Category Archives: Portrait

A LOT OF LIST’NIN’ TO DO ∽ MR. COLE PORTER’s GONE 50 YEARS AGO

He was a genius. That’s easy to say ’bout someone who wrote 300 songs in the beginning of his career, songs, no one remembers today: From “Jeri Southern Meets Cole Porter”, “Which?” For Cole Porter it was just fun, big … Continue reading

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BREW LITE’s NINE O’CLOCK BEER BOYS — ‘Live’ @ NUNK MUSIC RECORD STORE, Cologne, June 7, 2014

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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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HAPPY 90th ANNIVERSARY, DORIS DAY !!!

You can be sure, dear swingin’ Lady: We all love you, and you will be remembered forever as one of the greatest chanteuses of the 20th Century. You may not be aware of it, but your vocal artistry inspired us … Continue reading

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SENSATIONAL DISCOVERY !!! THE LONG-LOST EDISON CYLINDER WITH BUDDY BOLDEN FROM 1894: THAT’S HOW BUDDY REALLY SOUNDED

It was 11 years ago when I spent some time in New Orleans. There I met this very old negro (he insisted in being called a “negro”), Mr. Georges de Saint-James, 95 years, a man who was there when Storyville … Continue reading

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