Fred Elizalde
Piano/Leader b. Manila, Philippines
d. Jan. 16, 1979. (some sources say d. 1972). 
Connections between the Philippines and the jazz scene are slight -- but here is one for sure, half of a pair of brothers born into one of that island nation's wealthiest families. Both Fred Elizalde and Manuel Elizalde led dance bands in London, England, beginning in the second half of the '20s; they were sent there to attend posh Cambridge, naturally. The Elizalde brothers eventually dipped into the pool of brilliant New York City recording session players to bolster the staff of their band, certainly one reason that an ensuing Savoy Hotel stint was such a smash.

1928 Fred Elizalde laid the groundwork for his later in-depth studies with the brilliant composer Maurice Ravel by himself scribbling out a minuet at the ripe age of four. Both brothers were shipped around to only the best schools -- besides the aforementioned Cambridge there was Stanford University in California where, at only 16, Elizalde assumed leadership of the Stanford University Band for a Biltmore Hotel gig in Los Angeles. Moving from there to England only furthered his career as a bandleader and arranger: but his parents had meant otherwise, apparently horrified at their sons' interest in performing popular music.
An ensemble bravely called the Quinquaginta Ramblers was the first group Fred Elizalde took over upon arrival in England. The noted bandleader Bert Ambrose, often credited under just his surname, took a liking to the Filipino lad's piano playing as well as his ideas for compositions, and was an early employer.
Near the end of the '20s, Elizalde disbanded his British-American ensemble and moved elsewhere in Europe, studying classical music in Spain and working privately with Ravel in France. In the early '30s there were some further Elizalde recordings done in England, but in later years he would return there only for classical concerts, basically settling back in the Philippines where he ran his own radio station. ~Eugene Chadbourne


Emmanuel Edward "Eddie" Barefield
Clarinet/soprano-alto-tenor-baritone sax b. Scandia, IA, d. Jan 4, 1991.
A fine journeyman saxophonist and arranger, Eddie Barefield never gained much fame but he had a productive 60-year career. Barefield came to musical maturity in the 1930s, playing with Bernie Young (1930) in Chicago and then with Bennie Moten (1932), Zack Whyte (1933), the McKinney's Cotton Pickers (1933), Cab Calloway (1933-1936), Les Hite (1937), Fletcher Henderson (1938), and Don Redman (1938). Barefield recorded with several orchestras, most notably those of Moten, Calloway, and Henderson.

He supplied arrangements during the swing era to several top big bands (including Calloway, Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, and Jimmy Dorsey), was a staff musician for ABC in the 1940s, and also was briefly with Benny Carter (1941), Ella Fitzgerald (1942), and Duke Ellington (1947). After playing with Fletcher Henderson's final band in 1950, Barefield mostly worked in the studios during the '50s and on Broadway, in addition to returning now and then to Cab Calloway. He also played with Sammy Price (1958), Wilbur DeParis, and the Saints and Sinners before joining the circus band of Ringling Brothers (1971-1982). Barefield freelanced in many situations during his last two decades and recorded a fine 1977 album as a leader for Famous Door.
~ Scott Yanow

Everette "Leonard" Edstron
Bandleader/Music Publisher
b. Worthington, Minnesota, USA.
d. March 19, 2000, Palm Desert, Riverside, California, USA.


Jay Gorney, Composer
b. Bialystok, Russia
d. June 14, 1990.
né: Daniel Jason Gorney.
In 1932, Gorney scored musical 'Americana', the big hit from the show was "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime" (lyric by E. Y. "Yip" Harburg). This song, played throughout the Great Depression years, is still used as a symbol of hard economic times.
Brother, Can You Spare A Dime? with Al Jolson on vocals.
Gorney Music Publishing - To celebrate, preserve and promote Jay ... 

Laurence "88" Keyes, piano
b. Kansas City, KS, USA.

Louise Massey & the Westerners
Allen Massey 
C&W guitar and banjo
b. Texas, USA.
d. 1983, Texas, USA.
Age: 75.
Member: "Louise Massey & the Westerners".
The Westerners consisted of Milt Mabie, bass fiddle (1934), Larry Wellington, accordion (1934), Dott Massey, violin and trumpet (1934), Louise Massey Mabie, singer and pianist (1934), and Allen Massey, guitar and banjo specialist ( Louise, Dott and Allen are sister and brothers. Milt was "adopted" by Louise several years prior to 1934.) 

They grew up on a ranch near Roswell, New Mexico but took up music instead of 'cow-punching'. Their music has been described variously as both "...the rollicking songs of the West..." , and also ' the soft breeze that whispers across the desert at sunset...' They were also quite adept at playing modern Pop.

Louise Massey: Information from
Don Stovall, Alto Sax
b. St. Louis, MO, USA
d. 1970.
One of the great alto-saxophonists of the 1940's, Don Stovall's decision to retire completely from music while still in his prime has led to him being quite obscure in jazz history books. Stovall started out playing violin before switching to alto. In St. Louis early on he worked with Dewey Jackson, Fate Marable (on riverboats) and Eddie Johnson's Crackerjacks (1932-33).

