Category Archives: 1940s

Boyd Raeburn and Ginnie Powell(3)

December 22. 2017

After George Handy left for Hollywood film work,Raeburn hired Ralph Flanagan and Johnny Richards as arranger of successor.

At That time it was a rewarding band for that young talented arranger.

According to the discography by Tom Lord,I confirmed that many arranger are participating in the Boyd Raeburn band .

George Handy(ジョージ・ハンディー)がハリウッド映画の仕事のために楽団を退団したので、後任のアレンジャーとしてRalph Flanagan(ラルフ・フラナガン)とJohnny Richards(ジョニー・リチャーズ)が雇われました。

最近購入したTom Lordさんのディスコグラフィーを読むとBoyd Raeburn楽団には多くのアレンジャーが編曲を提供していることが確認できます。

その当時の若き才能ある編曲者にとってやりがいのある楽団だったと思われます。

瀬川先生も「Boyd Raeburnはスタッフアレンジャーに自由に思い通りのアレンジを行わせていました」と解説に記載されています。

今日は昨日ご紹介した2人(Eddie FinckelとGeorge Handy)以外の編曲者による8曲を添付しました。

George Williams

Here is Boyd Raeburn And His Orchestra play “I’ll Remember April”.(arranged by George Williams)
Louis Cles, Ewell Payne, Pinky Savitt, Benny Harris (tp) Earl Swope, Tommy Pederson (tb) Johnny Bothwell, Hal McKusick (as) Angelo Tompros, Joe Megro (ts) Boyd Raeburn (ts,bassax) George Handy (p,arr) Dennis Sandole (g) Andy Delmar (b) Don Lamond (d)Langworth transcriptions, “Liederkranz Hall”, New York, June 13, 1944
CCD-22

Juan Tizol

Photo above of Juan Tizol by courtesy of National Museum of American History

Here is Boyd Raeburn And His Orchestra play “Bagdad” (arranged by Juan Tizol)
Louis Cles, Ewell Payne, Pinky Savitt, Benny Harris (tp) Earl Swope, Tommy Pederson (tb) Johnny Bothwell, Hal McKusick (as) Angelo Tompros, Joe Megro (ts) Boyd Raeburn (ts,bassax) George Handy (p,arr) Dennis Sandole (g) Andy Delmar (b) Don Lamond (d)Langworth transcriptions, “Liederkranz Hall”, New York, June 13, 1944
CCD-22

Milt Kleeb

Photo above of Milt Kleeb by courtesy Legacy.com

Here is Boyd Raeburn And His Orchestra play “Sequence”. (arranged by Milt Kleeb)
Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Fishelson, Tommy Allison, Benny Harris (tp) Walter Robertson (tp,tb) Ollie Wilson, Jack Carman (tb) Johnny Bothwell, Hal McKusick (as) Al Cohn, Joe Megro (ts) Serge Chaloff (bar) Boyd Raeburn (sop,ts,bassax) Ike Carpenter (p) Steve Jordan (g) Oscar Pettiford (b) Shelly Manne (d)Langworth transcriptions, “Liederkranz Hall”, New York, January 17, 1945
Circle CLP-113

George Melanchrino

Here is Boyd Raeburn And His Orchestra play “Lonely serenade”.(arranged by George Melanchrino)
Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Fishelson, Tommy Allison, Benny Harris (tp) Walter Robertson (tp,tb) Ollie Wilson, Jack Carman (tb) Johnny Bothwell, Hal McKusick (as) Al Cohn, Joe Megro (ts) Serge Chaloff (bar) Boyd Raeburn (sop,ts,bassax) Ike Carpenter (p) Steve Jordan (g) Oscar Pettiford (b) Shelly Manne (d)Langworth transcriptions, “Liederkranz Hall”, New York, January 17, 1945
Circle CLP-22 ,Golden Era LP15014

Ralph Burns

Here is Boyd Raeburn And His Orchestra play “Barefoot Boyd with cheek”. (arranged by Ralph Burns)
Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Fishelson, Tommy Allison, Benny Harris (tp) Walter Robertson (tp,tb) Ollie Wilson, Jack Carman (tb) Johnny Bothwell, Hal McKusick (as) Al Cohn, Joe Megro (ts) Serge Chaloff (bar) Boyd Raeburn (sop,ts,bassax) Ike Carpenter (p) Steve Jordan (g) Oscar Pettiford (b) Shelly Manne (d)Langworth transcriptions, “Liederkranz Hall”, New York, January 17, 1945
Circle CLP-113

