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SOLO  FLIGHT

THE  CHARLIE  CHRISTIAN  LEGACY

DB Hall of Fame


 

CALENDAR  of  EVENTS

 

Charlie Christian’s itinerary and recording history

from  August 1939  through  June 1941

 

Tune titles listed are the recordings on which Charles solos or has a prominent role.

 

AUGUST  1939

SUNDAY

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

 

 

1

2

3

Charles Christian
    auditioned for John Hammond
    at Ruby's Grill
Oklahoma City


Ruby’s Grill
Oklahoma City
Led his own band
Billed as
    “Charles Christian
    & His Electric Guitar”
 

4

 

(In New York City:
Count Basie & His Orchestra

recorded
Clap Hands Here Comes Charlie
for Vocalion Records)

5

Ruby’s Grill
Oklahoma City
“Charles Christian
    & His Electric Guitar”
 

6

Ruby’s Grill
Oklahoma City
“Charles Christian
    & His Electric Guitar”
 

7

8

9

10

Ruby’s Grill
Oklahoma City
“Charles Christian
    & His Electric Guitar”
 

11

12

Ruby’s Grill
Oklahoma City
“Charles Christian
    & His Electric Guitar”
 

13

Ruby’s Grill
Oklahoma City
Going away party
    held for Charles
 

14

Oklahoma City
Charles boarded
    afternoon train for audition
    with Benny Goodman
    in Los Angeles
 

15

 

16

West Coast Recorders
Western Avenue
Los Angeles
Afternoon Audition


French Garden Room
Victor Hugo Restaurant
Beverly Hills
Evening Audition
 

17

18

19

“Camel Caravan”
radio broadcast
Hollywood Bowl
Hollywood
Goodman Sextet
FLYING HOME
 

20

Blue Room
Wichita, Kansas
radio broadcast
Goodman Sextet
 

21

Marine Ballroom
Steel Pier
Atlantic City, NJ
radio broadcast
Goodman Sextet
 

22

Marine Ballroom
Steel Pier
Atlantic City, NJ
radio broadcast
Goodman Sextet
 

23

Marine Ballroom
Steel Pier
Atlantic City, NJ
radio broadcast
Goodman Sextet
 

24

Marine Ballroom
Steel Pier
Atlantic City, NJ
radio broadcast
Goodman Sextet
 

25

Marine Ballroom
Steel Pier
Atlantic City, NJ
radio broadcast
Goodman Sextet
 

26

“Camel Caravan”
radio broadcast
Marine Ballroom
Steel Pier
Atlantic City, NJ
Goodman Sextet
 

27

Marine Ballroom
Steel Pier
Atlantic City, NJ
radio broadcast
Goodman Sextet

28

29

30

31

Canadian National Exhibition
New Dance Pavilion
Toronto, Ontario
NBC broadcast
Goodman Sextet
 

 

 

 

SEPTEMBER  1939

SUNDAY

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

 

 

 

 

 

1

Michigan State Fair
Detroit
Goodman Sextet
 

2

“Camel Caravan”
NBC broadcast
Michigan State Fair
Detroit
Goodman Sextet
STAR DUST
 

3

4

Canadian National Exhibition
New Dance Pavilion
Toronto, Ontario
NBC broadcast
Goodman Sextet
 

5

6

New York World’s Fair
Flushing Meadows
Queens, NYC
Goodman Sextet
 

7

New York World’s Fair
Flushing Meadows
Queens, NYC
Goodman Sextet
 

8

New York World’s Fair
Flushing Meadows
Queens, NYC
Goodman Sextet
 

9

New York World’s Fair
Flushing Meadows
Goodman Sextet


“Camel Caravan”
NBC broadcast
NBC Studios, NYC
Goodman Sextet
FLYING HOME
 

10

New York World’s Fair
Flushing Meadows
Queens, NYC
Goodman Sextet
 

11

Victor Recording Session
NYC
Lionel Hampton &
    his orchestra
ONE SWEET LETTER
    FROM YOU


New York World’s Fair
Flushing Meadows
Goodman Sextet
 

12

Martin Block’s “Swing Session”
radio broadcast
Manhattan Center
Goodman Sextet
 

13

14

15

Shea’s Theater
Buffalo, NY
Goodman Sextet
 

16

“Camel Caravan”
NBC broadcast
Shea’s Theater
Buffalo, NY
Goodman Sextet
OPUS LOCAL 802
 

17

Shea’s Theater
Buffalo, NY
Goodman Sextet
 

18

Shea’s Theater
Buffalo, NY
Goodman Sextet
 

19

Shea’s Theater
Buffalo, NY
Goodman Sextet
 

20

Shea’s Theater
Buffalo, NY
Goodman Sextet
 

21

Shea’s Theater
Buffalo, NY
Goodman Sextet
 

22

Orpheum Theater
St. Paul, Minn
Goodman Sextet
 

23

“Camel Caravan”
NBC broadcast
Orpheum Theater
St. Paul, Minn
Goodman Sextet
OPUS

 

