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Thursday, July 12, 2012


CALLIOPE CAL 3020
SESSIONS, LIVE

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TERRY GIBBS / JO REYNOLDS - BENNY CARTER / PETE JOLLY

As noted in the previous post covering Calliope CAL 3019 we are continuing our presentation of an interview that Will Thornbury conducted with Ray Avery regarding Ray’s background in photography.

WILL THORNBURY / RAY AVERY INTERVIEW – PART 4


               RAY AVERY                                                            WILL THORNBURY

WT: The established guys, the guys that were here and didn't leave, not Dexter or Mingus or those people.  Art Farmer, those people who left here to become established strongly somewhere else, although Art was here I suppose and very popular during this period, his period with Wardell.  But I'm thinking about Teddy Edwards, Hampton Hawes;  were they familiar figures to you?

RA: They were figures and people that I knew and knew about but they weren't getting many jobs as far as I could tell, they weren't getting the jobs that Shorty Rogers was and the Candoli Brothers and they were struggling, they just didn't have the places that they could play.

WT: And the outlets and studios and so on

RA: That's rightI noticed this week on KLON they are doing a week of Buddy Collette vignettes and Buddy was one of the lucky ones that did get some studio work but he said that very few of the other fellows did and they were always scuffling, they were always putting together a band and having no place to put it, no place to play.

WT: Do you remember the Roy Porter band?

RA: I don't think I ever heard that band, I've seen Roy Porter since on various occasions but I don't think I saw that band.

WT: Gerald Wilson..

RA: Yes, I didn't see the early Gerald Wilson bands, the Excelsior period, that was shortly after he left Jimmie Lunceford I believe and I did not see that band, but I've seen his bands that preceded the band of the '90's. He had a band in the '70's and '80's.

WT: Tell me about the first, it seems unless I'm making more of this out of the article, it seems to be that New Orleans trip was a landmark trip for yoin the sense that it really is a kind of starting point of your commitment to shooting.

RA: I think the thing about that is that New Orleans is such a visual place and I'd heard about all these old timers and I was getting to see them and was going to funerals and seeing marching bands in the streets and gospel ladies singing in the streets, so it was really like reliving part of the early days in New Orleans.  New Orleans hadn't changed very much from the early days of Louie Armstrong, it didn't seem anyway, the French Quarter doesn't change at all.  And so it was after reading all this stuff about New Orleans, it was wonderful to go there and I did take a lot of pictures and since then I've been proud of those pictures and some day I'd like to do something with those.

WT: Was anything done with them then?  Did anybody use them, did Lester use them?

RA: The pictures of that period? No, occasionally they were used in foreign magazine articles but I didn't really photograph anyone that was being recorded by the companies out here. Lester Koenig sent Jack Lewerke to New Orleans to record the George Lewis band and he made 4 sides that later came out on 78 rpm but I think they used a drawing or something at that time.

Ray Avery’s photo of a New Orleans street band procession was featured on the cover of the April 1962 issue of Jazz Hot magazine.




Bobby Troup on vibe players with Terry Gibbs




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





SHOW #64
SEPTEMBER 23, 1957
The Terry Gibbs Quartet: Terry Gibbs, vibraphone, piano; Lou Levy, piano; Max Bennett, acoustic double bass; Gary Frommer, drums. Jo Reynolds, vocal.

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



















Bobby Troup on jazz abroad with Benny Carter

The following Pete Jolly interview is from THEME magazine:





SHOW #48
JUNE 3, 1957
Benny Carter, alto sax; Pete Jolly, piano, accordion; Bob Bertaux, acoustic double bass; Robert Neel, drums. Howard Roberts, guitar.

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, Bob Haley
Technical Director: Gene Lukowski
Lighting Director: Vince Cilurzo
Video: George Hillas


















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