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Howard McGhee

Born: March 6, 1918 | Died: July 17, 1987    Primary Instrument: Trumpet

Howard McGhee

McGhee was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, but grew up in Detroit. He first learned to play the clarinet and tenor sax, then switched to trumpet. From 1936 to 1940 he travelled around playing in territory bands. In 1941 he led his own band at Detroit's Club Congo. After a short stint with Lionel Hampton he joined Andy Kirk, with whom he made his first recording, his own McGhee Special. During the AFM ban, he spent a year with Charlie Barnet, but returned to Kirk in 1943. In 1944, jobs in the bands of Georgie Auld and Count Basie were followed by his joining the Coleman Hawkin's quintet for half a year in Los Angeles...
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Howard McGhee had the big, brassy tone and expansive melodic imagination of the great swing-era trumpeters. But his rhythmic fluidity and advanced harmonic thinking helped him become one of the first important big-band soloists to master be-bop's intricacies. (New York Times Obituary by Robert Palm
As a Leader/Co-Leader

1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949
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

As a Side Musician

1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949
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

As a Leader/Co-Leader

1945


Hadda Brooks: Blues In B Flat c/w Howard McGhee: Deep Meditation
Modern Music
Los Angeles, CA, May 1945.
Track: Deep Meditation.
Personnel: Howard McGhee: trumpet; Teddy Edwards: tenor sax; Vernon Biddle: piano; Stanley Morgan: guitar; Charles Mingus: bass; Nat McFay: drums.
Note: Track also issued on 1945-1946 (Classics).


Cousin Joe: My Love Comes Tumblin' Down c/w Howard McGhee: Stardust
Cousin Joe: Larceny Hearted Woman c/w Howard McGhee: Lifestream
Cousin Joe: Just Another Woman c/w Howard McGhee: Intersection
Cousin Joe: Post War Future Blues c/w Howard McGhee: Mop Mop

Philo/Aladdin
Los Angeles, CA, September 4, 1945.
Tracks: Intersection; Lifestream; Mop Mop; Stardust.
Personnel: Howard McGhee: trumpet; Teddy Edwards, James D. King: tenor sax; Vemon Biddle: piano; Bob Kesterson: bass; Roy Porter: drums.
Note: All tracks also issued on 1945-1946 (Classics).


<78 Records>
Modern Music
Los Angeles, CA, September, 1945.
Tracks: McGhee Jumps: Cool Fantasy (Part 1); Cool Fantasy (Part 2); McGhee Special.
Personnel: Howard McGhee, Snooky Young, Karl George: trumpet; Vic Dickenson, Gene Roland: trombone; Robert Isbell, Eugene Porter: alto sax; Teddy Edwards, James D. King: tenor sax; Vemon Biddle: piano; Bob Kesterson: bass; Roy Porter: drums.
Note: All tracks also issued on 1945-1946 (Classics).


<78 Records>
Modern Music
Los Angeles, CA, ca. November, 1945.
Tracks: Mad Hype; 11:45 Swing; Playboy Blues°; Around The Clock (Part 1)°; Around The Clock (Part 2)°; Gee, I'm Lonesome°; Call It The Blues².
Personnel: Howard McGhee: trumpet; Teddy Edwards, James D. King: tenor sax; Vemon Biddle: piano; Bob Kesterson: bass; Roy Porter: drums; Pearl Traylor°, Estelle Edson²: vocals.
Note: All tracks also issued on 1945-1946 (Classics).


1946


Sweet Potato c/w Night Mist
Hoggin' c/w Blues à la King
Melodics
Los Angeles, CA, May 1946.
Tracks: Sweet Potato; Hoggin'; Blues À La King°; Night Mist.
Personnel: Howard McGhee: trumpet; Teddy Edwards: tenor sax; James D. King: tenor sax, vocals°; Jimmy Bunn: piano; Charles Mingus: bass; Roy Porter: drums.
Note: All tracks also issued on 1945-1946 (Classics).


On Dial: Trumpet At Tempo
Dial/Spotlite
C.P. MacGregor Studios°, Hollywood, CA, July 29° & October 18¹, 1946 & NYC, December 3, 1947².
Tracks: Trumpet At Tempo°; Thermodynamics°; Dilated Pupils¹ (2 x); Midnite At Minton's¹; Up In Dodo's Room¹ (2 x); High Wind In Hollywood¹; Dorothy²; Night Mist² ( 2 x); Coolie-Rini²; Night Music²; Turnip Blood² (2 x); Surrender²; Sleep Walker Boogie²; Stop Time Blues²; You².
Personnel: Howard McGhee: trumpet; Teddy Edwards¹, James Moody²: tenor sax; Milt Jackson²: vibes; Jimmy Bunn°, Dodo Marmarosa¹, Hank Jones²: piano; Arvin Garrison¹: guitar; Bob Kesterson°¹, Ray Brown²: bass; Roy Porter°¹, J.C. Heard²: drums.
Note: Three further tracks from July 29, 1946 with Charlie Parker issued on Charlie Parker On Dial, Vol. 1, see under As Side Musician.
Note: One further track from December 3, 1947 (Night In Abyssinia) issued on Various Artists: Night Music (Dial).
Note: Tracks from July 1946 also issued on 1945-1946 (Classics).
Note: October 1946 and December 1947 tracks also issued on 1946-1948 (Classics).


