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Bulletin - July/ August 2009
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Oliver Naylor + Book + DVD

 

 

NEW BOOK

 
CAFE SOCIETY The Wrong Place For The Right People by Barney Josephson with Terry Trilling-Josephson ● BOOK $32.95
Hardbound, 376 pages, counts as 8 CDs for shipping
"Cafe Society" tells the personal history of Barney Josephson, proprietor of the legendary interracial New York City night clubs Caf‚ Society Downtown and Caf‚ Society Uptown and their successor, The Cookery. Famously known as "the wrong place for the Right people", Caf‚ Society featured the cream of jazz and blues performers-among whom were Billie Holiday, Big Joe Turner, Lester Young, Buck Clayton, and Mary Lou Williams-as well as comedy stars Imogene Coca, Zero Mostel, and Jack Gilford, the boogie-woogie pianists, and legendary gospel and folk artists. A trailblazer in many ways, Josephson welcomed black and white artists to perform for mixed audiences; in particular, he sought out and developed new performing talent, and he offered musicians and performers the rare security of continuous work for months and years. Spanning half a century from the 1930's to 1980's, Josephson's narrative depicts both the business and the artistic sides of Café Society while exposing the tensions between the club's own progressive interracial openness and the more restrictive social and political climate in which it evolved. A concept ahead of its time, Café Society was acclaimed then and now for its revolutionary innovations and creativity, inspired by the vision of one remarkable man.

 

NEW DVD

 
FATS WALLER Screenedge 56 This Joint Is Jumping ● DVD $13.98
Black & white/ color, 52 mins, highly recommended Delightful documentary on the life and music of the great Fats Waller includes narration by his son Maurice Waller as well as fellow musicians like Eddie Barefield, Marshall Royal, Sammy Price and others including the widow of Andy Razaf who had helped write the lyrics to some of Fats's most famous numbers. Includes a dozen musical excerpts from Fats - some from records but mostly from film clips including Do Me A Favor/ Got Religion In My Soul/ I'm Livin' In A Great Big Way/ The Joint Is Jumpin'/ Honeysuckle Rose/ Your Feet's Too Big/ Handful Of Keys/ Ain't Misbehavin' and more. An entertaining and informative production with excellent video and sound quality on the vintage film clips (FS)

   

