The Chris Connor Bio-Discography:
Concert, Radio And Television Dates
by Iván Santiago Mercado

Generated on Aug 17, 2014


Bio-Discographical Note: Contents And Scope

This page lists radio, television and concert appearances made by Chris Connor throughout her career. Chronologically sequenced, the earliest appearances are from 1952 and 1953, when Connor was still a big band canary. Then, starting with a radio remote from 1955, the page proceeds to list Connor's solo work onstage and in the broadcasting media.

My overall goal for the present page is to include every concert performance that has been preserved, as well as every known television or radio performance, irrespective of its preservation. (In the case of concerts that have not been preserved, I will still provide details about them herein -- if and when specific information becomes available. However, that information will be supplied only in the form of notes; the songs will not be made part of the sessionography's log. For an additional general note, attempting to clarify matters pertaining to the preservation of radio material, scroll down to the very bottom of the page.) If you are aware of extant live or media material not listed in this page, I'd appreciate hearing from you. Ivansantiagomercado@earthlink.net is my email address.


CHRIS CONNOR IN CONCERT WITH JERRY WALD

The amount of time that Chris Connor spent as the vocalist of The Jerry Wald Orchestra remains unclear. Similarly shrouded in mystery are the exact dates in which she joined and left the orchestra. From the concert presented below, it can be gleaned that she was with the band in March 1952. Further corrobotation comes from a recording session discussed in the Big Band Singer page. A lenghtier discussion of Connor's period with Wald can be found toward the bottom of that page, where I also mention my tentative belief that she worked for him twice, first in March and later in December 1952.


Date: March 20, 1952
Location: Arcadia Ballroom, New York

Jerry Wald and His Orchestra (ldr), Jerry Wald (con, cl), Herb Geller, Sam Zittman (as), Buddy Arnold (ts), Danny Bank, Sid Brown (bar), Al Porcino, Dick Sherman, Al Stewart (t), Jack Hitchcock, Sonny Russo (tb), Ross Savakos (b), Howie Mann (d), Chris Connor (v)

a.    Live Private Taping The Way You Look Tonight - 2:35  (Dorothy Fields, Jerome Kern)
b.    Live Private Taping The One I Love Belongs To Somebody Else - 2:52  (Gus Kahn, Isham Jones)
c.    Live Private Taping (It's No) Sin - 3:35  (George Hoven, Chester R. Shull)
d.    Live Private Taping Manhattan - 2:28  (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
e.    Live Private Taping Embraceable You - 3:33  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
f.    Live Private Taping Too Marvelous For Words - 2:02  (Johnny Mercer, Richard Whiting)
g.    Live Private Taping How Long Has This Been Going On? - 3:38  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
h.    Live Private Taping Bewitched, Bothered, And Bewildered - 3:16  (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
All titles unissued.

Performance

Concert performance by Jerry Wald And His Orchestra, with Chris Connor as featured vocalist with the band. Connor's vocals alternated with instrumentals by the orchestra. (The instrumentals are not listed herein.)

Date

The given date should be deemed likely, rather than absolutley certain. It was handwritten in the homemade tape that is my only source for this material. March 20 could indeed be the day and month in which the concert actually took place, but it could also be, among other possibilities, the date in which an acetate of this concert was cut.

Material Sources

Taped and preserved by collectors of Wald material.



CHRIS CONNOR IN CONCERT WITH CLAUDE THORNHILL

Chris Connor first joined The Claude Thornhill Orchestra in January 1949, for what might have been just two or three months. She returned to the band in 1950 and stayed with them until the very end of 1951, when Thornhill temporarily disbanded it. Thornhill regrouped in the second half of 1952, and Connor re-joined the band at that time. The concert performances discussed below seem to date rom that third period. For a lengthier discussion of the Thornhill - Connor connection, consult this discography's Big Band Singer page, which covers Connor's studio sessions with the bandleader. See, in particular, the discussion at the bottom of that page.


Date: October 1952
Location: Possibly Café Rouge, The Statler Hotel, New York

The Claude Thornhill Orchestra (ldr), Dave Figg, Cliff Hoff (cl, ts), Med Flory, Gene Quill (cl, as), Dick Zabach (cl, bar), Rusty Dedrick, Sonny Rich, Nick Travis (t), Milt Gold, Obie Massingill (tb), Al Antonucci (frh), Bill Crow (b), Claude Thornhill (p), Winston Welch (d), Chris Connor (v)

a.    Live Private Taping Come Rain Or Come Shine - 3:31  (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
b.    Live Private Taping Sorta Kinda - 2:48  (James Oliver Young)
c.    Live Private Taping Wish You Were Here - 3:46  (Harold Rome)
d.    Live Private Taping Who Are We To Say? - 3:53  (Gus Kahn, Sigmund Romberg)
All titles on:      Tokuma Musical Industries' Dan Records Public Domain LP/CD: (Japan) Vc 5016/Tkcf 77076 [CD rel. 2001] — The Great Ladies On V-Disc, Vol. 3 {Chris Connor, June Christy, Peggy Lee, Martha Tilton} (V-Disc Jazz Session Series)    (1979)

Sources And Issues

1. Dan And Tokuma Issues: Their Reliability As Discographical Sources
My main -- if unsatisfactory -- source of information for these Claude Thornhill Orchestra performances is the above-listed album on Dan Records. That LP does not provide details about personnel or venue, but at least it supplies a date (October 1952).

If we are to trust the veracity of the title given to both the Dan LP and the Tokuma CD, these should be numbers taken from V-discs. However, chronological objections
make it unlikely that Connor 'stracks were ever on V-disc. It so happens that V-discs were officially produced from 1943 to the end of the decade; the Armed Services officially shut down their victory-disc operation in 1949. Hence the 1952 date assigned by Dan Records clashes with the implication that these numbers were on V-disc.

Could it be that the alleged recording year (1952) is incorrect, and that the performances are from around 1949? No. Corroboration that 1952 is the correct year comes from the presence of "Wish You Were Here," the titular song of a musical that made its debut that year. (The song was certainly popular in the 1952 music charts. Versions by a variety of artists peaked between July and September.)

I am inclined to believe that liberties were taken in the use of the word "V-disc" to describe the entire contents of the Dan and Tokuma issues. Whereas tracks by other artists in the album definitely come from V-discs, those by Chris Connor do not. One conciliatory explanation could be that the original source for the Connor material was, rather than a V-Disc, an acetate sent out to AFRS radio stations, and kept in the stations' library along with the V-Discs. If the acetate belatedly came into the possession of parties who were not well informed about the differences between the two types discs, misidentification could have ensued.

2. A Supplementary Source: Charles Garrod's Discography
Using the date supplied on the Dan LP as a guideline, I have checked if the above-listed masters were listed in Charles Garrod's discography of Claude Thornhill. I found out that Garrod lists a series of live dates under October 1952. The dates are shown as broadcast over the radio, and Connor is credited as the featured vocalist.

I believe that the tracks heard in the Dan LP (and in the Tokuma CD) are selections from those concert dates. One reason for my belief is the faint applause at the end of each of the performances in the album. The applause obviously suggests that all four numbers come from a live venue, not from a recording studio.

Garrod indicates that the concert dates took place at The Statler Hotel. Here is a transcription of Garrod's listings:

October 21,1952
Temptation
Come Rain Or Come Shine (vocal: Chris Connor)
Too Marvelous For Words (vocal: Chris Connor)
Polka Dots And Moonbeams
Sorta Kinda
Wish You Were Here
Snowfall
[n.b.: Notice the inclusion of the numbers "Sorta Kinda" and "Wish You Were Here." Granted that they are not credited as performed by Connor, I would not be surprised if the credit was inadvertently omitted by Garrod or his sources.]

October 23, 1952
Oh Lady Be Good
Come Rain Or Come Shine (vocal: Chris Connor)
Too Marvelous For Words (vocal: Chris Connor)
Who Are We To Say?
Anchors Aweigh
Poor Little Rich Girl
Polka Dots And Moonbeams

October 24, 1952
Anthropology
Come Rain Or Come Shine (vocal: Chris Connor)
Too Marvelous For Words (vocal: Chris Connor)
September Song

October 31, 1952
Temptation
Who Are We To Say?
Too Marvelous For Words
Sophisticated Lady
[n.b.: Connor is not mentioned in this last date, but this could just be an indvertent omission. Based on the pattern of the previous dates, she might have sung the second and the third song.]

Since some of the above-listed songs bear the same titles as the Connor tracks released in the Dan LP, I am tentatively concluding that my two sources (Garrod's text and Dan Records) are referring to the same material. In order to confirm or refute this tentative conclusion, copies of the radio shows need to be found and heard. Unfortunately, I have not come across any indication that these broadcasts have been preserved.

3. Performances On Garrod, But Not On Dan/Tokuma
For the purposes of this discography, the Statler material can be divided into (a) songs that
have not been commercially issued and (b) songs that may have been issued by Dan and Tokuma. While waiting for more definitive information to surface, I have separated (a) and (b) into two sessions.


Personnel

The personnel listed herein should be deemed tentative. It has been taken from Garrod's discography of Claude Thornhill; this is the personnel that the discographer lists for the October 23, 1952 radio broadcast. (Obviously, I have used Garrod's personnel due to my assumption that this session's songs come from that radio broadcast -- and from other contemporaneous broadcasts. I should add that this assumption is entirely mine: since Garrod does not list the Dan LP nor the Tokuma CD, his discography makes no connection whatsoever between these issues and the radio broadcasts.)


Date: October 1952
Location: Possibly Café Rouge, The Statler Hotel, New York

The Claude Thornhill Orchestra (ldr), Dave Figg, Cliff Hoff (cl, ts), Med Flory, Gene Quill (cl, as), Dick Zabach (cl, bar), Rusty Dedrick, Sonny Rich, Nick Travis (t), Milt Gold, Obie Massingill (tb), Al Antonucci (frh), Bill Crow (b), Claude Thornhill (p), Winston Welch (d), Chris Connor (v)

a.    Live Private Taping Come Rain Or Come Shine  (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
b.    Live Private Taping Come Rain Or Come Shine  (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
c.    Live Private Taping Too Marvelous For Words  (Johnny Mercer, Richard Whiting)
d.    Live Private Taping Too Marvelous For Words  (Johnny Mercer, Richard Whiting)
e.    Live Private Taping Too Marvelous For Words  (Johnny Mercer, Richard Whiting)
All titles unissued.

Source

This session is actually a continuation of the one immediately above. For an explanation, consult the notes under that previous session.



CHRIS CONNOR IN CONCERT WITH STAN KENTON

Chris Connor worked as the vocalist of The Stan Kenton Orchestra from around February 11 to July 5 , 1953. A discussion of this matter can be found toward the bottom of this discography's Big Band Singer page, which also covers Connor's studio sessions with Kenton. Connor's first studio date with the orchestra happened on February 11. On the very next day, the band began its Road Tour, which was scheduled to travel up the California coast. The tour's inaugural concert took place at San Luis Obispo's Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium on February 12. A February 17 performance at the Sweets Ballroom (Oakland, California) has been preserved, thanks to its broadcast as part of NBC's Concert In Miniature series. As preserved, the broadcast includes no Connor vocals. Two days later the band performed in Eugene, Oregon, where their concert was taped and preserved for posterity, as can be seen in the first of the Kenton dates shown below.


Preservation

All of the the Kenton concerts discussed in the present page are still extant. Their preservation is due mostly to the fact that they were chosen for broadcast over the radio. Some of these Kenton concerts were aired "live" (i.e., as they were taking place), but most were not. More commonly, the concerts were cut on acetate at the performing venue. Edited versions of those acetates were then prepared, and the resulting transcription discs were broadcast over the radio at a later time. The editing that went into those discs was heavy. For one, some individual numbers or performances from the original concert were often left out. Also, performances from different concert dates could be inserted and sequenced into the disc's concert, without any acknowledgment that such had been the case.

It should come as no surprise that, for the discographer, the discs and acetates under discussion are a mixed blessing. They are the reason why many a live performance has been preserved for posterity. (Another reason, or rather, another source for concert performances: listeners who, back then, had the technology to tape from radio. The latter were a minority, however, and their work suffered from the obstacles posed by static, poor transmission signals, etc.)

On the other hand, transcription discs are not entirely reliable sources of information. They often mislead discographers who are not well acquainted with the history of this material. Some of their shortcomings were mentioned in the previous pararagraph. Of further note is the fact that transcription discs often bear a date which, all too often, discographers and LP/CD producers automatically assume to be a concert recording date. Not necessarily so. Instead, such dates tend to refer to the day on which the transcription disc was prepared (assembled), or the date on (until) which radio stations were contracted to play the disc.

In this discography (and relying on Ed Chaplin's research), all Kenton entries will bear the date on which the given concert actually took place, not the date on which the concert was broadcast or cut on acetate.


Acknowledgments

1. Ed Chaplin
I am very grateful to Stan Kenton fan and collector Ed Chaplin for generously sharing with me a vast amount of data from his ongoing discographical research, which concentrates on Kenton's live and radio dates. Chaplin's research relies not only on extant audio and textual sources but also on his extensive discussions with other Kenton experts of note, including Michael Sparke, the main author of the excellent text Stan Kenton: The Studio Sessions (co-authored with Peter Venudor, aka Paul Visser) and Steven D. Harris, author of The Kenton Kronicles.

Given my reliance on Chaplin's thoroughly researched and up-to-date notes, Kenton fans checking this page should be prepared to encounter some divergences from claims made in older published texts (e.g., books, articles, liner notes). I do want to make clear, however, that any errors are likely to be of my own making. Furthermore, it should be understood that, Chaplin's own discographical research (as vast and detailed as it already is) remains a work in progress.

2. Jan Kagenaar
I also appreciate the input that I have received from Kenton fan Jan Kagenaar, who over the years has kindly sent me information about various pertinent topics -- most notably, the Vintage Radio Classics CD series, and also details gathered from Peter Venudor's papers.


Date: February 19, 1953
Location: National Guard Armory, Eugene, Oregon

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Henry "Hank" Levy (bar), Conte Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino, Bill Russo (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Chris Connor (v)

a.    Live Private Taping Jeepers Creepers  (Johnny Mercer, Harry Warren) / arr: Bill Russo
     Magic/Submarine Collectors' Label CD: (England) 796 — [Stan Kenton] Eugene Armory, Eugene Oregon, Part One   (2009)
b.    Live Private Taping If I Should Lose You  (Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin) / arr: Bill Russo
     Magic/Submarine Collectors' Label CD: (England) 796 — [Stan Kenton] Eugene Armory, Eugene Oregon, Part One   (2009)
c.    Live Private Taping September In The Rain  (Al Dubin, Harry Warren) / arr: {Head Arrangement}
     Magic/Submarine Collectors' Label CD: (England) 796 — [Stan Kenton] Eugene Armory, Eugene Oregon, Part One   (2009)
d.    Live Private Taping I'll Remember April  (Don Raye, Gene DePaul, Patricia Johnston) / arr: Bill Russo
     Magic/Submarine Collectors' Label CD: (England) 796 — [Stan Kenton] Eugene Armory, Eugene Oregon, Part One   (2009)
e.    Live Private Taping Taking A Chance On Love  (Vernon Duke, John Latouche, Ted Fetter) / arr: Johnny Richards
     Magic/Submarine Collectors' Label CD: (England) 796 — [Stan Kenton] Eugene Armory, Eugene Oregon, Part One   (2009)
f.    Live Private Taping Don't Worry 'Bout Me  (Ted Koehler, Rube Bloom) / arr: Pete Rugolo
     Magic/Submarine Collectors' Label CD: (England) 799 — [Stan Kenton] Eugene Armory, Eugene Oregon, Part Two   (2009)
g.    Live Private Taping Tenderly  (Walter Gross, Jack Lawrence) / arr: Bill Russo
     Magic/Submarine Collectors' Label CD: (England) 799 — [Stan Kenton] Eugene Armory, Eugene Oregon, Part Two   (2009)
h.    Live Private Taping There Will Never Be Another You  (Mack Gordon, Harry Warren) / arr: Bill Russo
     Dynaflow Collectors' Label CD: 2008-1 — [Stan Kenton] Stan's Singers, Volume 2   (2008)
     Magic/Submarine Collectors' Label CD: (England) 799 — [Stan Kenton] Eugene Armory, Eugene Oregon, Part Two   (2009)
i.    Live Private Taping Lullaby In Rhythm  (Benny Goodman, Walter Hirsch, Clarence Profit, Edgar Sampson) / arr: Pete Rugolo
     Magic/Submarine Collectors' Label CD: (England) 799 — [Stan Kenton] Eugene Armory, Eugene Oregon, Part Two   (2009)
j.    Live Private Taping Jeepers Creepers  (Johnny Mercer, Harry Warren) / arr: Bill Russo
     Magic/Submarine Collectors' Label CD: (England) 802 — [Stan Kenton] Eugene Armory, Eugene Oregon, Part Three   (2010)
k.    Live Private Taping Darn That Dream  (Jimmy Van Heusen, Ed DeLange) / arr: Bill Russo
     Magic/Submarine Collectors' Label CD: (England) 802 — [Stan Kenton] Eugene Armory, Eugene Oregon, Part Three   (2010)
l.    Live Private Taping You're Mine, You  (Johnny Green, Edward Heyman) / arr: Johnny Richards
     Magic/Submarine Collectors' Label CD: (England) 802 — [Stan Kenton] Eugene Armory, Eugene Oregon, Part Three   (2010)
m.    Live Private Taping I Only Have Eyes For You  (Al Dubin, Harry Warren) / arr: {Head Arrangement}
     Magic/Submarine Collectors' Label CD: (England) 802 — [Stan Kenton] Eugene Armory, Eugene Oregon, Part Three   (2010)
n.    Live Private Taping Everything Happens To Me  (Matt Dennis, Tom Adair) / arr: Bill Russo
     Magic/Submarine Collectors' Label CD: (England) 802 — [Stan Kenton] Eugene Armory, Eugene Oregon, Part Three   (2010)

Songs & Personnel

1. "September In The Rain"
This performance features Connor with rhythm section only, except for the final chord, in which the full orchestra joins.

2. "I Only Have Eyes For You"
This performance features Connor with piano, bass, and drums only.

3. "Jeepers Creepers"
This performance was sung twice during this concert, once in an abbreviated (warm-up) version, once in a complete version.


Primary Source

For decades, a tape was the only known audio source for this dance & concert show. The original taping, conducted by Bill Haseltine, took place with Kenton's permission. In addition to Haseltine, the concert was simultaneously taped by Wally Heider, but technical difficulties prevented him from producing a satisfactory tape.

Nowadays, and as shown above, this concert is more easily available, thanks to its release on the Submarine label. The Submarine CDs use second or third generation copies of Haseltine's tapes. All three CDs feature liner notes by Stan Kenton expert Michael Sparke.

Notice that this concert mixed band instrumentals with vocal segments sung by the female artist, whom Stan Kenton introduces as "Chris Connors." Only the vocals are listed herein.


Date: March 17, 1953
Location: Trianon Ballroom, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Henry "Hank" Levy (bar), Conte Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino, Bill Russo (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Chris Connor (v)

a.    Live Private Taping Jeepers Creepers  (Johnny Mercer, Harry Warren) / arr: Bill Russo
     Vintage Radio Classics Collectors' Label CD: 54365 — [Stan Kenton] Concert In Miniature {Episodes 38 & 39}    (2007)

Personnel And Secondary Sources

1. Kay Brown
Thanks to Steven Harris and Ed Chaplin, I have learned about a couple of advance notices, pertaining to this concert, in The Daily Oklahoman. One of them states that "Kay Brown will be appearing, as she is now featured vocalist with the Kenton orchestra." The writer of that notice is of course mistaken; Bown had quit the band a couple of months earlier, and Chris Connor was the only female vocalist who sang during the show at the Trianon Ballroom. The other notice, actually an advertisement, also wrongly lists Brown as Kenton's vocalist at the time.


Material Sources

Show #36 of the NBC radio series Concert In Miniature is the source for this session's rendition of "Jeepers Creepers," taken from a Kenton concert held on March 17, 1953.


Issues

1. The Vintage Radio Classics Series
Listed in this and in subsequent Kenton sessions is a series of compact discs from the label Vintage Radio Classics. Given the series' relevance to these dates, a general description is in order. Each Vintage Radio Classic disc contains two episodes, usually from the same radio program. Each CD is titled after the radio program (for instance, Concert In Miniature). In addition to the name of the program, episode numbers are given in the titles. (For example: Concert In Miniature, Episodes 38 & 39). It should be clarified that those episode numbers were assigned by Vintage Radio Classics itself. (In other words, the numbers do not come from the original sources or radio broadcasts.


Date: March 27 - April 9, 1953
Location: Blue Note, Chicago

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Henry "Hank" Levy (bar), Conte Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino, Bill Russo, Tom Shepard (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Glen Roberts (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Chris Connor (v)

a.    Live Private Taping Don't Worry 'Bout Me  (Ted Koehler, Rube Bloom) / arr: Pete Rugolo
     Vintage Radio Classics Collectors' Label CD: 54465 — [Stan Kenton] Concert Encores {Episodes 9 & 10}   (2007)
b.    Live Private Taping Jeepers Creepers  (Johnny Mercer, Harry Warren) / arr: Bill Russo
     Dynaflow Collectors' Label CD: DNYF 2007-1 — [Stan Kenton] In True '52 Stereo: Direct From The Famous Blue Note Jazz Club   (2007)
     Sounds Of Yesteryear Collectors' Label CD: DSOD 747 (England) — [Stan Kenton] Live At The Blue Note   (2008)
c.    Live Private Taping If I Should Lose You  (Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin) / arr: Bill Russo
     unissued
d.    Live Private Taping There Will Never Be Another You - 3:17  (Mack Gordon, Harry Warren) / arr: Bill Russo
     Natasha Imports Collectors' Label CD: NI-4006 — [Stan Kenton] Concert In Miniature Encores: 23 Degrees North, 82 Degrees West    (1992)
     Viper's Nest Collectors' Label CD: VN-1007 — [Stan Kenton] Concert In Miniature Encores: 23 Degrees North, 82 Degrees West    (1996)
e.    Live Private Taping Taking A Chance On Love - 2:58  (Vernon Duke, John Latouche, Ted Fetter) / arr: Johnny Richards
     Natasha Imports Collectors' Label CD: NI-4017 — [Stan Kenton] Unissued Concert In Miniature Encores, 1952-1953   (1993)
f.    Live Private Taping I'll Remember April  (Don Raye, Gene DePaul, Patricia Johnston) / arr: Bill Russo
     Vintage Radio Classics Collectors' Label CD: 54465 — [Stan Kenton] Concert Encores {Episodes 9 & 10}   (2007)
     Dynaflow Collectors' Label CD: DNYF 2007-1 — [Stan Kenton] In True '52 Stereo: Direct From The Famous Blue Note Jazz Club   (2007)
g.    Live Private Taping Jeepers Creepers  (Johnny Mercer, Harry Warren) / arr: Bill Russo
     Armed Forces Radio Service Transcription Disc: ONS-3351 — One Night Stand: Stan Kenton   
     Joyce Record Club Collectors' Label cassette: JRC-1525 — [Stan Kenton] Broadcasts: January 1, 1953 Plus April 8, 1953   

Dating & Sources

All above-listed performances are from The Stan Kenton Orchestra's 1953 two-week concert stint at Chicago's Blue Note. The performances were broadcast on radio shows distributed over NBC-affiliated radio stations. Specifics follow:

a. "Don't Worry 'Bout Me"
1) concert date from which it was taken: Saturday, March 28
2) radio show in which it was broadcast: Concert Encores

b. "Jeepers Creepers"
1) concert date from which it was taken: Sunday, March 29
2) radio show in which it was broadcast: Music For Moderns

c. "If I Should Lose You"
1) concert date from which it was taken: Wednesday, April 1
2) radio show in which it was broadcast: Music For Moderns

d. "There Will Never Be Another You"
1) concert date from which it was taken: Thursday, April 2
2) radio show in which it was broadcast: Concert Encores

e. "Taking A Chance On Love"
1) concert date from which it was taken: Friday, April 3
2) radio show in which it was broadcast: Music For Moderns

f. "I'll Remember April"
1) concert date from which it was taken: Saturday, April 4. (During the broadcast, Stan Kenton makes the comment that it is "the Saturday just before Easter." In 1953, Easter Sunday took place on April 5. )
2) radio show in which it was broadcast: Concert Encores. (It is worth noting that the radio announcer originally says that this is a broadcast from the Music For Moderns series. However, later during the same broadcast we are told that it is instead a Concert Encores show.)

g. "Jeepers Creepers"
1) concert date from which it was taken: Wednesday, April 8
2) radio show in which it was broadcast: Concert Encores


Performances Not Included

Various discographies mention one additional NBC broadcast culled from The Stan Kenton Orchestra's two-week stint at the Blue Note. However, no Kenton or Connor collector seems to have ever heard that particular broadcast.

