The Complete Jazz At The Philharmonic On Verve 1944-1949

The Complete Jazz At The Philharmonic On Verve 1944-1949 is an extraordinary collection of jazz superstars performing live in the era where swing gave way to bebop.

Overall there are 10 CDs in this boxset, which, to be honest, is an overwhelming quantity to consider in its entirety.

The philosophy of the JATP was to put together unusual combinations of musicians and see what happens.

Songs On The Complete Jazz At The Philharmonic On Verve 1944-1949

I’ve taken the following details from the digital download at Amazon which allocates the tracks to some of the better known names without giving the full “who plays what on what track”. While I’ve added to this below each disk for my own understanding, the full details are available at discogs but again, I think the detail is overwhelming because there is so much of it..

CD 1 1944 – Philharmonic Auditorium, Los Angeles

  1. Lester Leaps In – Nat King Cole – 9:09
  2. Tea For Two – Nat King Cole – 12:38
  3. Blues (1st B-Flat Blues) – Nat King Cole – 10:35
  4. Body And Soul – Nat King Cole – 10:35
  5. Yancey Special – Meade “Lux” Lewis – 3:09
  6. Fast Boogie – Meade “Lux” Lewis – 1:52
  7. DuPree Blues – Meade “Lux” Lewis – 3:24
  8. Honky Tonk Train Blues – Meade “Lux” Lewis – 2:36
  9. C-Jam Blues – Buddy Cole, Bumps Myers, Joe Marshall, Joe Thomas, Red Callender and Shorty Sherock – 6:54
  10. Sweet Lorraine – Nat King Cole – 3:16
  11. The Man I Love – Nat King Cole – 2:54
  12. I’ve Found A New Baby – Nat King Cole – 9:32

The first four tracks feature Illinois Jacquet and Jack McVea on tenor saxophone, J.J. Johnson on trombone, Les Paul on guitar, Nat King Cole on piano, Johnny Miller on bass and Lee Young on drums.

Tracks 5-8 are solo piano pieces.

Nat King Cole sings on track 10 and Carolyn Richards sings on track 11.

CD 2 tracks 1 to 4 1944/Philharmonic Auditorium, Los Angeles, tracks 5 to 14 1945/Philharmonic Auditorium, Los Angeles

  1. Rosetta – Nat King Cole – 6:41
  2. Bugle Call Rag – Nat King Cole – 4:42
  3. One O’Clock Jump – Nat King Cole – 2:44
  4. Oh, Lady Be Good! – Nat King Cole – 3:04
  5. Introduction By Radio Host Al Jarvis – Al Jarvis – 1:39 (the 1945 concert begins)
  6. Stompin’ At The Savoy – Charles Mingus, Coleman Hawkins, Corky Corcoran, Dave Barbour, Dave Coleman, Milton Raskin, Neal Hefti, Shorty Sherock – 11:51
  7. I’ve Found A New Baby – Charles Mingus and Coleman Hawkins and Corky Corcoran and Dave Barbour and Dave Coleman and Milton Raskin and Neal Hefti and Shorty Sherock – 7:55
  8. Body And Soul – Charles Mingus and Coleman Hawkins and Corky Corcoran and Dave Barbour and Dave Coleman and Milton Raskin and Neal Hefti and Shorty Sherock – 4:09
  9. Body And Soul – Billie Holiday – 3:25
  10. Strange Fruit – Billie Holiday – 2:56
  11. (I Don’t Stand) A Ghost Of A Chance With You – Illinois Jacquet – 3:17
  12. Oh, Lady Be Good! – Charlie Ventura and Garland Finney and Gene Krupa and Howard McGhee and Illinois Jacquet and Joe Guy and Red Callender and Ulysses Livingston and Willie Smith – 11:58
  13. How High The Moon – Charlie Ventura and Garland Finney and Gene Krupa and Howard McGhee and Illinois Jacquet and Joe Guy and Red Callender and Ulysses Livingston and Willie Smith – 13:58
  14. Announcement By Al Jarvis – 0:23

