MCBRIDE Christian


Philadelphia, Pensylvania. 21/5/1972.

Suo padre è un bassista elettrico che ha lavorato in gruppi locali di rhythm-and-blues e con Mongo Santamaria, mentre suo zio suona in gruppi di free jazz. Egli ha iniziato a suonare il basso a otto anni attraverso i dischi mostra interesse per il jazz. Finite le scuole superiori ha studiato al Creative and Performing Arts di Filadelphia e durante questo periodo ha suonato il basso elettrico in gruppi locali di funk e soul. Ha anche suonato con l’organista Trudy Pitts, con il batterista Mickey Roker e con Odean Pope. Nel 1989 si è trasferito a New York dove ha frequentato la Julliard School, nello stesso tempo viene ingaggiato da Bobby Watson, con il quale è stato sino al 1990. In seguito ha lavorato con Roy Hargrove, con Wallace Roney e con Benny Green. Negli anni ’90 ha collaborato con i “Jazz Futures”, con la big band del Lincoln Center di New York, ha registrato con Stephen Scott, con Joe Henderson e con Freddie Hubbard. Ha suonato anche con Benny Cvarter, con Benny Golson, con Victor Lewis, Donald Harrison, Harold Mabern, Gary Bartz, Mulgrew Miller, James Williams. Dotato di una tecnica prodigiosa, è un eccezionale talento naturale.


Gettin’ To It.Gettin’To It.

Roy Hargrove (tp) Steve Turre (tb) Joshua Redman (st) Cyrus Chestnut (p) Christian McBride (b) Lewis Hash (dr)

In A Hurry / Gettin’ To It / The Shade Of The Cedar Tree / Sitting On A Cloud / Black Moon / Too Close For Confort / Stars Fell On Alabama / Night Train.

Chritian McBride, Ray Brown, Milt Hinton (b)


(Verve 523 989) New York, 30-31 Agosto – 1 Settembre 1994.

Number Two Express.Number Two Express.

Gary Bartz, Kenny Garrett (sa) Kenny Barron, Chick Corea (p-p/el) Chrsitian McBride (b) Steve Nelson (b) Jack Dejohnette (dr) Mino Cinelu (perc)

Whirling Dervish / Youthful Blues / Tones For Joan’s Bones / EGAD / Muìyako / Divergence / Jayne / A Morning Story / Grove / Little Sunflower.

(Verve 529585)

New York, 12-17 Novembre 1995.

A Family Affair.A Family Affair.

Tim Warfield (st) Charles Craig (p) Russell Malone (g) Christian McBride (b-synt-keyb) Gregory Hutchinson (dr) Munyungo Jackson (perc) Will Downing (vc) Vesta (vc)

I’m Coming Home / A Dream Of You / Family Affair / Theme From Our Fairytale / Or So You Thought / Summer Soft / Brown Funk / Open Sesame / Wayne’s World / I’ll Write A Song For You.

(Verve 557554-2)

New York, 27-31 Gennaio 1998.


Ron Blake (ss-st) James Carter (cl/b) Herbie Hancock (p) Davis Gilmore (g) Cecil McBride (b-keyb) Rodney Green (dr)

Aja / Uhura’s Moment Returned / Xerxes / Lullaby For A Ladybug / Science Fiction / Walking On The Moon / Havona / I Guess I’ll Have To Forget / Butterfly Dreams / Via Mwandishi / The Sci-Fci Outro.

(Verve 314543)

New York, 12-9-2000.

Vertical Vison.Vertical Vison.

Ron Blake (st-ss-sb-fl) Geoffrey Keezer (tast) Christian McBride (b-b/el) Terreon Gully (dr) David Gilmore (g) Danny Sadownick (perc)

Circa 1990 / Tahitian Pearl / The Wizard Of MOntara / The Ballad Of Little Girl Dancer / Precious One / Song For Maya / Technicolor Nightmare / Lejos de usted / Boogie Woogie Waltz.

(Warner Bros 9362 – 48278)

New York, 14-16 Giugno 2002.

Live At Tonic.Live At Tonic.

Ron Blake (st-ss-sb-fl) Geoffrey Keezer (tast) Christian McBride (b-b/el) Terreon Gully (dr) Jenny Scheinman (viol) Jason Moran (p) Charlie Hunter (g) Rashawn Ross (tp) Eric Krasno (g) Dj Logic (giradischi) Scratch (dr/el)

Technicolor Nightmare / Say Something / Clerow’s Flipped / Sonic Tonic / Hibiscus / Sitting On A Cloud / Boogie Woogie Waltz / See Jam, Hear Jam, Feel Jam / Out Jam – Give It Up Or Turn It Loose / Lover East Side – Rock Jam / Hemisphere Jam / Bitch Brew / Out Jam – Via Mwandishi / Mwandishi Outcome Jam / The Comedown / E Jam / AB Minor Jam / D Shuffle Jam / D Shuffle Jam pt.2.

(Ropeadope RCD 16067) Tonic, New York, 10-11 Gennaio 2005.

Camp Meeting.

Christian McBride (b) Jack DeJohnette (dr) Bruce Hornsby (p)

Questions And Answers [4:53] / Charlie, Woody And You [5:58] / Solar [7:03] / Death And The Flower [5:45] / Camp Meeting [5:43] / Giant Steps [6:04] / Celia [7:50] / We’ll Be Together Again [5:38] / Stacked Mary Possum [4:34] / Straight, No Chaser [2:59] / Un Poco Loco – Chant Song [7:55]

(Legacy ‎88697 09663)

Tossington Sound, Williamsburg, VA, 2007.

Kind Of Brown.Kind Of Brown.

Steve Wilson (st) Eric Reed (p) Warren Wolf Jr. (vib) Cecil McBride (b) Carl Allen (dr)

Brother Mister / Theme For Kareem / Raimbow Wheel / Starbeam / Used Ta Could / The Shade Of The Cedar Tree / Pursuit Of Peace / Unde James / Stick & Move / Where Are You.

(Mack Avenue 31047)

California, 2008.

Heaven On Earth.

Christian McBride (b) Joey Baron (dr) Adam Rogers (g) John Medeski (hammond) James Carter (ss,st,sb)

Diminishing [14:14] / Slam’s Mishap [8:35] / Street Of Dreams [9:26] / Infiniment [10:40] / Blue Leo [12:20] / Heaven On Earth [11:34]

(Half Note Records 4542)

The Blue Note, New York, 8-9 Maggio 2009.


The Good Feeling.The Good Feeling.

Christian McBride (b) Steve Wilson, Todd Bashore (sa,fl) Ron Blake (st,ss,fl) Todd Williams (st,fl) Loren Schoenberg (st) Carl Maraghi (sb,cl/b) Frank Greene, Freddie Hendrix, Nicholas Payton, NabatiIsles (tr) Steve Davis, Michael Dease, James Burton (tb) Douglas Purviance (tb/b) Xavier Davis (p) Ulysses Owens Jr. (dr) Melissa Walker (vc)

Shake N’ Blake / Broadway / Brother Mister / When I Fall In Love / Science Fiction / The Shade Of The Cedar Tree / The More I See You / I Should Care / A Taste Of Honey / Bluesin’ In Alphabet City / In A Hurry.

(Mack Records) 27 Settembre 2011.

Conversations With Christian.Conversations With Christian.

Christian McBride (b) Angelique Kidjo (vc) Regina Carter (vl) Eddie Palmieri (p) Roy Hargrove (tr) Billy Taylor (p) Dee Dee Bridgewater (vc) Hank Jones (p) George Duke (p) Chick Corea (p) Russell Malone (g) Ron Blake (st) Gina Gershon (vc)

Afirika / Fat Bach And Greens / Consider Me Gone / Guajeo Y Tumbao / Baubles, Bangles And Beads / Spiritual / It’s Your Thing / Alone Together / McDukey Blues / Tango Improvisation #1 / Sister Rosa / Shake ‘N Blake / Chitlins And Gefiltefish.

(Mack Avenue Records) 2011.

My Witch’s Blue.

Christian McBride (b) Jeff Tain Watts (dr) Makoto Ozone (p)

Bouncing In My New Shoes [4:56] / My Witch’s Blue [4:53] / Gotta Get It ! [4:31] / Longing For The Past [6:00] / So Good !! [6:29] / Take The Tain Train [6:18] / Time We Spent Together [5:22] / Nova Alvorada [5:12] / Solo Improvisation Continuum [4:48] / Satin Doll [6:52]

(Verve Records UCCJ-2103)

New York, 19-21 Maggio 2012.

People Music.People Music.

Christian McBride (b) Steve Wilson (sa) Warren Wolf (vib) Christian Sands (p) Peter Martin (p) Ulysses Owens Jr (dr) Carl Allen (dr)

Listen to the Heroes Cry / Fair Hope Theme / Gang Gang / Ms.Angelou / The Movement, Revisited / Unusual Suspects / Dream Train / New Hope’s Angel.

(Mack Avenue Records)

14 Maggio 2013.

Out Here.Out Here.

Christian McBride (b) Christian Sands (p) Ulysses Owens (dr)

Ham Hocks and Cabbage / Hallelujah Time / I Guess I’ll Have to Forget / Easy Walker / My Favorite Things / East of the Sun (And West of the Moon) / Cherokee / I Have Dreamed / Who’s Making Love.

(Mack Avenue Records) 2013.




As It Were.

Jerry Bergonzi (st) Hal Galper (p) Charlie LaChapelle (b) Don McBride (dr)

Stablemates / I thought about you / Up jumped spring / Afternoon in Paris / Like someone in love / Ten-twenty-one.

(Fabola 1001) Beverly, MA, 19 Febbraio 1992.





Joe McBride (vc,p,synt) Larry Spencer, Chuck Schmidt (tr) Keith Adkins (tb) Stanley Turrentine, Kirk Whalum, Marchel Ivery, James Clay (st) Henry Johnson, Tim Kobza (g) Gerald Veasley, Carl Hillman (b) Dennis Durick (dr) Rafael Cabranes (congas)

Senor amor / Twilight / Sunny / For all we know / Everlasting love / Central expressway / Clay & Ivory / Grace / Get on the right track / Need somebody to love / Chump change.

(Heads Up OXCD3017) Dallas, TX, Gennaio-Febbraio 1992.

A Gift For Tomorrow.

Dave Von Blohn (flic) Kirk Whalum (st) David Koz (ss) Wayne DeLano (ss,fl,st) Joe McBride (p,synt,vc) Larry Carlton (g) Dave Monsey (b) Dennis Durick (dr)

An evening in Dallas / Secrets / Never be lonely / Walking in rhythm / A gift for tomorrow / Messenger / Deja vu / World to me / Everybody needs love / Reunion / You’ve got a friend.

(Heads Up HUCD3025) Dallas, TX, 1994.

Keys To Your Heart.

Grover Washington Jr. (ss) Wayne DeLano (sa,st) Joe McBride (org,p,keyb,vc) Larry Carlton, Jason Bucklin (g) Scott Weltner (perc) Analisa Ripke, Philip Bailey (vc)

Highland park / Let’s spend some time together / People make the world go around / It’s got to be love / Chit-chat / After sunset / I can never get enough / Miracles / High steppin’ / You are my lady / Squeeze play.

(Heads Up 3035) Dallas, TX, 1996.

Double Take.

Rick Braun, Scott Englebright (tr) Greg Waits (tb) Dave Koz (ss) Wayne DeLano (sa,st) Richard Elliott (st) Joe McBride (p,org,keyb,vc) Tony Maiden, Tim Kobza, Peter White (g) Chuck Smith, Martin Walters (b) Phil Perry (vc)

Lower Greenville / Midnight in Madrid / In the moonlight / Just for the Koz / Taste of jazz / Baby come back / Hold on to the one you love / Chicken Joe / Here for you / One Sunday afternoon.

(Heads Up 3044) Dallas, TX, 1998.

Texas Rhythm Club.

Rodney Booth (tr) Greg Waits (tb) Wayne DeLano (sax) Joe McBride (p,org,keyb,vc) Todd Parsnow (g) Carl Hillman, Martin Walters (b) Sean McCurley (dr) Bryan Bock (perc)

Texas rhythm club / White rock / Howzit in Dallas ? / Everything remains the same / On the money / Lake o’ the pines / Lone star boogie / It’s you / Hot chili peppers / Texas blue cruise.

(Heads Up 3055) Dallas, TX, 2000.

Keepin’ It Real.

Wayne DeLano (ss,st,sb) Joe McBride (keyb,p,vc) Todd Parsnow (g) Rick Rigsby, Martin Walters (b) Sean McCurley (dr)

Woke up this morning / Keepin’ it real / Oi gata / Lakewood / His name / Never let you go / Morning in a distant land / Can’t live without you / When you smile / Kickin’ it / Gentle rain.

(Heads Up 3067)

Dallas, TX, 2002.

Texas Hold’em.

