Tuesday, November 27, 2012

What I hope to put across this Thursday evening:

Face the Music 11.29.12                                                      
fourth parcel of twos

King Porter Stomp                                                               
Grant-Lyttelton Paseo Band 1952

Wilbur De Paris & the Rampart Street Ramblers 1952

Tricks {1922}                                                  
Zez Confrey 1922

It’s Three O’Clock in the Morning {1922}                       
Paul Whiteman’s Orchestra

Lazy Rhapsody                                                                    
Duke Ellington & his Orchestra 1932

Got To Cool My Doggies Now                                          
The Cotton Pickers 1922

Carolina Blues                                                                      
Mamie Smith’s Jazz Hounds 1922

Morocco Blues {1922}                                                       
 by Joe Jordan; played by Rick Benjamin

The Entertainer {Scott Joplin 1902}                                  
Bunk Johnson’s Jazz Band

Tappin’ That Thing                                                       
Memphis Jug Band {as the “Pickaninny Jug Band”} 1932

Dusty Rag                                                                             
Bunk Johnson’s Jazz Band

Any Rags? {1902}                                                         
Wooden Joe Nicholas & Band {vocal by Johnny St. Cyr}

Bugle Call Blues {aka Bugle Call Rag 1922}                     
Friar’s Society Orchestra1922

Dancing Fool {1922}                                                           
Eddie Condon & his Band with Fats Waller

Boogie Woogie Stride                                                         
James P. Johnson 1942

Can’t We Get Together?                                                     
Joe Sullivan Trio 1952

Way Down Yonder in New Orleans {1922}                     
Kansas City Six with Buck Clayton & Lester Young

Sunrise Boogie                                                                     
Blind John Davis in Paris 1952

It’s Sand, Man                                                                      
Count Basie & his Orchestra 1942

Thursday, November 22, 2012

face the music 11.22.12
third parcel of twos

Waiting for the Robert E. Lee   
{published in 1912}
played by Bob Milne

I’ll Build a Stairway to Paradise
Paul Whiteman’s Orchestra 1922

Was That the Human Thing to Do?
Ben Selvin & his Orchestra 1932

I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate
Mary Straine with Joseph Smith and his band 1922

Muscle Shoals Blues
Fats Waller – one of his first recorded piano solos 1922

Discontented Blues
Friar’s Society Orchestra 1922

The Wicked Fives’ Blues
Lena Wilson 1922

Shake Your Cans
Lucille Hegamin 1932

You Can’t Get That Stuff No More
Tampa Red 1932

That Big Black Woman
Wilmoth Houdini, Calypso King of the West Indies 1932

Sans Amour
Josephine Baker 1932

Sweet Sue
Red Nichols 1932

I’ll Never Be the Same
Adelaide Hall with young Art Tatum 1932

Travelin’ Light
Gene Ammons 1952

An Armful of You
Joe Sullivan Trio 1952

It’s a Sin to Tell a Lie
Billie Holiday 1942

Tea for Two
Lester Young 1952

Jumpin’ the Blues
Jay McShann & his Orchestra 1942

It’s Sand, Man
Count Basie & his Orchestra 1942

Sunrise Boogie
Blind John Davis 1952

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Looking forward to this broadcast as I think it will be nice and gratifying.

Highlights include:

"Stumbling" (which I still contend ought to be our national anthem until we learn some collective sense) composed in 1922 by one Zez Confrey. Performed by Eteri Andjaparidze who hails from the Republic of Georgia.

"Everybody Two Step" published one hundred years ago and recorded in 1912 by pianist Mike Bernard.

"Mr. Gallagher & Mr. Shean", a major vaudevillian hit from 1922. Al Shean (whose given surname was Schoenberg) was the uncle of the four Marx Brothers. this routine is loaded with amazing quips.

"Farewell Blues" recorded in 1922 by Friar's Society Orchestra, also known as the New Orleans Rhythm Kings. They were the next step after the Original Dixieland Jazz Band; both groups strongly influenced an entire generation of hot jazz players including Bix Beiderbecke.

"Boo Hoo Hoo", a record waxed in 1922 by Husk O'Hare's Super Orchestra of Chicago. The leader's name is a play on words, for a herd of hares is called a "husk".

"Birmingham Blues" was one of the first records ever made by Fats Waller, who was around eighteen years old when he cut this piano solo in 1922.