Kenton collector Ed Chaplin suspects that this is actually an incorrect entry. He points out various discrepancies which could support such theory. For starters, there is the very unlikely song sequence: one of Connor's vocals is listed before any instrumentals by the orchestra. Also odd is the inclusion of not one, not two but three performances by Chris Connor ("Taking A Chance On Love," "Don't Worry 'Bout Me," and "I'll Remember April"). The number of performances is odd because in all other Blue Note broadcasts itemized herein, the singer is consistently heard just once. (Please notice that this point about "one Connor vocal per show" pertains only to the radio broadcasts. As for the actual concerts from which the radio broadcasts were made, Connor definitely sang various vocals per concert, not just one.)

In short: if this broadcast actually exists, it might not be an NBC broadcast, after all. It would have to be a special show put together by a particular radio station, rather than one of the programs regularly distributed by the network. An even likelier possibility is that the aforementioned discographies are simply referring to a tape made by a fan, who would have culled performances from different broadcasts.


Issues & Dating

1. Jazz Archives: Stan Kenton [CD]
PMF CD 90.108.2 misindentifies the origin of its performances. It collectively labels them as coming from "various locations, 1952, and Chicago, March 1953 (Blue Note)." Not so. None of the performances in the CD comes from the March 27 -April 9 1953 engagement at the Blue Note. (By "none," I mean every single tracks in the disc, not just the few which feature Connor's voice.) Those tracks' correct dates fall instead between April 21, 1953 and November 3, 1953. There are various plausible reasons for PMF's mistake. Most likely, the label was unaware of the exact dating, and made an inference based on the personnel heard throughout. The personnel is indeed the same one that played at the Blue Note, but these cuts are from engagements that took place just a few weeks later, at Birdland and other venues.


Personnel

1. Tom Shepard
2. Bill Ruso
3. Keith Moon
At this point in time, the regular members of Stan Kenton's trombone section were Bill Russo and Keith Moon. But during this Blue Note engagement, Kenton's band counted with a "guest" trombone player: Chicago-based Tom Shepard, who was a close friend of Russo's. In selected performances from the Blue Note concerts, Shepard sometimes takes the place of Russo, other times the place of Moon.

4. Glen Roberts
5. Don Bagley
During this Blue Note engagement, Glen Roberts replaced Kenton's regular bassist Don Bagley, who was taking a short holiday.


Date: April 14, 1953
Location: Sampson Air Force Base, Geneva, New York

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Henry "Hank" Levy (bar), Conte Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino, Bill Russo (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Chris Connor (v)

a.    Live Private Taping All About Ronnie - 3:08  (Joe Greene) / arr: Bill Russo
b.    Live Private Taping Love Me Or Leave Me - 2:18  (Walter Donaldson, Gus Kahn) / arr: Bill Russo
     Artistry Collectors' Label CD: 4009 — [Stan Kenton] The Concepts Era - Live!   (1999)
Both titles on:      Vintage Radio Classics Collectors' Label CD: 54366 — [Stan Kenton] Concert In Miniature {Episodes 40 & 41}   (2007)
     Armed Forces Radio Service Transcription Disc: SK-24 — The Stan Kenton Show [2 Chris Connor vocals]   
     Joyce Record Club Collectors' Label cassette: JRC-1496 — [Stan Kenton] Live In 1953   
     Redmond Nostalgia Collectors' Label commercial CDr/MP3: CD 100 — [Stan Kenton] Big Band Remotes   

Source

These April 14, 1953 concert performances were originally broadcast during show #37 of the Concert In Miniature radio series (NBC).


Issues And Dating

1. Stan Kenton Live In 1953 [CS]
Joyce Record Club cassette #1496 gives a wrong date (April 7) and a wrong location (the Blue Note) to these performances.


Date: April 15, 1953, At 8:15 p.m.
Location: Bailey Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Henry "Hank" Levy (bsx), Conte Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Frank Rosolino, Bill Russo (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Chris Connor (v)

a.    Live Private Taping Jeepers Creepers - 1:20  (Johnny Mercer, Harry Warren) / arr: Bill Russo
     unissued
b.    Live Private Taping All About Ronnie  (Joe Greene) / arr: Bill Russo
     private issue (10") LP: — [Stan Kenton] souvenir album, title unknown, issued to members of Cornell University's Rhythm Club    (1953)
     Artistry Collectors' Label CD: 4009 — [Stan Kenton] The Concepts Era - Live!   (1999)
c.    Live Private Taping Taking A Chance On Love  (Vernon Duke, John Latouche, Ted Fetter) / arr: Johnny Richards
     unissued
d.    Live Private Taping I'll Remember April  (Don Raye, Gene DePaul, Patricia Johnston) / arr: Bill Russo
     unissued
e.    Live Private Taping I Get A Kick Out Of You  (Cole Porter) / arr: Bill Russo
     unissued
f.    Live Private Taping Lullaby In Rhythm  (Benny Goodman, Walter Hirsch, Clarence Profit, Edgar Sampson) / arr: Pete Rugolo
     unissued
g.    Live Private Taping Don't Worry 'Bout Me  (Ted Koehler, Rube Bloom) / arr: Pete Rugolo
     private issue (10") LP: — [Stan Kenton] souvenir album, title unknown, issued to members of Cornell University's Rhythm Club    (1953)

Source

These numbers comprise the full set that Chris Connor performed at a Cornell University concert appearance with The Stan Kenton orchestra. The concert was sponsored by the college's Junior Class Council Special Events Committee. As shown above, a souvenir LP was privately manufactured for the members of the university's Rhythm Club. Other listeners, not present at the date, were still able to enjoy the full broadcast thanks to Ithaca's public radio station WVBR.

While announcing the upcoming appearance, the school's paper identified the canary as "Chris Connors, blond vocalist who is the new soloist with the Kenton Band." One of the paper's ads actually referred to her as "Christine Connors." The paper further described her as "singing like both Ella Fitzgerald and June Christy."


Songs

1. "Jeepers Creepers"
An abbreviated, warm-up version of "Jeepers Creepers" opens the Chris Connor segment of the Kenton band's concert at Cornell.


Personnel

1. "I Get A Kick Out Of You"
"I Get A Kick Out Of You" performed by piano, guitar, bass, drums, muted trumpet, and voice only.


Arrangements And Arrangers

1. "I Get A Kick Out Of You"
2. Bill Russo
This concert's Bill Russo arrangement of "I Get A Kick Out Of You" is a precursor to his finished, more developed arrangement, used on the May 25, 1953 studio recording of this song.


Date: April 21, 1953
Location: Municipal Auditorium, Springfield, Massachusetts

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Henry "Hank" Levy (bar), Conte Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino, Bill Russo (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Chris Connor (v)

a.    Live Private Taping Everything Happens To Me  (Matt Dennis, Tom Adair) / arr: Bill Russo
     PMF {Peter's Music Factory} Public Domain CD: 90.108-2 (The Netherlands) — [Stan Kenton] A True Collectors Item ("Jazz Archives" Series)   (1990)
     Swing Mania Public Domain CD: 682466 (France) — [Stan Kenton] Masters Of Swing: Stan Kenton 1952-53   (1995)
     Vintage Radio Classics Collectors' Label CD: 54366 — [Stan Kenton] Concert In Miniature {Episodes 40 & 41}   (2007)
     Armed Forces Radio Service Transcription Disc: SK-25 — The Stan Kenton Show [1 Chris Connor vocal]   
     Powder Public Domain CD: 6783 (France) — [Stan Kenton] Stan Kenton ("Filigram Jazz" Series)   

Source

This "Everything Happens To Me" vocal was broadcast as part of show #38 of the radio series Concert In Miniature (NBC).


Issues & Dating

1. Jazz Archives: Stan Kenton [CD]
PMF CD 90.108.2 misindentifies the origin of its performances. For specifics, see Issues note under sessions dated March 27 - April 9, 1953.


Performances:

1. "Everything Happens To Me"
2. Helen Carr
In addition to Chris Connor, Helen Carr was another vocalist who performed "Everything Happens To Me" with Stan Kenton. She did so during the previous year, on June 22, 1952 at Town Casino, Cleveland, Ohio. (My thanks to Ed Chaplin for pointing out this detail, which I am include herein because I consider it of potential interest to fellow fans of vocals and vocalists.)


Date: April 23 - May 6, 1953
Location: Birdland Club, New York

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Henry "Hank" Levy (bar), Conte Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino, Bill Russo (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Chris Connor (v)

a.    Live Private Taping I'll Remember April - 3:08  (Don Raye, Gene DePaul, Patricia Johnston) / arr: Bill Russo
     Natasha Imports Collectors' Label CD: NI-4006 — [Stan Kenton] Concert In Miniature Encores: 23 Degrees North, 82 Degrees West    (1992)
     Viper's Nest Collectors' Label CD: VN-1007 — [Stan Kenton] Concert In Miniature Encores: 23 Degrees North, 82 Degrees West    (1996)
b.    Live Private Taping Jeepers Creepers  (Johnny Mercer, Harry Warren) / arr: Bill Russo
     unissued
c.    Live Private Taping All About Ronnie - 2:41  (Joe Greene) / arr: Bill Russo
     Natasha Imports Collectors' Label CD: NI-4017 — [Stan Kenton] Unissued Concert In Miniature Encores, 1952-1953   (1993)
     Vintage Radio Classics Collectors' Label CD: 54466 — [Stan Kenton] Concert Encores {Episodes 11 & 12}   (2007)
d.    Live Private Taping All About Ronnie  (Joe Greene) / arr: Bill Russo
     unissued
e.    Live Private Taping Jeepers Creepers  (Johnny Mercer, Harry Warren) / arr: Bill Russo
     unissued
f.    Live Private Taping Jeepers Creepers - 2:14  (Johnny Mercer, Harry Warren) / arr: Bill Russo
     Jazz Band Collectors' Label CD: EBCD 2135-2 (England) — [Stan Kenton] The 1950's Birdland Broadcasts   (1998)
     Vintage Radio Classics Collectors' Label CD: 54467 — [Stan Kenton] Concert Encores {Episodes 13 & 14}   (2007)
     Vintage Radio Classics Collectors' Label CD: 54377 — [Stan Kenton] Concert In Miniature {Episodes 63 & 64}   (2007)
g.    Live Private Taping If I Should Lose You  (Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin) / arr: Bill Russo
     Vintage Radio Classics Collectors' Label CD: 10001-10007 — [Stan Kenton] NBC All Star Parade Of Bands, 1953-1956   (2009)
     Mr. Music Collectors' Label CD: Mmcd 9002 — [Stan Kenton] Live Birdland Encores   (2011)
     Armed Forces Radio Service Transcription Disc: AFRS ASPB 10 — All Star Parade Of Bands [1 Chris Connor vocal]   
h.    Live Private Taping Taking A Chance On Love - 2:24  (Vernon Duke, John Latouche, Ted Fetter) / arr: Johnny Richards
     Artie Shaw Club Collectors' Label LP: ASC 10 (England) — [Stan Kenton] At Birdland, Concert In Miniature   (1972)
     PMF {Peter's Music Factory} Public Domain CD: 90.108-2 (The Netherlands) — [Stan Kenton] A True Collectors Item ("Jazz Archives" Series)   (1990)
Swing Mania Public Domain CD: 682466 (France) — [Stan Kenton] Masters Of Swing: Stan Kenton 1952-53   (1995)
i.    Live Private Taping All About Ronnie  (Joe Greene) / arr: Bill Russo
     Armed Forces Radio Service Transcription Disc: AFRS ASPB 5 — All Star Parade Of Bands [1 Chris Connor vocal]   
j.    Live Private Taping I'll Remember April - 3:51  (Don Raye, Gene DePaul, Patricia Johnston) / arr: Bill Russo
     Natasha Imports Collectors' Label CD: NI-4017 — [Stan Kenton] Unissued Concert In Miniature Encores, 1952-1953   (1993)
     Vintage Radio Classics Collectors' Label CD: 54466 — [Stan Kenton] Concert Encores {Episodes 11 & 12}   (2007)
     Armed Forces Radio Service Transcription Disc: SK-27 — The Stan Kenton Show [1 Chris Connor vocal]   
k.    Live Private Taping Jeepers Creepers - 2:58  (Johnny Mercer, Harry Warren) / arr: Bill Russo
     Natasha Imports Collectors' Label CD: NI-4017 — [Stan Kenton] Unissued Concert In Miniature Encores, 1952-1953   (1993)
l.    Live Private Taping Taking A Chance On Love  (Vernon Duke, John Latouche, Ted Fetter) / arr: Bill Russo
     Vintage Radio Classics Collectors' Label CD: 10001-10007 — [Stan Kenton] NBC All Star Parade Of Bands, 1953-1956   (2009)
     Mr. Music Collectors' Label CD: Mmcd 9002 — [Stan Kenton] Live Birdland Encores   (2011)
     Armed Forces Radio Service Transcription Disc: AFRS ASPB 14 — All Star Parade Of Bands [1 Chris Connor vocal]   
m.    Live Private Taping Don't Worry 'Bout Me - 3:17  (Ted Koehler, Rube Bloom) / arr: Pete Rugolo
     PMF {Peter's Music Factory} Public Domain CD: 90.108-2 (The Netherlands) — [Stan Kenton] A True Collectors Item ("Jazz Archives" Series)   (1990)
     Natasha Imports Collectors' Label CD: NI-4017 — [Stan Kenton] Unissued Concert In Miniature Encores, 1952-1953   (1993)
     Swing Mania Public Domain CD: 682466 (France) — [Stan Kenton] Masters Of Swing: Stan Kenton 1952-53   (1995)
     Vintage Radio Classics Collectors' Label CD: 54467 — [Stan Kenton] Concert Encores {Episodes 13 & 14}   (2007)
     Powder Public Domain CD: 6783 (France) — [Stan Kenton] Stan Kenton ("Filigram Jazz" Series)   
n.    Live Private Taping Don't Worry 'Bout Me  (Ted Koehler, Rube Bloom) / arr: Pete Rugolo
     Joyce Record Club Collectors' Label cassette: C-39 — [Stan Kenton] Stan Kenton On Saturday Night Dance Party ("Imperfect" Series)   (1980)
o.    Live Private Taping Love Me Or Leave Me  (Walter Donaldson, Gus Kahn) / arr: Bill Russo
     Joyce Record Club Collectors' Label cassette: C-39 — [Stan Kenton] Stan Kenton On Saturday Night Dance Party ("Imperfect" Series)   (1980)
p.    Live Private Taping Love Me Or Leave Me - 2:21  (Walter Donaldson, Gus Kahn) / arr: Bill Russo
     Jazz Band Collectors' Label CD: EBCD 2135-2 (England) — [Stan Kenton] The 1950's Birdland Broadcasts   (1998)
q.    Live Private Taping If I Should Lose You - 2:53  (Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin) / arr: Bill Russo
     Jazz Band Collectors' Label CD: EBCD 2135-2 (England) — [Stan Kenton] The 1950's Birdland Broadcasts   (1998)
     Vintage Radio Classics Collectors' Label CD: 54367 — [Stan Kenton] Concert In Miniature {Episodes 42 & 43}   (2007)
     Armed Forces Radio Service Transcription Disc: SK-28 — The Stan Kenton Show [1 Chris Connor vocal]   
r.    Live Private Taping Jeepers Creepers  (Johnny Mercer, Harry Warren) / arr: Bill Russo
     Vintage Radio Classics Collectors' Label CD: 10001-10007 — [Stan Kenton] NBC All Star Parade Of Bands, 1953-1956   (2009)
     Armed Forces Radio Service Transcription Disc: AFRS ASPB 22 — All Star Parade Of Bands [1 Chris Connor vocal]   
s.    Live Private Taping All About Ronnie  (Joe Greene) / arr: Bill Russo
     Armed Forces Radio Service Transcription Disc: SK-29 — The Stan Kenton Show [1 Chris Connor vocal]   

Sources & Dating

The 19 above-listed titles were originally performed by Chris Connor and The Stan Kenton Orchestra during their two-week stay at New York's Birdland Club. The opening night was reviewed by Bob Rolontz in the May 2, 1953 issue of Billboard magazine. Here is an excerpt:

Stan Kenton and his full ork opened at Birdland on Thursday April 23, marking the first time the Kenton ork has played the famed jazz palace. If any of the many Kenton fans, or any tradesters missed the opening, it was not apparent, as the small room was jammed to capacity opening night, with every table taken, and fans three and four deep at the bar .... The Kenton crew introduced a new chirp, vivacious Chris Connor, who had previously sung with the Claude Thornhill ork and made some waxings on Decca. The thrush is an asset to any ork, and especially to an outfit like Kenton’s. She can sing, and what is more important, she knows how to put over a song from the bandstand. Her voice has a touch of June Christy and Doris Day, but enough individual style to stand out. She sang three efforts, including "Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me" and "Taking A Chance On Love," to solid hands. The Four Freshmen, Capitol recording artists, made their appearance here as the rest of the Birdland show ... The fact that Birdland has Stan Kenton in for two weeks, illustrates the amount of loot that is being offered by Birdland these days in the face of the new competition the Bandbox, which is less than ten feet away on Broadway. The Birdland show with Kenton and the Four Freshmen is estimated to run about $7,000 per week ...

These Birdland performances were broadcast on NBC radio stations, with a few exceptions (d, e, n, and o). Further specifics about the broadcasts and the performing dates are given below.

a. "I'll Remember April"
1) concert date from which it was taken: April 23.
2) radio show in which it was broadcast: Encores Time On Stars In Jazz (NBC).

b. "Jeepers Creepers"
1) concert date from which it was taken: April 24 or April 25.
2) radio show in which it was broadcast: All Star Parade Of Bands (NBC), airdate May 30, 1953.
3) All details about this particular performance were gathered from the liner notes of the Vintage Radio Classics CDs, and communicated to me by Jan Kagenaar.

c. "All About Ronnie"
1) concert date from which it was taken: April 24, or otherwise April 25. (In Natasha Imports CD NI-4017, this performance is dated April 23. However, Natasha's dating has been deemed wrong by Kenton researcher Edward Chaplin and by the other Kenton experts with whom he has consulted this matter.)
2) radio show in which it was broadcast: according to information provided by Jan Kagenaar, this version of "All About Ronnie" was broadcast on both All Star Parade Of Bands (NBC, airdate May 30, 1953; possibly show #5) and Concert Encores (NBC). (Actually, I have made a tentative assumption in this particular case. Jan Kagenaar sent me separate listings for these two shows. Since both shows give the date April 24 to their respective versions of "All About Ronnie," I have assumed that those are one and the same version -- rather than two different performances dating from April 24.)

d. "All About Ronnie"
1) radio show in which it was broadcast: The Birdland Show (CBS-WABC; excerpts), according to information provided by Jan Kagenaar.
2) concert date from which it was taken: April 25. (However, a technicality rises the possibility that the correct date is April 26 instead. At Birdland, Kenton performed two shows nightly, if not more. The last of the nightly shows would usually begin after the midnight hour -- thus, not on the same day as the first show. In the case of this particular "All About Ronnie" performance from CBS-WABC's The Birdland Show, our problem is that we do not know if the earlier show or the post-midnight show was the one that was broadcast. At the present time, the midnight show seems the likelier of the two possibilities, due to collateral evidence. The evidence comes, once again, from Ed Chaplin, who is familiar with other 1953 episodes of The Birdland Show. In those other Birdland Show broadcasts -- dating from October 1953 -- the announcer states that the broadcasts are taking place shortly after midnight. Chaplin further suspects that it might have been the norm for CBS-WABC to tape midnight shows, and for NBC to tape shows performed earlier.)

e. "Jeepers Creepers"
1) concert date from which it was taken: April 25, or perhaps April 26 (see dating explanation immediately above).
2) radio show in which it was broadcast: The Birdland Show (CBS-WABC; excerpts), according to information provided by Jan Kagenaar.

f. "Jeepers Creepers"
1) concert date from which it was taken: April 25.
2) radio show in which it was broadcast: Concert Encores On Stars In Jazz (NBC). Also re-broadcast on October 6, 1953, as part of the Concert In Miniature series.
3) errors: The two Vintage Radio Classics CDs which contain this performance wrongly give it the date of the repeat broadcast (October 6, 1953).

g. "If I Should Lose You"
1) concert date from which it was taken: April 28.
2) radio show in which it was broadcast: All Star Parade Of Bands (NBC; possibly show #10), airdate June 13, 1953.
3) All details about this particular performance were gathered from the notes of Vintage Radio Classics CDs, and kindly told to me by Jan Kagenaar.

h. "Taking A Chance On Love"
1) concert date from which it was taken: April 28.
2) radio show in which it was broadcast: Concert In Miniature (NBC), program #39.

i. "All About Ronnie"
1) concert date from which it was taken: April 29
2) radio show in which it was broadcast: All Star Parade Of Bands (NBC), airdate unclear.
3) All details about this particular performance based on Vintage Radio Classics CD series, and provided to me by Jan Kagenaar.

j. "I'll Remember April"
1) concert date from which it was taken: April 29.
2) radio show in which it was broadcast: Concert Encores (NBC).

k. "Jeepers Creepers"
1) concert date from which it was taken: April 30.
2) radio show in which it was broadcast: Encores Time On Stars In Jazz (NBC).

l. "Taking A Chance On Love"
1) concert date from which it was taken: May 1 or May 2.
2) radio show in which it was broadcast: All Star Parade Of Bands (NBC; possibly show #14), airdate June 20, 1953.
3) All details about this particular performance based on Vintage Radio Classics CD series, and kindly shared by Jan Kagenaar.

m. "Don't Worry 'Bout Me"
1) concert date from which it was taken: May 1. (In Natasha Imports CD NI-4017, this performance is dated April 30. However, Natasha's dating has been deemed wrong by Kenton researcher Edward Chaplin and by the other Kenton experts with whom he has consulted this matter. May 1 is, in their estimation, the correct date of this performance.)
2) radio show in which it was broadcast: Concert Encores On Stars In Jazz (NBC), according to information provided by Jan Kagennar.

n. "Don't Worry 'Bout Me"
1) radio show in which it was broadcast: The Birdland Show (CBS-WABC; excerpts), according to information provided by Jan Kagenaar.
2) concert date from which it was taken: May 2, or posibly May 3. (See dating explanation given above, under d.)

o. "Love Me Or Leave Me"
1) radio show in which it was broadcast: The Birdland Show (CBS-WABC; excerpts), according to information provided by Jan Kagenaar.
2) concert date from which it was taken: May 2, or posibly May 3. (See dating explanation given above, under d.)

p. "Love Me Or Leave Me"
1) concert date from which it was taken: May 2.
2) radio show in which it was broadcast: Concert Encores (NBC).

q. "If I Should Lose You"
1) concert date from which it was taken:concert date: May 5.
2) radio show in which it was broadcast: Concert In Miniature (NBC), episode #40, according to information provided by Jan Kagenaar.
3) error: Vintage Radio Classics CD 54367 includes this performance, yet gives it a wrong date (May 8, 1953).

r. "Jeepers Creepers"
1) concert date from which it was taken: May 6.
2) radio show in which it was broadcast: All Star Parade Of Bands (NBC; possibly show #22), airdate June 27, 1953.
3) All details about this particular performance were gathered from Vintage Radio Classics CDs, and kindly provided to me by Jan Kagenaar.

s. "All About Ronnie"
1) concert date from which it was taken: May 6.
2) radio show in which it was broadcast: Concert Encores In Stars Of Jazz (NBC).


Personnel

1. Pete Candoli
2. Ernie Royal
3. Conte Candoli
During the May dates, Pete Candoli became part of the Kenton ensemble, alternatively taking over band members Conte Candoli (on May 1, May 2, possibly May 3) and Ernie Royal (on May 5 and possibly May 3). Royal and Pete's brother Conte appear to be back in the fold for closing night (May 6). As for May 4, that date fell on a Monday, the band's day off.


Issues & Dating

1. 'Live' Birdland Encores [CD]
Mmcd 9002 includes the spoken comments from Kenton and others that preceded each tune. In the case of the tunes sung by Connor, the next two paragraphs supply transcriptions of his comments.