24

Orpheum Theater
St. Paul, Minn
Goodman Sextet


Harlem Breakfast Club
Minneapolis, Minn
I GOT RHYTHM
I GOT RHYTHM
STAR DUST
TEA FOR TWO
 

25

Orpheum Theater
St. Paul, Minn
Goodman Sextet
 

26

Orpheum Theater
St. Paul, Minn
Goodman Sextet
 

27

Orpheum Theater
St. Paul, Minn
Goodman Sextet
 

28

Orpheum Theater
St. Paul, Minn
Goodman Sextet
 

29

30

“Camel Caravan”
NBC broadcast
Chicago Theater
Chicago
Goodman Sextet
STAR DUST
 

 

OCTOBER  1939

SUNDAY

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

1

“Rodeo & Swing Concert”
Municipal Stadium
Cleveland, Ohio
Goodman Sextet
 

2

Columbia Recording Session
NYC
Goodman Sextet
FLYING HOME
FLYING HOME
    (Homeward Bound)

ROSE ROOM
STAR DUST


New York World’s Fair
Flushing Meadows
Goodman Sextet
 

3

New York World’s Fair
Flushing Meadows
Queens, NYC
Goodman Sextet
 

4

Empire Room
Waldorf-Astoria
NYC
CBS broadcast
Goodman Sextet
 

5

Empire Room
Waldorf-Astoria
NYC
CBS broadcast
Goodman Sextet
 

6

“Swing Concert”
Carnegie Hall
NYC
Goodman Sextet
FLYING HOME
STAR DUST
 

7

“Camel Caravan”
NBC broadcast
Radio City Studios
NYC
Goodman Sextet
MEMORIES OF YOU
 

8

9

Empire Room
Waldorf-Astoria
NYC
Mutual broadcast
Goodman Sextet
ROSE ROOM
 

10

11

Empire Room
Waldorf-Astoria
NYC
CBS broadcast
Goodman Sextet
 

12

Victor Recording Session
NYC
Lionel Hampton & his orchestra
HAVEN’T NAMED IT YET
HEEBIE JEEBIES


Empire Room
Waldorf-Astoria
NYC
CBS broadcast
Goodman Sextet
 

13

14

“Camel Caravan”
NBC broadcast
Radio City Studios
NYC
Goodman Sextet:
AC-DC CURRENT
Goodman Sextet & Orchestra
    with guest Louis Armstrong
 

15

16

Empire Room
Waldorf-Astoria
NYC
Mutual broadcast
Goodman Sextet
FLYING HOME
 

17

18

Empire Room
Waldorf-Astoria
NYC
CBS broadcast
Goodman Sextet
 

19

Empire Room
Waldorf-Astoria
NYC
CBS broadcast
Goodman Sextet
 

20

21

“Camel Caravan”
NBC broadcast
Radio City Studios
NYC
Goodman Sextet
SOFT WINDS
 

22

23

Empire Room
Waldorf-Astoria
NYC
Mutual broadcast
Goodman Sextet
MEMORIES OF YOU
 

24

25

Empire Room
Waldorf-Astoria
NYC
CBS broadcast
Goodman Sextet
 

26

Empire Room
Waldorf-Astoria
NYC
CBS broadcast
Goodman Sextet
 

27

28

“Camel Caravan”
NBC broadcast
Radio City Studios
NYC
Goodman Sextet
ROSE ROOM
 

29

30

Empire Room
Waldorf-Astoria
NYC
Mutual broadcast
Goodman Sextet
 

31

Vocalion Recording Session
NYC
Ida Cox acc. by her All-Star Band
DEEP SEA BLUES
DEATH LETTER BLUES
ONE HOUR MAMA
FOUR DAY CREEP
PINK SLIP BLUES
HARD TIME BLUES
TAKE HIM OFF MY MIND

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOVEMBER  1939

SUNDAY

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

 

 

 

1

Empire Room
Waldorf-Astoria
NYC
CBS broadcast
Goodman Sextet
 

2

Empire Room
Waldorf-Astoria
NYC
CBS broadcast
Goodman Sextet
 

3

4

“Camel Caravan”
NBC broadcast
Radio City Studios
NYC
Goodman Sextet
SHIVERS
 

5

6

Empire Room
Waldorf-Astoria
NYC
Mutual broadcast
Goodman Sextet
SHIVERS
 

7

8

9

Empire Room
Waldorf-Astoria
NYC
CBS broadcast
Goodman Sextet
 

10

11

“Camel Caravan”
NBC broadcast
Radio City Studios
NYC
Goodman Sextet
 

12

13

Empire Room
Waldorf-Astoria
NYC
Mutual broadcast
Goodman Sextet
 

14

15

Empire Room
Waldorf-Astoria
NYC
CBS broadcast
Goodman Sextet
 

16

Empire Room
Waldorf-Astoria
NYC
CBS broadcast
Goodman Sextet
 

17

18

“Camel Caravan”
NBC broadcast
Radio City Studios
NYC
Goodman Sextet
SOUTH OF THE BORDER
 

