Through the 1950s, touring jazz package concerts filled huge auditoriums. This picture from Jet Magazine’s September 4, 1952, issue shows three stars of a Stan Kenton package that combined Kenton’s band and an array of guest artists.
If Gillespie, Christy and Parker recorded together on that tour or at any other time, I’d be glad to know about it. Until such a recording surfaces, we’ll have to settle for Gillespie and Parker with Thelonious Monk, Curly Russell and Buddy Rich playing “Bloomdido.”
That is from the Bird and Diz album recorded in June, 1950. It has been reissued many times. No wonder.
Thanks to blogger and frequent Rifftides commenter Bruno Leicht for alerting us to the photo from Jet.