Category Archives: Jive

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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CHRISTMAS JAZZ from SWING to BOP — BREW’s ULTIMATE SEASONAL PLAYLIST

Have yourself a… …MERRY, HAPPILY SWINGIN’, COOL & PEACEFUL CHRISTMAS, dear folks! By the way: – NONE of the tracks on the below playlist could be found on the pictured album. – ALL of them have been taken from various … Continue reading

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BEFORE I’m GONNA COOKIN’: HERE’s HOWARD McGHEE… COOKIN’ … WHAT ELSE?

Hi there, swingin’ gals ‘n’ lads: Have all a greatly cookin’ weekend! Boppingly yours truly, Brewnster McLite Enjoy!

Posted in Andy Kirk, Dedication, Etymology, Fats Navarro, Howard McGhee, Jazz Stories & Tales, Invented Truths & Actual Happenings, Jive, Mary Lou Williams, Portrait, Swing Era, Tongue In Cheek, Trumpet | Tagged , , , , ,

MY PRE-EASTER GIFT is COUNT BASIE & HIS ORCHESTRA and their jivin’ “AIR MAIL SPECIAL” – 1941

BUT… this is – as said – only the preface to my original Easter gift which will come in a week. So, stay tuned with ‘The Count’ Bill Basie, Harry ‘Sweets’ Edison, Don Byas, ‘Papa Jo’ Jones, ‘Mr. Five by … Continue reading

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SOMETHING HEARTWARMING FOR THE COLD FEBRUARY: HARRY JAMES & HIS MUSIC MAKERS – “MY BABY JUST CARES FOR ME” & MORE – ‘ROUND 1946

This is track #5 on side 2 of one of my favorite Harry James LP’s: HARRY JAMES & HIS ORCHESTRA – THE UNCOLLECTED – VOL. 1 – 1943-46 The album contains not only greatly swingin’ instrumentals like the posted “My … 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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ANOTHER REVOLUTION IN SWING: DON REDMAN & HIS ORCHESTRA – I GOT RHYTHM – JUNE 30, 1932

Quote: “On 30 June 1932, Don Redman and His Orchestra made the first wholly instrumental recording of “I Got Rhythm” – an early example of many black musicians’ tendency to omit Ira Gershwin’s lyrics.” … but not only was it … Continue reading

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