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The “trombonist’s trombonist” Urbie Green(1)

June 21.2017

Photo above of Urbie Green by Wikipedia

Last week I posted about female trombone player Melba Liston.

I will introduce about the same instrument player who was born in the same year as Melba.

Urbie Green was born August 8, 1926 in Mobile, Alabama and has been known as the “trombonist’s trombonist.”

He has approximately 30 albums under his own name.

Recently I purchased a few albums at second hand record shop in Osaka.

Photo above of Melba Liston by tumblr

Please see a poor photo I took.

So I would like to write about his achievements.

In childfood he was lessoned the piano by his mother.

When he was about 12, he picked up a trombone.

Photo above of Jack Jenney by Wikipedia

In those days he listened to such trombone greats as Tommy Dorsey, J. C. Higginbotham, Jack Jenney, Jack Teagarden and Trummy Young.

When he was sixteen,he was working professionally with Tommy Reynolds’ band in California.

Then he played  with Jan Savitt, Frankie Carle, Gene Krupa.

Photo above of Gene Krupa by Drummerszone.com

先週、女性トロンボーン奏者Melba Listonについて投稿しました。
今週はMelbaと同じ年に生まれ同じ楽器を演奏している名手を紹介します。
Urbie Greenは1926年8月8日、アラバマ州に生まれました。
彼のリーダーアルバムは約30枚ほど発売されています。
最近、私は大阪の中古レコード店で彼のアルバムを数枚購入しました。
私が撮影した下手な写真をご覧下さい。
Urbie Greenの楽歴について調べてみました。
幼年期のころ母親からピアノを習い12歳の時にトロンボーンを始めました。
その当時、以下に記載の名手達の演奏を聞きました。
「Tommy Dorsey, J. C. Higginbotham, Jack Jenney, Jack Teagarden and Trummy Young」
16歳の時、Tommy Reynolds bandの一員としてプロの仕事を開始しました。
その後、Jan Savitt, Frankie Carle, Gene Krupaら著名なバンドで活躍しました。

Here is Urbie Green plays “Round Midnight”.

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Urbie Green(1)

June 21.2017

Photo above of Urbie Green by Wikipedia

Photo above of Melba Liston

Last week I posted about female trombone player Melba Liston.

I will introduce about the same instrument player who was born in the same year as Melba.

Urbie Green was born August 8, 1926 in Mobile, Alabama and has been known as the “trombonist’s trombonist.”

He has approximately 30 albums under his own name.

Recently I purchased a few albums at second hand record shop in Osaka.

Please see a poor photo I took.

So I would like to write about his achievements.

In childfood he was lessoned the piano by his mother.

When he was about 12, he picked up a trombone.

Photo above of Jack Jenney by Wikipedia

In those days he listened to such trombone greats as Tommy Dorsey, J. C. Higginbotham, Jack Jenney, Jack Teagarden and Trummy Young.

When he was sixteen,he was working professionally with Tommy Reynolds’ band in California.

Then he played  with Jan Savitt, Frankie Carle, Gene Krupa.

Photo above of Gene Krupa by Drummerszone.com

先週、女性トロンボーン奏者Melba Listonについて投稿しました。
Melbaと同じ年に生まれ、同じ楽器を演奏している名手を紹介します。
Urbie Greenは1926年8月8日、アラバマ州に生まれました。
彼のリーダーアルバムは約30枚ほど発売されています。
最近、私は大阪の中古レコード店で彼のアルバムを数枚購入しました。
私が撮った下手な写真をご覧下さい。
今週はUrbie Greenの業績について投稿します。
幼年期のころ母親からピアノを習い12歳の時にトロンボーンを始めました。
その当時、以下に記載の名手達の演奏を聞きました。
「Tommy Dorsey, J. C. Higginbotham, Jack Jenney, Jack Teagarden and Trummy Young」
16歳の時、Tommy Reynolds bandの一員としてプロの仕事を開始しました。
その後、Jan Savitt, Frankie Carle, Gene Krupaら著名なバンドで活躍しました。

Here is Urbie Green plays “Round Midnight”.

