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Favorite Mid-range Classic Swing

#1 Post by djStu » Thu Jan 19, 2006 8:49 am

I DJ regularly in Austin, and bluesy swing reigns supreme. I like bluesy swing, and dj a lot of it, but I would really like to build up my classic swing repertoire. The problem with Austin, though, is a general lack of fast dancing skillz.

So my question: what are some of your favorite mid-range (below 180bpm) classic swing tunes.


Thanks

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#2 Post by main_stem » Thu Jan 19, 2006 9:43 am

You should talk to George White, he's in your hood and has a great collection.
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#3 Post by djStu » Thu Jan 19, 2006 10:10 am

true, but the problem there is that I only ever see george when he's djing, and usually when that happens i'm dancing :D

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#4 Post by CafeSavoy » Thu Jan 19, 2006 10:45 am

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#5 Post by mousethief » Thu Jan 19, 2006 11:32 am

djStu wrote:true, but the problem there is that I only ever see george when he's djing, and usually when that happens i'm dancing :D
I think he has a phone and email.

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#6 Post by mousethief » Thu Jan 19, 2006 11:36 am

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#7 Post by julius » Thu Jan 19, 2006 3:46 pm

Jack the Bear
Summit Ridge Drive
One O'Clock Jump (ok, this usually averages around 190)
A Smooooth One
Ratamacue (is this the same song as the previous?)
there's a slower version of Flying Home that I hear but I forget who does it
Crazy Rhythm (Harry James version)
Jumpin' Punkins (or something...the Ellington song)
Easy Does It (original Basie version)

Man, wish I had access to my library.

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#8 Post by djstarr » Thu Jan 19, 2006 5:10 pm

julius wrote:Jack the Bear
Summit Ridge Drive
One O'Clock Jump (ok, this usually averages around 190)
A Smooooth One
Ratamacue (is this the same song as the previous?)
there's a slower version of Flying Home that I hear but I forget who does it
djstarr wrote:Benny Goodman on Sing Sing Sing. It's at 168 bpm or there abouts. I like Lionel Hampton's better, I have it on the Swingsation CD, it's more like 200, might be too fast.
Crazy Rhythm (Harry James version)
Jumpin' Punkins (or something...the Ellington song)
Easy Does It (original Basie version)

Man, wish I had access to my library.
One Kevin T. told me about that I like is Love Scene by Ellington, the other Ellington one is on "His Mother called Him Bill" is Snibor - nice modern song and fast [170ish], it would be a good starter song for folks used to hearing slower blues.

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#9 Post by Campus Five » Thu Jan 19, 2006 11:41 pm

BG Sextet
Six Appeal
A Smo-o-oth One
Rose Room
Oomph Fah Fah

Lionel Hampton
Royal Family
Flying Home No.2

Artie Shaw Gramercy Five
Summit Ridge Drive
My Blue Heaven
Cross Your Heart

Johnny Hodges

Squatty Roo
Good Queen Bess

Count Basie
Royal Flush (actually its the 1942 Metronome All Stars)

Artie Shaw

Comin' On
Bedford Drive

Tommy Dorsey
Boogie Woogie
Swingin' on Nothin'

Erskine Hawkins
Swingin' on Lennox Ave.
Tuxedo Junction

Harry James
Jump Town

Vocal stuff:
Why Don't You Do Right - BG w/Peggy Lee
Comes Love - AS
GK: Boog It, Massachusetts, Let Me Off Uptown,

Those are my go-to sub 150 tunes. It's no coincidence that many of those are C5 and JSO tunes.
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#10 Post by LazyP » Fri Jan 20, 2006 2:52 am

some more...

Little Jazz (Artie Shaw with Roy Elridge)
Hop, skip and jump (Artie Shaw)
Sumpin' jumpin' around here (Sandy William's big eight)
Christopher Columbus (lots of versions)
Wild mab of the fish pond (Charlie barnet)
Afternoon of a moax (Charlie Barnet)
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#11 Post by fredo » Fri Jan 20, 2006 4:09 am

maybe a few repeats, but here's my quick list:

roy eldridge - fish market
andy kirk - wednesday night hop
slim gaillard - jump session
cozy cole - flat rock
artie shaw - back bay shuffle
lucky millinder - apollo jump
lucky millinder - let me off uptown
fats waller - yacht club swing
jimmie lunceford - for dancers only
cab calloway - boog it
charlie christian (bg sextet) - flying home
duke ellington - midriff
jack teagarden - pitchin' a bit short
sidney bechet - muskrat ramble
gene krupa (or artie shaw's instrumental version) - there'll be some changes made
chick webb - spinning the web
lionel hampton - red top

some bluesier stuff:

duke ellington - krum elbow blues
duke ellington - east st. louis toodle-oo
sidney bechet - blues my naughty sweetie gives to me
jack teagarden - beale street blues
john kirby - effervescent blues

ask Whitey, he's got good stuff. do you realize how suprised he'd be to have someone in Austin interested in his classic stuff?? he'd be happy to suggest stuff for you to listen to.

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#12 Post by main_stem » Fri Jan 20, 2006 8:48 am

djStu wrote:true, but the problem there is that I only ever see george when he's djing, and usually when that happens i'm dancing :D
You can PM him from this site—or get his info from another person in AUstin, like MAtt Jones. From what I remember, most DJs in Austin are pretty tight, even though they may not agree with each other.

I'll post a list later when I have more time.
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#13 Post by sonofvu » Sun Jan 22, 2006 8:51 pm

Drop That Sack - Louis Armstrong
Six Or Seven Times - Benny Carter
Southern Fried - Charlie Barnet
Country Boy - Erskine Hawkins & His Orchestr
Johnson Rock - Tommy Young's Big Seven
Could Be - Artie Shaw
Jump Steady - Al Cooper & Savoy Sultans
Froggy Bottom - Andy Kirk
Takin' My Time - Benny Carter
Miss Brown To You - Billie Holiday
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