Women in jazz 2 theme night

On Oct 26, 2017, we teamed up for the second “Women-in-jazz” theme night. 

This theme night is dedicated to playing music that was influenced by women. Jazzwomen contributed to the emergence, development, and proliferation of jazz as songwriters, arrangers, band leaders, instrumentalists, and vocalists. Their contributions to this music that we all love have been – no pun intended – instrumental and vital. 

Yet, the contributions of jazzwomen or inspiring jazzwomen were stifled by the interpersonal and institutional sexism of the time, and for African American jazzwomen, the racism as well. Female musicians were often considered too sweet and demure to play jazz, especially to play “loud and aggressive” instruments like the trumpet and drums.

There were several avenues with less resistance for women. From the blues queens to big band “canaries” (not a term you should use today), female vocalists have left their imprint on the jazz world. Still, many vocalists (especially of the big band era) were considered “chick singers” whose jobs were as much to beautify the bandstand as contribute to the music. Both more accepted than in other spheres, and still harassed and disregarded, female vocalists normalized the presence of women on stage. The piano was often considered an acceptable instrument for women to play, although playing jazz on that piano was often a controversial subject among the families of female pianists. Unlike most instrumentalists, female vocalists were frequently recorded. We are fortunate to also have recordings of some of the influential female pianists.

The number of women hired to play other instruments was far smaller. However, there were some incredible horn and rhythm players of the time. Many of these women started in family bands or in all-girl bands (a title owned by those musicians, as archaic as it sounds today). Women were not often hired to play in male bands, although a few broke through (especially in the later swing era).

During the thirties and forties, women played in hundreds of all-girl bands. Despite swinging hard, all female groups were often considered a gimmick, and similarly expected to offer a visual as well as a musical show (consider how you’d feel playing lead guitar in a strapless gown). The career musicians in these all female groups were often expected to return to the sphere of domesticity upon the return of male players from overseas. On the other hand, African American all-female bands presented a public representation of the beauty and skill of African American women that contrasted with the racist portrayals of African American women in minstrelsy and vaudeville. The history of these groups is fascinating and important. See the resources below. Unfortunately, because all-girl bands were often seen as secondary to the male groups of the time, they were infrequently recorded. However, many of the featured soloists in all-girl swing bands went on to have successful musical careers and some recorded their own albums.  

Many jazzwomen were active composers, lyricists, and arrangers. Some of the most popular songs for dancers were written by women (consider the trad classic Struttin’ With Some Barbecue written by Lil’ Hardin (Armstrong) and Walkin’ and Swingin’ by Mary Lou Williams).

Finally, women led bands. Some led otherwise all-male bands (e.g. Blanche Calloway, Ella Fitzgerald) and some led all-female bands (e.g. Lil’ Hardin Armstrong, Anna Mae Winburn, Ina Ray Hutton; Mary Lou Williams).     

There are two challenges to playing music for a night like this. Despite their major contributions and unquestionable ability to play jazz, there were fewer women playing jazz than there were men. Those that did, were not as often recorded (vocalists remain the exception). To paint a picture of the trailblazing women in jazz, we dug in. We present recordings we find inspirational and emblematic that we wanted to share with everyone. We hope they paint a picture of the variety of contributions that jazzwomen have made. We emphasize all-women bands, songwriters, bandleaders, and instrumentalists to highlight folks you might not have heard at a dance yet (or not realized you’ve heard). For each song we’ve provided the usual details: song name, artist, album. We also briefly offer why we featured that song and sometimes some extra anecdotal notes. 

We traded a few songs at a time – that made it a lot more fun and we were able to play off each other’s energy and ideas. In the playlist below the ‘red’ songs are what Dhruv played while the ‘green’ ones are the ones that Shannon played.

Here is the google document link – for some folks that will be a more convenient way to see the playlist!

Please write in. We would love to hear your questions, your anecdotes and wisdoms, and suggestions of your favorites as well!

Shannon and Dhruv

PS – Here are some references to get you started!

  1. Women of jazz web audio series.
  2. NPR’s Jazz Profiles: Women in Jazz

  3. The Girls in the Band (2011) documentary.

For a deeper dive:

  • Tucker, S. (2001). Swing shift:“All-girl” bands of the 1940s. Duke University Press.
  • Dahl, L. (1984). Stormy weather: The music and lives of a century of jazzwomen. Hal Leonard Corporation.

