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Chris Connor

Born: November 8, 1927 | Died: August 29, 2009    Primary Instrument: Vocalist

Chris Connor

Chris Connor has won every conceivable critical and popular accolade in her half century reign as one of the most gifted and distinctive vocalists in jazz history. Born in 1927 in Kansas City, Missouri, Connor studied clarinet, but her career direction was clear at an early age. “I always knew I wanted to be a singer,” she said, “I never wanted to be anything else.” After completing her schooling, she took a secretarial job while commuting on weekends to the University of Missouri to perform with a Stan Kenton-influenced college jazz band. An admirer of Kenton singers Anita O’Day and June Christy, Connor recalls, “I had my sights set on singing with Kenton.”...
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Credits
This discography relies heavily on the excellent and extensive bio-discography by Iván Santiago, which is accessible online via Chris Connor's website. For further detail look there.

As a Leader/Co-Leader

1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959
1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
2000 2001 2002

As a Side Musician

1949
1952
1953
1978
1995

As a Leader/Co-Leader

1953

1953-1954
Chris Connor Sings Lullabys Of Birdland
Evidence/Bethlehem
NYC, December 17 & 18, 1953° & August 9-11¹ & 21², 1954.
Tracks: Blue Silhouette°; Ask Me°; Chiquita From Chi-Wah-Wah°; What Is There To Say¹; Why Shouldn't I?¹; Try A Little Tenderness¹; Lullaby Of Birdland¹; Spring Is Here¹; A Cottage For Sale²; How Long Has This Been Going On?²; Goodbye²; Stella By Starlight²; Gone With The Wind²; He's Coming Home².
Personnel: Jim Bright°, Jimmy Nottingham°, Red Solomon°: trumpet; Vern Friley°, Frank Saracco°, Ward Silloway°, Kai Winding°: trombone; Ronnie Odrich²: flute, clarinet; Sid Cooper°, Milt Yaner°: alto sax; Boomie Richman°, Sam Taylor°: tenor sax; Dave McRae°: baritone sax; Ellis Larkins¹, Dave Martin°: piano; Don Burns²: accordion; Everett Barksdale¹, Joe Cinderella²: guitar; Sid Block°, Vinnie Burke², Beverly Peer¹: bass; Jimmy Crawford°, Art Madigan²: drums; Chris Connor: vocals.
Note: Alternate take of 'Why Shouldn't I?' included as a bonus.

1953-1955
Chris
Evidence/Bethlehem
NYC, December 17 & 18, 1953° & August 9-11¹ & 21², 1954 & April³, 1955.
Tracks: Miser's Serenade (Mad Miser Man)°; Ev'rything I Love°; Indian Summer°; I Hear Music¹; Come Back To Sorrento¹; All About Ronnie¹; Out Of This World²; Lush Life²; From This Moment On³; Don't Wait Up For Me³; A Good Man Is A Seldom Thing³; Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words)³.
Personnel: Jim Bright°, Jimmy Nottingham°, Red Solomon°: trumpet; Vern Friley°, J. J. Johnson³, Frank Saracco°, Ward Silloway°, Kai Winding°³: trombone; Ronnie Odrich²: flute, clarinet; Herbie Mann³: flute, tenor sax; Sid Cooper°, Milt Yaner°: alto sax; Boomie Richman°, Sam Taylor°: tenor sax; Dave McRae°: baritone sax; Ellis Larkins¹, Dave Martin°, Ralph Sharon³: piano; Don Burns²: accordion; Everett Barksdale¹, Joe Cinderella², Joe Puma³: guitar; Sid Block°, Vinnie Burke², Milt Hinton³, Beverly Peer¹: bass; Jimmy Crawford°, Osie Johnson³, Art Madigan²: drums; Chris Connor: vocals.
Note: One alternate take of each track included as a bonus.

1955


This Is Criss
Evidence/Bethlehem
NYC, April 1955.
Tracks: Blame It On My Youth; Ridin' High; It's All Right With Me; All Dressed Up With A Broken Heart; Trouble Is A Man; All This And Heaven Too; From This Moment On; The Thrill Is Gone; Someone To Watch Over Me; I Concentrate On You.
Personnel: Name: J. J. Johnson, Kai Winding: trombone; Herbie Mann: flute, alto sax; Ralph Sharon: piano; Joe Puma: guitar; Milt Hinton: bass; Osie Johnson: drums; Chris Connor: vocals.
Note: Also issued as Cocktails And Dusk (Bethlehem)

1956


Chris Connor
Atlantic
NYC, January 19° & 23¹ & February 8², 1956.
Tracks: My April Heart°; When The Wind Was Green°; He Was Too Good To Me°; Something To Live For°; Where Are You?¹; I Get A Kick Out Of You¹; Ev'ry Time¹; Almost Like Being In Love¹; You Make Me Feel So Young²; Anything Goes²; Way Out There²; Get Out Of Town².
Personnel: Nick Travis²: trumpet; Ray Beckenstein², Sam Markowitz²: alto sax; Zoot Sims², Al Young²: tenor sax; Danny Bank²: baritone sax; John Lewis¹, Moe Wechsler²: piano; Barry Galbraith¹²: guitar; Milt Hinton², Oscar Pettiford¹: bass; Osie Johnson², Connie Kay¹: drums; Ralph Burns Orchestra°; Chris Connor: vocals.

