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Saturday, July 6, 2013

CALLIOPE RECORDS: ARTIST & ALBUM GUIDE



© James A. Harrod, COPYRIGHT PROTECTED; ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

All of the music released on the thirty-six Calliope LPs was recorded live at KABC television studios during Stars of Jazz two and a half year run from June of 1956 through December of 1958. The first Stars of Jazz show released on Calliope was from the sixth show with Jack Teagarden and Matty Matlock from July 30, 1956. The last Stars of Jazz show released on Calliope was from December 15, 1958 with Leroy Vinnegar and Jeri Southern, program #128 in the series.

The following guides are provided to assist those seeking specific artists.  The first listing is numerical by Calliope release number noting the artists that appeared on each Calliope LP.  The second list is alphabetical by jazz artist.

ALBUM GUIDE:

Peterson, Oscar - CALLIOPE 3001
Fielding, Jane
Wiggins, Gerald
Morel, Terry

Tjader, Cal - CALLIOPE 3002
Anderson, Ernestine
Togawa, Paul
Connor, Chris

Previn, Andre - CALLIOPE 3003
Mitchell, Red
Harper, Toni

Teagarden, Jack - CALLIOPE 3004
Buckner, Teddy

James, Harry - CALLIOPE 3005
Webb, Jilla
Brown, Les
Johnson, Laurie
Brown, Stumpy

Firehouse Five Plus 2 - CALLIOPE 3006
Gayle, Jeanne
Boswell, Connee
Smith, Stuff
Nichols, Red

Peterson, Oscar - CALLIOPE 3007
Healy, Pat
Vinnegar, Leroy
Southern, Jeri

Basie, Count - CALLIOPE 3008
Williams, Joe
Blakey, Art
Gumina, Tommy

Collette, Buddy - CALLIOPE 3009
Thompson, Les
Lincoln, Abbey

Gibbs, Terry - CALLIOPE 3010
Jolly, Pete
Lynn, Bobbie
Norvo, Red
Allen, Steve

Tjader, Cal - CALLIOPE 3011
Sonders, Shirley
Hamilton, Chico
Carr, Georgia

Mann, Herbie - CALLIOPE 3012
Morse, Ella Mae
Giuffre, Jimmy
Lutcher, Nellie

Roach, Max - CALLIOPE 3013
McCall, Mary Ann
Shank, Bud
Premice, Josephine

Adderley, Julian - CALLIOPE 3014
Syms, Sylvia
Collette, Buddy
Maloney, Annie

DeFranco, Buddy - CALLIOPE 3015
Polk, Lucy Ann
Pepper, Art
Russell, Pam

Smith, Stuff - CALLIOPE 3016
McRae, Carmen
Ferguson, Allyn
Chamber Jazz Sextette
Southern, Jeri

Firehouse Five Plus 2 - CALLIOPE 3017
Dane, Barbara
Gayle, Jeanne

Horn, Paul  - CALLIOPE 3018
Viola, Al
Deauville, Ronnie
Togawa, Paul
Carr, Georgia

Fagerquist, Don - CALLIOPE 3019
Viola, Al
Drew, Doris
Pell, Dave
King, Peggy
Thompson, Les

Gibbs, Terry - CALLIOPE 3020
Reynolds, Jo
Carter, Benny
Jolly, Pete

Counce, Curtis - CALLIOPE 3021
O'Day, Anita
Thielemans, Jean

Rogers, Shorty - CALLIOPE 3022
Christy. June
Giuffre, Jimmy
Kral, Irene

Kessel, Barney - CALLIOPE 3023
O'Lay, Ruth
Babasin, Harry
Jazzpickers
Morrissey, Pat

Criss, Sonny - CALLIOPE 3024
Morel, Terry
Jackson, Calvin
Clay, Rayna

Candoli, Pete - CALLIOPE 3025
Candoli, Conte
Murphy, Mark
Vinnegar, Leroy
Francis, Adele

