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 & His All American Band at Carnegie Hall on Christmas 1938.
The second track is … ah, wait a minute and listen to the blues first 😉
Here’s the transcription of the introducing & the closing announcements.
Blog owner’s acknowledgment: A big thanks to Mr. Losin for helping me to transcribe some of the tougher lines.
— Introduction (by Mr. Deems Taylor) —
“Now, you will hear a work by Mr. Art Shaw. (Applause)
“I’ve heard Mr. Shaw described variously as: ‘The greatest clarinet player in New York; the greatest clarinet player in the United States of America; and the greatest clarinet player in the world.’
“I take no part of this controversy except to venture the opinion that Mr. Shaw is pretty good. (Laughter)
“I asked Mr. Whiteman to give me a brief description of the styles for these, that I could use in these notes, and he said: ‘Well, it’s as though he’d gone to sleep in the Mozart symphony, and done a Rip Van Winkle and waked up to find himself in Cab Calloway’s band.’ (Laughter)
“Of the present work, um, our, er, ‘Fuehrer’, Mr. Whiteman, um… (Laughter) …remarks only that it has a very swampy opening, and then is blue. A great pleasure introducing Mr. Art Shaw.”
THE BLUES (WEST END BLUES & ST. LOUIS BLUES, quoted in B Flat)
— Closing announcement —
“He’s not here… No, he’s gone broadcasting. (Laughter)
“You know I don’t like to disparage a fellow artist, but… I mean that’s all nonsense!
“I’ve been hanging around orchestras for approximately 22 years, and Mr. Shaw, er, no, Mr. Shaw, you can’t do that on a B-flat clarinet! (Laughter & applause)
“And that book’s to prove it! (Laughter, applause & fade out).”
— Addendum —
Aha, “he’s gone broadcasting”. — Cute! — But where did he go? — I know… …and you will know too in a second. Here’s proof for Artie’s activities right after he played the blues at Carnegie Hall.
Artie Shaw & His Orchestra @ The Blue Room of the Lincoln Hotel, NYC, December 25, 1938: Feel free to listen to this “Melody & Madness” broadcast …
As far as I know, only three tunes survived from this broadcast:
1. Shine On Harvest Moon, 2., Artie Shaw’s composition Hold Your Hat & 3. Jeepers, Creepers with Tony Pastor, doing his charming thing à la Louis Prima.
This is the very first recorded ‘live’ performance (once again: as far as *I* know!) after Buddy Rich had joined the orchestra.
Georgie Auld can be heard on tenor sax, Les Jenkins solos on trombone.
Great sounds from my original LP’s. No digital enhancements here, just greatly swingin’ music!
P.S. — By the way, the Artie-Shaw-Craze started with this…
…namely with Artie’s INTERLUDE IN B-FLAT (probably from the rehearsal, since there is no applause; that’s the 2nd track I was talking about).
— Here comes its story, respectively the story of the recording in scans from the attached booklet (click to enlarge!):
Blog owner’s recommendation — This is the LP-Box where you can find the above recordings, and many more (click on the picture for some offerings):
Nice pun. Whiteman could even jump 😉