Category Archives: 1940s

June Christy with Stan Kenton Orchestra in Michigan

November 22.2017

Stan Kenton orchestra and June Christy at the Palladium. 1946. Photographer: Gene Lester.

In 20 February 1948,Stan Kenton and June Christy had a concert at Masonic Temple.

In 8 May1948,Stan Kenton and June Christy had a concert at Broadway Capitol Theater.

At That time The Nat King Cole Trio was participating as a special guest.

1948年2月20日、Stan KentonはJune ChristyをボーカリストとしてMasonic Templeででコンサートを開いています。

又、5月8日にもStan KentonとJune ChristyはBroadway Capitol Theatreでコンサートを開催しました。

その時のコンサートには特別ゲストとしてNat King Cole Trioが参加していました。

当時の演奏をお聞き下さい。

Here is June Christy and Stan Kenton Orchestra play “I’d Be Lost Without You”.
19 July 1946

 

Here is June Christy and Stan Kenton Orchestra play “Willow Weep For Me”.
25 July 1946

 

Here is June Christy and Stan Kenton Orchestra play “Don’t Want That Man Around”.
13 February 1947

 

Here is June Christy and Stan Kenton Orchestra play “Please Be Kind”.
1 April 1947

 

Here is June Christy and Stan Kenton Orchestra play “I Got it Bad”.
1 April 1947

 

Here is June Christy and Stan Kenton Orchestra play “Curiosity”.
25 September 1947

 

Here is Stan Kenton and His Orchestra feat. June Christy sings “Tampico”.

Anita O’day with Stan Kenton Orchestra in Michigan

November 21.2017

Yesterday I was investigating some concerts by Stan Kenton Orchestra.

So I found an interesting databass about concerts that have occurred in Michigan.

“The concert  database” Go Here

Advertisement posters are included in this database.

Photo by courtesy of UNT Digital Library

Below I excerpt from the database about Anita O’day with Stan Kenton.

In 18 September 1942, Stan kenton first performed a concert in Michigan.

In 1944, Stan Kenton and Anita O’day performed a concert in Downtown Theater from 8 September to 14.

(18 September 1942)

(8 June 1945)

昨日Stan Kenton Orchestra(1940代)の演奏を聴きながら当時のコンサートについて調べていました。

そしてMichigan在住の方が興味深いデータベースを構築されているのを見つけました。

こちらをクリックして下さい。

そこにはMichigan州で開催されたStan Kentonのコンサートの広告ポスターが含まれていました。

Anita O’dayが出演したコンサートについてデータベースから抜粋しました。

1942年9月18日、Stan Kenton Orchestraは初めてMichiganで公演しています。

1944年9月8日から14日までAnita O’dayはStan Kenton OrchestraをバックにDowntown Theaterで公演しています。

当時の演奏をお聞き下さい。

Here is Stan Kenton Orchestra play “Artistry in Ryhthm”.

Here is Anita O’day with Stan Kenton Orchestra sings “Ride On”.(April 1944)

Here is Anita O’day with Stan Kenton Orchestra sings “I Lost My Sugar In Salt Lake City”.(April 1944)

Here is Anita O’day with Stan Kenton Orchestra sings “Built it Up and Tear it Down”.(April 1944)

Here is Anita O’day with Stan Kenton Orchestra sings “You Betch”.(April 1944)

Here is Anita O’day with Stan Kenton Orchestra sings “I ‘m Going Mad For a Pad”(20 May 1944)

Here is Anita O’day with Stan Kenton Orchestra sings “Special Delivery”.(December 1944)

Bob Wilber(3)

September 15.2017

Photo above of Bob Wilber, Johnny Glazel, Dick Wellstood, Charlie Traeger, and Ed Physe, Jimmy Ryan’s by courtesy of Library of Congress

Today I will post about the Wildcats.

In 1946 Bob Wilber formed The Wildcats.

The Wildcats included Dick Wellstood(p),Johnny Glasel(cornet),Charlie Traeger(b), Danny Strong(ds).

Photo above of Yerba Buena Jazz Band in the 1940s. L-R: Turk Murphy, Lu Watters, Bill Dart, Bob Scobey, Bob Helm, Wally Rose and Dick Lammi. Photo courtesy of the SF Trad Jazz Foundation.

In those days Lu Watters and Turk Murphy had been playing the music of the Hot Five and the Red Hot Peppers and the Creole Jazz Band.

It was the so-called New Orleans Revival.

