タグ別アーカイブ: John Hammond

Mildred Bailey and Her Alley Cats “with Bunny Berigan”

November 03.2017

Photo above of Red McKenzie and Bunny Berigan,Eddie Condon at the guiter, Joe Bushkin at the piano

Bunny Berigan participated in three recordings in December,1935.

Photo above of Eddie Condon and Bud Freeman of courtesy by Wall Street Journai

(1)Bud Freeman And His Windy City Five
  New York December 4, 1935.

(2)Mildred Bailey and Her Alley Cats: Mildred Bailey New York December 6, 1935.

(3)Bunny Berigan And His Blue Boys  New York December 13, 1935.


I am interested in the recordings of Mildred Bailey and Her Alley Cats.

So I want to post about the background of this recording.

John Hammond was contracted by Parlophone Records to produce a series of American jazz performances that were to be released in Great Britain.

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

Hammond assembled Teddy Wilson,Grachan Moncur, Johnny Hodges and Bunny Berigan for Mildred Bailey.

Berigan and Hodges had never performed together as front-line men before this session.

These four tracks-twit jazz standards and two blues.

“Downhearted Blues,” is a well-known tune that had been Bessie Smith’s first issued recording.

In 1941, the American Decca record company reissued them as part of a six record set entitled “Gems of Jazz.”

1935年12月Bunny Beriganは3つの異なったメンバーと重要な録音に参加しています。

(1)12月4日 Bud Freeman And His Windy City Five

(2)12月6日 Mildred Bailey and Her Alley Cats    4曲

(3)12月13日 Bunny Berigan And His Blue Boys 4曲

上記においてMildred Bailey and Her Alley Cats の録音は異色の録音であると思いました。

以下、Mildred Bailey and Her Alley Catsの録音について調べてみました。

その当時John Hammondは英国市場向けのジャズレコード製作契約をParlophone Recordsと締結しました。

HammondはMildred Baileyの伴奏者としてTeddy WilsonとGrachan MoncurとJohnny Hodges並びにBunny Beriganを録音スタジオに招きました。

興味深いことにJohnny HodgesとBunny Beriganはこの日まで一緒に演奏したことはなかったそうです。


尚 「Downhearted Blues」はBessie Smithが録音したブルースの古典として有名な曲です。

1941年、アメリカDecca社はこの日の4曲を「Gems of Jazz(6枚組SPアルバム)」の一部として収録し再発売しました。

Here is Mildred Bailey and Her Alley Cats play “Willow Tree”.
Mildred Bailey (vocal), Bunny Berigan (tp), Johnny Hodges (as), Teddy Wilson (p), Grachan Moncur (b)
60201 A New York December 6, 1935.


Here is Mildred Bailey and Her Alley Cats play “Honeysuckle Rose”.
60202 A Members of the recording are the same as above.


Here is Mildred Bailey and Her Alley Cats play “Squeeze Me”.
60203-A Members of the recording are the same as above.


Here is Mildred Bailey and Her Alley Cats play “Hearted Blues”.
60203-A Members of the recording are the same as above.


Here is Bessie Smith sings “Down Hearted Blues”(1923)



Good Time Jazz Record(1)

May 15.2017

Yesterday I bought “Lu Watters’ Yerba Buena Jazz Band” by Good Time Jazz Record.

Lu Watters contributed to the world-wide revival of classic jazz during the 1940s.

Watters and his fellows in the late ’30s took a second look at the origins of jazz.

Photo above of Turk Murphy, Lu Watters on left by courtesy of Riverwalk Jazz – Stanford University Libraries

They spearheaded an international movement which brought the traditional New Orleans style.

Good Time Jazz Record had contributed greatly to this movement.

Good Time Jazz Record was found by Lester Koening in 1949.

Generally he is famous as the founder of Contemporary Record.

Photo above of Lester Koening by Discos

So this week I would like to post about his contribution until establish Good Time jazz Record.

I referred to Jazz Profiles by Steven A. Cerra,”Lester Koenig: Good Time Jazz and Contemporary Records [May 2, 2017]”.

Lester Koening was born December 3 1917 in New York City and developed a passion for jazz as a teenager.

He had listening to the 78rpm record of Duke Ellington, Bessie Smith, Louis Armstrong and others.

In those days almost of jazz devotees visited Doc Doctorow’s record store.

This store was a well-known haunt for collectors.

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, who was the legendary producer, had came to Doc Doctorow’s.

Then John Hammond invited Lester to the Basie’s session.

At that time Count Basie had recorded “One O’clock Jump”.

So Lester had first inspired in him the desire to own a jazz label.