"A very charming young lady about to sing If I Should Lose You. The lovely Chris Connors, ladies and gentlemen."

"Here is a tune that is one one the favorites, I believe, of all the people who likes to sing, professionally or amateurs. It's something with a beat, and there's a few solos in the middle of the first chorus that she does, and at her entrance in the finish of the arrangement. Chris Connors, we have planned and we hope that we don't object on your signing Taking A Chance On Love.

2. Jazz Archives: Stan Kenton [CD]
PMF CD 90.108.2 misindentifies the origin of its performances, wrongly inferring that they are from Kenton's engagement at the Blue Note in late March 1953. They are instead from this Birdland engagement and from other concerts given elsewhere, al of them within the April- November 1953 period.


Blue Arrowheads (A Technical Note)

In a few of this page's sessions, a blue arrowhead is found next to an issue. Click on the arrowhead if you want to see a longer list of albums containing the corresponding Chris Connor performance.


Date: May 12, 1953
Location: Glen Echo Park Ballroom, Glen Echo, Maryland

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Henry "Hank" Levy (bar), Conte Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino, Bill Russo (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Joe Morello (d), Chris Connor (v)

a.    Live Private Taping Everything Happens To Me  (Matt Dennis, Tom Adair) / arr: Bill Russo
     Vintage Radio Classics Collectors' Label CD: 54368 — [Stan Kenton] Concert In Miniature {Episodes 44 & 45}   (2007)

Source, Issues And Dating

This "Everything Happens To Me" vocal was broadcast as part of show #41 of the radio series Concert In Miniature (NBC).

The aforementioned Concert In Miniature show (#41) was transcribed by the AFRS' onto disc SK-30 of its "Stan Kenton" transcription series. However, SK-30 is not an exact replica of the NBC show. Among other differences, only the instrumentals are included. Connor's "Everything Happens To Me" vocal is left out.


Venue

Vintage Radio Classics CD #54368 wrongly locates this May 12, 1953 performance of "Everything Happens To Me" at Birdland, instead of Glen Echo Park.


Personnel

1. Stan Levey
2. Joe Morello
Drummer Joe Morello's contributions to the live sounds of The Stan Kenton Orchestra began on May 10 and finished just a few days later. He was temporarily substituting for an hospitalized Stan Levey. On May 15, concertgoers spotted Levey back with the band.

3. Don Carone
4. Vinnie Dean
Kenton's alto saxophonist Vinnie Dean was replaced by Don Carone in either May or June 1953. There are no witness testimonies nor any other hard evidence of his presence in the May dates. Various Kenton discographies do show Carone already substituting for Dean in May 1953, but those are the same discographies whose reliability in matters of personnel has proven shaky in many another instance.

The first studio session with Kenton in which Carone is listed dates from July 8, 1953. On the road, Kenton researcher Ed Chaplin believes that a June 9, 1953 date in Wisconsin is the earliest extant concert in which Carone's presence can be tentatively ascertained. In previous live dates from May and early June, Chaplin is a bit more inclined to identify Dean as the player, but does not discard Carone as an alternate possibility. I have followed Chaplin's lead.


Date: May 19, 1953
Location: The Palm Gardens, Columbus, Ohio

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Don Carone, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Henry "Hank" Levy (bar), Conte Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino, Bill Russo (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Chris Connor (v)

a.    Live Private Taping Don't Worry 'Bout Me  (Ted Koehler, Rube Bloom) / arr: Pete Rugolo
     Swing Mania Public Domain CD: 682466 (France) — [Stan Kenton] Masters Of Swing: Stan Kenton 1952-53   (1995)
     Vintage Radio Classics Collectors' Label CD: 54368 — [Stan Kenton] Concert In Miniature {Episodes 44 & 45}   (2007)
     Armed Forces Radio Service Transcription Disc: SK-34 — The Stan Kenton Show [1 Chris Connor vocal]   
     Powder Public Domain CD: 6783 (France) — [Stan Kenton] Stan Kenton ("Filigram Jazz" Series)   

Source

This performance of "Don't Worry 'Bout Me" was broadcast as part of show #42 of the radio series Concert In Miniature (NBC).


Date: June 2, 1953
Location: Star Ballroom, Dakota City, Iowa

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Don Carone, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Tony Ferina (bar), Conte Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino, Bill Russo (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Chris Connor (v)

a.    Live Private Taping I Get A Kick Out Of You  (Cole Porter) / arr: Bill Russo
     PMF {Peter's Music Factory} Public Domain CD: 90.108-2 (The Netherlands) — [Stan Kenton] A True Collectors Item ("Jazz Archives" Series)   (1990)
     Swing Mania Public Domain CD: 682466 (France) — [Stan Kenton] Masters Of Swing: Stan Kenton 1952-53   (1995)
     Vintage Radio Classics Collectors' Label CD: 54369 — [Stan Kenton] Concert In Miniature {Episodes 46 & 47}   (2007)
     Powder Public Domain CD: 6783 (France) — [Stan Kenton] Stan Kenton ("Filigram Jazz" Series)   

Arrangement

This performance of "I Get A Kick Out Of You" follows the same Latinized arrangement heard on the May 25, 1953 studio recording.


Source

Broadcast as part of show #43 of the radio series Concert In Miniature (NBC).


Date: June 9, 1953
Location: Riviera Ballroom, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Don Carone, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Zoot Sims (ts), Tony Ferina (bar), Conte Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino, Bill Russo (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Chris Connor (v)

a.    Live Private Taping All About Ronnie - 3:36  (Joe Greene) / arr: Bill Russo
     Dynaflow Collectors' Label CD: 2003-2 — [Stan Kenton] Stan's Singers [Volume 1]   (2003)
     Vintage Radio Classics Collectors' Label CD: 54370 — [Stan Kenton] Concert In Miniature {Episodes 48 & 49}   (2007)
     Armed Forces Radio Service Transcription Disc: SK-35 — The Stan Kenton Show [1 Chris Connor vocal]   
     Joyce Record Club Collectors' Label cassette: JRC-1533 — [Stan Kenton] Broadcasts June 19, 1953 And April 25, 1956    

Source

Broadcast as part of show #44 of the radio series Concert In Miniature (NBC).


Date: June 30, 1953
Location: Drill Hall Royal Canadian Air Force, RCAF Station, Centralia, Ontario, Canada

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Don Carone, Lee Konitz (as), Zoot Sims, Eddie Wasserman (ts), Tony Ferina (bar), Conte Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino, Bill Russo (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Chris Connor (v)

a.    Live Private Taping If I Should Lose You  (Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin) / arr: Bill Russo
     Vintage Radio Classics Collectors' Label CD: 54371 — [Stan Kenton] Concert In Miniature {Episodes 50 & 51}   (2007)

Source

Broadcast as part of show #47 of the radio series Concert In Miniature (NBC/CBC-CBL).


Personnel

Aside from the bandleader and the vocalist, the personnel that I have entered herein should be deemed tentative. The basis for this tentative listing is the previous session (June 9, 1953), whose personnel is more definitely known.


Bio-Discographical Note: Chris Connor's Performances With Stan Kenton's Orchestra

This is Chris Connor's final extant appearance as the regular vocalist of The Stan Kenton Orchestra. Kenton experts have stated that her very last (non-extant) performance took place on Sunday July 5, 1953, at the Crystal Ballroom in Vermilon, Ohio.

Connor's very first live performance in that capacity had taken place some time in mid-February 1953. She thus lasted about four and a half months with the band. The main reason that the vocalist gave for her departure was fatigue from the travails of road traveling.


Songs And Arrangements

1. Other Songs That Chris Connor Could Have Sung In Concerts With The Stan Kenton Orchestra
During the period in which Connor was his orchestra's canary, Kenton's book of scores included vocal arrangements for the following standards:

1. "I Can't Get Started" (sung by Connor's predecessor with the band, Kay Brown)
2. "Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen" (recorded by Kenton and Connor for Capitol, but the master was rejected and remains unissued)
3. "One For My Baby" (written by Russo for June Christy)
4. "What's New?"

During her months with the orchestra, Connor could have tackled some or even all of those numbers in live performance. But if she did, neither the concerts nor data about them has survived the test of time.





CHRIS CONNOR AS A SOLO ARTIST

Chris Connor's career as a solo artist went into full swing during the fall of 1953, when she was booked by her manager for what turned out to be a successful engagement at the Birdland Club in New York. Unfortunately, there are no extant live performances from that period, nor from the following year, when she appeared in various venues across the nation, including The Cloisters (Chicago) and the Sarno Club (Ohio). The earliest preserved solo material, shown below, dates from 1957. (Or perhaps the earliest material is from 1955 -- depending on whether the Birdland date described below ever surfaces).


Live At Birdland: Hear America Swingin' -- Stars In Jazz

Available at the Library of Congress (shelf RGA 0883 B4) is a cassette tape of an NBC radio program that was broadcast on September 24, 1954, beginning at 9:15 p.m. The program featured Chris Connor with Eddie Costa's Trio, live from Birdland. According to the library's files, the name of this radio show was Hear America Swingin': Stars In Jazz. I have no listened to this radio show, and I have no information about the songs which Connor and the trio performed.


Live At Carnegie Hall: Stan Kenton And Chris Connor

Pete Venudor's unpublished Stan Kenton discography lists two October 19, 1954 Carnegie Hall shows by The Stan Kenton Orchestra, with Chris Connor as guest vocalist and Herb Ellis sitting in for Ralph Blaze. The earlier show was scheduled to begin at 8:30 p.m., the later show at midnight. Song program unknown. My thanks to Jan Kagenaar for sharing these details with me.


Date: January 23, 1955
Location: Birdland Club, New York

Chris Connor (v)

a.    Live Private Taping I Hear Music - 2:00  (Burton Lane, Frank Loesser)
b.    Live Private Taping Gone With The Wind - 4:00  (Allie Wrubel, Herb Magidson)
c.    Live Private Taping Lullaby Of Birdland - 1:30  (George David Weiss, George Shearing)
All titles unissued.

Source

This is one of various concert appearances that jazz collector Boris Rose taped when they were broadcast over the New York radio airwaves. (For others, see March 10 and 17, 1962.) The current whereabouts of his tapes, if they still exist, is unknown to me. Unlike many other items from Rose's tape and acetate collection, the Chris Connor material was never commercially released.


Date: May 27, 1957
Chris Connor Among The Stars Of Jazz

Unknown (b, d), Stan Freeman (p), Chris Connor (v)

a.    Live Private Taping 'S Wonderful - 2:34  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
b.    Live Private Taping Love Walked In - 2:56  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
Both titles on:      Calliope Collectors' Label LP: 3002 — [Various Artists] Sessions, Live 1956   (1976)
     Calliope Collectors' Label LP: 3030 — [Various Artists] Sessions, Live 1957   (1976)
     Blue Moon Licensed CD: Bm2cd 99907 (Spain) — [Various Artists] The Ladies Sing The Gershwin Songbook   (1995)
     Blue Moon Licensed CD: BMCD 3074 (Spain) — 'S Wonderful   (1998)

Source

Taped by the record company Calliope from an episode of the TV show Stars of Jazz, hosted by Bobby Troup.

Personnel

The unidentified bassist on this televised performance may be Paul West and the unidentified drummer may be Ed Shaughnessy. Along with Stan Free, those musicians were Connor's backing group in the mid- to late-1950s. Free and Shaughnessy regularly played with Connor not only on live dates (see, for instance, the July 6, 1957 entry below) but also on studio recordings (browse the Atlantic page.)

It is also worth noting that the name which some of my sources credit as this TV date's pianist is Stan Freeman, not Stan Free. However, I have tentatively assumed that those sources misidentified Free as Freeman. (Both Free and the better-known Freeman were pianists active at the time.) I have no other record of a Freeman involvement in any of Connor's performances.

Of course, we cannot discard the possibility that a different ensemble accompanied Connor on this TV show. For instance, the backing musicians could have belonged to The Paul Togawa Quartet, the other guest in this episode of Stars of Jazz. The quartet consisted of Dick Johnson on piano, Ben Tucker on acoustic double bass (or, according to a different report, Marv Shorr), Paul Towaga on drums, and Gabe Baltazar on alto sax.

Unfortunately, I have never seen the Connor/Togawa Quartet episode of the Stars Of Jazz show, nor I am acquainted with anyone who has watched it, or who could categorically confirm who were the musicians backing the singer.


Dating

Each of the above-listed Calliope LPs gives a different date for the two Connor performances: November 5, 1956 (according to Calliope #3030) and May 27, 1957 (according to Calliope #3002). The correct broadcast date (and the one listed in David Meeker's Jazz on the Screen, to date the most comprehensive source of the titular topic) is the latter one, as further indicated by the points that I will be making below.

Monday, November 5, 1956 was indeed the day on which a new episode of Stars of Jazz would have been expected to air, but no episode did. On that evening, all the networks cancelled their regular programming. The night's time slots were dedicated instead to the re-election of president Eisenhower, and to the Suez Canal crisis. (My thanks to my friend, Ed Chaplin, for alerting me to the reasons for the cancellation.)

Whereas it is clear that the episode could not have been telecast on November 5, 1956, it would still be possible to argue that (or to wonder if) it was taped on that day, and then aired on May 27, 1957. Nevertheless, such an argument lacks a solid foundation. First of all, six months would be too long a wait for the airing of an episode -- or so I think. (n.b.: I do not know if Stars of Jazz was a pre-taped show. Strictly for the purposes of this discussion, I will assume that it was.)

There is another reason to assume that the performances seen in the 1957 telecast were taped that year. Both Gershwin standards, Connor's numbers (" 'S Wonderful" and "Love Walked In") also appear in her album Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac. The recording of the Almanac began in January 1957 and concluded in May, the same months of the telecast. Taking those dates into consideration, it would be reasonable to assume that Connor and her label might have wanted to use this Stars of Jazz TV appearance as promotion for the soon-to-be-released Almanac.

Notice, on the other hand, that a November 1956 taping would predate the Almanac's recording sessions by a couple of months. From a promotional standpoint, the more logical numbers to perform in late 1956 would have been those from A Jazz Date With Chris Connor, the album on which she was working during November and December of that year.

Based on the details mentioned above, the obvious (if still guarded) conclusion is that the date given on Calliope LP #3002 is erroneous. I call this conclusion a "guarded one" because, according to expert David Meeker (author of the aforementioned Jazz on the Screen), the televised series Stars of Jazz "is notoriously difficult to document accurately in view of the permanent loss of 85% of the series and the errors and omissions in listings, discographies and sleeve notes."


Date: July 6, 1957
Location: Newport Jazz Festival, Freebody Park, Rhode Island

Chris Connor (ldr), Paul West (b), Stan Free (p), Ed Shaughnessy (d), Chris Connor (v)

a.    Live Private Taping From This Moment On  (Cole Porter)
b.    Live Private Taping All About Ronnie  (Joe Greene)
c.    Live Private Taping Poor Little Rich Girl  (Noel Coward)
d.    Live Private Taping Ridin' High  (Cole Porter)
e.    Live Private Taping I Miss You So  (Sid Robin, Jimmy Henderson, Bertha Scott)
f.    Live Private Taping Fine And Dandy  (Paul James, Kay Swift)
All titles unissued.

Bio-Discographical Note: Newport's Fourth Annual All-Star Jazz Circus

Chris Connor performed this set of songs during the Newport Jazz Festival's Fourth Annual All-Star Jazz Circus, a star-studded extravaganza that also featured Louis Armstrong, Erroll Garner, Bobby Hackett, Mahalia Jackson, Stan Kenton, Jack Teagarden, and many other celebrated artists. In addition to Connor and Jackson, the participating female vocalists included Ella Fitzgerald (July 4), Carmen McRae (July 5), Billie Holiday (same day as Chris Connor), and Sarah Vaughan (July 7).

Verve Records Impresario Norman Granz obtained the rights to release the performances. (He was following in the footsteps of Columbia's George Avakian, who had had critical and commercial success with four albums of performances from the festival's Third Annual All-Star Jazz Circus. Duke Ellington's career-reviving sets were among those four.) Granz planned to issue a total of 11 LPs from the 1957 shows. I am not certain that he was able to fully carry out his plan; I am aware of only four such albums. Most notably: Count Basie At Newport (originally scheduled to be volume V of the series) and Ella Fitzgerald And Billie Holiday At Newport (volume II), whose CD incarnation went on to add the McRae set. (The Sarah Vaughan tracks made their belated debut in the Pablo CD Linger Awhile.)

In the case of other above-listed performers, including Chris Connor (and, originally, McRae), Granz could not put their performances on record due to one of three reasons: lack of permission from the labels to which the artists were signed, song sets which contained too many numbers recently recorded for other labels by the given artist, and/or compensation fees that the impresario found unreasonable.


Source

Live concert. Available on tape at the Library of Congress. Possibly broadcast over Voice of America radio by Willis Conover (the festival's master of ceremonies, and one of its producers).


Date: July 7, 1958
Location: Newport Jazz Festival, Freebody Park, Rhode Island

Chris Connor (ldr), Chuck Wayne (g), George Duvivier (b), Stan Free (p), Ed Shaughnessy (d), Chris Connor (v)

a.    Live Private Taping It Only Happens When I Dance With You  (Irving Berlin)
b.    Live Private Taping I Miss You So  (Sid Robin, Jimmy Henderson, Bertha Scott)
c.    Live Private Taping Poor Little Rich Girl  (Noel Coward)
d.    Live Private Taping Here Lies Love  (Leo Robin, Ralph Rainger)
e. incomplete   Live Private Taping Blow, Gabriel, Blow  (Cole Porter)
f.    Live Private Taping Blow, Gabriel, Blow  (Cole Porter)
All titles unissued.

Bio-Discographical Note: Newport's Fifth Annual All-Star Jazz Circus

This was Connor's second appearance at the festival whose first year had been 1954, and whose second year had proved particularly felicitous for Miles Davis (himself an avowed Chris Connor fan), thanks to a very well received solo during a jam performance of "Round Midnight." See also notes under preceding session.

In the May 1958 issue of the Atlantic Long Playing Newsletter (a company's promotional tool), we are told that "Chris came up to Newport a few days before the night she was scheduled to appear. She got the chance she missed in other years to do some sightseeing in the beautiful, historic old town. It was no wonder she was relaxed and appealingly fresh in her set on Sunday night, the last evening of the festival. She sang It Only Happens When I Dance With You and Poor Little Rich Girl from her Jazz Date LP (1286) and Blow, Gabriel, Blow, a great song that will be in her next LP, Chris Craft (1290)."


Source & Performances

Live concert. Extant at the Library of Congress' music archives, in the form of a "homemade" cassette. Possibly broadcast over the Voice of America radio network by Willis Conover (the Newport Jazz Festival's master of ceremonies, and one of its producers).


Songs

1. "Blow Gabriel, Blow"
According to the Library of Congres' bibliographic data, Connor's first version of "Blow Gabriel Blow" is incomplete. The the second version is presumed to be complete.


Date: August 3, 1958
Location: New York

The Horace Silver Quintet (acc), Junior Cook (ts), Blue Mitchell (t), Gene Taylor (b), Horace Silver (p), Louis Hayes (d), Chris Connor (v)

a.    Live Private Taping Moonlight In The Mind  (unknown)
unissued

Source

Performed on a CBS special entitled Eye On New York: Regarding Jazz, hosted by reporter Bill Leonard, and televised on a Sunday morning at 11:00 a.m. No extant video tape known.


Personnel

The personnel is very tentative. Taken from a 1959 Horace Silver Quintet album, it needs corroboration.


Date: September 4, 1958
Location: WNTA-TV Studio, Newark, NJ

Edmond Hall (cl), King Curtis [Curtis Ousley] (ts), Henry 'Red' Allen (t), J. C. Higginbotham (tb), Dickie Thompson (g), Vinnie Burke (b), Stan Free (p), Teddy Charles (vib), Sonny Greer (d), Chris Connor (v)

a.    Live Private Taping I Won't Cry Anymore - 3:31  (Al Frisch, Fred Wise)
b.    Live Private Taping Hallelujah, I Love Him So - 2:37  (Ray Charles)
c.    Live Private Taping Chinatown My Chinatown - 1:38  (William Jerome, Jean Schwartz)
All titles unissued.

Source

Simulcast on radio and television, as part of the Art Ford's Jazz Party series. No extant video tape known to me.


Date: Circa 1959
Location: New York

Chris Connor (v)

a.    Master (unidentified song)  (unknown)
     Armed Forces Radio Service LP: PGM 62 — The Steve Lawrence Show   (1965)
b.    Live Private Taping (unidentified song)  (unknown)
     unissued

Source, Dating And Issue

During his music career, Steve Lawrence hosted both a radio and a television program which bore the name The Steve Lawrence Show. The televised program dates from 1951 and is not known to have featured Chris Connor. The performance(s) in the above-listed LP was (were) taken from the radio show.

I have yet to come across a copy of this LP (although I have seen photos online). I am missing its track listing.

I am familiar, however, with two other LPs in the series, both of which were released in 1959. Hence my tentative assignment of that year to the Connor item. (For what is worth, the other LPs contain program's #66 and #81. In the former, Lawrence's wife Eydie Gorme guests. She plugs her recently released album, "Eydie in Dixieland." The guest of program #81 is Stan Kenton, who plugs in turn his album "The Stage Door Swings.")


