THREE BEBOP LEGENDS: HOWARD MCGHEE, AL HAIG & J.C. HEARD ALL SIGNED ON SAME ALBUM PAGE IN 1948 WHILE PERFORMING WITH CHARLIE PARKER, "Sincerely Al Haig", "& Howard McGhee", and "J. C. Heard", all three in green ink, on the same 5.5 x 4.5 light green album page, dated on the reverse in another hand, 14 NOV 48. This rare group of signatures of bebop musicians is in fine condition.
Howard McGhee (1918-87) was one of the first bebop jazz trumpeters, with Dizzy Gillespie, Fats Navarro and Idrees Sulieman. He was known for his fast fingering and high notes. In 1946–47, some record sessions for the new label Dial were organized in Hollywood with Charlie Parker and Howard McGhee. McGhee continued to work as a sideman with Parker. He played on titles like "Relaxin' at Camarillo", "Cheers", "Carvin the Bird" and "Stupendous". Around this time, McGhee was a leading musician in the Los Angeles bebop scene.
Alan Warren Haig (1922-82) was an American jazz pianist, best known as one of the pioneers of bebop. He started playing with Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker in 1945, and performed and recorded under Gillespie from 1945 to 1946 and under Parker from 1948 to 1950.
James Charles Heard (1917-88) known as J. C. Heard, was an American swing, bop, and blues drummer. He performed in bands led by Benny Carter, Louis Jordan, Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Woody Herman, and Dizzy Gillespie. He also performed at major jazz festivals, and played alongside Roy Eldridge and Charlie Parker.