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SOLO  FLIGHT

THE  CHARLIE  CHRISTIAN  LEGACY

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CHARLIE CHRISTIAN CHRONOLOGY

An outlined summary of Charlie Christian’s life and some posthumous events

All recorded tune titles are listed—those on which he solos are listed in all-caps

 


 

           
1916 JUL 29  Sat Born    CHARLES  HENRY  CHRISTIAN 511 West Johnson Street
     to Clarence James Christian – BONHAM, TEXAS
           born ca. 1872
     & Willie Mae Christian  (nče Booker) –
           born March 29, 1890
Two brothers: BONHAM, TEXAS
     Edward – born December 23, 1906
     Clarence – born July 30, 1911
Both parents were musicians: BONHAM, TEXAS
     Father – trumpet, guitar;  all instruments
     Mother – piano
Father worked as waiter; Hotel Alexander
     played baseball BONHAM, TEXAS
Mother worked as maid;
     played piano at silent movie theaters
1918 Father lost eyesight BONHAM, TEXAS lost left eyesight first, then right
     over several month period held head down so he could see
     caused by unknown illness
1918 NOV 13  Wed Moved from Bonham to Oklahoma City BONHAM, TEXAS
     via Paris, Texas
Moved in with maternal grandmother, OKLAHOMA CITY
     Ella ‘Mom Ella’ George
1921 Played in father’s OKLAHOMA CITY Clarence Sr   –   guitar
     strolling string band Edward         –   mandolin
Clarence Jr   –   violin
CHARLES    –  “board beater”
1923 Attended first grade Douglass School
     at Douglass Elementary School S Walnut & E California
OKLAHOMA CITY
Learned to play Guitar under father’s tutelage OKLAHOMA CITY
1926 DEC 12  Sun Father, Clarence James Christian, died OKLAHOMA CITY
     at about age 44
Spent most of his time playing baseball OKLAHOMA CITY
     until he became seriously interested
     in playing music
Encouraged by Ms Zelia N. (Page) Breaux, Douglass School
     musical director of black public schools, S Walnut & E California
     to start on trumpet which he played OKLAHOMA CITY
     for a very brief period
Learned basic music theory and sight reading
1928/1929 Studied Guitar informally OKLAHOMA CITY
     with Ralph ‘Big Foot Chuck’ Hamilton
     but developed his own single-string style
     (Hamilton used chord technique)
Learned advanced music theory from
     bassist/guitarist Hamilton and
     trumpeter James Simpson
1930 Entered Douglass High School Douglass School
       (7th grade) S Walnut & E California  
OKLAHOMA CITY
1930 Introduced to Margretta Lorraine Christian, Douglass School at one of Charles' baseball games
     originally from Pittsburg, Texas S Walnut & E California
     and later his only child’s mother OKLAHOMA CITY
1931/1932 Sat in with Don Redman & his band Honey Murphy’s Charles Christian   –   guitar [SWEET GEORGIA BROWN]
     for three tunes on which he soloed OKLAHOMA CITY Edward Christian   –   piano [TEA FOR TWO]
     (Charles’ first public appearance) Ralph Hamilton     –   guitar [ROSE ROOM]
Don Redman & his Orchestra
1932 Quit high school  to work fulltime Douglass School last attended one year prior to the school's move to
       (9th grade) S Walnut & E California      Douglass High School at 600 North High Avenue
OKLAHOMA CITY
1932 DEC 23  Fri Daughter Billie Jean Christian born OKLAHOMA CITY
     to Margretta Lorraine Christian
1934 Played in brother Edward’s band OKLAHOMA CITY
1935 MAR Played with Ritz Ballroom Leonard Chadwick
 thru      Leonard Chadwick & his Rhythmaires 15˝ S Walker Blvd      & his Rhythmaires
JUL      (Sunday nights) OKLAHOMA CITY
1935 MAY  9  Fri Played with Slaughter’s Hall Leonard Chadwick
     Leonard Chadwick & his Rhythmaires NE Second St & Stiles Ave      & his Rhythmaires
OKLAHOMA CITY
1935 JUL Played with Ritz Ballroom Leslie Sheffield
 thru      Leslie Sheffield & his Rhythmaires 15˝ S Walker Blvd      & his Rhythmaires
SEP OKLAHOMA CITY
1935 AUG Played with TULSA, OKLAHOMA Leslie Sheffield
     Leslie Sheffield & his Rhythmaires      & his Rhythmaires
1935 OCT Played with OKLAHOMA CITY Eddie Christian
thru      Edward Christian & his Blue Devils      & his Blue Devils
1936 JUN      (aka Edward Christian & his Harlem Devils)
1936 JUN Went to The Texas Centennial DALLAS
thru      looking for gigs
AUG      accompanied by Leslie Sheffield
1936 SEP Played Guitar & bass with Midwest U.S. Alphonso Trent
thru      Alphonso Trent & his Orchestra DEADWOOD, S DAKOTA      & his Orchestra
1937
1937 Began playing a true electric guitar Lee Thagard Music Co.
     Gibson ES-150 1112 Classen Blvd
     purchased on installment plan OKLAHOMA CITY
1937 Fall Played with trumpeter James Simpson’s & OMAHA (home base) Cotton Club Boys
thru    vocalist/bandleader Anna Mae Winburn’s band KANSAS CITY
1938 MAR CHICAGO
MINNESOTA
1938 MAR Played at local clubs OKLAHOMA CITY
1938 late Summer Rejoined Alphonso Trent Midwest U.S. Alphonso Trent
     (this time on Guitar only) DEADWOOD, S DAKOTA      & his Harlem Swingsters
The Dome in
BISMARCK, N DAKOTA
1939 JAN 20  Fri Gig with Alphonso Trent Crystal Room at Alphonso Trent
FEB  9  Thu      three-week engagement Gladstone Hotel in      & his Harlem Swingsters
CASPER, WYOMING
1939 MAR 16  Thu Mary Lou Williams recommended Charles
     to John Hammond during a
     Vocalion recording session in NYC
1939 MAR Played with OKLAHOMA CITY
thru      Edward Christian’s and
APR      Leslie Sheffield’s bands
1939 JUN Led his own band Ruby’s Grill “Charles Christian
 thru      Billed as “The Lyons Den”      & His Electric Guitar”
AUG      “Charles Christian & His Electric Guitar – 322˝ NE Second St
     One of the Southwest’s OKLAHOMA CITY
     Most Popular Swing Bands”
     (Thursday, Saturday, Sunday nights)
1939 JUL 10  Mon Legendary cutting session Ruby’s Grill occurred after Kirk’s band engagement at
     with Andy Kirk’s guitarist, Floyd Smith 322˝ NE Second St      Trianon (formerly the Ritz) Ballroom
OKLAHOMA CITY
1939 AUG 3  Thu Auditioned for John Hammond  Ruby’s Grill Hammond stayed at Huckins Hotel
322˝ NE Second St      where Charles’ mother worked
OKLAHOMA CITY
1939 AUG 13  Sun Going away party held for Charles Ruby’s Grill
322˝ NE Second St
OKLAHOMA CITY
1939 AUG 14  Mon Left Oklahoma City on the afternoon OKLAHOMA CITY
     train for audition in Los Angeles
1939 AUG 16  Wed Auditioned briefly for Benny Goodman West Coast Recorders [TEA FOR TWO]
     on unamplified guitar at afternoon Western Ave
     studio recording session LOS ANGELES
1939 AUG 16  Wed Auditioned with the Goodman “quintet” “French Garden Room” [ROSE ROOM]
     during evening gig at the French Garden Room Victor Hugo Restaurant [and other tunes]
233 N Beverly Dr at Wilshire
     [gig closed at the Victor Hugo on August 17] BEVERLY HILLS, CA
1939 AUG 19  Sat Charles’ first recorded performance Hollywood Bowl Benny Goodman Sextet FLYING HOME
Recorded Broadcast  “Camel Caravan” Bolton Canyon
     NBC Red Radio Network  (WEAF) 2301 N Highland Ave
HOLLYWOOD, CA
     [Camel Caravan NBC radio series continued
      broadcasting on Saturdays 10:00-10:30 pm EST
      thru December 30, 1939]
1939 AUG 20  Sun Gig at the Blue Moon Blue Moon Benny Goodman Sextet
     Broadcast 3401 S Oliver St
WICHITA, KS
1939 AUG 21  Mon Gig at the Marine Ballroom Marine Ballroom Benny Goodman Sextet
      - 27  Sun      Broadcasts  CBS, NBC, Mutual radio networks Steel Pier
1000 Boardwalk at S Virginia
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ
1939 AUG 23  Wed Broadcast from the Marine Ballroom Marine Ballroom Benny Goodman Sextet
     Mutual Broadcasting System Steel Pier
     [orchestra recorded] ATLANTIC CITY, NJ
1939 AUG 26  Sat Broadcast  “Camel Caravan” Marine Ballroom Benny Goodman Sextet
     NBC  (WEAF) Steel Pier
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ
1939 AUG 31  Thu Gig at the Canadian National Exhibition New Dance Pavilion Benny Goodman Sextet
     3 pm & 9 pm TORONTO
     Broadcast  NBC Radio Network
1939 SEP  1  Fri Gig at the Michigan State Fair Michigan State Fair Benny Goodman Sextet
     -  2  Sat Michigan State Fairgrounds
1120 W State Fair Ave
DETROIT
1939 SEP  2  Sat Recorded Broadcast  “Camel Caravan” Michigan State Fair Benny Goodman Sextet STAR DUST
     NBC  (WEAF) DETROIT
1939 SEP  4  Mon Gig at the Canadian National Exhibition New Dance Pavilion Benny Goodman Sextet
     3 pm & 9 pm TORONTO
     Broadcast  NBC  [orchestra recorded]
1939 SEP  6  Wed Gig at the New York World’s Fair Fountain Lake Band Shell Benny Goodman Sextet
    - 11  Mon FLUSHING MEADOWS
Queens, NYC
1939 SEP  9  Sat Recorded Broadcast  “Camel Caravan” RCA Radio City Studios Benny Goodman Sextet FLYING HOME
     NBC  (WEAF) Rockefeller Center
Manhattan, NYC
1939 SEP 11  Mon Recording Session for Victor RCA Studios Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra When Lights Are Low BS-041406-1
     (Charles’ first studio date) Radio City When Lights Are Low BS-041406-2
Rockefeller Center ONE SWEET LETTER FROM YOU BS-041407-1
Manhattan, NYC Hot Mallets BS-041408-1
Early Session Hop BS-041409-1
1939 SEP 12  Tue Martin Block’s  “Swing Session” Manhattan Center Studios Benny Goodman Sextet
     Broadcast WNEW independent radio station 311 W 34th St
     at Eighth & Ninth Ave
Manhattan, NYC
1939 SEP 15  Fri Gig at Shea’s Buffalo Theatre Shea’s Buffalo Theatre Benny Goodman Sextet
     - 21  Thu 646 Main St
BUFFALO, NY
1939 SEP 16  Sat Recorded Broadcast  “Camel Caravan” Shea’s Buffalo Theatre Benny Goodman Sextet OPUS LOCAL 802
     NBC  (WEAF) BUFFALO, NY
1939 SEP 22  Fri Gig at the Orpheum Theatre Orpheum Theatre Benny Goodman Sextet
     - 28  Thu 19-21 Seventh St West
ST. PAUL, Minn
1939 SEP 23  Sat Recorded Broadcast  “Camel Caravan” Orpheum Theatre Benny Goodman Sextet OPUS ˝
     NBC  (WEAF) ST. PAUL, Minn
1939 SEP 24  Sun Jam at after-hours club “Harlem Breakfast Club” Charlie Christian I GOT RHYTHM
   following gig at the Orpheum Theatre Royalston Avenue Jerry Jerome - tenor sax I GOT RHYTHM
   Recorded by Jerry Newhouse MINNEAPOLIS, Minn Frankie Hines - piano STAR DUST
Oscar Pettiford - bass TEA FOR TWO
1939 SEP 30  Sat Recorded Broadcast  “Camel Caravan” Chicago Theater Benny Goodman Sextet STAR DUST
     NBC  (WEAF) CHICAGO
1939 OCT  1  Sun Afternoon concert at  “Rodeo & Swing Concert” Municipal Stadium Benny Goodman Sextet
     (Seventeen people were injured when a rodeo CLEVELAND [ no electricity for Guitar and vibes ]
     bull got loose and jumped into the grandstand)
