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  1. Count Basie 1937 Savoy Ballroom broadasts- what radio station?

    My guess is that the Savoy broadcast also was a national broadcast, and if so, it would have been on NBC's Blue Network. Local station would have been WMCA. I'm basing this on Ella's 1939 and 1940 recordings, all of which were on NBC. Edit: Yeah, it was definitely national. I'm listening to it now. The announcer stumbles over his words, but he says "good evening to the East and good morning to the West Coast".
  2. Duke

    It is. And the photograph & ad are by famous graphic designer Henry Wolf. Among other things, Wolf (sort of jazz connexion alert) was art director at Esquire magazine.
  3. Norma Miller RIP

    I only yesterday found out my friend Norma Miller died earlier this month. She was the last surviving dancer from the 1930s professional troupe organized at the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem. You may have seen her in Ken Burns's "Jazz". She could be intimidating or downright scary, and was famously brutally honest when assessing dancers, but she was always sweet to me and I will mis her. Here's Norma dancing in "Day at the Races", the Marx Brothers movie. Ivie Anderson is the singer, the soundtrack is almost certainly Ellington's band. Norma is the woman in the second couple taking a solo, at 1:59. (The woman in the couple before was Norma's sister Dot.) And here she is in "Hellzapoppin'", an Olsen and Johnson movie. That's Slim Gaillard on piano and guitar, Slam Stewart on bass, and Rex Stewart on trumpet. Norma is in the second couple to come on screen, at 3:09, in the chef outfits. Frankie Manning, who died ten years ago, is the man in overalls at 3:58. The obituary in the NYT: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/06/obituaries/norma-miller-dead.html And the NEA's notice: https://www.arts.gov/news/2019/national-endowment-arts-statement-death-nea-national-heritage-fellow-norma-miller
  4. BFT 181 link and discussion

    Thank you for this! That's exactly the kind of thing I was looking for. Perhaps I'll try giving it another go and listen for the thing you suggest. I'll be on a plane to Toronto for five hours and nowhere to flee, so seems like the perfect time!
  5. BFT 181 link and discussion

    And what a great record *that* is! Double A-side indeed.
  6. BFT 181 link and discussion

    Serendipity struck on number 10! In an attempt to solve the mystery, I went to pull a Dodds CD and this whole weird "alphabetization" thing that's all the rage these days put the correct CD right in front of my nose: Dixieland Jug Blowers. I had to listen to the CD to find the right tune: "Memphis Shake", recorded in Chicago in 1926. Thank you for reminding me of these guys.
  7. BFT 181 link and discussion

