Melba Liston

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Melba Liston

Born: Melba Doretta Liston January 13, 1926 Kansas City, MO

Died April 23, 1999 Los Angeles, CA

Jazz, Big Band, Trombone, Arranger

50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s

Played with Gerald Wilson, Dizzy Gillespie, Randy Weston, Count Basie, Billie Holiday, Art Blakey, Billy Eckstine and Quincy Jones.

Discography:

As leader/principal artist[edit]

Melba Liston and Her ’Bones (leader, soloist, composer/arranger, appears on all tracks; Fresh Sound 408, 2006 reissue of original 1958 MetroJazz Recordsrecording; recorded 1956, 1958) Randy Weston/Melba Liston, Volcano Blues(arranger, all tracks; Verve/Gitanes 519 269-2; recorded February 1993)

As soloist/bandmember[edit]

  • Dexter Gordon (leader) and others, Bebop Revisited, Vol. I (soloist, bandmember, appears on tracks 1-4; Xanadu 120, 2001 reissue of original 1947 Dial/Spotlite recordings)
  • Dizzy Gillespie (leader), Birks Works: The Verve Big-Band Sessions (soloist, bandmember, solos on track 13, disc 1, appears on all tracks; Verve 527900, 1995 compilation of 1956-1957 sessions)
  • Dizzy Gillespie, Newport Live (soloist, bandmember, appears on all tracks; Polygram 46LR, 1992 reissue of 1957 live recording)
  • Art Blakey, The Jazz Messengers Plus Four (soloist, bandmember, appears on all tracks; Cadet LP4049; recorded 1957)
  • Art Blakey, Big Band (?; Riverside 1957)

 

As non-soloing bandmember[edit]

Gerald Wilson (leader), Gerald Wilson and his Orchestra: 1945-1946(bandmember, appears on ? tracks; Arbors ARCD 671, 1997 reissue of Classics 976)

As arranger[edit]

With Art Blakey

With Johnny Griffin

With Milt Jackson

With Elvin Jones

With Gloria Lynne

  • Lonely and Sentimental (Everest 90490)

With Junior Mance

With Charles Mingus

With Calvin Scott

  • I’m Not Blind, I Just Can’t See (STAX STS-2046) 1972

With Randy Weston

Albums featured[edit]

With Art Blakey

With Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis

With Dizzy Gillespie

With Ernie Henry

With Milt Jackson

With Sam Jones

With Freddie McCoy

With Shirley Scott

Jazz Discography:

http://www.jazzdiscography.com/Leaders/ListonMelba-ldr.php

Videos:

Start Swingin 1945:

Dihah Washington – All of Me – 1957:

My Reverie w Quincy Jones band 1960:

Melba Liston Shafi Late 60’s Starts  @ 8:45:

Music Tonic:

http://musictonic.com/music/Melba+Liston#v=c4rJtLR1ZoQ

You Repeat:

http://www.yourepeat.com/g/melba+liston

Shelf 3D:

http://shelf3d.com/Search/Melba%20Liston%20You%20Don’t%20Say

Anoomi:

http://www.anoomi.com/index.php?action=search&ytq=MELBA LISTON

TV.com:

http://www.tv.com/people/melba-liston/

The Story of Amazing Blues Woman 2009:

Books:

Little Melba and her Big Trombone:

http://www.leeandlow.com/books/525/hc/little_melba_and_her_big_trombone

Melba Section in Stormy Weather:

http://books.google.com/books?id=Sq4eXS-IbngC&pg=PA250&lpg=PA250&dq=melba+liston&source=bl&ots=x6UN9TtQkE&sig=Cry2qf0MPwkXZ6fVVWLbObMDY7s&hl=en&sa=X&ei=a-ixU5CiDsfuoATVooG4Aw&ved=0CEIQ6AEwBTgy#v=onepage&q=melba%20liston&f=false

Melba Section of the Jazz Years:

http://books.google.com/books?id=zPfuhEoztO8C&pg=PA159&lpg=PA159&dq=melba+liston&source=bl&ots=jgf4kABwvA&sig=mw9UKotKeoJ_ksKGHIk5_Z8CSPI&hl=en&sa=X&ei=VOmxU-DDBoL_oQTx-YCoCw&ved=0CFMQ6AEwBjg8#v=onepage&q=melba%20liston&f=false

Melba Section in Notable Black American Women:

http://books.google.com/books?id=ssMBzqrUpjwC&pg=PA413&lpg=PA413&dq=melba+liston&source=bl&ots=gWuQmiq7-r&sig=tdYdbcPdh8z2_uV9nEfQtiZu9Gc&hl=en&sa=X&ei=4OmxU9WFMtDfoATG94E4&ved=0CDcQ6AEwBDhG#v=onepage&q=melba%20liston&f=false

Melba Section in Black Women in American Bands and Orchestras:

http://books.google.com/books?id=-cJHuaH5M5oC&pg=PA180&lpg=PA180&dq=melba+liston&source=bl&ots=b2b6thDOrg&sig=WvAHzcd2WqJRTtH0_wfFb9oSkGo&hl=en&sa=X&ei=t-uxU9mDHMfqoASFzYKADw&ved=0CDQQ6AEwAzha#v=onepage&q=melba%20liston&f=false

Melba in African Rhythms: The Autobiography of Randy Weston:

http://books.google.com/books?id=XvHBJb8xtg4C&pg=PA70&lpg=PA70&dq=melba+liston&source=bl&ots=piVK9A19B7&sig=xhsieQncfK3CJxXe_HwQn4a4Bek&hl=en&sa=X&ei=t-uxU9mDHMfqoASFzYKADw&ved=0CEUQ6AEwBjha#v=onepage&q=melba%20liston&f=false

Melba Section in What is this Thing Called Jazz:

http://books.google.com/books?id=AA9C_bd6xDsC&pg=PA82&lpg=PA82&dq=melba+liston&source=bl&ots=8XvwzGU454&sig=Te–BuLcll_nEKxnrDzEZXguDI8&hl=en&sa=X&ei=Ou6xU-6SLIjsoATT4IL4Aw&ved=0CDgQ6AEwAzhk#v=onepage&q=melba%20liston&f=false

Melba Liston Mentions in various books:

http://aamr.alexanderstreet.com.ezproxy.sfpl.org/search/melba%20liston

Academic Journal Articles that Mention Melba:

http://www.jstor.org.ezproxy.sfpl.org/action/doBasicSearch?Query=melba+liston&acc=on&wc=on&fc=off

Bios:

Wikipedia:

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

All Music:

http://www.allmusic.com/artist/melba-liston-mn0000404399

Discogs:

http://www.discogs.com/artist/311952-Melba-Liston

Last. FM:

http://www.last.fm/music/Melba+Liston

Grove Music Online:

http://www.oxfordmusiconline.com.ezproxy.sfpl.org/subscriber/article/grove/music/J271400?q=melba+liston&search=quick&pos=1&_start=1#firsthit

Music:

http://www.music.us/biography/artist/24575/melba_liston.html

Ismael Reed:

http://ishmaelreedpub.com/Melba-Liston

International Women’s Brass Conference:

http://myiwbc.org/melba-liston/

Facts on File:

http://www.fofweb.com/History/HistRefMain.asp?iPin=AFEBW0496&SID=2&DatabaseName=American+Womens+History+Online&InputText=%22Melba+Liston%22&SearchStyle=&dTitle=Liston%2C+Melba&TabRecordType=Biography&BioCountPass=2&SubCountPass=1&DocCountPass=0&ImgCountPass=0&MapCountPass=0&FedCountPass=&MedCountPass=0&NewsCountPass=0&RecPosition=2&AmericanData=&WomenData=Set&AFHCData=&IndianData=&WorldData=&AncientData=&GovernmentData=

NEA:

http://arts.gov/honors/jazz/melba-liston

Music Brainz:

https://musicbrainz.org/artist/90b5459b-6f1a-4dc7-a27a-9b26acda1ea3

Music Bloodline:

http://musicbloodline.info/artist/MN0000404399/spotify

BBC Music:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/artists/90b5459b-6f1a-4dc7-a27a-9b26acda1ea3

