Tuesday

OCTOBER 11TH



BIRTHDAYS





1903
Bobbe Arnst 
Bobbe Arnst (October 11, 1903 -November 25,1980) 
Ziegfeld Girl, Bobbe Arnst performed in Ziegfeld's musicals "Rosalie" (1928) and "Simple Simon" (1930). In Rosalie, she introduced the song "How Long Has This Been Going On".





1917
John Adriano Acea, Piano
b. Philadelphia, PA, USA.
d. ca. late 1980s.
The Blue Note catalog is a buffet table that attracts and satisfies an endless series of jazz noshers, and the ones that stay longest and dig deepest into the more obscure salads will wind up discovering this funky Philly pianist. He backed up the superb guitarist Grant Green as well as providing the endless cycles of chord changes required by participants in tenor saxophone battles such as Ben Webster and Illinois Jacquet. Acea also had his jive side, evidenced by his involvement with the zany band of Dizzy Gillespie and its off-the-wall vocalist Babs Gonzales.
Acea, who is sometimes mistaken for the rhythm and blues performer Johnny Ace plus a typo, came from a Cuban family who settled in Philadelphia around 1910. Census forms from that city in the '20s indicate there were spelling problems even back then, with both the pianist and his father's name listed as Adrino Acea, which could mean that the performer often credited as John Adriano Acea added an extra letter to his name, or the census taker left one out. Acea was born with rheumatic fever, and the original prediction from doctors was that he would not survive his childhood, let alone the all-night jam sessions that lay ahead. He did much better than anyone expected, became known to most of his friends as simply "John" and picked up several musical nicknames including "Johnny Acey" and "Acey."
While not exactly the most famous jazz pianist to come out of Philadelphia, legends still abound about the man's talent. It is said that he was able to play all of the instruments in the music store, but he quickly picked up a reputation for piano as well as an uncanny knack for backing up singers. He would eventually record with greats such as Gloria Lynne, Diana Washington, Ruth Brown and Patti Page. He played cornet in the army, however, and worked as a trumpeter with the band of pianist Sammy Price when he got out in the late 30s. During the same period, he also played tenor saxophone in the Don Bagley group.
Acea moved to New York City in the early '40s, performing and recording on piano with tenor sax great Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis in 1947 and 1948. He finished out the decade with Gillespie, and in the early '50s began backing up Illinois Jacquet. Acea also actively freelanced on records, in 1951 with the talented James Moody and with another tenor great, Al Sears, the following year. From 1954 through 1957 he played with Joe Newman, contributing the tune "Blues for Slim" to the album Joe Newman and His Band. Acea's composing skills also took him into the world of doo wop and rhythm and blues, genres that melded regularly with jazz in terms of the musicians involved, if not the listeners that were attracted. He wrote music for the Cadillacs, who later became the Coasters, as well as the big bands of both Frankie Laine and Ray Charles. Jacquet recorded the Acea tune "Little Jeff"; Acea paid back the tribute by giving one of his children "Jacquet" as a middle name.
~ Eugene Chadbourne
John Adriano Acea - Wikipedia



1919
Arthur "Art" Blakey, Drums
b. Pittsburgh, PA, USA.
d. Oct. 16, 1990
aka: Abdullahn ibn Buhaina.
Played in Billy Eckstine band and others.
Arthur "Art" Blakey (October 11, 1919 – October 16, 1990), known later as Abdullah Ibn Buhaina, was an American jazz drummer and bandleader.
Along with Kenny Clarke and Max Roach, he was one of the inventors of the modern bebop style of drumming. He is known as a powerful musician and a vital groover; his brand of bluesy, funky hard bop was and continues to be profoundly influential on mainstream jazz. For more than 30 years his band, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers included many young musicians who went on to become prominent names in jazz. The band's legacy is thus not only known for the often exceptionally fine music it produced, but as a proving ground for several generations of jazz musicians; Blakey's groups are matched only by those of Miles Davis in this regard. He was a member of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.



1891
Amzy Asbell, piano
b. Fulton County (Havana), IL USA.
d. ca. 1962, Dayton, OH, USA.
(Buried in the Veterans Cemetary).
Amzy is perhaps best recalled for playing the Piano with Clyde "Sugar" McCoy's orchestra. His wife was Laura Belle (née: Hughes), b. Nov. 3, 1909, Corydon, Harrison, IN, USA; d. March 23, 2000, New Albany, Floyd, IN, USA. One of their sons, Charles G. Asbell (now deceased) was a cousin to William Foley Jr., the son of William James Foley who played organ, piano, and calliope.



1918
Robert "Bobby" Dukoff, tenor sax
b: Worcester, MA, USA.
raised in Sioux City, IA, USA.
A veteran of big bands led by Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, and Jimmy Dorsey, Bob Dukoff has made his greatest contribution to jazz as designer and manufacturer of the world's leading saxophone mouthpieces. Designed in 1943 and first marketed two years later, the mouthpiece has provided saxophone players with greater facility to play their instruments.
A native of Sioux City, IA, Dukoff found his earliest inspiration in his mother's piano playing. When his first saxophone came with two different mouthpieces, he became aware that not all mouthpieces were similar. Experimenting in the back room of a California music store, he developed his unique mouthpiece.
Relocating in 1956 to Kendall, FL, a suburb of Miami, Dukoff opened his own recording studio, Dukoff Recording. He continued to run the studio until the early '70s.
As a musician, Dukoff reached his peak with the album, Sax in Silk, in 1954. Showcasing his lush approach to tenor jazz, the album became a Top Ten hit.
~ Craig Harris, Rovi



1897
Leo Reisman
Leo (F.) Reisman (October 11, 1897 - December 18, 1961) was an American violinist and bandleader in the 1920s and 1930s. Born and reared in Boston, he was of Jewish ancestry; from German immigrants who immigrated to the USA in the 19th century. Reisman studied violin as a young man, and formed his own band in 1919. He became famous for having over 80 hits on the popular charts during his career. Jerome Kern called Reisman's orchestra "The String Quartet of Dance Bands".

