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“Christopher Columbus”(1)

April 25.2017

Photo by Discogs

Last week I introduced “Christopher Columbus” of Fletcher Henderson at Osaka Jazz listening Club.

Recently I found an intersting article about “Christopher Columbus”.

I referred to this article.Go here

“Christopher Columbus” became more closely associated with Fretcher Henderson in particular.

This tune became a hit record for Henderson’s band.

It is noteworthy that it became Henderson’s theme song.

Also the sound of this tune was the signal for the last performance.

According to Walter C.Allen, the tune originated as a “bawdy song” called “Cristoforo Columbo.”

I guess that the characteristics of the original song have been successfully expressed by Fats Waller.

Photo above of Fats Waller by Wikipedia

Fletcher’s band began playing an arrangement at the Grand Terrace in Chicago.

But this “Henderson” tune became better known and better played in Benny Goodman’s band.

In those days Benny Goodman noticed the splendor of this song.

Benny Goodman soon picked up the arrangement and played across town at the Congress Hotel.

It was incorporated into Jimmy Mundy’s arrangement of ”Sing, Sing, Sing” for Benny Goodman’s band.

So this riff is one of the most popular tunes from the swing era.

Then Fletcher asked Horace to prepare a stock arrangement based on the version Fletcher’s band was playing at the Grand Terrace.

Meanwhile, bandleader Jimmie Lunceford claimed that the tune’s original riff developed within his own band.

Photo above of Jimmie Lunceford And His Orchestra
by courtesy of Alchetron

先週、ジャズ例会で Fletcher Henderson の “Christopher Columbus”を紹介しました。
最近 “Christopher Columbus”について興味深い記事を見つけました。
私はこの記事を参照しました。こちらをクリックして下さい。
「Christopher Columbus」はステージで最後の曲を演奏する時の合図にもなりました。
Fletcher Hendersonの伝記作家であるWalter C.Allenによると、原曲は「Cristoforo Columbo」と呼ばれる「淫声、春歌、春歌」として作曲されたそうです。
Fats Wallerが歌っているのを聞くと原曲の意味が理解できるような気がします。
Fletcher Henderson楽団はシカゴの Grand Terraceで演奏していました。
しかし、この曲はBenny Goodman楽団により人気曲となりました。
当時Benny Goodmanはすぐにこの曲の素晴らしさに気づきました。
Benny Goodmanは同じシカゴのCongress Hotelで演奏し始めました。
又、Jimmy Mundy編曲により「Sing,Sing,Sing」の挿入リフとしても採用されました。
その後Fletcher Hendersonは弟Horace Hendersonに楽団の演奏をストックアレンジとして編曲するように依頼しました。
一方、Jimmie Luncefordは、この曲のオリジナルリフは自分の楽団で演奏していたと主張しました。(続く)

Here is Fletcher Henderson orchestra play “Christopher Columbus”.(1936)

Here is Benny Goodman and his band play “Christopher Columbus”.

Here is Fats Waller & His Rhythm play “Christopher Columbus” (1936)

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