Lord’s The Jazz Discography lists 2 alternate takes for Solitude and Mad Lad Boogie.


Date: December 24, 1947
Location: Harry Smith Studio, New York, NY
Label: Savoy
J.J. Johnson's Bop Quintette

J. J. Johnson (ldr), Leo Parker (bar), J. J. Johnson (tb), Hank Jones (p), Al Lucas (b), Shadow Wilson (d)

a. S3519 Boneology [Boney] - 2:59(J. J. Johnson)
Savoy 78942 — Down Vernon's Alley/Boneology
Classics CD1176 — J.J. Johnson 1946-1949
Savoy Jazz CDSV-0151 — J.J. Johnson's Jazz Quintets
b. S3519 (alt.) Boneology [Boney] - 3:12(J. J. Johnson)
Savoy LP 12"SJL 2253 — The Trombone Album
c. S3520 Down Vernon's Alley [B-Yot] - 2:34(J. J. Johnson)
Savoy 78942 — Down Vernon's Alley/Boneology
Classics CD1176 — J.J. Johnson 1946-1949
Savoy Jazz CDSV-0151 — J.J. Johnson's Jazz Quintets
d. S3520 (alt.) Down Vernon's Alley [B-Yot] - 2:19(J. J. Johnson)
Savoy LP 12"SJL 2253 — The Trombone Album
e. S3521 Yesterdays - 2:59(Jerome Kern, Otto Harbach)
Savoy LP 10"MG 15048 — Jay & Kai, Vol. 2
Classics CD1176 — J.J. Johnson 1946-1949
Savoy Jazz CDSV-0151 — J.J. Johnson's Jazz Quintets
f. S3522 Riffette - 2:27(J. J. Johnson)
Savoy LP 10"MG 15048 — Jay & Kai, Vol. 2
Classics CD1176 — J.J. Johnson 1946-1949
Savoy Jazz CDSV-0151 — J.J. Johnson's Jazz Quintets
g. S3522 (alt.) Riffette - 2:26(J. J. Johnson)
Savoy LP 12"SJL 2253 — The Trombone Album
All titles on: Mosaic CDMD10-264 — Classic Savoy Be-Bop Sessions 1945-49

Date: March 23, 1948
Location: Detroit, MI
Label: Savoy
Leo Parker Quintette/Sextette

Leo Parker (ldr), Charlie Rouse (ts), Leo Parker (bar), Joe Newman (t), Sir Charles Thompson (p), Al Lucas (b), Jack 'The Bear' Parker (d)

a. D-842 On The House - 3:01(Leo Parker)
Savoy 78957 — Dinky/On The House
Savoy LP 12"SJL 2225 — The Bebop Boys
b. D-843 Dinky - 2:26(Leo Parker)
Savoy 78957 — Dinky/On The House
Savoy LP 12"SJL 2225 — The Bebop Boys
c. D-844 Senor Leo - 2:37(Leo Parker)
Savoy 78935 — Senor Leo/Chase n' The Lion
d. D-845 Chase n' The Lion - 2:47(Leo Parker)
Savoy 78935 — Senor Leo/Chase n' The Lion
e. D-846 Leo's Bells - 2:24(Leo Parker)
Savoy LP 10"MG 9009 — New Sounds in Modern Music, Vol. 1
Savoy LP 12"SJL 2225 — The Bebop Boys
f. D-847 Sweet Talkin' Leo - 2:24(Leo Parker)
Savoy LP 10"MG 9009 — New Sounds in Modern Music, Vol. 1
Savoy LP 12"SJL 2225 — The Bebop Boys
g. D-848 Swinging For Love - 2:29(Leo Parker)
Savoy LP 10"MG 9009 — New Sounds in Modern Music, Vol. 1
Savoy LP 12"SJL 2225 — The Bebop Boys
h. D-849 The New Look - 2:25(Leo Parker)
Savoy LP 10"MG 9009 — New Sounds in Modern Music, Vol. 1
All titles on: Mosaic CDMD10-264 — Classic Savoy Be-Bop Sessions 1945-49
Classics CD1203 — Leo Parker 1947-1950

Charlie Rouse (ts) on e-h; Joe Newman (t) on a, c-h.


