Hosted by Garry Moore. Talk about an All star line-up!!! Bud Freeman, Pee Wee Russell, Jack Teagarden, Lil Armstrong, Red Allen, Buster Bailey, Mae Barnes, Eddie Condon, Johnny Guarnieri, Bob Haggart, Milt Hinton, Gene Krupa, Meade Lux Lewis, Jimmy McPartland, Minns and James, Kid Ory, Blossom Seeley, Johnny St. Cyr, Zutty Singleton, and Joe Sullivan!
26 November 1961 (Season 1, Episode 11)
director, James Elson
producer and writer, William Nichols
hosted by Garry Moore
Red Allen, Louis Armstrong, Buster Bailey, Mae Barnes, Eddie Condon,
Bud Freeman, Johnny Guarnieri, Bob Haggart, Gene Krupa,
Meade Lux Lewis, Jack Teagarden.
* Chicago and All That Jazz.VJC-2002. This is a tape of the Dupont
Show of the Week telecast on NBC on November 26, 1961, with Garry
Moore as the host. The show consists of several segments that feature
several artists such as Eddie Condon, Bud Freeman, Pee Wee Russell
and Jimmy McPartland who were from Chicago and/or contributed to the
Chicago style of jazz. Bill Challis acted as consultant and wrote
several of the orchestral arrangements. There are two magnificent
tributes, one to Bix and one to Louis Armstrong. The Bix tribute has
two parts. In one, the soundtrack plays Frankie Trumbauer's seminal
1927 recording of Singin' the Blues while silent footage of Bix and
several of Jean Goldkette's sideman is seen on video.
The second part has Johny Guarneri playing In a Mist.
The Louis tribute also consists of two parts. In the first, we hear
Louis' 1927 landmark recording of West End Blues while still
photographs and film footage are displayed on the screen.
The second consists of a film of Louis Armstrong and his orchestra
playing Dippermouth Blues. The people responsible for making the
choices of what to include in the show were quite insightful.
Undoubtedly, the two most important jazz recordings of all times are
Singin' the Blues and West End Blues. The contrast between Bix's
lyrical solo in Singin' the Blues and Louis' virtuoso solo in West
End Blues is worthy of notice. [RF]