Posts tagged "Big Band"
Song Of The Day – “St. Louis Blue” by Cab Calloway Here, Cabel Calloway places his own stamp on a Louis Armstrong classic. This was from Calloway’s debut recording session in 1930 and you can hear that his style was already fully formed. While most people associate Calloway with New York’s Cotton Club in Harlem,... Read more »
Song Of The Day – “Well, All Right Then” by Jimmie Lunceford and his Orchestra This causal strut from 1939 features elements of blues, swing, vaudeville and comedy…all hallmarks of this group who got their start at The Cotton Club in Harlem. The group featured trumpet great and arranger Sy Oliver and the saxophone on... Read more »
Song Of The Day – “Chicago” by Benny Goodman Quartet This performance features George Duvivier on bass, Teddy Wilson on piano and Gene Krupa on drums. Even at this relatively late date for the Quartet, the musicianship is still first rate. There’s also a nice Krupa drum solo tacked on to the end of the... Read more »
Song Of The Day – “Diga Diga Doo” by The Harlem Footwarmers On this record, they were billed as the Harlem Footwarmers. In reality they were The Duke Ellington Orchestra. Whatever you called them in 1928, the fact remains they were the hottest band around featuring the great Barney Bigard on clarinet, Jabbo Smith on... Read more »
by Eric Berman Song Of The Day – “Milestones” by Gerald Wilson Big Band They were one of the leading West Coast big bands during a time when big bands were not commercially viable to keep together for very long. This is a live televised version of “Milestones” that originally appeared on the 1963 Pacific... Read more »
by Eric Berman Song Of The Day: “Five Guys Named Moe” by Louis Jordan & His Tympani Five Between the years 1942 and 1951, Louis Jordan placed 57 different records on the R’n’B charts. He was an accomplished songwriter, saxophone player and entertainer. This gem, recorded in 1942, went on to be the title tune... Read more »
by Eric Berman Song Of The Day – “Hot And Bothered” by Duke Ellington & His Orchestra Classic Ellington from 1928 featuring the great Joe Nanton on trombone, Johnny Hodges on saxophone, Barney Bigard on clarinet, Lonnie Johnson on guitar and Sonny Greer on drums. Yesterday was Ellington’s Birthday – Happy Birthday Duke!
by Eric Berman Song Of The Day – “Tiger Rag” by The Mills Brothers This is a performance clip from the “Big Broadcast Of 1932” showing the Mills Brothers in action. Yes, it is true…they really were brothers…and the only instrument used on this track was a guitar…all other instruments were played by the human... Read more »
by Eric Berman Song Of The Day – “Diga Diga Doo” by The Mills Brothers with Duke Ellington and his Famous Orchestra Recorded in 1932, this song originally hails from Lew Leslie’s musical “Blackbirds Of 1928” starring Cab Calloway, Ethel Waters, Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, Duke Ellington and others. Back in the 1920s and ’30s, Broadway musicals weren’t... Read more »
by Eric Berman Song Of The Day – “Fidgety Feet” c/w “Jazz Me Blues” by The Wolverine Orchestra Recorded in February of 1924, here is the recording debut of trumpet great Bix Beiderbecke. This is the A and B side of their first recording on the Gennett record label. Both songs were originally part of... Read more »