George Avakian produced “New Vibe Man In Town”.

November 23.2017

Photo above of Miles Davis and George Avakian by courtesy of JazzTimes

RIP jazz record producer George Avakian.

Stan Kenton founded Stan Kenton Band Clinics as summer jazz programs in 1959.

Gary Burton was allowed to participate in the  jazz program at the age of 16.

Photo above of Stan Kenton and Jazz Clinic Students by courtesy of UNT Digital Library

Then Gary Burton recorded  his first album “New Vibe Man In Town”in RCA Records at the age of 18.

“New Vibe Man In Town” was produced by George Avakian.

It is possible to see some valuable photos of George Avakian at “DIGITAL COLLECTION” (New York Public Library).Go here

1959年、Stan Kentonは毎年夏に行うジャズ教育(育成)プログラムとしてStan Kenton Band Clinicsを設立しました。

当時16歳であったGary Burtonはジャズ教育育成プログラムに参加することができました。

その後(2年後)、18歳になったGary BurtonはRCA Recordsでファーストアルバム「New Vibe Man In Town」を録音しています。

「New Vibe Man In Town」はGeorge Avakianによって制作されています。

故George Avakianの貴重な写真や手紙が「DEGITAL COLLECTION」(ニューヨーク公立図書館所蔵)として公開されています。こちらをクリックして下さい。

Here is Gary Burton Trio play “Like Someone In Love”.
Gary Burton (vib) Gene Cherico (b) Joe Morello (ds) NYC July 6, 1961 RCA Victor LPM-2420

 

Here is Gary Burton Trio play “Joy Spring”.
Gary Burton (vib) Gene Cherico (b) Joe Morello (ds) NYC, July 6, 1961

 

Here is Gary Burton Trio play “So Many Things”.
Gary Burton (vib) Gene Cherico (b) Joe Morello (ds) NYC, July 7, 1961

 

Here is Gary Burton Trio play “Minor Blues”.
Gary Burton (vib) Gene Cherico (b) Joe Morello (ds) NYC, July 7, 1961

June Christy with Stan Kenton Orchestra in Michigan

November 22.2017

Stan Kenton orchestra and June Christy at the Palladium. 1946. Photographer: Gene Lester.

In 20 February 1948,Stan Kenton and June Christy had a concert at Masonic Temple.

In 8 May1948,Stan Kenton and June Christy had a concert at Broadway Capitol Theater.

At That time The Nat King Cole Trio was participating as a special guest.

1948年2月20日、Stan KentonはJune ChristyをボーカリストとしてMasonic Templeででコンサートを開いています。

又、5月8日にもStan KentonとJune ChristyはBroadway Capitol Theatreでコンサートを開催しました。

その時のコンサートには特別ゲストとしてNat King Cole Trioが参加していました。

当時の演奏をお聞き下さい。

Here is June Christy and Stan Kenton Orchestra play “I’d Be Lost Without You”.
19 July 1946

 

Here is June Christy and Stan Kenton Orchestra play “Willow Weep For Me”.
25 July 1946

 

Here is June Christy and Stan Kenton Orchestra play “Don’t Want That Man Around”.
13 February 1947

 

Here is June Christy and Stan Kenton Orchestra play “Please Be Kind”.
1 April 1947

 

Here is June Christy and Stan Kenton Orchestra play “I Got it Bad”.
1 April 1947

 

Here is June Christy and Stan Kenton Orchestra play “Curiosity”.
25 September 1947

 

Here is Stan Kenton and His Orchestra feat. June Christy sings “Tampico”.

Anita O’day with Stan Kenton Orchestra in Michigan

November 21.2017

Yesterday I was investigating some concerts by Stan Kenton Orchestra.

So I found an interesting databass about concerts that have occurred in Michigan.

“The concert  database” Go Here

Advertisement posters are included in this database.

Photo by courtesy of UNT Digital Library

Below I excerpt from the database about Anita O’day with Stan Kenton.

In 18 September 1942, Stan kenton first performed a concert in Michigan.

In 1944, Stan Kenton and Anita O’day performed a concert in Downtown Theater from 8 September to 14.