1947


The Howard McGhee Sextet With Milt Jackson
Savoy (originally on Vitacoustic/Old Swing-Master)
Chicago, IL, October 15 or November 10° & late December, 1947¹.
Tracks: Flip Lip°²ª; Belle From Bunnycock°²; The Last Word°²ª; The Man I Love°; Merry Lee [Hackensack]¹; Short Life¹; Talk Of The Town¹; Bass C Jam [Byas A Drink]¹; Down Home¹; Sweet And Lovely¹; Fiesta [Short Life]¹; I'm In The Mood For Love¹.
Personnel: Howard McGhee: trumpet; Billy Eckstine²: trombone; Kenny Mann²: tenor sax; Jimmy Heath¹: alto sax, baritone sax; Milt Jackson¹: vibes; Hank Jones°, Will Davis¹: piano; Ray Brown°, Percy Heath¹: bass; J.C. Heard°, Joe Harris¹: drums; Marcelle Danielsª: vocals.
Note: Savoy gives an incorrect date (February 1948) for the later session(s). Also wrong titles were given for some tracks (correct titles in brackets).
Note: First five December tracks also included in 1946-1948 (Classics). This release also features two further tracks from the December sessions: Hot And Mellow [Yardbird Suite]; Messin' With Fire [Donna Lee]. Yardbird Suite features vocalist Earl Coleman.
Note: Two further tracks (Out Of Nowhere; Little Bird) from the December sessions remain unissued.


1948


Al's Tune c/w Dimitar
How High The Moon, Pt. 1&2
Bop En Vogue c/w Swiss Vounce
Vogue
Paris, France, May 15, 1948.
Tracks: Al's Tune (Crossroads); How High The Moon, Pt. 1; How High The Moon, Pt. 2; Dimitar (Mood McGhee); Bop En Vogue; Swiss Vounce.
Personnel: Howard McGhee: trumpet; Jimmy Heath: alto sax; Jesse Powell: tenor sax; Vernon Biddle: piano; Percy Heath: bass; Charles 'Specs' Wright: drums.


Be-Bop
Atlantic
Paris, France, May 18, 1948.
Tracks: Denise; Nicole; Etoile; Punkins; Donna Lee; Big Will.
Personnel: Howard McGhee: trumpet; Jimmy Heath: alto sax; Jesse Powell: tenor sax; Vernon Biddle: piano; Percy Heath: bass; Charles 'Specs' Wright: drums.
Note: Reissued with one additional track (Prelude To Nicole) on Bebop (Verve Gitanes, Jazz In Paris #72).


1950


Howard McGhee/Introducing The Kenny Drew Trio
Blue Note
WOR Studios, NYC, January 23, 1950.
Tracks: Lo-Flame; Fuguetta; Fluid Drive; Meciendo; Donellon Square; I'll Remember April.
Personnel: Howard McGhee: trumpet; J.J. Johnson: trombone; Brew Moore: tenor sax; Kenny Drew: piano; Curly Russell: bass; Max Roach: drums.
Note: All tracks also issued on 1949-1952 (Classics).


1951


South Pacific Jazz
Savoy
Pacific, late 1951ª & Guam, January 17, 1952*.
Tracks: Royal Garden Bluesª; St. Louis Bluesª; Mood Indigoª; Oh, Lady Be Goodª; Harvest Timeª; Body And Soul*; Man With A Horn*; Perdido*; One O'Clock Jump*; Don't Blame Me*; Stormy Weather*; Stompin' At The Savoy*.
Personnel: Howard McGhee: trumpet; J.J. Johnsonª*: trombone; Rudy Williamsª*: tenor sax; Clifton Bestª*: guitar; Oscar Pettifordª, unknown*: bass; Charlie Riceª*: drums.
Note: 3 additional tracks (How High The Moon, Pt. 1 & 2; Stardust; 12th Street Rag (12th Street Bop)) from the January date are included on McGhee (Savoy).
Note: All tracks are also issued on 1949-1952 (Classics).


1953


Vol. 2
Blue Note
WOR Studios, NYC, May 20, 1953.
Tracks: Shabozz; Tranquillity; Futurity; Jarm; Ittapanna; Goodbye.
Personnel: Howard McGhee: trumpet; Gigi Gryce: alto sax, flute; Horace Silver: piano; Tal Farlow: guitar; Percy Heath: bass; Walter Bolden: drums.


1955


The Return Of Howard McGhee
Bethlehem
NYC, October 22, 1955.
Tracks: Get Happy¹; Tahitian Lullaby¹; Lover Man°; Lullaby Of The Leaves¹; Rifftide¹; Oo-Wee But I Do¹; Don't Blame Me¹; Tweedles¹; Transpicious¹; You're Teasing Me°; I'll Remember April¹.
Personnel: Howard McGhee: trumpet; Sahib Shihab: alto sax°, baritone sax¹; Duke Jordan: piano; Percy Heath: bass; Philly Joe Jones: drums.


