Author Archives: Brew

“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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R.I.P. Master Trumpeter, Jazz Improvisor, Ellingtonian & Inspiring Educator CLARK TERRY (1920-2015)

This is a sad day for mankind because one of our greatest musical artists, and at the same time one of the kindest men on earth left the planet: Mr. Clark Terry, * December 14, 1920, ✝ February 21, 2015. … Continue reading

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Since (almost!) absolutely nothing will change, a re-re-re-repost: FOR SOME REASON MOSTLY ALL BUT *NOT* IN THE KEY OF ‘C’ a.k.a. COLOGNE CARNIVAL 2015

Oh yeah! — That’s all (as last year!) still very, very, I mean: Absolutely kinda like super-duuper-funny. It’s actually just laughably-ridiculously deeelightful. …LOLL. And so: Enjoy once again! Carnivalesque Blues & Jazz Men 1. While We Danced At The Mardi Gras … Continue reading

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