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10 January 2023

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Flip Philips Sax from Swing to Stravinsky – Phantom Dancer

Greg Poppleton's Phantom Dancer swing jazz radio show

Flip Philips is this week’s Phantom Dancer feature artist in a broadcast from 1953 with Hank Jones (p/org) and Buddy Rich (d).

Joseph Edward Filippelli aka Flip Philips was a jazz tenor saxophonist and clarinettist who played swing, big band and Stravinsky.

The Phantom Dancer is your weekly non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV every week.

You’ll also hear Louis Armstrong this week with a set from 1945 radio and a set of his 1920s small groups.

LISTEN to this week’s Phantom Dancer mix (online after 2pm AEST, Tuesday 10 January) and weeks of Phantom Dancer mixes online at, at https://2ser.com/phantom-dancer/

FLIP

During the 1930s, Phillips played clarinet in a restaurant in Brooklyn. After that he was a member of bands led by Frankie Newton, Red Norvo, Benny Goodman, and Wingy Manone. He changed to tenor sax in his late 20s.
He was a regular soloist for the Woody Herman band in the middle 1940s and for the next ten years performed with Jazz at the Philharmonic.
Flip retired to Florida, but after fifteen years he returned to music, recording again and performing into his 80s.

He never lost the knack. On his final recording, made as the new millennium approached, he easily held his own alongside two of today’s big names, with a rounded, breathy tone that never weakened.

PHILIPS

Between 1944-46 he starred in Herman’s First Herd.

Headhunted by Herman, he became known for his contributions to the songs, The Good Earth, Apple Honey, Northwest Passage and many more.

Few musicians in the band were influenced by the new bebop sounds, but Herman’s knack of commissioning such talented young composer/ arrangers as Neal Hefti and Ralph Burns got the First Herd recognised as being in step with postwar progress.

Igor Stravinsky was impressed enough to write his Ebony Concerto specifically for the Herd; the story goes that, at a rehearsal, Phillips, apparently not the quickest of sight-readers, was told by Stravinsky, “What you are playing is very nice, but what I have written is much better.”

When the pressure of being continuously on the road caused Herman to disband at the end of 1946, Phillips worked with small groups, often featuring another ex-Herman star in trombonist Bill Harris, and joined Norman Granz’s JATP for concerts and tours.

During much of the next decade, he toured with Jazz At The Philharmonic (JATP), then at its peak as a high-profile roadshow, in which big-toned tenors were expected to egg the crowd on by indulging the instrument’s capacity to emit honks, squeals and earthshaking belches. One of the tunes used to bring the entertainment to a climax was Perdido, and a suitably rabble-rousing solo by Phillips, recorded at a JATP concert, linked the piece to him long after the event.

During this period, he often shared the stage with other top tenors, notably Lester Young and Ben Webster. They might have inspired his lighter touch on, respectively, blues and ballads, though Phillips was always able to adapt to his surroundings – with both Herman and JATP, he probably felt the need to blow at full throttle much of the time.

Here’s Flip Philips blowing at age 80

LATER

After joining Benny Goodman for a European tour in 1959, he decided to give up full-time playing. With his wife Sophia, he settled in Florida, making a living from non-musical jobs. He managed a beachside housing development and indulged his hobbies of golf and wood work. He also took up the bass clarinet.

But, by 1970, the jazz climate had altered in his favour. Bands were increasingly being formed by players of the past, and Phillips rejoined Herman for a gig at the Newport festival. He was a natural attraction at jazz parties run by wealthy aficionados.

The arrival of musicians whose styles harked back beyond bebop, let alone beyond John Coltrane, found Phillips joining Scott Hamilton on two-tenor dates. He often teamed up with guitarist Howard Alden, a fixture on the neo-swing scene.

Phillips thrived musically, showing he had lost nothing over the years, while adding the ease of expression that comes when you don’t have to prove yourself to anyone. On his last record, made at the age of 84, he sounds ultra-relaxed in the company of Joe Lovano, himself a poll-winning tenor, and James Carter. (From All About Jazz).

Highly recommend this thoroughly researched history of Flip Philips http://www.jazzarcheology.com/artists/flip_phillips.pdf

10 JANUARY PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
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Community Radio Network Show CRN #579

107.3 2SER Tuesday 10 January 2023
12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT) and Saturdays 5 – 5:55pm
National Program
5UV Adelaide Monday 2:30 – 3:30am
5GTR Mt Gambier Monday 2:30 – 3:30am
3MBR Murrayville Monday 3 – 4am
4NAG Keppel FM Monday 3 – 4am
2MIA Griffith Monday 3 – 4am
2BAR Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4am
2BRW Braidwood Monday 3 – 4am
2YYY Young Monday 3 – 4am
3VKV Alpine Radio Monday 6 – 7pm
7MID Oatlands Monday 3am – 4 and 6 -7pm
2MCE Bathurst Wednesday 9 – 10am
1ART ArtsoundFM Canberra Friday 10 – 11am
and Sunday 11pm
Reading Radio (QLD) Friday 1am – 2
2RRR Ryde Friday 11am – 12
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
5LCM Lofty FM Adelaide Friday 1 – 2pm
6GME Radio Goolarri Broome Saturday 4am – 5am
Denmark FM (West Australia) Saturday 10 – 11am
Repeat: Wednesdays 10 – 11pm
7LTN Launceston Sunday 5 – 6am
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am
3BBR West Gippsland Sunday 5 – 6pm
2SEA Sapphire Coast Eden Sunday 9 – 10pm