Plus, we recommend finding the biography of a female musician you love as a good place to start.

Here’s the full list right here as well.

Title Artist Album Highlighting Extra notes
Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive Aretha Franklin The Electrifying Aretha Franklin (With Bonus Tracks) The very inspirational and influential Aretha Franklin
Satchel Mouth Baby Broadcast Version Nat King Cole On the Air Songwriter Mary Lou Williams Mary Lou Williams wrote for more artists and bands than you can count !
Papa’s In Bed With His Britches On (Stone) Una Mae Carlisle Una Mae Carlisle: 1938-1941 Bandleader, pianist and singer Una Mae Carlisle
Gimme a Pigfoot LaVern Baker Sings Bessie Smith Song lyrics by Bessie Smith; perfomed by LaVern Baker and her band Check out Bessie Smith’s only film appearance here
Diggin’ Dykes The International Sweethearts of Rhythm Hot Licks All-girl band; Featuring Ana Mae Winburn (bandleader); Vi Burnside (tenor sax) The International Sweethearts of Rhythm were formed at the Piney Woods Day School. The band eventually left the school, and went on to be likely the most well-known African American all-girl swing band. When formed, some of the bands’ members were of other (non-white) racial and ethnic backgrounds. Later in the band’s career the lineup included several white women. My impression is that this band is by far the best documented of the hundreds of all-girl bands in the swing era.
I’m Gettin’ Myself Ready for You Blanche Calloway And Her Joy Boys The Best of the All-Girl Bands 1928-1947 All-girl band (?); Blanche Calloway (band leader, vocals) This track is from an album of all-girl bands, but is listed as “and Her Joy Boys” which was an all-male band. Blanche Calloway was the first woman to lead an all-male orchestra. She was the older sister of Cab Calloway and was an established star for 10 years before her brother became known. She was a strong influence on him.
Oops! My Lady The Beryl Booker Trio A Woman’s Place Is in the Groove All-female ensemble; Beryl Booker (piano); Mary Osborne (guitar); June Rotenburg (bass)
Bye Bye Blackbird Carmen McRae I’ll Be Seeing You: A Tribute to Carmen McRae The one and only Carmen McRae
(Tranky Doo)The Dipsy Doodle Ella Fitzgerald With Chick Webb & His Orchestra Stomping At The Savoy Ella Fitzgerald as singer
St. Louis Blues Ella Fitzgerald & Her Famous Orchestra Ella Fitzgerald In The Groove Ella Fitzgerald as bandleader; took on Chick Webb’s band after his death
You Gave Me The Gate – And I’m Swingin’ Ivie Anderson (With Duke Ellington) All God’s Chillun . . . – Ivie & Duke (Vol. 2) Ivie Anderson as singer for Duke Ellington’s band Such an amazing singer despite chronic asthma
Some Of These Days Valaida Snow 1937-1940 Valaida Snow (trumpet, vocals) Louis Armstrong referred to Valaida Snow as the second best trumpet player. Second of course to himself.
Swingin’ the Boogie Hadda Brooks Timeless Boogie, Vol. 3 Hadda Brooks (piano)
Struttin’ With Some Barbecue Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five The Best of The Hot 5 & Hot 7 Recordings Lil’ Hardin Armstrong (composer, piano) Lil’ Hardin (Armstrong) was playing piano with Kid Ory in Chicago when Louis Armstrong came from New Orleans to join the band. They married, and it was Lil’ who encouraged Louis to leave the band and for the Hot Five and Hot Seven.
Shout, Sister, Shout! (Jam song) Sister Rosetta Tharpe Essential Early Recordings Sister Rosetta Tharpe (guitar, vocals) Sister Rosetta Tharpe has been called the Godmother of Rock and Roll.
