New Day Jazz

Justin Desmangles

France and Bones will be sitting in for Justin on New Day Jazz this Sunday. The entire three hours will be devoted to the great "Mr. B", Harry Belafonte! Guided by his autobiography, titled My Song: A Memoir of Art, Race, and Defiance, we will be traveling through the genres of music which touched him throughout his lengthy career. (Wait till you hear his back-up band for his professional debut.)  It is not only a musical journey, but a political mirror of the quest for civil rights in America and the world.  Often, HB was the force behind the idea, using his influence and resources as a power for good.

  "All of us see the world as it exists; fewer see what it might look like if made to change; and fewer still try to put together the people and ideas that make change happen.  Paul Robeson was one; Martin Luther King, Jr. was one; Bobby Kennedy became one.  And, of course, Nelson Mandela.  I had just enough vision to see that they were visionaries, and to do what I could to help."-Harry Belafonte



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Sunday 5/31/2015 @ 3:00PM - 6:00PM
Lester Young How High The Moon Live at the Royal Roost Charly, 1948 Prez urged actor HB to sing
Charlie Parker Jumpin' with Symphony Sid (DJ who broadcast live radio from the Roost) Complete Live, Roost Savoy, 1949 HB's b/u for 1st gig: Parker, Al Haig, Max Roach, Tommy Potter
Stan Getz Pennies From Heaven (Sung in HB's 1st gig, @ Royal Roost) Storyville Roulette, 1951 Al Haig, p; for HB's 1st gig
Gillespie/Parker Groovin' High Live, Town Hall (prod. by Monte Kay's New Jazz Foundation, who gave HB his 1st gig) Uptown, 1945 Diz's reworking of "Whispering"
Harry Belafonte Whispering The Early Years Capitol, 1949
Machito & his Afro-Cuban Orchestra Holiday Mambo Complete Masters 1951,2 Columbia b/u band for HB's 1st Roost Records single, w/ a song he later recorded
Boysie Grant Solas Market V/A Mento Madness V2 N. America HB reworked into Kingston Market
Lord Flea's Calypsonians Naughty Little Flea Swingin' Calypsos Capitol, 1957 Belafonte rec. 1961
Lord Fly Swine Lane Gal/Iron Bar V/A Mento Madness V2 N. America HB reworked into Cocoanut Girl/Day-O
Josh White Jim Crow Free & Equal Blues Smithsonian Folkways,1944 HB was called "the next Josh White"
Odetta No More Auction Block For Me Ballad for Americans Vanguard, 1960 "The voice of the civil rights movement"-HB
Josh White Freedom Road Free & Equal Blues Smithsonian Folkways,1944 to words by Langston Hughes.
Paul Robeson Scandaliz' My Name Peace Arch Concerts (across WA /Canada border) Folk Era Records, 1953 HB prod. for his mentor when PB's passport revoked
Leon & Eric Bibb Deep River Praising Peace-A Tribute to Paul Robeson Stony Plain, 2006 PR's funeral song. Bibb on when HB guest-hosted "Tonight Show".
Nina Simone Mississippi Goddam In Concert Philips, 1964 in Selma to Montgomery March, 1965
Ron Carter Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child Standard Bearers Original Jazz Classics, 1979 "My favorite bass player"-HB
Mahalia Jackson Move On Up A Little Higher Gospel Sound Columbia, 1954
Harry Belafonte Jerry (This Timber Got to Roll) Essential Legacy Work song
Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee Midnight Special Midnight Special Prestige/Bluesville, 1960 "The best blues harp player in the world"-HB
Harry Belafonte Lead Man Holler Island In The Sun: Soundtrack RCA Victor, 1957 HB, 1st black lead opp. white leading lady (Joan Fontaine)
Dorothy Dandridge That Old Feeling Smooth Operator Verve, 1958 w/HB in Bright Road, Carmen Jones, Island in the Sun
John Lewis' Modern Jazz Quartet Skating in Central Park Odds Against Tomorrow: Soundtrack Atlantic, 1959 HB, 1st noir black lead (!), John Lewis, score
Max Roach Man From South Africa Percussion Bitter Sweet Impulse, 1961
Myriam Makeba We Speak Peace Eyes On Tomorrow Gallo, 1991 HB brought to US, toured, rec. with
Hugh Masakela Stimela (Nat'l Anthem of Migrant Laborers) Live at Market Theater Four Quarters, 2007 HB got him to US, in Manhattan School of Music, Musicians Union card.
Harry Belafonte Move It Paradise in Gazankulu EMI, 1988 Rec. in S. Africa w/Youssou N'Dour, Brenda Fassie
Harry Belafonte Turn The World Around Turn The World Around Columbia, 1977 A Jim Henson favorite from the Muppet Show, HB sang it at his funeral
Duke Ellington Work Song (from Black, Brown and Beige) Centennial Edition RCA Victor, 1944 Duke HB's "Strollin' 20s" TV special