タグ別アーカイブ: Bobby Hackett

Bob Wilber(1)

September 13.2017

Photo by Wikipedia

Yesterday I was investigating about Jazz At Storyville in Boston.

Storyville was opened by Boston native jazz promoter and producer George Wein in 1950.

Photo above of George Wein by courtesy of Discogs

Its name derives from the Red Light District in New Orleans.

Recently I read an interesting interview with George Wein.

The following I quotes Jazz Wax interview .[July 23, 2008]  Go here

JW: Storyville opened in September 1950. Who was the first group booked?

GW: Bob Wilber, who played soprano sax at the time. His original group was a pure Jelly Roll Morton band.

But he changed his style at Storyville when he added drummer Big Sid Catlett.

Big Sid was an extraordinary swing drummer. That’s how we opened the club. It was very exciting.

Photo above of Jelly Roll Morton by courtesy of Discogs

Photo above of Sid Catlett by Wikipedia

Frankly speaking I’m not familiar with Bob Wilber,so I would like to post about footprints of Bob Wilbur this week.

From the late 1950s through the 60s, Bob Wilber played and recorded with Bobby Hackett,Benny Goodman, Sidney Bechet, Jack Teagarden and Eddie Condon.

Unfortunately I only have a CD that co-starred with Sidney Bechet.

昨日ボストンの  Storyvilleで録音されたレコードについて調べていました。

Storyvilleは1950年にボストン在住のプロモーターでプロデューサーとして有名なGeorge Weinによって開店されました。


最近George Weinがこの店について語った興味深い記事を読みました。



GW:当時ソプラノサックスを主に吹いていたBob Wilberだよ。

従来、Bob Wilberは Jelly Roll Morton bandそっくりの演奏をしていた(中略)

しかし、Storyvilleに出演する際にBig Sid Catlettを起用し演奏スタイルが変わった。(中略)

Big Sid Catlettは素晴らしいスイングドラマーだった。クラブでの演奏も物凄く盛り上がりました。

正直に言いますと私自身あまりBob Wilberについて馴染みがありません。

それ故今週はBob Wilberの足跡について調べたことを投稿したいと思います。

1950年代後半から60年代にかけて、Bob Wilberは Bobby Hackett, Benny Goodman, Sidney Bechet, Jack Teagarden, Eddie Condon達と共演しレコーディングしています。

残念ながら私はSidney Bechetと共演した復刻版のCDしか持っていません。

Here is Bob Wilber’s Jazz Quartet play “Petite Fleur”.

Here is Bob Wilber and Lino Patron and The Band of “Bix” Soundtrack play “I’ll Be A Friend with Pleasure”.

Bobby Hackett(6)

January 28.2017

Photo by Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame Historical Archive

Photo by Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame Historical Archive

Recently I found the marvelous tribute documentary about Bobby Hackett on YouTube.

The YouTube documentary was created by Kathleen Murphy Griffin.

It included many photographs from the collection of Michelle who is Hackett’s granddaughter.

The soundtrack seems to be taken from a concert or concerts Hackett played with Benny Goodman in the 1970s.

In general Bobby Hackett is almost unfamiliar to jazz enthusiasts who prefer to hard bop recordings in Japan.

Especially they love Blue note label so much.

I recommend their to listen closely to Bobby Hackett solo.

I referred to “A PORTRAIT OF BOBBY HACKETT” by JAZZ LIVES(April 16,2009)

Here is  his tribute documentary “BOBBY HACKETT THE GREATEST CORNETIST”.

Bobby Hackett(5)

January 27.2017


During the 1950s and ’60s, Hackett toured a great deal with Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman and Tony Bennett.

It was noteworthy that Bobby made several “mood music” recordings in those days

He recorded his own name 10 albums for Capitol label during the period of 1953 to 1959.

Also He began to join Jackie Gleason’s Easy Listening albums for Capitol label.


As a result his mellow sound enhanced world-wide reputation.

In fact Bobby Hackett first met Jackie Gleason in 1942.

At the time Gleason told Hackett that he wanted to record his smooth cornet playing with a string section.

A decade later Gleason realized his dream with Bobby Hackett.

Eventually Bobby Hackett became the pioneer of Easy Listening.

His mellow sound would been brought some supermarket and department store shoppers, diners, elevator riders, doctors’ office visitors comfort.

Please refer to JazzWax for his recordings on Capitol label.Go here

Here is Bobby Hackett plays “Rendezvous” (full album)

Here is Jackie Gleason The Complete Sessions Bobby Hackett Vol.I.

Here is Jackie Gleason The Complete Sessions Bobby Hackett Vol. 2.

Bobby Hackett(4)

January 26.2017


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Bobby Hackett and Jack Teagarden recorded some traditinal jazz standards in Capitol label.

Two Album was titled “Coast Concert” and “Jazz Ultimate”.

They had a really fluid swing together.

These were his representative works in 1950s.



Next I want to introduced my most favorite album in this era.

“Jazz Session” was combined with “Collier’s Dixieland Jazz by George Wettling” and “Jazz Session by Bobby Hackett” on CBSSONY in 1980.

It was supervised by Akira Yamato(大和明) who was Japanese jazz critic.



Here is Bobby Hackett and Joe Bushkin play “You Do Something To Me”(V-Disc 899・May 1949)

Here is Bobby Hackett and Jack Teagarden play ”Struttin with some barbecue”.

