Anita O'Day - From This Moment On August 1955 Anita O'Day (vcl) acc by Jimmy Rowles (p) Tal Farlow (g) Leroy Vinnegar (b) Larry Bunker (d) Anita O Day Swings Cole Porter - Verve
Red Norvo - Blue Lou August 1954 Buddy Collette (fl) Red Norvo (vib) Tal Farlow (g) Monty Budwig (b) Chico Hamilton (d).Just A Mood – RCA
Tal Farlow Quartet – It’s You Or No One January 1955 Claude Williamson (p) Tal Farlow (g) Red Mitchell (b) Stan Levey (d) Jazz Masters 41 - Verve June 7th Tal Farlow, b.1921 Tal Farlow did not take up the guitar until he was 21 years old, but within a year was playing professionally. He worked fairly steady for 10 years but in 1958, settled on the East Coast, became a sign painter, and just played locally. He only made one record as a leader from 1960-1975, but emerged a bit more often between 1976-1984. He died in 1998.
Reedman Flip Phillips may be best known for his long association touring with Norman Granz’s traveling show Jazz At The Philharmonic from 1946 to 1957. But Phillips was much more than just a honker and screecher as evidenced by this 1957 live recording in Miami in the late spring of 1957 with Buddy Rich.
Buddy Rich Quartet - Broadway Live "The Dream Bar - Johnina Hotel", Miami Beach, Florida, May or June, 1957 Flip Phillips (ts) Ronnie Ball (p) Peter Ind (b) Buddy Rich (d) Argo, Emarcy, And Verve Small Group Buddy Rich Sessions - Mosaic
Shirley Horn – I Just Found Out About Love Summer 1990 Shirley Horn (vcl,p) acc by Charles Ables (b) Steve Williams (d) You Won't Forget Me - Verve
The Benny Carter Group - Wonderland November 1976 Harry "Sweets" Edison (tp) Benny Carter (as) Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis (ts) Ray Bryant (p) Milt Hinton (b) Grady Tate (d) Wonderland – Pablo
53 years ago this week June 10, 1958 Big Eighteen - Easy Does It Billy Butterfield, Buck Clayton, Charlie Shavers, Rex Stewart (tp) Lawrence Brown, Vic Dickenson, Lou McGarity, Dickie Wells (tb) Walt Levinsky (cl,as) Hymie Schertzer (as) Sam Donahue, Boomie Richman (ts) Ernie Caceres (bar) Johnny Guarnieri (p) Barry Galbraith (g) Milt Hinton (b) Jimmy Crawford (d) Charlie Shirley (arr) Live Echoes Of The Swinging Bands – Verve
47 years ago this week June 9, 1964 Frank Sinatra - The Best Is Yet To Come (fs vcl,qj arr Frank Sinatra (vcl) acc by Al Aarons, Sonny Cohn, Wallace Davenport, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Al Porcino (tp) Henderson Chambers, Henry Coker, Grover Mitchell, Ken Shroyer (tb) Bill Hughes (b-tb) Marshal Royal (cl,as) Frank Wess (fl,as,ts) Eric Dixon (fl,ts) Charlie Fowlkes (fl,bar) Frank Foster (ts) Emil Richards (vib) Count Basie (p) Freddie Green (g) Buddy Catlett (b) Sonny Payne (d) + string section on Quincy Jones (cond,arr), It Might As Well Be Swing – Reprise
51 years ago this week June 7, 1960 Count Basie and his Orchestra - Daly Jump (cb,fg arr) Sonny Cohn, Snooky Young, Joe Newman (tp) Thad Jones (tp,arr) Al Grey, Henry Coker, Benny Powell (tb) Marshal Royal (cl,as) Frank Wess (as,ts,fl,arr) Frank Foster (ts,arr) Billy Mitchell (ts) Charlie Fowlkes (bar) Count Basie (p,arr) Freddie Green (g,arr) Eddie Jones (b) Sonny Payne (d) Atomic Swing - Roulette
Not available to the public for nearly 20 years after it was recorded was this performance by the Count Basie Sextet. It wasn’t until the 1950s… when it came out on a Vanguard LP… that this improvisational jam between particularly Lester Young on tenor and Buck Clayton on trumpet became available to the public.
73 years ago June 3, 1938 Count Basie Sextet - Don’t Be That Way Buck Clayton (tp) Lester Young (ts,cl) Count Basie (p) Freddie Green (g) Walter Page (b) Jo Jones (d) The Complete 1936 – 1951 Small Group Sessions – Vol 6 Rare Items – Blue Moon
June 3rd Dakota Staton (Aliyah Rabia) – vocalist. Born; Pittsburg, Pa., 1932. Dakota was discovered singing in a Harlem nightclub by Capitol Records producer Dave Cavanaugh and after several singles for Capitol she received Down Beat magazine’s high profile "Most Promising New Comer Award" in 1955. In the late 1950s she reached the peak of her popularity after some fine swinging vocals on her first full length Capitol Records LP, The Late, Late Show
Dakota Staton - Moonray March 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
June 2, 1961 Shirley Scott - Hip Soul Stanley Turrentine (ts) [as Stan Turner (ts) ] Shirley Scott (org) Herbie Lewis (b) Roy Brooks (d) Hip Soul - Prestige
Shelly Manne born June 11, 1920 Drummer Shelly Manne made a countless number of great records from the 1940s into the '80s both as a leader and a sideman. But he may be best remembered as a good-humored bandleader and musician who never hogged the spotlight. Shelly Manne drums all selections.
