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Postby jazzjester » Thu January 08 2009 12:18 AM

50 years ago today
March 4, 1958 Count Basie and his Orchestra - Blues In Hoss' Flat (ff arr) Thad Jones (tp,arr) Snooky Young, Wendell Culley, Joe Newman (tp) Henry Coker, Al Grey, Benny Powell (tb) Marshal Royal (cl,as) Frank Wess (as,fl,arr) Billy Mitchell (ts) Frank Foster (ts,arr) Charlie Fowlkes (bar) Count Basie (p) Freddie Green (g) Eddie Jones (b) Sonny Payne (d) Chairman Of The Board - Roulette

Frank Sinatra - I Won't Dance October 1962 Frank Sinatra (vcl) acc by Al Aarons, Sonny Cohn, Thad Jones, Al Porcino, Fip Ricard (tp) Henry Coker, Benny Powell, Rufus Wagner (tb) Marshal Royal (cl,as) Frank Wess (as,fl,ts) Eric Dixon (ts,fl) Frank Foster (ts) Charlie Fowlkes (bar) Count Basie (p) Freddie Green (g) Buddy Catlett (b) Sonny Payne (d) Frank Sinatra-Count Basie, An Historical Musical First - Reprise

March 1, 1959 Stanley Wilson Orchestra - M-Squad Pete Candoli, Frank Beach, Maurice Harris, Don Fagerquist (tp) Frank Rosolino (tb) Pete Carpenter (tb,arr) Joe Howard, George Roberts (tb) Benny Carter (as,sop-1,arr) John Towner Williams (p,arr) Red Mitchell (b) or Joe Mondragon (b) Alvin Stoller (d) Stanley Wilson (cond) The Music From M Squad – RCA

Pianist Lou Levy was born this week on the 5th of March in 1928. Levy worked with a countless number of top jazz instrumentalists, and also gained a strong reputation as a fine accompanist to singers. Here are three sides with Lou Levy on piano beginning with this Lionel Hampton And Stan Getz recording of Louise circa 1955

Lionel Hampton and Stan Getz – Louise August 1, 1955 Stan Getz (ts) Lionel Hampton (vib) Lou Levy (p) Leroy Vinnegar (b) Shelly Manne (d) unknown (tb-1), poss Willie Ruff (tb) Hamp and Getz - Verve

Georgie Auld Septet - Rose Room September 1959 Don Fagerquist (tp) Georgie Auld (ts) Larry Bunker (vib) Lou Levy (p) Howard Roberts (g) Leroy Vinnegar (b) Mel Lewis (d) Georgie Auld Quintet and Septet 1951 – 1963 – Fresh Sound

Anita O'Day acc by the Bill Holman Orchestra - Indian Summer August 1960Anita O'Day (vcl) acc by Al Porcino, Ray Triscari, Conte Candoli, Stu Williamson (tp) Bob Edmondson, Lew McCreary, Frank Rosolino (tb) Ken Shroyer (b-tb) Joe Maini, Charlie Kennedy (as) Bill Perkins, Richie Kamuca (ts) Lou Levy (p) Al Hendrickson (g) Joe Mondragon (b) Mel Lewis (d) Bill Holman (arr,dir) Incomparable – Verve

Here’s one spotlighting the vocal styling of Peggy Lee…. On piano once again Lou Levy
Peggy Lee acc by Billy May's Orchestra - The Boy From Ipanema July 1, 1964
Peggy Lee (vcl) acc by Mannie Klein, Ray Triscari, Conrad Gozzo (tp) Ed Kusby, Milt Bernhart, Ken Shroyer (tb) James Decker (fhr) Ted Nash, Paul Horn, Maurice Stein, Justin Gordon (woodwinds) Lou Levy (p) John Pisano (g) Chuck Berghofer (b) Stan Levey (d) Francisco Aguabella (cga,bgo) Billy May (dir) Jazz That Swings - Capitol

