Joe Theimer Leader Entry
by Michael Fitzgerald

Generated on Sun, Oct 02, 2011


Date: February 22, 1953
Location: Club Kavakos, Washington, DC
Label: [private recording]

Charlie Parker, Joe Theimer (ldr), Charlie Parker, Jim Riley (as), Ben Lary, Jim Parker, Angelo Tompros (ts), Jack Nimitz (bar), Bob Carey, Ed Leddy, Irving 'Marky' Markowitz, Charlie Walp (t), Don Spiker, Bob Swope, Earl Swope (tb), Jack Holliday (p), Mert Oliver (b), Joe Theimer (d)

a. a-01    Fine And Dandy - 3:22  (Paul James, Kay Swift) / arr: Al Cohn
b. a-02    These Foolish Things - 3:17  (Harry Link, Holt Marvell, Jack Strachey) / arr: Joe Theimer
c. a-03    Light Green - 3:31  (Bill Potts) / arr: Bill Potts
d. a-04    Thou Swell - 3:48  (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) / arr: Johnny Mandel
e. b-01    Willis - 5:18  (Bill Potts) / arr: Bill Potts
f. b-02    Don't Blame Me - 2:18  (Jimmy McHugh, Dorothy Fields) / arr: Jack Holliday
g. b-03    Something To Remember You By  (Arthur Schwartz, Howard Dietz) / arr: Joe Theimer
h. b-03    The Blue Room - 3:11  (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) / arr: Joe Theimer
i. b-04    Roundhouse - 3:08  (Gerry Mulligan) / arr: Gerry Mulligan
All titles on:      Elektra/Musician LP 12": E1-60019 — One Night In Washington   (1982)
     Blue Note CD: 7243 5 22626 2 5 — The Washington Concerts   (2001)

g, h performed as medley.

Group known as THE Orchestra. Joe Theimer listed as "Joe Timer".

The second part of the medley was intended to be "Taking A Chance On Love" but confusion between Parker and the other musicians resulted in its omission.


Date: April 5, 1953
Location: Club Kavakos, Washington, DC
Label: [private recording]

Joe Theimer (ldr), Jim Riley (as), Ben Lary, Angelo Tompros (ts), Jack Nimitz (bar), Bob Carey, Jon Eardley, Ed Leddy, Irving 'Marky' Markowitz, Charlie Walp (t), Don Spiker, Bob Swope, Earl Swope (tb), Bud Powell (p), Charles Mingus (b), Roy Haynes (d)

a.     Tiny's Blues  (Tiny Kahn, Johnny Mandel) / arr: Bill Potts
     Royal Jazz CD: 507 — More Unissued, vol. 1   

Group known as THE Orchestra.

Selection listed as "Big Band Blues" on issues.


Date: August 21 & 25, 1953
Location: New York City
Label: Brunswick

Joe Theimer (ldr), Jim Riley (as), Ben Lary, Jim Parker, Angelo Tompros (ts), Jack Nimitz (bar), Bob Carey, Ed Leddy, Irving 'Marky' Markowitz, Charlie Walp (t), Don Spiker, Bob Swope, Earl Swope (tb), Jack Holliday (p), Mert Oliver (b), Joe Theimer (d)

