Agustin Perez Gasco is the sole proprietor of the wondrous blog MULE WALK AND JAZZ TALK. Its website’s name, http://thereisjazzbeforetrane.blogspot.com., says a good deal about his ideological bent, one that I certainly share.
I am convinced that Agustin is the sorcerer of jazz paper — newspaper clippings, old magazines, anything remotely connected with wood pulp and swing. But he’s outdone himself this time. See this 1929 advertising flyer, which contains multitudes:
First, I was astonished by LOU. Louis himself referred to Luis Russell on recordings as “Lou,” but I can’t think of an example on record where someone calls him (Mr. Strong) anything but Dipper or Papa Dip or Satchelmouth or Louis (pronounced Lew-is, not Loo-ie). I like “Ball Room,” too: perhaps the printer thought it was more high-class to make it into two words. And that picture, so distant to us now, was a fairly recent one of the star (who would be in front of “America’s Greatest Broadcasting Orchestra,” suggesting of course that they were on the radio. Acetates, anyone?
I hope that the letter from Carroll and Lou brought many thousand friends in! And that everyone, uplifted by a man who was “rarin’ to go,” with a trumpet “too tight,” was ready to sing I CAN’T GIVE YOU ANYTHING BUT LOVE — starting with the verse.
And, just when I was about to content myself with this “borrowing,” which I mean only to shine some light on Agustin’s noble works for those who might not know his blog, he came up with this one.
A scholarly study of Tommy Ladnier. What?!
On his blog, I found out about this new book, published in a limited edition of 500 copies by two French jazz scholars — TRAVELING BLUES — devoted to the little-known but eloquent and short-lived trumpeter Tommy Ladnier, someone who recorded with Ida Cox, Lovie Austin, Sidney Bechet, and other luminaries. Visit http://www.jazzedit.org/Traveling-blues.html for details. The book looks remarkably detailed; it can be purchased with a CD that contains (in mp3) form all of Ladnier’s 189 recordings. It’s a delight that Ladnier should be so splendidly celebrated: he was a great, thoughtful player with deep feeling. I’ll have more to say about this enterprise when my copy arrives!
THANK YOU, Agustin!