Johnny Pate(3)

June 08.2017

While performing with South, Johnny Pate furthered his musical training by studying at Chicago’s Midwestern Conservatory from 1951 to 1953.

In those days Johnny Pate also played with the Red Allen – J.C. Higginbotham Combo.

Photo above of Mills Blue Rhythm Band. From left to right: George Washington, J. C. Higginbotham, Henry “Red” Allen, Wardell Jones and Shelton Hemphill from Wikipedia

In addition during this same time period, he worked for the Club De Lisa as the arranger of its shows’ production numbers.

The feature male singer in the show was a young man by the name of Joe Williams.

Please refer to an interesting blog about Joe Williams and the Club De Lisa.Go here

Then Johnny Pate and Joe Williams became life-long friends.

In the end of the 50’s, he led his own group that served as the house band at Chicago’s Blue Note.

There he worked with Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Duke Ellington.

Also he recorded “Johnny Pate at the Blue Note” (1956).

Photo above of Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald by courtesy of Pinterst

Johnny Pateは1951年から1953年までシカゴの Midwestern Conservatoryで音楽理論を徹底的に学びました。
又、同時期にはHenry Red Allen とJ.C. Higginbotham が双頭リーダーであったバンドにも参加していました。
更にシカゴでも有名なナイトクラブ「The Club De Lisa」で音楽ステージの編曲者として雇われました。
当時「The Club De Lisa」で歌っていたボーカリストはJoe Williamsでした。
Joe Williamsと「The Club De Lisa」に関しては添付のブログを参照してください。ここをクリックして下さい。
1950年代の終わり頃には、彼をリーダーとするグループが「シカゴBlueNote」のハウスバンドとして抜擢されました。
「シカゴBlueNote」ではElla FitzgeraldやSarah Vaughan そして Duke Ellingtonバンドと共演しました。
又、 “Johnny Pate at the Blue Note” (1956)というレコードも製作販売されました。(実況ライブではありません)

Here is Johnny Pate at the Blue Note play “What a Difference a Day Made”, “It Might as Well be Spring”,”I Surrender Dear”.
Johnny Pate(b), Floyd Morris(p),Wilbur Wynne(g)
Chicago, probably July 3-10,1956

Here is Count Basie with Joe Williams and Jimmy Rushing play “Going To Chicago”.

Art Hodes(5)

April 22.2017

Photo by OKMusic

This week I have posted about Art Hodes.

Hodes’ name is all but forgotten today.

Also Art Hodes very rarely ever mentioned in some jazz history books.

Fortunately my friend in Facebook have provided me with a rare photos.

Mr.seya who is 78 rpm record collector, provided me with valuable dates about Art Hodes.

For five years in the 1940’s, he edited a monthly magazine, The Jazz Record, and ran a jazz record label.

Photo above of Jazz Record 78rpm by courtesy of Mr.Seya

Photo above of Jazz Record 78rpm by courtesy of Mr.Seya

Here is label image of Hodes Columbia Quintet and Art Hodes Jazz Record Six.

And it is a rare color image of Art Hodes and Baby Dodds.

Even an amateur article like me can post valuable materials thanks to Facebook.

Photo above a rare color image of Art and Baby Dodds by courtesy Mr.Seya

今週私はArt Hodesについて投稿しました。
Art Hodes の名前は今日のジャズファンには忘れられた存在になったと思われます。
又、ジャズ関連の書籍でも彼についてはあまり言及されていません。
幸いにもSPレコードコレクターである瀬谷徹氏がFacebookをご覧になっておられ、昨日Art Hodesに関する貴重な資料を提供して頂きました。
私のような素人の記事でも、Facebookのおかげで貴重な資料を掲載出来た事がとても嬉しいです。
瀬谷氏から提供された貴重な写真をご覧下さい。

Here is Art Hodes and J.C. Higginbotham play “Someday Sweetheart “(1968).

Here is Bud Freeman and Art Hodes on Jazz Alley part 2

J.C.Higginbotham(6)

April 16.2017

During and after World War II, he played sometimes with Red Allen and sometimes with his own band.

Red Allen was one of the few trumpet players who could parry with Louis Armstrong in the same style.

