August 15th: Oscar Peterson born – 1925 would have had a birthday yesterday
47 years ago tomorrow August 17, 1964 Oscar Peterson Trio with Clark Terry - Mumbles Clark Terry (vcl) Oscar Peterson (p) Ray Brown (b) Ed Thigpen (d) Oscar Peterson Trio + One – Verve
August 15, 1956 The Oscar Peterson Trio – 9:20 Special Concert "Hollywood Bowl", Los Angeles,
Oscar Peterson (p) Herb Ellis (g) Ray Brown (b) Jazz at the Hollywood Bowl - Verve
August 15, 1956 Nat King Cole – Route 66 Nat King Cole (vcl,p) acc by Harry "Sweets" Edison (tp) John Collins (g) Charlie Harris (b) Lee Young (d) After Midnight – Capitol
August 18, 1956 Buddy Rich and his Orchestra – Down For Double Pete Candoli, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Conrad Gozzo (tp) Frank Rosolino (tb) Bob Enevoldsen (v-tb) Bob Cooper (ts) Buddy Collette (bar,fl) Jimmy Rowles (p) Bill Pittman (g) Joe Mondragon (b) Buddy Rich (d) Marty Paich (arr) This One's For Basie – Verve
August 14, 1958 Johnny Hodges/Duke Ellington – Big Shoe Roy Eldridge (tp) Lawrence Brown (tb) Johnny Hodges (as) Ben Webster (ts) Billy Strayhorn (p) Wendell Marshall (b) Jo Jones (d) Side By Side – Verve
Sarah Vaughan and her Trio – They Can’t Take That Away From Me April 2, 1954 Sarah Vaughan (vcl) acc by John Malachi (p) Joe Benjamin (b) Roy Haynes (d) Swingin' Easy - Roulette
Krupa/Wilson/Hampton - Just You, Just Me July 31, 1955 Lionel Hampton (vib) Teddy Wilson (p) Red Callender (b) Gene Krupa (d) Los Angeles, CA, Gene Krupa – Compact Jazz – Verve
55 years ago this week August 17, 1956 Red Garland – A Foggy Day Red Garland (p) Paul Chambers (b) Art Taylor (d) New York, A Garland of Red – Original Jazz Classics
14th: Stuff Smith born – 1909 Stuff Smith pioneered the use of the amplified violin, and developed a bluesy style much different from the European- influenced Swing Era violinists like Joe Venuti, Stephane Grappelli, and Eddie South. Stuff Smith rose to fame in the 1930s after a stint at the Onyx Club on 52nd Street in New York… then kind of fell out of sight until Norman Granz recorded him a number of times on his Verve label in the 1950s.
Stuff Smith - Undecided October 1959 Stuff Smith (vln) Paul Smith (p) Red Mitchell (b) Sid Bulkin (d) Cat On A Hot Fiddle – Verve
Stuff Smith - Blue Violin October 1959 Stuff Smith (vln) Paul Smith (p) Red Mitchell (b) Sid Bulkin (d) Cat On A Hot Fiddle – Verve
Madeleine Peyroux – Dance Me To The End Of Love 2004 Larry Goldings - keyboard Rounder Records – Careless Love
Bireli Lagrene – Ma Premiere Guitare October 2002 Bireli Lagrene (g) Diego Imbert (b) Romanian fiddler Florin Niculescu (v) Thomas Dutronc (g), "Hono" Winterstein (g), and Stochelo Rosenberg (g) Gipsy Project And Friends – Dreyfus
Tony Bennett / Diana Krall - All Right, OK, You Win 2001 Ralph Sharon – piano Gray Sargent guitar Playin With My Friends – Sony
73 years ago this week August 17, 1938 Slim Gaillard - Jump Session Slim Gaillard (g,vcl) Bam Brown (b,vcl) Kenneth Hollon (ts) Comp Col Master takes of Slim Gaillard & Slam Stewart Definitive
August 15th: Oscar Peterson – 1925 From 1951 to 1966 Ray Brown was a member of the Oscar Peterson Trio. This is Oscar Peterson’s first recording for what would become a long association with Norman Granz and his Verve label at that time under the Clef banner. This is from May of 1950. Instead of Ray Brown, Peterson is teamed here with Major Holley on bass.
Oscar Peterson Duo – Robbin’s Nest May 8, 1950 Oscar Peterson (p) Major Holley (b) Tenderly – Clef In 1950 Oscar Peterson won Down Beat magazine’s reader’s poll for the first time….
Dizzy Gillespie and Roy Eldridge - Pretty Eyed Baby October 1954 Dizzy Gillespie, Roy Eldridge (tp,vcl) Oscar Peterson (p) Herb Ellis (g) Ray Brown (b) Louie Bellson (d) Roy And Diz - Verve
Anita O'Day – 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) Anita Sings The Most - Verve
Jazz Giants '58 – When Your Lover Has Gone August 1957 Harry "Sweets" Edison (tp) Stan Getz (ts) Gerry Mulligan (bar) Oscar Peterson (p) Herb Ellis (g) Ray Brown (b) Louie Bellson (d) Jazz Giants 58 – Verve
Red Norvo Sextet - Sunrise Blues January 1957 Harry "Sweets" Edison (tp) Ben Webster (ts) Red Norvo (vib) Jimmy Rowles (p) Bob Carter (b) Bill Douglass (d) Just A Mood - Bluebird
Quincy Jones and his Orchestra – Oh Happy Day June 1969 Freddie Hubbard, Marvin Stamm, Snooky Young, John Frosk, Lloyd Michaels, Richard Williams (tp,flhrn) Jimmy Cleveland, J.J. Johnson, Kai Winding, Tony Studd, Alan Raph, Norman Pride, George Jeffers (tb) Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Jerome Richardson, Hubert Laws, Joel Kaye (reeds) Toots Thielemans (hca,g) Paul Griffin (p) Bob James (el-p) Eric Gale (g) Ray Brown, Chuck Rainey (b) Grady Tate,
Ken Nordine – Blue 1966 Ken Nordine recitation unknown Flute, Vibraphone, Marimba, Harpsichord, Drums Colors - Asphodel Records
Beverly Kenney acc by the Johnny Smith Quartet – Moe’s Blues 1955 Beverly Kenney (vcl) acc by : Bob Pancoast (p) Johnny Smith (g) George Roumanis (b) Jerry Segal (d) Sings For Johnny Smith - Roulette
The Three Sounds – Blue Genes October 1962 Gene Harris (p) Andy Simpkins (b) Bill Dowdy (d)
Englewood Cliffs, N.J., Blue Genes – Verve
August 15th: Oscar Peterson born – 1925 He passed on December 23, 2007 at his home near Toronto after giving us over six decades of stunning work recording more than 200 albums and winning eight Grammy Awards.
Lester Young – On The Sunny Side Of The Street November 1952 Lester Young (ts,vcl) Oscar Peterson (p) Barney Kessel (g) Ray Brown (b) J.C. Heard (d) Lester Young With The Oscar Peterson Trio – Verve
Oscar Peterson Trio – Easy Does It December 16, 1962 Oscar Peterson (p) Ray Brown (b) Ed Thigpen (d) Night Train - Verve
Ella Fitzgerald – Love You Madly October 1957 Ella Fitzgerald (vcl) acc by Ben Webster (ts) Oscar Peterson (p) Herb Ellis (g) Ray Brown (b) Alvin Stoller (d) Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Duke Ellington Song Book – Verve