Tag Archives: Jelly Roll Morton

Good Time Jazz Record(3)

May 17.2017

Good Time Jazz label was located at 707 North Irving Boulevard in Los Angeles.

The label produced new releases and reissues, including recordings by Jelly Roll Morton, Bunk Johnson, Kid Ory, George Lewis.

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Photo above of Aaron Copland by Wikipedia

Photo above of Gail Kubik by Wikipedia

Lester Koenig started also a label for classical music, Society for Forgotten Music (SFM).

When he worked with the director Wyler,he made friends with many of the composers such as Aaron Copland and Gail Kubik.

So Lester released “contemporary” classical music written by these composers .

In addition Lester contracted with Jesse Fuller who was San Francisco’s most famous musician in those days.

RecentlyI found an interesting photographs.

When Kid Ory was 67 old years, he recorded with his Creole Jazz Band in 1953.

Photo above of William Claxton by Wikipedia

William Claxton made photographs during the second recording session which took place at Capitol Studios in Hollywood in 1953.

It is noteworthy that a recording sound quality was high on the list.

Then high quality in sound recording was Koenig’s trademark.

I would like to post about Roy DuNann on another occasion.

William Claxton’s image by soundfountain.com

Good Time Jazzはロサンゼルス(707 North Irving Boulevard)で設立された。
又、クラシック音楽を専門とする「Society fo Forgotten Music」 も立ち上げました。
戦争中、Wyler監督と仕事をしていた時にAaron CoplandやGail Kubikのような現代音楽作曲家と親交があったことから、現代音楽シリーズも製作しました。さらに当時サンフランシスコで最も有名なミュージシャンであったJesse Fullerとも契約しました。
最近、レコーディングスタジオにおける興味深い写真を見つけました。
著名な写真家William Claxtonが1953年のKid Ory’s Creole Jazz Bandを撮影しています。
Lester Koenigが製作したレコードで注目すべきことは音質が非常に良いということです。
Lester Koenigが製作したジャズシリーズはBlue Noteシリーズと共に独特のサウンドです。
録音技師のRoy DuNannについては別の機会に投稿したいと思います。

Here is Kid Ory’s Creole Jazz Band play “Royal Garden Blues”.
Kid Ory (tb),Alvin Alcorn (tp),George Probert(cl),
Barney Kessel(g),Don Ewell(p),Ed Garland(b),Minor Hall(ds)
November 30 & December 2, 1954 Hollywood.

Here is Kid Ory’s Creole Jazz Band play “Blues for Jimmie Noone”.
Kid Ory (tb), Teddy Buckner (tp), Joe Darensbourg (cl), Lloyd Glenn (p), Ed Garland (b), Minor Hall (ds)  May 5, 1951

Here is Jesse Fuller plays “San Francisco Bay Blues”.
This song was made cover by Bob Dylan, and then Paul McCartney and Eric Clapton.

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The biographies of “Bass clarinet” heroes(1)

April 27.2017

Bass clarinet appeared  in jazz bands in the early nineteenth century.

First we need to talk about Omer Simeon.

Omer Simeon was the most important bass clarinetist because he had played one of the earliest jazz bass clarinet solo.

Photo above of Omer Simeon by courtesy of Jazz Lives(July 6, 2013)

Omer Victor Simeon was born  21 July 1902 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

He learned clarinet from the New Orleans master Lorenzo Tio, Jr., and started playing professionally in 1920.

Please refer to about Lorenzo Tio, Jr. Go here

In 1926 he began playing with Jelly Roll Morton, and made some recordings with Morton’s Red Hot Peppers and smaller groups.

Photo above of Jelly Roll Morton by Image Ownership: Public Domain

The Red Hot Peppers are as hot as the best King Oliver and Louis Armstrong recordings, while the colors and subtlety of tone are as good as the bands of Bix and Tram.

Omer Simeon took the clarinet part for the very first set, recorded in Chicago on September 15, 1926.

Morton instructed Simeon to switch from clarinet to bassclarinet.

So “Someday Sweetheart” had one of the earliest jazz bass clarinet solo by Omer Simeon.

Omer’s tone is much more beautiful than many post-bop bass clarinet solos.

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

Bass clarinetは19世紀初めにジャズ界に登場した楽器です。
Omer Simeonは最初にBass clarinetのソロを演奏した。
Omer Simeonは1902年7月21日ルイジアナ州ニューオーリンズで生まれた。
彼はLorenzo Tio,Jr.からクラリネットを学びました。
彼の師匠Lorenzo Tio、Jrについてはこちらをクリックして下さい。
1926年、彼はJelly Roll Mortonに出会い、歴史的な録音に参加しました。
Jelly Roll Mortonは”Someday Sweetheart”の録音に際し、ClarinetからBass clarinetへの切り替えを指示しました。
Simeonの音色はバップ以降のBass clarinet奏者の音色より遥かに美しいです。
Jelly Roll Morton and Red Hot Peppers の演奏はKing OliverやLouis Armstrongらの録音と比較しても劣っておらず、音色やアンサンブルはBix and Tram バンドと同等レベルでした。

Here is Jelly Roll Morton and Red Hot Peppers “Someday Sweetheart”.
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Here is Jelly Roll Morton and Red Hot Peppers “Someday Sweetheart”.
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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。
幼少時に彼の家族と共にアメリカに移民しシカゴに定住しました。
当時のシカゴにはニューオーリンズから有名なミュージシャン達が来ていました。
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)