19

20

Empire Room
Waldorf-Astoria
NYC
Mutual broadcast
Goodman Sextet
 

21

22

Columbia Recording Session
NYC
Goodman Sextet:
MEMORIES OF YOU
SOFT WINDS
SEVEN COME ELEVEN
Goodman Orchestra:
HONEYSUCKLE ROSE


Empire Room
Waldorf-Astoria
NYC
CBS broadcast
Goodman Sextet
FLYING HOME
 

23

Empire Room
Waldorf-Astoria
NYC
CBS broadcast
Goodman Sextet
 

24

25

“Swingin’ the Dream”
rehearsal
Center Theatre
Radio City Studios
NYC
Goodman Sextet


“Camel Caravan”
NBC broadcast
Radio City Studios
NYC
Goodman Sextet
SEVEN COME ELEVEN
    (Roast Turkey Stomp)

 

26

27

NYC Local 802 Benefit
Madison Square Garden
Goodman Sextet


“Swingin’ the Dream”
rehearsal
Center Theatre
Goodman Sextet


Empire Room
Waldorf-Astoria
Mutual broadcast
Goodman Sextet
AC-DC CURRENT

 

28

“Swingin’ the Dream”
rehearsal
Center Theatre
Radio City Studios
NYC
Goodman Sextet


Charles attended
    Billie Holiday’s opening night
    at Kelly’s Stable
(accompanied by
    Lionel Hampton &
    Zutty Singleton
    from “Swingin’ the Dream”)

29

“Swingin’ the Dream”
Opening at Center Theatre
Radio City Studios
NYC
Goodman Sextet


Empire Room
Waldorf-Astoria
NYC
CBS broadcast
Goodman Sextet
OPUS

 

30

“Swingin’ the Dream”
Center Theatre
Radio City Studios
NYC
Goodman Sextet


Empire Room
Waldorf-Astoria
NYC
CBS broadcast
Goodman Sextet
 

 

 

 

DECEMBER  1939

SUNDAY

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

 

 

 

 

 

1

“Swingin’ the Dream”
Center Theatre
Radio City Studios
NYC
Goodman Sextet

2

“Swingin’ the Dream”
Center Theatre
Radio City Studios
NYC
Goodman Sextet


“Camel Caravan”
NBC broadcast
Radio City Studios
NYC
Goodman Sextet
AC-DC CURRENT
 

3

“Swingin’ the Dream”
Center Theatre
Radio City Studios
NYC
Goodman Sextet

4

“Swingin’ the Dream”
Center Theatre
Radio City Studios
NYC
Goodman Sextet


Empire Room
Waldorf-Astoria
NYC
Mutual broadcast
Goodman Sextet
HONEYSUCKLE ROSE
 

5

“Swingin’ the Dream”
Center Theatre
Radio City Studios
NYC
Goodman Sextet

6

“Swingin’ the Dream”
Center Theatre
Radio City Studios
NYC
Goodman Sextet


Empire Room
Waldorf-Astoria
NYC
CBS broadcast
Goodman Sextet
SEVEN COME ELEVEN
    (Roast Turkey Stomp)

 

7

“Swingin’ the Dream”
Center Theatre
Radio City Studios
NYC
Goodman Sextet


Empire Room
Waldorf-Astoria
NYC
CBS broadcast
Goodman Sextet
 

8

“Swingin’ the Dream”
Center Theatre
Radio City Studios
NYC
Goodman Sextet

9

“Swingin’ the Dream”
Center Theatre
Radio City Studios
NYC
Goodman Sextet


“Camel Caravan”
NBC broadcast
Radio City Studios
NYC
Goodman Sextet
PICK-A-RIB
 

10

11

Empire Room
Waldorf-Astoria
NYC
Mutual broadcast
Goodman Sextet
 

12

13

Empire Room
Waldorf-Astoria
NYC
CBS broadcast
Goodman Sextet
 

14

Empire Room
Waldorf-Astoria
NYC
CBS broadcast
Goodman Sextet
 

15

16

“Camel Caravan”
NBC broadcast
Radio City Studios
NYC
Goodman Sextet
DINAH
 

17

18

Empire Room
Waldorf-Astoria
NYC
Mutual broadcast
Goodman Sextet
 

19

20

Columbia Recording Session
NYC
Goodman Sextet
SHIVERS
AC-DC CURRENT
I’M CONFESSIN’


Empire Room
Waldorf-Astoria
NYC
CBS broadcast
Goodman Sextet
 

21

Empire Room
Waldorf-Astoria
NYC
CBS broadcast
Goodman Sextet
HONEYSUCKLE ROSE
 

22

23

“Camel Caravan”
NBC broadcast
Radio City Studios
NYC
Goodman Sextet
 

24

“From Spirituals to Swing” concert
Carnegie Hall
NYC
Kansas City Six:
GOOD MORNING BLUES
PAGING THE DEVIL
WAY DOWN YONDER
     IN NEW ORLEANS