Johnny Mandel

Here is Boyd Raeburn And His Orchestra play “Out of nowhere”.(arranged by Johnny Mandel)
Tommy Allison, Carl Berg, Alan Jeffreys, Dale Pierce (tp) Jack Carman, Johnny Mandel, Trummy Young (tb) Johnny Bothwell, Leonard Green (as) Stuart Anderson, Frank Socolow (ts) Hy Mandel (bar) Boyd Raeburn (bassax) Ike Carpenter (p) Steve Jordan (g) Joe Berisce (b) Irv Kluger (d) Margie Wood (vcl) Eddie Finckel, Milt Kleeb, Johnny Mandel (arr)
New York, May 13, 1945.Guild 133, Musicraft 491

Ralph Franagan

Here is Boyd Raeburn And His Orchestra play “Hep Boyd’s”.(arranged by Ralph Flanagan)
Bob Fowler, Ray Linn, Dale Pierce, Frank Beach (tp) Burt Johnson, Ollie Wilson, Tommy Pederson (tb) Lloyd Otto, Evan Vail (fhr) Wilbur Schwartz (as,cl) Ethmer Roden (fl,as) Bill Starkey (ts,eng-hrn,oboe) Guy McReynolds (bar,reeds) Boyd Raeburn (bassax) Hal Schaefer (p) Loretta Thompson (harp) Tony Rizzi (g) Harry Babasin (b) Max Albright (d)
Hollywood, September 14, 1946
JRC230-1 Jewel GNS10003

Johnny Richard

Here is Boyd Raeburn And His Orchestra play “Man with a horn”. (arranged by Johnny Richard)
Frank Beach, Ray Linn, Dale Pierce, Nelson Shelladay(tp) Tommy Pederson, Hal Smith, Fred Zito(tb) Lloyd Otto, Evan Vail(fhr) Bill Starkey(english horn) Willie Schwartz(as,cl) Ralph Lea, Guy McReynolds(ts) Hy Mandel(b) Boyd Raeburn(bsx) Loretta Thompson(harp) Hal Schaefer(p) Tony Rizzi(g) Harry Babasin(b) Jackie Mills(d)
Los Angeles, CA, September 14, 1946
JRC231-1 Jewel GNS10003,

Boyd Raeburn and Ginnie Powell(2)

December 21. 2017

Photo by courtesy of Joffe woodwinds’ article       Boyd Raeburn Saxes in 1947, (Courtesy of Bruce Raeburn) Front Row L-R:  Boyd Raeburn, Buddy DeFranco, Abe Markowitz, Frank Socolow Back Row L-R: Sam Spumberg, Shirley Thompson, Hy Mandel

Photo by courtesy of Joffe woodwinds’ article Boyd Raeburn Saxes in 1947, (Courtesy of Bruce Raeburn) Front Row L-R: Boyd Raeburn, Buddy DeFranco, Abe Markowitz, Frank Socolow Back Row L-R: Sam Spumberg, Shirley Thompson, Hy Mandel

Boyd Raeburn(ボイド・レイバーン)の楽歴については、昨日ご紹介したレコードの解説が一番役に立つと思います。
この解説で印象に残った箇所を下記に引用します。尚、瀬川昌久先生の解説を写真として添付致します。

「フィンケルは明らかに、当時のバップ運動を完全に理解して編曲に取り入れていたし、レイバーンの関心をバップとモダン・ジャズの方向に高めさせた。」

フィンケルとは最初のチーフアレンジャーであったEddie Finckelです。

「レイバーンバンドのバンドが今日までモダン・バンドとして優れた意義を與えられるすれば、それはハンディの作曲と編曲によるところが大きい。」

ハンディとは偉大な若き天才と呼ばれたGeorge Handyです。

今回は2人の編曲による演奏を4曲ずつ(計8曲)添付致しました。

Photo above of Edwin(Eddie) Finckel by Wikipedia

The arrangement of 4 songs below is Eddie Finckel.