1956-1957
I Miss You So
Atlantic
February 15°, July 28¹ & October 16², 1956 & April 24³, 1957.
Tracks: Go 'Way From My Window°; Past The Age Of Innocence°; Speak Low°; My Ideal°; My Heart Is So Full Of You¹; I Miss You So¹; Radar Blues¹; Time Out For Tears²; Trust In Me²; Mixed Emotions²; I Love You Yes I Do²; They All Laughed³.
Personnel: Doc Severinsen³: trumpet; Eddie Bert³: trombone; Al Cohn³: tenor sax; Danny Bank³: baritone sax; Stan Free³: piano; Mundell Lowe³: guitar; Wendell Marshall³: bass; Ed Shaughnessy³: drums; The Ray Ellis Orchestra°¹²; Chris Connor: vocals.
Note: This is a compilation of 45rpm singles.


He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not
Atlantic
NYC, June 5° & 6¹ & August 7², 1956.
Tracks: 'Round About°; But Not For Me°; Oh! You Crazy Moon°; High On A Windy Hill°; Why Can't I?¹; Suddenly It's Spring¹; Angel Eyes¹; You Stepped Out Of A Dream¹; Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry²; Thursday's Child²; I Wonder What Became Of Me²; About The Blues².
Personnel: Ralph Burns Orchestra; Chris Connor: vocals.


A Jazz Date With Chris Connor
Atlantic
NYC, November 16° & December 17¹ & 19², 1956.
Tracks: Poor Little Rich Girl°; Everything I've Got°; All I Need Is You°; It Only Happens When I Dance With You°; Lonely Town¹; Fancy Free¹; Moon Ray¹; Driftwood¹; My Shining Hour²; Just Squeeze Me²; I'm Shooting High²; It's A Most Unusual Day².
Personnel: Joe Wilder°: trumpet; Sam Most¹: flute; Al Cohn°², Lucky Thompson²: tenor sax; Ralph Sharon°¹²: piano; Eddie Costa°¹²: vibes; Joe Puma¹: guitar; Oscar Pettiford°¹²: bass; Osie Johnson°¹²: drums; Chino Pozo², Ramon 'Mongo' Santamaria²: percussion; Chris Connor: vocals.

1956, 1957, 1959, 1961
Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac of Song
Atlantic/Clarion
NYC, June 5, 1956#; February 1°, 7¹ & 26², March 12³ & 26ª; April 24' & May 1*, 1957; September 13, 1959"; January 23, 1961^.
Tracks: But Not For Me#; They All Laughed'; Summertime^; Of Thee I Sing°; Strike Up The Band°; I've Got A Crush On You°; Soon°; Liza°; Looking For A Boy°; I Got Rhythm°; I've Got Beginner's Luck¹; Slap That Bass¹; For You, For Me, For Evermore¹; Love Is Sweeping The Country¹; The Man I Love²; 'S Wonderful²; A Foggy Day²; Summertime²; There's A Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon For New York²; I Loves You Porgy²; Nice Work If You Can Get It³; Blah Blah Blah³; They Can't Take That Away From Me³; Clap Yo' Handsª; Little Jazz Birdª; I Was Doing All Rightª; My One And Onlyª; That Certain Feeling'; Fascinating Rhythm'; (Our) Love Is Here To Stay'; How Long Has This Been Going On?*; I Can't Be Bothered Now*; Love Walked In*; Somebody Loves Me*; Embraceable You*; Strike Up The Band".
Personnel: Bill Berry^, Rolf Ericson^, Augustino 'Chet' Ferretti^, Joe Newman°, Doc Severinsen': trumpet; Maynard Ferguson^; trumpet, trombone, french horn; Eddie Bert', Jimmy Clevelandª, Warren Covingtonª, Kenny Rupp^, Jim Thompsonª, Ray Winslow^: trombone; Joe Farrell^: flute, soprano sax, tenor sax; Herbie Mann¹³, Sam Most³: flute; Lanny Morgan^: flute, alto sax; Peanuts Hucko³: clarinet; Willie Maiden^: clarinet, tenor sax; Frank Hittner^: bass clarinet, baritone sax; Ed Wassermanª: bass clarinet, tenor sax; Al Cohn°': tenor sax; Danny Bank': baritone sax; Stan Free'*, Jaki Byard^, Hank Jonesª, Bill Rubenstein": piano; Ralph Sharon: piano°¹²³, celeste¹³; Eddie Costa°, Milt Jackson*: vibes; Kenny Burrell", Barry Galbraith¹ª, Mundell Lowe'*, Joe Puma³: guitar; Vinnie Burke³, Eddie de Haas", Milt Hinton°*, Wendell Marshallª', Oscar Pettiford¹², Charlie Sanders^: bass; Ronnie Free¹, Lex Humpries", Osie Johnson°²³, Rufus Jones^, Ed Shaughnessyª'*: drums; John Rodrigues°: percussion; Ralph Burns Orchestra#; Chris Connor: vocals.
Note: Ten tracks (Slap That Bass; For You, For Me, For Evermore; A Foggy Day; Summertime; I Loves You Porgy; Nice Work If You Can Get It; They Can't Take That Away From Me; I Was Doing All Right; Love Is Here To Stay; Love Walked In) were issued as Chris Connor Sings George Gershwin

1957


'S Wonderful
Blue Moon
May 27, 1957
Tracks: 'S Wonderful; Love Walked In.
Personnel: Stan Free: piano; Chris Connor: Vocals; unknown bass and drums.
Note: Apart from the two songs which were recorded for a TV show, the album is a reissue of Chris Connor At The Village Gate from 1963.

