[Dixielandjazz] A few "notes" on whistling
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tcashwigg at aol.com
Thu Jan 11 13:14:11 PST 2007
If I recall correctly ROGER WHITAKER IS/WAS A CANADIAN RIGHT ?
WELL THE CANADIANS MUST KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT THE FINE ART OF WHISTLING,
Cirque du Soleil is touring one from Los Angeles in one of their
productions and I heard his Cds are selling well too. :))
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Sent: Thu, 11 Jan 2007 8:05 AM
Subject: Re: [Dixielandjazz] A few "notes" on whistling
Roger Whittaker, the popular singer is also a very gifted whistler.
started out in the entertainment biz as a whistler but then decided to
vocalist . . . not that much demand for professional whistlers.
Just thought I'd throw his name into the mix.
Bill "phweet" Gunter
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>From: "Norman Vickers" <nvickers1 at cox.net>
>To: "DJML" <dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com>
>Subject: [Dixielandjazz] A few "notes" on whistling
>Date: Thu, 11 Jan 2007 09:52:03 -0600
>Responding to the several of you who have posted items on whistling
>A decade ago, as I recall, there was an item in USA Today about
>Of course, it mentioned the great whistler/vocalist Elmo Tanner who
>It mentioned three currently outstanding whistlers-jazz chromatic
>harmonicist, guitarist Toots Thielemans, clarinetist from Maine, Brad
>and clarinetist, flutist, piccolo player Ron McCroby. Thielemans and
>Terry are still following their vocation.
>Brad's whistling can be heard on a couple of recordings he did with
>guitarist Lenny Breau-"Living Room tapes."
>The late Bob Haggart would whistle through his teeth one some numbers,
>including his "Big Noise from Winnetka."
>At a jazz party I saw Haggart and cornetist Peter Ecklund do a duet
>this whistling through the teeth routine.
>I've seen great trombonist Bill Watrous do some great whistling
>One anecdote I heard about Elmo Tanner. Seems that Ted Weems would
>until Tanner was eating something, then he'd call a whistling tune,
>Here's a note about McCroby---taken from a website.
>* Genre: Jazz
>* Active: '80s
>* Instruments: Piccolo, Flute, Clarinet
>Ron McCroby was a master of the rarely practiced art of jazz whistling,
>blessed with amazingly sure intonation and technical control that
>him to mimic bebop players' lines with a clarity that made it sound as
>though he were playing a piccolo. In fact, McCroby delighted in
>his "instrument" as a "puccolo" (a conflation of "piccolo" and
>was born in 1934 and grew up in Morgantown, WV, where he played
>the high-school marching band. It was there that he made his musical
>whistling debut, filling in the piccolo part in "Stars and Stripes
>when the regular player was out sick. McCroby studied music at West
>University, but subsequently got married and moved to Cincinnati to
>advertising as his vocation. In his spare time, he performed locally
>clarinetist with various large and small jazz groups, sometimes
>flute or saxophone. Eventually, he became the advertising director for
>Little Tykes toy company, and also moved into cartoon voice-over work,
>portraying a whistling penguin on Scooby-Doo.
>McCroby made his television debut as a jazz whistler on a Cleveland
>show in 1981. Word spread quickly about his astonishing skill (and not
>inconsiderable novelty appeal), leading to his banner year of 1982.
>performed on The Merv Griffin Show and made the first of five
>The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson; he also performed at that year's
>Monterey Jazz Festival, with a repertoire that ranged from "Body and
>and "Blue Rondo a la Turk" to Vivaldi to the Andy Griffith theme. If
>weren't enough, McCroby also recorded his first album, Ron
><http://www.answers.com/topic/ron-mccroby-plays-puccolo> McCroby Plays
>Puccolo, for Concord Jazz, with a backing quartet featuring flutist Sam
><http://www.answers.com/topic/sam-most> Most, pianist Bill
><http://www.answers.com/topic/bill-mays> Mays, bassist Bob
><http://www.answers.com/topic/bob-magnusson> Magnusson, and drummer
><http://www.answers.com/topic/hamilton-vta> Hamilton. A second Concord
>album, The <http://www.answers.com/topic/the-other-whistler> Other
>Whistler, appeared in 1984. McCroby also continued his voice-over work
>several ad campaigns, most prominently as Tenderheart Bear for the
>greeting-card toy spinoff The Care Bears, as well as a Winnie the Pooh
>game. He retired in 1999, and in 2001 he traveled to the Netherlands
>an album with the Hans Mantel Trio, titled Twolips From Holland. On
>5, 2002, McCroby passed away at his Aurora, OH, home from an apparent
>Norman-if you whistle, please do it in tune--Vickers
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