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December 27, 2008
The Passing of a Legend
Charlie Khederian passed away on Christmas morning. He was
born on October 31, 1917 in Kingston, New York. His introduction
to music was the violin. His grandfather would play for royalty
in Europe and in Asia. Charlie's Violin lessons began at age
nine which led to playing with his high school orchestra.
Submitted by John Mumford with information provided by John Wildeman
December 15, 2008
Ringing the Sounds of Christmas on the Banjo
"Christmas Remembered" by Banjomania is my favorite holiday CD. It was conceived and recorded in a recording studio and the group never performed the songs in public. A version of this recording can still be found at websites like www.amazon.com. What you probably won't know is that the re-release of the CD by Intersound Inc is missing the last five tracks. Steve Simpson told me that the distribution rights of Banjomania's CDs had been sold to Intersound. The original CD contained 15 tracks while the later release was reduced to 10 tracks. It appears that the following last five songs were dropped:
I'll Be Home For Christmas
"We Wish You A Merry Christmas" featuring Fred 'Mickey' Finn -
Piano Wizard & Banjo Hall of Fame Cathy Reilly Finn. This is a
collection of holiday favorites with two secular songs added:
"Ave Maria" and "How Great Thou Art." This CD was recently
advertised in "The Resonator" and can be purchased for $15
(postage included) by sending payment to:
"A Banjo for Christmas" is a self produced CDR by Rob Wright. Not only does Rob create excellent arrangements for these holiday songs but he has a professional voice as well. He is also accompanied by his wife that he refers to as Killer. There is also a guest appearance of Steve Caddick on the track: "Carol of the Bells." You can purchase Rob's CD from his website at:
"Banjo Prancing" is not only the title of this CD but it is also an original holiday song written by Jack Convery. He has added bass, guitar and saxophone with his banjo to create some very entertaining tracks. This is a CDR but very well packaged and produced. The track that's not usually found on a banjo CD is "Trepak" from Tchaikovsky's ballet The Nutcracker.
This recording is available at www.banjojazz.com
Tim Allan's recording "Noel" contains 36 Christmas favorites played on banjo, mandolin, classical and steel string guitars with bass accompaniment. The songs appear in a series of medleys that are grouped based upon a theme. Unfortunately this recording is only available on cassette tape but if you still have the ability to listen to this media it is a very soothing and relaxing compilation of holiday music.
Available at Tim's website: www.timallan.com
Ira Ironstrings is an pseudonym for Alvino Ray. He is best known for the steel guitar but he was also a banjo player. "Plays Santa Claus - Christmas Music For Those Who Have Heard Everything" is a re-issue of an LP by Warner Bros. that was released in the 1950s. Alvino Ray was under contract with another record label so he couldn't use his real name. All of the holiday songs are recording with a "Dixieland" band and each track is highly spirited.
Availability at: www.amazon.com
"A Surf N' Swing Fret N' String Christmas" was made back in 2000 when "Smokey Montgomery" was still with us. The album features Nokie Edward, the guitar player with the the surf guitar group The Ventures. The Dallas Banjo Band is featured on some of the tracks along with The Light Crust Doughboys.
Available at www.amazon.com
These are recordings that are available on the market. There are others that can be found by searching used record dealers. If you know of a recording that should be on this list then please send me an email.
I am not aware of any banjo Chanukah or Kwanzaa recordings. If they exist please let me know.
During the month of December you can hears tracks from these recordings on Jazz Banjo Radio.
Submitted by John Mumford
November 11, 2008
First Italian Banjoree
I am glad to announce that last Saturday we had a jolly reunion
of several Italian banjoists, both 5- and 4-stringers. It was
the first official meeting organized by the Italian Banjo Guild,
a Yahoo Group that gathers 137 banjoist of all styles in Italy
and in the nearby Italian-speaking part of Switzerland.
Submitted by Nino Frasio
October 20, 2008
Marvin "Smokey" Montgomery - Jazz Banjo Man #1
1st edition autographed by
Submitted by Art Greenhaw
October 6, 2008
Barrie Marshall's Musical Postcard Collection
This is a great collection of vintage musical postcards.
Submitted by John Mumford
October 3, 2008
IF BENNY HAD MET CLANCY?
Submitted by Jack Convery
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