Melba Liston(2)

June 14.2017

Photo courtesy by Black Kudos

Melba Liston was born in Kansas City on January 13, 1926.

At the age of six, she heard Fats Waller on the radio and felt the deepest emotion.

Then she became to hum his songs.

Fats Waller

Photo above of Fats Waller by All About Jazz

 

When she was seven years old, Melba selected the trombone as her instrument of choice as part of her elementary school’s new music program.

Melba reminisced about look back on her childhood,

“just beautiful, standing up in the shop window like a mannequin, and I was just mesmerized by it… it just did something to me.”

But she was told that the trombone was difficult to master.

Melba began to teach herself to play by ear.

After a year later, she was good enough to play a solo on a local radio station.

In 1936 her family moved to Los Angeles.

Fortunately she studied with a woman named Alma Hightower.

Please refer to about Alma Hightower.Go here

She studied with Hightower for a few years but by the time she reached the age of sixteen.

Photo above of Dexter Gordon by courtesy of OKMusic

So she decided to become a professional musician and joined the musicians union.

Also She became friends with the saxophonist Dexter Gordon and the multi-instrumentalist Eric Dolphy in McKinley Junior High School.

Photo above of Eric Dolphy by courtesy of All Music

Melba Listonは1926年1月13日にカンザスシティで生まれました。
6歳の時にラジオから聞こえてくるFats Wallerの歌声に感動し、Fatsの歌を口ずさむようになったそうです。
小学校に入学し音楽授業の楽器としてトロンボーンを選びました。
後年、トロンボーンと出会った時の事を回想しています。
「お店の窓から見たその楽器は美しくマネキンのように立てられていました。私はその立姿に魅了されました。」
トロンボーンは楽器として難しい楽器ですよと言われましたが、自分の耳だけを頼りに独学で楽器を学びました。1年後には地元のラジオ局でソロを演奏できるぐらいに上達したそうです。
1936年、彼女は家族と共にはLos Angelesに移りました。
幸いなことに、Alma Hightowerという有名な女性音楽家に師事することになりました。
Alma Hightowerについてはこちらをクリックして下さい。
彼女はHightower先生に数年間学びました。
又、その当時に通学していたMcKinley Junior High SchoolではDexter Gordon やthe  Eric Dolphy とは友人になっていました。

Here is Melba Liston and her Bones play “Insomnia”.
Melba Liston, Frank Rehak(tb),
Marty Flax(bs),Walter Davis Jr(p), Nelson Boyd(b),Charlie Persip(ds) NYC June 1956

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