Author Archives: Richard Rollo

About Richard Rollo

I am a retired Community College Instructor. I taught Political Science 1 American Government for 22 years in Southern California. I am originally from Northern Minnesota. My earliest years were spent in the living quarters of a rural Duluth Winnipeg & Pacific Railway Depot. Then my family joined the great 1950's migration to Southern California where I joined up with fellow baby boomers in overcrowded schools.

Art Tatum — Tea for Two (Pablo Version)

Thanks to crewman for the You Tube Art Tatum playing Tea For Two. I could say just that and say no more. I’ve played this version here before. This performance is from the Complete Art Tatum Solo Masterpieces on Pablo, … Continue reading

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Fats Waller — Tea for Two

Thanks to The 13h34 for the You Tube Fats Waller recorded his very fine version of Tea For Two, I believe, along with the tunes from last week on August 2, 1939. Most people nowadays think Art Tatum “owned” this … Continue reading

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Bud Freeman — Time On My Hands

Thanks to Okmusix In July, I featured another tune—You’re My Everything— out of this same LP from 1955 titled Midnight at Eddie Condon’s with Bud Freeman’s All Stars. As I wrote  then, “It took me some time and effort to … Continue reading

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Art Tatum — I’ ll See You Again

Thanks to OnlyJazzHQ I’ll See You Again was a waltz composed music and lyric by the famous British actor and playwright Sir Noel Coward. Sir Noel wrote it in 1929 for his operetta Bitter Sweet. This solo piano version is … Continue reading

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Fats Waller — Medley: Poor Butterfly and the St. Louis Blues

Thanks to Orchard Enterprises This medley was recorded for radio broadcast and later released on records  including  these early 45 rpm extended play records. The recording date was August 2, 1939. Music recorded on 45 RPM records began shipping in … Continue reading

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Duke Ellington — Caravan

Thanks to Secval Last week, I played the Bunny Berigan version of Caravan.  This is Caravan by the Duke Ellington Orchestra. Not sure if this was the first original version, but if not it’s close. The idea of the song … Continue reading

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Art Tatum — Louise

Thanks to gullivior This solo version of Louise is from 1953 Disc One Cut 13 from the Art Tatum Pablo Solo Masterpieces. The song was written by Richard Whiting (music) and Leo Robin (words). Louise was made famous by Maurice … Continue reading

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Fats on Friday — Everybody Loves My Baby

Thanks to OnlyJazzHQ This recording of Everybody Loves My Baby is from November 6, 1940 with John Hamilton, trumpet; Charles Turner, bass; Slick Jones, drums, Al Casey, guitar; Gene Sedric, reeds; and Fats on piano and vocal. The song was … Continue reading

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Bunny Berigan — I Can’t Get Started and Caravan

Thanks to cdbpdx for the You Tube Update 8-19-17: The first version I posted from Mr. JohnnyNumbers was challenged and pulled, according to YouTube. I doubt that it was the music itself, but perhaps one of the visuals. Anyway, I’ll … Continue reading

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Art Tatum — Blue Moon

Thanks to bluesinorbit This solo performance of Blue Moon by Art Tatum was recorded in 1955 and is on Disc 5 cut 2 on Art Tatum’s The Complete Pablo Solo Masterpieces, Compact Edition. Blue Moon was written by Richard Rodgers … Continue reading

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