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PostPosted: Thu January 08 2009 10:58 AM
by jazzjester
Kenny Burrell turns 77 Thursday. Mr. Burrell has appeared on a countless number of records as a leader and as a sideman. Among his more notable associations were dates with Stan Getz, Billie Holiday, Milt Jackson, John Coltrane, Gil Evans, Sonny Rollins, Quincy Jones, Stanley Turrentine

Kenny Burrell - Now See How You Are Frank Foster (ts) Tommy Flanagan (p) Kenny Burrell (g) Oscar Pettiford (b) Shadow Wilson (d) December 3, 1956 Best Of Kenny Burrell – Blue Note

Etta Jones - The Gal From Joe's
November 1962 Jerome Richardson (fl,ts) Ernie Hayes (p,org) Kenny Burrell, Bucky Pizzarelli (g) Sam Bruno (b) Bobby Donaldson (d) Etta Jones (vcl) Best Of EJ : The Prestige Singles

Jimmy Smith - Blues No. 1 July 1958 Cecil Payne (bar) Jimmy Smith (org) Kenny Burrell (g) Don Bailey (b) Art Blakey (d) Six Views Of The Blues – Blue Note

Aretha Franklin - Muddy Water February 1965 Aretha Franklin (vcl) acc by Teddy Harris (p) Kenny Burrell (g) James Richardson (b) Hindai Butts (d) This Is Jazz 34 – Columbia

The man who transformed the use of the upright string bass in jazz and gave Duke Ellington another star soloist to write arrangements around, Jimmy Blanton died July 30th in 1942. Blanton died at just 24 after contracting tuberculosis. Trombonist Lawrence Brown was born this week on August 3rd 1907. He joined Duke Ellington in 32, and became one of the band's stars for most of the rest of his career. Although Brown was part of the group that left Ellington in 1951 to play in a band that Johnny Hodges assembled, he returned to the Ellington fold in 1960, once again becoming a chief personality in the mix. A couple featuring the bass of Jimmy Blanton with Lawrence Brown on trombone in Ellington’s famous orchestra end the set. But first Lawrence Brown with Johnny Hodges recorded in 1952

Johnny Hodges and his Orchestra - Wham January 1952 Emmett Berry (tp) Lawrence Brown (tb) Johnny Hodges (as) Al Sears (ts) Leroy Lovett (p) Lloyd Trotman (b) Joe Marshall (d) Comp 1937 – 1954 Small Group Sessions – Blue Moon

Duke Ellington - Jack The Bear March 1940 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) Comp Col & RCA Victor Sessions With Ben Webster - Definitive

Duke Ellington - Jumpin' Punkins February 1941 Rex Stewart (cnt) Ray Nance (tp,vln,vcl) Wallace Jones (tp) Joe "Tricky Sam" Nanton, Juan Tizol, Lawrence Brown (tb) Barney Bigard (cl,ts) Johnny Hodges (as) Otto Hardwick (as,cl) Ben Webster (ts) Harry Carney (bar,cl,b-cl) Duke Ellington (p) Billy Strayhorn (p-1) Fred Guy (g) Jimmy Blanton (b) Sonny Greer (d) Ko-Ko – Dreyfus

One of the great pop and jazz vocalists of the past 50 years turns 82 this coming Sunday. Tony Bennett heard here first, backed by his long time musical director and pianist Ralph Sharon

Tony Bennett – Until I Met You late 50s early 60s acc by Ralph Sharon on piano – The Artistry Of Tony Bennett – Col

Tony Bennett - Don't Get Around Much Anymore January 1967 Tony Bennett (vcl) acc by Marion Evans and his Orchestra featuring : Joe Wilder, Joe Newman (tp) Urbie Green (tb) Bob Tricarico (ts) Joe Soldo (fl) John Bunch (p) Corky Hale (harp) Milt Hinton (b) Sol Gubin (d) Marion Evans (arr) Tony Bennett Jazz - Col

late July 1958 Chubby Jackson - Hail, Hail The Herd's All Here (np arr) Irving "Marky" Markowitz, Ernie Royal, Al Stewart, Nick Travis, Joe Ferrante (tp) Bob Brookmeyer, Dick Hixson, Jim Dahl, Bill Elton (tb) Sam Marowitz (as) Sam Most (fl,cl,as) Al Cohn, Pete Mondello (ts) Danny Bank (bar) Marty Napoleon (p) Chubby Jackson (b) Don Lamond (d) Nat Pierce (arr) (tp) (tb) Chubby Takes Over – Fresh Sound

Guitarist Herb Ellis turns 87 next Monday. Herb Ellis is probably known most for his playing with the Oscar Peterson Trio from 1953-1958. He has recorded with a who’s who of jazz stars. Herb Ellis the jazz guitarist with a slight country twang to his sound on all tracks this set beginning with this Oscar Peterson Trio / Louis Armstrong recording… cut 50 years today.

