Lammar WRIGHT as told by Wilmer WISE, his bandstand friend

Lammar WRIGHT (1905-1973) was an incredibly talented trumpeter who played in Cab’s orchestra between 1930 and 1944. He was one of the Missourians when Cab grabbed the band. Wilmer WISE (born in 1936) is another incredibly talented trumpeter, who has been playing in many fields, from big bands, Broadway pits, philharmonic orchestras, to rock and soul studio groups. We were honored to meet and interview him in October 2011 about his bandstand friend, Lammar Wright with whom he worked between 1956 and 1967. Read the full story →

Count BASIE in Cab Calloway’s orchestra?

  That's right! For an announcement effect, admit that it is powerful.  The Count at the Cab.  That was almost done. And from 1929!  Count Basie and Cab met at the time when young Calloway was the leader of the Alabamians. A great friendship was born between the two men...  The Hi de Ho Blog reveals a little more...   Read the full story →