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  1. Arv Garrison

    Also available at the Internet Archive: https://ia800704.us.archive.org/17/items/AfrsJubilee/1946-10-14-AFRS-Jubilee-205-Vivien-Garry-Les-Paul-Arv-Garrison-Barney-Kessel-Benny-Carter.mp3
  2. Arv Garrison

    Details from #204 AFRS program announcer: George Dvorak 
Master of Ceremonies: Ernest “Bubbles” Whitman Studios: NBC Hollywood
 Side 1, wax info: HD6-MM-7508-1 Time 15:15 01 Introduction & theme: One O‘Clock Jump (nc) 02 Unidentified tune
 03 I Can‘t Believe That You‘re In Love With Me - v KS
 04 What Is This Thing Called Love? 
05 Star Dust
 Side 2, wax info: HD6-MM-7625-1 Time 29:15 Fill to 30 (sic !)
 05 Begin The Beguine
 04 Oh, Lady Be Good
 06 Embraceable You - v KS 
02 Unidentified tune interspersed with signoff and canned applauses - 01 AFRS Studio Orchestra No details - 02 Cliff Lang‘s Hot Formation 
Probably unidentified trumpet; Ed Cosby, trombone; alto sax; Irving “Babe” Russin, tenor sax; Tommy Todd, piano; Dave Barbour, guitar; string bass; drums. NOTE: Ernest Whitman: “These are the gents who get worked up in a Studio all day playing the 
great background music. Tonight we brought them out into the light and right in front. Cliff,
explain the rest, please.” Cliff Lang: “Well, the next number we are going to do, Ernie, is a thing that we recorded about six months ago, for Pan American records, called Star Dust.” - 03 Kay Starr
 Kay Starr, vocal, acc. by piano; guitar; string bass; drums; probably the André Previn Trio, see below. - 04 André Previn Trio
 André Previn, piano; Barney Kessel, guitar; Phil Stevens, string bass. Unidentified drums added on “Oh, Lady Be Good” only. 
NOTE: Whitman explains that Previn is 17 years old. (Born April 6, 1929 in Berlin, Germany) - 05 Cliff Lang and his Symphonic Jazz Orchestra 
Cliff Lang, leader, conducting a 32 piece Orchestra composed of motion picture Studio musicians, including Irving “Babe” Russin, tenor sax; Buddy Baker, arranger. Others unidentified. -06 Kay Starr 
Kay Starr, vocal, acc. by Cliff Lang‘s Symphonic Jazz Orchestra, definitely including Ed Cosby, trombone.
  3. Arv Garrison

    The Previn and Kessel session was from AFRS Jubilee #204. The Kessel/Ashby/Garrison/Paul session is from Jubilee #205, October 14, 1946. Arv' s wife, Vivian Garry also sang with the Benny Carter orchestra on this session.
  4. I have been researching recordings that included Arv Garrison. Billboard noted the release of Sarco 104, “Rip Van Winkle” and “Stick Around” (Vivian Garry Quartet-George Handy) in their Advance Record Releases column on page 124 of the June 29, 1946, edition. Was this release cancelled? I note that the LP release, Onyx 212, Central Avenue Breakdown, Vol. 1, did not include this release, only the first three releases by this group on Sarco. Also looking for an image of Tonsilectomy on Sarco 103.
  5. Arv Garrison

    Garrison's chops are best displayed during the AFRS Jubilee concert where four of the finest guitarists of the time play, one after another. Barney Kessel plays Cherokee followed by Irv Ashby playing I Got Rhythm, then Arv playing How High the Moon, ending with Les Paul playing Honeysuckle Rose - all accompanied by Benny Carter's rhythm section. Garrison's performance demonstrates he was the equal of his peers.
  6. I have taken a break from my ongoing chronicle of Tiffany Club to publish Bob Dietsche's appreciation of Arv Garrison: https://jazzresearch.com/arv-garrison/ Members might have heard Arv's name mentioned recently during the many celebrations of Charlie Parker's centenary. Arv was on three of Charlie Parker's first sessions for Dial Records.
  7. Pacific Jazz Labelography Update

    I have not given up the possibility of putting it all together, but it was such a can of worms. Getting a reply from rights folks at Universal would be s start.
  8. World Pacific 1957 New York Sessions

    I have revised and updated research that was originally published in Names & Numbers, No. 82, July 2017. WP fans can view it at: https://jazzresearch.com/world-pacific-1957-new-york-sessions/
  9. Several years ago I blogged about Chuck Landis' two clubs, Tiffany and Surf. That post did not do justice to either club. I have begun an extended examination of Tiffany at: https://jazzresearch.com/tiffany-club-1950-1951/ Please drop by and take a look. Jim
  10. Calliope Records - Duplicate LP Issue

    A friend recently alerted me to a duplicate LP issue on Calliope - two versions of CAL 3034! I have updated my old blog at google with both covers and labels: https://callioperecords.blogspot.com/2012/11/calliope-records-coda-james-a.html Jim
  11. Jack Lewis Remembrance

    I have concluded my examination of Jack Lewis’ productions as head of A&R at RCA Victor. The last post discusses Rod Levitt’s albums for Riverside and RCA Victor that continued jazz explorations in the spirit of the “Birth of the Cool” sessions with the RCA sides included in Ed Michel’s The Arrangers CD for RCA Bluebird. Here are links to the three posts: https://jazzresearch.com/jack-lewis-west-coast/ https://jazzresearch.com/jack-lewis-east-coast/ https://jazzresearch.com/the-jazz-workshop-redux/ Jim
  12. Jack Lewis Remembrance

    The first post in my examination of Jack Lewis and his tenure as A&R at RCA Victor is now up and viewable at: https://jazzresearch.com/jack-lewis-west-coast/ Information about Jack was scant on the internet except for a semi-obit that was mentioned on this forum a long time ago. He continued to be active in the music business after RCA let him go at the end of 1956, but his production of albums for RCA remain a benchmark in jazz. My next post will present his East Coast work at RCA. Jim
  13. Pacific Jazz Labelography Update

    I did not bring the Calliope work over to the new site. My history of the Stars of Jazz television series will be published later this month and has links to the last Calliope posts that summarize front covers and artists. The other posts to that google site have been deleted as my book corrects much of that data. Jim
  14. Pacific Jazz Labelography Update

    I have not seen anything online that gathers all of Bill Holman's activity. Ed Michel produced a recording (07/29/75) for John Synder to see if A&M would spring for a big band recording of Holman's rehearsal band on the Horizon label. Nothing happened and the four charts recorded never saw the light of day. Jim
  15. Pacific Jazz Labelography Update

    Back in 2012 Groove Merchant and others on this forum suggested that a labelography of Pacific Jazz was needed. I set about that task on the google blogger platform. It has been more or less complete for some time now, but I have concerns about the longevity of the blogger platform and decided to move all of my work to a more stable environment. I employed the services of Steve Albin to design a new web site and move my google blogger content to the new site. That process involved moving my original web site, jazz research.com, as well. All of my work is now under one hat at the same domain, jazzresearch.com. I invite members to drop by and take a look around. It is still under construction as the WordPress environment has many bells and whistles that were not available with google. I will announce new work on this forum from time to time. At present I am working on an extended remembrance of Jack Lewis. When Jack passed away some time ago I found some discussion on this forum, but unfortunately the link to his obituary was no longer active. Did anyone copy and save it? Jim