OSCAR PETTIFORD INTRO

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First published Jan. 23, 2002. Last update April 18, 2013. 

 

OSCAR 1922-1945 | OSCAR 1946-1949 | OSCAR 1950-1955 | OSCAR 1956 |

OSCAR 1957-1960 | SONGS BY OP | COOVER 

OSCAR PETTIFORD

(O. Collins P.)

1922-1960

 

Born September 30, 1922 in Okmulgee, Oklahoma.

Died September 8, 1960 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

 

 

NEWS,

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

April 18, 2013 More good news came from Pete Bainbridge. A new CD, and it is a gem: Lost Tapes. Oscar Pettiford. Germany 1958/1959. Jazzhaus 101719, featuring mostly studio recordings of SWF Baden-Baden, with Lucky Thompson, Kenny Clarke, Rolf Kühn, Hans Koller, Attila Zoller, Dusko Goykovich a.m.o. Recording dates are 581202, 581203, 590224, 590614 and 590715. Ten of the sixteen recordings are issued for the first time. Thank you again, Pete!

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March 25, 2013 Mark Cederquist got some more Oscar Pettiford on 78 - the flip side of Wynonie Harris with Oscar Pettiford's All Stars on Apollo 378 (September, 1945 session) and BOTH sides of the only commercially released (on 78) recordings of Oscar Pettiford with Woody Herman (May 26, 1949 session) : "Time To Change Your Town" (OP w/Wynonie Harris, Apollo 378), "The Crickets" (OP w/Woody Herman, Capitol 57-682),  "More Moon" (OP w/Woody Herman, Capitol 57-682). - Paul Benkimoun made me aware of a re-release of the 580207 recording of "Oh, Captain!"  Thanks, Mark, thanks, Paul!

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March 20, 2013 Duke Ellington 470919-21 or 470926-28 at the Meadowbrook Gardens Café, Culver City, Cal. - "World of Cello" has photos like this one: OP with Cello and twin daughters Cellina and Celeste. - Try Peter Bierma's website The Bass Case. You will find transcriptions and discussions like So What Bass Line by Paul ChambersBohemia After Dark Bass Line by Oscar PettifordTwo versions of Tricotism.

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January 31, 2013 The Mosaic box "Classic Coleman Hawkins Sessions 1922-1947" has three previously unissued takes with OP 431218 and 440727. The good news came from Pete Bainbridge. Thank you again, Pete! - Mark Cederquist is an expert in 78's. He found "Worried Life" : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRd0veXHEC8 , "Empty Bed Blues, part 1" : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yf48eWs05EA (both of 450109) "AND, since that last e-mail, I've been to New Orleans again and, among 130+ other 78's, I was able to snag the 78 of Wynonie Harris with Oscar Pettiford and his All Stars on Apollo 378 (4509)!!! I've attached label picture of both sides of this Apollo 78 and I've got one side of it posted thus far - "Everybody's Boogie" : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WmQ1g11yLA".  Thanks, Mark! - 580927, 23:30 Jazz from Carnegie Hall. Live in Amsterdam 1958. MCN 2101 (Dutch Jazz Archive Series: Jazz at the Concertgebouw). 

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March 29, 2012 Exciting news come from Pete Bainbridge: "new recording available of Jazz From Carnegie Hall at Concertgebouw  27 Sept 1958. http://keepswinging.blogspot.com/2012/03/jazz-from-carnegie-hall-1958-all-star.html. Information for purchase here:  http://www.muziekcentrumnederland.nl/en/music-information-center/order-jazz-cds/#c19531." - Paul Benkimoun found an undated O.P. interview in The Jazz Review, Vol. 4, No. 1 (January 1961). Thanks, Pete, thanks, Paul! 

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August 9, 2011. Thanks, Fernando Ortiz de Urbina, for the news about Oscar Pettiford's earliest recordings, with Charlie Christian in Minneapolis, late 1939. There's a new reissue of those recordings. The special thing about it is that for the first time Newhouse original acetates have been used, not second generation dubs, which were used by Columbia and all other subsequent reissues. It's on the Uptown label. - For a transcription of Oscalypso 570222 s. J. J. Squinobal's dissertation in ethnomusicology: "West African Music in the Music of Art Blakey, Yusef Lateef, and Randy Weston."  

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July 11, 2011. $10 for One Ticket to "The Genius of Oscar Pettiford: A Tribute by the Richie Pardo Quintet" ($20 Value). - A Skinner Auction 2011: Duke Ellington and Oscar Pettiford Signed Songwriting Contract for Tip Toe Topic, May 16, 1946, on four typed pages, with signatures in ink on page four, including witnesses. 

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May 14, 2011. Paul Benkimoun located Stephen Jackson's 2009 Dissertation "An analysis of Oscar Pettiford's improvisation styles on the bass and the cello", and sent a copy. Thank you again, Paul! - Highly recommended: Jay Goetting's book Joined at the Hip: A History of Jazz in the Twin Cities. Well written, well researched, well documented; with chapters about Alsbrook, Pettiford a.o.

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May 7, 2011. Kai Mohr Petersen sent his article about Oscar Pettiford, written for The International Society of Bassists. The article is printed in Bass World Vol. 34, No. 3, 2011. Many thanks! We are happy to learn that OP finally has a new tombstone, inaugurated on November 17, 2010, at Frederiksberg Cemetery.  - Frank Büchmann-Møller: From a local jazz club to the best venue in the world. Montmartre Jazz House, Copenhagen, 1959-1976. - The African Experience on American Shores: Influence of Native American Contact on the Development of Jazz. By Morgen Stiegler. Thesis August 2009. - Solo Techniques for Unaccompanied Pizzicato Jazz Double Bass; by Larry Ousley.

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March 24, 2011. Blues In The Closet - OP Cello Solo (Transcribed for bass by Eric Beaulé). - Lorenzo Serafin's thesis (in Italian language) on "scribd": Wild Oscar. Thanks, Lorenzo! - Geoffrey I. Wills: Forty lives in the bebop business: mental health in a group of eminent jazz musicians. - "I also remember Adolphus J. Alsbrook, a quiet, reserved young man who taught Oscar harmony and counterpoint. 'Dolphus used to get his kicks by reading Schopenhauer and Nietzsche when he was off the stand." (Bob Benham: The Mixed Minny Band. Cf. March 12, 2011). A rare picture showing Alsbrook, Harold "Popeye" Booker and Lester Young with Rook Ganz's band in 1934.

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March 12, 2011. 1941 (summer) The Mixed Minny Band. Bob Benham: "Oscar was called 'Wild Child.'" Thanks, Rich Lagerman of the IAJRC, for a copy of the article! - Chris White: Jazz Cello. A History and a Transcription. An Oscar Pettiford Cello Solo from "Sonny Boy." In: Strings. Spring 1989, No. 12. 

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January 3, 2011. Music Dial, August 1944:  Jazz Milieu. By Herbie Nichols: "There’s a lot of rhythm and melody in his gutbucket bass playing as he stomps loudly and hums his riffs. Yes, indeed, he’s quite an energetic fellow." - 441222 "Spotlite Club, New York. ... Oscar Pettiford's little band has the makings of a nifty outfit, for there's plenty of talent and musicianship scattered among the crew. Unfortunately, for dancing or just listening they are too wild, too rough and, as a crew, unjelled." Pettiford gets the chance "to display his strumming-thumping wizardry on Body and Soul." - Tricotism 560124 on youtube (a postscriptum to December 9, 2010: Thomson Kneeland's transcription of Tricotism). 

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December 17, 2010. Birka Jazz has some VERY nice record covers, e.g. Erik Moseholm: Two Oscars to Oscar, Hit Records HR 708 , 7" EP 1961. - 441013 Boyd Raeburn. - 570217 "TV Show Pegs Atlantic LP." - An arrangement of Blues In The Closet for four saxophones. 

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December 9, 2010. Thomson Kneeland's transcription of Tricotism. Go to the section "educational." You will also find Lucky Thompson's compositions Dancing Sunbeam and The Plain But SimpleTruth from the same album. - A big band arrangement of Laverne Walk is available at ejazzlines.com. As you might expect "this piece is a great vehicle for your bassist." - Unpublished: "An analysis of Oscar Pettiford's improvisation styles on the bass and the cello." By Stephen Jackson. Thesis (D.M.A.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2009. Includes transcribed solos (leaves 112-153). - Volker Nahrmann's "The Music of Oscar Pettiford. Volume Two," containing the cello solos, remains unpublished, too. What a pity, isn't it?

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November 19, 2010. Bohemia After Dark (Digital Sheet Music). - Richie Pardo Quintet: I Get the Message, Volume 1: The Genius of Oscar Pettiford. - James Moody 4B features bassist Todd Coolman’s “O.P. Update”.

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October 28, 2010. A Look at Oscar Pettiford's "Tricotism", by Mark Saltman. - Swingin' Till the Girls Come Home (Digital Sheet Music). - Exploring Native American influence on the blues. - LORD TUBMAN (Tubman Atnimara) plays Laverne Walk / Willow Weep For Me.  

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October 12, 2010. Dear Friends, Help raise money for Clearwater (founded by Pete Seeger) and The Woody Guthrie Foundation by joining us Thursday, Nov. 11, 7:30 pm at Symphony Space, for a historic musical event, David Amram, The First 80 Years, presented by Mark Morganelli's Jazz Forum Arts. The curtain rises at 7:30 pm on Nov. 11 at Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th St., 212-864-5400. For more details on the concert, click here. Bohemia After Dark on wikifonia. - Marc Myers: Kind of Blue, Reloaded. - Rufus Reid: The Evolving Bassist on npr.

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September 8, 2010. Fifty years ago: O.P. died September 8, 1960. "Oscar Pettiford - ein Bassist mit Ideen." Swiss radio station DRS2. The feature is downloadable. Thanks, Markus Quabeck, for the hint! - Billy Taylor Explains Bebop Melody: One for the Woofer, another version. 

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August 25, 2010. Letter to Editor of Downbeat Magazine by Jacqueline Pettiford. - William Gottlieb: 52nd street ca. July 1948. - Detmold: The Gentle Art Of Love: Konzert zum 50. Todestag der Jazzbassisten Oscar Pettiford. - At Berklee's, October 14, 2010: Ron Carter with the Berklee World Strings Play the Music of Oscar Pettiford.

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June 18, 2010. Creed Taylor identifies a pair of female legs on a record cover (The Oscar Pettiford Orchestra in Hi-Fi). - National Museum of the American Indian's Newest Exhibition "Up Where We Belong: Native Musicians in Popular Culture". 

