Monday

OCTOBER 11TH



BIRTHDAYS




1903
Bobbe Arnst 

Bobbe Arnst (October 11, 1903 -November 25,1980) 
Ziegfeld Girl, Bobbe Arnst performed in Ziegfeld's musicals "Rosalie" (1928) and "Simple Simon" (1930). In Rosalie, she introduced the song "How Long Has This Been Going On".




1917
John Adriano Acea, Piano
b. Philadelphia, PA, USA.
d. ca. late 1980s.
The Blue Note catalog is a buffet table that attracts and satisfies an endless series of jazz noshers, and the ones that stay longest and dig deepest into the more obscure salads will wind up discovering this funky Philly pianist. He backed up the superb guitarist Grant Green as well as providing the endless cycles of chord changes required by participants in tenor saxophone battles such as Ben Webster and Illinois Jacquet. Acea also had his jive side, evidenced by his involvement with the zany band of Dizzy Gillespie and its off-the-wall vocalist Babs Gonzales.
Acea, who is sometimes mistaken for the rhythm and blues performer Johnny Ace plus a typo, came from a Cuban family who settled in Philadelphia around 1910. Census forms from that city in the '20s indicate there were spelling problems even back then, with both the pianist and his father's name listed as Adrino Acea, which could mean that the performer often credited as John Adriano Acea added an extra letter to his name, or the census taker left one out. Acea was born with rheumatic fever, and the original prediction from doctors was that he would not survive his childhood, let alone the all-night jam sessions that lay ahead. He did much better than anyone expected, became known to most of his friends as simply "John" and picked up several musical nicknames including "Johnny Acey" and "Acey."
While not exactly the most famous jazz pianist to come out of Philadelphia, legends still abound about the man's talent. It is said that he was able to play all of the instruments in the music store, but he quickly picked up a reputation for piano as well as an uncanny knack for backing up singers. He would eventually record with greats such as Gloria Lynne, Diana Washington, Ruth Brown and Patti Page. He played cornet in the army, however, and worked as a trumpeter with the band of pianist Sammy Price when he got out in the late 30s. During the same period, he also played tenor saxophone in the Don Bagley group.
Acea moved to New York City in the early '40s, performing and recording on piano with tenor sax great Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis in 1947 and 1948. He finished out the decade with Gillespie, and in the early '50s began backing up Illinois Jacquet. Acea also actively freelanced on records, in 1951 with the talented James Moody and with another tenor great, Al Sears, the following year. From 1954 through 1957 he played with Joe Newman, contributing the tune "Blues for Slim" to the album Joe Newman and His Band. Acea's composing skills also took him into the world of doo wop and rhythm and blues, genres that melded regularly with jazz in terms of the musicians involved, if not the listeners that were attracted. He wrote music for the Cadillacs, who later became the Coasters, as well as the big bands of both Frankie Laine and Ray Charles. Jacquet recorded the Acea tune "Little Jeff"; Acea paid back the tribute by giving one of his children "Jacquet" as a middle name.
~ Eugene Chadbourne
John Adriano Acea - Wikipedia



1919
Arthur "Art" Blakey, Drums
b. Pittsburgh, PA, USA.
d. Oct. 16, 1990
aka: Abdullahn ibn Buhaina.
Played in Billy Eckstine band and others.
Arthur "Art" Blakey (October 11, 1919 – October 16, 1990), known later as Abdullah Ibn Buhaina, was an American jazz drummer and bandleader.
Along with Kenny Clarke and Max Roach, he was one of the inventors of the modern bebop style of drumming. He is known as a powerful musician and a vital groover; his brand of bluesy, funky hard bop was and continues to be profoundly influential on mainstream jazz. For more than 30 years his band, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers included many young musicians who went on to become prominent names in jazz. The band's legacy is thus not only known for the often exceptionally fine music it produced, but as a proving ground for several generations of jazz musicians; Blakey's groups are matched only by those of Miles Davis in this regard. He was a member of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.



1891
Amzy Asbell, piano
b. Fulton County (Havana), IL USA.
d. ca. 1962, Dayton, OH, USA.
(Buried in the Veterans Cemetary).

Amzy is perhaps best recalled for playing the Piano with Clyde "Sugar" McCoy's orchestra. His wife was Laura Belle (née: Hughes), b. Nov. 3, 1909, Corydon, Harrison, IN, USA; d. March 23, 2000, New Albany, Floyd, IN, USA. One of their sons, Charles G. Asbell (now deceased) was a cousin to William Foley Jr., the son of William James Foley who played organ, piano, and calliope.