Date: September 13, 1959
Location: Village Vanguard, New York
Label: ATLANTIC

Chris Connor (ldr), Kenny Burrell (g), Eddie de Haas (b), Bill Rubenstein (p), Lex Humpries (d), Chris Connor (v)

a. 3447   Live Private Taping Strike Up The Band - 2:09  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
     ATLANTIC LP: 8040/SD-8040 — Chris In Person   (1959)
     ATLANTIC CD: 601-602 — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song   (1989)
     Collectables Licensed CD: COL 6887 — Chris In Person / Chris Connor Sings George Gershwin   (2000)
     Collectables Licensed CD: COL 0403 — Chris Connor   (2006)
b. 3448   Live Private Taping Misty - 3:10  (Johnny Burke, Erroll Garner)
     ATLANTIC LP: 8040/SD-8040 — Chris In Person   (1959)
     New World Licensed LP: NW 295 — [Various Artists] When Malindy Sings: Jazz Vocalists, 1938-1961   (1977)
     Collectables Licensed CD: COL 6887 — Chris In Person / Chris Connor Sings George Gershwin   (2000)
     Collectables Licensed CD: COL 0403 — Chris Connor   (2006)
c. 3449   Live Private Taping Señor Blues - 3:19  (Horace Silver)
     ATLANTIC LP: 8040/SD-8040 — Chris In Person   (1959)
     Collectables Licensed CD: COL 6887 — Chris In Person / Chris Connor Sings George Gershwin   (2000)
     Collectables Licensed CD: COL 0403 — Chris Connor   (2006)
     Rhino Licensed CD: 8122799391 (England) — Introducing Chris Connor   (2008)
d. 3450   Live Private Taping Lover, Come Back To Me - 3:17  (Oscar Hammerstein II, Sigmund Romberg)
     ATLANTIC LP: 8040/SD-8040 — Chris In Person   (1959)
     ATLANTIC EP: 623 — Chris In Person   (1959)
     Collectables Licensed CD: COL 6887 — Chris In Person / Chris Connor Sings George Gershwin   (2000)
     Collectables Licensed CD: COL 0403 — Chris Connor   (2006)
e. 3451   Live Private Taping All About Ronnie - 2:58  (Joe Greene)
     ATLANTIC LP: 8040/SD-8040 — Chris In Person   (1959)
     ATLANTIC EP: 623 — Chris In Person   (1959)
     Rhino Licensed CD: R2 71282 — [Various Artists] Best Of The '50's ("Atlantic Jazz" Series)   (1993)
     Collectables Licensed CD: COL 6887 — Chris In Person / Chris Connor Sings George Gershwin   (2000)
     Collectables Licensed CD: COL 0403 — Chris Connor   (2006)
     Rhino Licensed CD: 8122799391 (England) — Introducing Chris Connor   (2008)
f. 3452   Live Private Taping Hallelujah, I Love Him So - 2:48  (Ray Charles)
     ATLANTIC LP: 8040/SD-8040 — Chris In Person   (1959)
     Collectables Licensed CD: COL 6887 — Chris In Person / Chris Connor Sings George Gershwin   (2000)
     Collectables Licensed CD: COL 0403 — Chris Connor   (2006)
g. 3453   Live Private Taping Poor Little Rich Girl - 2:46  (Noel Coward)
     ATLANTIC LP: 8040/SD-8040 — Chris In Person   (1959)
     Collectables Licensed CD: COL 6887 — Chris In Person / Chris Connor Sings George Gershwin   (2000)
     Collectables Licensed CD: COL 0403 — Chris Connor   (2006)
h. 3454   Live Private Taping 'Round Midnight - 3:49  (Bernie D. Hanighen, Thelonious Monk, Cootie Williams)
     ATLANTIC LP: 8040/SD-8040 — Chris In Person   (1959)
     Collectables Licensed CD: COL 6887 — Chris In Person / Chris Connor Sings George Gershwin   (2000)
     Collectables Licensed CD: COL 0403 — Chris Connor   (2006)
i. 3455   Live Private Taping Blow, Gabriel, Blow  (Cole Porter)
     unissued
j. 3456   Live Private Taping I Miss You So  (Sid Robin, Jimmy Henderson, Bertha Scott)
     unissued
k. 3457   Live Private Taping Get Out Of Town  (Cole Porter)
     unissued
l. 3458   Live Private Taping Fine And Dandy - 2:18  (Paul James, Kay Swift)
     ATLANTIC LP: 8040/SD-8040 — Chris In Person   (1959)
     ATLANTIC EP: 623 — Chris In Person   (1959)
     Collectables Licensed CD: COL 6887 — Chris In Person / Chris Connor Sings George Gershwin   (2000)
     Collectables Licensed CD: COL 0403 — Chris Connor   (2006)
m. 3459   Live Private Taping Don't Worry 'Bout Me - 2:49  (Ted Koehler, Rube Bloom)
     ATLANTIC LP: 8040/SD-8040 — Chris In Person   (1959)
     ATLANTIC EP: 623 — Chris In Person   (1959)
     Collectables Licensed CD: COL 6887 — Chris In Person / Chris Connor Sings George Gershwin   (2000)
     Collectables Licensed CD: COL 0403 — Chris Connor   (2006)
n. 3460   Live Private Taping It Don't Mean A Thing - 3:23  (Duke Ellington, Irving Mills)
     ATLANTIC LP: 8040/SD-8040 — Chris In Person   (1959)
     Collectables Licensed CD: COL 6887 — Chris In Person / Chris Connor Sings George Gershwin   (2000)
     Collectables Licensed CD: COL 0403 — Chris Connor   (2006)
o. 3461   Live Private Taping Chinatown My Chinatown - 2:35  (William Jerome, Jean Schwartz)
     ATLANTIC LP: 8040/SD-8040 — Chris In Person   (1959)
     Collectables Licensed CD: COL 6887 — Chris In Person / Chris Connor Sings George Gershwin   (2000)
     Collectables Licensed CD: COL 0403 — Chris Connor   (2006)
p. 3462   Live Private Taping Angel Eyes - 3:38  (Matt Dennis, Earl K. Brent)
     ATLANTIC LP: 8040/SD-8040 — Chris In Person   (1959)
     Collectables Licensed CD: COL 6887 — Chris In Person / Chris Connor Sings George Gershwin   (2000)
     Collectables Licensed CD: COL 0403 — Chris Connor   (2006)

Cross-references

1. Chris Connor's Atlantic Sessions
This Atlantic session has been exceptionally included in this page because it is a live date. For all other Chris Connor sessions and issues on that label, go to the Atlantic Records page.


Songs

1. "How Little We Know"
There are two frequently recorded songs which bear the title "How Little We Know." Chris Connor happened to record both of them. The one performed at this date ("Who cares to define / What chemistry this is? / Who cares with your lips on mine / How ignorant bliss is / So long as you kiss me / And the world around us shatters? / How little it matters, how little we know" ... ) is best known in a version by Frank Sinatra.


Issues / Collectors' Corner

1. Chris In Person [EP]
The only copy of the EP Chris In Person that I have ever seen is a promo. More specifically, it identifies itself as being "a special promotional EP for D. J. use only" and as containing "excerpts from the new LP that launches Atlantic's April Shower of Music by Chris Connor." I am not certain that this promotional item came in a cardboard cover -- although its commercial version must have. It came instead just in its a paper sleeve. The sleeve was filled with the text that would normally be found in a back cover, such as tracks and brief liner notes. Also included in the sleeve: a relatively small reproduction of the same photo that graces the cover of the 12" LP version.


Dating & Masters

1. Chris Connor Sings The Gershwin Almanac Of Song [CD]
2. "Strike Up The Band"
3. "They All Laughed"
Atlantic CD #601-2 incorrectly gives the date January 23, 1961 to this live performance of "Strike Up The Band." Also incorrectly, Atlantic CD 601-2 gives the date September 13, 1959 to a studio performance of "They All Laughed" whose actual date is April 24, 1957.


Blue Arrowheads (A Technical Note)

Through this page, you may spot blue arrowheads placed next to some album titles. Click on such arrowheads if you want to see a longer list of albums containing the corresponding Chris Connor performance.


Date: Circa 1959 (Second Half of 1959)
Label: USA Government's Air Force Recruitment Service

Chris Connor And Her Trio (acc), Mundell Lowe (g), Chris Connor (v)

a. Program 55   Live Private Taping Strike Up The Band - 1:28  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
     SSJ Collectors' Label CD: XQAM 1058 (Japan) — I Hear The Music Now   (2012)
b. Program 55; Incompl   Live Private Taping All About Ronnie - 1:15  (Joe Greene)
c. Program 56   Live Private Taping Misty - 1:58  (Johnny Burke, Erroll Garner)
     SSJ Collectors' Label CD: XQAM 1058 (Japan) — I Hear The Music Now   (2012)
d. Program 56; Incompl   Live Private Taping Fine And Dandy - 0:32  (Paul James, Kay Swift)
e. Program 57   Live Private Taping Señor Blues - 2:12  (Horace Silver)
     SSJ Collectors' Label CD: XQAM 1058 (Japan) — I Hear The Music Now   (2012)
f. Program 57; Incompl   Live Private Taping Angel Eyes - 0:24  (Matt Dennis, Earl K. Brent)
g. Program 58   Live Private Taping I Hear The Music Now - 1:00  (Sammy Fain, Jerry Seelen, Ambroise Charles Thomas)
     SSJ Collectors' Label CD: XQAM 1058 (Japan) — I Hear The Music Now   (2012)
h. Program 58; Incompl   Live Private Taping I Miss You So - 1:37  (Sid Robin, Jimmy Henderson, Bertha Scott)
i. Program 59   Live Private Taping It Don't Mean A Thing - 1:51  (Duke Ellington, Irving Mills)
     SSJ Collectors' Label CD: XQAM 1058 (Japan) — I Hear The Music Now   (2012)
j. Program 59; Incompl   Live Private Taping 'Round Midnight - 0:58  (Bernie D. Hanighen, Thelonious Monk, Cootie Williams)
k. Program 60   Live Private Taping Blow, Gabriel, Blow - 1:37  (Cole Porter)
     SSJ Collectors' Label CD: XQAM 1058 (Japan) — I Hear The Music Now   (2012)
l. Program 60; Incompl   Live Private Taping Lover Man - 1:00  (Roger "Ram" Ramirez, Jimmy Davis, Jimmy Sherman)
All titles on:      USA Government's Air Force Recruitment Service LP: Volume 10 — Sound Flights Into Jazz    

Acknowledgment

My thanks to Chris Connor music fan Jason Perry for his extensive help while I was in the process of researching the album "Sound Flights Into Jazz" Show.


Source

Listed above are the contents of six shows made by Connor for the Air Force Reserve Recruiting Service, all of them originally broadcast over participating AFRS stations. Jim Lowe is the host of all six shows. The in-house orchestra is billed as Elliot Lawrence And The All-Stars. Each show is only five minutes long. Timing allows for two songs (one in full, the other performed in part) and brief patter.


The Radio Show: Song Sequence And Patter

The following are the episodes of Sound Flights Into Jazz which featured Chris Connor, and the vocals that she sang in each one:

Program #55: 1. Strike Up The Band [complete] / 2. All About Ronnie [incomplete]
Program #56: 1. Misty [complete] / 2. Fine And Dandy [incomplete]
Program #57: 1. Señor Blues [complete] / 2. Angel Eyes [incomplete]
Program #58: 1. I Hear The Music Now [complete] / 2. I Miss You So [incomplete]
Program #59: 1. It Don't Mean A Thing [complete] / 2. 'Round Midnight [incomplete]
Program #60: 1. Blow, Gabriel, Blow [complete] / 2. Lover Man [incomplete]

Normally, the incomplete performances last for one full chorus, before Lowe interjects his closing comments. While Lowe closes the show, Connor is still heard in the background, sometimes still singing the words, other times scatting the melody. There is some variance to those norms, however. In the case of "I Miss You So," two full choruses are heard before Lowe jumps in. In the case of "Angel Eyes," Connor's vocal consists of scatting only -- no lyrics.

As for the patter that vocalist and host exchange in these programs, it mixes some friendly banter (e. g., Connor and Lowe joke about the accent they both share, as "fellow Missourians") with recruiting propaganda ("it's smart for a girl to serve in the Air Force Reserve," a rhyming Connor enthusiastically proclaims).


Personnel

All six shows start with the host identification of the personnel: "It's Jim Lowe and here we go on an Air Force Reserve Sound Flight with Chris Connor, Her Trio, plus Mundell Lowe on guitar, and Elliot Lawrence And The All-Stars. It's jazz at its best on Sound Flights."

Since the Trio's members are not identified by name, their individual identity can only be speculated. Ronnie Ball (piano), Dave Bailey (drums), and Ben Tucker (bass) are strong candidates because they can be found performing with Connor at a date that is relatively close in time (see July 16, 1961 session below). That same combo was playing for her when she traveled to Japan in a package tour with The Horace Silver Quintet (1962). In the tour program, the singer and the three musicians are billed as Chris Connor And Her Trio, which is also the billing used in the Sound Flight programs.

For the names of other musicians with which Connor performed live around this time, see, in particular, 1958 sessions above (July 6, July 7, September 13).


Dating

Although specifics such as the recording date(s) of these Sound Flight numbers remain(s) unavailable to me, a variety of clues have led me to confidently pick 1959 as the correct year in which they were taped. For one, most of these songs can also heard in Connor's September 1959 album Chris In Person. During program #57, Connor introduces "Señor Blues" (which she also recorded for Atlantic, on September 6, 1959) as a tune that "we have been rehearsing." (That introduction was most likely pre-written patter, but there is no reason to deem it inaccurate.) Then there is the photo used for the album's cover: an Atlantic-period publicity shot of Connor.


Crossreferences: Chris Connor Sessions For The US Government

For more of Connor's work on behalf of the United States Government, see ensuing 1959-1962 sessions in this page. See also session dated 1971 in the Post-Atlantic page.


Issues

1. Sound Flights Into Jazz, Volume 10
This LP was probably made for the use of AFRS radio stations, not for commercial retail. The album's back cover contains the following legend: "Prepared by Office of Information, Continental Air Command, Mitchell Air Force Base, New York."

2. I Hear Music
As show in the song entries above, this Japanese CD digitized the contents of the aforementioned LP, skipping in the process the song performances that are incomplete.


Date: Circa 1960 (Between Late 1959 and August 1960)
Label: USA Government's Air Force Recruitment Service

Chris Connor (v)

a.    Live Private Taping I Hear Music  (Burton Lane, Frank Loesser)
b.    Live Private Taping Just In Time  (Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Jule Styne)
c.    Live Private Taping Witchcraft  (Cy Coleman, Carolyn Leigh)
All titles on:      USA Government's Air Force Recruitment Service LP: PGM 262 — Manhattan Melodies   (1960)

Issue

This album was made by the U.S. Air Force for airplay at participating radio stations. Only one side of the LP features Chris Connor; the other side features Richard Hyman. Each side is 15 minutes long, and the host is Don Sturgess. According to a seller at an online auction, the Chris Connor side "starts with a guy hailing a cab," and telling to the driver, "hey Taxi ... take me to Atlantic Recording Studios on 57th Street". Connor is later heard talking about "her latest LP, bands she sang with, touring, etc."

I have not been able to locate a copy of this album, but I have seen a photo of the vinyl itself. (No album cover is shown in that photo. Judging from other Armed Radio Forces albums that I have inspected, the Forces might have never made a cover. With exceptions such as the Sound Flight series discussed in the previous session, AFRS vinyl was generally stored in blank sleeves -- just like most 78 discs had been, during their heyday in the 1930s and 1940s.)

The LP describes its contents as "a public service show." Also included on the label of the vinyl: the words "featuring Chris Connor," right under the show's title (Manhattan Melodies) and the identification of the contents as Program No. 262. Track titles are not listed.


Performances

As previously mentioned, I have not listened to this item. Notice that its three above-listed performances were also recorded by Connor for her Atlantic LP Witchcraft. (Two of the songs were issued as a 45 single, too.) It is possible that the versions heard in this USAIR LP are the exact same Atlantic recordings. The Force's engineers would have simply re-pressed the studio tracks from the original Atlantic LP. Then again, it is equally possible that Connor taped brand new versions for the Air Force. (She did so in the case of a previously listed Air Force album -- the one programmmed for inclusion in Sound Flights Into Jazz shows.)

My personal inclination is toward the belief that these performances are merely re-pressings of the Atlantic studio versions. Leading me in that direction is the aforementioned patter, in which a man (presumably host Sturges) asks to be taken to Atlantic Recording Studios. For the time being, however, I have treated the performances as if they were diffferent from the Atlantic versions. I hope that fellow fans will clarify this matter for our communal benefit, if they are better informed.


Dating

The handwritten date "1960 August 13" appears in the vinyl copy of the Manhattan Melodies LP copy which I have seen. This date is likely to have been the one in which the show was slated to be broadcast on AFRS stations. Alternatively, it could simply be the day in which the vinyl was received by one of those stations.

In the absence of any further details, I have assigned the conservative dating "circa 1960" to this hypothetical session. (The original Atlantic masters of these songs were recorded in September 1959.)


Help Requested

Online, I have found references to an additional AFRS Chris Connor LPs, said to contain program No. 321 of the Air Force Recruiting Service. Any further information about PGM 321 would be appreciated.


Date: Between 1959 and 1962
Label: USA Government's Office Of Civil Defense

Other Individuals Unknown (acc), Chris Connor (v)

a.    Live Private Taping I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues  (Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler)
b.    Live Private Taping God Bless The Child  (Arthur Herzog, Jr., Billie Holiday)
     SSJ Collectors' Label CD: XQAM 1058 (Japan) — I Hear The Music Now   (2012)
Both titles on:      Armed Forces Radio Service LP: PGM 4 — Sounds Of Freedom   

Acknowledgments

My thanks to Scott Weiner for sending me information about the Sounds Of Freedom LP. I have not listened to this album.


Issue And Performances

Sounds of Freedom was one of various syndicated recruiting shows put together by the Air Forces. At least 13 such shows were created. They are extant in the form of transcription discs that were sent to participating radio stations. All shows were hosted by Mike Wallace, and centered around a specific topic. The topic of Program #4 was "The Sounds And Songs Of American Colleges." In addition to the two performances by Chris Connor, the program also includes a number by Lambert, Hendricks and Ross ("Gimme Me That Wine") and another by regular cast member Oscar Brand ("Air Reserve Blues").


Dating

As discussed in the next paragraphs, the dating for this session is speculative, relying as it does in the fact that the artists recorded commercial versions of the same songs in the late 1950s.

The album contains a Lambert, Hendricks And Ross version of "Gimme That Wine." Since the group recorded their studio version of that song in 1959, I am inclined to believe that the AFRS version (which might or might not be the same studio master) is from that year or later.

Chris Connor recorded a studio version of "I Gotta Right Sing The Blues" on November 16, 1960 and a studio version of "God Bless The Child" on April 9, 1962. The last of these dates could lead to the assumption that the Sounds Of Freedom LP is from 1962 or later. However, it is just as possible that she was singing "God Bless The Child" long before she recorded her studio version. The number is, after all, a very well-known, oft-sung standard.

Issues

1. I Hear The Music Now [CD]
This SSJ CD is entirely dedicated to Connor's performances on various Armed Forces radio shows. I do not know why the CD's producers decided to skip this session's "I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues," incorporating "God Bless The Child" only. (In the case of other radio sessions, the CD includes all the numbers from each one, the only exception being one radio show in which some of the numbers were not heard in their entirety during the radio show. Those incomplete numbers have been excluded. Could it be that "I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues" is also a truncated radio performance? This is a question that I cannot answer yet, because I have not been able to listen to the original "Sounds Of Freedom" radio show, nor to the AFRS LP that contains it.)


Chris Connor Refuses To Do The Big Beat / Chris Connor At Basin Street East

In a brief write-up entitled Chris Connor Sings For Real (newspaper or magazine origin unknown, date also unknown but presumed to fall somewhere between April 4 and 9, 1960), Bert Burns tells his readers that Connor "could not perform on Ch. 5's BIG BEAT yesterday because she could not bring herself to lipsync, she told them that each rendition of a song is a work of art to her, and each time it comes out differently. It is physically impossible for me to lipsync to a recording. I cannot duplicate the recording. So Chris is now headlining at Basin Street East with Mort Sahl, will make her major TV debut Sunday on the Ed Sullivan Show (CH 2, 8pm). Her song, you may be sure, will be for REAL."

The Basin Street East engagement to which Burns refers lasted until April 13. It was belatedly reviewed by Howard Cook in the April 18, 1960 issue of Billboard magazine. There is no indication that it was taped or that it has been preserved. Still (and as a side note of obvious interest to fellow fans), I am copying here the relevant parts of Cook's review:

"Miss Connor in her present stint is showing more fire and drive that she has offered in previous engagements, Backed by a big, swingin' band with a flock of top sidemen, she sounds better than ever before. With her present selection of tunes, she's showing concentration on rhythm as melodic variation. Opening with a racy reading of I Hear The Music Now, she moves onto I Miss You So, Señor Blues, Get Out Of Town and You Don't Know What Love Is. For an effective change of pace, she does her classic All About Ronnie backed by trio. In any mood, she's most acceptable, and her fans are going to be gassed to see her in action."


Date: April 10, 1960
Location: New York

Chris Connor (v)

a.    Live Private Taping I Get A Kick Out Of You - 2:00  (Cole Porter)
     Sundays & Sofa/TVT Public Domain CD: TVT-9450- 4/2 — [Various Artists] The Sullivan Years: Great Ladies of Jazz   (1995)

Source And Dating

Taken from the master tapes of the Ed Sullivan Show, this audio originated in a televised performance that was broadcast and taped on the above-given date. (In the Central and Eastern time zones, Sullivan's show aired live. Other zones watched a taping of the live show.)

Video of this performance can be seen in a non-commercial videotape, consisting of jazz-oriented performances from the Ed Sullivan Show. If the information that I have received about it is correct (confirmation would be appreciated), the Paley Center for Media might have a copy.

This particular episode of The Ed Sullivan Show was billed as his Fourth Salute to ASCAP. Most of the other guests were also female singers. They came from a variety of fields, including opera and vaudeville: Blossom Seely, Roberta Peters, The McGuire Sisters, Jill Corey, and Rose Hardaway. Presumably, Connor was representing the world of jazz. Alfred Drake and a dancer, Carol Haney, also guested.

The caption under a press photo for this appearance states that "[s]ong star Chris Connor will be featured on April 10th on the Ed Sullivan Show (CBS-TV) singing a medley of famous Cole Porter hits." In a Press releases 1959-1960. Ted Green, of Radio TV Daily, promoted the appearance as follows: "song star Chris Connor will spark Ed Sullivan's April 10th 'Salute to ASCAP' TV show, singing her special Cole Porter medley: a terrific click in her recent night club engagements."


Songs And Cross-references

1. "I Get A Kick Out Of You"
While reminiscing about this TV appearance, Chris Connor's companion and manager Lori Muscarelle revealed that Connor's performance of "I Get A Kick Out Of You" was heard mostly over the closing credits, because the show had run out of time.

1. "Come Rain Or Come Shine"
On July 17, 1960, Chris Connor was seen in The Ed Sullivan Show again. I suspect that her second "visit" to the show was not a live appearance, but a taping of another number which Connor might have performed on this date (April 10), and which would have been left unshown due to time constraints.


UK's Granada TV Features Chris Connor

According to the Overseas News Front column of the April 18, 1960 issue of Billboard magazine, Chris Connor would be "making her British debut April 21 when she stars in Granada-TV's Variety Show. Her Witchcraft album is released this month on London-American." Meanwhile, in the N.Y. Daily News, columnist Danton Walker also announced that Chris Connor would be flying to London on April 19 "for 24 hours to headline the monthly Granada T.V. spectacular, which spotlites a top-notch American star on each show." I do not know which songs Connor picked for this show. Given the mention of the album Witchcraft and Connor's presumable promotion of it, the likeliest suspects are the two numbers which she most often performed from that LP: "I Hear The Music Now" and "You Don't Know What Love Is." Of course, she could have also made her selections according to a different criteria; "All About Ronnie" was probably an expectation wherever she performed.


Date: July 17, 1960
Location: New York

Chris Connor (v)

a.    Live Private Taping Come Rain Or Come Shine - 2:31  (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
     Sundays & Sofa/TVT Public Domain CD: TVT-9450- 4/2 — [Various Artists] The Sullivan Years: Great Ladies of Jazz   (1995)

Source And Dating

Taken from the master tapes of the Ed Sullivan Show, this audio originated in a televised performance that was broadcast on the above-given date. (Sullivan's show aired live -- at least in the Central and Eastern time zones. Other zones saw a taping of the live show. However, I suspect that this particular Connor performance was taped on April 10, 1960, and saved for later broadcasting.)

Chris Connor once reminisced about an even that is lilkely to have happened right before the start of this performance. She amusingly remembered that Ed Sullivan had told her: "now keep your eyes open when you sing this time, Chris."

Also scheduled to appear during this episode of the popular variety show were two young Italian singers (Teddy Randazzo and Val Valenti, working separately), two comedians (Dick Van Dyke and Alan King, also working separately), an accordion player (Dick Contino), a ventriloquist (Edgar Bergen), and a dancer (Peg Leg Bates). But the main guest star was Xavier Cugat and his Orchestra, featuring his wife, vocalist Abbe Lane.


Date: Possibly between 1959 and 1960
Label: USA Government's "Stars For Defense" Series

Ray Bloch And His Orchestra (acc), Barry Galbraith (g), Ben Tucker (b), Ronnie Ball (key), Dave Bailey (per), Chris Connor (v)

a.    Live Private Taping Lonesome Road  (Gene Austin, Nathaniel Shilkrat)
b.    Live Private Taping Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most  (Tommy Wolf, Fran Landesman)
c.    Live Private Taping Black Coffee  (Joseph F. "Sonny" Burke, Paul Francis Webster)
d.    Live Private Taping Witchcraft  (Cy Coleman, Carolyn Leigh)
e.    Live Private Taping Baltimore Oriole  (Hoagy Carmichael, Paul Francis Webster)
All titles on:      SSJ Collectors' Label CD: XQAM 1058 (Japan) — I Hear The Music Now   (2012)
     Armed Forces Radio Service LP: unknown — Stars For Defense   

Dating

My tentative dating for this session relies on the fact that the songs were also recorded by Connor for her albums Witchcraft (1959) and Double Exposure (1960).


Source

The above-listed numbers were originally heard in one or more shows from the AFRS radio series Stars On Parade. Having listened to snippets of these performances (found online), I can guarantee that these are mostly small combo performances, different from the ones originally heard in Chris Connor's Atlantic LPs Double Exposure and Witchcraft.


Personnel

The CD I Hear The Music Now is my only source for the above-given personnel. The Ray Bloch Orchestra is credited with the accompaniment for the last two performances only. The above-listed trio of musicians is credited for the other three performances, with Barry Galbraith added only in "Black Coffee." The CD is reported to include the musical performances only -- none of the talk from the original AFRS disc. Since I have not listened to either item, I do not know if the musicians were credited by name during the show. (Judging from other AFRS radio shows featuring Connor, chances are that the quartet was indeed credited by name.)


Issues

1. Album 545 in The "Star For Defense" Series
One album known to feature Chris Connor is Star For Defense #545. Unfortunately, I am missing a track listing for that album.

