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Toots Thielemans as guitarist(4)

August 26. 2017 

Photo by courtesy of Radio 1

By the early 1960s, Thielemans had become increasingly popular in the studios as a harmonica player and whistler. So his guitar playing had become less.

On 23 January 2009, he joined the memory of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Django Reinhardt.

1960年の初めには、Toots Thielemansはハーモニカと口笛奏者としての演奏が高く評価され、世界的なスターになりました。
そんな事情もあってギター演奏の機会は少なくなってきます。
後年の活躍で私が注目したのは、2009年1月に開催されたDjango Reinhardt生誕100年記念コンサートに出演していることです。

Photo above of Cary Grant, Toots Thielemans and Quincy Jones by courtesy of Amazing Belgium

Here is Toots Thielemans plays “We’ll be Together”(1961)
George Arvanitas(p), Roland Lobligeois(b) Philippe Combelle(ds)  January 3~4 Paris

Here is Toots Thielemans plays “Willow Weep for Me“.
Members of the recording are the same as above.

Here is Martial Solal &Toots Thielemans play “ Waltz For Sonny”.(1990)
Martial Solal(p),Toots Thielemans(g,harmonica)

Here is Toots Thielema plays “Nuages”.
Toots Thielemans (hca,g),Ray Bryant (p),Tommy Bryant (b),Oliver Jackson (ds)
October ~November, 1959

Here is Milt Jackson & Benny Golson with Toots Thielemans play “Bags Groove”.
Toots Thielemans plays harmonica.Milt Jackson(vib),Benny Golson(ts),Art Farmer(tp),Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen(b),Ulf Wakenius(g), Jonas Johansen(ds), Kenny Kirkland(p),Toots Thielemans(harmonica)Max Roach(ds)   June 14, 1997, Germany

Photo by courtesy of Thielemans’s Facebook page

Toots Thielemans as guitarist(2)

August 23. 2017

Mr. Thielemans, right, and Benny Goodman play each other’s instruments around 1948. Mr. Thielemans toured with Goodman’s big band. Credit Metronome, via Getty Images

Today I would like to post about his activities until Toots Thielemans immigrated to the USA.

After the war he heard bebop style jazz records by Parker and Gillespie.

In those days he was making a name for himself as a guitarist in local jazz clubs and dance halls.

His first professional performances were with Benny Goodman’s band when they toured Europe in 1949.

When Thielemans visited the USA in 1948,an agent of Benny Goodman heard him play at a small New York music club.

After he returned to his home in Belgium, he received a letter inviting him to join Goodman’s tour in Europe.

He also accompanied Benny Goodman European tour the following year.

When Benny Goodman and his band had concerts in Rome,he and Benny Goodman went to see the performances of Django Reinhardt.

Also he joined a jam session in Paris with Sidney Bechet, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Max Roach and others in 1949.

During those years, he also made his first record with fellow band member.

The band name was “The Belgian Hot Club Quartet.”

We can listen to his early recordings on the double album,”Yesterday & Today”.

Please refer to the website.  Go here

In April 23,1950, Toots Thielemans Quartet recorded “I can’t Get Started” and ”How High The Moon” at Gazell label in Stockholm.

TOOTS THIELEMANS(g and harmonica),Jimmy Woode(p), Simon Brehm(b),Jack Norén(ds)

Unfortunately we can’t listen Gazell label.

In November 23,1950, Toots Thielemans Trio recorded four tunes at Metronome in Stockholm.