Charles Mingus bass – tracks 6 to 11
Coleman Hawkins tenor sax on tacks 6 to 8

CD 3 1945/Philharmonic Auditorium, Los Angeles track 1, 1946/Philharmonic Auditorium, Los Angeles tracks 2 to 8

  1. Opera In Vout – Slim Gaillard – 12:12
  2. Blues For Norman – Charlie Parker – 8:40
  3. Oh, Lady, Be Good! – Charlie Parker – 11:13
  4. I Can’t Get Started – Charlie Parker – 9:18
  5. After You’ve Gone – Charlie Parker – 7:37
  6. Stompin’ At The Savoy – The Gene Krupa Trio – 7:00
  7. Idaho – The Gene Krupa Trio – 6:30
  8. Crazy Rhythm – Dizzy Gillespie – 8:42

Charlie Parker alto sax on tracks 2 to 5
Lester Young tenor sax on tracks 2 to 5, 8
Dizzy Gillespie trumpet on track 8

CD 4 1946/Philharmonic Auditorium, Los Angeles tracks 1 to 2, 1946/Embassy Auditorium, Los Angeles 3 to 10

  1. The Man I Love – Dizzy Gillespie – 15:10
  2. Sweet Georgia Brown – Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie – 9:40
  3. Blues De Lux – Meade “Lux” Lewis – 3:31
  4. Encore Announcement By Norman Granz – 0:23 (Embassy)
  5. Honky Tonk Train Blues – Meade “Lux” Lewis – 3:07
  6. Announcement By Norman Granz – 2:22
  7. Jatp Blues – Charlie Parker – 10:55
  8. I Got Rhythm – Charlie Parker – 12:58
  9. I Surrender, Dear – Charlie Parker – 10:27
  10. I’ve Found A New Baby – Charlie Parker – 8:13

Lester Young tenor sax on tracks 1, 2, 7 to 10
Dizzy Gillespie trumpet on tracks 1, 2
Coleman Hawkins tenor sax on tracks 7 to 10
Charlie Parker alto sax on tracks 7 to 10

Disc 5 1946/Embassy Auditorium, Los Angeles track 1, 1946/Carnegie Hall tracks 2 to 12

  1. Bugle Call Rag – Lester Young – 5:21
  2. Philharmonic Blues – Al McKibbon and Buck Clayton and Coleman Hawkins and Curly Russell and Illinois Jacquet and J.C. Heard and Kenny Kersey and Lester Young – 11:11
  3. Oh, Lady Be Good! – Buck Clayton and Coleman Hawkins and Curly Russell and Illinois Jacquet and J.C. Heard and Kenny Kersey and Lester Young – 10:49
  4. I Can’t Get Started – Buck Clayton and Coleman Hawkins and Curly Russell and Illinois Jacquet and J.C. Heard and Kenny Kersey and Lester Young – 9:05
  5. Sweet Georgia Brown – Buck Clayton and Coleman Hawkins and Curly Russell and Illinois Jacquet and J.C. Heard and Kenny Kersey and Lester Young – 7:59
  6. The Man I Love – The Gene Krupa Trio – 9:01
  7. Slow Drag – Buck Clayton and Coleman Hawkins and Curly Russell and J.C. Heard and Kenny Kersey and Lester Young – 9:29
  8. The Man I Love – Billie Holiday – 3:05
  9. Gee, Baby, Ain’t I Good To You? – Billie Holiday – 2:20
  10. All Of Me – Billie Holiday – 2:01
  11. Billie’s Blues – Billie Holiday
  12. Intermission Commentary – Al Anderson and Mike At The Mic – 4:34

Lester Young tenor sax on 1 to 5, 7 to 11
Coleman Hawkins tenor sax on 1 to 5, 7

CD 6 1946/Carnegie Hall tracks 1 to 19, 1946/Shrine Auditorium tracks 20 and 21, 1947/Pittsburgh track 22

