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by J-h:n
Thu May 29, 2014 5:28 am
Forum: Swinging Music
Topic: The Big 18 - Celery Stalks at Midnight?
Replies: 63
Views: 29978

Re: The Big 18 - Celery Stalks at Midnight?

I guess the version of Easy Does It may have gotten some play during the recent Frankie 100 celebrations, since it's probably the first track that those of us who were lucky enough to be taught by Frankie would associate with him. He used it for his classes all the time.
by J-h:n
Mon Dec 30, 2013 6:09 pm
Forum: Swinging Music
Topic: Question about music history and development
Replies: 8
Views: 2259

Re: Question about music history and development

Yep, that Armstrong kid sure has a lot to answer for. No wonder he chose to lie low for the rest of his life.
by J-h:n
Fri Apr 19, 2013 5:10 am
Forum: Swinging Music
Topic: Swing songs danceable at several tempo
Replies: 8
Views: 2330

An example I can think of is "Ride Red Ride" by Lucky Millinder. This track can be interpreted as either super fast or nice and cruisey depending on which part of the orchestra you are listening to. There is something similar going on in many of the classic flagwavers of the period, such as Luncefo...
by J-h:n
Thu Apr 04, 2013 2:34 pm
Forum: Song IDs
Topic: [Answered] Alva's Baby Blues, Walter T Higgs
Replies: 8
Views: 3133

So many bands like that, and so many, many songs... They may be mentioning the title at 0.38, but I can't really figure it out. Elbows Faded Blues? Surely not.
by J-h:n
Wed Mar 20, 2013 3:47 pm
Forum: Swinging Music
Topic: Current Swing Music
Replies: 7
Views: 9539

If you have Spotify, I have a playlist you may want to check out: http://open.spotify.com/user/johan_f/playlist/5OTOrCfY2NZyfpTy6ykMoM Don't ever use Spotify to DJ, though. Especially not when it comes to current bands. Buy the music. Most of these people are trying very hard to make a living from it.
by J-h:n
Wed Feb 20, 2013 10:31 am
Forum: Swinging Music
Topic: Anyone still alive?
Replies: 12
Views: 3161

Two female American singers who are still alive: Doris Day (sang with Les Brown in the 1940s) Recordings include Keep Cool, Fool, Broom Street, There's Good Blues Tonight, The Booglie Wooglie Piggy, Dig It, T'Ain't Me Bea Wain (sang with Larry Clinton in the 1930s and 1940s) Recordings include The ...
by J-h:n
Tue Feb 19, 2013 3:56 pm
Forum: Swinging Music
Topic: Anyone still alive?
Replies: 12
Views: 3161

I reckon if you look at stars of the 1940s there must be a few still alive. I don't know if he counts as a 'major swing star', but I know Ray Anthony is alive ... Well, Ray Anthony was featured with the Glenn Miller band in the early 40s, so I'd say he counts. Not a superstar like Artie Shaw or Pat...
by J-h:n
Mon Feb 18, 2013 4:45 pm
Forum: Swinging Music
Topic: Anyone still alive?
Replies: 12
Views: 3161

Anyone still alive?

On January 26, Swedish swing superstar Alice Babs - "the most unique artist I know" (Duke Ellington) - turned 89. That made me think: "I wonder if any major American swing star is still alive." Four days later Patty Andrews passed away. That answered my question and still left me asking myself: "I w...
by J-h:n
Wed Dec 05, 2012 2:27 pm
Forum: Song IDs
Topic: [Answered] Multiple Tunes Please
Replies: 7
Views: 2302

Also known as "My daddy rocks me (with one steady roll)":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjHBVCkvo9A
by J-h:n
Mon Nov 12, 2012 4:14 am
Forum: DJ Skillz
Topic: Overplayed songs
Replies: 105
Views: 51133

lipi wrote:For the record, I continue to torture everyone with both "Joshua..." and "Blues My Naughty...", because, well, dammit, they're awesome. Never give up! Never surrender!
I knew someone would say that. ;-)
by J-h:n
Mon Nov 12, 2012 4:10 am
Forum: DJ Skillz
Topic: Overplayed songs
Replies: 105
Views: 51133

Well, it's definitely available on CD. I have it on four releases (because apparently I can never resist a Bechet disc): "Portrait", the 10 disc Documents/History/Past Perfect/whatever set "Blackstick", on the French Nocturne label (OOP) "Pre-War Classic Sides", on JSP "RCA-Victor Master Takes", on...
by J-h:n
Sat Nov 10, 2012 6:34 am
Forum: DJ Skillz
Topic: Overplayed songs
Replies: 105
Views: 51133

I'm also a bit wary of dismissing genres or artists because of things like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eiiUUWBmPHM Wow! Never heard that one, any idea if it's available in digital form? That's totally genre-transcending: a swing classic played by a New Orleans traditionalist, with a guitar...
by J-h:n
Sat Nov 10, 2012 6:28 am
Forum: DJ Skillz
Topic: Overplayed songs
Replies: 105
Views: 51133

dogpossum wrote:I sill play this version of Jericho too much: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHLR1h24Qc4 It is so orsm. Way better than that Bechet version everyone plays. The opening cornet solo in the recording I play makes dancers go "WHUT?" and "SQUEE!"
Yep, good one. Kid Ory is nowhere near overplayed.
by J-h:n
Fri Nov 09, 2012 5:10 pm
Forum: DJ Skillz
Topic: Overplayed songs
Replies: 105
Views: 51133

I'm still championing a big band revival. Me too. And I think it's on its way, at least in Europe. Lots of great big band being played at Lindy Shock in Budapest last week; I did a couple of well-received sets with nothing else. There was even a jam to Glenn Miller's In the Mood - a radio transcrip...
by J-h:n
Fri Nov 09, 2012 5:00 pm
Forum: DJ Skillz
Topic: Overplayed songs
Replies: 105
Views: 51133

I was gonna say 'I think of this when I think of dixie:' and 'I think of this when I think of 'Nolastyle': ' and then I realised they're pretty much the same, except the Firehouse Five play it for laughs and Tuba Skinny are DEADLY SRS in that video. If I had to choose between those and this , I'd c...