1956


Life Is Just A Bowl Of Cherries
Bethlehem
NYC, February 14 & 15, 1956.
Tracks: Sonny Boy; So Blue; Broken Hearted; The Thrill Is Gone; Just Imagine; I'm A Dreamer Aren't We All; My Song; The Best Things In Life Are Free; Life Is Just A Bowl Of Cherries; Together; Come To Me; My Sin.
Personnel: Howard McGhee: trumpet; Danny Bank, Phil Bodner, Sid Brown, Leon Cohen, Herbie Mann: sax; Donn Trenner: piano; Al Caiola: guitar; Arnold Fishkin: bass; Osie Johnson, Don Lamond: drums; Frank Hunter: arranger.


1960


(Music From) The Connection
Felsted/Iris Music Group
1960
Tracks: Who Killed Cock Robin?; Wigglin'; Music Forever; Time To Smile; Theme For Sister Salvation; Jim Dunn's Dilemma; O.D. (Overdose).
Personnel: Howard McGhee: trumpet; Tina Brooks: tenor sax; Freddie Redd: piano; Milt Hinton: bass; Osie Johnson: drums.


Dusty Blue
Bethlehem
NYC, June 13, 1960.
Tracks: Dusty Blue; The Sound Of Music; I Concentrate On You; Sleep Talk; With Malice Towards None, Pt. 1 & 2; Cottage For Sale; Park Avenue Petite°; Groovin' High°; Flyin' Colors°.
Personnel: Howard McGhee: trumpet; Bennie Green°: trombone; Roland Alexander°: tenor sax; Pepper Adams°: baritone sax; Tommy Flanagan: piano; Ron Carter: bass; Walter Bolden: drums.


1961


Howard McGhee/Teddy Edwards: Together Again!
Contemporary/Fantasy
Contemporary Records' Studio, Los Angeles, CA, May 15 & 17, 1961.
Tracks: Together Again; You Stepped Out Of A Dream; Up There; Perhaps; Misty; Sandy.
Personnel: Howard McGhee: trumpet; Teddy Edwards: tenor sax; Phineas Newborn: piano; Ray Brown: bass; Ed Thigpen: drums.


Maggie's Back In Town!!
Contemporary/Fantasy
Contemporary Records' Studio, Los Angeles, CA, June 26, 1961.
Tracks: Demon Chase; Willow Weep For Me; Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise; Sunset Eyes; Maggie's Back In Town; Summertime; Brownie Speaks.
Personnel: Howard McGhee: trumpet; Phineas Newborn: piano; Leroy Vinnegar: bass; Shelly Manne: drums.


Shades Of Blue
Jazz Man
December 8, 1961.
Tracks: The Sharp Edge; Cool; Shades Of Blue; Arbee; My Delight; The Day After; Ill Wind; Topside.
Personnel: Howard McGhee: trumpet; George Coleman: tenor sax; Junior Mance: piano; George Tucker: bass; Jimmy Cobb: drums.
Note: Reissued as Sharp Edge (Black Lion) with alternate takes of: The Sharp Edge, Cool, Arbee and Ill Wind.


1962


House Warmin'
Argo
Chicago, IL, May 1962.
Tracks: Jivin' Around; Jug 'N' McGhee (Muggin' McGhee); Nothin' But Soul (Jazz with A Beat); House Warmin'.
Personnel: Howard McGhee: trumpet; Gene Ammons: tenor sax; Barney Richmond: bass; Jake Fisher: guitar; Willie Mashburn: drums; Waco: percussion.


Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out
United Artists
1962
Tracks: Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out; Lonely Town; Secret Love; Why Run Away; Canadian Sunset; Blue Bell; Tenderly; Fly Me To The Moon; Satin Doll; Blues Duende.
Personnel: Howard McGhee: trumpet; Jimmy Jones: piano; Ron Carter: bass; Art Taylor: drums.


1966


Cookin' Time
Hep
September 22, 1966.
Tracks: ???.
Personnel: Howard McGhee, Nat Woodward, Stephen Furtado, John Malcolm, Bill Hardman: trumpet; Ashley Fernell, Kiane Zawadi, Don Cole, Elmer Crumbley: trombone; Norris Turney, Leon Comigy: alto sax; Clifford Jordan, Russ Andrews: tenor sax; Frank Capi: baritone sax; Andy Bey: piano, vocals; Gene Taylor: bass; Charles Simon: drums; Vicky Kelly: vocals.


1976


Here Comes Freddy
Sonet
March 30, 1976.
Tracks: Here Comes Freddy; Suite For Dru; Deep In The Hat; All Soul; Stardust; Travel; Come Sunday; Yardbird Suite.
Personnel: Howard McGhee: trumpet; Bugs Dyer: alto sax; Illinois Jacquet: tenor sax; Jim Roberts: piano; Lyle Atkinson: bass; Walter Bolden: drums.


