Wednesday

JANUARY 6TH

BIRTHDAYS
1907
Vernon Brown, Trombone
b. Venice, IL, USA
d. 1979 A decent trombonist who was never a major star but was considered quite valuable in sections of big bands and for occasional solos, Vernon Brown today is best remembered for being part of Benny Goodman's Orchestra during 1937-40. More than a decade earlier he had gained some important early experience playing with Frankie Trumbauer in St. Louis (1925-26). A journeyman but a reliable musician, Brown was with many bands during the next ten years, most notably Jean Goldkette in 1928, Benny Meroff and (after moving to New York) Mezz Mezzrow in 1937. He became fairly well-known during his Goodman years although he only had occasional solos. Brown also played with Artie Shaw (1940-41), Jan Savitt, the Muggsy Spanier Big Band (1941-42) and the Casa Loma Orchestra. During the mid-1940's, Brown frequently popped up on Dixielandoriented record dates. He was chiefly a studio musician from the mid-1940's on other than some time spent playing with Sidney Bechet, leading a band in Seattle in 1950 and making occasional reunion tours with Benny Goodman. Brown played with Tony Parenti a bit in 1963 and remained active as a studio player into the early 1970's when he retired.
~ Scott Yanow
1905
Louis DeVries, Trumpet
b. Groningen, Netherlands
d. Sept. 5, 1935, Zwolle, Netherlands.
In 1920, he started professional career working in Amsterdam's Tuchinsky Theatre Orchestra, then followed stints with the Excellos Five (1925-6), bass player Jack de Vries (1926-9 -his brother), in 1929 he was with violinist Marek Weber Orch., and in 1930 with Ben Berlin. During 1931-'32, he worked with bandleader Juan Llossas, after which he again worked with his brother (1932-5). In 1935, he toured Great Britain, and worked with Valaida Snow.
1910
Bruno Henriksen
Piano/Bandleader
b. Copenhagen, Denmark
d. Feb. 27, 1984
1906
Bobby Stark, Trumpet
b. New York, NY, USA
d. Dec. 29, 1945 One of the great unsung trumpeters of the 1920's, Bobby Stark was a major soloist with the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra; his improvisations on three recorded versions of "King Porter Stomp" (the first one being in 1928) were arguably more exciting and creative than Bunny Berigan's famous solo on Benny Goodman's hit record in 1935. Stark, who started playing alto horn when he was 15, studied piano and reeds before settling on the trumpet. He had short stints in New York with June Clark (1925), Edgar Dowell, Leon Abbey, Duncan Mayers, Bobbie Brown, Bobby Lee, Billy Butler, Charles Turner, the early version of McKinney's Cotton Pickers and Chick Webb (1926-27).
Stark was a major asset with Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra during 1927-33, soloing on many records and, although showing the influence of Louis Armstrong, he often sounded quite original. With Henderson, Stark held his own with such fellow trumpeters as Cootie Williams, Rex Stewart and Henry "Red" Allen. Ironically his next association, with Chick Webb's Orchestra during 1934-39, found him overshadowed completely by trumpeter Taft Jordan; the two trumpeters had similar styles during the era and Jordan (who doubled as a vocalist) got nearly all of the publicity. After Webb's death in 1939, Stark stayed with the band (under the leadership of Ella Fitzgerald) for an additional year and then freelanced. He was in the Army for a year (1942-43), played with Garvin Bushell (1944) and Benny Morton's Sextet, and then died prematurely. How he would have handled the innovations of the bop era will never be known. Bobby Stark, who never led a record date of his own, deserves to be rediscovered for his contributions to Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra.
~ Scott Yanow
1918
Jack Varney, Piano
b. Melbourne, Australia Notable Events
On this date include: 1969.
Johnny Moore, guitar
died in Los Angeles, CA, USA.
Age: 62.
Member: 'Three Blazers' Johnny Moore - Wikipedia
1972.
George Boy Simpkins, vocals
died in Los Angeles, CA, USA.
Age: 64 1977.
Keith Coleman, C&W fiddle player with the group "Bob Wills, & the Texas Playboys" died. 1979.
Mary Mcbride, vocals
died in Chicago, IL, USA.
Age: 87
1993.
Trumpeter, "Dizzy" Gillespie
died in Englewood, NJ, USA.
Age: 75 (cancer).
He and Charlie Parker co-founded 'bebop' style music. They claimed that "lesser" (White) musicians couldn't play such music. Bebop never caught on with the larger public, and soon died the death that it deserved. "Dizzy" also composed some Jazz tunes including "Salt Peanuts", and "Night in Tunisia".
Songs Recorded/Released
On this date include: 1922
Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra
They Call It Dancing, (introducing "The Schoolhouse Blues"), (Irving Berlin)
1925
Naylor's Seven Aces
Bye-Bye, Baby, (Motzen / Bloom)
Cotton Club Orchestra Down And Out Blues, (Arthur Sizemore) 1926
Art Landry and His Orchestra
Slippery Elm, (Boyd Senter )
New Princes' Toronto Band How's Your Folks And My Folks?, (de Voll / Mecum) 1927
Harry Reser and his Orchestra
The California Ramblers
Ted Lewis and his Band
Irving Mills' Hotsy-Totsy Gang
Barbaric, (Hoagy Carmichael ) High And Dry, (Hoagy Carmichael ) 1944
Jimmy Dorsey
Besame Mucho My Ideal
LYRICS:
"They Call It Dancing" ~IRVING BERLIN Years ago when I was just a wee little thing A man never squeezed a girl till she got the ring They were both engaged before the boy took a chance But now all he has to do is ask her to dance They call it dancing, you see them cuddled up tight They're only dancing so ev'rything is all right Until the midnight cabaret closes You can see he and she rubbing noses She calls him "Mister" They're only friends it appears And then he'll twist her like they've been married for years A man can squeeze all the she's With his arms and his knees And they call it dancing, that's all They call it dancing, you see them cuddled up tight They're only dancing so ev'rything is all right Until the midnight cabaret closes You can see he and she rubbing noses If it's a ballroom she doesn't mind his embrace But in a hallroom she'd slap him right in the face A man can grab someone's wife Have the time of his life And they call it dancing, that's all TubaGirlFin brought to you by... ~confetta
Special Thanks To: The Red Hot Jazz Archives, The Big Band Database, Scott Yanow, and all those who have provided content, images and sound files for this site.

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