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"Danny's Favorite Recordings Part #1" - *Saxophonists

We have been receiving many requests from visitors to list some of the following favorite music selections from the past decades which have been located in the archive files of “Mr. Nick’s Jazz Corner.”

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During the past decades, I have had the privilege of listening to these selections that have been played numerous times for the enjoyment of various styles of music from Ballads, Rhythm & Blues, Big Bands, Male & Female Vocalists, Swing, Classic Rock n’ Roll, to Straight-Head Jazz.  In the coming months look forward to other future posts of . . .

"My Favorite Recordings - Part #2"

<*>Which will feature female vocalists and their recordings.<*> 

 *Lee Allen - "Walkin' with Mr. Lee"

*Illinois Jacquet - "Flyin' Home"

*Jimmy Dorsey - "So Rare" 

*Sam 'The Man' Taylor - "Harlem Nocturne"

*Rusty Bryant - "Castle Rock" 

 *Stan Getz - "I'm Glad There is You"

*Gene Ammons - "Till There Was You"

*Red Prysock - "Soft"

*Eddie 'Lockjaw' Davis - "We'll Be Together Again"

  *More to follow*



The Ladies & Gentlemen of JAZZ



Wishing all . . . A Happy New Year and may “2013” bring happiness and joy.  We are looking forward to be posting more articles about Jazz related items reflecting upon Musicians, Venues, Landmarks, and personal Anecdotes shared with many Celebrities and Friends during my career in music.

We will also mention various excerpts and topics from my published book -“Jazz Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow” . . .that covers 100 years of Jazz related topics. This publication contains many important, fascinating and entertaining aspects from more than 50 years of my experiences as a musician and in show business.

 We are working directly with the publisher DIANE Publishing to offer a discounted price for my book. More information will become avalailabe in the coming year 2013. 


Thank you,

Danny, Steve & Staff




Stan RossRecently, my friend saxophonist Stan Ross contacted me to let me know that he located information of our mutual friend Ray Hyman. Stan took this photo one day in the mid 1990s while they both visited saxophone repairperson George Sarkis’ shop that was located next to the Musicians Union Hall Local 77 that was located in the vicinity of 18th & Arch Sts...on north 18th Street in Philadelphia.

While Stan was acquainted with Ray Hyman for many years . . . and I would meet Ray on various occasions upon returning from working out of town engagements while getting my saxophone repaired.


This obituary news article was Published: August 22, 1997

Recently Saxophonist and Inventor

 Ray Hyman, a musician and inventor, died on Aug. 15 at his home in Bala Cynwyd, Pa. He was 86. Mr. Hyman was an accomplished saxophonist who performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra for nearly 60 years. He was one of the few musicians to have worked under the orchestra's three longtime conductors, Leopold Stokowski, Eugene Ormandy and Riccardo Muti.  

He also performed with the Paul Whiteman Orchestra and with the Lester and Howard Lanin Society Bands.

In the late 1950's, Mr. Hyman designed and patented a saxophone strap that quickly won favor among musicians and is widely used today.Hyman - SAX STRAP

He also designed a popular saxophone case, the "Sax-Pak,"  SAX-PAKand designed several homes in Philadelphia, in Penn Valley, Pennsylvania, and  Long Beach Island in New Jersey.

He is survived by two daughters, Judith Corson and Dena Robbins; two sons, Asher and Michael; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.   *author unknown

 Special note from Stan Ross

As I began to edge my way through Philadelphia's musical arena I met Ray Hyman. It was at the nationally known George Sarkis musical repair shop next to the Philadelphia Musician's Union. I enjoyed his friendship and guidance during my Twenty-year existence in the world of music.

Despite his stature and accomplishments, Ray was always the gentleman, always the interested listener to my-self conceived draw backs.  *Stan Ross 




* HOUSTON        * DALLAS        * AUSTIN         * SAN ANTONIO



Texas often remained unrecognized to the many contributions to the jazz music scene. Many careers were launched in this area during 20's, 30's thru the 1980's. These four cities became important to many jazz and blues musicians in the early days to present. In today's music scene each of the cities have attained a variety of styles from small informal clubs to the more elaborate jazz and blues bars and restaurants.
The memory of the many legendary musicians that performed in the area during the past
will be remembered for many years to come.
Ernestine Anderson - Vocals, Houston, Tx. -11/11/28
Teddy Buckner - Trumpet, Sherman, Tx. - 7/16/09 - 9/22/94
Ernie Caceres - Baritone Sax, Rockport, Tx. -11/22/11 -1/10/71
Charlie Christian - Guitar, Dallas, Tx. - 7/29/16 -3/2/42
Ornette Coleman - Alto Sax, Fort Worth, Tx. - 3/19//20
Larry Coryell - Guitar, Galveston, Tx. - 4/2/43
King Curtis - Tenor Sax, Forth Worth, Tx. - 2/7/34 - 8/13/71
Kenny Dorham - Trumpet, Fairfield, Tx. - 8/30/24 -12/5/72
Herb Ellis - Guitar, McKinley, Tx. -8/4/21  - 3/28/10
Booker Erving - Tenor Sax, Denison, Tx. -10/31/30 -7/31/70
Herschel Evans - Tenor Sax, Denton, Tx. -1909 -2/9/39
Red Garland - Piano, Dallas, Tx. - 5/13/23 - 4/23/84
James Peter Giuffre  - Saxes, Dalls,  Tx. - 4/26/21 - 4/24/08
                                                             . . . plus many more.

It's A Little Known Fact . . .

Henry "Buster" Smith (8/24/04 - 8/10/91) . . . Alto Sax & Clarinetist - arranger who wrote the the signature song "One O'Clock Jump" for Count Basie, failed to copyright the composition.