Date: spring, 1948
Location: United Sound Systems, Detroit, MI
Label: Sensation
Russell Jacquet and his All Stars

Russell Jacquet (ldr), Sonny Stitt (as), Leo Parker (bar), Russell Jacquet (t), J. J. Johnson (tb), Sir Charles Thompson (p), Al Lucas (b), Shadow Wilson (d)

a. B-4009 Relaxin With Randle - 2:14(Russell Jacquet)
Sensation 7812 — Scamparoo/Relaxin With Randle
b. B-4010 Lion's Roar - 2:48(Russell Jacquet)
Sensation 788 — Suede Jacquet/Lion's Roar
c. B-4011 Suede Jacquet - 2:54(J. J. Johnson, Russell Jacquet)
Sensation 788 — Suede Jacquet/Lion's Roar
d. B-4011 (alt.) Suede Jacquet - 2:51(J. J. Johnson, Russell Jacquet)
e. B-4012 Scamparoo - 2:50(Russell Jacquet, J. J. Johnson)
Sensation 7812 — Scamparoo/Relaxin With Randle
All titles on: Original Jazz Classics CDOJCCD-1771-2 — In The Beginning

Date needs confirmation. Most discographies place this session in April, May, or June of 1948. However, Robert L. Campbell, Robert Pruter, and Tom Kelly place it in November of 1947. For more on this session see here.


Date: July 20, 1950
Location: New York, NY
Label: Prestige
Leo Parker and his Quartet

Leo Parker (ldr), Leo Parker (bar), Al Haig (p), Oscar Pettiford (b), Jack 'The Bear' Parker, Max Roach (d)

a. JRC-95A (inc.) Mona Lisa - 2:47(Jay Livingston, Ray Evans)
Misterioso LP 12"MLP1984 — Mad Lad Returns
b. JRC-95B Mona Lisa - 3:14(Jay Livingston, Ray Evans)
Prestige LP 12"24081 — First Sessions 1949/50
Misterioso LP 12"MLP1983 — The Thin Man Meets Mad Lad
Classics CD1203 — Leo Parker 1947-1950
Prestige CDPCD-24114-2 — Prestige First Sessions, Vol. 1
c. JRC-96A Who's Mad - 3:05(Leo Parker)
Prestige LP 12"24081 — First Sessions 1949/50
Misterioso LP 12"MLP1983 — The Thin Man Meets Mad Lad
Classics CD1203 — Leo Parker 1947-1950
Prestige CDPCD-24114-2 — Prestige First Sessions, Vol. 1
d. JRC-97A (inc.) Darn That Dream - 1:26(Edgar DeLange, Jimmy Van Heusen)
Misterioso LP 12"MLP1984 — Mad Lad Returns
e. JRC-97B Darn That Dream - 3:02(Edgar DeLange, Jimmy Van Heusen)
Prestige LP 12"24081 — First Sessions 1949/50
Misterioso LP 12"MLP1983 — The Thin Man Meets Mad Lad
Classics CD1203 — Leo Parker 1947-1950
Prestige CDPCD-24114-2 — Prestige First Sessions, Vol. 1
f. JRC-98B I Cross My Fingers - 2:34(Walter Kent, Walton Farrar)
Prestige 78720 — I Cross My Fingers/Mad Lad Returns
Prestige LP 12"24081 — First Sessions 1949/50
Misterioso LP 12"MLP1983 — The Thin Man Meets Mad Lad
Classics CD1203 — Leo Parker 1947-1950
Prestige CDPCD-24114-2 — Prestige First Sessions, Vol. 1
g. JRC-99A Mad Lad Returns - 2:43(Leo Parker)
Prestige 78720 — I Cross My Fingers/Mad Lad Returns
Prestige LP 12"P-24046 — 25 Years Of Prestige
Misterioso LP 12"MLP1983 — The Thin Man Meets Mad Lad
Classics CD1203 — Leo Parker 1947-1950
Prestige CDPCD-24114-2 — Prestige First Sessions, Vol. 1
h. JRC-99B (alt.) Mad Lad Returns - 3:19(Leo Parker)
Misterioso LP 12"MLP1984 — Mad Lad Returns
Prestige CDPCD-24114-2 — Prestige First Sessions, Vol. 1
i. JRC-99C (alt.) Mad Lad Returns - 2:51(Leo Parker)
Misterioso LP 12"MLP1984 — Mad Lad Returns
j. JRC-99D (inc.) Mad Lad Returns - 2:23(Leo Parker)
Misterioso LP 12"MLP1984 — Mad Lad Returns