Could #545 be the unnumbered LP under discussion? It could be, although the scant details at hand do not support this possibility: Album #545 bears a March 29, 1967 playing date, which is too far away from the taping date of the performances listed herein. (AFRS albums tended to be from the same year in which its performances were taped -- the exceptions being those cases in which the included performances were not newly taped ones, but tracks taken from albums that the given artist had released on commercial record labels.)


Date: July 16, 1961
Location: Teatro Municipal, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Ben Tucker (b), Ronnie Ball (p), Dave Bailey (d), Chris Connor (v)

a.    Live Private Taping Day In - Day Out - 2:54  (Johnny Mercer, Rube Bloom)
b.    Live Private Taping Hallelujah, I Love Him So - 2:27  (Ray Charles)
c.    Live Private Taping Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most - 5:09  (Tommy Wolf, Fran Landesman)
d.    Live Private Taping I Get A Kick Out Of You - 3:43  (Cole Porter)
e.    Live Private Taping From This Moment On - 3:43  (Cole Porter)
f.    Live Private Taping Blow, Gabriel, Blow - 2:10  (Cole Porter)
All titles on:      Imagem Discos E Tapes LP: 5041/5041 (Brasil) — [Various Artists] Jazz No Municipal   (1972)
     Westwind Collectors' Label LP: 0025 (Germany) — [Various Artists] At The American Jazz Festival In Latin America   (1988)
     Westwind Collectors' Label CD: 2025 (Germany) — [Various Artists] At The American Jazz Festival In Latin America   (1995)
     Westwind Collectors' Label CD: 2062 [Germany] — [Various Artists] The Jazz Festivals In Latin America   (1995)
     Jazz Door Collectors' Label CD: 12151 (Italy) — [Various Artists] Hot Stuff From Brazil   (2007)

Source & Venue

Taped live in Brazil at a so-called American Jazz Festival. Sponsored by the State Department of the United States, the week-long festival featured not only Chris Connor And Her Trio but also a renowned assembly of instrumentalists, all of them on the same tour: Ahmad Abdul-Malik on oud, Al Cohn, Kenny Dorham, Roy Eldridge, Curtis Fuller, Coleman Hawkins, Jo Jones, Herbie Mann, Ray Mantilla, and "Zoot" Sims. Willis Conover served as tour announcer.


Songs, Issues And Timings

1. At The American Jazz Festival In Latin America [CD]
In both the booklet and the back cover of this album's CD edition, all the timings are incorrect. Even when factoring in the applause that follows each performance, these timings do not reflect the duration of each track. In some cases, more than half a minute has been wrongly added. Next to the Connor tracks listed above, I have entered not the timings printed in the CD but the ones determined by my CD player.

2. Medley: "I Get A Kick Out Of You"
3. Medley: "From This Moment On"
These two songs are performed as a medley. "From This Moment On" begins at 1:16 and lasts until 2:52, when Connor returns to "I Get A Kick Out Of You." The two songs have been separately entered herein. However, since they are intertwined, each one has been given the medley's overall timing (3:43).


Issues

Listed below are various issues that contain material from the Brazilian concert under discussion. (Some of these issues in question do not contain vocals sung by Chris Connor, but just the instrumentals from the concert. They are thus listed only for the purpose of presenting as complete a picture as available.)

1. Jazz Committee For Latin American Affairs [LP]
The earliest issue of material from the 1961 festival, Jazz Committee For Latin American Affairs (FM 303) contains a total of five instrumentals: "Red Door," "Loverman," "Ismaa," "It's All Right With Me," "Autumn Leaves," and "Wee Dot." No Chris Connor tracks are found in this LP. First issued in 1963, it was reissued various times on vinyl:

a) on Roulette Records, possibly released in 1968
b) as Fresh Sound FSR 704, issued in Spain, date unknown
c) under the title Fred Miles Presents and the catalogue number FM 403, country of origin and release date unknown

2. Jazz No Municipal [LP]
My thanks to Diego Viegas for alerting me to the existence of this 1972 Brasilian album, which I now believe to be the earliest release of the Chris Connor festival tracks under discussion. However, my belief should be deemed very tentative, because my knowledge of the Brazilian album market is limited. Since the festival had happened 11 years before the release of this LP, other albums with the same material could have been released in Brasil between 1961 and 1971. I would appreciate receiving confirmation (and/or details) about any such hypothetical album.

3. At the American Jazz Festival in Latin America [LP & CD]
This issue contains a total of nine tracks. In addition to the five Chris Connor vocals listed above, there are four instrumentals: "Love For Sale," "Lover Come Back To Me," "Rifftide" and "The Man I Love." The instrumentals feature Tommy Flanagan, Coleman Hawkins, and Roy Eldridge, along with some of the other musicians who were part of the tour. The LP version came out in 1988, the CD version in 1995.

4. The Jazz Festivals In Latin America [CD]
Released in 1995, this 3CD set -- with which I am acquainted only through online advertisement -- seems to contain most of the taped contents from the festival: 22 tracks, including those which feature Chris Connor. It is not complete, however: the instrumentals "Ismaa" and "Loverman" appear to have been excluded.

5. Hot Stuff From Brazil [CD]
My acquaintance with this entry (Jazz Door JD 12151) is based only on photos seen online. It seems to be a CD reissue of At the American Jazz Festival in Latin America (#4 above). If such is the case, it should include Connor's vocals. I would like to receive further information and/or corroboration about the details pertaining to this particular item, which was originally released in 2005.

6. [Kenny Dorham] Hot Stuff From Brazil [LP & CD]
This LP (West Wind 015) and its CD reissue (West Wind 2015) contain six of the festival's instrumentals: "Wee Dot," "Halley's Comet," "The Red Door," "A Night In Tunisia," "Autumn Leaves," and "It's All Right With Me." It is credited to Kenny Dorham not because he was the main artist, but because the trumpet player is the first of the musicians listed (per discographical conventions). The LP came out in the late 1980s, the CD in 1995. There are no Chris Connor tracks in either format.

7. [Coleman Hawkins] Body And Soul [LP & CD]
[LP: , released in 1988]
[CD: W, released in 2003]
This LP (West Wind 018) and its CD reissue (West Wind 2018) contain six of the festival's instrumentals: "Rifftide," "The Man I Love," "Body and Soul," "Love For Sale," "Caravan," and "Lover, Come Back To Me." Although the issue is credited to legendary saxophone player Coleman Hawkins, these are actually ensemble performances in which Hawkins is just one more member of the mix. My acquaintance with both the LP (released in 1988) and the CD (released in 2003) is, once again, limited to web data. Web listings for the CD show no Chris Connor tracks, but the listings for the LP vary. In some instances, Connor's festival rendition of "Hallelujah, I Love Him So" is among the tracks. At the present time, I am assuming that such online listings are mistaken -- i.e., no Connor tracks are included. I would appreciate receiving confirmation or rebuttal from owners of the LP.


Date: January 2, 1962
Location: Sankei Hall, Tokyo

Chris Connor (ldr), Ben Tucker (b), Ronnie Ball (p), Dave Bailey (d), Chris Connor (v)

a.    Live Private Taping I Feel A Song Coming On  (Dorothy Fields, Jimmy McHugh, George Oppenheimer)
b.    Live Private Taping Come Rain Or Come Shine  (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
c.    Live Private Taping Lover, Come Back To Me  (Oscar Hammerstein II, Sigmund Romberg)
d.    Live Private Taping Where Flamingos Fly  (John Benson Brooks, Harold Courlander, Elthea Peale)
e.    Live Private Taping Hallelujah, I Love Him So  (Ray Charles)
f.    Live Private Taping I Hear The Music Now  (Sammy Fain, Jerry Seelen, Ambroise Charles Thomas)
All titles unissued.

Performance And Source

This concert may have been broadcast once on Japanese radio. It has been preserved in the form of a homemade audio copy, kept by a collector.


Date: March 10, 1962
Location: Birdland Club, New York

Chris Connor (v)

a.    Live Private Taping The Gypsy In My Soul  (Moe Jaffe, Clay A. Boland)
b.    Live Private Taping Alone Together  (Harold Dietz, Arthur Schwartz)
c.    Live Private Taping Hallelujah, I Love Him So  (Ray Charles)
d.    Live Private Taping Day In - Day Out  (Johnny Mercer, Rube Bloom)
e.    Live Private Taping All About Ronnie  (Joe Greene)
All titles unissued.

Source

This is one of various concert appearances that jazz collector Boris Rose taped when they were broadcast over the New York radio airwaves. (For others such concert appearances, see above, under date January 23, 1955, and immediately below, under date March 17, 1962.) Unlike many other items from Rose's tape and acetate collection, his Connor tapes have not been commercially released. (The current whereabouts of those tapes is unknown to me.)


Date: March 17, 1962
Location: Birdland Club, New York

Chris Connor (v)

a.    Live Private Taping If This Isn't Love  (Erwin 'Yip' Harburg, Burton Lane)
unissued

Source

See note under previous date.


Songs

Aside from "If This Isn't Love," the titles of the songs in this tape from Boris Rose's collection remain a mystery. At a duration of 21:30, the tape could conceivably include up to five numbers.


Date: September 13, 1962

Chris Connor (v)

a.    Live Private Taping Goodbye  (Gordon Jenkins)
unissued

Source

This televised performance comes from the NBC summer show "The Lively Ones," hosted by Vic Damone. Damone's other guests for this episode were Terry Gibbs, Cal Tjader and His Latin Jazz Band, and Si Zentner. A videoreel copy is available at the Library of Congress.


A 1956 TV Performance Of "Goodbye"?

I once read comments by a music fan who claimed to have seen Chris Connor singing "Goodbye, though not in this show and not in 1962. He said that he had seen it in a 1956 episode of The Ed Sullivan Show. "It was late in the show when they finally got her on," the music fan added, "and it turned out to be a kinescope [...] of her. The picture was dark and murky -- no color TV yet -- and she was shot from the distance, no close ups." Could it be that this viewer misremembered the year and the show? Could he be confusing Connor's 1962 performance in Vic Damone's show, with her 1960 appearance(s) in The Ed Sullivan Show? ... or could he mixing up Damone's 1960s show with another TV show which he hosted in 1956 and 1957? Alternatively, could it be that Damone's 1962 eposide showed a much earlier kinescope (telescription) -- one dating from Connor's Bethlehem period? (Although this last alternative is interesting, there is no evidence at hand to support it. I have no knowledge of any kinescope or telescription featuring Connor. And of the few performances from Damone's 1960s show with which I'm familiar, none is a telescription.)

The matter remains unclear. Currently, the most reasonable assumption is that the aforementioned music fan remembered a few details correctly, a few other details incorrectly. The next couple of paragraphs provide more food for thought.


Song & Performance

Marcia Baggott, a fan of Chris Connor, has watched this performance. (I have not.) Baggott has enthusiastically described the visuals as follows: "the sound of a foghorn and a scene of a lighthouse -- very film noir -- and then there's Chris! She's a vision in white against a dark, rather sinister-looking stone wall (Land's End, we learn at the end of the show), very tall, elegant, statuesque, beautiful. She wears a mandarin collar and shiny (gold?) buttons down the front, big pockets. Great makeup -- very dark lipstick -- and her hair is very Doris Day, kind of a bubble cut, I think we used to call it or we should have if we didn't. She solemnly intones: I'll never forget you ... The cameraman pans around some dead branches as she begins her descent down a short flight of stone steps in spike heels. Her first step is a bit tentative, but after that she's home free. [...] It was obviously the same arrangement of Goodbye as in Sings Lullabys For Lovers, but sung more passionately, and, yet, at the same time, restrained. [...] Hand movements were minimal, but effective [...]"

Baggott's allusion to Chris Connor's "Doris Day hairdo" does suggests a mid-1950s dating, rather than 1962, when Connor was styling her hair differently. And, as Baggott reminds us, Connor had recorded "Goodbye" back in the mid-1950s, too.

According to Chris Connor's companion Lori Muscarelle, this was Connor's favorite TV appearance of hers.


Date: 1963
Location: Village Gate, New York
Label: FM

Chris Connor (ldr), Mundell Lowe (g), Richard Davis (b), Ronnie Ball (p), Ed Shaughnessy (d), Chris Connor (v)

a.    Live Private Taping I Concentrate On You - 2:48  (Cole Porter)
     FM 45: FM 3002 — {A Lot Of Livin' To Do / I Concentrate On You}   (1963)
     ROULETTE LP: (Japan) YS 8534 RO — Singin' In N.Y.   (1978)
     Elenco LP: unknown (Brazil) — [Various Artists] Kaleidoscópio Elenco   
b.    Live Private Taping A Lot Of Livin' To Do - 2:03  (Lee Adams, Charles Strouse)
     FM 45: FM 3002 — {A Lot Of Livin' To Do / I Concentrate On You}   (1963)
     ROULETTE LP: (Japan) YS 8534 RO — Singin' In N.Y.   (1978)
c.    Live Private Taping All Or Nothing At All - 2:56  (Arthur Altman, Jack Lawrence)
     ROULETTE LP: (Japan) YS 8534 RO — Singin' In N.Y.   (1978)
d.    Live Private Taping Black Coffee - 3:58  (Joseph F. "Sonny" Burke, Paul Francis Webster)
     ROULETTE LP: (Japan) YS 8534 RO — Singin' In N.Y.   (1978)
e.    Live Private Taping Only The Lonely - 5:10  (Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen)
     ROULETTE LP: (Japan) YS 8534 RO — Singin' In N.Y.   (1978)
f.    Live Private Taping Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home (Free And Easy) - 3:50  (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
g.    Live Private Taping Something's Coming - 4:17  (Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim)
h.    Live Private Taping You Came A Long Way From St. Louis - 2:15  (John Benson Brooks, Bob Russell)
i.    Live Private Taping Old Devil Moon - 2:56  (Erwin 'Yip' Harburg, Burton Lane)
     ROULETTE LP: (Japan) YS 8534 RO — Singin' In N.Y.   (1978)
j.    Live Private Taping Goodbye - 3:07  (Gordon Jenkins)
     ROULETTE LP: (Japan) YS 8534 RO — Singin' In N.Y.   (1978)
k.    Live Private Taping Ten Cents A Dance - 4:22  (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
All titles on:      FM LP: FM 300/ SFM 300 — Chris Connor At The Village Gate, Early Show & Late Show   (1963)
     Elenco LP: MEV 01 (Brazil) — Chris Connor At The Village Gate   (1964)
     Blue Moon Licensed CD: BMCD 3074 (Spain) — 'S Wonderful   (1998)
     FM©EMI CD: 0946-3-71346-2-7 — Chris Connor At The Village Gate   (2006)
     Fresh Sound Collectors' Label LP: FSR-705 (Spain) — Chris Connor At The Village Gate, Early Show & Late Show   
     VICTOR LP: RF 7016 (Japan) — Chris Conner At The Village Gate   

Source

Chris Connor FM output consists of two albums and one single. For the other LP (FM 312), see the Post-Atlantic page, year 1963.


Collectors' Corner

1. Chris Connor At The Village Gate, Early & Late Show

Each of the four above-listed LP versions of At The Village Gate features artwork different from the other two.

The original FM cover has a gray-colored background. A drawing of the singer's face has been encased inside an orange-colored circle, measuring about 9 inches. Her eyes are closed, her open mouth. The back cover features a similar circle in a different color (yellow-green) and with a slightly different drawing of the singer's face (a more dramatic expression). This original cover was recalled at the singer's request, who objected to the balloon-like quality given to her face by illustrator Frank Guana.

On FM, I have seen only the above-listed cover. I presume that the album was issued with a second cover, which is likely to have been the same one used by Fresh Sound Records (and by all companies that have issued the album on CD).

The cover of the Fresh Sound album has a black background, and features a red-colored oval, measuring approximately 10" by 7". Inside this oval, there is a photo of Connor, from the upper torso up, and wearing a necklace. She has been photographed in the act of singing, with microphone in view. The album's back cover features a similar oval; against a red background, the oval is tinted black, and contains another photo of Connor singing, once again sporting a more dramatic expression than the one she shows in the front cover.

Common to both front covers is the title Early Show, and a listing of the songs on the LP's A side. Conversely, both back covers bear the title "Late Show," and list the songs on the LP's B side.

The third artwork variation of At The Village Gate can be found in Victor LP 7016. This Japanese release uses a drawing as its front cover: a woman is seen singing, microphone in hand, and pianist at a distance. Shown in profile, she is a redhead, barely if at all resembling Connor.

A fourth version of this LP was released by Elenco, a Brazilian record label. The cover is a plain black & white canvas, with some bits of green. The album's title is the same as in the other versions.


Date: ca. 1966
Label: USA Government's Treasury Department Service

Ray Bloch And His Orchestra, Unknown (acc), Chris Connor (v)

a.    Live Private Taping Goin' Out Of My Head  (Teddy Randazzo, Bobby Weinstein)
b.    Live Private Taping Carnival (Black Orpheus)  (George David Weiss, Luiz Bonfá, Luigi Creator, Hugo Peretti)
c.    Live Private Taping Nowhere Man  (John Lennon, Paul McCartney)
All titles on:      USA Government's Treasury Department Service LP: 1024 — Guest Star: Chris Connor   (1966)
     SSJ Collectors' Label CD: XQAM 1058 (Japan) — I Hear The Music Now   (2012)

Sources And Issues

1. Name Of The Original Radio Show
The above-listed numbers were originally heard in the AFRS radio show "Guest Star," which the CD I Hear The Music Now (mis)identifies as "Savings Bond." "Guest Star" was produced by the Treasury of Department's U.S. Savings Bonds Division.

2. Now! (ABC-Paramount LP)
Having listened to online snippets of these performances, I believe that they are different from the ones heard in Chris Connor's ABC-Paramount LP Now!. Connor phrases them similarly, but the musical backing is not the same.


Dating

My tentative dating for this session relies on (a) the November 7, 1966 playing date found on the label of the Guest Star LP and (b) the fact that all three numbers were recorded by Connor for her 1966 album Now!.


Personnel

1. Ray Bloch And His Orchestra
The CD I Hear The Music Now claims that Connor is accompanied by the Ray Bloch Orchestra in all three performances. The credit to Bloch should be deemed tentative, at least until I or fellow fans can listen to the CD and determine if the orchestra is truly backing Connor. (The snippets found online do not suggest the presence of an orchestra.)

2. Merv Griffin
The show's host was Merv Griffin.

3. Bob Carroll
Chris Connor is heard in only one side of the original LP. Bob Carroll is the other side's so-called guest star.


Chris Connor Dials M For Music

To the best recollection of a fellow fan, Chris Connor appeared twice in the CBS-TV show Dial M For Music, which was hosted by Norman O'Connor (aka The Jazz Priest) and broadcast from New York on either Sundays or saturdays. Online sites do list Connor among the guests of an undated episode, along with "Cannonball Adderley, Tony Paranti, the Deans of Dixieland, Abene Trio." The last act listed is most likely to be the Mike Abene Trio, and to have served as Connor's accompaniment.

One of her appearances is believed to have taken place in 1966, the other in 1967. The numbers that she performed probably were from her ABC-Paramount albums Now! and Chris Connor Sings The Bossa Nova. Further details unknown.


Chris Connor And The Tokyo Symphony Orchestra: An Unreleased Album?

Chris Connor once told a fan that she had recorded an album with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra. Most likely, Connor meant that she had recorded a studio date with the orchestra, and that the date was scheduled to be released as an album. It was apparently left unissued. Nothing else is know about this project -- not even its recording date.


Date: December 3, 1971 (Two Shows)
Location: Lenny's On The Turnpike, Peabody, Massachusetts

Harvie Swartz (b), Mike Abene (p), Mickey Jay (d), Chris Connor (v)

a.    Live Private Taping Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home (Free And Easy) - 4:15  (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
b.    Live Private Taping All Or Nothing At All - 3:17  (Arthur Altman, Jack Lawrence)
c.    Live Private Taping More Today Than Yesterday - 3:18  (Pat Upton)
d.    Live Private Taping Nowhere Man - 4:49  (John Lennon, Paul McCartney)
e.    Live Private Taping Things Are Swingin' - 2:12  (Peggy Lee, Jack Marshall)
f.    Live Private Taping All About Ronnie - 3:10  (Joe Greene)
g.    Live Private Taping Spinning Wheel - 3:48  (David Clayton Thomas)
h.    Live Private Taping Carnival (Black Orpheus) - 5:30  (George David Weiss, Luiz Bonfá, Luigi Creator, Hugo Peretti)
i.    Live Private Taping I've Got You Under My Skin - 2:33  (Cole Porter)
j.    Live Private Taping I Get A Kick Out Of You - 4:27  (Cole Porter)
k.    Live Private Taping I've Gotta Be Me - 4:32  (Walter Marks)
l.    Live Private Taping The Long And Winding Road - 4:25  (John Lennon, Paul McCartney)
m.    Live Private Taping I'm All Smiles - 3:00  (Michael Leonard, Herbert Martin)
n.    Live Private Taping More Today Than Yesterday - 3:29  (Pat Upton)
o.    Live Private Taping I Get A Kick Out Of You - 3:30  (Cole Porter)
p.    Live Private Taping From This Moment On - 3:30  (Cole Porter)
q.    Live Private Taping Buy And Sell - 6:18  (Laura Nyro)
All titles unissued.

Source

Taped on location, with the singer's approval. Extant tapes have been used for educational purposes at The New England Conservatory (Boston, Massachusetts). In seminars about Chris Connor's music, students have listened to the following selections from this evening: "All Or Nothing At All," "All About Ronnie," "Spinning Wheel," "I've Got You Under My Skin," "I Get A Kick Out Of You," "From This Moment On," "I've Gotta Be Me," "I'm All Smiles."


Concert & Patter

The extant tape contains two shows from the same night. The first shows runs from "Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home" to "I Get A Kick Out Of You," where it abruptly cuts. ("I Get A Kick Out Of You" was probably part of a two-song medley, the second song being "From This Moment On.")

An appreciative but apparently drunk member of the audience is clearly heard through much of this concert's taping. At one point, her loud comments hold the entire audience's attention, and causes a seemingly amused Chris Connor to say that she (Connor) is trying to control herself.


Songs

1. Medley: "I Get A Kick Out Of You"
2. Medley: "From This Moment On"
The second of the above-listed versions of "I Get A Kick Out Of You" was sung by Chris Connor as a medley with "From This Moment On." The two songs have been separately entered herein. However, since they are intertwined, each song has been given the medley's overall timing. (Also, and as already mentioned, the other above-mentioned version of "I Get A Kick Out of You" might have also been performed as part of a medley, but the tape cuts abruptly while Connor is still singing the first song.)


Date: December 4, 1971 (Two Shows)
Location: Lenny's On The Turnpike, Peabody, Massachusetts

Harvie Swartz (b), Mike Abene (p), Mickey Jay (d), Chris Connor (v)

a.    Live Private Taping Spinning Wheel - 3:58  (David Clayton Thomas)
b.    Live Private Taping Nowhere Man - 5:28  (John Lennon, Paul McCartney)
c.    Live Private Taping All Or Nothing At All - 3:25  (Arthur Altman, Jack Lawrence)
d.    Live Private Taping I've Got You Under My Skin - 3:02  (Cole Porter)
e.    Live Private Taping I Hear The Music Now - 1:32  (Sammy Fain, Jerry Seelen, Ambroise Charles Thomas)
f.    Live Private Taping As I Love My Own - 3:46  (Rod McKuen)
g.    Live Private Taping Alone Together - 3:28  (Harold Dietz, Arthur Schwartz)
h.    Live Private Taping Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home (Free And Easy) - 3:43  (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
i.    Live Private Taping All About Ronnie - 3:42  (Joe Greene)
j.    Live Private Taping Things Are Swingin' - 2:10  (Peggy Lee, Jack Marshall)
k.    Live Private Taping Hi De Ho (That Old Sweet Roll) - 3:11  (Carole King, Gerry Goffin)
l.    Live Private Taping Here's That Rainy Day - 4:59  (Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen)
m.    Live Private Taping Ridin' On The Moon - 3:36  (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
All titles unissued.

Source

Taped on location, with the singer's approval. Extant tapes have been used for educational purposes at The New England Conservatory (Boston, Massachusetts). In seminars about Chris Connor's music, students have listened to the following selections from this evening: "Spinning Wheel," "All Or Nothing At All", "I've Got You Under My Skin," "Alone Together," and "All About Ronnie."


Concert & Incomplete Songs

The extant tape contains two shows from the same night. Neither show was taped in its entirety.

