[Dixielandjazz] Hot vs. Cool / Cats vs. Chicks

Stephen G Barbone barbonestreet at earthlink.net
Wed Oct 27 08:30:03 PDT 2010

On Oct 26, 2010, at 5:50 PM, Harry Callaghan wrote:  (polite snip)

> Wow,  Beryl Booker.............now there's a name I haven't heard in  
> years.  I have one 10" LP she recorded (trio I believe) on the  
> Cadence label.
> Since I worked for Archie Bleyer's company just after I got out of  
> high school, I never paid for any Cadence records, including a  
> coupla great 12"LPs by Billy Maxted, "Manhattan Style" and "Jazz at  
> Nick's"

Beryl Booker was a neat lady. Wonderful player whose style was  
somewhat like that of Erroll Garner. Block chords and improv with  
constant reference to the original melody. She also sang. Did a lot of  
work in NYC during the 1950s, and then went back to Philadelphia and  
gradually faded from the jazz scene.

Interestingly enough, she did not read music, but still managed to  
work with some great musicians like Miles Davis, Slam Stewart, Billie  
Holiday, Don Byas, Dinah Washington et al.

Steve Barbone

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