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Jazz violinist(4)〜Stephane Grappelli

November 18. 2016

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Stephane Grappelli left a prodigious body of recording with jazz legends.

Throughout the ’70s and ’80s, Grappelli made celebrated recordings with such greats as Oscar Peterson, Toots Theilemans, McCoy Tyner, and Gary Burton.

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Also he had a particular liking for working with other violinists.

He recorded with Eddie South, Joe Venuti, Stuff Smith, Svend Asmussen, Jean Luc Ponty,Mark O’Connor and others.

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He first played at Carnegie Hall in 1974 and returned there to celebrate his 80th birthday in 1988 with a concert which teamed him with the cellist Yo Yo Ma.

His playing continued to improve as he gave concerts in the 90s and his recording career.

Stephane Grappelli died on Dec. 1, 1997, at the age of 89.

Here is Stephane Grappelli and  Michel Petrucciani -play “Flamingo”.(1996)

Here is Baden Powell and Stephane Grappelli play “Meditação”.

Here is Stephane Grappelli with the Philharmonica Orchestra play “The Folks Who Live On The Hill” & “Night And Day.” (1984)

Here is Duke Ellington and Stéphane Grappelli (1973)

Here is Stéphane Grappelli and Yo-Yo Ma -play “So In Love”.

Jazz violinist(3) 〜Stephane Grappelli

November 17. 2016

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Reinhardt and Grappelli played together up until the outbreak of World War 2.

At the outbreak of war they were performing in London.

Grappelli decided to reside in London while Reinhardt returned to France.

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Grappelli soon formed a group with a young pianist named George Shearing, with whom he worked around England during and after the war.

He tried to re-form the Hot Club after the war.

Reinhardt and Grappelli were reunited in 1945, but by this time Reinhardt’s musical direction was changing.

Because Reinhardt played more use of electric guitar and more of a bebop sensibility.

Unfortuntely the quintette was never really re-established.

Then his music activity had been gradually declined.

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In 1969 Grappelli marked by his American debut at the Newport Jazz Festival.

He appeared as World’s Greatest Jazz Band with Maxine Sullivan July.5(Saturday 2:00PM).

He also worked with several classical masters.

As an event worthy of special mention, he played with violin virtuoso Yehudi Menuhin in 1971.

In fact their performance was a huge success with the public, and lead to a series of further appearances and six albums.

Here is Yehudi Menuhin & Stephane Grappelli play “Crazy Rhythm”.

Here is Stephane Grappelli and Yehudi Menuhin play “Jalousi”.

Here is Stéphane Grappelli, Yehudi Menuhin & Oscar Peterson Trio 1978

 

 

 

 

Jazz violinist(2)

November 15. 2016

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Django Reinhardt & Stephane Grappelli

Stephan Grappelli and Django Reinhardt met at the Croix du Sud Montparnasse nightclub in early 1934.

They organized new band with the addition of two rhythm guitars and a double bass.

The member included Reinhardt’s brother Joseph, guitarist Roger Chaput and double bassist Louis Vola.

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Left to right: Roger Chaput, Stéphane Grappelli, Louis Vola, Joseph Reinhardt and Django Reinhardt.

Their first engagement was organized by the Hot Club de France.

They became known as “the Quintette du Hot Club de France. ”

The band was one of the earliest and most influential jazz groups in Europe.

They toured Europe with a style of music dubbed “Gypsy Jazz.”

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Grappelli said about the Quintette du Hot Club de France:

“One day he was strumming on his guitar, and Istarted to improvise with him.”

Also he said: “There were no microphones then, so it was hard for a violin to be heard.

It was a revolution to play jazz only with string instruments.”

I found a terrific article about the Quintette du Hot Club.Go here

Here is the rare clip of Django Reinhardt & Stephane Grappelli(1939) .

Here is Django Reinhardt & Stéphane Grappelli play “Minor Swing”.

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

Jazz violinist(1)

November 15. 2016

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Recently I enjoyed a terrific violin performance.

I heard for the first time Aska Kaneko who is Japanese violinist at Arcadia Grace Hall in Ashiya City in Hyogo.

Please refer to Aska Kaneko “金子飛鳥”.Go here

So I tried to find out about the jazz violinist.

This week I want to post about a few jazz violinists.

First I must write about Stephane Grappelli.

Stephane Grappelli was born in Paris in 1908.

In those days his family was very poor.

When he was 4 his mother died and he spent time in orphanages and boarding schools.

Then he was largely self-taught as a musician.

He began learning to play piano in cafes and cabarets.

The club owners let him practice on their house pianos during off hours.

When he was 13, his father bought him a secondhand violin.

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Django Reinhardt & Stephane Grappelli

Consequently he earned money playing the popular music of the day on the streets of Paris and Montmartre.

In 1934, Grappelli met a young gypsy guitarist named Django Reinhardt.

Here is Aska Kaneko with Gaia Cuatro play “Gaia” by live from their 2006 Japan Tour.

Here is Aska Kaneko and Kazumi Watanabe(Resonance Vox) play “Peking Doll” (1991).

Here is Stephane Grappelli plays “Someone to Watch Over Me”.

Gene Norman(6)

November 13, 2016

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Gene Norman with Kitty Kallen  Photo by Getty Images

Gene Norman was elected into the Hall of Fame of the American Association of Independent Music in 1991.

He died on November 2. He was 93.

I want to introduce “A CHARLIE VENTURA CONCERT” as his best contribution to jazz again.

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Here is “CHARLIE VENTURA CONCERT (Full Album)” from Decca Records.

Gene Norman(5)

November 11, 2016

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Gene Norman sold his nightclub “Crescendo” in 1963.

There was the famous jazz club “Interlude” that was downstairs from the Crescendo.

Then he concentrated on the record label.

Also GNP has also been known for releasing television and motion picture soundtracks.

Gene Norman’s son Neil Norman secured a licensing deal from Paramount to release soundtracks of Star Trek.

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The “Star Trek” deal was the beginning of massive catalog business for GNP Crescendo in soundtrack sales.

Neil Norman is also a musician who has released many albums on GNP.

I want to introduce the masterpieces collection by Gene Norman recordings.
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Here is Buddy DeFranco plays “Star Eyes” by Gene Norman Presents series.

Here is Buddy DeFranco plays “Stella By Starlight” by Gene Norman Presents series.

Gene Norman(4)

November 10, 2016

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Photo of Art Pepper, Wardell Gray, Gene Norman and Shorty Rogers in the early ’50s

In 1954, Gene Norman opened his own nightclub “the Crescendo” on the Sunset Strip.

Below is a list of the main performers including jazz legends.

Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Johnny Mathis, Herb Alpert,Ella Fitzgerald, Stan Kenton.

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In addition he established an independent record label “GNP Crescendo Record Co”.

The ‘GNP’ stand for ‘Gene Norman Presents’.

He produced a series of live albums and studio recordings based around his promotions.

Artists recorded by GNP over the years include Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Max Roach, and Art Tatum.

I want to post about the recording of Max Roach/Clifford Brown Quintet.

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Clifford Brown and Max Roach arrived in California in the spring of 1954.

Roach and Brown shared a two bedroom apartment where they began the collaboration that became one of the most talked about quintets to emerge in jazz.

Gene Norman executed a contract with Max Roach to record the quintet in California.

Gene Norman recorded that concert and released the first commercial recording of the Clifford Brown/Max Roach Quintet.

Needless to say the announcement was Gene Norman.

Tenderly / Here is Max Rroach And Clifford Brown In Concert play “Tenderly”.