Tag Archives: Gene Krupa

Cal Tjader(1)

May 05.2017

Last Sunday I joined Kobe Jazz Saloon(神戸Jazzサロン).

A vibraphone player joined the meeting by chance.

He had brought Cal’s CD and talked about Cal’s performance.

Cal Tjader died on 5 May 1982, aged 56.

So I would like to post about Cal Tjader.

Cal Tjader was born July 16, 1925 in St. Louis, Missour.

His mother was a concert pianist, his father a vaudeville performer.

He grew up with them on the road, tap- dancing his way through early childhood.

Then his family settled down in San Mateo on the San Francisco Peninsula, and his father opened a dancing school.

Photo above of Gene Krupa by Drummerszone.com

He joined the Dixieland band and played around the Bay Area.

At the age of sixteen he joined the drum solo contest of Gene Krupa.

He played “drum boogie” and won the championship.

When Cal graduated from San Francisco State College, he first met up with Dave Brubeck and Paul Desmond.

Photo above of Cal Tjader, Ron Crotty and Dave Brubeck, 1950 by courtesy of The Brubeck Institute is part of University of the Pacific, California

偶然、現役のヴィブラフォン奏者が出席されておられました。Cal TjaderのCDを持ってこられており、Calの演奏について演奏家の立場から詳しくお話しされました。
Cal Tjaderは1982年5月5日に56歳で死亡しています。そのような縁からCal Tjaderについて投稿したいと思います。
Cal Tjaderは1925年7月16日ミズール州セントルイスで生まれました。
彼が16歳の時、Gene Krupaのドラムソロコンテストに参加し優勝しました。
大学卒業後、Dave BrubeckとPaul Desmondと出会いジャズ人生が始まりました。

Here is Cal Tjader plays “Soul Sauce”. (1964)

Here is Eddie Palmieri and Cal Tjader play “We’ve Love Before”.

Here is Cal Tjader plays “Speak Low”.

Art Hodes(1)

April 18.2017

Photo above of Art Hodes by courtesy of Blue Note Records

Recently I purchased the 10 inches record of BlueNote label.

It is “Art Hodes and his hot 7”.

Also last week Jazz Journalists Doug Ramsey introduced a television program hosted by Art Hodes.Go here

So I would like to post about Art Hodes.

Art Hodes was born November 14, 1904 in born in Ukraine.

When he was six months old few, his family settled in Chicago

In those days the pioneering New Orleans musicians came to Chicago in the 1920’s.

Louis Armstrong standing beside King Oliver. Photo courtesy of neajazzintheschools.org.

When he was in his late teens and early twenties, he heard some jazz legends’ performance such as King Oliver, Louis Armstrong, and Jelly Roll Morton and Earl Hines and Jimmy Noone in the nightspots of his city.

Eventually, Hodes played with Armstrong, and later with Wingy Manone, Gene Krupa, and Muggsy Spanier.

Photo above of Wingy Manone by courtesy of alchetron.com

Also he was fond of the blues, and was greatly influenced by Bessie Smith.

In 1938 he moved to New York and played with Joe Marsala and Mezz Mezzrow before forming his own band in 1941.

最近、BlueNoteの10インチレコード”Art Hodes and his hot 7″を購入しました。
同じ日に偶然、Art Hodesが出演していたテレビ番組がネットで紹介されました。
そんなわけで私はArt Hodesに詳しくないので、今回調べてみようと思いました。
Art Hodesは1904年11月14日に帝政ロシアのウクライナで生まれました。
彼は10代後半から20代初めにかけて、King Oliver, Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Earl Hines,Jimmy Noone などの生演奏を聞いていました。
又、Wingy Manone、Gene Krupa、Muggsy Spanier達と演奏をしていました。
彼はブルースも大好きで Bessie Smithからも影響を受けました。
1938年にはニューヨークに移ります。1941年に自己のバンドを結成する迄、Joe Marsala や Mezz Mezzrowと共演していました。

Here is Doug Ramsey’s post “Bud Freeman and Art Hodes on Jazz Alley.”

Here is Jelly Roll Morton and his Red Hot Peppers play “Dr. Jazz”(1926)

Gene Norman(3)

November 09, 2016


Gene Norman produced Charlie Ventura’s “Bop for the People” concert in Pasadena, Calif., in May 1949.

This work was one of the most significant and electrifying bop band performances of the late 1940s.

He continued to put on big concerts, and produced a series of live albums and studio recordings based around his promotions.

Today I want to write a little about Charlie Ventura and Jackie Cain and Roy Kral.

When Gene Krupa reformed his band in June 1944 Krupa recruited Charlie Ventura.

In 1948 Charlie Ventura organised the small band.

His band was associated with “Bop For The People.”


Photo of Charlie Ventura band in 1948, Boots Mussulli, Conte Candoli, Jackie Cain, Charlie Ventura, Roy Kral, [Courtesy of Jeff Austin]

Jackie Cain and Roy Kral were singing with Charlie Ventura band in 1948 and 1949.

The Pasadena Concert actually was their last concert with the band.

Jackie Cain and Roy Kral left from Charlie Ventura’s band.

The Ventura band was pretty popular in the 1950s.

Tomorrow I will post about their concert live recordings.

Here is Gene Krupa and his Orchestra with Charlie Ventura in 1947.

He played tenor sax in the white suspenders.

Here is Charlie Ventura band play “Lullaby in Rhythm” live concert in Pasadena.