Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Deemus

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Deemus

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Barrett Deems

Deemus

Delmark DD-492

Chuck Hedges (cl), Don DeMichael (vibes), Bob Roberts (lead guitar), Steve Behr (p), John Defauw (rhythm guitar), Wilson McKindra (b), Barrett Deems (dr), Lake Geneva WI, April 22, 1978.

Deed I Do / New Orleans / Shine / After You've Gone / Seven Come Eleven / Six Appeal / I Love Paris / Get Happy. TT 48:40.

I first saw Barrett Deems leading a small group at the Brass Rail in Chicago's Loop in August, 1959. I previously knew him as the drummer with Louis Armstrong's All-Stars and particularly from the recording of Now You Has Jazz with Bing Crosby from the film High Society. Shortly after I saw him, Barrett joined Jack Teagarden's sextet for a while. By the time I moved to Chicagoland in 1994, Barrett was leading an 18-piece big band and playing regularly at the Elbo Room on North Lincoln Avenue.

That band recorded two CDs for Delmark. This CD, now reissued by Delmark, was originally a short-lived LP. …

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