Give Now

Night Lights Classic Jazz

Jazz Studio 3 and 4: John Graas and Jack Millman

John GraasThis week on Night Lights it’s “Jazz Studio 3 & 4: John Graas and Jack Millman,” two more entries in Decca’s mid-1950s Jazz Studio series. John Graas was a classically-trained French horn player who worked with several famous big bands in the 1940s and who studied with both Lennie Tristano and West Coast music guru Wesley La Violette. In the 1950s he was active on the West Coast jazz scene and also did a stint on Liberace’s TV program. In this program we’ll hear selections from his “Jazz Studio 3″ album, including his compositions “6/4 and Even” and excerpts from his “Symphony 1 in F Minor,” as well as a quartet version of “My Buddy” with baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan sitting in.

We’ll also hear music from trumpeter Jack Millman’s “Jazz Studio 4.” Millman is another lesser-known West Coast jazz figure who led several album dates in the late 1950s; like Graas, he was steeped in classical influence and also worked with Stan Kenton’s orchestra at one time. “Jazz Studio 4″ consists of Millman originals arranged by Jimmy Giuffre, Bill Holman, Pete Rugolo, and others.

Music Heard On This Episode

Miss D.D.
Mary Lou Williams — Black Christ of the Andes (Smithsonian Folkways, 1964)
Buy from Amazon »
album cover
Miss D.D.
Mary Lou Williams — Black Christ of the Andes (Smithsonian Folkways, 1964)

Notes: Opening theme.

Buy from Amazon »
album cover
Mulliganesque
John Graas — Decca Jazz Studio 3

Notes: Includes Gerry Mulligan on baritone sax.

Buy from Amazon »
album cover
6/4 and Even
John Graas — Decca Jazz Studio 3

Notes: John Graas composition.

Buy from Amazon »
album cover
My Buddy
John Graas — Decca Jazz Studio 3
Buy from Amazon »
album cover
Charleston
John Graas — Decca Jazz Studio 3
Buy from Amazon »
album cover
Groove Juice
Jack Millman — Decca Jazz Studio 4
Buy from Amazon »
album cover
Ballad for Jeanie
Jack Millman — Decca Jazz Studio 4
Buy from Amazon »
album cover
So Goes My Love
Jack Millman — Decca Jazz Studio 4
Buy from Amazon »
album cover
Sonata Allegro
John Graas — Decca Jazz Studio 3

Notes: From Symphony #1 in F Minor

Buy from Amazon »
album cover
Scherzo
John Graas — Decca Jazz Studio 3

Notes: From Symphony #1 in F Minor

Buy from Amazon »
album cover
Too Much
Jack Millman — Decca Jazz Studio 4
Buy from Amazon »
album cover
Bolero de Mendez
Jack Millman — Decca Jazz Studio 4
Buy from Amazon »
album cover
Just a Pretty Tune
Jack Millman — Decca Jazz Studio 4
Buy from Amazon »
album cover
David Brent Johnson

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Brent Johnson moved to Bloomington in 1991. He is an alumnus of Indiana University, and began working with WFIU in 2002. Currently, David serves as jazz producer and systems coordinator at the station. His interests include literature, history, music, writing, and movies.

View all posts by this author »

Stay Connected

What is RSS? RSS makes it possible to subscribe to a website's updates instead of visiting it by delivering new posts to your RSS reader automatically. Choose to receive some or all of the updates from Night Lights Classic Jazz:

Support For Indiana Public Media From

About Night Lights

Search Night Lights

where to hear night lights

This Week On Afterglow

Moon Country: Hoagy Carmichael and Johnny Mercer

Skylark and Johnny Mercer

"Moon Country" features classic songs written by Johnny Mercer and Hoagy Carmichael, performed by Louis Armstrong, Helen Forrest, and others.

Read more »

Afterglow is WFIU's weekly program of jazz and American popular song hosted by David Brent Johnson.

More from Afterglow »