Love – Jabbo Smith - Hot Antic Jazz Band 1982 In another clip of Jabbo Smith playing in concert with France’s Hot Antic Jazz Band we hear “Love”, another composition by Jabbo. Jabbo is now 74, but in the late twenties he became world famous with a band which was called The Rhythm Aces. He recorded on Brunswick Records in straight competition with Louis Armstrong and his Hot Five on the Okeh label. He quit playing professionally in the late thirties and started again in the later sixties. In 1982 Michel Bastide of the Hot AnticJazz Band from the south of France was able to get Jabbo and organized a tour with concerts in France and Italy. Hot Antic Jazz Band consists of Michel Bastide on trumpet and trombone, Jean Francois Bonnel clarinet, Gilles Berrut piano, Jean-Pierre Dubois banjo and Christian Lafevre tuba.
Little Willie Blues – Jabbo Smith/Hot Antic JB 1982 As many of you jazz connoisseurs will know or remember is that Jabbo Smith in the late twenties had a band which recorded on Brunswick Records in straight competition with Louis Armstrong and his Hot Five on the Okeh label. Jabbo and his Rhythm Aces made many 78’s which today are still available on CD. In the late thirties he dropped out of the public eye for many years playing music part time in Milwaukee with a regular dayjob in a car rental company. He made a come back in the late sixties. Young musicians, fans and record collectors were amazed that he was still alive. He started playing succesfully again with bands and shows and in 1982 Michel Bastide of the Hot AnticJazz Band from the south of France was able to get Jabbo and organized a tour with concerts in France and Italy. In this concert Jabbo plays Little Willie Blues, a tune he composed and recorded in 1929 Hot Antic Jazz Band consists of Michel Bastide on trumpet and trombone, Jean Francois Bonnel clarinet, Gilles Berrut piano, Jean-Pierre Dubois banjo and Christian Lafevre tuba.
Dreaming The hours Away – Climax Jazz Band 2008 Clarence Williams Blue Seven recorded this tune already in 1928, actually with Coleman Hawkins on tenor sax. Now, some 80 years later, Climax Jazz Band from Toronto is playing it again. The last time I posted Climax was in 1996 when I still played with them. I retired to British Columbia, but the band kept on playing, and wow, what a band it is. Cornetist Dave Kosmyna is a star musician from New York State, reedplayer Jim Buchmann, who was a member of the band between 1976 and 1979 is back with them again after many years as a Disneyworld musician in Florida. Len Gosling, one of the old timers is still playing a strong trombone. My personal friend Jack Vincken from my early days in Holland in the fifties and from 25 years in Climax is still there, playing one of the strongest supportive banjo sounds. Captain Chris Daniels one of the originators of this band in 1971 plays bass and does lots of the vocals. On drum there is a familiar new face. One of the very best drummers in the field of New Orleans drumming joined the band for many of its festivals. Hal Smith, a professional drummer since 1978 from California has played in about 175 recordings on LP, CD and videotape. and played with all the great names in our jazz world. Good to have him in this band which is still dear to me.
Sweet Like This – Hot Antic JB 1982 Thanks to the musical talents and their capability to switch instruments Hot Antic brings a fabulous recreation of King Oliver’s ‘Sweet Like This’. Particularily the verse played by Jean Francois Bonnel on trumpet I found very moving, I think even better than played by Dave Nelson in the original recording in 1929. This is followed by the excellent muted trumpet solo by Michel Bastide. The end chorus with the two trumpets was also a masterpiece of jazz incredibly executed in this clip. Also note that tubaist Christian Lefevre takes on the so-called marching trombone to play the intro with the frontline musicians in harmony before going back into his role as tubaist. Jean-Pierre Dubois is on banjo and Gilles Berrut on piano
Bouncin’ Around – Hot Antic J.B. 1982 Michel Bastide and his Hot Antic Jazz Band perform a tune recorded first by Armand Piron’s New Orleans Jazz Band in 1923 with Peter Bocage on trumpet. Next to Michel on trumpet and Jean Francois Bonnel clarinet we also see Gilles Berrut piano, Jean-Pierre Dubois banjo, and Christian Lafevre tuba. This certainly is a very attractive piece of music that is not played that often.
Boston Skuffle – Hot Antic J.B. 1982Michel Bastide and his band recorded this tune to be a tribute to their idol and inspiration: Jabbo Smith. Jabbo recorded it already in 1929 at the age of 21 with his famous Rhythm Aces. They recorded a series of recordings on the Brunswick label with Jabbo to be competition against Louis Armstrong who had great success on another, the Okeh label. In 1982 Jabbo was invited to do a concert tour with Hot Antic. A dream came thru for both Hot Antic as well as Jabbo.In this clip it is just Hot Antic playing one of the success pieces of Jabbo in a concert that would eventually feature Jabbo as well.Michel and I knew each other from concerts in Edinbrough as well as in Toronto in the eighties where both our Climax Band and his Hot Antic played together and recently we have been in touch again. He has made these fabulous recordings available for me to post on youtube and dailymotion. These clips were filmed by Michel’s VHS camera. The band recorded most of their records and films with 3 microphones and camera on remote. Quite an achievement. Michel Bastide trumpet, trombone, Jean Francois Bonnel clt, alto sax, Gilles Berrut piano, Jean-Pierre Dubois banjo, and Christian Lafevre tuba.
I Never Knew what a Gal could do – Climax Jazz band 1991 Already in 1925 this was recorded by the Original New Orleans Rhytm Kings with Paul Mares cornet, Santa Pecora trombone, Leon Roppolo clarinet all talented white musicians who became a sample and had influence on the musical development of Bix Beiderbecke. We practiced this great tune as well and had a chance to have it recorded while we were playing at the Indianapolis Festival in 1991. I left the band in 1996 and moved to British Columbia. I wonder if Climax still has it in their repertoire.
Sidney Bechet solo. To me this is one of the most fascinating pieces in jazz. Of course it is Sidney Bechet, the ultimate master of the soprano saxophone. Bechet plays several tunes with the French band of Andre Reweliotti in 1958. What makes this tune so interesting is the simple background of pianist ( probably Yannick Singery). He is just, what we call, pumping the chords. This is so effective, Bechet gets hotter and hotter, but the pianist stays in this simple pattern. To me this has become one of the greatest pieces of jazz playing. All pianists: remember this! Sometimes simplicity does it, makes it. Here is proof! I’d like to find such a pianist today.
China Boy – Eddie Condon with Red Nichols 1929 When Eddie Condon recorded China Boy together with Jimmy McPartland tpt, Frank Teschemacher clt, Bud Freeman tenor sax, Joe Sullivan piano and Gene Krupa on drums on December 8 1927 he probably never realised he created a classic that some 80 years later is still a favourite tune played by bands today. Just a year later Eddie recorded it again, but here with Red Nichols on trumpet and Pee Wee Russell on clarinet. Pee Wee Russell admired Frank Teschemacher and musically followed in his footsteps. Both Red Nichols and Jimmy McPartland tried to play in the Bix Beiderbecke style which both enjoyed so much. Bix had joined the Paul Whiteman Band and also recorded this tune in 1929.
Nobody’s Sweetheart – Eddie Condon 1929 Edie Condon made jazz history by recording 4 tunes in December 1927. Here in 1929 he recorded one of the tunes again but also made his singing debut. In those days every trumpet player was inspired by Bix Beiderbecke. In the 1927 recordings called McKenzie’s and Condon’s Chicagoans Eddie used Jimmy McPartland on trumpet and in this recording you’ll see another Bix fan called Red Nichols. Also notice that in the last few bars you can hear PeeWee Russell on clarinet
Arkansas Blues - Red McKenzie 1924 Red was the leader of the Mound City Blue Blowers, in which he played comb, kazoo, and sang. Later, he went on to play with the Paul Whiteman Orchestra. While working as a bellhop in St. Louis he and some friends would get together and play on the street and he was "discovered" and taken to Chicago to record in 1924. The sensational novelty group, Red, Eddie Lang, Jack Bland and Dick Slevin had a million seller for Brunswick in"Arkansas Blues". This gave them an opportunity to perform in London, After his return to America, Red became active as a Jazz Promoter, more than as a Jazz musician. Red worked as a talent scout and set up the first Okeh Recording date for Beiderbecke, Eddie Lang and Frankie Trumbauer which featured the famous recording "Singing the Blues". In 1927, he promoted a Paramount Recording session at which a group of Chicagoans recorded the "Friar's Point Shuffle". In 1928, Okeh Records cut four sides with his group called McKenzie and Condon's Chicagoans. In 1930 he recorded with a number of famous musician, Fats Waller, Coleman Hawkins, Benny Goodman, Bud Freeman. Eddie Condon and Josh Billings. He recorded Arkansas Blues again. Red was the equal of Jack Teagarden as a white jazz singer, of which there were only a few. i have akways loved tis tune. In 1996 I recorded it with my Climax Jazz Band.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFJW9DmuRPI
I must have that man – Erik Berndalen 2008 During a concert at the Golden Washboard Festival in Ilawa Poland Swedish trumpet player Erik Berndalen is featured in a beautiful tune. In my own collection I had this by Billy Holiday with Teddy Wilson and Buck Clayton in 1937. If you type in this title on youtube you’ll find other versions by Abbey Lincoln, Billy Holiday and Adelaide Hall. It is a tune from around 1928 and Adelaide Hall recorded it then with Duke Ellington Other great artists who have done it then as well were Jimmy Noone, Joe Venuti Jack Hylton. It came up again in the late thirties with Benny Goodman and also by Ella Fitzgerald. In this session Erik is backed up by Mikael Cinthio clarinet, Dymitr Markiewicz trombone and in the rhythm group Wojtek Kaminski piano, Wiktor Zydron and Pawel Tarntanus banjos, Kuba Olejnik bass
After You’ve Gone – Polish Swedish Connection 2008 A fine reedplayer is featured in this clip. Mikael Cithio, on clarinet, vocal, to finish on the alto sax, plays a hot version of this tune. This band was put together to perform at the Golden Washboard Festival in Ilawa, Poland, on August 9th 2008 Others in the band are Dymitr Markiewicz trombone, from Malmo Sweden, Eric Berndalen on trumpet, pianist Wojtek Kaminski, banjo Viktor Zydrow and Pawel Tartanus and bassist Kuba Olejnik
Allah’s Holiday – Swedish Polish Connection 2008 What a pleasure to hear Erik Berndalen. His beautiful sounding trumpet, fabulous phrasing. No wonder he travels to jazz festivals all over Europe and played in Australia as well. He is the musical director in Gerd Carling’s Big Band ( Hear him on Memories. I posted that on youtube as well http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oE-d6oRuGso Here he is with my friend Dymitr Markiewicz on trombone, Mikael Cinthio on clarinet and the excellent pianist Wojtek Kaminski. On banjo Viktor Zydrow and Pawel Tartanus and bassist Kuba Olejnik. No drums and not missed either Recorded at the Golden Washboard Festival in Ilawa Poland on August 9th 2008
After You’ve Gone – Malmo Jazz Gang 2008 In another film I received from trombonist Dymitr Markiewicz we see him leading a band he called the Malmo Jazz Kings. This is a session that looks like being played in a jazz tent.This was in August 2008 during a jazz festival in Poland. Dymitr surrounded himself with some great Swedish musicians. On trumpet we see world renowned Bent Persson playing together with a young trumpet player of great talent who I noticed first with Gunhild Carling’s Big Band. Then also from Sweden is Max Carling on clarinet. Another world famous musician is Frans Sjostrom on bass sax. They are backed up by the Polish musicians pianist Wojtek Kamisky, drummer Bobby Sakowicz and banjoist Pawel Tartanus. The free spirit of a jam session comes through, darn good musicians who know the jazz standards. Unfortunately it is so hard to get the right balance in a tent or a small room, both drums and banjo sound somewhat overamplified, but then it is the jazz that counts and these jazzmen certainly know what they are doing. .
Alice Blue Gown – 2008 Polish Swedish Jazz Connection Trombonist Dymitr Markiewicz who lived for many years in Sweden is back in his country of origin. At the 2008 Ilawa “Golden Washboard Festival in August he performed with a fine band. Erik Berndalen trumpet, Mikael Cinthio clarinet, Dymitr trombone, Viktor Zydron and Pawell Tartanus banjos, Huba Olejnik bass and Wojtek Kaminski piano
I Don’t Care - 2008 Polish Swedish Jazz Connection From a trombonist friend, Dymitr Markiewicz, all the way in Poland I received a film of him playing with his Polish Swedish Jazz Connection at the “Golden Washboard Festival” in Ilawa Poland. Several years earlier Dymitr lived in Sweden and was the trombonist of Hans Carling’s New Cooling’s Jazzmen. He had a big influence on the early development of Hans Carling’s daughter’s trombone playing. Both Gunhild and Gerd became fine players. Many years later Dymitr is here with a number of excellent musicians, and yes, they are Swedish and Polish playing the music in the New Orleans tradition in a city some 200 km north of Warsaw. In the band: Erik Berndalen trumpet, Mikael Cinthio clarinet, Dymitr trombone, Viktor Zydron and Pawell Tartanus banjos, Huba Olejnik bass and Wojtek Kaminski piano Here in North America we don’t hear a lot from musicians from that area, but these men can stand up to most I have presented on youtube and dailymotion. Enjoy this great group.
Yellow Dog Blues – Summit Reunion 1995 Kenny Davern and Bob Wilber performed together at Dick Gibson's Colorado Jazz Party which turned out be a huge success, and one of the most important jazz groups of the 1970s, Soprano Summit, was born. Both switching between the clarinet and various saxophones, Soprano Summit enjoyed a very successful string of record dates and concerts. When the group disbanded in 1979, Davern devoted himself to solely playing clarinet, preferring trio formats with piano and drums. His collaboration with Bob Wilber was revived in 1991, the new group being called Summit Reunion. The reunion performs here in 1995 at the Bern International Jazz Festival. Bob on soprano sax and Kenny on clarinet are being backed up by Johnny Varro piano, Marty Grosz guitar, Milt Hinton bass and Jake Hanna drums. I have posted several other tracks of this concert before. Unfortunately in the last few minutes there are some picture problems. This doesn’t inferfere with the music, so I decided to post this clip, especially for so many listeners, including me, who rate these musicians anong their favourite.
What a Dream Sidney Bechet 1938 Sidney Bechet, the first great jazz horn soloist to be featured on records, was a remarkable soprano saxophonist and clarinetist. He dominated ensembles, often taking over the role of a trumpet or cornet, and was such a dazzling soloist that he ended up being the favorite musician of both Duke Ellington and John Coltrane. The posted tune was from 1938, during a recording under his own name. Sidney Bechet and his Orchestra recorded just four tunes. In this session he was joined by Ernie Caceres on baritone sax, Dave Bowman piano, Leonard Ware electric guitar, Ed Robinson string bass and yes, the great Zutty Singleton on drums. It is so good that the tradition of playing this music is maintained by the younger generation. I was very impressed by the performance of Erik Greiffenhagen I saw this morning on youtube. Keep it up, Erik! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6ohxPZzrLg