Posts Tagged ‘they’

They Don’t Make Them Like They Used To

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Old Lionel Railway commercials.
Video Rating: 5 / 5

Can Someone tell me all they know about Charles Melvin (Cootie Williams)?

Sunday, December 2nd, 2012

Question by disconnect1: Can Someone tell me all they know about Charles Melvin (Cootie Williams)?
Where when and with whom was his musical training/education? Who was his key influence, who was it who influenced him? What were some of the key elements that made this person an innovator of jazz? Tell me about when he got his break or a great story about him!

Best answer:

Answer by LAlawMedMBA
Cootie Williams’ earliest influence was his musical mother, who encouraged him to take up the tuba and play in the school band. When his mother died, his father hired a local trumpet teacher, Charles Lipskin, a major influence who once played with New Orleans Excelsior Jazz Band.

At the age of fourteen, Williams spent a summer in the family band of Willis Handy Young, playing alongside the great tenor saxophonist Lester Young. By sixteen, he had played in numerous bands around his native Mobile, Alabama, and was constantly exposed to New Orleans bands in town for one-nighter’s, particularly trumpeter Kid Punch and clarinetist Edmund Hall. He went with Hall to Jacksonville, Florida, and the two ended up with Alonzo Ross, leader of a Florida territory band called the Ross Deluxe Syncopators that played at the Rosemount Ballroom. There he saw a lot of Louis Armstrong, who was a second major influence.

In 1928, Williams traveled by steamship from Savannah, Georgia to New York City. He was soon working with two of Harlem’s most popular bandleaders: pianist Fletcher Henderson and drummer Charlie “Chick” Webb. Playing for both of these extraordinary bands put him at the cutting edge of jazz, and was his “big break.”

His second major career advancement occurred in 1929, when he replaced Bubber Miley in the Duke Ellington Orchestra. He matured there through the 1930s, leading sessions with Lionel Hampton and Billie Holiday.

When he performed as a featured guest at Benny Goodman’s Carnegie Hall Concert in 1938, he was so impressed by Goodman that he jumped to Goodman’s band on November 6, 1940. After a year with Benny, Williams formed his own band. The Cootie Williams Band featured players such as pianist Bud Powell, tenorman Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, alto saxophonist/singer Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson, and the alto king, Charlie Parker. The band peaked during World War II, traveling from coast to coast, and having several hits, including “Round Midnight,” which Williams co-authored with Thelonious Monk. From 1948 to 1955, the Cootie Williams Sextet had a steady gig at the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem, but his popularity waned. In 1962, he rejoined Benny Goodman’s Band briefly, then returned to the Duke Ellington Orchestra, where he stayed until 1978, well past Ellington’s 1974 death.

Williams’ key innovative elements were: (1) His renowned deep driving sound, a growling “jungle” trumpet playing style (in the tradition of Bubber Miley and trombonist Joe “Tricky Sam” Nanton); (2) his use of the plunger mute, which reputedly inspired Wynton Marsalis; (3) his pivotal recording, “Concerto for Cootie,” (also known as “Do Nothing Until You Hear From Me”), because of its revelation of diverse styles and moods, from steamy Harmon mute to growling plunger to brassy cascading high notes; (4) his merging of the New Orleans Dixieland sound into Big Band Swing and beyond; and (5) early fusion of jazz with R&B in a 1948 hit called “Gator,” which owed much of its success to the rackety tenor sax of sideman Willis Jackson.

Great Story #1: Williams received hundreds of hate mail letters after jumping to Goodman’s band. While he had the Duke’s blessing to cash in on his fame, many jazz enthusiasts viewed his decision as little less than treason. The controversy even inspired bandleader and composer Raymond Scott to write a hit tune, “When Cootie Left The Duke.”

Great Story #2: His experience with the volatile Bird (Charlie Parker) was such a culture shock that Williams, a lifelong teetotaler, began drinking.

Give your answer to this question below!

Will they even come out with electric train?

Sunday, September 16th, 2012

Question by jot s: Will they even come out with electric train?
I was just wondering if they are working on it./

Best answer:

Answer by billrussell42
There have been electric trains for the last 100 years !

Pure electric trains are probably about 50% of the trains in the world, with Diesel–electric almost all of the other 50%, and they can also be considered electric. There are still a few steam engines operating, as well as a few pure diesel ones.

.

What do you think? Answer below!

