James Moody (sax / flute) (09/December) at 85. Moody as he preferred to be called began his career with the trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie shortly after World War II and maintained it well into the 21st century. He developed distinctive and fluent styles on both tenor and alto saxophone. He also played soprano saxophone, and in the mid-1950s he became one of the first significant jazz flutists. Moody’s career was twice interrupted by alcoholism. The first time, in 1948, he moved to Paris to live with an uncle while he recovered and the second time in 58 when he finally got it right after a stay at an institution called Overbrook. James Moody tenor sax all cuts this set on JJJ.
James Moody - The Jazz Twist Howard McGhee (tp) Bernard McKinney (tb) James Moody (ts) Musa Kaleem (bar) Sonny Donaldson (p) Steve Davis (b) Arnold Enlow (d) Eddie Jefferson (vcl)
Live "Jazz Workshop", San Francisco, CA, 1961 At The Jazz Workshop - Argo
December 29, 1959 James Moody - Summertime James Moody (ts) John Gray (g) Eldee Young (b) Clarence Johnston (d) Eddie Jefferson (vcl) unknown (p-1) Tom McIntosh (arr,cond) We Loved You Madly, Chapter 97 – Hot records Society
Dizzy Gillespie - Enter, Priest April 1964 Dizzy Gillespie (tp) James Moody (ts) Kenny Barron (p) Chris White (b) Rudy Collins (d) Film soundtrack, The Cool World – Phillips 18:00
Renowned jazz guitarist Herb Ellis, died at his home in Los Angeles on March 28 at 88. Mr. Ellis was a member during the 1950s of the Oscar Peterson trio, which served as the house recording band for Verve Records and accompanied a who's-who of jazz greats. Herb Ellis guitar this set
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
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
The Oscar Peterson Trio with Herb Ellis – Naptown Blues November 5 & 6, 1969 Villingen, Black Forest, Germany, Oscar Peterson (p) Herb Ellis (g) Sam Jones (b) Bobby Durham (d) The Will To Swing – Verve 36:00
William "Buddy" Collette
August 6th 1921 ~ September 19th 2010 at 89
At 17 he started playing professionally and after serving as a U.S. Navy bandleader, he played with the Stars of Swing, featuring Goodman, Mingus and Lucky Thompson. In the late 40s he was one of the guys who helped keep bebop alive in Los Angeles' historic Central Avenue neighborhood along with Dexter Gordon, Charles Mingus, and Chico Hamilton. In the early 1950s Buddy Collette worked as a studio musician, and became the first African American musician to perform on television, on Groucho Marx's program, 'You Bet Your Life'. Although many West Coast musicians with Buddy's skills commonly moved to New York for more and better work, he chose to remain in LA, and over the decades he recorded and performed with Frank Sinatra, Nat "King" Cole, Nelson Riddle, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Charlie Parker, Sarah Vaughan and dozens of others. Collette stretches out in small group fashion this set on both saxophone and flute beginning with this slow burner called The Grind Part 2
Buddy Collette - The Grind 2 1959-60 Buddy Collette (ts) Gerald Wiggins (p) Joe Comfort (b) Bill Douglass (d) or Jackie Mills (d) Wardell Gray, Stan Getz and Errol Garner – Crown LP Various Artists EP - Crownstar
Barney Kessel – Easy Like February 1956 Buddy Collette (fl,as) Claude Williamson (p) Barney Kessel (g) Red Mitchell (b) Shelly Manne (d)
Buddy Collette - The Blindfold Test Los Angeles, 1954 John Anderson (tp) Buddy Collette (cl,as,ts,fl) Gerald Wiggins (p) Jim Hall (g) Curtis Counce (b) Chico Hamilton (d) The Buddy Collette – Chico Hamilton Quintet Tanganyika – VSOP 16:00 w/o break 49:00
Francis Dreyfus (producer) (24/June/2010)
French music publisher and record producer Francis Dreyfus died Thursday, June 24 at the age of 70.
His love of jazz led to the creation of the Dreyfus Jazz label, which brought together such major jazz figures as, Marcus Miller, Ahmad Jamal, Roy Haynes, and Steve Grossman.
He was especially proud of having produced the "Jazz Reference," series that assembled legendary recordings of classic jazz and bebop, restored through a unique technological process developed with his friend, sound engineer, René Ameline.