Tain’T What You Do (Post jam Shim Sham) Mildred Bailey Mildred Bailey: 1939 Mildred Bailey vocalist (And bandleader?)
Sugar Katharine Whalen Katharine Whalen’s Jazz Squad Katharine Whalen as Bandleader, singer, banjo Katharine Whalen was part of the Squirrel Nut Zippers – anyone remember them?
Gut bucket Gunhild Carling Carling family 20th jubilee Gunhild Carling on trombone (And trumpet?) She’s pretty kickass – plays trombone, bagpipes, trumpet, recorder and harp, and will often showcase all of her skills in one song, sometimes casually breaking into a tap dance or singing lyrics. Not to say a mainstay of the Herrang swing dance camp.
Let’s Get Happy Together Lil Hardin Armstrong 1936-1940 Anthology Lil Hardin Armstrong on piano, vocals and bandleader She was a jazz pianist, composer, arranger, singer, and bandleader. She was the second wife of Louis Armstrong, with whom she collaborated on many recordings in the 1920s.
Can’t We Be Friends Ella Fitzgerald And Her Famous Orchestra Live At The Savoy – 1939-40 Ella Fitzgerald (bandleader); Kay Swift (composer) After Chick Webb passed away (1939), Ella, who had been the band’s vocalist, took over as bandleader. Kay Swift was the first woman to score a hit musical completely (called “Fine and Dandy”). (She also happens to be my cousin).
S`posin` Clora Bryant Gal With a Horn: Clora Bryant / 4 Clora Bryant (trumpet, vocals, band leader) At the beginning of a very successful and decorated career, Clora Bryant played with the Prairie View Co-eds, an all-girl band formed at Prairie View A&M when many male musicians were drafted for WWII. The PV Coeds toured with the USO and played the Appolo Theater, among other accomplishments.
Jump Children International Sweethearts Of Rhythm Hot Licks All-girl band Look for a youtube clip by this name
I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter Boswell Sisters The Boswell Sisters Swing! Boswell Sisters singing Ella Fitzgerald was greatly influenced by Connee Boswell; who herself was influenced by Mamie Smith.
Keep It in the Groove Andy Kirk & His Twelve Clouds Of Joy The Mary Lou Williams Collection 1927-59 Song co-written by Mary Lou Williams; pianist
Lindy Hop Lil Armstrong Perfect Swing Lil Hardin Armstrong on piano, vocals and bandleader
Love Me Or Leave Me Nina Simone Nina: The Essential Nina Simon Nina Simone (piano, vocals) Nina Simone was trained in classical piano, and her recorded music is incredibly diverse. During the civil rights era, she became increasingly focused on using her music to promote racial justice in the United States. Check out one of the several autobiographies about her, or watch the Netflix documentary. She was an incredible person and her story is important.
I Let a Song Go out of My Heart Mary Osborne A Girl & Her Guitar Mary Osborne (guitar, bandleader) Mary Osborne grew up in North Dakota. She trained on many instruments, but landed on guitar as soon as she held one. She bacame a student of Charlie Christian’s and was an important influence on the art.
One Two Button Your Shoe Billie Holiday Billies Blues Billie Holiday (vocals) Somewhere along the way I picked up that Billie modeled this tune after Ella Fitzgerald’s breakout success of “A Tisket A Tasket.”
After You’ve Gone Katharine Whalen Katharine Whalen’s Jazz Squad Katharine Whalen as Bandleader, singer, banjo