Goodman Sextet:
FLYING HOME
MEMORIES OF YOU
HONEYSUCKLE ROSE
Jam Session:
OH, LADY BE GOOD
 

25

Empire Room
Waldorf-Astoria
NYC
Mutual broadcast
Goodman Sextet
 

26

27

Empire Room
Waldorf-Astoria
NYC
CBS broadcast
Goodman Sextet
 

28

Empire Room
Waldorf-Astoria
NYC
CBS broadcast
Goodman Sextet
 

29

30

“Camel Caravan”
NBC broadcast
Radio City Studios
NYC
Goodman Sextet
PICK-A-RIB
 

31

“Fitch Bandwagon”
NBC broadcast
Empire Room
Waldorf-Astoria
NYC
Goodman Sextet
TILL TOM SPECIAL
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JANUARY  1940

SUNDAY

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

 

1

Charles left NYC
    for Oklahoma City
 

2

vacation
OKC
 

3

vacation
OKC
 

4

vacation
OKC
 

5

vacation
OKC
 

6

vacation
OKC
 

7

vacation
OKC
 

8

vacation
OKC
 

9

vacation
OKC
 

10

vacation
OKC
 

11

Ruby's Grill
Oklahoma City
Charles honored as Special Guest
    at sell-out Jam Session
    “The Grill Boys”
 

12

vacation
OKC
 

13

Charles left OKC
    in the morning
    for NYC
 

14

15

NBC Studios
Rockefeller Center
NYC
NBC shortwave broadcast to

    Scandinavia
Goodman Sextet
STAR DUST
FLYING HOME
 

16

17

18

19

George F Pavilion
Johnson City, NY
Goodman Sextet
 

20

21

Strand Theater
Portland, Maine
Goodman Sextet
 

22

Strand Theater
Portland, Maine
Goodman Sextet
 

23

Strand Theater
Portland, Maine
Goodman Sextet
 

24

Strand Theater
Portland, Maine
Goodman Sextet
 

25

Strand Theater
Portland, Maine
Goodman Sextet
 

26

Strand Theater
Portland, Maine
Goodman Sextet
 

27

Strand Theater
Portland, Maine
Goodman Sextet
 

28

Worcester
    Auditorium
Worcester, Mass
Goodman Sextet
 

29

State Theater
Hartford, Conn
Goodman Sextet
 

30

State Theater
Hartford, Conn
Goodman Sextet
 

31

State Theater
Hartford, Conn
Goodman Sextet
 

 

 

 

 

FEBRUARY  1940

SUNDAY

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

 

 

 

 

1

Arcadia Ballroom
Providence, RI
Goodman Sextet
 

2

Georgetown University prom
Wardman Park Hotel
Washington, DC
radio broadcast
Goodman Sextet
 

3

Winter Carnival Ball
NY State Armory
125 Washington Ave
Schenectady, NY
Goodman Sextet
 

4

Westchester County Center
White Plains, NY
Goodman Sextet
 

5

Willard Hotel
Washington, DC
radio broadcast
Goodman Sextet
 

6

Empire Ballroom
Allentown, Penn
Goodman Sextet
 

7

Columbia Recording Session
NYC
Metronome All Stars
ALL STAR STRUT


Columbia Recording Session
NYC
Goodman Sextet
TILL TOM SPECIAL
GONE WITH WHAT WIND
 

8

9

Stanley Theater
Pittsburgh, Penn
Goodman Sextet
 

10

Stanley Theater
Pittsburgh, Penn
Goodman Sextet
 

11

Stanley Theater
Pittsburgh, Penn
Goodman Sextet
 

12

Stanley Theater
Pittsburgh, Penn
Goodman Sextet
 

13

Stanley Theater
Pittsburgh, Penn
Goodman Sextet
 

14

Stanley Theater
Pittsburgh, Penn
Goodman Sextet
 

15

Stanley Theater
Pittsburgh, Penn
Goodman Sextet
 

16

Lyric Theater
Indianapolis, Ind
Goodman Sextet
 

17

Lyric Theater
Indianapolis, Ind
Goodman Sextet
 

18

Lyric Theater
Indianapolis, Ind
Goodman Sextet
 

19

Lyric Theater
Indianapolis, Ind
Goodman Sextet
 

20

Lyric Theater
Indianapolis, Ind
Goodman Sextet
 

21

Lyric Theater
Indianapolis, Ind
Goodman Sextet
 

22

Lyric Theater
Indianapolis, Ind
Goodman Sextet
 

23

Chicago Theater
Chicago
Goodman Sextet
 

24

Chicago Theater
Chicago
Goodman Sextet
 

25

Chicago Theater
Chicago
Goodman Sextet
 

26

Chicago Theater
Chicago
Goodman Sextet
 

27

Chicago Theater
Chicago
Goodman Sextet
 

28

Chicago Theater
Chicago
Goodman Sextet
 

29

Chicago Theater
Chicago
Goodman Sextet
 

 

