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Monday, April 30, 2012


CALLIOPE CAL 3006
SESSIONS, LIVE

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


FIREHOUSE FIVE PLUS 2 / JEANNE GAYLE - CONNEE BOSWELL / STUFF SMITH / RED NICHOLS


Concurrent with the rise of modern jazz on the west coast there had been a revival of New Orleans style jazz or Dixieland jazz in San Francisco and Los Angeles.  Long before Les Koenig launched his Contemporary label that would bring the Lighthouse All Stars to the world, his Good Time Jazz label featured all of the artists who were leading this revival such as The Bay City Jazz Band, The Castle Jazz Band, Clancy Hayes, Bunk Johnson, George Lewis, Turk Murphy, Kid Ory, Bob Scobey, Lu Waters and The Firehouse Five Plus Two.

Les Koenig at The Lighthouse, Hermosa Beach

Stars of Jazz catered to the Dixie fans as well as the modern fans and programs alternated between both genres striking a good balance.  The 400 Club at 3330 West 8th Street in Los Angeles featured Teddy Buckner for an extended run, Jack Teagarden could often be heard at the Royal Room at 6700 Hollywood Boulevard and The Beverly Cavern at 4289 Beverly Boulevard provided a home base for Kid Ory when he was not on tour as well as featuring New Orleans groups regularly.


Dates and artists for the next ten programs:

Program #41
April 15, 1957
Jackie & Roy
Joe Venuti

Program #42
April 22, 1957
Allyn Ferguson
Jeri Southern

Program #43
April 29, 1957
Jack Teagarden

Program #44
May 6, 1957
Gerald Wiggins
Terry Morel

Program #45
May 13, 1957
Harry Babasin
Meade Lux Lewis

Program #46
May 20, 1957
Martin Denny
Mort Sahl

Program #47
May 27, 1957
Paul Togawa
Chris Connor

Program #48
June 3, 1957
Benny Carter
Pete Jolly

Program #49
June 10, 1957
Pat Moran
Beverly Kelly

Program #50
June 17, 1957
Shorty Sherock
Abbey Lincoln




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




Danny Alguire, George Probert and Frank Thomas

Show #18
October 22, 1956
The Firehouse Five Plus Two:- Danny Alguire, cornet; Ward Kimball, trombone; George Probert, reeds; George Bruns, tuba, acoustic double bass; Frank Thomas, piano; Dick Roberts, banjo; Eddie Forrest, drums. + Jeannie Gayle, vocal

Production credits for this show:
Host: Bobby Troup
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
Video: Vince Mahoney




















Red Nichols and Miff Mole on back projection while Red
Nichols chats with Bobby Troup.

Show #99
May 26, 1958
Red Nichols and his Five Pennies + Stuff Smith, violin. + Connie Boswell, vocal.

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













“That’s A Plenty” on side two of Calliope CAL 3006 is not from the above program.  The track lasts only 1’16” and is an edited snippet from the Stars of Jazz program from December 3, 1956, that also featured Red Nichols and his Five Pennies.  The full track is featured on Calliope CAL 3028.  Here are the pages from the script:



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












Sunday, April 29, 2012



CALLIOPE CAL 3005
SESSIONS, LIVE

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


HARRY JAMES / JILLA WEBB - LES BROWN / LAURIE JOHNSON

The format for Stars of Jazz featuring an instrumental group plus a vocalist meant that the producers and Bobby Troup had to find a new vocalist for each show and they quickly ran out of known songbirds and scoured the local night clubs for rising talent.  Many of these songbirds faded from the limelight like Jane Fielding who had two LPs on Herb Kimmel’s Jazz:West label and then dropped out of sight.

Stars of Jazz was featured in a two page spread in THEME magazine in their fall 1957 issue.  All of the photos were taken by Ray Avery and are © Ray Avery/CTSIMAGES.



Dates and artists for the next ten programs:

Program #31
February 4, 1957
Shorty Rogers
Kay Brown

Program #32
February 11, 1957
Cal Tjader
Shirli Sonders

Program #33
February 18, 1957
Red Mitchell
Toni Harper

Program #34
February 25, 1957
Allyn Ferguson
Julie Sutton

Program #35
March 4, 1957
Oscar Peterson
Jane Fielding

Program #36
March 11, 1957
Warne Marsh
Ann Richards

Program #37
March 18, 1957
Tom Riley
Nora Evans

Program #38
March 25, 1957
Ronnie Ball
Donna Fuller

Program #39
April 1, 1957
Bobby Troup

Program #40
April 8, 1957
Teddy Buckner



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




Bobby Troup and Harry James

SHOW #106
JULY 14, 1958
Harry James and his Orchestra, including Harry James, Ollie Mitchell, trumpet; Ray Sims, Bob Edmondson, Ray Sims, trombone; Willie Smith, alto sax; Sam Firmature, tenor sax; Jack Perciful, piano; Dennis Budimir, guitar; Jackie Mills, drums. + Jilla Webb, vocal.

Production credits for this show:
Host: Bobby Troup
Producer: Jimmie Baker
Writer: Bob Arbogast
Director: "Hap" Leo G. Weyman
Audio: Chuck Lewis
Cameramen: Sal Folino, Jack Denton, Bob Haley
Technical Director: Irwin Stanton
Lighting Director: Vince Cilurzo
Video: Noble Moore















Les Brown taking a solo

SHOW #115
SEPTEMBER 15, 1958
Les Brown and his Band of Renown, including Dick Collins, Wes Hensel, trumpet; Dick Kenny, Stumpy Brown, trombone; Les Brown, Ralph LaPolla, Matt Utal, Billy Usselton, Abe Aaron, Butch Stone, reeds; Don Trenner, piano; Howard Roberts, guitar; Jules Bertaux, acoustic double bass; Lloyd Morales, drums; + Laurie Johnson, vocal.

Production credits for this show:
Host: Bobby Troup
Executive Producer: Peter Robinson
Producer: Jimmie Baker
Writer: Bob Arbogast
Director: John Orloff
Audio: Chuck Lewis
Cameramen: Jack Denton, Sal Folino, Bob Haley
Technical Director: Gene Lukoski
Lighting Director: Vince Cilurzo
Video: Noble Moore

















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