Bandbook - Our Fun Toons
The Smithy Lane Stompers discovered & concocted a 6 stage method of familiarisation with the traditional jazz & blues toons which seemed to work for some of us ... Teaching The Blues ...
Our very own Bandbook was a collection of fun songs that we tried to play, assembled over 25 years as we indulged ourselves in The Blues and The American Songbook (or were they both the same thing?) ... just an emotional dip into a treasure chest.
001 Tishomingo Blues - Spencer Williams 1917. Jazz started with The Blues and we started with The Blues, but this wasn't a bog standard 12 bar blues it was a 32 bar, 16x2, epic. 12 bar blues with a 4 bar tag including a 2 bar break into the second 16 which had a beguiling 8 bar run in.
... 'to resist temptation I just can't refuse' ...
Tishomingo was a one horse town up north in Mississippi near the Alabama border; named after a Chickasaw Chief who was honoured by George Washington for his service.
Duke Ellington recorded in it 1928.
Bunk Johnson revived it in 1945.
002 Careless Love - famously played as a 16 bar Blues by Buddy Bolden. Maybe originally from a Scottish folk song.
It was bagged by W C Handy in 1926 as 'Loveless Love' with new lyrics ... and it lived on.
The first harmony move was to the dominant 7th, then the harmonies started moving with a memorable 4 bar flow down from the tonic 7th to the subdominant and subdominant minor. The same pattern occurs in the old chesnut, 'The Saints' ... and many others.
Thanks to my mate Ivan, he has 'named' some the most common chord sequences and helped to sustain misty memories.
'Magnolia' progression = C - C7 - F - Fm = 011 Saints, 114 Lonesome Road, 132 Girl of My Dreams, 185 Red River Valley.
Recorded by Bessie Smith.
Rank 787 (Careless). Rank 715 (Loveless).
003 Old Rugged Cross - George Bennard 1913. A hymn with the chords of The Blues.
A country gospel song ever popular with The Salvation Army brass bands. And our Mum's favourite.
32 bars AABA with a rousing middle 8.
Inspired by a Monty Sunshine recording with Chris Barber in the 1950s.
Played by 'The Accordion Man' in Dennis Potter's 'Pennies from Heaven' from 1978.
004 Just a Closer Walk with Thee - black gospel song from way back.
Traditionally played as a dirge and release at the New Orleans funeral parades.
Recorded by Bunk's Brass Band with George Lewis in 1945 during the New Orleans 'renaissance' ... recreating the old music of jazz from 1915.
Notably recorded by the Olympia Brass Band in the James Bond movie 'Live and Let Die' in 1962.
005 St James Infirmary Blues - can be traced back to an old English folksong called 'The Unfortunate Rake' 1808 which spawned several versions based on the same story. A story about a soldier who had just come from the infirmary where he saw the corpse of his girlfriend.
... 'laid out on a cold marble table, well I looked and I turned away' ...
Eric Townley speculated that the St James Hospital in London, know to treat leprous maidens, was the origin for the infirmary in the title. The hospital became St James' Palace in 1533!
Vincent Lopez played this song. Lopez was a dance band leader from New York and was a popular broadcaster on radio from 1921; 'Lopez speaking'.
Recorded by Louis Armstrong 1928.
Bagged by Irving Mills, aka Joe Primrose, in 1929.
We listened to Bruce Turner with Humph on 'Humph at The Conway' in 1954.
006 Down by the Riverside - a Negro spiritual from before the Civil War, also know as 'Ain't Gonna Study War No More' and 'Gonna Lay Down my Burden'.
Eternally popular with Dixieland bands. The same old 32 bar Blues AABA changes to the dominate 7th on the first of bar 5 and then 'the other way' to the subdominant in the middle 8.
Recorded by The Fisk University Jubilee Quartet in 1920.
Then by everybody.
007 My Old Kentucky Home - Stephen Foster 1852. At least one Stephen Foster song was appropriate for every repertoire. Foster wrote the first page of The American Song Book when he borrowed from the Afro American negro influence. The second page was not written until the 1880s.
'Blues or Apple Tree' progression = C - F - C = 007 My Old Kentucky Home, 077 Bugle Boy March, 083 Marching Through Georgia, 090 When You & I Were Young, Maggie ...
... 'where the birds make music all the day' ...
Recorded by Louis Armstrong in 1959 on 'Satchmo Plays King Oliver'. Louis was asked how on earth 'My Old Kentucky Home' got on to the play list, 'Well, Papa Joe may have played it ... you know'.
008 Basin Street Blues - Spencer Williams 1928 with his namesake Clarence Williams, Spencer was a prolific writer of early Blues.
'Jump up the dial or Georgia' progression - C - E7 - A7 - D7 - G7 - C = 008 Basin Street Blues, 055 Who’s Sorry Now, 080 All of Me, 116 Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’m Gone. Especially popular in 1920s.
Basin Street was the most famous New Orleans thoroughfare in the history of jazz. Running through Storyville from Canal Street past Lulu Whites, Mahogany Hall to 'Congo Square'. Spencer was the nephew of the notorious Lulu White of Mahogany Hall.
The famously recognised verse to the song was written later by Jack Teagarden & Glen Miller and became an obligatory introduction.
... 'won't you come along with me, down the Mississippi' ...
Not a bog standard 12 bar blues but rather an inspiring run round the Circle of 5ths 'Dixie Sequence' without touching the 'blue' subdominant.
Recorded by Louis Armstrong and his Hot 5 in 1928.
Recorded by Teagarden in 1931 with The Charleston Chasers.