1958


Chris Craft
Atlantic
NYC, March 13°, April 8¹ & May 23², 1958.
Tracks: Moonlight In Vermont²; Blow, Gabriel, Blow°; Here Lies Love°; Be A Clown²; Good For Nothin'(But Love)¹; On The First Warm Day¹; Chinatown My Chinatown°; One Love Affair¹; The Night We Called It A Day°; Johnny One Note²; Lover Man²; Be My All¹.
Personnel: Bobby Jasper°: flute, tenor sax; Al Epstein¹: bass clarinet, english horn; Stan Free°¹: piano; Mundell Lowe°¹²: guitar; George Duvivier¹², Percy Heath°: bass; Ed Shaughnessy°¹²: drums; Chris Connor: vocals.

1959-1960
Misty
Atlantic
NYC, April 29°& July 31¹, 1958; January 29², September 6³ & December 22ª, 1959; January 28*, 1960.
Tracks: Señor Blues³; Misty³; Moon Ride°; I Sold My Heart To The Junkmanª; Invitationª; Under Paris Skies°; I Heard A Bluebird*; Flying Home¹; I Won't Cry Anymore¹; Circus°; To Each His Ownª; Fortune Cookies*; Long Hot Summer°; The Masquerade Is Over².
Personnel: Wayne Andre, Willie Dennis, Dick Hixson, Frank Rehak: trombone; Bobby Jasper: flute; Stan Free: piano; Barry Galbraith: guitar; Ray Free, Harry Katzman, Harold Melnikoff, George Ockner, Gene Orloff, Samuel Rand, Sylvan Shulman, Harry Urbont: violin; Dave Markovitz, Isadore Zirr: viola; Maurice Brown, Dave Sayer: cello; Don Payne: bass; Ed Shaughnessy: drums; Chris Connor: vocals.
Note: Personnel from January 29, 1960 session. Personnel on other dates unknown. This is a compilation of 45rpm singles.
Note: A further song from the July 31, 1958 session (Hallelujah, I Love Him So) only issued on The Best of Chris Connor (Atlantic), yet another one (An Open Fire) remains unissued.
Note: A further track from the September 6, 1959 session (All About Ronnie) only issued on The Best of Chris Connor (Atlantic), yet another one (Fine And Dandy) remains unissued.
Note: Two further tracks from January 28, 1960 session (That's My Desire; I Only Want Some) have not been reissued on LP or CD.

1959


Chris Connor Sings Ballads Of the Sad Café
Atlantic
NYC, January 29°¹ & March 19², 1959.
Tracks: These Foolish Things¹; Bargain Day°; One For My Baby°; Good Morning Heartache°; Glad To Be Unhappy°; The End Of A Love Affair¹; Something I Dreamed Last Night¹; Ballad of the Sad Café²; Lilac Wine².
Personnel: Donald Byrd², Harry "Sweets" Edison°, Joe Newman°, Ernie Royal°, Snooky Young°: trumpet; Wayne Andre¹, Eddie Bert°, Willie Dennis¹, Al Grey°, Dick Hixson¹, Frank Rehak°¹: trombone; Bobby Jasper: reeds², flute¹; Morton Lewis², Steve Perlow², Jerry Sanfino², Stanley "Champ" Webb²: reeds; Marshal Royal°, Phil Woods°: alto sax; Frank Foster°, Seldon Powell°: tenor sax; Charles Fowlkes°: baritone sax; Stan Free°¹²: piano; Kenny Burrell², Barry Galbraith¹, Freddie Green: guitar°; Mac Ceppos², Ray Free¹, Harry Katzman¹, Leo Kruczek², Harold Melnikoff¹, George Ockner¹, Gene Orloff¹, Samuel Rand¹, Tosha Samaroff², Sylvan Shulman¹, Harry Urbont¹: violin; Dave Markovitz¹, Isadore Zirr¹: viola; Maurice Brown¹, Dave Sayer¹: cello; Eddie Jones°, Don Payne¹²: bass; William Exiner², Sonny Payne°, Ed Shaughnessy¹: drums; Chris Connor: vocals.
Note: On January 29 there were two sessions with different personnel (possibly the second session took place at a later date and was misdated)
Note: A further track from the March 19 session (I'm A Fool To Want You) remains unissued.


Chris In Person
Atlantic
Village Vanguard, NYC, September 13, 1959.
Tracks: Strike Up The Band; Misty; Señor Blues; Lover, Come Back To Me; All About Ronnie; Hallelujah I Love Him So; Poor Little Rich Girl; 'Round Midnight; Fine And Dandy; Don't Worry 'Bout Me; It Don't Mean A Thing; Chinatown My Chinatown; Angel Eyes.
Personnel: Bill Rubenstein: piano; Kenny Burrell: guitar; Eddie de Haas: bass; Lex Humpries: drums; Chris Connor: vocals.


Witchcraft
Atlantic
NYC, September 14° & 21¹ & October 5², 1959.
Tracks: Witchcraft°; I Hear The Music Now°; Like A Woman°; You Don't Know What Love Is°; Just In Time¹; Come Rain Or Come Shine¹; I'll Never Be Free¹; How Little We Know¹; The Lady Sings the Blues²; Skyscraper Blues²; Baltimore Oriole²; When Sunny Gets Blue².
Personnel: Bernie Glow°¹, Jimmy Nottingham°, Bernie Privin°¹, Ernie Royal°, Doc Severinsen¹: trumpet; Bob Alexander°¹, Bob Ascher¹, Mort Bullman°¹, Frank Rehak°, Chauncey Welsch°¹: trombone; George Berg: reeds°¹, flute², alto sax²; Phil Bodner: reeds°¹, flute², tenor sax², english horn²; Al Klink°, Romeo Penque°¹, Jerry Sanfino°¹: reeds; Hymie Schertzer¹: alto sax; Fred Klein²: english horn; Jim Buffington²: french horn; Hank Jones°¹²: piano; Sol Gubin: vibes², drums°, percussion²; Mundell Lowe°¹²: guitar; Tony Bambino², Linda Barnett², Max Cahn², Mac Ceppos², Arnold Eidus², Felix Giglio², Harry Katzman², Leo Kruczek², Harry Lookofsky², Joe Malin², David Montagu², Gene Orloff²: violin; Henry Pakaln², Isadore Zirr²: viola; Maurice Brown², Sidney Edwards²: cello; Milt Hinton°¹²: bass; Osie Johnson², Don Lamond°¹: drums; Bobby Rosengarden°, Phil Kraus°: percussion; Chris Connor: vocals.

