Monday, March 18, 2019

Face the Music 3.21.19
Second Radio Ruminations for Jim Dapogny

Miss Otis Regrets
Art Hodes

The Dream
James P. Johnson

Jam Session at Victor

Spanish Venus
Eubie Blake

Tom Roberts plays Luckey Roberts

I Got Plenty O’Nuttin’
Dick Hyman & Tom Pletcher

A Good Man is Hard to Find
Jam Session at Commodore

Black and Blue
Muggsy Spanier

Salute to Fats
Johnny Guarnieri & Lester Young

Coleman Hawkins & the Chocolate Dandies

New Orleans
Bobby Hackett

Creole Love Call
Easy Street Jazz Band

In a Little Spanish Town
Yusef Lateef

In a Little Spanish Town
Lester Young

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Face the Music 3.14.19
First Radio Ruminations for Jim Dapogny

Tea for Two
Fats Waller 1937

Euphonic Sounds
William Albright plays Scott Joplin 1909/1989

The Pearls
Jelly Roll Morton 1938

Relaxing at the Touro
Muggsy Spanier’s Ragtime Band 1939

Blueberry Rhyme
James P Johnson 1939

In a Mist
Dick Hyman 2003

29th and Dearborn
Richard M Jones Jazzmen 1944

Fish Tail Blues
High Society
Jelly Roll Morton’s Kings of Jazz 1924

Mama’s Gone, Goodbye
Piron’s New Orleans Orchestra 1923

Terrible Blues
Red Onion Jazz Babies 1924

Pee Wee Blues
John Williams’ Synco Jazzers 1927

What Is There To Say?
Bud Freeman & his Windy City Five 1935

Lazy River
George Zack & George Wettling 1945

Havin' a Ball
James P. Johnson & his Orcherstra 1939

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Face the Music 3.07.19

Wolverine Blues
Jelly Roll Morton 1923

Bouncing Around

Sam Morgan’s Jazz Band 1927


Mary Lou Williams 1936

Blue Reefer Blues {Jazzin' Babies Blues}

Richard M. Jones & his Jazz Wizards 1935

My Honey’s Lovin’ Arms

Bud Freeman Trio 1938

Honeysuckle Rose

Fats Waller & his Rhythm 1937

Bouncin’ Around

Alix Combelle avec Philippe Brun’s Swing Band 1938

Johnny Come Lately

Duke Ellington & his Famous Orchestra 1942


Ben Webster with Sid Catlett’s Quartet 1944

Blue Harlem

Ike Quebec Quintet 1944

Blue Rol

Roland Kirk Quartet 1967

Hawk’s Variations

Coleman Hawkins, unaccompanied 1945

Peg O’My Heart

Lester Young Trio 1946

Just Friends

Ben Webster, Sweets Edison & Jimmy Rowles
with Lady Day’s backup band 1957

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

On Thursday, 2/28/19, WCBN's Face the Music broadcast will be pre-empted by a sporting event. Fortunately, we have the option of streaming the signal, so anyone with access to a computer at that time will be able to listen to the program that way - or later on via the archive feature on our website, As a special treat, this program will feature Billie Holiday in rehearsal. My All Music Guide review of that material is posted below. 

More than any other Billie Holiday recording in existence, Songs & Conversations holds the key to an understanding of this tragically misinterpreted individual, allowing glimpses of her very soul while offering insights and moments of raw honesty that some will find unsettling. Tape recorded in the living room of bassist Artie Bernstein with pianist Jimmy Rowles (who gruffly complains that she sings in G-Flat), these are the sounds of Lady Day in rehearsal. She chats, smokes, drinks, laughs, and cusses like a sailor while openly discussing her own private/public history, the tough lessons of the entertainment industry, and the songs that were her life's blood. Lady pointedly chose tunes that grimly referenced her personal reality, such as "Everything Happens to Me" and "I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good." She clearly states that "I Don't Want to Cry Anymore" should not be sung prettily. Not wanting to cry, she explains, might inspire her to pass by her ex's house and "throw a stink bomb at that son of a bitch!" This is not the cheerful Billie Holiday of the mid-'30s. This is the same woman eight or nine lives later. To prepare yourself, listen to the Verve sessions of 1957, savor the deep intensity of Billie's prematurely aged voice, then forget everything you think you know about how music is supposed to sound and become a fly on the wall of Artie Bernstein's living room. Surrender completely to Lady's lovely rendering of "Just Friends," prefaced with her tale of a botched audition and the heartbreaking evidence of this gifted singer muttering to herself: "I do not got a legitimate voice." When she first came onto the scene, Holiday sounded like nobody else, and like her friend Lester Young, she took a lot of flack and abuse for it over the years. That is, until like Pres she found herself surrounded by people who had begun to imitate her every nuance. Above all, she struggled under the onus of vice squad notoriety and sensationalistic gossip. Maybe that's why she sings "Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone" twice. These rehearsal tapes were issued on a Paramount LP during the '70s, and were partially included in ESP's Rare Live Recordings 1934-1959 set, released in 2007. This album reveals crucial aspects of the real Lady Day. While it could be said that it's not for everybody, maybe everybody needs to hear it at least once, or better than that, more than once, and more people ought to be listening to it over and over again, savoring every bittersweet utterance and communing with the spirit of Lady Day. - arwulf arwulf