Dave Van Blohn, Larry Spencer (tr) Wayne DeLano (st) Joe McBride (org,p,keyb,vc) Martin Walters (g,b/el) Todd Parsnow (g) John Adams (b) Dennis Durick (dr)

Big slick / In a garden of Eden / Double down / Texas hold’em / Giving it all to you / In and out / No limit / I’m here for you / All in / The river / On eyed Jack.

(Heads Up 3103) Dallas, TX, 2005.chiusura


Spruce Pine, North Carolina. 5/5/1971.

Nel 1990 si è trasferito da Seattle, dove vive con la famiglia, a Boston per studiare al New England Conservaory, dove ha preso anche lezioni da Cecil McBee, Ran Blake e Mike Maneri. Ha esordito nel trio di Joe Morris, con Hans Poppel ed altri. Nel 1993 ha registrato con Cornelius Claudio Kreush e al Autumn Uprising a Boston insieme a Pandelis Karayorgis e Poppel. Ha fatto parte anche del Vandermark’s Barrage Double Trio.chiusura


New York. 24/1/1933.

Figlio di un batterista, ha iniziato nel 1945 ha suonare in piccoli gruppi locali, mentre studia il contrabbasso alla New York School of Music e la batteria privatamente con Max Roach, Morris Goldenberg e Stick Evans. Ha suonato con Pete Brown, Randy Weston, Cecil Payne, Ernie Henry, con Paul Bley a Montreal, ha suonato è inciso con Tony Scott e nel 1957 è andato a Los Angeles per collaborare con Bley. E’ stato attivo nell’area di Los Angeles con Richie Kamuka, Harold Land, Sonny Rollins, Sonny Stitt, Teddy Edwards, il quintetto di Benny Golson e Curtis Fuller e dal 1959 al 1961 ha diretto i suoi “Four Souls”. Tornato a New York ha collaborato con Sarah Vaughan, gli “Swingers” di Hendricks, con Carmen McRae, Ray Bryant, Walter Bishop Jr.Teddy Wilson, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Booker Ervin, Blue Mitchell, i George Wein’s Newport All Stars. Ha registrato con Sonny Criss, Houston Person, Charles McPherson, Pat Martino. Nel 1970 ha fatto una tournée in Giappone con un gruppo di chitarristi e con Thelenious Monk. Dal 1971 al 1974 ha lavorato con Kenny Burrell e nel 1972 è andato a San Francisco per unirsi al Vernon Alley’s Trio. Nel 1975 ha registrato con Jon Hendricks e con Sam Noto. Classico bassista di hard bop.


Lennie McBrowne And The Four Souls.Lennie McBrowne And The Four Souls.

Don Sleet (tp) Dan Jackson (st) Elmo Hope (a) Terry Trotter (p) Herbie Lewis (b) Lennie McBrowne (dr)

Soul Sisters / Invitation / Dearly Beloved / Lazinka’s Tune / Cerise / I Married An Angel / McBrowne’s Galaxy.

(Pacific Jazz 12”)

Los Angeles, autunno 1959.

Eastern Lights.Lennie McBrowne Eastern Lights.

Don Sleet (tp) Daniel Jackosn (st) Terry Trotter (p) Jimmy Bond (b) Lennie McBrowne (dr)

Saudi / No Consideration / I Don’t Know The Melody / Like Someone In Love / Easter Lights / Even Dozen / Tryin’And Cryin’ / Chicago Proffered.

(Riverside RLP 346) Los Angeles, 13-10-60.




Teseract Complicity.

Clyde Criner (p,synt) Geoffrey McCabe (g) Terry Rolleri (g-1) Eddie Gomez (b) Bob Moses (d)

Freebreeze / One for the third stone / Paper plane / City of overhead doors / 16th & Delores.

(Timeless SJP212)

New York, 14 Settembre 1983.chiusura


Philadelphia, Pensylvania. 4/5/1919. – Los Angeles, California. 14/12/1994.

Inizia a lavorare nella sua città come ballerina e cantante con l’orchestra di Butty Morrow. Nel 1938 è arrivata la prima scrittura importante con Tommy Dorsey, segue poi quella con Woody Herman nel 1939 e con Charlie Barnet dal 1939 al 1942. Dopo un periodo di inattività è tornato con Herman nel 1946, nel 1947 e nel 1949. Si è sposata con Al Cohn. In seguito ha alternato il lavoro di solista ad ingaggi con grandi orchestre, ha lavorato con Tommy Reinolds, Lew Gray, Art Kassel, Charlie Ventura e Nat Pierce nel 1978. Spesso si è esibita al Chubby Jackson’s Estate Club di Hollywood. Dagli anni’60 ha molto diradato le sue esibizioni. Cantante dotata di una certa originalità e spirito. Nella sua maniera di cantare vi sono molte inflessioni che ricordano la grande Holliday. E’ stata considerata dalla critica una ottime voce jazz.


An Evening With Mary Ann McCall And Charlie Ventura.Mary Ann McCall An Evening With Mary Ann McCall And Charlie Ventura.

Charlie Ventura (st-sa-sb) Dave McKenna (p) Bob Carter (b) Sonny Igoe (dr) Mary Ann McCall (vc)

Careless Love / Please Be Kind / Detour Ahead.

Los Angeles, 7-6-54.

Charlie Shavers (tp) Kai Winding (tb) Lenny Hambro (sa-sb) Charlie Ventura (st-sa-sb) Danny Banks (fl-sb) Dave McKenna (p) Perry Loppez (g) Bob Carter (b) Sonny Igoe (dr) Mary Ann McCall (vc)

Swingin’On The Star / Charlie’s Venture / The Breeze And I / Soft Touch / We’ll Be Together Again / There’ll Be Some Changes Made / It Don’t Mean A Thing.

(Verve MGV 8143) Los Angeles, 16-8-54.

Easy Living.Mary Ann McCall Easy Living.

Joe Wilder (tp) George Barrow, Seldon Powell, Zoot Sims (st) Sol Moore (sb) Nat Pierce (p) Wendell Marshall (b) Kenny Clarke (dr) Mary Ann McCall (vc) Ernie Wilkins (arr-sir)

Shake Down The Stars / You Can Depend On Me / Easy Living / Mean To Me / In MY Solitude / I Thought About You / Deep Purple / Deed I Do / It’s Been So Long / Something I Dreamed Last Night.

(Reg.MG 6040)

New York, 14-23 Agosto 1956.

Detour To The Moon.Mary Ann McCall Detour To The Moon.

Jimmy Raney (g) George Duvivier (b) Teddy Charles (vib) Walter Tramler (viol) Charles McCracken (cello) Mary Ann McCall (vc)

No Moon At All / Moonlight Becomes You / Moon Country / Detour Ahead / I Wished On The Moon / Shine On Harvest Moon / Moonglow / East Of The Sun / Oh You Crazy Moon / It’s Only A Paper Moon / Blue Moon / The Moon Was Yellow.

(Jubilee LP 12” JLP/JGS 1078)

New York, Marzo 1958.

Melancholy Baby.Mary Ann McCall Melancholy Baby.

Teddy Charles (vib) Mary Ann McCall (vc) Johnny Richards (arr) altri musicisti sconosciuti (st-g-p-b-dr)

A Lover Is Blue / Blue And Broken Hearted / Am I Blue / Sentimental And Melancholy.

(Coral LP 12” 57276)

New York, 2-3-59.chiusura


Chicago, Illinois. 30/9/1933. – Chicago, Illinois. 24/5/1989.

Già ad undici anni è in attività con l’Ida B.Wells’Drum & Bugle Corps, nel contempo studia teoria musicale e varie percussioni. Ha inizia la carriera da professionista nel 1957 come freelance. Ha suonato con Bill Kersey al Festival di Montreal nel 1959, poi con Alfie Wade, Hyler Jones, Billy Green, Booker Ervin, Charles Stepney nel 1961, Gene Shaw, Roland Kirk, Ramsey Lewis, Jackie McLean, Jack DeJohnette, Art Hoyle, Willie Pickens. Nel 1965 ha fatto parte della “Experimental Band” di Muhal Richard Abrams e nello stesso anno ha partecipato alla nascita dell’AACM. Ha suona con Joseph Jarman, è venuto in Europa dove ha suonato con Pim Jacobs, ha accompagnato Don Byas, Clifford Jordan, Toots Thielemans, Art Farmer, Mal Waldrom e Marion Brown. Si è stabilito a Parigi dove ha suonato con Dexter Gordon, Anthony Braxton, Lou Bennett, con l’Art Ensemble Of Chicago, Siegfried Kessler e Archie Shepp. Negli States ha registrato con Leroy Jenkins, Leo Smith, Richard Davis, la Creative Construction Company nel 1970, con gli AIR, i Reflections, David Murray, con Ted Curson nel 1982, con Red Mitchell ed altri. Batterista molto ricco di fantasia, collezionista di vari strumenti di percussione esotici, che suona con molta delicatezza e discrezione.chiusura


Indiana, Pennsylvania. 24/3/1947.

Ha ricevuto le prime lezioni di clarinetto da suo padre a nove anni e ha studiato il pianoforte con la madre. A tredici anni ha suonato in un gruppo dixieland e dal 1965 al 1967 ha frequentato la Duquesne University a Pittsburg, dove ha anche suonato con la PIttsburg Symphony Orchestra e nei jazz club. E’ andato a New York a studiare l’oboe con Robert Bloom alla Manhattan School of Music. Ha suonato con Paul Winter nel 1970, poi insieme a Ralph Towner, Glen Moore e Colin Walcott hanno formato il gruppo Oregon sciolto nell’80, che ha rappresentato il miglior gruppo di jazz da camera. Ha anche registrato con un suo ottetto, con il gruppo cooperativo “Gallery”, con Jaco Pastorius, ha registrato con Hart Lande, David Friesen, Eberhard Weber, con Carla Bley nel 1983. Nel 1986 è andato in California, è apparso al Festival Internazionale di Montreal in un tributo agli Oregon. Ha suonato con la cantante pop Bela Fleck ed altri gruppi commerciali. Nella metà degli anni’90 ha collaborato ad un album intitolato ai “Xenia”, un gruppo di musicisti attivi sulla scena musicale nel centro sud dell’Italia e la sua presenza ha dato certo peso all’avvenimento. Ottimi i suoi interventi all’oboe ed al corno inglese, strumenti che suona in maniera molto legata alla tradizione romantica di questi strumenti.


All The Mornings Bring.Paul McCandless All The Mornings Bring.

Paul McCandless (oboe-cl-fl) Art Lande (p) David Samuels (vib-marim-perc)

St.Philomene / Bowsprit / On Elf Bird / Moon And Mind.

Paul M cCandless (eng/h-fl-cl/b) David Samuels (vib)

Slumber Song.

Paul McCandless (oboe-eng (h-cl/b) Jennifer Sperry (eng/h-oboe) Walter Kane (cl) David Tofani (cl) Loren Glikman, Patricia Rogers (bassoon) Peter Gordon, John Trevor Clark (fh) David Samuels (vib-marim-perc) Eddie Gomez (b)

Palimpsest / All The Mornings Bring / Saraband.

Paul McCandless (cl/b)

Song For One.

(Elektra 6E 196 LP)

Longview Farms, North Brookfiled, Massachussetts – New York, Gennaio 1979.

Navigator.Paul McCandless Navigator.

Paul McCandless (oboe-eng/h-ss-cl/b-synt) Ross Traut (g) Steve Rodby (b) Dave Samuel (perc) Jay Clayton (vc)

Julian / Now And Then / Helix / Non-Navigator / The Great Lawn / Willow / Circle Waltz / Synapse-The Well / Downstream.

(Landslide 1005)

Febbraio 1981.

Heresay.Paul McCandless Heresay.

Paul McCandless (oboe-eng/h-ss-cl/b-synt) Wally Kane (fl-cl) Keith Green (fh) Art Lande (p) Cookie Marnco (synt) Steve Rodby (b) Trilok Gurtu (dr-tabla-perc) Robert Firpo (perc) Randy Sellgren, J.A.Deane (synt)

Sojourner / Beside A Brook / The Marvelous Herlequin Duck / Cludy This Morning / Kinesphere / Tal Wind / Hologram / Eyebright.

( Windham Hill WD 1075 CD)

Belmont, California, Aprile 1988.

Premonition.Paul McCandless Premonition.

Paul McCandless (ss-oboe-ing/h-cl/b) Lyle Mays (p) Steve Cardenas (g) John Burr (keyb) Fred Simon (synt) Gary Brown, Steve Rodby (b) William Kennedy (dr) Mark Walker (dr-perc)

Robin / Punch / Rainland / Two Moons / At Firsh Sight / Winter Creeper / Last Bloom / Rendezvous / Can’t Stop The Wind / Premonition / Turning To You / Robin Reprise.

(BGM Windham Hill Jazz 10140)

Ottobre-Dicembre 1991.

Isole.Paul McCandless Isole.

