SANTA CLAUS IS SWINGIN’ IN TOWN — ‘Live’ @ LITHO/ Cologne — December 10, 2011

Dear Friends & Colleagues —

— Let me tell you the Good News —

I saw “SANTA CLAUS COMING TO TOWN”.

I saw him burning a “SNOW FIRE”
With “BRUNO THE BLACK-BLOOZED SWINGBEAR” and his hip cohorts.

I saw him begging “LET IT SNOW”.

“I SAW MOMMY KISSING SANTA CLAUS”.

I saw Santa praying for “WHITE CHRISTMAS”,
Together with Bird in “WINTER WONDERLAND”
While they were “JINGLING THE BELLS” for a “SAD (waltzing time) WOMAN”.

I saw him swinging “CHRISTMAS SONGS”, old & new;

And I hope, I will see you there too.

Yours sincerely,

Brew

Brew Lite’s ADVENT’s LIGHTS

Bruno Leicht – Trumpet
François de Ribaupierre – Altosax & Clarinet
Joscha Oetz – Bass
Nils Tegen – Drums

— A seasonal addendum from Prof. Brewsk Litovsk’s archives —

WHITE CHRISTMAS — MY FAVORITE VERSION — IT HAPPENED ON CHRISTMAS 1948

Dear Folks —

We’re close to Christmas. This touching version of Irving Berlin’s biggest success, though most sappy song, White Christmas, wiped off the dust and transformed the schmaltz into bebop.

I hope you’ll enjoy the Charlie Parker Quintet with Bird on alto, Kenny Dorham on trumpet, Al Haig on piano, Tommy Potter on bass, and Max Roach on drums.

Bird with Berlin’s: White Christmas & More, “Symphony Sid” Torin, MC.

The scenery at the Royal Roost may have looked like this:


Booked on the very same evening, the 24th to the 25th of December 1948, or rather morning were Billy Eckstine and …

… Charlie Ventura. — In the background you see Dave Tough beating the skins. The fellow leaning back is of course Mr. Ventura on tenor.

The original set list and the source of my recording:

ROYAL ROOST SESSION #1:

Date: December 25, 1948
Place: Royal Roost, New York City
Group: Charlie Parker Quintet feat. Kenny Dorham (tp), Al Haig (p), Tommy Potter (b), Max Roach (d)
Recording: Live off of Radio Broadcast
Primary Source: CD Savoy Jazz ZDS 4412 (Roost Vol. 2)

1. Jumping With Symphony Sid/Jingle Bells (1:39)
2. Half Nelson (4:27)
3. White Christmas (4:50)
4. Little Willie Leaps (3:38) into
5. Fifty-Second Street Theme (1:45)

From left to right: Milt Jackson, Al Haig, Charlie Parker, unknown woman, Max Roach, Mrs. and Mr. Kenny Dorham

ⓒ Edgardo Falero

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