Monthly Archives: January 2018

Art Tatum Pablo Group Masterpieces — Undecided

Thanks to Okmusix for the You Tube Vol 1 of the Tatum Group Masterpieces features Benny Carter, Alto Sax, Louis Bellson, drums, and Art Tatum, Piano. Undecided was written by Sid Robin and Charlie Shavers and published in 1938. Early … Continue reading

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Django Reinhardt -Stephane Grappelli – Limehouse Blues

Thanks to L. Heitmann for the You Tube Django and Stephane …. I need say no more. They took American jazz and combined it with gypsy riffs to make gypsy jazz. Their performances at the Hot Club of France before … Continue reading

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Fats Waller — I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself A Letter

Thanks to MusicProf78 for the Youtube I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter was composed by Fred E Ahlert, Lyrics by Joe Young. Fats Waller recorded this cut May 8, 1935. It was the first recording of … Continue reading

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Art Tatum Group Masterpieces — Under a Blanket of Blue

Thanks to bluesinorbit for the You Tube This tune is from Art Tatum Group Masterpieces Vol 1 Cut 3. Art Tatum ( piano), Benny Carter (Alto Sax), and Louis Bellson (drums). Recorded in 1954, Under a Blanket of Blue was … Continue reading

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Joe Avery’s Blues — Jeff and Joel’s House Party #1

Thanks to CineDevine for the You Tube This version of Joe Avery’s Blues comes from the first Jeff and Joel’s House Party. The personnel included Vince Giordano, bass; Bria Skonberg, trumpet; Joe Midiri, clarinet; Tom Palinko, drums; Robin Verdier, piano; … Continue reading

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Fats on Friday — Rump Steak Serenade

Thanks to Darryn Ray Brott for the YouTube Rump Steak Serenade was recorded July 1, 1941 in Hollywood. Fats Waller did the vocal and piano with a studio pickup orchestra  including vocalists. He wrote the song and lyrics, but for … Continue reading

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Tatum, Hampton, Rich Trio –What Is This Thing Called Love

Thanks to gullivior for the You Tube What is This Thing Called Love was written by Cole Porter and features Art Tatum ,Piano, Lionel Hampton, vibes; and Buddy Rich on drums. This is Vol 4, Cut 8 from Art Tatum … Continue reading

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Bernie Cummins Orchestra — Livin’ in The Sunlight, Lovin’ in the Moonlight 1930

Thanks to 240252 for the You Tube and vintage photos. I thought with all this super cold weather, in the country I’d play this old ode to summer. This song, Livin’ in the Sunlight, Lovin’ in the Moonlight  was written … Continue reading

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Fats Waller — Smashing Thirds

Thanks to Peter Zillmer for the You Tube Smashing Thirds was a solo piano recording made September 24, 1929. This was a tune composed for Harlem rent party cutting contests. This was the title track of another of Mike Lipskin’s … Continue reading

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Art Tatum — Louise

Thanks to ramoburg for the You Tube The Complete Pablo Art Tatum .Solo Masterpieces Vol 1 track 13. Louise was composed by Leo Robin and Richard Whiting. Tatum’s version of Louise was tender and delicate.

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