July 29, 1966 Duke Ellington and his Orchestra - It Don't Mean A Thing (ef,rn vcl) (4) Cat Anderson, Cootie Williams, Herbie Jones, Mercer Ellington (tp) Lawrence Brown, Chuck Connors, Buster Cooper (tb) Jimmy Hamilton (cl,ts) Russell Procope (as,cl) Johnny Hodges (as) Paul Gonsalves (ts) Harry Carney (bar,cl,b-cl) Duke Ellington (p) John Lamb (b) Sam Woodyard (d) Ella Fitzgerald (vcl) "Antibes Jazz Festival", Juan-les-Pins, France, Ella And Duke At The Cote D’ Azur - Verve
Duke Ellington and his Orchestra - Satin Doll November 1969 Live, "Free Trade Hall", Manchester, England, Cat Anderson, Cootie Williams, Mercer Ellington, Rolf Ericson (tp) Lawrence Brown, Chuck Connors (tb) Johnny Hodges (as) Russell Procope (as,cl) Norris Turney (as,ts,cl,fl) Paul Gonsalves (ts) Harold Ashby (ts,cl) Harry Carney (bar,cl,b-cl) Wild Bill Davis (org) Duke Ellington (p) Victor Gaskin (b) Rufus Jones (d) 70th Birthday Concert – Blue Note
56 years ago today July 26, 1955 Count Basie and his Orchestra - Corner Pocket (fg arr) Wendell Culley, Reunald Jones, Joe Newman (tp) Thad Jones (tp,arr) Henry Coker, Bill Hughes, Benny Powell (tb) Marshal Royal (cl,as) Bill Graham (as) Frank Wess (fl,ts) Frank Foster (ts,arr) Charlie Fowlkes (bar) Count Basie (p) Freddie Green (g,arr) Eddie Jones (b) Sonny Payne (d) April In Paris – Verve
Possessor of what many still call the most beautiful tone ever heard in jazz, alto saxophonist Johnny Hodges would have had a birthday yesterday (1906-1970) This song was written by Billy Strayhorn for Duke Ellington’s Orchestra. Stryahorn played piano on this Johnny Hodges small group recording. First recorded by Ellington in 1949.The title was a salute to NY Jazz DJ Fred Robbins. Snibor spelled backwards Robins with a B dropped.
Johnny Hodges and his Orchestra – Snibor January 1956 Ray Nance (tp) Lawrence Brown (tb) Jimmy Hamilton (cl,ts) Johnny Hodges (as) Harry Carney (bar) Billy Strayhorn (p) Jimmy Woode (b) Sam Woodyard (d) The Complete Verve Johnny Hodges Small Group Sessions – Mosaic.
Nat King Cole – Let There Be Love December 1961 Nat King Cole (vcl) George Shearing (p,arr) acc by large orchestra, Ralph Carmichael (cond,arr) Nat King Cole Sings/George Shearing Plays - Capitol
Buddy Rich And His Buddies – Makin Whopee October 1960 Sam Most (fl) Mike Mainieri (vib,arr) Johnny Morris (p) Wilbur Wynne (g) Richard Evans (b) Buddy Rich (d) Argo, Emarcy And Verve Small Group Recordings – Mosaic July 24 Mike Mainieri - vibraphonist – turned 73 Sunday
Annie Ross - Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea April 1952 Annie Ross (vcl) acc by Milt Jackson (vib) Blossom Dearie (p) Percy Heath (b) Kenny Clarke (d) Giants Of Jazz - Jazz Singers - Savoy Born July 25 Annie Ross - singer – turned 81 yesterday
So popular with jazz men was DJ Fred Robbins that Illinois Jacquet titled his jazz classic after him as well.
Illinois Jacquet and his All Stars – Robbin’s Nest May 1947 Joe Newman (tp) Illinois Jacquet (ts) Leo Parker (bar) Sir Charles Thompson (p) Al Lucas (b) Shadow Wilson (d) Illinois Jacquet 1946 – 1947 – Chronological Classics
Joe Thomas - Raw Meat March 1950 Johnny Grimes (tp) Dickie Harris (tb) Joe Thomas (ts) Orrington Hall (bar) George Rhodes (p) George Duvivier (b) Alphonso Bright (d) Joe Thomas 1945 – 1950 Blue Moon
Kenny Burrell turns 80 this Sunday. Mr. Burrell has appeared on a countless number of records as a leader and as a sideman. Two recordings spotlighting Burrell on guitar followed this Miles Davis recording.