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May 21, 2010. JAZZHUS MONTMARTRE IS BACK. - An article about its history is here. - The original 10-inch LP: Howard McGhee and his Korean All Stars, Jazz At the Battlefront Volume 1, Hi-Lo 6001.

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May 4, 2010. "Jazz sax in a Native key", about Sharel Cassity, in: Indian Country Today, Apr 30, 2010. Sharel seems to share some of Oscar Pettiford's views: “I believe that jazz comes from the powwow drum,” said Cassity, who lives in New York. “There are elements from Africa. The harmonic consistency comes from Europe. But you don’t get that thump, that boom, boom, boom in the bass and drums without the powwow.”- A transcription of  Collard Greens and Black Eyed Peas (Blues In The Closet) as played by Bud Powell. 

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April 27, 2010. Trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie and bassist Oscar Pettiford (Cherokee), giants of the Golden Age of Jazz, live on through the fresh interpretations of Sharel Cassity (Cherokee) and Tony Lujan's Latin jazz septet. Performance at the National Museum of the American Indian on April 3, 2010 at 2 pm. And the second performance at 4 pm.

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March 24, 2010. Still more from Mark Cederquist's collection: The 1944 Esquire Magazine Jazz Poll Winners as Leonard Feather's Esquire All Stars 431204: Esquire Bounce , Mop Mop , My Ideal , Esquire Blues (Oscar Pettiford solo!); the 1945 Esquire Magazine Jazz Poll Winners as Leonard Feather's All Stars 441201: Esquire Stomp & Esquire Jump. Many thanks, Mark! - The little town of Moers on the Lower Rhine can boast of an "Improviser in Residence." Sanne van Hek took the job. Yes, it's serious. It pays 80.000 €. 

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March 19, 2010. More from Mark Cederquist's collection: Coleman Hawkins Swing Four 431223: The Man I Love. Gillespie/Pettiford 450109: Salted Peanuts & Be-Bop. Boyd Raeburn 450126-27: Interlude (A Night In Tunisia)Howard McGhee c. 4509 (OP or not OP?): 11:45 Swing. Duke Ellington 460903: Swamp Fire. Thank you again, Mark! - Mop Mop from the First Esquire Concert 440118, V-Disc 135B, w. spoken introduction.

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March 13, 2010. Mark Cederquist a.k.a. "SwingMan1937" is sharing his original 78rpm recordings on YouTube. You won't be disappointed. His collection is absolutely jaw dropping. A highlight is the Columbia DJ Promo 30147 w. Dizzy Gillespie's first Band, January 9, 1945 (we only knew the Manor issues): I Can't Get Started & Good Bait. Then there is the Milt Page Trio Featuring Oscar Pettiford 1944: Soda PopIt's Only A Papermoon. Coleman Hawkins and Orchestra, 440216: Woody 'N' You & Bu-Dee-Daht. More to come! - A transcription of Laverne Walk (theme only). 

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March 10, 2010. The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian will feature a three-part series celebrating the diversity and innovation of jazz. Participants will learn the history of jazz and its relationship to American Indians, hear music by Native musicians and learn to scat like a real jazz vocalist. In a tribute to Gillespie and Oscar Pettiford, saxophonist Sharel Cassity and The Tony Lujan Septet will perform in the Rasmuson Theater at the National Museum of the American Indian Saturday, April 3, at 2 and 4 p.m.

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March 1, 2010. Bottoms Up: Melodies in Bass, by Mark Saltman, features OP. - Joachim Ernst Berendt's TV production "Jazz - heard and seen" 590302 w. OP's trio. - No news, no OP, but something else: "Superbass" playing Blue Monk. Ray Brown, John Clayton and Christian McBride with the WDR Big Band. Add John Goldsby and get Two For The Blues.

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February 24, 2010. OP bass solo transcriptions by Eric Beaulé: The Man I Love (1943, w. Coleman Hawkins) and Blues In The Closet (1954, w. Tal Farlow). - Copyright Office registration numbers and dates of some OP compositions; in 1982 & 1983 Harriet Pettiford and son Oscar Pettiford, Jr. secured copyrights of: Swingin' 'til the girls come home, Bohemia after dark, Blue (sic) in the closet, Tamalpais love song to the winds; a sontatina (sic), Jack the field stalker, Tip toe topic.

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February 11, 2010. Oscar Pettiford’s Altered States, by John Goldsby, in Bass Player. They are using the foto without permission. - OP on "NNDB - tracking the entire world."

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January 30, 2010. 440714 Copyright entry of: "Bass man's D-day; melody Oscar Pettiford." - 460829 Copyright entry of. "PETTIFORD, OSCAR. Something for you; music by O. Pettiford and Irving Berman." -  David Spies: Oscar Pettiford. (The African American National Biography). - What Happened to Ronnie Free? PROFILE by Sam Stephenson. (Cf. also The Jazz Loft Project and Jazz & Blues Musicians of South Carolina: Interviews with Jabbo, Dizzy ... by Benjamin Franklin). - As you might expect, Bill Crow's book "From Birdland to Broadway" contains anecdotes concerning OP. The book is fun to read! - Chuck Israels plays Laverne Walk. - And here is a very cool version of Swingin' Till The Girls Come Home.

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January 18, 2010. Billboard about the latest New York nitery, the Cafe Bohemia 550604. - Billboard: "Pettiford Group at New Jazzspot. - New York's newest Jazz Club, the Black Pearl, started off with a top jazz name in Oscar Pettiford and his quintet." Cf. 580407. - A version of Tricotism in 3/4 time

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December 30, 2009 The chapter about OP in Frederick J. Spencer's book Jazz and Death: Profiles of Jazz Greats, Univ. of Mississippi Press 2002, is called "Viral Disease". - Jet Magazine 601103: "Oscar Pettiford's Estate Starts Transatlantic Battle." Jet is online: search google books!

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December 28, 2009 Jet Magazine reports. Cf. 590122, 600204, 600414, 601027. - The most rewarding book of the year i.m.o.: The Jazz Loft Project: Photographs and Tapes of W. Eugene Smith from 821 Sixth Avenue, 1957-1965. By Sam Stephenson. Cf. The Jazz Loft Project, too. Click on "Sounds" for getting access to music and other sounds from the tapes. You can join their mailing list to find out when new material is added. 

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December 1, 2009 Paul Benkimoun sent a dub of The Three Riffs 490112. He adds: "If you put a mention on your website don't forget to thank Tony Fournier, from www.vocalgroupharmony.com, who located a copy and sent it, and Marv Goldberg who lent his copy." My heartiest thanks to all three! - Dick Katz, 85, Jazzman of Many Gifts Over 6 Decades, Is Dead

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November 23, 2009 5410 Cf. "The New Yorker" about a course conducted by Sidney Gross, called "Adventures in Jazz." The topic of the evening was bebop. Monk, Pettiford a.o. play. - A transcription of O.P.'s solo on There'll Never Be Another You 580227 or 0307.  

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November 12, 2009 Ray Drummond talks bassists in JazzTimes May 2001 p. 94f. Historic Sounds of Newport, Newly Online. Enjoy it while you can, as Ben Ratliff says in The New York Times. 

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October 30, 2009 A fine photograph showing the Stan Getz Quartet in Tivolis Koncertsal, Copenhagen 1959. From the left: Jan Johansson, Oscar Pettiford, Stan Getz and Joe Harris. - And this is Oscar Pettifords vej (OP's way) in Copenhagen. - The seven sets of the "Jazz from Carnegie Hall" concerts, according to the Souvenir Programme. - 571011: Friday night. Monk's birthday party. OP emceed the event. N.B.: Robin Kelley's biography of Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original is out. He had access to the Monk family papers and private recordings. The book is "elegantly written," they say. His wife "helped to make the story more cinematic," says he. 

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October 24, 2009 Finally we have the correct date of "Tonight!" The Steve Allen Show, featuring Bud Powell, OP, and Art Blakey. It's 530915. - Thelonious Monk Competition Winner Announced. The winner of the 2009 Thelonious Monk International Bass competition is Ben Williams. On his two tunes - "Tricotism" by Oscar Pettiford, and the Juan Tizol classic "Caravan" - Williams wowed the audience with his nimble fingering, melodic soloing and creative rhythmic approach. Take a listen to Ben Williams' performances. - OP on CoverJazz. - Art Tatum & Co., January 26, 1944 

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September 1, 2009. Now available: The Music and Life of Theodore "Fats" Navarro. Infatuation. By Leif Bo Petersen & Theo Rehak. Series: Studies in Jazz #59 (Scarecrow). See also Nostalgia: Honoring Fats Navarro.  - Eric Bennett about Oscar Pettiford in Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African-American Experience.  

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August 21, 2009. The August 2009 issue of Down Beat: Oscar Pettiford and Tadd Dameron are voted into the DownBeat Hall of Fame via DownBeat's Veterans Committee. (Jimmy Blanton was only included last year). -  Live at Cafe Bohemia: Hardbop in the Heart of Greenwich Village. By David Brent Johnson. - JazzWax: Interview: Dick Katz. - Composer, theoretician and pianist George Russell passed away on Monday, July 27, from complications due to Alzheimer’s. He was 86. 

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August 15, 2009. "One For The Woofer", tribute to Oscar Pettiford. Billy Taylor Trio featuring Chip Jackson. - Kees Hazevoet's scans of  Futurama 3003 (490310); Dawn DLP1104 (560717/18); Blue Note 5013 (520509); Blue Note 5045 (540512); Blue Note 5064 (550320). 

About to appear: Harvey Cohen's book about Ellington: Duke Ellington's America. It was mentioned in DEMS Bulletins 07/3-12; 08/1-7 and 08/2-6/6. Harvey: "I would stress that we are not after only the academic audience, we want it to crossover to anyone who enjoys reading about American music, jazz music, American history, African American history, diplomatic history, business history, and so forth."

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July 7, 2009. OP in the Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians. - Thanks to contributors Pete Bainbridge, Paul Benkimoun, and Kees Hazevoet! - Pete found an Italian CD which claims that OP is playing with Howard McGhee's orchestra "c. December 1945." Cf. the note to "4509 or 10" and/or "ca. 4509."  - Paul spoke with Anthony Ortega about OP. "In the course of the conversation I asked him about the session during which he recorded compositions of Bob Zieff (5611 NYC)." Cf. 5611! - Kees sent more fine scans. They will be in the next update.  