Twenty-Four Hours in Georgia Ina Ray Hutton and Her Orchestra The Very Best Of Featuring Ina Ray Hutton’s orchestra She led one of the most popular all women bands, The Melodears
Gypsy In My Soul Clora Bryant …Gal With a Horn Trumpet, vocals and bandleader She was in the first all-female group to appear on TV, the Queens of Swing (renamed to the Hollywood Sepia Tones during the gig)
47th Street Jive Andy Kirk & His Twelve Clouds Of Joy The Mary Lou Williams Collection 1927-59 Mary Lou Williams (piano, arranger); June Richmond (vocals) Mary Lou Williams was a prolific song writer, arranger, and piano player. They say (she says) she played every style of jazz through the ages.
Frankie & Johnny Benny Goodman The Roots Of Swing N’ Jive Volume Three Mama Lou (composer?) The melody for this tune was probably from Mama Lou (St. Louis), one of the first improvisational singers. (See Dahl (1984) Stormy Weather)
It’s Only a Paper Moon Marian McPartland Paper Moon Marian McPartland (piano) McPartland (from England) was a champion of female jazz musicians, and among other activities, was involved in the first women’s jazz festival (Kansas City).
Summertime (1939) Jerry Kruger & Her Orchestra CLASSICS 24 Complementary Tracks (1) 30’s Bandleader and singer
Ain’t Gonna Give Nobody None Of My Jellyroll Tuba Skinny Tuba Skinny Featuring Erika Lewis (vocals, drums) & Shaye Cohn (many instruments!)
Truckin Aurora Nealand & The Royal Roses The B-Sides – New Orleans Compilation Aurora Nealand on clarinet, vocals and band leader
The One I Love Belongs To Somebody Else Nellie Lutcher The Best Of Nellie Lutcher Nellie Lutcher (piano, vocals) Nellie Lutcher wrote most of her own songs, although not this one!
Don’t Take Everybody To Be Your Friend Sister Rosetta Tharpe Essential Early Recordings Sister Rosetta Tharpe (guitar, vocals)
I Wonder Who Makes Rhythm Valaida Snow 1937-1940 Valaida Snow (trumpet, vocals)
Bearcat Shuffle Andy Kirk & His Twelve Clouds Of Joy The Mary Lou Williams Collection 1927-59 Songwriter and pianist Mary Lou Williams
Hound Dog Big Mama Thornton Ball N’ Chain Vocals by Big Mama Thornton When she recorded Hound Dog in ’52 – Johnny Otis played the drums. Both her most popular songs were much more popular when sung by other folks (Hound Dog by Elvis Presley and Ball’n’chain by Janis Joplin)
This Can’t Be Love Clora Bryant …Gal With A Horn Trumpet, vocals and bandleader
A Woman’s Place Is in the Groove Vivien Garry Quintet A Woman’s Place Is in the Groove All-female ensemble; Vivien Garry (string bass); Ginger Smock (violin); Edna Williams (trumpet); Wini Beatty (Piano); Dody Jeshke (Drums)
I’m Beginning to See the Light Mary Osborne A Girl & Her Guitar Mary Osborne (guitar, bandleader)
Five O’Clock Whistle Ina Ray Hutton And Her Melodears The Best of the All-Girl Bands 1928-1947 All-girl band; Ina Ray Hutton (bandleader, vocals)
Muddy Water Aretha Franklin Jazz to Soul The very inspirational and influential Aretha Franklin
I’m Confessin’ Victrola Victrola Alice Spencer band leader
Keepin´out a mischief Gunhild Carling Carling family 20th jubilee Gunhild Carling on vocals, trumpet and trombone
What’s My Line Theme Melba Liston, Jimmy Cleveland, Frank Rehak, Slide Hampton, Ray Bryant, George Tucker, Frank Dunlop Melba Liston and Her ‘Bones Melba Liston (trombone)
Oh, I’m Evil Una Mae Carlisle 1938-1941 Una Mae Carlisle (piano, vocals)
Shine On, Harvest Moon Ethel Waters COLUMBIA-2511 D Ethel Waters (vocals)
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Women of jazz: theme night playlist (Mar 30, 2017)

