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Buddy Banks, Tenor Sax
b. Dallas, TX, USA., d. 1991.
Ulysses "Buddy" Banks (October 3, 1909, Dallas - September 7, 1991, Desert Hot Springs, California) was an American jazz tenor saxophonist, pianist, and bandleader.
Banks played in Charlie Echols's band in Los Angeles from 1933 to 1937 and remained in the group after it was taken over by Claude Kennedy and then by Emerson Scott after Kennedy's death. The group then scored a gig at the Paradise Cafe, and Cee Pee Johnson became its leader; Banks played in Johnson's ensemble until 1945. Following this Banks led his own group; this band featured tenor sax and trombone as its most prominent instruments, the trombone position being held by Allen Durham and then by Wesley Huff. Guitarist Wesley Pile and drummer Monk McFay also recorded as members of this group. The ensemble played throughout southern California and recorded until 1949. Banks led a new group in 1950, but disbanded it quickly.
In 1950 he began playing piano, and though he accompanied Fluffy Hunter on tenor saxophone in 1953, he spent most of the rest of his life on piano, including in a piano-bass duo with Al Morgan (1953-1976). He played solo piano into the 1980s.

Edgar W."Puddinghead" Battle
Trumpet/songwriter b. Atlanta, GA, USA
d. Feb. 6, 1977, New York, NY, USA.
Edgar "Puddinghead" Battle (October 3, 1907, Atlanta, Georgia - February 6, 1977, New York City) was an American jazz multi-instrumentalist, composer, and arranger. He performed on trumpet, trombone, saxophone, and keyboard.
Battle was born into a musical family; his mother played guitar, and his father, bass and piano. He started out on trumpet, playing with J. Neal Montgomery and Harvey Quiggs as a teenager. He formed his own band, the Dixie Serenaders, in 1921, while he was a student at Morris Brown University, and changed the name to Dixie Ramblers a few years later. Around this time he also played with Eddie Heywood, Sr., and toured with the 101 Ranch traveling show. In the 1920s he worked with Gene Coy, Andy Kirk, Blanche Calloway, Ira Coffey, and Willie Bryant. He moved to New York City in the early 1930s and did short stints with Benny Carter and Sam Wooding before joining George White's ensemble on Broadway. Over time he began doing more work as a studio musician and arranger, writing charts for Cab Calloway, Paul Whiteman, Fats Waller, Earl Hines, Rudy Vallee, and Count Basie.
During World War II Battle held a position as an electrician in a shipyard, concomitantly running a big band with Shirley Clay. In the 1950s he founded Cosmopolitan Records, and continued to play in big bands part time through the 1960s. Among his numerous jazz compositions is the piece "Topsy".
"Blind Jim" Brewer, guitar
b. Brookhaven, MS, USA.
Brewer performed regularly on Maxwell Street singing both blues and religious songs.
Jim Brewer (October 3, 1920 – June 3, 1988) aka Blind Jim Brewer, although Brewer did not like this additive ("My mother didn't name me "Blind", she named me "Jim"), was an African-American blues singer and guitarist.
Born as James Brewer in Brookhaven, Mississippi, he moved to Chicago in the 1940s spending the latter part of his life busking and performing both blues and religious songs at blues and folk festivals, on Chicago’s Maxwell Street and other venues.

Johnny Burke, lyricist
b. Antioch, CA, USA
d. Feb. 25, 1964, New York, NY, USA.
Over his career, composer Johnny Burke worked with various lyricists from the mid-1920s through the late '40s, but curiously, only after he had reached his 40th birthday did he have his first "Big" hit -"Yearning" (1925). The lyricist was Benny Davis and, in 1928, this team had another hit in "Carolina Moon".
Johnny next teamed with lyricist Al Dubin, and among their big successes were "Tip Toe Through the Tulips With Me" (1929), "Dancing With Tears In My Eyes" (1930) and their greatest success, "For You," which was also a "hit" recording for the Casa Loma Orchestra with vocalist Kenny Sargent. The mid-30s found Burke next teamed with lyricist Edgar Leslie in the mid-'30s. This new team was responsible for such popular hits as "On Treasure Island," "Moon Over Miami" and 1937's "It Looks Like Rain In Cherry Blossom Lane," among others. Burke's final hit came in 1948 with "Ramblin' Rose,". This time, the lyricist was Joseph McCarthy, Jr.
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Von Freeman
Tenor Sax
b. Chicago, IL, USA.
Earle Lavon Freeman Sr. (born October 3, 1923, Chicago, Illinois) is an American hard bop jazz tenor saxophonist. He is the father of jazz saxophonist Chico Freeman.