Jack 'The Bear' Parker (d) on c, g-j; Max Roach (d) on a-b, d-f.

Tom Lord’s The Jazz Discography lists matrix 94 as a take of Bewitched from this session. However in Michel Ruppli's The Prestige Label: A Discography, matrix 94 is entered as Blazin’ from Gene Ammons’s session of June 28, 1950.


Date: December 28, 1950
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Label: Gotham
Leo Parker and his Mad Lads

Leo Parker (ldr), Henry Durant (ts), Leo Parker (bar), James Robertson (t), Kenny Drew (p), Curly Russell (b), Eddie Bourne (d)

a. LP-1 Woody [Symphony In Sid] - 2:50(Leo Parker)
Gotham 78262 — Woody/Rolling With Parker
Onyx LP 12"201 — The Foremost!
Classics CD1203 — Leo Parker 1947-1950
b. LP-2 Rolling With Parker [Rollin' With Leo] - 2:41(Leo Parker)
Gotham 78262 — Woody/Rolling With Parker
Onyx LP 12"201 — The Foremost!
Classics CD1203 — Leo Parker 1947-1950
c. (alt.) Rolling With Parker [Rollin' With Leo] - 2:38(Leo Parker)
d. tk. 1 Leo Leaps In - 2:29(Leo Parker)
Onyx LP 12"201 — The Foremost!
e. tk. 2 Leo Leaps In - 2:13(Leo Parker)
Onyx LP 12"201 — The Foremost!
Classics CD1203 — Leo Parker 1947-1950
f. tk. 3 Leo Leaps In - 3:01(Leo Parker)
Onyx LP 12"201 — The Foremost!
g. Solitude - 3:22(Duke Ellington, Edgar DeLange, Irving Mills)
Onyx LP 12"201 — The Foremost!
Classics CD1203 — Leo Parker 1947-1950
All titles on: Collectables CDCOL-CD-5329 — Back To Back Baritones

Location needs confirmation. Tom Lord’s The Jazz Discography lists this session as taking place in New York.

Due to some mislabeling on Onyx 201 (“The Foremost!”) which includes some of Leo Parker’s recordings from this session, there has been discographical confusion with regards to this session. On this LP, there are three takes of a tune listed as On The House which are actually the three takes of Leo Leaps In from this session. (Leo Parker did record his original composition titled On The House on his March 23, 1948 session, but that is another composition altogether.) The following track is the take of Solitude from this session, but it has been mistakenly listed as an alternate take in Tom Lord’s The Jazz Discography. The next track is the master take of Rolling with Parker (titled here as Rollin’ With Leo). And the final track is this session’s recording of Woody (titled here as Symphony In Sid).


