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Billie: Listen hear, Pops. You know you lie about your youth
Louis: I don’t lie, baby, I’m just careless about the truth!
Billie: How careless can you be?
Louis: I dunno
Billie: With all young chicks, you try to make a flash
Louis: No, baby, it ain’t like that, no
Billie: But you’re still my good for nothing, my sweet hunk o’ trash!
"At night before Louis goes to sleep he may read, sometimes rereading letters to friends that he’s typed up. Louis loves to write, and he writes as he speaks."
Ella Fitzgerald and Oscar Peterson dancing at Club Saint Germain, Paris, 1958; photographed by Herman Leonard.
"My father, Aram ‘Al’ Avakian, was probably just a kid when he picked up the family camera one day and started taking pictures. I never asked him what year it was. But photography was part of his young life. So was jazz.
Those two passions came together when my uncle George, a record producer, asked my dad to be the visual sideman during now historic recording sessions for Columbia Records. From Duke Ellington to Chet Baker, Dad photographed them all. He even persuaded George, his older brother, to sign Miles Davis. And he once impersonated Harry James — in French, no less.
Some of the photos shot in the studios of Columbia Records were used on album covers, some for publicity. Columbia kept the negatives and contacts in its archives, but most of Dad’s photographs were not used, and they sat unseen in the company’s archives for decades. When Sony, which had purchased Columbia, returned them to me, I was overjoyed: Not only were they in great condition, but they also formed a rarely seen chronicle of seminal jazz artists at work and at the peak of their creative powers.
We hope to share Dad’s soulful, intimate jazz images with the public on a wide scale soon. For now, three of his Miles Davis photos are prominently displayed in the ‘American Cool’ exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington. [Feb 7 - Sep 7, 2014]” (Alexandra Avakian; find more info and pictures on LENS)
#1: Duke Ellington at Columbia Records’ recording studio on West 30th Street, 1956
#2: Miles Davis at Columbia Records, 1957
#3: Lionel Hampton, jumping during a performance at the Apollo, 1954
#4: Mahalia Jackson at Columbia, 1954
#5: Lotte Lenya took a break while working on “Mack the Knife” with Louis Armstrong, 1956
#6: Louis Armstrong at Columbia, 1955
When Teschemacher died on March 1, 1932, he was 12 days short of his 26th birthday and had been playing jazz for only about a decade. He had specialized in the clarinet for less time than that, but in those few years, he put an indelible brand on that instrument — and on jazz. In a career that included far too few engagements with his jazz peers and even fewer recordings with them, he achieved what most musicians never do: an instrumental voice instantly recognizable and, once heard, impossible to forget.
— Giants of Jazz: Frank Teschemacher liner notes by Marty Grosz
Rest in peace, Frank Teschemacher // March 13, 1906 — March 1, 1932