Barnet, Charlie - CALLIOPE 3026
Torme, Mel
Moran, Pat
Kelly, Bev

Modern Jazz Quartet - CALLIOPE 3027
Jeffries, Herb
Hamilton, Chico
Carr, Georgia

Nichols, Red - CALLIOPE 3028
Bergen, Francis
Firehouse Five Plus 2
Gayle, Jeanne

Matlock, Matty - CALLIOPE 3029
Rampart Street Jazz Band
Teagarden, Jack

Rumsey, Howard - CALLIOPE 3030
Lighthouse All Stars
London, Julie
Shank, Bud
Connor, Chris

Barnet, Charlie - CALLIOPE 3031
Martin, Mary Lou
Brown, Les
Brown, Stumpy

Jolly, Pete - CALLIOPE 3032
Holiday, Billie
Vinnegar, Leroy
Southern, Jeri

Buckner, Teddy - CALLIOPE 3033
Southern, Jeri
Firehouse Five Plus 2
Gayle, Jeanne

Horn, Paul - CALLIOPE 3034
Evans, Sue
Chamber Jazz Sextette
Ferguson, Allyn
Patchen, Kenneth

Rumsey, Howard - CALLIOPE 3035
Lighthouse All Stars
Christy. June
Giuffre, Jimmy
Lutcher, Nellie

White, Kitty - CALLIOPE 3036
Blakey, Art

ARTIST GUIDE:

Adderley, Julian - CALLIOPE 3014
Allen, Steve - CALLIOPE 3010
Anderson, Ernestine - CALLIOPE 3002
Babasin, Harry - CALLIOPE 3023
Barnet, Charlie - CALLIOPE 3026
Barnet, Charlie - CALLIOPE 3031
Basie, Count - CALLIOPE 3008
Bergen, Francis - CALLIOPE 3028
Blakey, Art - CALLIOPE 3008
Blakey, Art - CALLIOPE 3036
Boswell, Connee - CALLIOPE 3006
Brown, Les - CALLIOPE 3005
Brown, Les - CALLIOPE 3031
Brown, Stumpy - CALLIOPE 3005
Brown, Stumpy - CALLIOPE 3031
Buckner, Teddy - CALLIOPE 3004
Buckner, Teddy - CALLIOPE 3033
Candoli, Conte - CALLIOPE 3025
Candoli, Pete - CALLIOPE 3025
Carr, Georgia - CALLIOPE 3011
Carr, Georgia - CALLIOPE 3018
Carr, Georgia - CALLIOPE 3027
Carter, Benny - CALLIOPE 3020
Chamber Jazz Sextette - CALLIOPE 3016
Chamber Jazz Sextette - CALLIOPE 3034
Christy. June - CALLIOPE 3022
Christy. June - CALLIOPE 3035
Clay, Rayna - CALLIOPE 3024
Collette, Buddy - CALLIOPE 3009
Collette, Buddy - CALLIOPE 3014
Connor, Chris - CALLIOPE 3002
Connor, Chris - CALLIOPE 3030
Counce, Curtis - CALLIOPE 3021
Criss, Sonny - CALLIOPE 3024
Dane, Barbara - CALLIOPE 3017
Deauville, Ronnie - CALLIOPE 3018
DeFranco, Buddy - CALLIOPE 3015
Drew, Doris - CALLIOPE 3019
Evans, Sue - CALLIOPE 3034
Fagerquist, Don - CALLIOPE 3019
Ferguson, Allyn - CALLIOPE 3016
Ferguson, Allyn - CALLIOPE 3034
Fielding, Jane - CALLIOPE 3001
Firehouse Five Plus 2 - CALLIOPE 3006
Firehouse Five Plus 2 - CALLIOPE 3017
Firehouse Five Plus 2 - CALLIOPE 3028
Firehouse Five Plus 2 - CALLIOPE 3033
Francis, Adele - CALLIOPE 3025
Gayle, Jeanne - CALLIOPE 3006
Gayle, Jeanne - CALLIOPE 3017
Gayle, Jeanne - CALLIOPE 3028
Gayle, Jeanne - CALLIOPE 3033
Gibbs, Terry - CALLIOPE 3010
Gibbs, Terry - CALLIOPE 3020
Giuffre, Jimmy - CALLIOPE 3012
Giuffre, Jimmy - CALLIOPE 3022
Giuffre, Jimmy - CALLIOPE 3035
Gumina, Tommy - CALLIOPE 3008
Hamilton, Chico - CALLIOPE 3011
Hamilton, Chico - CALLIOPE 3027
Harper, Toni - CALLIOPE 3003
Healy, Pat - CALLIOPE 3007
Holiday, Billie - CALLIOPE 3032
Horn, Paul - CALLIOPE 3018
Horn, Paul - CALLIOPE 3034
Jackson, Calvin - CALLIOPE 3024
James, Harry - CALLIOPE 3005
Jazzpickers - CALLIOPE 3023
Jeffries, Herb - CALLIOPE 3027
Johnson, Laurie - CALLIOPE 3005
Jolly, Pete - CALLIOPE 3010
Jolly, Pete - CALLIOPE 3020
Jolly, Pete - CALLIOPE 3032
Kelly, Bev - CALLIOPE 3026
Kessel, Barney - CALLIOPE 3023
King, Peggy - CALLIOPE 3019
Kral, Irene - CALLIOPE 3022
Lighthouse All Stars - CALLIOPE 3030
Lighthouse All Stars - CALLIOPE 3035
Lincoln, Abbey - CALLIOPE 3009
London, Julie - CALLIOPE 3030
Lutcher, Nellie - CALLIOPE 3012
Lutcher, Nellie - CALLIOPE 3035
Lynn, Bobbie - CALLIOPE 3010
Maloney, Annie - CALLIOPE 3014
Mann, Herbie - CALLIOPE 3012
Martin, Mary Lou - CALLIOPE 3031
Matlock, Matty - CALLIOPE 3029
McCall, Mary Ann - CALLIOPE 3013
McRae, Carmen - CALLIOPE 3016
Mitchell, Red - CALLIOPE 3003
Modern Jazz Quartet - CALLIOPE 3027
Moran, Pat - CALLIOPE 3026
Morel, Terry - CALLIOPE 3001
Morel, Terry - CALLIOPE 3024
Morrissey, Pat - CALLIOPE 3023
Morse, Ella Mae - CALLIOPE 3012
Murphy, Mark - CALLIOPE 3025
Nichols, Red - CALLIOPE 3006
Nichols, Red - CALLIOPE 3028
Norvo, Red - CALLIOPE 3010
O'Day, Anita - CALLIOPE 3021
O'Lay, Ruth - CALLIOPE 3023
Patchen, Kenneth - CALLIOPE 3034
Pell, Dave - CALLIOPE 3019
Pepper, Art - CALLIOPE 3015
Peterson, Oscar - CALLIOPE 3001
Peterson, Oscar - CALLIOPE 3007
Polk, Lucy Ann - CALLIOPE 3015
Premice, Josephine - CALLIOPE 3013
Previn, Andre - CALLIOPE 3003
Rampart Street Jazz Band - CALLIOPE 3029
Reynolds, Jo - CALLIOPE 3020
Roach, Max - CALLIOPE 3013
Rogers, Shorty - CALLIOPE 3022
Rumsey, Howard - CALLIOPE 3030
Rumsey, Howard - CALLIOPE 3035
Russell, Pam - CALLIOPE 3015
Shank, Bud - CALLIOPE 3013
Shank, Bud - CALLIOPE 3030
Smith, Stuff - CALLIOPE 3016
Smith, Stuff - CALLIOPE 3006
Sonders, Shirley - CALLIOPE 3011
Southern, Jeri - CALLIOPE 3007
Southern, Jeri - CALLIOPE 3016
Southern, Jeri - CALLIOPE 3032
Southern, Jeri - CALLIOPE 3033
Syms, Sylvia - CALLIOPE 3014
Teagarden, Jack - CALLIOPE 3004
Teagarden, Jack - CALLIOPE 3029
Thielemans, Jean - CALLIOPE 3021
Thompson, Les - CALLIOPE 3009
Thompson, Les - CALLIOPE 3019
Tjader, Cal - CALLIOPE 3002
Tjader, Cal - CALLIOPE 3011
Togawa, Paul - CALLIOPE 3002
Togawa, Paul - CALLIOPE 3018
Torme, Mel - CALLIOPE 3026
Vinnegar, Leroy - CALLIOPE 3007
Vinnegar, Leroy - CALLIOPE 3025
Vinnegar, Leroy - CALLIOPE 3032
Viola, Al - CALLIOPE 3018
Viola, Al - CALLIOPE 3019
Webb, Jilla - CALLIOPE 3005
White, Kitty - CALLIOPE 3036
Wiggins, Gerald - CALLIOPE 3001
Williams, Joe - CALLIOPE 3008




Sunday, November 11, 2012


CALLIOPE RECORDS: CODA
© James A. Harrod, Copyright Protected; All Rights Reserved

The term “Lost Tapes” is often used to promote a new jazz release and more often than not it is hyperbole, a promotional gimmick to enhance sales and spur jazz collectors to purchase the “recovered” jazz session.

