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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

ART BLAKEY


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/



HOWARD RUMSEY-JUNE CHRISTY-JIMMY GIUFFRE


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.