Category Archives: April

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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HAPPY 90th ANNIVERSARY, DORIS DAY !!!

You can be sure, dear swingin’ Lady: We all love you, and you will be remembered forever as one of the greatest chanteuses of the 20th Century. You may not be aware of it, but your vocal artistry inspired us … Continue reading

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THE BRIEF BUT DEEP CAREER OF RICHARD “DICK” TWARDZIK — OR: HOW ‘BOUT A LITTLE “RE-SEARCH”?

It was not exactly the result of a research, it came to me as a gift: # 500 of the limited edition (1000 items) “Early Chet – Chet Baker In Germany 1955-59 – Lost Tapes”. The album is only available … Continue reading

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Repost: Another Springstrumental ∽ HARRY JAMES & “SPRING CAN REALLY HANG YOU UP THE MOST” ∽ ‘Live’ in Las Vegas, Spring, 1964

Isn’t this a lovely interpretation of the fabulous bitter sweet Spring ballad? Here it is, as played by Harry James, live in Las Vegas: Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most. Harry used almost no vibrato, no schmaltz at … Continue reading

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Repost Of “Dedicated To A Forgotten Ode To Spring: SPRING WILL BE SO SAD (WHEN SHE COMES THIS YEAR)”

“Spring Will Be So Sad (When She Comes This Year)” by Margaret Bonds and Harold “Hal” Dickinson from The Modernaires is another one of those fantastic, nevertheless forgotten songs of the “Great American Songbook”, and I wonder who else has … Continue reading

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RE: SPRING — STAN GETZ QUARTET – ‘LIVE’ IN MUNICH – ON A SLOW BOAT TO CHINA – 1990

And always remember which became quasi proverbial in Germany: “Wat is’ Stan Getz los?!” Which means: There’s only one Stanley Gayetzsky a.k.a. Stan “The Man” Getz. Stan Getz (ts) Kenny Barron (p) Alex Blake (b) Terri Lyne Carrington (d) – … Continue reading

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BERLINER JAZZTAGE – TRUMPET SUMMIT 1985: DIZZY GILLESPIE, FREDDIE HUBBARD & WOODY SHAW

This one’s for April, whom I met at a musicians party in November 1985. Sweet April was a very talented pianist from Luxembourg, and I dug her …CHOPIN very much 😉 Enjoy! From the channel description (I’ve watched it ‘live’ … Continue reading

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