Just Be There
Steeplechase
Copenhagen, Denmark, December 9, 1976.
Tracks: Jazz Exchange (2 x); You're Something Else (2 x); Wee Dot; Into It; Just Be There.
Personnel: Howard McGhee; trumpet; Per Goldschmidt: baritone sax; Horace Parlan: piano; Mads Vinding: bass; Kenny Clarke: drums.


1977


Jazz Brothers
Storyville
October 19, 1977.
Tracks: One For George; Driftin'; Island Mood (2 x); Frisky (2 x); In There; Queens; Search; When Sonny Gets Blue.
Personnel: Howard McGhee: trumpet; Charlie Rouse: tenor sax; Barry Harris: piano; Lyle Atkinson: bass; Grady Tate: drums; Jual Curtis: percussion.


1978


Live At Emerson's
Zim
March 10 & 11, 1978.
Tracks: Everybody's Blues; Big 'P'; When Your Lover Has Gone; Deep Night; Meditation; Tenor's Delight; Night Mist.
Personnel: Howard McGhee: trumpet; Frank Wess: tenor sax, flute; Charlie Rouse: tenor sax; Jim Roberts: piano; Lisle Atkinson: bass; Jual Curtis: drums.


Home Run
Storyville
October 11, 1978.
Tracks: Get It On; Nostalgia; Blues For Helene; Jonas; Brownie Speaks; You Never Know; Funky Señor; Alone Together; I Remember Clifford; Moose The Mooche; On a Misty Night; In Walked Bud.
Personnel: Howard McGhee; Benny Bailey: trumpet; Teddy Edwards, Sonny Red: tenor sax; Barry Harris, Art Hillery: piano; Lyle Atkinson, Leroy Vinnegar: bass; Bobby Durham, Billy Higgins: drums.


1979


Wise In Time
Storyville
October 4-6, 1979.
Tracks: I Want To Talk About You; If You Could See Me Now; Crescent; Ruby, My Dear; Time Waits.
Personnel: Howard McGhee: trumpet; Teddy Edwards: tenor sax; Art Hillery: piano; Leroy Vinnegar: bass; Billy Higgins: drums.


Young At Heart
Storyville
October 4-6, 1979.
Tracks: Relaxin' At Camarillo; Reflections; Blues In The Closet; On A Misty Night; In Walked Bud; Yardbird Suite; Moose The Mooche.
Personnel: Howard McGhee: trumpet; Teddy Edwards: tenor sax; Art Hillery: piano; Leroy Vinnegar: bass; Billy Higgins: drums.


As a Side Musician


1942


1940-1942
Andy Kirk
Classics
July 14° & 29¹, 1942.
Tracks: McGhee Special°; Hip Hip Hooray¹.
Personnel: Howard McGhee: trumpet; others.


1945


Jazz Journey
Chubby Jackson & Bill Harris All-Stars
Mercury
NYC, January 10, 1945.
Tracks: Northwest Passage; Cryin' Sands.
Personnel: Howard McGhee: trumpet; Bill Harris: trombone; Flip Phillips: tenor sax; Ralph Burns: piano; Billy Bauer: guitar; Chubby Jackson: bass; Dave Tough: drums.


...
Coleman Hawkins
Asch
Los Angeles, CA, January 11, 1945.
Tracks: Sportsman's Hop; Bean Stalking; Ready For Love; Ladies Lullabye; Night Ramble; Leave My Heart Alone.
Personnel: Howard McGhee: trumpet; Coleman Hawkins: tenor sax; Sir Charles Thompson: piano; Eddie Robinson: bass; Denzil Best: drums.
Note: All tracks reissued on Coleman Hawkins: Hollywood Sessions - The Entire Story of a Group (Ocium).


At Jazz At The Philharmonic
Billie Holiday
Clef/Verve
Philharmonic Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA, February 12, 1945.
Tracks: Body And Soul; Strange Fruit.
Personnel: Howard McGhee: trumpet; Willie Smith: alto sax; Illinois Jacquet, Wardell Gray, Charlie Ventura: tenor sax; Milt Raskin: piano; Dave Barbour: guitar; Charles Mingus: bass; Davie Coleman: drums; Bille Holiday: vocals.


Hollywood Stampede
Coleman Hawkins
Capitol
Los Angeles, CA, February 23° & March 2¹ & 9², 1945.
Tracks: April In Paris°; Rifftide°; Stardust°; Stuffy°; Hollywood Stampede¹; I'm Through With Love¹; What Is There To Say¹; Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams¹; Too Much Of A Good Thing²; Bean Soup²; Someone To Watch Over Me²; It's The Talk Of The Town².
Personnel: Howard McGhee: trumpet; Vic Dickenson¹²: trombone; Coleman Hawkins: tenor sax; Sir Charles Thompson: piano; Allen Reuss: guitar; Oscar Pettiford°¹, John Simmons²: bass; Denzil Best: drums.
Note: All tracks reissued on Coleman Hawkins: Hollywood Sessions - The Entire Story of a Group (Ocium). This includes two further tracks from March 1945: Body And Soul; Mop Mop.


