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JAZZ RHYTHM is an exploration of the lore, culture and personalities of early jazz, presenting Jumping Swing, Classic Blues and Hot Jazz: Old and New
On these pages you’ll find a celebration of Jazz and meet the colorful characters who shaped and defined America’s most original art form,1900-1950: • turn-of-the-century New Orleans • Classic Jazz of the Twenties • Thirties Swing • the best of the Big Bands • Traditional and Revival jazz.
This site is the product of 3 & ½ decades of broadcasts advancing our understanding and appreciation of early jazz, blues and swing. The West Coast Jazz revival of the 1940s, ‘50s and ‘60s is presented and fortified by original historic research, recollections, rare photos and exclusive performances, much of it recorded after 1950 in the earlier styles.
You’ll find thousands of unique historic and archival performances, broadcasts, jam sessions, interactive articles and interview clips offered free of charge or advertising.
Below are the newest or most recently updated JAZZ RHYTHM pages for your enjoyment.
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New and updated pages and content:
Pianist Ray Skjelbred was the best Classic Jazz keyboard player to emerge on the West Coast, second only to Burt Bales. His other influences include Earl Hines, Joe Sullivan, Jess Stacy and Art Hodes among others . . . but really all the piano literature of jazz.
Skjelbred was very active in the San Francisco Bay Area from c. 1969 to the early 1990s partnering with the finest local musicians.
His earliest and out-of-print albums, exclusive jam sessions, tributes from fellow musicians and photos are featured.
Bessie Smith and Ma Rainey Ma Rainey, “Mother of the Blues” and her protégé Bessie Smith, “Empress of the Blues” shaped and introduced the Classic Blues before 1920.
Their powerful voices and forceful personalities set the standard for recorded blues. They captivated a new urban audience with wind-up Victrolas and a hunger for novelty.
Exciting new music and photos of horn playerJim Goodwin, a fine musician, very good cornet player and superb jazz pianist.
Goodwin made a strong impression on San Francisco Bay Area listeners and fellow musicians. New and exclusive tapes from his Bay Area decade (late-1960-70s) are featured. Photos, out-of-print albums, tributes from musicians and unique audio artifacts sketch an appealing profile for a widely loved and singular jazz talent.
Introducing Clarence Williams Clarence Williams was an early Classic Jazz pioneers,a talented and driven bandleader, pianist and accompanist, singer and composer who wrote many jazz and blues classics.
Updated with new music, photos and text.
During the 1920-30s he worked for Okeh Records and others directing production of maybe a thousand jazz and blues records by Louis Armstrong, Bessie Smith, King Oliver, Fats Waller, and he composed for early black musical theater.
Meet Williams talented wife, singer and show business pioneer, Eva Taylor.
Earl Scheelar will surprise you. He's been a bandleader, distinctive cornet player and master clarinetist since the 1950s. The Scheelar tape archive contains a large volume of remarkable recordings taped 1955-2000 in the Bay Area.
At or next to the center of revival jazz in the East Bay over four decades, Scheelar ran jazz bands that fit no preexisting mold. When circumstances offered no favorable music venue he launched his own dance hall and band: Earl’s New Orleans House.
Scheelar also plays or has played: soprano and alto saxophones, baritone horn, tuba, banjo and country fiddle all presented here.
Billie Holiday was a great singer, possibly the greatest jazz singer of all time. She had a pure jazz style and improvised brilliantly with other musicians. A distinctive and lasting voice in popular music her music stands unsurpassed at the apex of jazz singing. Her story is investigated in depth through music, interview quotes and clips, photos and text.
Fresh audio and visual resources provide an ongoing survey of Bob Mielke's Bearcats. New tapes and photos illuminate the Bearcats' first and best regular gig in Berkeley.
Upgraded and updated, Dec. 2015:
Humphrey Lyttelton The trumpet and clarinet player, composer and bandleader, author, illustrator and broadcaster who made New Orleans jazz popular in Great Britain.
Includes consideration his partnerships with Buck Clayton and Wally Fawkes.
Highlighted in exclusive new photos and recordings, Bob Helm had a long music career as one of the West Coast's most creative jazz artists.
Exclusive photos of Helm with Mielke's Oakland A's Swingers, Earl Scheelar and Dick Oxtot.
Frank Chace, clarinet (1924-2007)
Frank Chace was admired for his wild, expressive Chicago clarinet
style in a lineage from Pee Wee Russell and Frank Teschemacher, with
secondary influences of Johnny Dodds and Omer Simeon.
Still under construction, this page is a growing Frank Chace audio archive and
photo gallery offering a large number of previously unpublished Chace
performances of exceptional quality.
Includes very rare recordings of guitarist Marty Grosz, pianist Don Ewell and others.
Newly posted: the legendary Ristic LP, and Frank with Jabbo Smith.
New Photos 3.2016
P.T. Stanton Exciting new audiotapes, stories, recollections and images of this unique and peculiar
jazz horn player continue to emerge. This page is fortified with new photos and an interactive article: The Odd Brilliance of P.T. Stanton.
Now in two parts: P.T. Stanton 1950s-60s: Early years, Lark's Club, Frank Goudie, and recollecitons from Barbara Dane, Bill Bardin, Richard Hadlock and Dave Greer.
P.T. Stanton 1970s: Featuring P.T. Stanton Night, Stone Age Jazz Band and recollections by Bob Mielke, Pete Allen, Barbara Dane, Robin Hodes.