Hey everyone,

Here’s the playlist from Nirav and me from the first ever music theme night at the 920 Special. The theme – as you know – was women in jazz.

Before I get to the songs, I wanted to add a few thoughts.

Thank you so much – all you dancers that came and supported & encouraged us; as well as all the people that sent suggestions via Facebook and in person. Thanks Nirav – so great partnering with you.

We will definitely have more nights where we focus on women in jazz. There is so much more amazing music we could not play and still want to showcase: Both Nirav and I barely touched the surface of what all we could have played; and had come prepared with many more hours of music than one night. Further, all the research and preparation we did; left us feeling there is so much inspiration to be had from all the amazing women throughout jazz history; just need to look more.

Having said that, yes, there are obviously way fewer instances of women as bandleaders, songwriters and featured instrumentalists over jazz history – it is up to all of us to find out, explore and appreciate those artists and the music as much as we can. This is what we tried to especially focus on – while picking what songs to play.

Enjoy the list – drop us a note that let us know what you thought! What were your favorites?

 

Set 1 (DJed by Dhruv):

Song : Hop Scop Blues
Artist : Lillian Boutté & Her American Band
Album : Live in Tivoli 1992
Who are we featuring/focusing on : Bandleader, vocalist Lillian Boutte

 
Song : The Darktown Strutters Ball
Artist : Alberta Hunter
Album : Amtrak Blues
Who are we featuring/focusing on : Bandleader, vocalist Alberta Hunter

 
Song : Mess-a-Stomp
Artist : Andy Kirk & His Twelve Clouds Of Joy
Album : The Mary Lou Williams Collection 1927-59
Who are we featuring/focusing on : Song written by Mary Lou Williams, also on piano

 
Song : Betcha Nickel
Artist : Ella Fitzgerald and her Famous Orchestra
Album : Queen Of The Savoy: Early Years, Vol. 2 1937-39
Who are we featuring/focusing on : Ella Fitzgerald as bandleader, vocalist and song written by her (And Chick Webb)

 
Song : I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter
Artist : Boswell Sisters
Album : The Boswell Sisters Swing!
Who are we featuring/focusing on : Sung by the Boswell Sisters

 
Song : Jazz Me Blues
Artist : Aurora Nealand & The Royal Roses
Album : The B-Sides – New Orleans Compilation
Who are we featuring/focusing on : Bandleader, reeds Aurora Nealand

 
Song : Froggy Bottom (Take 2)
Artist : Kansas City Band
Album : KC After Dark
Who are we featuring/focusing on : Written by Mary Lou Williams

 
Song : Gimme A Pigfoot (And A Bottle Of Beer)
Artist : Nina Simone
Album : Nina Simone With Strings (Remastered 2004)
Who are we featuring/focusing on : Bandleader, piano and vocals by Nina Simone, song originally made popular by Bessie Smith

 
Song : Oh I’m Evil (Walker)
Artist : Una Mae Carlisle
Album : Una Mae Carlisle: 1938-1941
Who are we featuring/focusing on : Bandleader, vocals and piano Una Mae Carlisle

 

Set 2 (DJed by Nirav) 

 

Song : I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
Artist : Billie Holiday
Album : Billie’s Best
Who are we featuring/focusing on : Vocalist Billie Holiday

 
Song : Jive at Five
Artist : Mint Julep Jazz Band
Album : Durham on Saturday Night
Who are we featuring/focusing on : Co-bandleader Laura Windley

 
Song : Georgia On My Mind
Artist : Anita O’Day
Album : Let Me Off Uptown: The Best of Anita O’Day
Who are we featuring/focusing on : Vocalist Anita O’Day

 
Song : The Dwindling Light By the Sea
Artist : Mint Julep Jazz Band
Album : That New Old Sound
Who are we featuring/focusing on : Co-bandleader & vocalist Laura Windley

 
Song : Watch the Birdie
Artist : Anita O’Day
Album : Let Me Off Uptown: The Best of Anita O’Day
Who are we featuring/focusing on : Vocalist Anita O’Day

 

Birthday / special occasion /out of towner jam song

Song : Coquette
Artist : Jen Hodge All Stars
Album : Guilty Pleasures
Who are we featuring/focusing on : Bandleader & bassist Jen Hodge

 
Song : I’ve Got a Feeling I’m Falling
Artist : Emily Asher’s Garden Party
Album : Meet Me In The Morning
Who are we featuring/focusing on : Bandleader, trombonist, & vocalist Emily Asher

 
Song : Careless Love
Artist : Tuba Skinny
Album : Tuba Skinny
Who are we featuring/focusing on : Bandleader & cornetist Shaye Cohn, vocalist Erika Lewis

 
Song : Roc City Stomp (Live)
Artist : Gordon Webster
Album : That New Old Sound
Who are we featuring/focusing on : Reeds Aurora Nealand

 
Song : Roll ‘Em
Artist : Bernard Berkhout
Album : Doctor Bernard and His Swing Orchestra
Who are we featuring/focusing on : Writer Mary Lou Williams

 
Song : Pennies From Heaven
Artist : Naomi & Her Handsome Devils
Album : The Devils’ Music
Who are we featuring/focusing on : Bandleader & vocalist Naomi Uyama

 

Set 3 (DJed by Dhruv) 

 

Song : Tuxedo Junction
Artist : The International Sweethearts Of Rhythm
Album : The Best Of The International Sweethearts Of Rhythm
Who are we featuring/focusing on : All women band!

