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"My memories of him—early, early memories of him was that he was really very tall, very imposing… just a beautiful, beautiful creature almost. And he had this odour about him; it was sort of like some of the odour you smell when you go backstage, you smell all these mixtures of the perfume, the cigarettes, the makeup—all of those kinds of things. It was sort of an aura […]"
— Camay Calloway Murphy reflecting on her father, Cab Calloway [x]
Cab Calloway, shot here in 1946 by the great William Gottlieb, was born on Christmas Day 1907 in Rochester, New York and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. Mr. Calloway worried his family by dropping out of law school to pursue a career in entertainment, but clearly it worked out for him in the end.
"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.