009 When You're Smiling - Mark Fisher & Larry Shay 1928 with lyrics by Joe Godwin.
'Dragon' progression = C - Em = 009 When You’re Smiling, 067 You Always Hurt The One You Love, 119 I'm Gonna Sit Right Down & Write Myself a Letter, 164 Apple Blossom Time.
... 'when your smiling the whole world smiles with you' ... 'when you're crying you bring on the rain'
This song became the 'beer song' at the conclusion of rehearsals and forever a favourite. We learned that we played the lyrics not the toon.
Louis Armstrong made this a standard from his first recording in 1929.
Recorded by Billie Holiday in 1947.
010 Bill Bailey won't you Please Come Home - Hughie Cannon 1902.
An early ragtime number, straight into syncopation, with changes which spawned hundreds of very similar songs. Essential song for improvisers to get to grips with. If you can play 'Bill Bailey' you can play 'em all.
'Over the Waves', 'Washington and Lee Swing', 'Bourbon Street Parade', 'My Little Girl', 'Tiger Rag', 'The Beer Barrel Polka', 'Hindustan', 'Milneberg Jays', 'Oh Ho I Miss You Tonight' ...
All go 'the other way' in the second 16 before the run in.
Bill Bailey was a music teacher in Jackson, Michigan, where Hughie Cannon had a gig at The Whistler Bar. Bill's wife was notorious for giving her husband a hard time.
... 'remember that rainy evening, I threw you out with nothing but a fine tooth comb' ...
Recorded by everybody.
011 The Saints - When the Saints Go Marching In - Traditional gospel hymn originating in 19th century New Orleans as a funeral march?
Probably the most requested song ever and subsequently not popular with many performers. Everybody knows it as a simple catchy tune with the harmonies starting to move with a memorable 4 bar flow down 'Magnolia' progression C - C7 - F - Fm in the middle 4 bars.
The song was popularised in 1938 by Louis Armstrong, who recorded the song over 40 times during his career.
012 I Can't Give You Anything but Love - Jimmy McHugh 1928 with Dorothy Fields.
From Lew Leslie's 'Blackbirds of 1928'. This team also gave us 'On the Sunnyside of the Street'.
... 'gee I'd like to see you looking swell, Baby, diamond bracelets Woolworths doesn't sell, Baby''
Recorded by Louis Armstrong in 1929.
The Mills Brothers in 1932.
013 Big Butter and Egg Man - Percy Venable 1926.
Nickname for wealthy farmers from the mid west who came to Chicago for the big spend. May Alix did the running splits at The Sunset Café, Chicago ... and Louis played a perfect solo.
... 'I'm getting tired of working all day, I want somebody who wants me to play' ...
Recorded by Louis Armstrong Hot 5 1926.
014 Make Me a Pallet on the Floor - an exquisite 16 bars in Bb which was on Buddy Bolden's play list. Jelly Roll Morton explained all at The Library of Congress, 'This was one of the early Blues from New Orleans, many years before I was born.
... ''make me a pallet on the floor so your man will never know' ... and so forth and so on'.
The first song our Banjo Player sang in 1993.
W C Handy bagged this song for his 'Atlanta Blues'.
Reorded by Merline Johnson in 1937.
Erika Lewis with Tuba Skinny in 2013.
015 By & By - 'We’ll Understand It Better By and By' - Charles Albert Tindley 1906. Another old Spiritual written by Tindley (1851-1933) who was born a slave and became 'the Father of Gospel Music'. He also wrote 'We Shall Overcome', the anthem of the Civil Rights Movement.
Tindley became a minister of Bainbridge Street Methodist Church, Philadelphia and used his intellectual ability, eloquence, and spiritual singing to amass a congregation of over ten-thousand members.
016 There'll be Some Changes Made - Benton Overstreet 1921 with Billy Higgins. An all Afro American affair.
Infuriating 36 bars ABAB 16 + 16 bars with a 4 bar tag ... but it doesn't make it back to the tonic until bar 31 ... after meandering around the circle of 5ths ... nevertheless intoxicating.
'Salty Dog' progression - 2 or 4 bars on A7 - D7 - G7 - C =
016 There’ll Be Some Changes Made; 050
At The Jazz Band Ball, 061 Jazz Me Blues, 088 Sweet Georgia Brown. 095 Up A Lazy River.
... 'nobody wants you when you're old & grey, there'll be some changes made today' ...
Ethel Waters recorded it in 1921. Sophie Tucker 1927. Chicago Rhythm Kings 1928. Boswell Sisters 1932. Fats Waller 1934. Art Tatum 1941. Billie Holiday 1959.
Recorded by George Melly in 1972.
017 Way Down Yonder in New Orleans - Turner Layton 1922 with Henry Cramer. 'A southern song, without a mammy, mule or moon'. The same duo who gave us 026 'After You've Gone'.
'Pendulum or Sweet Sue' progression - G7 - C = 017 Way Down Yonder in New Orleans, 020
Avalon, 027 I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate, 029 Pretty Baby, 031
South, 074 Willy The Weeper, 118 Memphis Blues, 178 Says My Heart.
Pendulum songs, simple and popular with improvisers.
... 'it's a heaven right here on earth, all those beautiful queens, way down yonder in New Orleans' ...
Recorded by Layton & Johnstone in 1927.
The Andrew Sisters 1950.
018 Georgia Camp Meeting - Kerry Mills 1898. Before Jazz there was Ragtime, and it was fun dancing The Cakewalks, syncopated struts.
Kerry Mills was a white classically trained academic, cashing in on the Ragtime craze from around 1895 to WWI.
Did Kerry invent the Cakewalk?
We learned the feel of syncopated 'de-dah-de', that 'kicking quaver' that makes ragtime move.