Biography
Mr. Reisman's first recording was on a 10" in. 78rpm record for Columbia Records, recorded on January 10, 1921 - the two titles being "Love Bird", with a catalog issue of Columbia A-3366, mx.79634 and the other title being "Bright Eyes", with a catalog issue of Columbia A-3366, mx.79635.

Reisman recorded for Columbia exclusively from July 1923 through March 11, 1929, when he signed with Victor and stayed until October 1933. He then signed with Brunswick and stayed until 1937 when he re-signed with Victor. During his 1929-1933 Victor period, Reisman recorded many lesser-known period Broadway songs, some of which were recorded by no other band. Due to his popularity, he was always one of the prominent bands during his time at Columbia, Victor and Brunswick, and he recorded prolifically.

Reisman also had the habit of featuring composers and Broadway performers as band vocalists, including Harold Arlen, Fred Astaire, Clifton Webb, and Arthur Schwartz. He also featured Lee Wiley in 1931-32 for her first 3 recordings. More often than not, his vocalists were Frank Luther, Dick Robertson and later Sally Singer and George Beuler. A notable recording from this era was "Happy Days Are Here Again" in November 1929, with vocals by Lou Levin.

Among his more popular hits were his #1 recordings of Cole Porter's "Night and Day" (1932) and Con Conrad's "The Continental" (1934), and Astaire's recording of Irving Berlin's "Cheek to Cheek" (1935).

Reisman's was primarily a dance orchestra; he was not a fan of jazz music, but some of his early 1930s 78 RPM recordings were a bit "hot". (However, Reisman employed the legendary trumpet player Bubber Miley in 1930-31, who had been a featured member of Duke Ellington's orchestra.)

Eddy Duchin was a member of Leo Reisman's orchestra; it was Reisman who gave Duchin his big break.1 The band leader and TV personality, Mitch Miller, also was a member of Reisman's orchestra.


Leo Reisman died in New York City on December 18, 1961 at the age of 64.
Leo Reisman



1918
Jerome Robbins
choreographer/composer
b. New York, NY, USA
d. July 29, 1998, New York, NY, USA.
né: Jerome Rabinowitz.
He won an Oscar for the Broadway (and film) musical 'West Side Story'. Robbins is included here for although known as a choreographer, he could, and did, compose music. It was just his karma that none of his music ever became popular.
1903
Teddy Weatherford, Piano
b. Pocahontas, VA, USA. USA.
d. April 25, 1945 Teddy Weatherford was one of the greatest jazz pianists that no one has ever heard of! Weatherford learned to play piano during his period living in New Orleans (1915-20) and he soon became an impressive virtuoso. After moving to Chicago, he worked with several top jazz orchestras including those led by Jimmie Wade and Erskine Tate. He recorded with both of the groups including "Static Strut" and "Stomp Off, Let's Go" with the latter at a time when Louis Armstrong was also a member of Tate's Vendome Orchestra.

Teddy Weatherford, right. Photograph courtesy ofThe Atavist.
A brilliant enough player to be Earl Hines' chief rival in Chicago, Weatherford in Aug. 1926 sailed to the Orient with Jack Carter's Orchestra and, except for a brief visit in 1934 and stays in Paris and Sweden in the summer of 1937, Weatherford spent the remainder of his life in Asia; thus his near-anonymity. However Teddy Weatherford was never inactive for he led bands in Singapore, Manila, Shanghai and eventually India where he died of cholera at the age of 41. Teddy Weatherford recorded as a soloist in Paris in 1937 and then in a variety of settings in Calcutta during 1941-44.
~ Scott Yanow

Notable Events Occurring
On This Date Include:


1961.
Leonard "Chico" Marx, of The Marx Brothers
died at age 74. A good pianist as well as comic actor.



Songs Recorded/Released
On This Date Include:



1923



Sara Martin and Clarence Williams' Harmonizing Four - A Green Gal Can't Catch On

Edna Hicks - Save Your Man And Satisfy Your Soul - Porter Grainger at the Piano


Harry Reser and his Orchestra
  • If I Can't Get The Sweetie I Want (I Pity The Sweetie I Get)
  • You Darling, You

1924



Bix Beiderbecke - Flock O' Blues

Bix Beiderbecke - I'm Glad

    1928




    Fred Hall's Jazz Band - "Missouri Squabble"
    • "Louder And Funnier"
    • West End Blues


    Alphonso Trent and his Orchestra - "Louder And Funnier"
    • "Gilded Kisses"

    1929


    Bessie Smith - "Blue Spirit Blues"

      1939


      Coleman Hawkins "Body and Soul"



      Abe Lyman and his Californians
      • All In Favor Say "Aye" - Vocal refrain by Rose Blane
      • Honestly - Vocal chorus by Eddie Holly



      LYRICS:



      If I Can't Get The Sweetie Want (I Pity The Sweetie I Get)

      ~Words by Joe Young & Sam M. Lewis
      ~Music by Jean Schwartz


      Now you can speak your heart, say what you think
      But don’t get smart with pencil and ink
      So if I can’t get the sweetie I want
      I pity the sweetie I get
      Oh, I don’t want a Sheik
      No they’re too dumb
      They think your cheek is just chewing gum
      So if I can’t get the sweetie I want
      I pity the sweetie I get

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