Just a beautiful, a fitting song for the season: THE SUMMER WIND …

… as delivered by one of my all time favorite songstresses: Miss Madeleine Peyroux 💋

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Queen Of Soul Recording In New York

Barack Obama said via Twitter:


There is nothing more to add … but some of her great music.

Long live Aretha Franklin!

First of all, feel free to listen to her very first, still quite jazzy album (if you click on the title, you will find the complete list of personnel).


Won’t Be Long
Over The Rainbow
Love Is The Only Thing
Sweet Lover
All Night Long
Who Needs You?
Right Now
Are You Sure
Maybe I’m A Fool
It Ain’t Necessarily So
(Blue) By Myself
Today I Sing The Blues

The rest is history.

Read the obituary in the New York Times; and there is of course a lot to dig up on the world wide web.

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One of Hitchcock’s greatest films: SPELLBOUND (1945) with music by MIKLÓS RÓZSA

And here’s a re-recorded portion of the score to the nightmarish scene with scissors, and Ingrid Bergman as Salome (pictured) which was extra designed for the film by Salvatore Dalí:

Part III of this little entry is strictly on topic of this swingin’ blog, namely Vido Musso’s version of the Spellbound love theme, or, as YouTuber SwingMan1937 (now SM1938!) has put it so fittingly:

Little twist here tonight.

No header mistake – here’s an actual movie theme on Savoy! Alfred Hitchcock, no less!

The personnel for this February 26, 1946 session are:

Eddie Safranski – bass
Vido Musso – tenor sax
Sanford Gold – piano
Denzil Best – drums


…that updated file (updated once again on July 22, 2018), because the “video” with the scratchy sound file doesn’t exist anymore: “SPELL BOUND”, directly transferred from a relatively new LP:


P.S. — I’ve ordered a wonderful LP some hours ago: “Spellbound – Classic Film Scores of Miklós Rózsa”; the equivalent of this very rare LP can be found on CD HERE

Here’s yet another version of the famous theme, again with the mysterious theremin leitmotiv:

Posted in Jazz Stories & Tales, Invented Truths & Actual Happenings



Here’s the REAL PRESident, playing his tune “Detention Barracks Blues” a.k.a. “D. B. Blues”. — Lester Young (ts) Oscar Peterson (p) Herb Ellis (g) Ray Brown (b) J. C. Heard (d) – Bushnell Memorial Auditorium, Hartford, Connecticut, May 1953:



In many ways better than the mad man’s twittering:

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Posted in Jazz Stories & Tales, Invented Truths & Actual Happenings

Helsinki: TRUMP/ PUTIN – Press Conference – some minutes ago


Ban all nuclear weapons!

I took this screenshot from the ‘live’ feed some minutes ago. Why was the old man not permitted to hold this demand clearly readable in front of a camera?


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Posted in Jazz Stories & Tales, Invented Truths & Actual Happenings

RE: 4th of July — A SOLID AFFAIR: Duke Ellington’s Interpretation of THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER — Carnegie Hall, January 23, 1943

Since we are living in grim times where some parody of a president is twittering confused messages nearly every hour, I’m daring to post this parody of one of the most famous war memorials of all times:

The United States Marine Corps War Memorial

Please remember: This is all in fun, OuKay?! — The photo on the bottom was shot by yours truly during the Summer trip of the Cologne Music College Big Band to the USA in 1986.

The Duke Ellington Orchestra performs The Star Spangled Banner with verve and drive, and Sonny Greer’s snare work is witty and groovy. The last chord is pure jazz: it’s Db-major with an added sixth. Just grandiose, Dukish grandezza so to speak.


Posted in 1943, 1954, Anniversary, Carnegie Hall, Celebration, Duke Ellington, Impersonation, It's been a ball!, January, Jazz Adaptation, Jazz History Lecture, Jazz Stories & Tales, Invented Truths & Actual Happenings, Madness


Hi folks —

I always wanted to post this rare gem, an original autograph of the wonderful, of the inimitable, the one and only Oran ‘Hot Lips’ Page!

‘Hot Lips’ was an eager, and very busy after-hours jam session-ite. He played in various settings, with today mostly unknown cats (except the ones on the golden cover, of course!) at Minton’s Playhouse, at Monroe’s Uptown Hall, or at Jerry Newman’s apartment, and other joints, just for his and everybody’s fun.