Paul McCandless (ss-oboe-ing/h-cl/b) Bebo Ferra (g) Paolino Dalla Porta (b)

Ave Maria / Bagatella mediterranea / Sogno / Celeste / Linea d’ombra.

Stesso gruppo più Fulvio Maras (perc)

Elle / Pigami / Mircau.

(Egea SCA 074) Perugia, 14-7-99.

Shapeshifter.Paul McCandless Shapeshifter.

Paul McCandless (ss-oboe-ing/h-cl/b) Art Lande (p) Peter Barshay (b) Alan Hall (dr)

Majerstorum Emborum / Shapeshifter / Rattling The Cage / Rigamarole / Angels In The Sky / Argument / Pompanuk Pond / Sultana / On A Misted Moor / Pietroglyph / Musiverse.

(Synergy Distr.80022)

Agosto 2003.


Remember The River.Paul McCandless Remember The River.

Paul McCandless (ss-oboe-ing/h-cl/b) Steve Rooby (b)

Kore / Remember The River / Double Dream / December Together / Time Will Tell / Revolver / Folk Song Of The Cold War / Listen To The Colour Of Your Dream, Pt.1 / Miracle Enough / Listen To The Colour Of Your Dream, Pt.2 / WWJTD / Isabel.

(Naim 81) 25-26 Marzo 2004.




On This Night.

Remi Bolduc (sa) Kelly Jefferson (st) Steve Holy (b) Chris McCann (dr)

Caravan / Take the Coltrane / Naima / Tempus fugit / Broken shadows.

(Unity UTY146)

Kingston, Ontario, 16 Dicembre 1993.


Froggin’ Around.

Billy Pierce (ts) Steve Wallace (b) Chris McCann (d)

Village green / Chelsa bridge / Pumpkin’s delight / 49th Street / Beatrice / Chuck’s groove / A gypsy without a song / Farewell to dogma / Epistrophy.

(CIMP 107)

Rossie, NY, 14-15 Febbraio 1996.chiusura


Lexington, Kentucky. 23/9/1935.

Sin da bambino è stato attirato dal canto gospel della chiesa ed a sei anni ha ricevuto le prime lezioni di piano. Dopo il servizio militare ha ottenuto il primo ingaggio nel club Purple Onion di Hollywood, poi ha suonato con Stuff Smith, con Art Pepper e nel 1958 è nato il suo trio con Charlie Haden e Frankie Severino, sostituiti poi con Leroy Vinegar e Ron Jefferson. Ha avuto una scrittura al Bit di Holywood, dove ha accompagnato anche il cantante Eugene McDaniels. Nel 1960 è arrivata la sua prima incisione “The Truth”. Ha iniziato anche a cantare e ciò gli ha procurato un buon successo commerciale, che sembra allontanarlo dal jazz attirato dalla musica pop. Ha suonato anche con Nancy Wilson, Joe Williams, Ben Webster, Richard ”Groove” Holmes, Yusef Lateef, Natalie Cole, Chaka Khan, Joe Pass, Gerald Wilson, con Stanley Turrentine nel 1962, Diane Reeves, Blue Mitchell, Diane Schuur, O.C.Smith. Pianista molto istintivo, egli ha realizzato una musica molto coinvolgente, piena di blues e di swing. La sua ispirazione la trae dal funk e dal gospel. Negli ultimi anni si è votato anche ai suoni elettrici. Purtroppo nel 1995 lo ha colto un colpo apoplettico, durante un tour europeo, ora vive in precarie condizioni fisiche ed economiche a Van Nuys in California.


A little – A little ¾ for god & Co – Big Jim – Carma – Chip monck – Comin trough the aplle – Dorene don’t cry I…- Faith you’re – Fish this week – Gone on and get that church – Longer you wait (The) – Maxie’s changes – Me and groove – Oh them golden gaters – Pia – Pretty lady – Shout (The) – Smile stacey – Tellin’’em about it – That healin feelin – Truth (The) – Twist chacha – Vacushna – We’ll see yaw’ll after while ya heah.


Fish This Week.Les McCann Fish This Week.

Les McCann (p) Leroy Vinnegar (b) Ron Jefferson (dr)

The Shout.

The Bit, Los Angeles, Giugno 1960.

Les McCann (p) Herbie Lewis (b) Ron Jefferson (dr)

Come On And Het Thatr Church / We’ll See Y’all Atter Awhile Ya Heah / Big Jim.

Jazz Workshop, San Francisco, Dicembre 1960.

Les McCann (p) Leroy Vinnegar (b) Ron Jefferson (dr)

Fish This Week / The Truth / Vacushna / The Little ¾ Time For God Anc C. / For Carl Perkins.

(Blue Note 171-G) Los Angeles, 1960.

Plays The Truth.Les McCann Plays The Truth.

Les McCann (p) Leroy Vinnegar (b) Ron Jefferson (dr)

Valcushna / A Little ¾ For God & Co / I’ll Remember April / Fish This Week / How High The Moon / This Can’t Be Love / For Carl Perkins / The Truth.

(Pacific Jazz Records PJ 2LP)

Hollywood, Febbraio 1960.


Plays The Shout.Les McCann Plays The Shout.

Les McCann (p) Leroy Vinnegar (b) Ron Jefferson (dr)

But Not For Me / A Foggy Day / The Shout / Set Call / C Jam Blues / Jubilation / Night In Tunisia / Set Call.

(Pacicif Jazz PJ 7)

Hollywood, Giugno 1960.


This Is The Blues.Les McCann This Is The Blues.

Les McCann (p) Bobby Hutcherson (vib) Herbie Lewis (b) Ron Jefferson (dr)


Les McCann (p) Leroy Vinnegar (b) Ron Jefferson (dr)

Tellin’Em About It.

Les McCann (p) Curtis Amy (st) Bobby Hutcherson (vib) Herbie Lewis (b) Ron Jefferson (dr)

One More Hamhock Please.

(Pacific jazz PJ-13) Hollywood, 1960.

In San Francisco.Les McCann In San Francisco.

Les McCann (p) Herbie Lewis (b) Ron Jefferson (dr)

Oh Them Golden Gaters / Red Sails In The Sunset / Big Jim / I Am In Love / Jeepers Creepers / Gone On And Get That Church / We’ll See Yaw’ll After While Ya Heah.

(Fontana 688 109 ZL LP)

San Francisco, Dicembre 1960.


Oh! Brother.Les McCann Oh! Brother.

Joe Splink (st) Les McCann (p-vc) Richard Holmes (org) Joe Pass (g) Ron Jefferson (dr)

Comin’Through The Apple / Carma / Me And Groove.

Les McCann (p-vc) Ben Webster (st) Lawrence Lofton (tb) George Freeman (g)

Them That Got / That Healin’Feelin’.

Les McCann (p-vc) Harold Land, Teddy Edwards, Buddy Collette, Jack Nimitz, Charlie Lloyd (ance) Jimmy Zito, John Audino, Ray Trsicari, Charlie Meeks, Bob Edmondson, John Ewing, Kenny Shroyer (ottoni)

I Cried For You.

Les McCann (p-vc) Leroy Vinegar (b)

Tellin’’em About It.

(Fontana 683 258) Hollywood, Marzo 1961.

Django / Pretty Lady.Les McCann Django

Les McCann (p) Herbie Lewis (b) Ron Jefferson (dr)

Django / Dorene Don’t Cry I / Pretty Baby / Stella By Strarlight / On Green Dolphin Street / I’ll Take Romance / Little Girl Blue.

(Fontana 688 100 ZL LP)

Los Angeles, primavera 1961.


Les McCann Sings.Les McCann Sings.

Les McCann (p) Herbie Lewis (b) Ron Jefferson (dr) Harold Land, Teddy Edwards, Buddy Collette, Jack Nimitz, Charles Lloyd, Ben Webster (reeds) Jimmy Zito, John Audino, Ray Triscari, Charlie Meeks, Bob Edmondson, John Ewing, Kenny Shroyer, Lawrence ”Tricky” Lofton (brass) Dolo Coker (p) Jerome Reisler, Dan Lube, Carl Kalash, Darrel Terwilliger, Myron Sandler, Bobby Bruce, Edger Lustgarden, George Poole, Charles Gates (strings) Richard “Groove” Holmes (organ)

Wonder Why / It’s Way Past Suppertime / ‘Deed I Do / Since I Fell For You / But Not For Me / I Cried For You / Sweet Georgia Brown / Please Send Me Someone To Love / Next Spring / Love Letters / On The Street Where You Live / Bye Bye Blackbyrd.

(Pacific PG 31) Hollywood, Marzo-Agosto 1961.

In New York.Les McCann In New York.

Blue Mitchell (tp) Les McCann (p) Frank Haines (st) Stanley Turrentine (st) Herbie Lewis (b) Ron Jefferson (dr)

Tsist Chacha / Fayth You’re / Chip Monch / A Little 3/4 For God & Co. / Maxie’s Changes.

(Pacific Jazz CDP 7 92929-2)

New York, 28-12-61.


Les McCann Ltd. On Time.Les McCann On Time.

Les McCann (p) Leroy Vinnegar (b) Ron Jefferson (dr) JoePass (g)

On Time / You Are My Herats’s Delight / This For Doug / Fondue / Bernie’s Tune / Maedchen / It Could Happen To You / You’re Driving Me Crazy / So Wath.

(Fontana 688 126 ZL)

Los Angeles, Luglio-Agosto 1962.


Plays The Shampoo.Les McCann Plays The Shampoo.

Les McCann (p) Herbie Lewis (b) Ron Jefferson (dr)

The Shampoo / Too Close For Confor / You I Thought I Knew / Woodyn’ You / Someone Stole My Chitlins / Out Of This World / Filet Of Soul / Smile Stacey.

(Fontana 688.130)

Village Gate, New York, 29-12-61.


The Gospel Truth.Les McCann The Gospel Truth.

Les McCann (p) Charles Kinard (org) Stanley Gilbert (b) Paul Humphrey (dr)

The Gospel Truth / Isn’t It Wonderful / Oh The Joy / Let Us Break Bread Together / Didn’t It Rain / Send It On Down Me / Get That Soul / The Preacher / Were You There / Bye And Bye.

(Pacific PJ 69)

Hollywood, 1963.


Mc Canna.Les McCann Mc Canna.

Les McCann (p) Victor Gaskin (b) Paul Humphrey (dr) Willie Correa (perc)

McCanna / St.James Infirmary / I Had Better Be Tonight / Que Rico / Zulu / Basuto Baby / Falling In Love With Love / Narobi Nights / Shaam-Pu II.

(Pacific Jazz PJ 84)

New York, 1964.


Les McCann & The Gerald Wilson Orchestra.Les McCann The Gerald Wilson Orchestra

Les McCann (p) Victor Gaskin (b) Paul Humphrey (dr) con l’orchestra diretta da Gerald Wilson, solisti Dennis Budimir (g) e Teddy Edwards (st)

Could Be / Stragler / Restin’In Jail / Bailor The Wailer / Maleah / Lot Of Living To Do / Kathleen’s Theme / Gus Gus.

(Pacific LP 91)

Hollywood, 1964.

A Bag Of Gold. Les McCann A Bag Of Gold.

Les McCann (p) Victor Gaskin (b) Herbie Lewis (b) Paul Chambers (b) Paul Humphries (dr) Ron Jefferson (dr)

The Shampo / Spanish Onions / The Shout / Gone One And Get That Church / Fish This Week / Kathleen’s Theme / The Truth / We’ll See Yaw’ll After While, Ya Heah.

(Pacific Jazz 10107)

Los Angeles, 1964.

But Not Really.Les McCann But Not Really.

Les McCann (p-keyb-vc) Vince Corrao (g) Victor Gaskin (b) Paul Humphries (dr)

But Not Really / A Little Three-Four / Out Delight / Sweetie / We’re On The Move Now / Jack V.Schwartz / Little Freak / Yours In My Heart Alone.

(Japanese Imp. 9099)

Dicembre 1964.


Spanish Onions.Les McCann Spanish Onions.

Les McCann (p) Leroy Vinnegar (b) Frank Severino (dr)

El Soulo / Lavande / Spanish Onions / Git Them Grits / I Am In Love / Arabella / Maxie’s Farewell.

(Pacific Jazz PJ 10097)

Los Angeles, 1964.


Beaux J.Poo Boo.Les McCann Beaux J.Poo Boo.

Les McCann (p-keyb-vc) Victor Gaskin (b) Paul Humphries (dr)

The Grabber / Les McNasty / Green Green Rocky Road / Send Me Love / This Could Be The Start Of Something Big / The Great City / Beaux J.Poo Boo / Bat Man / Roll’Em Pete / Old Folks.

(Limelights LM 82025)

Los Angeles, Luglio-Agosto 1965.

Live At Shelly’s Man Hole.Les McCann Live At Shelly’s Man Hole.