Photo above of Henry ”Red” Allen Orchestra by courtesy of OKMusic

About Red Allen,please refer to this website.Go here

Also they were a participant in major occasions such as the Newport Festival.

Then he worked once again briefly in 1964 with Louis Armstrong.

He died on May 26, 1973 in New York.

Like many jazz musicians of his generation, Higginbotham was later associated with a “dixieland-style”.

So some jazz fans see him as a dixie style player.

He contributed as one of the swing trombone pioneers.

I hope his evaluation will be evaluated more than now.

JCとRed Allenは仲が良く長い間行動を共にしています。
Red AllenはLouis Armstrong 直系の奏者です。
Red Allenについては詳しいサイトを参照して下さい。こちらをクリック
JCは1973年5月26日、67歳でニューヨークにて永眠しました。
彼の晩年の演奏はディキシー奏者との共演が多かったことから、トロンボーン奏者として過小評価されていると思われます。
しかし、彼はスイングトロンボーンのパイオニアの一人です。
彼の評価が今よりももっと評価されることを願っています。

Here is Henry Red Allen J.C.Higginbotham play “House on “52nd Street”(1946).

Here is Art Ford Jazz Party with J.C.Higginbotham play “Running Wild”.
Charlie Shavers (tp) J.C.Higginbotham (tb) Pee Wee Russell (c1) Coleman Hawkins (ts) Willie”The Lion”Smith (p) Harry Sheppard (vib) Dick Thompson (g) Vinnie Burke (b) Sonny Greer (ds) Sep.25,1958

J.C.Higginbotham(5)

April 14.2017

Photo above of J.C.Higginbotham from Wikipedia

After leaving Fletcher Henderson Orchestra,J.C.Higginbotham joined Benny Carter band in Autumn 1933.

J.C.Higginbotham and Henry ‘Red’ Allen were a close friends from the early Russell days.

Mills_Blue_Rhythm_Band

Photo above of Mills Blue Rhythm Band. From left to right: George Washington, J. C. Higginbotham, Henry “Red” Allen, Wardell Jones and Shelton Hemphill from Wikipedia

So they joined the Mills Blue Rhythm Band (directed by Lucky Millinder) in 1934.

Then, in 1937, they both rejoined Russell, whose band at the time was fronted by Louis Armstrong.

He was playing a purely supportive role behind Armstrong from 1937 to 1940.

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Eventually he Joined Henry ‘Red’ Allen sextet (as co-leader) in December 1940 and worked regularly with Henry Allen until February 1947.

By the way there is evidence that JC ‘s solo performance was admired from others.

His coda of “Higginbotham Blues” was later developed into “Organ Grinder’s Swing” .

“Organ Grinder’s Swing” by Jimmie Lunceford had imitated the ending of “Higginbotham Blues.

”Please listen and compare “Organ Grinder’s Swing” with “the coda of Higginbotham Blues”

Jimmie_Lunceford_Orch

Photo above of Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra

Fletcher Henderson楽団を去った後、Benny Carter bandとも共演しました。
1934年、J.C.HigginbothamとHenly “Red” Allenは the Mills Blue Rhythm Band に参加しました。
1937年から1940年、Louis Armstrong楽団に加入しDeccaに名演奏を残しています。
1940年12月以降1947年2月までHenry ‘Red’ Allenと双頭バンドを結成しました。

彼の演奏が「如何に愛されていたか」についての事例があります。
“Higginbotham Blues”のソロ演奏は、後日”Organ Grinder’s Swing”の原曲になりました。
Jimmie Luncefordの “Organ Grinder’s Swing”と “Higginbotham Blues”のエンディングソロを聞き比べて下さい。

Here is The Mills Blue Rhythm Band play “Red Rhythm”.
Henry Allen, Wardell Jones, Shelton Hemphill (tp), possibly J. C. Higginbotham, George Washington (tb), Tab Smith, Gene Michaels (cl, as), Crawford Wethington, Joe Garland (reeds), Edgar Hayes (p), Lawrence Lucie (g), Elmer James (b), O’Neil Spencer (dm), Lucky Millinder (dir), George Washington(vo). May 20, 1936