1939 OCT  2  Mon Recording Session for Columbia Columbia Studios Benny Goodman Sextet FLYING HOME WCO 26132 A
     (Charles’ first studio date with the sextet) Manhattan, NYC FLYING HOME  (Homeward Bound) WCO 26132 B
ROSE ROOM WCO 26133 A
STAR DUST WCO 26134 A
1939 OCT  2  Mon Gig at the New York World’s Fair FLUSHING MEADOWS Benny Goodman Sextet
      -  3  Tue      “Swing Mardi Gras” Queens, NYC
1939 OCT  4  Wed Gig at the Empire Room Waldorf-Astoria Hotel Benny Goodman Sextet
       thru      Broadcasts  CBS  (WABC)  [Wed & Thurs] 301 Park Avenue
DEC 31  Sun         Oct. 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 25-26 Manhattan, NYC
        Nov. 1-2, 9, 15-16, 22-23, 29-30
        Dec. 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 27-28
        ^Recorded Oct. 4, 25
                  Nov. 2 <qv>, 22 <qv>
                  Dec. 6 <qv>, 21 <qv>
     Broadcasts  Mutual  (WOR)  [Mondays]
        Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30
        Nov. 6, 13, 20, 27
        Dec. 4, 11, 18, 25
        ^Recorded Oct. 9 <qv>, 16 <qv>
                  Oct. 23 <qv>, 30
                  Nov. 27 <qv>
                  Dec. 4 <qv>, 11
     NBC Broadcast Recorded Dec. 31 <qv>
1939 OCT  4  Wed Broadcast from the Empire Room Waldorf-Astoria Hotel Benny Goodman Sextet
      -  5  Thu      CBS  (WABC)  [orchestra recorded Oct. 4] Manhattan, NYC
1939 OCT  6  Fri Swing Concert for Mayor’s Music Week Carnegie Hall Benny Goodman Sextet FLYING HOME
     ASCAP’s 25th Anniversary Program W 57th St & Seventh Ave STAR DUST
Manhattan, NYC
1939 OCT  7  Sat Recorded Broadcast  “Camel Caravan” RCA Radio City Studios Benny Goodman Sextet MEMORIES OF YOU
     NBC  (WEAF) Manhattan, NYC
1939 OCT  9  Mon Recorded Broadcast from the Empire Room Waldorf-Astoria Hotel Benny Goodman Sextet ROSE ROOM
     Mutual  (WOR) Manhattan, NYC
1939 OCT 11  Wed Broadcast from the Empire Room Waldorf-Astoria Hotel Benny Goodman Sextet
      - 12  Thu      CBS  (WABC) Manhattan, NYC
1939 OCT 12  Thu Recording Session for Victor RCA Studios Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra I’m On My Way From You BS-042941-1
     (second session with Hampton’s band) Manhattan, NYC HAVEN’T NAMED IT YET BS-042942-1
THE HEEBIE JEEBIES ARE ROCKIN’ THE TOWN BS-042943-1
THE HEEBIE JEEBIES ARE ROCKIN’ THE TOWN BS-042943-2
1939 OCT 14  Sat Recorded Broadcast  “Camel Caravan” RCA Radio City Studios Benny Goodman Sextet Ain’t Misbehavin’
     NBC  (WEAF) Manhattan, NYC      + Louis Armstrong
     + Goodman Orchestra
Benny Goodman Sextet AC-DC CURRENT
1939 OCT 16  Mon Recorded Broadcast from the Empire Room Waldorf-Astoria Hotel Benny Goodman Sextet FLYING HOME
     Mutual  (WOR) Manhattan, NYC
1939 OCT 18  Wed Broadcast from the Empire Room Waldorf-Astoria Hotel Benny Goodman Sextet
      - 19  Thu      CBS  (WABC) Manhattan, NYC
1939 OCT 21  Sat Recorded Broadcast  “Camel Caravan” RCA Radio City Studios Benny Goodman Sextet SOFT WINDS
     NBC  (WEAF) Manhattan, NYC
1939 OCT 23  Mon Recorded Broadcast from the Empire Room Waldorf-Astoria Hotel Benny Goodman Sextet MEMORIES OF YOU
     Mutual  (WOR) Manhattan, NYC
1939 OCT 25  Wed Broadcast from the Empire Room Waldorf-Astoria Hotel Benny Goodman Sextet
      - 26  Thu      CBS  (WABC)  [orchestra recorded Oct. 25] Manhattan, NYC
1939 OCT 28  Sat Recorded Broadcast  “Camel Caravan” RCA Radio City Studios Benny Goodman Sextet ROSE ROOM
     NBC  (WEAF) Manhattan, NYC
1939 OCT 30  Mon Broadcast from the Empire Room Waldorf-Astoria Hotel Benny Goodman Sextet
     Mutual  (WOR)  [orchestra recorded] Manhattan, NYC
1939 OCT 31  Tue Recording Sessions for Vocalion Liederkranz Hall Ida Cox DEEP SEA BLUES 25509-2
115 E 58th St      acc. by Her DEEP SEA BLUES 25509-1
     at Park & Lexington Ave      All-Star Band DEATH LETTER BLUES 25510-2
Manhattan, NYC    DEATH LETTER BLUES 25510-1
ONE HOUR MAMA 25511-2
ONE HOUR MAMA 25511-X
ONE HOUR MAMA 25511-y
ONE HOUR MAMA 25511-1
Columbia Pictures Building Ida Cox FOUR DAY CREEP 26239-A
711 Fifth Avenue      acc. by Her PINK SLIP BLUES 26240-A
     at W 55th & 56th St      All-Star Band HARD TIME BLUES 26241-A
Manhattan, NYC TAKE HIM OFF MY MIND 26242-A
1939 NOV  1  Wed Broadcast from the Empire Room Waldorf-Astoria Hotel Benny Goodman Sextet
      -  2  Thu      CBS  (WABC)  [orchestra recorded Nov. 1] Manhattan, NYC
1939 NOV  4  Sat Recorded Broadcast  “Camel Caravan” RCA Radio City Studios Benny Goodman Sextet SHIVERS
     NBC  (WEAF) Manhattan, NYC
1939 NOV  6  Mon Broadcast from the Empire Room Waldorf-Astoria Hotel Benny Goodman Sextet SHIVERS
     Mutual  (WOR) Manhattan, NYC
1939 NOV  9  Thu Broadcast from the Empire Room Waldorf-Astoria Hotel Benny Goodman Sextet
     CBS  (WABC) Manhattan, NYC
1939 NOV 11  Sat Recorded Broadcast  “Camel Caravan” RCA Radio City Studios Benny Goodman Sextet I’m A Ding Dong Daddy
     NBC  (WEAF) Manhattan, NYC
1939 NOV 13  Mon Broadcast from the Empire Room Waldorf-Astoria Hotel Benny Goodman Sextet
     Mutual  (WOR) Manhattan, NYC
1939 NOV 15  Wed Broadcast from the Empire Room Waldorf-Astoria Hotel Benny Goodman Sextet
      - 16  Thu      CBS  (WABC) Manhattan, NYC
1939 NOV 18  Sat Recorded Broadcast  “Camel Caravan” RCA Radio City Studios Benny Goodman Sextet SOUTH OF THE BORDER
     NBC  (WEAF) Manhattan, NYC
1939 NOV 20  Mon Broadcast from the Empire Room Waldorf-Astoria Hotel Benny Goodman Sextet
     Mutual  (WOR) Manhattan, NYC
1939 NOV 22  Wed Recording Session for Columbia Columbia Studios Benny Goodman Sextet MEMORIES OF YOU WCO 26284 A
Manhattan, NYC MEMORIES OF YOU WCO 26284 B
SOFT WINDS WCO 26285 A
SOFT WINDS WCO 26285 B
SEVEN COME ELEVEN WCO 26286 A
Benny Goodman & His Orchestra HONEYSUCKLE ROSE WCO 26290 A
1939 NOV 22  Wed Recorded Broadcast from the Empire Room Waldorf-Astoria Hotel Benny Goodman Sextet FLYING HOME
     CBS  (WABC) Manhattan, NYC
1939 NOV 23  Thu Broadcast from the Empire Room Waldorf-Astoria Hotel Benny Goodman Sextet
     CBS  (WABC) Manhattan, NYC
1939 NOV 25  Sat Preview Performance of Musical Center Theatre Benny Goodman Sextet
     “SWINGIN’ THE DREAM” Radio City,  NYC      (et al)
1939 NOV 25  Sat Recorded Broadcast  “Camel Caravan” RCA Radio City Studios Benny Goodman Sextet SEVEN COME ELEVEN  (Roast Turkey Stomp)
     NBC  (WEAF) Manhattan, NYC
1939 NOV 27  Mon Benefit for the Local 802 Medical Fund Madison Square Garden Benny Goodman Sextet
Manhattan, NYC
1939 NOV 27  Mon Preview Performance of Musical Center Theatre Benny Goodman Sextet
     “SWINGIN’ THE DREAM” Radio City,  NYC      (et al)
1939 NOV 27  Mon Recorded Broadcast from the Empire Room Waldorf-Astoria Hotel Benny Goodman Sextet AC-DC CURRENT
     Mutual  (WOR) Manhattan, NYC
1939 NOV 28  Tue Preview Performance of Musical Center Theatre Benny Goodman Sextet
     “SWINGIN’ THE DREAM” Radio City,  NYC      (et al)
1939 NOV 28  Tue CC attended Billie Holiday’s opening night Kelly’s Stable
     (CC accompanied by Lionel Hampton & 137 W 51st St
      Zutty Singleton from “Swingin’ the Dream”)      at Sixth & Seventh Ave
Manhattan, NYC
1939 NOV 29  Wed Opening Performance of Musical Center Theatre Benny Goodman Sextet with book by Gilbert Seldes, with an all-star black cast
     “SWINGIN’ THE DREAM” Radio City,  NYC      (et al)      Louis Armstrong as Bottom,
     (Erik Charell’s jazz production of Shakespeare’s      Maxine Sullivan as Titania,
     “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”)      Butterfly McQueen as Puck, among others
songs by Jimmy Van Heusen and Eddie de Lang based
     on Mendelssohn themes
Don Voorhees conducted a full pit orchestra, and,
     doing instrumental specialties from the boxes
     Benny Goodman Sextet & the Summa Cum Laude band
1939 NOV 29  Wed Broadcast from the Empire Room Waldorf-Astoria Hotel Benny Goodman Sextet OPUS ˝
     CBS  (WABC) Manhattan, NYC
1939 NOV 30  Thu Performance of Musical Center Theatre Benny Goodman Sextet
     “SWINGIN’ THE DREAM” Radio City,  NYC      (et al)
1939 NOV 30  Thu Broadcast from the Empire Room Waldorf-Astoria Hotel Benny Goodman Sextet
     CBS  (WABC) Manhattan, NYC
1939 DEC  1  Fri Performance of Musical Center Theatre Benny Goodman Sextet
     “SWINGIN’ THE DREAM” Radio City,  NYC      (et al)
1939 DEC  2  Sat Performance of Musical Center Theatre Benny Goodman Sextet
     “SWINGIN’ THE DREAM” Radio City,  NYC      (et al)
1939 DEC  2  Sat Recorded Broadcast  “Camel Caravan” RCA Radio City Studios Benny Goodman Sextet AC-DC CURRENT
     NBC  (WEAF) Manhattan, NYC
1939 DEC  3  Sun Performance of Musical Center Theatre Benny Goodman Sextet
     “SWINGIN’ THE DREAM” Radio City,  NYC      (et al)
1939 DEC  4  Mon Performance of Musical Center Theatre Benny Goodman Sextet
     “SWINGIN’ THE DREAM” Radio City,  NYC      (et al)
1939 DEC  4  Mon Recorded Broadcast from the Empire Room Waldorf-Astoria Hotel Benny Goodman Sextet HONEYSUCKLE ROSE
     Mutual  (WOR) Manhattan, NYC
1939 DEC  5  Tue Performance of Musical Center Theatre Benny Goodman Sextet
     “SWINGIN’ THE DREAM” Radio City,  NYC      (et al)
1939 DEC  6  Wed Performance of Musical Center Theatre Benny Goodman Sextet
     “SWINGIN’ THE DREAM” Radio City,  NYC      (et al)
1939 DEC  6  Wed Recorded Broadcast from the Empire Room Waldorf-Astoria Hotel Benny Goodman Sextet SEVEN COME ELEVEN  (Roast Turkey Stomp)
     CBS  (WABC) Manhattan, NYC
1939 DEC  7  Thu Performance of Musical Center Theatre Benny Goodman Sextet
     “SWINGIN’ THE DREAM” Radio City,  NYC      (et al)
1939 DEC  7  Thu Broadcast from the Empire Room Waldorf-Astoria Hotel Benny Goodman Sextet
     CBS  (WABC) Manhattan, NYC
1939 DEC 8  Fri Performance of Musical Center Theatre Benny Goodman Sextet
     “SWINGIN’ THE DREAM” Radio City,  NYC      (et al)
1939 DEC  9  Sat Final Performance of Musical Center Theatre Benny Goodman Sextet
     “SWINGIN’ THE DREAM” Radio City,  NYC      (et al)
1939 DEC  9  Sat Recorded Broadcast  “Camel Caravan” RCA Radio City Studios Benny Goodman Sextet PICK-A-RIB
     NBC  (WEAF) Manhattan, NYC
1939 DEC 11  Mon Broadcast from the Empire Room Waldorf-Astoria Hotel Benny Goodman Sextet
     Mutual  (WOR)  [orchestra recorded] Manhattan, NYC
1939 DEC 13  Wed Broadcast from the Empire Room Waldorf-Astoria Hotel Benny Goodman Sextet
      - 14  Thu      CBS  (WABC) Manhattan, NYC
1939 DEC 16  Sat Recorded Broadcast  “Camel Caravan” RCA Radio City Studios Benny Goodman Sextet DINAH
     NBC  (WEAF) Manhattan, NYC