Photo above of Muggsy Spanier,Nick’s(Tavern),New York by courtesy of Library of Congress

In New York Eddie condon had promoted Town Hall Jazz Concerts and Nick’s Tavern and Jimmy Ryan’s were flourising.

Also Milt Gabler held Sunday jam sessions at Jimmy Ryan’s.

The Wildcats participated in the Sunday jam sessions.

Also the Wildcats joined a “battle of jazz” sponsored by the Jazz Festival Society of Philadelphia, and appeared at Columbia University.

The group performed regularly at Jimmy Ryan’s club over the next two years.

On February 22,1947,The Wildcats recorded four tunes at Commodore Records.

Then Sidney Bechet invited The Wildcats to join him on his first recording date for Columbia.

On December 31,1947,Jerry Blumberg(cornet) and Bob Mielke(tb) joined The Wildcats for Rampart Records.

The two trumpet front line imaged the c- Louis  Armstrong duets.

Rampart Records was founded by Harry Crawford who was an employee of Commodore record Shop.

今日は1946年にBob Wilberが結成したThe Wildcatsについて投稿致します。

The WildcatsのメンバーはDick Wellstood(p),Johnny Glasel(cornet),Charlie Traeger(b), Danny Strong(ds)で構成されました。

当時はニューオーリンズリバイバルとしてLu WattersとTurk Murphy達がHot FiveやRed Hot Peppersが演奏していたCreole Jazz Bandの伝統を継承した音楽を再演していました。

一方ニューヨークではEddie condonが Town Hall Jazz Concerts シリーズを定期開催しNick’s Tavernや Jimmy Ryan’s といったジャズクラブが活況を呈していました。
又、Milt GablerはJimmy Ryan’s で日曜日に限って jam sessionsを開催していました。

The Wildcatsも日曜日の jam sessionsに積極的に参加したり PhiladelphiaのJazz Festival Societyが後援した「ジャズ合戦」や Columbia University大学のステージに出演していました。

The WildcatsはJimmy Ryan’sに約2年間定期的に出演していました。

1947年2月22日、Milt Gablerに認められたThe WildcatsはCommodore Recordsでデビューし4曲を録音しました。

その後Sidney BechetはColumbia社との最初の録音日にThe Wildcatsを招待しました。

1947年12月31日、The WildcatsはJerry BlumbergとBob Mielkeを追加しRampart Recordsへの録音に臨みました。

2本のラッパ編成は往年のKing OliverとLouis Armstrongによる名演を彷彿させます。

尚、Rampart RecordsはCommodoreレコードショップの従業員であったHarry Crawfordによって設立されました。

Photo above of Commodore record Shop by Wikipedia

Here is Sidney Bichet and The Wildcats play “Kansas City Man Blues”.
Sidney Bichet(ss),Johnny Glasel(cornet),Bob Mielke(tb),Bob Wilber(cl), Dick Wellstood(p), Charlie Traeger(b),Danny Strong(ds), July 14, 1947, NYC

The early recordings by Dexter Gordon(4)

September 9.2017

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Photo by courtesy of Wardell Gray Photo Gallery

Dexter Gordon worked with Louis Armstrong‘s orchestra in 1944

In those days Louis Armstrong band recorded with actress Dorothy Dandridge.

I found an interesting movie,”Atlantic City (1944 film)”.

Photo from YouTube by Atlantic City (film)

Photo from YouTube by Atlantic City (film)

Although it is regrettable that the video is not clear,I think the saxophonist is Dexter Gordon.

Then he had become a member of singer Billy Eckstine’s group.

Eckstine’s big band was the finishing school for adventurous young musicians who would shape the future of jazz.

Included in this group were Dizzy Gillespie, Dexter Gordon, Miles Davis, Art Blakey, Charlie Parker, and Fats Navarro, as well as vocalist Sarah Vaughan.

Photo by courtesy of Maxine Gordon’s Blog(Unfortunately Dexter Gordon is not shown.)
残念ながらDexter Gordonは写っていませんがBilly Eckstine楽団の貴重な写真をご覧下さい。 Charles “Teenie” Harris, 1908–1998, Billy Eckstine orchestra performing on stage, seen from above, including Sarah Vaughan, Billy Eckstine, Lucky Thompson, Charlie Parker, Bob “Junior” Williams, Leo Parker, Charlie Rouse, Dizzy Gillespie, Marion “Boonie” Hazel, Howard McGhee, Howard Scott, Jerry Valentine, Taswell Baird, Linton Garner, Art Blakey, and Connie Wainwright, in Aragon Ballroom, August 1944