How did they convert ac to dc current on electric train transformer when they didnt have transistors then?

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

Question by modah: How did they convert ac to dc current on electric train transformer when they didnt have transistors then?

Best answer:

Answer by eric l
They would use a diode that would handle enough current.

What do you think? Answer below!

Why is it that when diesel trains don’t use electric pickup even though they could?

Monday, June 11th, 2012

Question by prof. Jack: Why is it that when diesel trains don’t use electric pickup even though they could?
If the trains are diesel/electric then surely they could have a pickup to collect electricity from the wire/third rail, where I live there is a railway line which for half of its way is diesel, but the other half is electric (it joins to an electric one) why doesn’t this train use both sources? (It’s the Uckfield – London Bridge Line). I have seen it on French, Dutch, German and Czech railways. Surely the cost of diesel is higher than electricity?

I mean a train using diesel as a fuel EVEN THOUGH it is on a track with electrical pickup avaliable

and that the train is a diesel/electric one; so it uses electric current anyway, apparently the trains on the railway line near to me are “Turbostar”

The track does about 30 miles on electric and about 30 on diesel track; it goes right into the centre of London (thorugh residential areas) so wouldn’t it be enviromentally, economically and aetheticlaly better for the train to use electric when in an electric area?

Best answer:

Answer by justanotherengine
Same thing here on Long Island, half of the LIRR is electric (Going inbound/westbound into NYC PENN STA.), once it gets to Babylon (about 1/2 way approx. outbound towards the less populated east end) it only can run on Diesel, the diesels can run up to Brooklyn (inbound/westbound) on the electric lines but can’t go into the tunnels under the East river leading to Penn Sta (from Brooklyn to Manhattan, so everyone changes at babylon, mostly), I think that they just now have a Diesel electric, that CAN use the pick up off the electric third rail of the tunnels, and go into Penn. sta in Manhattan.

What do you think? Answer below!

do they make any Budweiser train cars for ho train sets?

Monday, May 14th, 2012

Question by Michael C: do they make any Budweiser train cars for ho train sets?
model trains
model train cars
reefer cars
ttrain set
model train cars

Best answer:

Answer by Dan A
http://cgi.ebay.com/Vintage-Tyco-HO-Scale-Budweiser-train-box-car-71529_W0QQitemZ160206260955QQihZ006QQcategoryZ19140QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
Found this one but dam not many out there. here’s the main link for you Good Luck Dan
http://search.ebay.com/tyco-ho

Give your answer to this question below!

What my engine’s do when they visit the Stonnington Valley Railway

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

ever wondered what model trains do at model railway club? here’s what duties my engine’s carry out when they visit the local club. enjoy and subscribe please.
Video Rating: 5 / 5

They collect real trains!

Saturday, February 11th, 2012

Some people collect toy trains as a hobby. For others only real ones will do! A Swiss model collector started buying and restoring real historic trains. After a few years he founded an association, which now run its trains on some Swiss railway tracks. The trains can also be rented out for special occasions. (TSR-swissinfo.ch)
Video Rating: 5 / 5

How come American electric bullet trains are so pathetic compared to Chinese ones? Not only are they French?

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

Question by : How come American electric bullet trains are so pathetic compared to Chinese ones? Not only are they French?
technology, they cannot reach any speed close to a bullet unlike Chinese trains are.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High-speed_rail_in_the_United_States

Chinese CRH380A electric bullet train

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/China_Railways_CRH380A

1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FQwnGoG3FI

2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BesG8uCyuSM

3 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VII1qOaFXI4

Best answer:

Answer by Rose
They failed that class. The Engineer only got a 64 in bullet trains

Give your answer to this question below!

I have some Lionel trains from the 40’s and 50’s, how much are they worth?

Saturday, November 26th, 2011

Question by roncreewall: I have some Lionel trains from the 40’s and 50’s, how much are they worth?

Best answer:

Answer by Steven D
Have you tried contacting the local Train club? Or you could check here:http://www.traincity.com/price_guide/plli.html

Personally I’d keep them. I have a 1958 Lionel Trolley complete in the original box with instructions. The last time I checked it was worth over $ 200.

Know better? Leave your own answer in the comments!

Subscribe to RSS feed

Dallas Cowboys vs. New York Jets    Watch Pittsburgh Steelers vs Baltimore Ravens live stream, NFL, week 1, 11.09.2011  Live TV Streams Discussions