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Chubby Jackson(5)

May 26.2017

Photo above of Woody Herman, Chubby Jackson, and Abraham Rosen by courtesy of Library of Congress(Gottlieb, William P. collection)

Chubby Jackson had continued the New York version of The Little Rascals for 13 years.

In 1978 and 1979, he and Woody Herman toured with Lionel Hampton’s band.

So he visited to Japan at the Aurex Jazz Festival in 1981.

He joined as the special guest with Lionel Hampton and Woody Herman.

He passed away October 1, 2003 in Bernardo, California at the age of 84.

Fortunately his children have been active in the music world.

His son Duffy Jackson became a jazz drummer, and toured with the Count Basie Orchestra.Go here

His daughter Jaijai Jackson created the entertainment world entitled The Jazz Network Worldwide. Go here

Photo above of Chubby and Duffy Jackson by courtesy of the Only Father-and-Son Bass and Drum Team in Jazz

Chubby Jackson はThe Little Rascals(ニューヨーク編)を13年間続けました。
1978年と1979年、Woody Hermanと共にLionel Hampton楽団に加わりツアーを行いました。
1981年にはAurex Jazz Festivalの特別ゲストとしてLionel HamptonとWoody Hermanらと日本に来日しました。
息子のDuffy Jacksonはジャズドラマーになり、Count Basie楽団に入団しました。
彼の娘Jaijai Jacksonは、『The Jazz Network Worldwide』というwebsiteを運営しています。

Here is Coleman Hawkins with  Chubby Jackson play “Summertime”.
Henry “Red” Allen (tp), Earl Warren (cl), Coleman Hawkins (ts), Marty Napoleon(p),Chubby Jackson (b), George Wettling (ds)   New York, August 7, 1958

Here is Red Rodney’s Be-Boppers play “Elevation”.
Red Rodney(tp), Allen Eager(ts), Serge Chaloff(bs) –
Al Haig (p), Chubby Jackson(b), Tiny Kahn(ds)
NY January 29, 1947

Here is Chubby Jackson All Star Band with Gerry Mulligan play “Sax Appeal”.
Howard McGhee, Al Porcino, Don Ferrara (tp), J.J.Johnson, Kai Winding (tb), Charlie Kennedy (as), Georgie Auld, Zoot Sims (ts), Gerry Mulligan (bars, arr*), Tony Aless (p), Chubby Jackson (b), Don Lamond (dm)
N.Y., March 15, 1950

Here is Lionel Hampton and Duffy Jackson play “DRUM BATTLE”.

Chubby Jackson(2)

May 23,2017

(From left:) Dave Lambert, John Simmons, Chubby Jackson, George Handy, and Dizzy Gillespie, in William P. Gottlieb’s office, New York, c. July 1947

Chubby Jackson is remembered by many as Woody Herman’s bassist in the mid-1940s.

I will introduce his career until joining Woody Herman band.

From 1937 to 1941, he worked with many dance bands.




He joined with bands of Mike Riley, Johnny Messner, Raymond Scott,Jan Savitt, Terry Shand, and Henry Busse.

In those days his performance style was named “Shuffle Rhythm”.

In 1941 he joined the Charlie Barnet Band.

Charlie Barnet began featuring Jackson’s rhythmic bass.

Chubby Jackson added fifth string made him sound sped-up.


Chubby Jackson said;
“The fifth string bass became quite popular.
So it put out by the Kay Bass Company in Chicago.”

Please refer to this website about the fifth string bass. Go here

In 1943 he joined Woody Herman.

Today I will not post his performance in detail.

Also he turned talent scout for innovative new players.

He brought a number of forward-thinking musicians into the band — including Ralph Burns and Neal Hefti, who became its main arrangers.



Woody Herman once said;’What an immense influence he had on us! And what enthusiasm! He used to get around to hear everything. He was always screaming about this musician and that musician.”

