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Louis Armstrong and his Hot Five recorded "A Monday Date" on June 28, 1928, (OKeh, 8609). The personnel included, Louis Armstrong (tr, v), Fred Robinson (tb), Jimmy Strong (cl, ts), Mancy Carr (bj), Zutty Singleton (dr) AND Pittsburgh GREAT, Earl Hines, composer and pianist.
On this 4th of July, (Louis' traditional birthday) why not reflect on the magnitude of Louis, by listening to "A Monday Date"? …Continue
"In 1934, in Pittsburgh, I heard and saw the Ellington band perform for my first time. Nothing, before or since has affected my life so much. In 1939, I became his protégé, enabling me to be closer and see more.
His first, last and only formal instruction for me was embodied in one word: observe. I did just that, and came to know one of the most fascinating and original minds in American music.
Billy Strayhorn, Down Beat, Nov. 5, 1952
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The neo-Hot Club movement is dedicated to promoting Jazz listening and appreciation through group listening, via the 78 rpm format (think book club concept). Recently, I attended a meeting in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, curated by young Matthew Rivera, a senior at Columbia University. His topic was the music of Pittsburgh great, Earl Hines. The audience was young (SURPRISE!), and exhibited an enthusiasm and understanding that music is not old or new, but in the present. Louis Armstrong's 1928…Continue