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March 3, 2009. JazzWax by Marc Myers: The Curious Case of Marcy Lutes 570215. - Art Farmer's review of Sonny Rollins' Freedom Suite in The Jazz Review, Vol. 1, No. 1 (November 1958) 580227 & 0307. - Benny Golson's review of Sonny Rollins' Freedom Suite in The Jazz Review, Vol. 2, No. 1 (January 1959). - Dick Hadlock's study: Sonny Rollins' Freedom Suite  in The Jazz Review, Vol. 2, No. 4. (May1959). - Bill Crow about Tony Scott and the All Stars 580806 & 07 in The Jazz Review, Vol. 2, No. 5 (June 1959) p. 26. - The entire run of The Jazz Review will appear on Jazz Studies Online in the near future. 

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February 25, 2009. npr: The Bottom Line: Bass On Top. "On the Hoagy Carmichael classic Stardust, Pettiford shows off the melodic brilliance that makes him one of the pillars of modern jazz." 

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February 23, 2009. Mat Mathews died in Rotterdam (Feb. 12, 2009). -  A book by ERIK KJELLBERG: Jan Johansson – tiden och musiken. Jan Johansson, 1931-1968, played and recorded with OP in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1959 & 1960. See also Jan Johansson: From Small Acorns..., where Erik Kjellberg's comprehensive biography Jan Johansson: A Visionary Swedish Musician (Svensk Music, 1998) is mentioned. 

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Februrary 7, 2009. Transcriptions of I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart and It Don't Mean A Thing 550721 or 27. - Oscar Pettiford & Tom Talbert: Bix, Duke, Fats (Lone Hill Jazz LHJ 10341) combines Bix, Duke, Fats and Basically Duke. - OP on DEEZER: Something For You 450109, and an hommage by Luigi Trussardi: One Oscar For Pettiford; Trussardi plays Little Niles, too (on the cello!). You will find the complete album "Thelonious Monk Plays Duke Ellington", Hawkins' recordings with OP, the complete Ellington at Carnegie Hall 4712 etc. etc. The site is certainly worth checking out. -  A horoscope ("You are perfectionists, smiles Ganesha.") - A flyer announcing a weekend "Celebrating Billy Strayhorn" (March 14 & 15, 2009, at St. Peter's Church, Lexington Avenue at 54th Street, New York City). 

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Februrary 3, 2009. A Great Day in Harlem. --- Lionel Hampton sitting in on Joe Roland's vibes; OP, cello, on the left. Thanks, Paul Benkimoun, for the hint!

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September 9, 2008 German weekly Der Spiegel 24/1951 of June 13, 1951, p. 39 f.: Oscar zupft besser. - A re-issue of Toots Thielemans' sessions 5504. - Another fine scan from Kees Hazevoet: the cover of "Safari with Sabu" 570606. - Michael Fitzgerald sent a photo probably showing O.P.'s quintet. Cf. 570623. Thank you again, Mike. 

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September 2, 2008. Michael Fitzgerald sent a mail about the Peggy Serra session listed as May 1957. Many thanks, Michael! The session actually produced four titles. - The new edition of Sonny Rollins: Freedom Suite in the Keepnews Collection contains the previously unissued first take of Till There Was You 580227.  

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August 18, 2008 500913: a fine photo from the Frank Driggs Collection shows Lloyd Trotman, Duke Ellington and a fully concentrated OP during this session; s. A. H. Lawrence: Duke Ellington and His World. A Biography. New York / London, Routledge 2001. For a critique of this book cf. Steven Lasker's open letter to the publisher in the DEMS Bulletin. - Kees Hazevoet sent a scan of that very fine cover by Bill Spilka (Foto by Herman Leonard): The New Oscar Pettiford Sextet. Debut DLP-8. Cf. 531229. Thanks, Kees!

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August 9, 2008 Oscar Pettiford's eight piece band at the Down Beat, San Francisco, August 1953. - 1957 (second half) Pianist Hod O'Brien replaces Bill Evans in Oscar Pettiford's band. 

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July 28, 2008. Oscar Pettiford's line on 'It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing'. On the classic 1955 Monk Album 'Thelonious Monk Plays Duke Ellington." This transcription includes his walking line and solo. - Music Inn, a documentary film: a trailer on youtube. And another trailer on youtube. A chronology of Music Inn. - More Pettiford in the Keepnews Collection: The Freedom Suite, and The Hawk Flies High.

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July 15, 2008. The Monk trio and quintet of the "Easter Jazz Festival at Town Hall" 560330: Monk p, OP b, Shadow Wilson d, plus Ray Copeland tp, Sahib Shihab saxes (cf. Amram: Vibrations p. 234; Cohen & Fitzgerald: Rat Race Blues p. 200, and the foto showing Monk, Pettiford and Shadow Wilson at Town Hall). - 581029 "Au Chat qui Pêche", Paris. OP drops in. - 5902 Jazz Podium about the car crash 58 late December. - Paul Benkimoun found a fine photo by Marcel Fleiss showing J.J. Johnson, Max Roach and Oscar Pettiford at the Blue Note. Thanks, Paul! - A photo of Lucky Thompson w. OP and Kenny Clarke (590418) from Jazz Podium Nr. 6 - VIII. Jahrg., June 1959.

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June 24, 2008. The Pettiford family still in Lenawee, Michigan: the 1900 United States Federal Census. - Harry D. Pettiford in Muskogee, OK in 1910 (cf. the 1910 United States Federal Census). - The Pettifords of Okmulgee, OK (Okmulgee Ward 1) in the 1920 United States Federal Census. Oscar's grandparents David and Anna live in Kingfisher, OK. - The 1930 United States Federal Census finds the Pettiford family living in Kingfisher, OK.

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June 7, 2008. 600402: the local newspapers about the Essen Jazz Festival 1960. Hanns-Martin Clauss had the newspaper clips in his collection, Henning Gailing informed me. Thanks to both of you! WAZ April 04, 1960, and NRZ April 04, 1960. - Orrin Keepnews about "Brilliant Corners" 561009. - 5611: Tony Ortega's first session as a leader - to the annoyment of arranger Bob Zieff without Oscar Pettiford. 

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June 4, 2008. Duke Ellington at the Civic Opera House, Chicago, 470202; at the Band Box, NYC, 530204; and Oscar Pettiford's last concert with Duke Ellington, Dogwood Hollow, Stony Brook, Long Island 580718. Sjef Hoefsmit of the DEMS sent copies. Many thanks, Sjef! - The Harris - Nimitz sessions of March 1957: As the CD gives the collective personnel only, we include the full info as given by Jim Harrod. Pete Bainbridge made me aware of his posting some time ago. Thank you again, Pete!

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May 30, 2008. An article by Joachim E. Berendt about OP in "Schlagzeug. Jazz in Wort und Bild", January 1960. - Issued for the first time: Jack Nimitz and Friends... March 1957. FSR 5047 CD. - 57117 Sahib Shihab: Complete Sextet Sessions 1956-1957. FSR CD 487. 

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April 17, 2008. Kees Hazevoet found a photo showing Monk, Pettiford and Shadow Wilson in the mid-fifties. We don't find a matching session in our files. Could it be the  "Easter Jazz Festival at Town Hall" 560330 where Monk appeared with a trio and a quintet? Maybe someone can help? Thank you again, Kees! - T. S. Monk about Shadow Wilson.

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April 16, 2008. A message from Cornelis J. Hazevoet, Lisboa, Portugal: "I saw mention of the April 1960 Amsterdam concert by Hawkins, Pettiford, Clarke. I can inform you that the precise date of this is 3 April 1960." Kees found this and four other concerts  in One Night Stand - Jazzconcerten in Nederland 1947-1967" by Jaap van de Klomp (1999, Uitgeverij Windroos, Amsterdam). Thank you, Kees! The other concerts: 580927 (two concerts), 590509 & 10. - Find a photo of Jaap visiting the Jazz Museum in Harlem. - 

The Coleman Hawkins' band, featuring Howard McGhee on trumpet, Sir Charles Thompson on piano, OP on bass, and Denzil Best on drums, plays a dance on February 11, 1945. - 5705 André Hodeir about OP's Birdland Band. - There is a photo from the Club Downbeat, New York, September 10, 1952 is in the booklet accompanying Properbox 120: Kenny Clarke: Klook's the Man. - A photo from the recording session 431208 in the book "The Great Jazz Day" by Charles Graham and Dan Morgenstern. - Marshmallow Records MMEX 116-CD called "56 58 Zoot Sims" has excepts from the concerts 580920 and 580922.  

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March 14, 2008. A transcription of Poor Butterfly 590614 by Marco Panascia. There is a sound file so that you can read the transcription while listening to the recording. -  Jonas Lohse about double bass pickups. "The first pickup to amplify an acoustic double bass was not brought out before 1949: Everett Hull’s Ampeg. Ampeg was able to win some well-known bass players as endorsers such as Eddie Safranski (Stan Kenton Orchestra), Chubby Jackson (Woody Herman Big Band), Joe Comfort (Nat King Cole) and Oscar Pettiford." - "Bagatellen": Zoot Sims w/ the Joe Castro Trio - At Falcon Lair. "Recorded informally at the home of Joe Castro, a Bohemian hideout in the Beverly Hills dubbed Falcon Lair." No OP here, but in a comment we learn that " James Castro, Joe’s son, actually has about 150+ reels in his possession, taped by his father over the years. ... Some of the sessions in the Castro collection: Stan Getz-Zoot Sims-Gerry Mulligan-Oscar Pettiford (amazing); Oscar Pettiford-Lucky Thompson-Zoot Sims. A pretty amazing trove all told."

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March 8, 2008. Proper Records: Oscar Rides Again. "Oscar Pettiford was undoubtedly the most talented bassist of the bebop era. Pettiford's beautiful intonation and amazing mobility on the contrabass and cello can be heard in a number of different contexts on this 4CD box set." Thanks, Fernando Ortiz de Urbina, for the news! - The complete session 570912 in on Ray Charles & Milt Jackson: Soul Brothers / Soul Meeting. Atlantic Jazz 7567-81951-2. - Birdland 1956; a concert handbill. "March 28th - April 3rd: Oscar Pettiford And His 13 Piece Orchestra."