July 29, 1958 Miles Davis - It Ain't Necessarily So Miles Davis (tp-1,flhrn) Johnny Coles, Bernie Glow, Ernie Royal, Louis Mucci (tp) Joe Bennett, Frank Rehak, Jimmy Cleveland (tb) Dick Hixson (b-tb) Willie Ruff, Julius Watkins, Gunther Schuller (fhr) Bill Barber (tu) Julian "Cannonball" Adderley (as) Phil Bodner, Romeo Penque (fl) Danny Bank (b-cl,bar) Paul Chambers (b) Jimmy Cobb (d) Gil Evans (arr,cond) Porgy And Bess - Col
July 25, 1963 Kenny Burrell – Fever Jimmy Smith (org) Kenny Burrell (g) Vince Gambella (el-b) Art Merotti (perc) Milt Hinton (b) Bill English (d) Blue Bash - Verve
Blossom Dearie - The Party's Over April 1959 Blossom Dearie (vcl,p) acc by Kenny Burrell (g) Ray Brown (b) Ed Thigpen (d) Jazz Masters 51 – Verve
49 years ago today July 26, 1962 King Pleasure - Jazz Jump King Pleasure (vcl) acc by large unknown orchestra incl. strings, choir, and Seldon Powell (ts) Teacho Wiltshire (arr) The Best Of Jazz Juice – Beechwood
Lester Young Quartet - Up `n' Adam September 1949 Lester Young (ts) Hank Jones (p) Ray Brown (b) Buddy Rich (d) Lester Young – Compact Jazz - Verve
Bill Henderson – Royal Garden Blues December 1960 Bill Henderson (vcl) acc by Tommy Flanagan (p) Freddie Green (g) Milt Hinton (b) Elvin Jones (d) Complete Vee Jay Recordings Volume Two – Vee Jay
A set for the trumpet lovers
Tubby Hayes (British) – A Pint Of Bitter October 1961 Tubby Hayes (ts) Horace Parlan (p) George Duvivier (b) Dave Bailey (d) Clark Terry (tp) Eddie Costa (vib) Columbia Jazz Masterpieces Sampler Vol VI - Col
August 6, 1959 Lambert, Hendricks & Ross - Centerpiece Dave Lambert, Jon Hendricks, Annie Ross (vcl) acc by : Harry "Sweets" Edison (tp) Gildo Mahones (p) Ike Isaacs (b) Walter Bolden (d) The Hottest New Group In Jazz – Columbia July 25 Annie Ross - singer – turned 81 yesterday
Pete Candoli – Frankie And Johnny 1961 Pete Candoli (tp) Milt Bernhart (tb) Ted Nash (ts) Jimmy Rowles (p) Al Hendrickson (g) Red Mitchell (b) Shelly Manne (d) Blues, When Your Lover Has Gone – Somerset A solid groove that kicked major ass
Three great tenor solos here, two by Paul Quinichette and one by LockJaw Davis. On organ is Count Basie. If there was such a thing as the science of restraint Count Basie held 3 PhD's, and 2 Bachelors Degrees. … this an extended alternate take… the released version was 3 minutes this one was 11.
July 22-26, 1952 Count Basie / Oscar Peterson - Blues For The Count and Oscar (alt take) Paul Quinichette (ts 1st and 3rd solo) Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis (ts 2nd solo) Count Basie (org) Freddie Green (g) Gus Johnson (d) Oscar Peterson (p) Ray Brown (b) The Complete Clef Verve Count Basie Fifties Studio Recordings – Mosaic
Kenny Burrell – The Squeeze (excerpt) November 1961 Illinois Jacquet (ts) Hank Jones (p) Kenny Burrell (g) Major Holley (b) Jimmy Crawford (d) Moten Swing – Euphoric Kenny Burrell turns 80 this Sunday.
Born July 29 Charlie Christian - guitarist (1916-1942)
Charlie Christian Jammers - Blues in B & Waitin' for Benny March 13, 1941 Cootie Williams (tp) (1) Georgie Auld (ts) Johnny Guarnieri (p) Charlie Christian (g) Artie Bernstein (b) Dave Tough (d) The Genius Of The Electric Guitar – Col
Benny Goodman Septet – Ad Lib Blues October 1940 Buck Clayton (tp) Benny Goodman (not present) Lester Young (ts) Count Basie (p) Charlie Christian (el-g) Walter Page (b) Jo Jones (d) Columbia record studios rehearsal session, New York, Swing To Bop - Dreyfus