 

 

MARCH  1940

SUNDAY

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

 

 

 

 

 

1

2

vacation
 

3

vacation
 

4

vacation
 

5

vacation
 

6

vacation
 

7

vacation
 

8

vacation
 

9

vacation
 

10

vacation
 

11

vacation
 

12

vacation
 

13

vacation
 

14

vacation
 

15

vacation
 

16

vacation
 

17

vacation
 

18

vacation
 

19

The Cocoanut Grove
Ambassador Hotel
Los Angeles
NBC broadcast
Goodman Sextet:
GONE WITH WHAT WIND
Goodman Orchestra
 

20

21

22

Charles absent
    from gig at
The Cocoanut Grove
Ambassador Hotel
Los Angeles
NBC broadcast
Goodman ‘quintet’
    & orchestra
 

23

The Cocoanut Grove
Ambassador Hotel
Los Angeles
NBC broadcast
Goodman Sextet
    & Orchestra
 

24

25

26

The Cocoanut Grove
Ambassador Hotel
Los Angeles
Goodman Sextet
    & Orchestra
 

27

28

29

The Cocoanut Grove
Ambassador Hotel
Los Angeles
Goodman Sextet
    & Orchestra
 

30

The Cocoanut Grove
Ambassador Hotel
Los Angeles
NBC broadcast
Goodman Sextet
    & Orchestra
 

31

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

APRIL  1940

SUNDAY

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

 

1

2

The Cocoanut Grove
Ambassador Hotel
Los Angeles
Goodman Sextet
    & Orchestra
 

3

Columbia Recording Session
Hollywood
Goodman Sextet:
THE SHEIK OF ARABY
UNTITLED TUNE
POOR BUTTERFLY
Goodman Orchestra
 

4

5

The Cocoanut Grove
Ambassador Hotel
Los Angeles
NBC broadcast
Goodman Sextet:
SOFT WINDS
Goodman Orchestra
 

6

The Cocoanut Grove
Ambassador Hotel
Los Angeles
NBC broadcast
Goodman Sextet:
GONE WITH WHAT WIND
Goodman Orchestra
 

7

8

9

The Cocoanut Grove
Ambassador Hotel
Los Angeles
Goodman Sextet
    & Orchestra
 

10

Columbia Recording Session
Hollywood
Goodman Sextet:
I SURRENDER,  DEAR
GRAND SLAM
Goodman Orchestra
 

11

12

The Cocoanut Grove
Ambassador Hotel
Los Angeles
NBC broadcast
Goodman Sextet:
THE SHEIK OF ARABY
Goodman Orchestra
 

13

The Cocoanut Grove
Ambassador Hotel
Los Angeles
NBC broadcast
Goodman Sextet:
SOFT WINDS
Goodman Orchestra
 

14

15

16

The Cocoanut Grove
Ambassador Hotel
Los Angeles
Goodman Sextet
    & Orchestra
 

17

18

19

The Cocoanut Grove
Ambassador Hotel
Los Angeles
NBC broadcast
Goodman Sextet:
I SURRENDER, DEAR
Goodman Orchestra
 

20

The Cocoanut Grove
Ambassador Hotel
Los Angeles
Goodman Sextet
    & Orchestra
 

21

22

23

The Cocoanut Grove
Ambassador Hotel
Los Angeles
Goodman Sextet
    & Orchestra
 

24

25

26

The Cocoanut Grove
Ambassador Hotel
Los Angeles
NBC broadcast
Goodman Sextet:
THE SHEIK OF ARABY
Goodman Orchestra
 

27

The Cocoanut Grove
Ambassador Hotel
Los Angeles
NBC broadcast
Goodman Sextet:
POOR BUTTERFLY
Goodman Orchestra
 

28

29

30

Columbia Recording Session
Hollywood
Fred Astaire with
     Goodman Orchestra
JUST LIKE TAKING CANDY
     FROM A BABY

Goodman Orchestra


The Cocoanut Grove
Ambassador Hotel
Los Angeles
Goodman Sextet
    & Orchestra
 

 

 

 

 

 

MAY  1940

SUNDAY

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

 

 

 

1

Benefit Concert
Hollywood Bowl
Hollywood
Goodman Sextet
    & Orchestra
 

2

Hotel Adams
Phoenix, Ariz
broadcast
Goodman Sextet
    & Orchestra
 

3

Hotel Adams
Phoenix, Ariz
Goodman Sextet
    & Orchestra
 

4

Hotel Adams
Phoenix, Ariz
Goodman Sextet
    & Orchestra
 

5

Hotel Adams
Phoenix, Ariz
Goodman Sextet
    & Orchestra
 

6

7

Tucson, Ariz
Goodman Sextet
    & Orchestra
 

8

Tucson, Ariz
Goodman Sextet
    & Orchestra
 

9

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

17

18

mid-MAY    Pacific Northwest gigs:  Seattle, Wash;  Portland, Ore;  Eugene, Ore;  Vancouver, BC, Canada

