Friday

NOVEMBER 27TH


BIRTHDAYS



1914
Johnny Aladdin, leader
b. Monessen, PA, USA.
d. Jan. 14, 1987 Hilton Head, SC, USA. 
BIO


1907
Joe Bishop, Trumpet/Flugelhorn 
b. Monticello, AR, USA 
d. May 12, 1976, Houston, TX, USA. 
In the late 1920s, after graduating from Hendrix College, he began playing tuba with the Louisiana Ramblers; then mellophone (hybrid of the tuba and the euphonium) with Mart Britt's Band. Back to the Tuba with the Al Katz, Austin Wylie, and Isham Jones bands. Also played with Cow Cow Davenport, and Jimmy Gordon. In 1931, it was the arrangements by Bishop and Gordon Jenkins that gave the Isham Jones band their excellent ensemble sound. With the disbanding of the Isham Jones band, clarinetist Woody Herman used the nucleus to form his own first orchestra. (Musicians referred to the orchestra as "the Isham Jones Alumni Band".) Bishop was Woody's chief arranger, and arranged (and co-wrote with Herman) Woody's all-time favorite, "Woodchopper's Ball." Other Bishop compositions and arrangements include "Be Not Disencouraged", "Ain't It Just Too Bad", "Out of Space", "Blue Prelude", "Blue Evening", and "Blue Flame," which was used as the Herman band theme in the early 1940's. 


1893
Cristopher "Black Happy" Goldston, drums
b. New Orleans, LA, USA.
d. March 17, 1968, New Orleans, LA, USA.
Played with Papa Celestin; Crescent Orchestra; Octave Crosby; Golden Leaf Band; Bill Matthews; Onward Brass Band; Tulane Orchestra.


1910
Ray Herbeck, Leader/Sax
d. Jan. 17, 1989. 
Both Ray and his vocalist/wife - Lorraine Benson - are buried in the Veteran's Admin. Cemetary in Phoenix, AZ, USA. Over his career, Ray and his various bands recorded over 200 sides for Okeh, Vocalion, and Columbia. His son, Ray Jr., still has the original "book" and has produced a "Live" CD with the 1943 band including his mother Lorraine Benson singing.
BIO


1877
John "Papa John" Joseph bass/clarinet/guitar/tenor sax b. St. James Parish, LA, USA. d. Jan. 22, 1965, New Orleans, LA, USA.

Papa John Joseph was an early New Orleans jazz string bass player.
Joseph was born in St. James Parish, Louisiana and moved to New Orleans by 1906.
He played with Buddy Bolden early on. Somewhat later he played in the Claiborne Williams band and the Original Tuxedo Orchestra.
For years in mid life he worked professionally as a barber playing music occasionally on the side. He returned to music full time in his later years. He was a regular at Preservation Hall until he famously dropped dead there after finishing a rousing version of When the Saints Go Marching In.


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1912
Muzzy Marcellino, leader/violin d. 1997 Biography If you've ever noticed the haunting whistling featured in "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly," the theme composed by Ennio Morricone for the Sergio Leone spaghetti Western of the same name starring Clint Eastwood, then you've heard Muzzy Marcellino's famous whistle at its best. He also whistled The High and the Mighty theme, and his mellifluous pucker also is featured on Esquivel's Latin-esque album. Hollywood and advertising agencies routinely called on Marcellino's distinctive talent for whistling throughout the 1950s and into the 1960s. Even Disneyland got in on the act, using the famous whistler's birdcalls for its Tiki Room. Recorded whistles were not Marcellino's only connection to the music world. During the early '30s, he lent his talents to the Lofner-Harris Orchestra and played the Hotel St. Francis in San Francisco.

He also worked with other ensembles, among them the Ted Fio Rito Orchestra in 1935. The gig with Fio Rito led to appearances in a few films, including Twenty Million Sweethearts and The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi. Toward the end of the decade, Marcellino led his own ensemble, accompanied by vocalist Gloria De Haven, who later moved on to a successful film career. He employed his talent for whistling only infrequently with his band. After a decade, Marcellino disbanded his group of musicians. He worked for a time on radio with Dick Powell before Art Linkletter hired him to lead an ensemble on House Party, Linkletter's television program. Marcellino held the position of Linkletter's musical director for almost two decades, leaving in 1969. Capitol issued a recording of Marcellino from his House Party years. He also co-wrote several numbers for the Mickey Mouse Club with Jimmy Dodd. ~ Linda Seida


1913
Liza Morrow, vocalist
b. New York (Brooklyn), NY, USA. 
Married to Dale McMickle. Played with actor/cellist Morrie Amsterdam; Bobby Hackett; Robert Q. Lewis; Mitchell Ayers; Eddie Condon; Benny Goodman; George Paxton; and was heard on NBC & CBS radio programs.


