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Jazziversaries July 28th

Delfeayo Marsalis (trombone) - 1965 :: Many happy returns to Trombonist and record producer Delfeayo Marsalis! The brother of saxophonist Branford and trumpeter Wynton, Delfeayo is a gifted trombonist though he has recorded relatively few albums and is both more prolific and better known for his work as a producer of acoustic jazz recordings. Along with current “Tonight Show” engineer Patrick Smith, Delfeayo coined a phrase that was primarily responsible for the shift in many jazz recordings from rock and roll production to the resurgence of acoustic recording. “To obtain more wood sound from the bass, this album recorded without usage of the dreaded bass direct” first appeared on brother Branford’s Renaissance (Columbia, 1986), and became the single sentence to define the recorded quality of many acoustic jazz recordings since the late ’80s. He is a graduate of Berklee College of Music, and in 2004 received a MA in jazz performance from the University of Louisville. Marsalis, with his father, pianist Ellis and brothers, are group recipients of the 2011 NEA Jazz Masters Award.

Reggie Washington (bass) - 1962 :: Birthday wishes to bass player Reggie Washington. Among the numerous fine musicians & musical situations Regg has been involved in drummers have been great & plentiful! A short list of drummers Regg has worked with includes  Lenny White, Buddy Williams, Marvin  “Smitty”  Smith, Omar Hakim, Bernard Purdie, Jeff  Tain Watts, Greg Bandy, Jimmy Lovelace, Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, Bernard Davis, Gene Lake, Billy Kilson, Ronnie Burrage, Steve Jordan, Greg Hutchinson, Dafnis Prieto, Keith Carlock, Anton Fig, Rodney Holmes, Mike Clark, Terri-Lyne Carrington, JuJu House, Willie Jones III & Tony Lewis just to name a few. His performing & recording credits include such artists as  Branford Marsalis, Salif Keita, Cassandra Wilson, Ravi Coltrane, Steve Coleman, Don Byron, Mike Mainieri, Cheick- Tidiane Seck, Meshell N’degeocello, Kenny Kirkland, World Saxophone Quartet, D’Angelo, Chico Hamilton, Arturo O’Farrill, Lester Bowie, Will Smith & Arthur Blythe. Currently touring with Grammy winner trumpeter Roy Hargrove & his own trio (Washington-Vann-Galland), his feeling & sensitivity for yesterday’s & today’s music has grown into a force. A sinewy, deep & crisp bass groove that holds the bottom & compliments the  music. Reggie has released, Freedom, his second album, on Jammin’ colorS Records.The album fuses a ton of genres, including jazz, funk, rock, blues, classical and World music.

Welcome to July 28th Jazzlings!

Birthday people today make sure you have a wonderful time! If you gonna do it- do it fluid! And flow through the coming year!

Here at Blewnote towers we are stapping on our box fresh and settling into the sofa for a bit of Oluympic action with some cool jazz playiong in the background!

Our usual thanks and appreciation to the guys at AAJ & JBC

Respect to the youtube massive.

Love and hugs to the blogs followers, appreciate your support jazzlings!

And thanks to you for passin’ thru’

Have a great day everyone

Go placidly


Heres a promo about Reggies New Album, Freedom:


Jazziversaries July 2nd

Ahmad Jamal (piano) - 1930 :: Many happy returns to Ahmad Jamal. Ahmad is an innovative and influential jazz pianist, composer, and educator. According to American music critic Stanley Crouch, Jamal is second in importance in the development of jazz after 1945 only to Charlie Parker.For five decades, he has been one of the most successful small-group leaders in jazz.Since the 1980s Jamal has been regularly touring the major clubs of the United States and the large European jazz festivals. He is generally accompanied by bassist James Cammack and drummer Idris Muhammad. He has also performed regularly with saxophonist George Coleman.

