Thursday, February 28, 2013


Emergency coverage for Mike Perini 6:30-7 PM - 2.28.13

Clarinet Marmalade
Wild Bill Davison & his Commodores 1943

Hot Waters Blues
Bennie Moten’s Kansas City Orchestra 1928

Lookie Lookie Lookie, Here Comes Cookie
Teddy Hill & his Orchestra 1935

Hot Platter
Erskine Hawkins & his Orchestra 1939

Fish for Supper                                     
Hot Lips Page & his band 1944

“Bean” at the Met
Coleman Hawkins Quintet 1944

Hard Tack
Ike Quebec Swingtet 1944

Hot Biscuits
Jay McShann Septet 1948

Nuts
Roy Eldridge Quartet 1950

Big Butter & Egg Man
Wild Bill Davison & his Commodores 1945

Monday, February 25, 2013


Face the Music with WCBN 88.3 FM www.wcbn.org
Potentials & Probablities
7-8 PM February 28, 2013
Again, as many saxophonists as will fit into the hour

San
Frankie Trumbauer with the Mound City Blue Blowers 1924

Terrific Stomp
Jack Washington with Bennie Moten’s Kansas City Orchestra 1929

Well All Right Then
Coleman Hawkins Trio 1937

I Got Rhythm
Bud Freeman Trio 1938

Sittin’ In
Chu Berry’s Little Jazz Ensemble 1938

No Soap (A Jitterbug Jamboree)
Julian Dash with Erskine Hawkins & his Orchestra 1939

Stompy Jones
Sidney Bechet’s New Orleans Feetwarmers 1940

I’ve Found a New Baby
Charlie Parker with Jay McShann’s Orchestra 1941

Afternoon of a Basie-ite
Lester Young Quartet 1943

Blooey
Earl Bostic, Don Byas, Ike Quebec & Ben Webster
with Hot Lips Page & his Band 1944

Louise
Coleman Hawkins & his Sax Ensemble 1944

Honeysuckle Rose
Ben Webster Quartet 1944

Basement Blues
Carl Wolfe Band plays W.C. Handy

I Got Plenty O’ Nuttin’
bass saxophonist Vince Giordano with
Dick Hyman & Tom Pletcher 2003

On the Alamo
baritone saxophonist Bill Miles with
Wild Bill Davison & his Commodores 1945

Indiana
Ike Quebec All-Stars 1944

Two Left Feet
Buddy Tate with Skip Hall’s Band 1945

St. Louis Blues
Gene Ammons with Albert Ammons Rhythm Kings 1947

Diggin’ the Count
Illinois Jacquet on Apollo records 1947


Tuesday, February 19, 2013


Face the Music with WCBN 88.3 FM
7 PM Thursday February 21st 2013
as many saxophonists as will fit into the hour

