Category Archives: Anniversary

Belated Happy 100th Birthday, Harry James!

You’re a great inspiration, nevertheless, you made many of us trumpeters sound like amateurs. There was never, and there will never be another you. Although your label Columbia treated your enormous and hit-loaded recorded output between 1938 & 1954 like … 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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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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BREW wishes ALL of YOU a HAPPY JIVE into & through TWO-ZERO-ONE-FIVE !!!

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLX2nipKvcs&w=400&h=295] P.S. — Here’s the original “WALLER JIVE”/ “HALLELUJAH” medley by Thomas ‘Fats’ Waller, and without any brassy, err, “enhancements” by yours truly: [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0oTWJCmhzHY&w=400&h=295]

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HAPPY 85th ANNIVERSARY, MR. CHET BAKER !!!

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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GLENN MILLER, MISSING FOR 70 YEARS SINCE DECEMBER 15, 1944…

…and therefore we, BREW LITE’s FIVE YULE-ITES, remembered Glenn on December 15, 2012 with a brand new version of Harry Warren’s “I Know Why”. — Here now, the unaltered rest of the article: In case you’re in Cologne, feel free to … Continue reading

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A LOT OF LIST’NIN’ TO DO ∽ MR. COLE PORTER’s GONE 50 YEARS AGO

He was a genius. That’s easy to say ’bout someone who wrote 300 songs in the beginning of his career, songs, no one remembers today: From “Jeri Southern Meets Cole Porter”, “Which?” For Cole Porter it was just fun, big … Continue reading

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