Here is Boyd Raeburn And His Orchestra play “March of the Boyds”.
Louis Cles, Ewell Payne, Pinky Savitt, Benny Harris (tp) Earl Swope, Tommy Pederson (tb) Johnny Bothwell, Hal McKusick (as) Angelo Tompros, Joe Megro (ts) Boyd Raeburn (ts,bassax) George Handy (p,arr) Dennis Sandole (g) Andy Delmar (b) Don Lamond (d) Eddie Finckel, (arr)
Langworth transcriptions, “Liederkranz Hall”, New York, June 13, 1944

 

Here is Boyd Raeburn And His Orchestra play “Boyd Meets Stravinsky”.
Carl Groen, Ray Linn, Dale Pierce, Nelson Shelladay(tp) Hal Smith, Ollie Wilson, Britt Woodman(tb) Harry Klee (as, fl) Willie Schwartz(as,cl) Ralph Lea, Guy McReynolds, Lucky Thompson(ts) Hy Mandel(bs) Boyd Raeburn(bsx) Dodo Marmarosa(p) Dave Barbour(g) Harry Babasin(b) Jackie Mills(d) Eddie Finckel (arr) Los Angeles, CA, February 5, 1946
JRC 133-2   Jewel 10,002

 

Here is Boyd Raeburn And His Orchestra play “Little Boyd Blue”.
Frank Beach, Ray Linn, Dale Pierce, Nelson Shelladay(tp) Hal Smith, Ollie Wilson, Freddy Zito(tb) Lloyd Otto, Evan Vail(fhr) Harry Klee (as,fl) Jilie Jacovs(oboe,ts) Willie Schwartz(as,cl) Ralph Lea(ts, bassoon) Guy McReynolds(ts) Hy Mandel(bs) Boyd Raeburn(bsx) Gail Laughton(harp) Hal Schaefer(p) Tony Rizzi(g) Harry Babasin(b) Jackie Mills(d) Eddie Finckel (arr) Los Angeles, CA, June 3, 1946
JRC 149-1 Jewel D1-6

 

Here is Boyd Raeburn And His Orchestra play “Duck Waddle”.
Frank Beach, Ray Linn, Dale Pierce, Nelson Shelladay(tp) Tommy Pederson, Hal Smith, Fred Zito(tb) Lloyd Otto, Evan Vail(fhr) Bill Starkey(english horn) Willie Schwartz(as,cl) Ralph Lea, Guy McReynolds(ts) Hy Mandel(b) Boyd Raeburn(bsx) Loretta Thompson(harp) Hal Schaefer(p) Tony Rizzi(g) Harry Babasin(b) Jackie Mills(d )Eddie Finckel (arr) Los Angeles, CA, September 14, 1946
JRC 233-3  Jewel 10,004

 

Photo above of George Handy by Wikimedia Commons

The arrangement of 4 songs below is George Handy.

Here is Boyd Raeburn And His Orchestra play “Over The Rainbow”.
Frank Beach, Ray Linn, Dale Pierce, Nelson Shelladay(tp) Hal Smith, Ollie Wilson, Freddy Zito(tb) Lloyd Otto, Evan Vail(fhr) Harry Klee (as,fl) Jilie Jacovs(oboe,ts) Willie Schwartz(as,cl) Ralph Lea(ts, bassoon) Guy McReynolds(ts) Hy Mandel(bs) Boyd Raeburn(bsx) Gail Laughton(harp) Hal Schaefer(p) Tony Rizzi(g) Harry Babasin(b) Jackie Mills(d) George Handy (arr)   Los Angeles, CA, June 3, 1946
JRC 146-2  Jewel D1-2

 

Here is Boyd Raeburn And His Orchestra play “Dalvatore Sally”.
Carl Groen, Ray Linn, Dale Pierce, Nelson Shelladay(tp) Hal Smith, Ollie Wilson, Britt Woodman(tb) Harry Klee (as, fl) Willie Schwartz(as,cl) Ralph Lea, Guy McReynolds, Lucky Thompson(ts) Hy Mandel(bs) Boyd Raeburn(bsx) Dodo Marmarosa(p) Dave Barbour(g) Harry Babasin(b) Jackie Mills(d) George Handy (arr)
Los Angeles, CA, February 5, 1946
JRC 132-2  Jewel D1-1

