Paul Whiteman may most often be associated with the 1920s, but this month two
things happened which brought back his name, each in a wonderful way. First, his music
was heard in a live concert setting. Special guests Bob Wilber (clarinet/soprano sax),
Vince Giordano (tuba and other instruments), James Chirillo (guitar), and Daryl Sherman
(vocals) joined The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra to present Whiteman's music Feb.
17th-19th, as part of the "Bank of America Jazz Festival" in Frederick P. Rose Hall at
Lincoln Center. The program included groundbreaking works originally played by
Whiteman's orchestra, that helped give rise to the term "symphonic jazz." Second, a new
2-CD set from eight different "experiments in modern American music" between 1924 and
1938 has come out. Released as Nostalgia Arts 3025, it's titled "Carnegie Hall Concert,
December 25, 1938," and includes The Farmer Leaves The Hay, Blue Belle Of Harlem,
Cowbell Serenade, Quonk, The Seventh Da, The Bell Fugue, St. Louis Blues, Cuban
Overture, Bumpy Weather Over Newark, Suicide Cliff, Mexican Jumping Bean, Trylon and
Perisphere, Shadrack, Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen, Rhapsody In Blue, and others.
Performers with the Whiteman band include Louis Armstrong, Bunny Berigan, the Dorsey
Brothers, Red Norvo, and Joe Venuti.
Other new CD releases:
Ray Anthony, "Sentimental Journey," Sounds of Yesteryear 658
Billy Butterfield, "'What Is There to Say?'," Jasmine 2606
Dizzy Gillespie, "The Real Thing," Breathless 52004 [ 1970 ]
Benny Goodman, "All the Cats Join In," Sounds of Yesteryear 659
Woody Herman, "Sings Ballads & Blues," Collectables 7650 [ incl. two
previously-unissued recordings, My Flame Went Out Last Night and Let's Fall in Love ]
Woody Herman, "Herman's Heat & Puente's Beat," Everest 450662
Dick Johnson (director of the Artie Shaw Orchestra), "Artie's Choice! and The Naturals,"
available via cdbaby.com [ 2-CD set, incl. a full band arrangement of Grabtown
Grapple, recorded by The Artie Shaw Orchestra -- with Shaw conducting -- in 1985;
rest of selections by Johnson with a contingent of New England all-stars]
Gene Krupa, "Linger Awhile," Sounds of Yesteryear 660
Eddie Miller and Lou Stein, "Lazy Mood for Two," Jazzology 188 [ incl. two
previously-unissued recordings ]
Don Redman, "Doin' the New Lowdown," Hep 1004
Rex Stewart, "Baden 1966 & Montreux 1971," Sackville Records 2061
Mary Lou Williams, "Mary Lou's Mass: Music for Peace," Smithsonian Folkways
Teddy Wilson, "The Quintessence: New York - Chicago 1933-50," Fremeaux 240
[ 2 CDs ]
various artists, "Best of the Big Bands: Glenn Miller/Artie Shaw," Collectables 8073
[ previously issued in 1997 with different artwork as Sony Music Special Products
A 28433 ]
--- "Steve Allen's All-Star Jazz Concert," Jasmine 410 [ 2 CD-set, recorded at the
Manhattan Center, New York City, May 8th, 1954, featuring The Lawson-Haggart Jazz
Band, The Billy Butterfield Jazz Band, and four guest vocals by Ray McKinley ]
Congratulations to Loren Schoenberg for winning a Grammy Award for "Best Album
Notes," for his liner notes to the Woody Herman Columbia boxed set on Mosaic!
Winners were announced Feb. 13th on a CBS-TV special. The collection, "The Complete
Columbia Recordings of Woody Herman and His Orchestra & Woodchoppers (1945-1947),"
had also been nominated in the "Best Historical Album" category.
In the February 12th issue of Billboard, a review of singer Kevin Mahogany's new CD,
"Big Band" (Zebra 54675), is very positive. "'Big Band' is a wildly successul meeting of
the minds, and it has an implicit message for jazz fans: Reports of the death of the big
band have been greatly exaggerated," the review states.
New DVD releases:
Lena Horne, "An Evening with Lena Horne," Blue Note [ filmed in Sept. 1994
with musical backing incl. The Count Basie Orchestra ]
New in-print - select list:
Abern, Amy. "Grandson keeps music of Cab Calloway alive," newscoast.com
[ Sarasota Herald-Tribune ], Feb. 9, 2005.
Belton, Brian. Article, "Memories of 'Texas Tex' [ Tex Beneke ]," In Tune, Feb. 2005.
Best, Liz. "Big band musician promotes upcoming museum," palmbeachpost.com,
Feb. 16, 2005
Cohen, Aaron. Article, "The Beat: Faddis Takes Reins of Chicago Jazz Ensemble,"
DownBeat, Feb. 2005, p.16.
Cohen, Harvey G. Article, "In His Own Words: Ellington's Ode to Black History,"
Washington Post, Feb. 19, 2005, p.B05.
Deffaa, Chip. Cover article, "Artie Shaw: A Remembrance," Mississippi Rag,
Feb. 2005, p.1+.
Fessier, Bruce. "First Lady of Vegas [ Keely Smith ] relives her heyday on stage,"
Desert Sun [ Palm Springs, CA ], Feb. 9, 2005.
---. "Review: Keely Smith's 'Vegas 1958 - Today'," Desert Sun [ Palm Springs, CA ],
Feb. 17, 2005.
