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Durium
Posted on: Dec 18 2012, 05:47 PM


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The dawn and rise of the jazz orchestra is the subtitle of Eddy Determeyer's latest book Big Easy Big Bands. The history of the numerous bands that were active in New Orleans between 1900 and 1960 has been researched by Dutch jazz historian Eddy Determeyer. A fascinating text on a topic that has been a blind-spot within the literature of jazz studies ..... This is virgin territory. These New Orleans bands, which haven't been recorded at all, finally have been put into the spotlights ... A must-have for all serious lover of tis untold part in jazz history ... Big Easy Big Bands - Eddy Determeyer.

Big Easy Big Bands - Eddy Determeyer

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Posted on: Aug 7 2012, 06:13 AM


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Although the Hit of the Week - Durium Discographies have been published and the set of four 2cd's of the Complete Hit of the Week Recordings was completed last year, some facts are still unknown. One of the records released for the very first time on a contemporary issue, is a private Leola Felton recording from the early 1930s in Connie's Inn (New York City). Who was this Leola Felton, I wondered a month ago. Thanks to Robert Ford and Howard Rye, who published an article in Names and Numbers, Leola Felton ...... reveals her secrets

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Posted on: Jun 13 2012, 05:49 PM


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The legendary Australian piano player, composer, band leader and entertainer passed away - 97 years old.

Graeme Bell (1914-2012)

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Posted on: Apr 7 2012, 10:11 AM


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The making of ..... the transfers of the early Hit of the Week - Durium records - a hell of a job:

The making of ....

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  Forum: 78 RPM Records & Playback Equipment · Post Preview: #32834 · Replies: 0 · Views: 2011

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Posted on: Mar 17 2012, 12:24 PM


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Flexible-Records project:

Three ( in fact four) rare Goodson Records found in the Ukraine, need some more information - it looks like sample records that were sent to distributors or firms to show how these records could be used as promos. The fourth could be even a prototype for Goodson Records. Who can help us to find more information?

Goodson Records

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Posted on: Mar 4 2012, 10:15 AM


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The birth of the Complete Hit of the Week Recordings started with the IAJRC-tapes in 1990.

The Making of .... The IAJRC-tapes

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Posted on: Feb 22 2012, 08:17 AM


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Hugues Panassié was one of the first to publish in 1934, 22 years old, a book about jazz music entitled Le Jazz Hot and gave this music a place in Europe, or better said, in France. He was one of te promotors of Jazz in France, together with Charles Delaunay and their Hot Club du France organisation. Georg Lankester wrote a short biography about this Hugues Panassié as part of a series blogs, dedicated to the Hot Club de France: the first Jazz organisation in the world.

Hugues Panassié (1912-1964)

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Posted on: Feb 12 2012, 05:55 PM


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In The Netherlands the N.V. Noropa firm, based in Amsterdam, seems to have been responsable for the distribution of the Durium - Hit of the Week records in The Netherlands during the 1930s. It produced and published a series of Taalcursussen, language courses, each with six records in a fancy box with a text book. It seems that these language courses were not very usefully as most courses that survived seem to be unused and brand new.

Noropa - Amsterdam

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Posted on: Feb 4 2012, 06:12 PM


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Jean-Christophe Averty, the French record producer, jazz historian, host in dozens of radio- and tv programs hosted a radio program Jazz For The Happy Few and Les Cingles du Music-Hall in the middle of the night in which he presented all Hit of the Week recordings in chronologically order between 1998 and 2003 - the Hit of the Week discography was labeled as - a piece of art ...............

Jean-Christophe Averty - a marathon radio program

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Posted on: Jan 16 2012, 07:09 AM


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Charles Delaunay, born in Paris, January 1911 and passed away in Vineuil St. Firmin near Paris, February 1988, is one of the most important French jazz promotors. His name will be remembered with the Hot Club de France and the Paris Jazz Festival, the Jazz Hot magazine and the Swing record label. He was a producer and host in numerous live radio programs like Jazz Variétés and was the author of the first Jazz Discography. Charles Delaunay was one of the most important promotors of French jazz. Georg Lankester published a short biography, entitled Charles Delaunay (1911-1988).

