Artie Bernstein, Bass
b. New York, NY, USA.
d. 1964
Artie Bernstein (4 February 1909 – 4 January 1964) was an American jazz bassist. Born in Brooklyn, New York, he worked with Benny Goodman, Red Norvo, and others. He won the Down Beat Readers poll in 1943. He died in Los Angeles.

Artie Bernstein

Harold Dejan (center) with Olympia Brass
Band on tour in Austria, 1986
Harold "Duke" DeJan
Alto Sax/Leader/vocals
b. New Orleans, LA.
d: July 5, 2002, New Orleans, LA, USA.
In 1958, Dejan formed his Olympia Brass Band in New Orleans, which played at funerals, Mardi Gras parades, and concerts in the French Market, and other sites. (Later co-led by Milton Batiste, who, in 1997, owned the Dubat Recording Studio, and recorded CDs for such men as "Kid" Merv Campbell, and others.) The band's makeup was in the traditional New Orleans Brass Marching band format, with a lineup that varied according to which men were available on any given day. The typical instrumentation had 12 men: three trumpets (one lead, two on melody), two trombones, two saxes (or mixed clarinet and sax), tuba, snare, and bass drum.
Over the years, DeJan's band had such men as trumpeters George "Kid Sheik" Colar, Andy Anderson, and Milton Batiste; trombonists Paul Crawford and Gerald Joseph; Dejan and Emanuel Paul on saxophones; Andrew Jefferson on snare, and bass drummers Henry "Booker" Glass and his son, "Papa." On several occasions, the band toured to Great Britain. They also appeared in the James Bond Agent 007 James Bond movie Live and Let Die. The 'Olympia' maintained "traditional" repertoire consisting of hymns, marches, and New Orleans-style jazz standards. His brother, Leo, was an accomplished Trumpeter. At one time or another, he was also a member of The Holy Ghost Brass Band, The Eureka Brass Band, The Moonlight Serenaders, and The Dixie Rhythm Band.

Ray Evans, lyricist
b. Salamanca, NY, USA. Biography
~by Eugene Chadbourne
The hopelessly insecure aspiring songwriters of the world could conceivably create giant mounds of waste paper as they search for the perfect lyrical phrase. This image is a good way of introducing a scrap paper dealer from Salamanca, New York, active at the close of the 19th century. The connection might seem like a parable out of Lao Tzu, but it is still the sort of wisdom that might make songwriting failures feel a little better as they wad up another piece of paper and head out the door for their restaurant jobs. This scrap paper dealer had a son named Ray Evans. The son developed a knack for writing lyrics and became a songwriter.
A list of recordings that have subsequently been made of lyrics seriously rivals for sheer bulk the work of any lyricist in music history. Good old "pap" got to quit hauling scrap. Not much of a rhyme; surely Evans could have done better. He also could do much better in specifically describing the success he has achieved, apparently enjoying the tracking of royalty figures as an entertaining hobby. In the late '90s, he supplied biographers with the following details: the team of Evans and Livingston had 26 songs that sold a million or more copies and total sales of their songs are well over 400 million.
The success of Evans, whose most famous songs include the ballad "Mona Lisa," the jingle of "Silver Bells" every Christmas, and the philosophical "Que Será, Será," ties handily into the "partner" theory of songwriting. In this scenario, people that have a knack with writing words to songs find a partner that is just as good at creating music, their meeting preordained as if destiny was tied in with publishing and performing rights' empires. For Evans it was Jay Livingston. They were in the same fraternity at the University of Pennsylvania, where they met in 1934. Musically, their collaboration began as sidemen in dance bands. The pair worked together as members of a college band that gigged on cruise ships. In practically every case, their hit records began as songs written for films, their period of greatest success spanning from the '40s through the '60s. They thus concocted their memorable songfare out an endless variety of on-screen activity.
One day it might be the blonde beauty Doris Day inspiring them, the next it would be nothing more or less than a talking horse, a good way of neighing in with the fact that the duo wrote the theme for the television hit Mr. Ed. When Evans worked apart from Livingston, he was hardly hanging out in a barn. "Dear Heart," a charming Evans ballad that was a hit for Nat King Cole, featured music by a fellow named Henry Mancini. The city of Salamanca created a venue called the Ray Evans Theater in his honor. Ray Evans - Wikipedia
Jutta Hipp, pianist
b. Leipzig, Germany
d. April 7, 2003, New York, NY, USA.
~by Scott Yanow

Jutta Hipp had a strangely brief career, dropping out of music altogether shortly after emigrating to the United States. She studied painting in Germany and played jazz during World War II. When the Soviets took over East Germany, she moved with her family to Munich. Hipp played locally and in 1952, recorded with Hans Koller. She led her own quintet in Frankfurt in 1953-1955 and recorded for several labels, including a session that was later released by Blue Note.
Moving to New York in November 1955, Hipp played at the Hickory House for much of the first half of 1956, recording two trio albums for Blue Note. Although originally inspired by Lennie Tristano, she was criticized at the time for being too influenced by Horace Silver; however, a studio album from July 1956 with Zoot Sims finds her showing a fairly original style. Unfortunately, that was her final recording, for Jutta Hipp soon dropped out of music, returned to painting, then worked as a seamstress. She lost contact with the music world to the extent that Blue Note didn't know where her royalties should be sent until 2000. Three years later, at the age of 78, Jutta Hipp passed away in the Queens apartment where she lived alone.