1960


A Portrait of Chris
Atlantic
NYC, September 19°, October 27¹ & November 16, 1960².
Tracks: Day In, Day Out°; Alone Together°; Love°; All Too Soon¹; Harlequin¹; If I Should Lose You¹; Here's That Rainy Day¹; Follow Me²*; I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues²; Where Flamingos Fly²; I'm Glad There Is You²; Sweet William².
Personnel: Bert Collins°, Danny Stiles°: trumpet; Clark Terry: trumpet¹², flügelhorn²; Willie Dennis°: trombone; Phil Bodner¹: reeds; Phil Woods°: alto sax; Ronnie Ball°, Jimmy Jones², Hank Jones¹: piano; Barry Galbraith¹²: guitar; Harry Lookofsky*: violin; unknown strings¹; George Duvivier°², Milt Hinton¹: bass; Osie Johnson¹, Ed Shaughnessy°, Teddy Sommer²: drums; Jimmy Jones Orchestra¹; Chris Connor: vocals.
Note: Terry does not perform on 'Follow Me'.
Note: One track each from the September and November sessions (Sidney's Soliloquy; You Gom To My Head) remain unissued.

1960-1961
Chris Connor / Maynard Ferguson: Double Exposure
Atlantic
NYC, December 5° & 14¹, 1960 & January 23², 1961.
Tracks: Lonesome Road°; Two Ladies In De Shade Of De Banana Tree°; Happy New Year°; Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most¹; All The Things You Are¹; It Never Entered My Mind¹; Black Coffee¹; I Only Have Eyes For You²; Summertime²; That's How It Went All Right².
Personnel: Rolf Ericson, Augustino 'Chet' Ferretti, Rick Kiefer: trumpet; Maynard Ferguson: trumpet, trombone, french horn; Kenny Rupp, Ray Winslow: trombone; Willie Maiden: clarinet, tenor sax; Joe Farrell: flute, soprano sax, tenor sax; Lanny Morgan: flute, alto sax; Frank Hittner: bass clarinet, baritone sax; Jaki Byard: piano; Charlie Sanders: bass; Rufus Jones: drums; Chris Connor: vocals.
Note: Personnel the same on all sessions except: Bill Berry replaces Rick Kiefer on January session and Don Sebesky replaces Willie Maiden on 'It Never Entered My Mind' and 'Black Coffee'

1961


Chris Connor / Maynard Ferguson: Two's Company
Roulette
NYC, June, 1961.
Tracks: I Feel A Song Coming On; The Wind; New York's My Home; Guess Who I Saw Today; When The Sun Comes Out; Send For Me; Where Do You Go?; Something's Coming; Deep Song; Can't Get Out Of This Mood.
Personnel: Bill Berry, Rolf Ericson, Augustino 'Chet' Ferretti: trumpet; Maynard Ferguson: trumpet, trombone, french horn; Kenny Rupp, Ray Winslow: trombone; Joe Farrell: flute, soprano sax, tenor sax; Lanny Morgan: flute, alto sax; Willie Maiden: clarinet, tenor sax; Frank Hittner: bass clarinet, baritone sax; Jaki Byard: piano; John Neves: bass; Rufus Jones: drums; Chris Connor: vocals.

1961-1962
Free Spirits
Atlantic
NYC, December 11°, 1961 & April 9¹ & 30², 1962.
Tracks: Jump For Joy¹; Night Bird²; Milano¹; Opportunity, Please Knock°; Daydream²; Things Are Swinging²; Kansas City²; Lonely Woman¹; I'm Gonna Go Fishin'°; God Bless The Child¹; Free Spirits°.
Personnel: Irwin 'Marky' Markowitz², Joe Newman°¹², Clark Terry°¹: trumpet; Jimmy Cleveland°: trombone; Oliver Nelson: clarinet¹², tenor sax°¹²; Gene Quill°: clarinet, alto sax; Phil Woods: clarinet¹², alto sax°¹²; Sol Schlinger: bass clarinet¹², baritone sax°¹²; Ronnie Ball°¹²: piano; George Duvivier¹², Ben Tucker°: bass; Dave Bailey°, Ed Shaughnessy¹²: drums; Chris Connor: vocals.
Note: One track from the December session (Ain't Nobody's Business If I Do) remains unissued.

1962


No Strings: An After-Theater Version
Atlantic
NYC, March 11, 1962.
Tracks: The Sweetest Sounds; Look No Further; No Strings; Nobody Told Me.
Personnel: Ernie Royal, Nick Travis: trumpet; Jimmy Cleveland: trombone; Gene Quill: clarinet, alto sax; Phil Woods: alto sax; Oliver Nelson: tenor sax; Sol Schlinger: baritone sax; Ronnie Ball: piano; Milt Hinton: bass; Gus Johnson: drums; Chris Connor: vocals.
Note: This album is a multiple-artists project. All songs are from the Richard Rodgers Broadway show 'No Strings'. In addition to Chris Connor, the album's other performers are LaVern Baker, Herbie Mann and Bobby Short.