昨夜遅く東京在住の弦楽器奏者である長谷川光さん(FB友人)からToots Thielemansさんの最初のレコーディングについてご紹介頂きました。
ウェブサイトをご覧下さい。こちらをクリックして下さい。

今日はToots Thielemansが渡米するまでの初録音を含めた活動について調べました。

戦後、Charlie ParkerとDizzy Gillespieが演奏する新しいバップスタイルのレコードを聞きました。

その当時、Toots Thielemansは地元のジャズクラブやダンスホールで一流ギタリストとしての評価を受けていました。

1949年に行われたBenny Goodmanのヨーロッパツアー参加がプロとしての最初の公演となりました。以下、参加の経緯を記載します。

1948年に初めて米国を訪れたとき、Benny Goodmanの代理人がニューヨークの小さな音楽クラブで彼の演奏を聞いたそうです。

ベルギーに帰宅後、自宅に翌年予定されていたBenny Goodmanヨーロッパツアーに参加要請する手紙が送付されました。

翌年(1950年)のBenny Goodman欧州ツアーにも同行しています。

Benny Goodmanバンドがローマでコンサートをした時、同じ時期にローマに滞在していたDjangoの演奏を二人で聞きに行ったということです。(FB友人長谷川さんからの情報です)

又、1949年にパリで開催されたジャズフェスティバルに参加し、Sidney Bechet, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Max Roach 達と共演しています。

それらの活動期間中に当時のバンド仲間と最初のレコーディングを行なっています。

バンド名は「The Belgian Hot Club Quartet」と名付けられました。

現在、彼らのレコーディングは「Toots Thielemans – Yesterday & Today」として発売されています。詳細はウェブサイトをご覧下さい。こちらをクリックして下さい。

1950年4月23日、Toots Thielemans QuartetはストックホルムのGazellレーベルで「I can’t Get Started」と「How High The Moon」を録音しました。
メンバーはTOOTS THIELEMANS(g and harmonicaJim),Jimmy Woode(p)Simon Brehm(b)Jack Norén(ds)

残念ですが、稀少盤らしく上記データ以外は不明です。

1950年11月23日、Toots Thielemans TrioはMetronomeレコードに4曲を録音しています。ハーモニカに重点を置いて録音されています。

Here is Toots Thielemans Quartet Du Hot Club de Belgique play “Crazy Bop”.

Toots Thielemans(g),Francis Coppieters(p),Jean Warland(b),John Ward(ds) (1949)

Here is Toots Thielemans plays “Nuages”.

Here is Benny Goodman with  Toots Thielemans(Harmonica) play “Stardust”.
Recorded at a LIVE concert in Stockholm, Sweden in the early 50’s

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。

今回はギタリストとしての彼の足跡を調べてみました。

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。

3歳の頃にはアコーディオンに触れ、10代の初めにハーモニカを購入しています。

そして彼が病気になった時にお見舞いの友人が持参していたギターに出会いました。

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

Jazz violinist(6)〜Eddie South

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Photo of Eddie South

November 21. 2016

Eddie South was born November 27, 1904 in Louisiana, Missouri.

He was nicknamed the “Dark Angel of the Violin” in the United States.

He was an African-American jazz violinist and studied at the Chicago College of Music.

At the time, classical violin positions were not open to Black violinists in the 1920s, so he switched to jazz.

He started his career playing in vaudeville and jazz orchestras with Freddie Keppard.

When he visited to Europe in the 1920s he was influenced by gypsy’s performance in Hungary and established his own style.

In 1937 he revisited to Paris and performed and recorded with Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli.

He had an accurate pitch and graceful performance because he was educated classical music.

Also he played distinctive melancholy sounds and mellow phrases because he was influenced by gypsy music.

In addition his playing style had a strong attack and a firm touch.

Eddie South died on Apr. 25, 1962 in Chicago, Illinois.

Here is Eddie South & Stephane Grappelli play “Dinah”. (1937)

Here is Eddie South plays “Fiddle Blues”.

Here is Eddie South plays “Black Gypsy”.

Here is Eddie South plays “Oh, lady be good”.

Here is Eddie South, plays “Snowfall”.

Eddie South recorded with flute player Mark Simpton.

Here is they play “Music For The Birds”.

Jazz violinist(3) 〜Stephane Grappelli

November 17. 2016

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Reinhardt and Grappelli played together up until the outbreak of World War 2.

