BIG January Birthday Salutes!

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BIG, I mean BIG January birthday salutes on Gifts & Messages this week: 120th birth anniversary for trombonists Juan Tizol and Wilbur DeParis; 110th for Django Reinhardt; 100th for vocalist Betty Roche and saxophonist Jimmy Forrest; 90th for saxophonist Jack Nimitz, trumpeter Kenny Wheeler and pianist/vibraphonist Buddy Montgomery. And special birthday greetings to bassist Eberhard Weber, still with us, at 80! Along the way we celebrate Joe Pass, Chris Potter, Stephane Grappelli, and J.J. Johnson. Finally, my annual tribute to WRVR's Ed Beach [his theme songs by Wes Montgomery], who set me straight (or as straight as possible) many years ago. You know, Mr. Beach doesn't even have a Wikipedia page; that's criminal! Enjoy the show.


  • Duke Ellington (Betty Roché) "Take the 'A' Train" from Ellington Uptown (Columbia) 00:00
  • Betty Roché "September Song" from Singin' and Swingin' (Prestige) 08:05
  • Betty Roché "A Foggy Day" from Singin' and Swingin' (Prestige) 10:51
  • Jimmy Forrest "Dexter's Deck" from Forrest Fire (Prestige) 14:26
  • Jimmy Forrest "Night Train" from 45 rpm single (United Artists) 21:51
  • Joe Pass "Walking Up" from Catch Me (Pacific Jazz) 24:37
  • Jack Nimitz "Tis Autumn" from Confirmation (Fresh Sound) 28:54
  • Kenny Wheeler "One Two Three" from What Now? (CAM Jazz) 33:25
  • Kenny Wheeler "Going for Baroque" from A Long Time Ago (ECM) 41:59
  • Kenny Wheeler "Angel Song" from Angel Song (ECM) 45:27
  • Buddy Montgomery "This Rather Than That" from This Rather Than That (Impulse!) 52:58
  • Wes Montgomery (Ed Beach) "So Do It" from Complete Riverside Recordings (Riverside) 57:43
  • Duke Ellington (Juan Tizol) "Pyramid" from Complete 1932-1940 Brunswick, Columbia and Master Recordings of Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra (Mosaic) 1:03:51
  • Barney Bigard (Juan Tizol) "Caravan" from Duke Ellington: The Complete 1936-1940 Variety, Vocalion And Okeh Small Group Sessions (Mosaic) 1:07:33
  • Wilbur De Paris "Wrought Iron Rag" from Wilbur De Paris at Symphony Hall (Atlantic) 1:10:33
  • J.J. Johnson "Bird Song" from Dial JJ5 (Columbia) 1:17:16
  • Django Reinhardt "In the Still of the Night " from Complete Django HMV Sessions 1936-48 (Mosaic) 1:22:56
  • Django Reinhardt "Swing Guitars" from Complete Django HMV Sessions 1936-48 (Mosaic) 1:26:52
  • Eberhard Weber "No Motion Picture" from The Colours of Chloë (ECM) 1:29:59
  • Wes Montgomery (Ed Beach) "D Natural Blues" from Complete Riverside Recordings (Riverside) 1:49:19

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