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"Jess was just perfect. He had such feeling and delicacy, and he was a heavenly accompanist. And he was such a sweet, easygoing guy. I don’t think I ever saw him lose his temper or get out of sorts." — Helen Ward, vocalist.
listen to Jess’s legendary “Sing Sing Sing” piano solo from the 1938 Benny Goodman concert at Carnegie Hall: [x]
Happy birthday to jazz pianist Jess Stacy! | August 11, 1904 — January 1, 1995
Jess Stacy, Murray McEachern, and Benny Goodman, 1936.
Going to slow down the pace a little bit for the late-afternoon portion of the set, but thanks to the Count we’ll be swingin in our seats regardless. From The Complete Atomic Basie, here’s, “Splanky”. I really dig the two shout choruses towards the end of the song, definitely listen for those.
One of my favorites by the Count.
May 30, 1909: Jazz Musician Benny Goodman is Born
On this day in 1909, jazz clarinetist and orchestra leader Benny Goodman was born. Goodman’s passion was music and his big band sound quickened the pulse of a generation ready to shrug off the Depression and dance. With clarinet in hand, Benny Goodman was transformed from a child in Chicago’s impoverished Jewish ghetto into the king of swing, greeted with near pandemonium wherever his band played.
Goodman led jazz into the commercial mainstream and brought with him an extraordinary group of gifted and original musicians. Band members Teddy Wilson and Lionel Hampton were some of the first to break the big band color barrier.
To learn more about one jazz’s greats, head on over to American Masters’ biography of Benny Goodman.
Photos: Portrait of Benny Goodman, 1946 (Library of Congress). Benny Goodman at rehearsal with his new group, 1952 (Library of Congress).