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Photo identified: Daisy Mae and her Hep-Cats

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on November 6, 2011 by crownpropeller

In another post, I asked if somemone knew who this lady might be and who the four fellows beside her are:
unknown five piece band

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George Johnson live in Basel, 1950

Posted in jazz, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on August 7, 2011 by crownpropeller

On some day in late August 1950 my friend, the late Otto Flückiger, took his Webster Wire Recorder to a house at Greifengasse 3 in Basel. There on the first floor was the Tanzcabaret Odeon where George Johnson and his band were supposed to play this evening.

The Tanzcabaret Odeon in Basel, unknown date
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Walt Dickerson live, circa 1954

Posted in documents, jazz, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on June 20, 2011 by crownpropeller

What nice little surprises the world sometimes has to offer!

Discographical listings of vibist Walt Dickerson’s (1928 or 1931 – 2008) recordings usually start with his early 1961 dates that led to New Jazz LP  NJ-8254 , This Is Walt Dickerson!  But in fact Walt Dickerson had been recorded before! In the Otto Flückiger archives I recently found a CD with 30 minute AFN broadcast dated as coming from germany, around 1954.

The personnel as announced on the broadcast:

Walt Dickerson: vib, ldr
Lou Blackburn: tb
Carl Hendricks: p
Dave Kleinburg: b
Sammy Mapp: dr

The tunes are:

Robbin’s Nest
Isn’t It Romantic
Deep Purple
Sweet Georgia Brown
Time Was

You can listen to the first two by clicking. Sound quality is surprisingly good, so: enjoy y’all (and let me know, what you think).

So does anyone know more about Dickerson’s doings in germany around that time, for example where he was stationed (the 7th army is mentioned by the announcer – does this mean anything?)