1939 DEC 18  Mon Broadcast from the Empire Room Waldorf-Astoria Hotel Benny Goodman Sextet
     Mutual  (WOR) Manhattan, NYC
1939 DEC 20  Wed Recording Session for Columbia Columbia Studios Benny Goodman Sextet SHIVERS WCO 26354 x
Manhattan, NYC SHIVERS WCO 26354 A
AC-DC CURRENT WCO 26355 A
I’M CONFESSIN’ WCO 26356 A
1939 DEC 20  Wed Broadcast from the Empire Room Waldorf-Astoria Hotel Benny Goodman Sextet
     CBS  (WABC) Manhattan, NYC
1939 DEC 21  Thu Recorded Broadcast from the Empire Room Waldorf-Astoria Hotel Benny Goodman Sextet HONEYSUCKLE ROSE
     CBS  (WABC) Manhattan, NYC
1939 DEC 23  Sat Broadcast  “Camel Caravan” RCA Radio City Studios Benny Goodman Sextet [HONEYSUCKLE ROSE]
     NBC  (WEAF) Manhattan, NYC
1939 DEC 24  Sun “FROM SPIRITUALS TO SWING”  Concert Carnegie Hall Kansas City Six GOOD MORNING BLUES
     Sponsored by Theatre Arts Committee W 57th St & Seventh Ave      incl. Lester Young PAGING THE DEVIL
     Produced by John Hammond Manhattan, NYC      & Freddie Green WAY DOWN YONDER IN NEW ORLEANS
Benny Goodman Sextet FLYING HOME
MEMORIES OF YOU
I Got Rhythm
HONEYSUCKLE ROSE
Stompin’ at the Savoy
Jam:   Count Basie Orchestra, OH, LADY BE GOOD
          Goodman Sextet,  et al
1939 DEC 25  Mon Broadcast from the Empire Room Waldorf-Astoria Hotel Benny Goodman Sextet
     Mutual  (WOR) Manhattan, NYC
1939 DEC 27  Wed Broadcast from the Empire Room Waldorf-Astoria Hotel Benny Goodman Sextet
      - 28  Thu      CBS  (WABC) Manhattan, NYC
1939 DEC 30  Sat Recorded Broadcast  “Camel Caravan” RCA Radio City Studios Benny Goodman Sextet PICK-A-RIB
     NBC  (WEAF) Manhattan, NYC
     [Final “Camel Caravan” Broadcast]
1939 DEC 31  Sun Recorded Broadcast from the Empire Room Waldorf-Astoria Hotel Benny Goodman Sextet TILL TOM SPECIAL
     NBC  “Fitch Bandwagon” Manhattan, NYC
1940 JAN  1  Mon Two-Week Vacation Mother’s home
    - 13  Sat 813 NE First St
OKLAHOMA CITY
1940 JAN 11  Thu Special Guest at Jam Session Ruby’s Grill Charlie Christian [EXACTLY LIKE YOU]
     “The Black Dispatch”  OKC 322˝ NE Second St      w/  “The Grill Boys” [MEMORIES OF YOU]   w/ vocal by brother ‘It’ (Clarence)
     newspaper headline (Jan. 20): OKLAHOMA CITY [and other tunes]
          “Fans Jam Ruby’s Grill to
          Welcome Charles Christian”
1940 JAN 13  Sat Left Oklahoma City in the morning OKLAHOMA CITY
     to rejoin the Goodman sextet in NYC
1940 JAN 15  Mon Recorded Shortwave Radio Broadcast NBC Studios Benny Goodman Sextet FLYING HOME
     to Sweden, Norway, Denmark Rockefeller Center STAR DUST
     via NBC Radio Network Manhattan, NYC
1940 JAN 19  Fri Gig at the George F Pavilion George F Pavilion Benny Goodman Sextet
JOHNSON CITY, NY
1940 JAN 21  Sun Gig at the Strand Theater Strand Theater Benny Goodman Sextet
     - 27  Sat PORTLAND, Maine
1940 JAN 28  Sun Gig at the Worcester Auditorium Worcester Auditorium Benny Goodman Sextet
WORCESTER, Mass
1940 JAN 29  Mon Gig at the State Theater State Theater Benny Goodman Sextet
     - 31  Wed HARTFORD, CT
1940 FEB  1  Thu Gig at the Arcadia Ballroom Arcadia Ballroom Benny Goodman Sextet
PROVIDENCE, RI
1940 FEB  2  Fri Gig at Georgetown University prom Wardman Park Hotel Benny Goodman Sextet
     Broadcast WASHINGTON, DC
1940 FEB  3  Sat Gig at Winter Carnival Ball NY State Armory Benny Goodman Sextet
SCHENECTADY, NY
1940 FEB  4  Sun Gig at the Westchester County Center Westchester County Center Benny Goodman Sextet
WHITE PLAINS, NY
1940 FEB  5  Mon Gig at the Willard Hotel Willard Hotel Benny Goodman Sextet
     Broadcast WASHINGTON, DC
1940 FEB  6  Tue Gig at the Empire Ballroom Empire Ballroom Benny Goodman Sextet
ALLENTOWN, PA
1940 FEB  7  Wed Recording Session for Columbia Columbia Studios Metronome All Star Band King Porter Stomp WCO 26489 x
Manhattan, NYC King Porter Stomp WCO 26489 A
King Porter Stomp WCO 26489 B
Metronome All Star Nine ALL STAR STRUT WCO 26490 x
ALL STAR STRUT WCO 26490 A
ALL STAR STRUT WCO 26490 B
1940 FEB  7  Wed Recording Session for Columbia Columbia Studios Benny Goodman Sextet TILL TOM SPECIAL WCO 26494 A
Manhattan, NYC GONE WITH “WHAT” WIND WCO 26495 A
GONE WITH “WHAT” WIND WCO 26495 B
1940 FEB  9  Fri Gig at the Stanley Theater Stanley Theater Benny Goodman Sextet
    - 15  Thu PITTSBURGH
1940 FEB 16  Fri Gig at the Lyric Theater Lyric Theater Benny Goodman Sextet
     - 22  Thu INDIANAPOLIS
1940 FEB 23  Fri Gig at the Chicago Theater Chicago Theater Benny Goodman Sextet
     - 29  Thu CHICAGO
CC collapsed while playing at the Chicago Theater with 103° fever – diagnosed as influenza at Chicago hospital
CC remained hospitalized for exhaustion at Michael Reese Hospital – doctors discovered tuberculosis scars on his lungs
1940 MAR  2  Sat Two-week break due to various ailments of several
      - 18  Mon      bandmembers – theater dates canceled at
     Davenport, Cedar Rapids, Omaha, and
     other Midwestern cities
1940 MAR 19  Tue Goodman band on the West Coast Local 767 Union Hall Charles jammed with local musicians
        thru Central Avenue      Jimmy Blanton,  Nat Cole,
JUL 15  Mon Watts      Charles Mingus,  Don Byas,
LOS ANGELES      Illinois Jacquet,  Art Tatum,
     Ben Webster,  Red Callendar,
     Lee Young,  Sid Catlett,  Bill Tapia
1940 MAR 19  Tue Gig at The Cocoanut Grove Ambassador Hotel Benny Goodman Sextet
        thru      (Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays) 3400 Wilshire Boulevard
APR 30  Tue      Broadcasts  NBC Radio Network LOS ANGELES Benny Goodman & His Orchestra Busy as a Bee
        Recorded on <qv> I Found a New Baby
           Mar. 19, 23, 30 Make with the Kisses  (intro)
           Apr.  5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 26, 27
1940 MAR 19  Tue Recorded Broadcast from The Cocoanut Grove Ambassador Hotel Benny Goodman Sextet GONE WITH “WHAT” WIND
     NBC Radio Network LOS ANGELES
Benny Goodman & His Orchestra Blue Skies
1940 MAR 22  Fri Charles absent from gig at The Cocoanut Grove Ambassador Hotel
     missed a train and arrived too late for the gig LOS ANGELES
     NBC broadcast
     [‘quintet’ recorded “Memories of You”]
1940 MAR 23  Sat Recorded Broadcast from The Cocoanut Grove Ambassador Hotel Benny Goodman & His Orchestra Smiles
     NBC Radio Network LOS ANGELES Good-bye  (theme)
1940 MAR One-Nighter BAKERSFIELD, CA Benny Goodman Sextet
   & Orchestra
1940 MAR One-Nighter SANTA BARBARA, CA Benny Goodman Sextet
   & Orchestra
1940 MAR 30  Sat Recorded Broadcast from The Cocoanut Grove Ambassador Hotel Benny Goodman & His Orchestra Big John Special
     NBC Radio Network LOS ANGELES
1940 APR  3  Wed Recording Session for Columbia HOLLYWOOD Benny Goodman & His Orchestra Buds Won’t Bud            [5 takes recorded] WCO 26714 A
     (Recorded by the World Broadcasting System Inc) Devil May Care             [3 takes recorded] WCO 26715 A
I’m Nobody’s Baby       [5 takes recorded] WCO 26716 A
Cocoanut Grove            [2 takes recorded] WCO 26717 X
Cocoanut Grove WCO 26717 A
Benny Goodman Sextet THE SHEIK OF ARABY WCO 26718 A
THE SHEIK OF ARABY WCO 26718 B
UNTITLED TUNE WCO (none)
UNTITLED TUNE   (breakdown) WCO (none)
POOR BUTTERFLY WCO 26719 A
POOR BUTTERFLY   (breakdown–no CC) WCO 26719 x
1940 APR  5  Fri Recorded Broadcast from The Cocoanut Grove Ambassador Hotel Benny Goodman Sextet SOFT WINDS
     NBC Radio Network LOS ANGELES
Benny Goodman & His Orchestra Cocoanut Grove
1940 APR  6  Sat Recorded Broadcast from The Cocoanut Grove Ambassador Hotel Benny Goodman Sextet GONE WITH “WHAT” WIND
     NBC Radio Network LOS ANGELES
Benny Goodman & His Orchestra Shake Down the Stars
1940 APR 10  Wed Recording Session for Columbia HOLLYWOOD Benny Goodman & His Orchestra I Can’t Love You Any More       [9 takes recorded] WCO 26739 A
     (Recorded by the World Broadcasting System Inc) The Hour of Parting                    [3 takes recorded] WCO 26740 X
The Hour of Parting WCO 26740 A
Ev’ry Sunday Afternoon               [2 takes recorded] WCO 26741 A
Crazy Rhythm                              [4 takes recorded] WCO 26742 X
Crazy Rhythm WCO 26742 B
Benny Goodman Sextet I SURRENDER, DEAR WCO 26743 A
I SURRENDER, DEAR WCO 26743 B
I SURRENDER, DEAR   (CC noodling–last 8 bars only) WCO 26743 x
I SURRENDER, DEAR   (breakdown–no CC) WCO 26743 y
GRAND SLAM  (Boy Meets Goy)  (Boy Meets Girl) WCO 26744 A
GRAND SLAM  (Boy Meets Goy)  (Boy Meets Girl) WCO 26744 B
1940 APR 12  Fri Recorded Broadcast from The Cocoanut Grove Ambassador Hotel Benny Goodman Sextet THE SHEIK OF ARABY
     NBC Radio Network LOS ANGELES
Benny Goodman & His Orchestra Minnie the Moocher’s Wedding Day
Too Romantic
Cocoanut Grove
Sometimes I’m Happy
Roll ’Em
Good-bye  (theme)
1940 APR 13  Sat Recorded Broadcast from The Cocoanut Grove Ambassador Hotel Benny Goodman Sextet SOFT WINDS
     NBC Radio Network LOS ANGELES
Benny Goodman & His Orchestra In the Mood
Good-bye  (theme)
1940 APR 19  Fri Recorded Broadcast from The Cocoanut Grove Ambassador Hotel Benny Goodman Sextet I SURRENDER, DEAR
     NBC Radio Network LOS ANGELES
Benny Goodman & His Orchestra Wrappin’ It Up
1940 APR 26  Fri Recorded Broadcast from The Cocoanut Grove Ambassador Hotel Benny Goodman Sextet THE SHEIK OF ARABY
     NBC Radio Network LOS ANGELES
1940 APR 27  Sat Recorded Broadcast from The Cocoanut Grove Ambassador Hotel Benny Goodman Sextet POOR BUTTERFLY
     NBC Radio Network LOS ANGELES
Benny Goodman & His Orchestra It Never Entered My Mind
Big John Special
Good-bye  (theme)
1940 APR 30  Tue Recording Session for Columbia HOLLYWOOD Fred Astaire with Who Cares                                       [5 takes recorded] WCO 26807 A
     (Recorded by the World Broadcasting System Inc)      Benny Goodman & His Orchestra Who Cares WCO 26807 X
Benny Goodman & His Orchestra The Moon Won’t Talk                    [3 takes recorded] WCO 26808 A
Fred Astaire with JUST LIKE TAKING CANDY FROM A BABY WCO 26809 X
     Benny Goodman Orch & Sextet JUST LIKE TAKING CANDY FROM A BABY WCO 26809 y
JUST LIKE TAKING CANDY FROM A BABY WCO 26809 A
Benny Goodman & His Orchestra Mister Meadowlark                         [4 takes recorded] WCO 26810 A
I Can’t Love You Any More          [2 takes  recorded] WCO 26811 A
1940 MAY  1  Wed Benefit Concert at the Hollywood Bowl Hollywood Bowl Benny Goodman Sextet
     for Polish & Finnish Relief HOLLYWOOD    & Orchestra
1940 MAY  2  Thu Gig at the Hotel Adams Hotel Adams Benny Goodman Sextet
     Broadcast  KOY  10:30 - 11 PM 50 E Adams St    & Orchestra
     at N Central Ave & N 1st St