1918
Robert "Bobby" Dukoff, tenor sax
b: Worcester, MA, USA.
raised in Sioux City, IA, USA.
A veteran of big bands led by Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, and Jimmy Dorsey, Bob Dukoff has made his greatest contribution to jazz as designer and manufacturer of the world's leading saxophone mouthpieces. Designed in 1943 and first marketed two years later, the mouthpiece has provided saxophone players with greater facility to play their instruments.
A native of Sioux City, IA, Dukoff found his earliest inspiration in his mother's piano playing. When his first saxophone came with two different mouthpieces, he became aware that not all mouthpieces were similar. Experimenting in the back room of a California music store, he developed his unique mouthpiece.
Relocating in 1956 to Kendall, FL, a suburb of Miami, Dukoff opened his own recording studio, Dukoff Recording. He continued to run the studio until the early '70s.
As a musician, Dukoff reached his peak with the album, Sax in Silk, in 1954. Showcasing his lush approach to tenor jazz, the album became a Top Ten hit.
~ Craig Harris, Rovi


1918
Jerome Robbins
choreographer/composer
b. New York, NY, USA
d. July 29, 1998, New York, NY, USA.
né: Jerome Rabinowitz.
He won an Oscar for the Broadway (and film) musical 'West Side Story'. Robbins is included here for although known as a choreographer, he could, and did, compose music. It was just his karma that none of his music ever became popular.
1903
Teddy Weatherford, Piano
b. Pocahontas, VA, USA. USA.
d. April 25, 1945 Teddy Weatherford was one of the greatest jazz pianists that no one has ever heard of! Weatherford learned to play piano during his period living in New Orleans (1915-20) and he soon became an impressive virtuoso. After moving to Chicago, he worked with several top jazz orchestras including those led by Jimmie Wade and Erskine Tate. He recorded with both of the groups including "Static Strut" and "Stomp Off, Let's Go" with the latter at a time when Louis Armstrong was also a member of Tate's Vendome Orchestra.

Teddy Weatherford, right. Photograph courtesy ofThe Atavist.
A brilliant enough player to be Earl Hines' chief rival in Chicago, Weatherford in Aug. 1926 sailed to the Orient with Jack Carter's Orchestra and, except for a brief visit in 1934 and stays in Paris and Sweden in the summer of 1937, Weatherford spent the remainder of his life in Asia; thus his near-anonymity. However Teddy Weatherford was never inactive for he led bands in Singapore, Manila, Shanghai and eventually India where he died of cholera at the age of 41. Teddy Weatherford recorded as a soloist in Paris in 1937 and then in a variety of settings in Calcutta during 1941-44.
~ Scott Yanow

Notable Events Occurring
On This Date Include:


1961.
Leonard "Chico" Marx, of The Marx Brothers
died at age 74. A good pianist as well as comic actor.


1963.
Edith Piaf (b. Dec. 19, 1915, Paris, France)
died in Paris, France.
Age: 47.
née: Edith Giovanna Gassion
She was called the 'Sad Little Sparrow of Paris'. Among her hits were "Milord", "L'hymne a l'amour", and "Mon Legionnaire".
Edith Piaf was one of the most popular French singers of the 1940s and '50s, internationally famous for her husky, mournful voice and her songs of loneliness and despair. Born in Paris to street entertainers, her childhood was marked by poverty, illness and temporary blindness. After a stint with her father's touring acrobatic act, she sang in the streets until she was discovered by promoter Louis Leplee, who re-named her "la môme Piaf" ("the waif sparrow").

The diminutive singer gained popularity as she toured France, singing in cabarets and vaudeville theaters and, beginning in 1936, performing on radio and recordings. Her great fame came after World War II, with her song "Le Vie en Rose" becoming an international standard. She toured the United States several times beginning in the late 1940s and English versions of her songs made the pop charts in the U.S. and the United Kingdom. The anguish in her songs seemed to match the anguish in her personal life. Piaf had several ill-fated love affairs, including one with middleweight boxing champ Marcel Cerdan, who was killed in an airplane crash in 1949, and after a car accident in 1951 she became dependent on alcohol and morphine. Her songs include "Les Trois Cloches" ("The Three Bells"), "Vagabond" and "Milord."
In addition to being pals with Marlene Dietrich and Judy Garland, Piaf is credited with helping the careers of French singers Charles Aznavour and Yves Montand... 
In the 2007 film La Vie En Rose, Piaf as an adult was portrayed by Marion Cotillard, who won the Academy Award as best actress for the role.
Édith Piaf - Wikipedia



Songs Recorded/Released
On This Date Include:



1923



Sara Martin and Clarence Williams' Harmonizing Four - A Green Gal Can't Catch On

Edna Hicks - Save Your Man And Satisfy Your Soul - Porter Grainger at the Piano


Harry Reser and his Orchestra
  • If I Can't Get The Sweetie I Want (I Pity The Sweetie I Get)
  • You Darling, You

1924



Bix Beiderbecke - Sioux City Six

Bix Beiderbecke - Flock O' Blues

Bix Beiderbecke - I'm Glad

    1928



    Fred Hall's Jazz Band - "Missouri Squabble"
    • "Louder And Funnier"
    • West End Blues


    Alphonso Trent and his Orchestra - "Louder And Funnier"
    • "Gilded Kisses"

    1929


    Bessie Smith - "Blue Spirit Blues"

      1939

      Coleman Hawkins "Body and Soul"



      Abe Lyman and his Californians
      • All In Favor Say "Aye" - Vocal refrain by Rose Blane
      • Honestly - Vocal chorus by Eddie Holly



      LYRICS:



      If I Can't Get The Sweetie Want (I Pity The Sweetie I Get)

      ~Words by Joe Young & Sam M. Lewis
      ~Music by Jean Schwartz

      Now you can speak your heart, say what you think
      But don’t get smart with pencil and ink
      So if I can’t get the sweetie I want
      I pity the sweetie I get
      Oh, I don’t want a Sheik
      No they’re too dumb
      They think your cheek is just chewing gum
      So if I can’t get the sweetie I want
      I pity the sweetie I get

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