Henry Red Allen and his Orchestra. Probably recorded in 1946. Together with Red's friend from his early jazz days J.C. Higginbotham on trombone, saxophonist Don Stovall, drummer Alvin Burroughs plus piano and bass ( don't know their names yet) the band swing their way through "House on 52nd Street".
Stovall moved to Buffalo for a few years where he mostly led his own groups and had a short stint with Lil Armstrong. After relocating to New York City in 1939, Stovall worked with Sammy Price, Snub Mosely, Eddie Durham's Big Band and the Cootie Williams Orchestra (1941). His most famous association was with Red Allen's Sextet, a rambunctious group that mixed together Dixieland with early R&B and jump/jazz. The altoist was featured on many records with Allen. Don Stovall decided in 1950 to retire from music and he spent the rest of his life working for the phone company! Unfortunately he never led his own record date but he did record with Allen, Lil Armstrong, Pete Johnson, Sammy Price and Snub Mosley among others.

Joe Williams, Vocals
b. Cordele, GA, USA.
d. March 29, 1999.
Age 80.
né: Joseph Goreed.
Vocals first w/Benny Moten Orch (Kansas City, MO), and then with Count Basie Orch.
U.S. singer and actor. Williams worked with Coleman Hawkins and Lionel Hampton before joining Count Basie's band in 1954. The success of "Every Day I Have the Blues" established Williams as a sophisticated blues singer with a powerful bass-baritone voice. After leaving the Basie band in 1961, Williams led small ensembles singing popular songs, ballads, and blues. He was a frequent performer on television, both as a singer and as an actor. His album Nothin' but the Blues won a Grammy Award in 1984.

Notable Events Occurring
On This Date Include:

Helen Louise Ferera vanishes
On Friday December 12, 1919, while en route from Los Angeles to Seattle for a visit back home, Helen Louise Ferera (1887?-1919) vanishes from the Pacific Steamship Company's SS President. The famed musician had recently returned to the United States after spending most of the previous year with her husband and musical partner, Frank Ferera (1885-1951), residing in the warmer climes of his native Hawaii in an attempt to recuperate from her health ailments.

Mildred Bailey, vocals
died in Poughkeepsie, NY, USA.
Age: 44.

John Lomax Jr., folklorist
died in Houston, TX, USA.
Age: 67.

Jim Bulliet label founder (Bullet Records)
died in Nashville, TN, USA.
Age: 79

Songs Recorded/Released
On This Date Include:


Ladd's Black Aces - Aggravatin' Papa

Ladd's Black Aces Sweet Lovin' Mama (Please Come Back To Me)


Josie Miles

Josie Miles - Awful Moanin' Blues
  • He's My Man, Your Man (Somebody Else's To)

Varsity Eight
  • Why Should I Weep About One Sweetie? (2-3 or 4 Sweeties)

Bennie Krueger and his Orchestra
  • Say It With A Ukelele
  • Steppin' Out


McKenzie's Candy Kids - Panama

McKenzie's Candy Kids When My Sugar Walks Down The Street

Bessie Smith - Love Me Dady Blues


Jean Goldkette and his Orchestra - My Ohio Home
  • So Tired - Vocal refrain by "Hoagy" Carmichael

Lonnie Johnson - Low Land Moan


Louis Armstrong and his Savoy Ballroom Five

Joe Venuti's Blue Four/Five/Six

Coon Sanders Nighthawks Orchestra - (Listen To The) Rhythm King

Fletcher Henderson Orchestr - Come On, Baby!

Ted Lewis and his Band

Coon Sanders Nighthawks Orchestra - The Darktown Strutters Ball - Vocal refrain by C.A. Coon


Marion Harris

Marion Harris - Blue Again

Marion Harris - He's My Secret Passion


Red Mckenzie and his Mound City Blue Blowers
Red Mckenzie and his Mound City Blue Blowers - High Society Blues
Red Mckenzie and his Mound City Blue Blowers - Muskrat Ramble


Brother, Can You Spare a Dime
lyrics by Yip Harburg
music by Jay Gorney

They used to tell me I was building a dream, and so I followed the mob,
When there was earth to plow, or guns to bear, I was always there right on the job.
They used to tell me I was building a dream, with peace and glory ahead,
Why should I be standing in line, just waiting for bread?
Once I built a railroad, I made it run, made it race against time.
Once I built a railroad; now it's done. Brother, can you spare a dime?
Once I built a tower, up to the sun, brick, and rivet, and lime;
Once I built a tower, now it's done. Brother, can you spare a dime?
Once in khaki suits, gee we looked swell,
Full of that Yankee Doodly Dum,
Half a million boots went slogging through Hell,
And I was the kid with the drum!
Say, don't you remember, they called me Al; it was Al all the time.
Why don't you remember, I'm your pal? Buddy, can you spare a dime?
Once in khaki suits, gee we looked swell,
Full of that Yankee Doodly Dum,
Half a million boots went slogging through Hell,
And I was the kid with the drum!
Say, don't you remember, they called me Al; it was Al all the time.
Say, don't you remember, I'm your pal? Buddy, can you spare a dime?

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