 

Here is Boyd Raeburn And His Orchestra play “Tonsilectomy”.
Tommy Allison, Alan Jeffreys, Johnny Napton, Dale Pierce(tp) Jack Carmen, Ollie Wilson, Si Zentner(tb) Leonard Green, Hal McKusick (as) Stuart Anderson, Frank Socolow(ts) Guy McReynolds(bs) Boyd Raeburn(bsx) George Handy (p) Hayden Causey(g) Ed Mihelich(b) Jackie Mills(d) George Handy (arr)
Los Angeles, CA, October 15, 1945
JRC 223-3  Jewel 10,000

 

Here is Boyd Raeburn And His Orchestra play “Yerxa”.
Tommy Allison, Alan Jeffreys, Johnny Napton, Dale Pierce(tp) Jack Carmen, Ollie Wilson, Si Zentner(tb) Leonard Green, Hal McKusick (as) Stuart Anderson, Frank Socolow(ts) Guy McReynolds(bs) Boyd Raeburn(bsx) George Handy (p) Hayden Causey(g) Ed Mihelich(b) Jackie Mills(d) George Handy (arr)
Los Angeles, CA, October 15, 1945
JRC 226-2   Jewel 10,001

 

Art Tatum was selected “The All American Band” by Esquire Magazine(2)

December 01. 2017

Photo by YouTube

Yesterday I read an interesting article about “The All American Band.”

In 1943 Arnold Gingrich, who was co-founder of Esquire magazine, entrusted witht Robert Goffin to come up with a poll of the greatest jazz musicians in the country.

Robert Goffin was a distinguished Belgian music scholar.

Photo above of Robert Goffin, Benny Carter, Louis Armstrong, and Leonard Feather (L to R) in 1942 by Wikipedia

In those days Robert Goffin and Leonard Feather taught a course on jazz with Goffin at the New School in New York.

Leonard Feather assisted Goffin with the poll.

They selected “three team” as The All American Esquire Jazz Band.

The concert was planned as a benefit for the Navy League, with war bonds sold for seats.

So the audience had to buy a war bond to attend.

The Navy League is a nonprofit civilian, educational and advocacy organization that supports America’s sea services: the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and US – flag Merchant Marine. Go here

The O.W.I. (Office of War Information) arranged to have the concert recorded.

Esquire Magazine turned the concert into a benefit for the war effort.

I referred to The All-American Esquire Jazz Band(EDITOR’S NOTES) by Alex Belth (SEP 23, 2016)

昨日「The All American Band」に関して興味深い記事を読みました。

1943年、Esquire誌の共同設立者(編集者)であったArnold Gingrichはベルギー人の評論家で有名な作家であったRobert Goffinにジャズミュージシャンの人気投票の実施を依頼しました。

その当時、Robert Goffinと共にニューヨークのNew Schoolでジャズ講座を担当していたLeonard Featherもこの仕事に協力しました。

二人は「The All American Esquire Jazz Band」として 「3組のバンド」を選びました。

又、このコンサートは「Navy League」を援助することを目的として開催され、ホールの座席入場券の売り上げは戦事債券となったそうです。

コンサートを観た一般客は結果的に戦争債券を購入することになったわけです。

「Navy League」とは海軍、海兵隊、沿岸警備隊、米国の旗艦商船などアメリカの海上保安警備をサポートする非営利の民間組織です。こちらをクリックして下さい。

コンサートの模様はO.W.I.(Office of War Information)が録音した全米に放送されています。

上記はThe All-American Esquire Jazz Band(EDITOR’S NOTES) by Alex Belth (SEP 23, 2016)を引用致しました。

Photo by Discogs

Here is Coleman Hawkins with Art Tatum play “My Ideal”.

Here is Art Tatum plays “Tea For Two”.
Bigard→ Eldridge→Tatum→Norvo(vib)

Here is Billie Holiday (with Art Tatum) sings “I’ll Get By”.

Here is Billie Holiday (with Art Tatum) sings “Billie’s Blues”.

Photo above of Billie Holiday and Art Tatum(Metropolitan Opera House. Esquire Jazz Concert. January, 18th 1944) by courtesy Pinterest

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”.