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Warne Marsh

STARS OF JAZZ - MARCH 11, 1957 - SHOW #36

The 36th program on KABC’s Stars of Jazz series featured the Warne Marsh Quintet that had been attracting appreciative audiences at Bill Whisling’s Modern Jazz Room at 6507 Sunset Blvd. Whisling’s jazz club had been in constant operation since the early 1950s when it was known as Whisling’s Hawaii. The featured vocalist on the program was Ann Richards, also known as Mrs. Stan Kenton. The Warne Marsh Quintet featured Marsh and Ted Brown on tenor saxes, Ronnie Ball on piano, Ben Tucker on bass, and Jeff Morton on drums. Ann Richards was accompanied by Eddie Beal who frequently occupied the piano chair on Stars of Jazz to back the featured vocalist. Shown above: a vintage handbill from 1950 on the left, a contemporary photo of the space at 6507 Sunset Boulevard on the right, and at the bottom a listing for the Marsh quintet at Bill Whisling's from Down Beat magazine's Where To Go column.

John Tynan reviewed the Warne Marsh Quintet for down beat's "Caught In The Act" column in the March 21, 1957 edition of the magazine.

Warne Marsh had been busy in Los Angeles recording studios the previous fall of 1956.  The quintet that appeared on Stars of Jazz had recorded an album for Imperial records, Jazz of Two Cities, in October of 1956; and another album the same month for Kapp Records, Modern Jazz Gallery, that featured other groups in a double LP set. In November Marsh teamed up with Art Pepper to record an album for Contemporary Records that would remain unreleased for a number of years.

The same quintet members with the addition of Art Pepper on alto sax recorded an album for Vanguard Records, Free Wheeling, that was released under Ted Brown’s leadership. The sessions took place at Radio Recorders on December 21, 1956, the first from 1:00 to 3:30 P.M. and the second from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. Albert Marx signed the contract on behalf of Vanguard Records.

Ann Richards performing with the Stan Kenton Orchestra at Gene Norman's Crescendo Club.

 Ted Brown and Warne Marsh from the pre-show rehearsal.

SHOW #36
MARCH 11, 1957
The Warne Marsh Quintet: Warne Marsh, Ted Brown, tenor sax; Ronnie Ball, piano; Ben Tucker, acoustic double bass; Jeff Morton, drums. Eddie Beal, piano; Ann Richards, vocal.

Production credits for this show:
Host: Bobby Troup
Producer: Jimmie Baker
Writer: Robert Arbogast
Director: "Hap" Leo G. Weyman
Audio: Chuck Lewis
Cameramen: Jack Denton, Sal Folino
Technical Director: Gene Lukowski
Lighting Director: Vince Cilurzo
Video: George Hillas

The photos that greatly enhance this presentation have been provided courtesy of the Ray Avery Estate and the Howard Lucraft Collection.  The author would like to extend a most heartfelt thanks to Cynthia Sesso, Licensing Administrator of the Ray Avery Photo Archives and the Howard Lucraft Collection.  Please note that these photos remain the property of the Ray Avery Estate and the Howard Lucraft Collection and are used here with permission.  Any inquiries regarding their use, commercial or otherwise, should be directed to:  Cynthia Sesso at CTSIMAGES.


  1. James: The Warne Marsh is a classic session! Thank you so much for this.

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