Photo above of Count Basie Keith and his band from Pinterst

昨日、Good Time Jazz Record “Lu Watters ‘Yerba Buena Jazz Band”(再発)を購入しました。
Lu Watters達は30年代後半にジャズの起源を再演することで、伝統的なニューオーリンズスタイルジャズを世界中に復活する運動を先導しました。
Good Time Jazz RecordはLester Koeningによって創設され、ニューオーリンズリバイバル運動に大きく貢献しました。
又、Lester KoeningはContemporary Recordの創設者としても有名です。
今週はGood Time Jazz Recordを創設(1949年)するまでのLester Koeningの足跡について投稿します。
以下の文章はSteven A. Cerra氏による「Jazz Profiles(2017年5月2日)を参考にしました。
Lester Koeningは1917年12月3日、ニューヨークで生まれ10代でジャズの虜になりました。
彼はDuke Ellington、Bessie Smith、Louis ArmstrongなどのSPレコードを聞いていました。
当時のほとんどのジャズ愛好家はDoc Doctorowというレコードストアを訪れていました。
伝説のジャズプロデューサーであったJohn HammondもDoc Doctorowによく来ていたそうです。
その後、Lester KoeningはJohn Hammondの招きでCount Basieのレコーディング現場に立ち会うこともできました。
その時Count Basieは 歴史的録音である”One O’clock Jump”をレコーディングしました。
その録音現場にいたLester Koeningは自らのジャズレーベルを立ち上げたいという欲望が湧き出てきました。

Here is Lu Watters’ Yerba Buena Jazz Band play “Irish Black Bottom”.
Bob Scobey, Lu Watters (cornet) Turk Murphy (trombone) Ellis Horne (clarinet) Wally Rose (piano) Russ Bennett, Clancy Hayes (banjo) Dick Lammi (tuba) Bill Dart (drums) San Francisco, CA, December 19, 1941

Here is Count Basie and his band play “One O’Clock Jump”.
Count Basie(piano); Buck Clayton, Joe Keyes, Carl Smith, (trumpets); George Hunt, Dan Minor, (trombones); Caughey Roberts, (alto sax),Jack Washington, (alto and baritone sax); Herschel Evans, Lester Young, (clarinet and tenor sax); Claude Williams, (guitar); Walter Page, (bass); Joe Jones, (drums);  Jimmy Rushing, (vocal) November 3, 1937

Phineas Newborn Jr.(2)

October 19, 2016

Phineas Newborn, Jr. recorded steadily as a leader and sideman throughout the 1950s and into the 1960s.

In 1952 in Memphis, Count Basie heard Newborn’s playing.

Basie brought him to the legendary producer John Hammond.

Then he moved to the East Coast by Hammond’s encouragement.

From 1956 he began to perform in New York City, making his first album as a leader in that year.


“Here Is Phineas” was the debut album which recorded in 1956 and released on the Atlantic label.

He was transferred to RCA Victor label from his second work.

Unfortunately RCA Victor recordings were a complete failure.

So he went to work as a solo pianist in Stockholm and Rome.


In 1958 he joined a legend recording Roy Haynes’ “We Three”.

Here is Phineas Newborn Jr. plays “Barbados” (1956) 

Here is Phineas Newborn Jr Quartet play “Overtime”(1956).

Here is Phineas Newborn Jr. plays “My Ship” in Stockholm(1958) .

Here is Roy Haynes plays “Reflection” with Phineas Newborn Jr. and Paul Chambers(1958).

Sir Charles Thompson and Jeremy Steig(2)

October 12, 2016


Photo from Jazz Lives – WordPress.com

In 1939 Thompson had been recruited by Lionel Hampton who was launching his first  big band.

Then he joined Lester Young’s band at Café Society in New York in 1942.

At that time he was nicknamed “Sir” by “Prez”.


He was playing on 52nd Street in all-star groups as freelance.

In those days he recorded a famous session in 1945 with Parker and Gordon.

He travelled back to Los Angeles in 1945 with Coleman Hawkins and recorded on Capital labels.

Unlike clearly the swing jazz style,their recordings were a great performance with a modern jazz style.


In 1953 John Hammond began to produce the Jazz Showcase series in Vanguard labels.

John Hammond adopted trombonist Vic Dickenson and the cornetist Ruby Braff and Thompson and others on recording.

“Vic Dickenson Showcase “ was most famous recording.

When I was jazz beginner I learned his name “Sir Charles Thompson” at this record.

Here is Coleman Hawkins plays “It’s The Talk Of The Town (March 9, 1945)”.

Here is COLEMAN HAWKING 1964 with Sir Charles Thompson by JAZZ625,BBC

I found a edited video of Vic Dickenson Septet .