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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”.

Gordon Jenkins’ works(3) “P.S. I Love You”

November 09.2017

“P.S. I Love You” was written by Gordon Jenkins, the lyrics by Johnny Mercer in 1934.

The original hit version in the 1930s was recorded by Rudy Vallée and was revived in the 1950s by The Hilltoppers

Some famous recordings include Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra, Mel Tormé, Rosemary Clooney, Bing Crosby,Bette Midler.

Today I will not introduce these famous singing.

「P.S. I Love You」は作詞Johnny Mercer、作曲Gordon Jenkinsにより1934年に出版されました。

発売当初はRudyValléeのレコードが好評を博し、1950年代にThe Hilltoppersによってリバイバルヒットしました。

この曲においてはBillie Holiday、Frank Sinatra、MelTormé、Rosemary Clooney、Bing Crosby、Bette Midler等有名な録音が多くあります。

しかし、今日のブログにおいては上記の有名な歌唱はご紹介致しません。

Here is Gordon Jenkins and his Orchestra play “P.S. I Love You”.

 

Photo above of Ruddy Vallee by Wikimedia

Here is Rudy Vallée and his Connecticut Yankees, with vocal by Rudy Vallée on 9 September 1934

 

Here is Woody Herman & his Orchestra play “P.S. I Love You”.
vo:Mary Ann McCall 1948.

 

Here is The Hilltoppers sings “P.S. I Love You”.

 

 

Here is Arnett Cobb with Red Garland Trio play “P.S. I Love You”.
Arnett Cobb(ts), Red Garland(p) George Duvivier(b) J.C.Herad(ds) Red Garland(p)
November 13.1960. N.J.

 

 

Here is Andre Previn plays “P.S. I Love You”.

 

 

Here is Joe Temperley play “P.S. I Love You”.
Joe Temperley (soprano & baritone sax), Andy Farber(as,ts), Ryan Kisor(tp), John Allred (tb), James Chirillo (g), Dan Nimmer (p), John Webber (b), Leroy Williams (ds) NY,2008.

Here is Lee Morgan and Hank Mobley Quintet “P.S. I Love You”.
Lee Morgan (tp),Hank Mobley (ts),Hank Jones (p),Doug Watkins (b),Art Taylor (ds)
5 November 1956.N.J.

Gordon Jenkins’ works(2) When a Woman Loves a Man

November 08.2017

Photo above of Gordon Jenkins

“When a Woman Loves a Man” was composed in 1934 by Gordon Jenkins, Bernard Hanighen with lyrics by Johnny Mercer.

It is different from “When a Man Loves a Woman.”

「When a Woman Loves a Man」はGordon Jenkins, Bernard Hanighenによる共同の作曲となっています。(1934年作)

作詞は有名なJohnny Mercerでした。「When a Man Loves a Woman」とよく似た題名です。


Here is Gordon Jenkins and his Orchestra plays “When A Woman Loves A Man”.

Here is Billie Holiday sings “When a woman Loves a man”.

Here is Ella Fitzgerald sings “When a Woman Loves a Man”.

Here is Kay Starr sings “When a woman loves a man”.

Here is Peggy Lee sings “When A Woman Loves A Man”.

Here is Julia Lee and Kansas City’s First Lady Of The Blues sings “When A Woman Loves A Man”.

Here is Art Tatum plays “When A Woman Loves A Man”.

Photo by Discogs

Here is Tony Bennett sings “When A Woman Loves A Man”.

Photo above of Bobby Hackett

Here is Bobby Hackett plays “When A Woman Loves A Man”.

Here is George Shearing plays “When A Woman Loves A Man”.

Photo above of Joe Albany by courtesy of AllabutJazz

Here is Joe Albany plays “When A Woman Loves A Man”.

Gordon Jenkins’ works (1) Blue Prelude

November 07.2017

Photo above of Gordon Jenkins by courtesy of playisteve.com

Last month I posted that Gordon Jenkins had arranged for the Isham Jones band.

Gordon Jenkins was involved in “Blue Prelude.”

Please listen to the famous song “Blue Prelude”.

Photo from The Big Band by George T.Simon

Gordon Jenkins was hired by the Isham Jones Orchestra in 1932 as staff arranger.

In those days Saxophonist Joe Bishop had written a composition entitled “Blue Prelude”.

Also Joe Bishop and Woody Herman composed “Woodchopper’s Ball” .

The Casa Loma Orchestra first recorded “Blue Prelude” in early 1933.

Isham Jones was not happy that another band had found success with a tune written by one of his sidemen.

So Isham Jones quickly decided to record his own version and instructed Gordon Jenkins to supplement “Blue Prelude”.

Then “Blue Prelude” has become a standard piece of popular music.

先月Gordon Jenkinsが Isham Jones Bandで編曲者としての才能を開花したと投稿しました。

その当時Gordon Jenkinsは「Blue Prelude」という名曲に携わってました。

今日は名曲「Blue Prelude」の聴き比べをお楽しみ下さい。

Gordon Jenkinsが Isham Jones に雇われた1932年頃、バンドメンバーであった Joe Bishopが「Blue Prelude」を作曲しました。

補足ですが Joe BishopはWoody Herman と共に「Woodchopper’s Ball」を作曲しています。

1933年1月The Casa Loma Orchestraが録音した「Blue Prelude」が最初にヒットしました。

当然ながらIsham JonesはライバルであるThe Casa Loma Orchestraが自分のサイドマン(Joe Bishop)によって書かれた曲で成功を収めたことをよく思いませんでした。

それ故、Isham Jonesは競合作を録音するに際し、Gordon Jenkinsに「Blue Prelude」の決定版と言えるような構成(作詞を含め)をするよう指示したそうです。

その後「Blue Prelude」はポピュラー音楽界でもスタンダード曲となっています。


Here is Glen Gray and THE Casa Loma Orchestra play “Blue Prelude”.
Glen Gray(as, dir)Gene Gifford(bj, g, arr) New York, January 31, 1933.
B-13000A Br 6513,


Here is Isham Jones and his Orchestra play “Blue Prelude”.
Isham Jones (ts, dir),Joe Bishop(fh), Gordon Jenkins(arr)
New York, April 6, 1933. 75736-1 Vic 24298.


Here is Woody Herman play “Blue Prelude”.
Woody Hermancl, as, vo, dir): Steady Nelson,(ts, vo),Bob Price, Clarence Willard(tp), Neal Reid, Toby Tyler(tb),Joe Bishop(fh,arr),Joe Denton, Ray Hopfner(as),Saxie Mansfield, Ronnie Perry(ts), Tommy Linehan(p), Hy White,(g),Walter Yoder(b),Frank Carlson(d),Elsa Harris(vo). New York, February 5, 1940. 67155

Here is Nina Simone sings “Blue Prelude”.

Here is Helen Humes sings “Blue Prelude”.

Here is Peggy Lee sings “Blue Prelude”.

Here is Monica Zetterlund sings “Blue Prelude”.

Here is Svend Asmussen with quartet play ”Blue Prelude”.
Svend Asmussen (violin) Derek Smith (p)Bucky Pizzarelli (g) Milt Hinton (b)
Oliver Jackson Jr (ds) New York City August 1983


Here is Linda Ronstadt sings “Blue Prelude”.