DAN MORGENSTERN RECALLS MUGGSY SPANIER, GEORGE BRUNIS AND THE ELEPHANT, EDDIE CONDON and FRIENDS (April 21, 2017)

Still more from our friend and hero Dan Morgenstern, recalling those days when the boundaries between “styles” weren’t quite so high or solidly built: the “Dixieland” scene in New York of the late Forties and the Fifties, with quick portraits of George Brunies (or Georg Brunis) but also Steve Lacy.

Brunis is legendary — from the New Orleans Rhythm Kings to Ted Lewis to Muggsy Spanier’s Ragtime Band and Eddie Condon, as well as his own groups, but he’s not often heard.  Here he is in concert in 1947 — his own blues, which gives a very good idea of his ebullient personality (along with Joe Sullivan, Pops Foster, and Baby Dodds):

Here’s Brunis’ “two Irishmen” version of IN THE SHADE OF THE OLD APPLE TREE, featuring Max Kaminsky:

YouTube offers videos of Brunis with Art Hodes in 1968 and with Bobby Hackett, Eddie Condon, and Pee Wee Russell thirty years earlier.  But enough prelude: here’s Dan:

The segment ends incompletely, which is my fault, but it means that when Dan and I meet again I will ask him about Cecil Scott, a hero of mine.  And of his.

May your happiness increase!

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7 responses to “DAN MORGENSTERN RECALLS MUGGSY SPANIER, GEORGE BRUNIS AND THE ELEPHANT, EDDIE CONDON and FRIENDS (April 21, 2017)

  1. ericwhittington

    Don’t you ever rest, Michael?! See you in NYC! Eric

  2. ericwhittington

    wow, what a band…

  3. Don "Zoot" Conner

    Sorry that this is the last of Dan’s recollections at this time. Can’t wait for the next batch. He’s my hero too and a man who has dedicated his life to the music we love. Could you ask him about Allen Eager? I think he sounded the most like Pres tone and all. Thanks for bringing Dan to the general public,Michael.

  4. I saw Dan in July and he graciously sat for my camera, so more are “in the can,” as the real film-makers used to say.

  5. Dear Zoot, I filmed a whole afternoon with Dan in July — so there are more stories of the best kind to come!

  6. Sorry, this most of your videos say “This video is not available in your region”.
    it’s a pity and very distressing.

  7. I agree with your second sentence, and if there were a way to fix that, I would. I don’t understand YouTube’s arcane laws? rules? ideas about copyright. With regrets, Michael

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