Thanks to Jon-Erik Kellso (who embodies the truths of Louis Armstrong and Ruby Braff) for pointing us to this July 2000 Boston University public radio program where Ruby — with questions from Christopher Lydon — explains what Louis gave us. And — just in passing — there’s some beautiful music and surprising insights: ruby-braff-on-louis-armstrong
Every day’s a holiday with music like this.
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Tagged Christopher Lydon, Jazz Lives, Jon-Erik Kellso, Louis Armstrong, Michael Steinman, Ruby Braff, WBUR
Last Tuesday night at the Jazz Museum in Harlem, Loren Schoenberg played us Teddy Wilson, Bob Zurke, Benny Goodman, and Count Basie recordings we had never heard before (and he’s going to keep it up for three more Tuesday evenings in a row). And today he and Michael Cogswell, director of the Louis Armstrong Archive at Queens College (a most inviting and convivial place) did a radio show for NPR’s WBUR. Click on the link below and hear these tantalizing excerpts —
a searing passionate blues chorus by Bunny Berigan which will astound you, followed by Slam Stewart creating the blues in his own image (this from a Martin Block radio program);
a version of SING SING SING by the 1939 Benny Goodman band;
almost all of a very famous and brief HONEYSUCKLE ROSE from another Block show, featuring Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, Jack Teagarden, Bud Freeman, Al Casey, and George Wettling;
and a sweetly charging medium-tempo chorus of ROSETTA for Gene Krupa and an unknown clarinetist who might be Joe Marsala, again from 1938.
WOW! might be the only possible response. Visit http://www.onpointradio.org/2010/09/new-jazz-gems and you’ll say it, too!
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Tagged Al Casey, Benny Goodman, Bill Savory, blues, Bob Zurke, Bud Freeman, Bunny Berigan, Fats Waller, Gene Krupa, George Wettling, Jack Teagarden, jam session, jazz blog, Jazz Lives, Joe MArsala, Loren Schoenberg, Louis Armstrong, Louis Armstrong Archives, Martin Block, Michael Cogswell, Michael Steinman, National Jazz Museum in Harlem, NPR, Queens College, Slam Stewart, Teddy Wilson, WBUR
Click (http://www.theconnection.org/shows/2001/02/20010206_a_main.asp) to hear an hour-long interview on WBUR-FM where Whitney Balliett talks about jazz and some of his favorite recordings.