(18 September 1942)

(8 June 1945)

昨日Stan Kenton Orchestra(1940代)の演奏を聴きながら当時のコンサートについて調べていました。

そしてMichigan在住の方が興味深いデータベースを構築されているのを見つけました。

こちらをクリックして下さい。

そこにはMichigan州で開催されたStan Kentonのコンサートの広告ポスターが含まれていました。

Anita O’dayが出演したコンサートについてデータベースから抜粋しました。

1942年9月18日、Stan Kenton Orchestraは初めてMichiganで公演しています。

1944年9月8日から14日までAnita O’dayはStan Kenton OrchestraをバックにDowntown Theaterで公演しています。

当時の演奏をお聞き下さい。

Here is Stan Kenton Orchestra play “Artistry in Ryhthm”.

Here is Anita O’day with Stan Kenton Orchestra sings “Ride On”.(April 1944)

Here is Anita O’day with Stan Kenton Orchestra sings “I Lost My Sugar In Salt Lake City”.(April 1944)

Here is Anita O’day with Stan Kenton Orchestra sings “Built it Up and Tear it Down”.(April 1944)

Here is Anita O’day with Stan Kenton Orchestra sings “You Betch”.(April 1944)

Here is Anita O’day with Stan Kenton Orchestra sings “I ‘m Going Mad For a Pad”(20 May 1944)

Here is Anita O’day with Stan Kenton Orchestra sings “Special Delivery”.(December 1944)

Ziggy Elman “Fralich in Swing”(3)

November 17.2017

Photo above of  Johnny Mercer by Wikipedia

Ziggy’s composition “Fralich in Swing” turned to  “And the Angels Sing” with lyrics by Johnny Mercer.

In Feb.1,1939 Johnny Mercer joined Benny Goodman’s recordings and cut two songs.

“Cuckoo In The Clock”, “Sent For You Yesterday And Here You Come Today”

Then Johnny Mercer co-founded Capitol Records in 1942.

Meanwhile, Ziggy Elman continued to play in his own band.

By the 1950s big bands had declined.

Ziggy Elman was felled by a heart attack in 1956 and, losing his capacity as a musician.

Then he made a living as trumpet teacher.

6th October 1966: Trumpeter Herb Alpert with members of his combo on their arrival at London Airport. They are here for a concert at the Albert Hall. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)

Interestingly Herb Alpert was one of his students.

After a reunion concert at Carnegie Hall with Benny Goodman, Ziggy Elman died at 54 in 1968.

Ziggy Elmanが作曲した「Fralich in Swing」はJohnny Mercerが歌詞を付け加え「And the Angels Sing」という名曲に生まれ変わりました。

Johnny MercerはZiggy ElmanやMartha Tiltonと共にBenny Goodman楽団の録音に参加し下記2曲録音しています。(1939年2月1日)
「Cuckoo In The Clock」「 Sent For You Yesterday And Here You Come Today」

その後1942年にJohnny MercerはCapitolレコードを共同創業者となりました。

一方でZiggy Elmanは彼自身のバンドで演奏活動を続けていました。

1950年代以降はビッグバンドビジネスが斜陽産業になっていきます。

1956年、Ziggy Elmanは心臓発作によって倒れ音楽生活を諦める状況になり生活にも困り、トランペット教師として細々と生計を立てるに至りました。

興味深いことにA&Mレコードを共同で創業者したHerb Alpertはその頃の教え子の一人だったそうです。

1968年のZiggy ElmanはBenny Goodmanとの再会コンサートが行われて間もなく54歳で永眠しました。

Photo above of Benny Goodman (left) and Ziggy Elman of the 640th Army Air Forces Band

Here is Ziggy Elman and His Orchestra play “Fralich In Swing .”
Ziggy Elman(tp), Dave Matthews, Noni Bernardi(as),Jerry Jerome, Arthur Rollini(ts),Jess Stacy(p),Ben Heller(g),Harry Goodman(sb),Al Kendis(d) New York, December 28, 1938.


Here is Benny Goodman and his Orchestra play “The Angels Sing”.
Vocal by Martha Tilton(vo),Ziggy Elman(tp) New York, February 1, 1939.


Here is Benny Goodman and his Orchestra play “Cuckoo in the Clock”.
Johnny Mercer(vo),Ziggy Elman(tp) New York, February 1, 1939.