Kilian, Michael. Article, "Old, young performers carry on jazz's legacy," fortwayne.com,
Feb. 4, 2005.
Lang, Ronnie. "Letters to the Editor: In memorian Artie Shaw," Overture, Feb. 2005, p.6.
Odell, Jennifer. Article, "The Beat: Dancers Swing Basie Centennial," DownBeat,
Feb. 2005, p.13.
Penhollow, Steve. "Glenn Miller swings for a new generation," fortwayne.com,
Feb. 20, 2005.
Varty, Alexander. Article, "LCJO Updates the Big Band," straight.com, Feb. 3, 2005.
Williams, Benita Y. Article, "Big-ticket items beyond reach of jazz museum,"
The Kansas City Star / kansascity.com, Feb. 22, 2005.
Uncredited. "Lionel Hampton's vibraphone nets $50,000 in jazz auction," usatoday.com,
Feb. 20, 2005.
Congratulations to Big Bands International for the first color cover on their
magazine, issue No.110. Inside this month, the spotlight is on the Syd Lawrence
Orchestra, one of Britain's great bands, under the direction of trombonist Chris
Dean since Lawrence's death in 1998.
The annual "Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival" was held Feb. 23rd-26th at the University of
Idaho in Moscow, ID. Among the performers were The Lionel Hampton New York Big
Band led by alto saxophonist Cleave Guyton; clarinetist Ken Peplowski; trombonist Bill
Watrous; guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli and his singer-guitarist son, John; bassist John
Clayton; and drummer Jeff Hamilton.
The University's International Jazz Collections provided archival materials for several
exhibits and displays of interest, including "The Glad-Hamp Historic Recordings" and "A
Collector's View: The Neil McCaffrey Collection."
Lectures offered included "The Marvelous Mary Lou Williams," presented by Annie
Kuebler, Archivist for the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University; "Dinah
Washington and Lionel Hampton," by Nadine Cohodas, author of the biography
Queen: The Life and Music of Dinah Washington; and "The Great 'All-Women' Big Bands,"
by Sherrie Tucker, Associate Professor of American Studies at the University of Kansas
and the author of Swing Shift: 'All-Girl' Bands of the 1940s.
This month's itinerary - select list:
Les Brown's Band of Renown directed by Les Brown, Jr.: Feb. 3, National
Museum of Naval Aviation, Pensacola, FL; Feb. 5, Lyric Theatre, Stuart, FL; Feb. 6,
Cypress Gardens, Winter Haven, FL; Feb. 7, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall,
Sarasota, FL; Feb. 8, Bentley Village West Clubhouse, Naples, FL; Feb. 10-13,
Busch Gardens, Tampa Bay, FL
Cab Calloway Orchestra directed by C. Calloway Brooks: Feb. 6, Super Bowl
XXXIX owners' party, Jacksonville, FL
Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra directed by Bill Tole: Feb. 5, Sun City, AZ; Feb. 11,
Brownsville, TX; Feb. 13, Cypress Gardens, FL; Feb. 17, Yuma, AZ; Feb. 19,
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra directed by Buddy Morrow: Feb. 24-27, Busch
Gardens, Tampa Bay, FL
Larry Elgart: Feb. 4, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Tampa, FL; Feb. 5,
Mahaffey Theatre, St. Petersburg, FL
Les Elgart Orchestra directed by Russ Dorsey: Feb. 18, black tie fundraiser for
tsunami relief, Juan Seguin High School, Arlington, TX
Maynard Ferguson and Big Bop Nouveau: Feb. 3, fundraiser for Jordan High
School Band, C. E. Jordan High School, Durham NC
Jan Garber Orchestra directed by Howard Schneider: Feb. 28-Mar. 6, American
Queen riverboat cruise, New Orleans, LA to Baton Rouge, LA
Horace Heidt's Musical Knights directed by Horace Heidt Jr.: Feb. 14, private
"Vintage Valentine's Dance," Indian Wells, CA
Harry James Orchestra directed by Art Depew: Feb. 9, John Ascuaga's Nugget,
Gene Krupa Orchestra directed by Michael Berkowitz: Feb. 17, Howard Center
for the Performing Arts, Ruston, LA; Feb. 18, Leesville High School Auditorium,
Russ Morgan Orchestra directed by Jack Morgan: Feb 1-2, The Club, Birmingham,
AL; Feb. 5, Pickwick Park Inn, Pickwick Dam, TN; Feb. 12, Coliseum Ballroom, St.
Petersburg, FL; Feb. 13, Flagler Auditorium, Bunnell, FL; Feb. 19, The Italian Club of
Tampa, Tampa, FL
Artie Shaw Orchestra directed by Dick Johnson: Feb. 10, Cary, NC; Feb. 12,
Tuscaloosa, AL; Feb. 14, Savannah, GA; Feb. 17-20, Busch Gardens, Tampa Bay, FL;
Feb. 22, Lake City, FL; Feb. 24, Englewood, FL; Feb. 26, Fort Lauderdale, FL;
Feb. 27, Philharmonic Center for the Arts, Naples, FL
Warren Vache, Sr., author - bassist, 90, Feb. 4, complications following pneumonia
Carleton McBeath, trumpeter, 80, Feb. 5
Bill Potts, arranger (Rich, '67) - pianist (Herman, '57, '59), 76, Feb. 16, cardiac arrest
Floralu "Flo" Ferguson, wife of Maynard Ferguson, Feb. 27, complications from
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