Neal Hefti: "Mr & Mrs Music," Sepia ( UK ) 1083
Stan Kenton: "The Stan Kenton Show," Redmond Nostalgia
CD-2226 [ ca.1950 ]
Billy May: "The Billy May Show," Redmond Nostalgia CD-2227
[ Jul. 1954? ]
Tony Pastor: "Plays and Sings Shaw," Collectables COL 0861
Jack Teagarden: "Big Band Jazz," Collectables COL 0871; "Original Dixieland,"
Collectables COL 0872
YOU TELL 'EM, BUDDY
Trombonist Buddy Morrow, now 87 years old and still directing The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, seems to like being on the road.
"At my age, every day I get up is a victory," Morrow joked this month to Angie Kinsey of the Paducah [ KY ] Sun. "I enjoy actually being on stage and having contact with the audience and letting my experience show itself. I love being able to play our music. Every now and then you get an audience that knows what you're doing and likes what you're doing."
YOU, TOO, DAVID
Jazz educator Dr. David Baker, who helped found The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, which includes original arrangements of various big bands in its repertoire, says jazz is doing well in late 2006.
"In my view, this is the best time for jazz since the swing era," he told Ron Wynn for the
[ Nashville, TN City Paper this month. "What fools some people is that the traditional venues like clubs, bars and the like are almost non-existent outside the major cities. But if you go to
the schools and universities, you'd be hard pressed not to find some sort of jazz band or pep band relying on jazz techniques and influences. So many young people are coming up now who know and love the music and are being trained at the highest levels. So there's a lot to be happy about today in terms of jazz in America."
WHATEVER HAPPENED TO...
Someone wrote in to the Fort Worth [ TX ] Star-Telegram this month, asking for information about the Lake Worth Casino Ballroom. It stood on the shore of the lake, just off Jacksboro Highway, and allowed couples to dance under the stars. Although the Ballroom had several new "leases on life" and a few face-lifts, in 1972 the Fort Worth City Council declared the structure was a "fire trap" (it didn't have a sprinkler system) and a "dangerous hazard," so not long afterwards it was demolished.
MORE NEW IN-PRINT AND / OR ONLINE - SELECT LIST
Bauer, Marilyn. "Sun Valley serenade: Granddaddy of ski resorts is today's remote
Hollywood," Asbury Park [ NJ ] Press, Nov. 5, 2006. [ titled after the 1941 Glenn Miller movie, recounts
the history of the Sun Valley, ID ski resort ]
Behrens, Jack. Big Bands & Great Ballrooms: America Is Dancing . . . Again
(Indianapolis, IN: AuthorHouse, 2006).
Bernstein, Adam. "Anita O'Day, 87; Jazz Singer With a Sultry, Inventive Style,"
Washington [ DC ] Post / washingtonpost.com, Nov. 24, 2006, p.B7.
Chinen, Nate. "Anita O'Day, 87, Hard-Living Star of the Big-Band Era and Beyond, Dies,"
New York Times / nytimes.com, Nov. 24, 2006.
Determeyer, Eddy. Rhythm Is Our Business: Jimmie Lunceford and the Harlem Express
(Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 2006). [ first-ever full-length biography of Lunceford,
by Dutch freelance journalist ]
Friedwald, Will. "Peplowski Blows Back to His Roots," New York [ City ] Sun / nysun.com,
Nov. 20, 2006. [ much about Benny Goodman ]
Heckman, Don. "An Appreciation: Substance, not style, set her apart," Los Angeles
Times / latimes.com, Nov. 25, 2006. [ re: Anita O'Day ]
Hentoff, Nat. "Keeping Jazz Musicians Alive: Many world-renowned jazz musicians have no
pensions, no medical plans, no hope," [ New York City ] Village Voice / villagevoice.com,
Nov. 19, 2006. [ discusses the outreach efforts of The Jazz Foundation of America, located in New York City ]
Hoffman, Allison. "'Jezebel of Jazz' hit peak in '40s, '50s," [ Chicago ] Sun-Times /
suntimes.com, Nov. 24, 2006. [ Anita O'Day obituary ]
Mathieson, Kenny. "Count Basie Orchestra, Usher Hall, Edinburgh," [ Edinburgh, Scotland ]
Scotsman / scotsman.com, Nov. 8, 2006. [ brief concert review ]
McDonough, John. "Flying High: Maynard Ferguson Played the Impossible during His
Illustrious Career," Down Beat, Nov. 2006, pp.46-49.
McLellan, Dennis. "Anita O'Day, 87; renowned singer billed as the 'Jezebel of Jazz,'"
Los Angeles Times / latimes.com, Nov. 24, 2006.
Powell, Les. "Vocalist has seniors crooning for more," [ Harrisburg, PA ] Patriot-News,
Nov. 6, 2006. [ re: 75-year-old singer Ed Bolton (W. King '79-'83) ]
Reich, Howard. "Treasures of music lovers now just so much debris: Even as the city
rebuilds, it is clear 'a whole universe' of jazz history is lost," Chicago [ IL ] Tribune,
Nov. 27, 2006. [ New Orleans continues to struggle to rebuild after Hurricane Katrina; among the items lost was more
than 80% of the memorabilia from the late guitarist Danny Barker (Calloway '37-'46; Millinder '47) ]
Shuler, Deandra. "People of Note: Gerald Wilson - - Six Decades of Outstanding Music,"
eurweb.com, Nov. 22, 2006.