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February 26, 2008. The Festival All Stars of the First Annual Connecticut Jazz Festival 560728 have OP on bass, not Jimmy Woode. - Ron Carter (Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz): "I've been an Oscar Pettiford fan for a very long time and it's great to see that he's getting rediscovered." They talk about OP, Miles a.o. and play Blues In The Closet, Stardust (Oscar's signature tune, as Ron says), Bohemia After Dark, So What ... - 5701: the third tune is of course "Ignunt Oil", not "Ignunt Boil". Thanks, Paul Benkimoun, for the correction.

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February 19, 2008. More about the Metropolitan Opera House Jam Session 440118. - A jazz matinee at the Shelton Hotel 540424. - The Easter Jazz Festival at Town Hall 560330. - "Oscar Pettiford and group, jazz concert." 570412. - Hal McKusick "Playing Around the Corners": "In hotels we used to practise in a closet as we didn't want to annoy some little lady or nice man trying to sleep next door. Most of us developped pretty big sounds because as you know in the closet is no sound..." Remember Jazz Wax from October 08, 2007: "Oscar Pettiford also was in the band [Boyd Raeburn]. We were roommates on the road."

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February 12, 2008. How About You 581222 is on the CD accompanying the book Hans Koller by Klaus Schulz (Vienna 2007). The chapter about OP contains previously unknown details and a fine foto from the 3. NDR Jazz Workshop 581222. The 15 tracks on the CD, recorded 1951-2001, feature musicians like Jutta Hipp, Albert and Emil Mangelsdorff, Bill Coleman, Bill Russo, Roland Kovac, Bud Shank, Attila Zoller, Gary Peacock, Eddie Sauter a.o. Most of the music is issued for the first time.  

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February 7, 2008. A message from Pete Bainbridge: "Go to http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=18490352. One hour profile on OP." (NPR's 'Jazz Profiles': Oscar Pettiford: Bass Beyond Bop Jan-30-2008). Thanks, Pete! 

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January 28,  2008. Two titles from 440426 are on: Ray Nance 1940–1949 The Non-Ducal Violin Recordings Featuring Ben Webster. ABCD1-014. This CD is well worth searching for: among other surprises there is some previously unreleased Blanton. Cf. also DEMS Bulletin 05/2 August-November 2005.  - 5811 OP on the cover of Jazz Podium.

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January 23, 2008. A documentary about Boyd Raeburn. - ERIK FRIEDLANDER'S BROKEN ARM. 050708. - Lee Konitz interview in Jazz Magazine (France), May 1966, with a series of fotos from the "Jazz from Carnegie Hall" tour 1958. -  Red Mitchell talks Pettiford (in French). - The Future of Jazz in 1958. No Pettiford here, but George Russell, Bill Evans, Jimmy Cleveland, Art Farmer... An episode of Billy Taylor's' 1958 TV show, "The Subject Is Jazz." Thanks, Paul!

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January 14, 2008. "Jazz from Carnegie Hall": the unidentified recordings in Coover Gazdar's collection seem to come from Munich, Germany 581003. That's what is said in "J. J. Johnson & Kai Winding All Stars. The 1958 European Tour" (s. below). So, unfortunately, there are no new finds. Never mind: three CDs of previously unissued recordings by these giants are now available: Lee Konitz, Zoot Sims, J. J. Johnson, Kai Winding, Red Garland, Phineas Newborn jr., Oscar Pettiford, Kenny Clarke. (The title "J. J. Johnson & Kai Winding All Stars" is misleading. The two trombonists were only one of the acts.)

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January 7, 2008. "J. J. Johnson & Kai Winding All Stars. The 1958 European Tour." 3 CD Box. Rare Live Recordings RLR 88631 (Andorra 2007). This is "Jazz From Carnegie Hall" 580920 ff.; all recordings previously unissued, and with some fresh materials. To be analyzed next time. - 600414 The Expatriate Life of Stan Getz. Article in Down about Stan Getz' life in Copenhagen. - Alan Shapiro: Wildness and Order in Ellington's "Happy Go Lucky Local" 461125. - In praparation: Hällström, Carl A. & Bo Scherman: AFRS Jubilee transcriptions. A completely revised and augmented listing of the "original series": No. 1-365, Xmas 1945, 1947 and 1948. Cf. Norbert Ruecker's homepage

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December 28, 2007. To be released in January: Oscar Pettiford 1954-1955. Classics (F) 1454. - Pete Bainbridge found tapes of the Mutual Broadcast "Excursions in Modern Music" with the "Second Herd" 490716. Thanks, Pete, for copies! - OP's first use of the cello 490317-23.

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December 15, 2007.  The Jazz Messengers at the Open Door Café 5504. One night OP subs for Doug Watkins. Cf. Jazz Magazine (F) No. 8, 1955, with photos by Herman Leonard. Thanks, Paul Benkimoun, for copies! - Nabil Totah's colorful account: "How I met Oscar Pettiford."

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November 29, 2007. "The Walker's, Magazine of Jazz & Music", volume 11, 2007, introduces Oscar Pettiford in their series "Mr. Bassman". For those who read Japanese. It contains a "Profile" (plus fine photo), "OP's Great Album", and "OP's Support Album", thus covering the wide range of the artist. Masayuki Koito, the editor of "The Walkers", sent a copy. Thanks, Masayuki Koito! - A transcription of Oscar's solo on  I Succumb To Temptations 590822. - Many people told me how useful they found my website. Of course the use is free. For those who would like to donate: you can send whatever amount you choose through paypal. My paypal-address is: themenschmidt@t-online.de

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November 19, 2007. "JazzWax: Marc Myers blogs daily on significant jazz recordings". David Amram, Part 4 is out. "In Part 4 ..., David talks about recording with the Oscar Pettiford big band of 1956-57 and with Kenny Dorham and Cannonball Adderley in 1959."  Paul Benkimoun: "One can really get an idea of OP after these remembrances." - For more details s. David's book "Vibrations" (excerpts are here), and "Rat Race Blues: The Musical Life of Gigi Gryce," by Noal Cohen & Michael Fitzgerald, pp. 198 ff.

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November 2, 2007. More corrections by Fernando Ortiz de Urbina. Thanks, Fernando! - The Minneapolis jam session 390921: there is no drummer. - There is no OP in Newport 570704-07. - "Miles' Denials" from September 25, 2007: Marc Myers about Bohemia After Dark, So What and Why Not - That's What. (No news to us, cf. 600705/06; but nicely told). - Hal McCusick (interviewed by Marc Myers) about Raeburn and Pettiford s. 450117. He confirms Gitte Haenning's version of the fatal accident (s. 600904). Thanks, Pete Bainbridge, for the hint. 

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October 24, 2007. A correction by Fernando Ortiz de Urbina: the dates for the Newport 57 festival are early July, not late. Fernando Ortiz de Urbina is working on a discography of Eddie Costa. - FSR-CD 453 (2007) combines Bethlehem BCP1019 and BCP33 (541217 & 550812). It is called: Oscar Pettiford Nonet & Octet. The sound is very good.

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October 1, 2007. A transcription of all the solos on Blues For "The Street" by Tony Scott and the All Stars 580806. Oscar's solo is here: page 1, page 2. Bassists take the third line. Ignore the treble clef and the accidentals in brackets. 

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September 5, 2007. "Oscar Pettiford". An article in Jazz Hot No. 41 (Févr. 1950). Pages 10 & 11, page 12. - AND it's time for some great news: Paul Benkimoun is working on a book about OP and his place in jazz history. The book will be published in French likely by the end of 2008. Hopefully there will be an edition in the U.S. People who can provide information and /or memories should contact Paul: paulbenkimoun@wanadoo.fr or myself: themenschmidt@t-online.de

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August 30, 2007. Paul Benkimoun asked Paul Motian for details concerning his gigs with OP. Paul B. writes: "Two things look obvious to me: 1. He played more with OP than I thought. 2. Paul Motian keeps a close records of his gigs..." Cf. Marcy Lutes 570215; Sam Most 570306-07. At Birdland w. Ralph Sharon 570222-570320, with the addition of singer Chris Connor 570301-06; 570503-04 and 570531 w. O.P. big band; at Small's Paradise in Harlem w. O.P. Quintet 570611-23; Joe Puma 571118. So we have the exact dates of the recording sessions now, and some very interesting additions to the itinary in 1957. Thanks, Paul Motian and Paul Benkimoun!

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August 21, 2007. Paul Benkimoun makes me aware of an omission: Helen Merrill w. Gil Evans 560627, and of "The Complete Helen Merrill On Mercury" (18PJ-1047-50). It was researched and compiled by Kiyoshi Koyama who had access to the Mercury files. 560626 to 29. Thanks, Paul! - Jennifer Leitham Trio playing "Tricotism" at the Sweet and Hot Festival 2006. Apropos: it's interesting to compare Tom Talbert's versions of Ellington's Ko-Ko 560914 (with OP, on "Bix, Duke, Fats") and 9206 (with J. Leitham, on "Duke's Domain", Sea Breeze 2058).

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August 9, 2007. Lionel Hampton and His All Stars 5608. In 2007 there is finally - thanks to producer Jordi Pujol - a complete release of this session on two CDs: "Complete Jazztone Recordings". FSR-CD 446. Here we seem to get considerably longer versions of My Man and Over The Rainbow, but this is due to an error. There is no new material. The title of "Time For Lions" is corrected: it is Line For Lions by Gerry Mulligan.

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August 2, 2007. Two CDs produced by Jordi Pujol for Fresh Sound Records: Oscar Pettiford: In a Cello Mood. FSR-CD 452. 521016, 530514, 531229, 5409. No new materials, but a fine issue featuring Oscar's work on cello. Nicely packaged. The booklet has some rare photographs. - The Jazz Guitar of Joe Puma. FSR-CD 435. Combines many memorable sessions, among them two sessions with OP 1957. Thanks, Pete and Paul, for the hint!

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July 26, 2007. Broadcast "The Birdland Show" 521025. The Red Rodney Group without Oscar Pettiford. Mitsuo Johfu sent a tape of the broadcast, which obviously belongs to Oscar Pettiford's biography, too. - You can hear Signature 90001: The Man I Love, 431223.

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July 17, 2007. The balance of the Duke Ellington Treasury Shows from Pete Bainbridge: volumes 44 to 46: 460824, 460831, 461005; and Pete's new finds: OP in Oakland and San Francisco 530627 - 530903.

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June 27, 2007. Continued: Duke Ellington Treasury Shows from Pete Bainbridge. Today: volumes 37 to 39: 460518, 460525, 460601, 460608.

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June 20, 2007. More Duke Ellington Treasury Shows came from Pete Bainbridge. We start with volumes 33 to 36: 460120, 460413, 460420, 460427, 460504. Many thanks, Pete! 