19

20

21

22

23

24

25

26

27

28

Peacock Court
The Mark Hopkins Hotel
San Francisco
Mutual broadcast
Goodman Sextet:
SEVEN COME ELEVEN
Goodman Orchestra
 

29

30

31

 

 

JUNE  1940

SUNDAY

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

2

3

4

Peacock Court
The Mark Hopkins Hotel
San Francisco
Mutual broadcast
Goodman Sextet:
SIX APPEAL
Goodman Orchestra
 

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

Columbia Recording Session
Hollywood
Goodman Sextet:
SIX APPEAL
THESE FOOLISH THINGS
GOOD ENOUGH TO KEEP
 

12

13

Vogue Ballroom
Los Angeles
Goodman Sextet
    & Orchestra
 

14

15

Hotel St. Catharine
& Catalina Casino
Santa Catalina Island
Casino broadcast
Goodman Sextet
    & Orchestra
 

16

Hotel St. Catharine
& Catalina Casino
Santa Catalina Island
Casino broadcast
Goodman Sextet
    & Orchestra
 

17

18

19

20

21

22

Hotel St. Catharine
& Catalina Casino
Santa Catalina Island
Casino broadcast
Goodman Sextet:
HONEYSUCKLE ROSE
SIX APPEAL
Goodman Orchestra
 

23

Hotel St. Catharine
& Catalina Casino
Santa Catalina Island
Casino broadcast
Goodman Sextet
    & Orchestra
 

24

25

Columbia Recording Session
Hollywood
Goodman Orchestra:
LI’L BOY LOVE
 

26

27

28

29

Hotel St. Catharine
& Catalina Casino
Santa Catalina Island
Casino broadcast
Goodman Sextet
    & Orchestra
 

30

Hotel St. Catharine
& Catalina Casino
Santa Catalina Island
Casino broadcast
Goodman Sextet:
AC-DC CURRENT
Goodman Orchestra
 

 

 

 

 

 

between 15-30 June:

Hotel St. Catharine
& Catalina Casino
Santa Catalina Island
Casino broadcast
Goodman Sextet
AVALON
 

 

JULY  1940

SUNDAY

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

Hotel St. Catharine
& Catalina Casino
Santa Catalina Island
Casino broadcast
Goodman Sextet
    & Orchestra
 

7

Hotel St. Catharine
& Catalina Casino
Santa Catalina Island
Casino broadcast
Goodman Sextet
    & Orchestra
 

8

9

10

11

12

13

Hotel St. Catharine
& Catalina Casino
Santa Catalina Island
Casino broadcast
Goodman Sextet
    & Orchestra
 

14

Hotel St. Catharine
& Catalina Casino
Santa Catalina Island
Casino broadcast
Goodman Sextet
    & Orchestra
 

15

Goodman Sextet
    & Orchestra
disbanded till
    October 1940
 

16

17

18

19

20

21

 

22

23

24

25

26

27

28

29

Charlie Christian’s
    twenty-fourth birthday
    anniversary
 

30

31

 

 

 

 

ORCHESTRA DISBANDED FOR THREE MONTHS — CHARLIE CHRISTIAN KEPT ON SALARY

 

OCTOBER  1940

SUNDAY

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

 

 

1

2

3

4

Columbia Recording Session
NYC
Eddy Howard with
    octet under the direction of
    Teddy Wilson
STARDUST
WRAP YOUR TROUBLES
     IN DREAMS

 

5

6

 

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

17

18

Washington & Lee University
    prom
Lexington, Va
Goodman Septet
    & Orchestra
 

19

20

21

22

23

24

Apollo Theater
Charles sits in with
    Count Basie & his Orchestra
 

25

Lehigh University
    prom
Bethlehem, Penn
Goodman Septet
    & Orchestra
 

26

27

New Haven Arena
New Haven, Conn
Goodman Septet
    & Orchestra
 

28

Columbia Studios
NYC
Rehearsal with octet
    including Lester Young
AD-LIB BLUES
I NEVER KNEW
DICKIE’S DREAM
    (Charlie’s Dream)

DICKIE’S DREAM
    (Lester’s Dream)

WHOLLY CATS
 

29

30

31

 

 

 

NOVEMBER  1940

SUNDAY

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

2

3

4

Democratic Rally
Madison Square Garden
NYC
radio broadcast
Goodman Quintet
    including
    Count Basie rhythm section
GONE WITH WHAT WIND
 

5

6

7

Columbia Recording Session
NYC
Goodman & Sextet
WHOLLY CATS
ROYAL GARDEN BLUES
AS LONG AS I LIVE
BENNY’S BUGLE
 

8

9

Junior Hadassah Benefit
Manhattan Center
NYC
Goodman & Sextet
 

10

 