Smith, Dave. "Genesis of the TD-JD band," Moonlight Serenader, Number 309 / 4th
Edition 2006, pp.8-9. [ traces the roles Smith Ballew, Glenn Miller, and others played leading up to the formation of
The Dorsey Brothers Orchestra in 1934 ]
Stewart, Zan. "Easy does it for big bands," [ Newark NJ ] Star-Ledger / nj.com,
Nov. 27, 2006. [ review of Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band performance ]
Sweeney, Don. Backstage At the Tonight Show: from Johnny Carson to Jay Leno
(Lanham, MD: Taylor Trade Publishing, 2006). [ 248-pg. book; in part, he tells about working as a music
assistant, copyist, and librarian for the Tonight Show Band's nearly 3,000 arrangements ]
Taylor, Roland. "Early 1950s Discs of Beneke Band Now On CD in UK," Moonlight
Serenader, Number 309 / 4th Edition 2006, p.1+.
---. "Miller's Mighty Service Band: The ensemble in focus," Moonlight Serenader,
Number 309 / 4th Edition 2006, pp.2-5.
Ward, Charles. "Puppeteer has big plans for Hansel and Gretel," Houston [ TX ] Chronicle /
chron.com, Nov. 27, 2006. [ about Basil Twist, grandson of bandleader Griff Williams ]
Winckel, Henry. "Count Basie Orchestra to Swing Into Tulare," Fresno [ CA ] Bee /
fresnobee.com, Nov. 24, 2006.
Wolfe, Clarence B. I Kept My Word: The Personal Promise Between a World War II
Army Private and His Captain About What Really Happened to Glenn Miller
(Indianapolis, IN: AuthorHouse, 2006). [ Publicity states, "Many people have stepped into the spotlight,
claiming they knew where and how Glenn Miller died, but none of those people were in Clarence Wolfe’s shoes. He was there,
manning the computer that tracked enemy aircraft off the coast of England. So was his captain, who ordered that the secret of
Miller’s demise remain between them." ]
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU
Herb Geller, alto saxophonist (Thornhill '50), b. Nov. 2, 1928
Chris Connor, vocalist (Thornhill '52; Kenton '53), b. Nov. 8, 1927
Louise Tobin, vocalist (James '39; Goodman '39), b. Nov. 11, 1918
Jo Stafford, vocalist (T. Dorsey '40-'42), b. Nov. 12, 1920
Martha Tilton, vocalist (Goodman '37-'39; Shaw '40 Dreaming Out Loud, Now We Know),
b. Nov. 14, 1915
Johnny Mandel, trombonist - arranger (Raeburn '45; Rich '46 / '48; Shaw '49; Basie '53) -
composer (The Shadow of Your Smile), b. Nov. 23, 1925
Jack Sheldon, trumpeter (Kenton '58-'59; Goodman '59-'60 / '65 / '76 / '78), b. Nov. 30, 1931
"Sonny" Cohn, 81, trumpeter (Basie '58 / '59-'84; Basie Orch. '84-'90), Nov. 7
Ruth Brown, 78, vocalist (Millinder '46?), Nov. 17, "complications following a heart attack
and stroke she suffered from surgery"
Anita O'Day, 87, vocalist (Krupa '41-'42 / '45-'46; Kenton '44-'45), Nov. 23, 2006,
cardiac arrest / "was recovering from pneumonia and had been in declining health with
Bobby Byrne, 87, trombonist (Dorsey Bros. '35; J. Dorsey '35-'39) - bandleader ('39-ca.'51),
Nov. 25, 2006, "died in his sleep after suffering a stroke Wednesday [ 11/22/06 ]" /
"was in the advanced stages of Alzheimer's Disease"
BIG BAND ITINERARIES - SELECT LISTING
Les Brown's Band of Renown directed by Les Brown, Jr.: Nov. 1-4 / 7-11 / 14-18 / 25 /
28-30, Mickey Gilley Theatre, Branson, MO
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Orchestra directed by Buddy Morrow: Nov. 3, Kapok Center,
Clearwater, FL; Nov. 9, Niswonger Performing Arts Center, Greeneville, TN; Nov. 10,
Civic Center, Roanoke, VA; Nov. 11, The Homestead, Hot Springs, VA; Nov. 12,
Newberry Opera House, Newberry, SC; Nov. 14, Troup County Fine Arts Auditorium,
LaGrange, GA; Nov. 16, McMahon Memorial Auditorium, Lawton, OK; Nov. 17, Palace
Theatre, Grapevine, TX; Nov. 18, NE Texas Community College, Mt. Pleasant, TX;
Nov. 19, The Carson Center, Paducah, KY
Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band directed by Slide Hampton: Nov. 15, McCarter Theater,
Princeton, NJ; Nov. 17, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA; Nov. 25, New
Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark, NJ
Sammy Kaye Orchestra directed by Roger Thorpe: Nov. 11, Naval Station Officers Club,
Newport, RI; Nov. 20, Pierre Hotel, New York, NY
Gene Krupa Orchestra directed by Michael Berkowitz: Nov. 10: Mt. Dora Community
Building Theatre, Mt. Dora, FL [ with vocalist Bob Hoose ]
Glenn Miller Orchestra directed by Larry O'Brien: Nov. 1, Medina High School, Medina, NY;
Nov. 3, Patchogue Theatre, Patchogue, NY; Nov. 4, Palace Theater, Waterbury, CT;
Nov. 5, Fitchburg State College, Fitchburg, MA; Nov. 6, Chandler Music Hall, Randolph,
VT; Nov. 10-30, portion of Japan tour
Russ Morgan Orchestra directed by Jack Morgan: Nov. 5-18, two back-to-back cruises
on the Empress of the North riverboat, Portland, OR