Jazz vocalist Joya Sherrill passed away June 28th at 85. Sherrill joined Duke Ellington's band when she was still a teen-ager and worked on and off for Ellington into the 1950s. While she later toured with Benny Goodman and pursued a solo career, Sherrill said that she never really quit the Ellington band. This was her biggest hit which begins this set of three recordings all restored and released on the Dreyfus jazz label
Duke Ellington and his Orchestra – I’m Beginning To See The Light December 1, 1944 Shelton Hemphill, Taft Jordan, Cat Anderson (tp) Ray Nance (tp,vln,vcl) Joe "Tricky Sam" Nanton, Claude Jones, Lawrence Brown (tb) Jimmy Hamilton (cl,ts) Johnny Hodges (as) Otto Hardwick (as,cl) Al Sears (ts) Harry Carney (bar,cl,b-cl) Duke Ellington (p) Fred Guy (g) Junior Raglin (b) Sonny Greer (d) Kay Davis (vcl) Joya Sherrill (vcl) Take The A Train - Dreyfus
Django Reinhardt et la Hot Club De France avec Alixe Combelle – Sweet Sue December 18, 1940 Alix Combelle (cl) Django Reinhardt, Joseph Reinhardt (g) Tony Rovira (b) Pierre Fouad (d) Echoes Of France – Dreyfus
Lionel Hampton - Central Avenue Breakdown May 1940 Lionel Hampton (p) Nat King Cole (p) Oscar Moore (g) Wesley Prince (b) Al Spieldock (d) Flying Home – Dreyfus
The legendary pianist Hank Jones died May 16 in New York City at 91. Eloquent and lyrical are just two of the many superlatives given to Hank Jones an accompanist to nearly every major name in jazz since the 1940s. Hank Jones piano all tracks
Dakota Staton – Moonray February 28, 1957: Dakota Staton (vcl) acc by Jonah Jones (tp) Hank Jones (p) unknown vib, g, b and d + orchestra, Van Alexander (dir) The Late, Late Show - Collectables
Aaron Bell – Satin Doll 1 June 20, 1958 Hank Jones (p) Aaron Bell (b) Ed Thigpen (d) After The Party's Over - RCA
Joe Williams – Early In The Mornin December 5, 1963 Joe Williams (vcl) acc by Thad Jones (tp) Urbie Green (tb) Jerome Richardson (as) Seldon Powell (ts) Danny Bank (bar) Hank Jones (p) Barry Galbraith (g) Milt Hinton (b) Osie Johnson (d) Jimmy Jones (ldr)
Rex Stewart - I Knew You When [Rex time] (ew arr) May 6, 1957 Rex Stewart (cnt) Cootie Williams (tp) Lawrence Brown, J.C. Higginbotham (tb) Coleman Hawkins, Bud Freeman (ts) Hank Jones (p) Billy Bauer (g) Milt Hinton (b) Gus Johnson (d) Ernie Wilkins Cootie & Rex In The Big Challenge – Fresh Sound
Just an incredibly adept and tasteful accompanist… Hank Jones was nominated for five Grammy awards before winning a Lifetime Achievement Grammy in 2009. Hank Jones is listed on more than 900 recordings in the Tom Lord jazz Discography… nuff said. Hank Jones piano on both tracks here beginning with this surprising 1954 recording with clarinetist Artie Shaw
Artie Shaw Gramercy Five – Too Marvelous For Words June, 1954 Artie Shaw (cl) Hank Jones (p) Joe Puma (g) Tommy Potter (b) Irv Kluger (d) The Last Recordings - Music Masters
Jay and Kai Trombone Octet - Piece For Two Tromboniums April 1956 J.J. Johnson, Kai Winding, Bob Alexander, Eddie Bert, Urbie Green, Jimmy Cleveland (tb) Tom Mitchell, Bart Varsalona (b-tb) Hank Jones (p) Milt Hinton (b) Osie Johnson (d) Jay & Kai Plus 6 & JJ In Person – Collectables 30:00
Ed Thigpen, a drummer whose tasteful and understated style made him a favorite accompanist of some of the best-known performers in jazz, died on Jan. 13 in Copenhagen, where he had lived since 1972. He was 72. Mr. Thigpen was most famous for his tenure with the pianist Oscar Peterson’s trio, one of the most popular small groups in jazz, from 1959 to 1965. Mr. Thigpen earned raves for his supportive playing and especially for his deft use of brushes.
