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by djstarr
Fri Jun 20, 2008 3:44 pm
Forum: Swinging Music
Topic: Neil Hefti
Replies: 0
Views: 1573

Neil Hefti

Late last night "Sex and the Single Girl" came on; a movie from the 60's that Neil Hefti wrote the music for. The opening credits said the movie featured Count Basie and his orchestra, although I had to go to bed before they came on. I did watch about 20 min. of the film, enough to confirm...
by djstarr
Thu Jun 12, 2008 3:37 pm
Forum: Swinging Music
Topic: Worst Songs Ever Heard at a Lindy Hop Night?
Replies: 107
Views: 52356

This thing called love...... I just can't handle it this thing called love I must get round to it I ain't ready Crazy little thing called love This (This Thing) called love (Called Love) It cries (Like a baby) In a cradle all night It swings (Woo Woo) It jives (Woo Woo) It shakes all over like a jel...
by djstarr
Wed Jun 11, 2008 6:19 pm
Forum: DJ Skillz
Topic: Complain about my DJing
Replies: 44
Views: 20313

Interesting observations. Do y'all characterize "big band" by the sound or the size of the ensemble? Hey Rayned! Tough question; when I think of "big band" I usually think of Basie, Ellington, Woody Herman etc. and I'm thinking more in terms of rhythm and arrangements more than ...
by djstarr
Wed Jun 11, 2008 6:13 pm
Forum: Swinging Music
Topic: Worst Songs Ever Heard at a Lindy Hop Night?
Replies: 107
Views: 52356

Stray cat strut? :oops:
by djstarr
Fri Jun 06, 2008 12:45 pm
Forum: DJ Skillz
Topic: Complain about my DJing
Replies: 44
Views: 20313

Brenda - Hamp, Lucky Millinder, McShann, Lunceford, Wingy Manone, & Bunny Berigan I think are all pre-'44. But I'd have to double-check. Not being defensive, just putting it out there. Not necessarily a "Big Band" sound though - you're right - it's an interesting observation that I'll...
by djstarr
Mon Jun 02, 2008 5:28 pm
Forum: DJ Skillz
Topic: Dancers sitting on the stage
Replies: 11
Views: 6762

The Century Ballroom is so crowded most of the time that when there is not live music, there are tables up on the stage, and people sit on the stage as a matter of course. Better there than taking up floor space standing around.
by djstarr
Fri May 30, 2008 4:35 pm
Forum: DJ Skillz
Topic: Complain about my DJing
Replies: 44
Views: 20313

Thanks Freddie! Yes, that's why I like the New Orleans Jazz Vipers so much these days; modern recording, pre-war feel; and with vocals.... For something that may be missing in Swifty's set list that I think is missing in a lot of Seattle sets these days is a healthy dose of late 30's/40' s big band ...
by djstarr
Fri May 30, 2008 2:54 pm
Forum: Swinging Music
Topic: Mixed Tempo songs?
Replies: 32
Views: 17530

I've seen Basin Street Blues mentioned. One of the versions I have doesn't slow down again but keeps going with double tempo till the end. I think it transitions quite nicely with the drum solo, though you need to pay attention to your phrasing to transition when you're dancing. There is a version ...
by djstarr
Fri May 30, 2008 2:50 pm
Forum: DJ Skillz
Topic: Complain about my DJing
Replies: 44
Views: 20313

oh and the reason this came up was after listening to Freddie's set and liking it, I asked him what type of request would he honor from my friend if she came out to his set - i.e. if she asked for a groovier song what would you play? etc. I was trying to see if I could give any good advice to my fri...
by djstarr
Fri May 30, 2008 2:42 pm
Forum: DJ Skillz
Topic: Complain about my DJing
Replies: 44
Views: 20313

nice idea for the complaint thread, though even if you say "hit me" most people will still pull punches on a public forum. I usually just wait for someone else in my scene to tell me what they hear people saying on the sidelines....usually Brenda wont hesitate to tell me when her friends ...
by djstarr
Fri May 30, 2008 2:33 pm
Forum: DJ Skillz
Topic: Complain about my DJing
Replies: 44
Views: 20313

All in all it looks like a solid set. Good mix of vocals and instrumentals. A bit slow over all for what I'm used to, but again, I have no idea what it was like there that night, so this may have been entirely appropriate. ha ha. I don't think I've ever danced at Frim Fram, but all my friends from ...
by djstarr
Tue Mar 25, 2008 4:11 pm
Forum: DJ Skillz
Topic: last night's playlist
Replies: 14
Views: 13255

o.k., er, wow. i expected only one or two comments. thanks for all the advice! 1) the dance does start right after a beginner class, which is why i started slow, though i admit i probably over-did it. i think now that it was a mistake to put mr. 5x5 in there so early. incidentally, by my count the ...
by djstarr
Fri Mar 14, 2008 2:08 pm
Forum: DJ Skillz
Topic: Getting that 'live band' atmosphere at lindy hop dances
Replies: 14
Views: 8345

I just got back from the Portland Lindy Exchange Ah - so that's why you've been enthusiastically posting :wink: ha ha. more like I'm finally catching up with work, been heads down in computer junk so no time for posting until just recently. But Portland was awesome and did give me some spark. Next ...
by djstarr
Fri Mar 14, 2008 2:00 pm
Forum: Swinging Music
Topic: Yehoodi Radio Wants You!
Replies: 37
Views: 22181

Check it. 10 DC DJ's are putting together their hottest !#$@ to flood Live365 with the awesome. Hide the children and bust the grandparents outta the home. This May, The Jam Cellar does Yehoodi Radio. awesome! Yes, I begged and pleaded to DJ at DCLX this year since I'm coming out, and I was told &q...
by djstarr
Fri Mar 14, 2008 1:48 pm
Forum: Swinging Music
Topic: Lionel Hampton
Replies: 7
Views: 3026

This CD fostered a deep and abiding love for this man: http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/21NQQN15JVL._AA130_.jpg Tempo and Swing (RCA). It's gold. Thanks Sam! This has "Jivin' with Jarvis" on it, which when looking at the track listings I remembered I really wanted. Last time in New O...