月別アーカイブ: 2016年3月

Charles Delaunay(1)

I post about the Charles Delaunay today.

As I wrote on Monday blog was a founding member of the FHC.

He evaluated the bop revolution in jazz unlike Hugues Panassie.

I think his achievements are next three.

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First,he promoted ‘the Quintette du Hot Club de France’ with Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli.

 

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Photo above Sidney Bechet

Second,in 1948 he founded the record label Disques Vogue.

This company recorded local musicians such as Django, and American performers such as Sidney Bechet.

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Third,he was author of the famous ‘New Hot Discography’.

About this book I will post tomorrow.

Here is The Quintette du Hot Club de France play “The Sheik of Araby”.(1937)

 

Hugues Panassie(3)

March 23.2016

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Photo above of Tommy Ladnier

In 1938, Hugues Panassie  was invited to RCA for real jazz recording.

Hugues Panassie supervised four-recording session 17 songs.

Initially, he wished to record with Louis Armstrong.

However at that time Louis Armstrong had been entered into an exclusive contract with other company.

He gave up a recording with Louis, and decided to record with Tommy Ladnier.

But at that time Tommy Ladnier’s whereabouts was unknown.

He postponed recording to look for Tommy Ladnier.

He and Mezz Mezzrow were looked for Tommy in Harlem.

At last they grabbed a clue about Tommy’s address from a man playing in billiard.

After three days, Tommy visited Mezz Mezzrow’ home.

Tommy Ladnier had emigrated to Newburgh a few years ago from New York.

Tommy lived in peace and quiet while teaching personal guidance of trumpet.

Their performance was ‘typical of New Orleans style’.

Hugues Panassie  indicated the strength and charm of New Orleans ensemble that had been forgotten  at the time of 1938.

1938年、Hugues PanassieはアメリカRCAに招かれ、計17曲を監修しました。
当初、彼はLouis Armstrongの演奏を録音することを希望した。
しかし、当時Louis Armstrongは他社と専属契約を結んでいた為。Louis Armstrongとの録音を断念し、Tommy Ladnierの演奏を録音することを決定した。しかし、その当時、Tommy Ladnierの所在は不明であった。
彼はTommy Ladnierの所在を探すために録音を延期しました。
彼とMezz Mezzrow はTommyを探すため、Harlemを歩き回りました。
最終的に彼らはビリヤードをしている男からTommyの住んでいる場所の手がかりを掴みました。。
3日後、Tommy LadnierはMezz Mezzrowの自宅を訪問してきました。
その当時、Tommy Ladnierはニューヨークから数年前にNewburghに移住していました。
Tommy Ladnierは、トランペットの個人指導をしながら、優雅に暮らしていました。
Hugues Panassieが録音した彼らの演奏スタイルは「ニューオーリンズスタイルの典型」でした。
Hugues Panassieは1938年という時期に、忘れ去られたニューオリンズスタイルを再現させました。

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Hugues Panassié (2)

March 22.2016

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Hugues Panassie was born in Paris.(27 February 1912 – 8 December 1974)

He was the founding president of ‘the Hot Club de France’.

In a changing world of jazz, he was an devotee of traditional jazz.

He was fond of an orthodox jazz from New Orleans.

Consequently he rejected so-called bebop as “a form of music distinct from jazz.”

Also he ranked Benny Goodman as a detestable clarinetist,because Benny Goodman was inferior to Jimmy Noone and Omer Simeon.

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Mezz Mezzrow

On the other hand he liked only white musician Mezz Mezzrow.

In addition he criticized West Coast jazz as inauthentic, because most musicians were white and also sounded white.

However, he was the great producer in history of jazz.

He produced several jazz records.

The most famous recording was Panassie session.

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Hugues Panassié(1)

March 21.2016

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Last week I posted about Teddy Weatherford.

This week, I want to post about Hugues Panassié who invited him to France.

The Hot Club de France is a French organization of jazz fans.

Member dedicated to the promotion of “traditional” jazz, swing, and blues.

In 1931 the club was founded in Paris by Hugues Panassié and Charles Delaunay and others.

At the time they began promoting concerts for ‘the Quintette du Hot Club de France’.

Unfortunately Hugues Panassié and Charles Delaunay had a different opinion about ‘Bebop’ revolution in jazz.

Charles Delaunay believed the new be-bop style,and Hugues Panassié contended that be-bop was not jazz.

In 1947 the club was split into two camps.

But both men accomplished a great amount of work before spliting in their club.

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Teddy Weatherford(2) In India

March 20.2016

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Teddy Weatherford became the house pianist of the Grand Hotel in Calcutta.

Where he made radio broadcasts for the U. S. Armed Forces Radio Service.

Jimmy Witherspoon belonged in his band.

Unfortunatley Teddy Weatherford died of cholera in Calcutta, aged 41.

About the music activities of his India era, please refer to the Web that would be helpful.

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Teddy Weatherford(1) In Shanghai

March 19.2016

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Inside of the Canidrome 1930s with Buck Clayton performing

I want to post an unforgettable pianist in Shanghai jazz scene in those days.

Teddy Weatherford was born Pocahontas,on 11 October 1903.

From 1915 through 1920 he lived in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he learned to play jazz piano.

He moved to Chicago, where he worked with Louis Armstrong and Johnny Dodds.

At that time Earl Hines was impressed in his stride piano.

In 1926 he toured Shanghai as the pianist in Jack Carter’s Orchestra.

Eight years later, Buck Clayton hired him to play at the Canidrome ballroom in Shanghai.

Buck Clayton was a leader of the “Harlem Gentlemen” in Shanghai.

A 1935 guidebook in Shanghai listed Buck Clayton and Teddy Weatherford as the main jazz attraction at the Canidrome.

In 1935 Buck Clayton and other members left Shanghai and returned home via Japan.

However, he only lived in Shanghai.

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Buck Clayton and his Harlem gentlemen posing in the Canidrome 1930sHugues Panassié

Two years later Hugues Panassie  who was a famous jazz critic in France invited him to Paris.

He played in the Paris World Exposition.

He recorded seven songs in the Swing label.

After he returned to Shanghai,he made a voyage to Culcutta for the Second Sino-Japanese War.

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Midge Williams(2)

March 18.2016

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In August 1934, the Williams Quartette returned to California.

But Midge’s brother Charles died by a gun accident.

By the summer of 1936, Williams moved to New York, and performed on Rudy Vallee’s radio show.

In 1937 she organized her band, Midge Williams and Her Jazz Jesters.

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I took notice of her accompanists.

Members of the Jazz Jesters included John Kirby, Frankie Newton, Buster Bailey, and Charlie Shavers.

Member of John Kirby sextet accompanied her.

In 1938 she joined the Louis Armstrong orchestra, and toured with him across the country.

Regrettably she did not make recordings with Armstrong.

In 1941 she left the Louis Armstrong orchestra.

On January 9, 1952 she died from tuberculosis, at the age of 36.