Here is Bobby Hackett and Vic Dickenson play “Meditation”.

Here is Bobby Hackett plays “What a difference a day made”(1950)

Bobby Hackett(3)

January 25.2017

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Photo above of Bobby Hackett and Eddie Condon

Fortunately he met  Eddie Condon in New York.

Hackett soon became a crucial member in Condon’s band and made numerous recordings in his studio bands.

In late 1942, Bobby took a studio job with NBC and became active in organizing the Condon Town Hall Concerts.


Their performance was broadcasted and recorded by Milt Gabler (Commodore Records).

He also continued to play at Condon’s and other clubs in the New York area.

After a year at NBC, he joined Glen Gray’s Casa Loma Orchestra where he remained until 1946.


Then he participated in numerous recording sessions with such as Jack Teagarden, Teddy Wilson, Eddie Condon, Vic Dickenson, Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie.

As a remarkable achievement of this period,he played and directed for Louis Armstrong’s Town Hall Concert in May 1947.


During 1949-51 he played with Red Allen and Lee Wiley in New Jersey.

Bobby Hackett and Joe Bushkin joined Lee Wiley’s famous recording “Night in Manhattan” in Columbia label.

Here is Bobby Hackett and his Boys play “At The Jazz and Ball”(1938).

Here is Eddie Condon and his All Stars play “The Lady/China Boy” at the Town Hall(1944).
Eddie Condon(g), Bobby Hackett(cor), Pee Wee Russell(cl)Ernie Caceres(bs), Bennie Morton(tb), Gene Schroeder (p), Sid Weiss(b),Gene Krupa(ds)

Here is Bobby Hackett plays his theme song “Embraceable You”. (1938)
Bobby Hackett (cor), Pee Wee Russell (cl), Bud Freeman (ts), Jack Teagarden (tb), Eddie Condon (g), Jess Stacy (p), Artie Shapiro (b), George Wettling (d)

Here is Lee Wiley sings “Street Of Dreams”.

Bobby Hackett(2)

January 24.2017

Photo by Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame Historical Archive

Photo above of Bobby Hackett by Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame Historical Archive

Hackett’s first professional gig was at age sixteen with Cab Calloway’s Orchestra.

Despite he couldn’t read music in those days,Cab gave him twenty-five dollars for a week’s pay.

Photo above of Cab Calloway by AllMusic

Photo above of Cab Calloway by AllMusic

Bobby continued to play locally for about four years until he went to Boston.

Then he settled in New York City via Boston in the mid-1930s.

The Andrews Sisters, (l-r) Maxene, Patty, and LaVerne. --- Image by © Michael Ochs Archives/Corbis

Photo above of Andrews Sisters by Michael Ochs Archives/Corbis

His early recordings had been recorded “Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen,” which featured the Andrews Sisters in 1937.

In 1939 Bobby Hackett formed a big band.

His orchestra got critical and commercial success, but his band broke up by poor management.

He had to pay down his debt.

So he sought his work with the other big bands.


Fortunately he was invited to appear as one of the few guest artists at the famed Carnegie Hall jazz concert led by Benny Goodman in 1939.

Then he joined the Glenn Miller band as guitarist and trumpet soloist in 1941.

There is a very interesting anecdote about his joining.

Photo above of Glenn Miller by Wikipedia

Photo above of Glenn Miller by Wikipedia

When Glenn Miller asked him to join Miller’s band, he couldn’t play his horns.

Because his lip was in bad shape after dental surgery, making it difficult for him to play the cornet.

Glenn took him on as guitarist because Glenn Miller came to Hackett’s rescue.

Here is Andrews Sisters sing “Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen”(1938).

Here is Bobby Hackett & His Band play “Jazz Me Blues”.

Here is Glenn Miller with play Bobby Hackett cornet “A String Of Pearls”(1942).

Bobby Hackett(1)

January 23.2017

Photo above of Bobby Hackett

Photo above of Bobby Hackett

Last night I had heard a radio program in Japan.

Someone requested to broadcast “New Orleans” by Bobby Hackett.

I’m fond of Bobby Hackett from long ago.

This week I want to review his brilliant achievement and post his performances.

Bobby Hackett was born January 31, 1915 in Providence, Rhode Island as a family of Irish immigrants.

His father William Hackett was a blacksmith, but Bobby wanted nothing but music for his livelihood.


Photo by Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame Historical Archive

At the age of four, he played recognizable melodies on the piano.

When he was eight years old he studied violin for about eight months.

Professor Kirwin said “I would not teach Bobby any longer because there was nothing left to teach him!”.

Then he was given instruction on the ukulele, the banjo and the guitar by Mr. Joseph Petteruti.

Photo by Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame Historical Archive

Photo by Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame Historical Archive(Bobby Hackett on guitar and Jackie Gleason on bass)

When he was twelve years old, he bought his first horn at a pawnshop for five dollars.

Mr.Petteruti who was leader of a band called The Hawaiian Islanders allowed him to play the cornet on a gig.

Shortly thereafter, Bobby started performing regularly as a guitarist the Port Arthur Chinese Restaurant while he continued to practice the cornet.

Here is Bobby Hackett and Jack Teagarden play “New Orleans”(1955).

Here is Bobby Hackett plays “Struttin’ With Some Barbecue” live at Newport Jazz (Official).