  1. Opening Announcement By Radio Hosts – Al Anderson and Studio Announcer – 0:43
  2. Tea For Two – Lester Young – 7:42
  3. Intermission Announcement By Radio Hosts – Radio Hosts – 2:14
  4. It’s The Talk Of The Town – Coleman Hawkins – 2:11
  5. My Honey’s Lovin’ Arms – Buck Clayton – 3:07
  6. Boogie Woogie Cocktai – Kenny Kersey – 3:32
  7. D.B. Blues – Lester Young – 3:25
  8. Saxobebop – Lester Young – 2:28
  9. Lester Blows Again – Lester Young – 2:13
  10. I Cried For You – Billie Holiday – 2:18
  11. Fine And Mellow – Billie Holiday – 3:50
  12. He’s Funny That Way – Billie Holiday – 3:22
  13. Blues – Allen Eager and Chubby Jackson and Dizzy Gillespie and Illinois Jacquet and J.C. Heard and J.J. Johnson and John Collins and Kenny Kersey – 6:39
  14. Blues (Pres) – Buck Clayton and J.C. Heard and John Collins and Kenny Kersey and Lester Young and Rodney Richardson and Trummy Young – 2:16
  15. Just You, Just Me – Buck Clayton and Curly Russell and J.C. Heard and John Collins and Kenny Kersey and Lester Young and Trummy Young – 2:19
  16. I Got Rhythm – Buck Clayton and J.C. Heard and John Collins and Kenny Kersey and Lester Young and Trummy Young – 3:17
  17. My Blue Heaven – Slam Stewart – 2:20
  18. Play, Fiddle, Play – Slam Stewart – 3:26
  19. Flying Home – Illinois Jacquet – 3:43
  20. Trav’lin’ Light – Billie Holiday – 3:29
  21. He’s Funny That Way – Billie Holiday – 2:58
  22. How High The Moon – Benny Fonville and Buck Clayton and Buddy Rich and Coleman Hawkins and Flip Phillips and Kenny Kersey and Trummy Young and Willie Smith – 10:13

Lester Young plays tenor sax on tracks 2, 7 to 9, 10 to 12, 14 to 16
Coleman Hawkins plays tenor sax on tracks 4, 10 to 12, 22
Dizzy Gillespie plays trumpet on tracks 13

CD 7 1947/Pittsburgh tracks 1 to 3, 1947/Carnegie Hall tracks 4 to 12

  1. Bell Boy Blues – Benny Fonville and Buck Clayton and Buddy Rich and Flip Phillips and Kenny Kersey and Trummy Young and Willie Smith – 6:18
  2. Boogie Woogie Cocktail – Kenny Kersey – 3:08
  3. Sweet Lorraine – Kenny Kersey – 2:34
  4. Blues (3rd B-Flat Blues) – Alvin Stoller and Benny Fonville and Flip Phillips and Hank Jones and Les Paul and Pete Brown and Roy Eldridge and Willie Smith – 16:57
  5. Norman Granz Announcement Of Billie Holiday And Intermission – 0:27
  6. You’d Better Go Now – Billie Holiday – 2:51
  7. You’re Driving Me Crazy – Billie Holiday – 1:32
  8. There Is No Greater Love – Billie Holiday – 2:33
  9. I Cover The Waterfront – Billie Holiday – 2:59
  10. Norman Granz Announcement – 0:35
  11. Perdido – Bill Harris and Flip Phillips and Hank Jones and Howard McGhee and Illinois Jacquet and Jo Jones and Ray Brown – 16:14
  12. Mordido – Bill Harris and Flip Phillips and Hank Jones and Howard McGhee and Illinois Jacquet and Jo Jones and Ray Brown – 17:55

Disc 8 1947/Carnegie Hall tracks 1 & 2, 1949/Carnegie Hall tracks 3 to 10

  1. I Surrender, Dear – Bill Harris and Flip Phillips and Hank Jones and Howard McGhee and Illinois Jacquet and Jo Jones and Ray Brown – 10:32
  2. Endido – Bill Harris and Flip Phillips and Hank Jones and Howard McGhee and Illinois Jacquet and Jo Jones and Ray Brown – 14:43
  3. Norman Granz Introduction – Norman Granz – 0:19
  4. The Opener – Charlie Parker – 12:49
  5. Lester Leaps In – Charlie Parker – 12:19
  6. Embraceable You – Charlie Parker – 10:36
  7. The Closer – Charlie Parker – 10:44
  8. Norman Granz Introduction Of Ella Fitzgerald – 0:20
  9. Robbins’ Nest – Ella Fitzgerald – 2:22
  10. A New Shade Of Blues – Ella Fitzgerald – 2:55

