Monthly Archives: August 2015

Stephanie Trick — On Fire!

Not literally, but it’s a wonder that all those liquor bottles are still standing on top of that piano after she finished.  This is another James P. Johnson favorite of mine, Harlem Strut.  I think James P. would be proud … Continue reading

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Art Tatum — Limehouse Blues

This is the Limehouse Blues played by Art Tatum, recorded here in the early 1940’s.  The song was written in 1922 by Philip Braham and Douglas Fuber and originally performed by Gertrude Lawrence.  It became a big favorite of the … Continue reading

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Fats on Friday– Ain’t Misbehavin’

This is an out take from the movie Stormy Weather 1943 featuring the other of Fats Wallers’ two most famous compositions, Ain’t Misbehavin‘.  It was a big career break for him to be featured in a Hollywood movie that was … Continue reading

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David McCullough’s The Wright Brothers

I’ve done my share of reviewing of books and music on Amazon’s site, but I’ve been giving more attention lately to my site.  I’ve also been busy writing my own book.  This book was a gift, so I’ll give it … Continue reading

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Yuja Wang plays Tea For Two, Art Tatum style

This was a real act of bravery for Yuja Wang, and a fine tribute to Art Tatum. Yuja Wang is a world class concert pianist,  having  played with Sir Neville Marriner and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, … Continue reading

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Art Tatum’s Tour de Force — Tea for Two

Here is Art Tatum’s version of Vincent Youmans and Irving Caeser’s  Tea For Two.  Tatum turned this very simple song into his tour de force.  This is just a 3 minute 78 rpm version.  People who heard him live in … Continue reading

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Fats on Friday — Honeysuckle Rose

Here’s a soundie  which was a 1930’s -40’s version of a music video.  Honeysuckle Rose was one of Fats Waller’s most famous compositions. On last Sunday’s Swingin’ Years show, Chuck Cecil featured Honeysuckle Rose on his segment called “turning time around … Continue reading

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Wildfires in the Northwest

                          The satellite image  above shows the extent of damage so far from the forest fires in Oregon and Washington.  If you, recall a prior post showing the … Continue reading

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Another Earthquake in the S.F. Bay Area this morning

                            Another Earthquake struck on the Alameda County side of the San Francisco Bay this morning.  This one measured 4.0 on the Richter Scale.  It occurred at … Continue reading

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Stephanie Trick plays Snowy Morning Blues

Snowy Morning Blues is one of my favorite songs by James P. Johnson.  This is Stephanie Trick’s version, which is very close to the original.  She plays great stride piano.  It was 100+ degrees in the L.A. area yesterday, so … Continue reading

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