Charlie Watts (drums) - 1941 :: Birthday greetings to drummer Charlie Watts. Watts has been involved in many activities outside his high-profile life as a member of the Rolling Stones. In 1964, he published a cartoon tribute to Charlie Parker entitled Ode to a High Flying Bird. Although he has made his name in rock, his personal tastes focus on jazz; in the late 70s, he joined Ian Stewart in the back-to-the-roots boogie-woogie band Rocket 88, which featured many of the UK’s top jazz, rock and R&B musicians. In the 1980s, he toured worldwide with a big band that included such names as Evan Parker, Courtney Pine and Jack Bruce, who was also a member of Rocket 88. In 1991, he organised a jazz quintet as another tribute to Charlie Parker. 1993 saw the release of Warm And Tender, by the Charlie Watts Quintet, which included vocalist Bernard Fowler. This same group then released Long Ago And Far Away in 1996. Both records included a collection of Great American Songbook standards. After a successful collaboration with Jim Keltner on The Rolling Stones’ Bridges to Babylon, Watts and Keltner released a techno/instrumental album simply titled, Charlie Watts/Jim Keltner Project. Featuring the names of his favourite jazz drummers, Watts stated that even though the tracks bore such names as the “Elvin Suite” in honour of the late Elvin Jones, Max Roach and Roy Haynes, they were not copying their style of drumming, but rather, capturing a feeling by those artists. Watts At Scott’s was recorded with his group, “The Charlie Watts Tentet”, at the famous jazz club in London, Ronnie Scott’s. In April 2009 he started to perform concerts with the ABC&D of Boogie Woogie together with pianists Axel Zwingenberger and Ben Waters plus his childhood friend Dave Green on bass.

Jack Hylton - 1892-1965 :: was an English band leader and impresario who rose to prominence during the British dance band era. His early career involved moving to London as a pianist in the 400 club and playing with the Stroud Haxton Band. During the First World War, he moved to be a musical director of the band of the 20th Hussars and the Director of the Army Entertainment Division. After World War I Hylton played with the Queen’s Dance Orchestra, wrote arrangements of popular songs and recorded them under the label ‘Directed by Jack Hylton’. He then formed his own band, recording the new style of jazz-derived American dance music under the Jack Hylton name from 1923. Hylton became a respected band leader with a busy schedule. He became a director and major shareholder of the new Decca record label. His band developed into an orchestra and toured America and Europe into the 1940s, when it disbanded due to World War II. Hylton adopted Oh Listen To The Band as his signature tune.

Milwaukee Slim - 1924-1993 :: While living in Dallas, Slim, real name Angelo Chambers, worked for a while as a waiter at a blues club where he also acted as emcee and developed an engaging stage presence. Later, he appeared regularly at blues clubs in many Midwestern cities. His day job was a bus driver but whenever the opportunity arose he would be on stage, singing, occasionally playing drums, and introducing other acts with considerable panache. Although he lived in several other cities, he eventually settled in St. Paul, Minnesota. There, he led his own band, the Blue Birds, and also worked with a band led by Harmonica Tom Schafer. In 1991 he recorded the single, ‘Mean And Evil Woman’, which became a local hit, as did the b-side, ‘Cleo’. These tracks appeared on his sole album, which was completed not long before his death. A cassette was prepared for a launch, which Milwaukee Slim was able to attend even though he was failing in health. The album itself was released two years later and included ‘Standing On The Outside Crying’, ‘Sweet Little Angel’, ‘You Got Me Thinkin’’, ‘I’m A Legend’, ‘Double Trouble Blues’, ‘Mean And Evil Woman’, and ‘Mean Old World’, as well as his hit singles.

Reggie Houston (sax, tenor) - 1947 :: Many happy returns to tenor man Reggie Houston. His first professional gig came in 1959 at the age of 12 when he joined legendary keyboardist David Batiste Sr. in the Batiste family band, The Gladiators, one of the pre-eminent and pioneering bands of funk. Reggie continued to perform with The Gladiators throughout high school and college. After graduating from Southern University’s jazz program, run by world-renowned clarinetist Alvin Batiste, Reggie was immediately put to work in the jazz tent at the 1973 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Reggie quickly became an integral part of Jazz Fest, and for over a decade, worked as stage manager, booking agent, emcee, and performer.
In 1982 Reggie, along with fellow sax player Charles Neville, keyboardist Sam Henry, drummer Zigaboo Modeliste, Charmaine Neville, and Ramsey McLean, formed The Survivors. Other players included Harry Connick Jr., Steve Masakowski, Ricky Sebastian, and Bobby McFerrin. In 1983 Reggie joined The Fats Domino Band, and aside from a three year hiatus, was a permanent member of Fats’ band for the next 22 years. Today, Reggie continues to be a featured guest saxophonist for Fats.