1963


Chris Connor At The Village Gate
FM/EMI
Village Gate, NYC, 1963.
Tracks: I Concentrate On You; A Lot Of Livin' To Do; All Or Nothing At All; Black Coffee; Only The Lonely; Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home; Something's Coming; You Came A Long Way From St. Louis; Old Devil Moon; Goodbye; Ten Cents A Dance.
Personnel: Ronnie Ball: piano; Mundell Lowe: guitar; Richard Davis: bass; Ed Shaughnessy: drums; Chris Connor: vocals.
Note: Reissued as 'S Wonderful (Blue Moon). The reissue also includes two songs ('S Wonderful; Love Walked In) recorded for a TV show on May 27, 1957.


A Weekend In Paris
FM / Roulette
Barclay Studios, Paris, France, 1963.
Tracks: It's Not For Me To Say; Cry Me A River; I Could Go On Singing; I Love My Man; Humdrum Blues; The Second Time Around; I Wish You Love; Chances Are; Meantime; Johnny.
Personnel: Michel Colombier Orchestra; Chris Connor: vocals; Les Double Six: background vocals.

1965


Chris Connor Sings Gentle Bossa Nova
ABC/Paramount
NYC, Autumn 1965.
Tracks: A Hard Day's Night; A Taste Of Honey; Downtown; Feeling Good; The Shadow Of Your Smile; Who Can I Turn To; Can't Get Over The Bossa Nova; Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte; Dear Heart; Baby, The Rain Must Fall; Stranger On The Shore; A Quiet Thing.
Personnel: Chris Connor: vocals; others unknown.

1966


Now!
ABC/Paramount
NYC, Autumn 1966.
Tracks: Goin' Out Of My Head; Carnival; The Boys From Madrid; Love Life; Never On Sunday; Autumn; You're Gonna Hear From Me; The Shining Sea; I'm Telling You Now; Nowhere Man; Strangers In The Night; Who's Afraid?.
Personnel: Chris Connor: vocals; others unknown.

1969


Softly And Swingin'
JVC
Tokyo, Japan, January 28 & 29, 1969.
Tracks: Softly As In A Morning Sunrise; 'Round Midnight; Cry Me A River; Misty; Someone To Watch Over Me; The Fool On The Hill; I've Gotta Be Me; What The World Needs Now Is Love; It's All Right With Me; Goodbye.
Personnel: Hideo Ichikawa: piano; Shungo Sawada: guitar; Takashi Mizuhashi: bass; George Otsuka: drums; Chris Connor: vocals.

1971


Sketches
Stanyan
1971.
Tracks: Hit 'Em In The Head With Love; Make It With You; More Today Than Yesterday; We've Only Just Begun; Time And Love; Buy And Sell; Fire And Rain; As I Love My Own; The Long And Winding Road; Hi De Ho; What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life; Snowbird; Hurry, Tuesday Child; Ten Cents A Dance.
Personnel: George Barnes: guitar, Chris Connor: vocals; others unknown.

1976


Chris Moves
CBS Sony
CBS Studios, NYC, October 7°, 12¹, 18² & 19³, 1976.
Tracks: This One's For You°; Ridin' On The Moon°; Lush Life°; The Jazz Man¹; The Wind¹; Good Morning Heartache¹; The Way We Were²; Gypsy In My Soul²; Feelings³; All Too Soon³.
Personnel: George Opalinsky¹: flute, tenor sax; Lee Konitz°: alto sax; Richard Davis°¹, Mike Abene²³, Bob Kaye°¹: piano; Michael Moore²: bass; Jimmy Madison², Edward Soph¹, Grady Tate°: drums; Chris Connor: vocals.
Note: Three further tracks (A Baby Is Born; Lilac Wine; That's What Friends Are For) remain unissued.

1978


Sweet and Swinging
Progressive
Downtown Sound Studio, NYC, January 27° & February 3¹, 1978.
Tracks: Things Are Swinging°²; Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home°²; Just In Time°²; Here's That Rainy Day°³; Out Of This World¹²; The Sweetest Sounds°³; Where Flamingos Fly°³; I've Got You Under My Skin¹³; I Wish You Love¹²; I Feel A Song Coming On¹³; When Sunny Gets Blue¹³.
Personnel: Jerry Dodgion: flute², alto sax³; Michael Moore: bass; Mike Abene: piano; Ronnie Bedford: drums; Chris Connor: vocals.


Chris Connor/Anita O'Day: Alone Together
TDK
Pioneer Studio, December 12, 1978.
Tracks: Come In From The Rain; A Baby's Born; I'll Catch the Sun; Blue, Green, Grey And Gone; Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words); More Today Than Yesterday; Alone Together; Baltimore Oriole; All Or Nothing At All.
Personnel: Harold Danko: piano; Ron McClure: bass; Edward Soph: drums; Chris Connor: vocals.
Note: Album includes five additional tracks by Anity O'Day.

1981


Lover Come Back To Me: Live At Sweet Basil
Evidence
Sweet Basil, NYC, September 25, 1981.
Tracks: It Might As Well Be Spring; Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home; Where Flamingos Fly; All Or Nothing At All; Good Morning Heartache; I've Got You Under My Skin; A Foggy Day; Lover, Come Back To Me; Lush Life; Get Out Of Town; Glad To Be Unhappy; I Hear The Music Now; All About Ronnie; Just In Time; My Heart Stood Still.
Personnel: Fred Hersch: piano; Steve LaSpina: bass; Tony Tedesco: drums; Chris Connor: vocals.