 
Song : Garden Party Party
Artist : Emily Asher’s Garden Party
Album : Meet Me in the Morning
Who are we featuring/focusing on : Bandleader, trombone Emily Asher

 
Song : Lindy Hop
Artist : Lil Armstrong
Album : Perfect Swing
Who are we featuring/focusing on : Bandleader, piano, vocals Lil Hardin Armstrong

 
Song : That’s How Rhythm Was Born
Artist : The Boswell Sisters
Album : That’s How Rhythm Was Born
Who are we featuring/focusing on : Sung by the Boswell Sisters

 
Song : Baby, You Got What It Takes
Artist : Dinah Washington
Album : Dinah Washington: The Millenium Collection
Who are we featuring/focusing on : First recorded by Dinah Washington (+Brook Benton)

 
Song : TV Is The Thing This Year
Artist : Dianne Reeves
Album : Good Night, And Good Luck
Who are we featuring/focusing on : Vocalist, bandleader Dianne Reeves; original recording by Dinah Washington (Song featured as ‘one of the songs that helped shape Rock’n’Roll)

 
Song : Swing Is The Thing
Artist : Valaida Snow
Album : 1937-1940
Who are we featuring/focusing on : Bandleader, trumpet, vocals by Valaida Snow (Although she could play cello, bass, banjo, violin, mandolin, harp, accordion, clarinet, trumpet, and saxophone – all at pro levels!)

 
Song : Love me or leave me
Artist : Nina Simone
Album : Verve Jazz Masters 17
Who are we featuring/focusing on : Piano, vocals, bandleader Nina Simone

 

(Request for a song to Tranky Doo too)
Song : The Dipsy Doodle
Artist : Chick Webb
Album : Stomping At The Savoy
Who are we featuring/focusing on : Vocals by Ella Fitzgerald

 
Song : Boogie Woogie Choo Choo Train
Artist : Mabel Scott
Album : Men Are Like Street Cars – Women Blues Singers 1928 – 1969
Who are we featuring/focusing on : Bandleader, vocalist Mabel Scott

 
Song : If I Can’t Sell It (I’ll Keep Sittin’ On It)
Artist : Terra Hazelton
Album : Gimme Whatcha Got
Who are we featuring/focusing on : Bandleader, vocalist Terra Hazelton

 
Song : Riffin’ The Blues
Artist : Lil Hardin Armstrong
Album : 1936-1940 Anthology
Who are we featuring/focusing on : Bandleader,piano Lil Hardin Armstrong

 
Song : Drop Me Off In Harlem
Artist : Victrola
Album : Victrola
Who are we featuring/focusing on : Vocalist Alice Spencer

 
Song : My Blue Heaven
Artist : The Cangelosi Cards
Album : Clinton Street Recordings, I
Who are we featuring/focusing on : Vocalist Tamar Korn

 

Set 4 (DJed by Nirav)

 

Song : Opus One
Artist : Anita O’Day
Album : Let Me Off Uptown: The Best of Anita O’Day
Who are we featuring/focusing on : Vocalist Anita O’Day

 
Song : When I Get Low I Get High
Artist : Linnzi Zaorski
Album : Hotsy Totsy
Who are we featuring/focusing on : Writer Marion Sunshine, bandleader & vocalist Linnzi Zaorski

 
Song : Sunny Side of the Street
Artist : Benny Goodman & Peggy Lee
Album : Small Groups: 1941-1945
Who are we featuring/focusing on : Lyricist Dorothy Fields, vocalist Peggy Lee

 
Song : Straighten Up And Fly Right
Artist : Company B Jazz Band
Album : Company B Jazz Band
Who are we featuring/focusing on : Bandleader & bassist Jen Hodge

 
Song : I’m Alone Because I love You
Artist : Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns
Album : Lucky Devil
Who are we featuring/focusing on : Bandleader & vocalist Meschiya Lake

 

 
Song : In a Mellow Tone
Artist : Mint Julep Jazz Band
Album : Durham on Saturday Night
Who are we featuring/focusing on : Co-bandleader Laura Windley

 
Song : Sugar
Artist : Naomi & Her Handsome Devils
Album : The Devils’ Music
Who are we featuring/focusing on : Bandleader & vocalist Naomi Uyama

