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Arvell Shaw

Alyn Shipton features an archive interview with bassist Arvell Shaw, discussing his best work with Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, Teddy Wilson, Benny Goodman and Earl Hines.

Bassist Arvell Shaw was the longest-serving member of Louis Armstrong's All Stars. As well as picking his finest discs with Armstrong (including the big band recordings) in an interview recorded in 2001, he guides Alyn Shipton through his best work with Sidney Bechet, Teddy Wilson, Benny Goodman, and Earl Hines.

1 hour

Last on

Sat 3 Jul 2010 16:00


Music Played

  • Louis Armstrong

    Blues for Bass

    Composer: Shaw Performers: Arvell Shaw, b; Louis Armstrong, tp; Barney Bigard, cl; Trummy Young, tb; Billy Kyle, p; Barrett Deems, d. Crescendo Club, Hollywood, 21 Jan 1955.

    • The California Concerts.
    • MCA / Verve.
    • GRP 46132-1 CD 2.
  • Sidney Bechet / Buck Clayton Sextet


    Composer: McDonald / Hanley Performers: Sidney Bechet, ss; Buck Clayton, tp; Vic Dickenson, tb; George Wein, p; Arvell Shaw, b; Kansas Fields, d. World Fair, Brussels, Belgium, 29 Jul / 3 Aug 1958.

    • Brussels Fair 1958.
    • LoneHill.
    • 10323.
  • Benny Goodman and His Orchestra

    Stealin' Apples

    Composer: Waller / Razaf Performers: Benny Goodman, cl; Billy Bauer, g; Ernie Mauro, Al Block, as; Seldon Powell, Zoot Sims, ts; Billy Hodges, Taft Jordan, John Frosk, E.V. Perry, tp; Rex Peer, Vernon Brown, Willie Dennis, tb; Roland Hanna, p; Arvell Shaw, b; Roy Burness, d. World Fair, Brussels, Belgium, 1958.

    • Benny In Brussels, Vols 1 and 2.
    • Avid.
    • AMSC 1004 CD 1.
  • Teddy Wilson and His Trio

    Oh, Lady Be Good

    Composer: Gershwin Performers: Teddy Wilson, p; Arvell Shaw, b; Bert Dahlander, d. 1959.

    • And Then They Wrote/Mr. Wilson and Mr. Gershwin.
    • Collectables.
    • 6680.
  • Earl Hines Swingtette

    Keyboard Kapers

    Composer: Hines Performers: Earl Hines, p; Floyd Smith, g; Arvell Shaw, b; Sid Catlett, d. New York, Dec 1948.

    • Earl Hines And His Orchestra, 1947-1949.
    • Classics.
    • 1120.
  • Sammy Price

    Bass and Piano Talking

    Composer: Price Performers: Sammy Price, p; Arvell Shaw, b Panama Francis d. Nice, France, 1995.

    • King of Boogie Woogie.
    • Storyville.
    • 5011.
  • Louis Armstrong & His All-Stars

    My Monday Date

    Composer: Hines Performers: Louis Armstrong, tp, voc; Jack Teagarden, tb; Barney Bigard, cl; Earl Hines, p; Arvell Shaw, b; Cozy Cole, d. California, 30 Jan 1955.

    • The California Concerts.
    • MCA / Verve.
    • 46132 CD 1.
  • Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra

    No Variety Blues

    Composer: Armstrong / Fairbanks Performers: Louis Armstrong, tp, voc; Velma Middleton, voc; Ludwig Jordan, Ed Mullens, Fats Ford, William “Chieftie” Scott, tp; Russell Moore, Adam Martin, Norman Powe, Al Cobbs, tb; Don Hill, Amos Gordon, as; John Sparrow, Joe Garland, ts; Ernest Thompson, bs; Ed Swanston, p; Elmer Warner, g; Arvell Shaw, b; Butch Ballard, d. New York, 27 Apr 1946.

    • C'est Ci Bon: Satchmo In The Forties.
    • Proper.
    • Properbox 24.
  • Ain’t Misbehavin Original Broadway Cast

    Spreadin' Rhythm Around

    Composer: McHugh / Koehler / Maltby Jr. Performers: Nell Carter, Andre DeShields, Amelia McQueen, Ken Page, Charlaine Woodard, voc; Luther Henderson, p; Seldon Powell, s; Joe Marshall, d; Arvell Shaw, b; John Parran, cl; Virgil Jones, tp; Janice Robinson, tb. June 1978.

    • Ain’t Misbehavin’.
    • RCA.
    • 29652RC CD 2.
  • Louis Armstrong & His All-Stars

    I'm Crazy 'Bout My Baby

    Composer: Hill / Waller Performers: Louis Armstrong, tp, voc; Trummy Young, tb; Barney Bigard, cl; Billy Kyle, p; Arvell Shaw, b; Barrett Deems, d. New York, 27 Apr 1955.

    • Satch Plays Fats.
    • Sony.
    • CK64927.
  • Louis Armstrong & His All-Stars

    Ole Miss

    Composer: Handy Performers: Louis Armstrong, tp; Trummy Young, tb; Barney Bigard, cl; Billy Kyle, p; Arvell Shaw, b; Barrett Deems, d. Chicago, 12 Jul 1954.

    • Louis Armstrong Plays W. C. Handy.
    • CBS.
    • 4509812.