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Jacquet No Vest (Savoy Blip)
by Illinois Jacque
This recording is with the Lionel Hampton Orchestra in 1942, but we're choosing it because of the KILLER tenor sax solo by Illinois Jacquet at the age of 19. Jacquet was a pioneer of the honking R&B sounding sax.This is the song we frequently dance the Big Apple to (a choreography from the film Keep Punchin).
Buckin' the Dice
by Fats Waller
Fats started playing in church at 10, making his Reverend father happy. Playing cabarets & theaters at 15, which made his father less happy.Fats wrote several well known songs including Honeysuckle Rose, Ain't Misbehavin', Keepin' Out of Mischief Now... His style is known for mixing prolific technique & musical ideas with a ridiculous sense of humor.
by Jimmy Rushing
Jimmy Rushing was one of the best "Blues Shouters". Not strictly a "fact", but believe it anyway.
He's very well known for his work with Count Basie, which spanned 13 years.
by Mora's Modern Rhythmists
This month we're doing something a little different. We're featuring a contemporary musician whose bands began playing in the 90's and have held down a consistent, satisfying sound for dancers.Dean Mora is an LA-based pianist who's still playing in the swing scene.
by Jimmy Rushing
Jimmy Rushing was one of the best "Blues Shouters". Not strictly a "fact", but believe it anyway. He's very well known for his work with Count Basie, which spanned 13 years.
Vol Vist Du Gaily Star
by Slim Gaillard
Frequently heard along with the bass player Slam Stewart, who was known for singing one octave higher note-for-note during his solos.Spoke many languages and even invented his own ("Vout")
by Eddie Condon
Was a rhythm guitarist who played alongside an incredible list of musicians.
If you're interested in anecdotes from Condon about his life with some of the best musicans in jazz at the height of it's prime, his autobiography is called "We Called It Music"
White Rose Bounce
by Errol Garner
Errol Garner wrote the famous song "Misty", which was featured in the creepy movie "Play Misty for Me".Though highly respected and talented, he couldn't read music. He'd record his musical ideas on tape, which other people could then transcribe.
by Erskine Hawkins
Erskine co-wrote Tuxedo JunctionHe was a trumpet player.
Well All Right
by Tommy Dorsey
This song is basically a collection of slang, but for whatever reason frequently sang by people who sound like they'd never use it in their normal lives.Tommy Dorsey, was a trombone player/trumpeter.
by Gene Krupa
Boog It is not a boogie song. Gene Krupa played with Eddie Condon at first (a rhythm guitarist known for compiling highly talented groups of many of the best jazz musicians of the time). He also played with Benny Goodman before leading his own orchestra.
by Ella Fitzgerald
SONG OF THE MONTH
Brought to you by:
DJ Daniel Repsch
Dan's obsession with music has been life-long. He’s taken to DJing because he loves sharing his music, inspiring other dancers, and guiding the energy of a dance. He’s constantly challenging himself to bring new material to his fellow dancers and works hard to offer a variety of music in his sets that stays true to the roots of the dance. He loves all styles of music and his sets tend more toward authentic Jazz and Blues, but he can bring the party if the dance calls for it.