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 leaving Germany for New Orleans.

The package arrived at my place in the very morning of my departure! So, I had only ten minutes left to decide which horn I would take with me: My original big Conn-Connstellation, or this bloody pocket, err, tube.

As you can see have I chosen the shrink-trumpet. The attached mouthpiece was crap, and so I took the Schilke #9 I’m using since more than 20 years by now.

After 9/11, bigger cases (like for the Conn) had to travel in the hold, which I didn’t know then. So, it was wise to take the pocket trumpet despite non-working valves and some mysteriously missing notes (I’m still looking for them).

Brew-Orleans-Blooze-in-the-NightThe below picture shows Ferdinand “Jelly Roll” Morton’s home at 1443 Frenchmen Street which is a very poor neighborhood.

Now, what did I blow there for the folks? “King Porter Stomp” of course, but in a very shaky version, and in the wrong key. The folks loved it so much that I had to unpack the bugle every three minutes for encores on my way back until I was out of sight.



That’s the place, “Serio’s Delicatessen” on Canal Street, where I’d digested my very first (and alas, my last) alligator po-boy-sandwich. Tasted delicious, very spicy!


Doug’s seasonal post (2011) at Rifftides (Jimmy Lunceford in 1939 with Irving Berlin’s “Easter Parade”) inspired me to insert three other “Easter Parade’s” right here, as kinda musical preface, before we eventually will be happily parading along with swingin’ Benny Moten.

A very obscure version from 1935 starts the proceedings:

It’s the barely audible Django Reinhardt, as guest soloist with Patrick Et Son Orchestre de Danse. — A classic version comes next: From the soundtrack LP of Easter Parade (1948) with Judy Garland & Fred Astaire. I hope you don’t mind not being able to watch them parading.

Back to dreamy, but already summerly Paris with trumpeter “Little Jazz” Roy Eldridge and his quartet, featuring Gerald Wiggins (p) Pierre Michelot (b) Kenny Clarke (d) – June 14, 1950. Roy plays it very reflective here, almost sentimental; but notice some of his long, vibrato-less tones — quite a relief after you’ve heard Judy, doing exactly the opposite!

A Pluckin’ Gypsy, a Vibrant Songstress, a Croonin’ Dancer & a Little Jazz do the Easter Parade

New York, Easter Parade in 1900

And now, have fun with Bennie Moten’s Swing:

Happy Easter! — The Playlist

01 You’re Driving Me Crazy – Louis Armstrong And His New Sebastian Cotton Club Orchestra, Los Angeles, CA – December 23, 1930

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal) 
Hite, Les (Conductor, Alto Saxophone, Bass Saxophone) 
Orendorff, George (Trumpet) 
Scott, Harold (Trumpet) 
Graven, Luther (Trombone) 
Johnson, Marvin (Alto Saxophone) 
Jones, Charlie (Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet) 
Prince, Henry (Piano) 
Perkins, Bill (Banjo, Steel Guitar) 
Bailey, Joe (Tuba, Bass) 
Hampton, Lionel (Drums, Vibraphone)

It’s Moten Swing from here now:

02 Bennie Moten & His Kansas City Orchestra – 1932

03 Andy Kirk & His Twelve Clouds Of Joy with Mary Lou Williams – 1936

04 Fletcher Henderson – 1938

05 Benny Goodman – 1938

06 Count Basie with Harry Edison & Lester Young – 1940

07 Charlie Parker mit Jay McShann – Buddy Anderson, Orville Minor (tp), Bob Gould (tb, vln), Charlie Parker (as), Bob Mabane (ts), Jay McShann (p), Gene Ramey (b), Gus Johnson (d) – Trocadero Ballroom, Wichita, KS, December 2, 1940

08 Django Reinhardt (g/ld), Herb Bass, Robin Gould, Jerry Stephan & Lonnie Wilfong (tpts), Bill Decker, Don Gardner, Shelton Heath & John Kirpatrick (tbns), Les Lieber & Joe Moser (as), Jim Hayes (cl/as), Bernie Cavaliere (ts), Bill Zickefoose (ts), Ken Lowther (bars), Larry Mann (p), Bob Decker (b), Bill Bethel & Red Lacky (d) – Paris, either 10-26-1945 or 12-8-1945

09 Bernie Leighton (p), Hy White (g), Trigger Alpert (b), Dave Tough (d) – NYC, August 9, 1946

10 Harry James & His Orchestra – 1947

11 Charlie Shavers (tp), Bennie Moten (tb), Hank D’Amico (cl), Kenny Kersey (p), Aaron Bell (b), Panama Francis (d), Al Collins (nar) – NYC, October 25 & 27, 1954

12 Tommy Flanagan (p), Kenny Burrell (g), Oscar Pettiford (b), Shadow Wilson (d) – NYC, March 12, 1956

13 Manny Albam & His Orchestra plays the combined themes of “Moten Swing” & “You’re Driving Me Crazy” – 01/01/1960

14 Oscar Peterson (p), Ray Brown (b), Ed Thigpen (d) – Los Angeles, CA, December 15 & 16, 1962

Bennie Moten Biography (German) & of course also in English

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2 Responses to 10 YEARS AGO: BREW-ORLEANS @ EASTER 2003

  1. Hi Brew: I dug _all_ the music, and Happy Easter to you…I’m a little mystified though, because it looks like you’re playing a pocket trumpet, but using a regular sized mouthpiece. What’s the story?

  2. Brew says:

    Hi Steve — Your question about the big mouthpiece has been answered in the post.

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