Les McCann (p) Victor Gaskin (b) Paul Humphries (dr)

She Broke My Heart And (I Broke Her Jaw) / I’ll Be On Home / All Alone / My Friends / I Colud Have Danced All Night / That Was The Freak That Was / Young And Foolish / How’s Your Mother.

(Limelight LM 82036)

Los Angeles, 31-12-65.

Plays The Hits.Les McCann Plays The Hits.

Les McCann (p-vc) Leroy Vinnegar (b) Booker T. Robinson (dr) Vincent Bell, Carl Lynch, Jimmy Georgantones (g) Seldon Powell, Jerome Richardson, Plas Johnson (sax) Warren Chiasson, Lynn R.Blessing (vib) Joe Macho (b) JohnnyPacheco,RoyRich (conga)

Sunny Pt.1 / Sunny Pt.2 / Guantanamera / Summer Samba / Sad Little Girl / River Deep, Mountain High / Les Skate / Sunshine Superman / Message To Michael / Flamingo / Compared To What / Pretty Flamingo.

(Limelight LM 82041) New York, 9 e 16 Settembre 1966.

Bucket O Grease.Les McCann Bucket O Grease.

Lee Katzman (tp-flic) Plas Johnson (fl-st) Les McCann (p-p/el) Lee R.Blessing (vib) Jimmy Geogartones (g) Leroy Vinnegar (b) Booker T.Robinson (dr) Ron Rich, Ric DeSilva, Aki Aleong, Joseph Torres (perc) Jerry Ross (arr)

Hey Leroy, Your Mama’s Callin’You / Bang! Bang! / Music To Watch Girls By / Watermellon Man / Ma Brea / All / Red Top / Yesterday / Boo-Go-Loo / Bucket O’Grease / Fake Out.

Limelight LM 82043)

Los Angeles, 27-28 Dicembre 1966.

Live AT Bohemian Caverns – Washington DC.Les McCann Live AT Bohemian Caverns

Les McCann (p-vc) Leroy Vinnegar (b) Frank Severino (dr)

The Shout / Goin’Out Of My Head / Autumn Leaves / Nobody Else But Me / Back Home In Indiana / Colonel Rykken’s Southern Fried Chicken.

(Limelight LM 82046)

Washington DC, Agosto 1967.


From The Top Of Of The Barrel.Les McCann From The Top Of Of The Barrel.

Les McCann (p) Herbie Lewis, Leroy Vinnegar (b) Ron Jefferson (dr)

Frankie And Johnny / Medley : Bud Beautiful – It Could Happen To You / Taking A Change On Love / Love Letters / Three Slaves / On Green Dolphin Street.

(Pacific Jazz PJ 10120)

New York, San Francisco, 1967.


How’s Your Mother.Les McCann How’s Your Mother.

Les McCann (p) Leroy Vinegar (b) Frank Severino (dr)

Love For Sale / I Can Dig It / Doin’That Thing / I Am In Love / Goin’Out Of My Head / Sunny / Blues 5 / The Shampoo.

(32 Jazz 32088)

Luglio 1967.


Much Les.Les McCann Much Les.

Les McCann (p) Leroy Vinegar (b) Donald dean (dr) Willie Bobo, Victor Pantoja (perc) William Fischer (dir) Selwart Clarke (viola) Winston Collymore, Noel DaCosta, Richard Elias, Emanuel Green, Theodore Israel, Warren Laffredo (viol) Ron Carter, Kermit Moore, Harvey Shapiro (cello)

Doin’ That Thing / With These Hands / Burnin’Coal / Benjamin / Love For Sale / Roberta.

(Atlantic SD 1516)

New York, 22-24 Luglio 1968.

Swiss Movement.Les McCann Swiss Movement.

Benny Bailey (tp) Eddie Harris (st-vc) Les McCann (p-vc-keyb) Leroy Vinegar (b) Donald Dean (dr)

Compared To What / Cold Duke Time / Kathleen’s Theme / You Got It In Your Soulness / Generation Gap.

(Atlantic 1537)

Montreux, 21 Giugno 1969.

Comment.Les McCann Comment.

Jimmy Owens, Joe Wilder / Richard Williams (tp) Dick Griffin, Benny Powell (tb) Richard Landry (sb) Junior Mance (p) Stanley Cowell (org) Ron Carter (b) Billy Cobham (dr) William Fisher, Valerie Simpson (arr-dir) Robarta Flak, Les McCann (vc)

How Many Broken Wings / Can’t We Be Strangers Again / Unless It’s You / Baby Baby / What I Call Soul / Comment / Yours Is My Hart Alone.

(Collectables 6167) New York, 20-21 Agosto 1969.

More Or Les McCann.

Les McCann (p-vc) Gerald Wilson (arr-dir) orchestra.

Someone Stole My Chitlins / Since I Fell For You / Django / Falling In Love With Love / Please Send Me Someone To Love / Lavande / Itìs Way Past Supper Time / Narobui Nights.

(World Pacific Jazz ST-20166) 1969.

New From The Big City.

Les McCann (p) Herbie Lewis (b) Ron Jefferson (dr)

Gus Gus / Big City / Come Back Baby / Steady Trompin’ / Bill Bailey Won’t Youn Please Come Home / The Gril From Ipanema / Tenderly / Beaux J. Poo Boo / Kathleen’s Theme.

(World Pacific Jazz ST 20173) New York, 1970.

Second Movement.

Eddie Harris (st) Les Mccann (p) Cornell Dupree (g) James Rowser (b) Jerry Jemmott (b/el) Donald Dean (dr) Buck Clarke (perc) Bernard Purdie (tam) Cissy Huston, Judy Clay, Deidre Tuck, Rennelle Stafford (vc/back) Arif Mardin (dir) Orchestra.

Shorty Rides Again / Universal Prisoner / Carry On Brother / Set Us Free / Samia.

(Atlantic SD 1583) New York, 15-1-71.

Invitation To Openess.

Les McCann (p-moog) Yusef Lateef (st-oboe-fl) Jodie Christian (p/el) David Spinozza, Cornell Dupree (g) Corky Hale (arpa) Bill Salter (b/el) Jimmy Rowser (b) Bernard Purdie, Donald Dean, Al Mouzon (dr-perc) William Buck Clarke, Ralph McDonald (perc)

The Lovers / Beaux J.Poo Boo / Poo Pye McGoochie (and his friends)

(Atlantic K 40377) New York, 4-5-71.

Talk To The People.

Les McCann (p-vc) Keith Loving (g) James Rowser (b) Donald Dean (dr) Buck Clarke (perc) The Persuasions (vc/back) Eugene McDaniels, Susan McDaniels, Sister Charlotte, Billy Barnes, Joel Dorn (vc/back)

What’s Going On / Shamading / Seems So Long / She’s Here / North Carolina / Let It Lay / Talk To The People.

(Atlantic SD 1619) New York, 30 Marzo 1972.

Live At Montreux.

Les McCann (p-vc-keyb-clav-perc) Jimmy Rowser (b) Donald Dean (dr) Buck Clark (perc)

Cochise / Comment / Price You Gotta Pay To Be Free / What’s Going On / North Carolina / Carry On Brother / With These Hands / Compared To What / Get Yourself Together / Home Again.

(Atlantic SD-2-312)

Montreux, 24 Giugno 1972.


Les McCann (p-vc-synt-clav-timp) Jimmy Rowes (viol) Buck Clark (perc) Ralph McDonald (perc) Donald Dean (dr.perc)

Sometimes I Cry / Let’s Gather / Anticipation / The Dunbar High School Marching Band / Soaring / The Harlem Buck Dance Strut / Interlude / Before I Rest / Let’s Play / It Never Stopped In My Home Town / Soaring.

(Atlantic SD 1646)

New York, Novembre 1972.

Another Beginning.

Les McCann (p-vc-p/el) Buck Clarke (perc) William Eaton (dir) orchestra.

Maybe You’ll Come Back / The Song Of Love / When It’s Over / Somebody’s Been Living ‘Bout Me / Go On And Cry / My Soul Lies Deep / The Morning Song / Someday We’ll Meet Again.

(Atlantic SD 1666)

Los Angeles, 20-23 Maggio 1974.

Hustle To Survive.

Les McCann (p-vc-p/el-clav) James E.Rowser (b/el) Harold Davis (perc) Miroslaw Kudykowsky (g) Herbie Hancock (p) Ahiela Raye (vc) Bert DeCoteaux, Morgan Ames (arr)

Us / Changing Seasons / Gor To Hustle To Servive / Butterflies – Everytime I See A Butterfly / Say Who Says What / Will We Ever Find Our Father / Well, Cus My Daddy / Why Is Now / Let Your Learning Be Your Eyes.

(Atlantic SD 1679) Los Angeles, 1975.

River Hig, River Low.

Les McCann (p-keyb) John Mayer (p) Miroslaw Kudykowsk, Keith Loving (g) Buck Clarke (perc) Harold Davis, Donald Dean, Paul Humphrey (dr) Billy Barnes, Joel Dorn, Gene McDaniels, Susan McDaniels, Sister Charlotte (vc)

You Little Cheat / I’m Back Home / Loved You Ful In Every Way / A hand From The Crowd / I’m A Liberated Woman / River High, River Low / I’ve been Thinking About My Problems / What Is It That We Have To Do To Let Hour Children Crow.

(Atlantic SD 1690) Los Angeles, 1976.

Music Lets Me Be.

Les McCann (vc-keyb) Miroslaw Kudykowsky (g) Stewart Liebig (g) Jimmy Rowser (b) Kevin Johnson (dr)

Street Dance / Beyiond Yesterday / My Darling, My Darling / Ruby Jubilation / My Name Is Francis / Vallarta / Music Let Me Be.

(ABC AS 9329)

Burbank, CA, 1977.

Change, Change, Change.

Nolan Smith (tp-flic) Lon Norman (tb) Charles Owens (st) Ernie Fields (st-sb) Les McCann (keyb/vc) Nick Kirgo, Steuart Liebig (g) Jimmy Rowser (b) Kevin Johnson (dr)

Change, Change, Change / I Don’t Want To Say Gppdbye To A Brother / North Carolina / The Roller / Rid Of Me / I Never Thought What You Would Go / The Song Of Love.

(ABC AS 9333) Hollywood, CA, 1977.

Les McCann The Man.

Steve Madaio, Walt Johnson, Ollie Mitchell (tr) George Bohanon, Lew McCreary (tb) Vince DeRosa, David Duke, Arthur Maebe (fhr) Ernie Watts, Bill Green, Sheridan Stokes, John Heitman (sax) Richard Tee (p) Les McCann (keyb,synt,vc) Nick Kirgo, Steuart Liebig, Tim May (g) Jimmy Rowser, Eddie Watkins (b) Kevin Johnson (dr) Elmira Collins, Gary Coleman (perc)

Just The Way You Are / Flow With The Feeling / The Blue Dot / How Can You / You Think You’re Something Mr.Man / I’m Always Waiting, Waiting For You / Para Ti, Para Me.

(A&M SP 4718) Burbank, CA, 1978.

Tall, Dark And Handsone.

Les McCann (vc-keyb) Benny Golson, Ron Kersey, Billy Osborne (keyb) Wally Ali, Steve Erquiaga, Johnny McGhee (g) Keni Burke, Freddy Washington (b/el) James Gadson, Alvin Taylor, Melvin Webb (dr) Alvino Bennett, Billy Osborne, Jeffrey Osborne (per) Michael Boddicker (synt) Paul Shure (dir) Randall Aldcroft, George Bohannon, Oscar Brashear, Garnett Brown, Robert Bryant Sr., Jerome Richardson, Nolan Smith Jr. (horns) Sam Dees, Alfreda James, Lorraine Johnson, Linda Lawrence, Helen Lowe, Stephanie Spruill, Jean Terrell, Julia Tillman Waters, Maxine Willard Waters, Angela Lisa Winbush (vc/back) Benny Golson, Ron Kersey, Bobby Martin (arr)

Dance Again / If There’s Anything Better Than Love / They’re Playing Our Song / Simply Heavenly / So Your Love Finally Ran Out For Me / I believe The Sun Is Gonna Shine / All My Love / Trail Of Love / Party People.

(A&M SP 4780) Hollywood, CA. 1979.

The Longer You Wait.

Les McCann (p-keyb) Bobby Bryant Jr. (st-ss) David T. Walker, James Gadesen, Tony St. James (dr) Curtis Robinson Jr., Nathan East (b) Phil Perry (vc)

Back Rub / The Longer You Wait / I Love You / All Strung Out On You / The Pleading / Just Like Magic / So They Say.

(JAM JAM 012)

Los Angeles, Aprile-Maggio 1983.

Les McCann Music Box.

Les McCann (keyb) Bobby Bryant Jr. (sax) Curtis Robinson Jr. (b) Raymond Pounds (dr)

Memories Of Compared To What (intro) / Elephant Strut / Blue ‘N Boogie / All Strung Out Of You / Bat Yam / Memories Of Compared To What.

(JAM JAM 019)

Washington DC, 25-27 Maggio 1984.