1945
Slim Gaillard
Classics (originally on Queen)
Hollywood, CA, ca. September 1945.
Tracks: Vout Oreenee; Please Wait For Me; Slim Gaillard's Boogie; Harlem Hunch; Tutti Frutti; Travelin' Blues.
Personnel: Karl George, Howard McGhee: trumpet; Vic Dickenson: trombone; Teddy Edwards: alto sax, tenor sax; Lucky Thompson, Wild Bill Moore: tenor sax; Fletcher Smith: piano; Slim Gaillard: guitar, piano, vocals; Tiny "Bam" Brown: bass; Leo Watson: drums.


Previn At Sunset
André Previn
Black Lion/1201
Los Angeles, CA, November 5, 1945.
Tracks: I Found A New Baby.
Personnel: Howard McGhee: trumpet; Willie Smith: alto sax; Vido Musso: tenor sax; André Previn: piano; Eddie Safranski: bass; Lee Young: drums.


1946


1946
Slim Gaillard
Classics (originally on BelTone)
Los Angeles, CA, January 1946.
Tracks: Chicken Rhythm; Santa Monica Jump; Mean Pretty Mama; School Kids Hop.
Personnel: Howard McGhee: trumpet; Marshall Royal: clarinet; Lucky Thompson: tenor sax; Dodo Marmorosa: piano; Slim Gaillard: guitar, vocals; Tiny "Bam" Brown: bass, vocals; Zutty Singleton: drums.


Lester Young And His Tenor Sax, Vol. 1
Lester Young
Aladdin
Los Angeles, CA, January, 1946.
Tracks: It's Only A Paper Moon; After You've Gone; Lover Come Back To Me; Jammin' With Lester.
Personnel: Howard McGhee: trumpet; Vic Dickenson: trombone; Willie Smith: alto sax; Lester Young: tenor sax; Wesley Jones: piano; Curtis Counce: bass; Johnny Otis: drums.


Night And Day c/w Weeping Willie
Every Time I Think Of You c/w Baranco Boogie
Wilbert Baranco And His Rhythm Bombardiers
Black & White
Los Angeles, CA, January, 1946.
Tracks: Night And Day; Weeping Willie; Every Time I Think Of You°; Baranco Boogie.
Personnel: Karl George, Snooky Young, Howard McGhee, Dizzy Gillespie: trumpet; Ralph Bledsoe, Henry Coker, Vic Dickenson, George Washington: trombone; Willie Smith, Marvin Johnson: alto sax; Lucky Thompson, Fred Simon: tenor sax; Gene Porter: baritone sax; Wilbert Baranco: piano, vocal°; Buddy Harper: guitar; Charles Mingus: bass; Earl Watkins: drums.


Bird And Pres - The '46 Concerts
Jazz At The Philharmonic
Verve
"Philharmonic Auditorium", Los Angeles, CA, January 28, 1946.
Tracks: Blues For Norman, Pt. 1 & 2; I Can't Get Started, Pt. 1 & 2; Lady Be Good, Pt. 1 & 2; After You've Gone, Pt. 1 & 2.
Personnel: Al Killan, Howard McGhee: trumpet; Charlie Parker, Willie Smith: alto sax; Lester Young: tenor sax; Arnold Ross: piano; Billy Hadnott: bass; Lee Young: drums.


On Dial, Vol. 1
Charlie Parker
Dial/Spotlite
C.P. MacGregor Studios, Hollywood, CA, July 29, 1946.
Tracks: Max Making Wax; Lover Man; The Gypsy; Dizzy's Fingers (Be-Bop).
Personnel: Howard McGhee: trumpet; Charlie Parker: alto sax; Jimmy Bunn: piano; Bob Kesterson: bass; Roy Porter: drums.
Note: Two further tracks without Parker issued on Howard McGhee On Dial: Trumpet At Tempo, see under As Leader.


At Jazz At The Philharmonic
Billie Holiday
Clef/Verve
Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA, October 7, 1946.
Tracks: Travelin' Light; He's Funny That Way.
Personnel: Howard McGhee: trumpet; Trummy Young: trombone; Illinois Jacquet: tenor sax; Ken Kersey: piano; Barney Kessel: guitar; Drayton, Charlie: bass; Jackie Mills: drums; Billie Holiday: vocals.


1947


The Legendary Dial Masters, Vol. 2
Charlie Parker
Dial/Stash
Chuck Kopely's home, Hollywood, CA, February 1, 1947.
Tracks: Yardbird Suite; Blues On The Sofa; Kopely Plaza Blues; Lullaby In Rhythm, Parts 1 & 2; Home Cooking, Part 1 (Opus); Home Cooking, Part 2 (Cherokee); Home Cooking, Part 3 (I Got Rhythm).
Personnel: Melvin Broiles, Howard McGhee, Shorty Rogers: trumpet; Charlie Parker: alto sax; Russ Freeman: piano; Arnold Fishkin: bass; Jimmy Pratt: drums.


