Category Archives: Jazz Stories & Tales, Invented Truths & Actual Happenings

FIVE ALMOST FORGOTTEN MEN WITH A BIG (HEART) BEAT — There weren’t only Jones, Krupa & Webb!

Yes, Gene Krupa may have been the very first who played a drum solo on a recording, and he made – in his own words – “(…) the drummer a high-priced guy. (…)”; but he wasn’t the only drummer who’d … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Master Trumpeter, Jazz Improvisor, Ellingtonian & Inspiring Educator CLARK TERRY (1920-2015)

This is a sad day for mankind because one of our greatest musical artists, and at the same time one of the kindest men on earth left the planet: Mr. Clark Terry, * December 14, 1920, ✝ February 21, 2015. … Continue reading

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Since (almost!) absolutely nothing will change, a re-re-re-repost: FOR SOME REASON MOSTLY ALL BUT *NOT* IN THE KEY OF ‘C’ a.k.a. COLOGNE CARNIVAL 2015

Oh yeah! — That’s all (as last year!) still very, very, I mean: Absolutely kinda like super-duuper-funny. It’s actually just laughably-ridiculously deeelightful. …LOLL. And so: Enjoy once again! Carnivalesque Blues & Jazz Men 1. While We Danced At The Mardi Gras … Continue reading

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“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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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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BREW wishes ALL of YOU a HAPPY JIVE into & through TWO-ZERO-ONE-FIVE !!!

P.S. — Here’s the original “WALLER JIVE”/ “HALLELUJAH” medley by Thomas ‘Fats’ Waller, and without any brassy, err, “enhancements” by yours truly:

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Another eternal repost: CHRISTMAS JAZZ from SWING to BOP — BREW’s ULTIMATE SEASONAL PLAYLIST

Have yourself a… …MERRY, HAPPILY SWINGIN’, COOL & PEACEFUL CHRISTMAS, dear folks! By the way: — NONE of the tracks on the below playlist could be found on the pictured album. — ALL of them have been taken from various … Continue reading

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