In 1899 Duke Ellington was born into a nurturing middle-class African American family in Washington DC. Ellington first picked up the piano as a teenager. As he started his road to mastering and innovating how the piano can be played, a young and charismatic Ellington never would have imagined that he would grow up to become one of the most influential musicians in America. “Tiger Rag”
“Tiger Rag“ (play/download mp3)
Louis Armstrong – “Old Man Mose” (mp3)
A classic recording from the great Louis Armstrong, “Old Man Mose” has a swingin’ beat that will have your feet tappin’. Proving, once again, that jazz is the original American dance music. Enjoy this beautifully remastered song that’s sure to delight a whole new generation of jazz fans.
You know that an artist is truly iconic when they have the ability to transport the listener to a magical time and a far off place; Billie Holiday does this eloquently with “They Can’t Take That Away From Me.” Recorded live in the equally iconic Savoy Ballroom on June 30, 1937, she is backed here by another music icon, Count Basie and his Orchestra.
Billie Holiday “They Can’t Take That Away From Me“
Wow! This song really rocks, and the story is rather like Johnny B. Goode. Nothing like that purring old coronet. Tight band too, what a combo! These guys all know how to make their horns sing, baby!
Paul Whiteman His Orchestra – “Doo Wacka Doo” mp3
All right! This is what the doctor ordered. Some great music from the past to remind you of what songwriting used to be.
Charleston 7 – “Nashville Nightingale” mp3
Amazing dixieland Jazz with a testament to one of the original cities that birthed the blues. Is that a good thing or a bad thing? Either way it sure sounds sweet.
Original Dixieland Jazz Band with Al Bernard – “St. Louis Blues” mp3
Louis Armstrong – “Ain’t Misbehavin'” (mp3)
The great Louis Armstrong ladies and gentlemen. “Ain’t Misbehavin'” is Louis Armstrong’s highest selling single to date. Today his music is still being enjoyed by generations and generations of jazz fans.
This song is the archetypal early jazz/ big band arrangement. The orchestration of “All Of Me” paints a scene out of old black and white Hollywood movies.
Paul Whiteman with Mildred Bailey – “All Of Me” mp3
Betty lays down a seminal bee-bop jazz blues vocal here. Trouble means the same after 60 years.
Betty Roche – “Trouble Trouble” mp3
Mamie Smith & Her Jazz Hounds – “Crazy Blues” (mp3)
How crazy is crazy blues? Well, has you ever beens in love? If you has, then you knows! If you hasn’t, then you don’ts. This song is but a preview for the uninitiated, and a calming opiate for those in the know. Oh, that trombone makes my knees buckle. This song was huge hit in its day, and aint no reason you shouldn’t have it in your iPod or whatever gizmo you kids are runnin’ with. Clean mp3 copy on this one, too.