The Artie Shaw Orchestra has a busy schedule this month, including
- June 8, Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg, PA
- June 9, Avalon Theatre, Annapolis, MD
- June 10, Lincoln Theatre, Marion, VA
- June 12, Five Flags Theater, Dubuque, IA
- June 13, Schauer Center, Hartford, WI
- June 18, Fargo Theatre, Fargo, ND
- June 19, "Integrity Jazz Festival," Minot, ND
- June 20, Casino Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
- June 23, Belle Mehus Auditorium, Bismarck, ND
- June 25, JC Theatre, Northern State University, Aberdeen, SD
- June 29, John M. Hall Auditorium, Little Traverse Bay, MI
- June 30, Riviera Theatre, Three Rivers, MI
"There's nothing like it," Koza told Mark Wedel of the Kalamazoo [ MI ] Gazette this month. "To stand in front of the band, to play the music, to be surrounded by the full sound of the brass and the rhythm section, it's an unparalleled experience."
OTHER TOUR ITINERARIES - SELECT LIST
Les Brown's Band of Renown directed by Les Brown, Jr. June 5, Salt Palace, Salt Lake
Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra directed by Bill Tole. June 12, Seattle, WA; June 18, Wilkes
Les Elgart Orchestra directed by Russ Dorsey. June 6, Zanders Vietnamese Cuisine
Restaurant, Plano, TX.
Duke Ellington Orchestra directed by Paul Mercer Ellington. June 2, "Billboard Live,"
Tokyo, Japan; June 3-5, "Billboard Live," Osaka, Japan.
Harry James Orchestra directed by Fred Radke. June 3, East Lansing, MI; June 12,
Seattle, WA; June 24, Bettendorf, IA.
Hal McIntyre Orchestra directed by Don Pentleton. June 19, Elim Park Auditorium,
Glenn Miller Orchestra directed by Larry O'Brien. June 2, Anderson Civic Center,
Anderson, SC; June 3, Oxford Civic Center, Oxford, AL; June 6, Paramount Arts Centre,
Aurora, IL; June 9, Peoria Civic Center, Peoria, IL; June 11-12, "Glenn Miller Birthplace
Festival," Clarinda, IA; June 13, Guaranty Bank Parking Lot, Cedar Rapids, IA; June 15,
Coney Island Park, Cincinnati, OH; June 17, Duncan Plaza, Massillon, OH; June 19,
Brockville Arts Centre, Brockville, Ontario, Canada; June 21, Artpark, Lewiston, NY;
June 25, Bayshore Community Centre, Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada; June 28, Derby
Dinner Playhouse, Clarksville, IN.
His new book of approximately 353 pages, annotated and in chronological order, updates some previously-known information, and adds nearly 100 discoveries including over 65 never-before-known radio broadcasts, airchecks, and films. All 182 shows of Goodman's popular "Camel Caravan" radio series (1936-1939) are offered in print for the first time, in an authoritative list.
Jessup also gives new details about Goodman's live appearances, ranging from the mid-1980s back to the 1938 Carnegie Hall Concert, including an analysis of the controversial 1999 Sony reissue of that concert.
"The 'new' items uncovered, the 'Antique Roadshow' moments, dealing with new technology in service of the classic performances - all of it is tremendous fun," Jessup continued.
Additional information in the book considers nearly 400 LP, tape, and CD reissues by smaller, collector-oriented labels personally audited by Jessup and his associates; a necrology of those associated personally or professionally with Goodman who have died since 1996, and indexes by song title and musician.
"I hope this book will excite and challenge even the veteran collectors," Jessup commented.
Big Band Library rating: EXCELLENT
ALSO NEW IN-PRINT AND / OR ONLINE
"Artie Shaw's big band group coming to Dubuque," [ Dubuque, IA ] Telegraph Herald,
June 7, 2010 [ tickets at the Five Flags Theater appearance on June 12 are $35,
$25, and $20 ].
John Robert Brown. "Artie Shaw: Not here to please," Jazz Journal, June 2010 / Vol.63
No.6, pp.6-7 [ Brown recalls Shaw speaking at a jazz education conference in 2002 ].
