reported by Christopher Popa
    In what has to be a fascinating, unparalleled chance for big band fans, historians, and treasure hunters, Artie Shaw's estate contents were
offered for sale April 1st through the 17th, by Treasures Estate Sales of Topanga, CA.  With advance reservations, members of the public were allowed to walk through Shaw's former home in Newbury Park, CA and view and purchase his one-time possessions.
    "Mr. Shaw was a very private individual and this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to look into the life and times of an American icon," Treasures Estate Sales reminded.  "This estate is packed to the brim with intellectual interests and collections."
    Items available included a clarinet, two alto saxophones, a grand piano, elegant and casual clothing, an expansive peronal library of books, fine artwork (works by Max Weber, George Grosz, and others), collections of knives, chess sets, fly-fishing equipment, African masks, furniture, cooking pans, dinnerware, clocks, canes, paperweights, and other knick-knacks. 
    "His house provides a retrospective of the ultimate eclectic spectrum of interests from art and music to knives and novels," it was stated.
    As Treasures Estate Sales told me, "It's important for music lovers to know about this sale.
    Even while the sale was still on, a number of items were re-sold on eBay, and others have been appearing there since.
    "It is always a pleasure to present an estate sale with elegance and dignity, however what our clients do with the merchandise after
they pay for it is out of our control," Treasures Estate Sales noted afterwards.

    April was the 4th annual celebration of "Jazz Appreciation Month," sponsored by The Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History.  Smithsonian publicity suggests, "As a musician, learn a new piece of jazz music.  Admire the genius of Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington . . . or Ella Fitzgerald.  Donate a performance to your local school.  As a fan, attend a jazz concert with friends or family.  Listen to your favorite jazz station.  Watch a jazz video.  Read a book about
a jazz legend . . . Together, let's get the world jamming to America's music."  For more information, view the website smithsonianjazz.org. 

    50 more sound recordings were selected April 5th to be given
long-term preservation by The Library of Congress, so that they are available to future generations.  The latest performances chosen include Ain't Misbehavin' by Fats Waller (1929), In the Mood by Glenn Miller (1939),  Body and Soul by Coleman Hawkins (1939), and Manteca by Dizzy Gillespie (1947).

    "Keeping Time: The Life, Music and Photographs of Milt Hinton" made its PBS-TV debut on April 12th.  The one-hour documentary was first shown in May 2003 at the TriBeCa Film Festival in New York City.
    Included are Hinton's own recollections of traveling with Cab Calloway's band in the segregated South.  He worked with the band from 1936 to 1951.
    Hinton also worked two months with Count Basie ('53), toured with Louis Armstrong and His All-Stars (Jul '53-Feb. '54, including a tour of Japan), and Benny Goodman's combo at Basin Street in New York City (Mar. '55).
    Hinton passed away in 2000.

Salvador "Tutti" / "Toots" Camarata, arranger - trumpeter (Barnet '34-'35,
  J. Dorsey '35-'41), 91, Apr. 13, 2005, "after a short illness"
Benny Bailey, trumpeter (Gillespie '47-'48, Hampton '48-'51), 79,
  Apr. 14
Stan Levey, drummer (Kenton '52-'54, Goodman '61), 79, Apr. 19, 2005
Jimmy Woode, bassist (Ellington '55-'59), 76, Apr. 23, 2005

Bialczak, Mark.  "Orchestra does Basie proud; students earn ovations,"
  Syracuse (NY) Post-Standard / syracuse.com, Apr. 13, 2005
Driggs, Frank and Chuck Haddix.  Goin' to Kansas City: A History of
  Kansas City Jazz (Oxford University Press)   [ 320 pages ]
Gates, David Alan.  "The Big Ban [ sic ]: Women in Music - Not Just for
  the Boys!," Overture, Apr. 2005, pp.16-17
Karlovits, Bob.  "Jazz orchestra [ Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks
  Orchestra ] showcases best of post-big-band era," Pittsburgh
  Tribune-Review / pittsburghlive.com, Apr. 16, 2005
Miranda, Maricella.  "Singer  [ Garry Stevens ] teaches all that jazz,"
  Contra Costa Times / contracostatimes.com, Apr. 12, 2005
Skelly, Richard.  "Music: The Swing of Things: Bucky Pizzarelli remains
  active after 60-plus years," Asbury Park Press / app.com,
  Apr. 15, 2005
Weidensee, Victor.  "Big band [ Glenn Miller Orchestra ] plays big
  sound," Rapid City [SD] Journal / rapidcityjournal.com, Apr. 27, 2005

