Jazz Eddie's Hip Dudes of Jazz
Thomas Wright Waller - 'Fats' Prodigiously
swinging stride piano man and organist who concealed his talent behind popular
tunes and elegant modes of dress. Seldom allowed to display his real
talent owing to his colourful use of English Language and often food related
humorous songs - died aged 39.
Fats Waller arrived to rehearse or record. Fats sat down with a bottle of Scotch on the piano but wouldn't start rehearsing till the bottle was empty. It might have been Jay Wilbur who was involved and had an organ in the studio for Fats to play. (Note: Fats made recordings, including organ, but at the HMV Abbey Road studios on Aug 21 and 28, 1938, and there was probably also a session involving drummer Joe Daniels but there is no surviving evidence of that session).
Lester Willis Young (The Pres) - inventor of jive talking, Tando Hat wearer (Pork Pie) and the oblique stance (fee - what does the bread smell like, man) and fluid improviser - listen to the then 28 yr old Lester's live pre-bop solo on Honeysuckle Rose - Benny Goodman's Sun Jan 16th 1938 Carnegie Hall Concert Lester's Solo MP3-803KB
Bulee 'Slim' Gaillard - Among his best recordings from this era was 'Slim's Jam', which featured Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. This track was reissued in 1983 by Gaillard himself on Roots of Vouty (Putti-Putti). A cult hero to the emerging beat generation, Gaillard's club act was described in Jack Kerouac's novel, On the Road. His children's song 'Down at the Station' was said to have inspired the Thomas the Tank Engine books of the Rev. W. Awdry. Gaillard led an adventurous childhood. On one occasion, while travelling on board a ship on which his father was steward, he was left behind in Crete when the ship sailed. His adventures became more exciting every time he recounted his tales and include activities such as professional boxer, mortician and truck driver for bootleggers. Originally based in Detroit, Gaillard entered vaudeville in the early 30s with an act during which he played the guitar while tap-dancing. Later in the decade he moved to New York and formed a duo with bassist Slam Stewart in which Gaillard mostly played guitar and sang. Much of their repertoire was original material with lyrics conceived in Gaillard's personal version of the currently popular 'jive talk', which on his lips developed extraordinary surrealist overtones. Gaillard's language, which he named 'Vout' or 'Vout Oreenie', helped the duo achieve a number of hit records, including 'Flat Foot Floogie'. Their success led to a long running radio series and an appearance in the film Hellzapoppin.His tall, loping figure, invariably topped by a big grin and a rakish white beret, became a familiar sight in London's jazz-land. In 1989 he starred in a four-part UK BBC television series, The World Of Slim Gaillard. In addition to his singing and guitar playing, Gaillard also played piano, vibraphone and tenor saxophone.
John Birks Gillespie - Dizzy With his trumpet and its upturned, golden bell, goatee, black horn rim glasses and beret, Gillespie became a symbol of both jazz and a rebellious, independent spirit during the 1940's and 50's. His interest in Cuban and African music helped to introduce those music's to a mainstream American audience. When he died he was famous and beloved everywhere and had influenced entire generations of trumpet players all over the world who loved and emulated his playing and his always positive, upbeat, optimistic attitude.
Rahsaan Roland Kirk -
hippest guy that ever lived on this planet to date - rap
pioneer and multi instrumentalist with oodles of humour despite his former and
Thelonious Sphere Monk
- Spatial Improviser - mover of musical horizons -
pushed us into the next dimension on a par with with Einstein - also wearer of
very functional hats and groovy spectacles
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