On Dial, Vol. 3
Charlie Parker
Dial/Spotlite
C.P. MacGregor Studios, Hollywood, CA, February 26, 1947.
Tracks: Relaxin' At Camarillo (4 x); Cheers (4 x); Carvin' The Bird (2 x); Stupendous (2 x).
Personnel: Howard McGhee: trumpet; Charlie Parker: alto sax; Wardell Gray: tenor sax; Dodo Marmarosa: piano; Barney Kessel: guitar; Red Callender: bass; Don Lamond: drums.


1947-1949
Erroll Garner
Classics
Los Angeles, CA, April 29, 1947.
Tracks: One O'Clock Jump; Two O'Clock Jump; Three O'Clock Jump; Four O'Clock Jump.
Personnel: Howard McGhee: trumpet; Vic Dickenson: trombone; Benny Carter: alto sax; Wardell Gray: tenor sax; Erroll Garner: piano; guitar; bass; Jackie Mills: drums.


California Boppin' 1947
Sonny Criss
Fresh Sound
Pasadena, CA, April 29, 1947° & Los Angeles, CA, June 1947¹.
Tracks: Groovin' High°; Hot House°; Bebop°; The Man I Love¹; Ornithology¹; Body And Soul¹.
Personnel: Howard McGhee: trumpet; Sonny Criss: alto sax; Wardell Gray°, Teddy Edwards¹: tenor sax; Dodo Marmarosa°, Hampton Hawes¹: piano; Red Callender°, Addison Farmer¹: bass; Jackie Mills°, Roy Porter¹: drums.


The Hunt
Wardell Gray/Dexter Gordon
Savoy
"Elks Auditorium", Los Angeles, CA, July 6, 1947.
Tracks: The Hunt, Pt. 1-8 (Rock' N' Shoals)°; Bopera, Pt. 1-7 (Disorder At The Border)°; Bopland, Pt. 1-6 (Byas-A-Drink)¹; Jeronimo, Pt. 1-8 (Cherrykoke) (Cherokee)¹.
Personnel: Howard McGhee: trumpet; Trummy Young: trombone; Sonny Criss: alto sax; Dexter Gordon, Wardell Gray: tenor sax; Hampton Hawes: piano; Barney Kessel: guitar; Leroy Gray°, Red Callender¹: bass; Ken Kennedy°, Roy Porter¹: drums.


Long Tall Dexter
Dexter Gordon
Savoy
"Elks Auditorium", Los Angeles, CA, July 6, 1947.
Tracks: Bop After Hours, Pt. 1-6 (After Hours Bop).
Personnel: Howard McGhee: trumpet; Trummy Young: trombone; Dexter Gordon: tenor sax; Hampton Hawes: piano; Barney Kessel: guitar; Red Callender: bass; Roy Porter: drums.


Jazz At The Philharmonic, Vol. 5 & 6
Jazz At The Philharmonic
Verve
"Carnegie Hall", NYC, September 27, 1947.
Tracks: Perdido, Pt. 1-6; Mordido, Pt. 1-6; Endido, Pt. 1-4; I Surrender, Dear, Pt. 1 & 2.
Personnel: Howard McGhee: trumpet; Bill Harris: trombone; Illinois Jacquet, Flip Phillips: tenor sax; Hank Jones: piano; Ray Brown: bass; Jo Jones: drums.


Flip
Flip Phillips
Clef/Verve
NYC, circa September-October, 1947.
Tracks: Cake; Znarg Blues; My Old Flame; Cool.
Personnel: Howard McGhee: trumpet; Flip Phillips: tenor sax; Hank Jones: piano; Ray Brown: bass; J.C. Heard: drums.
Note: Reissued on The Complete Verve/Clef Charlie Ventura & Flip Phillips Studio Sessions (Mosaic).


Red Top
Gene Ammons
Savoy
Detroit, MI, October 4, 1947.
Tracks: El Sino; Ineta; Wild Leo; Leapin' Leo.
Personnel: Howard McGhee: trumpet; Gene Ammons: tenor sax; Leo Parker: baritone sax; Junior Mance: piano; Gene Wright: bass; Charles Williams: drums.


1948


The Paris Bebop Sessions
Kenny Clarke/James Moody
Prestige
Paris, France, May 14, 1948.
Tracks: Sweet And Lovely; Maggie's Draw (aka Annel); Out Of Nowhere; I'm In The Mood For Love.
Personnel: Howard McGhee: trumpet; Hubert Fol, Jimmy Heath: alto sax; Jesse Powell: tenor sax; John Lewis: piano; John Collins: guitar; Percy Heath: bass; Kenny Clarke: drums.


The Fabulous Fats Navarro, Vol. 2
Fats Navarro
Blue Note
Apex Studios, NYC, October 11, 1948.
Tracks: Boperation*; The Skunk; Double Talk.
Personnel: Fats Navarro: trumpet; Howard McGhee: trumpet, piano*; Ernie Henry: alto sax; Milt Jackson: vibes, piano; Curly Russell: bass; Kenny Clarke: drums.
Note: Reissued with alternate takes of each track on The Complete Blue Note And Capitol Recordings Of Fats Navarro and Tadd Dameron (Blue Note).


