Gaillard, Slim [Bulee]
- Luca Cerchiari
(b Santa Clara, Cuba, ? Jan 1, 1916; d London, Feb 26, 1991). American guitarist, pianist, and singer. In addition to becoming a unique musican, he also worked as a film and television actor, a motel manager, and a farmer. He lived in Detroit, New York, and Hollywood. In musical terms, his jive style can be defined as a blend of swing and bebop, mixed with individual, frequently surrealistic vocal inventions. His humorous language, called “vout,” recalls scat singing; his lyrics often refer to food, or sometimes quote other languages (including Spanish, Japanese, and Armenian) in a funny, improvised pastiche. Gaillard had success in the late 1930s with the bass player Slam Stewart, with whom he formed a duo called Slim and Slam and recorded their popular hit, “Flat Foot Floogie” (1938, Voc.). In the 1940s he played with such bebop musicians as Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, and Dodo Marmarosa. With the bass player Tiny “Bam” Brown he composed and recorded ...