The “SESSIONS LIVE” LPs issued by Calliope Records were mastered from sixty-four original studio tapes that were purchased by the principal owners of the legal enterprise established to produce the records, Golden Record Marketing, Inc.

It is not known if this enterprise purchased additional master tapes that were not used for the Calliope Records release series.  The first Stars of Jazz show released on Calliope was from the sixth show with Jack Teagarden and Matty Matlock from July 30, 1956. The last Stars of Jazz show released on Calliope was from December 15, 1958 with Leroy Vinnegar and Jeri Southern, program #128 in the series.

It has been thirty-six years since Calliope Records ceased production of their “SESSIONS LIVE” series in 1976.  The legal action to halt the production of Calliope Records did not specify that the tapes be destroyed, returned to KABC or otherwise relinquished by the enterprise that had acquired them.

This detailed examination of the thirty-six LPs issued by Calliope Records was undertaken to document the jazz discography database, establish an accurate record of the personnel and dates associated with each Stars of Jazz program that was issued on Calliope Records.  It was also hoped that the dissemination of this information on the internet might reach some of the people associated with Calliope Records who could make contact and reveal the current location and status of the master tapes acquired by Golden Records Marketing, Inc.

The persons associated with the production of Calliope have been listed with each post examining Calliope releases and are repeated again here: Executive Producers: Hayward Collins, Rick Donovan, Lee D. Weisel; Production and Coordination: Jim Pewter; Technical Assistance: Mike Jordan for Krishane Enterprises; Mastering: Jack Skinner for Keyser-Century Corporation; Art Direction and Photography: Jeffrey Weisel.  Other parties involved in the legal proceedings were: Dr. Victor G. Lands, Franklin K. Lane III, and Robert L. Oppenheim.  

The Stars of Jazz master tapes document a vital period in the evolution of jazz.  It is hoped that these tapes still exist, hopefully in secure storage, and that the current owners might be persuaded to transfer them as a charitable contribution (with attractive tax deductions) to a responsible entity such as the Los Angeles Jazz Institute where the Jimmie Baker Jazz Archive now resides.




















Saturday, October 20, 2012


CALLIOPE CAL 3036
SESSIONS, LIVE

© James A. Harrod, COPYRIGHT PROTECTED; ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

ART BLAKEY AND THE JAZZ MESSENGERS

This last release in the Calliope LP series presented audio from Art Blakey’s two appearances on Stars of Jazz.  The Jazz Messengers first appearance on Stars of Jazz was on October 29, 1956 when they were in Los Angeles at Jazz City where they alternated sets with the Chet Baker Quintet.  The guest vocalist on the October 29, 1956 show was Kitty White.

The Jazz Messengers had recently signed with Columbia Records and had one LP in release, THE JAZZ MESSENGERS (Columbia CL897).  Following their appearance on Stars of Jazz they would record their second LP for Columbia, HARD BOP (Columbia CL1040) with the same personnel that appeared on the show: Bill Hardman, trumpet; Jackie McLean, alto sax; Sam Dockery, piano; Spanky De Brest, bass; Art Blakey, drums. 

Shorty after that they would record an album at Columbia that appeared on the Pacific Jazz label, RITUAL (Pacific Jazz PJM-402).  Columbia Records had approached Dick Bock at Pacific Jazz with a request to record an album with Chet Baker.  Bock agreed with the provision that it be recorded in Hollywood under his supervision and Columbia likewise took care of the details regarding the Art Blakey Jazz Messengers album.  The resulting albums, CHET BAKER & STRINGS (Columbia CL549) and RITUAL (Pacific Jazz PJM-402) sold well for both companies. The cover photo of the Columbia LP was taken by William Claxton at the Pacific Jazz recording session for the Chet Baker Ensemble album (NOT at the Chet Baker & strings session).

