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by julius
Wed Mar 07, 2007 2:00 pm
Forum: DJ Skillz
Topic: DJing at the Savoy Ballroom - did it ever happen?
Replies: 12
Views: 5778

I seem to recall that Whitey's practiced there using records. I can't imagine that a band played for all their practices, but ... wilder things have happened.
by julius
Wed Mar 07, 2007 1:50 pm
Forum: Swinging Music
Topic: Favourite recording of ... Don't Be That Way?
Replies: 54
Views: 15010

My favorite version (again, I come from a listening standpoint and not a 'for dancers' standpoint) is the Goodman Live at Carnegie Hall version because of the story behind it. I'm sure you've heard it all before so I'll repeat it again because I like hearing myself talk! As the liner notes say, the ...
by julius
Wed Mar 07, 2007 1:39 pm
Forum: Swinging Music
Topic: Qaudromania label
Replies: 10
Views: 3381

Went to Amoeba recently and saw lots of these Quadromania sets. I picked up a Pee Wee Russell (some of which I have from an Eddie Condon box set already, but whatever) which is nice. There are no liner notes beyond recording date and personnel. The little prongs that hold the CD in the 4-cd case all...
by julius
Tue Mar 06, 2007 4:10 pm
Forum: Swinging Music
Topic: Mills Blue Rhythm Band 1936-1937
Replies: 52
Views: 15610

For those fans of MBRB a new release on ASV. Will be interesting to see what the remastering is like. I have ordered my copy :) http://www.worldsrecords.com/pages/artists/m/mills_blue_rhythm_band_the/the_mills_blue_rhythm_band_59831.html I just bought this a few days ago. It is excellent, but since...
by julius
Tue Mar 06, 2007 2:17 pm
Forum: DJ Skillz
Topic: DJing at the Savoy Ballroom - did it ever happen?
Replies: 12
Views: 5778

Live music was the norm for nightly entertainment in the early to mid twentieth century, even when movies and radio came along. There were literally thousands of musicians in major cities playing hundreds of venues, and not just jazz. In the early part of the century it was de rigeur to have a piano...
by julius
Thu Mar 01, 2007 6:30 pm
Forum: Swinging Music
Topic: What are you playing? / What are you listening to?
Replies: 42
Views: 10431

I heard this Andy Bey track on KJAZZ -- It's Only A Paper Moon. He's got an amazing baritone. The song is very "groovy" and bluesy for lack of better descriptive phrases. Normally I think the song is extremely corny, but he makes it drip with passion. The album is full of very slow songs, some kind ...
by julius
Mon Feb 26, 2007 10:26 am
Forum: Other Music
Topic: Christine Aguilera - Candyman
Replies: 14
Views: 12863

That clip was removed, but I found another of a live performance on Ellen. One comment amused me:
Hehe... Pretty neat tune actually. Could have easilly been an Ellington tune from the 40's
the pain.
by julius
Thu Feb 22, 2007 11:46 am
Forum: Swinging Music
Topic: Goodman / Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert [Avid #151]
Replies: 7
Views: 2137

You played all 16.5 minutes of Honeysuckle Rose?

That's ballsy.
by julius
Tue Feb 20, 2007 6:47 pm
Forum: DJ Skillz
Topic: Are dancers musical tastes changing?
Replies: 91
Views: 27606

Not that I'm trying to 'razz' you, but: http://www.swingdjs.com/phpbb2/viewtopic.php?t=48 Anonymity has its uses, but in reality most of us are pretty inoffensive. As a friend of mine once described it, swingdjs.com is like a bunch of teenage girls in pajamas playing records for each other on the be...
by julius
Tue Feb 20, 2007 6:42 pm
Forum: Swinging Music
Topic: Songs for the end of the night?
Replies: 36
Views: 11970

How about "Give Me Your Telephone Number"?

I slay myself.
by julius
Tue Feb 20, 2007 2:44 pm
Forum: DJ Skillz
Topic: Are dancers musical tastes changing?
Replies: 91
Views: 27606

When I DJed at Lindy Gras, the only request I got was from a newer for some Indigo Swing. Boy, was he excited to see that I had BOTH of the albums on my laptop. I think most dancers were just happy that I was playing shorter songs, the band songs were generally all on the long side. You know, I rem...
by julius
Tue Feb 20, 2007 2:40 pm
Forum: DJ Skillz
Topic: Are dancers musical tastes changing?
Replies: 91
Views: 27606

"Is this the only music you guys dance to? Jazz?" "No, we dance to this too." [Bon Jovi - One Wild Night] I don't think I've ever seen him smile that big. Right away he wanted to know when the next lesson was. Can you send me the names of some of these songs? I have no objection to playing random m...
by julius
Tue Feb 20, 2007 2:11 pm
Forum: Other Music
Topic: argentine tango newbie help
Replies: 2
Views: 4372

A google search on "Argentine tango music" immediately turns up this very informative-looking site: http://www.tejastango.com/tango_music_collection.html In addition to those you've mentioned, Pugliese and Firpo are pretty good (in my very limited knowledge of tango music). Oh yeah, I forgot: http:/...
by julius
Fri Feb 16, 2007 7:28 pm
Forum: DJ Skillz
Topic: Are dancers musical tastes changing?
Replies: 91
Views: 27606

I think your being a bit paranoid... there is an abundance of high energy swing music out there. But for me, personally (let me emphasize personal preference), few swing songs compare to the raw energy of, say Bon Jovi or Outkast... both groups have a nack for high energy at a lower tempo. High tem...