タグ別アーカイブ: Teo Macero

The Real Ambassadors

July 22.2017

Dave Brubeck was an outspoken advocate of racial harmony through his musical activity.

There was an impressive story about his activity.

He once canceled 23 of 25 concerts in the South when local officials would not allow his African American bass player, Eugene Wright, to appear with the rest of the group.

He had recognized the importance of charitable activities by the music and willingly participated the Jazz Ambassadors program.

Dave and Iola in 1942 by University of the Pacific

Then Dave Brubeck and his wife Iola produced a jazz musical.

It was made a formal request for spreading American culture and music around the world by the U.S. Department of State.

This musical was titled The Real Ambassadors.

Photo above of Louis Armstrong, Carmen McRae, and Iola Brubeck by courtesy of University of Pacific

Photo above of Dave Lambert, Jon Hendricks, and Annie Ross by All Music

Photo above of Miles Davis and Teo Marcero

The Brubecks and Louis Armstrong acted as unofficial ambassadors for their countries.

Louis Armstrong led Lambert, Hendricks & Ross and Carmen McRae.

Teo Macero produced the musical’s soundtrack album in 1961.

Also the musical was performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival in 1962.

Dave Brubeckは音楽活動を通じあらゆる人種が調和すべきであると主張していました。彼の生き方について興味深い話があります。
南部でのコンサートでアフリカ系のベーシストEugene Wrightを出演させない主催者に抗議して、25回予定されていたコンサートの内23回をキャンセルしたという事実もあります。彼は音楽による慈善活動の重要性を認識し「The Jazz Ambassadors program」にも積極的に参加しました。
その後Dave Brubeckと妻Iolaは彼らの主張に沿ったジャズミュージカルを制作しました。
このミュージカルは米国国務省からの要請で、世界中にアメリカの文化や音楽を広めることを目的として製作され「The Real Ambassadors」と題されました。Dave Brubeck並びにメンバー達とLouis Armstrong率いるボーカル陣はアフリカの架空の国を舞台にミュージカルを演じました。
Louis Armstrong はLambert, Hendricks & Ross(ボーカルグループ)と Carmen McRaeを率いました。
1961年、Teo Maceroはこのミュージカルをレコーディングしました。
又、1962年の Monterey Jazz Festival で演奏されました。

Here is ”THE REAL AMBASSADORS”.

“The Real Ambassadors” (3:08)
Dave Brubeck (piano) Gene Wright (bass) Joe Morello (drums) Louis Armstrong, Lambert, Hendricks And Ross (vocals)
NYC, September 12, 1961

“I Didn’t Know Until You Told Me” (2:58)
Dave Brubeck (piano) Gene Wright (bass) Joe Morello (drums) Louis Armstrong, Carmen McRae (vocals)
NYC, September 13, 1961

“Easy As You Go” (2:32)
Dave Brubeck (piano) Gene Wright (bass) Joe Morello (drums) Carmen McRae (vocals)
NYC, September 20, 1961

John LaPorta(3)

March 22.2017

Photo above of John LaPorta(courtesy by Civil Defense Music)

In 1953 John LaPorta joined the Jazz Composers Workshop.

The workshop was formed Teo Macero, Thad Jones, Teddy Charles,Charles Mingus and other forward-looking musicians.

Actually he was the musical director of the group.

Eventually playing with Mingus was a turning point for LaPorta.

LaPorta made his first album as a leader for Mingus’ Debut label in 1954.

He recorded three albums for Fantasy in the mid-50s and led his own group at the 1958 Newport festival.

He said about Mingus;

“The first time I played with him I felt like someone had taken the handcuffs off me.
[…]I never had a problem playing with Mingus; I felt like I was free at last.”In later years, he dedicated ”Remember Mingus” as for respect to Charlie Mingus.”

Here is Jazz Composers Workshop(1954) plays “Eulogy For Rudy Williams”.

Here is Ada Moore sings “You Came A Long Way From St Louis”.
The original album (Jazz Workshop, Vol. 3)
Oscar Pettiford(b),Tal Farlow(g),John La Porta(as),Ada Moore(Vo)
Charles Mingus(arr) NYC, June 27, 1954

Here is John LaPorta plays “Nightly Vigil”.(1956)

Here is Herb Pomeroy Orchestra play “Remember Mingus”.
Composed and arranged by John LaPorta

1953年、John LaPortaはTeo Macero, Thad Jones, Teddy Charles,Charles Mingus とThe Jazz Composers Workshopを結成しました。Mingusと出会ったことがLaPortaとって音楽上の転換点となった。彼はミンガスについて語っています。
「私が初めて彼と演奏した時、誰かが私に手錠を掛けたような感じがしました。
しかし、Mingusと演奏していると何の縛りなく演奏できたようだ。」
その後、彼はミンガスに捧げた曲を作曲しています。