Jackie Jordan died in Atlantic City at the age of 71 not long ago, and personally and professionally, he will be missed. I did a piece on Jackie once for the late and lamented Atlantic City Magazine, and I asked him to describe his style. Greg Caputo is a talented, versatile and swinging drummer with credits that include everyone from Basie and James to Goodman and Shaw.
His academic credentials are impeccable as well. Caputo even sat in for an ailing Gene Krupa a concert in the early s. Above all, he uses his experience, credits and talents to preserve and perpetuate the big band jazz tradition. Recording a straight-ahead, piece big band CD in ?
Talk about dedication. As a whole, it works beautifully. Certainly, the Basie feel sounds easy, and that is as it should be. It is not, however, easy to play. Congratulations to Gregory Caputo for his tireless work as an educator, percussionist, bandleader, and now, recording artist.
For ordering information and other details about Caputo, visit his web site at: www. Unless one was prone to do a lot of digging, few knew that the Gene Krupa quartet made an appearance at the Newport Jazz Festival. In fact, until very recently, it was understood that Gene made only two, Newport appearances, one at the inaugural bash, and again in at what was called Newport in New York.
Others at the fest, by the way, included the likes of Herbie Mann, Thelonious Monk, Basie and many others, and the recordings were made in pristine stereo direct from Newport stage mikes. Not all sets are complete, though we should be thrilled to have what we have. Fans have had mixed opinons. The classically trained Wasserman—also one of the biggest contractors on the New York scene in the s and s—was fluent on flute, clarinet and tenor, and brought quite the cool sound into the band.
Ronnie Ball, who studied for quite some time with Lennie Tristano, was also quite the modernist. But it was a good group, and lasted for a good five or so years before Charlie Ventura returned to the fold circa Video in , he was certainly the first to issue jazz concerts and other jazz-oriented filmed material on home video.
Almost 10 years later, Karcy is very much at it, with an expansive catalog of jazz on DVD, as well as classical music, opera, documentaries, pop, educational films, and rare television shows.
In the jazz realm, featured artists include everyone from Freddie Hubbard and Louie Bellson to Billy Cobham and a newly-discovered opus from the underrated songstress, Damita Jo. Karcy also presides over the critically acclaimed and award-winning Arkadia jazz C label. New and rare material surfaces regularly, and I urge all JazzLegends. While these legendary moments have long been available on audio, no filmed images have surfaced, save for some newsreel footage of the Goodman band shot at Carnegie Hall during the actual concert.
It is very, very doubtful that any more footage of the Carnegie Hall concert exists. In the course of researching a recently published piece on the two great drummers for Jazz Times magazine, and an essay on Gene and Buddy prepared in conjunction for a reissue of some of their material, some very curious pieces of information have come to light.
Most of the JATP dates had early and late shows, and Granz, as was his wont in those days, likely recorded them all. Since the demise of his big band in , Krupa re-formed his famed Jazz Trio with pianist Teddy Napoleon and saxophonist Charlie Ventura. It proved to be quite the attraction, and Krupa traveled regularly with that unit when not on a JATP tour.
And yes, Gene played without a bass until English bassist John Drew joined Krupa in at the insistance of Eddie Shu, making the trio into a quartet. For whatever reason, Buddy Rich was using the same, bass-less format around , with additional trio members being pianist Hank Jones, who sometimes doubled on organ; and star JATP tenor man Flip Phillips. Or was it a matter of economics? Or at the Bandbox, maybe a simple matter of space? Who knows?
What we do know is that both units broadcast regularly from the club, and that two of these broadcasts were issued on obscure record labels.
Rich spent a good time at the Bandbox after this date, playing with his own group and sitting in with other acts on the bill like Harry James. He would be in and out of the James group until Rich formed his own unit in As for Krupa, life after the Bandbox was pretty much the same as it was before, which included regular tours with JATP, recordings in various combinations for Norman Granz, and many gigs in the JATP off-season with a trio that by then included multi-instrumentalist Eddie Shu.
Although there is no recorded documentation on hand thus far, there is evidence that Buddy and Gene continued their battles from time to time through Conover, the two drummers spoke of how they felt about the battles, as well as an upcoming JATP show where they were both set to appear.
Their last in-studio meeting did not come off as well as they could have, and was also something of an oddity, recording-wise. Sammy Davis, Jr. Sadly, Gene was clearly not well that night. Buddy Rich took that opportunity to wipe the floor with him. The last, on-camera meeting that we know of took place on Oceober 12, The occasion was a Canadian television special hosted by Lionel Hampton. Gene Krupa came off very well in his brief exchanges.
There will never be another like her in the history of jazz. Along with Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and perhaps one or two others, she influenced scores of jazz singers and virtually created a language — and set the standard— for true, modern jazz singing.
But through her astounding professional life, that lasted from the early s to her death in , she always, always performed at the highest level. Professionally, she was a perfectionist who only demanded of her accompanists what she demanded of herself. Until now. Most JazzLegends. She continued working around Chicago until she joined the GK crew in After that, she worked as a single. Join our team and help us achieve our vision of a digitalized, decentralized and decarbonized planet.
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