Research Roundtable: "Bunny Berigan" by Mike Zirpolo
Special Collections Room, 4th floor, John Cotton Dana Library
Mr. Zirpolo is the author of the book: Mr Trumpet: The Trials, Tribulations and Triumph of Bunny Berigan (Scarecrow Press, 2011). Mr. Zirpolo will talk about the life of this great swing era trumpeter and bandleader and will play selections from Berigan's discography including "Them There Eyes" (with Hal Kemp's Orch.), "Troubled" (with Frank Trumbauer's Orch.), "Nothin' But the Blues" (with Gene Gifford's Orch.) as well as selections by his own swinging big band like, "That Foolish Feeling," "Turn On That Red Hot Heat," "Ten Easy Lessons" and many more. There will even be a rare air-check that hasn't been heard publicly since it was broadcast live in 1938, so please join us!
Michael P. Zirpolo is a practicing lawyer in Canton, Ohio. He has written numerous articles and given many lectures in the last fifteen years on jazz musicians from the swing era, including Duke Ellington (and his sidemen Sonny Greer and Russell Procope), Artie Shaw, Roy Eldridge, Tommy Dorsey and Gene Krupa. He has written criticisms of reissues of classic jazz recordings and books about the music and musicians of the swing era. He has also written about the development of swing and the contributions to that development made by Louis Armstrong and Bix Beiderbecke. His most recent article is a profile of bandleader Vince Giordano, whose band the Nighthawks, are featured on the soundtrack of the HBO series "Boardwalk Empire." He is a longtime collector of jazz recordings from the 1920s to the 1980s, and has developed considerable skill in the art of digitally remastering vintage recordings. He is frequently consulted by writers and collectors of vintage jazz recordings from around the globe with questions about the music, recordings, and musicians of the swing era, and has appeared on radio and television discussing classic jazz. In addition to jazz and American popular song, he is a devotee of long-form music.