Road Warriors.

Les McCann (p-vc) Bobby Bryant (st-ss) Houston Person (st) Gary King (b-dr) Buddy Williams (dr) Lou Volpe (g) Richard Malcolm (perc)

Road Warriors / The Longer You Waith / Pearl / Volkswagen Blues / Hold My Hand.

(Greene Street GS 2002)

Englewood Cliffs, NJ. 18-29 Maggio 1984.


Dick “Slyde” Hyde (tb) Tom Scott (sa) Les McCann (vc-p-p/el) Alllan Pasqua (p) Neil Stubenhaus, Nathan East (b) Vinnie Colaiuta, Sol Gubin (dr) Mike Landau, Dean Parks (g) Richard Egizi (arr) Alfred T. Egizi (arr-dir) Tom Scott (arr- dir) orchestra d’archi.

A Thousand Day / Everytime I See A Butterfly / You Had To Know / My Funny Valentine / Sail / Once In A While / Weave That Magic Spell / Prince Of Peace.

(Stone STN 1906-1-2) Los Angeles, 1988.

Piano Jazz – Converastion & Music.

Les McCann-Marian McPartland (p)

Everytime I See A Beautiful / Prince Of Peace / Marian & Les Together / Just Squeeze Me / My Funny Valentine / Whit These Ands / Bill Evans / Why / Compared To What.

(The Jazz Alliance TJA 12031 CD)

South Carolina, 27-9-89.

On The Soul Side.

Jeff Elliott (tp-flic) Keith Anderson, Eddie Harris (sax) Les McCann (p-vc) Abraham Laboriel, John B.Williams (b) Tony St. James, John Robinson (dr) Charlie Douis (tamb) Lou Rawls (vc)

Shabalala / Early Riser / Back Rub / Vu Jade / New Blues / Lift Every Voice And Sing – God Bless America / Ignominy / The Children / Dippermouth / Look To Your Heart.

(Music Masters 65112 CD) Hollywood, 10-5-94.

Listen Up.

Les McCann (p/el) George Duke (p) Steve Erquiaga (g/el) Abraham Laboriel (b) John Robinson (dr)

Someday We’ll Meet Again.

Jeff Elliott (flic) Vince Denham (sa) Les McCann (p/el) Greg Phillinganes (p) Steve Erquiaga (g/el) Dori Caymmi (g) Abraham Laboriel (b) John Robinson (dr)

Bat Yam.

Ernie Watts (st) Les McCann (p-p/el) Billy Preston (org) David T. Walker (g/el) Abraham Laboriel (b) John Robinson (dr)

A Lttle 3/4 For God & Co.

Jeff Elliott (tp) Vince Denham (sax) Les McCann (p-org) George Duke (p) Steve Erquiaga (g/el) Abraham Laboriel (b) John Robinson (dr)


Les McCann (p/el-vc) Nic. tenBroek (arr) orchestra di archi.

When I Fall In Love.

Jeff Elliott (tp) Nic. tenBroek (tb) Vince Denham (sax) Narell (dr-perc) Abraham Laboriel (b) John Robinson (dr)


Ernie Watts (st) Les McCann (keyb) David T. Walker (g/el) Abraham Laboriel (b) John Robinson (dr)

Ruby Jubilation.

Les McCann (p/el) Greg Phillinganes (p) Steve Erquiaga (g/el) Dori Caymmi (g) Abraham Laboriel (b) John Robinson (dr)


Jeff Elliott (tp) Nic.tenBroek (tb) Ernie Watts, Vince Denham (st) Les McCann (p/el-vc) Billy Preston (org) David T. Walker (g/el) Abraham Laboriel (b) John Robinson (dr) orchestra.

Listen Up.

Jeff Elliott (tp) Keith Anderson (sax) Les McCann (p) Ricky Taylor (b)
Tony St. James (dr)

Forever Gone.

(Music Masters, 65139 CD) California, Settembre 1995.


Les McCann (vc-p/el) Joja Wendt (p) Anselm Kluge (b) Christopher Buhse (dr)

What’s Going On / Amazing Grace / Little Blue Volkswagen /Pacifique / Bare Blues / Prince Of Peace / Cold Duke Time / What A Wonderful World / With These Hands / Come Rain Or Come Shine.

(HH 97001-2)

Hollywood, Gennaio 1997.

Pump It Up.

Bill Churchville (tp) Tom Saviano (sa) Keith Anderson (sa-st) Les McCann (p-vc) Ricky Peterson (org) Paul Peterson (g) Ricky Peterson, Alan Abrahams (arr) orchestra.

Pimp It Up.

Keith Anderson (sax) Les McCann (vc-p) Dean Brown, Paul Jackson Jr. (g) Ricky Peterson (org) John Robinson (dr) Abraham Laboriel (b) Maxayn Lewis, Margaret Fowler, Jim Gilstrap (vc/back)

Buckshot And Lefonque.

Les McCann (p-vc) Bill Evans (st) Ricky Peterson (org) Paul Jackson Jr. (g) John Robinson (dr) Abraham Laboriel (b) Paulinho da Costa (perc) Margaret Fowler (vc/back)

Let It Ride (The Train)

Keith Anderson (sax) Les McCann (p-vc) Ricky Peterson (org) John Robinson (dr) Marcus Miller (b) Paulinho da Costa (conga) Paul Jackson Jr. (g) Maxayn Lewis, Margaret Fowler, Jim Gilstrap (vc/back)

I Can’t Stand It.

Keith Anderson (sax) Les McCann (vc-p) Ricky Peterson (org-p) John Robinson (dr) Abraham Laboriel (b) Paul Jackson Jr. (g) Paulinho da Costa (perc) Maxayn Lewis, Margaret Fowler, Jim Gilstrap (vc/back)

So What.

Les McCann (p-vc) Dianne Reeves (vc) Ricky Peterson (arr) Keith Anderson (sa) Adam Kirk (g) Justin Johnson, Alan Abrahams (drum progr)

You Just Can’t Smile It Away.

Bill Churchville (tp) Tom Saviano (sa) Keith Anderson (sa-st) Les McCann (vc-p) Billy Preston (org-p) John Robinson (dr-b) Tony Maiden, Paul Jackson Jr. (g) Abraham Laboriel (b) Alan Abrahams, Justin Johnson (dr/progr) Maxayn Lewis, Margaret Fowler, Jim Gilstrap (vc (back)

Tryi’n To Make It Real.

Keith Anderson (st) LesMcCann (p-vc) Billy Preston (org) Herbie Lewis (b) Ron Jefferson (dr) Bonnie Raitt (vc)

Theb Truth.

Bill Evans (st) Les McCann (p-vc) Ricky Peterson (org) John Robinson (dr) Abraham Laboriel (b) Paul Jackson Jr. (g) Paulinho da Costa (conga-perc) Maxayn Lewis, Margaret Fowler (vc/back)


Les McCann (p-vc) Maceo Parker (sa) Dean Brown (g) Ricky Peterson (org) John Robinson (dr) Marcus Miller (b) Maxayn Lewis, Alan Abrahams, Margaret Fowler (vc/back)

Funk It (Let The Music Play / I Can’t Stand It.

(ESC 4906) Varie località, Ottobre-Dicembre 2001.


Keith Anderson (st) Les McCann (keyb-vc) Stan Gilbert (b) Donald Dean (dr)

Little Blue Volkswagen / It’s You / Maleah / With These Hands / Compared To What / Passion World / Vakushna / Zora / Cold Duck Time.

(PCCY 30068) Los Angeles, 18-19 Ottobre 2003.chiusura


Camborne, Inghilterra. 17/4/1920. – Londra, Inghilterra.3/10/1987.

Critico musicale, molto attivo, che ha promosso diverse opere discografiche come Jazz Directory. Ha diretto la rivista “Jazz Montly” dal 1955 al 1971. Ha pubblicato “The Trumpet In Jazz”nel 1946, poi “Jazz On Record”nel 1968 e “Big Band Jazz”, ha scritto anche il libro ”Louis Armstrong”. In seguito ha ridotto l’attività sino a sospenderla per una seria malattia.chiusura


Santa Cruz, California. 11/8/1966.

Ha suonato a dodici anni nel gruppo di suo padre, un vibrafonista. Avuta un borsa di studio nel 1984 ha frequentato il Berklee College of Music. Nel 1987 è entrato nel gruppo di Gary Burton e con lui ha girato il mondo. Nel 1991 si è trasferito a New York, dove sino al 1994 ha fatto parte degli Steps Ahead, in sostituzione di Michael Brecker. Ha suonato nell’orchestra di Gil Evans, con George Gruntz, con Danilo Perez, con Maria Schneider, Santi DeBriano, David Binney, Kenny Wellson, nella Mingus Big, con Scott Colley e nel 2006 ha fatto parte del gruppo di Dave Douglas. Il suo primo disco da leader l’ha inciso nel 1998. Band. Sassofonista robusto, dalla sonorità rotonda e dalla improvvisazione fluente, che scorre molto naturale. Egli ha una grande capacità di sintesi stilistica, ispirata ai grandi maestri degli anni ’50 e ’60. Ha anche insegnato al Berklee College.


Seen From Above.Donny McCaslin Seen From Above.

Donny McCaslin (st) Ben Monder (g) Scott Colley (b) Jim Black (dr)

Manresa / Seen From Above / Second Line Sally / These Were Palaces / Mick Gee / Strange Pilgrim / Going To The Terrytory / Frontieres / September Song.

(Arabesque AJ 0151)

New York, 15-16 Giugno 1999.


Give And Go.Donny McCaslin Give And Go.

John Swana (tp) Donny McCaslin (ss-st) Steve Cardenas (g) Scott Colley (b) gene Jackson (dr)

Outlaw / Scrappy / Drift / Give And Go / The Liberator’s Song / Two / There / Doom Fuss / Eronel.

(Criss Cross 1277)

New York, 2-2-2005.ù

Beyond Now.donny-mccaslin-beyond-now

Donny McCaslin (st,fl,cl) David Binney (synt,vc) Mark Guiliana (dr) Tim Lefebvre (b/el) Nate Wood (g) Jason Lindner (keyb) Jeff Taylor (vc)

Shake Loose [7:14] / A Small Plot of Land [6:24] / Beyond Now [7:52] / Coelacanth 1 [4:52] / Bright Abyss [8:51] / Faceplant [4:04] / Warszawa [8:40] / Glory [8:11] / Remain [6:48]

(Motena MTA 211)

New York, 4-6 Aprile 2016.chiusura


Monroe, Louisiana. 15/4/1943.

Cantante soul dalla voce baritonale. Negli anni ’60 ha eseguito mirabili versioni soul su motivi country. I seguenti anni di vita li ha trascorsi nella maniera peggiore sotto il profilo esistenziale ed ai margini della musica. Tornato in attività all’inizio degli anni’90 e nelle incisioni effettuate nel 1994, ha dimostrato ancora la sua grande capacità vocale ed è tornato ad essere il vero protagonista del linguaggio del soul del sud. Cantante dalla dizione martellante, dalla predica profana, dalla preghiera intima ed dalla rabbiosa conflittualità.


One More Bridge To Cross.

Mighty Sam McClain (vc) Trent Austin (tr,vc) Mark Paquin (tb) Barry Seelen (keyb) Chris Tofield (g) Dave Smith (b) Jim Arnold (dr)

Why do we have to say goodbye / Witness / Open up heaven’s door / If it wasn’t 4 da blues / Most of all / Are you ready for love? / Been there, done that / What’s your name / Thought I heard your voice / The other man in the band / Sweet honey bee / Don’t leave me behind / One more bridge to cross.

(Mighty Music 101) Sutton, NH, 19-29 Agosto 2002.chiusura


Yazoo City, Mississippi. 8/4/1908. – Chicago, Illinois. 1962.

E’ comparso sulla scena alla fine degli anni’20. Ha lavorato nelle feste private insieme a Rubin Lacy nella regione di Greenwood ed in altre località del Delta. Nel 1939 il produttore della Bluebird Lester Melrose gli ha fatto incidere dei dischi che hanno ottenuto un buon successo e lo hanno fatto conoscere ad un pubblico più vasto. Agli inizi degli anni’40 si è spesso esibito a Chicago, dove gli hanno dato il soprannome di ”Clown Prince of the Blues”. Ha lasciato la musica quasi completamente nel 1950. Bluesmen dalla voce dura, aspra, dal tono aggressivo anche nell’accompagnarsi con la chitarra, dalla quale trae note molto acute. L’ultimo dei cantanti del vero country blues.


Tommy McClennan.

Tommy McClennan (vc-g) bassista sconosciuto.

New Shake ‘Em On Down/ Cotton Patch Blues / Baby Please Don’t Tell On Me / My Baby’s Gone / It’s Hard To Be Lonesome / Katy Mae Blues / Love With A Feeling / Des’s My Blues / Classy Mae Blues / Travelling Higway Man / I’m A Guitar King / Mozelle Blues / Blues Trip Me This Morning / Mr.So And So Blues / Blues As I Can Be / Bluebird Blues.

