Category Archives: Jazz Adaptation

RE: 4th of July — A SOLID AFFAIR: Duke Ellington’s Interpretation of THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER — Carnegie Hall, January 23, 1943

Since we are living in grim times where some parody of a president is twittering confused messages nearly every hour, I’m daring to post this parody of one of the most famous war memorials of all times: The United States … Continue reading

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DIZZY GILLESPIE’s “NEW WAVE”, or: THE REAL BIRTH OF BOSSA NOVA

This is Dizzy, ‚live‘ at the Monterey Jazz Festival in 1961, giving the real birth to bossa nova, months before Stan Getz’s and Charlie Byrd’s Jazz Samba, and more than a year before the most famous bossa nova album got … 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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THE GENIUS OF ART FARMER & THE SAD EYES OF JOHANNA SÄLLSTRÖM

One of my favorite trumpet, respectively flugelhorn albums is To Sweden With Love (1964) by the Art Farmer Quartet, starring Jim Hall on guitar, Steve Swallow on acoustic bass, and the late Pete LaRoca on drums (Pete left us on November … Continue reading

Posted in All American Rhythm Section, Art Farmer, CD review, Dedication, Flugelhorn, Jazz Adaptation, Jazz Stories & Tales, Invented Truths & Actual Happenings, Jim Hall, Johanna Sällström, Mankell's Wallander, Pete LaRoca, Poetry, Portrait, Steve Swallow, Sweden | Tagged , , , ,

PALMS OF PARADISE, or: HARRY JAMES’ VERY SPECIAL EXOTICISMS ;)

Today is Palm Sunday, at least for Christians. This offers me the opportunity to play one of Harry James’ forgotten ballads with a slightly syrupy vocal by Fran Heines: Palms Of Paradise, recorded for Varsity on February 12, 1940 (Varsity … Continue reading

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EVERYBODY WANTS HAPPY HERMAN “TRIGGER” ALPERT !!!

— PREFACE — Since I wrote my darkest article two weeks ago – you remember the one about haunted, lonely houses & cottages for sale (it’s updated now) -, the following may be the happiest of ’em all. — BULK — … Continue reading

Posted in All American Rhythm Section, Big Band Vocalist, Dedication, Etymology, Glenn Miller, Herman "Trigger" Alpert, Jazz Adaptation, Jazz Stories & Tales, Invented Truths & Actual Happenings, Portrait, Swing Era, Tongue In Cheek, World War II | 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