Category Archives: Jazz History Lecture

30 YEARS AGO (Friday the 13th, 1988): CHET BAKER DIES IN AMSTERDAM — Memories Of A Trumpet Colleague (Update)

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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While some folks think that all has been said about this significant event in jazz history, here are some things you might not know. One of my fellow bloggers, Mr. Eric Bogart, has detected one of two little details, only … Continue reading

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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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Jivin’ In Be-Bop (1947) Learn more HERE. Dizzy Gillespie & His Orchestra: Dave Burns, Dizzy Gillespie, Elmon Wright, Matthew McKay, Ray Orr (tp) Taswell Baird, Bill Shepherd (tb) Howard Johnson, John Brown (as) George “Big Nick” Nicholas, Joe Gayles (ts) … Continue reading

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ROY ELDRIDGE & GENE KRUPA – “SAINT LOUIS BLUES” – Two exciting takes from December 1942

  You don’t wanna know how those two tracks sounded before I laid my hands on them and erased the umpteen clicks, pops, blops, and last but not least before I corrected their pitches. As far as I know – … Continue reading

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LET’s START THE YEAR WITH SOME GREAT BIG JAZZ BY … ‘Little Jazz’ Roy Eldridge (1911-1989) — (Some Links added, 01-10-2015)

This is what I sent to a couple of friends and to my trumpet students: “Bruno’s New Year’s Compilation”, featuring ‘Little Jazz’ Roy Eldridge with Gene Krupa & His Orchestra, Anita O’Day, and some more obscure tracks with Roy as … Continue reading

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