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May 29, 2007. I checked the CD "Oscar Pettiford Complete Big Band Studio Recordings", recorded 1956 & 1957. Lonehilljazz LHJ 10168. The sound is better than on GRP 11432, and it adds three live recordings from the LP Spotlite SPJ 153. - An article by Michael Steinman about The Complete Big Band Studio Recordings. - Corrections concerning the LP albums ABC-111 & ABC-171 (Lucky Thompson Meets Oscar Pettiford Volumes 1 & 2). The correct recording dates are 560124, 560130, 561211 & 561212. Cf. Lord, the great Lucky Thompson Discography, and FSR-CD 424. 

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May 4, 2007. Michael Griffes sent copies of two titles from the Helen Merrill concert 600402. Thank you again, Michael! - More "Excursions in Modern Music" 490702 and 490716. - Paul Benkimoun found four concerts called "Musik ohne Grenzen" 59 w. Ella Fitzgerald, Lou Levy p, the Austrian All Stars, Fatty George, Hans Koller, Oscar Pettiford a.o. Thanks, Paul, for the info!

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April 15, 2007. Michael Griffes sent info about the Helen Merrill recital 600402. Thank you, Michael! - An article in Melody Maker June 9, 1951: OSCAR IS WILD! Leonard Feather Talks 'Pettiford'. ('Fabulous', 'Unhappy', 'Melodic', 'Frantic', 'Mercurial', 'Illustrious'.) 

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April 11, 2007. New Ellingtonia from Pete Bainbridge, part 2. D.E.T.S. 31: 451117 (Oscar' first date with the Duke). - D.E.T.S. 32: 451117 & 451124. - D.E.T.S. 40: Los Angeles, CA. 460706. - D.E.T.S. 41: San Diego, CA. 460727. - D.E.T.S. 42: San Francisco, CA 460803. 

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April 2, 2007. 5709 Jazz City, NYC. - 5710 A three page article in JAZZ HOT, LA REVUE INTERNATIONALE DU JAZZ. No. 125, Octobre 1957. 

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March 22, 2007. New Ellingtonia from Pete Bainbridge, part 1. Capitol Transcriptions: Lover Man and A Ghost Of A Chance 460716, Golden Feather 470107, Azalea and Orchids For Madame 470610. - Duke Ellington at Ciro's 470725, 470730, and 470801. -  D.E.T.S. 43: ABC broadcast "Your Saturday Date With The Duke". 460817. - Additions to Ivory Joe Hunter 471205. 

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February 28, 2007. Woody Herman's Second Herd with OP 490226 & 490304. Pete Bainbridge sent copies of the tapes. Thank you again, Pete, for valuable information and for new Ellingtonia, a.o. the Duke Ellington Treasury Shows D.E.T.S. 31, 32, 40, 41, 42, 43 (we are only listing the ones with OP here). These are all the more valuable for us as we do not know if the Storyville D.E.T.S. series on CD will be continued. The Ellingtonia will be in our next updates. - The Know Your Jazz sessions 560313 & 21 are available on CD: Billy Taylor Trio Meets the Jazz Greats. LHJ 10276. 

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February 23, 2007. Classics 1415 is out: Beryl Booker 1946-1952. It has all master takes from 520313. - Uwe Weiler sent more fine scans: Billy Eckstine 440413. - 431223 The Man I Love on V-Disc 529 (Lord H3136-7) is not an alternate take; it is the same as on Signature 90001. 

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February 12, 2007. Fine scans by Uwe Weiler of the labels of Regis 7002 (440727), Manor 5000 (450109), Guild 107 (450126), Guild 111 (450126-27), Sunrise 2006 (470610). Thanks, Uwe Weiler! - More from Mitsuo Johfu's finds: 581202. 

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February 10, 2007. Mitsuo Johfu sent a tape of the broadcast 570526, and some fascinating unissued recordings: the Oscalypso 581203 (most people think it was recorded in Paris, but it belongs to an SWF broadcast from Karlsruhe, Germany). Thank you, Mitsuo!

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January 17, 2007. Yes , I am alive and well. I moved to the Ruhr area, and that was the reason why I did not see my record player for months. New materials came from Uwe Weiler, Giovanni Zanoni, and Mitsuo Johfu. Pete Bainbridge located more Ellingtonia, and version 7 of Tom Lord's discography arrived. Thanks, everybody, for your patience and your encouragement. New today: the program of Jazz From Carnegie Hall 5809 (courtesy Dottore  Zanoni). 

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September 18, 2006 Duke Ellington at Cornell University 470419. Thanks, Pete Bainbridge, for the tape. - Corrected personnel of the Kurt Edelhagen orch. 590331. - TRIBECA Performing Arts Center continues the long running Lost Jazz Shrines Series. June 9, 2006, 7pm, they had an All-Star jazz band in concert, performing the music of Café Bohemias Original Music Director, Oscar Pettiford. The band included Eric Gould (Piano / Musical Director), Sean Jones (Trumpet), Antonio Hart (Alto Sax), Don Braden (Tenor Sax), Robin Eubanks (Trombone), Leon Lee Dorsey (Bass), and  Vincent Ector (Drums). With special guest Ron Carter

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May 15, 2006. Oscar Pettiford's last concert 600904. - Duke Ellington: Triple Play 470202. - More Ellingtonia contributed by Paul Benkimoun: El Patio Ballroom, Denver 470701 to 470708. - I Like The Sunrise 471224 from V-Disc 858 (without the vocal). - 530209 Band Box, NYC; and materials concerning 541008 & 580424. 

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May 5, 2006. 52 (first half) (?) Frank DeVito with Pettiford's group at Snooky's on 57th. - OP on the screen: 590929 and 5911-12: Und noch frech dazu. - Ellingtonia with OP: Paul Benkimoun sent tapes of the Ellington Alumni concert 580704, photos of Disc-Ret LP 1974, and a tape of Duke Ellington featuring OP on cello 530322. More Ellingtonia in the next update. 

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April 24, 2006. Pete Bainbridge found a Danish TV broadcast showing the Oscar Pettiford Quartet at the Montmartre Club, Copenhagen; 59 (second half). Thanks for the copy, Pete! - Barnet's version of "Cherokee" for Jam Session 4301-05 is available on CD. Thanks, Joseph Scott, for the info! - The Stan Getz Quartet at Basin Street Café 560421. - A correction: the date of Oscar Pettiford Memorial Concert in Denmark is 601001, not 610901. - Lots of Ellingtonia with OP to come: thanks, Paul Benkimoun!

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April 1, 2006. Finally identified: the musicians of the Oscar Pettiford Trio (before 451008), AFRS 'Jubilee' #151. - For Woody Herman's band route in the beginning of 1949 see 490128. - More OP on the screen: HERMAN’S HERD, Will Cowan, director; 49 (prob. between May and July). - 510601 Down Beat about Joe Roland joining the OP unit and about the difficulties of making money with new ideas. - Paul Benkimoun sent the info about a Coleman Hawkins concert in Amsterdam 6004 (after the Essen concert). 

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March 15, 2006. A new internet resource, communicated by Pete Bainbridge: since February 1, 2006, the Library of Congress presents: "Jazz on the Screen". Pete found interesting references to OP in films on the site. We start with the film JAM SESSION (1944). It contains a recording of the Charlie Barnet Orchestra with OP. This band was thought to have not recorded. - A photo of the Charlie Barnet Orchestra with Chubby Jackson, OP, and a third bassist (!), probably Harry Babasin, is in Charlie Barnet's Autobiography "Those Swinging Years", 1992, p. 127. - Another very interesting internet resource is J. David Goldin's site www.radiogoldindex.com. You will find broadcasts like AFRS One Night Stand, The Mildred Bailey Show... It's vast. - An unknown OP composition: Gitte Haenning says: OP/Otto Haenning made 'I've Got A Song'. 

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March 8, 2006. Duke Ellington: The Hollywood Bowl Concert 470831. - A benefit concert for the mother of Richie and Bud Powell in Philadelphia 560926. Communicated by Pete Bainbridge. Thanks, Pete! - The Encyclopedia of Native Music by Brian Wright-McLeod appeared. Brian: "It is as definitive as one can hope, but an incredible amount of information remains yet to be included." The chronology of the article about OP is somewhat confused; Brian says that OP died 600918, and his discography has Live at Jilly's, which is not by OP.  - The Oklahoma Music Guide by George O. Carney and Hugh W. Foley Jr. is going into its second edition. - For everyone who has a deeper interest in OP's ancestry there is Jack Forbes' book Africans and Native Americans (s. below: Books etc.), and The African-Native American History & Genealogy Web Page.

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March 1, 2006. A previously unissued take of Sono (47, late summer or fall; not 49, spring) is on: The Complete Jazz Scene. 2 CD set. Verve 314521661-2. - Ben Webster 1944. The Alternate Takes in Chronological Order. Neatwork RP 2055; s. 440401. - Ben Webster alternate takes 440417. - Gladys Bruce 510720. - The two sessions with Eddie 'Lockjaw' Davis from '51 are on Classics (F) 1382. - George Williams 550509. - More additions and corrections by Paul Benkimoun: Woody Herman 490702; OP Sextet 540321; Frank Wess 540508 & 540812; Clark Terry 540602 & 550103-04; Lucky Thompson / Jimmy Hamilton 5410; Toots Thielemans 5504; Eddie Bert 5511.   

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February 23, 2006. A Gjon Mili photograph of Oscar's hand on the cover of the French Jazz Magazine from March 1955, and its source. - More photos by Gjon Mili, from the same source: Oscar with Art Tatum, and Oscar bowing. - Pete Bainbridge sent a photo taken by Herman Leonard at the Cafe Bohemia, 1955, showing Dick Katz, OP and Kenny Clarke with Allen Eager and Tony Fruscella. It was on the inside of the booklet for "Tony Fruscella Brooklyn Jam, 1952" on Marshmallow label. Thanks, Pete! - And thanks, Mitsuo Johfu, too! We mentioned Mitsuo Johfu's record company called Marshmallow. Mitsuo Johfu identified some of the musicians on the photo by Bill Spilka 570526, and confirmed that Oscar's bass is now owned by a Danish bassist. 

