Chauncey Morehouse Surrounded by Drums

Chauncey Morehouse Surrounded by Drums

Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

October 18th, 2009, 10:16 pm #1


Thanks to the unlimited generosity of Steve H, here is an interesting photo of Chauncey Morehouse surrounded by drums; from a Capitol Records newsletter of August 1945..

<img alt="[linked image]" src="http://bixbeiderbecke.com/MorehouseDrums.jpg">

I looked for recordings of Chauncey with Carl Kress in the 1940s. I did not find anything by the Carl Kress Quintet with Chauncey (I found one with Dave Tough). I found one recording session of Morehouse and Kress under the name of Will Bradley (tb) on June 7, 1944 with Yank Lawson (t), Ray Eckstrand (cl), James P. Johnson (p); Bob Haggart (b). Two of the tunes that were recorded  have connections to Bix: Jazz Me Blues (recordings by the Wolverines and Bix and His Gang), I've Found A new Baby (played by Whiteman oin the Old Gold Program of Aug 13, 1929, Bix's solo on muted cornet).

Albert

PS Susan, do you know about this photo and/or a recording session of your grandfateher with the Carl Kress Quintet?
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Josh Duffee
Josh Duffee

October 19th, 2009, 4:51 am #2

Hi Albert,

The drums in particular are Chauncey's N'Goma (Nah-Go-Mah) Drums. He found the name for them in a dictionary. These are C-C drums. He would have to go in every day and re-tune them to their correct pitches. Calf-skin heads cannot hold pitch due to weather conditions. He could tune them before a show, but as soon as he got on stage the pitch would change again from the lights heating up the drum heads. But, in the end, nothing beats a calf-skin drum head!

Chauncey was featured with his N'Goma drums in 1938 for some Brunswick sides. He was featured in 1937 with his "Swing Six," and then in 1938 with his own orchestra. His recording session with Carl Kress was in 1944 with Will Bradley/Yank Lawson All Stars for the Signature and Brunswick labels. Bob Haggart and James P. Johnson were also a part of these sessions.

In March of 2010, at Phil's Bix Tribute in Racine, I will be one of the speakers again. This time I will be talking about Chauncey, showing pictures, playing sound clips and interview clips, and much more! Susan has been a huge help in gathering items to use for the presentation, plus, we're both working together to have a website dedicated to Chauncey. She has the domain name all set, www.chaunceymorehouse.com, and I'll be sending her information about Chauncey from each era of his life, from his birth to his passing.

Something else that ties in with Chauncey is the concert that Vince Giordano and His Chicago Nighthawks will be presenting on Saturday afternoon, October 31st, at the Glendora Ballroom in Chicago, from 1pm-5pm. This event is being organized by the Illiana Traditional Jazz Club, and will feature pretty much the same musicians from Vince's group from Phil's event this past March. The date of the performance falls on the day that Chauncey passed away. I'm sure Vince will dedicate a tune or two to Chauncey that day too. The details for the performance are on the website for the Illiana Trad Jazz Club.

Josh Duffee
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October 19th, 2009, 11:36 am #3

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Susan Atherton Reed
Susan Atherton Reed

October 19th, 2009, 9:02 pm #4

Hi Albert,

The drums in particular are Chauncey's N'Goma (Nah-Go-Mah) Drums. He found the name for them in a dictionary. These are C-C drums. He would have to go in every day and re-tune them to their correct pitches. Calf-skin heads cannot hold pitch due to weather conditions. He could tune them before a show, but as soon as he got on stage the pitch would change again from the lights heating up the drum heads. But, in the end, nothing beats a calf-skin drum head!

Chauncey was featured with his N'Goma drums in 1938 for some Brunswick sides. He was featured in 1937 with his "Swing Six," and then in 1938 with his own orchestra. His recording session with Carl Kress was in 1944 with Will Bradley/Yank Lawson All Stars for the Signature and Brunswick labels. Bob Haggart and James P. Johnson were also a part of these sessions.

In March of 2010, at Phil's Bix Tribute in Racine, I will be one of the speakers again. This time I will be talking about Chauncey, showing pictures, playing sound clips and interview clips, and much more! Susan has been a huge help in gathering items to use for the presentation, plus, we're both working together to have a website dedicated to Chauncey. She has the domain name all set, www.chaunceymorehouse.com, and I'll be sending her information about Chauncey from each era of his life, from his birth to his passing.

Something else that ties in with Chauncey is the concert that Vince Giordano and His Chicago Nighthawks will be presenting on Saturday afternoon, October 31st, at the Glendora Ballroom in Chicago, from 1pm-5pm. This event is being organized by the Illiana Traditional Jazz Club, and will feature pretty much the same musicians from Vince's group from Phil's event this past March. The date of the performance falls on the day that Chauncey passed away. I'm sure Vince will dedicate a tune or two to Chauncey that day too. The details for the performance are on the website for the Illiana Trad Jazz Club.

Josh Duffee
Thanks, Josh for such a comprehensive answer. We do have quite a bit of info regarding the N'Goma drums that will be available (eventually) on the Chauncey website. Albert, I'm sending a couple of pictures to you if you'd like to post them. That "N'Goma" name fits right in with his character...he LOVED words, plays on words, setting words to a rhythm, and puns!

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Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

October 19th, 2009, 10:35 pm #5


.... images of Chauncey surrounded by his N'Goma drums.









Thanks, Susan! We are all looking forward to the Chauncey website.The home page is up, but the links are not yet operational.

http://chaunceymorehouse.com/

Albert
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