Friday

JULY 29TH



HAPPY BIRTHDAY DON REDMAN!


BIRTHDAYS



1900
Don Redman
Alto Sax/clarinet/vocal/arranger/Leader
b. Piedmont, WV, USA. d. Nov. 30, 1964.
né:Donald Matthew Redman.
Don Redman is one of the first great jazz arrangers and was a pivotal figure in the development of Swing and the Big Band style Jazz.
Donald Matthew Redman was an American jazz musician, arranger, and composer. Redman was born in Piedmont, West Virginia. His father was a music teacher, and by age 12 he was proficient on wind instruments ranging from trumpet to oboe as well as piano. He studied at the Boston Conservatory, then joined Billy Page's Broadway Syncopaters in New York City.
In 1923 Don Redman joined the Fletcher Henderson orchestra, mostly playing clarinet and saxophones. He soon began assisting Henderson in writing arrangements, and Henderson and Redman did much to formulate the sound that was to become big band Swing. In 1927 Redman joined the Detroit, Michigan based band McKinney's Cotton Pickers, who he played with and arranged for through 1931.

McKinney's Cotton Pickers in 1928.
left to right: Cuba Austin, Prince Robinson, George Thomas, Don Redman, Dave Wilborn,Todd Rhoades, Bob Escudero, seated: John Nesbitt, Claude Jones, Milton Senoir, Langston Curle.
Redman then formed his own band, which got a residency at the famous Manhattan jazz club Connie's Inn. Redman's band got a recording contract with Brunswick Records and a series of radio broadcasts. Redman's band was even featured doing the soundtrack of a Betty Boop cartoon ("I Heard") featuring Redman compositions. Notable musicians in Redman's band included Sidney De Paris, trumpet, Edward Inge, clarinet, and singer Harlan Lattimore, who was known as "The Black Crosby". On the side Redman also did arrangements for other band leaders and musicians, including Paul Whiteman, Isham Jones, and Bing Crosby.
In 1940 Redman disbanded his orchestra, and concentrated on freelance work writing arrangements; some of his arrangements became hits for Jimmy Dorsey, Count Basie, and Harry James. Don Redman had a musical television show on the CBS network for the 1949 season. In the 
1950s he was music director for singer Pearl Bailey.
In the early 1960s he played piano for the Georgia Minstrels Concert and soprano sax with Eubie Blake & Noble Sissle's band.
Don Redman died in New York City on November 30, 1964.

1916
Charlie Christian, Guitar
b. Bonham (near Dallas), TX, USA
d. March 2, 1942. Biography
~by Scott Yanow
It can be said without exaggeration that virtually every jazz guitarist that emerged during 1940-65 sounded like a relative of Charlie Christian. The first important electric guitarist, Christian played his instrument with the fluidity, confidence, and swing of a saxophonist. Although technically a swing stylist, his musical vocabulary was studied and emulated by the bop players, and when one listens to players ranging from Tiny Grimes, Barney Kessel, and Herb Ellis, to Wes Montgomery and George Benson, the dominant influence of Christian is obvious.Charlie Christian's time in the spotlight was terribly brief. He played piano locally in Oklahoma, and began to utilize an amplified guitar in 1937, after becoming a student of Eddie Durham, a jazz guitarist who invented the amplified guitar. John Hammond, the masterful talent scout and producer, heard about Christian (possibly from Mary Lou Williams), was impressed by what he saw, and arranged for the guitarist to travel to Los Angeles in August 1939 and try out with Benny Goodman.
Although the clarinetist was initially put off by Christian's primitive wardrobe, as soon as they started jamming on "Rose Room," Christian's talents were obvious. For the next two years, he would be well-featured with Benny Goodman's Sextet; there were two solos (including the showcase "Solo Flight") with the full orchestra; and the guitarist had the opportunity to jam at Minton's Playhouse with such up-and-coming players as Thelonious Monk, Kenny Clarke, and Dizzy Gillespie. All of the guitarist's recordings (including guest spots and radio broadcasts) are currently available on CD.
Tragically, he contracted tuberculosis in 1941, and died at the age of 25 on March 2, 1942. It would be 25 years before jazz guitarists finally moved beyond Charlie Christian.