Gabriel Julian, Piano 
b: Newark, NJ, USA
d: Sept. 29, 2002, Age 89.
Born in Newark, NJ, Gabriel Julian lived in East Orange, NJ before relocating to Mountainside, NJ in 1955. He earned his bachelors degree in chemistry from the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa in 1935. While in school, he was one of the founders of the University of Alabama Cavalers Jazz Ensemble ( here's a photo of the Cavaliers on the Bandstand, ), and was a member of that group from 1931 through 1935.
During World War II, he was the chief warrant officer with the 100th Infantry Division from 1941 through 1946 and received the Bronze Star. He also played in the 100th Infantry Division band. For 56 years, Julian was a self-employed musician before retiring in 1985. During his career, he arranged music for Glenn Miller as well as for the CBS and NBC television networks. He is also well remembered as the original piano player for the Bobby Byrne dance band. He and vocalist Dorothy Claire were with the band during 1940-'41, when they played at New York's Glen Island Casino and Meadowbrook clubs.

Manuel Manetta, Piano
b. New Orleans, LA, USA.
d. Oct. 10, 1969

Booker Pitman, Alto Sax
b. Fairmont Heights, MD, USA.
d. Oct. 13, 1969.
Booker Pittman or Pitman (born in 1909, died in 1969) was the son of Portia Pittman and a grandson of Booker T. Washington. He became an accomplished jazz clarinetist and played with greats like Louis Armstrong and Count Basie in the US and Europe in the 1920s and 30s.
He left the US for the first time in 1933, when he went with Lucky Millinder's orchestra to France and stayed there for four years. During that period, he met a Brazilian musician named Romeo Silva, who took him on a tour of Brazil along with other musicians. They sailed to Bahia aboard the Siqueira Campos.
In 1937, Booker moved to Brazil, where he was known by the nickname "Buca", and continued his musical career there, playing at the Urca Casino. He lived in Copacabana and befriended Jorge Guinle and Pixinguinha. He also played in other countries, like Argentina. He died of laryngeal cancer at the age of 60 in 1969. His stepdaughter Eliana Pittman is a Brazilian jazz singer and actress.

Fiddlin' Cowan Powers champion (C&W) Fiddler 
b. Russell County, VA, USA.
From Russell County, Virginia came a powerful fiddler in Cowan Powers. The remainder of the band consisted of his three daughters and son: Charlie played banjo and sang, Ada played ukulele, Opha Lou played mandolin and Carrie Belle played guitar. Carrie Belle had been tutored by Byrd Moore, Earl Johnson's guitar player, and added greatly to the strength of their performances.
from: Roots of American Fiddle Music - Early Fiddlers 

Cowan Powers

John Roberts, vocals
b. Small Hope, Andros Island, BWI.

Orlando Silva
Musical Artist
Born: October 3, 1915, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Died: August 7, 1978, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
~Artist Biography by Alvaro Neder
Orlando Silva is regarded by many as the best Brazilian singer of all times. Certainly he was fundamental in the process of modernization of Brazilian popular music, through his subtle rhythmic facility allied to an intelligent interpretation and a flexible phrasing. Before Silva, Brazilian music was dominated by potent voices like Francisco Alves', which were very much indebted to operatic performance. It was Silva who, inspired by Sílvio Caldas' delicate style (and also by Alves' powerful vocal gift), introduced a new way of singing, in which his perfect diction, uncanny voice control, precise intonation, and creative use of rhythm produced a vigorous school that ultimately influenced João Gilberto, the whole bossa nova, the tropicália, and the MPB styles. Orlando Silva was also the first idol of the masses in Brazil. 

In his prime -- from the mid-'30s to the mid-'40s -- he was the most popular Brazilian artist ever. His live performances used to attract so many people that he soon became known as "O Ídolo das Multidões" (The Idol of the Multitudes). The adoration of the crowds reached extremes that would only be repeated, several years later, around the Frank Sinatra phenomenon. After 1945, though, Silva's voice was clearly signaling that years of heavy substance abuse were charging their price; he lost the clarity of his high-range, the cleanness of his timbre. He entered a period of obscurity, but he somehow managed to carry on with his wonderful interpretations even if his instrument was not the same anymore. Silva continued to sing professionally until 1975, when he recorded his last LP, Hoje (RCA Victor), completing 40 years of career.