Only four songs from the first show are preserved. Following her rendition of "All Or Nothing At All," Connor is heard saying that she will sing two numbers from her most recent album, on the Stanyan label. The tape cuts after she sings a few bars of "Hit 'em In The Head With Love" and returns from what seems to be the set's final song, "I've Got You Under My Skin." Once she finishes singing that number, Connor recites the musicians' names and closes with a "thank you."

In the second show, "I Hear The Music Now" cuts abruptly halfway through, and "As I Love My Own" misses its beginning.


Chris Connor Joins The Jazz Set

Chris Connor made at least one appearance in this New Jersey-based TV show. The evidence for her appearace is a thank-you note sent to her by Peter Anderson, co-producer of the program, which was broadast by the New Jersey Public Broadcasting Authority (Trenton, New Jersey). The song(s) that she performed remain unknown. In his blog, noted music journalist and producer Chris Albertson has the following to say about the program: "In 1972, I hosted and co-produced a weekly half-hour television show called The Jazz Set. It started as a local production of New Jersey Public Television, but was soon picked up by PBS and aired over close to 300 stations, coast to coast ... Unfortunately, I did not have the foresight to have copies of these shows made for myself, and I understand that the station wiped most of them to reuse the tapes. I did record a few off the air on my Sony U-matic machine, but this precedes cable, so the quality is rabbit ears poor ... The set was built to look like a club, complete with bar, bartender, and a vintage jukebox that we filled with great stuff — it was probably the hippest box in New Jersey. Each week, we invited people to become 'patrons,' but there were a couple of occasions when we had to scrounge around and recruit some of the station’s office staff. To some people, this all looked so real that we received letters and cards from around the country ask[ing] for the club’s address—viewers who were planning a visit to New York wanted to come to the club. After all, it featured some of the best players in any land! ... I should mention Peter Anderson, whose concept the series was. He was co-producer, director, and a great guy to work with— he even got the sound right ... Peter made sure that The Jazz Set had the priorities right. He treated each show like a recording session — guest artists were asked to run through a number, listen to a test audio recording, and approve of the balance."


Chris Connor Does Buddha (Live)

According to an article published in the March 10, 1974 issue of Newsday, "last spring [Chris Connor] cut a live album for Buddha Records (as yet unreleased) in Philadelphia's Just Jazz club." Nothing else is known about this date, which was never issued. The pianist and leader at the live date might have been Mike Abene, who was definitely playing for Connor in March 1974.


Date: June 12, 1976
Location: unknown, Philadelphia

Dave Shapiro (b), Dan Hurley (p), Sherman Ferguson (d), Chris Connor (v)

a.    Live Private Taping I Feel The Earth Move  (Carole King)
b.    Live Private Taping I Get A Kick Out Of You  (Cole Porter)
c.    Live Private Taping From This Moment On  (Cole Porter)
d.    Live Private Taping Here's That Rainy Day  (Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen)
e.    Live Private Taping Good Morning, Heartache  (Ervin Drake, Irene Higginbotham, Dan Fisher)
f.    Live Private Taping More Today Than Yesterday  (Pat Upton)
All titles unissued.

Source

Preserved on audiotape by a Connor fan, this set was performed during an episode of The Mark Of Jazz, a music show hosted by disc jockey Sid Mark. Since the tape doesn't include the beginning or the end of the show, further specifics are hard to ascertain.

The tape starts as the show's theme ("Chameleon") is ending; Mark then introduces his guest, Connor. The tape seems to contain Connor's full segment, including a short interview.

The Mark Of Jazz was the name of both a radio and a television show originating in Philadelphia and hosted by Sid Mark. It is difficult to determine whether the contents heard in this tape originate in one media or the other. Of course, it is possible that each episode of the show, including this one, was simulcast on radio and television. My general impression is that I am listening to audio from a televised show. The audience's rather proper and controlled applause certainly suggests a TV ambience. (By "TV ambience," I mean one aware that it is being videotaped, whether at a TV studio or a nightclub.)


Date

The date June 12, 1976 is provided by one of my two sources for this "Mark Of Jazz" episode. The other source is more speculative, offering just a "1971 or 1972" estimate.


Date: October 22, 1976 (First Set)
Location: Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, California

Bill Douglass (b), Bob Kaye (p), Eddie Marshall (d), Chris Connor (v)

a.    Live Private Taping I Hear The Music Now - 3:13  (Sammy Fain, Jerry Seelen, Ambroise Charles Thomas)
b.    Live Private Taping I'm All Smiles - 2:42  (Michael Leonard, Herbert Martin)
c.    Live Private Taping Good Morning, Heartache - 4:53  (Ervin Drake, Irene Higginbotham, Dan Fisher)
d.    Live Private Taping More Today Than Yesterday - 3:09  (Pat Upton)
e.    Live Private Taping I've Gotta Be Me - 3:26  (Walter Marks)
f.    Live Private Taping I'll Catch The Sun - 4:42  (Rod McKuen)
g.    Live Private Taping Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home (Free And Easy) - 3:47  (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
h.    Live Private Taping The Sweetest Sounds - 1:40  (Richard Rodgers)
i.    Live Private Taping The Wind - 4:24  (Russ Freeman, Jerry Gladstone)
j.    Live Private Taping Ridin' On The Moon - 3:14  (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
All titles unissued.

Source

Available at the commercial website Concert Vault.


Personnel

1. Bill Douglass
2. Eddie Marshall
During this 1976 set, Connor misidentifies the instruments played by these two musicians. She wrongly refers to Douglass as the date's drummer and to Marshall as its bassist. A blogger at Wolfgang's Vault comments that "Chris can be forgiven for getting the names a little mixed up, she had only met them that afternoon at rehearsal."

Incidentally, there were two well-known musicians named Bill Douglass. One was indeed a drummer, who passed away in 1994, but he is did not play in this date. The other is the bassist and bamboo flutist who played at this live date and who, according to his own webpage, "has been performing music in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1965."


Songs

1. Instrumentals
This set began with an instrumental version of "Stella By Starlight" (5:43) which did not feature Chris Connor.


Date: October 22, 1976 (Second Set)
Location: Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, California

Bill Douglass (b), Bob Kaye (p), Eddie Marshall (d), Chris Connor (v)

a.    Live Private Taping The Gypsy In My Soul - 2:37  (Moe Jaffe, Clay A. Boland)
b.    Live Private Taping All About Ronnie - 3:23  (Joe Greene)
c.    Live Private Taping Spinning Wheel - 3:03  (David Clayton Thomas)
d.    Live Private Taping I've Got You Under My Skin - 2:37  (Cole Porter)
e.    Live Private Taping Lush Life - 7:03  (Billy Strayhorn)
f.    Live Private Taping All Or Nothing At All - 3:23  (Arthur Altman, Jack Lawrence)
g.    Live Private Taping God Bless The Child - 3:37  (Arthur Herzog, Jr., Billie Holiday)
h.    Live Private Taping Poor Little Rich Girl - 3:22  (Noel Coward)
i.    Live Private Taping Things Are Swingin' - 2:14  (Peggy Lee, Jack Marshall)
j.    Live Private Taping All Too Soon - 3:09  (Carl Sigman, Duke Ellington)
k.    Live Private Taping I Feel The Earth Move - 2:35  (Carole King)
l.    Live Private Taping I Get A Kick Out Of You - 3:31  (Cole Porter)
m.    Live Private Taping From This Moment On - 3:31  (Cole Porter)
All titles unissued.

Source

Available at the commercial website Concert Vault.


Songs And Patter

1. Instrumentals
This set began with an instrumental version of Sonny Rollins' "St. Thomas" (4:31) which did not feature Chris Connor.

2. "All About Ronnie"
3. "Things Are Swingin' "
Before she begins singing "All About Ronnie," Chris Connor tells her audience that she'd like to sing a song that she "recorded many years ago with that very great man Mr. Kenton." After she finishes singing "Things Are Swingin'," and as the audience applauds, Connor lets them know that the song was "written by Miss Peggy Lee." She also introduces the final medley with the words "here's a little bit of Cole Porter." These comments, along with the introduction of the trio's members, are just about the only spoken utterances that Connor makes throughout the show.

4. "I Feel The Earth Move"
For this show, Chris Connor is at her most improvisational

5. Medley: "I Get A Kick Out Of You"
6. Medley: "From This Moment On"
These two songs are performed as a fast-paced medley. "From This Moment On" begins around 1:35. Next, around 2:30, Connor goes back to "I Get A Kick Out Of You." At closing time, she combines lines from both songs. The two songs have been separately entered herein. However, since they are intertwined, each one has been given the medley's overall timing (3:29).


Date: October 22, 1976 (Third Set)
Location: Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, California

William "Bill" Douglass (b), Bob Kaye (p), Eddie Marshall (d), Chris Connor (v)

a.    Live Private Taping Didn't We - 2:52  (Jimmy Webb)
b.    Live Private Taping Out Of This World - 3:30  (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
c.    Live Private Taping I've Gotta Be Me - 3:20  (Walter Marks)
d.    Live Private Taping Here's That Rainy Day - 4:27  (Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen)
e.    Live Private Taping I'm All Smiles - 2:21  (Michael Leonard, Herbert Martin)
f.    Live Private Taping More Today Than Yesterday - 2:49  (Pat Upton)
g.    Live Private Taping Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home (Free And Easy) - 3:41  (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
h.    Live Private Taping Ridin' On The Moon - 2:56  (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
All titles unissued.

Source

Available at the commercial website Concert Vault.


Songs And Patter

1. "When I Hear The Music Play"
2. "Listen To The One"
I have not listened to this set yet. The above-linked website lists a total of 12 tracks, two of them consisting of banter. Out of the other ten, only eight have been listed here. My current obstacle to listing the other two songs is that I do not recognize the titles given at the commercial site: "When I Hear The Music Play" and "Listen To The One." If any reader could tell me which songs these are (is the official title different from what the site offers? has ether been performed by other artists?), I would appreciate it.


Date: October 31, 1976
Location: Tokyo

Yasuo Arakawa (b), Bob Kaye (p), Takeshi Inomata (d), Chris Connor (v)

a.    Live Private Taping I Hear The Music Now - 2:36  (Sammy Fain, Jerry Seelen, Ambroise Charles Thomas)
b.    Live Private Taping I'm All Smiles - 2:11  (Michael Leonard, Herbert Martin)
c.    Live Private Taping The Wind - 4:10  (Russ Freeman, Jerry Gladstone)
d.    Live Private Taping Spinning Wheel - 2:51  (David Clayton Thomas)
e.    Live Private Taping Lush Life - 5:52  (Billy Strayhorn)
f.    Live Private Taping The Sweetest Sounds - 1:32  (Richard Rodgers)
g.    Live Private Taping All Too Soon - 2:48  (Carl Sigman, Duke Ellington)
h.    Live Private Taping Just In Time - 2:19  (Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Jule Styne)
i.    Live Private Taping I Get A Kick Out Of You - 3:29  (Cole Porter)
j.    Live Private Taping From This Moment On - 3:29  (Cole Porter)
k.    Live Private Taping Good Morning, Heartache - 4:31  (Ervin Drake, Irene Higginbotham, Dan Fisher)
l.    Live Private Taping More Today Than Yesterday - 2:56  (Pat Upton)
m.    Live Private Taping Things Are Swingin' - 1:54  (Peggy Lee, Jack Marshall)
All titles unissued.

Bio-Discographical Note: Chris Connor Tours Japan, 1976

As part of a concert review published in the January 9, 1977 edition of The Boston Globe, reviewer Ernie Santosuosso mentions that "[l]ast thanksgiving Connor returned from an extended tour of Japan where the receptions, in her words, were fantastic. The Japanese were familiar with her book and would request Lush Life, Just In Time and, of course, All About Ronnie. 'On my birthday over there, the fans presented me with at least six dozen roses,' she said. 'They make you feel ecstasic'."


Source

This concert may have been broadcast live over Japanese radio airwaves. It has been preserved in the form of a homemade audio tape, kept by a collector.


Songs And Patter

1. Medley: "I Get A Kick Out Of You"
2. Medley: "From This Moment On"
These two songs are performed as a fast-paced medley. "From This Moment On" begins around 1:35. Next, around 2:30, Connor goes back to "I Get A Kick Out Of You." At closing time, she combines lines from both songs. The two songs have been separately entered herein. However, since they are intertwined, each one has been given the medley's overall timing (3:29).

3. Patter
The song "All Too Soon" is preceded by a brief comment uttered in Japanese by the concert's host. The host is also heard at the end of the concert, as is Connor. She just says "thank you."


Date: January 29, 1977
Location: Merry-Go-Round, Copley Plaza Hotel, Boston, Massachusetts

The Jim McNeely Trio (acc), Bob Bodley (b), Jim McNeely (p), Joe La Barbera (d), Chris Connor (v)

a.    Live Private Taping Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home (Free And Easy)  (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
b.    Live Private Taping All Or Nothing At All  (Arthur Altman, Jack Lawrence)
c.    Live Private Taping I've Got You Under My Skin  (Cole Porter)
d.    Live Private Taping I Get A Kick Out Of You  (Cole Porter)
e.    Live Private Taping From This Moment On  (Cole Porter)
f.    Live Private Taping Good Morning, Heartache  (Ervin Drake, Irene Higginbotham, Dan Fisher)
All titles unissued.

Source & Venue

Taped on location, with the singer's approval. This was the last night of Chris Connor's third engagement at the club. Extant tapes have been used for educational purposes at The New England Conservatory (Boston, Massachusetts).


Songs

1. Medley: "I Get A Kick Out Of You"
2. Medley: "From This Moment On"
The songs "I Get A Kick Out Of You" and "From This Moment On" were sung as a medley.


Concert Review

This engagement was reviewed by Ernie Santosuosso for the newspaper The Boston Globe. The reporter deemed Connor "a first-rate singer in the classical jazz style" and a "seasoned professional" who "possesses an instinct for lyrical clout and a sound appreciation of the license she can employ in her improvisations." As for his opinion about the numbers, the vocalist's rendition of I've Got You Under My Skin struck him as 'jaunty.' Not even Cleo Laine could surpass Connor's version of Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home, Santosuosso enthusiastically remarked. But the set's "musical apex" was "Good Morning, Heartache, which she endowed with a pained wistfulness that should characterize the singing of all torch songs."


Date: August 18, 1980 (First Set)
Location: El Morocco Restaurant, Worcester, Massachusetts

Todd Coleman (b), Jim McNeely, The Jim McNeely Trio (p), Ted Sedeeko(?) (d), Chris Connor (v)

a.    Live Private Taping The Gypsy In My Soul - 3:12  (Moe Jaffe, Clay A. Boland)
b.    Live Private Taping I'm All Smiles - 2:31  (Michael Leonard, Herbert Martin)
c.    Live Private Taping My Heart Stood Still - 3:33  (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
d.    Live Private Taping It Might As Well Be Spring - 3:21  (Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers)
e.    Live Private Taping Ridin' On The Moon - 3:03  (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
f.    Live Private Taping Buy And Sell - 3:54  (Laura Nyro)
g.    Live Private Taping Get Out Of Town - 2:49  (Cole Porter)
h.    Live Private Taping Blue, Green, Grey And Gone - 3:33  (Alan Bergman, Michel Legrand, Marilyn Bergman, Francis Lemarque)
i.    Live Private Taping Just In Time - 2:34  (Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Jule Styne)
j.    Live Private Taping God Bless The Child - 3:18  (Arthur Herzog, Jr., Billie Holiday)
k.    Live Private Taping More Today Than Yesterday - 3:09  (Pat Upton)
l.    Live Private Taping Lover - 2:35  (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
All titles unissued.

Source

Taped on location, with the singer's approval. Extant tapes have been used for educational purposes at The New England Conservatory (Boston, Massachusetts). In seminars about Chris Connor's music, students have listened to the following selections from this set: "I'm All Smiles," "Ridin' On The Moon," "Blue, Green, Gray And Gone," and "Lover."


Venue And Audience

This was Chris Connor's fourth appearance at El Morocco.


Songs

1. "I Miss You So"
In her concerts from the 1970s and 1980s, Chris Connor's old Atlantic hit "I Miss You So" seems to have been a perennial audience request. Members can be heard requesting it herein.

2. Instrumentals
The set began with an instrumental version of "I'll Remember April" (8:30), which did not feature Chris Connor.


Date: August 18, 1980 (Second Set)
Location: El Morocco Restaurant, Worcester, Massachusetts

Todd Coleman (b), Jim McNeely, The Jim McNeely Trio (p), Ted Sedeeko(?) (d), Chris Connor (v)

a.    Live Private Taping I Hear The Music Now - 2:48  (Sammy Fain, Jerry Seelen, Ambroise Charles Thomas)
b.    Live Private Taping Glad To Be Unhappy - 3:31  (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
c.    Live Private Taping Poor Little Rich Girl - 3:10  (Noel Coward)
d.    Live Private Taping All Or Nothing At All - 3:42  (Arthur Altman, Jack Lawrence)
e.    Live Private Taping The Wind - 3:59  (Russ Freeman, Jerry Gladstone)
f.    Live Private Taping I've Got You Under My Skin - 2:49  (Cole Porter)
g.    Live Private Taping A Foggy Day - 1:10  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
h.    Live Private Taping Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home (Free And Easy) - 0:26  (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
i.    Live Private Taping Where Flamingos Fly - 3:27  (John Benson Brooks, Harold Courlander, Elthea Peale)
j.    Live Private Taping Things Are Swingin' - 1:51  (Peggy Lee, Jack Marshall)
k.    Live Private Taping All About Ronnie - 3:11  (Joe Greene)
l.    Live Private Taping I Feel A Song Coming On - 1:46  (Dorothy Fields, Jimmy McHugh, George Oppenheimer)
All titles unissued.

Source

Taped on location, with the singer's approval. Extant tapes have been used for educational purposes at The New England Conservatory (Boston, Massachusetts). In seminars about Chris Connor's music, students have listened to the following selections from this set: "All or Nothing At All," "The Wind," "I've Got You Under My Skin," and "I Feel A Song Coming On."


Songs

1. "A Foggy Day"
2. "Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home"
These two titles were not taped in their entirety.

3. Instrumentals
This set began with two long instrumentals that did not feature Chris Connor: "Wave" and "Blue Monk," each about 12 minutes long.


Date: September 25, 1981
Location: Sweet Basil, 88 Seventh Avenue (between Bleecker and Grove Streets), New York City, New York

Chris Connor (ldr), Horst Liepolt (pdr), Steve LaSpina (b), Fred Hersch (p), Tony Tedesco (d), Chris Connor (v)

a.    Live Private Taping I Hear The Music Now - 2:58  (Sammy Fain, Jerry Seelen, Ambroise Charles Thomas)
     APPLAUSE CS/LP: APCS/APLP 1020 — Chris Connor Live   (1983)
     EVIDENCE CD: ECD 22110-2 — Lover Come Back To Me: Live At Sweet Basil   (1995)
     Absord Music Licensed CD: ABCJ-271 (Japan) — Lover Come Back To Me: Live At Sweet Basil    (2003)
b.    Live Private Taping Good Morning, Heartache - 4:43  (Ervin Drake, Irene Higginbotham, Dan Fisher)
     APPLAUSE CS/LP: APCS/APLP 1020 — Chris Connor Live   (1983)
     EVIDENCE CD: ECD 22110-2 — Lover Come Back To Me: Live At Sweet Basil   (1995)
     Absord Music Licensed CD: ABCJ-271 (Japan) — Lover Come Back To Me: Live At Sweet Basil    (2003)
c.    Live Private Taping It Might As Well Be Spring - 3:26  (Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers)
     APPLAUSE CS/LP: APCS/APLP 1020 — Chris Connor Live   (1983)
     EVIDENCE CD: ECD 22110-2 — Lover Come Back To Me: Live At Sweet Basil   (1995)
     Absord Music Licensed CD: ABCJ-271 (Japan) — Lover Come Back To Me: Live At Sweet Basil    (2003)
d.    Live Private Taping Things Are Swingin' - 1:41  (Peggy Lee, Jack Marshall)
     APPLAUSE CS/LP: APCS/APLP 1020 — Chris Connor Live   (1983)
e.    Live Private Taping Where Flamingos Fly - 3:31  (John Benson Brooks, Harold Courlander, Elthea Peale)
     APPLAUSE CS/LP: APCS/APLP 1020 — Chris Connor Live   (1983)
     EVIDENCE CD: ECD 22110-2 — Lover Come Back To Me: Live At Sweet Basil   (1995)
     Absord Music Licensed CD: ABCJ-271 (Japan) — Lover Come Back To Me: Live At Sweet Basil    (2003)
f.    Live Private Taping All Or Nothing At All - 2:55  (Arthur Altman, Jack Lawrence)
     APPLAUSE CS/LP: APCS/APLP 1020 — Chris Connor Live   (1983)
     EVIDENCE CD: ECD 22110-2 — Lover Come Back To Me: Live At Sweet Basil   (1995)
     Absord Music Licensed CD: ABCJ-271 (Japan) — Lover Come Back To Me: Live At Sweet Basil    (2003)
g.    Live Private Taping Lover - 2:30  (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
     APPLAUSE CS/LP: APCS/APLP 1020 — Chris Connor Live   (1983)
h.    Live Private Taping Get Out Of Town - 2:18  (Cole Porter)
     APPLAUSE CS/LP: APCS/APLP 1020 — Chris Connor Live   (1983)
     EVIDENCE CD: ECD 22110-2 — Lover Come Back To Me: Live At Sweet Basil   (1995)
     Absord Music Licensed CD: ABCJ-271 (Japan) — Lover Come Back To Me: Live At Sweet Basil    (2003)
i.    Live Private Taping All About Ronnie - 2:58  (Joe Greene)
     APPLAUSE CS/LP: APCS/APLP 1020 — Chris Connor Live   (1983)
     EVIDENCE CD: ECD 22110-2 — Lover Come Back To Me: Live At Sweet Basil   (1995)
     Absord Music Licensed CD: ABCJ-271 (Japan) — Lover Come Back To Me: Live At Sweet Basil    (2003)
j.    Live Private Taping Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home (Free And Easy) - 3:30  (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
     APPLAUSE CS/LP: APCS/APLP 1020 — Chris Connor Live   (1983)
     EVIDENCE CD: ECD 22110-2 — Lover Come Back To Me: Live At Sweet Basil   (1995)
     Absord Music Licensed CD: ABCJ-271 (Japan) — Lover Come Back To Me: Live At Sweet Basil    (2003)
k.    Live Private Taping Just In Time - 2:38  (Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Jule Styne)
     APPLAUSE CS/LP: APCS/APLP 1020 — Chris Connor Live   (1983)
     EVIDENCE CD: ECD 22110-2 — Lover Come Back To Me: Live At Sweet Basil   (1995)
     Absord Music Licensed CD: ABCJ-271 (Japan) — Lover Come Back To Me: Live At Sweet Basil    (2003)
l.    Live Private Taping Glad To Be Unhappy - 3:20  (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
     APPLAUSE CS/LP: APCS/APLP 1020 — Chris Connor Live   (1983)
     EVIDENCE CD: ECD 22110-2 — Lover Come Back To Me: Live At Sweet Basil   (1995)
     Absord Music Licensed CD: ABCJ-271 (Japan) — Lover Come Back To Me: Live At Sweet Basil    (2003)
m.    Live Private Taping Poor Little Rich Girl - 2:58  (Noel Coward)
     APPLAUSE CS/LP: APCS/APLP 1020 — Chris Connor Live   (1983)
n.    Live Private Taping I've Got You Under My Skin - 2:42  (Cole Porter)
     EVIDENCE CD: ECD 22110-2 — Lover Come Back To Me: Live At Sweet Basil   (1995)
     Absord Music Licensed CD: ABCJ-271 (Japan) — Lover Come Back To Me: Live At Sweet Basil    (2003)
o.    Live Private Taping A Foggy Day - 2:25  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
     EVIDENCE CD: ECD 22110-2 — Lover Come Back To Me: Live At Sweet Basil   (1995)
     Absord Music Licensed CD: ABCJ-271 (Japan) — Lover Come Back To Me: Live At Sweet Basil    (2003)
p.    Live Private Taping Lover, Come Back To Me - 2:46  (Oscar Hammerstein II, Sigmund Romberg)
     EVIDENCE CD: ECD 22110-2 — Lover Come Back To Me: Live At Sweet Basil   (1995)
     Absord Music Licensed CD: ABCJ-271 (Japan) — Lover Come Back To Me: Live At Sweet Basil    (2003)
q.    Live Private Taping Lush Life - 4:08  (Billy Strayhorn)
     EVIDENCE CD: ECD 22110-2 — Lover Come Back To Me: Live At Sweet Basil   (1995)
     Absord Music Licensed CD: ABCJ-271 (Japan) — Lover Come Back To Me: Live At Sweet Basil    (2003)
r.    Live Private Taping My Heart Stood Still - 3:28  (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
     EVIDENCE CD: ECD 22110-2 — Lover Come Back To Me: Live At Sweet Basil   (1995)
     Absord Music Licensed CD: ABCJ-271 (Japan) — Lover Come Back To Me: Live At Sweet Basil    (2003)
s.    Live Private Taping I'm All Smiles  (Michael Leonard, Herbert Martin)
     unissued

Source

National Public Radio broadcast this concert live from New York's Sweet Basil nightclub. The broadcast was part of "Jazz Alive," one of the network's regular series.

