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IT HAPPENED EXACTLY 75 YEARS & 1 DAY AGO: Tommy Dorsey Recorded “NIGHT IN SUDAN”…

…one of the most outstanding charts he & his orchestra ever performed. Certain places in the Far & Middle East were always inspiring jazz musicians, swingin’ on the not so romantic urban Western Frontier: “Twilight In Turkey”, “A Night In Tunisia”, … Continue reading

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ETERNAL REPOST: IT HAPPENED 70 YEARS AGO: D-DAY ∽ JUNE 6, 1944

The President of the United States of America, Mr. Barack Obama, who has visited Germany five years ago, was in Normandy the next morning, for celebrating the day which helped to end World War II in Europe, then 65 years … Continue reading

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Bruno Leicht & “LITTLE WILLI LEAPS AGAIN” – Piano Solo & “Um die Ecke” – May 21, 2014

This is an extended blues à la rhumba (similar to Tommy Dorsey’s “Perfidia”, which is *NOT* played as a rhumba anyway), dedicated to Little Willi, a new Californian citizen, who arrived yesterday in the wee small hours of the morning. … Continue reading

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DUKE’s RHYTHM MAN No. 1: SONNY GREER & “DRUMMER’s DELIGHT” — 1938

Folks who are digging swingin’ drummers, too often forget to mention the under-appreciated Sonny Greer who spend half of his career in Duke Ellington’s various aggregations, starting with a quintet in 1919, continuing with Duke’s Washingtonians in 1924, who eventually … Continue reading

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HAPPY BELATED 115th ANNIVERSARY, DUKE OF ELLINGTON !!! — THE TATTOOED & OTHER BRIDES

This is the definitive beginning of my non-political anniversary year. For me, there won’t be 1914, 1939, 1944, or 1989 in the center of interest. – No, on the contrary: This blog will feature a load of short articles ’round … Continue reading

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My Antique Easter Gift, Also In 2014: THEY ALL WANTED MOTEN SWING …..and they surely still do in 2014 ;)

Doug’s seasonal post at Rifftides (Jimmy Lunceford in 1939 with Irving Berlin’s “Easter Parade”) inspired me to insert three other “Easter Parade’s” right here, as kinda musical preface, before we eventually will be happily parading along with swingin’ Benny Moten. … Continue reading

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DIMINUENDO & CRESCENDO IN BLUE 1937, 1946, 1953, 1956 & 1958 — The Genesis of a Dukish Masterpiece

– Yesterday’s post has inspired me to do what I have planned a long time ago: All significant versions of “Diminuendo & Crescendo In Blue” compiled in one post, and in chronological order (for the rest, see yesterday’s updated post). … Continue reading

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