Some Other Spring


Some Other Spring (m. Irene Kitchings, w. Arthur Herzog, Jr.) – jazz standard; copyright 1939

Billie Holiday and her Orchestra — recorded on 5 July 1939; issued on the 78 rpm single Vocalion 5021 (1),(2),(3), c/w “Them There Eyes”


Teddy Wilson and his Orchestra, vocal: Jean Eldridge — recorded in NYC on 12 September 1939 (1), (2); issued on the single Columbia 35298, c/w “Hallelujah!”


  • Harold Baker, Karl George – trumpet
  • Floyd Brady – trombone, Rudy Powell – clarinet, alto sax
  • Pete Clark – clarinet, alto, baritone sax
  • George Irish, Ben Webster – tenor sax
  • Teddy Wilson – piano
  • Albert Casey – guitar
  • Al Hall – bass
  • J.C. Heard – drums
  • Jean Eldridge – vocal


The above photo is an edit of a photo found at Billie Holiday Discography ( From the description there:

Billie at the Café Society somewhere in 1944. Dorothy Donegan, Billie, Irene Kitchings, Kenny Clarke. Donegan like Kitchings began their [sic] musical careers in Chicago.


Austin Powell Quintet — recorded on 26 February 1951; issued in April 1951 on the 45 rpm single Decca 9-48206, b/w “All This Can’t Be True” — and on the 78 rpm single Decca 48206

From The Cats and the Fiddle, a page in Marv Goldberg’s R&B Notebooks:

The Cats And The Fiddle held another session for Decca, on February 26, 1951. The four songs recorded were: “Wishing Well,” “Some Other Spring,” “All This Can’t Be True,” and “Please Consider Me.” However, by the time “Some Other Spring” and “All This Can’t Be True” were issued in April (with Williams’ prominent violin), the name of the group had been changed to the “Austin Powell Quintet” (possibly due to a disagreement between Austin Powell and Ernie Price).


Benny Carter Quintet with Joe Glover Orchestra — recorded at Reeves Sound Studios, NYC, 18 September 1952; originally released on the 10-inch 1954 Benny Carter album The Formidable Benny Carter, Norgran Records MGN-21; later included on the 1956 album Alone Together, Norgran Records MGN 1058, which seems to contain the eight tracks from the 1954 album plus four additional tracks, and is credited on the front cover to “Benny Carter and his strings with the Oscar Peterson Quartet”


Jimmy Raney Quartet — recorded at Van Gelder Studios, New York, 28 May 1954; originally released on the 1954 10-inch LP Jimmy Raney Quartet, New Jazz NJLP 1101, which was released in the UK as The Quartet Plays — The four tracks on the 1954 EP were later included as the first four tracks on the LP album A, Prestige PRLP 7089, released in 1957, according to (see link below).

A” album info:,,


Art Tatum Trio — recorded in Los Angeles on 27 January 1956; released on the 1957 album Presenting…The Art Tatum Trio, (US) Verve Records MGV-8118

Art Tatum – piano
Red Callender – bass
Jo Jones – drums



Billie Holiday with Tony Scott’s Orchestra — recorded on 6 June 1956 at Fine Sound Studios in NYC; released on the 1956 album Lady Sings the Blues, (US) Clef MG C-721 (sources:,, Wikipedia)

Charlie Shavers – trumpet, Tony Scott – clarinet, arranger, Paul Quinichette – tenor sax, Wynton Kelly – piano, Kenny Burrell – guitar, Aaron Bell – bass, Lenny McBrowne – drums, Billie Holiday – vocals



George Shearing Quintet — recorded live at the Crescendo Club, Sunset Strip, Los Angeles, on 27 March 1958; released on the 1960 album On the Sunny Side of the Strip, Capitol Records ST1416


Jimmy Rowles Septet — from the 1959 album Weather in a Jazz Vane, Andex A3007


Anita O’Day — from her 1961 LP Trav’lin’ Light, Verve Records V-2157 (Mono), V6-2157 (Stereo)


Carmen McRae — from her 1962 album Sings Lover Man And Other Billie Holiday Classics, (US) Columbia CL 1730, which was released on the Philips label in the UK


Karin Krog & Dexter Gordon — from the 1970 LP Some Other Spring, Blues and Ballads, (Norway) Sonet SLPS 1407, (Japan) Sonet UPS-2021-N

Karin Krog – vocal
Dexter Gordon – tenor saxophone
Kenny Drew – piano
Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen – bass
Espen Rud – drums


Tommy Flanagan TrioMedley: Some Other Spring / Easy Living — live, 13 July 1977 at the Montreux Jazz Festival; audio released on the 1977 album Montreux ’77, (US) Pablo 2308-202 (I haven’t identified the source of the video footage.)

  • Tommy Flanagan – piano
  • Keter Betts – bass
  • Bobby Durham – drums


Zoot Sims Quartet — from the album For Lady Day, on Pablo Records;album recorded in NYC on 10 & 11 April 1978

Zoot Sims – tenor saxophone
Jimmy Rowles – piano
George Mraz – bass
Jackie Williams – drums


Red Richards — from the 1985 CD album Lullaby in Rhythm, (Canada) Sackville Recordings CD 2-3044


Gary Foster — from the 1991 CD album Make Your Own Fun, Concord Records CCD-4459

personnel (from Gary Foster alto saxophone, alto flute), Jimmy Rowles (piano), John Heard (bass), Joe LaBarbera (drums)


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