Bobby Troup mentions Kitty White’s vocal work on films citing her work on RETURN TO PARADISE that starred Gary Cooper (see page 8 in the script).  Kitty White sang a lullaby in THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER at the conclusion of the riverboat scene where the children escape from the menacing Robert Mitchum by taking to a row boat.  When they dock at 6:23 in the YouTube clip below Kitty White begins her lullaby.  


Kitty White recorded an album for Dick Bock’s Pacific Jazz label with backing by Corky Hale on harp. The LP was released on the subsidiary label, Pacifica, as a 10” LP.  It sold well and when Pacific Jazz adopted the 12” LP format the album was reissued with additional tracks and the backing of Bud Shank on flute.  


Her second album for the EmArcy label, KITTY WHITE - COLD FIRE (MG36068), was in stores when Kitty appeared on Stars of Jazz and it was promoted by Bobby Troup on camera.



Calliope Records Production Credits:
Executive Producers: Hayward Collins, Rick Donovan, Lee D. Weisel
Production and Coordination: Jim Pewter
Technical Assistance: Mike Jordan for Krishane Enterprises
Mastering: Jack Skinner for Keyser-Century Corporation
Art Direction and Photography: Jeffrey Weisel







The following audio track is the complete AFRTS version of the show.  A total of 106 Stars of Jazz AFRTS transcriptions were prepared for distribution to troops around the world.  AFRTS guidelines stipulated that all commercial content had to be removed from programs.  Thus Bobby Troup’s pitches for Budweiser Beer and Schweppes Quinine Water had to be excised from the original master tape recordings. The early transcriptions preserved the opening music played by the featured jazz group.  Later transcriptions substituted a Billy May recording of LEMON TWIST and a blues from the Liberty album, ESCAPADE SURVEYS THE JAZZ SCENE.  



The complete show is offered as the Jimmie Baker script is missing three pages of Bobby Troup’s commentary, and the exchanges between Bobby Troup and Art Blakey at the end of the show are priceless. As noted on the first page of script #19, the "Bop" pages were removed from this script and used for script #118, the show that featured Max Roach.  You can view these pages at the post for CAL 3013.


Stars of Jazz - October 29, 1956 ART BLAKEY - KITTY WHITE               

SHOW #19
OCTOBER 29, 1956
Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers: Bill Hardman, trumpet; Jackie McLean, alto sax; Sam Dockery, piano; Spanky De Brest, bass; Art Blakey, drums. Kitty White, vocal; Eddie Beal, piano, Teddy Benedict, bongos. 

Production credits for this show:
Producer: Jimmie Baker
Writer: Bob Arbogast
Director: Norman Abbott
Audio: Chuck Lewis
Cameramen: Sal Folino, Jack Denton
Technical Director: Ted Hurley
Lighting Director: Vince Cilurzo















Bill Hardman, Art Blakey, Johnny Griffin, Sam Dockery, Spanky De Brest

The second appearance of The Jazz Messengers on Stars of Jazz was on July 29, 1957, and audio from that show was issued on Calliope CAL 3008 with different titles for some of the tracks.  The duplicate labels are presented below, and the full script of the show can be viewed at our post on CAL 3008.


SHOW #56
JULY 29, 1957
Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers: Bill Hardman, trumpet; Johnny Griffin, tenor sax; Sam Dockery, piano; Spanky De Brest, bass; Art Blakey, drums. Tommy Gumina, accordion.

Production credits for this show:
Producer: Jimmie Baker
Writer: Bob Arbogast
Director: Leo G. “Hap” Weyman
Audio: Noel Frame
Cameramen: Sal Folino, Bob Haley
Technical Director: Gene Lukowski
Lighting Director: Vince Cilurzo
Video: Noble Moore

The photos by Ray Avery that greatly enhance this presentation have been provided courtesy of the Ray Avery Estate.  The author would like to extend a most heartfelt thanks to Cynthia Sesso, Licensing Administrator of the Ray Avery Photo Archives.  Please note that these photos remain the property of the Ray Avery Estate and are used here with permission.  Any inquiries regarding their use, commercial or otherwise, should be directed to:  Cynthia Sesso at CTSIMAGES.