Charlie Parker alto sax on tracks 4 to 7
Lester Young tenor sax on tracks 4 to 7

Disc 9 1949/Carnegie Hall tracks 1 to 25

  1. Old Mother Hubbard – Ella Fitzgerald – 2:56
  2. I’m Just A Lucky So-And-So – Ella Fitzgerald – 2:51
  3. Somebody Loves Me – Ella Fitzgerald – 1:59
  4. Basin Street Blues – Ella Fitzgerald – 3:08
  5. Ow! (Live – Charlie Parker – 0:30
  6. Norman Granz Announcement – Norman Granz – 0:08
  7. Flying Home – Ella Fitzgerald – 5:34
  8. Norman Granz Introduction Of Oscar Peterson – 0:46
  9. Fine And Dandy – Oscar Peterson – 3:50
  10. I Only Have Eyes For You – Oscar Peterson – 7:09
  11. Norman Granz Announcement – 0:35
  12. Carnegie Blues – Oscar Peterson – 8:11
  13. Norman Granz Introduction Of Coleman Hawkins – 0:55
  14. Body And Soul – Coleman Hawkins – 3:13
  15. Rifftide – Coleman Hawkins – 4:25
  16. The Big Head – Coleman Hawkins – 4:27
  17. Stuffy – Coleman Hawkins – 6:27
  18. Applause And Chatter – 0:56
  19. Sophisticated Lady – Coleman Hawkins – 3:50
  20. Norman Granz Introduction Of The Rhythm Section – 0:15
  21. Ol’ Man River – Buddy Rich and Hank Jones and Ray Brown – 4:58
  22. Air Mail Special – Buddy Rich and Hank Jones and Ray Brown – 4:41
  23. Norman Granz Introduction Of Ella Fitzgerald – 0:28
  24. Oh, Lady, Be Good! – Ella Fitzgerald – 2:51
  25. Black Coffee – Ella Fitzgerald – 3:42

Charlie Parker played alto sax on tracks 5, 7
Lester Young played tenor sax on tracks 5, 7
Coleman Hawkins played tenor sax on tracks 14 to 17, 18

Disc 10 1949/Carnegie Hall tracks 1 to 6, JATP 1952 tracks 7 to 10, 1947/Carnegie Hall tracks 11 to 14

  1. A-Tisket, A-Tasket – Ella Fitzgerald – 2:26
  2. Norman Granz Announcement #4 – 0:21
  3. How High The Moon – Ella Fitzgerald – 5:43
  4. Norman Granz Announcement #5 – 0:31
  5. Perdido – Charlie Parker and Ella Fitzgerald – 8:25
  6. Norman Granz Announcement #6 – 0:13
  7. Announcements – Gene Krupa and Norman Granz – 0:53
  8. Stompin’ At The Savoy – The Gene Krupa Trio – 7:40
  9. Body And Soul – The Gene Krupa Trio – 9:35
  10. Dark Eyes – The Gene Krupa Trio – 8:00
  11. Characteristically B.H. – Bill Arango and Bill Harris and Charlie Ventura and Curly Russell and Dave Tough and Ralph Burns – 4:28
  12. Summertime – Charlie Shavers – 5:03
  13. Sid Flips His Lid – Charlie Shavers – 7:39
  14. Medley: Lover Come Back To Me/(I Don’t Stand) A Ghost Of A Chance With You/Just You, Just Me – Bill Arango and Bill Harris and Charlie Shavers and Charlie Ventura and Curly Russell and Ralph Burns and Sid Catlett – 3:16

Charlie Parker alto sax on tracks 3,5
Lester Young tenor sax on tracks 3,5

I saw this on a special offer but it’s hard to get to know.

I’ve finished up splitting the digital files into Charlie Parker, Lester Young, Billie Holiday etc as well as the individual performances. That way, I can find out which sections I like the best and want to listen to most regularly. Jazz At The Philharmonic had the same idea so you can get the Charlie Parker and Billie Holiday tracks (for example) as separate CDs.

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