Shake It and Break It
Sidney Bechet & his New Orleans Feetwarmers 1940

Bouncing Around
Sam Morgan’s Jazz Band 1927

Trumbology
Frankie Trumbauer & his Orchestra 1927

Swingin’ Without Mezz
Bud Freeman Trio 1938

Walkin’ the Dog
James P. Johnson’s Blue Note Jazzmen 1944

Honeysuckle Rose
Coleman Hawkins & his All Star Jam Band 1937

Don’t Get Tired
Alix Combelle et son Orchestre 1938

Squatty Roo
Johnny Hodges & his Orchestra 1941

Bootin’ and Swinging
Gene “Honeybear” Sedric & his Orchestra 1946

Warmin’ Up
Leon “Chu” Berry with Teddy Wilson & his Orchestra 1936

Oh! Lady Be Good
Lester Young with a small group led by Count Basie 1936

Texas Shuffle
Herschel Evans with Count Basie & his Orchestra 1938

Cottontail
Ben Webster with Duke Ellington & his Orchestra 1940

It’s Only a Paper Moon
Lester Young Septet 1946

Afternoon of a Basie-ite
Lester Young Quartet 1943

Takin’ Off
Charlie Parker with Sir Charles Thompson’s All Stars 1945

Jim Dawgs
Ike Quebec All-Stars 1945

Be-Bop
Don Byas with Dizzy Gillespie’s Sextet 1945

Hiroshima
Gene Ammons with Albert Ammons’ Rhythm Kings 1947

Jumpin’ at the Woodside
Leo Parker with Illinois Jacquet & band 1947

Wednesday, February 13, 2013


face the music on wcbn fm  thursday 2/14/13
potentials & probabilities

blue black bottom
fats waller 1929

mama don’t allow
washboard sam 1935

do it sloppy
sylvester palmer 1929

i’m somebody’s somebody now
annette hanshaw 1927

spirit of ’49 rag
george h tremer 1927

yaaka hula hickey dula
ciro’s club coon orchestra 1916

raggin’ the scale
venuti-lang blue five 1933

light up
buster bailey’s rhythm busters 1938

trompeau
marten altena ensemble - 14th century/1995

ostrich walk
irving fazola’s dixielanders 1945

about face
the three deuces 1941

my honey’s lovin’ arms
bud freeman trio 1938

a good man is hard to find
kid ory’s creole jazz band 1954

peg o’ my heart
red nichols & his five pennies 1929

thou swell
tut soper & baby dodds 1944

oh sister ain’t that hot
jimmie noone’s apex club oerchestra 1928

carolina balmoral
james p johnson 1943

muskrat ramble
bud freeman’s famous chicagoans 1940

Wednesday, February 6, 2013


Face the Music  
Potentials & Probabilities for broadcast of 2.07.13

Turn on the Heat
Fats Waller piano solo 1929

In a Corner
Cecil Scott & his Bright Boys 1929

Play That Thing
Ollie Powers’ Harmony Syncopators 1923

Four or Five Times
Monarch Jazz Quartet of Norfolk 1929

‘Tain’t What You Do But How You Do It
Papa Charlie Jackson 1929

Penn Beach Blues
Joe Venuti’s Blue Four 1927

Sitting on a Curbstone Blues
Piron’s New Orleans Orchestra 1924

Valse Boston
Joan Sawyer’s Persian Garden Orchestra 1914

Sweet Alberta
Charlie McCoy & the Jackson Blue Boys
Recorded in New Orleans 1928

Muggles
Louis Armstrong & his Orchestra 1928

Some Do and Some Don’t
State Street Ramblers 1928

Why Did You Do That To Me?
Washboard Sam 1940

Careless Love {test pressing}
Bessie Smith with Louis Armstrong,
Fred Longshaw & Big Charlie Green 1925

If You Take Me Back
Big Joe & his Washboard Band 1940

It’s a Ramble
Tut Soper & Baby Dodds 1944

Give Us Another Jug
Piano Kid Edwards piano solo 1930

Twenty First Street Stomp
Ike Rodgers with Henry Brown 1929

Improvisations on Pinetop’s Boogie Woogie
James P. Johnson piano solo 1943


Here's a nice example of Duke Ellington's transcription recordings from 1941:

http://www.cduniverse.com/search/xx/music/pid/4743912/a/Take+the+%27A%27+Train%3A+The+Legendary+Blanton-Webster+Transcriptions,+1941.htm

Another hugely important transcription entity was the World Broadcasting Service, for which Ellington, (and others including Miff Mole's dixieland jam band) cut a series of outstanding sides in the early 40s. These were issued to the public years later by the Circle label:

http://www.amazon.com/Ellington-Orchestra-World-Broadcasting-Series/dp/B006QKZPRG

Muzak was one of many transcription services for which musicians--many
of them now regarded as legendary jazz artists--regularly cut
recordings that weren't peddled to the public in stores. The only time
anyone heard these sides (which often exceeded the 3.5 minute
limitations of the ten inch 78 rpm record) was when they were aired
over radio waves as filler. Transcription recordings by Duke
Ellington, Claude Thornhill and dozens more have been reissued and
often represent some of the best material we have from that period
(30s&  40s). I believe this was largely due to the fact that the A&R
directors usually associated with commercial recording sessions were
absent or "defanged" for the transcription sessions, which weren't
geared towards selling units in stores. Interesting, huh. Check this
out:

http://www.muzakblog.com/new/fats-wallers-session-1935/

Jazz, dance band and pop artists whose transcription recordings have
been reissued by the amazing Hep Jazz label include

Boyd Raeburn, Gene Krupa, Sam Donahue, the Pied Pipers, Stan Kenton,
Billy Butterfield and Artie Shaw.

http://www.counterpoint-music.com/Catalogues/Jazz/jazz.w/fats/fats7.gif

This JZCL compilation (a double CD not to be confused with a similarly
packaged sampler released by Stash records) contains what I believe
are all of Fats Waller's Muzak recordings from 1935 and 1939. The best
moments (in addition to certain group jams from '39) are the piano
solos, which underline perhaps the most important and least recognized
aspect of Thomas Waller--his subtlety. Not to downplay the majesty of
full-throttle swing! For rowdier current try "Nagasaki" and "The Moon
is Low".