ENDNOTE:  The process of presenting details on the genesis of the Calliope label has involved visiting my research on the Stars of Jazz TV series.  This has led to a decision to create a blog devoted to the Stars of Jazz television series that will present in detail the background for each segment of the 130 shows that were presented by the American Broadcasting Company beginning in June of 1956 and ending in December of 1958.  Interested readers may follow that blog at:

http://starsofjazz.blogspot.com/




CALLIOPE CAL 3035
SESSIONS, LIVE

© James A. Harrod, COPYRIGHT PROTECTED; ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

LIGHTHOUSE ALL STARS / JUNE CHRISTY - JIMMY GIUFFRE THREE / NELLIE LUTCHER

Side one of Calliope CAL 3035 presented audio from the Stars of Jazz show broadcast on March 3, 1958 featuring Howard Rumsey’s Lighthouse All Stars with guest vocalist June Christy. Side two repeated audio from the January 7, 1957 Stars of Jazz program featuring the Jimmy Giuffre Three plus Nellie Lutcher that was released on Calliope CAL 3012.  The production script for the March 3, 1958 show is missing from the Jimmie Baker archive, the production script for the January 7, 1957 show can be viewed at our entry for CAL 3012.

Howard Rumsey’s Lighthouse All Stars would appear on Stars of Jazz three times.  This was their second appearance.  Howard Rumsey had recently signed with Liberty Records and had three albums available in the Liberty Lighthouse Series: DOUBLE OR NOTHIN’ (LRP-3045), TENORS HEAD-ON (LRP-3051) and DRUMMIN’ THE BLUES (LRP-3064).  Covers of the three Liberty albums would be displayed for viewers and promoted by Bobby Troup.

June Christy would also appear on Stars of Jazz three times with this being her second appearance as well. June Christy had recently recorded two albums for Capitol Records with Pete Rugolo, JUNE -- FAIR AND WARMER (T833) and GONE FOR THE DAY (T902). Prior to introducing June Christy performing THAT’S ALL, Bobby Troup held up GONE FOR THE DAY for the camera and commented on the next tune that June would sing, THAT’S ALL, from her MISTY MISS CHRISTY album for Capitol.  June’s first number on the program, I WANT TO BE HAPPY, was from her JUNE -- FAIR AND WARMER album.



Calliope Records Production Credits:
Executive Producers: Hayward Collins, Rick Donovan, Lee D. Weisel
Production and Coordination: Jim Pewter
Technical Assistance: Mike Jordan for Krishane Enterprises
Mastering: Jack Skinner for Keyser-Century Corporation
Art Direction and Photography: Jeffrey Weisel







The LHAS rhythm section: Stan Levey, Victor Feldman, Howard Rumsey

June Christy on Stars of Jazz
SHOW #87
MARCH 3, 1958
The Lighthouse All Stars: Frank Rosolino, trombone; Bob Cooper, tenor sax; Victor Feldman, piano, vibes, conga; Howard Rumsey, bass; Stan Levey, drums.  June Christy, vocal.

(no production team information)




SHOW #27
JANUARY 7, 1957
The Jimmy Giuffre Trio: Jimmy Giuffre, clarinet, tenor sax, baritone sax; Jim Hall, guitar; Ralph Peña, acoustic double bass. Nellie Lutcher, vocal; Morris Edwards, acoustic double bass; Robert Brady, drums.

Production credits for this show:
Host: Bobby Troup
Producer: Jimmie Baker
Writer: Bob Arbogast
Director: Leo G. “Hap” Weyman
Audio: Chuck Lewis
Cameramen: Jack Denton, Sal Folino
Technical Director: Gene Lukowski
Lighting Director: Vince Cilurzo
Video: George Hillas

The photos by Ray Avery that greatly enhance this presentation have been provided courtesy of the Ray Avery Estate.  The author would like to extend a most heartfelt thanks to Cynthia Sesso, Licensing Administrator of the Ray Avery Photo Archives.  Please note that these photos remain the property of the Ray Avery Estate and are used here with permission.  Any inquiries regarding their use, commercial or otherwise, should be directed to:  Cynthia Sesso at CTSIMAGES.