PHOENIX, AZ
1940 MAY  3  Fri Five One-Nighters PHOENIX & Benny Goodman Sextet
       -  8  Wed TUCSON, AZ    & Orchestra
1940 MAY Gigs  [mid-May] SEATTLE, WA Benny Goodman Sextet
PORTLAND, OR    & Orchestra
EUGENE, OR
1940 MAY Gig  [mid-May] Vancouver Forum Benny Goodman Sextet
Hastings Park    & Orchestra
Hastings St & Renfrew St
VANCOUVER, BC
1940 MAY 28  Tue Gig at the Peacock Court The Mark Hopkins Hotel Benny Goodman Sextet
        thru      [1 or 2 weeks] Number One Nob Hill    & Orchestra
JUN      at 999 California St
     & 888 Mason St
SAN FRANCISCO
1940 MAY 28  Tue Recorded Broadcast from the Peacock Court The Mark Hopkins Hotel Benny Goodman Sextet SEVEN COME ELEVEN
     Mutual / Don Lee Broadcasting Systems SAN FRANCISCO
Benny Goodman & His Orchestra Let’s Dance  (theme)
Big John Special
The Hour of Parting
Where Do I Go from You?
Good-bye  (theme)
1940 JUN  4  Tue Recorded Broadcast from the Peacock Court The Mark Hopkins Hotel Benny Goodman Sextet SIX APPEAL
     Mutual / Don Lee Broadcasting Systems SAN FRANCISCO
Benny Goodman & His Orchestra Let’s Dance  (theme)
Board Meeting
Where Do I Go from You?
Star Dust
Good-bye  (theme)
1940 JUN 11  Tue Recording Session for Columbia HOLLYWOOD Benny Goodman Sextet SIX APPEAL WCO 26940 B
     (Recorded by the World Broadcasting System Inc) SIX APPEAL WCO 26940 C
SIX APPEAL WCO 26940 x
SIX APPEAL WCO 26940 A
SIX APPEAL WCO 26940 y
SIX APPEAL WCO 26940 z
THESE FOOLISH THINGS WCO 26941 B
THESE FOOLISH THINGS WCO 26941 x
THESE FOOLISH THINGS WCO 26941 A
GOOD ENOUGH TO KEEP  (Air Mail Special) WCO 26942 A
GOOD ENOUGH TO KEEP  (Air Mail Special) WCO 26942 B
GOOD ENOUGH TO KEEP  (Air Mail Special) WCO 26942 C
1940 JUN 13  Thu Gig at the Vogue Ballroom Vogue Ballroom Benny Goodman Sextet
LOS ANGELES    & Orchestra
1940 JUN 15  Sat Gigs at the Hotel St. Catherine (dinner) Hotel St. Catherine Benny Goodman Sextet
       thru      & the Catalina Casino (dancing) &  Catalina Casino    & Orchestra
JUL 14  Sun      Broadcasts  NBC Radio Network  [Sat & Sun] SANTA CATALINA
        June 15-16, 22-23, 29-30      ISLAND, CA
        July  6-7, 13-14
     ^Recorded on June 22 & 30 <qv>
1940 JUN 22  Sat Recorded Broadcast from “The Avalon” Catalina Casino Benny Goodman Sextet HONEYSUCKLE ROSE
     NBC Radio Network SANTA CATALINA SIX APPEAL
     ISLAND, CA
1940 JUN 25  Tue Recording Session for Columbia HOLLYWOOD Benny Goodman & His Orchestra I Can’t Resist You                [3 takes recorded] WCO 26980 A
     (Recorded by the World Broadcasting System Inc) Dreaming Out Loud              [4 takes recorded] WCO 26981 A
LI’L BOY LOVE   (no CC solo) WCO 26982 C
LI’L BOY LOVE WCO 26982 B
LI’L BOY LOVE   (false start–no CC solo) WCO 26982 x
LI’L BOY LOVE WCO 26982 A
Nostalgia                             [5 takes recorded] WCO 26983 A
Nostalgia WCO 26983 B
1940 JUN 30  Sun Recorded Broadcast from “The Avalon” Catalina Casino Benny Goodman Sextet AC-DC CURRENT
     NBC Radio Network SANTA CATALINA
     ISLAND, CA Benny Goodman & His Orchestra Wrappin’ It Up
Devil May Care
1940 JUL  6  Sat Ziggy Elman & Kay Kaiser fronted the band Hotel St. Catherine Benny Goodman Sextet
     - 14  Sun      for the last four nights on Catalina Island &  Catalina Casino    & Orchestra
SANTA CATALINA
     ISLAND, CA
1940 JUL 15  Mon Goodman Orchestra Disbanded LOS ANGELES Benny Goodman Sextet
     after Goodman underwent emergency    & Orchestra
     operation on July 12
Charlie Christian kept on salary – returned to Oklahoma City in his 1940 Buick
     driven by his chauffer, Hillman ‘Little Pitt’ Pittman and accompanied by his secretary-valet, Leslie ‘Spooks’ Sheffield
Goodman planned to return in August or September
     w/ Charlie Christian, Lester Young - ts, Teddy Wilson - pno, Artie Bernstein - bass
1940 SEP 22  Sun Guest performance with Harlan Leonard’s band Lincoln Hall Harlan Leonard & His Rockets
     at Sunday Night Dance 18th & Vine
     (on his way from OKC to NYC) KANSAS CITY
1940 OCT  4  Fri Recording Session for Columbia NYC Eddy Howard Old Fashioned Love CO 28794-1
     Orchestra under direction STARDUST CO 28695-1
     of Teddy Wilson Exactly Like You CO 28696-1
WRAP YOUR TROUBLES IN DREAMS CO 28697-1
WRAP YOUR TROUBLES IN DREAMS CO 28697-w
WRAP YOUR TROUBLES IN DREAMS CO 28697-x
WRAP YOUR TROUBLES IN DREAMS CO 28697-y
WRAP YOUR TROUBLES IN DREAMS CO 28697-z
1940 OCT Rehearsals begin with NYC Benny Goodman & His Sextet
     reorganized Goodman Orchestra    & Orchestra
1940 OCT 18  Fri College prom dance at Washington & Lee University Benny Goodman & His Sextet
     Washington and Lee University LEXINGTON, VA    & Orchestra
1940 OCT 24  Thu Sat in with Count Basie & his Orchestra Apollo Theater Count Basie & his Orchestra
253 W 125th St
      at Seventh & Eighth Ave
Harlem, NYC
1940 OCT 25  Fri College prom dance at Lehigh University Lehigh University Benny Goodman & His Sextet
BETHLEHEM, PA    & Orchestra
1940 OCT 27  Sun Gig at the New Haven Arena New Haven Arena Benny Goodman & His Sextet
NEW HAVEN, CT    & Orchestra
1940 OCT 28  Mon Recorded Rehearsal Session Columbia Studios Octet with members of TUNE UP & BLUES
NYC      Count Basie’s Orchestra AD-LIB BLUES
     incl. Lester Young WHOLLY CATS
     & Freddie Green DICKIE’S DREAM  (Charlie’s Dream)
I NEVER KNEW
DICKIE’S DREAM  (Lester’s Dream)
1940 NOV  4  Mon Recorded Broadcast at Democratic Rally Madison Square Garden Quintet with members of GONE WITH “WHAT” WIND
     CBS,  NBC,  Mutual  radio networks NYC      Count Basie’s Orchestra
     & independent radio stations
1940 NOV  7  Thu Recording Session for Columbia NYC Benny Goodman & His Sextet WHOLLY CATS CO 29027-W
     featuring Count Basie WHOLLY CATS CO 29027-X
WHOLLY CATS CO 29027-Y
WHOLLY CATS CO 29027-z
WHOLLY CATS CO 29027-2
WHOLLY CATS CO 29027-1
ROYAL GARDEN BLUES CO 29028-3
ROYAL GARDEN BLUES CO 29028-2
ROYAL GARDEN BLUES CO 29028-1
AS LONG AS I LIVE CO 29029-2
AS LONG AS I LIVE CO 29029-1
BENNY’S BUGLE CO 29030-v
BENNY’S BUGLE CO 29030-W
BENNY’S BUGLE CO 29030-X
BENNY’S BUGLE CO 29030-y
BENNY’S BUGLE CO 29030-Z
BENNY’S BUGLE CO 29030-1
1940 NOV  9  Sat Benefit for Junior Hadassah Manhattan Center Benny Goodman & His Sextet
NYC
1940 NOV 18  Mon Benefit for the Local 802 Medical Fund Manhattan Center Benny Goodman & His Sextet
     Broadcast  WNEW NYC
1940 NOV 19  Tue Recorded Broadcast  “The Make Believe Ballroom” NYC Benny Goodman & His Sextet BENNY’S BUGLE
     from the Martin Block Show WHOLLY CATS
     WNEW HONEYSUCKLE ROSE
1940 NOV 22  Fri Gig at the New Bradford Theater BRADFORD, PA Benny Goodman & His Sextet
1940 NOV 23  Sat Gig at the Valley Dale Ballroom COLUMBUS, OH Benny Goodman & His Sextet
1940 NOV 24  Sun Gig at the Trianon Ballroom CLEVELAND, OH Benny Goodman & His Sextet
1940 NOV 26  Tue Gig at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium LOWELL, Mass Benny Goodman & His Sextet
1940 NOV 27  Wed Gig at the Worcester Memorial Auditorium WORCESTER, Mass Benny Goodman & His Sextet
1940 NOV 28  Thu Fraternity dance for Sigma Delta Kappa Broadwood Hotel Benny Goodman & His Sextet
PHILADELPHIA, PA
1940 DEC 10  Tue Recorded Broadcast  “We the People” NYC Benny Goodman & His Sextet FLYING HOME
     CBS Radio Network;  sponsored by Sanka Coffee
1940 DEC 19  Thu Recording Session for Columbia NYC Benny Goodman & His Sextet BREAKFAST FEUD CO 29259-5
BREAKFAST FEUD CO 29259-x
BREAKFAST FEUD CO 29259-4
BREAKFAST FEUD CO 29259-3
BREAKFAST FEUD CO 29259-y
BREAKFAST FEUD   (false start–no CC) CO 29259-z
BREAKFAST FEUD CO 29259-2
BREAKFAST FEUD CO 29259-1
I CAN’T GIVE YOU ANYTHING BUT LOVE CO 29260-3
I CAN’T GIVE YOU ANYTHING BUT LOVE CO 29260-x
I CAN’T GIVE YOU ANYTHING BUT LOVE CO 29260-2
I CAN’T GIVE YOU ANYTHING BUT LOVE CO 29260-1
GONE WITH WHAT DRAFT  (Gilly) CO 29261-x
GONE WITH WHAT DRAFT  (Gilly) CO 29261-3
GONE WITH WHAT DRAFT  (Gilly) CO 29261-2
GONE WITH WHAT DRAFT  (Gilly) CO 29261-1
1940 DEC 25  Wed Recorded Broadcast Benny Goodman & His Sextet WHOLLY CATS
1940 DEC 27  Fri Gig at the Trianon Ballroom CLEVELAND, OH Benny Goodman & His Sextet
1940 DEC 28  Sat Gig at the Stambaugh Auditorium YOUNGSTOWN, OH Benny Goodman & His Sextet
1940 DEC 30  Mon Gig at the Cleveland Country Club CLEVELAND, OH Benny Goodman & His Sextet
1940 DEC 31  Tue Gig at the Sunnybrook Ballroom POTTSTOWN, PA Benny Goodman & His Sextet
1941 JAN  1  Wed Gig at the Philadelphia Convention Hall PHILADELPHIA, PA Benny Goodman & His Sextet
1941 JAN  5  Sun Gig at the Lyric Theater BRIDGEPORT, CT Benny Goodman & His Sextet
1941 JAN 15  Wed Recording Session for Columbia NYC Benny Goodman & His Sextet BREAKFAST FEUD CO 29512-4
     featuring Count Basie BREAKFAST FEUD CO 29512-3
BREAKFAST FEUD CO 29512-2
BREAKFAST FEUD CO 29512-1
ON THE ALAMO CO 29513-1
I FOUND A NEW BABY CO 29514-2
I FOUND A NEW BABY CO 29514-1
Benny Goodman & His Sextet GONE WITH WHAT DRAFT CO 29519-x
     featuring Count Basie GONE WITH WHAT DRAFT CO 29519-3
GONE WITH WHAT DRAFT CO 29519-2
GONE WITH WHAT DRAFT CO 29519-1
1941 JAN 16  Thu Recording Session for Columbia NYC The Charioteers I’ll Forget CO 29515-1
     with  Charlie Christian Why Is a Good Gal So Hard to Find? CO 29516-1
               Walter Page May I Never Love Again CO 29517-1
               Jo Jones Between Friends CO 29518-1
1941 JAN 16  Thu Recording Session for Victor NYC Metronome All Star Band Bugle Call Rag BS-060331-1
ONE O’CLOCK JUMP  (All Star Jump) BS-060332-1
1941 JAN 17  Fri Gig at the Providence Theater PROVIDENCE, RI Benny Goodman & His Sextet
       thru
JAN 19  Sun
1941 JAN 30  Thu President’s Birthday Ball WASHINGTON, DC Benny Goodman & His Sextet
     (charity event to raise funds to      (Shelly Manne filled in for
     combat infantile paralysis)      an ill Dave Tough)
     Charles meets and shakes hands with
     President Franklin D. Roosevelt
1941 FEB  5  Wed Recording Session for Blue Note Reeves Sound Edmond Hall Celeste Quartet JAMMIN’ IN FOUR R 3459
NYC EDMOND HALL BLUES R 3460
PROFOUNDLY BLUE R 3461-1
PROFOUNDLY BLUE R 3461-2
CELESTIAL EXPRESS R 3462
1941 FEB 10  Mon Broadcast Radio Series over  NBC  (WJZ) NYC Benny Goodman & His Sextet
       thru      “What’s New? – The Old Gold Show”
MAY  5  Mon      on Mondays for 13 weeks
1941 FEB 10  Mon Recorded Broadcast  NBC  (WJZ) NYC Benny Goodman & His Sextet WHOLLY CATS
     “What’s New? – The Old Gold Show”
Benny Goodman & His Sextet FLYING HOME
     + guest Red Norvo
     + Goodman Orchestra on coda
