Category Archives: Birthday Party

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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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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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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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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BREW LITE’s NINE O’CLOCK BEER BOYS — ‘Live’ @ NUNK MUSIC RECORD STORE, Cologne, June 7, 2014

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HAPPY BELATED 115th ANNIVERSARY, DUKE OF ELLINGTON !!! — THE TATTOOED & OTHER BRIDES

This is the definitive beginning of my non-political anniversary year. For me, there won’t be 1914, 1939, 1944, or 1989 in the center of interest. — No, on the contrary: This blog will feature a load of short articles ’round … 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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