1913 
"Mr. Q" - piano/harmonica
b. Winston Salem, NC, USA.
Early on, he played piano (self taught), and later, after migrating to Harlem (New York), he got a job playing harmonica with the Savoy Sultans, then the house band (1937-'46,) at the famed Savoy ballroom. (Leader was reedman Al Cooper (né: Lofton Alphonso Cooper, 1911-'81), his half-brother bassist Grachan Moncur (b. Sept. 2, 1915), Rudy Williams on reeds (b 1909, Newark NJ, USA; d Sept. 1954, and drummer Razz Mitchell, who used a riveted Chinese sizzle cymbal.)



1904
Eddie South, Violin
b. Louisiana, MO, USA.
d. April 25, 1962, Chicago, IL, USA.
Intensive study of music from age 10, then at Chicago College of Music, and in Paris, and Budapest. He may have been best musician to play authentic jazz violin (although other violinists such as Joe Venuti, Stephane Grappelli, and Stuff Smith wasn't slouches either). A very happy-go-lucky personality made him a favorite wherever he went.
Biography One of the top violinists of the pre-bop era, Eddie South was a brilliant technician who, were it not for the universal racism of the time, would probably have been a top classical violinist. A child prodigy, South graduated from the Chicago Music College. Since classical positions were not open to black violinists in the 1920s, South learned to play jazz (helped out by Darnell Howard).
In the early to mid-'20s, he worked in Chicago with Jimmy Wade's Syncopators, Charles Elgar, and Erskine Tate. South's 1928 visit to Europe (where he studied at the Paris Conservatoire) made a deep impression on the violinist, particularly his visit to Budapest; later on, he would often utilize gypsy melodies as a basis for jazz improvising.
Mr. and Mrs. Eddie South, Chicago c.1933
In 1931, South returned to Chicago, where his regular band included the young bassist Milt Hinton. In 1937, he visited Paris and had the opportunity to record with Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. However, South never really had a major breakthrough commercially in his career. He did work on radio and television, but spent most of his life in relative obscurity, gigging in New York, Los Angeles, and especially Chicago. Eddie South's early recordings (covering 1927-1941) have been reissued on a pair of Classics CDs. In later years he recorded for Chess and Mercury, and also made a final set released by Trip. ~ Scott Yanow
Warren Vache, Sr., acoustic bass b. New York (Brooklyn), NY, USA. d. Feb. 4, 2005, Rahway, NJ, USA In 1997, Warren and his wife Madeline (née: Sohl) celebrated their 'Golden Wedding Anniversary'. The couple had two sons, flügelhorn and cornetist Warren Jr., and clarinetist Allan Robert, both professional Jazz musicians. For many years, Vache led his own Jazz band, "The Syncopatin' Six."




             Rest In Peace Evelyn T. Preer
Notable Events 

On this date include: 

1932.
Evelyn T. Preer, vocals
died in Los Angeles, CA, USA.
Age: 37.
Eveleyn Preer (July 16, 1896 – November 27, 1932) was a pioneering African-American stage and screen actress and blues singer of the 1910s through the early 1930s. Sang with the Clarence Williams Orch.


1926.

"You Made Me Love You" was recorded by Louis 'Satchmo' Armstrong. (Okeh Records) 



Songs Recorded/Released 
On this date include: 

1923

Fletcher Henderson Orchestra
1925

Roger Wolfe Kahn and his Hotel Biltmore Orchestra
1926

Five Harmaniacs
Louis Armstrong and his Hot Five
1928

Coon Sanders Nighthawks Orchestra
1929

Annette Hanshaw
1931

Ben Selvin and his Orchestra
LYRICS: 

"Lucky Boy" 
~Irving Berlin 

Your smiling face is an open book, young man 
We know that look, young man 
You must be oh, so happy 
It's just a case of love that took, young man 
There are quite a few who envy you 
 Lucky boy, she's a beautiful thing 
Lucky boy, will you give her a ring 
 Lucky boy, we suppose in the Spring 
You will take your pride and joy 
 On a train and her leather suitcase 
Will contain bits of satin and lace 
 It's as plain as the nose on your face 
How we envy you, lucky boy 
 I must confess that you pave the way for me 
You really say for me 
The things I want to tell you 
You'll never guess what a lucky day for me 
When I found that she had chosen me 
 Lucky boy, she's a beautiful thing 
Lucky boy, I'm as proud as a king 
 Lucky boy, when I give her the ring 
Can't you see me jump with joy 
 With a cheer and a "whatta we care" 
We'll appear in a bungalow where 
 In a year, maybe three of us there 
How we envy you, lucky boy
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The Red Hot Jazz Archives, The Big Band Database
Scott Yanow
and all those who have provided 
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