1941 FEB 16  Sun Recorded Broadcast  “Fitch Bandwagon” NYC Benny Goodman & His Sextet GONE WITH WHAT DRAFT
     NBC Radio Network
1941 FEB 17  Mon Recorded Broadcast  NBC  (WJZ) NYC Benny Goodman & His Sextet BREAKFAST FEUD
     “What’s New? – The Old Gold Show”
1941 FEB  19  Wed Recorded Broadcast  “America In Swingtime” NYC Benny Goodman & His Sextet ROSE ROOM
     second annual American Music Festival FLYING HOME
     Municipal Broadcasting System (WNYC) THE BLUES
The Sheik of Araby
Body and Soul
GONE WITH “WHAT” WIND
STOMPIN’ AT THE SAVOY
1941 FEB 24  Mon Recorded Broadcast  NBC  (WJZ) NYC Benny Goodman & His Sextet GONE WITH WHAT DRAFT
     “What’s New? – The Old Gold Show”
1941 MAR  3  Mon Recorded Broadcast  NBC  (WJZ) NYC Benny Goodman & His Sextet SIX APPEAL  (My Daddy Rocks Me)
     “What’s New? – The Old Gold Show”
Benny Goodman & his Orchestra SOLO FLIGHT  (Chonk, Charlie, Chonk)
1941 MAR  4  Tue Recording Session for Columbia NYC Benny Goodman & His Orchestra SOLO FLIGHT CO 29865-1
SOLO FLIGHT CO 29865-2
1941 MAR 10  Mon Recorded Broadcast  NBC  (WJZ) NYC Benny Goodman & His Sextet FLYING HOME
     “What’s New? – The Old Gold Show”
1941 MAR 13  Thu Pre-Rehearsal Jam Session Columbia Recording Studios Members of the RIFFIN’ AROUND                            [“Waitin’ for Benny”]
NYC    Benny Goodman Sextet A SMO-O-O-OTH ONE                      [“Waitin’ for Benny”]
I CAN’T BELIEVE THAT YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH ME
ROSE ROOM
I HADN’T ANYONE TILL YOU
BLUES IN B
1941 MAR 13  Thu Recording Session for Columbia NYC Benny Goodman & His Sextet A SMO-O-O-OTH ONE CO 29942-X
A SMO-O-O-OTH ONE CO 29942-1
A SMO-O-O-OTH ONE CO 29942-2
GOOD ENOUGH TO KEEP  (Air Mail Special) CO 29943-2
GOOD ENOUGH TO KEEP  (Air Mail Special) CO 29943-1
1941 MAR 17  Mon Recorded Broadcast  NBC  (WJZ) NYC Benny Goodman & His Sextet GOOD ENOUGH TO KEEP  (Air Mail Special)
     “What’s New? – The Old Gold Show”
1941 MAR 24  Mon Broadcast  NBC  (WJZ)  [orchestra recorded] Manhattan Center Benny Goodman & His Sextet
     “What’s New? – The Old Gold Show” NYC
1941 MAR 27  Wed Recording Session for Columbia NYC Benny Goodman & His Orchestra Amapola (Pretty Little Poppy) CO 30069-X
Amapola (Pretty Little Poppy) CO 30069-Y
Amapola (Pretty Little Poppy) CO 30069-1
Intermezzo (A Love Story) CO 30070-2
Intermezzo (A Love Story) CO 30070-X
Intermezzo (A Love Story) CO 30070-1
Fiesta in Blue  (Cootie Growls) CO 30071-2
Fiesta in Blue  (Cootie Growls) CO 30071-1
Cherry CO 30072-3
Cherry CO 30072-2
Cherry CO 30072-x
Cherry CO 30072-1
1941 MAR 31  Mon Broadcast  NBC  (WJZ)  [orchestra recorded] Manhattan Center Benny Goodman & His Sextet
     “What’s New? – The Old Gold Show” NYC     guest: Harry James
1941 APR  7  Mon Recorded Broadcast  NBC  (WJZ) Manhattan Center Benny Goodman & His Sextet WHOLLY CATS
     “What’s New? – The Old Gold Show” NYC
1941 APR 11  Thu Stage show at the Paramount Theatre Paramount Theatre Benny Goodman & His Sextet
     [first night of a 3-week gig] NYC
1941 APR 14  Mon Recorded Broadcast  NBC  (WJZ) Manhattan Center Benny Goodman & His Sextet IDA,  SWEET AS APPLE CIDER
     “What’s New? – The Old Gold Show” NYC BREAKFAST FEUD
1941 APR 16  Wed Stage show at the Paramount Theatre Paramount Theatre Benny Goodman & His Sextet
     [10:15 a.m. performance reviewed in the NYC
      May 1941 issue of Metronome magazine]
1941 APR 21  Mon Broadcast  NBC  (WJZ)  [orchestra recorded] Manhattan Center Benny Goodman & His Sextet
     “What’s New? – The Old Gold Show” NYC
1941 APR 28  Mon Recorded Broadcast  NBC  (WJZ) Manhattan Center Benny Goodman & His Sextet SONG OF THE ISLANDS
     “What’s New? – The Old Gold Show” NYC
1941 MAY  1  Thu Recorded Broadcast Armory Hall Benny Goodman & His Sextet A SMO-O-O-OTH ONE  (Moppin’ It Up)
     Mutual Broadcasting System ALEXANDRIA, VA
     18th Annual “Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival”
1941 MAY  5  Mon Recorded Broadcast  NBC  (WJZ) Manhattan Center Benny Goodman & His Sextet FLYING HOME
     “What’s New? – The Old Gold Show” NYC    + Goodman Orchestra on coda
1941 MAY  8  Thu Jam Recorded by Jerry Newman Minton’s Playhouse Nontet STOMPIN’ AT THE SAVOY
Hotel Cecil
208 West 118th Street
Harlem, NYC
1941 MAY 12  Mon Jam Recorded by Jerry Newman Minton’s Playhouse Quintet TOPSY  (Swing to Bop)  (Charlie’s Choice)
Hotel Cecil                                   (In the Hall of the Mountain King)
208 West 118th Street STOMPIN’ AT THE SAVOY
Harlem, NYC
1941 MAY Jam Recorded by Jerry Newman Minton’s Playhouse Septet HONEYSUCKLE ROSE  (Up on Teddy’s Hill)
Hotel Cecil I GOT RHYTHM  (Down on Teddy’s Hill)
208 West 118th Street                                   (Paging Dr. Christian)  (Rhythm-a-ning)
Harlem, NYC
1941 MAY Jam Recorded by Jerry Newman Clark Monroe’s Sextet I GOT RHYTHM  (Guy’s Got to Go)
     The Uptown House
198 West 134th Street Octet STOMPIN’ AT THE SAVOY  (Lips Flips)
Harlem, NYC                                   (On with Charlie Christian)
1941 MAY 18  Sun One-week Break OKLAHOMA CITY
      -  23  Fri      (reported in 24 May Black Dispatch)
1941 MAY 28  Wed Recorded Broadcast from Madison Square Garden Benny Goodman & His Sextet BENNY’S BUGLE
     the “Monte Proser Dance Carnival” W 50th St & Eighth Ave
     Mutual Broadcasting System Manhattan, NYC Benny Goodman & His Orchestra Concerto for Cootie
One O’Clock Jump
1941 MAY 30  Fri Recorded Broadcast from Madison Square Garden Benny Goodman & His Orchestra Tuesday at Ten
    the “Monte Proser Dance Carnival” W 50th St & Eighth Ave Bewitched
     Mutual Broadcasting System Manhattan, NYC
1941 MAY 31  Sat Recorded Broadcast from Madison Square Garden Benny Goodman & His Orchestra Good Evenin,’ Good Lookin’
     the “Monte Proser Dance Carnival” W 50th St & Eighth Ave
     Mutual Broadcasting System Manhattan, NYC
1941 JUN  1  Sun Recorded Broadcast from Madison Square Garden Benny Goodman & His Orchestra When the Sun Comes Out  (intro)
     the “Monte Proser Dance Carnival” W 50th St & Eighth Ave Good-bye  (theme)
     Mutual Broadcasting System Manhattan, NYC
1941 JUN  2  Mon Recorded Broadcast from Madison Square Garden Benny Goodman & His Orchestra Negra Soy
     the “Monte Proser Dance Carnival” W 50th St & Eighth Ave Superman
     Mutual Broadcasting System Manhattan, NYC Soft as Spring
Sing, Sing, Sing
Sugar Foot Stomp
1941 JUN  4  Wed Recording Session for Columbia NYC Benny Goodman & His Orchestra When the Sun Comes Out CO 30598-X
When the Sun Comes Out CO 30598-Y
When the Sun Comes Out CO 30598-1
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes CO 30599-V
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes CO 30599-W
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes CO 30599-X
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes CO 30599-Y
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes CO 30599-Z
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes CO 30599-1
Tuesday at Ten [no mx]
1941 JUN  6  Fri Recorded Broadcast from Madison Square Garden Benny Goodman & His Sextet ROSE ROOM
     the “Monte Proser Dance Carnival” W 50th St & Eighth Ave
     Mutual Broadcasting System Manhattan, NYC Benny Goodman & His Orchestra Negra Soy
When the Sun Comes Out
Stealin’ Apples
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
1941 JUN Recorded Broadcast from Madison Square Garden Benny Goodman & His Orchestra SOLO FLIGHT
     the “Monte Proser Dance Carnival” W 50th St & Eighth Ave Sing, Sing, Sing
     Mutual Broadcasting System Manhattan, NYC
1941 JUN Recorded Broadcast from Madison Square Garden Benny Goodman & His Orchestra Sugar Foot Stomp
     the “Monte Proser Dance Carnival” W 50th St & Eighth Ave One O’Clock Jump
     Mutual Broadcasting System Manhattan, NYC
1941 JUN Recorded Broadcast from Madison Square Garden Benny Goodman & His Orchestra Don’t Be That Way
     the “Monte Proser Dance Carnival” W 50th St & Eighth Ave Intermezzo
     Mutual Broadcasting System Manhattan, NYC
1941 JUN Recorded Broadcast from Madison Square Garden Benny Goodman & His Orchestra Intermezzo
     the “Monte Proser Dance Carnival” W 50th St & Eighth Ave
     Mutual Broadcasting System Manhattan, NYC
1941 JUN Recorded Broadcast from Madison Square Garden Benny Goodman & His Sextet STOMPIN’ AT THE SAVOY
     the “Monte Proser Dance Carnival” W 50th St & Eighth Ave
     Mutual Broadcasting System Manhattan, NYC Benny Goodman & His Orchestra Flying Home
Negra Soy
Superman
Caprice XXIV Paganini
The Hour of Parting
La Rosita
1941 JUN Recorded Broadcast from Madison Square Garden Benny Goodman & His Orchestra Sing, Sing, Sing
     the “Monte Proser Dance Carnival” W 50th St & Eighth Ave
     Mutual Broadcasting System Manhattan, NYC
     (carnival defunct 24 June)
1941 JUN 11  Wed Recording Session for Columbia NYC Benny Goodman & His Orchestra Tuesday at Ten CO 30648-1
Tuesday at Ten CO 30648-2
Soft as Spring CO 30649-X
Soft as Spring CO 30649-Y
Soft as Spring CO 30649-1
Down, Down, Down CO 30650-V
Down, Down, Down CO 30650-W
Down, Down, Down CO 30650-X
Down, Down, Down CO 30650-1
Down, Down, Down CO 30650-y
Down, Down, Down CO 30650-2
Down, Down, Down CO 30650-Z
La Rosita CO 30651-x
La Rosita CO 30651-1
La Rosita CO 30651-2
1941 JUN 14  Sat Gig at the Cedar Point Ballroom Cedar Point Ballroom Benny Goodman & His Sextet
       thru      [Gig during which Charles became ill & left band SANDUSKY, OH
JUN 19  Thu       (before 17 June) never to return] Benny Goodman & His Orchestra
1941 JUN Admitted to Bellevue Hospital Bellevue Hospital
     Ward D-3 NYC
1941 JUL First-page headline: NYC Metronome magazine Bellevue announced “fair, not dangerous”
     “Charlie Christian Rushed to Hospital”
1941 JUL 11  Fri Transferred to Sea View Sanatorium Sea View Hospital was on the same floor as his friend, Dick Wilson
     where he remained for almost eight months Staten Island      (tenor sax with Andy Kirk)
NYC      who entered the hospital on 18 Oct 1941
     and passed away on 24 Nov 1941
1942 MAR  2  Mon Died at 8:15 a.m. at Sea View Hospital Sea View Hospital of chronic pulmonary tuberculosis
     at age 25 Staten Island      and ileocecal tuberculosis
     July 29, 1916 - March 2, 1942 NYC
1942 MAR Funeral services held at Mother Zion Church Mother Zion Church
137th Street
NYC
1942 MAR  4  Wed Body shipped to Oklahoma City NYC
     by Levy & Delaney Funeral Home
1942 MAR  7  Sat Obituary appeared on front page of OKLAHOMA CITY