Susan Fleet Archives:

http://archives.susanfleet.com/documents/melba_liston.html

Hard Bop:

http://hardbop.tripod.com/liston.html

Answers:

http://www.answers.com/topic/melba-liston

Spokeo:

http://www.spokeo.com/Melba+Liston+1

All About Jazz:

http://www.allaboutjazz.com/melba-liston-and-her-bones-melba-liston-fresh-sound-records-review-by-hrayr-attarian.php#.U7GyW5RdUqQ

Around the Web:

Curt’s Jazz Cafe:

http://curtjazz.com/tag/jazz-trombone/

Women in Jazz:

http://www.fyicomminc.com/jazzwomen/melbaliston.htm

Matriarchs of Jazz:

http://www.blackwomeninjazz.com/matriarchs-of-jazz.php

Flea Market Funk:

http://fleamarketfunk.com/tag/melba-liston/

Equalizer:

http://equalizer.se/2014/01/26/vanja-skriver-om-historien-pt-2-melba-liston/

The Girls in the Band:

http://thegirlsintheband.com/2013/11/melba-liston/

Music and Musings:

http://beautifulmind1.wordpress.com/tag/melba-liston/

Roots; Rhythm and Rhyme:

http://rootsrhythmandrhyme.com/2012/08/10/females-in-jazz-melba-liston/

A Whistling Girl:

http://monicaoconnell.com/new-year-wisdom-courtesy-of-melba-liston/

Jazz Matrix:

http://jazzmatrix.com/forum/11-videos-trombone-35/melba-liston/

Mind Matter and Music:

http://fayepatton.wordpress.com/tag/melba-liston/

Jazz Music Archive:

http://www.jazzmusicarchives.com/artist/melba-liston/?ac=melba%20liston

Survey of Women in Jazz:

surveyofwomeninjazz.com/discography/melba-liston/

Cahl’s Juke Joint:

http://cahlsjukejoint.com/2009/06/jazz-blog-special-melba-liston-and-her-bones.html

Center for Black Music Research:

csosoundsandstories.org/the-center-for-black-music-research-a-gem-in-the-city-of-chicago/

The Last Poet:

http://www.jazzhouse.org/gone/lastpost2.php3?edit=925680527

Gotta Have Soul:

gottahavesoul.tumblr.com/post/57194608718/melba-liston-oh-my-one-of-the-few-women-to

Gems of Jazz:

http://gemsofjazz.blogspot.com/2011/05/melba-liston-and-her-bones.html

Jazzitude:

jazzitude.forumactif.com/t4329-melba-liston-tromboniste-et-arrangeuse

Who is the Monk:

http://whoisthemonk.wordpress.com/category/melba-liston/

Gore Langton:

http://gorelangton.wordpress.com/2012/02/05/melba-liston/

Ryan Comat:

http://ryancomat.wordpress.com/2012/04/05/john-coltrane-and-melba-liston-in-the-paper-1960s/

Ryan Vickery:

http://ryanvickery.wordpress.com/2012/04/18/melba-liston-you-dont-say/

The Thought Criminal:

http://zthoughtcriminal.blogspot.com/2013/05/melba-liston-and-her-bones-you-dont-say.html

Mujeres Intrumentalist:

mujeresinstrumentistas.blogspot.com/2009/01/melba-liston-trombn.html

Ladies in Brass:

ladiesinbrass.blogspot.com/2010/03/look-back-at-iwbc.html

Birth of Jazz:

http://www.violafair.com/music/birthjazz5.htm#Melba Liston

Jazz on the Side:

http://www.jazzontheside.com/shows/series-1/11-8-mary-lou-williams-a-melba-liston

Tulsa Jazz:

http://tulsajazz.wordpress.com/2014/02/02/tulsa-jazz-presentsthe-jazz-legends-featuring-melba-doretta-liston/