Ray Anthony, "The Anthony Choir/Anthony Concert," EMI UK
Louis Armstrong, "In Scandanavia, Vol.1," Storyville 101 8348
  [ recorded in Copenhagen 1933, Denmark 1949, and Stockholm
  1952 ]
Georgie Auld, "You Got Me Jumpin'," Sounds of Yesteryear 668
Count Basie, "The Complete Clef/Verve Count Basie Fifties Studio
  Recordings, " Mosaic MD8-229   ( 8 CDs )   [ 146 tracks, incl. 7
  previously-unreleased recordings and 3 alternates not in the vaults
  at Universal Music; notes by Chris Albertson ]
Bunny Berigan, "That's a Plenty," Sounds of Yesteryear 664
Sonny Burke, "The Mambo Jambo Man," Jasmine 422   ( 2 CDs )
Billy Butterfield, "Take Me to the Land of Jazz," Delmark 243
Xavier Cugat, "Cugi's Cocktails," Verve LPR 2103481
Harry "Sweets" Edison, "Sweets," Verve LPR 3936
Duke Ellington, "Will Big Bands Ever Come Back?," Collectables 6733
---  "Concert in the Virgin Islands," Collectables 6734
---  "The Great Paris Concert," Collectables 7818
---  "The Treasury Shows [ 1945 ], Vol.11," Storyville D.E.T.S. 903 9011
  ( 2 CDs )
Flip Phillips, "Spanish Eyes," Choice 71013   [ 1975 ]
Dizzy Gillespie, "Sittin' In," Verve LPR 3937
--- "Portrait of Jenny," Breathless
--- "Dizzy Gillespie: Career 1952-1988," Shout! Factory   (2 CDs)
  [ incl. tracks from Guild, Victor, and Verve ]
Coleman Hawkins, "Soul," Fantasy   [ 20-bit K2 remastered ]
Ted Heath, "Salute to Glenn Miller / Salutes the Duke," Vocalion 4290
Billie Holiday, "Billie Holiday: The Ultimate Collection," Hip-O Records
  (2 CDs + DVD)   [ incl. tracks from Brunswick, Commodore, OKeh,
  Capitol, Decca, Aladdin, Clef, Verve and Columbia, as well as rare
  items from TV ]
Lena Horne, "Seasons of a Life," Blue Note   [ previously-unreleased
  recordings from 1994-2000 sessions ]
Stan Kenton, "Sophisticated Approach/Romantic Approach," EMI UK
--- "Artistry in Paris," Jasmine 640   ( 2 CDs )
Gene Krupa, "Plays Gerry Mulligan Arrangements," Verve LPR 202202
Kay Kyser, "Pocketful of Dreams: The Best of Harry Babbitt with
  Kay Kyser & His Orchestra," Collectables 7589
--- "Simple & Sweet: The Best of Ginny Simms with Kay Kyser &
  His Orchestra," Collectables 7590
Guy Lombardo, "Driftin' & Dreaming / For Dancing Only," Vocalion
Glenn Miller, "Jazz Moods: Hot," Bluebird 68400
Joe Newman Quintet, "At Count Basie's," Verve LPR 3938
Red Nichols, "That's a Bargain," Living Era 5564
Louis Prima and Keely Smith, "Live From Las Vegas," Capitol
Buddy Rich, "Blues Caravan," Verve LPR 394002
Pee Wee Russell and Coleman Hawkins, "Jazz Reunion," Candid
  79020  [ 1961 ]
Charlie Shavers, "Horn O'Plenty," Lone Hill Jazz LHJ 10140;
  "Complete Intimate Interpretations," Lone Hill Jazz LHJ 10159;
  "Charlie Shavers & Ray Bryant Quartet: Complete Recordings Vol.1,"
  Lone Hill Jazz LHJ 10182; "Charlie Shavers & Ray Bryant Quartet :
  Complete Recordings Vol.2," Lone Hill azz LHJ 10183; "Charlie
  Shavers & Ray Bryant Quartet: Complete Recordings Vol.3," Lone Hill
  Jazz LHJ 10184
Artie Shaw, "Jazz Moods: Hot," Bluebird 68226
--- "Featuring His Inspired Clarinet," Vocalion CDVS 1943
--- "A Memorial Album: 1937-53," Sounds of Yesteryear 667
Frank Sinatra, "Live From Las Vegas," Capitol   [ 1986 ]
Keely Smith, "Vegas '58 - Today: Recorded Live At Feinstein's At
  the Regency [ New York ]," Concord
Jack Teagarden, "Swinging On the Teagarden Gate," Sounds of
  Yesteryear 666
Rudy Vallee, "Vagabond Lover," Living Era 5562
Mary Lou Williams, "Mama Pinned a Rose On Me," Fantasy/OJC
Si Zentner, "A Thinking Man's Band/Waltz in Jazz Time," EMI UK
various artists, [2 CDs of Glenn Miller (incl. Carnegie Hall Concert
  and soundtracks to "Sun Valley Serenade," "Orchestra Wives,"
  and "The Glenn Miller Story") and 2 CDs of Benny Goodman ---
  untitled at this writing], Avid   (4 CDs)

Lena Horne, "An Evening with Lena Horne," Blue Note
--- "Lena Horne & Sarah Vaughan Sing the Hits," Passport Video
Louis Prima and Keely Smith, "That Old Magic," Passport Video
Artie Shaw, "Best of the Big Bands: Artie Shaw & Friends," Passport
Sarah Vaughan, "Sarah Vaughan & Other Jazz Divas," Passport
  Video 1596   [ incl. Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Lena Horne ]