1944年、Dexter GordonはLouis Armstrongに雇われました。

その当時Louis Armstrong orchestraは女優のDorothy Dandridge(ドロシー・ダンドリッジ)と映画で共演しています。

今回、サッチモとDorothyが共演した「Atlantic City(1944年製作)」という映画のワンシーンを見ました。

YouTube映像が不鮮明ではっきりしませんが、Dexter Gordonによく似たサックス奏者がサッチモの後ろで演奏しています。(間違っていたらご指摘下さい)

Louis Armstrong楽団を退団した後、Billy Eckstine楽団に加入しました。

Billy Eckstine楽団は下記に記載したように冒険的な若い演奏家が多く在籍していました。

Dizzy Gillespie、Dexter Gordon、Miles Davis、Art Blakey、Charlie Parker、Fats Navarro、Sarah Vaughan等が在籍していました。

Here is Louis Armstrong orchestra with Dorothy Dandridge play “Ain’t Misbehavin’”and  “Harlem On Parade” from Atlantic City (film) May, 1944.

Here is Billy Eckstine band with Dexter Gordon play “Lonesome Lover Blues”.

The early recordings by Dexter Gordon(3)

September 7.2017

Photo above of Dexter Gordon by courtesy of OKMusic

In 1944 Dexter Gordon joined the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra.

Fletcher Henderson arrived in Los Angeles on April 18, with only eight men.

In other words, Dexter Gordon was a locally procured member.

They went to LA for  the opening show of the Joe Morriis’ Club Plantation.

It was California’s Larget Harlem Night Club.

I will quote an article from Downbeat Magazine.

Down Beat、May 15,1944

“He[Fletcher Henderson] had picked up good local men as replacements and they were doing pretty smooth job on that very difficult book of Fletcher’.”

Photo by University of Colorado Boulder

1944年にDexter GordonはFletcher Henderson Orchestraに加入しました。

4月18日、Fletcher Hendersonは主要メンバー8人のみを連れてロサンゼルス空港に到着しました。

謂わばDexter Gordonは現地調達メンバーの一人であったようです。

ロサンゼルスではJoe Morriisが経営するClub Plantationでのオープニングショーに出演しました。

Club Plantationは当時カリフォルニアでもスケールの大きいナイトクラブだったそうです。

以下、1944年5月15日Down Beat誌の記事を引用します。

「Fletcher Hendersonは地元での交代要員として腕利きの演奏家を採用し、尚且つ彼らもHenderson 楽団の難しい楽譜を難なくこなし素晴らしい演奏を行なっている」

AFRS(軍用放送番組)に収録されたFletcher Henderson OrchestraにおけるDexter Gordonの演奏がYouTubeで聞くことができるのは嬉しいです。(ハリウッドのNBCスタジオで録音されました)

Here is Fletcher Henderson And His Orchestra play “I Got Rhythm”.

Tony DiNardi, Jake Porter, Clint Waters, Leroy White (trumpet) Allen Durham, George Washington (trombone) Emerson Harper, Sahib Shihab (alto sax) Dexter Gordon, Woodrow Keys (tenor sax) Herman Johnson (baritone sax) Horace Henderson (piano, arranger) unknown nicknamed “Chief” (bass) Gene “Tubby” Shelton (drums) Fletcher Henderson (conductor, arranger) NBC Studio, Hollywood, CA, April 24, 1944

Here is Fletcher Henderson And His Orchestra play “Bugle Blues”.
Members of the recording are the same as above.

Here is Fletcher Henderson And His Orchestra play “Keep ‘Em Swingin’”.
Members of the recording are the same as above.

Here is Fletcher Henderson And His Orchestra play “Stompin’ At The Savoy”.
Members of the recording are the same as above.

The early recordings by Dexter Gordon(2)

September 6.2017

Photo by courtesy of Pinterest

Today I carefully listened to his first leader recordings.

I think that his playing style at that time was strongly influenced by Lester Young.

I found an interesting interview about his influence.

I quoted his interview by Down Beat magazine.

“Lester … played very melodic.

Everything he played you could sing.

「…」

That kind of musical philosophy is what I try to do.”

Portrait of Thelonious Monk, Howard McGhee, Roy Eldridge, and Teddy Hill, Minton’s Playhouse, New York, N.Y., ca. Sept. 1947] | Library of Congress

When Dexter Gordon visited to New York City with the Hampton band, he sat in at

Minton’s Playhouse with Ben Webster and Lester Young.

This was to be one of the most important moments in his long musical career.

I listened to his performance ”Sweet Lorraine” again.