Unfortunately, I have not been able to find a copy of the radio broadcast, nor any additional information, other than the details shared below. Given the large number of songs listed, it is possible that two sets from the same evening were heard.

Song Sequence

The correct sequence in which Connor sang these numbers remains unknown to me. The order shown above follows the LP's sequence, tagging at the end the performances that are on CD only.


Issues, Masters, And Timing

As shown above, two versions of the NPR program have been commercially issued, one as the 1981 Applause LP Chris Connor Live and another as the 1995 Evidence CD Lover Come Back To Me: Live At Sweet Basil (reissued in 2003).

Neither issue includes the entire radio program. Three of the songs from the LP were excluded from the CD, and four of the songs on the CD are not found in the CD. According to a listener of the broadcast, there are also additional numbers that remain commercially unissued. He reliably remembers "I'm All Smiles," in particular.

Furthermore, the CD skips most of the brief spoken comments made by Connor as introductions to the songs. The LP includes many of those comments. The incusion or exclusion of parlando intros is one of the reasons why the same performances have different timings in the LP and the CD(s). In this session, I have chosen to enter the longer timings, irrespective of issue.


Date: Broadcast in October 1981
Location: Corcoran Gallery Of Art , Washington, DC

Dick Sarpolo (b), Bob Kaye (p), Richie DeRosa (d), Chris Connor (v)

a.    Live Private Taping Willow Weep For Me - 2:31  (Ann Ronell)
b.    Live Private Taping I've Got You Under My Skin - 3:14  (Cole Porter)
c.    Live Private Taping Day In - Day Out - 3:00  (Johnny Mercer, Rube Bloom)
d.    Live Private Taping Angel Eyes - 4:02  (Matt Dennis, Earl K. Brent)
e.    Live Private Taping Come Rain Or Come Shine - 2:26  (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
f.    Live Private Taping All About Ronnie - 3:34  (Joe Greene)
g.    Live Private Taping Lover - 2:58  (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
h.    Live Private Taping I Love Being Here With You - 2:43  (Dave Cavanaugh aka Bill Schluger, Peggy Lee)
All titles unissued.

Source

This concert, part of the Corcoran Gallery's "Great American Songwriters" Series, was broadcast over National Public Radio. In NPR's Boston affiliate, the broadcast was preceded by a brief historical feature dating back to the 1950s, and possibly taken from the station's own archives. In the feature, we hear a radio disc jockey who refers to Chris Connor as the new vocalist with Stan Kenton And His Orchestra. He also mentions, in passing, her previous stints with both Jerry Wald and Claude Thornhill. The dee jay finally proceeds to play Connor's then-current single with Kenton, "All About Ronnie." (Only the disc jockey is present in the historical feature -- not Chris Connor.)

Some of the songs from this Corcoran concert were also played at seminars about Chris Connor's music that were held at The New England Conservatory, in Boston, Massachusetts.


Songs

1. "Willow Weep For Me"
In the extant tape, this song is not heard in its entirety. It misses the initial chorus.

2. "I Love Being Here With You"
At the concert, Connor sang this number as an encore.


Date: Broadcast on July 3, 1982
Location: Cool Jazz Festival, Avery Fisher Hall, New York

Chris Connor (ldr), Zoot Simms (ts), Dizzy Gillespie (t), Jay Leonhart (b), Mike Renzi (p), Shelly Manne (d), Chris Connor (v, spk), Bill Henderson, Carrie Smith, Sylvia Syms (v)

a.    Live Private Taping I Love Being Here With You  (Dave Cavanaugh aka Bill Schluger, Peggy Lee)
b.    Live Private Taping Willow Weep For Me  (Ann Ronell)
c.    Live Private Taping Things Are Swingin'  (Peggy Lee, Jack Marshall)
d.    Live Private Taping I Miss You So  (Sid Robin, Jimmy Henderson, Bertha Scott)
e.    Live Private Taping I Feel A Song Coming On  (Dorothy Fields, Jimmy McHugh, George Oppenheimer)
f.    Live Private Taping How High The Moon  (Nancy Hamilton, William Morgan Lewis)
All titles unissued.

Source And Performance

This Chris Connor set was heard during This Time The Ladies: A Celebration Of Women Songwriters, an one-night event put together by singer Sylvia Syms. The event was in turn part of the Cool Jazz Festival, and was broadcast on National Public Radio. The host at the event was Jim Lowe; the NPR hosts were Paul Anthony and Susan Stamberg. Preserved in homemade fan tapes.

The evening featured various artists doing mini-concerts, each dedicated to the songs of one or more female songwriters. During her set, Connor briefly credits the female songwriters responsible for each of the numbers that she sings: Dorothy Fields, Nancy Hamilton, Peggy Lee, Ann Ronnell, Bertha Scott).


Personnel & Songs

1. "How High The Moon"
"How High The Moon" is a jam number that features all the main artists who had performed at the one-night event, including Dizzy Gillespie, Bill Henderson, Zoot Simms, Carrie Smith, and Sylvia Syms. (With an exception: Carmen McRae performed, too, but she did not participate in this number). During the jam, Connor both sings and scats.


Date: November 22, 1986
Location: International Art of Jazz (IAJ) Concert, unknown, possibly Long Island, New York

Turk Mauro (sax), Carver Scott Lee (b), Lee Musiker (p), Akir Atona (d), Chris Connor (v)

a.    Live Private Taping They Can't Take That Away From Me  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
b.    Live Private Taping Strike Up The Band  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
c.    Live Private Taping That Old Devil Called Love  (Allan Roberts, Doris Fisher)
d.    Live Private Taping (unidentified song)  (unknown)
e.    Live Private Taping I Love Being Here With You  (Dave Cavanaugh aka Bill Schluger, Peggy Lee)
f.    Live Private Taping The Thrill Is Gone  (Lew Brown, Ray Henderson)
g.    Live Private Taping Angel Eyes  (Matt Dennis, Earl K. Brent)
h.    Live Private Taping Get Out Of Town  (Cole Porter)
i.    Live Private Taping All About Ronnie  (Joe Greene)
j.    Live Private Taping A Foggy Day  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
k.    Live Private Taping Lover  (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
l.    Live Private Taping Everything I've Got  (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
m.    Live Private Taping I Feel A Song Coming On  (Dorothy Fields, Jimmy McHugh, George Oppenheimer)
n.    Live Private Taping I Hear The Music Now  (Sammy Fain, Jerry Seelen, Ambroise Charles Thomas)
o.    Live Private Taping It Might As Well Be Spring  (Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers)
p.    Live Private Taping We'll Be Together Again  (Carl Fischer, Frankie Laine)
q.    Live Private Taping Let's Face The Music And Dance  (Irving Berlin)
r.    Live Private Taping Day In - Day Out  (Johnny Mercer, Rube Bloom)
s.    Live Private Taping The More I See You  (Mack Gordon, Harry Warren)
t.    Live Private Taping September In The Rain  (Al Dubin, Harry Warren)
u.    Live Private Taping I Miss You So  (Sid Robin, Jimmy Henderson, Bertha Scott)
v.    Live Private Taping Let's Take The Long Way Home  (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
w.    Live Private Taping Lover  (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
x.    Live Private Taping Ten Cents A Dance  (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
y.    Live Private Taping All Or Nothing At All  (Arthur Altman, Jack Lawrence)
All titles unissued.

Source

Available on tape at the Library of Congress. Because I have not listened to this concert, I cannot fully guarantee that Connor sings all the numbers listed. Although these are all songs that were in Connor's repertoire, I cannot discard the possibility that a few were instrumentals, performed by the musicians who accompanied her on this evening.


Date: 1987
Location: Tralfamadore Café, Buffalo, NY

Chris Connor (ldr), Jim Coleman (b), Lee Musiker (p), Warren Odze (d), Chris Connor (v)

a.    Live Private Taping Strike Up The Band  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
     unissued
b.    Live Private Taping Old Devil Moon  (Erwin 'Yip' Harburg, Burton Lane)
     unissued
c.    Live Private Taping 'Round Midnight  (Bernie D. Hanighen, Thelonious Monk, Cootie Williams)
     unissued
d.    Live Private Taping Get Out Of Town  (Cole Porter)
     unissued
e.    Live Private Taping Day In - Day Out  (Johnny Mercer, Rube Bloom)
     unissued
f.    Live Private Taping The More I See You  (Mack Gordon, Harry Warren)
     unissued
g.    Live Private Taping Everything I've Got  (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
     unissued
h.    Live Private Taping We'll Be Together Again  (Carl Fischer, Frankie Laine)
     unissued
i.    Live Private Taping I Love Being Here With You  (Dave Cavanaugh aka Bill Schluger, Peggy Lee)
     unissued
j.    Live Private Taping Lover, Come Back To Me  (Oscar Hammerstein II, Sigmund Romberg)
     unissued
k.    Live Private Taping September In The Rain  (Al Dubin, Harry Warren)
     unissued
l.    Live Private Taping All About Ronnie  (Joe Greene)
     unissued
m.    Live Private Taping I Feel A Song Coming On  (Dorothy Fields, Jimmy McHugh, George Oppenheimer)
     SJJ CD: unknown — [Various Artists] From California With Love   (2011)

Source

This live performance was simulcast on Buffalo's WEBR-AM 970 radio show Jazz In The Nightime, hosted by Jack Lockhart. (The station's call letters were changed to WNED-AM in the 1990s.) Taped by listeners.


Issues

1. From California With Love [CD]
Released in the summer of 2011, this CD was conceived in direct response to the March 11, 2011 catastrophe (earthquake and tsunami) that devastated Northeast Japan. Time and fees were waived by all participating artists (Alan Broadbent, Jim Cox, Johnny Holiday, Diane Hubka, Christian Jacob, Leslie Lewis with the Gerald Hagen Trio, Dick Noel, Frankie Randall, Sue Raney, Kurt Reichenbach, Tierney Sutton, Tom Warrington, Pinky Winters), and proceeds from sold copies have been going to the relief of Japanese victims. The Chris Connor track was donated by her partner and former manager, Lori Muscarelle. (The other tracks in this collection were newly recorded in 2011. For further details, go to www.from-california-with-love.com .)


Chris Connor Does Buffalo

Chris Connor performed in Buffalo with relative frequency. Thanks to local resident and fan Rick Kaye, I am aware of various Connor engagements there not only in 1987 but also in later years: 1991, 1996, and 1999. Both the 1996 and 1999 appearances took place at the Calumet Arts Cafe (54 West Chippewa), where she was accompanied by the Harold Danko Trio.

Chris Connor had also performed in Buffalo long before this 1987 date. According to a report from another local resident, the city was witness to one of Connor's very first solo appearances in either 1953 or 1954 -- not long after she had left Kenton's band.

I do not know if any of those other concerts (1991, 1996, 1999, 1950s) were also broadcast over the radio airwaves. If they were, there is the possibility that homemade tapings are in the possession of fans. So far, I have not heard of any such tapings, however.


Date: Late October, 1989
Location: "Bird" Yokohama, Yokohama, Japan

Chris Connor (ldr), Carver Scott Lee (b), Bob Kaye (p), Vinton W. "Vinnie" Johnson (d), Chris Connor (v)

a.    Live Private Taping I Love Being Here With You  (Dave Cavanaugh aka Bill Schluger, Peggy Lee)
b.    Live Private Taping That Old Devil Called Love  (Allan Roberts, Doris Fisher)
c.    Live Private Taping Get Out Of Town  (Cole Porter)
d.    Live Private Taping My Heart Stood Still  (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
e.    Live Private Taping Everything I've Got  (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
f.    Live Private Taping The Thrill Is Gone  (Lew Brown, Ray Henderson)
g.    Live Private Taping In Love In Vain  (Leo Robin, Jerome Kern)
h.    Live Private Taping It Might As Well Be Spring  (Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers)
i.    Live Private Taping Love  (Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin)
j.    Live Private Taping A Foggy Day  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
k.    Live Private Taping All Too Soon  (Carl Sigman, Duke Ellington)
l.    Live Private Taping Dearly Beloved  (Jerome Kern, Johnny Mercer)
All titles unissued.

Source

This concert was possibly broadcast over the Japanese radio airwaves. It has been preserved in the form of a homemade tape. I believe that the date and location given above are correct; I do have a less reliable source that gives the date as 1976, the location as Tokyo, and the title of the ninth song as "Lover" instead of "Love." Also different in the alternate source are the names of the date's bassist (Jack Lee) and drummer (Dean Johnson).


Date: September 20, 1990
Location: Pizza On the Park, London
Label: AUDIOPHILE

Chris Connor (ldr), George H. Buck, Jr. (pdr), Alan Barnes (as), Duncan Lamont (ts), Spike Heathley (b), Bob Kaye (p), Terry Jenkins (d), Chris Connor (v)

a.    Live Private Taping Strike Up The Band - 2:10  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) / arr: Richard Rodney Bennett
b.    Live Private Taping Everything I've Got - 2:33  (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers) / arr: Richard Rodney Bennett
c.    Live Private Taping Gone With The Wind - 3:30  (Allie Wrubel, Herb Magidson) / arr: Richard Rodney Bennett
d.    Live Private Taping Angel Eyes - 3:30  (Matt Dennis, Earl K. Brent) / arr: Richard Rodney Bennett
e.    Live Private Taping I Love Being Here With You - 2:18  (Dave Cavanaugh aka Bill Schluger, Peggy Lee) / arr: Richard Rodney Bennett
All titles on:      AUDIOPHILE CD: ACD-246 — The London Connection   (1993)

Date: September 21, 1990
Location: Pizza On the Park, London
Label: AUDIOPHILE

Chris Connor (ldr), George H. Buck, Jr. (pdr), Alan Barnes (as), Duncan Lamont (ts), Spike Heathley (b), Bob Kaye (p), Terry Jenkins (d), Chris Connor (v)

a.    Live Private Taping My Heart Stood Still - 3:49  (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers) / arr: Richard Rodney Bennett
b.    Live Private Taping Lover - 2:12  (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers) / arr: Richard Rodney Bennett
c.    Live Private Taping Dearly Beloved - 3:14  (Jerome Kern, Johnny Mercer) / arr: Richard Rodney Bennett
d.    Live Private Taping It Might As Well Be Spring  (Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers) / arr: Richard Rodney Bennett
e.    Live Private Taping Day In - Day Out - 2:34  (Johnny Mercer, Rube Bloom) / arr: Richard Rodney Bennett
f.    Live Private Taping Lover, Come Back To Me - 2:29  (Oscar Hammerstein II, Sigmund Romberg) / arr: Richard Rodney Bennett
All titles on:      AUDIOPHILE CD: ACD-246 — The London Connection   (1993)

Date: September 22, 1990
Location: Pizza On The Park, London
Label: AUDIOPHILE

Chris Connor (ldr), George H. Buck, Jr. (pdr), Alan Barnes (as), Duncan Lamont (ts), Spike Heathley (b), Bob Kaye (p), Terry Jenkins (d), Chris Connor (v)

a.    Live Private Taping I Hear The Music Now - 2:48  (Sammy Fain, Jerry Seelen, Ambroise Charles Thomas) / arr: Richard Rodney Bennett
b.    Live Private Taping Things Are Swingin' - 2:10  (Peggy Lee, Jack Marshall) / arr: Richard Rodney Bennett
c.    Live Private Taping That Old Devil Called Love  (Allan Roberts, Doris Fisher) / arr: Richard Rodney Bennett
d.    Live Private Taping Good Morning, Heartache  (Ervin Drake, Irene Higginbotham, Dan Fisher) / arr: Richard Rodney Bennett
e.    Live Private Taping This Can't Be Love - 2:05  (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers) / arr: Richard Rodney Bennett
f.    Live Private Taping Key Largo - 2:38  (Karl Suessdorf, Benny Carter, Leah Worth) / arr: Richard Rodney Bennett
g.    Live Private Taping The More I See You - 4:49  (Mack Gordon, Harry Warren) / arr: Richard Rodney Bennett
h.    Live Private Taping All Or Nothing At All - 3:06  (Arthur Altman, Jack Lawrence) / arr: Richard Rodney Bennett
All titles on:      AUDIOPHILE CD: ACD-246 — The London Connection   (1993)

Date: June 2, 1991; The Back To Balboa Convention
Location: Rendezvous Ballroom, Hyatt Newporter Resort, 1107 Jamboree Road, Newport Beach, California

Marion "Buddy" Childers (con, t), Gabe Baltazar, Bob Cooper, Jack Nimitz, Bill Perkins, Bud Shank (sax), Conte Candoli, Walter "Pete" Candoli, Charles "Chuck" Findley, Steve Huffsteter, Frank Szabo (t), Eddie Bert, Rick Culver, Dick Hyde, Richard T. "Dick" Nash, George Roberts, Jiggs Whigham (tb), Mark Adams, James Atkison, Nathan Campbell, Marilyn Johnson (frh), Ralph Blaize (g), Alan Broadbent, Thomas "Tom" Rainer (p), Peter Donald (d), Jack Constanzo (bo), Jules Greenberg (per), Chris Connor (v)

a.    Live Private Taping If I Should Lose You  (Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin)
     unissued
b.    Live Private Taping I Get A Kick Out Of You  (Cole Porter)
     unissued
c.    Live Private Taping All About Ronnie - 4:53  (Joe Greene) / arr: Richard Rodney Bennett
     MAMA Musical Archives Foundation Collectors' Label CD: MMF 1003 — [Various Artists] Back To Balboa: Kenton's 50th Anniversary Celebration    (1995)

Venue, Date And Performance

These Chris Connor vocals were heard during a four-day convention (May 30-June 2, 1991) in celebration of Stan Kenton's career. The events were sponsored by California State University's radio station FM 88.1 KLON.

Anita O'Day was also among the convention's performers; she sang her set during the first of two shows by the Stan Kenton Alumni band (May 31st). Connor's appeared at the second show, held on Sunday afternoon. In an earlier edition of this discography, I had assigned the date May 31, 1991 to Connor's Back To Balboa set. I gleaned that dating, now known to be wrong, from the limited documentation that I had at that earlier time. Although I still cannot discard the possibility that Connor might have been originally scheduled to sing on that day, various witness reports corroborate that she performed on Sunday the 2nd, not on Friday the 31st. Perhaps the faulty documentation confused Connor with O'Day.

There is also one report which claims that Connor's opening number was "All Too Soon," not "If I Should Lose You." Since I have listened to a tape of Connor's set, I can confidently ascertain that she did not sing "All Too Soon" at this event.

"If I Should Lose You" and "I Get A Kick Out Of You" were sung with rhythm section, "All About Ronnie" with full alumni orchestra.

"I'd like to dedicate this song to June Christy," Connor succinctly remarked before launching into "All About Ronnie." (Christy had passed away on June 21, 1990.) Bob Cooper, Christy's widower and himself a member of the Kenton Orchestra alumni, was reportedly moved to tears by this brief acknowledgment of his wife.


Arrangement

1. "All About Ronnie"
Chris Connor sang All About Ronnie at the request of the show's promoters. Because it was a number with full orchestra, one particular difficulty arose. To quote Connor herself, "Bill Russo was going to conduct All About Ronnie, but they couldn't find the Kenton (Russo) arrangement, so Buddy Childers conducted a Richard Rodney Bennett arrangement for me." Bennett's arrangement of All About Ronnie dated back to a Radio City Music Hall tribute to Miles Davis, in which Connor sang the number at the request of Davis himself.


Acknowledgments

I want to thank my friend Brian Thomas, in England, for his kind and generous help in the task of providing correct data for this and a few other related sessions.


Date: 1992 (Two Shows, Same Night?)
Location: Sculler's, Allston, Massachusetts

Dave Clark (b), Bob Kaye (p), Vinton W. "Vinnie" Johnson (d), Chris Connor (v)

a.    Live Private Taping As Time Goes By - 4:45  (Herman Hupfeld)
b.    Live Private Taping Everything I've Got - 2:09  (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
c.    Live Private Taping I Get A Kick Out Of You - 2:50  (Cole Porter)
d.    Live Private Taping I Miss You So - 4:28  (Sid Robin, Jimmy Henderson, Bertha Scott)
e.    Live Private Taping That Old Devil Called Love - 3:09  (Allan Roberts, Doris Fisher)
f.    Live Private Taping It Might As Well Be Spring - 3:25  (Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers)
g.    Live Private Taping Things Are Swingin' - 1:26  (Peggy Lee, Jack Marshall)
h.    Live Private Taping The Thrill Is Gone - 2:50  (Lew Brown, Ray Henderson)
i.    Live Private Taping All Or Nothing At All - 3:16  (Arthur Altman, Jack Lawrence)
j.    Live Private Taping September In The Rain - 2:06  (Al Dubin, Harry Warren)
k.    Live Private Taping Day In - Day Out - 2:27  (Johnny Mercer, Rube Bloom)
l.    Live Private Taping Good Morning, Heartache - 5:27  (Ervin Drake, Irene Higginbotham, Dan Fisher)
m.    Live Private Taping I Love Being Here With You - 2:16  (Dave Cavanaugh aka Bill Schluger, Peggy Lee)
n.    Live Private Taping It's Easy to Remember - 5:57  (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
o.    Live Private Taping Key Largo - 2:29  (Karl Suessdorf, Benny Carter, Leah Worth)
p.    Live Private Taping Let's Face The Music And Dance - 5:44  (Irving Berlin)
q.    Live Private Taping Lover, Come Back To Me - 2:52  (Oscar Hammerstein II, Sigmund Romberg)
r.    Live Private Taping My Heart Stood Still - 3:59  (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
s.    Live Private Taping Strike Up The Band - 2:02  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
t.    Live Private Taping We'll Be Together Again - 5:07  (Carl Fischer, Frankie Laine)
All titles unissued.

Source

Taped on location, with the singer's approval. Extant tapes have been used for educational purposes at The New England Conservatory (Boston, Massachusetts). In seminars about Chris Connor's music, students have listened to some of the songs from this set.


Concert

The above-listed contents might comprise two shows from the same night.

The last three songs could be encores. In the extant tape, they come right after the singer has finished her show (or part of her show), without no clear indication as to their origin. All three numbers are sung without any preceding or following commentary.


Date: December 24, 1992
Location: Osaka, Japan

Bob Kaye (dir, p), The Bob Kaye Trio (acc), Carver Scott Lee (b), Vinton W. "Vinnie" Johnson (d), Chris Connor (v)

a.    Live Private Taping It's Easy to Remember - 5:20  (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
b.    Live Private Taping The Thrill Is Gone - 2:42  (Lew Brown, Ray Henderson)
c.    Live Private Taping Everything I've Got - 2:10  (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
d.    Live Private Taping Angel Eyes - 3:18  (Matt Dennis, Earl K. Brent)
e.    Live Private Taping It Might As Well Be Spring - 3:24  (Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers)
f.    Live Private Taping Jingle Bells - 2:54  (James Lord Pierpont)
g.    Live Private Taping Lover - 2:02  (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
h.    Live Private Taping September In The Rain - 2:22  (Al Dubin, Harry Warren)
i.    Live Private Taping All Or Nothing At All - 2:50  (Arthur Altman, Jack Lawrence)
j.    Live Private Taping Good Morning, Heartache - 4:43  (Ervin Drake, Irene Higginbotham, Dan Fisher)
All titles unissued.

Source

Musical director and pianist Bob Kaye is the source for this videotaped concert, which took place during a visit to Japan in 1992.

In 2010, Kaye made most of the concert available on YouTube. To see Kaye's YouTube clips, click on the linked songs below.

