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Dave Pell started the octet after playing with most of the bands in the big band era, including Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Harry James and the like, he was a featured star of the Les Brown Band of Renown for 13 years. Shorty Rogers and Marty Paich were the first arrangers that came up with the unique sound of the band that was basically the four soloists from the Les Brown Band and the rhythm section. The Dave Pell Octet was one of the bands credited with the creation of the West Coast Jazz scene in the 1950’s. The band became an instant success and was a showcase for the great new West Coast arrangers, including John Williams, Bill Holman, Bob Florence, Johnny Mandel, Andre Previn, Med Flory and many more

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

A Young Person's Guide to the Jazz Bastard Podcast

Read "A Young Person's Guide to the Jazz Bastard Podcast" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

Dr. Michael Caldwell, a lecturer in humanities at San Diego State University, and Dr. Patrick Burnette, a lawyer's helper in central Indiana, or, as they are known on their podcast, “Mike and Pat," have been discussing jazz in public since December 5, 2012, when episode one of the Jazz Bastard Podcast went live. Since ...

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Bray Jazz Festival 2019

Read "Bray Jazz Festival 2019" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Bray Jazz Festival Various venues Bray, Ireland May 3-5, 2019 The May Bank Holiday weekend is always a festive occasion in Bray, but this year was of particular note as the Bray Jazz Festival celebrated its twentieth anniversary. Founded by Dorothy and George Jacob in response to a ...

NEWS: OBITUARY

Remembering Dave Pell’s Devotion To His Hero

Remembering Dave Pell’s Devotion To His Hero

Saxophonist and bandleader Dave Pell, a prominent figure in the west coast jazz of the 1950s and ’60s, died on May 8. He was 92. Pell recorded extensively with his octet and the tribute group Prez Conference. Over the years the collective members of those bands included Art Pepper, Red Mitchell, Harry Edison, Mel Lewis, Benny ...

Dave Pell: Four Classic Albums

Label: Avid Records UK
Released: 2013
Track listing: CD1: How Are Things in Glocca Morra?; On A Slow Boat to China; Memphis in June; Paris in Spring; London in July; Isle Of Capri; The White Cliffs of Dover; Sunday in Savannah; Deep in the Heart of Texas; Shuffle Off to Buffalo; New Orleans; Flying Down to Rio; Look Who’s Dancing; East of the Sun; You; Young & Healthy; The Continental; Dance For Daddy; When I Take My Sugar To Tea; If I Had You; Cheek To Cheek; Let’s Face the Music and Dance; Prom to Prom; Walkin’ My Baby Back Home. CD2: I Had the Craziest Dream; The Way You Look Tonight; Nap’s Dream; Time After Time; My Heart Belongs To Daddy; Jazz Wagner; On the Good Ship Lollypop; Crescendo Date; People in Love; Star Eyes; Jazz Goes to Siwash; Suze Blues; Grey Flannel; Angel Eyes; G Tune; Sandy Shoes; Cameo; Love Me Or Leave Me; Them There Eyes.

NEWS: INTERVIEW

Dave Pell on Boots Brown

Dave Pell on Boots Brown

Yesterday I posted about Shorty Rogers and his rock-and-roll recordings for RCA as Boots Brown and His Blockbusters. Those recordings included the cream of the West Coast jazz scene, including tenor saxophonist Dave Pell. Today, I gave Dave a buzz to find out why Rogers—and everyone else—bothered and shunned credit. First, a word about Dave, who ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Swingin' on a Riff . . . Hangin' by a Thread?

Read "Swingin' on a Riff . . . Hangin' by a Thread?" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Betty and I returned to Albuquerque on Memorial Day after attending Swingin' on a Riff, the latest in a series of marvelous semi-annual events presented by Ken Poston and the Los Angeles Jazz Institute for more than twenty years at venues in and around L.A. This one was held May 23-26 at the Los Angeles Marriott ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

In Tune or Not in Tune... That Is the Question

Read "In Tune or Not in Tune... That Is the Question" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Suppose a month goes by, you have a column to publish, but nothing has happened that's worth writing about. What do you do then? Read on, as the question is about to be answered. A while back there was a discussion at a Stan Kenton web site (Kentonia) about musicians or groups of ...

Dave Pell: Four Classic Albums

Read "Dave Pell: Four Classic Albums" reviewed by David Rickert

If you were to wander up and down the West Coast in the fifties you were more likely to find Dave Pell playing dances on college campuses than in clubs. Despite filling his octet with seasoned musicians who could really cut loose when given the chance, Pell's studio recordings always have a hint of ...

Remembers John Kirby and Big Small Bands

Label: Fresh Sound Records
Released: 2012
Track listing: Big Small Bands - Then I'll Be Happy; Smo-O-O-Oth One; In an 18th Century Drawing Room; Summit Ridge Drive; At the Codfish Ball; Jumpin With Symphony Sid; Popo; Boplicity; Dark Eyes; Viva Zapata; Walking Shoes; Mountain Greenery Dave Pell Remembers John Kirby - Rose Room; Royal Garden Blues; Anitra's Dance; It Feels Good; Tootsie Roll; Double Walk; Undecided; Blue Skies; Coquette; Opus #5; 20th Century Closet.


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