Recording documentation of Brown's career is surprisingly scant considering the length and breadth of his paradiddles. Between 1944 and the mid-'70s, one jazz discographical reference averages out much less than one recording per year for this drummer. If all these sides were collected and piled up on a coffee table, the proportion of Duke Ellington titles would make it seem like drumming in this outfit was a major part of Brown's life. Actually, that stint represented only one part of the month of October 1944. The following year, Brown performed at the Onyx Club in New York City in a band led by tenor saxophonist Ben Webster that also featured Parker in the lineup. Like Parker, Brown also had affiliations in this period with leaders such as the dynamic vocalist and pianist Jay McShann and smooth balladeer Billy Eckstine. By 1946, Brown had put these and many other sideman affiliations aside in order to lead his own band.
The Duke of Paducah began his career in the early '20s as a banjo player and vocalist for the McGinty Cowboys. When leadership of the band was taken over by Otto Gray, who had previously led a string band comprised of real cowboys, it was renamed Otto Gray & His Oklahoma Cowboys. Dressed in western outfits, and white ten-gallon hats, the band became one of the most successful country & western acts of the '20s and '30s, introducing such now-classic tunes as "She'll Be Comin' Round the Mountain," "Who Broke the Lock on the Henhouse Door," and "The Cowboy's Lament." Heard on more than 140 radio stations, and in half a dozen film shorts, the group toured the Northeastern RKO and Orpheum circuits from 1928 until 1932.
Truman Eliot "Jack" Jenney was a jazz trombonist who might be best known for instrumental versions of the song Stardust. Jenney played with his father's band from age 11, his father was a musician and music teacher, but his first professional work began with Austin Wylie in 1928.
He would go on to work with Isham Jones, Red Norvo, Artie Shaw, Mal Hallett, and Waring's Pennsylvanians, and appear in the film Syncopation. He also won the Down Beat Reader's Poll for trombone in 1940.
He led his own band for a year in 1939-40, which included Peanuts Hucko and Hugo Winterhalter. Although this band received good reviews it was a financial failure. He would also be drafted into the United States Navy. After his return he died of complications related to appendicitis.
He was married to singer Kay Thompson and later to Bonnie Lake. He is on occasion compared to Bix Beiderbecke as both came from Iowa and died young, but not because of any similarity in style or life history.
d. May 2, 2000, ScotlandWilliam "Billy" Munn was a Scottish jazz pianist and arranger.
Marshall Royal, Alto Sax
b. Sapulpa, OK, USA.
d. May 9, 1995, Los Angeles, CA, USA.
Birth Name: Marshall Walton Royal.
Member: Count Basie OrchestraMarshall Royal (or Marshal Royal) was an American clarinettist and alto saxophonist best known for his work with Count Basie, with whose band he played for nearly twenty years.
Royal was born in Oklahoma, the elder brother of trumpeter Ernie Royal, and learned to play violin, guitar, as well as clarinet and sax while still a child. He first performed in public at the age of thirteen, starting his professional career with an eight-year stint with Les Hite's band (1931–1939), during which time he also recorded with Art Tatum. He spent 1940 to 1942 with Lionel Hampton, until the war interrupted his career. After his military service (during which he played in a Navy band), Royal played with Eddie Heywood, then went on to work in studios inLos Angeles, California.
In 1951 Royal replaced Buddy DeFranco as clarinettist with Count Basie's septet, which Basie had formed when he'd had to break up his big band. When the Basie band was reformed the following year, Royal stayed on as lead alto saxophonist and as music director — not to leave until 1970. Though he was admired as an occasional soloist, his main rôle was as an important part of the reeds section, and as a leader who helped to give Basie's sound its distinctively precise yet swinging character.
When he left Basie in 1970, Royal settled permanently in Los Angeles, continuing to play and record, working withBill Berry's big band, Frank Capp and Nat Pierce, Earl Hines, and Duke Ellington.
Royal recorded as a soloist with Dave Frishberg in 1977, and with Warren Vache in 1978. He led a band withSnooky Young in the 1970s and 1980s, recording with it, under his own name, and with Ella Fitzgerald and Gene Harris, among others. In 1989 he too the lead alto chair with Frank Wess's big band.Marshall Royal
Boston Smith, piano
b. Dallas, TX, USA.
On This Date Include:
Original Dixieland Jass Band - Ostrich Walk
- Sensation Rag
The Happy Six - Pick Me Up And Lay Me Down (In Old Dixieland)
Ray Miller's Orchestra
- You're Like A Ray Of Sunshine (Introducing: "Every Little Miss" and "Sittin' Pretty")
- Deceitful Blues
- Memphis, Tennessee
Paul Ash and his Granada Orchestra
- La Golondrina
- Ojos Hermosos
- Pale Moon
- Goodnight, Sleep Tight
Henry Halstead and His Orchestra
- Dream Of Love And You
- If I Were King
University Six - San
- Ace In The Hole
- Tiger Rag
I Wonder What's Become Of Joe? -
- Poor Papa (He's Got Nothin' At All)
The Dixie Stompers - Variety Stomp
- St. Louis Blues
Roger Wolfe Kahn Orchestra - South Wind
- Calling -
- Where The Wild, Wild Flowers Grow
Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra
- La Golondrina
- La Paloma (The Dove)
Everybody's Talking About Sadie Green
- With Summer Coming On
Ben Selvin and his Orchestra
- Crazy People
- Is I In Love ? I Is
Poor Papa, He's Got Nothin' At All
You're out of luck for life
He had all his little sons
And daughters by his side
Like Happy Hooligan's sixteen kids
They all lined up and cried