Chubby Jacksonは1940年代Woody Herman Bandのベーシストとして有名です。
簡単にWoody Herman Bandに入団するまでの楽歴を振り返ってみます。
『Mike Riley, Johnny Messner, Raymond Scott,Jan Savitt, Terry Shand, and Nenry Busse』
1941年、彼はCharlie Barnet Bandに加入しました。
Charlie Barnetはベースソロを大きくフューチャーした演奏を始めました。
Chubby Jacksonはベースソロが目立つようにベースに5番目の弦を付けた。

シカゴのthe Kay Bass Companyは販売していたよ。」

1943年、Woody Herman bandに加入しました。
今日はWoody Herman楽団での演奏については省略させて頂きます。
演奏家以外の重要な働きとして、Ralph BurnsやNeal Hefti等の

Woody Herman は次のように語りました。

Here is Woody Herman and the First Herd play “Apple Honey”.
Woody Herman (cl, as, dir): Sonny Berman, Charles Frankhauser, Ray Wetzel, Pete Candoli, Carl Warwick (tp), Ralph Pfeffner, Bill Harris, Ed Kiefer (tb) / Sam Marowitz, John LaPorta (as, cl),Flip Phillips, Pete Mondello (ts), Skippy DeSair (bar) / Marjorie Hyams (vib),Ralph Burns (p), Billy Bauer(g),Chubby Jackson (sb), Dave Tough (ds).New York, September 10, 1944

Here is V-Disc 648 Esquire All-American Jazz Concert
Side A: Woody Herman and his Orchestra.
Side B: “Chubby” Jackson, Ralph Burns, Woody Herman and Duke Ellington.


Joe Temperley(2)

May 11.2017

Photo by courtesy of Heraldscotland.com

Joe Temperley completely enthused by New York.

So he resolved to try his luck in the city, arriving in Manhattan with his wife in December 1965.

However, right after arriving in NY, there was no work of jazz for him.

He was working in a department store unwillingly.

Fortunately he was given the chance to joined the Woody Herman orchestra.

After two years he had a regular gig with the Thad Jones and Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra every Monday at the famous Village Vanguard club.

When Harry Carney passed away  in October 1974,Joe Temperley played “Sophisticated Lady” at Harry’s funeral.

Two weeks later he was working with Mercer Ellington Bandas as Harry Carney’s replacement.

Photo above of Duke Ellington and Harry Carney by courtesy of
The Jan Persson Jazz Collection

Then Joe Temperley spent ten years in the Ellington band.

In those days Wynton Marsalis took notice his performance.

Joe Temperley はニューヨークという街に完全に魅了されました。
幸運にもWoody Hermanオーケストラに参加し、2年間在籍しました。
又、毎週月曜日のVillage Vanguard で行われていたThad JonesとMel Lewis Jazz Orchestraとも交流していました。
1974年10月尊敬するHarry Carneyの葬儀で「Sophisticated Lady」を演奏した。
この演奏によりHarry Carneyの後任としてMercer Ellington Bandに加入した。
その後Joe Temperleyは10年間サックス部門の中心として活躍していました。
その当時、ある若手トランペッターが彼の演奏に注目していました。(Wynton Marsalis)

Here is Woody Herman band including Joe Temperley play “Make Someone Happy”.

Here is Joe Temperley with Buck Clayton’s band play “Angel In Blue” (1988)

Here is Joe Temperley with Junior Mance Trio play “In a Sentimental Mood.”(1966)
Junior Mance (p), Keter Betts (b), Jackie Williams (ds), Joe Temperley (bs)


John LaPorta(2)

March 21.2017

In 1942 John LaPorta joined Woody Herman’s First Herd and remained for two years.

In those days Woody Herman made a request to Igor Stravinsky “Ebony Concerto”.

Also LaPorta began to interested in modern classical composition.

Then LaPorta moved to New York City in 1946 and was hired by pianist Lennie Tristano who was an incarnation of the cool-jazz movement.

LaPorta said about Tristano;

“When I first met Lennie, he had brought in a piece of music for Woody’s band to play.[…]
‘Who’s the third alto player? I’d like to meet him’-because he knew I was reading his music. ”

“He would tell me so many negative criticisms about my playing that I found it demoralizing.
Warne Marsh left for the same reason. Lennie treated him terribly. It was much like a cult”.

Photo above of Lennie Tristano

So LaPorta decided to leave Lennie in 1948.

Fortunately LaPorta had been participating the historic recording with Lennie.