Way Out Wardell
Wardell Gray
Modern/Crown/Boplicity
1948
Tracks: Blue Lou; Sweet Georgia Brown; Tenderly; Just You, Just Me; One O'Clock Jump.
Personnel: Howard McGhee, Ernie Royal: trumpet; Vic Dickenson: trombone; Wardell Gray, Vido Musso: tenor sax; Erroll Garner, Arnold Ross: piano; Barney Kessel, Irving Ashby: guitar; Harry Babasin, Red Callender: bass; Don Lamond, Jackie Mills: drums.


Royal Roost Sessions With Ray Brown Trio & Quintet
Ray Brown
Cool 'N Blue
1948-1949.
Tracks: Ool-Ya-Koo; Love That Boy; Mr. Paganini; It's Too Soon To Know; I Never Knew; Heat Wave; Old Mother Hubbard; Bop Goes The Weasel; Ool-Ya-Koo; Flying Home; There's A Small Hotel; How High The Moon; Robbin's Nest; As You Desire Me; Thou Swell; Someone Like You; Again; In A Mellotone; Lemon Drop.
Personnel: Howard McGhee: trumpet; Kai Winding: trombone; Allen Eager, Brew Moore, Flip Philips: tenor sax; Hank Jones: piano; Ray Brown: bass; Charlie Smith: drums; Machito: percussion; Ella Fitzgerald: vocals.
Note: Reissued on Gerry Mulligan Quartet/Chubby Jackson Big Band (Fantasy/OJC).


1950


Chubby Jackson All Star Big Band
Chubby Jackson
Prestige
NYC, March 15, 1950.
Tracks: Flying The Coop; I May Be Wrong; New York; Sax Appeal; Hot Dog; Why Not?; Leavin' Town; So What.
Personnel: Don Ferrara, Howard McGhee, Al Porcino: trumpet; J.J. Johnson, Kai Winding: trombone; Charlie Kennedy: alto sax; Georgie Auld, Zoot Sims: tenor sax; Gerry Mulligan: baritone sax; Tony Aless: piano; Chubby Jackson: bass; Don Lamond: drums.


1955


Songs From The Heart
Johnny Hartman
Bethlehem
1955
Tracks: What Is There To Say?; Ain't Misbehavin'; I Fall In Love Too Easily; We'll Be Together Again; Down In The Depth; They Didn't Believe Me; I'm Glad There Is You; When Your Lover Has Gone; I'll Remember April; I See Your Face Before Me; September Song; Moonlight In Vermont.
Personnel: Howard McGhee: trumpet; Ralph Sharon: piano; Jay Cave: bass; Christy Febbo: drums; Johnny Hartman: vocals.


1956


The Debonair Mr. Hartman
Johnny Hartman
Bethlehem
NYC, November, 1956.
Tracks: Blue Skies; Birth Of The Blues; I Get A Kick Out Of You; All Of Me.
Personnel: Howard McGhee, Ernie Royal: trumpet; Frank Rehak: trombone; Tony Ortega: alto sax; Lucky Thompson: tenor sax, Jerome Richardson: tenor sax, flute; Danny Bank: baritone sax; Hank Jones: piano; Milt Hinton: bass; Osie Johnson: drums; Johnny Hartman: vocals; Ernie Wilkins: arranger.
Note: Reissued on All Of Me (Rhino).


1957


Porgy And Bess
Mel Torme/Frances Faye, and others
Bethlehem
Los Angeles, CA, 1957.
Tracks: Introduction; Crap Game Fugue; Crown And Robbins Fight; Storm Music; Summertime°; I Got Plenty O' Nuttin'¹; A Red Headed Woman².
Personnel: Frank Beach, Buddy Childers, Don Fagerquist, Maynard Ferguson, Roy Linn, Howard McGhee, Uan Rasey: trumpet; Bob Enevoldsen, Herbie Harper, Joe Howard, Tommy Pederson, Frank Rosolino, Lloyd Ulyate: trombone; John Cave, Vince DeRosa: frensch horn; Albert Pollan. tuba; Sam Most: flute, clarinet, alto sax; Bill Holman: tenor sax, clarinet; Ralph Sharon, Claude Williamson: piano; Max Bennett: bass; Stan Levey: drums; Irv Kluger, Alvin Stoller: drums, percussion, vibes; Betty Roche°, Mel Torme¹, Johnny Hartman²: vocals; Pat Moran And Her Quartet¹: chorus; Russ Garcia: arranger; strings.


1959


Early Quintets
Phil Woods
Prestige
NYC, March 3, 1959.
Tracks: Consternation; Lemon Drop; The Little Bandmaster; Pee Wee's Dream.
Personnel: Howard McGhee: trumpet; Phil Woods: alto sax; Dick Hyman: piano; Teddy Kotick: bass; Roy Haynes: drums.


