Category Archives: Germans

“AN IDENTIFYING JOHNNY HODGES MEDLEY”, said the Duke of Ellington at Carnegie Hall, on December 27, 1947

The experts among you will immediately think: ‘Why, for heaven’s sake, did Brew take this medley as the first sound example from the very concert where the Duke and his men performed “LIBERIAN SUITE” for the very first time?’ Well, … Continue reading

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ETERNAL REPOST: IT HAPPENED 70 YEARS AGO: D-DAY ∽ JUNE 6, 1944

The President of the United States of America, Mr. Barack Obama, who has visited Germany five years ago, was in Normandy the next morning, for celebrating the day which helped to end World War II in Europe, then 65 years … Continue reading

Posted in All American Rhythm Section, Anniversary, Berlin, Big Band Vocalist, D-Day, Dedication, Germans, Harry James, Jazz Stories & Tales, Invented Truths & Actual Happenings, June, Madness, V-Discs, Victory, World War II | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

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

Posted in April, Blogging is swell!, Blues, CD review, Charlie Parker, Chet Baker, Dedication, Etymology, Germans, Jazz Stories & Tales, Invented Truths & Actual Happenings, Richard Twardzik | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

HAUNTED HOUSES IN HARLEM, A LONELY COTTAGE FOR SALE & A DESERTED FARM

This darkest of all my articles is about mysterious houses I have shot during a recent trip through the eastern part of Germany, the former DDR: Rostock, Magdeburg, Dresden, Leipzig & Görlitz. I was lucky because some of the impressive … Continue reading

Posted in Artie Shaw, Blues, Dedication, Etymology, Film Noir, Germans, Glen Gray, Henry "Red" Allen, Jazz Adaptation, Jazz Stories & Tales, Invented Truths & Actual Happenings, Portrait, Trumpet, Winter | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

REPOST FROM 2010: BETRAYED — AN ANTI WAR THREAD

Although I once claimed that “this thread will be a work in progress” when I first posted it in April 2010, I got distracted by some rehearsals for “Novecento”, and simply forgot about it. Anyway, I dug it up from … Continue reading

Posted in Clark Gable, Germans, Jazz Adaptation, Jazz Stories & Tales, Invented Truths & Actual Happenings, Lana Turner, Portrait | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments