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by djstarr
Thu Mar 13, 2008 5:42 pm
Forum: Swinging Music
Topic: Lionel Hampton
Replies: 7
Views: 3026

Lionel Hampton

I was teasing one of my favorite DJs about his love for Lionel Hampton and I decided I should go back and listen to what I have of his. It is frankly very little of him as a band leader [i.e. I have a lot of his work on Benny Goodman tracks]. I did hear an awesome song on the radio a few weeks back,...
by djstarr
Thu Mar 13, 2008 5:26 pm
Forum: Swinging Music
Topic: Most Ella Fitzgerald/Chick Webb songs "disposable"
Replies: 19
Views: 10427

Re: Most Ella Fitzgerald/Chick Webb songs "disposable&q

I think they are referring to songs like the ones on this CD . What do you think about this material? Is it disposable? Perhaps more importantly, is it good to dance to? Them are gold nuggets in Seattle! Maybe not all of them, but eyeballing the list, Dipsy Doodle, Vote for Mr. Rhythm, Undecided, S...
by djstarr
Thu Mar 13, 2008 4:33 pm
Forum: Swinging Music
Topic: Who's got your back?
Replies: 16
Views: 7485

ha ha. one cool daddio.
by djstarr
Thu Mar 13, 2008 3:26 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, and they did something quite clever; they hired 11 bands for the weekend and gave them all 1 hour sets. I'm not quite sure how they managed the finances; 10 of them were local bands so there was not that much travel; and most of them were small group...
by djstarr
Thu Mar 13, 2008 3:20 pm
Forum: DJ Skillz
Topic: Tips for finding the right 'next song' in the heat of DJing
Replies: 71
Views: 30079

FYI- this is how I categorize my tunes for when I am calling a set of music with my band. I do not make set lists ahead of time- I like to call things as I go depending on the crowd. So I have my songs listed thusly:................. Another thing that I try to do, which is much more difficult with...
by djstarr
Thu Mar 13, 2008 3:16 pm
Forum: DJ Skillz
Topic: Tips for finding the right 'next song' in the heat of DJing
Replies: 71
Views: 30079

What I'm wondering is whether there's any way to devise a tag system that involves this more instinctive aspect, or whether it's better to tag tracks along more quantifiable lines, so I can whittle down to a selection based on those, then let my instincts go to work on the results.... A quick note ...
by djstarr
Thu Mar 13, 2008 2:58 pm
Forum: Swinging Music
Topic: Yehoodi Radio Wants You!
Replies: 37
Views: 22181

I'd still love to have Travis and/or Freddie do a set. And since both Peter Loggins and Falty are in Seattle now maybe they can do one big combined "Seattle Sound" show ;-0 That would be actually very interesting to me.
by djstarr
Thu Mar 13, 2008 2:56 pm
Forum: Swinging Music
Topic: Your shopping list
Replies: 22
Views: 9141

Charlie Barnet's version of Cherokee Hint: The best sounding version of the original recording (1939) can be found on The Fabulous Swing Collection The hifi version from The Everest Years is also suberb (it runs for 7 minutes but I've edited it down to 3:23) Thanks! I actually have the track on the...
by djstarr
Thu Mar 13, 2008 2:49 pm
Forum: Swinging Music
Topic: Music that Swings HARD!
Replies: 27
Views: 10917

Thanks so much, I actually don't have some of those. Thanks for the help and does anyone else have any suggestions based off of my list? If you don't have The Fabulous Sidney Bechet [which has Blues my Naughty...] on it, you should get it. The entire CD really swings hard. Another CD that has a gre...
by djstarr
Thu Mar 13, 2008 2:31 pm
Forum: Swinging Music
Topic: Who's got your back?
Replies: 16
Views: 7485

Louis Armstrong! Impeccable music, and his voice makes everybody light up.
by djstarr
Thu Jan 10, 2008 2:22 pm
Forum: DJ Skillz
Topic: Tips for finding the right 'next song' in the heat of DJing
Replies: 71
Views: 30079

- keep a list of "bridge" songs that sound good next to a variety of styles. For example, Alberta Hunter, "Sweet Georgia Brown," comes to mind. I would love to hear other people's ideas for "bridge" songs. yes this really helps. mid-tempo by familiar artists; Louis Arm...
by djstarr
Thu Jan 10, 2008 2:19 pm
Forum: DJ Skillz
Topic: Tips for finding the right 'next song' in the heat of DJing
Replies: 71
Views: 30079

I really don't think there's any substitute for practice - you get used to the 'pressure', the technology, your music, the way dancers respond, etc etc. Is there any way to practice getting used to the pressure APART from doing gigs. Is that what you mean by practice - gigs - or is there an effecti...
by djstarr
Wed Jan 09, 2008 12:54 am
Forum: DJ Skillz
Topic: Tips for finding the right 'next song' in the heat of DJing
Replies: 71
Views: 30079

I think it's part organization, part experience. I do, now that I'm on a computer, short list - I work ahead 2 or 3 songs, but I've found if I go more than 3 songs I'll lose the flow a bit. As long as you aren't being too distracted I think 3 min is enough time to find the next best song, as long as...
by djstarr
Tue Jan 08, 2008 3:33 pm
Forum: Swinging Music
Topic: "I'm sorry"?
Replies: 14
Views: 5841

Who wrote the song and when? It most likely alludes to what ever current stuff was newsworthy at the time the song was written.
by djstarr
Tue Jan 08, 2008 3:27 pm
Forum: DJ Skillz
Topic: Tips for finding the right 'next song' in the heat of DJing
Replies: 71
Views: 30079

a few late chimes in from the peanut gallery - I've been off this board for a while. It's always good to have some tried and true songs so if you pick the next "wrong" song you can go back to something that will get people dancing again. I find in reviewing my set lists that I have a very ...