タグ別アーカイブ: Sir Charles Thompson

Sir Charles Thompson and Jeremy Steig(3)

October 13, 2016

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“Robbins Nest” is Thompson’s own compositions.

It was recorded first in 1947 by Thompson with Illinois Jacquet’s band.

Then it had subsequently appeared on records by Basie, Ella Fitzgerald and many others.

Eventually he married to Japanese wife Makiko Thompson in 1992 in Japan.

He had lived in Matsudo City in Chiba Prefecture.

Photo of Yoshio Toyama in New Orleans Satchmo Summer Fest 2010

Photo of Yoshio Toyama in New Orleans Satchmo Summer Fest 2010

In Japan, he made recording with Yoshio and Keiko Toyama in late 1990s.

About Yoshio and Keiko Toyama, please refer to their website. GO here

Fortunately his performance in Japan has been left in the video.

Funeral was held in Tokyo, Japan, Higashi Kurume, by his wife Makiko Thompson and family and friends on June 21st.

I’ve read an impressive article about his death by Adam Bernstein.

I quoted from The Washington Post( June 20).

Mr.Toyama said:“Before he went back to the hospital for the last time, although he was very weak, he insisted he play piano for his wife Makiko, saying, ‘This is for you, for this might be the last chance.’ He played for an hour, with much feeling in his playing.”

Here is “Robbins’ Nest” from Buck Clayton’s Jam Session.

Here is Sir Charles Thompson plays “Russian lullaby” 2012,Dec. 23 in Tokyo.

At that time he was 94 years old. With The band Yoshio Toyama’s Dixie Saints.

Sir Charles Thompson and Jeremy Steig(2)

October 12, 2016

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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”.

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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.

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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 .

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Sir Charles Thompson and Jeremy Steig(1)

October 11, 2016

Charles Thompson in 1950. Photograph: Gilles Petard/Redferns

Charles Thompson in 1950. Photograph: Gilles Petard/Redferns

JEREMY STEIG :Photo from www.jeremysteig.info

Jeremy Steig:Photo from http://www.jeremysteig.info

Two jazz musicians died in Japan in this year.

“Sir Charles Thompson” and “Jeremy Steig.”

I want to post jazz musician who loved Japan this week.

Sir Charles Thompson died June 16 in a hospital near Tokyo. He was 98.

He was born in Springfield, Ohio, on March 21, 1918.

His father was a Methodist minister, on church assignments.

Then their family settled in Colorado Springs and he began to train as a pianist at about age 6.

He mostly learned by listening to jazz records and was soon earning good wages at house parties.

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Bennie Moten’s Kansas City Orchestra

In 1930 the Bennie Moten jazz band with Count Basie came to Colorado Springs.

Count Basie summoned him up on stage during a break( he was only 12).

Also he met Buck Clayton in Parsons, Kansas.

So I guess he became more likely to play with Basie’s members on his musical life.

Here is Sir Charles Thompson plays “What’s New” (1964)