Chris Connor Live
Applause
Sweet Basil, NYC, October, 1981.
Tracks: I Hear The Music Now; Good Morning Heartache; It Might As Well Be Spring; Things Are Swinging; Where Flamingos Fly; All Or Nothing At All; Lover; Get Out Of Town; All About Ronnie; Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home; Just In Time; Glad To Be Unhappy; Poor Little Rich Girl.
Personnel: Fred Hersch: piano; Steve LaSpina: bass; Tony Tedesco: drums; Chris Connor: vocals.

1983


Three Pearls
EMI Eastworld
Toshiba-EMI Studios, Tokyo, Japan, April 25 & 27, 1983.
Tracks: I Love Being Here With You; The Thrill Is Gone; Solitude; A Foggy Day*.
Personnel: Norman Simmons: piano; George Mraz: bass; Tim Horner: drums; Ernestine Anderson*, Chris Connor, Carol Sloane*: vocals.
Note: The 'Three Pearls' dates featured the following vocalists: Ernestine Anderson, Chris Connor, and Carol Sloane. The trio sings together only in one song, 'A Foggy Day.' All other songs are solos.


Love Being Here With You
Stash
Lobel Studio, West New York, NJ, September 12 & 19, 1983.
Tracks: I Love Being Here With You; The Thrill Is Gone; Like Someone In Love; This Is It; Rio; How Little We Know; Anyone Home; Baia (Ary Barroso); Come Rain Or Come Shine.
Personnel: Russ Kassoff: piano; Bucky Pizzarelli: guitar; Dick Sarpolo: bass; Tony Tedesco: drums; Chris Connor: vocals.
Note: Reissued as A Double Date With Helen Forrest and Chris Connor

1986


Classic
Contemporary
Secret Sound Studios, NYC, August 5 & 6, 1986.
Tracks: Let's Face The Music And Dance°; Laura¹³; Sweet Happy Life°²; In Love In Vain°; What Is This Thing Called Love°²; You Don't Know What Love Is°²; Love°²; The Nearness Of You; Ten Cents A Dance¹; Blame It On My Youth¹; Brazil°²; We'll Be Together Again¹; Let's Take The Long Way Home¹.
Personnel: Claudio Roditi; trumpet, flügelhorn; Paquito D'Rivera: alto sax; Richard Rodney Bennett: piano¹, synthesizer²; Mike Abene: piano°, synthesizer³; Rufus Reid: bass; Akira Tana: drums; Chris Connor: vocals.

1987


New Again
Contemporary
Counterpoint Studios, NYC, August 17-19, 1987.
Tracks: Dearly Beloved°; Down In Brazilª°²³; I Never Meant To Hurt You°³; Love Locked Out¹; Cheek To Cheek°; That Face°; Dancing In The Dark°; It Only Happens When I Dance With You°; Mad About The Boy°²; Antonio's Songª°²³; I Wish I'd Met You¹³; My Foolish Heart°³; Saturday Night¹; Little White Lies³; I Wish I Didn't Love You So¹; I've Heard That Song Before³; Everything Old Is New Again¹³.
Personnel: Claudio Roditi: trumpet, flügelhorn; Bill Kirchner: flute, clarinet, soprano sax, alto sax, tenor sax; Dave Valentinª: flute; Mike Abene: piano°, synthesizer³; Richard Rodney Bennett: piano¹, synthesizer²; Michael Moore: bass; Buddy Williams: drums; Sammy Figueroa: percussion; Chris Connor: vocals.

1990


The London Connection
Audiophile
Pizza On the Park, London, UK, September 20°, 21¹ & 22², 1990.
Tracks: Strike Up The Band°; I Hear The Music Now²; My Heart Stood Still¹; Everything I've Got°; Lover¹; Gone With The Wind°; Things Are Swinging²; That Old Devil Called Love²; Dearly Beloved¹; Angel Eyes°; It Might As Well Be Spring¹; Good Morning Heartache²; This Can't Be Love²; Day In, Day Out¹; Lover, Come Back To Me¹; The More I See You²; All Or Nothing At All²; I Love Being Here With You°; Key Largo².
Personnel: Alan Barnes: alto sax; Duncan Lamont: tenor sax; Bob Kaye: piano; Spike Heathley: bass; Terry Jenkins: drums; Chris Connor: vocals.

1991


As Time Goes By
Alfa Jazz/Enja
Clinton Recording Studio, NYC, March 30 - April 2, 1991.
Tracks: Falling In Love With Love; As Time Goes By; September In The Rain; Gone With The Wind°; Everything I've Got; Long Ago (And Far Away); A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening; A Foggy Day; Strike Up The Band; Goodbye.
Personnel: Hank Jones: piano; George Mraz: bass; Keith Copeland: drums; Chris Connor: vocals.


Angel Eyes
Alfa Jazz
Clinton Recording Studio, NYC, March 30 - April 2, 1991.
Tracks: Unforgettable ; It Might As Well Be Spring; Angel Eyes; You Make Me Feel So Young; The Nearness Of You; I Get A Kick Out Of You; All Alone; What'll I Do; This Can't Be Love; That Old Devil Called Love; Lover.
Personnel: Hank Jones: piano; George Mraz: bass; Keith Copeland: drums; Chris Connor: vocals.

1992


My Funny Valentine
Alfa Jazz
Sound on Sound Recording Studio, NYC, May 31 & June 2 & 4, 1992.
Tracks: Come Fly With Me; Summertime; Funny (Not Much); You Go To My Head; Night And Day; This Heart Of Mine; It's Easy To Remember; Just One Of Those Things; My Funny Valentine; Flying Down To Rio; Beauty And The Beast; The Last Dance; Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye.
Personnel: Jim Powell: trumpet, flügelhorn; Ted Nash: flute, tenor sax; Bob Kaye: piano; Richard Rodney Bennett: keyboards; Chip Jackson: bass; Vinnie Johnson: drums; Chris Connor: vocals.