Headline:     

“CHARLES CHRISTIAN, AMERICA’S NUMBER ONE GUITARIST,
         Oklahoma City’s  “The Black Dispatch”          DIES IN SEAVIEW HOSPITAL MONDAY”
1942 MAR  9  Mon Funeral services held at 2:00 pm Calvary Baptist Church Douglass High School Band Pallbearers:                   Honorary Pallbearers:
     at Calvary Baptist Church Walnut Ave at NE Second St      directed by Mrs Zelia N. Breaux      T.B. Thomas                 Claude Burns
     Funeral sermon:  Rev. A.M. Johnson OKLAHOMA CITY      Leslie Sheffield              Carl White
     Funeral directors:  Blanton & Butler      Wallace Thomas            Joe Lawrence
     Louis Diggs                    James Dotson
     James Bolar                   Tommie L. House
     Wesley Sims                  Albert Mahone
1942 MAR 10  Tues Funeral services held Bethlehem Baptist Church
     at Bethlehem Baptist Church 1415 Franklin St
BONHAM, TEXAS
1942 MAR 10  Tues Interment in temporarily-marked grave Gates Hill Cemetery
     at Gates Hill Cemetery BONHAM, TEXAS
     by Fannin County Funeral Home
1942 MAR 15  Sun Cover headline: Chicago Down Beat magazine “Charlie Christian Dies of TB”
     “Charlie Christian Plays Last Chord!”
Front page article:
     “Charlie Christian Dies in New York”
1942 APR Obituary: NYC Metronome magazine
     “Dancebandom Sure Misses Charlie Christian”
   