11

12

13

14

15

16

17

18

Local 802 Benefit
Manhattan Center
NYC
radio broadcast
Goodman & Sextet
 

19

Martin Block Show
“Make Believe Ballroom”
NYC
radio broadcast
Goodman & Sextet
BENNY’S BUGLE
WHOLLY CATS
HONEYSUCKLE ROSE
 

20

21

22

New Bradford Theater
Bradford, Penn
Goodman & Sextet
 

23

Valley Dale Ballroom
Columbus, Ohio
Goodman & Sextet
 

24

Trianon Ballroom
Cleveland, Ohio
Goodman & Sextet
 

25

26

Lowell Memorial Auditorium
Lowell, Mass
Goodman & Sextet
 

27

Worcester Memorial Auditorium
Worcester, Mass
Goodman & Sextet
 

28

Broadwood Hotel
Philadelphia
fraternity dance
Goodman & Sextet
 

29

30

 

DECEMBER  1940

SUNDAY

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

1

 

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

“We the People”
NYC
CBS broadcast
Goodman & Sextet
FLYING HOME
 

11

12

13

14

15

16

17

18

19

Columbia Recording Session
NYC
Goodman & Sextet
BREAKFAST FEUD
I CAN’T GIVE YOUANYTHING
    BUT LOVE

GONE WITH WHAT DRAFT
 

20

21

22

23

24

25

radio broadcast
Goodman & Sextet
WHOLLY CATS
 

26

27

Trianon Ballroom
Cleveland, Ohio
Goodman & Sextet
 

28

Youngstown, Ohio
Goodman & Sextet
 

29

30

Cleveland Country Club
Cleveland, Ohio
Goodman & Sextet
 

31

Sunnybrook Ballroom
Pottstown, Penn
Goodman & Sextet
 

 

 

 

 

 

JANUARY  1941

SUNDAY

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

 

 

 

1

Convention Hall
Philadelphia
Goodman & Sextet
 

2

3

4

5

Lyric Theater
Bridgeport, Conn
Goodman & Sextet
 

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

14

15

Columbia Recording Session
NYC
Goodman & Sextet
BREAKFAST FEUD
ON THE ALAMO
I FOUND A NEW BABY
GONE WITH WHAT DRAFT
 

16

Columbia Recording Session
NYC
The Charioteers
MAY I NEVER LOVE AGAIN

Victor Recording Session
NYC
Metronome All Star Band

ONE O’CLOCK JUMP
 

17

Providence Theater
Providence, RI
Goodman & Sextet
 

18

Providence Theater
Providence, RI
Goodman & Sextet
 

19

Providence Theater
Providence, RI
Goodman & Sextet
 

20

21

22

23

24

25

26

27

28

29

30

President’s Birthday Ball
Washington, DC
Goodman & Sextet
CC meets and shakes hands
    with FDR
 

31

 

 

FEBRUARY  1941

SUNDAY

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

2

3

4

5

Blue Note Recording Session
NYC
Edmond Hall Celeste Quartet
JAMMING IN FOUR
EDMOND HALL BLUES
PROFOUNDLY BLUE
CELESTIAL EXPRESS
 

6

7

8

9

10

“What’s New? –
     The Old Gold Show”
NBC broadcast
NYC
Goodman & Sextet:
WHOLLY CATS
Goodman Sextet & Orchestra
    with guest Red Norvo:
FLYING HOME
 

11

12

13

14

15

16

“Fitch Bandwagon”
NYC
NBC broadcast
Goodman & Sextet
GONE WITH WHAT DRAFT
 

17

“What’s New? –
     The Old Gold Show”
NBC broadcast
NYC
Goodman & Sextet
BREAKFAST FEUD
 

18

19

“America in Swingtime”
American Music Festival
NYC
Mutual broadcast
Goodman & Sextet
ROSE ROOM
FLYING HOME
THE BLUES
GONE WITH WHAT WIND
STOMPIN’ AT THE SAVOY
 

20

21

22

23

24

“What’s New? –
     The Old Gold Show”
NBC broadcast
NYC
Goodman & Sextet
GONE WITH WHAT DRAFT
 

25

26

27

28

 

 

MARCH  1941

SUNDAY

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

2

3

“What’s New? –
     The Old Gold Show”
NBC broadcast
NYC
Goodman & Sextet:
SIX APPEAL
Goodman Orchestra:
SOLO FLIGHT
 

4

Columbia Recording Session
NYC
Goodman Orchestra
SOLO FLIGHT
 

5

6

7

8

9

10

“What’s New? –
     The Old Gold Show”
NBC broadcast
NYC
Goodman & Sextet
FLYING HOME
 

11

12

13

Columbia Recording Studios
NYC
Pre-rehearsal Jam
RIFFIN’ AROUND
A SMO-O-O-OTH ONE
I CAN’T BELIEVE THAT
     YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH ME

ROSE ROOM
I HADN’T ANYONE TILL YOU
BLUES IN B


Columbia Recording Session
NYC
Goodman & Sextet
A SMO-O-O-OTH ONE
GOOD ENOUGH TO KEEP
 

