Author Archives: Brew

Lovely LENA HORNE, my starting page when I’m going online…

For privacy reasons I have erased the logo of my computer, and some other details. Anyway, that’s what I see when I’m opening my browser: A youthful, a sparkling-eyed Lena Horne whose “HONEYSUCKLE ROSE” (1943) got indexed because sexy Lena stressed the … Continue reading

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BREW LITE’s MADHATTAN FOUR on BIRD’s “BIG FOOT” — ‘Live’ @ Litho, October 16, 2010

Feel free to click to enlarge😉 First a quote from my old blog: Some of countless blues now, “Big Foot”, as broadcasted live from the Royal Roost on December 11, 1948. I was speechless when I heard Charlie’s solo for … Continue reading

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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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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] — 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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