Kerry Mills also wrote 'Red Wing' & 'Meet Me in St Louis Louis' ... and 'Whistling Rufus' which we loved from Chris Barber days, but we couldn't find a lead sheet ... until the moment had passed and by then there were so many other wonderful songs we vowed to play.
019 Bourbon Street Parade - Paul Barbarin 1951. Written during the New Orleans Renaissance as an example of how the 'second line' and the old marching bands influenced jazz.
Perhaps the most famous street in Nawlins ... Chris Barber signature tune.
The hairs still stand on end every time the trumpet opening cadenza sounds.
'Monty Sunshine' run in = F - Fm - C - A7 - D7 - G7 - C - C = 010 Bill Bailey, 019 Bourbon Street Parade, 026 After You’ve Gone, 028 Shine, 050 At the Jazz Band Ball, 077 Bugle Boy March, 080 All of Me, 091 Running Wild, 093 Chinatown, 150 I’m Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover, 140 Slow Boat to China. Ubiquitous.
020 Avalon - Al Jolson 1920 with Bud De Sylva & Vincent Rose. Avalon, California from the show 'Sinbad'.
Nice for the improvisers, 4 bar slugs taken at pace. In G it goes 'the other way' in bar 21 but to Am.
Some say in was Puccini but we played jazz.
Art Hickman 1921.
Billy Cotton 1933.
Benny Goodman Quartet 1937.
021 Bucket's Got a Hole In It - Clarence Williams put it on paper in 1927 ... but it was one in Buddy Bolden's bag from way back.
The original melody can be heard as early as 1914 in the second theme of 'Long Lost Blues' by J Paul Wyer and H Alf Kelley.
A song that was heard everywhere. Joe Oliver played it in Storyville when Louis was a lad. Also heard as 'I Hear You Knockin' but You Can't Come In' and Ken Colyer played it as 'Uptown Bumps' in 1956.
The 'country' lads also played in as their own; Hank Williams, Willie Nelson, Ricky Nelson ...
Bob Dylan had a go on The Bootleg Series Vol 11 The Basement Tapes 1967.
We enjoyed it as an example of the versatility of The Blues in 8 bars.
Kid Ory 1946.
Hank Williams hit in 1949.
Louis Armstrong with Trummy 1960.
022 Ace in the Hole - George Mitchell 1909 with James Dempsey. Not the Cole Porter song from 'Let's Face It'.
It took us time to get the hang of this one. In A natural with a verse and speed change. Rubato and a rollick!
But it's a good yarn and always demanded a vocal.
... 'this town is full of guys who think they're mighty wise just because they know a thing or two' ...
Lonnie Donegan 1959
Bobby Darin 1961
Connie Francis 1968
023 Trouble in Mind - Richard M Jones 1924.
Humph suggested to Elke Brooks that if there had only been six songs ever written this would have been one of them. A classic.
Bertha Chippie Hill with Louis 1926
Georgia White 1936
Bob Wills 1936
Chris Barber 1955
Aretha Franklin 1965
Merle Haggard 1970
Janis Joplin 1975
Johnny Cash 2003
024 Darktown Strutters Ball - Shelton Brooks 1917. One of the best black songsters. This song was his second masterpiece after 'Some of these Days' and was included in Sophie Tuckers vaudeville show.
'My Old Man' progression = C - D7 - G7 - C = 024 Darktown
Strutters Ball, 131 Ain’t Gonna Give Nobody None Of My Jelly Roll, 147
Button Up Your Overcoat, 150 I’m Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover
166 Oh You Beautiful Doll. By far the most popular progression in the American Song Book.
A must play for us as it was the favourite song of The Banjo Player's dad who played a mean alto sax.
One of the first Jazz recordings by The Original Dixieland Jazz Band from New Orleans.
Recorded in New York in 1917 for The Victor Talking Machine Company.
025 Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives to Me - Carey Morgan 1919 with Arthur Swanstone & Charles McCarron. Carey Morgan also wrote 'Bugle Call Rag' & 'The Broadway Blues'.
Complete with Dave Renton's Patter Chorus -
... 'There are blues you get from wimmin when you see 'em
goin' swimmin' And you haven't got a bathing suit yourself.
There are blues you get much quicker when you hide a lot of liquor And your lady goes and swipes it off the shelf' ...
Ted Lewis 1919
Jimmie Noone 1928
Firehouse Five + Two 1949
Sidney Bechet 1952
026 After You've Gone - Turner Layton 1918 with Henry Cramer. Written 4 years before 017 'Way Down Yonder in New Orleans'. An American song and one of the most long lived jazz standard. With 'St Louis Blues' (1914) and 'Indiana' (1917) this song makes the top three pre-1920s jazz standards.
ABAC but only 20 bars; 8 + 8 + 2 tag. Starts on the subdominant with a break 7 & 8 ... 'you'll miss the dearest pal you ever had' ... and the finger breaker in bars 15 & 16 ... 'your heart will break like mine and you'll want me only' ...
Bessie Smith 1927. Sophie Tucker 1927. Ruth Etting 1927.
Louis Armstrong 1929.
Mildred Bailey & Benny Goodman also claimed this classic.
The Olympia Brass Band with Clarence Williams who published the song, but did the young Louis write it ...from bawdy origins?
Must be played with the verse. Proved to be a roguish romp when we played it.
The chord sequence was used for SOL / Gully Low Blues and East St Louis Toodle-oo. An old faithful, always fun ... C7-F three times then the other way to Bb in bar 13.
Played up tempo by everyone, even The Beatles played it in Hamburg in 1962.
... 'all the boys are going wild, over Kate's dancing style' ...
1st recording was by Bessie Smith in 1921.
028 Shine - That's Why They Call Him Shine - Ford Dabney 1910 with Cecil Mack & Lou Brown. Included in a Broadway show, 'His Honor the Barber' in 1911. Perry Bradford suggested the song was written about a guy named Shine who was with George Walker when they were beaten up during the New York City race riot of 1900.