50 years ago today July 31, 1957 Louis Armstrong/Oscar Peterson - Willow Weep For Me (la vcl) Louis Armstrong (tp,vcl) Oscar Peterson (p) Herb Ellis (g) Ray Brown (b) Louie Bellson (d) Ella And Louis Again - Verve

Anita O'Day and her Rhythm Section - You Turned The Tables On Me
January 1957 Anita O'Day (vcl) acc by Oscar Peterson (p) Herb Ellis (g) Ray Brown (b) Jo Jones (d) Oscar Peterson & Friends - Verve

Herb Ellis - Soft Winds October 1957 Roy Eldridge (tp) Stan Getz (ts) Herb Ellis (g) Ray Brown (b) Stan Levey (d) Nothing But The Blues – Verve

Trumpeter Charlie Shavers is another jazz great born in the first week of August. A key player during the swing era in John Kirby’s Sextet and later a loyal sideman of Tommy Dorsey’s, Shavers worked with the Tommy Dorsey band from 45 until after the bandleaders death. This set spotlights the trumpet of Shavers in the 50s and early 60s first backing Billie Holiday on her 1954 recording of How Deep Is The Ocean

Billie Holiday and Her Band - How Deep Is The Ocean ? April 1954 Charlie Shavers (tp) Oscar Peterson (p) Herb Ellis (g) Ray Brown (b) Ed Shaughnessy (d) Billie Holiday (vcl) Love For Sale – Prestige Elite

Maxine Sullivan and her Jazz All Stars - Ain't Misbehavin' late August 1956 Maxine Sullivan (vcl) acc by Charlie Shavers (tp) Dick Hyman (p) Wendell Marshall (b) Osie Johnson (d) Maxine Sullivan Sings – Fresh Sound

Charlie Shavers - Why Not ? 1961 Tommy Flanagan (p) Al Hall (b) Oliver Jackson (d) Swing Along With Charlie Shavers – Fresh Sound

We mentioned last hour that Tony Bennett turns 82 This coming Sunday. Bennett is an admirer of classic jazz and claims to have modeled his phrasing on the playing of Art Tatum, and his relaxed delivery on that of the singer Mildred Bailey... From the underground vaults of the jazz joint comes this Mildred Bailey recording circa 1938

Red Norvo - I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart MB vocal April 1938 Jimmy Blake, Zeke Zarchy, Barney Zudecoff (tp) Hank d'Amico (cl) Len Goldstein (as) Charles Lamphere (as,ts) Jerry Jerome (ts) Bill Miller (p) Allen Hanlon (g) Pete Peterson (b) George Wettling (d) Red Norvo (xyl) Mildred Bailey (vcl) Wes Hein (tb) Great American Songwriters – Rhino

63 years ago this week July 30, 1945 Rex Stewart and his Orchestra - Dreamer's Blues Rex Stewart (cnt) Tyree Glenn (tb) Earl Bostic (as) Cecil Scott (bar) Dave Rivera (p) Brick Fleagle (g) Junior Raglin (b) J.C. Heard (d) Trumpet Jive - Prestige

August 2, 1945 Artie Shaw Gramercy Five - Hop, Skip And Jump Roy Eldridge (tp) Artie Shaw (cl) Dodo Marmarosa (p) Barney Kessel (g) Morris Rayman (b) Louis Fromm (d) The Complete Gramercy Five Sessions – Bluebird The Gramercy 5 telephone exchange was in a very up scale neighborhood at the time, near Gramercy Park in Manhattan.

Singer and songwriter Eddie Jefferson was another Leo born the first week of August. Jefferson is regarded by many as the founder of vocalese, the term for putting recorded solos to words. He didn’t have the greatest voice but got the most out of what he had. Here’s Jefferson singing lyrics to the tune Strictly Instrumental popularized instrumentally by Harry James during the Swing era.

Eddie Jefferson & Irv Taylor - Strictly Instrumental February 1953 Eddie Jefferson, Irv Taylor (vcl) acc by Seldon Powell (ts) Ed Swanston (p) Peck Morrison (b) Herbie Lovelle (d) The Bebop Singers - Prestige

Sarah Vaughan with Hal Mooney Orchestra - All Alone [by the telephone] January 1967 Sarah Vaughan (vcl) acc by large orchestra incl. Clark Terry, Charlie Shavers, Joe Newman, Freddie Hubbard (tp) J.J. Johnson, Kai Winding (tb) Phil Woods, Benny Golson (reeds) Bob James (p) + others, Harold "Hal" Mooney (arr-1) Sassy Swings Again - Mercury

Peggy Lee – Call Me June 1966 Peggy Lee (vcl) acc by Billy May And His Orchestra The Best Of Peggy Lee - The Capitol Years

Frank Sinatra – Ring A Ding Ding 1961 acc by orchestra led by Johnny Mandel First release on his newly formed Reprise record label Ring-A-Ding Ding - Reprise

Count Basie - Cute (nh arr) April 1958 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) The Best Of The Roulette Years – Roulette

Blossom Dearie - The Party's Over April 1959 Blossom Dearie (vcl,p) acc by Kenny Burrell (g) Ray Brown (b) Ed Thigpen (d)

Kenny Burrell - I Never Knew September 1962 Coleman Hawkins (ts) (1) Tommy Flanagan (p) Kenny Burrell (g) Major Holley (b) Eddie Locke (d) Ray Barretto (bgo) Bluesy Burrell – Prestige

Kenny Burrell - Moten Swing April 30, 1962 Leo Wright (as) Brother Jack McDuff (org) Kenny Burrell (el-g) Joe Dukes (d) Title Track – Euphoria

Kenny Burrell – The Squeeze November 1961 Illinois Jacquet (ts) Hank Jones (p) Kenny Burrell (g) Major Holley (b) Osie Johnson (d)