タグ別アーカイブ: Helen Keane

The legend manager,Martha Glaser and Helen Keane(8)

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I confirmed his recording after Bill’s legend live recordings at Village Vanguard in 1961.

Jazz Discography Project
NYC,June 25, 1961
Sunday At The Village Vanguard (Riverside RLP 376)
Waltz For Debby (Riverside RLP 399)

NYC, October 16,1961
Mark Murphy – Rah (Riverside RLP 395)
Bernie Glow, Ernie Royal, Clark Terry (tp),Jimmy Cleveland, Melba Liston (tb),Bill Evans(p),
Sam Herman(g),Wendell Marshall(b),Jimmy Cobb(ds),Ray Barretto(conga),Mark Murphy (vo)
Ernie Wilkins (arr)

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Photo of Orrin Keepnews

Scott LaFaro died in a car accident after the Vanguard performance.

Bill Evans did not record or perform in public again for several months.

He was persuaded to return to music activities by Orrin Keepnews.

In those days Helen Keane had acted as a manager for Mark Murphy.

Bill Evans reappeared on the musical scene with an album with Mark Murphy.

I guess Helen Keane wanted to lighten the burden on him.

Many musicians for vocal accompaniment were gathered in Riverside Records studio.

Probably, he was encouraged from fellow.

Photo of Joao Gilberto

Photo of Joao Gilberto

Photo of Paquito D'Rivera

Photo of Paquito D’Rivera

In addition she had acted as a manager for Joao Gilberto and Paquito D’Rivera.

She died in 1996 in New York at the age of 73 because of breast cancer.

This is Mark Murphy sings “My Favorite Things”.

The legend manager,Martha Glaser and Helen Keane(7)

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As Bill’s manager,Ms.Helen was present at all of the recording sessions.

Creed Taylor produced for Bill at MGM/Verve labels.

Also Creed Taylor recognized her competence as a producer.

Then she produced some thirty of Evans’ records over a period of 15 years on the Verve, Warner, Columbia, CTI, Fantasy labels.

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Fortunately “Bill Evans Trio in Tokyo” was produced by Helen Keane.

This recording is most valuable record for Japanese jazz fan.

At that time she and Bill had been eliminated the contract to Columbia Records.

So she decided to have the copyright about this live recording in United States.

Then 1974 July they were moved to Fantasy Records and as transfers first work,it was named “The Tokyo Concert”.

This is Bill Evans Trio in Tokyo –  January 20, 1973.

Bill Evans (p), Eddie Gomez (b), Marty Morell (ds)

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The legend manager,Martha Glaser and Helen Keane(6)

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Photo of Gene Lees

Photo of Gene Lees

Gene Lees introduced Helen to Bill Evans.

Please refer to a helpful information about Gene Lees.Go here and here

In those days she was already his fan.

She had immediate rapport with Bill and they began working together almost immediately.

Their partnership produced a great achievement in jazz history.

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Ad of first concert in New York

This is Bill Evans trio on “JAZZ 625”,introduced by Humphrey Lyttelton.

 

 

The legend manager,Martha Glaser and Helen Keane(5)

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Helen Keane and Bill Evans

Helen Keane was best known for her business relationship with Bill Evans from 1963 until his death in 1980.

Helen Keane was born 16 February 1923 in New York City.

She began her career in the 1950’s as an artists scout for MCA and CBS.

When Ms.Helen was at the age of 19 she started as a secretary at MCA.

Then she joined CBS and remained there for seven years.

She left CBS and opened a personal management office.

Especially she achieved an important role in the early careers of Harry Belafonte.

I found a rare her interview from  “Bill Evans Time Remembered” by Bruce Spiegel.

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The legend manager,Martha Glaser and Helen Keane(1)

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I was interested in two unreleased recordings that have been recently excavated.

First,Erroll Garner : “The Complete Concert by the Sea”.

Second,Bill Evans :  “Some Other Time: The Lost Session from The Black Forest”.

This week I want to post about Martha Glaser who was the manager of Erroll Garner.

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Photo above, Martha Glaser and Erroll Garner in 1960

Recently, I found her terrific footprints in the archive of Pittsburgh University.Go here

I have referred to some documents in archive.

She was born February 15, 1921 in Duquesne, Pennsylvania.

After graduating from high School in Detroit,she became a citizen activist in Chicago.

Photo of Norman Granz

Photo of Norman Granz

In those days she met Norman Granz who was an advocate for the civil rights movement.

So she organized Jazz concerts working first as part of the civil rights movement.

In 1948 she created her own music management company and settled permanently in New York City.

This is Erroll Garner Plays “Laura”.