Celebrating the birthday Theodore Navarro aka "Cody" aka "Fats", aka "Fat Girl" popularly known as "Fats Navarro"
Master musician, composer, and trumpeter
"Fats Navarro" was a trumpet virtuoso with a big, brawny sound that set the tone for the rise of bebop.
He played perfect original, fresh melodies and all the right chord progressions.
His style and sound was his own.
Navarro achieved considerable popularity with the jazz public and was highly admired by both critics and fellow musicians. Fats Navarro had piano lessons from age 6 and began on trumpet at age thirteen. He also studied tenor sax.
He briefly worked in the Walter Johnson band in Miami while still in high school.
After High School, he joined Sol Albrights's band, and worked with Snookum Russell's orchestra. Fats played with Russell during (1941-42) and became its feature trumpet soloist. From 1943-1944, he played with Andy Kirk and his "Clouds of Joy." 1945-1946 he replaced Dizzy Gillespie with the Billy Eckstine big band. 1946-1947 Navarro recorded with Kenny Clarke's Be Bop Boys, Coleman Hawkins, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Illinois Jacquet, and Tadd Dameron.
He recorded under his own name on several occasions as well. Altogether he appears on about 150 sides during this period.
He toured in the Spring of 1948 with the Lionel Hampton Band. After, he became a member of the Tadd Dameron group.
Navarro was the feature soloist with Tadd's group. He was a Metronome jazz poll winner for 1948. He went on the road one last time with the Jazz at the Philharmonic tour for about seven weeks in February and March of 1949.
He had two studio recording dates in 1949, one in August on a Bud Powell date.
He made classic recordings with Bud Powell in a quintet with a young Sonny Rollins.
One month later he participated on a recording with tenor saxophonist, Don Lanphere. On July 1, 1950 Fats Navarro made his last recordings live at Birdland that featured Charlie Parker and Bud Powell, playing several long and interesting solos.
His exciting solo on "The Street Beat" is one of his longest on record.