Saturday, August 11, 2018

Face the Music 8.16.18 - “Originals”

Everybody’s Crazy ‘Bout the Doggone Blues, But I’m Happy
Wilbur Sweatman’s Original Jass Band 1918

Look at ‘em Doing It
Original Dixieland Jazz Band 1919

Birmingham Blues
Original Jazz Hounds 1921

There Ain’t No Gal Like My Gal
Original Memphis Melody Boys 1923

Back O’ Town Blues
Original Memphis Five 1923

Original Capitol Orchestra 1923

Sensation Rag
Original Crescent City Jazzers 1924

Original Tuxedo Rag
Original Tuxedo Jazz Band 1925

Golden Leaf Strut
Original New Orleans Rhythm Kings 1925

Original Jelly Roll Blues
Jelly Roll Morton’s Red Hot Peppers 1926

Papa De Da Da
Original Bessie Brown 1925

Shake That Thing
Jimmy O’ Bryant’s Famous Original Washboard Band 1926

Royal Garden Blues
Original Wolverines 1927

Casey Bill
Earl McDonald’s Original Louisville Jug Band 1927

Geechee River Blues
Original Washboard Band with Jasper Taylor 1928

Bunk Johnson’s Original Superior Band 1942

Eh La Bas
Wooden Joe Nicholas’ Original Creole Stompers 1945

Swinging at the Chat & Chew
Original Yellow Jackets 1937

Original Haitian Music
Sidney Bechet, Willie the Lion Smith & their Orchestra 1939

Friday, August 3, 2018

Face the Music 8.09.18
I Got Rhythm Contrafactus:
an hour of jazz compositions
based on the chord progression of
George Gershwin’s “I Got Rhythm”

George Gershwin wrote "I Got Rhythm" in 1930 for the Broadway show "Girl Crazy". Louis Armstrong transformed it into a high-energy jazz standard in 1931. After Fats Waller recorded his five alarm stampede version in 1935, the tune became a warhorse jam vehicle for Lionel Hampton, Chick Webb, Bud Freeman and Benny Goodman. Art Tatum set the stage for modern experimentation with his harmonically expanded version of I Got Rhythm in 1940. Thenceforth, the familiar chord progression from Gershwin's cheery toe-tapper began to serve as a sort of launching pad for exciting and increasingly adventuresome compositions like"Cottontail", "Lester Leaps In", "Salt Peanuts", "Anthropology" and the "52nd Street Theme". This week's "Face the Music" broadcast will trace portions of that astonishing musical trajectory, and you're invited.

I Got Rhythm
Bud Freeman Trio  1938

Don’t Be That Way
Chick Webb & his Orchestra 1934

Seven Come Eleven
Benny Goodman Sextet
featuring Charlie Christian 1939

Duke Ellington & his Famous Orchestra
featuring Ben Webster 1940

Lester Leaps In
Lester Young Quintet 1946

Salted Peanuts
Dizzy Gillespie Sextet 1945

52nd Street Theme
Kenny Clarke & his 52nd Street Boys 1946

Dizzy Atmosphere
Dizzy Gillespie Sextet 1945

Bud Powell Trio 1949

I Got Rhythm
Dick Hyman, Tom Pletcher & their Gang 2013

Flintstones instrumental theme
{unidentified ensemble, YouTube}

Charlie Parker All-Stars 1948

Moose the Mooche
Charlie Parker Septet 1946

Thriving on a Riff {Anthropology}
Charlie Parker All Stars 1945

Little Rootie Tootie
Thelonious Monk Trio

Good Bait
Dizzy Gillespie Sextet 1945

Ornette Coleman Quartet 1959

Monday, July 30, 2018

Pandoric prelude to Face the Music
Lammastide  8.02.18: 6:30-7:00 PM

‘Untitled Phrases’ from the cartoon “Cow Cow Boogie”
Meade Lux Lewis 1943

Grunt Meat Blues
Memphis Seven 1947

Farmer’s Market
Wardell Gray with Art Farmer 1952

Mellow Apples
Big Joe Williams 1947

Hot Corn, Cold Corn
Holy Modal Rounders 1964

Sweet Milk and Peaches (Breakdown)
W.T. Narmour & S.W. Smith 1929

Peach Orchard Mama
Blind Lemon Jefferson 1929

Old Hen Cackled, Laid a Double Egg
Ephram Carter 1970

The Ladder of Roses
Ciro’s Club Coon Orchestra 1916

Face the Music 8.02.18
Big Old Harvest

Royal Garden Blues
Mezzrow-Ladnier Quartet 1938

Chili Pepper
Fred Longshaw 1925

Mixed Salad
New Orleans Bootblacks 1926

Primrose Stomp
Jelly Roll Morton’s Red Hot Peppers 1930

Red Onion Drag
Louis Dumaine’s Jazzola Eight 1927

Fat Meat and Greens
Jimmy Blythe 1925

Blue Harvest Blues
Mississippi John Hurt 1928

Cane Break Blues
Jaybird Coleman & the Birmingham Jug Band 1930

Sweet Potato Blues
King David’s Jug Band 1930

Diggin’ My Potatoes
Washboard Sam 1939

Pea Vine Special
John Lee Hooker 1959

I’m Gonna Dig Myself a Hole
Arthur Big Boy Crudup 1951

Blueberry Rhyme
The Fat Babies 2013

Indian Summer
Sidney Bechet & his New Orleans Feetwarmers 1940

In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree
Duke Ellington & his Famous Orchestra 1933

Shine On, Harvest Moon
Count Basie & his Rhythm 1947

Blueberry Hill
Mose Allison 1957

Collard Greens & Black Eyed Peas
Bud Powell 1953

Face the Music 7.26.18 with special guest
Alex Belhaj - up from New Orleans - 

How Come You Do Me Like You Do?
Eddie Condon All-Stars 1954

Savoy Blues
Kid Ory's Creole Jazz Band 1954

Careless Love
Kid Ory's Creole Jazz Band 1945

Careless Love
Alex Belhaj's Crescent City Quartet 2013

Ready for the River
Alex Belhaj with the Riverside Jazz Collective 2018

Down Home Rag
Alex Belhaj with the On The Levee Jazz Band 2018

Alex Belhaj with Dr. Michael White 2018

'Til Times Get Better
The Fat Babies 2013

New Orleans Hula
George Lewis & his New Orleans Stompers 1943

Bugle Call Rag
Elmer Snowden Quartet with Cliff Jackson 1960

Wolverine Blues
Cliff Jackson's Washboard Wanderers with Elmer Snowden 1961

Utt da Zay
Klezmephonicwith Jennie Lavine & Alex Belhaj 2016

Centipede Still Walks 
Alex Belhaj 2007