Mike Brownlee. "Museum opening highlights Miller Festival," [ Council Bluffs, IA ] Daily
Nonpareil, June 9, 2010 [ "He was a wonderful person, very patriotic and had a
mysterious death - there's just a lot of intrigue about Glenn Miller," according to
Marvin Negley, President of the Glenn Miller Birthplace Society Board of Directors ].
Howard Fischer. "Harlem deserves a great jazz museum: Build a world-class facility to
celebrate the art form," New York [ NY ] Daily News, June 1, 2010 [ Fischer hopes that
the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, founded in 2003, will find a permanent and
fitting home ].
Carrie Frillman. "'Priceless' music collection leaves Malta for N.Y.," [ DeKalb, IL ] Daily
Chronicle, June 4, 2010 [ nearly 1,000 acetate, aluminum and vinyl records from the
late recording engineer Bill Savory's personal collection are being transferred to the
National Jazz Museum in Harlem to be digitized; included are many performances by
Benny Goodman ].
Carly Hill. "Oceanside: Legendary big band singer to perform," [ Oceanside, CA ]
North County Times, June 6, 2010 [ former Ellington band vocalist Herb Jeffries, now
age 96, will perform at a benefit concert on June 11th to raise money for music
programs in local elementary schools ].
"KXCV to broadcast live from Glenn Miller Festival," Maryville [ MO ] Daily Forum,
June 10, 2010 [ broadcasters for KXCV, Northwest Missouri State University's
100,000-watt public radio station, will report live from the Glenn Miller Festival in
Clarinda on June 12 ].
Alan Luff. "Anec-dotage: Alan Luff suggests than on occasion Charlie Barnet gave
Woody Herman a run for his money," Jazz Journal, June 2010 / Vol.63 No.6, p.13.
Marc Myers. "Interview: Dick Collins (Part 1)," allaboutjazz.com, June 8, 2010 [ Collins
played trumpet with Barnet 3/5/51 recording session; Herman '54-'56; Brown '57-'61? ].
---. "Interview: Dick Collins (Part 2), allaboutjazz.com, June 10, 2010.
---. "Interview: Stanley Kay (Part 1)," allaboutjazz.com, June 26, 2010 [ Kay was the
relief drummer with Rich in '46-'48? and later founded the DIVA Jazz Orchestra ].
---. "Interview: Stanley Kay (Part 2)," allaboutjazz.com, June 26, 2010.
Neil Norman. "Express Yourself: Did the Gestapo Murder 'Superspy' Glenn Miller?,"
[ London, England ] express.co.uk, June 24, 2010 [ Norman calls Hunton Downs'
The Glenn Miller Conspiracy: The never-before-told true story of his life - and death
"extraordinary" and intriguing"; " . . . this may be the one closest to the truth . . . " ].
Jenny Shriver. "It's a landmark year for musical icons," USA Today, June 28, 2010
[ ways to praise your musical heroes including Artie Shaw, whose birth in 1910 was
100 years ago ].
Michael P. Zirpolo. "Bunny Berigan: Mr. Trumpet: The Golden Boy Moves On," IAJRC
Journal, June 2010, pp.46-57 [ another chapter from Zirpolo's forthcoming Berigan
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU
Whitey Thomas, b.June 29, 1920. Trumpeter with Miller AAF '43-'45; Miller Orch.-Beneke
Danny Bank, 87, d.June 5, 2010. Baritone saxophonist with Barnet '43 / '44 / '46 / '48-'49 /
'58 / '66; Goodman '45-'46 / '85; Whiteman '46-'47; J. Dorsey '47; Shaw '49-'50;
T. Dorsey '50; Sauter-Finegan '52 / '53;
Bud Shiffman, 98, d.June 17, 2010. Alto saxophonist with Masters '38-'42; Goodman '42.
Chuck Genduso, 88, d.June 18, 2010. Trumpeter with T. Dorsey '46; McKinley '46-'47.
Stanley Kay, 86, d.June 21, 2010, "after a long illness." Relief drummer with Rich
Allyn Ferguson, 85, d.June 23, 2010. Composer (Passacaglia and Fugue for Kenton
'66; Burnin' / Easy Go / Swee'Pea / Walkin' Proud / Warm Velvet / Blues for Royalty /
Rompin' and Rollin' for Basie Orch. "Swing Shift" CD '99) - arranger (Basie Orch.
"Count Plays Duke" CD '98).
Benny Powell, 80, d.June 26, 2010. Trombonist with Hampton '49-'51; Basie '51-'63.