... 'Well, just because my hair is curly And just because my
teeth are pearly
Just because I always wear a smile Likes to dress up in the latest style
Just because I'm glad I'm livin' Takes trouble smilin', never whine
Just because my color's shady Slightly different maybe That's why they call me shine' ...
Les sang the PC version ... 'shine away your bluesies' ...
In Rick's Café, Casabanca 1942
Louis Armstrong 1931
Mills Brothers 1932
Benny Goodman 1947
029 Pretty Baby - Tony Jackson 1916 with Egbert Van Alstyne & Gus Kahn. Jelly Roll's rival on the piano.
A jaunty little rhythm song written during the Ragtime era. The secret for this song was to play it smooth and forget the jerky ragtime.
Rumoured to be an older bawdy song about Jackson's male lover but was 'rewritten' by van Alstyne & Kahn and thus secured its place on Broadway in 1916 in 'A World of Pleasure' and 'The Passing Show' ... and came to London in the musical 'Houp La'
... 'won't you come and let me rock you in my cradle of love' ...
Later a well remembered advertising jingle? The song also inspired the 1978 film 'Pretty Baby'
Doris Day 1947 'Young Man with a Horn'.
Al Jolson 1948
Dean Martin 1952
030 Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight - Theo Metz 1896 with Joe Hayden
Advertising the McIntyre & Heath minstrel show in Old Town, Louisiana. There was some debate about how the definite article 'the' found its way into the title. Or was it first sung by Mama Lou at Babe Connor's brothel in 1893 in St Louis?
This was another Ragtime song. It had an irresistible rhythm and was adopted as a rallying song during the Spanish American war in 1898 and became Theodor Roosevelt's Campaign song.
The Boy Scouts had their own lyrics for their camp fire song -
... 'Late last night when we were all in bed, Mrs O'Leary
left her lantern in the shed
Well, the cow kicked it over, and this is what they said: 'There'll be a hot time in the old town tonight!' ...
Bessie Smith 1927
Miff Mole's Molers 1927
Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra recorded this 'circular rhythm' in 1924 and again recorded in 1928, when it became a national hit. It was Moten's most popular composition and we loved it. Thamon Hayes was a fine trombonist who help Moten with compositions for the band.
This song was a big jukebox hit in the late 1940s. Originally an instrumental but Ray Charles later wrote lyrics for the tune.
... 'down below that old Dixon Line, where the sun is happy to shine' ...
Moten was influenced by the sophisticated Fletcher Henderson but their style was hard stomping swing.
Extremely popular part of Kansas City jazz in the 1920s. Moten continued to be one of Victor's most popular orchestras through the 1930s.
Novelty comic song ...'I scream you scream we all scream for ice cream' ... banal but fun.
Especially when you swing those pentatonic scales.
In 1944 Bill William Russell recorded George Lewis & Jim Robinson for his own label. The story goes that Robinson cut loose with an unexpectedly virtuosic performance. The side was issued under the 'Jim Robinson' name.
The song became a standard and widely imitated, including Chris Barber in 1954. Pat Halcox invented his own lyrics, which are now better known than the original version!
... 'And has he Olá and Pepsi-Cola, then everybody is drinking Coca-Cola' ...
Pianist Con Conrad and Benny Davis were vaudeville performers and J Russel Robinson a ragtime pianist. The latter a member of the Original Dixieland Jazz Band.
The song was introduced by the Original Dixieland Jazz Band recording in 1920.
The song was was named after the five year old daughter of singer Eddie Cantor who popularised the song in his 1921 recording. Top of the pops for five weeks.
The song has been endlessly recorded - Bix Beiderbecke, Cab Calloway, Bing Crosby, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Johnny Mercer, Dave Brubeck, Ray Charles, Erroll Garner, Al Hirt, Claude Hopkins, Ted Lewis, Jimmie Lunceford, Shelly Manne, Oscar Peterson, Benny Goodman, Django Reinhardt, Don Redman, Fats Domino, Charlie Shavers, Jimmy Smith, Jo Stafford, Joe Venuti, and Slim Whitman.
It seems everyone loves it ... a I-IV song which works.
Our first Berlin song, and his first hit and his most famous.
Was Berlin writing about the real New Orleans band of Alexander Joseph Watzke? ... 'the best band in the land' ...
... 'and they can play the bugle calls like you've never heard before' ...
... 'and if you care to hear the Swanee River played in Ragtime' ... magic
Popularised by Emma Carus in the Ziegfeld Follies from 1907. And Al Jolson got onto it.
Bessie Smith 1927
Louis Armstrong 1937
Johnnie Ray 1954
Most famously recorded by Jelly Roll Morton's Red Hot Peppers in 1926. Classic recordings of the perfect balance of New Orleans ensembles ... with 'Black Bottom Stomp' and 'The Chant' this was bestest.
Pat Fields sang this with The Wall City Jazz Men and this was our choice.
The electric breaks ... 'when I'm trouble bound and mixed, he's the guy that gets me fixed' ...
Rex Harris introduced us to Dr Jazz - 'a demonstration of jazz in both conception and performance and it would be difficult to find another example which shows all the ingredients so deftly interwoven'. Joie de vivre!
New Orleans Rhythm Kings first recorded the song in 1923.
The Tin Roof Café was a dance hall on Washington Avenue, New Orleans.
Was this our first visit to the white Dixielanders who proved they could play.
It became our banker as a Blues in Bb.
Also recorded by Jelly Roll Morton in 1924, Joe 'King' Oliver and His Dixie Syncopators in 1928, Wingy Manone, Sidney Bechet ... and Ted Heath in 1959.
