タグ別アーカイブ: Stuff Smith

Johnny Pate(2)

June 07.2017

In 1946 Johnny Pate was discharged and moved to New York City.

Oscar Pettiford helped him get started in NYC.

Johnny Pate played with Coleridge Davis’ big band from 1947 to 1949.

Photo above of Coleridge Davis & his Hardy Brothers Washingtonians

Although Coleridge Davis’ big band was not famous in those days, I found an interesting talking by Count Basie.

Count Basie’s band and Coleridge Davis & his Hardy Brothers Washingtonians seem to have been rivalry over the appearance at Atlantic City.

Then he worked with the innovative pre-bop jazz violinist Stuff Smith.

Please refer to my previous post about Stuff Smith.Go here

1946年、Johnny Pateは軍隊を退役しニューヨークに移りました。
ニューヨークではOscar Pettifordが彼の仕事の面倒を見てくれました。
1947年から1949年の間、Coleridge Davisのバンドに加入しました。
Coleridge Davisバンドについては詳しい資料は見当たりませんが、Count Basieによる興味深い話を一つ見つけました。
Count BasieバンドとColeridge Davis & his Hardy Brothers Washingtonians はAtlantic Cityの出演を競ったライバル関係だったそうです。
その後、ジャズバイオリニストのStuff Smithと仕事をしました。
Stuff Smithに関しては、過去の投稿を参照して下さい。

Here is Stuff Smith and his Onyx Club Boys play “Here comes the man with the jive” (1936).

Here is Oscar Pettiford and Attila Zoller play “The Gentle Art of Love”.
June 15, 1959( Austrian TV )

Here is Johnny Pate Trio play “Huff’s Bluff.
Willie Huff(p),Johnny Pate(b),Walter Grant(ds)
Chicago, October 16, 17, 1958

Svend Asmussen(RIP)

March 13.2017

Last November I posted some jazz violinists.

Please refer to my blog,(November 2016, from 15 to 23).

Jazz violinist(1) ~ Jazz violinist(8)

At that time I did’nt post about Svend Asmussen.

Svend Asmussen was born 28 February 1916 in Denmark.

Asmussen started performing professionally at the age of 17.

In 1943, he was arrested by the Gestapo and imprisoned in Berlin.

Fortunately he survived.

As a result,he became a versatile entertainer and artist.

Svend Asmussen’s jazz violin style is truly unique and instantly recognizable.

His idols were Stuff Smith, Ray Nance and Stephane Grappelli.

He was one of the handful of violinists who in the 1930s proved the instrument capable of swing and emotional expression at the highest jazz level.

In the late 1950s, Asmussen formed the trio Swe-Danes with singer Alice Babs and guitarist Ulrik Neumann.

The group became very popular in Scandinavia for their music hall style entertainment and also toured the United States.

In 1963 Asmussen was invited by Ellington to play on his album ‘Duke Ellington’s Jazz Violin Session’, on which he can be heard playing alongside Stéphane Grappelli and Ray Nance.

In 1966 Asmussen appeared alongside Grappelli, Stuff Smith, and Jean-Luc Ponty in a jazz Violin Summit in Switzerland.

Also he had recording with Toots Thielemans, John Lewis and Jean-Luc Ponty.

Here is Svend Asmussen and Stephane Grappelli play “PARISIAN THOROUGHFARE” (1965).

Here is The Swe Danes with Alice Babs, Ulrik Neumann and Svend Asmussen(1958).

Here is Toots Thielemans and  Svend Asmussen.

Here is Svend Asmussen Quartet play “It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing”.
Kenny Drew(p); Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen(b); Ed Thigpen(ds) at the Club Montmartre in Copenhagen.

Jazz violinist(8)〜Jean-Luc Ponty

November 23. 2016


Jean-Luc Ponty’s accomplishments was evaluated one of key ambassadors of the violin.

He was born 29 September 1942 in Avranches, France.

When he was sixteen, he was admitted to the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris.

After graduating two years later he was immediately hired by the major symphony orchestras Lamoureux.

One night after an orchestra concert he decided to become a jazz fiddler at local club.


Photo of his first album “Jazz Long Playing”

Then his notoriety grew by leaps and he released his debut solo album for Philips in 1964,”Jazz Long Playing”.

In 1966 he joined Violin Summit.

He played live in Basel, Switzerland on stage with such notable string players as Svend Asmussen, Stéphane Grappelli and Stuff Smith.


Photo of Frank Zappa and Jean-Luc Ponty

In 1969 Frank Zappa composed the music for Jean-Luc’s solo album King Kong.

