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Fletcher Henderson

The godfather of big band jazz, Fletcher Henderson (1897-1952) set the pace as composer, arranger and leader through the 1920s and 30s. Geoffrey Smith salutes the man who inspired Duke Ellington and made Benny Goodman the King of Swing.

1 hour

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Sun 7 May 2017 00:00

Music Played

  • Fletcher Henderson

    Teapot Dome Blues

    • The Definitive Fletcher Henderson.
    • Columbia/Legacy.
    • 1.
  • Fletcher Henderson and His Orchestra

    Shanghai Shuffle

    • The Definitive Fletcher Henderson.
    • Columbia/Legacy.
    • 2.
  • Fletcher Henderson and His Orchestra

    Sugar Foot Stomp

    • The Definitive Fletcher Henderson.
    • Columbia/Legacy.
    • 4.
  • Fletcher Henderson and His Orchestra

    The Stampede

    • The Fletcher Henderson Story - A Story in Frustration.
    • Columbia.
    • 12.
  • Fletcher Henderson and His Orchestra

    Singing The Blues

    • Jazz Classics Fletcher Henderson Swing.
    • BBC.
    • 7.
  • Fletcher Henderson and His Orchestra

    Queer Notions

    • The Definitive Fletcher Henderson.
    • Columbia/Legacy.
    • 15.
  • Fletcher Henderson and His Orchestra

    Yeah Man

    • FLETCHER HENDERSON: A STUDY IN FRUSTRATION.
    • COLUMBIA.
    • 5.
  • Fletcher Henderson and His Orchestra

    Can You Take It?

    • The Definitive Fletcher Henderson.
    • Columbia/Legacy.
    • 16.
  • Fletcher Henderson and His Orchestra

    New King Porter Stomp

    • FLETCHER HENDERSON SWING.
    • BBC.
    • 8.
  • Fletcher Henderson and His Orchestra

    Down South Camp Meeting

    • Fletcher Henderson 1934.
    • Ace of Hearts.
    • 6.
  • Fletcher Henderson and His Orchestra

    Wrappin' It Up

    • Jazz Classics Fletcher Henderson Swing.
    • BBC.
    • 16.
  • Red Ballard, Vernon Brown, Benny Goodman, Art Rollini & Gene Krupa

    Blue Skies

    • Live At Carnegie Hall 1938.
    • Columbia.
    • 1.
  • Fletcher Henderson and His Orchestra

    Christopher Columbus

    • The Definitive Fletcher Henderson.
    • Columbia/Legacy.
    • 20.
  • Fletcher Henderson and His Orchestra

    Blue Lou

    • THE FLETCHER HENDERSON STORY.
    • COLUMBIA LEGACY.
    • 11.
  • Fletcher Henderson and His Orchestra

    Stealin' Apples

    • A Study in Frustration (3 CDs).
    • Columbia Records.
    • 10.
  • Fletcher Henderson All Stars

    King Porter Stomp

    • Cool Fever.
    • Urania Records.
    • 8.

Performers and music details

TEAPOT DOME BLUES   

Fletcher Henderson & his Club Alabam Orchestra            

Composers:        Schoebell, Mills, Lottman

Album Title:        The Definitive Fletcher Henderson         

Label:                   Columbia/Legacy     501037 2      

Duration:             2:55

Performers:  Elmer Chambers, cornet; Howard Scott, cornet; Teddy Nixon, trombone; Ralph Escudero, tuba; Don Redman, clarinet/alto sax; Coleman Hawkins, tenor/bass sax.

 

SHANGHAI SHUFFLE      

Fletcher Henderson and his Orchestra 

Composers:        G. Rodemich/L.Conley, F.Henderson     

Album Title:        The Definitive Fletcher Henderson         

Label:                  Columbia/Legacy             501037 2              

Duration:             3:17

Performers:  Louis Armstrong, cornet; Elmer Chambers, cornet; Howard Scott, cornet; Charlie Green, tombone; Ralph Escudero, tuba; Buster Bailey, clarinet; Don Redman, clarinet/oboe/alto sax; Coleman Hawkins, tenor sax/clarinet; Charlie Dixon, banjo; Kaiser Marshall, drums.    

