Metronome (magazine)

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Metronome
Metronome September 1949
Artie Shaw on the cover of the
September 1949 issue
Categoriesmusic magazine
Year founded1881
Final issue1961
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Metronome was a music magazine published from 1881 until 1961.[1][2]

The magazine in its early years catered for musicians in marching and then dance bands, but from the swing era, Metronome focused primarily on the genre of Jazz music appealing to fans. Writers for the magazine were its co-editors, Leonard Feather and Barry Ulanov; Miles Davis cited them as the only two white music critics in New York to understand bebop.[3]

The magazine closed in 1961.[2]

Metronome All-Stars Band[edit]

Metronome magazine conducted an annual poll during the years 1939-1961[4] to choose the musicians whom their readers considered as the top jazz instrumentalists, for that year, playing each instrument. Often, the Metronome organization recorded the all-stars on a regular basis, with recording sessions of the bands chosen in 1939-1942, 1945–1950, 1953, and 1956.[4]

In many cases, the all-stars group recorded two songs, with short solo performances, from nearly all of the participants.[4]

In 1940, Metronome magazine organized the Metronome All Star Nine, including Harry James, Jack Teagarden, Benny Carter, Jess Stacy, Charlie Christian and Gene Krupa.[5]

The all-stars band had several name variations: Metronome All Star Nine; Metronome All Stars; Metronome All Stars 1956; The Metronome All-Stars; or Metronome Allstars.[4]

Metronome Hall of Fame series[edit]

The following artists were inducted into Metronome's Hall of Fame series. According to jazz musician and Metronome contributor George T. Simon, the series "was designed to recognize sidemen, not leaders", but "quite a number of these sidemen eventually wound up as leaders".[6]

Metronome Hall of Fame inductees
Date Name Primary instrument Ref.
May
1935
Gene Krupa Drums [6]
Jan
1936
Bud Freeman Saxophone (tenor) [7]
Feb
1936
Red Norvo Xylophone [8]
Mar
1936
Glenn Miller Trombone [9]
Jun
1936
Bunny Berigan Trumpet [10]
Jul
1936
Eddie Miller Saxophone (tenor) [11]
Sep
1936
Teddy Wilson Piano [12]
Octt
1936
Charlie Spivak Trumpet [13]
Dec
1936
Jack Teagarden Trombone [14]
Jan
1937
Ray McKinley Drums [15]
May
1937
Carmen Mastren Guitar [16]
Jun
1937
Dave Tough Drums [17]
Jul
1937
Yank Lawson Trumpet [18]
May
1938
Harry James Trumpet [19]
Aug
1940
Will Bradley Trombone [20]
Feb
1941
Irving Goodman Trumpet [20]
Apr
1941
Ziggy Elman Trumpet [20]
May
1941
Irving Fazola Clarinet [21]
Jun
1941
Cozy Cole Drums [22]
Jun
1941
Cootie Williams Trumpet [20]
Sep
1941
Wolffe Taninbaum Saxophone (tenor) [20]
Oct
1941
Roy Eldridge Trumpet [23]
Jan
1947
Louis Armstrong Trumpet [20]
Feb
1947
Benny Goodman Clarinet [20]
Mar
1947
Mildred Bailey Vocals [20]
Apr
1947
Duke Ellington Piano [20]
Aug
1947
Charlie Christian Guitar [20]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dan Morgenstern oral history", Ed Berger, March 2007, webpage (PDF):smithsonianjazz-Morgenstern.
  2. ^ a b Teicher, Jordan G. (11 August 2015). "Rare Photographs of Jazz Icons from the Archives of Metronome Magazine". Slate. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
  3. ^ Davis, Miles (1989). Autobiography.
  4. ^ a b c d "Metronome All-Stars Band Discography" (overview), Discogs.com, 2009, webpage: Dcogs.
  5. ^ "Jazz CDs, Pt. 1 - November 2002", John Henry, Audiophile Audition, AudAud.com, 2002, webpage: AA-NOV02.
  6. ^ a b Simon 1971, p. 429.
  7. ^ Simon 1971, p. 431.
  8. ^ Simon 1971, p. 432.
  9. ^ Simon 1971, p. 433.
  10. ^ Simon 1971, p. 88.
  11. ^ Simon 1971, p. 434–435.
  12. ^ Simon 1971, p. 436.
  13. ^ Simon 1971, p. 437–438.
  14. ^ Simon 1971, p. 439.
  15. ^ Simon 1971, p. 440–441.
  16. ^ Simon 1971, p. 405.
  17. ^ Simon 1971, p. 442–443.
  18. ^ Simon 1971, p. 444.
  19. ^ Simon 1971, p. 445.
  20. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Merriam 1970, p. 19.
  21. ^ Simon 1971, p. 446.
  22. ^ Simon 1971, p. 447–448.
  23. ^ Simon 1971, p. 449.

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