Date: July 4, 1951
Location: Universal Recording, Chicago, IL
Label: Chess
Leo Parker and his Quintet

Leo Parker (ldr), Eddie Johnson (ts), Leo Parker (bar), Claude Jones (p, org), Johnny Pate (b), Al Williams (d)

a. U-7353 Candlelight Serenade - 2:57(Leo Parker)
Chess 781477 — Candlelight Serenade/Reed Rock
Chess LP 12"CHV 413 — The Late Great King Of The Baritone Sax
Essential Media Group CD9423133512 — Legendary Bop, Rhythm & Blues Classics
b. U-7354 Hornet - 2:52(Leo Parker)
Chess LP 12"CHV 413 — The Late Great King Of The Baritone Sax
Essential Media Group CD9423133512 — Legendary Bop, Rhythm & Blues Classics
c. U-7355 Reed Rock - 2:10(Leo Parker)
Chess 781477 — Candlelight Serenade/Reed Rock
d. U-7356 Leo's Blues - 2:36(Leo Parker)
Chess LP 12"CHV 413 — The Late Great King Of The Baritone Sax
Essential Media Group CD9423133512 — Legendary Bop, Rhythm & Blues Classics

Claude Jones (org) on c.

Date needs confirmation. Michel Ruppli's The Chess Label: A Discography and the liner notes to Chess LP CHV 413 list July 4, 1951. However, Tom Lord’s The Jazz Discography places this session on July 7, 1951.

For additional information on this session, see here and here.


Date: September 14, 1951
Location: Chicago, IL
Label: Mercury
Ray Snead

Ray Snead (ldr), Eddie Chamblee (ts), Leo Parker (bar), Gail Brockman (t), Ike Perkins (g), Eddie Ware (p), Johnny Pate (b), Al Williams (d), unknown (per), Ray Snead (v)

a. 4207 Sweet Lovin' Baby
unissued
b. 4208 Don't Play Me For No Clown - 2:53(Ray Snead)
Mercury 788250 — Don't Play Me For No Clown/I'm A Good Rockin' Baby
c. 4209 I'm A Good Rockin' Baby - 2:35(Ray Snead)
Mercury 788250 — Don't Play Me For No Clown/I'm A Good Rockin' Baby
Mercury CD314 528 292 2 — The Mercury Blues 'n' Rhythm Story 1945-1955
d. 4210 Ball My Blues Away
unissued

Date: November 15, 1952
Location: Chicago, IL
Label: United
Leo Parker and his Mad Lads

Leo Parker (ldr), Leo Parker (bar), Andy Johnson (p), Ira Pettiford (b), Jack 'The Bear' Parker (d), Remo Biondi (vn)

a. 1159-6 Leo's Boogie - 3:00(Leo Parker)
United 78U-141 — Leo's Boogie/Cool Leo
Swingtime LP 12"ST 1002 — Screaming Saxophones, Vol. 1
b. 1160-1 Cool Leo - 2:26(Leo Parker)
United 78U-141 — Leo's Boogie/Cool Leo
Swingtime LP 12"ST 1002 — Screaming Saxophones, Vol. 1
Delmark CD775 — The United Records Story
c. 1161-1 Jam Leo(Leo Parker)
unissued
d. 1162-8 Hey, Good Lookin'(Hank Williams)
unissued

Remo Biondi (vn) on a, c-d.

For additional information on this session, see here.


Date: August 10, 1953
Location: Chicago, IL
Label: Parrot
Leo Parker

Leo Parker (ldr), Leo Parker (bar), unknown (p, cel), unknown (b), unknown (d)

a. P 53107 Smoke Gets In Your Eyes - 2:35(Otto Harbach, Jerome Kern)
b. P 53107 (alt.) Smoke Gets In Your Eyes - 2:35(Otto Harbach, Jerome Kern)
c. P 53108 Anything Can Happen - 3:05(Leo Parker)
d. P 53109 Tippin' Lightly - 2:54(Leo Parker)
e. P 53110 Blue Sails [Parker's Pals] - 2:50(Leo Parker)
All titles on: Chess LP 12"CHV 413 — The Late Great King Of The Baritone Sax
Essential Media Group CD9423133512 — Legendary Bop, Rhythm & Blues Classics

unknown (cel) on a-b.

On b, Parker overdubs an additional part to a.

For additional information on this session, see here.