 

SUGAR FOOT STOMP    

Fletcher Henderson and his Orchestra 

Composers:        W.Melrose & J.Oliver    

Album Title:        The Definitive Fletcher Henderson         

Label:                  Columbia/Legacy              501037 2              

Duration:             2:47

Performers:  Louis Armstrong, trumpet; Elmer Chambers, trumpet; Joe Smith, trumpet; Charlie Green, tombone; Ralph Escudero, tuba; Buster Bailey, clarinet; Don Redman, Clarinet/alto sax; Coleman Hawkins, tenor sax/clarinet; Charlie Dixon; banjo, Kaiser Marshall, drums.

 

THE STAMPEDE

Fletcher Henderson and his Orchestra 

Composers:        Fletcher Henderson, Don Redman          

Album Title:        The Fletcher Henderson Story - A Story in Frustration    

Label:                  Columbia             C3K57596 (3)     

Duration:             3:15

Performers:  Russell Smith, trumpet; Joe Smith, trumpet; Rex Stewart, cornet; Benny Morton, trombone; Don Redman, alto sax/clarinet; Buster Bailey, clarinet; Coleman Hawkins, tenor sax; Fletcher Henderson, piano; Charlie Dixon, banjo; Bob Escudero, tuba; Kaiser Marshall, drums.

               

SINGING THE BLUES       00:02:46

Fletcher Henderson and his Orchestra 

Composers:        Lewis, Young, Conrad, Robinson              

Album Title:        Jazz Classics Fletcher Henderson Swing 

Label:                  BBC   BBCCD-682              

Duration:             2:46

Perfomers:  Fletcher Henderson, piano; Russell Smith, trumpet; Rex Stewart, trumpet; Bobby Stark, trumpet; Benny Morton, trombone; Claude Jones, trombone;  Harvey Boone, alto sax; Russell Procope, clarinet/alto sax; Coleman Hawkins, clarinet, tenor/baritone sax; Clarence Holiday, banjo/guitar; John Kirby, tuba; Walter Johnson, drums.

 

QUEER NOTIONS             

Fletcher Henderson and his Orchestra 

Composers:        Coleman Hawkins           

Album Title:        The Definitive Fletcher Henderson         

Label:                  Columbia/Legacy    501037 2       

Duration:             2:30

Performers:  Henry “Red” Allen, trumpet; Russell Smith, trumpet; Bobby Stark, trumpet; Claude Jones, trombone; Russell Procope, clarinet/alto sax; Hilton Jefferson, alto sax; Coleman Hawkins, tenor sax; Horace Henderson, piano; Bernard Addison, guitar; John Kirby, bass; Walter Johnson, drums.

YEAH MAN                         

Fletcher Henderson and his Orchestra 

Composers:        Sissle/Robinson               

Album Title:        Fletcher Henderson: A Study In Frustration

Label:                  Columbia             C3K57596 / A     

Duration:             2:53

Performers:  Russell Smith, trumpet; Bobby Stark, trumpet;  Henry “Red” Allen, trumpet; Dicky Wells, trombone; Sandy Williams, trombone; Hilton Jefferson, alto sax; Russell Procope, alto sax/clarinet; Coleman Hawkins, tenor sax; Fletcher Henderson, piano; Bernard Addison, guitar; John Kirby, bass violin; Walter Johnson, drums.

 

CAN YOU TAKE IT?          

Fletcher Henderson and his Orchestra 

Composers:        Fletcher Henderson       

Album Title:        The Definitive Fletcher Henderson         

Label:                  Columbia/Legacy    501037 2       

Duration:             2:48       

Performers:  :  Russell Smith, trumpet; Bobby Stark, trumpet;  Henry “Red” Allen, trumpet; Dicky Wells, trombone; Sandy Williams, trombone; Hilton Jefferson, alto sax/clarinet; Russell Procope, alto sax/clarinet; Coleman Hawkins, tenor sax/clarinet;  Bernard Addison, guitar; John Kirby, bass; Walter Johnson, drums.

 

NEW KING PORTER STOMP        

Fletcher Henderson and his Orchestra 

Composers:        Morton               

Album Title:        Fletcher Henderson Swing          

Label:                  BBC        CD-682 

Duration:             3:05

Performers:  Fletcher Henderson, piano;  Russell Smith, trumpet; Bobby Stark, trumpet;  Rex Stewart, trumpet; J. C Higginbotham, trombone; Sandy Williams, trombone; Hilton Jefferson, alto sax; Russell Procope, alto sax; Coleman Hawkins, tenor sax; Freddy White, guitar; John Kirby, bass; Walter Johnson, drums.

