Category Archives: Artie Shaw

SYNCHRONICITY

Amazingly, JazzWax blogger Marc Myers and I will both be delivering jazz historic lectures on next Tuesday, April 30. Mr. Myers will read from his book Why Jazz Happened at the State University of New York, and I will talk … Continue reading

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HAUNTED HOUSES IN HARLEM, A LONELY COTTAGE FOR SALE & A DESERTED FARM

This darkest of all my articles is about mysterious houses I have shot during a recent trip through the eastern part of Germany, the former DDR: Rostock, Magdeburg, Dresden, Leipzig & Görlitz. I was lucky because some of the impressive … Continue reading

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ALSO WHITEMAN (sic!) & SHAW COULD PLAY THE BLUES – CARNEGIE HALL, CHRISTMAS CONCERT (1938)

Let’s briefly return to Artie Shaw for some minutes. — I always wanted to post these rare gems for your listening pleasure. The first track is entitled “The Blues”, and it features the upcoming superstar Artie Shaw with Paul Whiteman … Continue reading

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ARTIE SHAW WAS FREE TO DO IT ALL — Some Sounds From 1934, 1937, 1938 & 1939

For Artie Shaw it surely wasn’t “his finest orchestra”, the Rhythmakers (sic!), who nevertheless did some greatly swingin’ sides in 1937 & 1938. No, this outfit was more or less the same orchestra which made him a rich man, a … Continue reading

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Repost In The Light Of Marc Myers’ Recent CD-Tip: ARTIE SHAW – AN AUTOGRAPH by THE KING of CLARINET & NINE of his DREAMS

This is a dated autograph by Artie Shaw (from 1949) I had dug up in the web years ago; it has survived some computer crashes until today (May 21, 2009). So I took the chance and can now proudly present … Continue reading

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DEDICATED TO MR. JONATHAN SHAW: DUKE ELLINGTON’s “THE TATTOOED BRIDE”, ‘LIVE’ IN PASADENA, 1953

Here’s to you, the great Jimmy Hamilton on clarinet, improvising beautifully on Duke Ellington’s famous portrait piece with the cryptic title THE TATTOOED BRIDE. As soon as I have found the below LP again (I’ve unfortunately given it away 20 … Continue reading

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BREW’s HALLOWEEN AFTERMATH: HOW ‘BOUT A REAL NIGHTMARE, MEETING A SWEETIE, NAMED SUE?

Oh yeah, this is true; and you should take your pills before watching: Here’s my friend Karidder234’s description: These two rare tracks with Artie Shaw & His Orchestra are the perfect introduction to the man and his music: “Nightmare”, Artie’s … Continue reading

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