Recorded by Jo Stafford in 1954 as 'Make Love to Me'.
Another 'early' song from Spencer Williams, with that never to be forgotten 1st phrase. Ragtime pianist Charles Warfield (1878–1955) claimed to have written this song in 1914.
... 'and nobody cares for me' ...
A well worn early standard.
Bessie Smith 1926, Ruth Etting 1926, Sophie Tucker 1927, Coon-Sanders Original Nighthawk Orchestra 1927, Ted Lewis 1928, Fats Waller and Louis Armstrong 1929, Mills Brothers 1931.
Louis Prima in 1956 paired with 051 'Just a Gigolo'
Ex French toon with 'flavour' by Kid Ory popularised in 1926 when recorded by Louis Armstrong & his Hot Five.
The tune has 2 x 16 bar ensemble sections, followed by 16 bars for solos. There was a famous 2 bar trombone tag which Ory played and is nearly always copied today.
The title was made up by Lil Hardin at the 1926 recording session. Armstrong, as was usual, claimed he wrote the tune and Ory only named it. Sidney Bechet remembered it as originally an old Buddy Bolden tune called 'The Old Cow Died and the Old Man Cried' ... and later Ray Gilbert wrote some lyrics and added his name. Take your pick ... but it was a fun 'bone tune and many still play it.
Ory, and his daughter Babette, became embroiled in copyright and royalty issues and he claimed to have never received his just rewards for a very popular song.
The Bobcats in 1951 played a superb Dixieland version with Eddie Miller on tenor..
Often introduced with a rollicking banjo solo.
Benny Goodman played this song at unbelievable tempos.
Django Reinhardt 1949.
Les Paul & Mary Ford recorded the song in 1955.
The Beatles 1960.
Backed with 024 'Darktown Strutters Ball' from the first recordings of The Original Dixieland Jazz Band in New York in 1917 ... two beauties.
Played several times a night in Reisenweber's Café, New Yok in 1918.
Fabulous song to play we always loved it. Modern jazzmen used the sequence for 'Donna Lee'.
... 'when I dream about the moonlight on the Wabash' ...
The song borrowed from the roaring success of 'On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away' by Paul Dresser from 1897.
Louis Armstrong and the All Stars
PanAm pilot's lament.
Louis Armstrong with Billie Holiday 1947
Eddie Condon 1951
Fats Domino 1958
... 'Someday, sweetheart, you may be sorry, for what you've done to my poor heart' ...
This song was a favourite with everyone ... but the only hit the Spike Brothers wrote.
Alberta Hunter 1921 (alias May Alix)
Jelly Roll Morton 1923
Sophie Tucker 1924
King Oliver 1926
Bing Crosby 1934
Mildred Bailey 1935
We only played this tune because Louis played it.
Paul Whiteman 1931 with Mildred Bailey
In 1903, waiting for a train at Tutwiler, Mississippi Delta, Handy told the tale of how he met the Blues -
'A lean loose-jointed Negro had commenced plunking a guitar beside me while I slept ... as he played, he pressed a knife on the strings of the guitar in a manner popularized by Hawaiian guitarists who used steel bars ... the singer repeated the line three times, accompanying himself on the guitar with the weirdest music I had ever heard'
We have to thank Handy, he not only heard the 'weird' Blues he wrote them down as best he could and introduced the world to this new music.
Handy's popular music publications were formalisations of the sounds he heard on the Delta.
Recorded by Ottilie Patterson in 1958.
'Small jump up the dial or Ja Da' progression = C - A7 - D7 ... = 045 Nobody's Sweetheart, 133 Coney Island Washboard
Sung by Ivie Anderson in 1940.
053 Just a Little While to Stay Here -
054 Whispering - a strong professional piece.
32 bars ABA'C, a trip round the circle until the distinctive change to subdominant mood in bar 23.
... 'I tried to warn you someHOW, you had your way now you must pay' ...
Isham Jones recorded it in 1923.
Connie Francis in 1958.
057 Sweet Lorraine -
058 Black and Blue - Fats Waller 1929 with Andy Razaf.
059 's Wonderful - George & Ira Gershwin 1927. From 'Funny Face'.
061 Jazz Me Blues -
062 Ain't Misbehavin' - Fats Waller 1929 with Andy Razaf.
Rhythm ballad with nice 'spill overs' in the bar 4s ... 'I'm happy on the shelf' ... 'just you I'm thinking of' ... 'me & my radio' ...
From 'Hot Chocolates' at Connie's Inn in Harlem with Louis as Musical Director, during the stride piano age ... but Louis played it as a trumpet solo..
1929 hits -
Bill Bojangles Robinson
063 Bye Bye Blues - Dave Bennett 1925 with Fred Hamm.
'Hindustan chord' or 'Bye Bye Blues' progression = C - Ab - C - A = 063 Bye Bye
A wistful effect.
064 Some of These Days - Shelton Brooks 1910.
A landmark rhythm ballard for 1910, ABCD, it tested our memories but was a big hit. Starting off in the relative minor it goes 'the other way', like so many others in bar 19, and lingers there until the run in.
Perhaps his best, made famous by the last of the red hot Mamas; Sophie Tucker.
Remembered by Tommy Jones at The Mill, Chester.
Recorded by Sophie Tucker in 1927.
Improvisers love to take liberties with this song, just like 071 'Buddy Bolden's Blues' ... it's has a natural flow of its own.
... 'I have tried in vain, nev-er no, more to call your name' ...
Bessie Smith 1923.
Recorded by McKinney's Cotton Pickers in 1930.