Here is Jess Stacy with Ziggy Elman play “King Porter Stomp”.
Ziggy Elman(tp),Murray McEachern(tb),Heinie Beau(as), Charles Gentry(bs), Vido Musso(ts),Allan Reuss(g),Jess Stacy(p),Artie Shapiro(b),Nick Fatool(ds)Atlantic LP1225  LA. June 1955.

Ziggy Elman “Fralich in Swing”(2)

November 16.2017

Photo by courtesy Bettmann/CORBIS Tommy Dorsey and his band. On the far right in the last row is a very young and yet unknown Frank Sinatra.

After leaving Benny Goodman orchestra, Ziggy Elman played a month with violinist Joe Venuti’s band.

Then he joined Tommy Dorsey orchestra in August in 1940, at a salary of $500 a week.

He also played with Jo Stafford, Frank Sinatra, and other great vocalists.

Photo by courtesy of grammymuseum.org

Ziggy became a star with the band ‘s drummer Buddy Rich.

He served in the US Army Air Force from 1943-46.

In 1947 he formed his own band and signed to the MGM record label.

Benny Goodman楽団を退団したZiggy ElmanはJoe Venutiバンドと1ヶ月だけ共演しています。

その後1940年8月、週給500ドルの条件でTommy Dorsey楽団に入団しました。

同楽団ではJo StaffordやFrank Sinatraなどの有名歌手のバックでソロ演奏を行い、Buddy Richと共に人気を集めていきました。

1943~46年に空軍に入隊しました。

除隊後、1947年に自身のバンドを結成しMGMレコードと契約をしています。

Here is Tommy Dorsey and his orchestra play “Well Get It”.
Tommy Dorsey(tb, dir),Ziggy Elman, Charlie Peterson, Jimmy Blake,Jimmy Zito(tp),George Arus, Dave Jacobs, Jimmy Skiles(tb),Fred Stulce, Harry Schuchman(as),Don Lodice, Heinie Beau,Bruce Snyder(ts), Leonard Atkins, Al Beller, William Ehrenkranz, Leonard Posner, Irving Raymond, Sam Ross, Bernard Tinterow(vn),Harold Bemko(vc),Ruth Hill, (harp),JMilt Raskin(p),Clark Yocum(g),Phil Stevens(sb),Buddy Rich(d),  New York, August 17, 1942.

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Here is Here is Ziggy Elman and his orchestra with Virginia Maxey play “And The Angels Sing”.MGM (1947)

Here is Here is Ziggy Elman and his orchestra play “Zaggin’ with Zig”  MGM (1947)

Here is Ziggy Elman and his orchestra play “Deep Night”.
Ziggy Elman(tp),Toots Mondello, Noni Bernardi(as), Jerry Jerome, Arthur Rollini(ts),Milt Raskin(p),Ben Helfer(g),Artie Bernstein(sb),Nick Fatool(d)New York, November 27, 1939 043924-1

Here is Ziggy Elman and his orchestra play “What Used To Was Used To Was (Now It Ain’t)”.
Members of the recording are the same as above. 043921-1

 

Ziggy Elman “Fralich in Swing”(1)

November 15.2017

Photo by Courtesy hnwhite.com

Yesterday I confirmed the later years of Ziggy Elman.

Unfortunately he had been economically deprived of music life by heart attack in 1956.

He economically distressed.

Meanwhile, a male vocalist who participated in the recording of “And the Angels Sing, has become a co-founder of Capitol Records.

In addition one of the students who taught trumpet in later years has become the founder of A & M Records.

I thought his achievement was not appreciated in Japan.

So I would like to post about his footprints.

Ziggy Elman joined Benny Goodman band in September 1936.

Also Harry James joined Goodman in January 1937.

In those days Harry James and Ziggy Elman and the third trumpeter, Chris Griffin were nicknamed “The Biting Brass.”