AWARDS  and  POSTHUMOUS  EVENTS  et  cetera

   
1939 NOV  2  Mon First  78-rpm release with Charles in the sextet NYC Columbia Records both sides were recorded at the first sextet recording session
     on Columbia CO 35254      on October 2, 1939
     Flying Home  (WCO 26132 A)
     Rose Room  (WCO 26133 A)
1939 DEC  1  Fri Article published Chicago Down Beat magazine “BY CHARLIE CHRISTIAN
     “Guitarmen, Wake Up and Pluck!” Dec 1, 1939:  Vol. 6, No. 23      (Featured Guitarist, Benny Goodman Orchestra)”
     “Wire for Sound; Let ’Em Hear You Play”
1939 DEC Won Down Beat Poll Chicago Down Beat magazine Charlie Christian received 2665 votes
     as Best Jazz Guitarist of 1939 Jan 1, 1940:  Vol. 7, No. 1      Runner-up (Carmen Mastren) 1877 votes
     Freddie Green – third place with 917 votes
1940 APR 15  Mon First  Charlie Christian solo transcription published Chicago Down Beat magazine “Copied by Hoyt Jones from Goodman’s Columbia record”
     “Charlie Christian’s Guitar Get-Offs Apr 15, 1940:  Vol. 7, No. 8
          on Flying Home
1940 DEC Won Metronome Poll NYC Metronome magazine Charlie Christian received 1068 votes
     as Best Jazz Guitarist of 1940 Jan 1941:  Vol. LVII, No. 1
1940 DEC Won Down Beat Poll Chicago Down Beat magazine Charlie Christian received 4445 votes
     as Best Jazz Guitarist of 1940 Jan 1, 1941:  Vol. 8, No. 1      Runner-up (Hy White) 1350 votes
1941 DEC Won Metronome Poll NYC Metronome magazine
     as Best Jazz Guitarist of 1941 Jan 1942:  Vol. LVIII, No. 1
1941 DEC Won Down Beat Poll Chicago Down Beat magazine Charlie Christian received 4764 votes
     as Best Jazz Guitarist of 1941 Jan 1, 1942:  Vol. 9, No. 1      Runner-up (Nappy Lamare) 1377 votes
1943 JAN 15  Fri Charlie Christian solo transcription published Chicago Down Beat magazine “By the Late Charlie Christian”
     Rose Room Jan 15, 1943:  Vol. 10, No. 2
1944 FEB 22  Tue Solo Flight Cincinnati Billboard magazine Released December 10, 1943
     Columbia 36684  (mx CO 29865-1) “Benny Goodman and his Orchestra featuring Charlie Christian - guitar”
     hit Billboard  “Harlem Hit Parade” flipside:  The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise (by a quartet)
     charts for six weeks
1944 MAR 11  Sat Solo Flight  peaked at  # 1 position Cincinnati Billboard magazine
     on  “Harlem Hit Parade”
1944 MAR Solo Flight  peaked at  # 20 position Cincinnati Billboard magazine
     on Billboard  “Hot 100”  (pop hits)
1947 MAR First  Charlie Christian  record album  issued NYC Vox Records CHARLIE’S CHOICE            (3 sides)
     “Vox presents Charlie Christian: STOMPIN’ AT THE SAVOY    (3 sides)
     CHARLIE CHRISTIAN MEMORIAL ALBUM” Cover drawing by Dan Shapiro,
     Vox VSP 302   “Spotlight Series”   (78-rpm)      notes included by Jerry Newman
1948 OCT 10  Sun Brother,  Edward Christian, died Western Oklahoma of tuberculosis  
     at age 41      Tuberculosis Sanatorium
     December 23, 1906 - October 10, 1948 Clinton, OK
1950 FEB 10  Fri Charlie Christian solo transcription published Chicago Down Beat magazine “Jazz Off the Record” column
     I Found a New Baby
1950 AUG 25  Fri Charlie Christian solo transcription published Chicago Down Beat magazine “Jazz Off the Record” column
     Rose Room Reproduced from 15 Jan 1943 issue
1952 First  Charlie Christian  long-playing album  issued NYC Esoteric Records SWING TO BOP
     “CHARLEY CHRISTIAN – Jazz Immortal” STOMPIN’ AT THE SAVOY
     Esoteric ESJ-1   (10" LP) Notes by Leonard Feather, cover design by Cynthia Pennell
1955 APR 11  Mon First  Charlie Christian  12" LP  issued NYC Columbia Records Front cover photo of Charles wearing white hat
     “CHARLIE CHRISTIAN  with the      taken on September 11, 1939 at his first recording studio session
     Benny Goodman Sextet and Orchestra” Extensive album notes by Al Avakian & Bob Prince
     Columbia CL 652
1956 Spring Voted “Greatest Ever” Jazz Guitarist Horizon Press The Encyclopedia Charlie Christian received 63 votes
     in The Encyclopedia of Jazz NYC      Yearbook of Jazz      Runner-up (Tal Farlow) 10 votes
     “Musicians’ Musicians Poll” 101 former winners in Down Beat, Metronome, Esquire polls participated
1956 SEP Soft Winds  became a hit for NYC Billboard magazine a Charlie Christian - Fletcher Henderson composition
     Dinah Washington w/ Hal Mooney’s Orchestra
     #13 on Billboard  R&B  Best Seller  list
1957 SEP  2  Mon Record Album Review NYC Billboard magazine Rated a “Special Merit Jazz Album”
     “The Harlem Jazz Scene – 1941”          “it’s a "must" volume”
     Esoteric ES-548   (12" LP)
1958 JAN 31  Fri The compleat Charlie Christian solo transcriptions Greenville, SC
     began by LeoValdes
1958 MAR  6  Thu Mother,  Willie Mae Christian, died Huckins Hotel of natural causes, at work
     at age 67 22 N Broadway Ave buried at Trice Hill Cemetery, Oklahoma City
     March 29, 1890 - March 6, 1958 Oklahoma City
1958 MAY 17  Sat Published NYC published in “Saturday Review” [also published in Ellison’s book of essays
     “The Charlie Christian Story”      “Shadow and Act” in 1964]
     retrospect by Ralph Ellison
1958 First  CC transcriptions book published NYC Charles Colin (publisher) 18 pages, four Minton’s/Monroe’s transcriptions
     “The Swingingest Charley Christian”
     by Hank Edmonds & Bob Prince
1964 Published NYC Regent Music 32 pages, 12 transcriptions
     “The Art of the Jazz Guitar” [reprinted in 1988 with different cover]
     by Dan Fox
1966 AUG 25  Thu Charlie Christian Inducted Chicago Down Beat magazine Cover headline:
     “DOWN BEAT  HALL OF FAME”                            INTERNATIONAL
          by  International Jazz Critics Poll                            JAZZ CRITICS
     Includes a 2-pg article by John Hammond                            POLL RESULTS
          “The Advent of Charlie Christian”                            CHARLIE CHRISTIAN
                           NAMED TO HALL OF FAME
Cover photo of Charles posing with a Gibson ES-250
     [Early 1940 publicity photo for Gibson]
1972 JAN 26  Wed Double-LP album released NYC Columbia Records Most comprehensive album issued up to this date
     “SOLO FLIGHT:      28 tracks and extensive discography
          THE GENIUS OF CHARLIE CHRISTIAN”
     Columbia CG 30779
1975 Published Tokyo Nichion (publisher) 89 pages, 12 transcriptions
     “Charlie Christian Jazz Improvisation”
     by Masayuki Takayanagi
1976 Published Oslo published by the author “Jazz Solography” series, vol. 4
     “THE GUITARS OF CHARLIE CHRISTIAN, Norway      w/ innovative 29-pg CC solography
          ROBERT NORMAN, OSCAR ALEMAN”
     by Jan Evensmo
1977 3-LP box set released Tokyo CBS/Sony Inc. Most comprehensive album issued up to this date
     “CHARLIE CHRISTIAN MEMORIAL ALBUM”      47 tracks
     CBS/Sony 56AP-674-6
1978 JAN  7  Sat Interview with Charles’ brother, Clarence’s home [taped recording] Also present:  Clarence’s wife Ella Mae Christian,
     Clarence ‘It’ Christian Jr Oklahoma City      Kevin & Patty Centlivre
     by Craig R. McKinney
1978 MAR 24  Fri Second Interview with Charles’ brother, Clarence’s home [notes only] Also present:  Kevin Centlivre 
     Clarence ‘It’ Christian Jr Oklahoma City
     by Craig R. McKinney
1978 Published London Tony Middleton (publisher) 41 pages
     “Charlie Christian 1939-1941:  A Discography”
     by John Callis
1979 JAN 28  Sun Brother,  Clarence ‘It’ Christian Jr, died Presbyterian Hospital of cardio-respiratory arrest due to pulmonary embolism
     at age 67 Oklahoma City      and cancer of the pancreas
     July 30, 1911 - January 28, 1979 buried at Trice Hill Cemetery, Oklahoma City
1979 Published NYC Consolidated Music Publishers 70 pages, 20 transcriptions
     “Charlie Christian”
     by Stan Ayeroff
1980 Published York University 180-page thesis, 50 transcriptions
     “The Improvisational Style of Charlie Christian” Toronto
     by Howard Spring
1981 Charlie Christian Inducted BBJHF Foundation
     “Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame” Carlsbad, CA
1982 MAR Special commemorative issue published Guitar Player magazine Cover headline:
     Guitar Player magazine                            Special Tribute
     Includes editorial;  4 articles w/ photos;                            CHARLIE CHRISTIAN
     reprint of Dec 1, 1939 Down Beat article Cover photo of Charles posing with a Gibson ES-250
          written by Charles;      [Early 1940 publicity photo for Gibson – different pose
     transcript of Nov 22, 1939 Honeysuckle Rose solo      than the one in 1966 Down Beat Hall of Fame issue]
1982 MAR 23  Tue Sea View Hospital presented Sea View Hospital
     “Charlie Christian  Memorial  Jazz Concert” Staten Island
      marking the  40th Anniversary  of his death NYC
1985 MAY  3  Fri “The Charlie Christian Oklahoma City Jazz Festival” Stage Center Hosted by Featured pianist Jay McShann
        - 5  Sun      Inaugural CC festival 400 W Sheridan      Black Liberated Arts Center, Inc.
Oklahoma City      (BLAC, Inc.)
Director:  Olen Nalley
1986 APR 19  Sat Second  “Charlie Christian Jazz Festival” Classen School & Stage Center
      - 20  Sun Oklahoma City
1986 Published England Names & Numbers, 3 First bibliography of CC transcriptions
    “Charlie Christian:  A Guide to      listed 42 notations from seven publications
          Published Solo Transcriptions”
     by Clive Downs
1987 Spring Third  “Charlie Christian Jazz Festival” Deep Deuce First time held on 2nd Street
Oklahoma City
1989 Published NYC Oxford University Press Detailed 16-pg CC analysis with selected transcriptions
     “The Swing Era:
          The Development of Jazz, 1930-1945”
     by Gunther Schuller
1989 JUN Charlie Christian Inducted Greenwood Cultural Center Award accepted by daughter, Billie Jean Johnson
     “OKLAHOMA JAZZ HALL OF FAME” Tulsa, OK
1990 JAN 17  Wed Charlie Christian Inducted Waldorf-Astoria Hotel “Early Influences” category
     “ROCK AND ROLL  HALL OF FAME” NYC      along with Louis Armstrong and Ma Rainey
1990 MAY  1  Tue 6th Annual Deep Deuce
        -  5  Sat      “Charlie Christian Jazz Festival” Oklahoma City
1992 APR 20  Mon Premiere of 30-min documentary film Fannin County
     “Solo Flight”      Museum of History
     directed by Gary Don Rhodes Bonham, TX
1992 First two volumes of  CD series released Media 7 Masters of Jazz All available recordings featuring Charlie Christian
     on the Masters of Jazz label Nanterre      to be issued on eight CDs
     “CHARLIE CHRISTIAN, VOLUMES 1 & 2” France
1993 Two more volumes of  CD series released Media 7 Masters of Jazz All available recordings featuring Charlie Christian
     on the Masters of Jazz label Nanterre      to be issued on eight CDs
     “CHARLIE CHRISTIAN, VOLUMES 3 & 4” France
1993 DEC Published Institute of Jazz Studies Annual Review of Jazz Studies 6 Updated from 1986 publication
     “AN ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY OF Rutgers      listed 233 notations from 49 publications
          NOTATED CHARLIE CHRISTIAN SOLOS” Newark, NJ
     by Clive Down
1993 DEC Published Institute of Jazz Studies Annual Review of Jazz Studies 6 Analysis with selected transcriptions
     “Charlie Christian, Bebop, and Rutgers
          the Recordings at Minton’s” Newark, NJ
     by Jonathan Finkelman
1994 APR 23  Sat Headstone dedicated at grave site Gates Hill Cemetery

