Category Archives: Old Music Made New

Eubie Blake on the Fourth of July: The Stars and Stripes Forever

This, The Stars and Stripes Forever, is my favorite piece of patriotic and military music It was written by that musical genius John Philip Sousa (1854-1932) leader of the Marine Corps Band. Sousa wrote many other great marches, but this … Continue reading

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Cliff Edwards — I’ll See You In My Dreams

Thanks to Christopher Wham for the You Tube Now, for something entirely different.  I’ll See You In My Dreams is one of my all time favorite songs. It was written by Isham Jones and Gus Kahn. This recording of it was … Continue reading

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Art Tatum — Please Be Kind

Thanks to Okmusix for the You Tube Art Tatum on Please Be Kind is joined by Lionel Hampton, vibes; and Jo Jones, on Drums. This is from the Complete Art Tatum Pablo Group Masterpieces Disc 3 Cut 11. I think … Continue reading

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Fats on Friday — I Wish I Were Twins

Thanks to OnlyJazzHQ for the YouTube I Wish I Were Twins was written music by Joseph Meyer lyric by Eddie De Lange in 1934. Fats recorded it soon afterwards. Personnel on the record included Herman Autrey, Trumpet; Ben Whittet, clarinet … Continue reading

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Albert Ammons – Boogie Woogie Stomp

Thanks to Only Jazz and Blues for the You Tube That was Boogie Woogie Stomp by Albert Ammons. I have no information about that record except that the tune was written by Albert Ammons. This was the best version I … Continue reading

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Art Tatum – Somewhere Over The Rainbow

Thanks to bluesinorbit for the You Tube Somewhere Over the Rainbow was composed by Harold Arlen with lyrics by Yip Harburg. The American Film Institute ranked it as the greatest movie song of all time. Here, Art Tatum explores the … Continue reading

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Fats on Friday — Organ solo — Soothin’ Syrup Stomp

Thanks to ComptonLodgeStudios for the You Tube Soothin’ Syrup Stomp  was recorded January 14, 1927.  According to Maurice Waller, Fats had begun recording on the Camden pipe organ in late 1926, and throughout 1927. He only had two recording sessions … Continue reading

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Pete Johnson — Death Ray Boogie and Dive Bomber Boogie

Thanks to Hisashi Toshima for the YouTube Death Ray Boogie was written by Pete Johnson and Dave Deshers (?) and recorded  May 8, 1941. Pete Johnson was on piano with Al Hall, Bass; and A.G. Godley, Drums. Pete Johnson was … Continue reading

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Art Tatum Trio — I’ll Never Be The Same

Thanks to MrMusicismagic for the YouTube I’ll Never Be The Same was recorded in August, 1955, by Art Tatum, piano; Lionel Hampton, vibes; and Buddy Rich, drums. It was released on Disc 2, cut 12 on Norman Granz’s The Art … Continue reading

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Fats on Friday — I’ll Dance At Your Wedding

Thanks to OnlyJazzHQ for the You Tube I’ll Dance At Your Wedding was recorded by Fats Waller and Rhythm on December 7, 1938. Rhythm consisted on this date of Herman Autrey, trumpet; Al Casey, guitar; Cedric Wallace, bass; Slick Jones, … Continue reading

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