Magazine article IAJRC Journal

In Concert at the Lincoln Theatre - Washington DC

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

In Concert at the Lincoln Theatre - Washington DC

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The Buddy Collette Big Band

In Concert At The Lincoln Theatre - Washington DC

Bridge CD 9096

Albert N. Aarons, Ronald Barrows, Anne King, Nolan Shaheed (tp) Les Benedict, George R. Bohanon, Garnett Brown, Jr., Maurice R. Spears, Brett B. Woodman (tb) Buddy Collette (reeds, ldr) Steven Carr, Jackie Kelson, Ann E. Patterson, John D. Stephens, Louis V. Taylor, Jr., Ernie Fields, Jr.* (reeds) Gerald Wiggins (p) Alfred F. Viola (g) Richard H. Simon (b) Leon Ndagu Chancler, Chico Hamilton* (d) Fred Katz (cello). Live, Washington DC, June 6, 1996

Magali / Andre / Mr. & Mrs. Goodbye / Blues Number Four / Jazz By The Bay / Blues In Torrance / Point Fermin (from Friendship Suite) / Buddy Boo*.

These two reviews are in remembrance of Buddy Collette (1921-2010), one of jazz's premier reed players who excelled both as a leader and as sideman for over 50 years. Most of us first noted Collette when we heard those marvelous Chico Hamilton Quintet records in the 1950s, but he had been paying his dues long before that. He led an all black Navy jazz band during WWII, but joined the swing and bebop players in and around Los Angeles after leaving the service. Unlike many jazzmen who gravitated to New York to achieve visibility, he stayed on the west coast, performing and recording with a galaxy of other jazz stars (Parker, Mingus, Ellington, Basie, Monk, Kenton, etc.) and teaching jazz at various universities. For ten years, 1950-60, he also worked with Jerry Fielding's studio band that appeared on the Groucho Marx show, further refining his talents as a big band sideman.

As a sideman, Collette was at his best with the original Chico Hamilton Quintet that recorded three albums between 1954 and 1956 that brought him to national attention: Chico Hamilton Quintet Featuring Buddy Collette (Pacific Jazz PJ-1209), The Original Chico Hamilton Quintet (World Pacific WP 1287), and The Chico Hamilton Quintet In Hi Fi (Pacific Jazz PJ 1216). Playing reeds with emotion, imagination, and exceptional technique, he was the glue that bound Fred Katz (cello), Jim Hall (g), Carson Smith (b), and Chico together. (You can hear all three albums on Mosaic MD6-175, The Complete Pacific Jazz Recordings of the Chico Hamilton Quintet - 1997)

He stayed in California, playing with small groups and big bands, and working on film and television productions, until he suffered a debilitating stroke in 1998 that ended his playing. …

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