[78-L] Roy Eldridge 100

simmonssomer simmonssomer at comcast.net
Mon Jan 31 18:33:15 PST 2011

Today is the second day of a three day Eldridge festival on WKCR.
. As always Phil Schaap is at the helm
Eldridge had a Dixie/Trad band at Jimmy Ryan's where I caught him.

Al S.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Scott" <scott at mosaicrecords.com>
To: <78-l at klickitat.78online.com>
Sent: Monday, January 31, 2011 3:37 PM
Subject: [78-L] Roy Eldridge 100

> As a 16 year old I was lucky enough to get an invite to attend Roy's 66th
> birthday party at a restaurant in Port Chester, NY. I saw him right after
> that in NYC - wasn't Jimmy Ryan's. Carnegie? Town Hall? At any rate, he
> remembered me coming up to him to have him sign the Columbia 78 reissue of
> "Rockin' Chair" with Krupa's band. I found him to be quite warm, friendly
> and funny. I still have a WKCR radio birthday tribute where he was at the
> studio and the station personnel all sang "Happy Birthday" to him. When 
> they
> had finished he replied, "that was a little 'free' wasn't it"?!
> Some all-time favorite Roy? Listen to the master and alternate take of
> "Wabash Stomp" on Vocalion, the Chocolate Dandies session on Commodore and
> the recreation of hits with Gene Krupa on Verve.
> Scott Wenzel
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