Category Archives: Portrait

“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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AND HERE COMES THE … “QUEEN OF SIAM” – LYDIA LUNCH – 1980

A very good friend of mine told me to go after this excellent and very rare LP: Lydia Lunch’s “Queen Of Siam” (1980). I’ve found it on ieBuy/ Germany in an almost mint condition, and for a reasonable price; it … Continue reading

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A LOT OF LIST’NIN’ TO DO ∽ MR. COLE PORTER’s GONE 50 YEARS AGO

He was a genius. That’s easy to say ’bout someone who wrote 300 songs in the beginning of his career, songs, no one remembers today: From “Jeri Southern Meets Cole Porter”, “Which?” For Cole Porter it was just fun, big … Continue reading

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

Posted in Anniversary, Barney Bigard, Birthday Party, Blogging is swell!, Blues, Clarinet, Dedication, Delikatessen...LOLL., Duke Ellington, Exoticism, It's been a ball!, It's gonna be a ball, Jazz Rhumba, Jazz Stories & Tales, Invented Truths & Actual Happenings, Jimmy Blanton, Johnny Hodges, June, Obituary, Portrait, Rex Stewart, Saxophone, Swing Era, Tongue In Cheek, Trumpet | Tagged , , , , , , , , ,

Bruno Leicht & “LITTLE WILLI LEAPS AGAIN” – Piano Solo & “Um die Ecke” – May 21, 2014

This is an extended blues à la rhumba (similar to Tommy Dorsey’s “Perfidia”, which is *NOT* played as a rhumba anyway), dedicated to Little Willi, a new Californian citizen, who arrived yesterday in the wee small hours of the morning. … Continue reading

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DUKE’s RHYTHM MAN No. 1: SONNY GREER & “DRUMMER’s DELIGHT” — 1938

Folks who are digging swingin’ drummers, too often forget to mention the under-appreciated Sonny Greer who spend half of his career in Duke Ellington’s various aggregations, starting with a quintet in 1919, continuing with Duke’s Washingtonians in 1924, who eventually … Continue reading

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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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