Wednesday, October 31, 2012

This program's pre-show list of potentials was shaped by several forces. For example there is the terrible aftermath of the storms that recently converged on the East Coast, and the hideous possibility of more protracted general devastation in this country if the Republicans wreck the economy and defecate all over the Bill of Rights. Please concentrate upon keeping the most dangerous individuals out of office!

I have seen a lot of presidents in my time and Obama is easily one of the very smartest and best. He can and will accomplish more good things and continue to bring us back from the Bush family-induced economic disaster if we can keep him in office and prevent Republicans from sabotaging his every move. Please vote Democratic.

Now that I've opened up and expressed my personal political viewpoint, this is the Eve of the Day of the Dead, which traditionally means it's a time of ancestor reverence. While in a sense all of my playlists and broadcasts are a form of ancestor reverence, the veils between the worlds grow thin at this time of year in the Northern Hemisphere, and I'm happy to provide you with appropriate musical reflections.

Finally, the list includes a number of ruminative, mood-altering pieces that will be used Friday evening when I provide the soundtrack for Yasujiro Ozu's silent black & white classic "Dragnet Girl" {1933}. This flick was years ahead of its time--sort of like a Japanese answer to James Cagney, but also existentially Noir.

DJ'ing this free screening live (Friday 11/02 - 7:00 PM at U of M's Natural Science Auditorium} is one of the greatest honors I have ever been handed. Heartfelt thanks to Markus Nornes and U of M's Center for Japanese Studies, and to Ichiro Kataoka, a professional benshi who will stand on the opposite side of the screen from me as he provides voices for characters in the film.


face the music
potentials& probabilities 110112

things ain’t what they used to be
duke ellington trio

backwater blues
james p johnson

dark was the night, cold was the ground
blind willie johnson

this world
john lee hooker

don’t let nobody hold your spirit down
eric bibb

spanish swat
jelly roll morton

prelude
george gershwin/oscar levant

prelude
sergei rachmaninoff/eddie lang

blues in c sharp minor
teddy wilson

vogel als prophet {the prophetic bird}
robert schumann/myra hess

soho
fats waller

the boogie dream
james p johnson

how long blues
jimmy yancey

the dream
james p johnson

deep forest
earl hines

ko ko
duke ellington

swingmatism
jay mcshann

Wednesday, October 24, 2012


Face the Music potentials & probabilities
for broadcast/streaming of 10.25.12
7-8 pm on WCBN 88.3 FM
listen to the saxophones

