Yes, I've seen both these entries -- and seen some of the results off the
internet, where in at least one instance these entries have been garbled
together and confused with someone else altogether!
I'm working on this project with the tuba/baritone sax player Howard
Johnson, who brought me this fascinating story about Bass Edwards;
apparently Edwards was very well known and respected in his day. A couple
of the stories we're trying to run down include the "Soundie" that Edwards
made maybe in the 30s or 40s playing a tuba solo (unique for the time), and
his interaction with Arturo Toscanini and the NBC Symphony -- at the time
the Symphony was being formed the Urban League questioned why Toscanini
didn't audition any other tuba players but selected William Bell. (Not to
put off on Bill Bell, he was one of the greatest tuba players of our time,
but.) The furor in the press was such that Toscanini was forced to listen
to an audition by Bass Edwards. Looking for more information on that as
Thank you for your help, I appreciate getting more information.
On Tue, Aug 21, 2012 at 4:11 AM, Howard Rye
> He also has an entry in the New grove Dictionary of Jazz, which is based on
> Chilton�s entry, and may be easier to access. Received wisdom is certainly
> that he became an orchestral musician.
> Chilton notes that he has often been confused with the bass player Sumner
> �King� Edwards. I know from my researches into their activities in Europe
> and South America that this confusion occurs in contemporary sources as
> as in historical sources! (Which is unique in my experience.)
> on 21/08/2012 08:11, ALAN BOND at alan_bond@... wrote:
> > Hi Jennifer,
> > There is an entry for Henry 'Bass' Edwards in John
> > Chilton's book 'Who's Who of Jazz' which was originally published in
> 1972 but
> > which has been revised and amended a few times since. The ISBN is
> > 0-306-80243-0 if you wanted to get a copy or check it out in your local
> > library.
> > TTFN - 007
> > ________________________________
> > From: tubabassdiva <j.paradishagar@...
> > <mailto:j.paradishagar%40gmail.com> >
> > To: RedHotJazz@yahoogroups.com <mailto:RedHotJazz%40yahoogroups.com>
> > Sent: Tuesday, 21 August 2012, 4:05
> > Subject: [RedHotJazz] Research project and I could use your help,please!
> > Hi there, and thank you for reading this.
> > I'm a tuba player and general music nerd from Atlanta ... and I'm doing
> > research on the tuba/bass player Henry "Bass" Edwards.
> > He was from Atlanta originally and played around here a bit and then hit
> > road, as so many musicians do.
> > He played with a lot of bands and made quite a few recordings, including
> > Duke Ellington and Noble Sissle, to name just two.
> > What I'm trying to figure out is what happened in the later years of his
> > life. From what poking around I've been able to do so far it looks like
> > switched to doing more bass playing than tuba and more wind band and
> > orchestral kinds of things in the greater New York City area before he
> > away in 1965.
> > While I probably need to go to NYC and look at some archives and talk to
> > people I thought before I made traveling plans I'd start by asking
> people who
> > knew something first ... and so I've come to you.
> > One of the things I'm looking for is apparently he made one of those
> > "Soundies" at some point ... where he plays a tuba solo. I can't find
> > evidence of that yet but I'm hoping maybe one of you may have seen it or
> > of it.
> > Any information to get me further down the path would really be much
> > appreciated, I want to know all about him or as much about him as I can.
> > Thanking you in advance --
> > Jennifer Paradis
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