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February 14, 2006. Duke Ellington Vol. 9: 1942-1947. (The Alternate Takes in Chronological Order. Neatwork RP 2056) s. 460826, 470510, 470814, 470901, 470929/30, 471001/02, 471006. - More additions and corrections by Paul Benkimoun: 440116 Louis Armstrong; 471205 Ivory Joe Hunter; 490310 Serge Chaloff; 500720 Leo Parker; 500921 Al Hibbler; 520711 OP w. Billy Taylor Quartet. Still more to come!

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February 7, 2006. To be released: Oscar Pettiford 1951-1954 on Classics (France) 1409. - New (in my files, that is; the CD appeared in 2002): Duke Ellington Vol. 10: 1947-1951. (The Alternate Takes in Chronological Order. Neatwork RP 2061) s. 471006, 471110, 471111, 471120, 471124. - The LOC (Library of Congress) has their entire collection of 78s listed online. - Paul Benkimoun sent additions and corrections: 440925 Ike Quebec, 4711 (late) Earl Hines; Beryl Booker is 520313, not 530313; details for Tom Talbert 56 (fall). And he was able to confirm the Paris concert of "Jazz from Carnegie Hall": it took place at the Olympia theatre 581001. More to come! Thank you, Paul. 

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January 21, 2006. Paul Benkimoun sent a tape of the Nola Studio session 5110. Many thanks!

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January 15, 2006.  "RAPID SHARE" offers OP in MPG format (from The Crimson Canary 4502/03). - A correction: the Stan Getz Quartet TVB, Chicago, IL. 560917 (not 6009). - In a France Culture broadcast on Friday, Dec 23, Paul Benkimoun talked with Alain Gerber et Jean Louis Chautemps about Oscar Pettiford, and presented some rarities. Thanks, Pete Bainbridge, for making me aware of the broadcast, and for more music from the Coover Gazdar collection: the unissued Shivers 440727; the Joe Carroll session 560518; more "Jazz from Carnegie Hall": 581005; plus a transfer of Manor 1000 to cd: the Milt Page Trio 44, and a reported jam session 600308. 

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December 28, 2005. Von Babasin, Harry Babasin's son, sent a mail. Many thanks! Two of the songs I listed as Oscar Pettiford songs were composed by Harry Babasin. He is the sole composer of In A Cello Mood and Monti Cello. For more details follow the link SONGS BY OP. - DEMS CD 58: "Duke Ellington at Ciro's" has four dates with the Duke Ellington Orchestra from August 1947; most of the material is published for the first time. - The Jubilee transcriptions are here. - Joseph Scott found more complete recordings of the Woody Herman 460116 jam on C Jam Blues,  and of Django Reinhardt's Ride Red Ride 461110. 

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October 28, 2005. Wonderful contributions by Pete Bainbridge. He sent a copy of "The Crimson Canary" and tapes of unissued recordings: Karlsruhe 581203, Köln 590331, Essen 590418 & 590419 (including a fascinating Lucky Thompson), Baden-Baden 590715. 

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October 25, 2005.  A note from George Chacko re Coover Gazdar and a date at the Al Cohn Memorial Jazz Collection: "I will be attending on Nov 5  'A Salute to Al & Zoot' for the benefit of the Al Cohn Memorial Jazz Collection at East Stroudsberg University where Coover's collection was donated."  - S. below, note from August 15, 2004. 

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October 5, 2005. Duke Ellington & His Orch. 530204, 530209, 530225. - A correction by Joseph Scott: Pettiford is not the bassist on the Johnny Bothwell 2-12-45 and 5/6-45 recordings. They were made with Raeburn's band in New York while Pettiford was in Los Angeles. 

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September 5, 2005.  Oscar Pettiford Memorial Concert. Copenhagen, Denmark, 610901. - JAZZ ON A RAINY EVENING IN PARIS IN 1960. 601014. - Eli "Lucky" Thompson passed away on July 30, 2005 in Seattle.

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August 23, 2005. Safari with Sabu 570606 & 570613. - Phil Schaap's research allowed corrections concerning Oscar's first date as a leader 450109. Thank you, Phil! - Pete Bainbridge sent more copies of  music by OP from Coover Gazdar's collection: music from two movies 5811/12 and 5911/12; previously unknown alternate takes of Talkin' Bout "Hey Now" and I Get The Message 600708, and two numbers from Telecast 'Music '55' (Stan Kenton Orch. with the JATP All Stars) 550913. 

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July 27, 2005. New: the Bernard Peiffer session 560411. - Johnny Bothwell 450212, 45 May / June.

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July 6, 2005. Pete Bainbridge found more rarities: the live version of Hollywood Stampede  c. 4502/03. It's from the film soundtrack of The Crimson Canary.  - Then Russell Jacquet's Eboni the Great c. 54. - And an old music book called "Milt Meets Oscar" with transcriptions of Dawn recordings "The Puritan" (560717/18) and "Wild Kitten" (570225), along with "Not So Deep" (performed by Hinton). 

OP worked with Tony Scott's orchestra in 1952 (second half) for a film soundtrack: 52nd Street - or Pleasure Girl, a movie with famous stripper Lili St.Cyr. Does anybody know if the movie survived?

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June 29, 2005. I asked George Chacko for his memories of Coover Gazdar. He sent a fine personal portrait. - Frank Oliver Hellmann informs me that The Boy Next Door (previously unreleased) from the Buddy de Franco session 490423 is now available on a Japanese CD. 

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February 25, 2005. Pete Bainbridge sent info and photos of  "Oh Captain" 580207. - Check out  Bob Gollihur's Double Bass Links Page. It is terrific! 

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February 1, 2005. Noal Cohen corrected the entry 560121 (Milt Jackson). - The chord progressions of Bohemia After Dark are here. 

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January 25, 2005. A necessary update of Oscar's very first recordings with Charlie Christian 390924. For all matters concerning Charlie Christian there is the marvelous site by Leo Valdes who discusses every release in detail: Solo Flight. The Charlie Christian Web Site.

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December 15, 2004. The Boyd Raeburn sessions 560105, 560228, 560316, 560326, 560405. - Ivory Joe Hunter 471205

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November 30, 2004. Pete Bainbridge's contributions, part 6: Body & Soul from the Jubilee broadcast 451008 (?). - The Gentle Art Of Love, recorded in "Fatty's Saloon", Vienna, by OP and Attila Zoller 5901. - Lurlean Hunter with Phil Moore 570506, 08, 10.  

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November 24, 2004. Pete Bainbridge's contributions, part 5: Jazz From Carnegie Hall 5809. - Michael Frohne's "Kenny Clarke Diskografie" appeared. It helped to correct some of Coover Gazdar's entries. It can only be purchased with the Austrian-German translation of Mike Hennessey's book "Klook. The Story of Kenny Clarke". It is available under the title: "Erinnerungen an Klook. Das Leben von Kenny Clarke". There are some fine previously unpublished photographs from the Campi collection. I wonder why the German translation has no index. There is an index in the English version. I find it indispensable. 

Joseph Scott sent information about the CD "Boppers And The Blues" which has three titles from the Estelle Edson session 46. 

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November 16, 2004. Pete Bainbridge's contributions, part 4 (... and there is still more to come): a quintet led by Duke Ellington, with OP and Max Roach 570423. 

David Amram, who wrote so sympathetically about Oscar Pettiford and his big band in his book "Vibrations", sent a mail. There is one statement I want to quote: "He was and remains a true giant in music, and a great man in life." - David will be 74 this Nov 17. Happy birthday, David! We wish you many years of joy and activity. 

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November 12, 2004. Pete Bainbridge's contributions, part 3: The sensational "Variations On Bass" from the 2nd Esquire Jazz Concert 450117; a "Warm Up" from the Tonight Show 561123; and a "Little Cello", recorded in concert with the Kurt Edelhagen Orch. 590331. - It took some time to copy all the data from my old homepage to the new one. I hope I did not make too many errors! 

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August 20, 2004. Pete Bainbridge's contributions, part 2: The club dates Copenhagen 590819 & 590905. 

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August 15, 2004. Pete Bainbridge's contributions, part 1: Jam Session at Christy's. Winter 1950 - Spring 1951. - NDR Jazz Workshop No. 2: 581114. - NDR Jazz Workshop No. 3: 581222.

Pete Bainbridge wrote that Coover Gazdar's music collection (ca. 600 tapes) went to the Al Cohn Memorial Library. The Al Cohn Memorial Jazz Collection has been established at Kemp Library, <http://www.esu.edu/library/>, East Stroudsberg University of Pennsylvania. 

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July 28, 2004. Next week we will start a series of updates including unissued recordings from Coover Gazdar's collection. Pete Bainbridge sent copies of Coover Gazdar's tapes: more than nine hours of music! Thank you, Pete! This is a gorgeous addition to my little website.

For now, let's sit back and consider a "Moscow Mule" which was a favorite drink of OP's in the '50s. - A previously unreleased broadcast from The New Zanzibar 451128 was included in volume 9 of the Duke Ellington Treasury shows. With OP playing bass behind him, Duke Ellington changed his piano playing dramatically. - Excerpts from the WPIX Jam Session 490117 are on a Danish CD.

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March 11, 2004. Peter Grendysa sent a scan of Atlantic 871 (490112). - 4902-07 A police raid in Kansas City. - The end of 1959 finds Oscar Pettiford, Benny Bailey and Joe Harris acting and playing in a German music film called "Und noch frech dazu" (International English title: "And Saucy at That"). - The discography "Clyde Hart 1931-1945" by Dieter Salemann is now available. It can be purchased from the author: Dieter Salemann, Letteallee 80, D-13409 Berlin, Germany, or from Norbert Ruecker, e-mail: NRuecker@t-online.de.

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March 4, 2004. New: Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis 51 (summer) and 5201. - The complete Sammy Price session 440301. - Not on record: the Jam Session winter 50 - spring 51 at Christie's Restaurant, Framingham, MA.; a broadcast from Birdland 550917; the 5. Festival del Jazz di S. Remo (Italy) 600221. - The book about Gigi Gryce: Rat Race Blues, by Noal Cohen & Michael Fitzgerald, is full of new insights. - Tubman Atnimara just released his "Slavery Suite" on CD. "The Suite began as a sort of prequel to Sonny Rollins's Freedom Suite. It was the presence of Oscar Pettiford on the Rollins date which initially inspired me to take this direction. (Pettiford remains my greatest influence, and it is a goal of mine to one day record an entire record interpreting his music.)" - Tony Overwater won the Edison award for his CD "OP". - John Goldsby made me aware of his book, "The Jazz Bass Book" which has a complete chapter about and transcription of Oscar Pettiford (The Plain But Simple Truth).