Joya Sherrill, 85, d.June 28, 2010, leukemia. Vocalist with Ellington '42 / '44-'46 / '57 "A
Drum Is a Woman" TV special / '70 "Time for Joya" WPIX-TV; Goodman '62.
NEW COMPACT DISCS
Tex Beneke and The Glenn Miller Orchestra. "Garry Stevens Sings Again 1946-1948,"
Sounds of Yester Year ( UK ) DSOY820 [ a companion volume to the 2007 CD, "Garry
Stevens Sings," Sounds of Yester Year DSOY727; more vocals by Stevens, including
This Is The Night, The Old Lamplighter, Anniversary Song, Somewhere in the Night,
Every So Often, and The Heather On the Hill ].
Will Bradley. "Ridin' a Riff," Sounds of Yester Year ( UK ) DSOY819 [ 26 tunes made in
1959 as SESAC transcriptions by a septet under Bradley's name and including Billy
Butterfield on trumpet, Chubby Jackson on bass, and Terry Snyder on drums ].
The Dorsey Brothers. "Three Classic Albums (The Fabulous Dorseys in Hi-Fi
Vol.1 / The Fabulous Dorseys in Hi-Fi Vol.2 / Sentimental and Swinging) Plus,"
Avid ( UK ) 1008 [ 2-CD set = Columbia C2L8 and Columbia CL 1240 plus the
11/23/56 CBS broadcast from the Hotel Statler in New York City and five selections
recorded for Bell; NOTE Columbia C2L8 was previously released on CD in 1997, minus
Wagon Wheels, as Collectables COL-5849; and the five Bell sides were previously
issued on CD in 1995 on Blue Moon ( Sp ) BMCD 3055 ].
Benny Goodman. "AFRS Benny Goodman Show Volume 1," Sounds of Yesteryear ( UK )
DSOY818 [ original radio broadcasts from July 1946, taken from a set of original AFRS
discs, and including Benny's guests, Martha Tilton and Johnny Mercer, as well as his
regular vocalists, Eve Young and Art Lund; Sounds of Yester Year hopes to issue
Goodman's "complete output from that series, all in sequence" ].
Stan Kenton. "This Is An Orchestra," Tantara 1125 [ 2-CD set of material from 1948-73;
includes Intermission Riff, Malaguena, The Peanut Vendor, and many lesser-known
Gene Krupa. "The Complete 1955 Session," Essential Jazz Classics 55469 [ a total of
eight selections recorded Jul. 31, 1955; seven of them from Clef MG-C681, "Krupa/
Wilson/Hampton," plus one from an EP, Columbia ( UK ) SEB10086, "Strollin' Along" ].
Louis Prima. "Louis Prima at The Movies: Lights! Camera! Zooma! Zooma!," Phantasm
Imports [ songs used in such motion pictures as "Casino," Raging Bull," and "Mystic
Artie Shaw. "Artie Shaw Pays His Dues," Audiophonic 100416 [ 2-CD set; 30 selections
from 1937 Thesaurus transcriptions; NOTE: all selections (plus more) previously
released on CD in 2003 and 2004 by Jazz Band ( UK ) as "The Complete Rhythm
Makers Sessions 1937-1938" ].
Joe Venuti. "Blue Five Swing," Sounds of Yester Year ( UK ) DSOY815 [ = Jazz Vault
LP JV109, recorded in 1957; selections include Nobody Loves Me, Fickle Fiddle,
Hoedown Lowdown, Tango Interlude, Hot 'n' Trot, Bohemian Bounce, Blue Five Swing,
"NOW THE BOYS IN THE TRUMPETS WILL ENGAGE
IN SOME FAREWELL TOOTIN' AT THE BACK OF THE STAGE"
On the 18th of this month, the 100th anniversary of the birth of Ray McKinley will occur. For fans of Mac, like myself, we'll of course be remembering him.
His daughter, Jawnie, telephoned me recently (just before leaving for her summer home in Canada) and remarked, "I'm sure the bands are playing in Heaven like you can't believe."
Ray died in 1995 - hard to realize that it's been 15 years since he passed away! He sure played and sang a lot of memorable music during his long career.
As Jawnie suggested, "Think Hard Hearted Hannah on June 18th."
Sounds good to me!