1995


Blue Moon
Alfa Jazz
Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, June 13, 15, 17 & July 5, 6, 1995.
Tracks: Dearly Beloved; All The Way°; The Days Of Wine And Roses; All Through The Night; Singing In The Rain; The Crying Game°; Wild Is The Wind°; So In Love; Blue Moon°; That's Entertainment; Can You Feel The Love Tonight°; Be A Clown.
Personnel: Lew Soloff: trumpet; Frank Vicari: soprano sax, tenor sax; Mike Abene: piano; Dom Chicchetti°: synthesizer; Chip Jackson: bass; Danny Gottlieb: drums; Chris Connor: vocals.

2001


Haunted Heart
High Note
Van Gelder Recording Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, March 10 & 12, 2001.
Tracks: By Myself°¹²ª; Haunted Heart¹²ª; Snowfall°³ª; But Not For Me°¹³ª; Stairway To The Stars°³ª; Key Largo¹³ª; Only The Lonely²ª; Day In, Day Out°¹²ª; I Wished On The Moon³ª; Drinking Again.
Personnel: Ingrid Jensen¹: trumpet, flügelhorn; Bill Easley°: flute, tenor sax; Mike Abene: piano; Chip Jackson², Steve LaSpina³: bass; Dennis Mackrel: drumsª; Chris Connor: vocals.

2002


Everything I Love
King/High Note
The Studio, New York, April 2002.
Tracks: Lullaby Of Birdland; Like Someone In Love; My Shining Hour; Cry Me A River; I've Got You Under My Skin; That Old Feeling; Ev'rything I Love; Baltimore Oriole; The Shining Sea; Sentimental Journey; I'm A Fool To Want You; I'll Remember April.
Personnel: Joe Magnarelli: trumpet; Andy Snitzer: sax; Dave Matthews: piano; Roger Blanc: guitar; Chip Jackson: bass; Terry Silverlight: drums; Chris Connor: vocals.
Note: Originally released as Lullaby Of Birdland (King)


I Walk With Music
High Note
M & I Recording Studios, NY, May 17 & 19, 2002.
Tracks: (Get Your Kicks On) Route 66°¹²; Where Can I Go Without You?¹; Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars (Corcovado)¹²; That Old Black Magic°¹²; How High The Moon; I Walk With Music¹; Serenade In Blue°¹; Shall We Dance?°¹; This Heart Of Mine; On The Road Again°¹².
Personnel: Bill Easley°: reeds; Mike Abene: piano; Jack Wilkins¹: guitar; Chip Jackson: bass; Dennis Mackrel: drums; Memo Acevedo: percussion²; Chris Connor: vocals.

As a Side Musician

1949


Snow Fall
Claude Thornhill Orchestra
RCA Victor/Fresh Sound
NYC, January 6, 1949.
Tracks: There's A Small Hotel; I Don't Know Why.
Personnel: John Carisi, John Napton, Gene Roland: trumpet; Leon Cox, Allan Langstaff: trombone; Addison Collins, Arthur Sussman: french horn; Danny Polo, Jerry Therkeld: clarinet, alto sax; Drew Moore, Mario Rollo: tenor sax; Bill Bushey: baritone sax; Claude Thornhill: piano; Barry Galbraith: guitar; Joe Shulman: bass; William Exiner: drums; Chris Connor, The Snowflakes: vocals.

1952


Several Decca 45/78 singles
Jerry Wald and His Orchestra
Decca
March 31, 1952
Tracks: You're The Cream In My Coffee; Cherokee; Pennies From Heaven; Raisins and Almonds; Terremoto.
Personnel: Al Derisi, Al Porcino, Dick Sherman, Al Stewart: trumpet; Jack Hitchcock, Sonny Russo: trombone; Jerry Wald: calrinet; Herb Geller, Sam Zittman: alto sax; Buddy Arnold: tenor sax; George Berg, Eddie Caine: baritone sax; Jack Kelly: piano; Billy Bauer: guitar; Eddie Safranski: bass; Don Lamond: drums; Chris Connor: vocals.
Note: Decca 28203 single: You're The Cream In My Coffee / Cherokee
Note: Decca 29575 single: Pennies From Heaven / Raisins and Almonds
Note: Decca 28554 singel: Terremoto


The Great Ladies On V-Disc, Vol. 3 {Chris Connor, June Christy, Peggy Lee, Martha Tilton}
Claude Thornhill Orchestra
Tokuma
October 1952
Tracks: Come Rain Or Come Shine; Sorta Kinda; Wish You Were Here; Who Are We To Say.
Personnel: Rusty Dedrick, Sonny Rich, Nick Travis: trumpet; Milt Gold, Obie Massingill: trombone; Al Antonucci: french horn; Dave Figg, Cliff Hoff: clarinet, tenor sax; Med Flory, Gene Quill: clarinet, alto sax; Dick Zabach: clarinet, baritone sax; Claude Thornhill: piano; Bill Crow: bass; Winston Welch: drums; Chris Connor: vocals.

