Blue China – Bob Brookmeyer
East meets West in this fun medium up swing. Lead sheets and second parts available.
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- Recording: Clark Terry-Bob Brookmeyer - Tonight
- Recorded on: November 23 & 24, 1964
- Label: Mainstream (M56043)
- Concert Key: C minor
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (medium up)
- Flugelhorn - Clark Terry
- Trombone - Bob Brookmeyer
- Piano - Roger Kellaway
- Bass - Bill Crow
- Drums - Dave Bailey
There are many American jazz songs like Blue China with Chinese influences, but did you know that China had its own jazz scene even in the early 20th century? Shanghai was the capital of Asian jazz at the time and it had a rich jazz and swing scene as early as 1920, when African-American musicians could easily travel there on steamship lines. Chinese jazz combined American rhythms with Chinese folk melodies and instruments. For more information, check out "Yellow Music: Media Culture and Colonial Modernity in the Chinese Jazz Age" by Andrew F. Jones, a fascinating chronicle of this little known period in jazz history!
December 19, 1929 – December 15, 2011
American jazz trombonist Robert Brookmeyer was one of the top valve trombonists and advanced arrangers of his time. Born in Kansas City, Missouri, he started as a pianist in dance bands, winning the Carl Busch Prize for Choral Composition during his attendance at Kansas City Conservatory of Music. Read more...