Bouncing Around
Sam Morgan’s Jazz Band 1927

Sheik of Araby
Sidney Bechet’s One Man Band 1941

Original Dixieland One Step
Coleman Hawkins & the Ramblers 1937

You Took Advantage of Me
Bud Freeman Trio 1938

Who’s Sorry Now?
Wild Bill Davison & his Commanders 1945

Oh! Lady Be Good
Lester Young with Count Basie’s band 1936

Doggin’ Around
Herschel Evans with Count Basie’s Orchestra 1938

Feedin’ the Bean
Coleman Hawkins with Count Basie’s Orchestra 1941

The Moon Is Low
Gene Sedric with Fats Waller & his Rhythm 1939

Farewell Blues
Alix Combelle avec Benny Carter et son Orchestre 1938

Things Ain’t What They Used To Be
Charlie Barnet & his Orchestra 1942

Jim Dawgs
Ike Quebec All Stars 1945

Park and Tilford Blues
Ben Webster Quintet 1946

Cattin’ at Keynote
Coleman Hawkins Quartet 1944

Stompin’ at the Savoy
Flip Philips Hiptet 1945

Just You, Just Me
Lester Young Quartet 1943

Blue and Sentimental
Buddy Tate & his Orchestra 1947

Commercial Eyes
Lucky Thompson with Dodo Marmarosa 1947

Long Tall Dexter
Dexter Gordon Quintet 1947

I Love Paris
Charlie Parker Quintet 1954

Wednesday, October 17, 2012


face the music on wcbn 88.3 fm - potentials for 10.18.12

original jelly roll blues
jelly roll morton 1938

blue ivories
millard g. thomas 1924

farish street jive
little brother montgomery 1936

freakish blues
luis russell’s orchestra 1931

stowaway
earl fatha hines 1928

the last time I saw chicago
the three deuces 1941

she wants to rattle me all the time
jimmie gordon & his vip vop band 1937

snake hip dance
wilton crawley 1929

original bugle blues
dunn’s original jazz hounds 1928


butter scotch
willy white 1925

red pepper
harry roy “the king of hot-cha” & his orchestra 1935

red hot pepper
jelly roll morton & his orchestra 1929

she’s got too much
the jolly three 1937

el rado scuffle
jimmie noone’s apex club orchestra 1930

carolina in the morning
ralph sutton 1949

back home again in indiana
art tatum 1940

i gotta swing
blanche calloway’s orchestra 1935

king porter stomp
teddy hill & his nbc orchestra 1937

Wednesday, October 10, 2012


Face the Music on WCBN 88.3 FM
potentials & probabilities for 10.11.12

Farewell Blues
Isham Jones & his Orchestra 1923

Buddy’s Habits
Charlie Straight & his Orchestra 1923

Sensation
Fletcher Henderson & his Orchestra 1926

Pretty Audrey
Louis Dumaine’s Jazzola Eight 1927

Lawd, Lawd
Cecil Scott & his Bright Boys 1929

New Down Home Rag
Clarence Williams & his Orchestra 1928

Hollywood Rag
Gus Cannon’s Jug Stompers 1928

Cake Walking Babies From Home
Bessie Smith with Henderson’s Hot Six 1925

Oh! Red
Casey Bill Weldon with Arnett Nelson’s Hot Four 1936

Carpet Alley Breakdown
Johnny Dodds & the Dixieland Jug Blowers 1926

He’s in the Jailhouse Now
Memphis Jug Band 1930

Save a Little Bit for Me
Coot Grant & Wesley Wilson 1933

Down in the Basement
Ma Rainey & her Georgia Band 1926

Lord, Lord Sure is Good to Me
Elder Richard Bryant’s Sanctified Singers 1928

Midnight Blues
Fats Waller player piano roll 1923

St. Louis Blues
Art Tatum 1940

Tell ‘Em ‘Bout Me
Jimmy Yancey 1939

Chicago Breakdown
Big Maceo Merriweather 1945 

Thursday, October 4, 2012

For those who care about methodology, this is a revised list representing choices made in order to tailor the list to fit comfortably within a 60 minute radio broadcast. Six numbers were eliminated - they were the fluffiest of the lot, by Paul Whiteman and comparable dance bands. Some of the sequential ordering was also modified.

Selected vintage recordings
from Silent Ozu screening itinerary
for Face the Music Broadcast of Oct 04 2012

Tango Angele                                         
Saxophon-Orchester Dobbri 1928
                                               
Feelin’ Good
Fletcher Henderson & his Orchestra 1928

Postage Stomp       
Maynard Baird & his Orchestra 1930

Hot Heels
Eddie Lang & his Orchestra 1929

Happy Pal Stomp
Roy Johnson’s Happy Pals 1929

Starlight and Tulips
Thelma Terry & her Boyfriends 1928

A Media Luz {In Half Light}
Marek Weber und sein Orchester 1927

Dance of the Octopus
Red Norvo Quartet 1933

Put and Take
Joe Venuti’s Blue Four 1930                                                 

Mishawaka Blues
The Cotton Pickers 1925

The Match Parade
Billy Mayerl & Ray Starita 1931

Lovable and Sweet
The Charleston Chasers 1929

Rhythm King
Bix Beiderbecke & his Gang 1928
                               
It’s Right Here For You
Tommy Dorsey 1928

Cheese & Crackers
Joe Venuti & Eddie Lang 1927

Ain’t You Ashamed
Hal Kemp’s Carolina Club Orchestra 1924

Lonely Melody
Paul Whiteman & his Orchestra 1928

San
Ted Lewis Jazz Band 1930
                                               
I Didn’t Know
Jean Goldkette Orchestra 1924
                

Monday, October 1, 2012


Music to accompany The Lady and the Beard (1931)
directed by Yasujiro Ozu and starring Tokihiko Okada
Vintage instrumental jazz and dance band recordings, both sweet & hot
scored for Friday's screening at U of M's Natural Science Auditorium
One of many fascinating films shown for free
during the Center for Japanese Studies' Silent Ozu Festival
Approximately twenty of these will air during Thursday's Face the Music broadcast

Tango Angele
Saxophon-Orchester Dobbri 1928

Feelin’ Good
Fletcher Henderson & his Orchestra 1928

Dancing Shadows
Paul Whiteman & his Orchestra 1928

Postage Stomp
Maynard Baird & his Orchestra 1930

Looking for a Boy
Roger Wolfe Kahn & his Orchestra 1926

Happy Pal Stomp
Roy Johnson’s Happy Pals 1929

Starlight and Tulips
Thelma Terry & her Boyfriends 1928

A Media Luz {In Half Light}
Marek Weber und sein Orchester 1927

Hot Heels
Eddie Lang & his Orchestra 1929

Put and Take
Joe Venuti’s Blue Four 1930

Dance of the Octopus
Red Norvo Quartet 1933

Mishawaka Blues
The Cotton Pickers 1925

The Match Parade
Billy Mayerl & Ray Starita 1931

Love and Kisses
Paul Whiteman & his Orchestra 1927

Lovable and Sweet
The Charleston Chasers 1929

Rhythm King
Bix Beiderbecke & his Gang 1928

It’s Right Here For You
Tommy Dorsey 1928

Doin’ Things
Joe Venuti & Eddie Lang 1927

Cheese & Crackers
Joe Venuti & Eddie Lang 1927

Ain’t You Ashamed
Hal Kemp’s Carolina Club Orchestra 1924

Lonely Melody
Paul Whiteman & his Orchestra 1928

San
Ted Lewis Jazz Band 1930

I Didn’t Know
Jean Goldkette Orchestra 1924

Apple Blossom
Joe Venuti’s Blue Four 1929

I’ll Never Be the Same
Joe Venuti’s Blue Five 1931