1961


The Jazz Singer
Eddie Jefferson
Triumph/Inner City/Evidence
Bell Sound Studio, NYC, January 15, 1961.
Tracks: So What; Sister Sadie; The Preacher; Night Train.
Personnel: Howard McGhee: trumpet; James Moody: tenor sax; Musa Kaleem [aka Orlando Wright]: baritone sax; Gene Kee: piano; John Latham: bass; Osie Johnson: drums; Babs Gonzales, Honi Gordon, Ned Gravely, Eddie Jefferson: vocals.


Johnny Hodges With Billy Strayhorn And The Orchestra
Johnny Hodges
Verve
NYC, December 11° & 12¹², 1961.
Tracks: Azure°; Tailor Made¹; I'm Just A Lucky So And So².
Personnel: Cat Anderson, Harold Baker², Bill Berry, Ed Mullens, Howard McGhee: trumpet; Lawrence Brown, Chuck Connors, Quentin Jackson: trombone; Jimmy Hamilton: clarinet, tenor sax; Johnny Hodges: alto sax; Russell Procope: alto sax, clarinet; Paul Gonsalves: tenor sax; Harry Carney: baritone sax; Jimmy Jones: piano; Aaron Bell: bass; Sam Woodyard: drums; Billy Strayhorn: arranger.


1962


Deep Roots
Lorez Alexandria
Cadet/Argo
Chicago, IL, February 13 & 14, 1962.
Tracks: Nature Boy; I Was A Fool; No Moon At All; Spring Will Be A Little Late This Year; Softly As In A Morning Sunrise; Detour Ahead; It Could Happen To You; Travelin' Light; Almost Like Being In Love; I Want To Talk About You.
Personnel: Howard McGhee: trumpet; John Young: piano; George Eskridge: guitar; Israel Crosby: bass; Vernell Fournier: drums; Lorez Alexandria: vocals.


1963


At Newport '63
Joe Williams
RCA
Newport, RI, July 5 & NYC, July 17, 1963*.
Tracks: Without A Song; Spoken Word Introduction by Joe Williams; Gravy Waltz*; She's Warm, She's Willing, She's Wonderful; Come Back Baby; All God's Chillun Got Rhythm / Do You Wanna Jump, Children?*; Wayfaring Stranger; Every Day I Have The Blues; Anytime, Anyday, Anywhere; April In Paris; In The Evening (When The Sun Goes Down); Some Of This 'N' Some Of That*; Roll 'Em Pete.
Personnel: Clark Terry: trumpet, flügelhorn; Howard McGhee: trumpet; Coleman Hawkins, Zoot Sims: tenor sax; Junior Mance: piano; Bob Cranshaw: bass; Mickey Roker: drums; Joe Williams: vocals.
Note: Three tracks were re-recorded in the studio. This issue includes both the live and studio versions.


1965


Concert In The Virgin Islands
Duke Ellington
Reprise
Fine Studios, NYC, March 17, 1965.
Tracks: Things Ain't What They Used To Be; Jungle Kitty.
Personnel: Cat Anderson, Howard McGhee, Herbie Jones, Ray Nance: trumpet; Lawrence Brown, Buster Cooper, Chuck Connors: trombone; Johnny Hodges: alto sax; Russell Procope: alto sax, clarinet; Jimmy Hamilton: tenor sax, clarinet; Paul Gonsalves: tenor sax; Harry Carney: baritone sax; Duke Ellington: piano; John Lamb: bass; Sam Woodyard: drums.


1967


Autumn In New York
Sonny Stitt
Black Lion
Turicop Studios, Zürich, Switzerland, October 18, 1967.
Tracks: Lover Man; Matterhorns; Hello; Nightwork.
Personnel: Howard McGhee: trumpet; Sonny Stitt: alto sax; Walter Bishop: piano; Tommy Potter: bass; Kenny Clarke: drums.


1968


Boppin' And Burnin'
Don Patterson
Prestige
Englewood Cliffs, NJ, February 22, 1968.
Tracks: Pisces Soul°; Island Fantasy; Donna Lee°; Epistrophy°; Now's The Time°.
Personnel: Howard McGhee: trumpet; Charles McPherson°: alto sax; Don Patterson: organ; Pat Martino: guitar; Billy James: drums.


1972


Newport In New York '72: The Jam Sessions, Vol. 3 & 4
Various Artists
Cobbestone/Atlantic
Radio City Music Hall, NYC, July 6, 1972.
Tracks: Blue 'N' Boogie.
Personnel: Howard McGhee, Clark Terry: trumpet; Dexter Gordon, Sonny Stitt: tenor sax; Gary Burton. vibes; George Duke: piano; Jimmy Smith: organ; Al McKibbon: bass; Art Blakey: drums.


1977


Trumpet Spectacular
Progressive Records All Stars
Progressive
Downtown Sound Studio, NYC, April 4, 1977.
Tracks: Georgia / A Sleeping Bee / You've Changed / Willow Weep For Me / I Love You / The More I See You; Gus' Thing.
Personnel: Harold Lieberman, Marky Markowitz, Howard McGhee, Hannibal Marvin Peterson, Lew Soloff, Danny Stiles: trumpet; Derek Smith: piano; Bucky Pizzarelli: guitar; Richard Davis: bass; Ronnie Bedford: drums.

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