    Getting it in under the wire! 1. Some boppish thing. The pianist actually reminds me of Tatum, but I don't think it is him. I dunno. Have three stars for trying, guys. 3. OK. This isn't going to surprise anyone, but I am convinced this is a band tuning up, and they switched instruments for the occasion. Less facetiously: can someone explain this to me? What is interesting or pleasing about this? I'm genuinely curious (though probably not curious enough to play it again). (For the record, I also detest Rothko and Pollock.) Negative infinity stars. 4. That's more like it! The New Orleans Feetwarmers, early 30s. Bechet, Ladnier, Morland, and some guys I can't think of right now. Love. Five stars. 6. Someone playing an alto (I think). It sounds classical in a way. More Benny Goodman playing Mozart than Julian Bliss playing Ellington. Oddly curious about this, though it's also not really my thing (I'm sure you're simply shocked, shocked to find out there's gambling going on in here). 7. Big Sid? Oh! Basie! And Buddy Rich, not Big Sid (oops...an odd mistake to make). "All-Star Jump" I think they titled it. OOJ by the Metronome All-Stars in...1942? 1941? Early 1940s. Who the hell is on here? Ah, here's Christian. Higginbottham, I think, and Dorsey is also in there. Hawk. Cootie Williams. Benny Carter, I think? Harry James (is it my imagination or does he sound "dirtier" (in a good way) here? Cootie influence?). Goodman. There were some other big names in there, but they're lost in the mix. I think Toots Mondello and Tex Beneke were on there, no? This is one of those "WTF did you only record two sides?!" sessions. Once you have all these guys in one room just toss in some sandwiches, lock the door, and roll all the tape you've got! (OK, so they didn't have tape... Still.) Fifty stars. 8. OK. I don't like this, but at least I sorta get it. A star is all you get, fellas. I spent all the others on the last track. 9. I like this! What is it? Bebop meets early R&B?! And that hook is SO familiar—I can't place it, but it sounds like a NT Basie riff. When was this recorded? That guitar sounds awfully modern at times. It's all over the place. Late 50's, maybe? Three stars plus one for that riff! 10. Uh-oh. This I should recognize, I suspect. Mid 1920s, jug, beautiful clarinet... I don't know! Dodds, maybe...? I suspect this wasn't everyone's favourite. Two plus one for the clarinetist, and, hey, let's throw in another half for the jug—you don't hear enough jugs these days, you know? 12. I like this. I know nothing about this stuff, but it's fun. The singer's inflection borders on Joe Cocker's at times, but this guy's voice doesn't sound like he spent four years screaming into the wind while gargling sulphuric acid and smoking six of those cartoon exploding cigars at once. Four stars for what it is.
  8. There's Don George's "Sweet man: the real Duke Ellington", which is a memoir in the form of a collection of anecdotes. I haven't read it cover to cover, but the bits I did read I enjoyed. How accurate is it? I don't know, though Don George *should* know a great deal about Duke. And Derek Jewell's "Duke", which I read a very long time ago and remember liking at the time. There's the Hajdu biography of Strayhorn. That's definitely worth listing.
  9. Well, now I'm annoyed, because this made me kind of curious about one of the books advertised on this goofball's site! https://www.amazon.com/dp/1791874533 I don't suppose anyone here has read it?
  10. Coco Schumann, who played guitar in the Theresienstadt band with Vogel, wrote an autobiography that's well worth reading. Here's the English translation: https://smile.amazon.com/Ghetto-Swinger-Berlin-Jazz-Legend-Remembers-ebook/dp/B01HX2UAZM/
  11. Total agreement with both statements. So I dug up my copy of the Henderson CD, and the liner notes explicitly say air check (as you already implied), but who knows how careful Leif Anderson was with his words when he wrote these notes. I also looked through Walter Allen's wonderful "Hendersonia". The 1973 book predates the discovery of these recordings by 20 years (in fact, on page 356, he mentions there are rumours of existing air checks, but that only one has turned up so far), but it does confirm that Henderson was on the wire (NBC Red Wed & Sat at midnight, and the other days at 12:30 AM, and NBC Blue at 11:30 PM every night but Wed & Sat). I will adduce this for my claim that they're likely off-the-wire, but it proves absolutely nothing, of course, except perhaps that we're jazz nerds and can be obsessive about this stuff!
  12. I suppose you could have live transcription recordings... Most (all?) of the ones I've seen explicitly labelled "transcription" don't have an audience or anything else apart from a rare announcement, and that usually from the band leader. They're made in a studio. I honestly never considered that someone might plonk a recorder in a live club to make recordings for later radio play. It seems like an exercise in extreme frustration in the pre-tape era, but what do I know? You're right that it's certainly possible! (Also I'm anything but an expert in this area, so don't take anything I say as gospel.)
  13. There are also some wonderful sides of Ella Fitzgerald, with Chick Webb's band, from the Grand Terrace from September of '39, three months after Chick's death. They've been released on two CDs (with, magically, no overlap!): "In the Groove" (Buddha) and "Live at the Savoy 1939-1940 (HEP). Both also contain airshots from the Savoy and from the Roseland in NYC, and both are very much worth having. The Henderson sides are real airshots, off the wire, rather than transcriptions, I believe, but I'm going off memory here. I seem to recall you can hear the audience in some of them, albeit it faintly.
  14. Alan Lomax’s Music Archive

    Thank you for pointing this out! I'm currently enjoying the interviews with Big Bill Broonzy.
  15. Checked your hearing lately?

    http://www.independentrecording.net/irn/resources/freqchart/main_display.htm The original source is interactive and has some clarifying text.