The Poll-Winners - Satin Doll March 1957 Barney Kessel (g) Ray Brown (b) Shelly Manne (d) The Poll-winners: Barney Kessel with Ray Brown and Shelly Manne - Contemporary
Peggy Lee – Fever 1958 acc. by a small group directed by Jack Marshall, Joe Mondragon (b) Shelly Manne (snare drum) (using his fingers instead of drum sticks, and with the snares turned off), and finger snapping credited (in unconfirmed reports) to guitarist Howard Roberts who was orginally scheduled to play guitar on the session The Best Of Peggy Lee – Capitol
Pete Jolly Trio – Jolly Lodger March 1955 Pete Jolly (p) Curtis Counce (b) Shelly Manne (d) Jolly Jumps In – RCA June 5 Pete Jolly, b.1932 Worked with a diverse group of musicians … everyone from Frank Zappa & Tom Waits to Terry Gibbs and Shorty Rogers
More from pianist Pete Jolly and drummer Shelly Manne
Shorty Rogers - Papouche October 1955 Shorty Rogers (flhrn) Jimmy Giuffre (bar) Lou Levy (p) Ralph Pena (b) Shelly Manne (d) Martians Come Back / Way Up There – Collectables
Terry Gibbs and his Orchestra – The Claw February 1959 Conte Candoli, Al Porcino, Phil Gilbert, Stu Williamson (tp) Bob Enevoldsen, Vern Friley, Frank Rosolino (tb) Charlie Kennedy, Joe Maini (as) Med Flory, Bill Holman (ts) Jack Schwartz (bar) Terry Gibbs (vib,p-1) Pete Jolly (p) Joe Mondragon (b) Mel Lewis (d) Marty Paich (arr) Terry Gibbs Dream Band Vol 2 - Contemporary
Stan Kenton and his Orchestra - Dynaflow March 1951 Maynard Ferguson, John Howell, Chico Alvarez (tp) Ray Wetzel, Shorty Rogers (tp,arr) Milt Bernhart, Harry Betts, Bob Fitzpatrick, Dick Kenney (tb) Bart Varsalona (b-tb) Bud Shank, Art Pepper (as) Bob Cooper, Bart Calderall (ts) Bob Gioga (bar) Stan Kenton (p,arr) Ralph Blaze (g) Don Bagley (b) Shelly Manne (d) Pete Rugolo, Ken Hanna, Gene Roland (arr) Retrospective – Capitol
June 9 Les Paul, b.1916 Before his attention was diverted toward recording multi-layered hits for the pop market, with wife Mary Ford, Les Paul made his name as a brilliant jazz guitarist. Heavily influenced by Django Reinhardt at first, Paul eventually developed a hard-swinging style of his own.
Les Paul Trio - Dream Dust December 1944 Les Paul (g) with Milt Raskin (p) Cal Gooden (g) Clint Nordquist (b) Complete Decca Master Takes – Definitive
Mildred Bailey acc by Ellis Larkins – Lover Come Back To Me October 1946 Mildred Bailey (vcl) acc by Irving Randolph (tp) Ellis Larkins (p,cond) Barry Galbraith (g) Bob Haggart (b) Jimmy Crawford (d) All Of Me – Definitive
71 years ago today June 7, 1940 Billie Holiday and Her Orchestra - Laughing At Life Roy Eldridge (tp) Billy Bowen, Joe Eldridge (as) Kermit Scott, Lester Young (ts) Teddy Wilson (p) Freddie Green (g) Walter Page (b) J.C. Heard (d) Billie Holiday (vcl) Quintessential Billie Holiday Vol 8 - Col
Dickie Wells and his Orchestra – Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea July 1937 Paris, France Bill Dillard, Shad Collins (tp-1) Bill Coleman (tp,vcl) Dickie Wells (tb,arr) Django Reinhardt (g) Richard Fullbright (b) Bill Beason (d) Django And His American Buddies - DRG June 10th 1909 trombonist Dickie Wells was born. Wells worked with Count Basie ’38-45 and ‘47-50. Toured w. Benny Carter 1932; Fletcher Henderson ’33-4; Teddy Hill ’35-38, including a European tour in 1937. During the tour Wells was recorded in Paris leading a group that also featured Django Reinhardt.
June 6 Al Grey, b.1925 most remembered for his association with the Count Basie orchestra. Grey is known for his plunger mute technique. Al Grey trombone first from a rare Argo LP
Al Grey - Rompin' August 1960 Joe Newman (tp) Al Grey, Benny Powell (tb) Billy Mitchell (ts) Charlie Fowlkes (bar) Eddie Jones (b) Sonny Payne (d) Eddie Higgins (p) Freddie Green (g) The Thinking Man's Trombone - Argo
Jon Hendricks - Another Git Together September 1961 Jon Hendricks (vcl) acc by Joe Newman (tp) Al Grey (tb) Billy Mitchell (ts) Pony Poindexter (ts,sop) Gildo Mahones (p) Ike Isaacs (b) Stu Martin (d)