"O Sole Mio" is the old Italian air, popularized by Enrico Caruso who made a record of it in 1916. This disarmingly refined adaptation was played in Paris by pianist Blind John Davis in 1952.

"Tiger Rag" was almost certainly the first record Art Tatum ever made. The year was 1932, and he was about to take New York by storm after traveling east from his home town of Toledo, Ohio with vocalist Adelaide Hall. I think this was a test pressing. Not certain that it was ever released to the public back then.

Also dating from 1932, "Everybody Loves My Baby" features extraordinarily bubbly vocals by the Boswell Sisters backed by Bunny Berigan's Orchestra. 

"Bee's Knees" was published in 1922. Pianist Ralph Sutton more or less ran it up the flagpole exactly thirty years later.

Isn't life wonderful?

Second Parcel of Twos for the end of 2012                                       to air 11.15.12 WCBN 88.3 FM www.wcbn.org

Stumbling (Paraphrase) {1922}                      
Eteri Andjaparidze plays Zez Confrey

Everybody Two Step {1912}                           
Mike Bernard 1912

Society Blues                                                       
Ory’s Sunshine Orchestra 1922

Mr. Gallagher & Mr. Shean                              
Edward Gallagher & Al Shean 1922
Farewell Blues                                                     
Friar’s Society Orchestra 1922

Carl Fenton’s Orchestra 1922

Boo Hoo Hoo                                                     
Husk O’Hare’s Super Orchestra of Chicago 1922

How Come You Do Me Like You Do?          
Cab Calloway & his Orchestra 1932

It Don’t Mean a Thing
Ivie Anderson with Duke Ellington’s Orchestra 1932    

Birmingham Blues                                             
Fats Waller 1922

O Sole Mio                                                           
Blind John Davis 1952

St. Louis Blues                                                    
Count Basie’s All-American Rhythm Section 1942

Count Basie with Bennie Moten’s Kansas City Orchestra 1932

Tiger Rag                                                              
Art Tatum 1932

I’ve Found a New Baby                                    
Sidney Bechet’s New Orleans Feetwarmers 1932

Everybody Loves My Baby
The Boswell Sisters with Bunny Berigan’s Orchestra 1932

Bee’s Knees {1922}
Ralph Sutton 1952

New King Porter Stomp
Fletcher Henderson’s Orchestra 1932

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

  • I'm carrying on with a time-honored tradition that characterized the old-school jazz show I hosted for one quarter of a century at a certain southeast Michigan university-affiliated NPR affiliate.
  • The broadcasting tradition referred to involves recognizing the close of each year with a series of meticulously researched programs featuring music composed, published or recorded in years ending with the same number as the one which will soon expire.
  • The final eight weeks of 2012, for example, will be brought to you by the number "2".
  • Which means you'll have opportunities to experience music associated with the years 1892, 1902, 1912, 1922, '32, '42 and '52. 

First Parcel of Twos for 2012                         

Face the Music WCBN 88.3 FM www.wcbn.org

Potentialities for 11.08.12   {parentheses indicate year of composition or publication}

Prelude in C sharp minor – Sergei Rachmaninoff Op.3 No.2 {1892}
Eddie Lang

Peter and the Wolf – Sergei Prokofiev Op.67
Benny Goodman 1942

The Strenuous Life – Scott Joplin {1902}
William Albright

Don’t Mess With Me
James P Johnson 1922

Strong Talk
Princeton Triangle Jazz Band 1932

Runnin’ Wild
Cotton Pickers 1922

Ory’s Creole Trombone
Ory’s Sunshine Orchestra 1922

Decatur Street Blues
Mamie Smith’s Jazz Hounds 1922

Put and Take
Dunn’s Original Jazz Hounds 1922

You Got to Have That Thing
Memphis Jug Band 1932

Stove Pipe Stomp
Big Bill Broonzy 1932

Come Over and See Me
Big Joe & his Rhythm 1932

Sweetie Dear
Sidney Bechet’s New Orleans Feetwarmers 1932

Rose of the Rio Grande {1922}
Sidney Bechet’s Blue Note Jazz Band

Reefer Man
Cab Calloway & his Orchestra 1932

Main Stem
Duke Ellington & his Orchestra 1942

Jumpin’ Blues
Jay McShann & his Orchestra 1942

Flying Home
Lionel Hampton & his Orchestra 1942