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Bert Brandsma Swing Combo in Groningen. Out Of Nowhere
Great classic jazz composition : Out Of Nowhere, played live in the Euroborg, Groningen.

Out Of Nowhere was composed by Green in 1931. The first great jazzrecording of it was made in Paris, by an international ensemble with Django Reinhardt, Benny Carter and Coleman Hawkins.

Out Of Nowhere played by Bert Brandsma on tenor saxophone is available on the 2009 CD release of the Dixieland Crackerjacks. The title of this CD is also Out Of Nowhere.

Coleman Hawkins was born on November 21, 1904, in St. Joseph, Missouri. His mother, an organist, taught him piano when he was 5; at 7, he studied cello; and for his 9th birthday he received a tenor saxophone. By the age of 12 he was performing professionally at school dances; he attended high school in Chicago, then studied harmony and composition for two years at Washburn College in Topeka, Kansas.

His first regular job, in 1921, was with singer Mamie Smith’s Jazz Hounds, and he made his first recording with them in 1922. Based in Kansas City, the band played the major midwestern and eastern cities, including New York, where in 1923 he guest recorded with the famous Fletcher Henderson Band. A year later he officially joined Henderson’s band and remained with it until 1934.

The first half of his tenure with Henderson served as a valuable apprenticeship, and by 1929, inspired by Louis Armstrong’s improvisational concepts, Hawkins had developed the hallmarks of his mature style – a very large tone, a heavy vibrato, and a swaggering attack. Hitherto the tenor saxophone had been regarded as a novelty instrument serving chiefly for rhythmic emphasis (achieved by a slap-tonguing technique) or for bottoming out a chord in the ensemble, but not as a serious instrument and certainly not as a serious solo instrument. Hawkins’ artistry singlehandedly altered its status.

Fame on Two Continents

The Henderson band played primarily in New York’s Roseland Ballroom, but also in Harlem’s famous Savoy Ballroom, and made frequent junkets to New England and the Midwest. As a result, Hawkins’ fame grew as much from public appearances as from his showcase features on Henderson’s recordings. When he finally left the band, he was a star.

From 1934 to 1939 Hawkins lived in Europe. He was guest soloist with the celebrated Jack Hylton Band in England, free-lanced on the Continent, and participated in a number of all-star recording sessions, the most famous of which was a 1937 get-together with the legendary Belgian gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt and the great American trumpeter-alto saxophonist Benny Carter.

In a move very likely prompted by the imminence of war, Hawkins in 1939 returned to the United States, where he formed a nonet and played a long engagement at Kelly’s Stables on New York’s jazz-famed 52nd Street. The highlight of that year, however, was his recording of “Body and Soul, ” illustrating in three masterful choruses his consummate melodic and harmonic command – a stunning performance that had the jazz world buzzing. That year Down Beat voted him #1 on tenor saxophone, the first of many such honors. Late in 1939 Hawkins formed his own big band, which debuted at New York’s Arcadia Ballroom and played at such other locales as the Golden Gate Ballroom, the Apollo Theatre, and the Savoy Ballroom. In 1941 Hawkins disbanded and reverted to small groups, including in 1943 a racially mixed sextet (a rarity in that era), which toured primarily in the Midwest.

Most of Hawkins’ contemporaries bitterly resisted the mid-1940s bebop revolution, with its harmonic and rhythmic innovations, but Hawkins not only encouraged the upstart music but also performed frequently with its chief practitioners. As early as 1944 with modernists Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach, and Oscar Pettiford he recorded “Woody’n You, ” probably the first bop recording ever. In 1945, a watershed year for the new music, he performed and recorded in California with modern trumpeter Howard McGhee.

Maak het mee in Euroborg
Welkom in de Euroborg. U kent Euroborg natuurlijk als hét stadion van de
FC Groningen. Maar naast het voetbal is er meer, veel meer. De Jumbo supermarkt, het Noorderpoort, bioscoop Must See, sportschool Plaza Sportiva, het Fairplay Casino, Euroborg Horeca en restaurant Wok Euroborg. Genoeg variatie en voor ieder wat wils. Neem eens een kijkje bij één van deze bedrijven in en rondom Euroborg en maak het zelf mee!

8 gedachten over “Out Of Nowhere – Combo Bert Brandsma – Euroborg, Groningen”
  1. Wish I could find A Restaurant having the possibility to have a DINNER with this kind of HIGH QUALITY "Easy Listening" Music…….. does Not exist anymore in 2013. A pity!

  2. It was playing easylistening music for a private party in a restaurant that is part of Football stadium Euroborg in Groningen. On request I can provide all kinds of media…

  3. Hi Bert. Great job. What is the venue ? Is this a restaurant ? And what is going on on the projection screen ? Do you supply that media ? Cheers.

  4. Jazz is only a subscene, but I find myself still in the lucky position to have enough work playing. With the current credit crisis I lost some work in party events, but the other gigs still come in.
    The media attention is very bad though. Impossible to get it on TV. So that's why I put it on youtube. The people really interested can find it then.

    Thanks for watching,

    Kind regards,

    Bert Brandsma

  5. Lovely stuff, Mr Brandsma! I liked your bass-saxophone playing on other posts and this is beautiful. Jazz is alive and well in Europe?

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