|Originally Performed By||Charlie Parker|
"Donna Lee" is a beloved bebop standard, long thought to be composed by Charlie Parker, but in fact is the work of Miles Davis. Phish debuted “Donna Lee” on 10/29/88 at the Goddard College’s Sculpture Room, assisted by Russ Remington on alto saxophone. Phish’s take on the standard is traditional, sincere, and probably better than you think for a straight-ahead jazz classic. Other horn-assisted versions include 10/20/89 with Russell Remington and Dave Grippo; 2/16/90 with Grippo; and on 7/12/91 with The Giant Country Horns, officially released as LivePhish 19. Those renditions without horns tended to be of the shorter variety, featuring Trey and Page weaving the intricate lines, and sometimes including a rare, traditional bass solo from Mike.Charlie Parker, “Donna Lee”
As with most tunes traditional jazz tunes, “Donna Lee” faded from the Phish repertoire after 1991, as they started playing larger rooms, with an exploding roster of originals. Thought long-forgotten and 267 shows removed from its last performance, on 7/25/93 Waterloo Village, Stanhope, NJ, Phish weaved portions of “Donna Lee” into the “David Bowie” intro. While “Donna Lee” faded from the Phish song list, Bad Hat – featuring Trey, Fish, Stacy Starkweather and Jamie Masefield – offered two versions on 9/10/94 and 9/11/94.Phish, “Donna Lee” – 6/23/89, Boston, MA
Phish.net is a non-commercial project run by Phish fans and for Phish fans under the auspices of the all-volunteer, non-profit Mockingbird Foundation.
This project serves to compile, preserve, and protect encyclopedic information about Phish and their music.
The Mockingbird Foundation is a non-profit organization founded by Phish fans in 1996 to generate charitable proceeds from the Phish community.
And since we're entirely volunteer – with no office, salaries, or paid staff – administrative costs are less than 2% of revenues! So far, we've distributed just about $1,500,000 to support music education for children – hundreds of grants in all 50 states, with more on the way.