068 Sheik of Araby -
070 Four or Five Times -
073 Sugar Blues -
079 Glory of Love - ex 'Pennies from Heaven' loverly!
080 All of Me -
081 You are My Sunshine -
083 Marching Through Georgia - Henry Clay Work 1865. Who also wrote 'Grandfathers Clock' 1875.
Our drummer's favourite.
086 You'd be so Nice to Come Home To - Cole Porter 1942. Wrote his own lyrics. A rich boy from the midwest with a homosexual bent, from Boarding School and Yale.
087 St Louis Blues - W C Handy 1914.
He published blues lines from the songs he heard & played ... and this was his most famous ... with a 'Spanish tinge'.
Recorded by everyone.
088 Sweet Georgia Brown - Maceo Pinkard 1925 with Ben Bernie & Ken Casey.
091 Runnin' Wild -
093 Chinatown -
094 As Time Goes By - Herman Humpfeld 1931. Originally written for the Broadway musical 'Everybody's Welcome' which everybody has forgotten but nobody has forgotten 'Casablanca' and Rick's Café in 1942.
Rudy Vallée modeled his jazz crooning style on saxophone phrasing from 1929. He recorded this standard in 1943.
We played this one for the Millennium. Emotionally off the chart.
095 Lazy River -
096 Easter Parade -
097 Stormy Weather - Harold Arlen & Ted Koehler 1933. From 'Cotton Club Parade' sung by Ethel Waters. So emotional and who could forget those added bars. It took a long time to master this.
098 My Blue Heaven - ex 'Pennies from Heaven' loverly!
099 Corrine Corrina -
100 When it's Sleepy Time Down South -
101 Sleepy Time Gal -
102 Five Foot Two Eyes of Blue -
103 Washington & Lee Swing -
104 Bobby Shaftoe -
105 Saratoga Swing -
106 Yellow Dog Blues - W C Handy 1914.
Each song told a 'story' ... this railroad tale identified the whereabouts of a lover ... 'goin' where The Southern cross The Dog'.
Recorded by Bessie Smith in
107 See See Rider -
108 'bama Mines -
109 Yes Sir that's My Baby -
110 Don't You Feel My Leg -
111 Bye Bye Blackbird -
112 Nagasaki -
113 Dallas Blues -
114 Lonesome Road -
'Magnolia' progression = C - C7 - F - Fm = 114 Lonesome Road, 132 Girl of My Dreams
115 Got a Date withan Angel - 1st Al Bowlly toon
116 Please Don't Talk about Me -
117 When My Dreanboat Comes Home -
118 Memphis Blues - W C Handy 1911. The song that made Handy's reputation with the help of Vernon & Irene Castle and their dance craze with Jim Europe.
Recorded by Jim Europe in 1919.
119 I'm Gonna Sit Right Down - Fats Waller
120 In the Good Old Summertime -
121 Breeze - culled from Kirkubright Jazz Festival.
122 Algiers Strut -
123 Happy Go Lucky You - 2nd Al Bowlly toon
124 Swing Low Sweet Chariot - Wallace Willis 1865 an Indian songster who lived near the Red River in Oklahoma which reminded him of the Jordan. Recorded by The Fisk University Jubilee Singers ... and enjoyed by the rugby union gang from Twickers.
125 Blue Turning Grey Over You -
126 Bogalusa Strut -
127 Cake Walkin' Babies from Home -
128 Rosetta - from Keith Nichols and Tuesday nights with Jilly.
129 Rudolph - Christmas toon for Chris.
130 Jingle Bells - Christmas toon for Chris.
131 I Ain't Gonna Give Nobody None -
132 Girl of My Dreams -
133 Heart of My Heart - goes with a swing.
134 Barefoot Days - 'don't take your shoes off' from Colin's youth in Ellesmere Port.
135 You're Driving Me Crazy - get the middle 8.
Whispering Paul McDowell and The Temperance Seven.
136 Hesitatin' Blues - W C Handy 1915.
Velma Middleton and Louis
137 Oh You Beautiful Doll -
The first published 12 bar Blues.
138 Goin' Home - Ken Colyer. Signature toon from the Parade Jazzmen at Parkgate
The Parade Jazz Band at the Boathouse, Parkgate.
Also the Paul Whiteman jazz standard 'Wang Wang Blues' and 091 'Runnin' Wild'.
Billy Botton signature tune ... 'Wakey Wakey'!
140 On a Slow Boat to China -
Frank Loesser 1948.
Frank was steeped in classical music. Lyrics first then songs. From Tin Pan Alley to Hollywood to Broadway.
Initially he had 'a rendezvous with failure'. Then 'Two Sleepy People' & 'Heart & Soul' with Hoagy, 'Slow Boat to China' 1948, 'Baby it's Cold Outside' 1949.
Was 'Slow Boat' song a bizarre selection for jazz improvisation? In 1948 jazzers were playing The Standards in the The American Songbook with the typical Blues and 'Rhythm' changes but Loesser's 'Slow Boat' was a pop song of the day and different.
ABAC - with a bluesy move to Dm in bar 3 rather than F in bar 7 ... then repeats the Dm move before coming home and a usual A7, D7 & G7 before the repeat and final 8 bar 'Monty Sunshine' run in.
Why did Sonny Rollins bother with a pop song?
Recorded by Benny Goodman in 1948.
Charlie Parker in 1949.
Sonny Rollins in 1951.
Rosemary Clooney & Bing Crosby in 1958.
Fats Domino and Paul McCartney.
141 It's Only a Paper Moon - Harold Arlen 1933, with Yip Harburg & Billy Rose.
The song has long endured as a popular vehicle for jazz improvisations. The bluesy Arlen melodic line follows the Blues changes to the subdominant then the dominant in the first 4 bars, repeated 4 times to a neat middle 8 which takes us back to the tonic 3 times before a turnaround to the main theme. No wonder improvisers loved it.