Let’s Cool One:

http://larryappelbaum.wordpress.com/tag/melba-liston/

Black Women in Jazz:

http://www.blackwomeninjazz.com/matriarchs-of-jazz.php

Exiled One:

http://exiledun.livejournal.com/156138.html

J Shank 51:

http://jshank51.wordpress.com/2012/04/04/john-coltrane-and-melba-liston/

Art Villa:

http://www.artvilla.com/melba-liston-women-jazz-musicians/

Cinema Beach:

http://www.cinemabeach.com/features/tag/melba-liston/

Trombone Player:

http://www.trombone-usa.com/liston_melba_bio.htm

Active Voice:

http://anniepaul.net/2013/02/24/melba-listons-jamaican-epilogue/

Columbia College:

http://www.colum.edu/CBMR/library/archives/personal/Melba_Liston_scores_and_other_material.php

Open Sky Jazz:

http://www.openskyjazz.com/home/melba-liston/

Donald Clarke Music Box:

http://www.donaldclarkemusicbox.com/encyclopedia/detail.php?s=2247

WDR:

http://www.wdr3.de/musik/jazzbeiwdr3/melbaliston100.html

WCSU:

http://wcsufm.org/programs/melba-liston-bones-arranger-next-jazz-profiles

KMHD:

http://www.opb.org/kmhd/article/albums-we-love-melba-liston-and-her-bones/

Origin Records:

http://originarts.com/recordings/recording.php?TitleID=82637

Jazz Times:

http://jazztimes.com/articles/132182-melba-liston-tribute-concert-coming-to-nyc

African Rhythms Interview:

http://www.randyweston.info/randy-weston-sidemen-pages/melba-liston.html

Jazz Lead Sheets:

http://www.jazzleadsheets.com/cart.php?m=product_list&c=486

Fresh Sounds Records:

http://www.freshsoundrecords.com/melba_liston_and_her_bones-cd-4356.html

1957 NYT Article:

http://search.proquest.com.ezproxy.sfpl.org/hnpnewyorktimes/docview/114281904/FB8C0DFD91AA4BA7PQ/2?accountid=35117

1961 NYT Articles:

http://search.proquest.com.ezproxy.sfpl.org/hnpnewyorktimes/docview/115308542/FB8C0DFD91AA4BA7PQ/6?

accountid=35117http://search.proquest.com.ezproxy.sfpl.org/hnpnewyorktimes/docview/115259747/FB8C0DFD91AA4BA7PQ/7?accountid=35117

1977 Ebony Article:

http://books.google.com/books?id=2csDAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA122&lpg=PA122&dq=melba+liston&source=bl&ots=mR_hw-t4lc&sig=UYjMYWqiQ8UIcrIenD95ul18FIE&hl=en&sa=X&ei=4OmxU9WFMtDfoATG94E4&ved=0CCcQ6AEwAThG#v=onepage&q=melba%20liston&f=false

1979 Jazz Forum:

http://web.b.ebscohost.com.ezproxy.sfpl.org/ehost/detail?vid=3&sid=648f307c-2673-4878-bcf6-2844603bfa1c%40sessionmgr111&hid=119&bdata=#db=mah&AN=MAH0000214839

1980 NYT Articles:

http://search.proquest.com.ezproxy.sfpl.org/hnpnewyorktimes/docview/121141119/FB8C0DFD91AA4BA7PQ/30?accountid=35117

http://search.proquest.com.ezproxy.sfpl.org/hnpnewyorktimes/docview/121141949/FB8C0DFD91AA4BA7PQ/32?accountid=35117

http://search.proquest.com.ezproxy.sfpl.org/hnpnewyorktimes/docview/121269750/FB8C0DFD91AA4BA7PQ/39?accountid=35117

1981 NYT Articles:

http://search.proquest.com.ezproxy.sfpl.org/hnpnewyorktimes/docview/121476354/FB8C0DFD91AA4BA7PQ/48?accountid=35117

http://search.proquest.com.ezproxy.sfpl.org/hnpnewyorktimes/docview/121759192/FB8C0DFD91AA4BA7PQ/58?accountid=35117

http://search.proquest.com.ezproxy.sfpl.org/hnpnewyorktimes/docview/121681229/FB8C0DFD91AA4BA7PQ/71?accountid=35117

