Charlie Calzaretta Solo ‘Blue Lou’ Transcription (Free PDF)



Charlie Calzaretta (1921-1986) was a Chicago area vibraphonist who recorded with the Art Van Damme quintet in the 1940s and 1950s. I love discovering musicians like this – he was clearly a total pro and could swing with anyone. It’s kind of a shame that he never recorded anything under his own name, but at least we have the recordings he did make. It’s worth a rabbit hole for sure.

This is his vibraphone solo on the tune ‘Blue Lou’, recorded with the Art Van Damme Quintet in 1953 for the album ‘Martini Time’.  It’s a swinging record – kind of reminds me of George Shearing stuff from the same time.  This solo is burning – check out the videos that I made about Charlie and  this solo.  There is lots here to learn from.  Charlie Calzaretta is a name more people should know.

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