From a poor family, Silva lost his father at three. Soon he was engaged in several different small jobs for a living. In 1934 he was invited by Francisco Alves to sing in his program at the Rádio Cajuti. In the same year he debuted in the radio under the pseudonym of Orlando Navarro and recorded his first album, through Columbia, with the samba "Olha a Baiana" (Kid Pepe/Germano Augusto) and the march "Ondas Curtas" (Kid Pepe/Zeca Ivo). In 1936, Silva participated in the inauguration of the Rádio Nacional, interpreting "Caprichos do Destino" (Pedro Caetano/Claudionor Cruz), the song that would become a hit in his rendition. Silva was the first to host an exclusive show in that broadcasting station, and it was a massive success. In the same year, he had another hit with "Dama do Cabaré" (Noel Rosa), followed by "Lábios que Beijei" (J. Cascata/Leonel Azevedo), "Carinhoso" (he was the launcher of this all-time classic by Pixinguinha/João de Barro), and "Rosa" (Pixinguinha/Otávio de Souza) in 1937. In 1938 he appeared in the film Banana da Terra, interpreting "A Jardineira" (Benedito Lacerda/Humberto Porto), which was a huge hit in the Carnival of 1939. Another success of his was "Página de Dor" (Índio/Pixinguinha), also recorded in 1938. 

The samba "A Primeira Vez" (Bide/Marçal) was recorded by Silva in 1940 and was one of the several songs (like "Preconceito" by Wilson Batista/Marino Pinto, "Curare" by Bororó, and "Aos Pés da Cruz" by Marino Pinto/Zé da Zilda) turned into classics by him that were re-recorded by his disciple João Gilberto. Four years later, Silva abandoned the live shows, dedicating himself to the radio, cinema, and recording studios. He continued to enjoy remarkable popularity until the end, having retired just three years before his demise. His everlasting influence, though, is present and clearly audible in Brazilian music -- one could say that it is immortal.

George Theodore Wein
b. Boston, MA, USA.
Studied with Margaret Chaloff (mother of Serge Chaloff), and later with Sam Saxe and Teddy Wilson. He was playing in local clubs even while attending Boston University. In 1946 played with Max Kaminsky; 1947 with Edmund Hall; 1949 with "Wild" Bill Davison; and from the 1950s on, he played with such Jazzmen as Jimmy McPartland, Pee Wee Russell, Vic Dickenson, and Jo Jones - all mostly at his own Clubs in Bostonl and mainly at his club Storyville. In 1954, he started promoting the Newport Jazz Festival (Newport RI), now expanded to include the Newport Fest in French Lick, IN; Toronto, Canada and Boston, MA. Also toured Europe with the Newport Festival Orch.
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Notable Events Occurring
On This Date Include:

The Victor Talking Machine Company
was incorporated and later merged with
Radio Corporation of America. The new
"RCA-Victor" would become a leader in
phonographs and recordings.
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The famous "Victrola" brand trademark,
-a picture of "Nipper" the dog, and the
words "His Master's Voice", appeared on all
RCA-Victor phonographs and record labels.
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James "Tim" Brymn
died in New York, NY, USA.
Age: 64.
Tim Brymn and his Black Devil Orchestra were an all African-American 70 piece musical unit that represented the 350th Field Artillery Regiment during World War I. Tim Brymn's band was described at the time as "a military symphony engaged in a battle of jazz." Willie "The Lion" Smith also served in the 350th Field Artillery Regiment and claimed to have received the nickname of "The Lion" for his bravery while in this unit. Okeh 8054 was released under the name of Tim Brymn's Black Devil Four and features an unknown male vocal harmony group.
From: ~The Red Hot Jazz Archives
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Woody Guthrie
died in Queens, NY, USA.
Age: 55.

"Skip" James, guitar/piano
died in Philadelphia, PA, USA.
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"Queen" Victoria Spivey
died in New York, NY, USA.

Songs Recorded/Released
On This Date Include:


Lonnie Johnson - “St. Louis Cyclone Blues”


Sammy Stewart and his Orchestra
  • “Crazy Rhythm"
  • “Wob-a-ly Walk’"

Cliff Edwards "Ukulele Ike" - “Stack O' Lee”


Cannon's Jug Stompers - “Jonestown Blues”
Cannon's Jug Stompers - “Noah's Blues"

Wilton Crawley
  • “She’s Driving Me Wild”
  • “Snake Hip Dance”

Memphis Jug Band - “Taking Your Place”


Fletcher Henderson Orchestra - “Chinatown, My Chinatown”

Ted Lewis and his Band
“Homemade Sunshine”


Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra - “I'm In The Mood For Love”


Dick Jurgens Orch - "Elmer's Tune"


(Sammy Stewart and his Orchestra version)

Crazy rhythm, here's the doorway
I'll go my way, you'll go your way
Crazy rhythm, from now on
We're through.
Here is where we have a showdown
I'm too high-hat, you're too low-down
Crazy rhythm, here's goodbye to you!
They say that when a high-brow meets a low-brow
Walkin' along Broadway
Soon the high-brow
He has no brow
Ain't it a shame?
And you're to blame
What's the use of prohibition?
You produce the same condition
Crazy rhythm, from now on, we're through
Crazy rhythm, I've gone crazy too

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