”That jazz” is referring to a miracle in music that happened in the beginning of 1900s when people from a big variation of ethnical and cultural background inspired each other to play in a new fashion. Luckily all this coincided with the development of new inventions like the phonograph recordings, photography and film so that it became in part documented and still can be enjoyed today. In my early teens I happened to be exposed to ”that jazz” and it struck a string deep within me that has kept vibrating ever since.

Paul Bocciolone Strandberg

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Today’s Tune:

From the Record Shelves #265


LP Jazz Bird JAZ-2018

There are no details of personnel or recording dates on this LP, probably because they feared that they might be infringing the copyright laws. Of course, I know something more about those recordings from about 1940–45, and if I want further details, I have sources where I can look them up. But suppose I didn’t. What do I have? I have the music, the two names, and an essay on the sleeve by Irving Townsend, which is quite good. It puts them into their historical context and tells us some things about the New Orleans clarinet style and the blues. It seems to be aimed at those who normally listen to other kinds of music.

Interesting is that when I listen to the first side, I hear a Jimmie Noone (spelled Jimmy on the LP) who has already said it all, while after turning the record, I hear from the first notes of Bunk Johnson, a man who is far from finished telling his message. I think that you’ll never hear Bunk in better shape and more inspired than on those (V-disc) recordings.

The company is also good, with Wade Whaley on clarinet and Floyd O’Brien on trombone.

Radioprogram (Swedish):

Radio Swingtime 100 – 1 november 2002

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Paul and His Gang CD Live in USA and Canada Paul and his Gang was founded in Malmoe, Sweden by Paul Bocciolone Strandberg in 1990. At the most prestigious jazz festival for “old style jazz” in Breda, Holland they won the first prize in 1992. Their genuine interpretations of early jazz created an interest also in the US where (…) view the CDMore about Paul and His Gang CD Live in USA and Canada

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