Here is Louis Armstrong his Orchestra play “Something Tells Me “.
Louis Armstrong (tp, vo), Shelton Hemphill (tp), J. C. Higginbotham (tb), Rupert Cole (cl, as), Charlie Holmes (as), Bingie Madison (cl, ts), Luis Russell (p), Lee Blair (g), Red Callender (b), Paul Barbarin (dm)May 18, 1938

Here is Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra plays “On The Sunny Side Of The Street”.
Louis Armstrong (tp, vo), J. C. Higginbotham (tb), Charlie Holmes (as), Bingie Madison (cl, ts), Luis Russell (p), Lee Blair (g), Red Callender (b), Paul Barbarin (dm). Nov. 15, 1937

Here is J C Higginbotham and His Six Hicks play “Higginbotham Blues”.
Henry “Red” Allen (cnt), J.C. Higginbotham (tb,ldr) ,Charlie Holmes (as), Luis Russell (p) ,Will Johnson (bj,g), Pops Foster (b), Paul Barbarin (ds)
February 5, 1930

Here is Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra play “Organ Grinder’s Swing”.

J.C. Higginbotham(4)

April 13.2017

I took this picture from my own “Hendersonia”.

In 1931, J.C. Higginbotham left Luis Russell’s band and briefly joined Chick Webb’s band.

Then he joined Fletcher Henderson’s orchestra.

I will quote a description that accurately expresses his change in this era.

“When JCH joined Fletcher Henderson he began a transistion where the roar from the wilderness and the brassy shakes went out to make room for a more relaxed solo voice.” by Tom Buhmann .

To my delight they had recorded my favorite song “Sugar Foot Stomp”.

Hammond at a recording session with Buck Clayton, Lester Young, Charlie Christian, Benny Goodman and Count Basie. Photo courtesy Frank Driggs Collection.(by Riverwalk Jazz)

Also John Hammond had produced two songs a long solo performance of J.C.,”Honeysuckle Rose” and ”New King Porter Stomp”.

J.C. Higginbotham showed a terrific performance as belonging the eternal Hall of Fame for jazz recordings.

In Addition I will quote “Hendersonia” by Walter C. Allen.

By the way, the great Higginbotham, no slouch himself for gutsy playing, expressed his unbounded admiration for Coleman Hawkins :
“Nobody can outplay him. He’s my man. One time on the Fletcher Henderson band, he took on everybody. Five brass and three rhythm couldn’t drown him out. He stood up, turned around and faced us, and nobody could outplay him. ”
( DOWN BEAT, January 8, 1959, p. 13)

Today I choose three songs that he played long solo performance (over 32 bars) .

I referred to Tom Buhmann’s Solographer. Go here

1931年、Fletcher Henderson’s orchestraに加入しました。私のお気にりの曲「Sugar Foot Stomp」も再度録音しました。又、John HammondもJCを高く評価し、珍しく32小節のソロを演奏した2曲を製作しました。J.C. Higginbotham 研究家のTom Buhmann ”Solographer”を参考にしました。

こちらをクリックして下さい。

Here is Fletcher Henderson And His Orchestra play “Sugar Foot Stomp (Solo 36 bars)”.

Rex Stewart (cnt, vo), Russell Smith, Bobby Stark (tp), Claude Jones (tb, vo), J. C. Higginbotham (tb), Russell Procope, Edgar Sampson (cl, as), Coleman Hawkins (cl, ts), Fletcher Henderson (p, arr), Clarence Holiday (g), John Kirby (tu), Walter Johnson (dm), Nat Leslie (arr). Aug. 1931

Here is Fletcher Henderson And His Orchestra play “Honeysuckle Rose(Solo 32 bars)”

Rex Stewart (cnt) Russell Smith Bobby Stark (tp)
Sandy Williams J.C. Higginbotham (tb) Hilton Jefferson (as)
Russell Procope (as cl) Coleman Hawkins (ts cl) Fletcher Henderson (p)
Freddy White (g) John Kirby (tu b) Walter Johnson (d) Dec. 9, 1932

Here is Fletcher Henderson Orchestra play ”New King Porter Stomp” (Solo 32 bars)”. Dec. 9, 1932