NEW COMPACT DISCS

 
HOAGY CARMICHAEL & OTHERS JSP JSPCD 959 The First Of The Singers Songwriters- Key Cuts -1924-46 ● CD $28.98
Reissue of deleted JSPCD 918 but without the 84 page booklet in the original release. A four CD box set with 101 tracks in tribute to one of the great composers of American popular song. It includes performances of most of his best loved compositions such as Riverboat Shuffle/ Star Dust (10 different versions - 3 by Hoaguy himself)/ Rockin' Chair/ Georgia On My Mind/ (Up A) Lazy River/ Lazy Bones/ New Orleans/ Two Sleepy People/ Skylark and Hong Kong Blues. 40 of these recordings are by Carmichael himself with varying accompaniment, the other tracks are various interpretations of his works by singers and bands of the era, including Bix Beiderbecke & The Wolverine Orch., Red Nichols & His Five Pennies, the Paul Whiteman Orch., the Jean Goldkette Orch., Irving Mills Hotsy-Totsy Gang, Louis Armstrong, Fletcher Henderson, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, Mildred Bailey, Ethel Waters, Nat Gonella, the Frankie Trumbauer Orch., Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orch., the Dorsey Brothers Orch., and the Boswell Sisters and the set includes two previously unreleased tracks from 1928. Set has been compiled by Carmichael's official biographer and Richard Sudhalter and has been remastered by John R.T. Davies and Doug Pomeroy.
LOUIS ARMSTRONG & HIS ORCH.: Lazy River/ My Sweet/ Rockin' Chair/ Snowball/ Stardust/ MILDRED BAILEY: After Twelve O'Clock/ Georgia on My Mind/ Rockin' Chair/ Sing It Way Down Low/ Thanksgivin'/ Lazy Bones/ Snowball/ THE BOSWELL SISTERS: Charlie Two-Step/ CONNEE BOSWELL WITH THE CASA LOMA ORCH.: Washboard Blues/ ANITA BOYER: How Little We Know/ HOAGY CARMICHAEL: Baltimore Oriole/ Billy-A-Dick/ Cosmics/ Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief/ Ginger and Spice/ Hong Kong Blues/ Hong Kong Blues/ It Ain't Gonna Be Like That/ Lazy Bones/ Memphis in June/ No More Toujours l'Amour/ Ole Buttermilk Sky/ Riverboat Shuffle/ Snowball/ Stardust/ Stardust/ Sweet Lorraine/ The Whale Song/ Walk It Off/ Washboard Blues/ New Orleans/ Two Sleepy People/ CARMICHAEL'S COLLEGIANS: March of the Hoodlums/ Shim-Me-Sha-Wabble/ Smile/ Walkin' the Dog/ HOAGY CARMICHAEL & HIS ORCH: Bessie Couldn't Help It/ Georgia on My Mind/ Judy/ Lazy River/ March of the Hoodlums/ Moon Country (Is Home to Me)/ One Morning in May/ One Night in Havana/ Papa's Gone Bye-Bye Blues (Jewish Boy Blues)/ Rockin' Chair/ Rockin' Chair/ Walkin' the Dog/ Friday Night/ One Night in Havana/ Stardust/ When Baby Sleeps/ THE CAROLINA DANDIES: Come Easy, Go Easy, Love/ CASA LOMA ORCH.: Lazy Bones/ Moon Country (Is Home to Me)/ New Orleans/ Thanksgivin'/ THE CHOCOLATE DANDIES: Stardust/ THE DORSEY BROTHERS ORCHESTRA: Old Man Harlem/ DUKE ELLINGTON: March of the Hoodlums/ JEAN GOLDKETTE & HIS ORCHESTRA: So Tired/ NAT GONELLA: Moon Country (Is Home to Me)/ FLETCHER HENDERSON & HIS ORCHESTRA: Stardust/ RAY HENDRICKS: A World of No Goodbyes/ HITCH'S HAPPY HARMONISTS: Boneyard Shuffle/ Washboard Blues/ JACK JENNEY: Stardust/ ISHAM JONES & HIS ORCHESTRA: Stardust/ EDDIE LANG: What Kind O' Man Is You?/ March of the Hoodlums/ Walkin' the Dog/ MATTY MATLOCK: Vine Street Parade/ IRVING MILLS & HIS HOTSY TOTSY BAND: Barbaric/ Harvey/ High and Dry/ Manhattan Rag/ March of the Hoodlums/ Stardust/ What Kind O' Man Is You?/ MILLS MERRY MAKERS: Stardust/ BENNIE MOTEN & HIS KANSAS CITY ORCH.: New Orleans/ THE MOUND CITY BLUE BLOWERS: Georgia on My Mind/ THE NEW MAYFAIR DANCE ORCHESTRA: One Morning in May/ RED NICHOLS: Boneyard Shuffle/ Washboard Blues/ EDDIE SOUTH & HIS INTERNATIONAL ORCHESTRA: Old Man Harlem/ MAXINE SULLIVAN: Skylark/ FRANKIE TRUMBAUER & HIS ORCHESTRA: Down T' Uncle Bills/ Manhattan Rag/ Riverboat Shuffle/ FATS WALLER & HIS RHYTHM: Two Sleepy People/ ETHEL WATERS: Bread and Gravy/ PAUL WHITEMAN & HIS ORCH.: Daybreak/ In the Still of the Night/ PAUL WHITEMAN & HIS ORCHESTRA: Washboard Blues/ THE WOLVERINE ORCHESTRA: Riverboat Shuffle

 
AL "JAZZBO" COLLINS El ACMEM 162 Fairy Tales For Hip Kids Plus ... ● CD $16.98
20 tracks, 79 mins, highly recommended
Al "Jazzbo" Collins was a perfect mix of Lord Buckley and Slim Gaillard, with a little Steve Allen thrown in. These "Hip Fairy Tails" started out from Collins' improvs on his own Jazz radio shows. After the first single Little Red Riding Hood (track one) sold an impressive 250,000 plus copies a long-player was in order, laying down the same hipster jive, with equally cool results. Jack & The Beanstalk/ Three Little Pigs, and beyond got the Jazzbo touch. Collins was the real deal, a huge asset to the history of Jazz on the radio. The second half of this CD features his album presenting "The East Coast Jazz Scene," with such heavy hitters as Don Elliot and Coleman Hawkins. Definitely one of a kind, thankfully Collins landed in the Bay Area for the end of his radio career and I can personally attest to him sounding cool all the way to the end. Fans of Jazz, Beatnik culture and novelty records will all certainly dig this CD, it's "the Most!" (JM)

 
OLIVER NAYLOR Retrieval 79008 1924-1925 ● CD $10.98
Back in print. 21 tracks by obscure groups led by pianist Oliver Naylor recorded in 1924 and 1925. 17 of the tracks are by Naylor's SEven Aces with Edward "Pinky' Gerbrecht (cornet), Charles Hartman (trombone), Bill Creger (clarinet and alto sax) and others. Two tracks are by the larger group Oliver Naylor's Orchestra which included pianist Bob Zurke and two tracks are by Pinkie's Birmingham Five - a group without Naylor but including Gerbrecht, pianist Rube Bloom and others. Includes High Society/ Ringelberg Blues/ She Wouldn't Do What I Asked Her To/ You/ Ain't That Hateful/ So I Took The Fifty Thousand Dollars/ Say, Say, Sadie/ You And I/ Bye Baye Baby/ Carolina Stomp/ Slowin' Down Blues, etc. Remastered by the late great John R.T. Davis and booklet with notes by BRian Rust.

 

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