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    Gene Kurpa: Drummer Man

    Written by Marc Myers

    Friday, 13 January 2017 10:34

    To fully appreciate the power and bop of Gene Krupa's band and his drumming in 1947, I thought the full short of Drummer Man would do the trick. It features Carolyn Grey on vocal, Tommy Lucas on alto sax, Bill Baker on piano and one heck of a trumpet section that likely featured John Bello, Ray Triscari, Gordon Boswell and Dick Dale...

    Buddy Greco (1926-2017)

    Written by Marc Myers

    Thursday, 12 January 2017 11:05

    Buddy Greco, a solid swinging jazz pianist, a supper-club pop vocalist and probably the last surviving member of Benny Goodman's "Undercurrent Blues" bebop band of 1948-49, died January 10. He was 90.

    Buddy Bregman (1930-2017)

    Written by Marc Myers

    Wednesday, 11 January 2017 14:23

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    Buddy Bregman, a West Coast big-band arranger who could write with sensitivity and swing, and spent much of his career orchestrating music for leading jazz-pop singers, television and the movies, died Jan. 8.

    Stan Hasselgard: How Great?


    In November 1948, U.S. immigration laws required foreign nationals seeking residence and employment in the States to leave the country and renter, re-setting the legality of their stay under a new visa.

    Tiny Bradshaw Sings the Blues

    Written by Marc Myers

    Wednesday, 04 January 2017 10:35

    Tiny_BradshawThe great migration of the early 1940s by African-Americans from the South to the West and Midwest in search of war-plant work had a profound impact on music nationwide.

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