Richard Wyands (piano) - 1928 :: Birthday greetings to pianist Richard Wyands. Richard is recognised as a hard bop pianist best known as a side-man. He began playing in his teens in San Francisco, but later moved to New York City. He worked with Kenny Burrell in the 1960s and also played in Gigi Gryce’s quintet. He has headed a few trios.

Teodross Avery (saxophone)- 1973 At ten, his father started him with classical guitar lessons. Jolted by the sound of John Coltrane’s ‘Giant Steps,’ Teo switched to the saxophone. As a testament to his young promise, the great Wynton Marsalis purchased a saxophone for him. Teo eventually won a full music scholarship at 17 to attend the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. While at Berklee, renowned A&R exec, Carl Griffin of GRP/Impulse Records, heard of Teo’s new cutting edge sound and eventually signed him at 19, stating, “I was so thoroughly impressed with his lyricism and writing talent”. In 1994, Teo launched his first album In Other Words, which was welcomed by critical acclaim, including a five star review in USA Today. Still an undergraduate, Teo was now feverishly in demand by the likes of Aretha Franklin and Ramsey Lewis. He balanced all of these demands and completed college while on the road in 1995. He then launched his second album, My Generation, under the GRP/Impulse label, in 1996. He performed with the likes of Dee Dee Bridgewater, Roy Hargrove, Leela James, Roy Ayers, Mos Def, and the late great Betty Carter, among many other great musicians.

The weekends done and the working week is here once more! Oh well, chin up folks.

To all those of you blowing out the candles today-Have a great time! Make your year a success for yourselves!

Thanks as ever to AAJ JBC and AM for the guidance

Respect to the YouTube Massive

Peace to the blog followers

And thanks to you for passin’ thru’

Go Placidly


Jazziversaries June 26th

Big Bill Broonzy (guitar, acoustic) - 1893-1958 :: was a prolific American blues singer, songwriter and guitarist. His career began in the 1920s when he played country blues to mostly black audiences. Through the ‘30s and ‘40s he successfully navigated a transition in style to a more urban blues sound popular with white audiences. In the 1950s a return to his traditional folk-blues roots made him one of the leading figures of the emerging American folk music revival and an international star. His long and varied career marks him as one of the key figures in the development of blues music in the 20th century. Broonzy copyrighted more than 300 songs during his lifetime, including both adaptations of traditional folk songs and original blues songs. As a blues composer, he was unique in that his compositions reflected the many vantage points of his rural-to-urban experiences.

Brian Abrahams (drums) - 1947 :: Many happy returns to Drummer Brian Abrahams. Brian started out working as a singer with local bands in South Africa. In the 1970s Abrahams participated in a gig in Swaziland as drummer for Sarah Vaughan and Nancy Wilson. In 1975 he moved to the United Kingdom, where he gained his recognition. Abrahams has worked with groups and artists such as Abdullah Ibrahim, Dudu Pukwana, Ronnie Scott, John Taylor, Johnny Dyani, Brotherhood of Breath, Jim Pepper, Dewey Redman, Mal Waldron, Archie Shepp, and Courtney Pine. During the 1980s Abrahams founded his own group, District Six. In 1988 he joined the band Ekaya, which was founded by Abdullah Ibrahim. More recently he has been working in projects led by Tony Haynes. Brian has recently re-formed District 6 in Melbourne 2009 Australia, first performance at Dizzys Jazz club. 

