Jazz Birthdays: Full House, Annie and Jeep | July 25, 2012

Full House (Wes Montgomery album)

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Recorded July 25, 1962.
Original release on Riverside Records.
Wynton Kelly on piano, Johnny Griffin on tenor saxophone, Paul Chambers on bass, and Jimmy Cobb on drums.
Here’s a different live version of the title track:

And now, the birthdays:

Annie Ross  1930

From child star (the “Scottish Shirley Temple”) to featured singer with Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, to film and television actress, she was named a 2010 NEA Jazz Master and she’s still working a steady gig Tuesday nights at the Metropolitan Room in NYC.  A film about her life debuted at the Glasgow Film Festival in February.

…”the star was Annie Ross, whose icy-smooth soprano was matched by her feisty natural presence…” –Buddy Seigal, LA Times review of  Rhino Records’ “Twisted: The Best of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross” (Original recordings 1957-61)

Johnny Hodges 1906 or 1907

Johnny Hodges is best remembered as the lead saxophone player of the legendary Duke Ellington band.  Mentored by the great Sidney Bechet, Hodges joined Duke’s band in 1928, and stayed (with a short break in the 1950s to run his own band) until his death in 1970.  Nicknamed “Jeep,” after a comic strip character, and “Rabbit,”  for reasons having to do with his dining and/or sexual habits, Hodges was never a showman, but had “a tone so beautiful it sometimes brought tears to the eyes”—Duke Ellington.

The nickname “Rabbit,” according to Johnny Griffin:   because “…he looked like a rabbit, no expression on his face while he’s playing all this beautiful music.”

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