Pee Wee Marquette: Every Night At Birdland: The Lost Introductions (2008)
Heard around the jazz world as the "Voice of Birdland," diminutive Pee Wee Marquette was host, hostess and crowd favorite at "Bird's Place." Marquette, known for his (?) piercing faux-soprano brought on and literally introducedsometimes malapropriatelythe greats of jazz. In this collection, gleaned from many classic "Live at Birdland" recordings, you'll hear Pee Wee shreik his classic, "Art Blake-eeee, Art Blake-eeee," bringing on the Master and his Messengers.
Being a jazzer himself, Marquette would improvise individual names, especially after he'd "request" a gratuity for doing so. "Hor-ass Silber," was rendered reminiscent of a Masked Man, as opposed to a great jazz pianist. The CD swings across the panorama of jazz greats. None other than the Prez himself, Lester, coined Pee Wee with his own monicker, calling him adoringly "Half-a-Mofo!" Prez's clip is included in the set. A DVD of intimate recollections is due out shortly.
The CD gets a review of 4 1/2. Once you hear it, you'll understand why.
Style: Fringes of Jazz