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February 11, 2004. I purchased some fine photographs of OP from Stuart Butterfield, who played French-horn with Charles Mingus and his Big Band back in the early 70's for six months, one night a week at the Village Vanguard. There is a photo of Oscar Pettiford's Birdland band; in his book "Vibrations" David Amram recalls the last tour of this unique band. - Then there is a photo of OP ("COMET") in "Winter Sequence" 5409. - The Oklahoma Music Guide appeared, with lots of materials about OP's background, and with a bio of OP. - Joseph Scott found an issue of Jam Session Blues from the Jubilee Broadcast '152 (451015) on CD.

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December 19, 2003. Sammy Price & His Blusicians 440301. - 4907 (first half): Woody Herman & His Orch. Broadcast from Rendezvous Ballroom, Balboa, CA. - Don't miss the fine cover photograph of the Fontana issue of 600402! - 530108 has OP and his wife on the cover of Jet Magazine.

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November 22, 2003. New: The Julius Watkins Blue Note sessions 540808 & 550320, the Mat Mathews sessions 560708-18, Hal & Peggy Serra 5705, and the "Historic Jazz Concert at Music Inn" 560830 which forms a part of the pre-history of the famous Lenox School of Jazz.

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October 27, 2003. Tubman Atnimara about "Lord of the Bass" Pettiford and a Ron Carter CD dedicated to OP. New: the two versions of "Variations On Bass", the first unaccompanied jazz bass solo 440922 & 450117.

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October 22, 2003. Bill Munger asked "what it was about Oscar Pettiford that made his bass playing so progressive. What was his contribution." A good question, isn't it? Look for Bill's website Cecilia this week. - Hints came from Joseph Becky Scott and Paul Haynes: 441219 & 5109 are on Budd Johnson 1944-1952 (Classics). Cf. also Buddy de Franco 490423. - Interesting contributions: Joseph Becky Scott discusses the personnel of 451008, the Jubilee "Tea For Two". - Paul Haynes confirms that the 440727* session with "Dedicated To J.B." and "Don't Blame Me" does exist. And he heard "Variations On Bass" 450117, another rarity. So these mythical recordings must be available somewhere.

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October 15, 2003. Thanks to contributors Paul Haynes (44, 440501, 450117, 451227, 520313, 580227) and Josef Becky Scott (441222 or 29, 450117, 451226-27) for detailed mails concerning Dizzy Gillespie-Oscar Pettiford, Boyd Raeburn, Sammy Price, Sid Catlett, Estelle Edson, Beryl Booker, The Lamplighter's Jazz Sessions a.o. - Try The Leonard Feather Scrapbooks.

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October 9, 2003. Herzlichen Glückwunsch, Arnold Schwarzenegger and California. - A nice opportunity to introduce Esteban Sánchez, who put together "the entire story of a group" on CD: The Coleman Hawkins Hollywood Sessions 1945, most of them with OP. Cf. 450223 f.

Leif Bo Petersen is currently working on a biography of Fats Navarro. He researched contemporary sources and undug many details concerning Oscar Pettiford, too, which he did not hesitate to communicate. Thank you, Leif! See 480702-15, 500324, 500831(?) -13 (?), e.g., and all the activities at the Three Deuces. - Another valuable addition came from Peter Grendysa: 490112 The Three Riffs w/ Oscar Pettiford Trio.

Coming soon: contributions by Paul Haynes and Josef Becky Scott. Sorry for the delay!

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March 5, 2003. Harry Carney: Rare Dates Without the Duke 49. - A fine Dusko Gojkovic website provides information about two unissued NDR Workshops (Hamburg, Germany). NDR Jazz Workshop 581222, and NDR Jazz Workshop at studio 10 "Remember Oscar Pettiford" 670224. - Milt Page Trio feat. Oscar Pettiford 44. - Leonard Feather Presents: Cats vs. Chicks 540602. - Nat Hentoff: An Oscar. Pettiford Makes Some Pungent Comments Concerning Men Like Ellington, Blanton, And Diz. In: Down Beat Vol. 24, No. 6. March 21, 1957.

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February 5, 2003. A fine article by David C. Hunt is in Jazz Journal vol 26 no 7 (August 1973): "Oscar Pettiford - absolute artistic clarity." - Leonard Feather remembers his collaboration with OP 500913, 561107 etc. in his book The Jazz Years. - Teddy Charles/Oscar Pettiford/Hall Overton: Three for Duke 570529. - Wynonie Harris with Oscar Pettiford & his All Stars 4509.

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December 10, 2002. Tony Scott and the All Stars: 52nd Street Scene 580806-07. - Red Rodney: Fiery 571122-24. - Oscar Pettiford's BMI credits.

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November 28, 2002. Creed Taylor Presents: Know Your Jazz 560313 was completed. - New: Music Minus One Volume 2 (55).

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October 31, 2002. Eddie Bert: Modern Moods 5511. - Leonard Feather's West Coast vs. East Coast. A Battle Of Jazz 55. - We added some pictures to the text. To keep loading time acceptable, these pictures must be smaller than the high resolution scans you will find by clicking on the links. We hope that you can still appreciate them. - More great scans by Uwe Weiler: 490310, 500913, 540618, 590822, 600402, 6007/08, 600705/06. - Tom Lord's Jazz Discography says: Oscar Pettiford: 385 sessions 1939-1967 (!) on b,cello,d. But OP died in 1960. Does anyone know what happened?

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October 15, 2002. How Coleman Hawkins and Oscar Pettiford met in 1942. Eric Reed sent the highly welcome article by Chuck Haga. Don't miss Eric's website! - The Ray Charles Trio 560430 on CD.

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October 3, 2002. Finally we were able to correct Coover Gazdar's entry for Marcy Lutes 5702. - The original Period LP of Maxine Sullivan 551103 was added. - Raul Bernardo sent a copy of the early sessions with Coleman Hawkins 431208, 431218 and 431223, which fills a painfully felt gap, and of Chris Connor 560123. - Uwe Weiler contributed reproductions of original covers; they provide us with some rare photographs of OP. Cf. 5306, 590822, 600706, 600708, 600829-30. I hope you will enjoy them as much as I do!

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September 20, 2002. "South Pacific Jazz" from late 1951/520117 was added, and Urbie Green 550112 & 550119. - Uwe Weiler sent fine photographs of his original records. You'll find links under 450109, 490310, 520221, 520904, 590110. Uwe Weiler has been supporting my Oscar Pettiford-homepage from the very first day on. Many thanks, Uwe Weiler!

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August 20, 2002. Boyd Raeburn's recording of A Night In Tunisia 450126 "Featuring Dizzy Gillespie and Oscar Pettiford" is available on: Ken Burns Jazz: Dizzy Gillespie. This CD does justice to the composer of One Bass Hit. OP is named as the composer, Gil Fuller as the arranger. - Woody Herman's The Great Lie 490714: there is no agreement among discographers as to the recording date, the matrix number and the bass player. - A previously unissued Love For Sale 590715 is on Dusko Goykovich's 70th Birthday Celebration. - Tom Lord's Jazz Discography is complete: volume 26 is now available. The discography is also available on CD-ROM; it has the same discographical data as book volumes 1-26.

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July 31, 2002. New: Al Hibbler 4711. Al Hibbler's recordings of Feather Roll Blues, Ghost Of Love, Hey Baby and Trees are missing in the otherwise exhaustive book by Walter van de Leur: Something to Live For.

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July 24, 2002. We are back from Ostend, Belgium, and brought a Toots Thielemans CD with us. Cf. the two sessions 5504. On the occasion of the 700 year celebration of the Flemish community, the newspaper De Standaard asked its readers who was the most important Flemish personality of the past 700 years. In this poll Peter Paul Rubens was rated first, then came Pater Damiaan and Eddy Merckx. 7th was Jacques Brel. 9: Pieter Bruegel the elder, 13 Guido Gezelle, 14 Toots Thielemans, 16 James Ensor.

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July 5, 2002. In the mail today: the bass method by Oscar Pettiford and Erik Moseholm: Jazz Bass Facing. It contains some interesting etudes and compositions by OP. Most of the compositions are well known, but there is also one he was not able to record himself: Svinninge Blues, in C-sharp. - Quincy Jones arrives in New York: cf. the session 510428. OP payed the bus ticket. - Here is a link to the IAJRC (International Association of Jazz Record Collectors). - We are on holidays till July 21!

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June 28, 2002. This update adds the Silvia Pierce titles of the 570813 session, and Lucky Thompson's contribution to the 601014 Oscar Pettiford Memorial Concert, with Peter Trunk on bass. The Mosaic set #208 "The Complete Roost Sonny Stitt Studio Sessions" has three previously unissued takes 551009. - Two Harry Babasin links: Robert Wilonsky about Harry Babasin in the Dallas Observer, and Harry "The Bear" Babasin, with a photograph from the Babasin-Pettiford cello session 5306. Both Harry Babasin and OP tuned the cello in fourths, an octave higher than the bass.

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June 25, 2002. Dennis Whitling found another edition of the Betty Roché session 440426, and three tunes from the fairly obscure Marcy Lutes session 5702. These are available on a Gil Evans CD in the Priceless Jazz Collection.

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June 18, 2002. Sessions added: Duke Ellington 451118, Frank Wess Quintet & Sextet 540508 & 540812, Charlie Rouse, Julius Watkins: Les Jazz Modes 560610, Joe Puma Trio / Quartet 57 (late summer), Helen Merrill with Bobby Jaspar 580221. - New links: Leigh Kamman Interview (cf. OP's composition Kamman's A-Comin'); Erik Friedlander's Cello-in-Jazz; and a discography of Bethlehem Records.

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May 24, 2002. Among the new entries: Oscar Pettiford with Billy Taylor Quartet 520711, the Bud Powell sessions 55 & 5509, Wynton Kelly Trio 510725, Urbie Green Septet 550112, Sam Most Sextet 5503-04, Pat Moran Quartet 5703-04. - New links: Discographies by Group TGS; and Album Discographies by By Mike Callahan, David Edwards, and Patrice Eyries.

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May 16, 2002. What's new: discussions of "Winner's Circle" 5710 and of Phil Schaap's "Discoveries" 570813. Two tracks of the "Winner's Circle" CD are in fact by Art Blakey's big band, without OP.

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May 3, 2002. Marc Epstein contributed the beautiful "Know Your Jazz" session 560313. (He originally sent it for my Kenny Clarke site klook some time ago, which will be recast.) - He omitted How About You, so it seems that Coover Gazdar is right, and Mike Hennessy is not.