Recorded by Paul Whiteman in 1933. Nat King Cole in 1944. Ella Fitzgerald in 1945. Rank 154.
And almost everyone else including Ian Wheeler with Chris Barber in 1961.
142 Dinah - Harry Akst 1925 with Sam Lewis & Joe Young.
Relaxed without pretensions.
... 'every night, my how I, shake with fright, because my, Dinah might, change her mind about me' ...
The Mills Brothers 19??.
143 Is it True what they Say about Dixie -
144 At a Dixie Roadside Diner - little known gem from Ellington.
145 Franklin Street Blues -
146 Summertime - George & Ira Gershwin 1935. From 'Porgy & Bess' a mould breaking folk opera. Summertime was no 32 bar cliché but a minor Blues like no other. Rhythms of the cotton fields. Gershwin lived in Catfish Row, South Carolina. He was into jazz, they were all a continuity.
Summertime was difficult to play because it was different. But we were happy we played it, it was a real Blues.
147 Button Up Your Overcoat - Ray Henderson 1928 with B G DeSylva & Lew Brown.
From 'Follow Thru' 1928.
Easy to sing and remember, gems of economy. This gang also wrote; 'The Best Things in Life are Free', 'You're the Cream in My Coffee', 'Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries', 'You are My Lucky Star', 'Birth of the Blues'.
148 Ain't She Sweet -
149 Chimes Blues - one for our piano player.
150 I'm Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover -
151 Alcoholic Blues - Albert von Tilzer 1919 after the joy of 'Roll Along Prairie Moon'
The Louisiana Five
152 Apex Blues - Jimmie Noone 1928 at The Apex Club with Earl Hines & Joe Postan.
153 Back o' Town Blues - Louis Armstrong with JAck Teagarden.
154 Biscuit Roller - Georgia White with Richard M Jones 1937
Erika Lewis, an old blues from Georgia White, 'See if you can figure what it's all about'?
155 Camp Meeting Blues - Joe Oliver & Lil Hardin 1923
Purloined by Duke Ellington for 'Creole Love Call'.
Simplest of slow 12 bar Blues in Bb for you to make your own.
Does it finish on the third?
157 Dead Man Blues - Jelly Roll Morton 1926.
With the 'Flee as a Bird' introduction dirge.
With the memorable clarinet trio.
158 Working Man Blues - Joe Oliver & Lil Hardin 1923.
From The Creole Jazz Band.
159 Jackass Blues - Art Kassel & Mel Stitzel 1926. Another played by Joe Oliver.
160 Texas Moaner Blues - Clarence Williams & Fay Barnes 1924. Slow slow Louis & Sidney.
In 1915, Pace & Handy published another piece with some unique origins, the Joe Turner Blues. Though the musical origins were still strong traditional blues, the idea for the music and lyrics came from Joe Turner (or Turney) who was the brother of Peter Turney, (1827 – 1903) Governor of Tennessee from 1893 to 1897. It was Joe's task to move convicts from Memphis to the State Penitentiary in Nashville. Joe was not popular with the African Americans for obvious reasons and the music and Lyrics lament his arrival. Over the years the song was often incorrectly attributed to have been inspired by the blues singer Big Joe Turner. Though Big Joe did eventually record the song in 1941, he was only five when the piece was published.
Prototype for the all.
162 You're Dancing on My Heart - George W Meyer & Al Bryan 1932.
Signature toon of Victor Silvester.
163 Roll Along Prairie Moon - Albert Von Tilzer 1935 with Ted Fio Rito & Harry McPherson. ex 'Pennies from Heaven' loverly!
Jack Jackson & His Orchestra
164 Apple Blossom Time - Albert Von Tilzer 1920 with Neville Fleeson. Petrine's favourite from The Fox & Barrel.
Andrew Sisters 19??.
165 Dapper Dan - Albert Von Tilzer 193?. Different.
166 Pennies from Heaven - Johnny Burke 1936 with Arthur Johnston. ex 'Pennies from Heaven' loverly!
... 'so when you hear it thunder, don't run under a tree, there'll be pennies from heaven for you & me' ...
Sung by Arthur Tracy, 'The Street Singer'.
167 Down Sunnyside Lane - Jimmy Campbell 1931 with Reg Connelly. ex 'Pennies from Heaven' loverly!
Jack Payne & BBC Dance Orchestra
168 Painting the Clouds with Sunshine - Joe Burke 1929. Milneberg Boys & Derek Galloway. ex 'Pennies from Heaven' loverly!
Joe Burke (1884-1950) from Philadelphia, a silent movie
pianist. He wrote this song with Al Dubin for 'Gold Diggers of Broadway' in
Many hits different lyricists. 'Oh How I Miss You Tonight' (1924), 'Tiptoe Through the Tulips' (1929), 'Carolina Moon' (1929), 'Moon Over Miami' (1935), 'It Looks Like Rain in Cherry Blossom Lane' (1937) and 'Rambling Rose' (1948).
169 Love is the Sweetest Thing - Ray Noble 19??.
Al Bowlly. ex 'Pennies from Heaven' loverly!
170 Clouds will Soon Roll By - Harry Woods 19 with Billy Hill. ex 'Pennies from Heaven' loverly!
Elsie Carlisle with Bert Ambrose and His Orchestra.
171 On the Sunny Side of the Street - Jimmy McHugh 1930 with Dorothy Fields. Also gave us ' I Can't Give You Anything but Love' in 1929.
172 Blue Moon - Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart. Probably their most popular song ... but not their best.
One of the few R & H songs that became popular from radio and not Broadway or Hollywood.
