Monthly Archives: April 2016

Art Tatum — The Very Thought of You

Art Tatum gives his fantastic touch and imagination to an enduring and very popular song.  The Very Thought of You,  was written by the great British band leader and song writer, Ray Noble.   From Volume 2 of the Art … Continue reading

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Fats on Friday — Do Me A Favor.

Fats Waller from  1934 when he was really churning out these records.  Do Me A Favor sounds like a Tin Pan Alley novelty song.  It was  written by Jack Lawrence and Peter Tinnrin.  Fats readily turned such songs into Jazz.  He … Continue reading

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Art Tatum — Happy Feet

Art Tatum plays the  old 1920’s tune, Happy Feet.  I previously played  the Frank Trumbauer version featuring Smith Ballew on the vocal.  Happy Feet is a comic song and Tatum plays it that way.  No word from Gullivor on the painting … Continue reading

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Fats on Friday The Sugar Blues

The Sugar Blues is another of those little gems recorded in that prolific period in 1935.  It’s another of the spur of the moment sessions that Fats cooked up.  Herman Autry has a fine growling trumpet solo and Rudy Powell … Continue reading

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Something Slightly Different — Django Reinhardt

I have mostly focused on piano players to the neglect of other musicians.  I also don’t want to focus only on American musicians at the expense of others.  One of my favorite guitarists is Django Reinhardt (1910-1955.)   Django Reinhardt … Continue reading

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Now, A 7.8 Earthquake in Ecuador… Developing

                            According to EarthSky, Ecuador was struck with a magnitude 7.8 Earthquake with deaths and massive destruction.  That’s as big as they get.  Both the Japan and … Continue reading

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A Second 7.0 Earthquake Reported in Kumamoto, Japan Friday Night

                 Japan suffered a second earthquake Friday night after previous day’s earthquake which was the biggest to strike Japan since the 1011 Tsunami.  It struck near the capital city of Kumamoto Perfecture on the … Continue reading

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Art Tatum — his version of Eubie Blake’s Memories of You

Another extrordinary performance by Art Tatum of an extraordinary song.  Memories of You was written by Eubie Blake (music) and Andy Razaf (lyrics).  Many performers had hit records with Memories of You over the years.  Eubie Blake himself played it … Continue reading

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Fats on Friday — I’ve Got My Fingers Crossed

This was one of several  Soundies Fats recorded in his career.  Soundies were forerunners of the music video.  The song was written by Jimmy McHugh and Ted Hoehler in 1935, the same year this  movie short was produced.  Fats Waller … Continue reading

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Now For Something Completely Different,

As they used to say on Monty Python.  An old saying  “when pigs fly”  was a sarcastic way of saying something was impossible and ridiculous.  But what about “when dogs fly”  Well, dogs don’t  have wings either, but can they learn to … Continue reading

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