Barry Ulanov organized several concerts of bop stars for WOR radio in 1947.

LaPorta joined All-Star Modern Jazz Musicians as clarinet player.

Recently Mr. Seya(瀬谷徹氏) introduced a couple of clips on Facebook.

Go here and here  (ここをクリックして下さい)

Here is John LaPorta plays “Concertina for Clarinet”.

Here is Barry Ulanov’s All-Star Modern Jazz Musicians at WOR Studios play “Koko and Hot House”.

1946年にニューヨークに移り、Lennie Tristanoに出会った。
John LaPortaはLennie Tristanoについて「彼は私のプレーに対して厳しい批判をしました。又、Warne Marshに対しても教団での教育のように厳しく指導しました。」
しかし、LaPorta はLennieと歴史的なレコーディングに参加していました。
Barry UlanovはAll-Star Modern Jazz Musiciansのクラリネット・プレイヤーとしてLaPortaを起用しました。
先日、瀬谷徹氏がFacebookにLennie TristanoとJohn LaPorta が共演した貴重なSP音源を紹介されました。

Eiji Kitamura(3)

March 08.2017

Photo above of Eiji Kitamura and Woody Herman by 北村英治 Official website(Eiji Kitamura Gallery)

下記は週刊朝日 2016年5月20日号から引用しました。



In 1991 – 2000,He and Bill Berry jointly planned International Jazz party.

His performance gained a high rating by Leonard Feather.

“The man saved the stagnation of the jazz clarinet.”

Photo above of Leonard Feather

Also Leonard Feather wrote “JAZZ REVIEW” in 1993.

“Kitamura has been hailed as the man who saved Japan from allowing the clarinet to sink into oblivion there. Winner of countless polls on home turf, he has graduated from a Benny Goodman influence to become his country’s counterpart of Buddy De Franco.”

Then the Concord Jazz label signed him up for a few recordings as its first Japanese artist.

Here is The Woody Herman Orchestra With Eiji Kitamura, Cal Tjader and others play “The Woodchopper’s Ball”.

Here is Eiji Kitamura plays “Someday Sweethart”.

Here is Eiji Kitamura plays “Liebesfreud by Fritz Kreisler”.(愛の喜び クライスラー)

Stan Getz and Allen Eager on Savoy(3)

January 05.2017

Although Allen Eager left few leader recordings, there have been many huge fans of him.

He first played jazz as a teenager during World War II in the bands of Bobby Sherwood.

In 1943 he auditioned for Woody Herman and traveled to LA with the band.

Despite he couldn’t read very well, Woody Herman hired him.

Because a lot of musicians had been drafted into the army.

Then he went back to New York and started working in the clubs on 52nd.


In March 1946 he made his first record as a leader.

On the day of recording producer Teddy Reig called Bud Powell as a pianist.

Bud Powell was supposed to be the recording studio, but he didn’t show there.

So Teddy was compelled to hire Ed Finckel for pianist.

About Savoy recording, I referred to Allen Eager with Gordon Jack by JazzJournal, November 2003.


Bud Powell and his son  (by Photo Francis Wolff)

Here is Allen Eager plays “Symphony Sid’s Idea (Zadah)”.

Allen Eager (ts), Ed Finckel (p), Bob Carter (b), Max Roach (ds)

Here is Allen Eager Quintet play “And That’s for Sure (1947)”.

Allen Eager (ts), Terry Gibbs (vib), Duke Jordan (p), Curly Russell (b), Max Roach (ds)

Aurex Jazz Festival in Japan(3)



In1981 four bands were organized.

(1)Lionel Hampton Allstar Big Band With Woody Herman

(2)Allstar Jam Session

(3)The Great Jazz Trio And Friends With Nancy Wilson

(4)Fusion Super Jam

For more information,please refer to ‘Aurex Jazz Festival Discography’.Go here


I am interested in Lionel Hampton’s performance.

I found terrific live performance in Yokohama Stadium.

I quote the blog that an audience wrote:

“They played a Japanese song “Sakura Sakura”.

Lionel Hampton had been playing the piano with only one finger.When they were

playing ‘When the saints go marching in’, they paraded through Yokohama Stadium.

It was shocking live performance for Japanese audience.”