Sittin' in with Chris Griffin: A Reminiscence of Radio and Recording's Golden Years by Warren W. VachéSittin' in with Chris Griffin: A Reminiscence of Radio and Recording's Golden Years by Warren W. Vaché

Sittin' in with Chris Griffin: A Reminiscence of Radio and Recording's Golden Years

byWarren W. Vaché

Paperback | May 6, 2005

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This authentic account of the Big Band Era and the Age of Swing is alive with firsthand dialogue by Chris Griffin. Vaché traces the events spanning Griffin's career from his time in the Benny Goodman band with Harry James and Ziggy Elman in what Duke Ellington dubbed the best brass section of its day through his freelance years in radio, television and records where he recorded with legendary musicians such as Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Tony Bennett, and Frank Sinatra. Griffin's honesty and humor shine through the text as he recalls a time when talent and dedication to quality were supreme. Seventeen photographs and an excellent discography provided by Ed Berger further the understanding of Griffin as a man and an artist. This book is ideal for music lovers, especially those with a keen interest in the big bands of the 1930s and the lives of the era's most memorable musicians.
The late Warren W. Vaché was a freelance writer and jazz musician. He was a co-founder and charter member of the New Jersey Jazz Society, the co-founder of the American Federation of Jazz Societies, and founder of the American Jazz Hall of Fame.
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Title:Sittin' in with Chris Griffin: A Reminiscence of Radio and Recording's Golden YearsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:152 pages, 8.44 × 5.76 × 0.38 inPublished:May 6, 2005Publisher:Scarecrow PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:081085001X

ISBN - 13:9780810850019

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Editor's Foreword Part 2 Prelude Part 3 Introduction Chapter 4 Binghamton Chapter 5 White Plains Chapter 6 Emmett Donahue Chapter 7 Johnny Caper Chapter 8 Scott Fisher Chapter 9 Charlie Barnet Chapter 10 Bouf Turner Chapter 11 Joe Haymes Chapter 12 Helen O'Brien Chapter 13 Bar Harbor Chapter 14 CBS Chapter 15 John Hammond Chapter 16 Ziggy Elman Chapter 17 Benny Goodman Chapter 18 Mrs. Stegmaier Chapter 19 Andy Ferretti Chapter 20 Fritz Kreisler Chapter 21 Frank Sinatra Chapter 22 Manny Weinstock Chapter 23 Ray Bloch Chapter 24 Mel Tormé Chapter 25 Dinah Shore Chapter 26 Benny Baker Chapter 27 Johnny Pepper Chapter 28 Jackie Gleason Chapter 29 Easter Call Chapter 30 Charles Martin Drama Chapter 31 Tony Martin Chapter 32 Milton Berle Chapter 33 Kate Smith Chapter 34 Peter Van Steeden Chapter 35 Paul and Irene Griffin Part 36 Discography Part 37 About the Author

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About a year ago Warren told me of his new and exciting project, the story of big band trumpeter Chris Griffin. I was so excited about the news as Mr. Griffin was a true giant of the golden age of the swing era, yet never really made the 'name status' of other trumpet stars that in many respects learned from Griffin, Ziggy Elman and Harry James included. Jazz fans every where rejoice in the idea that those who should be given their dues do in fact gain some of that in historical documentation such as Warren's book, released recordings or newly found concert performances. The fact that someone such as Warren was finally putting into print the story of Chris Griffin caused many to smile. And then there is the chance that people who never knew of his great sound could finally learn of it and in doing so keep it alive. This is perhaps why I write this review, because to me this book now serves as a tribute. On February 27, 2005 Murray Davison passed away, the same week his old army buddy Warren Vaché passed. A few months later on June 18, 2005 Chris Griffin joined the two in a jazz reunion in the sky. This book therefore, is meaningful in several ways to those who knew the men behind this great story.