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Eddie Cleanhead Vinson and Friends (1974 and 1978)

Posted in clips, Cootie Williams, Duke Ellington, jazz with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 22, 2014 by crownpropeller

Vocalist and alto saxophonist Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson (1917–1988) had his breakthrough in 1941 when he joined Cootie William’s band as vocalist. In 1945 he split from Williams and formed his own band. Vinson had hits on Mercury as well as on King records in the late 1940s and the early 1950s. Then Vinson somewhat left the spotlight  for a while before becoming a welcome attraction on the european jazz festival circuit from the early seventies on.

I found some footage from this later period of Vinson’s career on old VHS cassettes from the Otto Flückiger collection and thought you might enjoy them.

So here from the 1974 Montreux Jazz Festival come slightly more than 25 minutes of Cleanhead with  Hal Singer (ts), Jay McShann (p), Jo Wright (g), Jerome Rimson (b), Peter Van Hooke (dr). They are playing:

“Just A Dream”, “Home Boy”, “Laura”, “Hold It Right There” and “Person To Person”.

The second clip I found has 32 minutes from an all star gathering at Grand Parade Du Jazz in Nice from July 8 and July 16, 1978. On stage are Eddie Cleanhead Vinson (as, voc); Hank Crawford (as); David Newman (ts, fl); Jimmy Rowles (p), George Wein (p); Milt Hinton (b); Alan Dawson (dr).

They are playing:

“Tenor Madness” (thanks, Trane!), “Autumn Leaves”, “Cleanhead Blues”,  and a further unidentified tune (maybe someone knows it’s title?).



Cootie Williams with Cleanhead Vinson (1943)

Posted in clips, Cootie Williams, Duke Ellington, Eddie Cleanhead Vinson, jazz with tags , , , , , , on January 20, 2012 by crownpropeller

Trumpeter Cootie Williams (July 10, 1911 – September 15, 1985) made his first recordings with pianist James P. Johnson in 1928. He rose to fame with Duke Ellington’s orchestra in which he played from 1929 to 1940. In the Ellington band Williams was renowned for his “jungle” style of playing with a lot of growls, he was also a master of the plunger mute. After a short stint with Benny Goodman, Williams formed his own band in 1941. This band that at different times had sideman like Bud Powell, Eddie Cleanhead Vinson, Eddie Lockjaw Davis and Eddie Johnson in its rank. From the mid fourties on his band turned more toward jump and  rhythm ‘n’ blues.

From Chicago Defender, July 17, 1943.
Taken from Franz Hoffmanns “Jazz Advertised”.
Note “Eddie Vincent”, who is of course
Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson.

On one of Otto Flückiger’s old VHS cassettes I found a six minute clip by Cootie and his Orchestra which I am presenting you here. It was filmed in New York, in mid June, 1943. Originally this was released as Columbia Pictures film “Film Vodvil” (series 1, release no. 2). According to Mark Cantor (via Tom Lord) the on-screen personnel is also heard on the soundtrack:

Cootie Williams, Louis Bacon, Ermit V. Perry, Frank “Fat Man” Humphries (tp) Ed Burke, Bob Horton (tb) prob. Jonas Walker (tb) Charles Holmes (as) Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson (as,vcl) Sam “The Man” Taylor, Lee Pope (ts) Greely Walton (bar) Fletcher Smith (p) Norman Keenan (b) George “Butch” Ballard (d) Laurel Watson (vcl) Douglas Brothers (tap dancing-1) Lindy Hoppers (dancing-2) [ Leon James (dancing-2) & Dottie Mae Johnson (dancing-2) , Russell Williams (dancing-2) & Connie Hill (dancing-2) ]

The band is playing:

• Let’s keep on jumping/Get hep
• unidentified tune (1)
• Giddap mule
• Let’s keep on jumping (2)