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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.












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