Since we’re still in JUNE, here’s Barney Bigard …

… who has this certain Summer feeling he wants to share with us:

June (Blog owner’s note: It opens in a new window!), as played by Ray Nance (tp) Juan Tizol (tb) Barney Bigard (cl) Harry Carney (bs) Duke Ellington (p) Jimmy Blanton (b) Sonny Greer (b), recorded in Hollywood, September 26, 1941

This was probably the most swinging period in Duke Ellington’s life: The late 1930’s, early 1940’s; the so-called “Blanton-Webster Band”:

𝄆 There are only two things: love, all sorts of love, with pretty girls, and the music of New Orleans or Duke Ellington. Everything else ought to go, because everything else is ugly. 𝄇Boris Vian

Jimmy Blanton was the very first bass player who broke up the steady four-to-the-bar rhythm by inserting occasional triplets, or off-beat kicks.

That’s all so far for jazz history. You’ll find a lot of information about Duke Ellington, Jimmy Blanton, and Ben Webster on the internet.

Just start a search. Yesss, do it, right now, and then go, and buy some records.

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