Monthly Archives: March 2013

10 YEARS AGO: BREW-ORLEANS @ EASTER 2003

Steve Provizer asked me about the above pocket bugle, and why I used a big trumpet mouthpiece. Here’s my explanation: This was an eBay mispurchase… *almost*. I ordered the horn from a German (!) seller two weeks before I was … Continue reading

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AS FOR MARCH’s SEASONAL SOUND — HERE WE GO WITH THE GLENN MILLER ALUMNI ORCHESTRA & ST. LOUIS BLUES MARCH — 1953

St. Louis Blues … March (get it?) — The Glenn Miller Alumni Orchestra. This famous version of the AAFB-head arrangement stems from the soundtrack mono LP (pictured) to “The Glenn Miller Story” (1953). Since the movie is showing marching G.I.’s … Continue reading

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HOLY FRIDAY 2013: NO MUSIC, JUST A POEM BY ROBERT BLY

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PALMS OF PARADISE, or: HARRY JAMES’ VERY SPECIAL EXOTICISMS ;)

Today is Palm Sunday, at least for Christians. This offers me the opportunity to play one of Harry James’ forgotten ballads with a slightly syrupy vocal by Fran Heines: Palms Of Paradise, recorded for Varsity on February 12, 1940 (Varsity … Continue reading

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BEFORE I’m GONNA COOKIN’: HERE’s HOWARD McGHEE… COOKIN’ … WHAT ELSE?

Hi there, swingin’ gals ‘n’ lads: Have all a greatly cookin’ weekend! Boppingly yours truly, Brewnster McLite Enjoy!

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MY PRE-EASTER GIFT is COUNT BASIE & HIS ORCHESTRA and their jivin’ “AIR MAIL SPECIAL” – 1941

BUT… this is – as said – only the preface to my original Easter gift which will come in a week. So, stay tuned with ‘The Count’ Bill Basie, Harry ‘Sweets’ Edison, Don Byas, ‘Papa Jo’ Jones, ‘Mr. Five by … Continue reading

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P.S. RE: TRIGGER & HIS FUNDA…err…PHENOMENAL COLLEAGUES ;)

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