From left Harry James,midle Ziggy Elman , righr Chris Griffin

昨日Ziggy Elmanの晩年を調べていました。

残念ながら1956年に心臓発作を起こし音楽家として第一線を離れています。

そして経済的に困窮し1968年54歳でお亡くなりなっています。

一方「And the Angels Sing」の録音に参加した男性ボーカリストはキャピトル社の共同設立者になっています。

又晩年にトランペットを教えた生徒の一人がA&Mレーベルの創設者です。

二人に比べ彼の業績は日本では忘れられているようです。

そんな訳で3回ぐらいに分けて彼の足跡を投稿したいと思います。

Ziggy Elmanは1936年9月にBenny Goodmanバンドに加入しました。

翌年1月にはHarry JamesがBenny Goodmanバンドに加わりました。

その当時、Harry JamesとZiggy ElmanにサードトランペッターChris Griffinの陣容は「The Biting Brass」と呼ばれていました。

Photo by courtesy Griffin House Productions Chris Griffin, Harry James, Ziggy Elman, Benny Goodman

Here is Ziggy Elman and His Orchestra play “Fralich In Swing (And The Angels Sing).”
Ziggy Elman(tp), Dave Matthews, Noni Bernardi(as),Jerry Jerome, Arthur Rollini(ts),Jess Stacy(p),Ben Heller(g),Harry Goodman(sb),Al Kendis(d) New York, December 28, 1938.

Here is Ziggy Elman and His Orchestra play “Bublitchki” .
Members of the recording are the same as above.

Here is Ziggy Elman and His Orchestra play “You’re Mine, You”.
Ziggy Elman(tp), Hymie Schertzer, Noni Bernardi(as),Jerry Jerome, Arthur Rollini(ts),Jess Stacy(p),Ben Heller(g),Artie Bernstein(sb),Al Kendis(d) New York, June 8, 1939.

Here is Ziggy Elman and His Orchestra play “Let’s Fall In Love”.
Members of the recording are the same as above.

Here is Ziggy Elman and His Orchestra play “Zaggin’ With Zig”.
Members of the recording are the same as above.

Here is Ziggy Elman and His Orchestra play “I’ll Never Be The Same”.
Members of the recording are the same as above.

Gordon Jenkins’ works(4) Goodbye

November 11.2017

Photo above of Gordon Jenkins with Nat King Cole by courtesy of the Jenkins family

Gordon Jenkins composed “Goodbye” in the early 1930s.

Unfortunately Isham Jones did not adopt the song because “Goodbye” was too sad.

Then Gordon Jenkins had become friendly with Benny Goodman.

When Goodman’s band was hired by NBC in 1934, Benny needed a closing theme on radio program.

So Jenkins wrote the score for Benny’s closing theme.

I will summarize ”In Search of Gordon Jenkins”.

Gordon originally wrote “Goodbye” to his first wife who died on the operating table giving birth to his first child. The baby also died.

Gordon Jenkinsは1930年代の初め頃「Goodbye」を作曲しました。

残念ながら当時のバンドリーダーのIsham Jonesは「Goodbye」があまりにも悲しい曲であったためレパートリーとして採用しませんでした。

その後、ニューヨークに移ったGordon JenkinsはBenny Goodmanと親しくなりました。

1934年Benny GoodmanバンドがNBCとレギュラー番組契約をした時、Goodmanはラジオ番組のクロジングテーマが必要になりました。

そこでGordon Jenkinsはクロージングテーマ曲として「Goodbye」を改めて編曲しGoodmanバンドに提供しました。

「Goodbye」については息子が出版した「 In Search of Gordon Jenkins」で詳述されています。

Gordon Jenkinsは一人の女性と恋愛し彼女は妊娠しました。悲しいことですが出産時に母子共に死亡してしまったそうです。それ故この曲は「I’ll Never Forget You」で始まリます。

Here is Benny Goodman and his Orchestra play “Goodbye”.
Benny Goodman(cl, dir),Nate Kazebier, Bunny Berigan, Ralph Muzzillo(tp), Red Ballard, Joe Harris(tb),Hymie Schertzer, Bill DePew, Dick Clark, Arthur Rollini(ts),Jess Stacy(p),Allen Reuss(g),Harry Goodman(b),Gene Krupa(ds) Gordon Jenkins(arr)
97016-1  Vic 25215Hollywood, September 27, 1935.

Here is Richard Stoltzman plays “Goodbye”.

Here is Gordon Jenkins and Marshall Royal plays “Goodbye”.