 

DOWN SOUTH CAMP MEETING                

Fletcher Henderson and his Orchestra 

Composers:        Fletcher Henderson       

Album Title:        Fletcher Henderson 1934            

Label:                  Ace of Hearts     AH 61   

Duration:             3:00       

Performers:  Russell Smith, trumpet; Irving Randolph, trumpet; Henry Allen, trumpet; Keg Johnson, trombone; Claude Jones, trombone; Hilton Jefferson, alto sax; Russell Procope, alto sax; Buster Bailey, clarinet; Ben Webster, tenor sax; Fletcher Henderson, piano; Lawrence Lucie, guitar; Elmer James, bass; Walter Johnson, drums.

 

WRAPPIN’ IT UP              

Fletcher Henderson and his Orchestra 

Composers:        Fletcher Henderson, J.R. Lafleur

Album Title:        Jazz Classics Fletcher Henderson Swing 

Label:                  BBC        BBCCD-682         

Duration:             2:42       

Performers:  Russell Smith, trumpet; Irving Randolph, trumpet; Henry Allen, trumpet; Claude Jones, trombone; Keg Johnson, trombone; Buster Bailey, clarinet; Hilton Jefferson, alto sax; Russell Procope, alto sax; Ben Webster, tenor sax; Horace Henderson, piano; Lawrence Lucie, guitar; Elmer James, bass; Walter Johnson, drums.

 

BLUE SKIES         

Benny Goodman Big Band          

Composers:        Irving Berlin       

Album Title:        Live At Carnegie Hall 1938            

Label:                  Columbia   C2K-65143    

Duration:             3:16

Performers:  Benny Goodman, clarinet;  Gene Krupa, drums; Teddy Wilson, piano; Lionel Hampton, vibraphone;  Vernon Brown, trombone; Reg Ballard, trombone;  Harry James, trumpet; Ziggy Elman, trumpet; Chris Griffin, trumpet; Arthur Rollini, tenor sax; Hymie Schertzer, alto sax; George Koenig, sax; Jess Stacy, piano; P. Allan Reuss, guitar.

 

 

CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS          

Fletcher Henderson and his Orchestra 

Composers:        Berry/Razaf       

Album Title:        The Definitive Fletcher Henderson         

Label:                  Columbia/Legacy             501037 2              

Duration:             3:02       

Performers:  Roy Eldridge, Joe Thomas, Dick Vance – trumpet; Fernando Arbello, Ed Cuffee – trombone; Buster Bailey, Clarinet/alto sax; Scoops Carry, alto sax; Chu Berry, Elmer Williams, tenor sax; Horace Henderson, piano; Bob Lessey, guitar, John Kirby, bass, Sid Catlett, drums.

 

BLUE LOU           

Fletcher Henderson and his Orchestra 

Composers:        Sampson/Mills  Arr. Horace Henderson 

Album Title:        The Fletcher Henderson Story 

Label:                  Columbia Legacy   C3K-57596     

Duration:             3:05       

Performers: Dick Vance, Roy Eldridge, Joe Thomas – trumpets; Ed Cuffee, Fernando Arbello – trombones; Buster Bailey, clarinet; Scoops Carry, alto sax; Elmer Williams, Chu Berry – tenor sax; Horace Henderson, piano; Bob Lessey, guitar; John Kirby, bass; Sid Catlett, drums.

 

STEALIN' APPLES             

Fletcher Henderson and his Orchestra 

Composers:        Razaf/Waller  

Album Title:        Fletcher Henderson: A Study In Frustration

Label:                  Columbia Records            C3K57596            

Duration:             2:54       

Performers:   Performers: Dick Vance, Roy Eldridge, Joe Thomas – trumpets; Ed Cuffee, Fernando Arbello – trombones; Buster Bailey, clarinet; Scoops Carry, alto sax; Elmer Williams, Chu Berry – tenor sax; Horace Henderson, piano; Bob Lessey, guitar; John Kirby, bass; Sid Catlett, drums.

 

KING PORTER STOMP   

Performers:       Fletcher Henderson All Stars      

Composers:        Morton               

Album Title:        Cool Fever         

Label:                  Urania Records                 BMCD 817          

Duration:             5:10       

Performers:  Rex Stewart, Emmett Berry, Taft Jordon, Joe Thomas – Trumpet; J.C Higginbotham, Benny Morton, Dickie Wells – Trombones; Garvin Bushell, Hilton Jefferson – Alto sax; Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster – Tenor sax; Haywood Henry, baritone sax; Buster Bailey, clarinet; Al Casey, guitar; Red Richards, piano; Bill Pemberton, bass; Jimmy Crawford, drums.

 

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