Charles Delaunay (1911-1988)

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Posted on: Dec 27 2011, 08:14 AM


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Each record collector knows how it feels to dream that you discover a hidden forgotten antique record shop with almost the complete Robert Johnson collection for a dollar each in a banana box near the entrance ..... but you're flat broke.... Patrick from The Hague loves to share, exclusively, with the visitors of the Keep Swinging blog such a place, but please, let's not share it with other collectors, before we'd visited it!

Collectors Treasury

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Posted on: Dec 24 2011, 02:59 PM


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Might be a bit out-of-topic, but ........

A parody on a traditional Christmas 1930s shorty ( soundie) ....
Enjoy it!

Merry Xmas - Jingle Bells

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Posted on: Nov 28 2011, 06:12 PM


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QUOTE (2nd Sax Bb Tenor @ Nov 23 2011, 01:38 PM) *
Speaking of Facebook, is there any 78 interest group on there?


http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/groups/ronnybusse/

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/gr...50585181695083/

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/gr...07171935968511/

The Ten most popular Keep Swinging blogs


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Posted on: Nov 16 2011, 06:34 PM


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One of the last US Durium 1933 promo records for Pontiac, the Economy Straight Eight car, after 80 years rediscovered

Compliments of Pontiac - the Economy Straight Eight

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Posted on: Oct 20 2011, 06:44 AM


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Although I'm not a 78rpm record collector to the letter, I love to have certain record labels in my collection, because they tell a story. I found an early Blue Note record, released as the first 10-inch by Alfred Lion, the founder of the Blue Note in 1939.

An early Blue Note record

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Posted on: Oct 2 2011, 08:27 AM


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Recently the final volume of The Complete Hit of the Week Recordings was released by Archeophone - a series of four 2cd albums with all commercial early 1930s released weekly Hit of the Week records - the crowing glory of the so-called Hit of the Week-Durium project. Today more about how the Hit of the Week Discography became a Durium Discography, three volumes, with all known cardboard Durium records released in the US, England, France, Italy and Scandinavia.

The making of ..... The growth of a discography

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Posted on: Sep 24 2011, 08:26 AM


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The music as played by orchestras during the five years of German occupation in Holland is not my most favorite, mostly because the sound quality is often so-so and swing is far away as the officials had announced in their conditions that negroide- en negritische elementen (= negro and negro-like elements) were not allowed in dance- of light music. - The music recorded by The Ramblers or Johnny and Jones are labeled as In Een Landerige Stemming, Wat Een Weer, Wat Een Weer or Hindernisrennen, drolling titles, with perfectly hidden swing elements.

The Dick Willebrandts orchestra was extreme popular during the war. In the summer of 1943 the band was forced to become part of a new series of radio programs by the Deutsche Europa Sender, a Dutch radio station regulated buy the Nazis, hoping that the Dutch fans would tune in for their favorite orchestra. Dick Willebrandts was allowed to play, inside the walls of the studio, his swing music, US standards, no restrictions at all for the repertoire or the way howe to play it. These D.E.S. tunes, recorded on glass-based records, are now released as Dick Willebrandts en zijn Radio-Orkest: Yearning (DJ 008). Keep Swinging was suprised to learn that its tracks have great swinging arrangements, recorded in occupied Holland, allowed by a regime that fordid jazz and swing music in public.

Dick Willebrandts and his radio band: Unique 1943 swing

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Posted on: Sep 22 2011, 08:04 AM


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There are but few living musicians who know how to play hot jazz in the rich tradition of the Roaring Twenties, as played by bands like Fletcher Henderson, Jabbo Smith or Tiny Parham, to list some. Cornet player Jean-Pierre Morel is the unrivalled high priest of 1920s Hot Jazz. Known from bands like Charquet et Co, Les Petit Jazz Band de Mr. Morel and his Les Rois du Fox-Trot has won his spurs to keep the 1920s spirit alive.