Uwe Weiler sent more copies of his original materials, a.o. containing a complete version of Louis Hjulmand's Blue Brothers, Harry Lookofsky's "Miracle in Strings" 540618, the George Wallington trio 520904, "Mr. Pettifords Convalescence" 590110, and Manor 1034: 450109. In contradiction to all discographers his Manor 1034 has Somethin' For You & Empty Bed Blues (part 2). - Be sure to check out his documentation of the Lionel Hampton All Star session 5608!

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April 17, 2002. Highly welcome additions come from Uwe Weiler and Dennis Whitling.

Uwe Weiler provided me with copies and discographical data of the original Danish Columbia recordings from 1960, with Grethe Kemp and Gitte, and he remembered an interview with Gitte Haenning, who knew some details about the accident that led to Oscar's death.

Dennis Whitling contributed information about Ralph Sharon's "Around the World in Jazz" from January 9,10, February 5, 7, 1957.

 

 

BOOKS, LINKS ETC.

 

Accattatis, Marco: For Bass Faces Only. Transcription of the bass part.

Accattatis, Marco: Bebop. Transcription of the bass part.

The African-Native American History & Genealogy Web Page.  Celebrating the Estelusti ~ The Freedmen. Oklahoma's Black  Indians. 

Album Discographies. By Mike Callahan, David Edwards, and Patrice Eyries.

AMG All Music Guide

Amram, David: Vibrations. The adventures and musical times of David Amram. NYC, Macmillan 1968.

Babasin, Harry. - Harry "The Bear" Babasin

Babasin, Harry. - Wilonsky, Robert: Back to the Bass.

Berendt, Joachim E.: Thank You, Oscar Pettiford. In: Berendt: Ein Fenster aus Jazz. Überarb. Ausg. Frankfurt, Fischer1980.

Bethlehem Records

BMI: Oscar Pettiford's BMI credits.

Brooks, James F. (ed.): The Indian-Black Experience in North America. Lincoln & London, Univ. of Nebraska 2002.

Carney, George O., & Hugh W. Foley. Jr.: Oklahoma Music Guide. Biographies, Big Hits & Annual Events. Stillwater, Okla., New Forums Press 2003. 

Christian, Charlie. - Solo Flight. The Charlie Christian Web Site. By Leo Valdes. 

Circle Records Catalog (Swing and Big Band)

Coolman, Todd: The Bass Tradition. Past, Present, Future. New Albany, IN, Aebersold 1985.

DeVeaux, Scott: The Birth of Bebop. A Social and Musical History. Berkeley etc., Univ. of California 1997.

Ehrenzeller, Richard: Oscar Pettiford. - A series of articles in the TDES [The Duke Ellington Society] newsletter in the 1999 and 2000 session. The first article is online in the DESS [Duke Ellington Society of Sweden] Bulletin No 4, Dec 2000.

Feather, Leonard: The Jazz Years. Earwitness to an Era. London etc., Pan Books 1988.

Feather, Leonard: The Leonard Feather Scrapbooks.

Forbes, Jack D.: Africans and Native Americans. The Language of Race and the Evolution of Red-Black Peoples, University of Illinois Press, Urbana and Chicago, 1993.

Friedlander, Erik: Cello in Jazz

Gazdar, Coover: First Bass. The Oscar Pettiford Discography. Bangalore, India, 1991.

Gitler, Ira: Swing to Bop. An Oral History of the Transition in Jazz in the Forties. New York etc., Oxford Univ. 1985.

Gitler, Ira: The Masters of Bebop. A Listener's Guide. Updated and Expanded (Previously published as: Jazz Masters of the Forties). Da Capo 2001.

Goetting, Jay: Joined at the Hip. A History of Jazz in the Twin Cities. Foreword by Leigh Kamman. Minnesota Historical Society 2011.

Gojkovic, Dusko: Unreleased Recordings

Goldin, J. David: www.radiogoldindex.com

Goldsby, John: The Jazz Bass Book. Foreword by Ron Carter.

Bob Gollihur's Double Bass Links Page

Gottlieb, William P.: Photographs from the Golden Age of Jazz.

Group TGS: Discographies of Musicians and Labels.

Gryce, Gigi. - Noal Cohen & Michael Fitzgerald: Rat Race Blues. The Musical Life of Gigi Gryce. Foreword by Benny Golson. Berkeley, CA, Berkeley Hill Books 2002.

Haga, Chuck: Leigh Kamman: Polishing the image of jazz.

Hart, Clyde. - Salemann, Dieter: Solography, Discography, Band Routes, Engagements of Clyde Hart 1931 - 1945. (Roots of Modern Jazz - The Be Bop Era Vol. 15). 2003.

Hentoff, Nat: An Oscar. Pettiford Makes Some Pungent Comments Concerning Men Like Ellington, Blanton, And Diz. In: Down Beat Vol. 24, No. 6. March 21, 1957.

Hoefer, George: Oscar Pettiford. In: Down Beat Vol. 33, No. 11. June 2, 1966.

Hunt, David C.: Oscar Pettiford - absolute artistic clarity. In: Jazz Journal vol 26 no 7 (August 1973).

International Association of Jazz Record Collectors

Jackson, Stephen: An analysis of Oscar Pettiford's improvisation styles on the bass and the cello. Thesis (D.M.A.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2009. Includes transcribed solos (leaves 112-153).

Jazz on the Screen. By David Meeker. (Library of Congress).

Johnston, Richard: Take The "E" Train: A Lesson In Classic Ellingtonia.

Jones, Quincy: The Autobiography of Quincy Jones. London, Hodder & Stoughton 2001.

Jubilee Transcriptions

Kamman, Leigh. An interview with Leigh Kamman by Minnesota Public Radio. K. mentions an interview with Duke and Oscar in the forties. "The radio program was two parts..." Does anyone know this interview? Is there a tape of it?

Library of Congress collection of 78s listed online

Lord, Tom: The Jazz Discography. 26 volumes. Redwood, N.Y., Cadence/North Country Distributors, resp. West Vancouver, British Columbia, CA. Lord Music Reference 2002. - Also available on CD-ROM.

Massagli, Luciano, and Giovanni M. Volonté: The New Desor. An updated edition of Duke Ellington's Story on Records 1924-1974. Two volumes. Milano 1999.

Meeker, David: Jazz on the Screen. (Library of Congress).

Nahrmann, Volker: The Music of Oscar Pettiford. Volume One. 80 Bass Solos. Volker Nahrmann 1988. - Volume 2 is ready, but still unpublished. It contains all recorded cello solos by OP.

Pettiford, Oscar, and Erik Moseholm: Jazz Bass Facing. Edition Wilhelm Hansen A/S, Copenhagen 1962. - "Shortly before [OP's death], he had written some sketches and music for a bass school wich Erik Moseholm used in 'Jazz Bass Facing'." - With musical examples, etudes and themes by OP.

Serafin, Lorenzo: Wild Oscar. Diploma di II livello in Jazz contrabbasso. Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi di Milano a.a. 2009/2010. 

Shaw, Arnold: 52nd Street. The Street of Jazz (Originally published as The Street That Never Slept). Da Capo 1977.

Spencer, Frederick J.:  Jazz and Death: Profiles of Jazz Greats. Univ. of Mississippi Press 2002. The chapter about OP is called "Viral Disease." 

Thompson, Lucky. - Lucky Thompson Discography. By Noal Cohen. 

Weiler Uwe: The Debut Label. A Discography. Private Edition. Norderstedt, Germany, 1994.

Werther, Iron: Bebop. Die Geschichte einer musikalischen Revolution und ihrer Interpreten. Frankfurt/M., Fischer 1988. 

White, Chris: Jazz Cello. A History and a Transcription. An Oscar Pettiford Cello Solo from "Sonny Boy." In: Strings. Spring 1989, No. 12. 

Wills, Geoffrey I.: Forty lives in the bebop business: mental health in a group of eminent jazz musicians. The British Journal of Psychiatry 2003 183: 255-259

Wright-McLeod, Brian: The Encyclopedia of Native Music. More Than a Century of Recordings from Wax Cylinder to the Internet. Tucson, Univ. of Arizona Press 2005.  

Zoller, Attila. - Cadence Jazz Magazine. Interview with Attila Zoller (March 1999). Taken & Transcribed by Bill Donaldson.

Zoller, Attila. - Attila Zoller Discography.

 

 

BIO / SESSIONS 1922-1945

 

INTRODUCTION

Oscar Pettiford's mother was a Choctaw, his father was half Cherokee and half African American. OP maintained that 4/4, the basic time of jazz, came directly from the American Indian, and though 4/4 existed in European music, it was not used in the same way, and African rhythms, supposedly the important ingredient in jazz, were of a different nature. That may be true or not. What is true is that while the European and the African contributions have been widely explored by researchers, the American Indian contribution has not. It was on their ground and with their help that this unique art form was developped. So there must be something, and that something made it happen.

OP garnered his early musical experience within the framework of a band organized by his father and which included his mother and ten other Pettiford children. The family moved to Minneapolis, when Oscar was three years old, and it was there that OP began his formal musical studies, from 1933 on on piano, from 1936 on on bass. He graduated from Minneapolis North High School. Down Beat in November, 1938: "Swing City, a mad little spot at the country crossroads on the St. Paul city limits, is still drawing the swing-bitten high school kids to hear the Pettiford family of talented musicians led by 'pa' on drums and 'ma' on piano." OP travelled with the family orchestra until 1941. OP: "Musically, it was well in advance of most bands. We played mostly our own material." - A key figure in the group was Oscar's older sister, Leontine, a 'wailing pianist,' who doubled on reeds and did most of the arranging. In later years, she tought Ray Brown in Pittsburgh around 1940-41.

Oscar's first big band job was Charlie Barnet (Jan. - May 1943), after which he settled in New York, worked at Minton's with Thelonious Monk, and played with Roy Eldridge at the Onyx Club. From Nov. 1943 till April 1944 he leaded the first bebop quintet (with Dizzy Gillespie, still at the Onyx Club). "Playing unison lines in this band was my idea," Oscar underlines, "you know, the trumpet and tenor playing lines together. The system of one guy playing the line and the other playing whole notes behind him seemed corny to me." - Then with Billy Eckstine (1944, summer), Boyd Raeburn and Coleman Hawkins. In November of 1945 he joined Duke Ellington, with whom he worked steadily until 1948.

 

 

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