Author Archives: Brew

‘T was “BLUE SKIES” before, then “IN WALKED BUD” … “AND MONK WALKED OUT”

This is a little imaginary suite, dedicated to Thelonious Monk’s paraphrase of Irving Berlin’s “BLUE SKIES” (clickety-click on the title to hear one of the earliest renditions, performed by Ben Selvin’s Knickerbockers, 1927). Anyway, the tune could have remained a … Continue reading

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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

[youtube https://youtu.be/Xq0nEpjtPBI&w=370&h=265] — 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 … Continue reading

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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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