Recently his latest album Fireworks was released, a collection of unforgettable and often forgotten 1920s classics. Keep Swinging loves to share this kind of albums which learn how to play hot jazz- and dance music as if the great legends returned to earth special for you.
Les Rois du Fox-Trot: Fireworks - Hot jazz and dance music
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Posted on: Sep 6 2011, 05:33 PM


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Gastón Bueno Lobo and Oscar Alemán teamed as a duo and had their professional debut in Rio de Janeiro mid-1925. After a tour of Brazil they arrived in Buenos Aires 1926 and soon had success as featured artists in various theatres and other venues labeled as 'Hawaiian Guitarists'.In 1927 they signed a recording contract with Victor. In December 1927 the first 78 rpm by the duo labeled as Les Loups was recorded and released on Victor 79968; "Hawayanita" - "Criollita". Jo loves to share with you the latter at the Oscar Aleman blog.

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Posted on: Sep 4 2011, 07:36 AM


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Recently the cd series The Complete Hit of the Week Recordings by Archeophone was completed. This series contains all commercial released card board Hit of the Week recordings. But what came prior this unique historical document? I love to share with you, in a number of Hit of the Week blogs, some recollections about the making of the discographies and the record series: part one: The Making Of ..... The birth of the Hit of the week-Durium Discographies!

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Posted on: Aug 20 2011, 01:36 PM


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The Brazilian Trio Baru released its first album under its own name, entitled Alma Brasileira. The Trio Baru was founded six years ago and plays Choro-Music, a music style that goes back to the 1870s when musicians in Rio the Janeiro developed this creative musical style. Some people put Choro music or Chorinho on a par with the early US jazz styles, like Ragtime and Dixieland music and that's not so strange as you can say that it has, more or less, the same roots,it developed into the same periodes and it has also a kind of collective improvisation.

Trio Baru - Alma Brasileira

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Posted on: Jul 25 2011, 06:42 AM


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I' m not a real 78rpm collector, but fascinated by special or rare seen record labels. This 78rpm record, LP-sized, by the New Organolians, released by the Overseas Recorded Broadcasting Service fascinated me and I found out that it was similiar to the better known V-Disc, released by the US Army during the Second World War.

The New Organolians on a ENSA disc

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Posted on: Apr 2 2011, 06:53 AM


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The Danish - Swedish quartet, the Scandinavian Rhythm Boys, is busy creating a distinct profile for its music - the classic jazz repertoire as played by Joe King Oliver, Clarence Williams and Lovie Austin. Recently its 4th album was released which is entitled Charleston Mad. If you love these classic sounds played by four passionate musicians, try to find a copy of this album.

Scandinavian Rhythm Boys - Charleston Mad

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Posted on: Mar 27 2011, 05:53 PM


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Mister Freddie Green (1911-1987), Mr. Rhythm, born next week 100 years ago !
I posted a small homage to him at my Keep (it) Swinging newsletter. Enjoy it.

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Posted on: Mar 25 2011, 06:39 PM


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Oscar Alemán was one of the major guests at the 7th Jazzwereldfeest in Scheveningen, the beach resort of The Hague (The Netherlands) (July 1939)

In the Jazzwereld of August 1930 the major article was entitled Het Zevende Jazzwereldfeest dat de meeste vroegere Jazzwereld-Kurhausavonden overtrof! ( = The Seventh Jazzwereldfeest, that surpassed all previous Jazzwereld-Kurhaus nights!). The author, was probably Will G. Gilbert, who was one of the editors of the magazine; the article has the same rhetorical language so typically for Gilbert. In inimitable long sentences he sings around Oscar's praises, pointing again to the fact that might not label it as Jazz, although it has zuivere jazzmuzikale elementen ...., daarnaast nog Spaanse- en Zuid-Amerikaanse elementen. ( pure jazz elements and, beside that, also Spanish- and South American phrases.). Oscar Aleman is praised for the fact that he loved to make musical jokes, but never wanted to be funny or to use gimmicks for the effects ....

Oscar Alemán in concert: a review of the 7th Jazzwereldfeest

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