1985 Cadence Interview:

http://web.b.ebscohost.com.ezproxy.sfpl.org/ehost/detail?vid=3&sid=648f307c-2673-4878-bcf6-2844603bfa1c%40sessionmgr111&hid=119&bdata=#db=mah&AN=MAH0000200046

Independent Articles:

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/obituary-melba-liston-1089881.html

http://www.jazzinchicago.org/educates/journal/articles/melba-liston

1987 Jazz Journal International:

http://web.b.ebscohost.com.ezproxy.sfpl.org/ehost/detail?vid=3&sid=648f307c-2673-4878-bcf6-2844603bfa1c%40sessionmgr111&hid=119&bdata=#db=mah&AN=MAH0000599267

Long NEA Interview 1987:

http://www.smithsonianjazz.org/oral_histories/pdf/Liston.pdf

1999 Antioch Review Article:

http://www.jstor.org/discover/10.2307/4613889?uid=3739560&uid=2&uid=4&uid=3739256&sid=21104234447477

http://www.jstor.org.ezproxy.sfpl.org/stable/10.2307/4613889?Search=yes&resultItemClick=true&searchText=melba&searchText=liston&searchUri=%2Faction%2FdoBasicSearch%3FQuery%3Dmelba%2Bliston%26amp%3Bacc%3Don%26amp%3Bwc%3Don%26amp%3Bfc%3Doff

1999 Scotsman Article:

http://www.jazzhouse.org/gone/lastpost2.php3?edit=925680527

1999 BBC Article:

http://web.b.ebscohost.com.ezproxy.sfpl.org/ehost/detail?vid=3&sid=648f307c-2673-4878-bcf6-2844603bfa1c%40sessionmgr111&hid=119&bdata=Jmxhbmc9c2w%3d#db=mah&AN=2200620

Fuller Up Obituary:

http://elvispelvis.com/melbaliston.htm

NYT Obituary:

http://www.nytimes.com/1999/04/30/arts/melba-liston-73-trombonist-and-prominent-jazz-arranger.html

2000 Crisis Article:

http://books.google.com/books?id=G0MEAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA35&lpg=PA35&dq=melba+liston&source=bl&ots=-KnzPMqhii&sig=fRuV2LVrTDULGGnh8M3fEWMX7XA&hl=en&sa=X&ei=9uqxU9SaPIa9oQTNk4HYBw&ved=0CGgQ6AEwCThQ#v=onepage&q=melba%20liston&f=false

2008 NPR Story:

http://www.npr.org/2008/07/09/92349036/melba-liston-bones-of-an-arranger

2014 Bay View Article:

http://sfbayview.com/tag/melba-liston/

Pinterest:

Tumblr:

http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/melba-liston

blackwomeninmusic.tumblr.com/post/13896494361/melba-liston-discography-as-principle-artist

IMBd:

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0514285/

My space:

https://myspace.com/melbaliston

Songs:

Spotify:

https://play.spotify.com/artist/45KruXC5hUtqfCQsbD5xP0?play=true&utm_source=open.spotify.com&utm_medium=open

8 Tracks:

http://8tracks.com/search/melba%20liston/results

Music Online:

http://jazz.alexanderstreet.com.ezproxy.sfpl.org/search/melba%20liston

Another Sad Night – Me Walker 1953:

Birk’s Works – Dizzy Gillespie 1957:

Melba’s Tune _ Ernie Henry 1957:

Cool Breeze with Dizzy Gillespie @ Newport 1957:

El Toro – Art Blakey 1957:

Blues Melba 1958:

Pow! 1958:

Insomnia 1958:

Zagred This 1958:

You Don’t Say 1958:

Blue Bird – Betty Carter 1958:

The Stolen Moment – Jimmy Lockjaw Davis 1960:

The Uptown – Cannonball Adderley 1961:

Off Color – Sam Jones – 1961:

Star Eyes – Milt Jackson 1962: