Piano Parade

Date: 
04/12/1952
Additional Artists: 
Ticket Price: 
$3.60
Attendance: 
3,500

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"PIANO PARADE" IN HAPPY BOW DESPITE TATUM'S TARDINESS

Detroit, April 19. - World premier of "Piano Parade" drew an attendance of about 3500 for a one-nighter Saturday (12) at the Masonic Temple. With the house scaled for a $3.60 top, gross is estimated at around $6,000. Unit, set to play a long string of one-nighters after Detroit, is packaged by the Gale office, with Martha Glaser as representative here.

Show had a bad break when Art Tatum was delayed on opening, and Pete Johnson and Meade Lux Lewis were put on first, followed by an announcement that Tatum was delayed and might not arrive. Management offered to refund admissions, with the show one-third over, to any customers who wouldn't take a chance on the substitutions and Tatum's arrival. Only 29 went to the box office for refunds. Al Hibbler came in from the Flame Show Bar to work as accompianist for Pete Johnson with only two minutes rehearsal. Slam (Leroy) Stewart and Everett Barksdale, who play bass in the Erroll Garner Trio, did an unscheduled duo number and Garner himself did an overlength bit to fill in time. Tatum finally arrived and went into his turn, running the show till 12 a.m. Promotion on the show was handled locally by Arthur Schurgin.

["PIANO PARADE" IN HAPPY BOW DESPITE TATUM'S TARDINESS. The Billboard. 26 Apr 1952, p.46]