1953


Jazz Ladies & Stan Kenton
Stan Kenton Orchestra
Capitol/Giants of Jazz
Capitol Melrose Studios, Hollywood, CA, February 11° & Universal Studios, Chicago, May 25¹, 1953.
Tracks: And The Bull Walked Around, Olé!°*; Jeepers Creepers°; If I Should Lose You°; All About Ronnie¹; I Get A Kick Out Of You¹.
Personnel: Conte Candoli, Pete Candoli, Buddy Childers, Don Dennis, Maynard Ferguson°, Ruben McFall°, Ernie Royal¹: trumpet; Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino, George Roberts, Bill Russo°, Tom Shepard¹: trombone; Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz: alto sax; Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca: tenor sax; Bob Gioga: baritone sax; Stan Kenton: piano; Sal Salvador: guitar; Don Bagley: bass; Stan Levey: drums; Harry DeAlmeida: tambourine*; Chris Connor: vocals; The Stan Kenton Orchestra: background vocals.


Concert In Miniature Encores: 23 Degrees North, 82 Degrees West
Stan Kenton
Natasha Imports
Blue Note, Chicago, between March 27 & April 9°; Birdland Club, New York, between April 23 & May 6¹, 1953.
Tracks: I'll Remember April¹; There Will Never Be Another You°.
Personnel: Conte Candoli, Buddy Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith: trumpet; Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino, Bill Russo, Tom Shepard, George Roberts: trombone; Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz: alto sax; Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca: tenor sax; Hank Levy: baritone sax; Stan Kenton: piano; Sal Salvador: guitar; Don Bagley¹, Glen Roberts°: bass; Stan Levey: drums; Chris Connor: vocals.


Unissued Concert In Miniature Encores - Spotlight On ...
Stan Kenton
Natasha Imports
Blue Note, Chicago, between March 27 & April 9°; Birdland Club, New York, between April 23 & May 6¹, 1953.
Tracks: Don't Worry 'Bout Me¹; I'll Remember April¹; Jeepers Creepers¹; All About Ronnie¹; Taking A Chance On Love°.
Personnel: Conte Candoli, Buddy Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith: trumpet; Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino, Bill Russo, Tom Shepard, George Roberts: trombone; Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz: alto sax; Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca: tenor sax; Hank Levy: baritone sax; Stan Kenton: piano; Sal Salvador: guitar; Don Bagley¹, Glen Roberts°: bass; Stan Levey: drums; Chris Connor: vocals.


Portraits On Standards
Stan Kenton
Capitol/Blue Note
Universal Studios, Chicago, April 8, 1953.
Tracks: Baia.
Personnel: Conte Candoli, Buddy Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith: trumpet; Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino, Tom Shepard, George Roberts: trombone; Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz: alto sax; Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca: tenor sax; Hank Levy: baritone sax; Stan Kenton: piano; Sal Salvador: guitar; Glen Roberts: bass; Stan Levey: drums; Chris Connor: vocals.
Note: Another track recorded at the session (All About Ronnie) was issued on Girls & Kenton (Capitol)


The Concepts Era Live
Stan Kenton
Artistry
Sampson Air Force Base, Geneva, New York, April 14° & Bailey Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, April 15, 1953¹.
Tracks: Love Me Or Leave Me°, All About Ronnie¹.
Personnel: Conte Candoli, Buddy Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith: trumpet; Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino, Bill Russo, George Roberts: trombone; Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz: alto sax; Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca: tenor sax; Hank Levy: bass sax, baritone sax; Stan Kenton: piano; Sal Salvador: guitar; Stan Levey: drums; Chris Connor: vocals.


Jazz Archives: Stan Kenton
Stan Kenton
Jazz Archives
Municipal Auditorium, Springfield, MA, April 21°; Birdland, NYC, between April 23 & May 6¹; Star Ballroom, Dakota City, IA, June 6², 1953.
Tracks: Everything Happens To Me°; Taking A Chance On Love¹; Don't Worry 'Bout Me¹; I Get A Kick Out Of You².
Personnel: Conte Candoli, Buddy Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith: trumpet, Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino, Bill Russo, George Roberts: trombone; Don Carone, Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz: alto sax; Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca; tenor sax; Hank Levy: bass sax, baritone sax; Tony Ferina: baritone sax; Stan Kenton: piano; Sal Salvador: guitar; Don Bagley: bass; Stan Levey: drums; Chris Connor: vocals.


The 1950's Birdland Broadcasts
Stan Kenton
Jazz Band
Birdland, NYC, between April 23 & May 6, 1953.
Tracks: Taking A Chance On Love; If I Should Lose You; Love Me Or Leave Me; Jeepers Creepers.
Personnel: Conte Candoli, Buddy Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith: trumpet, Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino, Bill Russo, George Roberts: trombone; Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz: alto sax; Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca; tenor sax; Hank Levy: baritone sax; Stan Kenton: piano; Sal Salvador: guitar; Don Bagley: bass; Stan Levey: drums; Chris Connor: vocals.


Stan's Singers
Stan Kenton
Dynaflow
Riviera Ballroom, Lake Geneva, WI, June 9, 1953.
Tracks: All About Ronnie.
Personnel: Conte Candoli, Buddy Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith: trumpet; Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino, Bill Russo, George Roberts: trombone; Don Carone, Lee Konitz: alto sax; Bill Holman, Zoot Sims: tenor sax; Tony Ferina: baritone sax; Stan Kenton: piano; Sal Salvador: guitar; Stan Levey: drums; Chris Connor: vocals.

1978


Rapport
Ran Blake
Novus
CI Recording Studios, NYC, April 30, May 1 or May 3, 1978.
Tracks: Wende.
Personnel: Ran Blake: piano; Jerome Harris: guitar; Rufus Reid: bass; Chris Connor: vocals.

1995


50th Anniversary Celebration: Back To Balboa
Stan Kenton Alumni
MAMA Foundation
1995
Tracks: All About Ronnie.
Personnel: Alan Broadbent: piano; Chris Connor: vocals.

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