Frank Zappa wanted him to join their tour.

So he emigrated with his wife and two young daughters to the United States.

In 2011, he was invited by Chick Corea to join the group Return to ForeverIV’.


He had first recorded with Corea on his 1976 solo album My Spanish Heart.

Along with Stephane Grappeli, he is considered to be the most outstanding and influential person as an European jazz violinist.

Here is Jean-Luc Ponty plays “Autumn Leaves”.

Here is David Sanborn & Jean-Luc Ponty play “Ruby My Dear” (Live on Night Music 1989).

Here is Jean-Luc Ponty plays “Mirage” live at Montreal Jazz Festival(1982)

Here is Frank Zappa and Jean-Luc Ponty live at Australia(1973)

Jazz violinist(7) 〜Stuff Smith

November 22. 2016


Photo of Stuff Smith by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Stuff Smith was born August 14, 1909 in Portsmouth, Ohio.

In the 1920s he played in Texas and after moving to New York City he performed regularly with his sextet at the Onyx Club starting in 1935.

You’se a Viper“, and sometimes titled “If You’se a Viper“) is a jazz song composed by Stuff Smith.

He had took priority to thoroughly swing feel.

His playing style was to push the bow against the string and give out a sound.

Also, his attack was strong like the wind instruments and had the thick timbre.

In addition his pizzicato had a characteristic during his solo performance.

He is credited as being the first violinist to use electric amplification techniques on a violin.




He played with Dizzy Gillespie and JATP and Nat king Cole and Oscar Peterson and others.

Also it is interesting to play with Sun Ra.

Stuff Smith moved to Copenhagen in 1965, performed actively in Europe, and died September 25 1967 in Munich.

Stuff Smithは1909年8月14日、オハイオ州ポーツマスで生まれました。
1935年に有名なthe Onyx Clubで定期的に演奏していました。
Dizzy Gillespieと共演し、JATPにも参加しました。
Nat King ColeやOscar Petersonとも共演しています。
前衛ジャズのSun Raとの共演は興味深いです。
Stuff Smithは1965年にコペンハーゲンに移り活動の拠点をヨーロッパに移しました。

Here is Stuff Smit and Ella & JATP play “It don’t mean a thing” (1958).

Here is Stuff Smith Quartet play “Bugle Call Blues” (Live 1965).

Stuff Smith (violin), Kenny Drew (p); Alex Riel(ds),Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen(b)

Here is Stuff Smith and Sun Ra.

Jazz violinist(5)〜Joe Venuti

November 20. 2016


Four violinists were famous in the 20’s to 30’s,Stephan Grappelli, Joe Venuti, Eddie South, Stuff Smith.

Three people except Stephane Grappelli are Americans.

Joe Venuti was an immigrant from Italy.

He played lightly from salon style to aggressive solos, based on classical techniques.

He pioneered the use of string instruments in jazz along with the guitarist Eddie Lang, a friend since childhood.

He became extremely popular in New York in the the late 1920s and early 1930s.


He worked with Benny Goodman, Adrian Rollini, the Dorsey Brothers, Bing Crosby, Bix Beiderbecke, Jack Teagarden and others.

Unfortunately, after Eddie Lang’s death in 1933, Venuti’s career began to wane.

However by the violin’s revival boom of the 1960s he was reevaluated.

He recorded many albums until his death in 1978, and he was active in lifelong.


Whereas Grappelli was playing which was conscious of soft tone,Venuti’s improvisation was played at the center of treble.

His timbre is totally solid, and it gets a very sharp impression with a tight attack.

He suffered from alcoholism in his middle age, throughout the 1950s and early 1960s.

He died on August 14, 1978 in Seattle.

Here is Eddie Lang and Joe Venuti and their All Star Orchestra play “After You’ve Gone”. (1931)

Here is their rare clip:Joe Venuti and Eddie Lang play “Wild Cat”.

Here is Joe Venuti and Newport All Stars play “Sweet Georgia Brown”.(1969)

Here is Joe Venuti and George Barnes play “What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life?”.

Here is Joe Venuti and Bucky Pizzarelli & Zoot Sims “Blue Four 1974 Jazz FULL ALBUM”

Joe Venuti And Zoot Sims(1~4)
Zoot Sims (ts) Joe Venuti (violin) Dick Hyman (p) Bucky Pizzarelli (g) Milt Hinton (b) Spencer Clark (bass sax) Cliff Leeman (ds)
NYC, May, 1974
(1)My Honey’s Lovin’ Arms
(2)Deep Night
(4)I Got Rhythm