Skip to comments.Hot Jazz Saturday Night - May 24, 2014
Posted on 05/24/2014 5:08:14 PM PDT by deks
From 8 until 11 p.m., the air is filled with vintage jazz, swing, and big band recordings from the '20s thru the '50s. Listen live at the link.
The host has been running this show since 1980 and it's interesting to hear the background stories about the music and the performers.
Click on Listen Live at the top of the page.
Click here >>> http://wamu.org/programs/hjsn/
First thing I did when I got in the studio was take the phone off the hook, because I got tired of people calling in hollering, 'Play some Zeppelin!'
From our previous chat I think you might enjoy this radio show (good quality live streaming from American University 88.5 FM).
Frankie Trumbauer also recorded a nice version of “Happy Feet,” as I recall. Cab Calloway, too. But Whiteman’s was the best. Wasn’t the tune a big set-piece in Whiteman’s King of Jazz film, in 1930? That movie sure needs to be restored and put on dvd. Haven’t seen it in over 20 years.
I Want A Dancing Man from 1914
Wow! Still sounds good. Grampa may have listened to this one in WWI.
The “Fox Trot” the latest dance. . .
“why do people name these modern dances after unsuspecting little animals”
Thanks. This link will work in a browser and in a podcatcher.
I really enjoy getting all the song information...titles, players, composer, year recorded etc, and on this show there’s always something that I’m hearing for the very first time.
Now Marlene Dietrich singing from the WWII era . . .
There’s a restoration all ready to be done. A nice print of the 1930 release has been found. (What a tragedy that a complete Technicolor camera negative doesn’t exist! Fortunately, the camera negative for “Whoopee” exists. I.e., black-and-white film with the red/green on alternate frames, which is what came out of the camera.) A good set of disks is also in the hands of the restorers.
The project needs money. I’m surprised there hasn’t been some crowd-funding effort.
I did a 1920-40 jazz/dance/personality show for seven years in the 90s. Was heard over about a third of N. Dakota, and all the way to Winnipeg. Lots of fun.
That tends to comport with what I’d heard. It’s just such a historically important film, and it’s sad that it’s been so neglected. But, I guess when you get outside the Warners sphere, into the MCA holdings of Univeral/Paramount fare, there is tons of material that needs preservation. I’m also hoping they’ll manage to work on their early-talkie Tom Mix westerns.
Seems funny, because I was just watching a Freddie Rich “Vitaphone” short the other day (which included a few suprising shots of Jimmy Dorsey, Berigan, etc., and a nifty rendition of Chloe- Song of the Swamp, which I loved), and appreciating how nicely preserved this little one-reeler looked. And yet, “King of Jazz” is so neglected.
Long live jazz, no matter how badly it is mangled.
I’m not too familiar with Janis. Always known her name, but not her music.
The earliest popular female vocalist I know pretty well is Marion Harris, who seemed to come along on the heels of Janis. Harris was a big influence on Ruth Etting, whom I also like.
Yeah, the WWI stuff is historically interesting, but I’m glad he’s now moving on to 1943 with The Capitol Jazzmen sessions.
I’m not able to listen but doesn’t the Capitol Jazzmen include Dave Barbour, Peggy Lee’s husband?
New American Jazz -  78rpm album, 4-record set.
The Capitol Jazzmen
Dave Barbour (guitar), Barney Bigard (clarinet), Shorty Sherock (trumpet), Nick Fatool (drums), Pete Johnson (piano), Nappy Lamare (guitar), Peggy Lee (vocals), Dave Matthews (tenor saxophone), Billy May (trumpet), Eddie Miller (tenor saxophone), Jimmie Noone (clarinet), Les Robinson (alto saxophone), Art Shapiro (bass), Zutty Singleton (drums), Joe Sullivan (piano), Jack Teagarden (trombone), Hank Wayland (bass), Stanley Wrightsman (celeste).
I like Happy Feet too...recorded on February 10, 1930 (see below). Can you do videos?
This one has great sound quality (it’s recorded loud, I’d start it at about 75% volume or less)
This one has a bunch of pictures from the era...to see them I just muted the sound and paused it on each one ‘cause some of them go by pretty fast. . .
Thanks. Peggy Lee was my first singer crush, from seeing her on TV. “Sans Souci” and “River River” -— ooooh!
I’m told that as a toddler I knew Ella Fitzgerald’s name, though mispronouncing it. In the 1970s I was able to see her in concert with the Count Basie Orchestra.
Thanks for the tip about Marion Harris. If you can do videos...I found a neat movie clip of her singing in 1928. . .
Thanks for the link. It is the cleanest version of 'Paul Whiteman - Happy Feet' I've heard. The horn section is really clear.