At the outbreak of war they were performing in London.

Grappelli decided to reside in London while Reinhardt returned to France.

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Photo of George Shearing

Grappelli soon formed a group with a young pianist named George Shearing, with whom he worked around England during and after the war.

He tried to re-form the Hot Club after the war.

Reinhardt and Grappelli were reunited in 1945, but by this time Reinhardt’s musical direction was changing.

Because Reinhardt played more use of electric guitar and more of a bebop sensibility.

Unfortuntely the quintette was never really re-established.

Then his music activity had been gradually declined.

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In 1969 Grappelli marked by his American debut at the Newport Jazz Festival.

He appeared as World’s Greatest Jazz Band with Maxine Sullivan July.5(Saturday 2:00PM).

He also worked with several classical masters.

As an event worthy of special mention, he played with violin virtuoso Yehudi Menuhin in 1971.

In fact their performance was a huge success with the public, and lead to a series of further appearances and six albums.

Here is Yehudi Menuhin & Stephane Grappelli play “Crazy Rhythm”.

Here is Stephane Grappelli and Yehudi Menuhin play “Jalousi”.

Here is Stéphane Grappelli, Yehudi Menuhin & Oscar Peterson Trio 1978

 

 

 

 

Jazz violinist(2)

November 15. 2016

Django Reinhardt & Stephane Grappelli

Django Reinhardt & Stephane Grappelli

Stephan Grappelli and Django Reinhardt met at the Croix du Sud Montparnasse nightclub in early 1934.

They organized new band with the addition of two rhythm guitars and a double bass.

The member included Reinhardt’s brother Joseph, guitarist Roger Chaput and double bassist Louis Vola.

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Left to right: Roger Chaput, Stéphane Grappelli, Louis Vola, Joseph Reinhardt and Django Reinhardt.

Their first engagement was organized by the Hot Club de France.

They became known as “the Quintette du Hot Club de France. ”

The band was one of the earliest and most influential jazz groups in Europe.

They toured Europe with a style of music dubbed “Gypsy Jazz.”

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Grappelli said about the Quintette du Hot Club de France:

“One day he was strumming on his guitar, and Istarted to improvise with him.”

Also he said: “There were no microphones then, so it was hard for a violin to be heard.

It was a revolution to play jazz only with string instruments.”

I found a terrific article about the Quintette du Hot Club.Go here

Here is the rare clip of Django Reinhardt & Stephane Grappelli(1939) .

Here is Django Reinhardt & Stéphane Grappelli play “Minor Swing”.

Here is The Quintette du Hot Club de France play “The Sheik of Araby”.(1937)

Jazz violinist(1)

November 15. 2016

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Photo of Aska Kaneko

Recently I enjoyed a terrific violin performance.

I heard for the first time Aska Kaneko who is Japanese violinist at Arcadia Grace Hall in Ashiya City in Hyogo.

Please refer to Aska Kaneko “金子飛鳥”.Go here

So I tried to find out about the jazz violinist.

This week I want to post about a few jazz violinists.

First I must write about Stephane Grappelli.

Stephane Grappelli was born in Paris in 1908.

In those days his family was very poor.

When he was 4 his mother died and he spent time in orphanages and boarding schools.

Then he was largely self-taught as a musician.

He began learning to play piano in cafes and cabarets.

The club owners let him practice on their house pianos during off hours.

When he was 13, his father bought him a secondhand violin.

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Django Reinhardt & Stephane Grappelli

Consequently he earned money playing the popular music of the day on the streets of Paris and Montmartre.

In 1934, Grappelli met a young gypsy guitarist named Django Reinhardt.

Here is Aska Kaneko with Gaia Cuatro play “Gaia” by live from their 2006 Japan Tour.

Here is Aska Kaneko and Kazumi Watanabe(Resonance Vox) play “Peking Doll” (1991).

Here is Stephane Grappelli plays “Someone to Watch Over Me”.