Set 1
Louis Armstrong
Ain’t Misbehavin’
Louis Armstrong Orchestra (voc) Louis Armstrong
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
1945
Barrelhouse Bessie from Basin Street
Louis Armstrong Orchestra (voc) Louis Armstrong
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
1945
Peanut Vendor
Louis Armstrong Orchestra (voc) Louis Armstrong
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
1945
CoquetteLouis Armstrong Orchestra (voc) Louis Armstrong
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
1945
Set 2
Tito Puente Mambo King
Esy
Tito Puente Orchestra
Birdland
WABC NYC
1953
Babarabatiri
Tito Puente Orchestra (voc) Vincent Chico Valdes
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Birdland
WJZ ABC NYC
1953
Ron Kan Kan
Tito Puente Orchestra
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Birdland
WJZ ABC NYC
1953
Set 3
Eddie Condon
I Found a New Baby
Eddie Condon Jazz Group
‘Eddie Condon Jazz Concert’
AFRS Re-broadcast
1944
What Is There to Say?
Willie ‘The Lion’ Smith
‘Eddie Condon Jazz Concert’
AFRS Re-broadcast
1944
Jazz Me Blues
Eddie Condon Jazz Group
‘Eddie Condon Jazz Concert’
AFRS Re-broadcast
1944
Set 4
Flip Philips
Three Little Words
Flip Philips (ts) Hank Jones (p/org) Buddy Rich (d)
Bandbox
WMGM NYC (?)
19 Jan 1953
Carioca
Flip Philips (ts) Hank Jones (p/org) Buddy Rich (d)
Bandbox
WMGM NYC (?)
19 Jan 1953
Sweet Lorraine
Flip Philips (ts) Hank Jones (p/org) Buddy Rich (d)
Bandbox
WMGM NYC (?)
19 Jan 1953
Bugle Call Rag
Flip Philips (ts) Charlie Shavers (tp) Hank Jones (p/org) Buddy Rich (d)
Bandbox
WMGM NYC (?)
19 Jan 1953
Set 5
1940s Women Swing Singers
Baby Boogie
Eliot Lawrence Orchestra (voc) Rosalind Patton
Palladium Ballroom
KNX CBS LA
2 Dec 1947
Hollywood Bowl
Tony Pastor Orchestra (voc) Rosemay & Betty Clooney, Tony Pastor
Palladium Ballroom
KNX CBS LA
Jun 1946
Beg Your Pardon
Harry James Orchestra (voc) Dinah Shore
‘Dinah Shore Show’
KNX CBS LA
4 May 1948
You Turned the Tables on Me + But None Like You
Charlie Spivak Orchestra (voc) Irene Day & Tommy Mercer
Palladium Ballroom
KNX CBS LA
7 Apr 1948
Set 6
Louis Armstrong 1920s
That’s When I’ll Come Back To You
Louis Armstrong and his Hot Seven (voc) Louis Armstrong & Lil Hardin
Comm Rec
Chicago
13 May 1927
Savoyages’ Stomp
Caroll Dickenson’s Savoyagers
Comm Rec
Chicago
5 Jul 1928
Too Busy
Louis Armstrong and his Hot Four (voc) Lillie Delk Christian
Comm Rec
Chicago
26 Jun 1928
Basin Street Blues
Louis Armstrong and his Savoy Ballroom Five (voc) Earl Hines & Mancy Cara
Comm Rec
Chicago
4 Dec 1928
Set 7
Ella Fitzgerald
Open + Who Ya’ Hunchin’?
Ella Fitzgerald Orchestra
Savoy Ballroom
WJZ NBC Blue NYC
26 Feb 1940
You Hit The Spot
Chick Webb Orchestra (voc) Ella FitzgeraldRadio Transcription
1936
It’s a Blue World
Ella Fitzgerald Orchestra (voc) Ella Fitzgerald
Savoy Ballroom
WJZ NBC Blue NYC
4 Mar 1940
Rhythm & Romance
Chick Webb Orchestra (voc) Ella Fitzgerald
Radio Transcription
1936
Set 8
1950s Big Band Radio
Open + Dream a Little Dream of Me
Claude Thornhill Orchestra (voc) Patty Ryan
‘One Night Stand’
Steel Pier
Atlantic City NJ
AFRS Re-broadcast
24 Aug 1955
LimelightStan Kenton Orchestra
‘Concert in Miniature’
Moonlight Gardens
WLW NBC Cincinnati
26 Aug 1952
Two O’Clock Jump
Harry James Orchestra
Hotel Astor Roof
WCBS CBS NYC
25 May 1953
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