14

15

16

17

“What’s New? –
     The Old Gold Show”
NBC broadcast
NYC
Goodman & Sextet
GOOD ENOUGH TO KEEP
 

18

19

20

21

22

23

24

“What’s New? –
     The Old Gold Show”
NBC broadcast
NYC
Goodman & Sextet
 

25

26

27

Columbia Recording Session
NYC
Goodman Orchestra
 

28

29

30

31

“What’s New? –
     The Old Gold Show”
NBC broadcast
NYC
Goodman & Sextet
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

APRIL  1941

SUNDAY

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

 

 

1

 

2

3

4

5

6

7

“What’s New? –
     The Old Gold Show”
NBC broadcast
NYC
Goodman & Sextet
WHOLLY CATS
 

8

9

10

11

Paramount Theatre
NYC
1st night of a 3-week gig
Goodman & Sextet
 

12

13

14

“What’s New? –
     The Old Gold Show”
NBC broadcast
NYC
Goodman & Sextet
IDA, SWEET AS
     APPLE CIDER
BREAKFAST FEUD
 

15

16

Paramount Theatre
NYC
Goodman & Sextet
 

17

18

19

20

21

“What’s New? –
     The Old Gold Show”
NBC broadcast
NYC
Goodman & Sextet
 

22

23

24

25

26

27

28

“What’s New? –
     The Old Gold Show”
NBC broadcast
NYC
Goodman & Sextet
SONG OF THE ISLANDS
 

29

30

 

 

 

 

MAY  1941

SUNDAY

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

 

 

 

 

1

Shenandoah Apple Blossom
    Festival
Alexandria, Va
Mutual broadcast
Goodman & Sextet
A SMO-O-O-OTH ONE
 

2

3

4

5

“What’s New? –
     The Old Gold Show”
NBC broadcast
NYC
Goodman Sextet & Orchestra
FLYING HOME
 

6

7

8

Minton’s Playhouse
NYC
Jam Session
STOMPIN’ AT THE SAVOY
 

9

10

11

12

Minton’s Playhouse
NYC
Jam Session
TOPSY  (Swing to Bop)
STOMPIN’ AT THE SAVOY
 

13

14

15

16

17

 

sometime in May

 


Minton’s Playhouse
NYC
Jam Session
HONEYSUCKLE ROSE  (Up on Teddy’s Hill)
I GOT RHYTHM  (Down on Teddy’s Hill)
 

Monroe’s Uptown House
NYC
Jam Session
I GOT RHYTHM  (Guy’s Got to Go)
STOMPIN’ AT THE SAVOY  (Lips Flips)
 

18

vacation
OKC
 

19

vacation
OKC
 

20

vacation
OKC
 

21

vacation
OKC
 

22

vacation
OKC
 

23

vacation
OKC
 

24

25

26

27

28

“Monte Proser Dance Carnival”
Madison Square Garden
NYC
Mutual broadcast
Goodman & Sextet:
BENNY’S BUGLE
Goodman Orchestra
 

29

30

“Monte Proser Dance Carnival”
Madison Square Garden
NYC
Mutual broadcast
Goodman Orchestra
 

31

“Monte Proser Dance Carnival”
Madison Square Garden
NYC
Mutual broadcast
Goodman Orchestra
 

 

JUNE  1941

SUNDAY

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

1

“Monte Proser Dance Carnival”
Madison Square Garden
NYC
Mutual broadcast
Goodman Orchestra
 

2

“Monte Proser Dance Carnival”
Madison Square Garden
NYC
Mutual broadcast
Goodman Orchestra
 

3

4

Columbia Recording Session
NYC
Goodman Orchestra
 

5

6

“Monte Proser Dance Carnival”
Madison Square Garden
NYC
Mutual broadcast
Goodman & Sextet:
ROSE ROOM
Goodman Orchestra
 

7

 

early June

 


“Monte Proser Dance Carnival”
Madison Square Garden
NYC
Mutual broadcast
Goodman Orchestra
SOLO FLIGHT
 

“Monte Proser Dance Carnival”
Madison Square Garden
NYC
Mutual broadcast
Goodman & Sextet
STOMPIN’ AT THE SAVOY
 

8

9

10

11

Columbia Recording Session
NYC
Goodman Orchestra
 

12

13

14

Cedar Point Ballroom
Sandusky, Ohio
Goodman & Sextet
Goodman Orchestra
1st night of
    Charlie Christian’s last gig
 

Charles became ill between 14 & 16 June.  He was rushed to Bellevue Hospital in NYC.  Transferred to Sea View Sanatorium on 11 July.

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CHARLIE CHRISTIAN REMAINED HOSPITALIZED FOR TUBERCULOSIS IN NEW YORK CITY
UNTIL HIS PASSING EIGHT MONTHS LATER AT 8:15 a.m. ON MONDAY, MARCH 2, 1942
AT SEA VIEW HOSPITAL ON STATEN ISLAND

 

 


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