Epitaph:

CHARLES  HENRY

Bonham, TX

CHRISTIAN

JULY 29, 1916     MAR. 2, 1942

YOUR MUSIC WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN

1994 APR 23  Sat TEXAS HISTORICAL MARKER Gates Hill Cemetery Texas Historical Commission placed at the foot of Charles’ grave
     dedicated at grave site Bonham, TX
1994 Spring “Charlie and the Deuce” published Oklahoma City Black Liberated Arts Center, Inc.
     for distribution at the 10th Annual      (BLAC, Inc.)
     “Charlie Christian Jazz Festival”
1994 Last four volumes of CD series released Media 7 Masters of Jazz All available recordings featuring Charlie Christian
thru      on the Masters of Jazz label Nanterre      issued on eight CDs in 1992-1995.
1995      “Charlie Christian, Volumes 5 - 8” France      Total Time =  8:33:55
1995 Spring “SOLO FLIGHT: El Paso, TX published by LeoValdes Reports on Charlie Christian Jazz Festival,
     THE CHARLIE CHRISTIAN NEWSLETTER”      CC’s headstone & historical markers in Bonham,
Premier Issue      reviews vol. 1-4 of the Masters of Jazz series on CC,
     publishes composition by CC & birth certificate,
     biographical info, etc.
1995 JUL 29  Sat “Charlie Christian Photo Collection” Oklahoma City Black Liberated Arts Center, Inc.
     published from the photo albums of LeoValdes      (BLAC, Inc.)
     for distribution at the 11th Annual
     “Charlie Christian Jazz Festival”
1995 JUL 29  Sat 11th Annual Deep Deuce Last “Charlie Christian Jazz Festival” until 2003
     - 30  Sun      “Charlie Christian Jazz Festival” Oklahoma City      (name changed to “Deep Deuce Jazz Festival”)
1995 SEP Charlie Christian selected Maryland JazzTimes magazine Chosen by jazz critics as one of the 25 musicians who
     JazzTimes’  “25 Who Mattered Most”      figured most prominently in shaping the course of jazz
     over the past quarter century (1970-1995).
     [Fifty-four years after his last recordings!]
1995 Published Tokyo Ryuginsha / Rhythm Echoes 85-page book w/ 18 transcriptions
     “Jazz Guitar Improvisation:  Charlie Christian”       (publisher)
     by Yasushi Kuboki
1996 Spring “Solo Flight:  The Charlie Christian Newsletter” El Paso, TX published by LeoValdes Reports on CC’s selection to TOP 25 by JazzTimes,
     Second Issue      12th annual Charlie Christian Jazz Festival,
     reviews vol. 5-8 of the Masters of Jazz series on CC,
     publishes transcriptions of two unissued CC recordings,
     book review of two CC articles, biographical info, etc.
1996 DEC Release of video cassette NYC VIEW Video 1353 Revised commercial version of 1992 film
     “Solo Flight:  The Genius of Charlie Christian”
     directed by Gary Don Rhodes
1997 MAY “Charlie Christian:  Legend of the Jazz Guitar” New Brunswick www3.nbnet.nb.ca/hansen/Charlie/ Features CC solo transcriptions & tutorial
     Internet website goes online Canada
     designed and maintained by Garry Hansen
1997 JUN Published England Ashley Mark Publishing 148-page softcover book
     “Charlie Christian” Newcastle-upon-Tyne
     by Peter Broadbent United Kingdom
1997 Summer “Solo Flight:  The Charlie Christian Newsletter” El Paso, TX published by LeoValdes Reports discovery of “new” CC recordings, video review,
     Third Issue      three book reviews, four CD reviews, reviews the CC
     recordings missing from the Masters of Jazz series,
     two solo transcriptions, analysis of spliced recordings,
     addendum to Clive Downs’ CC solos bibliography, etc.
1998 Autumn “SOLO FLIGHT: El Paso, TX http://home.elp.rr.com/valdes/ Debuts online with complete solography, discography;
     THE CHARLIE CHRISTIAN WEB SITE”      photo gallery, transcriptions, bibliographies, news.
     Internet website goes online Incorporates “Solo Flight:  The Charlie Christian Newsletter”
     designed and hosted by LeoValdes
1999 AUG 24  Tue 3-CD box set released Santa Monica, CA Vanguard Records First issue of CC’s complete 3-chorus solo on
     “From Spirituals to Swing”      Oh, Lady Be Good
     Vanguard 169/71-2
2000 JUL 29  Sat “Charlie Christian Birthday Broadcast Special” NYC WKCR-FM comprehensive musical & biographical commentary
     Three-hour evening radio program 89.9 MHZ
     A five-hour special was broadcast on
     the following afternoon
2001 FEB 28  Wed Two 4-CD sets released Andorra Definitive Records, Disconforme Total Time = 7:51:28
    “Charlie Christian—Complete Studio Recordings” 140 tracks in 24-bit resolution
    “Charlie Christian—Complete Live Recordings” Most studio master takes & live sessions
     Definitive DRCD11176 & DRCD11177 Excellent sound on studio dates
2001 AUG Charlie Christian Inducted NYC ASCAP The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
    “ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame”      6th annual award presentation      inscribed Charlie Christian’s name into its wall of honor
2001 OCT 29  Mon Additional volume to the MoJ 8-CD set released Next Music Masters of Jazz CD Total Time = 76:05
     “CHARLIE CHRISTIAN, VOLUME 9” Nanterre All available recordings not included in initial 8 volumes
     Masters of Jazz MJCD 189 France
2001 NOV 17  Sat Double-CD issued on Encore 7001 USA Encore Records First release of recordings from “America in Swingtime”
     “A Tour de Force:  The Small GroupsLive!       (February 19, 1941 radio broadcast)
      Gone with ‘What’ Wind
2002 JAN Published Institute of Jazz Studies Annual Review of Jazz Studies 11 Analysis with selected transcriptions
     “METRIC DISPLACEMENT IN THE Rutgers
          IMPROVISATION OF CHARLIE CHRISTIAN” Newark, NJ
     by Clive Downs
2002 APR 8  Mon “The Charlie Christian Discussion Group” New Brunswick http://launch.groups.yahoo.com/group/CharlieChristian/
     Internet message board established Canada
     by Garry Hansen
2002 APR Found Originally shipped to Charles on 19 APRIL 1940
     Charlie Christian’s  1940  GIBSON  ES-250      serial number 96030 (w/ EH-150 amp serial 12706)
     by Lynn Wheelright Reported in “I Found Charlie’s ES-250”
     Vintage Guitar magazine, March 2003
2002 JUL Published Milwaukee Hal Leonard (publisher) 15 transcriptions with detailed analysis
    “The Best of Charlie Christian:      62-pages, with CD
          A Step-by-step Breakdown of the Styles and
          Techniques of the Father of Modern Jazz Guitar.”
     by Wolf Marshall
2002 AUG 13  Tue 4-CD set released London JSP Records Total Time = 3:58:35
     “Charlie Christian:  First Master of the Electric Guitar” 68 tracks – all live recordings
     JSP Records JSP909
2002 SEP 24  Tue 4-CD deluxe box set released NYC Sony Music Entertainment Inc Total Time = 5:06:11
     “CHARLIE CHRISTIAN: 98 tracks in 24-bit resolution
          THE GENIUS OF THE ELECTRIC GUITAR” complete Columbia studio sessions – masters & alternates
     Columbia/Legacy C4K 65564 a benchmark release in unfortunate packaging
2002 OCT  8  Tue Charlie Christian Inducted Muskogee Civic Center
     “OKLAHOMA MUSIC HALL OF FAME” Muskogee, OK
2003 MAR Published Bismarck, ND Vintage Guitar magazine Reports finding Charlie Christian’s 1940 Gibson ES-250
     “I Found Charlie’s ES-250”      in April 2002
     by Lynn Wheelright
2003 MAR Published England Ashley Mark Publishing 190-page second edition
     “Charlie Christian, Solo Flight– Blaydon-on-Tyne
     The Story of the Seminal Electric Guitarist” United Kingdom
     by Peter Broadbent
2003 JUN  6  Fri Reinstated Remington Park Hosted by [was called “Deep Deuce Jazz Festival” 1996-2002]
     -  7  Sat      “Charlie Christian Jazz Festival” Oklahoma City      Black Liberated Arts Center, Inc.
     (18th annual jazz festival)      (BLAC, Inc.)
2003 JUN Published Milwaukee Hal Leonard (publisher) 15 transcriptions (by three different transcribers)
     “Charlie Christian:  The Definitive Collection”      including intros, riffs;  128 pages
2003 JUN 25  Wed Won the Historical Box Set of the Year award NYC Jazz Journalists Association’s
     “Charlie Christian:  The Genius of the Electric Guitar”      Jazz Awards
     Columbia/Legacy 4-CD deluxe box set
2004 JAN  9  Fri 1st installment of biography New Brunswick Internet website Biography based on interviews with Charles’ brother,
     “Charlie Christian:  The Musician” Canada      “Charlie Christian:      Clarence ‘It’ Christian Jr
     by Craig R. McKinney           Legend of the Jazz Guitar” http://www3.nbnet.nb.ca/hansen/Charlie/ccbio.htm
     hosted by Garry Hansen
2004 FEB 11  Wed 1st Annual Birdland featuring Gene Bertoncini, John Abercrombie, Joe Beck, Doug Wamble
     -  13  Fri      “Charlie Christian Guitar Festival” 315 West 44th Street
NYC
2004 JUN  1  Tue 19th Annual Remington Park Hosted by BLAC Inc
     -  5  Sat      “Charlie Christian International Jazz Festival” Oklahoma City     
2004 Summer Published Pennsylvania Jazz Improv magazine Recounts trip to OKC in October 2003
     “Searching for Charlie Christian”      to meet with LeoValdes, Anita Arnold, et al
     by Wayne Goins      for research on future book on Charlie Christian
     describes meeting Charles’ daughter & her mother, et al
     includes brief Charlie Christian biography
2004 JUL  19  Mon Daughter, Billie Jean Christian Johnson, died Oklahoma City Charlie Christian’s only child
     at age 71      passed away during an afternoon nap
     December 23, 1932 - July 19, 2004 Survived by her mother, Margretta Lorraine Christian Downey
2004 Autumn Published Pennsylvania Jazz Improv magazine Recounts second trip to OKC for book research
     “Searching for Charlie Christian, Part II”      tells of meeting Craig McKinney, et al
     by Wayne Goins Coda reports on the lose of Billie Jean Christian Johnson
2005 APR 16  Sat “Charlie Christian Chronology” El Paso, TX http://home.elp.rr.com/valdes/ “Chronology” was used as outline for
     debuts online on “Solo Flight” website      hosted by LeoValdes      Goins/McKinney book to be published
2005 JUN  9  Thu 20th Annual Bricktown Hosted by BLAC Inc
     - 12  Sun      “Charlie Christian International Jazz Festival” Oklahoma City
2005 SEP 30  Fri Published Lewiston, NY The Edwin Mellen Press First comprehensive Charlie Christian biography
     “A Biography of Charlie Christian:      seventeen chapters, 440 pages, indexed,
          Jazz Guitar’s King of Swing”      with bibliography
     by Wayne E. Goins & Craig R. McKinney
     with special assistance from LeoValdes
2005 OCT Published St. Louis Mel Bay Publications 39 solo transcriptions & detailed solo analyses
      “Swing to Bop:  The Music of Charlie Christian”      from studio sessions, a concert, jam sessions
2006 MAY 15  Mon Selected as one of the best “7 Greatest Jazz CDs” NYC Time Magazine Selected by Christopher Porterfield
     “Charlie Christian: 4-CD deluxe box set
          The Genius of the Electric Guitar”      Columbia / Legacy C4K 65564
2006 JUN  6  Tue “Charlie Christian International Jazz Festival” Bricktown Hosted by BLAC Inc
      - 11  Sun Oklahoma City
2006 JUL 29  Sat Commemoration Ceremony Gates Hill Cemetery Gravesite Reception at the Fannin County Museum of History
     Charlie Christian’s 90th birthday anniversary Bonham, TX
2006 DEC  5  Tue Named Bricktown (zip 73104) Formerly part of Byers Avenue north of Interstate 40
     “CHARLIE CHRISTIAN AVENUE” Oklahoma City west and parallel to S Lincoln Blvd from E Sheridan Ave to E Reno Ave
2007 MAR  7  Wed Charlie Christian Inducted Jazz at Lincoln Center http://www.jalc.org/halloffame/ Also inducted in 2007 (3rd annual induction):
     “Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame” NYC      Django Reinhardt, Benny Carter, Clifford Brown
2007 MAY  31  Thu “Charlie Christian International Jazz Festival” Civic Center Music Hall Hosted by BLAC Inc
     unofficially convenes at 201 N Walker Ave Oklahoma City
2007 JUN  5  Wed Official dedication ceremony for the naming of Oklahoma City the city renamed the street in its part of the “Charlie Christian International Jazz Festival”
     “Charlie Christian Avenue”      Bricktown entertainment district  
2007 JUN  6  Wed “Charlie Christian International Jazz Festival” Makers Lounge Hosted by BLAC Inc
      - 10  Sun Bricktown Events Center
Regatta Park
Oklahoma City
2007   Double-CD set issued Jazz Heritage Society “The Yale Archives – Vol. 11” First release of sextet recordings from January 15, 1940
     “The Yale University Music Library Oakhurst, NJ      shortwave radio broadcast to Scandinavia:
          NBC Broadcast Recordings”      FLYING HOME
     Jazz Heritage Society 5291134      STAR DUST
2008 MAY  2  Fri “Charlie Christian & Django Reinhardt: Rose Theater Hall of Fame Series Performers:
         - 3  Sat      Celebration of the Jazz Guitar” Jazz at Lincoln Center      celebrating members of the      Guitarists Russell Malone, Bobby Broom, Frank Vignola
NYC      Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame      with the Lewis Nash Trio
2008 JUL 30  Wed “Charlie Christian International Music Festival” Cox Convention Center Hosted by BLAC Inc Bricktown Brewery
     thru Oklahoma City Rose State Performing Arts Center
AUG  2  Sat Downtown OKC
2009 JAN “Solo Flight:  The Charlie Christian Web Site” El Paso, TX http://home.roadrunner.com/~valdes/ Relocated to Chandler, Arizona
     Internet website temporarily inactivated      hosted by LeoValdes
     for relocation
2009 JUN  6  Sat “Charlie Christian International Jazz Festival” Tolbert Theater Hosted by BLAC Inc
       - 7  Sun Regatta Park
Oklahoma City
2010 FEB 18  Fri Published Genova, Italy Erga Edizioni A philosophical history of Charlie Christian and the jazz guitar
     “Il Chitarrista di Jazz:      fourteen chapters in two parts, 367 pages, indexed,
          Charlie Christian e dintorni”      with 47-track mp3 CD relating to the transcriptions
     by Roberto G. Colombo      comprehensively analyzed in part two of the book
Prefazione di Kenny Burrell
2010 JUN  1  Tue “Charlie Christian International Jazz Festival” Regatta Park Hosted by BLAC Inc 25th annual festival
       - 6  Sun Oklahoma City
2011 MAY 31  Tue “Charlie Christian International Jazz Festival” Oklahoma City Hosted by BLAC Inc 26th annual festival
     thru
JUN  4  Sat
2011 JUL 19  Tue CD released Champlain, NY Uptown Records Total Time = 54:48          28-page booklet
     “CHARLIE CHRISTIAN — ELECTRIC” 17 tracks – many of Jerry Newhouse's recordings
     Uptown UPCD 27.63      remastered from the Original Acetates for the first time
2011 NOV 16  Wed Margretta Lorraine Christian Downey Oklahoma City Margretta was the mother of Charlie Christian’s only child,
     died at age 93      Billie Jean Christian Johnson, who preceded her in passing (in 2004)
     November 30, 1917 - November 16, 2011
2011 DEC 18  Sun Tribute to Charlie Christian Musical Instrument Museum Public performance on Charles’ 1940 Gibson ES-250
4725 E Mayo Blvd      by guitarist Marty Ashby and octet
Phoenix, AZ
2012 JAN - DEC Charlie Christian’s 1940 Gibson ES-250 Musical Instrument Museum
     on display at the MIM Jazz Exhibit 4725 E Mayo Blvd
     for one year Phoenix, AZ
2012 MAY 29  Tue “Charlie Christian International Jazz Festival” Oklahoma City Hosted by BLAC Inc 27th annual festival
     thru
JUN  3  Sun
2012 OCT 3  Wed “America in Swingtime” broadcast NYC WNYC radio Complete 22:21 archived recording of the Sextet
     on the air and on the WNYC Internet      from FEBRUARY 19, 1941
     NEH Preservation Project site      made publicly available for the first time
courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives      since the original broadcast
     WNYC Collection ROSE ROOM  [partial]  (last 5 bars of solo)
funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities FLYING HOME  (32-bar solo)
THE BLUES  (24-bar solo)
The Sheik of Araby  (no CC solos)
Body and Soul  (no CC / ts, p, b, d only)
GONE WITH “WHAT” WIND  (24-bar solo)
STOMPIN’ AT THE SAVOY  [behind MC sign-off]  (8-bar solo)
2012 NOV 27  Tue 4-CD box set reissued NYC Sony Music Entertainment Reissued to commemorate the tenth anniversary
     “Charlie Christian:  The Genius of the Electric Guitar”      of the original release
     Sony/Legacy 93035 98 tracks in redesigned flip-open box, mini-LP sleeves
Columbia studio sessions – masters & alternates
Booklet reduced to only 40 pages (from 72 pages)
2012 DEC Finally laid to rest El Paso, TX http://home.roadrunner.com/~valdes/ Site had remained dormant since Jan 2009 due to relocation
     “Solo Flight:  The Charlie Christian Web Site”      hosted by LeoValdes      to an area in Arizona where Time Warner’s
     inactive Internet website      Road Runner ISP service was not available
     was removed from online access to viewers
2013 JAN 21  Mon Charlie Christian Inducted Bismarck, ND Vintage Guitar magazine Announced in the March 2013 issue
     “The VG Hall of Fame”  Class 2012      received 29% of contributors/readers’ votes
2013 JUN  4  Tue “Ralph Ellison Understood Through Charlie Christian” Oklahoma History Center Presented by Music/narrative program tells of Ellison’s love of jazz and blues
Oklahoma City      Oklahoma Historical Society      and his literary expressions using these two genres
part of the Ralph Ellison Centennial Celebration
2013 JUN  7  Fri “Charlie Christian International Music Festival” Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark Hosted by BLAC Inc 28th annual festival scheduled
       - 8  Sat Interrupted by tornado activity Oklahoma City Ballpark is located over the site of Charles’ old Douglass School
2013 OCT 12  Sat “Charlie Christian International Music Festival” Frederick A. Douglass Hosted by BLAC Inc Resumption of 28th annual festival
     and      Auditorium
NOV  16  Sat Oklahoma City
2014 JAN 11  Sat Charlie Christian and Ralph Ellison City Hall Auditorium Presented by BLAC Inc “The Story of 2 Oklahomans Told Through Music”
     historical lecture and musical performance Lawton, OK Next performance to be in Oklahoma City on January 18
     at the Frederick Douglass Auditorium
2014 FEB 22  Sat “Ralph Ellison Understood Through Charlie Christian” Frederick A. Douglass Presented by BLAC Inc Historical narrative and music
     A Musical Theatre Production      Auditorium      examines the lives of two Oklahoma icons
900 N Martin Luther King Ave The production will continue to tour the state of Oklahoma:
Oklahoma City      Tulsa, Boley, Clearview, Langston, Taft, Vernon
2014 JUN  6  Fri “Charlie Christian International Music Festival” Oklahoma City Hosted by BLAC Inc 29th annual festival
       - 7  Sat      at various downtown locations
2015 JAN 15  Mon Update Published Oslo published by the author Solography originally published ca. 1976 in unique “Jazz Solography” series
     “The Guitar of Charles Henry Christian ‘Charlie’” Norway      as a 29-pg CC chapter in volume 4:
     by Jan Evensmo      “The Guitars of Charlie Christian, Robert Norman, Oscar Aleman”
2015 MAY 28  Thu “Charlie Christian International Music Festival” Elmer Thomas Park Presented by BLAC Inc Concerts at Elmer Thomas Park Pavilion
       - 31  Sun      and other venues Jam Session at bar and grill
Lawton, OK CC Exhibit at City Hall Auditorium
2016 JUN  2  Thu “Charlie Christian International Music Festival” Deep Deuce Presented and Produced by – Celebrating Charlie Christian's 100 Year Legacy –
       - 5  Sun Oklahoma City      BLAC Inc
2016 JUL  26  Tue NPR Special Broadcast to mark WHYY Kevin Whitehead “The Enduring Musical Influence of Electric Guitarist
     the centennial of the birth of Philadelphia      Charlie Christian”
     Charlie Christian – Celebrating Charlie Christian's 100 Year Legacy –
2016 JUL  28  Thu Special two and a half hour podcast of Club de Jazz Fernando Ortiz de Urbina “Centenario Charlie Christian”
     commentary (in Spanish) CDJ Radio   – Celebrating Charlie Christian's 100 Year Legacy –
     and over a score of tunes to London  
     commemorate CC’s centennial
2016 JUL  29  Fri Oklahoma City/County Historical Society Hart Building BLAC Inc – Celebrating Charlie Christian's 100 Year Legacy –
     Celebrates Charlie Christian Oklahoma City
2016 JUL  29  Fri “SOLO FLIGHT:  Superstition Mountains http://soloflight.cc Internet website returns after 7˝ year interlude
     THE CHARLIE CHRISTIAN LEGACY” Arizona      hosted by LeoValdes – Celebrating Charlie Christian's 100 Year Legacy –
2016 AUG  5  Fri “78-rpm Records” section Superstitions http://soloflight.cc This partition contains descriptions and illustrations
     added to “Solo Flight” website Arizona      hosted by LeoValdes      of the relevant singles released in the 1940s

 


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