Just ... Em7-Am7-D7-G ... again and again ... and again! Until relief in bar 21 ... 'I heard somebody whisper please adore me and when I looked the moon had turned to gold' ...
173 Keeping Out of Mischief Now - Fats nice with some difficulty
174 I've got a Feeling I'm Falling - Fats nice with some difficulty
175 It's a Sin to Tell a Lie - flowed ncely after two difficult Fats toons, Jimmy Rushing superb LP from way back.
176 Life Begins at Oxford Circus - ex 'Pennies from Heaven' loverly!
177 - We'll Make Hay While the Sun Shines - Nacio Herb Brown, with Arthur Freed. ex 'Pennies from Heaven' loverly!
Billy Merrin and His Commanders.
... 'it's romance take a chance, says my heart' ...
Lou Levy & His Orchestra.
Ambrose & His Orchestra 1938
Billie Holiday 1938
Mildred Bailey 1938
Andrews Sisters 1938
179 Moon Got in My Eyes - Johnny Burke 19?? with Arthur Johnston.
Carroll Gibbons / Savoy Hotel Orpheans
180 Whistling in the Dark - Dana Suesse 19??. ex 'Pennies from Heaven' loverly!
Bert Ambrose & His Orchestra.
181 Kansas City Kitty - ex Ray Andrew in Perth, Oz.
182 Sentimental Journey - Les Brown & Ben Homer 1944. Lyrics Bud Green.
Les Brown & His Band of Renown with Doris Day. (with 'I wanna go home'!)
Played by the Dennis Williams Quintet in the dark at Clemences in 1959. We recalled Miss Jones needed a song, 'please play that lovely one that goes down in semitones'.
Frank Sinatra, Glen Miller, Andrew Sisters, Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Shore, Doris Day, Willie Nelson, Fats Domino, Ray Charles, Silvan Zingg, Acker Bilk, The Platters, Ringo Starr, Amy Winehouse, Conway Twitty ...
Conway Twitty recorded a Rock 'n' Roll version in 1959.
The Platters recorded it in 1963.
183 I Got Rhythm - George & Ira Gershwin 1930. From 'Girl Crazy'.
George & Ira Gershwin wrote for the unforgettable Fred Astaire & Ginger Rodgers dance movies.
Learn to 'I Got Rhythm' and you can play jazz standards! Ad Nauseum with the 4 square middle 8?
In Bb bars 1-2 and 3-4 turnarounds back to Bb. Then in bars
5-6 the song goes the other way, from I7, Bb7 to the IV, Eb, and IVm, Ebm.
Bars 7-8 another turnaround. Repeated with a middle 8 circle of 5ths, 2 bars
D7 to G7 to C7 to F7.
The VI-IIm-V7-I, turnaround magic as the b7th of the chord drops a semitone to the 3rd of the change.
We learned that variations of the two note melodies formed on the 2-3, 5-6, 1-2 of the scale could be played through the ubiquitous II-V-I chord changes.
184 It Had to Be You - the fab 'Hot Sardines'.
185 Red River Valley -
186 Make the Knife - Kurt Weill 1928. A German classicist who reinvented himself in American pop. The Threepenny Opera included this sardonic song was written in Germany in 1928 resuscitated on Off-Broadway in 1954.
Weil left Germany in 1933 and wrote 'Lady in the Dark' in 1941 with Ira Gershwin, famous for dream sequences with a shrink in a fantasy world.
Louis Armstrong recorded the song in 1956.
Bobby Darin in 1959.
187 At Sundown - Roy Potts request at The Bridge Inn, Chester.
188 Out of Nowhere - Bill Coleman classic.
189 Hands Across the Table - ex 'Pennies from Heaven' loverly!
190 Tiger Rag - Nick La Rocca
191 Georgia - Hoagy Carmichael. We had to play this one.
192 I'm Blue & Lonesome - wonderful Erika Lewis
193 Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams -
194 Struttin; with Some Barbecue - Lil Hardin pne of her best. Dennis Gracey played it with Digby Fairwether in Parkgate.
195 I Guess I'll have to Change My Plan - Lester Youg classic from Glasgow Rhythm Club.
196 Save It Pretty Mama - an unusual one for Smithy Lane
197 Blueberry Hill - as Fats Domino died in 2015
198 'tain't No Sin to Take Off your Skin - always wanted to play this.
199 Roseroom - from Keith Nichols and Tuesday nights with Jilly.
200 China Boy - olin & I remeber Ferry Perry in Parkgate.
201 Better Think Twice - ex 'Pennies from Heaven' loverly!
Carroll Gibbons / Savoy Hotel Orpheans
202 Continental - Con Conrad 1934 with Herbert Magidson.
From the film 'The Gay Divorce'. Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers. Remembered from Clems.
Wonderful long repeated phrases with big contrast middle 8.
... 'it has a passion, the continental, an invitation to moonlight and romance' ...
Harry James & Rosemary Clooney 1952.
203 You've Got Me Crying Again - Isham Jones / Charles Newman. ex 'Pennies from Heaven' loverly!
Bert Ambrose & His Orchestra
204 You Couldn't Be Cuter - Jerome Kern. ex 'Pennies from Heaven' loverly!
Lew Stone & His Orchestra
205 Just Let Me Look at You - Jerome Kern 19 with Dorothy Fields. ex 'Pennies from Heaven' loverly!
Lew Stone & His Orchestra
206 Anything Goes - Cole Porter 1934 - 'In olden days a glimpse of stocking was looked on as something shocking, now, heaven knows, anything goes'. ex 'Pennies from Heaven' loverly!
207 Yes, My Baby Said Yes - Con
Conrad 1931 with Cliff Friend. ex 'Pennies from Heaven' loverly!
Bert Ambrose & His Orchestra with Sam Brown.
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