Category Archives: Swing Era

Belated Happy 100th Birthday, Harry James!

You’re a great inspiration, nevertheless, you made many of us trumpeters sound like amateurs. There was never, and there will never be another you. Although your label Columbia treated your enormous and hit-loaded recorded output between 1938 & 1954 like … Continue reading

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IT’s LADY DAY’s DAY TODAY: Happy 100th Anniversary Billie Holiday!

On November 27, 1933 Lady was “RIFFIN’ THE SCOTCH” with Benny Goodman & His Orchestra. It’s a bitty ditty novelty song, like so many she did during the 1930’s. Anyway, she dusted them odd songs off with her kind of relaxed phrasing; … 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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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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More “Little Jazz” ROY ELDRIDGE with GENE KRUPA & HIS ORCHESTRA – “ROCKIN’ CHAIR” – Restored Air Check from October 1941

Now, there are two complete ‘live’ renditions of Roy Eldridge’s famous trumpet flight on “ROCKIN’ CHAIR” on the, err, “market”. The initial performance has been recorded off the air on June 7, 1941 and got subsequently released by the “Merritt … 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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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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