"It's Easy to Remember", Uploaded on April 19, 2010

"The Thrill Is Gone", Uploaded on April 19, 2010

"Everything I've Got", Uploaded on April 22, 2010

"Angel Eyes", Uploaded on April 22, 2010

"It Might As Well Be Spring", Uploaded on April 22, 2010

"Jingle Bells", Uploaded on April 23, 2010

"Lover", Uploaded on April 23, 2010

"September In The Rain", Uploaded on April 23, 2010

"All Or Nothing At All", Uploaded on April 23, 2010

"Good Morning, Heartache", Uploaded on April 23, 2010

The actual sequence in which the songs were performed is not known to me. Hence I have placed them in the order in which Kaye uploaded them. Since Connor wishes the audience a merry christmas, and bids them good night shortly after she sings "Jingle Bells," that song is likely to be the last one from this concert.


Songs

1. "Jingle Bells (I Like A Sleigh Ride)"
In an obvious reference to Peggy Lee's version of the same song from her Capitol album Christmas Carousel (an avowed favorite of Chris'), Connor closes her rendition of "Jingle Bells" with the words "I like a sleigh ride." (Connor's rendition of "It Might As Well Be Spring" also seems to have been inspired by Lee's.)

2. Instrumental
Also part of this concert is the instrumental "You And The Night And The Music" (7:19), with which The Bob Kaye Trio probably opened the show.


Cross-references

1. Chris Connor On Video

In addition to this batch of concert clips, Bob Kaye has uploaded a second batch; see below, session dated February 22, 1995. There is also a third concert video clip, under a session dated October 24, 2003 (8:30 p.m. event). That is the full extent of available video performances by Chris Connor. No Connor video has ever been commercially issued (aside from a fleeting sight of her, as a member of the audience of the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival, watching Anita O'Day perform).


Date: September 27, 1993 (First Set)
Location: Unknown venue, Penn's Landing, Philadelphia

The Bob Kaye Trio (acc), Chip Jackson (b), Bob Kaye (p), Vinton W. "Vinnie" Johnson (d), Chris Connor (v)

a.    Live Private Taping This Can't Be Love  (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
b.    Live Private Taping Summertime  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward)
c.    Live Private Taping The More I See You  (Mack Gordon, Harry Warren)
d.    Live Private Taping Everything I've Got  (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
e.    Live Private Taping The Thrill Is Gone  (Lew Brown, Ray Henderson)
f.    Live Private Taping As Time Goes By  (Herman Hupfeld)
g.    Live Private Taping Key Largo  (Karl Suessdorf, Benny Carter, Leah Worth)
h.    Live Private Taping Dearly Beloved  (Jerome Kern, Johnny Mercer)
i.    Live Private Taping My Heart Stood Still  (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
j.    Live Private Taping I Get A Kick Out Of You  (Cole Porter)
k.    Live Private Taping A Foggy Day  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
l.    Live Private Taping All Too Soon  (Carl Sigman, Duke Ellington)
m.    Live Private Taping I Feel A Song Coming On  (Dorothy Fields, Jimmy McHugh, George Oppenheimer)
All titles unissued.

Source, Dating, And Cross-references

Heard, as a live remote broadcast, over the airwaves of Temple University's radio station WRTY, on the radio show Jazz Night Out. Preserved in a homemade tape. See also concert immediately below.


Performances

This set closes with (or uses as an interlude) a long instrumental by the Bob Kaye Trio.


Date: September 27, 1993 (Second Set)
Location: Unknown venue, Penn's Landing, Philadelphia

The Bob Kaye Trio (acc), Chip Jackson (b), Bob Kaye (p), Vinton W. "Vinnie" Johnson (d), Chris Connor (v)

a.    Live Private Taping Strike Up The Band  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
b.    Live Private Taping Angel Eyes  (Matt Dennis, Earl K. Brent)
c.    Live Private Taping It Might As Well Be Spring  (Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers)
d.    Live Private Taping Day In - Day Out  (Johnny Mercer, Rube Bloom)
e.    Live Private Taping Funny (Not Much)  (Hughie Prince, Phillip Folsom Broughton, Bob Merrill, Marcia Neil)
f.    Live Private Taping Let's Face The Music And Dance  (Irving Berlin)
g.    Live Private Taping All Or Nothing At All  (Arthur Altman, Jack Lawrence)
h.    Live Private Taping Easy To Remember  (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
i.    Live Private Taping September In The Rain  (Al Dubin, Harry Warren)
j.    Live Private Taping Lover  (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
k.    Live Private Taping All About Ronnie  (Joe Greene)
All titles unissued.

Source, Dating, And Cross-references

Heard, as a live remote broadcast, over the airwaves of Temple University's radio station WRTY, on the radio show Jazz Night Out. Preserved in a homemade tape. See also concert immediately above.


Date: February 22, 1995
Location: Quinnipiac University, Connecticut

Bob Kaye (dir, p), Dick Lieb (con), Dick Lieb And His Musicians (acc), Chris Connor (v)

a.    Live Private Taping Dearly Beloved - 3:29  (Jerome Kern, Johnny Mercer)
b.    Live Private Taping All About Ronnie - 5:05  (Joe Greene)
c.    Live Private Taping Let's Face The Music And Dance - 2:41  (Irving Berlin)
d.    Live Private Taping Good Morning, Heartache - 4:00  (Ervin Drake, Irene Higginbotham, Dan Fisher)
e.    Live Private Taping Summertime - 2:47  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward)
f.    Live Private Taping Lover - 2:05  (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
g.    Live Private Taping All Too Soon - 2:43  (Carl Sigman, Duke Ellington)
h.    Live Private Taping The Thrill Is Gone - 2:40  (Arthur H. Benson, Dale E. Petite)
i.    Live Private Taping Just One Of Those Things - 2:43  (Cole Porter)
j.    Live Private Taping I Feel A Song Coming On  (Dorothy Fields, Jimmy McHugh, George Oppenheimer)
All titles unissued.

Source

Musical director and pianist Bob Kaye is the source for this videotaped concert, held at Quinnipiac College in 1995. On October 18, 2010, Kaye made most of it available on YouTube. If interested in watching this concert's performances, do so as soon as possible; bear in mind that videos can be removed from YouTube at any time, without any advance notice. Here are the links to Kaye's video clips:

"Dearly Beloved", Uploaded on October 17, 2009

"All About Ronnie", Uploaded on October 18, 2009

"Let's Face The Music And Dance", Uploaded on October 18, 2009

"Good Morning, Heartache", Uploaded on October 18, 2009

"Summertime", Uploaded on October 18, 2009

"Lover", Uploaded on October 18, 2009

"All Too Soon", Uploaded on October 18, 2009

"The Thrill Is Gone", Uploaded on October 18, 2009

"Just One Of Those Things", Uploaded twice once on December 27, 2009 and once on December
18, 2006


No video for "I Feel A Song Coming On" was uploaded.

The actual sequence in which these songs were performed is not known to me. Hence I have placed them in the order in which Kaye uploaded them. Connor introduces Bob Kaye and Dick Lieb to the audience after she sings "Lover." Various numbers feature relatively long instrumental interludes (including a sax solo during "All About Ronnie") which highlight the talents of Bob Kaye and the accompanying musicians. Connor is seen leaving the stage right after she finishes "The Thrill Is Gone."

Of the above listed video clips, the following clips were also shown during a public event held on the evening of August 14, 2007 at the New England Conservatory's Brown Hall:

All About Ronnie
The Thrill Is Gone
Good Morning, Heartache
Let's Face The Music And Dance
Lover
Dearly Beloved
I Feel A Song Coming On

The event was part of pianist and professor Ran Blake's summer intensive course The Music Of Chris Connor. Notice that the last song listed is not among those uploaded on YouTube. (My source for the details about this 2007 event is written text -- not a witness account. There is always the possibility that "I Feel A Song Coming On" was erroneously listed, or that the clip for this song was from a different concert.)


Cross-references

1. Chris Connor On Video
In addition to this batch of concert clips, Bob Kaye has uploaded a second batch; see above, session dated December 24, 1992. There is also a third concert video clip, under a session dated October 24, 2003 (8:30 p.m. event). That is the full extent of available video performances by Chris Connor, and none of them has been commercially issued (aside from a seconds-long sight of her in the audience of the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival, watching Anita O'Day performing).


Date: Broadcast on April 1, 1996
Location: University of the District of Columbia, Washington, DC

Chris Connor (ldr), Chip Jackson (b), Billy Taylor (p), Steve Johns (d), Chris Connor (v)

a.    Live Private Taping Summertime  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward)
b.    Live Private Taping Blue Moon  (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
c.    Live Private Taping This Can't Be Love  (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
d.    Live Private Taping Just One Of Those Things  (Cole Porter)
e.    Live Private Taping Angel Eyes  (Matt Dennis, Earl K. Brent)
f.    Live Private Taping September In The Rain  (Al Dubin, Harry Warren)
g.    Live Private Taping A Foggy Day  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
h.    Live Private Taping Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye  (Cole Porter)
i.    Live Private Taping I Get A Kick Out Of You  (Cole Porter)
All titles unissued.

Source

This was a special Chris Connor appearance on the radio show Jazz at Kennedy Center, hosted by Bill Taylor. In addition to singing the above-shown set, Connor also responded to numerous question by the host and by members of the audience. Preserved in homemade tape.


Songs & Performance

1. "I Get A Kick Out Of You"
2. "Just One Of These Things"
"I Get A Kick Out Of You" is heard twice during the broadcast, once in full and once in an edited version. The same pattern applies to "Just One Of These Things." More exactly, segments of "I Get A Kick Out of You" are edited into the beginning of the radio show, and parts of "Just One of These Things" are edited into the ending. The host talks over the incomplete performance of "I Get A Kick Out Of You."


Date: November 3, 1997
Location: Concerti Telecom Italia, Teatro Sistina, Rome

Johnny Griffin (ts), Harry "Sweets" Edison (t), Slide Hampton (tb), Ben Brown (b), Vince Benedetti, Tardo Hammer (p), Bobby Durham (d), Chris Connor, Annie Ross (v)

a.    Live Private Taping Summertime - 3:22  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward)
b.    Live Private Taping Key Largo - 2:23  (Karl Suessdorf, Benny Carter, Leah Worth)
c.    Live Private Taping Angel Eyes - 3:09  (Matt Dennis, Earl K. Brent)
d.    Live Private Taping Strike Up The Band - 2:05  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
e.    Live Private Taping A Foggy Day - 3:22  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
f.    Live Private Taping I Get A Kick Out Of You - 3:00  (Cole Porter)
g.    Live Private Taping Lover - 2:36  (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
h.    Live Private Taping When The Saints Go Marchin' In - 6:19  (Katherine Purvis, James Black)
All titles unissued.

Source

Extant on fan-made tapes, this concert was presumably broadcast over Italian radio -- and perhaps televised as well. The program started off with a six-song instrumental set, performed by The Golden Men Of Jazz. Afterwards, Ross and Connor did their respective mini-sets. For the last portion of the concert, The Golden Men Of Jazz returned to play four more instrumentals and a finale, "When the Saints Go Marchin' In." Singers Connor and Ross joined the instrumentalists during that finale.

In addition to having access to a DVD copy of the tape, I have counted with the welcome assistance of pianist Tardo Hammer, who was one of the concert's players. Hammer kindly clarified and corrected various points of interest, including the exact year in which the concert took place (1997).


Personnel

1. The Golden Men Of Jazz
Along with Chris Connor and Annie Ross, the concert's billed stars were The Golden Men Of Jazz, an ensemble put together for the occasion. It consisted of Vince Benedetti, Ben Brown, Bobby Durham, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Johnny Griffin, and Slide Hampton.

2. Tardo Hammer
Tardo Hammer came to this concert as Annie Ross' pianist but upon Chris Connor's request, agreed to fulfill piano duties for her set as well. His piano is heard in all of the above-listed performances, except for the last one.

3. Vince Benedetti
Vince Benedetti played piano strictly in his capacity as a member of The Golden Men of Jazz. Of the above-listed numbers, he performed only in "When The Saints Go Marching In."


Date: Broadcast some time between March 2000 and Spring of 2001
Location: WICN Public Radio, Worcester, Massachusetts

The Bob Kaye Trio (acc), Carver Scott Lee (b), Bob Kaye (p), unidentified (d), Chris Connor (v)

a.    Live Private Taping Summertime - 3:10  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward)
b.    Live Private Taping Blue Moon - 5:17  (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
c.    Live Private Taping Key Largo - 2:34  (Karl Suessdorf, Benny Carter, Leah Worth)
d.    Live Private Taping Dearly Beloved - 3:07  (Jerome Kern, Johnny Mercer)
e.    Live Private Taping It's Easy to Remember - 3:30  (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
f.    Live Private Taping This Can't Be Love - 1:51  (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
g.    Live Private Taping A Foggy Day - 3:27  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
h.    Live Private Taping Just In Time - 2:26  (Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Jule Styne)
i.    Live Private Taping We'll Be Together Again - 4:40  (Carl Fischer, Frankie Laine)
j.    Live Private Taping Strike Up The Band - 2:12  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
k.    Live Private Taping The More I See You - 4:38  (Mack Gordon, Harry Warren)
l.    Live Private Taping I Get A Kick Out Of You - 2:25  (Cole Porter)
m.    Live Private Taping I Love Being Here With You - 2:32  (Dave Cavanaugh aka Bill Schluger, Peggy Lee)
n.    Live Private Taping As Time Goes By - 4:31  (Herman Hupfeld)
o.    Live Private Taping Let's Take The Long Way Home - 2:29  (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
p.    Live Private Taping Let's Face The Music And Dance - 2:28  (Irving Berlin)
q.    Live Private Taping Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye - 4:08  (Cole Porter)
r.    Live Private Taping A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening - 1:46  (Harold Adamson, Jimmy McHugh)
s.    Live Private Taping Lover - 2:14  (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
t.    Live Private Taping Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry - 3:57  (Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne)
u.    Live Private Taping The Thrill Is Gone - 2:46  (Lew Brown, Ray Henderson)
All titles unissued.

Source And Venue

This concert was broadcast on the WCIN Public Radio show Jazz Matinee, hosted by Carol Sloane. At the concert, Sloane also served as master -- or rather, mistress -- of ceremony. The name of the venue remains unknown to me. One song from this concert, "I Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry," has been heard and studied in seminars about Chris Connor's music, conducted at The New England Conservatory (in Boston, MA).


Personnel And Songs

1. The Bob Kaye Trio
2. "If I Were A Bell"
The concert began with an instrumental segment by The Bob Kaye Trio. The segment included a version of "If I Were A Bell."

3. Carol Sloane
4. "All About Ronnie"
During an interlude between "I Get A Kick Out Of You" and "I Love Being Here With You," hostess Carol Sloane briefly reminisced about hearing Connor's voice on the radio back in the 1950s. As part of her recollection, Sloane (herself a well-known, celebrated vocalist) sang almost the entire first chorus of "All About Ronnie."


Date: September 19, 2001
Location: Birdland, New York

Chris Connor (ldr), Chris Connor (v)

a.    Live Private Taping Strike Up The Band  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
b.    Live Private Taping Haunted Heart  (Arthur Schwartz, Harold Dietz)
c.    Live Private Taping Key Largo  (Karl Suessdorf, Benny Carter, Leah Worth)
d.    Live Private Taping Just In Time  (Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Jule Styne)
e.    Live Private Taping Dearly Beloved  (Jerome Kern, Johnny Mercer)
f.    Live Private Taping Blue Moon  (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
g.    Live Private Taping A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening  (Harold Adamson, Jimmy McHugh)
h.    Live Private Taping As Time Goes By  (Herman Hupfeld)
i.    Live Private Taping Day In - Day Out  (Johnny Mercer, Rube Bloom)
j.    Live Private Taping My Heart Stood Still  (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
k.    Live Private Taping Lover  (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
All titles unissued.

Source

Live concert, apparently taped by an audience member.


Help Requested: Personnel

I do not know the names of the musicians who accompanied Connor at this date. Help on this matter would be appreciated.


Date: Broadcast on March 20, 2002
Location: National Public Radio

Marian McPartland (p), Chris Connor (v)

a.    Live Private Taping Summertime  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward)
b.    Live Private Taping Blue Moon  (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
c.    Live Private Taping Key Largo  (Karl Suessdorf, Benny Carter, Leah Worth)
d.    Live Private Taping September In The Rain  (Al Dubin, Harry Warren)
e.    Live Private Taping Angel Eyes  (Matt Dennis, Earl K. Brent)
f.    Live Private Taping As Time Goes By  (Herman Hupfeld)
All titles unissued.

Source

This was Chris Connor's guest appearance in Piano Jazz, a National Public Radio show hosted by Marian McPartland. Unfortunately, I have not listened to this episode. From my listening of other episodes, I know that guests are extensively interviewed.


Personnel

1. Marian McPartland
During this broadcast, two piano instrumentals were performed by the hostess: "When Lights Are Low" and "In The Days Of Our Love."


Date: March 26, 2003
Location: Birdland, New York

Chris Connor (ldr), Chris Connor (v)

a.    Live Private Taping This Can't Be Love  (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
b.    Live Private Taping Where Can I Go Without You?  (Peggy Lee, Victor Popular Young)
c.    Live Private Taping Key Largo  (Karl Suessdorf, Benny Carter, Leah Worth)
d.    Live Private Taping Day In - Day Out  (Johnny Mercer, Rube Bloom)
e.    Live Private Taping Blue Moon  (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
f.    Live Private Taping A Foggy Day  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
g.    Live Private Taping Angel Eyes  (Matt Dennis, Earl K. Brent)
h.    Live Private Taping I Love Being Here With You  (Dave Cavanaugh aka Bill Schluger, Peggy Lee)
i.    Live Private Taping Gone With The Wind  (Allie Wrubel, Herb Magidson)
j.    Live Private Taping Dearly Beloved  (Jerome Kern, Johnny Mercer)
k.    Live Private Taping September In The Rain  (Al Dubin, Harry Warren)
l.    Live Private Taping The More I See You  (Mack Gordon, Harry Warren)
m.    Live Private Taping Strike Up The Band  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
All titles unissued.

Source

Live concert, apparently taped by an audience member. During this date, Connor performed two song sets. This one was the first.


Help Requested: Personnel

I do not know the names of the musicians who accompanied Connor at this concert. Help on this matter would be appreciated.


Date: June 23, 2003
Location: Isaac Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall, New York

Mike Renzi (p), Chris Connor (v)

a.    Live Private Taping Where Can I Go Without You?  (Peggy Lee, Victor Popular Young)
unissued

Source

This is Connor's single performance from the various-artists show There'll Be Another Spring: A Tribute To Peggy Lee, which was part of the JVC Jazz Festival series.

Although I have no evidence, I imagine that this performance was taped, along with the rest of the show. Performance by many of the other participants have actually been broadcast on Jazz Set, a National Public Radio program hosted by singer Dee Dee Bridgewater, herself one of the evening's performers. It is therefore logical to assume that a full tape still exists, containing all the evening performances.

Vocally, it was not a good Connor performance, unfortunately. In 2004, this lackluster tribute was reprised at the Hollywood Bowl, but Connor did not participate in that second edition.


Date: Friday, October 24, 2003; 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: The Balboa Rendezvous Convention, At The Amphiteatre Of The Hyatt Newporter Resort, Newport Beach, California
Concert #2, entitled All About Ronnie

Christian Jacob Trio (acc), Adrian Rosen (b), Christian Jacob (p), Kendall Kay (d), Chris Connor (v)

a.    Live Private Taping I Love Being Here With You  (Dave Cavanaugh aka Bill Schluger, Peggy Lee)
b.    Live Private Taping Angel Eyes  (Matt Dennis, Earl K. Brent)
c.    Live Private Taping Key Largo  (Karl Suessdorf, Benny Carter, Leah Worth)
d.    Live Private Taping Summertime  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward)
e.    Live Private Taping Blue Moon  (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
f.    Live Private Taping A Foggy Day  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
g.    Live Private Taping Day In - Day Out  (Johnny Mercer, Rube Bloom)
h.    Live Private Taping The More I See You  (Mack Gordon, Harry Warren)
i.    Live Private Taping September In The Rain  (Al Dubin, Harry Warren)
j.    Live Private Taping Let's Face The Music And Dance  (Irving Berlin)
k.    Live Private Taping Where Can I Go Without You?  (Peggy Lee, Victor Popular Young)
l.    Live Private Taping Strike Up The Band  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
All titles unissued.

Source And Venue

This was the second of the 14 concerts which were held during the four-day-long Balboa Rendezvous Convention, described in its brochure as a "celebration of the composers, arrangers, instrumentalists, vocalists and music that created the Stan Kenton legacy." Sponsored by the Los Angeles Jazz Institute under the leadership of director Ken Poston, the convention began on a Thursday evening (October 23) and finished on Sunday, October 26, 2003.

After the opening event on Thursday, the other three days were tightly filled with a variety of promising events. As stated in the brochure: 14 concerts, 7 panel discussions and 3 film showings.

The brochure gave the title All About Ronnie to Connor's scheduled show. Nonetheless, and as shown above, she did not play that song during her segment.

Connor's segment actually began with a mini-concert by The Christian Jacob Trio. They played instrumental versions of "On Green Dolphin Street" and "Just Friends."

I have listened to only the first half of this Connor show -- up to "Blue Moon." Although I do not know of anyone who has a copy of the entire concert, I find it reasonable to assume that some of the attendees audiotaped it in its entirety. I have actually come across an online comment from a gentleman who indeed claims to have videotaped the full show.


Date: October 24, 2003; 8:30 p.m.
Location: The Balboa Rendezvous Convention, Plaza Ballroom, The Hyatt Newporter Resort, Newport Beach, California
Concert #4, entitled Concert In Miniature (1st Set) & Concert Encores (2nd Set)

Other Individuals Unknown (acc), Marion "Buddy" Childers, Scott Whitfield (t), Chris Connor (v)

a.    Live Private Taping Let's Face The Music And Dance - 3:25  (Irving Berlin)
b.    Live Private Taping Dearly Beloved - 3:51  (Jerome Kern, Johnny Mercer)
Both titles unissued.

Cross-references:

1. Chris Connor On Videotape, At YouTube
Under the title LA Jazz Inst. Chris Connor, a video of these two performances is available here. The video was uploaded by YouTube subscriber Orthoman8 on April 29, 2008. This Chris Connor (mini)concert is one of only three available to fans anywhere. The other two are also on YouTube; for details, consult sessions above, dated December 24, 1992 and February 22, 1995.


Source And Performance

Performed during the fourth concert of the Balboa Rendezvous Convention, which began on October 26 and closed on October 26, 2003. That fourth concert was divided into two sets, the first entitled Concert in Miniature, the second Concert Encores.

Further specifics about this date are not available to me. A few additional details can be gleaned from watching the YouTube video. At the beginning of the clip, Connor is being introduced, and the audience is clapping. At the very end, the host is overheard saying, "alright, that's the first half ..." Based on his comment, I am tentatively assuming that Connor's segment closed Concert in Miniature, the first of the event's two sets.

From the fact that we see her being introduced in the clip (with clapping following), I gather that the two above-listed numbers were the only ones which she performed during the Concert in Miniature section of the concert.

I do not know if Connor also participated in Concert Encores, the second set. I doubt that she did. The brochure lists Connor as one of three guests for this concert. The other two were Lee Konitz and Don Bagley. If their guest status meant that each had the spotlight for a segment, chances that Connor did not perform in the second set are high. Time was too limited. (The scheduled opening time for this event was 8:30 p.m. The next event, a film, was scheduled for 9:00 p.m.)


          A General Note About Radio's Preservation Of Concerts From The Big Band Era

Radio broadcasting indirectly accounts for the preservation and dissemination of concert material from America's big band era. In some instances, listeners taped the broadcasted concert in the comfort of their homes, thereby preserving performances that could otherwise have been forever lost. In other cases, radio employees were given (or kept for themselves) the acetates and transcription discs on which such concerts had been waxed by the American Forces Radio Service (AFRS) and other radio networks. Those preserved acetates, transcription discs and homemade tapes eventually served as source material for the record companies which transferred them to commercial cassettes, LPs and CDs.

One too-frequent problem with commercially released concert broadcasts is the inaccuracy of the accompanying discographical information -- especially, the stated recording dates. Errors tend to result from the producers' assumption that the date handwritten or stamped in their sources (i.e., the transcription discs, the acetates and, to a lesser extent, the homemade tapes) refer to the day on which the concert took place. Not necessarily. More often than not, those dates indicate either (a) the last day on which an AFRS radio station was contractually allowed to air the transcription disc or (b) the date on which the given acetate had been cut, which might or might have not been the same day on which the number was performed. Only occasionally does the date refer to the actual recording day.