Date: July 6-7, 1954
Location: Cincinnati, OH
Label: King
Bill Jennings-Leo Parker Quintet

Bill Jennings, Leo Parker (ldr), Leo Parker (bar), Bill Jennings (g), Andy Johnson (p), Joe Williams (b), George De Hart (d)

a. K9452 Piccadilly Circus - 2:01(William Strethen 'Wild Bill' Davis)
b. K9453 There Will Never Be Another You - 2:53(Mack Gordon, Harry Warren)
c. K9454 What'll I Do - 3:50(Irving Berlin)
d. K9455 Billy In The Lion's Den - 2:54(Bill Jennings, Leo Parker)
e. K9456 Fine And Dandy - 2:29(Paul James, Kay Swift)
f. K9457 Just You, Just Me - 2:47(Jesse Greer, Raymond Klages)
g. K9458 Down To Earth - 2:20(Bill Jennings, Leo Parker)
h. K9459 May I? - 2:53(Mack Gordon, Kurt Weill)
i. K9460 Get Hot - 2:27(Bill Jennings, Leo Parker)
j. K9461 Stuffy - 2:59(Coleman Hawkins, Sir Charles Thompson)
k. K9462 Solitude - 2:50(Duke Ellington, Edgar DeLange, Irving Mills)
All titles on: King LP 12"395-527 — Billy In The Lion's Den
Swingtime LP 12"ST 1025 — Billy In The Lion's Den
Fresh Sound CDFSRCD 816-2 — The Complete Early Recordings 1951-1957
Phono CD870337 — The Last Sessions

Date: December 13, 1954
Location: Fine Sound, New York, NY
Label: Clef
Illinois Jacquet and Ben Webster

Illinois Jacquet, Ben Webster (ldr), Illinois Jacquet, Ben Webster (ts), Leo Parker (bar), Russell Jacquet (t), Matthew Gee (tb), Johnny Acea (p), Al Lucas (b), Osie Johnson (d), Chino Pozo (cga)

a. 2117-5 Jacquet's Dilemma - 3:09(Illinois Jacquet, Osie Johnson)
b. 2118-2 Mambocito Mio - 2:51(Illinois Jacquet, Osie Johnson)
c. 2119-3 September Song - 4:31(Kurt Weill, Maxwell Anderson)
d. 2120-1 Saph - 2:42(Adriano 'Johnny' Acea, Illinois Jacquet)
All titles on: Clef LP 12"MCG-680 — The Kid And The Brute
Verve CD314 557 096-2 — The Kid And The Brute

Chino Pozo (cga) on b.


Date: September 9, 1961
Location: Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Label: Blue Note
Leo Parker

Leo Parker (ldr), Bill Swindell (ts), Leo Parker (bar), John Burks (t), Yusef Salim (p), Stan Conover (b), Purnell Rice (d)

a. tk. 4 Glad Lad - 5:15(Leo Parker)
Blue Note LP 12"BLP 4087 — Let Me Tell You 'Bout It
b. tk. 5 (alt.) Low Brown - 8:22(Yusef Salim)
c. tk. 6 Low Brown - 5:46(Yusef Salim)
Blue Note LP 12"BLP 4087 — Let Me Tell You 'Bout It
d. tk. 9 Parker's Pals [Blue Sails] - 6:18(Leo Parker)
Blue Note LP 12"BLP 4087 — Let Me Tell You 'Bout It
e. tk. 11 TCTB - 6:22(Leo Parker, Bill Swindell)
Blue Note LP 12"BLP 4087 — Let Me Tell You 'Bout It
f. tk. 18 The Lion's Roar - 6:22(Leo Parker)
g. tk. 25 Vi - 4:38(Robert Lewis)
Blue Note LP 12"BLP 4087 — Let Me Tell You 'Bout It
h. tk. 28 Let Me Tell You 'Bout It - 4:15(Robert Lewis)
Blue Note LP 12"BLP 4087 — Let Me Tell You 'Bout It
i. tk. 31 Blue Leo - 5:03(Leo Parker, Ike Quebec)
Blue Note LP 12"BLP 4087 — Let Me Tell You 'Bout It
All titles on: Blue Note CD11490 — Let Me Tell You 'Bout It

Bill Swindell (ts) on a-h; John Burks (t) on a-h.


