Category Archives: Swing Era

LIVING JAZZ HISTORY: ORAN ‘HOT LIPS’ PAGE, THE UNDERRATED TRUMPET MASTER OF THE 1930’s & ’40’s

Hi folks — I always wanted to post this rare gem, an original autograph of the wonderful, of the inimitable, the one and only Oran ‘Hot Lips’ Page! ‘Hot Lips’ was an eager, and very busy after-hours jam session-ite. He … Continue reading

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Update of ANOTHER REVOLUTION IN SWING: DON REDMAN & HIS ORCHESTRA – I GOT RHYTHM – JUNE 30, 1932

Quote: “On 30 June 1932, Don Redman and His Orchestra made the first wholly instrumental recording of “I Got Rhythm” – an early example of many black musicians’ tendency to omit Ira Gershwin’s lyrics.” … but not only was it … 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 2017

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 FOLKS 1. While We Danced At The Mardi Gras … Continue reading

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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

Posted in Anniversary, Birthday Party, Carnegie Hall, Harry James, Jazz Stories & Tales, Invented Truths & Actual Happenings, Swing Era, Trumpet

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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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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