Monthly Archives: May 2013

MR. THOMAS “FATS” WALLER = THE EPITOME OF SWING – 70 YEARS AGO: AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ from STORMY WEATHER (1943)

Not many words, just a brilliant show in super-fidelity, featuring sidemen Zutty Singleton on drums, Benny Carter on cornet, and Slam Stewart on bass; furthermore we have Bill “Bojangles” Robinson’s dancing, and Lena Horne as the heart-stopping beauty in Stormy … Continue reading

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UEFA Champions League Final @ Wembley — BORUSSIA DORTMUND vs. BAYERN MÜNCHEN = 1:2

What a great match! I loved it. This time it were the “Reds”, the Bavarians who made it in London’s legendary Wembley Stadium. Congrats from Brew! Dedicated to the team from Bavaria-Munich, here’s Cyd Charisse with “Red Blues” from Silk … Continue reading

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BREW LITE & HIS HOLY JAZZ SPIRITS — PENTECOST JAM — MAY 23, 2010

Dear folks & followers — It’s a great pleasure for me to present the best from our concert at a small Greek restaurant in Cologne, on Pentecost Sunday three years ago. Here we go with almost 60 minutes of swingin’ … Continue reading

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OUT OF THE WINDOW — JUST A TRACK & A SHEET

This is the tune I’d wanted Chet to play, and I’m glad he never did: BREW LITE’s MADHATTAN FOUR OUT OF THE WINDOW (composed in July 1986) Bruno Leicht – trumpet François de Ribeaupierre – baritone saxophone Christian Ramond – bass … Continue reading

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TODAY IS *THE* DAY: 60 YEARS AGO – “THE QUINTET OF THE YEAR” @ MASSEY HALL, TORONTO, MAY 15, 1953

The big sleep, eh? Ah, no problem! I will post only one track from this famous jazz summit meeting which took place on May 15, 1953 …and everybody will be jumpin’ off their seats: PERDIDO – John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie … Continue reading

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RE: AMSTERDAM, MAY 13, 1983 — CHET & ME — PERSONAL MEMORIES OF A TRUMPET COLLEAGUE

In Düsseldorf’s commons (Uni Mensa in German), in 1986, Chet arrived one hour delayed. He was announced there with his fine trio, featuring guitarist Philip Catherine and bassist Jean Louis Rassinfosse who played a half-acoustic bass. The George Adams-Don Pullen … Continue reading

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RE: MOTHER’s DAY — JIMMY GIUFFRE: ONE OF THE COOLEST OF ALL “MOTHERS” ;)

What a band, what a sound! Shorty Rogers (trumpet, arranger) John Graas (French horn) Gene Englund (tuba) Art Pepper (alto saxophone) Jimmy Guiffre (tenor saxophone, arranger) Hampton Hawes (piano) Don Bagley (bass) Shelly Manne (drums) – This is track #1 from … Continue reading

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