53 years ago today
March 4, 1955 Elliot Lawrence - The Swinging Door Dick Sherman, Bernie Glow, Al Derisi, Stan Fishelson (tp) Eddie Bert, Ollie Wilson, Paul Selden (tb) Fred Schmidt (fhr) Sam Marowitz, Hal McKusick (as) Al Cohn, Eddie Wasserman (ts) Charlie O'Kane (bar) Elliot Lawrence (p) Russ Saunders (b) Don Lamond (d) Gerry Mulligan (arr,comp) Plays Gerry Mulligan Arrangements – Original Jazz Classics

The Kirchin Band – Big City Blues 1955-1956 Great British Bands sent in by listener Keith Horner from Australia. Oh my! Not listed in the Tom Lord Jazz Discography for whatever reason. What a smokin band from the UK in the 50s. And thanks again to Keith from down under. Yours aye!

Buddy Rich - Love For Sale February 22, 1967 (pm arr) Chuck Findley, Yoshito Murakami, John Sottile, Bobby Shew (tp) Ron Myers, Bill Wimberly, Jim Trimble (tb) Ernie Watts, Quin Davis (as,fl) Marty Flax, Jay Corre (ts,cl,fl) Bob Keller (bar) Ray Starling (p) Richie Resnicoff (g) Jimmy Gannon (b) Buddy Rich (d) Cathy Rich (vcl) Bill Holman, Bill Potts, Shorty Rogers, Pete Myers, Harry Betts, Bob Florence, Don Piestrup, Oliver Nelson (arr) Live "Chez Club", Hollywood, CA, Big Swing Face – Pacific

Interesting trip for John Eric Booth who was in the air force for three years in his twenties. Then he raised a family, working a 9-5 and at 35 started singing. This is from his debut release called Alive & Swingin on Soron records John Eric Booth

John Eric Booth – You’re Nobody Till Somebody Loves You 2008 Alive & Swingin – Soron

Ray Charles – Smack Dab In The Middle July 1964 Ray Charles (vcl,p) acc by Oliver Beener, Roy Burrows, Phil Guilbeau, Floyd Jones, Curtis Miller (tp) Fred Morden, Jim Herbert, Keg Johnson (tb) Harold "Geezil" Minerve, Danny Turner (as) David "Fathead" Newman, James Clay (ts) Leroy Cooper (bar) Sonny Forriest (g) Edgar Willis (b) Bob Thompson (d) The Raelets (vcl) Sid Feller Benny Carter (arr) Recipe For Soul - Rhino

February 28, 1966 Jimmy McGriff Orchestra - Everyday [I have the blues] Jimmy Nottingham, Burt Collins, Irving "Marky" Markowitz, Joe Newman (tp) J.J. Johnson, Wayne Andre, Dick Hixson (tb) Tony Studd (b-tb) Jerome Richardson, Frank Wess (as) Budd Johnson, Frank Foster (ts) Seldon Powell (bar) Jimmy Griff (org) Kenny Burrell, Thornell Schwartz (g) Richard Davis, Chet Amsterdam (b) Grady Tate (d) A Tribute To Basie – Blue Note

A couple of classics both recorded this week. Charlie Christians solo on Solo Flight the first for an electric guitarist with a big band. Following is Duke Ellington’s minor key Ko-Ko

March 4, 1941 Benny Goodman and his Orchestra – Solo Flight Alec Fila, Jimmy Maxwell, Irving Goodman, Cootie Williams (tp) Lou McGarity, Cutty Cutshall (tb) Benny Goodman (cl) Skippy Martin, Gus Bivona (as) Georgie Auld, Pete Mondello (ts) Bob Snyder (bar) Johnny Guarnieri (p) Mike Bryan (g) Artie Bernstein (b) Dave Tough (d) Jimmy Mundy arr Swing To Bop - Dreyfus

