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30 YEARS AGO (Friday the 13th, 1988): CHET BAKER DIES IN AMSTERDAM — Memories Of A Trumpet Colleague (Update)

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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Update of ANOTHER REVOLUTION IN SWING: DON REDMAN & HIS ORCHESTRA – I GOT RHYTHM – JUNE 30, 1932

Quote: “On 30 June 1932, Don Redman and His Orchestra made the first wholly instrumental recording of “I Got Rhythm” – an early example of many black musicians’ tendency to omit Ira Gershwin’s lyrics.” … but not only was it … Continue reading

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BELATED HAPPY 80th ANNIVERSARY BENNY GOODMAN & FRIENDS AT CARNEGIE HALL, January 16, 1938!

While some folks think that all has been said about this significant event in jazz history, here are some things you might not know. One of my fellow bloggers, Mr. Eric Bogart, has detected one of two little details, only … Continue reading

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Update: THE MAIDS OF CADIZ (Les filles de Cadix) – An old French song revisited by Benny Goodman & Miles Davis with Gil Evans

This beautiful melody by French composer Léo Delibes should be the fitting musical preface for the last and late Summer’s versions of “Summertime”. First comes the Benny Goodman Sextet with an almost forgotten interpretation of the song: The Maids Of … Continue reading

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Update: SONNY ROLLINS’ “AIREGIN” is about “ORIGIN” is about “OXYGEN” is about “NIGERIA”

I guess that headline sums it up what Sonny subconsciously wanted to tell us with “Airegin” which is one of his greatest hits beside “St. Thomas”, “Oleo”, and “Doxy”. Here it is in its initial performance, as played by the … Continue reading

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Update for my students: “But, Man, That Sh__ Is So Boring!” ∽ Freddie Hubbard

FLASH … bis er “Flashes” gesehen hat 🙂 (ist übrigens ein Stück über ‘Oh! Lady Be Good’); Buddy Rich sitzt am Schlagzeug. Den Cartoon hat mir mein Jazz-Blogger Kollege & Freund Doug via E-Mail geschickt; höchstwahrscheinlich, um mich zu motivieren. … Continue reading

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HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018, ALL YOU DEVOTED READERS!!!

OK, dear folks, I will come by here more often in the future. Promised! Cheers to you: May you increase in wisdom, health & wealth 😉

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