Emmanuel "Manny" Klein, Trumpet
b. New York, NY, d. May 31, 1994 at 86

Biography ~by Scott Yanow 

One of the busiest trumpeters of the 1930's, Manny Klein appeared on a countless number of recordings (both in jazz settings and quite anonymously) through the decades. Klein started out at the top, recording with Paul Whiteman in 1928 and taking a solo on "Makin' Whoopee" that would normally have been taken by the indisposed Bix Beiderbecke. Klein was on literally hundreds of recordings during the next nine years, playing in a style that was similar to (and often later on mistaken for) Bunny Berigan's. Among the many records that he appeared on were dates led by the Boswell Sisters, the Dorsey Brothers and Benny Goodman plus many dance band sessions for Don Voorhees, Red Nichols, Fred Rich, Roger Wolfe Kahn and others; a complete Manny Klein discography has yet to be assembled.

Manny Klein has a trumpet solo at 2:51.
In 1937 Klein moved to California where, other than some work with the Frankie Trumbauer Orchestra and with Manny Malneck (1939), he was a studio musician for 40 years. Klein occasionally played jazz locally but mostly performed on movie soundtracks (including dubbing for Ziggy Elman in the Benny Goodman Story) where his beautiful tone and versatility were considered major assets. Manny Klein led record dates for Brunswick (1936), Keynote (1946), Coral (1947) and a full album for Imperial (jazz versions of themes from The Sound Of Music in 1959).

Manny Klein - Wikipedia

Manny Klein: Information from

Art Wooten, vocals
d. Oct. 6, 1986.
Art Wooten: Blue Grass Boy

Notable Events Occurring
On This Date Include:

The "Charleston" was the newest dance craze sweeping the U.S.A. John Giola (of New York City) entered a Charleston endurance dance marathon and became famous by dancing the Charleston, non-stop, for 22 hours and 30 minutes.

Glen Gray and The Casa Loma Orchestra
recorded "A Study in Brown" (Decca Records).

Louis Jordan, sax/songwriter
died in Los Angeles, CA, USA.
Age: 66.

Adolphe Sax
inventor of Saxophone
died in Paris, France.
Age: 79.

"Liberace", pianist
died in Palm Springs, CA, USA.
Age: 68.

Songs Recorded/Released
On This Date Include:


Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra
  • Bright Eyes (introducing "You Oughta See My Baby")
  • Love Bird (introducing "Under the Honeymoon")


Naylor's Seven Aces - I've Got A Cross-Eyed Papa (But He Looks Straight To Me)


Fletcher Henderson Orchestra - Twelfth Street Blues
  • Poplar Street Blues

Original Memphis Five - Throw Down Blues


The Red Heads

Jean Goldkette and his Orchestra

Paul Ash and his Orchestra
  • Shanghai Dream Man
  • Your The One For Me

Irving Aaronson and his CommandersCrazy Words - Crazy Tune (Vo-do-de-o)

Frankie Trumbauer and his Orchestra - Clarinet Marmalade

Frankie Trumbauer and his Orchestra Singing the Blues


Jessie Stafford and his Orchestra - A Precious Little Thing Called Love - With vocal Chorus by Craig Leitch

Waring's Pennsylvanians - I'll Always Be In Love With You

Waring's Pennsylvanians - Jericho


Lena Wilson

Victoria Spivey


Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra - I'm Putting All My Eggs In One Basket
  • Yes! Yes! My! My! (She's Mine)


Crazy Words, Crazy Tune
~Irving Aaronson

Crazy words, crazy tune,
All that I ever hear him croon
Vo do de o, vo doe doe de o, doe--doe doe doe.
Sits around, all night long
Sings the same words to every song
Vo do de o, vo doe doe de o, doe.
His ukulele, daily
How he'll strum!
Bum bum bum!
Vampin' and stampin'
Then he'll holler, 'Black bottom!'
Crazy words, crazy tune,
He'll be driving me crazy soon
Vo do de o, vo doe doe de o, doe.

Marched his men
To Waterloo
What did he say to them?
Vo do de o, vo doe doe de o, doe.
Oh, is that so?

At Valley Forge
'Twas bitter cold and up spoke George
Vo do do, vo doe doe de o, doe.
No--you don't say?

And Simon Legree
In Uncle Tom's Cabin
What did he say to Uncle Tom?
I'll tell you what he said,
He took his whip and said to Uncle Tom--
'C'mon, Charleston!'

And in the Senate
The other day
What did our President Coolidge say?
Vo do de o, vo doe doe de o, doe.

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