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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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Since (almost!) absolutely nothing will change, a re-re-repost: FOR SOME REASON MOSTLY ALL BUT *NOT* IN THE KEY OF ‘C’ a.k.a COLOGNE CARNIVAL 2014

Oh yeah! — That’s all (as last year!) still very, very, I mean: Absolutely kinda like super-duuper-funny. It’s actually just laughably-ridiculously deeelightful. …LOLL. And so: Enjoy once again! Carnivalesque Blues & Jazz Men 1. While We Danced At The Mardi Gras … Continue reading

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75 YEARS SPREADING “NOTES AZURES” — HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, “BLUE NOTE” !!!

There’s not much I can tell you about the most influential of all jazz labels which hasn’t been said already by all those experts. Anyway, today is the very day when Mr. Alfred Lion, “Blue Note’s” imaginative founder (together with … Continue reading

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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

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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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