DAN MORGENSTERN CELEBRATES CHARLIE SHAVERS and FRIENDS (April 21, 2017)

When Dan Morgenstern and I had concluded our first series of video interviews, he reminded me that we hadn’t spoken of Charlie Shavers, and I was also eager to do this when we met for a second time.  Charlie was an extraordinary trumpeter, arranger, and singer — someone not celebrated in this century as he deserves.

Why stardom seems to come naturally to one artist and not another is mysterious, but I hope that Dan’s wise, affectionate, and first-hand recollections will help people rediscover Mister Shavers:

“Smother me!” Charlie with the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra and Louis Bellson:

This is why sound film was invented, so that we could see and hear Charlie and Sidney Catlett have a delightful conversation — also John Kirby, Billy Kyle, Buster Bailey, and Russell Procope (or is it Charlie Holmes?) in 1947:

and late in life with Ben Webster, playing some “dirty blues”:

and the quartet that Dan referred to:

Previous interview segments with Dan can be found here.  And there are more to come.

May your happiness increase!

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3 responses to “DAN MORGENSTERN CELEBRATES CHARLIE SHAVERS and FRIENDS (April 21, 2017)

  1. Michael, Thanks for these remembrances of Charlie Shavers…a blithe spirit indeed, and what a trumpeter!

  2. Don "Zoot" Conner

    Thanks for more of Dan’s recollections, his Charlie Shavers were funny, whimsical, and delightful. I also loved your examples of Charlie’s music and Ben Webster, as well. Ravishing, Michael.

  3. I recall that Charlie died a few days after Louis in 1971 and as a consequence his passing was overlooked somewhat.

    I can well imagine that he could have played any music he wished to on trumpet including Bach. Incredible chops.

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