月別アーカイブ: 2016年6月

Eric Dolphy(1)

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Eric Dolphy was born in Los Angeles on 20 June 1928.

This week I want to post about his early activities.

When he was a student at Foshay junior High he was playing in the Los Angeles City School Orchestra.

After graduating from Dorsey High, Eric attended Lo Angeles City College as a music major.

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Then Eric joined the Roy Porter big band, legendary proving-ground for budding jazz musicians.

In those days the Roy Porter big band had many talented jazz musicians.

Members are as follows:Art and Addison Farmer, Chet Baker, Jimmy Knepper, Joe Maini, Herb Geller, Teddy Edwards, Hadley Caliman, Bob Gordon and Russ Freeman.

Eric played lead alto during his tenure.

He recorded his first performance with the band.

Savoy SJL 2215 ‘Black California’ Go here

Band leader’s Roy Porter said about Eric Dolphy:

”Well, frankly speaking,
[…]
Eric was studying music at LA City College. He was very young. Because he could read so well, Eric playing first alto, and was good, but he was really a section man at the time.
[…] So I had no idea he would go to New York and become a legend. I’m glad he did.”

 

 

Ray Brown

 

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Ray Brown was born October 13, 1926 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

His bass playing was influenced by Jimmy Blanton who was the bassist in the Duke Ellington band.

Arriving in New York in 1945, he played with Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, and Bud Powell.

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He was hired by Gillespie for his small groups and his big band.

Dizzy Gillespie said:”Ray Brown, on bass, played the stongest, most fluid and imaginative bass lines in modern jazz at the time.”

After playing with Jazz at the Philharmonic, he married Ella Fitzgerald.

 

He recorded with early Modern Jazz Quartet , then he became a permanent member of the Oscar Peterson Trio (1951-1966).

After leaving Oscar Peterson’s group,he settled in Los Angeles.

Then he worked in the studios and continued recording with several jazz artists.

He was intimate friend with Milt Jackson.

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He died on July 2, 2002 in Indianapolis.

 

Ichiro Suzuki hit ‘Two Bass Hit’

Ichiro Suzuki raised his hits total in the Japanese and North American major leagues to 4,257, passing Pete Rose’s record Major League Baseball total.Go here

There is a famous piece of music in jazz about ‘Hit’.

The name of piece is ‘Two Bass Hit’.

This piece was written by Dizzy Gillespie and John Lewis.

Also this piece originally was written for Ray Brown.

Next day l want post about Ray Brown.

Jane Monheit

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Today I want to post about Jane Monheit.

She was growing up on Long Island in New York.

At 17 age, she studied clarinet and theory and started vocal training at the Manhattan School of Music.

She won the second prize in the 1998 Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition.

Recently, I heard ’Rio De Maio’ with Ivan Lins.

He talked about meeting with her.

”When I had appeared in the New York Blue Note,almost every day, there was a woman who came to listen for my performance.

At my last stage, I thought “she was really enthusiastic fan. That lady was Jane .”

Please refer to their comments for Blue Note Tokyo performance.

http://www.bluenote.co.jp/jp/artists/jane-monheit/

Her latest work is a great.

http://janemonheitonline.com

 

 

Roberto Gambarini

Today I want to post about Roberto Gambarini.

Roberta Gambarini was born in Turin, Italy.

She moved to the United States in 1998.She received a scholarship to study for two years at the New England Conservatory in Boston.

That same year she was a semi-finalist at  Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Vocal Competition, finishing in third place.

In 2005 her debut album ‘Easy to Love’ was released in Japan.

Then this album was released worldwide.

Finally it has been nominated for the 49th Annual Grammy Awards Best Jazz Vocal Album in 2007.

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She is grateful to Japan, and has created a special album for Japanese fans.
I am interested in following video.

Roberta Gambarini – “So In Love” Documentary

Teri Thornton

Teri Thornton was born September 1, 1934 in Detroit, Michigan

Her original name was Shirley Enid Avery.

She began performing in local jazz clubs in the ’50s.

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After Moving to New York in ’60s, she recorded her successful work ‘Devil May Care’ with efficient musicians.
The impressive lineup was Clark Terry, Freddie Wynton Kelly, Sam Jones, Jimmy Cobb and arranger Norman Simmons.

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Ella Fitzgerald told Down Beat magazine that Teri Thornton was her favorite singer.
Sadly Teri Thornton was diagnosed with cancer in 1998.
She underwent radiation and chemotherapy treatments.
But she had restored by her indomitable spirit.
At that  time she decided to compete in the Thelonious Monk competition in Washington.
She won the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition in the Vocal category.

Verve Records signed her, and she made an album called ”I’ll Be Easy to Find.’’

Unfortunately May 2, 2000,she died in New Jersey. She was 65.

 

1998 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocals Competition(1)

I post about modern female vocalists.

Probably I think this post is a rare in my blog.

First of all, please refer to the result of contest.

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Jane Monheit, Cynthia Scott, Roberta Gambarini, Competition Producer Shelby Fischer, Teri Thornton and Everrett Greene

1998 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocals Competition

First Place: Teri Thornton

Second Place: Jane Monheit

Third Place: Roberta Gambarini(Italy)

Judges:

Dee Dee Bridgewater
Nnenna Freelon
Diana Krall
Dianne Reeves
Joe Williams

There were luxurious members with famous judges.

Sadly Teri Thornton died of the disease in 2000.