Count Basie Orchestra directed by Bill Hughes: Apr. 1-3, Florida
  Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL; Apr. 5-6, Kravits Center, West
  Palm Beach, FL; Apr. 7-8, Night Town, Cleveland, OH; Apr. 9,
  University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA; Apr. 10, Edgewood Senior
  High School, Ashtabula, OH; Apr. 11, Water St. Music Hall,
  Rochester, NY; Apr. 12, Liverpool High School, Liverpool, NY; Apr.
  14, Champlain Valley Union High School, Hinesburg, VT; Apr. 15,
  Souhegan Hugh School, Amherst, NH; Apr. 16, Regent Theatre,
  Arlington, MA; Apr. 17, Dukakis Performing Arts Center, Fitchburg,
  MA; Apr. 28, Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, NY; Apr. 29,
  Clemens Center, Elmira, NY; Apr. 30, Merrimack College, North
  Andover, MA
Les Brown's Band of Renown directed by Les Brown, Jr.: Apr.
  16-30, Branson, MO [ performances Wed. through Sun. ]
Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra directed by Bill Tole, Apr. 9, Pittsburgh,
  PA; Apr. 14, Norway, MI; Apr. 16, San Francisco, CA
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra directed by Buddy Morrow: Apr. 7-10,
  [ featuring Terry Myers and vocalist Rob Zapulla ] Taper Auditorium,
  Benaroya Hall, Seattle, WA; Apr. 11-22, "Music of Your Life" cruise
  aboard MS Lirica, embark and debark Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Apr. 24,
  Newton County High School, Covington, GA; Apr. 25-May 4,
  transatlantic cruise, Fort Lauderdale, FL to Lisbon
Larry Elgart: Apr. 4, Philharmonic Center for the Arts, Naples, FL
Woody Herman's Thundering Herd directed by Frank Tiberi:
  Apr. 7, Sugar Mill Country Club, New Smyrna Beach, FL
Harry James Orchestra directed by Art Depew: Apr. 26, Chez
  Josef, Agawam, MA
Dick Jurgens Orchestra directed by Don Ring: Apr. 30, Coronado
  Center, Hot Springs, AR
Gene Krupa Orchestra directed by Michael Berkowitz: Apr. 16,
  Lynchburg, VA [ with vocalist Lynn Roberts ]; Apr. 28, Amsterdam, NY
Glenn Miller Orchestra directed by Larry O'Brien: Apr. 1, Tornstrom
  Auditorium, Brainerd, MN; Apr. 2, High School, Virginia, MN; Apr. 3,
  High School, Rhinelander, WI; Apr. 4, High School, Merrill, WI; Apr. 5,
  Middle School, Menomonee, WI; Apr. 8, High School, Martinsville, IN;
  Apr. 9, Lincoln Christian College Chapel, Lincoln, IL; Apr. 10, Memorial
  Auditorium, Burlington, IA; Apr. 11, Gary Dickinson Performing Arts
  Center, Chillicothe, MO; Apr. 12, Memorial Middle School, Joplin, MO;
  Apr. 14, Community Center, Bartlesville, OK; Apr. 15, Municipal
  Building Auditorium, Pratt, KS; Apr. 16, Civic Center, Dodge City, KS;
  Apr. 17, Oterior Jr. College, La Junta, CO; Apr. 18, High School,
  Loveland, CO; Apr. 19, High School, Ogallala, NE; Apr. 21, The Tassel,
  Holdrege, NE; Apr. 22, High School, Grand Island, NE; Apr. 23,
  Agricultural Park, Columbus, NE; Apr. 24, Business, Arts & Recreation
  Center. Windom, MN; Apr. 25, High School, Huron, SD; Apr. 26,
  Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, Rapid City, SD; Apr. 28, Riggs High
  School Theatre, Pierre, SD; Apr. 29, High School, Milbank, SD; Apr.
  30, Middle School, Fergus Falls, MN
Artie Shaw Orchestra directed by Dick Johnson: Apr. 1, Performing
  Arts Center, Paradise, CA; Apr. 3, Convention Center, Redding, CA;
  Apr. 5, Senior Center, Fort Collins, CO; Apr. 6, Pikes Peak Center,
  Colorado Springs, CO; Apr. 9, McMorran Place, Port Huron, MI; Apr.
  10, Valentine Theatre, Toledo, OH; Apr. 11, Bear Creek Farms, Bryant,
  IN; Apr. 12, Capitol Music Hall, Wheeling, WV; Apr. 13, Cultural Center,
  Scranton, PA; Apr. 14, Smith Opera House, Geneva, NY

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autodidact Artie Shaw
as painted by Pacheco
( courtesy of Michael
Bezjian Photography )
Artie Shaw plays for World War II troops with his Navy band, as painted by Katrina Ton Evck
( courtesy of Michael Bezjian Photography )
A clarinet which belonged to Artie Shaw
( courtesy Michael Bezjian Photography )