タグ別アーカイブ: Gene Norman

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November 13, 2016

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Gene Norman with Kitty Kallen  Photo by Getty Images

Gene Norman was elected into the Hall of Fame of the American Association of Independent Music in 1991.

He died on November 2. He was 93.

I want to introduce “A CHARLIE VENTURA CONCERT” as his best contribution to jazz again.

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Photo of Pasadena Civic Auditorium (Photo by American Theatre Organ Society) http://www.atos.org/FoortMoller

Here is “CHARLIE VENTURA CONCERT (Full Album)” from Decca Records.

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November 11, 2016

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Photo from Hollywood Historic Photos

Gene Norman sold his nightclub “Crescendo” in 1963.

There was the famous jazz club “Interlude” that was downstairs from the Crescendo.

Then he concentrated on the record label.

Also GNP has also been known for releasing television and motion picture soundtracks.

Gene Norman’s son Neil Norman secured a licensing deal from Paramount to release soundtracks of Star Trek.

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The “Star Trek” deal was the beginning of massive catalog business for GNP Crescendo in soundtrack sales.

Neil Norman is also a musician who has released many albums on GNP.

I want to introduce the masterpieces collection by Gene Norman recordings.
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Here is Buddy DeFranco plays “Star Eyes” by Gene Norman Presents series.

Here is Buddy DeFranco plays “Stella By Starlight” by Gene Norman Presents series.

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November 10, 2016

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Photo of Art Pepper, Wardell Gray, Gene Norman and Shorty Rogers in the early ’50s

In 1954, Gene Norman opened his own nightclub “the Crescendo” on the Sunset Strip.

Below is a list of the main performers including jazz legends.

Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Johnny Mathis, Herb Alpert,Ella Fitzgerald, Stan Kenton.

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In addition he established an independent record label “GNP Crescendo Record Co”.

The ‘GNP’ stand for ‘Gene Norman Presents’.

He produced a series of live albums and studio recordings based around his promotions.

Artists recorded by GNP over the years include Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Max Roach, and Art Tatum.

I want to post about the recording of Max Roach/Clifford Brown Quintet.

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Clifford Brown and Max Roach arrived in California in the spring of 1954.

Roach and Brown shared a two bedroom apartment where they began the collaboration that became one of the most talked about quintets to emerge in jazz.

Gene Norman executed a contract with Max Roach to record the quintet in California.

Gene Norman recorded that concert and released the first commercial recording of the Clifford Brown/Max Roach Quintet.

Needless to say the announcement was Gene Norman.

Tenderly / Here is Max Rroach And Clifford Brown In Concert play “Tenderly”.

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November 09, 2016

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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.”

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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.

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November 08, 2016

Photo from LA Radio.com

Photo from LA Radio.com

Gene Norman was jazz impresario and radio disc jockey and jazz label president.

He was born 30. Jan. 1922 in Brooklyn, New York.

He began his professional life as a disc jockey.

After relocating to Los Angeles in the 1940s, he became a popular jazz disc jockey on various local stations.

While working of disc Jockey, he organized live jazz concerts on local stages.

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He promoted a historic jazz concerts with Benny Goodman, Dizzy Gillespie and Shorty Rogers.

Their concerts were held at at the Shrine and the Civic Center and the Hollywood Bowl.

He also hosted jazz programs on local television,”The Gene Norman Show”.

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Here is Gene Norman’s “Just Jazz” Concert play “Blue Lou”(featuring Wardell Gray and Errol Garner).

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November 07, 2016

Photo above of Gene Norman

Photo above of Gene Norman

Last month, One of teachers in jazz records passed away.

His name was Sadao Hayashi(林貞夫).

He had taught me about jazz record since I was jazz beginner.

He was longing to a jazz promoter such as Gene Norman.

Then he opened a long-awaited jazz spot ”Musicraft” in Osaka.

He had managed the music spot ”Musicraft” until just before his death.

Fortunately this spot is running as membership system music salon.Go here

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Last year, I purchased an analog player from Mr.Hayashi.

He was longing to a jazz promoter such as Gene Norman.

This week I want to post about Gene Norman for Mr.Hayashi’s mourning.

Here is Gene Norman presents Just Jazz.