1919
Victor Lewis, Guitar/cornet/Leader
b. London, England.
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1909
Bernard Mackey, guitar
b. Indianapolis, IN, USA.
Member: 'The Ink Spots'
The Ink Spots - Wikipedia


1907
Albert Wynn, Trombone
b. New Orleans, LA, USA
d. 1973.
by Scott Yanow
Albert Wynn was best known for his work in the 1920s, although he survived and continued playing into the mid-'60s. Wynn grew up in Chicago, where he was based throughout most of his life. Early in his career, Wynn played in the Bluebirds' Kids Band and toured with Ma Rainey. Wynn performed and recorded with Charlie Creath's Jazz-O-Maniacs in St. Louis (1927) and spent time in Europe (1928-1932), working for 18 months with Sam Wooding. After returning to the U.S., he performed briefly with Sidney Bechet's New Orleans Feetwarmers (1932) and then worked in Chicago with Carroll Dickerson, Jesse Stone, Reuben "River" Reeves, Jimmie Noone, Richard M. Jones, and the Earl Hines Orchestra.
Wynn was part of Fletcher Henderson's orchestra (1937-1939), played with Jimmie Noone's short-lived big band, and in the 1940s performed with many local groups, including bands featuring Baby Dodds and Lil Armstrong. He also owned a record store. A member of Franz Jackson's Original Jazz All-Stars (1956-1960), Wynn had his last major job playing with Gold Coast Jazz Band (1960-1964). Albert Wynn recorded six songs as a leader during the 1926-1928 period (among his sidemen were Barney Bigard on tenor and cornetist Punch Miller) and in 1961 led a set for Riverside and recorded an album with Lil Armstrong; both of the latter have since been reissued on CD.



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Notable Events Occurring
On This Date Include:




1984.
Famed orchestra leader
Fred Waring died.
Songs Recorded/Released
On This Date Include:


1918


Joseph C. Smith's Orchestra - Hindustan

1924



Varsity Eight

1926



Art Landry and His Orchestra - I'm Walking Around In Circles


1928



Original Washboard Band with Jasper Taylor - Geechie River - Vocal Chorus by Julia Davis

1929




The Jungle Band - Jungle Jamboree - (From Connies "Hot Chocolates)

Ruben "River" Reeves and his River Boys
  • Texas Special Blues

1930



McKinney's Cotton Pickers - Blues Have Sure Got Me

McKinney's Cotton Pickers - Okay, Baby - vocal refrain by George Thomas


1933




Jack Teagarden and his Orchestra - Plantation Moods

Adrian Rollini and his Orchestra If I Had Somebody To Love - Vocal Chorus by Howard Phillips
  • Ah! But Is It Love? - Vocal Chorus by Howard Phillips
  • Dream On Vocal Chorus by Red McKenzie
  • I've Gotta Get Up And Go To Work - Vocal Chorus by Red McKenzie



Frankie "Half Pint" Jaxon and his Hot Shots - Mama Don't Allow It


LYRICS:

HINDUSTAN
~(Oliver G. Wallace / Harold Weeks, 1918)

Camel trappings jingle, harp strings sweetly tingle,
with a sweet voice mingle, underneath the stars; singing
memories are bringing, temple bells are ringing calling
me a far.
Shades of night are falling, nightingales are calling,
every heart enthralling, underneath the stars;
Sighing, like the night wind dying, soft my heart is
crying for my love afar.
Hindustan, where we stopped to rest our tired caravan,
Hindustan, where the painted peacock spread his fan,
Hindustan, where the purple sunbird flashed across
the sand, Hindustan, where I met her and the world began.

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