Date: October 12, 1961
Location: Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Label: Blue Note
Leo Parker

Leo Parker (ldr), Bill Swindell (ts), Leo Parker (bar), Dave Burns (t), Johnny Acea (p), Stan Conover (b), Purnell Rice (d)

a. tk. 1 Rollin' With Leo - 6:22(Leo Parker)
Blue Note LP 12"LT-1076 — Rollin' With Leo
Blue Note CD65140 — Rollin' With Leo
b. tk. 8 Music Hall Beat - 4:53(Illinois Jacquet)
Blue Note LP 12"LT-1076 — Rollin' With Leo
Blue Note CD65140 — Rollin' With Leo
c. Bad Girl(Stan Conover)
unissued
d. Jumpin' Leo(Leo Parker)
unissued
e. Stuffy(Coleman Hawkins, Sir Charles Thompson)
unissued
f. Mad Lad Returns(Leo Parker)
unissued

Date: October 20, 1961
Location: Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Label: Blue Note
Leo Parker

Leo Parker (ldr), Bill Swindell (ts), Leo Parker (bar), Dave Burns (t), Johnny Acea (p), Al Lucas (b), Wilbert Hogan (d)

a. Rollin' With Leo(Leo Parker)
unissued
b. Music Hall Beat(Illinois Jacquet)
unissued
c. tk. 22 Bad Girl - 6:12(Stan Conover)
Blue Note LP 12"LT-1076 — Rollin' With Leo
Blue Note CD65140 — Rollin' With Leo
d. tk. 27 Mad Lad Returns - 4:35(Leo Parker)
Blue Note LP 12"LT-1076 — Rollin' With Leo
Blue Note CD65140 — Rollin' With Leo
e. tk. 30 Stuffy - 5:38(Coleman Hawkins, Sir Charles Thompson)
Blue Note LP 12"LT-1076 — Rollin' With Leo
Blue Note CD65140 — Rollin' With Leo
f. tk. 32 Jumpin' Leo - 4:28(Leo Parker)
Blue Note LP 12"LT-1076 — Rollin' With Leo
Blue Note CD65140 — Rollin' With Leo
g. tk. 37 Talkin' The Blues - 6:27(Leo Parker)
Blue Note LP 12"LT-1076 — Rollin' With Leo
Blue Note CD65140 — Rollin' With Leo
h. tk. 38 The Lion's Roar - 4:50(Leo Parker)
Blue Note LP 12"LT-1076 — Rollin' With Leo
Blue Note CD65140 — Rollin' With Leo

Date: February 5, 1962
Location: New York, NY
Label: Epic
Illinois Jacquet

Illinois Jacquet (ldr), Illinois Jacquet (ts), Leo Parker (bar), Roy Eldridge, Ernie Royal (t), Matthew Gee (tb), Kenny Burrell (g), Sir Charles Thompson (p), Jimmy Rowser (b), Jimmy Crawford (d)

a. CO69366 Satin Doll - 4:04(Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Johnny Mercer) / arr: Ernie Wilkins
Epic LP 12"LA 16033 — Illinois Jacquet
LoneHill Jazz CDLHJ10229 — Illinois Jacquet And His Orchestra
b. (alt.) Satin Doll - 4:12(Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Johnny Mercer) / arr: Ernie Wilkins
LoneHill Jazz CDLHJ10232 — Go Power!
c. CO69367 Pucker Up - 3:07(Gary D. Bruce, Illinois Jacquet) / arr: Jimmy Mundy
Epic LP 12"LA 16033 — Illinois Jacquet
LoneHill Jazz CDLHJ10229 — Illinois Jacquet And His Orchestra

Sessions Reported: 42

Performances Reported: 229

Unique Songs Reported: 168

Unique Issues Reported: 124