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Toots Thielemans as guitarist(1)

August 22. 2017

Photo above of Toots Thielemans by courtesy of Bruzz

Toots Thielemans passed away a year ago today.

I would like to post his footsteps as a guitarist.

Toots Thielemans was born in Brussels, Belgium, on April 29, 1922, and was playing the accordion by the age of three.

While in his teens, he bought his first harmonica.

Then Thielemans came to learn the guitar by chance.

When he had been sick, a his friend came to visit him and bringing along a black-market guitar.

Photo by Wikipedia

Naturally he was strongly infruenced of Django Reinhardt.

Fortunately he had jam sessions with other Belgian musicians like Bobby Jasper and guitarist Rene Thomas.

In those days he was impressed by ‘Hold Tight’  by Fats Waller.

He said ;“ There’s the quintessence of the jazz scale and everything you need in the blues in that song.”

Photo above of Bobby Jaspar and René Thomas by courtesy of Mon Devoghelaere

”Toots” Thielemansがこの世を去って1年が経ちました。


Toots Thielemansは1922年4月29日にベルギーのブリュッセルで生まれました。



当然、彼はDjango Reinhardtに強い影響を受けていました。

そしてベルギー生まれのBobby JasperやRene Thomasのような一流のミュージシャンとも共演し切磋琢磨していました。

後年、Fats Wallerの「Hold Tight」という曲に深い感銘を受けたと回想しています。

Here is Toots Thielemans plays “The Mooch”(1998)

Here is Toots Thielemans plays “Try a Little Tenderness”.(1967)
“Toots” Thielemans(g),George Arvanitas(p), Roland Lobligeois(b),Philippe Combelle(ds)

Here is Fats Waller sings and plays “Hold Tight”.

Photo by AllMusic

Bobby Jaspar(1)

August 8. 2017

Last Saturday I went to ”Jazz Club Overseas”.

Please refer to the website about  “Jazz Club Overseas”. Go here

Koichi Nakai(中井幸一) and Atsuhiko Nakatsukasa(中務敦彦) with Hisayuki Terai(寺井尚之) Trio had performance.

They played “Dial J. J. 5” by J. J. Johnson in that night.

The following songs were played.(Thanks to Terai.)


1.Barbados (Charlie Parker)

2.Paul’s Pal (Sonny Rollins)

3.Coffee Pot (J.J.Johnson)

4.Angel Eyes (Matt Dennis)

5.It’s Only a Paper Moon (Harold Arlen)


1.Almost Like Being in Love (Frederick Loewe)

2.Our Love Is Here To Stay (George Gershwin)

3.Bit Of Heaven (J.J.Johnson)

4.Georgia On My Mind (Hoagy Carmichael))

5.Dailie Double (J.J.Johnson)


1.Hello, Young Lovers (Harold Arlen)

2.I Should Care (Axel Stordahl)

3.Undecided (Charlie Shavers)

4.Nearness of You (Hoagy Carmichael)

5.Old Devil Moon (Burton Lane)

Encore: Walkin'(Richard Carpenter)

I heard carefully the performance of Nakatsukasa(中務).

Because I think that the existence of Bobby Jaspar is interesting in the recordings of Dial J.J.5.

So I would like to post about Bobby Jaspar this week.

先週の土曜日、先月にも訪問した「Jazz Club Overseas」に行きました。
「Jazz Club Overseas」についてはこちらをクリックして下さい
当日はJ.J.Johnsonの「Dial J. J. 5」に収録されている名曲を中心に演奏されました。
何故なら以前から「Dial J.J.5」の録音においてはテナーのBobby Jasparの存在が異色で面白い組み合わせだと思っていたからです。
そこで今週はBobby Jasparについて調べてみようと思います。

Here is J.J. Johnson Quintet play “Barbados”.

J.J. Johnson (tb),Bobby Jaspar (ts), Tommy Flanagan (p), Wilbur Little (b), Elvin Jones (ds) January 29 & 31 and May 14, 1957

Here is J.J. Johnson Quintet play “Old Devil Moon”.

Members of the recording are the same as above.

Here is Bobby Jaspar(cl) with Tommy Flanagan play “Clarinescapade”.

Bobby Jaspar(cl),Tommy Flanagan(p),Barry Galbraith(g),Nabil Totah(b), Elvin Jones(ds) New York, 1956

Koichi Nakai(中井幸一) and Atsuhiko Nakatsukasa(中務敦彦) by courtesy of http://jazzclub-overseas.com/