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domingo, 10 de julio de 2016

Beryl Booker • Chronological Classics 1953-1954

Beryl Booker (1922-1978) nacida en Philadelphia, cantante y prodigiosa pianista que nunca aprendió leer música comienza su carrera profesional dentro del mundo del jazz por 1945 con Slam Stewart, en 1954 forma un trio femenino junto a la baterista Elaine Leighton y la contrabajista Bonnie Wetzel, haciendo con gran exito los circuitos europeos y de Estados Unidos.
Ha participado en grabaciones de grandes del jazz como Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington, Count Basie, Miles Davis y Don Byas.
En los 60 y 70 su actividad es intermitente, tocando eventualmente en clubes.


Beryl Booker (June 7, 1922 – September 30, 1978) was an American swing pianist of the 1950s.
Born in Philadelphia, she played with Slam Stewart's trio in 1946, and played off and on with him until 1951. She also played accompaniment for Dinah Washington. In 1951 she became part of the newly formed Austin Powell Quintet (consisting of former Cats and the Fiddle members Doris Knighton, Johnny Davis and Stanley Gaines, and also Dottie Smith) which recorded one Decca single entitled "All This Can't Be True" before disbanding. In early 1952, Booker led a quintet which played Birdland, featuring Don Elliot, Chuck Wayne, Clyde Lombardi and Connie Kay. Recordings with Miles Davis sitting in on the group have been preserved. In 1953, she formed her own trio with Bonnie Wetzel and Elaine Leighton. This group toured Europe in 1954 as part of a show entitled "Jazz Club USA", which featured Billie Holiday. After another stint with Dinah Washington in 1959, she slipped into obscurity. In the 1970s she continued to play and record with small groups.

1 Thou Swell
2 Ebony
3 Polka Dots And Moonbeams
4 That Old Gang Of Mine
5 Symphony
6 Booker T.
7 An Old Piano Plays The Blues
8 One For My Baby
9 Paris Medley: April In Paris > Paris In The Spring > The Last Time I Saw Paris > I Love Paris
10 Cheek To Cheek
11 Makin' Whoopee
12 I Should Care
13 Beryl Booker's Byased Blues
14 Tenderly
15 Body And Soul
16 Night And Day
17 My Funny Valentine
18 My Ideal
19 I Don't Know Why

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