Monthly Archives: April 2017

Paul Lingle 1902-1963

Thanks to Universal Group for the YouTube The song is the Black Bottom Stomp. It was written by Jelly Roll Morton. The Black Bottom was a dance that developed among the Black Southern Sharecroppers in the late 1800’s. It moved … Continue reading

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Art Tatum – Come Rain or Come Shine

Thanks to gullivior for the music and painting. Art Tatum’s Come Rain or Come Shine was issued on The Complete Art Tatum Pablo Solo Masterpieces on Disc 2 Cut 2. Norman Granz produced the recording session in 1953. No credit … Continue reading

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Fats on Friday Reprise– Love Me Or Leave Me

Thanks to James McEwan for the YouTube I have no doubt played Fats Waller’s solo piano version of Love Me Or Leave Me before. The song was written in 1928 by Walter Donaldson and Gus Kahn. Fats recorded this solo … Continue reading

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Willie “The Lion” Smith – (1897-1973)

Willie “The Lion” Smith is among the big three of the Harlem Stride Piano (Fats Waller and James P. Johnson were the other two.) Willie the Lion Smith got his nickname “The Lion” during World War I when he showed … Continue reading

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Art Tatum – When A Woman Loves A Man

Thanks again to gullivior for the music and the painting When A Woman Loves A Man by Art Tatum is from the Art Tatum Solo Masterpieces on Pablo Disc 4 cut 14. The song was written by Mercer, Jenkins, and … Continue reading

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Fats on Friday – Rump Steak Serenade

Thanks to Lars Bang Andersen for the Youtube Rump Steak Serenade was recorded July 1, 1941 in Hollywood. Fats was backed by his Rhythm regulars and other musicians in an “orchestra.” There’s a credit crawl at the end of the … Continue reading

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Joshua Rifkin — Scott Joplin’s Maple Leaf Rag

Thanks to Warner Music Group for the You Tube I remember this LP well. A lot of us who had taken piano lessons in childhood regained an interest in playing piano during the 1970’s. There were organized clubs including the … Continue reading

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Art Tatum & Trio — If

You Tube thanks to KEEPTHEDEEP The tune is titled If and the session was recorded in 1956, produced by Norman Granz, and released on several different album packages. It is available on in the Complete Pablo Group Masterpieces Disc 5 … Continue reading

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Fats on Friday — Sweet Sue, Just You.

Thanks again to Dominik Feri for the You Tube Sweet Sue, Just You was recorded June 24, 1935, with Fats Waller on piano and vocal; Herman Autrey, trumpet; Gene Sedric, reeds; James Smith, guitar; Charles Turner, bass; Arnold Bolden, drums. … Continue reading

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Good Friday — Remembering Jonathan Martinez

Today is Good Friday.  Best wishes  for those who observe it.  I  also want to remember this week Jonathan Martinez, pictured on the left, 8 years old, of San Bernardino, California.  Jonathan was killed on Monday by a stray bullet … Continue reading

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