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Don Byas
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I had to do the lookup. I had heard his name and playing before, but did not know the details of his life. Between Basie et al and Parker and others, Don - 1912 -  took Lester Young's chair in the Basie Orchestra in early 1941 through the end of 1943. In 1937, Byas moved to NYC and worked with all the greats.

Moved to Europe in 1945 and stayed there till his passing in 1972. His part in making jazz history is that he recorded under Coleman Hawkins on what is said to be the first bebop issue, "Woody 'n You", on February 16 and 22, 1944.

Very nice fat sound.
I have never in my life read such an obsessed white bread whiny-ass, poor, poor, pitiful me, day in & day out blame-throwing cry baby as BAA.  One would think that he would get tired of promoting feigned outrage monthaftermonthaftermonthaftermonth.

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Yes, he's not that well-known, probably because he moved to Europe and stayed there.

Lucky Thompson is also a very good, not well-known tenor player - he moved to Europe but then came back here.



I'm having a nostalgic feel for Paris in the '50's - wish I could have been there.  Here's a beautiful photo:

https://shop.nga.gov/item/043745/brassai...ter/1.html
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lissening to the youtube Byas queue.

Thompson quit the music altogether after teaching at Dartmouth for 2 years in '73-74. Lived in later years as homeless and like a hermit in the '90s in Seattle.

dang, that's different.



too much fun here, JATP 1960 Live in Paris

I have never in my life read such an obsessed white bread whiny-ass, poor, poor, pitiful me, day in & day out blame-throwing cry baby as BAA.  One would think that he would get tired of promoting feigned outrage monthaftermonthaftermonthaftermonth.

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Yeah, a tragic end for Thompson.

I think he would have been better off staying in Europe.

Another place I wish I had been is Copenhagen in the 1970's - great jazz scene then/there.  But I can't really complain about being in Greenwich Village, NY at the time - I'm very lucky to have grown up there.
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you lived in the village???  i take it you hit all the regular places. the 70s? are you a bonafide beatnik? ;d

you'll always have Greenwich Village.

Ps. that's a lovely smoky slow sound from Lucky.
I have never in my life read such an obsessed white bread whiny-ass, poor, poor, pitiful me, day in & day out blame-throwing cry baby as BAA.  One would think that he would get tired of promoting feigned outrage monthaftermonthaftermonthaftermonth.

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Yes - it was a very special time and place, in a lot of ways.

I went to a lot of the jazz clubs quite a bit, and cafes in Little Italy, etc.  The one thing I didn't check out that I regret was the folk scene - Joan Baez, Dylan, etc.  That would have been something, to have seen Joni Mitchell at a local club, when she was just starting out.

There's a Blossom Dearie version of "I'll take Manhattan" that captures my memory/feeling of growing up there:

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(01-25-2018, 02:45 PM)susnus Wrote: I had to do the lookup. I had heard his name and playing before, but did not know the details of his life. Between Basie et al and Parker and others, Don - 1912 -  took Lester Young's chair in the Basie Orchestra in early 1941 through the end of 1943. In 1937, Byas moved to NYC and worked with all the greats.

Moved to Europe in 1945 and stayed there till his passing in 1972. His part in making jazz history is that he recorded under Coleman Hawkins on what is said to be the first bebop issue, "Woody 'n You", on February 16 and 22, 1944.

Very nice fat sound.

He's veeerry good. Not as fat as Getz. I wonder if they ever met. I googled them as one and doesn't look like it. These guys were a solitary type. One guy's description of Getz: "The best guy nobody ever knew."
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yah, getz was way cool and fat. Byas is from the late 30s, played with the Hawk, has a similar sound.
I have never in my life read such an obsessed white bread whiny-ass, poor, poor, pitiful me, day in & day out blame-throwing cry baby as BAA.  One would think that he would get tired of promoting feigned outrage monthaftermonthaftermonthaftermonth.

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Yes, Thompson and Byas are more in the Hawkins mold, and Getz is a Lester Young disciple.
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