Blossom Dearie - If I Were A Bell September 9, 12 & 13, 1958 Blossom Dearie (vcl,p) acc by Mundell Lowe (g) Ray Brown (b) Ed Thigpen (d) Once Upon A Summertime – Verve
Bill Henderson With The Oscar Peterson Trio – The Lamp Is Low May 1963 Bill Henderson (vcl) acc by Oscar Peterson (p) Ray Brown (b) Ed Thigpen (d) Bill Henderson With The Oscar Peterson Trio – Verve
Billy Taylor & his Orchestra - Daddy-O November 17, 1957 Willie Cook, Clark Terry (tp) Britt Woodman (tb) Johnny Hodges (as) [on Argo LP650 as The Rabbit (as) ] Paul Gonsalves (ts) Harry Carney (bar) Billy Taylor (p) Earl May (b) Ed Thigpen (d) Taylor Made Jazz – Fresh Sound Records
Oscar Peterson Trio – C Jam Blues December 1962 Oscar Peterson (p) Ray Brown (b) Ed Thigpen (d)
Night Train – Verve 45:00
June 30th 1917 ~ May 9th 2010
Lena Horne passed on at 92 on Sunday May 9th. Like Billie Holiday Lena Horne faced a huge uphill battle as a black female jazz singer singing with white bands during the swing era. She couldn’t sleep in the same hotels and often even enter the same doors as her white band mates. In 1943, MGM Studios loaned her to 20th Century-Fox for the all-black movie musical "Stormy Weather." Her rendition of the title song became a major hit and her most famous tune. She later turned to Broadway and then back to jazz
September 20th 1927 ~ February 6th 2010
English jazz icon, composer, saxophonist, clarinetist and leader and musical arranger, Sir John Dankworth passed away Febraury 6th at 83. Dankworth’s big bands and small groups were an important training ground for many of the most promising British musicians of the past 40 years. With his wife, Cleo Laine, he was also a tireless promoter of jazz and the cause of musical education
Lena Horne & Gabor Szabo – Watch What Happens October 1969 Lena Horne (vcl) acc by Richard Tee (org) Gabor Szabo, Eric Gale, Cornell Dupree (g) Chuck Rainey (el-b) Grady Tate (d) Howard Roberts (chorale) Gary McFarland (arr) Lena & Gabor – DCC Jazz
Johnny Dankworth (British) – Slo Twain May 12-13 & 19, 1959 Dickie Hawdon, Derrick Abbott, Stan Palmer, Colin Wright, Bob Carson (tp) Laurie Monk, Tony Russell, Danny Elwood, Garry Brown (tb) Ron Snyder (tb,tu) Johnny Dankworth (as,cl) Danny Moss (ts,b-cl) Alex Leslie (bar,cl,fl) Dave Lee (p) Eric Dawson (b) Kenny Clare (d) England's Ambassador Of Jazz – Roulette 52:00
Pianist John Bunch and Trombonist Benny Powell
January 12, 1956 Jazz Giants '56 – This Years Kisses Roy Eldridge (tp) Lester Young (ts) Vic Dickenson (tb) Teddy Wilson (p) Gene Ramey (b) Jo Jones (d) Lester Young – Compact Jazz - Verve
Finally today we leave you with a few year ending tunes here at the Jazz Joint. Here’s a toast wishing you health and prosperity in 2011. Till next week… and year, Swing on Stay hep.
Teddy Wilson and his Orchestra – This Years Kisses January 25, 1937 Buck Clayton (tp) Benny Goodman (cl) [as John Jackson (cl) ] Lester Young (ts) Teddy Wilson (p) Freddie Green (g) Walter Page (b) Jo Jones (d) Billie Holiday (vcl) This Is Jazz 24 - Columbia
December 31, 1947 Roy Milton - New Year's Resolution Hosea Sapp (tp) Cliff Noels (as) Bill Gaither (ts) Camille Howard (p,vcl-2) Johnny Rogers (g) Dallas Bartley (b) Roy Milton (d,vcl-1) Roy Milton Vol 3 Blowin With Roy - Specialty