March 6, 1940 Duke Ellington - Ko-ko Rex Stewart (cnt) Cootie Williams, Wallace Jones (tp) Joe "Tricky Sam" Nanton, Juan Tizol, Lawrence Brown (tb) Barney Bigard (cl,ts) Johnny Hodges (as,sop) Otto Hardwick (as,cl) Ben Webster (ts) Harry Carney (bar,cl,b-cl) Duke Ellington (p) Fred Guy (g) Jimmy Blanton (b) Sonny Greer (d) Ko-Ko - Dreyfus

Another great Jazz keyboardist born this week is Dick Hyman. He turns 81 on Saturday. Hyman has recorded with just an incredible list of Jazz greats and continues to work today. He is heard on organ first here with Lou Levy on celeste backing Ella Fitzgerald.

Ella Fitzgerald - Your Red Wagon Ella Fitzgerald (vcl) acc by Lou Levy (celeste) Max Bennett (b) Gus Johnson (d) Dick Hyman (org-1) added July 1958 Jukebox Ella – The Complete Singles Vol 1 - Verve

Maxine Sullivan and her Jazz All Stars - Massachusetts Maxine Sullivan (vcl) acc by Charlie Shavers (tp) Buster Bailey (cl) Jerome Richardson (as) Dick Hyman (p) Wendell Marshall (b) / Milt Hinton (b) Osie Johnson (d) August 1956 Maxine Sullivan Sings 1955 – 1956 – Fresh Sound

Dick Hyman – Topsy Hyman piano with Bucky Pizzarelli on guitar, Milt Hinton bass and Butch Miles drums 1994 [b]From The Age Of Swing – Reference Recordings

In the mail this week was yet another very interesting and talented new group on the scene. The band is called the Texas Gypsies. This is from the band’s second release brand spankin new called Café Du Swing. Check ‘em out at

The Texas Gypsies – Maxwell Swing 2008 Café Du Swing – Twig Records

February 26, 1943 Django Reinhardt - Blues Clair Django Reinhardt (g) solo, Eugene Vees (g) Jean Storne (b) Gaston Leonard (d) Echoes Of France - Dreyfus

March 7, 1960 Al Casey - Buck Jumpin' Al Casey (g) Jimmy Lewis (b) Belton Evans (d) Englewood Cliffs, NJ, [b]Title Track - Prestige

Wes Montgomery - Gone With The Wind Tommy Flanagan (p) Wes Montgomery (g) Percy Heath (b) Albert "Tootie" Heath (d) January 1960 The Incredible Jazz Guitar - Riverside Wes Montgomey was born this week March 6 1925

March 7, 1957 Mose Allison - One Room Country Shack Mose Allison (p,vcl) Taylor LaFargue (b) Frank Isola (d) New York,

March 5, 1958 Dave Brubeck - Wonderful Copenhagen Paul Desmond (as) Dave Brubeck (p) Gene Wright (b) Joe Morello (d)

Dave Brubeck - Take Five September 1961 Paul Desmond (as) Dave Brubeck (p) Gene Wright (b) Joe Morello (d) acc by large orchestra with strings, Howard Brubeck (dir) Carmen McRae (vcl) Take Five - Columbia

Betty Hall Jones - This Joint's Too Hip For Me Betty Hall Jones (vcl,p) acc by Henry Coker (tb) Bumps Myers, Dave Cavanaugh (ts) Mitchell "Tiny" Webb (g) Ralph Hamilton (b) Jesse Price (d) February 1949

March 5, 1956 Buck Clayton – All The Cats Join In Buck Clayton, Billy Butterfield, Ruby Braff (tp) J.C. Higginbotham (tb) Tyree Glenn (tb,vib) Coleman Hawkins, Julian Dash (ts) Kenny Kersey (p) Steve Jordan (g) Walter Page (b) Bobby Donaldson (d) New York, Jam Sessions From The Vault - Col
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