Dave Grusin (piano) - 1934 Happy Birthday Dave Grusin! Grusin has composed many scores for feature films and television, and has won numerous awards for his soundtrack and record work, including an Academy award and 12 Grammys. He produced his first single, “Subways are for Sleeping” in 1962 and composed the score to his first feature film, Divorce American Style five years later. Other scores followed including Winning in 1969, The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973), The Midnight Man (1974) and Three Days of the Condor in 1975. In the late 70s, he formed GRP records along with his partner, Larry Rosen, and began to create some of the first commercial digital recordings. Grusin was also at the forefront of soundtrack albums. He was the composer for the legendary Mike Nichols Oscar-winning film, The Graduate. The film is noted for being one of the first films to integrate popular songs into a film score. Later scores included On Golden Pond (1981), Tootsie (1982) and The Goonies (1985). From 2000 through 2011, Grusin has concentrated on composing classical and jazz compositions, touring, and recording with collaborators, among others, guitarist, Lee Ritenour. Together they have recorded several projects including the Grammy-winning Brazilian album, “Harlequin” in 1985.

Don Lanphere (saxophone) - 1928-2003 :: Don Lanphere came to New York when he was 19 and made some impressive recordings with Fats Navarro in 1949, keeping up with the fiery trumpeter. Lanphere played Carnegie Hall with Woody Herman’s Second Herd, moved on to Artie Shaw’s Gramercy Five, and gigged with the bands of Claude Thornhill, Charlie Barnet and Billy May. Lanphere also made friends with Charlie Parker and recorded the altoist at home with some friends. Those legendary tapes became known as “The Basement Sessions”. Lanphere played a second stint with Woody Herman during 1959-1961.

Georgie Fame (keyboard) - 1943 :: Happy birthday to British jazz and blues legend Georgie Fame. Born Clive Powell he was nicknamed Georgie Fame after being hired by the impresario Larry Parnes to appear on the Marty Wilde show in 1959. The same year Billy Fury selected four musicians, including Fame, for his personal backing group and the “Blue Flames” were born. Following a split in 1961 the Blue Flames began what was to be a three-year residency as the house band at the Flamingo Club in London’s Soho district. In 1963 their first album, “Rhythm and Blues at the Flamingo” was recorded live at the club. Georgie also pursued his interest in jazz, recording the milestone album, “Sound Venture,” with the Harry South Big Band. This led directly to successful tours of the UK and Europe in 1967 and 1968, which found Georgie singing with the Count Basie Orchestra. Throughout his 40-year career, Georgie Fame has recorded over 20 albums and 14 hit singles. He is equally at home in the company of jazz groups and big bands, orchestras, rock groups and his own band, The Blue Flames.

Jimmy Deuchar (trumpet) - 1930-1993 :: Jimmy Deuchar was a trumpeter and big band arranger, born in Dundee, Scotland. Deuchar worked with the seminal British modern jazz unit, the Johnny Dankworth Seven (1950–51). During the 1950s, he worked with a number of commercial bands, such as the Oscar Rabin Band, and also intermittently with Ronnie Scott. In the late 1950s he worked with Kurt Edelhagen’s orchestra in Germany.He returned to the UK and worked again with Scott (1960-62) and with Tubby Hayes (1962-66). He returned to work with Edelhagen in 1966. Also during the sixties and early seventies, he worked with The Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band, a big band featuring leading European and ex-patriate American musicians.

Reggie Workman (bass) - 1937 :: Happy birthday to bass player Reggie Workman. Reggie is a renowned avant-garde jazz and hard bop player recognized for his work with both John Coltrane and Art Blakey. Workman was a member of jazz groups led by Gigi Gryce, Roy Haynes, Wayne Shorter and Red Garland. In 1961, Workman joined the John Coltrane Quartet, replacing Steve Davis. He was present for the saxophonist’s legendary Live at the Village Vanguard sessions, and also recorded with a second bassist (Art Davis) on the 1961 album, Olé Coltrane. Workman also played with James Moody, Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, Yusef Lateef, Pharoah Sanders, Herbie Mann and Thelonious Monk. He has recorded with Archie Shepp, Lee Morgan and David Murray.

Syd Lawrence (trumpet, arranger) - 1923-1998 :: Syd Lawrence was a British bandleader from Chester, England, who became famous in the UK for his orchestra’s Big Band sound, which drew on the 1940s style of music of Glenn Miller and Count Basie amongst others.

A very British feel to today’s Tuesday jazziversary treats jazzlings!!

June 26th-ers Have a great day and be successful in the year ahead!

Thanks as ever to the AAJ & JBC.

Respect to the You Tube Massive, as always

Love to the followers and

Thanks to you for passin’ thru’

Go placidly