‘Hot Lips’ was a joyful trumpeter with a big tone, directly influenced by Louis Armstrong. Most commercial studio dates don’t reflect his daring trumpet excursions; they rarely let you hear adequately how he really sounded. — He sometimes went to the extreme, as the following great interpretation of I Got Rhythm from 1940 shows.

This music can be already labeled “free jazz”, but on chord changes. Very interesting is ‘Hot Lips’ Page’s unexpected use of a well known bebop phrase of which I always thought it had been invented by Dizzy Gillespie, or Fats Navarro.

Be warned in advance, ’cause this is a very mad chase on Gershwin’s old warhorse! — Herbie Fields plays the crazy tenorsax, and Donald Lambert can be heard with a rather wild stride piano. — As it is stated in Dan Morgenstern’s very informative LP liners, ‘Hot Lips’ plays with the soft trumpet leather case pulled over the bell of the trumpet throughout the session; he did that for avoiding complaints of the neighbors.

The track was recorded during a party in Jerry Newman’s apartment. He had a portable disc recorder, a rare thing in the early 1940’s. Have a closer listening to Oran’s very last sound of the 1st solo: He blew it only on the mouthpiece!

Some chicks in the audience are responding with orgiastic cheers:

I GOT RHYTM. (Note: File will be substituted soon).

The next number is one of the most lyrical versions of Joe Primrose’s ST. JAMES INFIRMARY BLUES.

It features Artie Shaw’s super smooth, but nevertheless very bluesy clarinet, and ‘Hot Lips’ is not only playing a splendid trumpet solo during the last third of the piece, he also sings the requiem in his own, grief-stricken rough way, backed by trumpeter Max Kaminsky. Listen to the orchestra too, how groovy they’re responding to the powerful bugle calls.

Georgie Auld, Johnny Guarnieri, and Ray Conniff can be heard with brief solos on tenorsax, piano, and trombone. — The very famous, two-part chart, penned by an unknown arranger in two different tempos, was recorded for Victor Bluebird in New York, on November 12, 1941.

Blog owner’s note:

This post was a work in progress, and so, you may have found the promised links, and other alterations.

Stay tuned anyway!

Very Blowingly Hot Lips Page

For framing also the bottom of the picture with yet more music (it has been sent to me as a gift by a very good Canadian friend from a still very swinging big band forum), here’s one of meanwhile numerous YouTube videos, which are playing original shellacks of justifiably very proud owners. — Well, this can be quite a painful experience sometimes, but not in this case.

Go, get some gin, and enjoy!

Blog owner’s 2nd note: As I said above, this article was a – now completed – work in progress 🙂


“As for the photo: I really believe it is a portion of a larger photograph of a jam session at Jimmy Ryan’s (circa 1942 or so) and I would bet money that the complete photograph is by Charles Peterson and is in either SWING ERA NEW YORK or EDDIE CONDON’S SCRAPBOOK OF JAZZ.


Drum roll.

I believe the guitarist is Jack Bland. The tenorist is probably Kenneth Hollon. The altoist is definitely Pete Brown, and I am fairly sure it is Kaminsky.

Does that help?”


It surely did, Mr. Ess! — Thanks a bunch!

‘Hot Lips’ at the Reno Club, Kansas City

Addendum —

St. James Infirmary Blues – The lines, as sung by ‘Hot Lips’:

Went down to the St. James Infirmary
I saw my baby there,

Stretched out on a long white table,
So cold, so sweet, so fair.

Let her go, let her go, God bless her;
Wherever she may be
She can look this wide world over
She’ll never find another sweet man like me.

Though she treated me mean and low-down
Somehow I didn’t care
Well the Lord knows she was a good girl
And I’ll see her again up there.

Now, when I die, I want you to bury me in Edwin Clapp shoes
A box-back suit and a Stetson hat;
Put a twenty-dollar gold piece on my watch chain
So the boys know I died standin’ pat.

Blog owner’s note: The correct brand name of the shoes has been kindly provided by Mr. S 😉 — Thanks a bunch!

Blog owner’s 2nd note: Edited on Corpus Christi, May 31, 2018, and belatedly dedicated to my student bass player Miss H. who loves to play St. James’ Infirmary.

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