(RCA Francese PM 42040) Chicago, Novembre 1939 – Febbraio 1942.chiusura


Charlotte, North Carolina. 22/9/1891. – Chicago, Illinois. 1937.

Clarinettista mediocre, la sua maniera di suonare il clarinetto era detto “gas pipe” (tubo del gas) perché veniva utilizzato per trarne solo dei suoni come cigolii, tipi di clacson, o rumori di animali e risate, insomma più in senso umoristico che musicale. Egli è più conosciuto come attore di vaudeville. Ha registrato con un sui gruppi gli ”Harlem Trio” e i ”McClennon And His Jazz Devils”.chiusura


Lubbock, Texas. 4/11/1940.

Cantante soul blues, dalla voce grezza di tenore. Voce che manca di quelle radici gospel che fanno di un cantante normale un bluesmen. Il suo canto manca dello spessore emotivo.




Blues For Bighead.

Joe Ford (sa,ss) Steve Nelson (vib) Larry Willis (p) Andy McCloud (b) Victor Jones (dr)

Blues for Bighead / Beatrice / Song for Lou / Waltz for a nebulous woman / Who is my mother / I’m tired of talking / Lisa.

(Mapleshade 07832)

Upper Marlboro, MD, Dicembre 1990.chiusura


Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Musicista attivo negli anni’20 con i McKinney’s Cotton Pickers. Ha suonato con Cecil Scott, Bill Kato, Edgar Hayes e Chick Webb. In seguito ha collaborato con Horace Henderson, con Claude Hopkins, con Luis Russell nel 1931, con Teddy Hill nel 1933, con Jelly Roll Morton nel 1934, Charlie Johnson, con Baron Lee nel 1935, con Cliff Jackson nel 1936, Hot Lips Page, con Noble Sissle nel 1937, Hazel Scott, con Tiny Bradshaw nel 1939, con Buddy Johnson nel 1940. Nel 1942 ha dovuto lasciare di suonare per problemi di salute.chiusura


New Heaven, Connecticut. 22/11/1941.

Due sono le sue grandi passioni : il tennis, al Clay Tennis Association di New York, ed il jazz in molti piccoli club off town, con un proprio gruppo che esegue una musica particolare, molto attuale, dal clima raccolto, molto da salotto intellettuale. Ad aprire le porte al successo una esibizione al Club del Tennis, con il suo pubblico esclusivo. Ha conseguito il diploma alla Julius Hart School of Music nel 1963. Ha iniziato a lavorare con Buddy Rich, poi con Maynard Ferguson, con Don Friedman, Marian McPartland, Wynton Kenny e Joe Henderson. Ha alternato il jazz al pop, collaborando con Dionne Worwick, Gary Burton, Mose Allison, Thelonious Monk, Keith Jarrett, Freddie Hubbard, le Pointers Sisters, con i Blood Sweat And Tears, nel”Quest” di Dave Liebman nel 1986. Ha registrato inoltre con: Charles Lloyd, Carla Bley, Mike Nock, Julian Priester, Bob Mover, John Clarke, George Russell, Art Farmer, George Roberts, Michel Petrucciani. Ha insegnato alla Berklee School di Boston. Bassista dalla notevole tecnica e dalla perfezione ritmica. Musicista dal gusto interpretativo deciso, ben bilanciato, la sua musica ricorda quella della West Coast. Il suo bassista di riferimento è Red Mitchel, di cui ricorda la cavata leggera e dinamica, dolista agile e di buon taglio ritmico.



Ron McClure (b)

Boat People / Dance Of The Scorpion / Decsndants / Scorpitarius / Line / Lifev Isn’t Everything / Sunny Day / The Calling / M Street Shuffle.

(Ken Music KEN-007)

New York, Luglio 1980.


Yesterday’s Tomorrow.Yesterday’s Tomorrow.

Ron McClure (b) Johnny Abercrombie (g) Aldo Romano (dr)

Yesterday’s Tomorrow / Panchito / Warm Sundy / Tainted Rose / Nevertheless / Nothing But The Blues / MIDI Evil / Nite Lines / Lock.

(EPC 884)

Francia, Luglio 1989.



Richie Beirach (p) John Abercrombie (g) Ron McClure (b) Adam Nussbaum (dr)

McJolt / Broken Dreams / Once I Had A Secret Love / Elm / All Blues / Solar / Beautiful Love / Nardis / Stella By Starlight.

(Steeplechase SCCD 31262)

New York, 21 Dicembre 1989.


Never Forget.Never Forget.

Eddie Henderson (tp) Vincent Herring (reeds) Kevinb Hays (p) Ron McClure (b) Bill Stewart/dr)

Halofmoon Again / Hello Spring / Lament For Lost Heroes / Belle / Never Forget / Hey New Day / We’ll Say Hello Again / Illusions Of / Stinky Fingers / Remember Me.

(Steeplechase SCCD 31279)

New York, Ottobre 1990.

Tonite Only.Tonight Only.

Randy Brecker (tp-flic) John Abercrombie (g) Ron McClure (b) Adam Nussbaum (dr)

Think It Over / Days Of Wine And Roses / Darn That Dream / TonitebOnly / Eye Of The Storm / Waiting On Red / One Day’s Time / Falling In Love With Love.

(Steeplechase SCCD 31228 CD)

Klampenborg, Marzo 1991.



Richie Beirach (p) Ron McClure (b) Adam Nussbaum (dr)

Inspiration / On Green Dolphin Street / Last Rhapsody / Dream Tigers / Goodbye / Night And Day / Fairy Tale Visions / What Are The Blues / Flamenco Sketches / Footprints.

(Ken Music KEN 015)

New York, 10-11 Aprile 1991.



Tim Haggans (tp) Conrad Herwig (tb) Jon Gordon (sa-fl) Lee Ann Ledgerdwood (p) Ron McClure (b) Jeff Hirshfield (dr)

Sunburst / Count Your Blessings / No False Idols / Renegade / Scorpitarius / Ray Charles Ives / Her Warm Touch / Flannel Tommy Gun / Shorts.

(Steeplechase SCCD 31306)

New York, Dicembre 1991.

Inner Account.Inner Account.

Rich Perry (st) Vic Juris (g) Kenny Drew Jr. (p) Ron McClure (b) Sylvia Cuenca (dr)

Inner Account / Sunnyside Up / Ain’t It Cute / Subway / Final Decison / Look Who’s Talking / Nordix / For Emily / The Pahntom.

(Steeplechase SCCD 31329)

Klampenborg, Danimarca, Novembre 1992.


Concrete Canyon.Concrete Canyon.

Tim Hagans (tp) Marc Copland (p) Ron McClure (b) Billy Hart (dr)

All That’s Left / Lock / Deception / Sing Your Song / Mighty Nite / Sem Herbie / Over And Over Again / Ears / Concrete Canyon.

(Steeplechase SCCD 31391)



Never Always.Never Always.

Don Friedman (p) Ron McClure (b) Billy Hart (dr)

I Hear Rhapsody / Never Always / Moor / Valentine Blue / I’m Your Pal – Falling Grace / Memory Of Scotty / Glorya’s Step / Beautiful / Whims Of Chambers / When Face Gets Pale / Like Someone In Love.

(Steeplechase 31355)

Danimarca, Aprile 1994.

Pink Cloud.Pink Cloud.

Rick Margitza (ss-st) Jon Davis (p) Ron McClure (b) Jeff Williams (dr)

Pink Cloud / Street Smart / Little Big One / Day By day / Milk And Cockies / Were’s Manuel / Lore And Less / The Reluctant Traveller / Symmetry.

(Naxos 86002)

Marzo 1996.


Closer To Your Tears.Closer To Your Tears.

Marc Copeland (p) Jay Azzolina (g) Ron McClure (b) Billy Hart (dr) Manolo Badrena (perc)

Fun And Games / Moonliner / Dante’s Inferno / Closer To Your Tears / Billy’s Bounce / Eli’s Wine / Black Waltz / He Who Cares / Excurse The Blues.

(Steeplechase SCCD 31413)

Settembre 1996.

Double Triangle.Double Triangle.

Tim Hagans (tp) Conrad Herwig (tb) Rick Perry (st) Marc Copland (p) Billy Hart (dr) Ron McClure (b)

In Flight / Night Bird / Con Alma / Thunder / More Than A Notion / Let Freedom Ring / Minor Spree / Maya / April In Nimes / We’ll Be Together Again.

(Naxos 86044)

30-31 Maggio 1999.

Dream Team.Dream Team.

Rich Perry (st) Marc Copeland (p) Ron McClure (b) Billy Hart (dr)

Denial’s Goat / Dream Team / One Of Us / Darius Dance / A Love Song / Tango / Gaijin / Aftermath.

(Steeplechase SCCD 31435)



Match Point.Match Point.

Jed Lwevy (st) Bob DeVos (g) Ron McClure (b) Jeff Brillinger (dr)

Mainestay / Walter Davis / Shorter Story / Cellular Expansion / West Side Blues / In Search On Times Lost / Something New For You / The Day After Christmas / Match Point.

(Steeplechase SCCD 31517)

New York, Agosto 2001.


Age Of Peace.Age Of Peace.

Jed Levy (st) Bob DeVos (g) Ron McClure (b) Jeff Brillinger (dr)

Philly Bridge / Age Of Peace / Sideway / Summer’s End / Gateway / Sixth Sense / Moment Of Truth / Limited Means.

(Steeplechase SCCD 31544)



Soft Hands.Soft Hands.

Rick Perry (st) George Colligan (p) Ron McClure (b)

Life Took Over / Altered Bells / May Day / Fortune Gardens / I Never Knew / Soft Hands / Gates Of Saffron / Marble Room.

(Steeplechase 31615)

Gennaio 2006.


New Moon.New Moon.

Rick Perry (st) George Colligan (p) Ron McClure (b) Billy Drummond (dr)

Half A Nice Day / Kalman’s Dance / Hostil Terrain / Better Late Than Never / It’s Always Now / New Moon / Lotus / Let’s Went / Ulala.

(Steeplechase 31673)



L’Havana, Cuba, 3/3/1927. – Atlanta, Georgia. 5/5/1998.

Nel 1933 ha lasciato Cuba con la famiglia per trasferirsi in Giamaica e qui a undici anni ha iniziato a suonare il sassofono e ha frequentato l’Alpha School di Kingston. Ha iniziato l’attività e si è trasferito a Nassau ed a Miami in Florida dove per la prime volta ha ascoltato John Coltrane e si innamora del jazz. Tornato in Giamaica nel 1962 ha iniziato la sua carriera di jazzista. Ha fatto parte del gruppo “Skatalites”, nel quale suonavano anche David Murray e Steve Turre, che ha avuto una nomination al Grammy. chiusura


Cleveland, Ohio. 1/12/1962.

Voce creatura della chiesa pentecostale. Voce gospel, intensamente soulful, fiera e attiva entertainer, ambasciatrice del gospel. Dal tono di contralto robusto, esuberante , vivace. Anche pianista dallo stile fluido e percussivo. I suoi punti di riferimento vanno da Rosetta Tharpe a Big Maybelle, e nello shouting afonizzato e duro a Tine Turner. Lei personalizza tali fonti di ispirazione, le colora e le anima con modulazioni, ripetizioni sillabiche e contrasti timbrici, che solo di rado sconfina nell’ìstrionismo.



Liz McComb (vc) Titus Williams (g-b/el-vc) Viic Pitts, Tony Dillon o Christophe Gaillot (dr)

Calvary / Childern Go Where I Send Thee / Elijah Rock / I Got A Made Up Mind / Stand By Me / If I Labour In The Vineyard / By The Rivers Of Baby Lone / I Stood On The Banks Of Jordan / You Can’t Make Me Doubt Him / I’ve Been Buked / Wade In The Water / Said I Wasn’t Gonna Tell Nobody / Go Down Moses.

(Columbia 478008) Parigi, 1994.chiusura


Londra, Ontario, Canada. 14/2/1935.

Ha iniziato ha suonare il trombone a pistoni in orchestre da ballo ed ha studiato dal 1958 al 1962 con Gordon Delamont, della cui orchestra in seguito ha fatto pure parte. Nel 1964 è andato a New York per entrare nell’orchestra di Maynard Ferguson. Tornato a Toronto ha suonato con Phil Ninnons’n’Nine Plus Six dal 1965 al 1969. Ma la sua vera passione è quella di fare l’arrangiatore e nel 1968 ha messo su una sua grande orchestra con la quale ha suonato musica leggera e jazz. Con la sua Boss Brass, ha accompagna il flautista Moe Koffman, Guido Basso, i Singers Unlimited, gli Hi’Lo’s, Ed Bickert e Mel Tormè. Ottimo compositore ed arrangiatore, oltre che solista molto delicato. Conosciuto soprattutto nel suo paese, dove la sua big band è molto popolare. Essa è formata esclusivamente da connazionali ed ha ospitato spesso delle guest star come Dave Brubeck, come Paul Desmond e Ron Carter. Nel 1990 dopo quasi venti anni di attività ha sciolto l’orchestra per dedicarsi all’insegnamento nella “Dick Grove School” in California.


The Best Damn Band In The Land.

Guido Basso, Arnie Chycoski, Al Stanwyck, Bruce Cassidy (tr) Rob McConnell (tb/v) Bob Livingston, Ian McDougall, Russ Little, Ron Hughes (tb) George Stimpson, Dick Berg (fhr) Moe Koffman, Jerry Toth, Eugene Amaro, Rick Wilkins, Gary Morgan (sax,cl,fl) Jimmy Dale (p) Ed Bickert (g) Don Thompson (b) Terry Clarke (dr) Michael Craden (perc)

Alexander’s ragtime band / The entertainer / Tristeza / I can see clearly now / Louisiana / Igor / Too loo no goo / Send a little love my way / Think I care / Sunshine of my life / Santa Claus blues / Three note samba.

(United Artists UA-LA309) Toronto, Maggio 1974.

The Jazz Album.

Arnie Chycoski, Erich Traugott, Guido Basso, Sam Noto, Bruce Cassidy (tr,flic) Rob McConnell (t/bv) Ian McDougall, Bob Livingston, Dave McMurdo (tb) Ron Hughes (tb/b) Dick Berg, George Stimpson (fhr) Moe Koffman (fl,cl,sa,ss) Jerry Toth (fl,cl,sa) Gary Morgan (cl/b,sb) Rick Wilkins (st) Jimmy Dale (p) Ed Bickert (g) Don Thompson (b) Terry Clarke (dr) Michael Craden (perc)

It’s hard to find one / Portrait of Jenny / My man Bill / Body and soul / That’s right.

(Pausa PR7031) Toronto, 1976.

Big Band Jazz.

Sam Noto, Arnie Chycoski, Erich Traugott (tr) Guido Basso, Bruce Cassidy (tr,flic) Rob McConnell (tb/v) Ian McDougall, Bob Livingston, Dave McMurdo, Ron Hughes (tb) Brad Warnaar, George Stimpson (fhr) Moe Koffman (sa,ss,fl,pic) Jerry Toth (st,cl,fl) Rick Wilkins (st,cl) Gary Morgan (sb,fl,cl/b) Jimmy Dale, Doug Riley (p) added, Ed Bickert, Bobby Edwards (g) Don Thompson (b) Terry Clarke (dr) Marty Morell (perc)

Just friends / Keep me in your heart / Runaway hormones / Street of dreams / Dirty man / A tribute to Art Fern / Fred / Good morning Irene / No more blues / Porgy and Bess suite: There’s a boat dat’s leavin’ soon for New York – Summertime / I got plenty o’ nuttin’ / Gone, gone, gone / My man’s gone now / It ain’t necessarily so / I loves you Porgy / Bess, you is my woman now / There’s a boat dat’s leavin’ soon for New York.

(Pausa 7140) Toronto, 1977.

The Boss Brass Again.

Sam Noto, Arnie Chycoski, Erich Traugott (tr) Guido Basso, Bruce Cassidy (tr,flic) Rob McConnell (tb) Ian McDougall, Bob Livingston, Dave McMurdo, Ron Hughes (tb) Brad Warnaar, George Stimpson (fhr) Moe Koffman (fl,sa,ss) Jerry Toth (fl,cl,sa) Eugene Amaro (fl,cl,st) Rick Wilkins (cl,st) Gary Morgan (cl/b,sb) Jimmy Dale (p) Ed Bickert (g) Don Thompson (b) Terry Clarke (dr) Marty Morell (perc)

Confirmation / Every time we say goodbye / The 467, 679, 385th blues in Bb / A time for love / Take the “A” train / My ship / Tickle toe / I hear a rhapsody / Pellet suite: No ! not Sir Henry – Last summer – The back bacon blues – BB gun.

(Pausa PR7148) Toronto, Giugno 1978.

Are Ya Dancin’ Disco.

Arnie Chycoski, Guido Basso (tr) Rob McConnell (tb/b) Bob Livingston, Ian McDougall (tb) Gary Morgan, Eugene Amaro (sax) Frank Falco (p) Brian Russell, Bob Mann (g) Tom Szczesniak, Don Thompson (b) Marty Morell (perc) Colina Phillips (vc)

Am I blue ? / Lazy river / Show me the way to go home / Anything goes.

(New Ventures NV5008)

Toronto, 12-13 Marzp 1979.

Present Perfect.

Arnie Chycoski, Erich Traugott (tr,flic) Guido Basso, Sam Noto, Dave Woods (flic) Rob McConnell (tb/v) Ian McDougall, Bob Livingston, Dave McMurdo (tb) Ron Hughes (tb/b) George Stimpson, Brad Warnaar (fhr) Moe Koffman (sa,ss,fl) Jerry Toth (sa,cl,fl) Eugene Amaro (st,fl) Rick Wilkins (st,cl) Dave Caldwell (sb,cl/b,fl) James Dale (p) Ed Bickert (g) Don Thompson (b) Terry Clarke (dr) Marty Morell (perc)

You took advantage of me / Everything happens to me / Twist of the wrist / The waltz I blew for you / Smoke gets in your eyes / Start with Mrs. Beanhart.

(MPS 823543) Toronto, 29-31 Ottobre 1979.

Live In Digital.

Arnie Chycoski, Erich Traugott, Guido Basso, Sam Noto, Dave Woods (tr,flic) Rob McConnell (tb/v) Ian McDougall, Bob Livingston, Dave McMurdo (tb) Ron Hughes (tb/b) George Stimpson, Brad Warnaar (fhr) Moe Koffman (sa,ss,fl) Jerry Toth (sa,fl,cl) Eugene Amaro (st,fl) Rick Wilkins (st,cl) Bob Leonard (sb,cl/b) James Dale (p) Ed Bickert (g) Don Thompson (b) Terry Clarke (dr) Marty Morell (perc)

T.O. / Ana Luiza / Groovin’ high / Louisiana / Samba nice / I love you / Bachi / Every time we say goodbye / Squib cakes.

(Sea Breeze CDSB106) Toronto, 1-3 Dicembre 1980.


Arnie Chycoski, Erich Traugott, Guido Basso, Sam Noto, Dave Woods (tr,flic) Rob McConnell (tb/v) Ian McDougall, Bob Livingston, Dave McMurdo (tb) Ron Hughes (tb/b) George Stimpson, Brad Warnaar (fhr) Moe Koffman (fl,sa,ss) Jerry Toth (fl,sa) Eugene Amaro (fl,st) Rick Wilkins (cl,st) Bob Leonard (fl,sb) James Dale (p) Ed Bickert (g) Don Thompson (b,p) Terry Clarke (dr) Marty Morell (perc)

Things are getting better / Blue Hodge / Blue Daniel / Medley: Peace – Blue silver / My bells / Wendy.

(Pausa 7106) Toronto, Dicembre 1980.

All In Good Time.All In Good Time.

Guido Basso, John McLeod (tp-flic) Rick Wilkins (st-fl-cl) Eugene Amaro (st-fl) Moe Koffman (sa-ss-fl-ottav) Ian McDougall (tb) Jimmy Dale (p) Ed Bickert (g) Steve Wallace (b) Terry Clarke (dr) Brian Leonard (perc) più altri 22 elementi.

I Got Thythm / Close Enough For Love / Phil Not Bill / Ecaroh / Can’t Stop My Leg / Darn That Dream / Schlep It Up To Joe / Songbird.

(Sea Breeze CDSB 106 CD) Toronto, 1983.

Rob McConnell & Boss Brass Vol.1.

Arnie Chycoski, Erich Traugott, Guido Basso, Bruce Cassidy, Sam Noto (tp-flic) Ian McDougall, Bob Livingston, Dave McMurdo, Ron Hughes (tb) Brad Warnaar, Bruce Stimpson (fh) Moe Hoffman, Jerry Toth, Eugene Amaro, Rick Wilkins, Gary Morgan (reeds) Ed Bickert (g) Don Thompson (b) Jimmy Dale (p) Terry Clarke (dr) Marty Morell (perc) Guest: Doug Riley (p) Bobby Edwards (g) Bob Brookmeyer.

Just Friends / Keep Me In Your Heart / Runaway Hormones / Street Of Dreams / Dirty Man / A Tribute To Art Ferm.

(PAUSA 7140 LP) 1983.

Rob McConnell & Boss Brass Vol.2.

Arnie Chycoski, Erich Traugott, Guido Basso, Bruce Cassidy, Sam Noto (tp-flic) Ian McDougall, Bob Livingston, Dave McMurdo, Ron Hughes (tb) Brad Warnaar, Bruce Stimpson (fh) Moe Hoffman, Jerry Toth, Eugene Amaro, Rick Wilkins, Gary Morgan (reeds) Ed Bickert (g) Don Thompson (b) Jimmy Dale (p) Terry Clarke (dr) Marty Morell (perc)

Fred / Good Morning Irene / No More Blues / Porgy & Bess Suite.

(PAUSA 7141 LP) 1983.

Trombone Rob.

Rob McConnell (tb/v) Johnathan Goldsmith (sax) Tom Szczesniak (keyb) Rob Piltch, Jim Tait (g) Dave Piltch (b) Kevan McKenzie (dr) Brian Leonard (perc)

Swingin’ shepherd blues / ‘Nuff love / Pretty woman / Ob la di / Spanish flea / Comin’ close / Ebb tide / Dancing in the dark / La mer / Love live love.

(CTL S5249) Toronto, 1983.

The Boss Brass Again Vol.2.& Boss Brass Vol.2.

Arnie Chycoski, Erich Traugott, Guido Basso, Bruce Cassidy, Sam Noto (tp-flic) Ian McDougall, Bob Livingston, Dave McMurdo, Ron Hughes (tb) Brad Warnaar, Bruce Stimpson (fh) Moe Hoffman, Jerry Toth, Eugene Amaro, Rick Wilkins, Gary Morgan (reeds) Ed Bickert (g) Don Thompson (b) Jimmy Dale (p) Terry Clarke (dr) Marty Morell (perc)

Tickletoe / I Hear A Rhapsody / Pellet Suite: No! Not Sir Henry – Last Summer – The Back Bacon Blues – BB Gun.

(PAUSA PR 7149 LP) 1983.

Atras Da Porta.

Arnie Chycoski, Erich Traugott, Guido Basso, Dave Woods, John MacLeod (tr,flic) Rob McConnell (tb/v) Ian McDougall, Bob Livingston, Dave McMurdo (tb) Ron Hughes (tb/b) George Stimpson, James MacDonald (fhr) Moe Koffman (ss,sa,fl) Jerry Toth (sa,fl,cl) Eugene Amaro (st,fl) Rick Wilkins (st,fl,cl) Bob Leonard (sb,cl/b) Jimmy Dale (p) Ed Bickert (g) Steve Wallace (b) Terry Clarke (dr) Brian Leonard, Memo Acevedo (perc)

Easy to love / Flowers / Jo Jo’s dance / Atras da porta / Amor ate o fim / Autumn in New York / Didi / Bye bye blues.

(MCA D42123) Toronto, 19-20 Dicembre 1983.

Old Friends / New Music.Old Friends New Music.

Guido Basso (tp-flic) Rob McConnell (tb) Rick Wilkins (st) Ed Bickert (g) Steve Wallace (b) Terry Clarke (dr)

Ray’s Idea / There’s Been Too Many Changes / Pannonica / Simple Samba / Greenhouse / Friiends Again / All The Best / Countless Blues.

(Unison DDA 1001)

Toronto, 17 e 25 Maggio 1984.

Boss Brass & Woods.Boss Brass & Woods.

Arnie Chycoski, Erich Traugott, Guido Basso, Dave Woods, John MacLeod (tp) Rob McConnell, Ian McDougall, Bob Livingston, Dave McMurdo, Ron Hughes (tb) Moe Koffman, Jerry Toth, Eugene Amaro, Rick Wilkins, Bob Leonard (reeds) George Simpson, James McDonalòd (fh) Jimmy Dale (p) Ed Bickert (g) Steve Wallace (b) Terry Clarke (dr) Brian Leonard (perc)

Out Of Nowhere / Greenhouse / Quintessence / If Dreamd Come True / Stereo Blue / Just One Of Those Things / Traditional Piece / Jive At Five.

(Impulse 254 892-2) Toronto, 11-14 Marzo 1985.

The Boss Of The Boss Brass.

Guido Basso (flic) Rob McConnell (tb/v) James MacDonald, Miles Hearn, Joan Watson, Neil Spaulding (fhr) Ian Harper (fl) Moe Koffman (fl,ss,sa) Eugene Amaro (fl,sa) Don Englert, John Johnson (cl,st) Alex Dean (cl) Bob Leonard (cl/b,sb) Mel Berman (oboe) Rick Wilkins (st) Don Thompson (p) Ed Bickert (g) Pat Adams, Adele Armin, Marie Berard, Joe Pepper, Agnes Roberts, Lennie Solomon, Beryl Sugarman, Vera Tarnowsky, Josephine Toth, Ron Mah, Lance Elbeck, Anthony Flint, Amalia Canzoneri, Julien Canzoneri, Tanya Dementeva (vln) Doug Perry, Ron Hay, Heinz Boshart, Terry Helmer (viola) David Miller, Gisela Depkat, Henry Van der Sloot, Ofra Harnoy (cello) Dave Young, Charles Elliott, Steve Wallace (b) Terry Clarke (dr) Brian Leonard (perc)

You didn’t tell me it was wrong / As time goes by / 4 B.C. / Just tell me yes or no / You’ve changed / Change partners / I rest my case / For the Wiener and Bunny / I wish I knew / Memories of you.

(Duke Street DSR31044) Toronto, Novembre 1988.

Live At The 1990 Concord Jazz Festival – First Set.

Rob McConnell (tb) Harry Edison (tp) Al Grey, Benny Powell (tb) Ed Bickert (g) gene Harris (p) Neil Swainson (b) Alan Dawson (dr)

Cotton Tail / Centerpiece / But Beautiful / The Crawdad Song / St. James Infirmary / Crazy She Calls me / Undecided.

(Concord Jazz CCD 4451)

Concord Pavillon, California, 18-8-90.

Jive 5.Jive 5.

Rob McConnell (tb) Rick Wilkins (st) Ed Bickert (g) Neil Swainson (b) Jerry Fuller (dr)

Back Beat / Bossa Nova Ova / Dirty Man / Them There Eyes / Change Partners/ Red Devil / Dream / 4 B.C.

(Concord Jazz CCD 4437)

Toronto, Agosto 1990.

The Brass Is Back.

Arnie Chycoski, Steve McDade, John MacLeod, Guido Basso, Dave Woods (tr,flic) Rob McConnell (tb/v) Ian McDougall (tb) Bob Livingston, Jerry Johnson (tb) Ernie Pattison (tb/b) Gary Pattison, James MacDonald (fhr) Moe Koffman, John Johnson (fl,cl,ss,sa) Eugene Amaro (fl,cl,st) Rick Wilkins (cl,st) Bob Leonard (fl,cl,cl/b,sb) Don Thompson (p) Ed Bickert (g) Steve Wallace (b) Terry Clarke (dr) Brian Leonard (perc)

Strollin’ / All the things you are / Love of my life / Who asked / Slow grind / Winter in Winnipeg / Days gone by / Them there eyes.

(Concord Jazz CCD4458) Toronto, 28-29 Gennaio 1991.

Brassy And Sassy.Brassy And Sassy.

Arnie Chycoski, Steve McDade, John McLeod, Dave Basso, Dave Woods (tp-flic) Rob McConnell, Ian McDougall, Bob Livingston, Jerry Johnson, Ernie Pattison (tb) Moe Koffman, John Johnson (fl-cl-sa-ss) Rick Wilkins (cl-st) Eugene Amaro (fl-cl-st) Bob Leonard (fl-cl-sb) Gary Pattison, James McDonald (corno) Don Thompson (p) Ed Bickert (g) Steve Wallace (b) Terry Clarke (dr) Brian Leonard (perc)

Stricke Up The Band / Hey / Very Early / Things Ain’t What They Used To Be / Scrapple From The Apple / Embraceable You / Why Did I Chose You / Blue Serge Suite.

(Concord CCD 4508) Toronto, 3 Febbraio 1992.

Our 25th Years.Our 25th Years.

Arnie Chycoski, Steve McDade, John McLeod, Guido Basso (tp-flic) Rob McConnell, Alastair Kay, Bob Livingston, Jerry Johnson, Ernie Pattison (tb) Moe Koffman, John Johnson (fl-cl-sa-ss) Rick Wilkins (cl-st) Eugene Amaro (fl-cl-st) Bob Leonard (fl-cl-sb) Gary Pattison, James McDonald (corno) Don Thompson (p) Ed Bickert (g) Steve Wallace (b) Terry Clarke (dr) Brian Leonard (perc)

4 B.C. / Imagination / What Am I Here For / Just Tell Me Yes Or No / Riff I Have Known / T.O.2 / Nightfall / Broadway / MY Bells.

(Concord CCD 4559) Toronto, 29-30 Marzo 1993.

Trio Sketches.Trio Sketches.

Rob McConnell (tb) Ed Bickert (g) Neil Swanson)

Snow White / My Ideal / I Have Dreamed / Can’t We Be Friends / Baubles Bangles And Beads / Medley: This Love Of Mine – This Always / Long Ago And Far Away / I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter / Omithardy / ‘Deed I Do.

(Concord Jazz CCD 4591)

Toronto, 20-21 Maggio 1993.


Guido Basso, Dave Woods, John MacLeod, Steve McDade (tp-flic) Arnie Chycoski (fl-tp) Rob McConnell, Alastair Kay, Ernie Pattison, Bob Livingston, Jerry Johnson (tb) James MacDonald, Gary Pattison, Jim MacDonald (fh) Rick Wilkins, Moe Coffman, Alex Dean, John Johnson, Bob Leonard (reeds) Dave Restivo (p) Ed Bickert (g) Jim Vivian (b) Ted Warren (dr)

Overtime / The Touch Of Your Lips / Stella By Starlight / Hawg Jawz / After You / Alone Together / This May Be You Lucky Day / Wait And See.

(Concord Jazz CCD 4618) Toronto, 9-10 Aprile 1994.

Don’t Get Around Much Anymore.Don’t Get Around Much Anymore.

Guido Basso, Dave Woods, John MacLeod, Steve McDade (tp-flic) Arnie Chycoski (fl-tp) Rob McConnell, Alastair Kay, Ernie Pattison, Bob Livingston, Jerry Johnson (tb) James MacDonald (fh) Rick Wilkins, Alex Dean, Bob Leonard (reeds) Dave Restivo (p) Lorne Lofsky (g) Jim Vivian (b) Ted Warren (dr)

Don’t Get Around Much Anymore / The Waltz You Knew Was Blue / Jobin Medley: Once I Loved – If You Never…./ Cdrazy Rhythm / Gee Baby Ain’t Good To You / Indiana – Donna Lee / Medley : The Bad And The Beautiful – Robin / The Back Beat / Rockin’In Rhythm.

(CD Vanguard 4661) Toronto, 3-4 Aprile 1995.

Even Canadians Get The Blues.Even Canadians Get The Blues.

Guido Basso, Arnie Chycoski, Steve McDade, John B.McLeod (tp-flic) Rob McConnell (tb) Alastair Kay, Ernie Pattison, Bob Livingston, Jerry Johnson (tb) James MacDonald (fh) Rick Wilkins, Alex Dean, Bob Leonard (reeds) Dave Restivo (p) Ed Bickert (g) Jim Vivian (b) Ted Warren (dr)

Blue Tag / Even Canadians Get The Blues / The Clarinet Is Black And Blue / Do You Mean It / Blue Hodge / Sixth Sense / The Countles Blues / The Shuffle Boogie Swamp Groowe Blue / O Canada.

(Concord 4722) Toronto, 23-24 Aprile 1996.

Three For The Road.Three For The Road.

Ed Bickert (g) Rob McConnell (tb) Don Thompson (p-b)

A Sleepin’Be / Dream A Little Dream Of Me / Medley: I’m Through With Love / Dream Dancing / Our Waltz / I Don’t Know Enough About You / Medley : Last Night When We Were Young / In The Blue Of Evening.

(Concord Jazz 4765)

Toronto, 11-12 Ottobre 1996.

Play The Jazz Classics.Play The Jazz Classics.

Guido Basso, Kevin Turcotte, John MacLeod, Steve McDade (tp-flic) Rob McConnell, Alastair Kay, Ernie Pattison, Bob Livingston, Jerry Johnson (tb) James MacDonald (fh) Rick Wilkins, Moe Coffman, Alex Dean, John Johnson, Bob Leonard (reeds) Dave Restivo (p) Ed Bickert (g) Jim Vivian (b) Ted Warren (dr) Phil Nimmons (arr)

The Duke / Invitation / Autumn In New York / Child Is Born – Our Waltz / Peace – Blue Silver / Santa Claus Blues / Pensativa / Day Dream / Sophisticated Lady / Li’l Darlin.

(Condord Jazz 4748) Toronto, 26-27 Maggio 1997.

Thank You, Ted.Thank You, Ted.

Steve McDade (tp) Guido Basso (flic) Rob McConnell (tb) Terry Promane (tb) P.J.Perry (sa) Mike MUrley, Alex Dean (st) Dave Restivo (p) Steve Wallace (b) Terry Clarke (dr)

If I Were A bell / Like Someone In Love / Everything Happens To me / The Outlaw / I’ll never Stop Loving You / Constantly / The Folks Who Live On The Hill / Somewhere In The Night / For All We Know.

(Justin Time JUST 173)

Toronto, 8-10 Aprile 2002.

Music Of Twenties.Music Of Twenties.

Steve McDade (tp) Guido Basso (flic) Rob McCOnnell (tb) Terry Promane (tb) P.J.Perry (sa) Mike MUrley, Alex Dean (st) Dave Restivo (p) Steve Wallace (b) Terry Clarke (dr)

Thou Swell / Remember / Lover, Come Back To Me / Can’t We Be Friends / Always / I Can’t Believe That You’re In Love With Me / Indian Summer – Summertime / How Long Has This Been Going On / You Do Something To Me / With A Song In My Heart / What I’ll Do.

(Justin Time 196)

Toronto, 15-17 Aprile 2003.

So Very Rob.So Very Rob.

Felice Civitareale, Wim Both, Karl Farrent, Claus Reichstaller (tp-flic) Rob McConnell, Ian Cumming, Ernst Hutter (tb) Klaus Graf, Axel Kuhn (rreds) Klaus Reichstaller (p) Degebal Badila (b) Jorg Gebhardt (dr-perc)

Autumn In New York / Confimation / Street Of Dreams / Peace-Blue Silver / So Very Rob / What Am Here For / Sith Sense / Stella By Starlight / Crazy Rhythm / A Child Is Born-Our Walt / Thing’s Ain’t What They Used To Be.

(Hanssler 93107) Stoccarda, Germania, 12-14 Maggio 2003.chiusura


Baltimora, Maryland. 1900.

Ha debuttato professionalmente a Detroit con l’orchestra di Jean Goldkette. In seguito ha lavorato in compagnie di vaudeville. Nel 1926 ha suonato con Paul Specht, nel 1927 con Roger Wolf Kahn e dal 1928 al 1931 con Don Voorhees. Ha lavorato negli studi come freelance, dal 1935 ha alternato l’attività di musicista con quella di allevatore di polli nel suo Maryland. Ha suonato con Bob Craig e Bob Iula, ha inciso con Red Nichols, con Eddie Lang, con Joe Venuti, con i fratelli Dorsey, con la Mill’s Hotsy-Totsy Gang, con Miff Mole.chiusura


Birmingham, Alabama. 17/5/1907. – New York.14/2/1963.

Fratello gemello di Ted ed insieme a lui ha suonato con l’Edgar Hayes’s Blue Grass Buddies nel 1924, ha frequentato la Wilbeforce University nell’Ohio e ha suonato con l’orchestra di Horace Henderson ed in vari momenti ha fatto parte della Mills Blue Rhythm Band. Ha anche suonato con Eubie Black, con il pianista Charles Matson e nel 1934 è venuto in Europa con lo show “Blackbirds of 1934”. E’ rimasto a Parigi e qui ha accompagnato Louis Armstrong e anche Coleman Hawkins. Nel 1938 è tornato negli States e ha suonato per 18 mesi con Leon Abbey, quindi è andato in India, poi con Fletcher Allen è tornato a Parigi, poi con Walter Rains nel 1938 è stato ad Rotterdam e con un suo trio ad Amsterdam. Tornato in USA ha suonato di nuovo con Abbey, poi fino al 1940 con Benny Carter, poi con Eddie Mallory, ha accompagnato Ethel Waters e dal 1941 al 1942 con Claude Hopkins. Alla fine degli anni ’40 si è ritirato d’attività di musicista per fare il parrucchiere. chiusura


Birminghan, Alabama. 17/5/1907.

Fratello gemello di Cass con il fratello ha esordito con Edgar Hayes. Nel 1930 è passato con Louis Armstrong, poi nel 1931 con la Mills Blue Rhythm Band, con King Carter. Ha registrato con i McKinney’s Cotton Pickers, con Ollie Shepard e nel 1942 con Fats Walzer. In seguito non si hanno più sue notizie, anche percè ha cambiato spesso nome in Joe Beters o Joe Beatus.chiusura


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