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Pee Wee Marquette: Every Night At Birdland: The Lost Introductions

Nicholas F. Mondello By

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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 introduced—sometimes malapropriately—the 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.


Title: Every Night At Birdland: The Lost Introductions | Year Released: 2008 | Record Label: Unknown label

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