Tag Archives: Lester Koenig

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.

Good Time Jazz Record (2)

May 16.2017

Photo by Discogs

At Dartmouth College, Lester Koening was intent on movies and jazz.

He wrote record and film reviews.

One of his college mates at Dartmouth was Budd Schulberg, whose father, B.P. Schulberg, was then the head of Paramount Pictures.

Fortunately he received a telegram from Schulberg in 1939 and had a job as a writer at Paramount.

While he was working at Paramount, he would often drive up the coast at weekend.

Bacause he wanted to hear Lu Watters, Turk Murphy, and others at the Dawn Club.

Photo above of The Dawn Club(1940s) by courtesy the SF Trad Jazz Foundation.

During the war, he joined the Army Air Corps film unit and met a film director William Wyler.

So Lester was entrusted to write the narration for ‘Roman Holiday’.

Photo by Another Screen Credit On ‘Roman Holiday’? by courtesy DEADLINE/HOLLYWOOD

Photo by Another Screen Credit On ‘Roman Holiday’? by courtesy DEADLINE/HOLLYWOOD

After the war he began preparing for his own new jazz label,Good Time Jazz.

He founded new record label in 1949 and acquired most masters of Jazz Man Records in January 15, 1952.

Photo above of Nesuhi Ertegun, Kid Ory, Marili Morden at the Jazz Man Record Shop by courtesy Jim Leigh

Lester Koeningは学生時代(ダートマス大学)に映画とジャズ関連で熱心なレビューを書きました。
大学の友人であったBudd Schulbergが彼に幸運を招くことになりました。
Buddの父は後にParamount 映画社長になったB.P. Schulbergでした。
1939年に友人BuddからParamount 映画の作家として採用するという電報を受けました。
彼はParamountで働きながら週末には「Dawn Club」というジャズクラブに足繁く通いました。
「Dawn Club」ではLu Watters やTurk Murphy達が演奏を行なっていました。
戦争中には空軍の映画部門に従事し、William Wyler(映画監督)に出会いました。
Wyler監督はLester に「ローマの休日」等のナレーション(映画説明)台本を任せました。
戦後、自分の新しいジャズレーベルGood Time Jazz設立の準備を始めました。
1952年1月15日にLester は「Jazz Man Records」を買収しました。

Here is Lu Watters’ Yerba Buena Jazz Band play “Sunset Cafe Stomp”.
Bob Scobey, Lu Watters (cor) Turk Murphy (tb) Ellis Horne (cl) Wally Rose (p) Russ Bennett, Clancy Hayes (banjo) Squire Girsback (tuba) Bill Dart (ds)
San Francisco, CA, March 29, 1942

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。
このレコードストアは、ジャズコレクターにはよく知られた場所でした。
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

George Avakian(2)

Today I want to post about two person who influenced George Avakian.

The first person was Lester Koenig.

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Contemporary Records was founded by Lester Koenig in 1951 in Los Angeles.

Also Good Time Jazz Records was founded in 1949 by Lester Koenig.

I quoted Lester’s speaking from JazzWax[March 15,2010]

Lester said, “If you studied French at Horace Mann, then you must know enough to do this: Send an $8 money order to La Volta Music at 75 Boulevard Raspail in Paris and request two books.”

About two books,please refer to my past blog.Go here

The second person was Marshall Stearns.

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George Avakian was enrolled in Yale.

Coincidentally, Marshall Stearns was studying literature at Yale.

Marshall Stearns invited him to come over to listen to jazz records every Friday.

Marshall Stearns was the founder of the Institute of Jazz Studies.