Boyd Raeburn was probably the best 1940s jazz big band you never heard of. Boyd kind of lost his ability to provide for me and my sister Susan, so we got fostered out to different families. I was given a miniature drum set for my sixth birthday, but I lost interest very quickly. Last month he retired after 46 years on the staff and headed off to Spokane, Washington, with his wife Linda for a more relaxed life of writing, consulting and lecturing on New Orleans music. Medley: Mood Indigo, Sophisticated Lady 14. Here are seven tracks recorded for the Lang-Worth Transcription company between 1944 and 1945. Hit the play button and sit back.
These records had little or no distribution and are quite hard to find. This is what our print edition feels like. Online only access to all of our original material is also available! Bruce Boyd Raeburn begins a new phase of his life in the Pacific Northwest, he can look back on his years at the Hogan Jazz Archive as representing a meaningful achievement and enduring legacy. Such players as Lucky Thompson, Dodo Marmarosa, Ray Linn, and Buddy DeFranco were among the many who passed through the band. It was also the time he got serious about playing the drums and took up performing with guitarist Clark Vreeland.
Gordon Skene, two-time Grammy Nominee and archivist runs The Gordon Skene Sound Archive and this website, which is dedicated to preserving and encouraging an interest in history and historic news, events, and cultural aspects of our society. That year, he had a forward-looking swing band that included at various times such players as Benny Harris, the Johnny Hodges-influenced Johnny Bothwell, Serge Chaloff, Roy Eldridge, Trummy Young, and Handy on piano, playing arrangements from George Williams, Eddie Finckel, and Handy. He has written hundreds of stories in that time, while also doing much to promote jazz in Arizona and indeed everywhere. Past Daily is the only place on the Internet where you can hear a Nixon speech, listen to an interview with John Cassavettes or play a broadcast of Charles Munch rehearsing the Boston Symphony in 1950, all in the same place. Duke Ellington was so impressed with what Boyd was doing that he not only encouraged him verbally, but supported him financially.
It's living history and it's timeless. This is the way music will be played from now on by the really hip and talented and musically healthy. Johnny Richards was the key arranger in 1947, but by the end of the year the band was no longer recording and Raeburn soon went back to performing dance music. Lew Shaw started writing about music as the publicist for the famous Berkshire Music Barn in the 1960s. He taps his extensive network of connections and friends throughout the traditional jazz world to bring us his Jazz Jottings column every month. Medley: Washboard Blues, Lazy Bones, Small Fry, Rockin' Chair 7. I had burned all my bridges to be in Louisiana with my dad, and I lost him.
Boyd Raeburn — An early and somewhat overlooked proponent of Bop — except for those in the know. Raeburn actually started out leading commercial orchestras in the 1930s, and it was not until 1944 that his music became relevant to jazz. He joined The West Coast Rag almost thirty years ago and has been a guiding light to this paper through the two name changes since then as we became The Syncopated Times. It is considered the latest collection of jazz oral history and also has related photographs, recordings, sheet music, orchestrations, scrapbooks, research notes, publications, memorabilia as well as the records of American Federation of Musicians local 174-496. The Raeburn band is by no means a dance organization. He was also Director of Special Collections at the Tulane Library and managed to find time to teach a jazz historiography seminar.
Bare Foot Boy With Cheek — 3. While putting his own distinctive brand on the place, he wisely incorporated what he observed to be the most positive insights of his predecessors. During his long, eventful tenure, Bruce has nurtured more than a few promising students and gone the extra mile to avail the full Jazz Archive experience to the widest possible constituency, from local backstreet musicians to scholars and pilgrims from around the world. Musicians enjoyed working for Raeburn, for his music was a challenge to them, and many gave up more lucrative jobs to play in his band. .
A lot of musicians came over to our house, so I was really exposed to that world. He was in a serious automobile accident in 1965 and died of a heart attack the following year. Originally from South Dakota, Boyd Raeburn primarily played the bass saxophone and began his career as a bandleader in the early 1930s, leading an orchestra at the University of Chicago. By 1971, Bruce moved to New Orleans to work on his Ph. Consistanlty compared with Woody Herman and Stan kenton for style and innovation, Raeburn's band just never got noticed. Donations through Fractured Atlas help keep this project alive.
By the early 1940s, his interest had gravitated to Swing, but in 1944, he scrapped his dance band and formed a progressive jazz group that featured arrangements by Ed Finckel and George Handy, and included musicians like Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Berman, and Al Cohn. We ended up with an uncle in Los Angeles, who worked for Capitol Records. That's Right, I'm Wrong 8. If you want good news to read with your morning coffee, order a print subscription. Live Big Band performances by the greatest jazz musicians including Artie Shaw, Jack Teagarden, Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington and Boyd Raeburn.
It Don't Mean A Thing 15. This is a side from that album and was their signature tune. Fortunately, between October 1945 and November 1946, he recorded his best discs in terms of both performance and sound quality for drummer Ben Pollack's tiny Jewel label. The Ford Foundation provided initial funding for the project. In fact it remade me in interesting ways. The Archive currently has over 2,000 reels of taped oral history interviews with musicians, family members and observers that document the stories surrounding the emergence of jazz in New Orleans from the late 19th Century forward.
D at Tulane and once again connected with Vreeland who was in a band called Ritz Hotel. . . . . . .