Utdrag ur boken / Excerpt from the book / “Jazz at Vespers – Jazz och religion”. English translation below. De flesta traditionella jazzband har väl någon gång spelat ”Lily of the Valley” och kanske också sjungit den grammatiskt icke helt korrekta texten ”Everybody Don’t Know who Jesus is” med refrängen ”He’s the Lily of the […]

In 1965 Alton was invited to the 20th Australian Jazz Convention, Sydney, December 27-30.  The last time the Australian Jazz Convention was held in Sydney, in 1962, we brought you Ken Colyer from England. Now we present a veteran negro pianist from the United States, Alton Purnell. If you know who Alton Purnell is, you […]

This is an attempt to describe the ”Closer Walk” story and the recordings, especially by George Lewis. An illustrated discography of his Closer Walk recordings is planned, based on the great ”Hymn to George” by Lennart Fält and Håkan Håkansson. There are several religious songs about walking, some of which also adapted to jazz style: ”Walking […]

The British Trumpet player Keith Smith went to New Orleans in 1964 trying to find Alton Purnell, who had moved to Los Angeles after the set-to with the George Lewis band in 1956.  No one seemed to know where Purnell was, and anyone who did wasn’t telling. (A Life of Jazz, Mississippi Rag November 1999.) […]

  Den 23 mars 1953 skrevs jazzhistoria: en gudstjänst med svarta jazzmusiker från New Orleans i en vit kyrka i nordöstra USA. Hur var detta möjligt? I denna bok berättas om * Jazzens rötter: blues, spirituals, gospel, brassband, begravningsmusik… * Kristna inslag i jazzmusiken * Religiöst/moraliskt motstånd mot jazz, rock mm… * Jazz och religion […]

    Gota River Jazzmen 2014: Ragnar Tretow trumpet, Karl Kronqvist bass, Ingemar Wågerman piano, Anders Alm clarinet and alto sax, Göran Möller banjo, Tomas Håård drums, Gunnar Boräng trombone (Photo Bengt Johansson). CALENDAR 2014: Thursday May 29th 10.00: Church service, Brunnby church, Skåne Friday May 30th 19.00: Church concert, same. Saturday June 14th, 19.00: […]

ALTON IN CALIFORNIA In 1956 Alton Purnell left George Lewis’ band and settled in California. His first job there was at  Ben Pollack’s club.”The Pick-a-Rib”, Sunset Strip, Hollywood, with ”The Roaring 20s Creole Jazz Band”: George Orendorff tp, Keg Johnson tb, Barney Bigard cl, Alton Purnell p, Johnny St. Cyr bj, Buddy Burns b, Minor […]


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