It was certainly a magic night at the Pawnshop (Stampen) in March, 1976 when a young lady of 81 completely captured and entranced the audience with her stage presence and vibrant personality. Her communication with the musicians and audience combined to elevate her artistry beyond the aural level to include that indefinable ingredient….. atmosphere. This atmosphere was retrieved from our vaults from 31 years ago and like a good wine has aged well as lovers of jazz from the twenties will appreciate.
Eva Taylor is a direct link with the great era of jazz when she was singing with the Clarence Williams Blue Five and also with Louis Armstrong and Sidney Bechet who were coming to their peak as influential jazz geniuses in the mid twenties.
The band which perfectly complements her artistry is Maggie’s Blue Five and includes Tomas Örnberg on clarinet & sopranosaxophone and Bent Persson, trumpet from Tomas Örnberg’s Blue Five and later on, The Swedish Jazz Kings.
Also in the band are Andreas Heymowski - clarinet and bassclarinet, Jens ‘Jesse’ Lindgren - trombone, Hans Hultman-Boye - piano, Göran Stachewsky - banjo, Lennart Bohm - bass and Margaretha Thalén - vocals.
The scene is Stampen (The Pawnshop), the famous jazz pub in the heart of Stockholm, on a Monday night in March 1976.
Perhaps not the best day in the week for jazz listening, but the place is crowded. A couple of hundred people squeezed into the small space. Everybody is concentrated on the music and especially on that little lady, whose singing and presence on the stage never fails to keep an audience spellbound.
At the age of 81, Eva is probably a better jazz singer than in the '20s. Her voice is now lower pitched than in her youth, it is still strong and clear, and she swings more than ever before. Like most singers of her generation, she is also a real actress, without the pretentiousness of many “big stars”. She has a great' sense of humour and a refreshingly unsophisticated approach to everything she does.
This recording can of course not give a complete picture of Eva Taylor's artistry, with her dancing on the stage and her communication with the musicians and the audience, but it captures as well as possible the music and the atmosphere on one of her most inspired nights in Stockholm.
We were fortunate in having this great woman with us for a few memorable days.
Listen to music samples
01. Everybody Loves My Baby (Palmer - S. Williams)
02. I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate (Piron)
04. Papa De-Da-Da (C. Williams - S. Williams - Todd)
10. I´m A Little Blackbird (Clarke - Turk. Meyer - Johnston)
01. Everybody Loves My Baby (Palmer - S. Williams) 3´40
02. I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate (Piron) 4´53
03. I Found A New Baby (Palmer) 4´45
04. Papa De-Da-Da (C. Williams - S. Williams - Todd) 5´20
05. Cake Walkin´ Babies From Home (C. Williams - Smith - Troy) 4´20
06. Of All The Wrongs You´ve Done To Me (Payton - Smith - Dewell) 3´33
07. Are They Pickin´ On Your Baby (C. Williams) 4´28
08. Mandy, Make Up Your Mind (Clarke - Turk - Meyer - Johnston) 4´22
09. High Society (Steele) 3´55
10. I´m A Little Blackbird (Clarke - Turk. Meyer - Johnston) 7´22
Eva Taylor; vocal
Tomas Örnberg, sop, cl; Bent Persson, tp; Jens “Jesse” Lindgren, tb;
Andreas Heymowski, cl, bcl; Hans Hultman-Boye, p; Göran Stachewsky, bj;
Lennart Bohm, b; Margaretha Thalén, voc (added in track 10)
All orchestral and background arrangements are made by Bent Persson
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This will make you smile. Ever so sweet. If you like live jazz recorded in a small intimate setting. With fun being had by all. You'll love this one.