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HAPPY 95th ANNIVERSARY, CHARLIE “BIRD” PARKER! ∽ RE: KLACT-OVEESEDS-TENE

PREFACE & ACKNOWLEDGEMENT My special thanks goes to Doug Ramsey for having reminded me of Charlie Parker’s 92nd anniversary three years ago. Since I’m not too strong with such dates, I appreciate Doug’s (and everybody’s) reminder(s), and will gladly take the … Continue reading

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HAPPY BELATED 80th ANNIVERSARY, SWING ERA! — It happened at “The Palomar”, on August 21, 1935

This is a broadcast, aired one day after the opening, on August 22, 1935; very interesting is the fact that Benny started the proceedings with “GOODBYE” which later became his closing number. I want to hint you to some remarkable … Continue reading

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“I’m still here”, swingin’ sisters and brothers. ∽ As for the heat: RAY ANTHONY & HIS ORCHESTRA, 1955

It was during the very hot Summer of 1978, when I purchased this wonderful EP (pictured), featuring Ray Anthony & His Orchestra with four songs from the soundtrack to “Daddy Long Legs” (1955). OK, some may have named the man … Continue reading

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THE COLOGNE SOUTH SIDE STOMPERS: A Jazz Medley @”Hey! Coffee” — Cologne, April 18, 2015

— The Tunes are “PENNIES FROM HEAVEN” by Arthur Johnston & Johnny Burke & “NUAGES” by Django Reinhardt. Enjoy! — Credits: “THE COLOGNE SOUTH SIDE STOMPERS” Brew Lite – Pocket trumpet & vocals; Django53 – Acoustic guitar; Video: Christian Altengarten

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IT’s LADY DAY’s DAY TODAY: Happy 100th Anniversary Billie Holiday!

On November 27, 1933 Lady was “RIFFIN’ THE SCOTCH” with Benny Goodman & His Orchestra. It’s a bitty ditty novelty song, like so many she did during the 1930’s. Anyway, she dusted them odd songs off with her kind of relaxed phrasing; … Continue reading

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FIVE ALMOST FORGOTTEN MEN WITH A BIG (HEART) BEAT — There weren’t only Jones, Krupa & Webb!

Yes, Gene Krupa may have been the very first who played a drum solo on a recording, and he made – in his own words – “(…) the drummer a high-priced guy. (…)”; but he wasn’t the only drummer who’d … Continue reading

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THE DAY BIRD FLEW AWAY: DIZZY GILLESPIE MEETS *THE* ORCHESTRA — WASHINGTON, MARCH 13, 1955

Beside the lengthy “Afro Suite” on side 1, there is this wonderful version of “TIN TIN DEO” on the pictured LP. If Dizzy, or anyone else had known what had happened the night before, in Pannonica de Koenigswarter’s apartment, on March … Continue reading

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