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Face the Music 2.21.19: Fundraising Overtime
Potentials & Probabilities

Daybreak Express
Duke Ellington & his Famous Orchestra

Oil it Up and Go
Charlie Burse & his Memphis Mudcats 1939

Foot Scuffle
Joseph Robichaux & his New Orleans Rhythm Boys 1933

Stock Yards Strut
Freddie Keppard’s Jazz Cardinals 1926

Milneberg Joys
Bunk Johnson, Sidney Bechet & their Orchestra 1945

Sidney Bechet’s New Orleans Feetwarmers 1932

Everybody’s Rag
Alonzo Yancey 1943

Give Me Your Telephone Number
J.C. Higginbotham & his Six Hicks 1929

Cotton Club Stomp
Duke Ellington & his Orchestra 1929

Ring Dem Bells
Andy Kirk & his Twelve Clouds of Joy 1941

Chicago Breakdown
Big Maceo Merriweather 1945

I’ve Found a New Baby
Jay McShann & his Orchestra 1940

It’s Only a Paper Moon
Lester Young 1946

Metronome All Stars 1949

Red Norvo Trio 1950

Cotton Tail
Illinois Jacquet 1951

Charlie Parker 1948

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Face the Music 2.14.19: Cookin’ On Up
Potentials & Probabilities

Deep End Boogie
Cripple Clarence Lofton 1943

Grandpa’s Spells
Jelly Roll Morton undated player piano roll

Jersey Lightning
Luis Russell & his Orchestra 1929

Sweetie Dear
Sidney Bechet’s New Orleans Feetwarmers 1932

Baby You Win
Charlie Burse & his Memphis Mudcats 1939

Jazz Convulsions
Duke Ellington & his Cotton Club Orchestra 1929

Out the Window
Count Basie & his Orchestra 1937

Hold ‘Em Hootie
Jay McShann Quartet 1941

It’s Been So Long
Edmond Hall Swingtet 1944

Grand Terrace Shuffle
Earl Hines & his Orchestra 1939

Riffin’ Without Helen
Lester Young warming up with backup band for Helen Humes 1945

Page Boy Shuffle
Todd Rhodes & his Toddlers 1949

Blue Garden Blues
Cootie Williams & his Orchestra with Bud Powell 1944

Hot Rod
Illinois Jacquet & his Orchestra 1950

Cookin’ On Up
Benny Goodman Septet with Wardell Gray 1948

Dance of the Infidels
Bud Powell Quintet with Fats Navarro 1949

Victory Ball
Metronome All Stars with
Bird, Diz, Miles, Navarro, Tristano, Ventura, Caceres et al 1949

Birk’s Works
Dizzy Gillespie Sextet 1951

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Face the Music 2.07.19: Hot House

Hot Lips
Wilbur de Paris & his New New Orleans Jazz 1955

Here Comes the Hot Tamale Man
Cookie’s Gingersnaps 1926

Just Hot
The Cotton Pickers 1923

Red Hot Henry Brown
Ray Miller & his Orchestra

Hot Bones & Rice
Charlie Johnson’s Paradise Orchestra 1929

The Hottest Stuff in Town
Whistling Bob Howe & Frankie Griggs 1935

It’s Heated
Frankie Half Pint Jaxon with Georgia Tom & Tampa Red 1929

Hot Fingers
Lonnie Johnson & Blind Willie Dunn 1929

Hot and Ready
Richard M Jones Jazz Wizards 1928

Hot and Anxious
Fletcher Henderson & his Orchestra 1931

Hot Feet
Duke Ellington & his Cotton Club Orchestra 1929

Sweet and Hot
Fletcher Henderson & his Orchestra
vocal by trombonist Jimmy Harrison 1931

Hotter Than Hell
Fletcher Henderson & his Orchestra 1934

Hot Mallets
Lionel Hampton & his Orchestra 1939

Hot House
Dizzy Gillespie 1945

Illinois Jacquet
Sahara Heat 1947

Illinois Jacquet
Hot Rod 1950