A refurbished Buck Clayton page features radio programs about this multi-talented Swing era trumpeter, composer, arranger and jazz cat.
A new page featuring unissued rarities from the 1950s starting with a restoration of the ill-fated Empirical LP from stunning stereo master tapes.
Meet the star of their early sessions, clarinet player Bunky Colman.
New music added 2.2016
South Frisco Jazz Band
The classic two-cornet South Frisco appeared at festivals and concerts,c. 1979-95.
page offers recordings presented in cooperation with
former members, their followers and enthusiasts. A growing archive
presents exceptional performances selected from concert tapes, rare and
unpublished or out-of-print sources.
The Honeybucket This page features performance tapes from one of the most popular revival jazz venues of mid-Fifties Frisco. Frank Goulette and Original Inferior band made this club a popular venue with Trad jazz and revivalist fans.
In retrospect musicians fondly recalled a place where management
didn’t interfere, the music was loud, and younger musicians could gain
some polish. A wide variety of musicians and ensembles performed there, including the fine bands of Frank Goulette, Earl Scheelar and Dick Oxtot heard here.
The Ordinary New audio added 2.16!
In the early 1970s, The Ordinary was a rollicking little bar in downtown Oakland where Dick Oxtot hosted an ongoing jam in the early 1970s. His line ups featured the best of the East Bay revival jazz musicians :
"The Ordinary was a happy-go-lucky Oakland club which featured a happy-go-lucky clientele, and served New Orleans food."
Special emphasis on singer, Terry Garthwaite.
Big Boy: The Life and Music of Frank Goudie By Dan Vernhettes with Christine Goudie and Tony Baldwin 76 pages, 100 photographs, index and discography, 30 euros + postage
At last a fitting and gorgeous biography of Frank “Big Boy” Goudie brings this overlooked, wandering jazz multi-instrumentalist into clear focus. With nearly 100 photos, this handsome full-color, limited edition 76-page volume encompasses the full scope of his monumental life.
Author Dan Vernhettes -- in association with Goudie’s daughter and researcher Tony Baldwin -- fully documents and illustrates one of the most astonishing and colorful lives of jazz.
A remarkable feat of documentary research, the writing flows well, concisely cross-referencing eyewitness accounts, clippings, articles and swaths of previously unpublished photographs. For the first time a comprehensive illustrated discography of Goudie’s music has been compiled, including his many unissued San Francisco performance tapes.
This book solidly establishes Frank Goudie’s bona fides as a jazzman of the first order. It captures the vast sweep of a journey through the heart of jazz second to none in the last century: kudos to the authors.
Dick Oxtot was at the center of San Francisco Bay Area revival jazz for over a half century, from his junior apprenticeship with Yerba Buena Jazz Band to the Swingin’ A’s baseball band, or leading his Golden Age Jazz Band for three decades.
Thanks to Darylene Oxtot, rare photos, music and clippings from Dick's personal archives offer fresh views of his life in jazz.
New recordings, photos and feature on Oxtot's Country, String Band and Folk music added 9.2015.
The page of pianistBurt Bales has new audio and exclusive new photos from the collection of Bob Mielke.
Ted Butterman More updates to trumpet player Ted Butterman's page feature rare jam session tapes with Frank Chace, Bob Skiver and Wayne Jones from the mid-1960s, and playing some very nice piano.
Newly available recordings of the fine Old McHenry's Novelty Orchestra at Village Tavern in 1980 feature Ted with Miles Zimmerman (clarinet), Harry Graves (trombone), Mike Walbridge (tuba) and Mike Schwimmer (washboard).
Frisco Jazz Archival Rarities The best and rarest of
the archival jazz recordings heard on this site will soon be available
for purchase on CD or via download (Amazon, i-tunes, Pandora, etc) from
Grammercy Records in partnership with Dave Radlauer.
JAZZ RHYTHM EXCLUSIVE:
The Janis Joplin Jazz tapes. Joplin was taped in 1963 & 1965 with Dick Oxtot jazz bands in the San Francisco area. A raw young talent, she had an unmistakable feeling for
the blues. Fresh transfers of archival tapes restore missing jazz horn solos.
The Bagatelle Newly available historic recordings from this San Francisco jazz joint feature Oxtot's hot little bands of 1958-59 with Ted Butterman (cornet), Bunky Coleman and Frank Goudie (clarinets) and Bill Bardin (trombone) among others.
Also featured are the 1958 Clem Raymond sessions recorded in part at The Bagatelle.
I'm honored that my 2013 article profiling Frank Goudie in San
Francisco has been re-published in French by the Bulletin of the Hot Club
of France, 2014.
Founded in 1950 by French jazz critic Hugues Panassie, Bulletin du HCF "La revue du jazz authentic" is one of the longest-lived jazz publications.
Erickson'sOne Man Band recordings are newly posted. Among the more successful of their kind, they're tight and polished with some delightful Bixian trumpet
solos and overdubbed horn-section passages. This is excellent
arranging that is both a tongue-in-cheek
send-up, and affectionate tribute to the popular music of an earlier
generation. Formidable musicianship.
Pier 23 tapes - Exciting new transcription of a live KOFY broadcast from Pier 23 (c. 1959). Featuring Erickson (trumpet), Frank Goudie (clarinet), Bob Mielke (trombone), and vocals by pianist Burt Bales and banjo player, Dick Oxtot. Extremely rare!