a. 85073    Sheriff Crane (Of Jack Pot County)  (Jack Holliday) / arr: Jack Holliday
b. 85074    I've Got You Under My Skin  (Cole Porter) / arr: Johnny Mandel, Ralph Mutchler
c. 85075    The Song Is You  (Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein II) / arr: Johnny Mandel
d. 85076    Light Green  (Bill Potts) / arr: Bill Potts
e. 85077    Playground  (Bill Potts) / arr: Bill Potts
f. 85078    One For Kenny  (Joe Theimer) / arr: Joe Theimer
g. 85079    Flamingo  (Ted Grouya, Edmund Anderson) / arr: Joe Theimer
h. 85080    Pill Box  (Bill Potts) / arr: Bill Potts
i. 85081    Something To Remember You By  (Arthur Schwartz, Howard Dietz) / arr: Joe Theimer
j. 85081    Taking A Chance On Love  (Vernon Duke, Ted Fetter, John Latouche) / arr: Joe Theimer
k. 85081    The Blue Room  (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) / arr: Joe Theimer
l. 85082    The Tiger  (Harvey Leonard) / arr: Harvey Leonard
m.     Moonlight In Vermont  (John Blackburn, Karl Suessdorf) / arr: Jack Holliday
n.     Willis  (Bill Potts) / arr: Bill Potts
All titles on:      Brunswick LP 12": BL 54003 — Willis Conover's House Of Sounds: Willis Conover Presents THE Orchestra   
     Jasmine LP 12": JASM 1016 — Willis Conover's House Of Sounds: Willis Conover Presents THE Orchestra   
     Universal CD: UCCC 9071 — Willis Conover's House Of Sounds: Willis Conover Presents THE Orchestra   (2003)

i, j, k performed as medley.

Often listed under Willis Conover's name.

Joe Theimer listed as "Joe Timer".


Date: March 13, 1955
Location: Club Kavakos, Washington, DC
Label: [private recording]

Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Theimer (ldr), Mike Goldberg (as), Jim Parker, Spencer Sinatra, Angelo Tompros (ts), Joe Davie (bar), Bunny Aldhizer, Bob Carey, Charles Frankhauser, Ed Leddy, Irving 'Marky' Markowitz, Al Porcino (t), Dizzy Gillespie (t, v), Dick Leith, Bob Swope, Earl Swope (tb), Ed Dimond (p, per), Larry Eanet (p), Tom McKay, Mert Oliver (b), Joe Theimer (d), Buddy Rowell (tim), George Caldwell (cga), Jack Franklin (per)

a. a-01    Manteca  (Dizzy Gillespie, Chano Pozo, Walter 'Gil' Fuller) / arr: Chico O'Farrill
b. a-01    Contrasta  (Chico O'Farrill, Dizzy Gillespie) / arr: Chico O'Farrill
c. a-01    Jungla  (Chico O'Farrill, Dizzy Gillespie) / arr: Chico O'Farrill
d. a-01    Rhumba Finale - 16:42  (Chico O'Farrill, Dizzy Gillespie) / arr: Chico O'Farrill
e. a-02    Hob Nail Boogie - 7:55  (Count Basie)
f. b-01    Wild Bill's Boogie - 6:23  (Buster Harding, Count Basie)
g. b-02    Caravan - 5:14  (Duke Ellington, Juan Tizol, Irving Mills)
h. b-03    Tin Tin Deo - 6:25  (Dizzy Gillespie, Chano Pozo)
i. b-04    Up 'n' Downs - 6:15  (Tom McKay)
All titles on:      Elektra/Musician LP 12": 9 60300-1 — One Night In Washington   (1983)

a, b, c, d performed as medley.

Mike Goldberg (as) on a-f, i; Jim Parker (ts) on a-f, i; Spencer Sinatra (ts) on a-f, i; Angelo Tompros (ts) on a-f, i; Joe Davie (bar) on a-f, i; Bunny Aldhizer (t) on a-f, i; Bob Carey (t) on a-f, i; Charles Frankhauser (t) on a-f, i; Ed Leddy (t) on a-f, i; Irving 'Marky' Markowitz (t) on a-f, i; Al Porcino (t) on a-f, i; Dick Leith (tb) on a-f, i; Bob Swope (tb) on a-f, i; Earl Swope (tb) on a-f, i; Ed Dimond (p) on a-d, g-h; (per) on a-d, g-h; Larry Eanet (p) on a-f, i; Tom McKay (b) on a-d, g-h; Buddy Rowell (tim) on a-d, g-h; George Caldwell (cga) on a-d, g-h; Jack Franklin (per) on a-d, g-h; Dizzy Gillespie (v) on e-f.

Group known as THE Orchestra.

Medley known as "The Afro Suite" (aka "Manteca Suite").

Rhythm sections specifics are speculative. Additional percussionist listed as "Bovino" - could this be trumpeter Joe Bovello?