Monthly Archives: November 2015

Louis Armstrong — From 1920’s Jazz Innovator to Later Pop Superstar.

Louis Armstrong (1901-1971), perhaps along with his friend  Bing Crosby, are the most enduring musical figures to emerge in the 1920’s.  During Armstrong’s career in the 1920’s, he was seen as on the cutting edge of hot, New Orleans style … Continue reading

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Art Tatum — All The Things You Are

All the Things You Are comes from the musical  Very Warm for May written by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II.   The song has surpassed the play to become part of the Great American Song Book. You Tube courtesy of bluesinorbit.

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Fats on Friday — Handful of Keys

This is Handful Of Keys recorded in the late 1920’s.  This is a piano solo  that came out of the rent party piano contests.  Later, several swing bands recorded it with an orchestra score.  It was one of Fats Waller’s most … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving

I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving that you can enjoy with family or friends.

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A peek back at early sound recording technology

Photo credit:  Hans Eckhoff The above picture is of the interior of the Gennett Records Studio in Richmond, Indiana.  This is where a who’s who of 1920’s Jazz musicians made their first 78 rpm records, including Jelly Roll Morton, Louis … Continue reading

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Art Tatum –Dancing in the Dark

Dancing in the Dark was written by Howard Dietz and Arthur Schwartz for Broadway musical  The Band Wagon in 1931.  It was revived in an MGM movie of the same name in 1953.  Both starred Fred Astaire.   This recording is … Continue reading

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Fats on Friday — Smashing Thirds

Fats Waller put the stride in stride bass piano.  This is a solo piano piece, Smashing Thirds, recorded 9-24-1929 a little over a month before the Wall Street Crash of October 1929.  Fats might say, “Oh, it’s Friday the Thirteenth, well my, my, … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Victims of Terrorism in Paris

I apologize for not posting this sooner.  I schedule some of my posts in advance and was very busy yesterday.  I will reschedule the ones for yesterday and today for next weekend. Clearly there were many failures in France,  but … Continue reading

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Taking a Coffee Break with Annette Hanshaw.

I’ve been working on my house this past week doing my own carpentry, plumbing, and painting.  I grew up in a family of  do-it-yourselfers (on both sides.)  Maybe you’d like to take a little coffee break with me and listen … Continue reading

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