According to publicity, "In a career that spanned 60 years, Paul Whiteman changed the landscape of American music," starting with his early 1920s recordings of Whispering, Japanese Sandman, and Three O'Clock in the Morning. "Whiteman would then introduce 'symphonic jazz,' a powerful blend of the classical and jazz idioms that represented a whole new approach to modern American music, influencing generations of bandleaders and composers."
Although some thought that Whiteman's dominance ended by the time of The Swing Era of the 1930s and '40s, Rayno makes a case that Whiteman was still an important figure.
"In this second volume of Rayno's magisterial treatment of the life and music of this remarkable maestro," the publicity continues, "Whiteman's career during the sceond half of his life is explored in the fullest detail as Whiteman conquers the worlds of theater and vaudeville, the concert hall, radio, motion pictures, and television, winning accolades in all of them."
Rayno's book, with its attractive blue and aqua cover, totals 824 pages (just this new second volume alone), and he told me the Index adds another 40 pages to that!
Big Band Library rating: ABSOLUTELY EXCELLENT
ALSO NEW IN-PRINT AND / OR ONLINE
Mackenzie Elmer. "Veteran's Day big band show: Jan Garber Orchestra brings big band
sound to Capitol Theater," [ Burlington, IA ] Hawk Eye, Nov. 8, 2012.
Adam Joseph. "Miller time: the Glenn Miller Orchestra celebrates one of the most
renowned big band orchestra leaders of the 1940s," Monterey County [ CA ] Weekly,
Nov. 1, 2012. Brief article mentions that one of Miller's brothers, herb, was in the
59th Army Band stationed at Ford Ord, CA and lived several years in Pacific Grove,
CA, where he was a musiciand and music teacher.
David Lobosco. "A Trip Down Memory Lane: Helen Forrest and Her Sad Resting
Place," greatentertainersarchives.blogspot.com. Big band vocalist Helen Forrest
died in 1999 but, 13 years later, she still doesn't have a headstone at her grave.
Kevin Parks. Music & Copyright in America: Toward the Celestial Jukebox (Chicago, IL:
ABA Publishing / Amercan Bar Association, 2012). Includes discussions of
Whiteman and Waring "who had a profound impact not only on American music, but
also on the law of music copyright, in particular the nettlesome question of whether
and to what extent performers are entitled to property rights in their sound recordings."
SEE A BIG BAND LIVE
Count Basie Orchestra directed by Dennis Mackrel. Nov. 3, Brockville Arts Centre,
Brockville, Ontario, Canada.
Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra directed by Bill Tole. Nov. 13, The Castle, Chandler, AZ.
Jan Garber Orchestra directed by Howard Schneider. Nov. 13, Capitol Theatre,
Glenn Miller Orchestra directed by Nick Hilscher. Nov. 1, Performing Arts Center of
Pacific Grove, Pacific Grove, CA; Nov. 2, Clark Center, Arroyo Grande, CA; Nov. 3,
High Street Arts Center, Moorpark, CA; Nov. 4, Del Norte High School, San Diego,
CA; Nov.7, West Ranch High School Theatre, Stevenson Ranch, CA; Nov. 8, Palm
Springs High School Auditorium, Palm Springs, CA; Nov. 9, Visalia Fox Theatre,
Visalia, CA; Nov. 10, Walnut High School Performing Arts Center, Walnut, CA;
Nov. 14-Nov. 30, portion of Japan tour.
Herb Geller, b.Nov. 2, 1928. Alto saxophonist with Thornhill '50.
Jim Harwood, b.Nov. 4, 1923. Trombonist with McKinley '42; Miller AAF '43-'44.
Louise Tobin, b.Nov. 11, 1918. Vocalist with James '39; Goodman '39; Bradley-McKinley
Johnny Mandel, b.Nov. 23, 1925. Trombonist - arranger with Raeburn '45; Rich '46 / '48;
Shaw '49; Basie '53. Composer of The Shadow of Your Smile.
Jack Sheldon, b.Nov. 30, 1931. Trumpeter with Kenton '58-'59; Goodman '59-'60 / '65 /
'76 / '78.
MARKING BUNNY'S BIRTHDAY
The great trumpeter and bandleader Bunny Berigan was born on the 2nd of this month, back in 1908. On the 6th of this month, his legacy will be celebrated on the radio in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Michael P. Zirpolo, the author of Mr. Trumpet: The Trials, Tribulations and Triumph of Bunny Berigan (Scarecrow Press, 2011) will be the guest of broadcaster Tom Buhmann, who has a show on Copenhagen Jazz Radio. Zirpolo will provide commentary about Berigan's life, while examples of Berigan's music will highlight portions of Zirpolo's book.
Meanwhile, Zirpolo continues to audition and document broadcast and other rare recordings held as part of The Bunny Berigan Archive at The University of Wisconsin-Madison.
For more details, view the website bunnyberiganmrtrumpet.com.
Whitey Thomas, 92, d.Nov. 9, 2012. Trumpeter with Miller '38; Miller AAF '43-'45; Miller
Sandra "Sandi" Beneke, 71, d.Nov. 15, 2012. Married Tex Beneke in Nov. 1983.
David Allyn, 93, d.Nov. 21, 2012. Vocalist with Teagarden '40-'42; Raeburn '45-'46.
NEW COMPACT DISCS
Louis Armstrong. "Satchmo: Columbia Jazz Classics," Sony Flashback 73892. 3-CD set
includes such favorites as West End Blues and Struttin' with Some Barbecue.
Henry Busse. "Shuffle Time Rhythm," Audiophonic 453534. 30 selections made in the
early and mid-1940s for Standard and Lang-Worth Transcriptions, such as Canteen
Bounce, Dispatch From Dogpatch, Toot That Trumpet, and There I Go.
Duke Ellington. "The Washingtonians: Rare and Early Duke Ellington Sessions," Frog
[ UK ] 78. Material recorded between 1924 and 1928.
Billy May. "The Billy May Collection 1939-60," Acrobat [ UK ] 7036. Representations of
his work as a sideman with Barnet and Miller; his own big band; and as
arranger-conductor for various singers and personalities.
Various artists. "Andrews Sisters: Some Sunny Day: The Songs... The Energy...
And The Blend," Jasmine [ UK ] JASBOX 29-4. Among other work, includes
collaborations with T. Dorsey, Lombardo, Morgan, and Arnaz.
---. "The Best Years of Our Lives - The Most Popular Songs of 1940," Sounds of Yester
Year [ UK ] DSOY 909. Includes Miller, Shaw, T. Dorsey, Ayres, Barnet, J. Dorsey,
---. "Jo Ann Greer: Hollywood's Secret Singing Star," Jasmine [ UK ] JASCD 228.
A selection of 11 of her vocals with Brown, as well as work with J. Gray, Stabile, and
In next month's "News," some more Christmas gift ideas including details of a new blockbuster Earl Hines package, a highly-collectible set of Glenn Miller CDs, the first volume of a live Artie Shaw series, Les Brown's great band of the '50s, and a couple chart-makers from Lawrence Welk.