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Charlie Parker’s Favorite Singer: Jackie Paris

Jackie ParisJackie Paris, who died last month at the age of 79, was a favorite of Charles Mingus, Charlie Parker, and Lenny Bruce, but he remained in semi-obscurity for most of his career. He recorded the first-ever vocal version of Thelonious Monk’s “Round Midnight” in 1949, collaborated several times with Mingus, and made LPs for Brunswick (Skylark) and Impulse (The Song Is Paris) that became collector’s items in subsequent decades. All of those recordings and more are featured in this edition of Night Lights.

New website update, 12/29/07: check out jazz blogger Marc Myers’ fantastic two-part series on Paris and Raymond de Felitta, who has directed ‘Tis Autumn: the Search for Jackie Paris, a documentary about Paris’ life and career.

Music Heard On This Episode

Miss D.D.
Mary Lou Williams — Black Christ of the Andes (Smithsonian/Folkways, 1964)
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Miss D.D.
Mary Lou Williams — Black Christ of the Andes (Smithsonian/Folkways, 1964)
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More Than You Know
Jackie Paris — Skylark (Brunswick, 1957)
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Round Midnight
Jackie Paris — All The Jive (Savoy, 1949)
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Portrait
Jackie Paris/Charles Mingus — Thirteen Pictures (Rhino, 1952)
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Paris in Blue
Jackie Paris/Charles Mingus — Complete Debut Recordings (Debut, 1952)
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Skylark
Jackie Paris — Skylark (Brunswick, 1957)
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I'm Through With Love
Jackie Paris — Skylark (Brunswick, 1957)
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If Love Is Good to Me
Jackie Paris — Skylark (Brunswick, 1957)
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Elgy
Gigi Gryce/Donald Byrd — Modern Jazz Perspectives (Columbia, 1957)
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Duke's Place
Jackie Paris — The Song Is Paris (Impulse, 1962)
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Tonight
Jackie Paris — The Song Is Paris (Impulse, 1962)
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Jenny
Jackie Paris — The Song Is Paris (Impulse, 1962)
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My Very Good Friend in the Looking Glass
Jackie Paris — The Song Is Paris (Impulse, 1962)
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Duke Ellington's Sound of Love
Charles Mingus — Changes Two (Rhino, 1975)
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We'll Be Together Again
Jackie Paris — Skylark (Brunswick, 1957)
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David Brent Johnson

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Brent Johnson moved to Bloomington in 1991. He is an alumnus of Indiana University, and began working with WFIU in 2002. Currently, David serves as jazz producer and systems coordinator at the station. His interests include literature, history, music, writing, and movies.

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  • Red Colm O’Sullivan

    Superb programme! Thank-you so much! (I came to you via JazzWax and Marc Meyers).
    Sincerely,
    RED (Ireland).

  • Red Colm O'Sullivan

    Superb programme! Thank-you so much! (I came to you via JazzWax and Marc Meyers).
    Sincerely,
    RED (Ireland).

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