タグ別アーカイブ: Buddy Defranco

Eiji Kitamura(4)

March 09.2017

Photo above of Eiji Kitamura and Buddy DeFranco by 北村英治 Official website(from Eiji Kitamura Gallery)

Buddy DeFrancoからの言葉を週刊朝日(2016年5月20日号)から引用致しました。Go here

『プロが俺の真似をするなんて、冗談じゃない。自分のものがないじゃないか。スタイルは何でも良いけれど、自分のスタイルがない限り、プロとは言えないんだよ。コピーなんかやめて、自分のスタイルで吹いてみろ』

Eiji kitamura became one of Japan’s most internationally-recognised musical figures.

He is still an active performer touring Japan with his band and frequently appearing abroad.

Finally I want to summarize the speaking of Buddy DeFranco with Eiji Kitamura.

When Buddy came to Japan as leader of Glenn Miller Orchestra,

Eiji Kitamura visited a dressing room in Buddy and played clarinet in front of Buddy.

In those days he always listened to the record of Buddy DeFranco.

Proudly he played like Buddy Defranco’s records.

Then Buddy said:

“You took a good playing. Are you an amateur or a professional? “

Eiji answered “I am professional musician”.

Consequently he got angry at once.

“It is embarrassing for professional musician to imitate me.

You should have your own distinctive.

Unless you have your own style, you are not a professional musician.

Do not imitate my performance.

You should play with your own style.”

So he ceased to play bebop jazz and returned to swing jazz style.

Here is Buddy DeFranco plays “Yesterdays”.
with Les Brown and his Band of Renown “Aurex Jazz Festival”.

Here is Eiji Kitamura plays “The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise”.

Here is Eiji Kitamura plays “Memories of You”.

Here is Eiji Kitamura plays .

The RCA Victor Jazz Workshop(2)

December 06. 2016

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Photo above of George Russell by news.allaboutjazz.com

I will post about the launch of RCA Jazz Workshop.

I referred to JazzWax [August 02, 2009].Go here

彼を紹介した日本のサイトです。演奏家の視点でジョージ.ラッセルを紹介されていて参考になりました。Go here

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Photo from Hal McKusick Discography at Discogs

George Russell and Hal McKusick played an important role in progressive 1950s jazz.

In 1940s late George Russell provided his arrangements to Dizzy Gillespie’s big band and Buddy DeFranco band.

George Russell also wrote “Ezz-thetic”, which was first recorded by Lee Konitz in 1951.

In 1953 he wrote jazz music theory book” the Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization. “

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Russell’s theory has had far reaching effect especially in the realm of modal jazz.

Unfortunately he was not appreciated in those days.

So he earned money by working in a Greenwich Village drugstore in the very early 1950s.

One day he met Hal McKusick at the drugstore.

Then he explained his the Lydian Theory to Hal and Barry Galbraith.

Consequently he told Jack Lewis, who was RCA’s A&R man, about George’s music

After hearing their performance,Jack soon produced The Jazz Workshop for RCA.

Here is George Russell & his Smalltet play “Concerto for Billy the Kid”. (1958)

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Also here’s joining Bill Evans “Concerto for Billy the Kid”.(1958)

Elliot Lawrence(2)

May 18.2016

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Photo above of WCAU Building

His father, Stan Lee Broza, worked in radio. He was one of the people who started WCAU in Philadelphia.

WCAU was an affiliate of CBS network.

In the early 1930s, his father had a well-known children’s radio show called the Horn & Hardart Children’s Hour.

In New York in the 1940s, WCAU broadcasted ‘The Children’s Hour’.

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Photo above of Buddy De Franco and Leonard De Franco

WCAU had adopted the talented children including Buddy DeFranco for the Horn & Hardart  Children’s Hour.

When he was 10, he got up in front of the band and conduct.

Two years later, he started a small rehearsal band in his home.

Buddy DeFranco and his older brother Leonard were in the band.

 

Tal Farlow (樽春雄)

January 09.2016

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I was learned some records of jazz guitar from “Mr. Kobayashi” in my student days.

He was writing on jazz magazine at pseudonym of “TaruHaruo(樽春雄)”

Last year, fortunately I purchased this book.It is a great book.

I was reminded “TaruHaruo(樽春雄)” after a long time.
The following sentences it was excerpted from the introduction of the Amazon.
 ”TAL FARLOW
« Un accord parfait / A life in jazz Guitar » is the first illustrated biography of the great jazz guitar player Tal Farlow, who died in 1998, wrote by Jean-Luc Katchoura with Michele Farlow, Tal’s widow. This biography includes many never published photos from the guitarist’s private collection – More than 400 illustrations including 150 photos never published. Tal Farlow, ever the reluctant star, was, nevertheless, one of the best guitarists in the history of jazz. Charlie Christian and Art Tatum were his early influences, but later meetings with Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gilespie and Bud Powell, brought him firmly into the bebop fold. There, he developed his own very personal style. Though a self-taugh guitarist, he was nonetheless an exceptional virtuoso, endowed with a great sense of harmony and an unlimited melodic imagination. These talents secured his place as one of the seminal guitarists of the 20th century. This biography also includes a CD of recorded interviews by the artist as well as tracks whim him playing at home with fellow guitarist and close friend, Jimmy Raney and bassist, Red Mitchell. On other tracks, Tal plays with friends : Gene Bertoncini and Jack Wilkins. The book: Tal Farlow – Un accord parfait, A Life in Jazz Guitar, Published by Paris Jazz Corner Edition in France – 2014 – First Print. Bilingual biography (English /French), 344 pages.”

‘a music night’ in Nakamuraya(中村屋)

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There is an old coffee shop called “Nakamuraya” in Hiroshima.
Atomic bomb was dropped in 1945 on Hiroshima.
Establishment of this shop was 1946.
The store owner is Akihiro Nakamura who is the second generation of this shop.
He is a senior of my university club.
He has held a concert that named ‘a music night’  on every month.
This month, it became one hundredth.
Chamber music has been primarily planning in concert.
However, every year December, ‘live jazz concert’ has been held. This month was tribute to Buddy DeFranco.
This shop does not have this shop homepage.
The distance of the walk from the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.