I guess that he was pleased to play with Harry Edison and Nat King Cole.

今日、Dexter Gordonの初のリーダー作品(4曲)を丁寧に聴きました。

当時の演奏スタイルは Lester Youngの影響を強く受けていたようです。

Lester Youngについて興味深いインタビュー記事がありました。

以下ダウンビート誌のインタビュー記事を引用しました。

「Lesterの旋律は新鮮でした。歌っているように演奏している。
(中略)
私は何としてもLesterのような演奏をしたかった。」

1943年、 Dexter Gordon がHampton楽団の一員としてニューヨークにきた時、Minton’s PlayhouseでBen Webster and Lester Youngと並んで座り共演しました。

この時の音楽経験は彼の楽歴の中で最重要な出来事でありました。

4曲の内「Sweet Lorraine」をもう一度聞き直しました。

Harry Edison and Nat King Coleと共演できLester Youngになった気分だったでしょう。

Here is Dexter Gordon Quintet plays “I Blowed and Gone”.
Harry Edison (tp),Dexter Gordon (ts),Nat King Cole (p),possibly Red Callender or Johnny Miller (b), Juicy Owens (ds) Los Angeles, CA, late 1943 or circa July, 1944

Here is Dexter Gordon Quintet plays “Rosetta”.
Members of the recording are the same as above.

Here is Dexter Gordon Quintet plays “Sweet Lorraine”.
Members of the recording are the same as above.

神戸ジャズ愛好会(2017年7月)

July 11.2017

Photo by Discogs

昨日、神戸ジャズ愛好会に参加しました。
Harry James(1939年)からMiles Davis(Bitches Brew)まで幅広いジャズが楽しめました。お二人のベテラン会員の方がSidney Bechetの演奏を合計6曲も紹介されました。以下詳細を記載致します。

T氏の選曲
(1) Blackstick(American Rhythm)
(2)Mon Homme
Bill Coleman (tp); Sidney Bechet (ss) ;Big Boy Goodie (ts) ;Charlie Lewis (p) Pierre Michelot (b) Kenny Clarke (ds)
Paris, France, October 20, 1949
Sidney Bechet Dial LP 301 Blackstick With Sidney Bechet

(3)Nelly Gray
(4)Old Grey Bonnet
(5)Apex Blues
Marcel Bornstein (cor); Jean-Louis Durand (tb) ;Andre Reweliotty (cl); Sidney Bechet (ss); Yannick Singery (p); Zozo D’Halluin (b); Michel Pacout (ds-5),Wallace Bishop(ds-3.4) September 7, 1951. Paris
Sidney Bechet Dial 302 Sidney Bechet With Wally Bishop’s Orchestra

N氏の選曲
(6)Blues Final
Aime Barelli, Miles Davis, Hot Lips Page, Kenny Dorham, Bill Coleman (tp); Russell Moore, Big Chief(tb); Hubert Rostaing (cl); Sidney Bechet (ss)Pierre Braslavsky(ss); Charlie Parker (as); Don Byas ,James Moody (ts); Hazy Osterwald (vib); Toots Thielemans (g); Al Haig (p); Tommy Potter (b); Max Roach (ds)
May 15, 1949 .Paris

映像コーナーで下記ビデオが上映されました。
Here is Jam Session from the Timex All-Star Jazz Show(1959)
Coleman Hawkins, Roy Eldridge, Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, Vic Dickenson, Jo Jones, Duke Ellington, George Shearing,Shelly Manne, among others.
January 7, 1959.

最後になりましたが、小生は「1940年代のジャズ」というテーマに沿って下記のレコードをご紹介しました。再生時にはオーディオパークのCDで聞いて頂きました。

(1)Opening~stopmpin’ at The Savoy(1:25)
(2)Swedish Pastry(3:47)
Benny Goodman, Stan Hasselgard (cl); Wardell Gray (ts); Red Rodney(tp);Wardell gray(ts);Mary Lou Williams (p); Billy Bauer (g); Clyde Lombardi (b); Mel Zelnick (ds); Glen Adams (mc).
Broadcast, WNEW “The Benny Goodman Show” broadcast,
NYC, June 26, July 3,1948

(3)Fat Girl (2:19)
Fats Navarro(tp); Leo Parker(bs);Tadd Dameron(p); Gene Ramey(b); Denzil Best(ds)
NYC January 29, 1947

(4)Progression(3:02)
Lennie Tristano(p);Lee Konitz(a) ;Billy Bauer(g); Arnold Fishkin(b); Shelly Manne(ds)
NYC, January 11, 1949