Category Archives: Jazz Adaptation

THE GENIUS OF ART FARMER & THE SAD EYES OF JOHANNA SÄLLSTRÖM

One of my favorite trumpet, respectively flugelhorn albums is To Sweden With Love (1964) by the Art Farmer Quartet, starring Jim Hall on guitar, Steve Swallow on acoustic bass, and the late Pete LaRoca on drums (Pete left us on November … Continue reading

Posted in All American Rhythm Section, Art Farmer, CD review, Dedication, Flugelhorn, Jazz Adaptation, Jazz Stories & Tales, Invented Truths & Actual Happenings, Jim Hall, Johanna Sällström, Mankell's Wallander, Pete LaRoca, Poetry, Portrait, Steve Swallow, Sweden | Tagged , , , ,

PALMS OF PARADISE, or: HARRY JAMES’ VERY SPECIAL EXOTICISMS ;)

Today is Palm Sunday, at least for Christians. This offers me the opportunity to play one of Harry James’ forgotten ballads with a slightly syrupy vocal by Fran Heines: Palms Of Paradise, recorded for Varsity on February 12, 1940 (Varsity … Continue reading

Posted in Big Band Vocalist, Exoticism, Harry James, Jazz Adaptation, Jazz Stories & Tales, Invented Truths & Actual Happenings, Trumpet, World War II | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

EVERYBODY WANTS HAPPY HERMAN “TRIGGER” ALPERT !!!

– PREFACE – Since I wrote my darkest article two weeks ago – you remember the one about haunted, lonely houses & cottages for sale (it’s updated now) -, the following may be the happiest of ‘em all. – BULK – … Continue reading

Posted in All American Rhythm Section, Big Band Vocalist, Dedication, Etymology, Glenn Miller, Herman "Trigger" Alpert, Jazz Adaptation, Jazz Stories & Tales, Invented Truths & Actual Happenings, Portrait, Swing Era, Tongue In Cheek, World War II | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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

Posted in Artie Shaw, Blues, Dedication, Etymology, Film Noir, Germans, Glen Gray, Henry "Red" Allen, Jazz Adaptation, Jazz Stories & Tales, Invented Truths & Actual Happenings, Portrait, Trumpet, Winter | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Repost in the light of another video: BUDDY RICH — LIVE @ JAZZ FEST BERLIN — NOVEMBER 1984

–Preface– Since the below video was taken in Cologne’s Sartory Saal (where I heard the WDR Big Band for the very first time when I began my jazz studies in March 1985), it’s a great pleasure for me to update this … Continue reading

Posted in Buddy Rich, Jazz Adaptation, Jazz Stories & Tales, Invented Truths & Actual Happenings, Leonard Bernstein, Nathalie Wood, Portrait, West Side Story | 2 Comments

…as for WEST SIDE STORY :)

– And now? Now, ya gonna be cool, and ya gonna dance to the westside o’town, an’ ya get a copy o’ the Dee-Vee-Dee & the original soundtrack … somewhere ;) A self-critical P.S. by lyricist Stephen Sondheim can be … Continue reading

Posted in Jazz Adaptation, Jazz Stories & Tales, Invented Truths & Actual Happenings, Jerome Robbins, Jive, Leonard Bernstein, Nathalie Wood, Native Americans, Obituary, Portrait, Robert Wise, Stephen Sondheim, Tongue In Cheek, West Side Story | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , ,

REPOST FROM 2010: BETRAYED — AN ANTI WAR THREAD

Although I once claimed that “this thread will be a work in progress” when I first posted it in April 2010, I got distracted by some rehearsals for “Novecento”, and simply forgot about it. Anyway, I dug it up from … Continue reading

Posted in Clark Gable, Germans, Jazz Adaptation, Jazz Stories & Tales, Invented Truths & Actual Happenings, Lana Turner, Portrait | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments