I've found a new baby Art Hodes

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I've found a new baby Hodes Art 1968
Pianist Art Hodes in his 1968 TV series "Jazz Alley" presents trombonist George Brunies. He also invited several established Chicago musicians including Nappy Trottier on trumpet, Jimmy Grenato on clarinet and Truck Parham on bass. The band jams through the standard "I've found a new baby"
George Clarence Brunies was born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1902 into a very musical family. He played with many jazz, dance, and parade bands in New Orleans. He never learned to read music, but could quickly pick up tunes and invent a part for his instrument.
In 1921 he moved to Chicago and joined a band of his New Orleans friends playing at the Friar's Inn; this was the band that became famous as the New Orleans Rhythm Kings. Brunies's trombone style was influential to the young Chicago players, and his records were much copied. In this era Brunies was never bested; he could play anything any other trombonist could play as well or better. He would often end battles of the bands or "cutting contests" by outplaying other trombonists while operating the slide with his foot!
In 1939 he joined Muggsy Spanier's band, with whom he made some of his most famous recordings. The following year he returned to Nick's, where he remained through 1946. Brunies then worked with Eddie Condon.
In 1949 Brunies moved back to Chicago to lead his own band. Brunies often showed off his unusual technical abilities and bizarre sense of humor at the same time; for example he would lie on the floor and invite the largest person in the audience to sit on his chest while he played trombone.
On the advice of a numerologist, he changed his name to Georg Brunis in the 1960s in the belief that this would increase his good luck.
Georg Brunis died in Chicago on November 19, 1974.

2 comments

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By Romain Guillaume 7 years ago
Thank you for this video! I have missed hearing my great-uncle George play!
By tessietran 7 years ago