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  • Thanks for the J. P. Johnson rent party alert from Spain! He most certainly will have a gravestone. -----------GILBERT M. ERKSINE ----- Original Message ----- From: Agustín To: RedHotJazz@^$1 Sent: Wednesday, September 16, 2009 7:47 PM Subject: [RedHotJazz] James P. Johnson's last rent party at Smalls Club This could be of interest to NY residents: http://thereisjazzbeforetrane...
    Gilber M. Erskine Sep 17, 2009
  • Thanks much for your post and the news that James P. Johnson does not have a gravestone. I certainly will be contirubuting. On high school vacation in August 1944, I made the trip from Louisville, KY to visit relatinves in NYC. I was already a rabid big band swing fan, and an uncle and his friends took me around to hear better stuff. On fantiastic night we went to a club in...
    Gilber M. Erskine Sep 14, 2009
  • Thanks much for the update. I especially enjoyed The Galena Daily Gazette's 08/27/1927 article on JRM's forthcoming engagement at the Royal Palais. The reporter undoubtedly had been collared by JRM himself ("It is generally conceded that true jazz...originated in the South, and it was Jelly Roll more than any other individual who elevated this style of music into an art..."). But...
    Gilber M. Erskine Aug 21, 2009
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  • In all this discussion on whether Handy indeed heard the real blues in Mississippi in 1903, here is an excerpt from Ted Gioia's DELTA BLUES (W.W.Norton 2008)--- "Charles Peabody, a Harvard archeologist, arrived in Coahoma County, Mississippi in May 1901 to excavate 2 mounds left behind by the Choctaw Indians...his excavations in a few months in '01 and '02 yielded a treasure of...
    Gilber M. Erskine Aug 1, 2009
  • <<>> Made me chuckle and agree with you 100%. Louis made "King of the Zulus" [OK 8396] on Wednesday, June 23, 1926, coming up to the Wabash studio after a full night of playing at the Sunset Cafe. It started out as hokum horseplay with some humorous talk by Clarence Babcock with his Jamaica Brit accent. Then Louis lays it on with astonishing expressive power. Louis's chops were...
    Gilber M. Erskine Jul 24, 2009
  • Tommer--- You have a habit of printing out the entire message of a poster you are replying to. Sometimes those messages are very long. In this instance, you could merely type--- << >> and you would save the rest of us much time by not having to reread the entire previous message. You ain't the only one that has this bad habit. ---------GILBERT M. ERSKINE ----- Original Message...
    Gilber M. Erskine Jul 24, 2009
  • Halfway House in New Orleans is like Stonehenge in the Salisbury Plains of Wiltshire, England, where all of them ancient rocks are taking up too much prime farming space. Tear 'em down, I say. They been there since 2150 BC and were used to determine the summer soistice. Well, we got better ways to figure the summer soistice, so they serve no useful purpose. I say, take them...
    Gilber M. Erskine Jul 20, 2009
  • <<>> Dunno how I ever missed hearing this one. This has to be one of the great jazz recordings of the '20s. Jimmy McPartland, cornet; Tom Thunen, trumpet; Big T, trombone & vocal; Jimmy Dorsey, Gil Roden, Larry Binyon, saxophones; Vic Bredis, piano; Dick Morgan, guitar; Harry Goodman, bass; Ray Bauduc, drums. Original issue by Iriving Mills on Banner 6360 on 04/04/29, it was...
    Gilber M. Erskine Jun 22, 2009
  • I am doing an article on this remarkable tune written by Tin Pan Alley composers Arthur N. Swanstone, Charles R. McCarron, and Carey Morgan, published in 1919. The song has had a remarkable fascination for New Orleans clarinetists over the years. First done by Alcide "Yellow" Nunez with the Louisiana Five in 1919, it was followed by Jimmie Noone in 1928. The dirge-like performance...
    Gilber M. Erskine Jun 17, 2009
  • <<>> You most certainly do, unless you want your membership stricken from the Decatur St Moldy Fig Society. ---------GILBERT M. ERSKINE ----- Original Message ----- From: David Weiner To: RedHotJazz@^$1 Sent: Sunday, June 14, 2009 11:53 AM Subject: RE: [RedHotJazz] Bixian? (was: Re: Bernard Wolfe, Mezzrow, and Really the Blues and Bix) Patrice, The assertions about bixians were so...
    Gilber M. Erskine Jun 14, 2009