 
Song : Just a Little Bit South of North Carolina
Artist : Anita O’Day
Album : Let Me Off Uptown: The Best of Anita O’Day
Who are we featuring/focusing on : Vocalist Anita O’Day

 
Song : Travellin’ All Alone
Artist : Kally Price & The Lazybirds
Album : If You Like Good Cookin’
Who are we featuring/focusing on : Bandleader & vocalist Kally Price

 
Song : If I Didn’t Care
Artist : Mint Julep Jazz Band
Album : Durham on Saturday Night
Who are we featuring/focusing on : Co-bandleader & vocalist Laura Windley

 
Song : I Can’t Give You Anything But Love
Artist : Naomi & Her Handsome Devils
Album : Naomi & Her Handsome Devils
Who are we featuring/focusing on : Lyricist Dorothy Fields, bandleader & vocalist Naomi Uyama

 
Song : Exactly Like You
Artist : Mint Julep Jazz Band
Album : Battle Axe
Who are we featuring/focusing on : Co-bandleader & vocalist Laura Windley

 
Song : Moanin’ Low
Artist : Aurora Nealand & The Royal Roses
Album : The LookBack Transmission
Who are we featuring/focusing on : Bandleader, reeds, & vocalist Aurora Nealand

7/28/2016 sets: DJ Nirav

Nirav’s set from July 28 (Sets 2 and 4):

  • Sent for You Yesterday (And Here You Come Today) [1938 Version]|Count Basie and His Orchestra|The Best of Early Basie
  • He Ain’t Got Rhythm|Michael Gamble & the Rhythm Serenaders|Michael Gamble & the Rhythm Serenaders
  • In a Mellow Tone|Mint Julep Jazz Band|Durham on Saturday Night
  • Slidin’ And Glidin’|Michael Gamble & the Rhythm Serenaders|Michael Gamble & the Rhythm Serenaders
  • Simple Sweet Embrace|Jonathan Doyle Quintet|The Fed Hop
  • Boogie Woogie (1937 Version)|Count Basie and His Orchestra|The Best of Early Basie
  • Goin’ out the Back Way|Craig Gildner & The Blue Sky 5|Sittin’ Pretty
  • Rose Room|Michael Gamble & the Rhythm Serenaders|Michael Gamble & the Rhythm Serenaders
  • You’re My Dish|Paul Asaro And The Fat Babies|What a Heavenly Dream: The Fats Waller Rhythm Project
  • St. Louis Blues (Take 2)|Benny Goodman and His Orchestra|The Birth of Swing (1935-1936)
  • Woke Up Clipped|Michael Gamble & the Rhythm Serenaders|Michael Gamble & the Rhythm Serenaders
  • My Blue Heaven|The Cangelosi Cards|Clinton Street Recordings
  • A Mellow Bit Of Rhythm|Michael Gamble & the Rhythm Serenaders|Michael Gamble & the Rhythm Serenaders
  • Jacquet in the Box|Jonathan Stout and his Campus Five, featuring Hilary Alexander|Crazy Rhythm
  • Flying Home|Benny Goodman Sextet|The Essential Benny Goodman (Remastered)
  • I’ve Never Been to New York|Jonathan Doyle Quintet|The Fed Hop
  • Bug In A Rug|Michael Gamble & the Rhythm Serenaders|Michael Gamble & the Rhythm Serenaders
  • Don’t You Miss Your Baby?|Count Basie and His Orchestra|The Best of Early Basie
  • Fine And Mellow|Michael Gamble & the Rhythm Serenaders|Michael Gamble & the Rhythm Serenaders
  • Exactly Like You|Mint Julep Jazz Band|Battle Axe
  • Christopher Columbus|Benny Goodman and His Orchestra|The Birth of Swing (1935-1936)
  • I Can’t Give You Anything But Love|Naomi & Her Handsome Devils|Naomi & Her Handsome Devils
  • When You Wore a Tulip|Baby Soda|Jazz Roots Elixir
  • Stardust|The Fat Babies|18th & Racine
  • Blue Horizon|Aurora Nealand & The Royal Roses|A Tribute to Sydney Bechet: Live At Preservation Hall, New Orleans

July 21: Nicole and Dhruv

Dhruv did sets 1 and 3. Nicole did sets 2 and 4.

Dhruv’s sets (combined, not in order):

  • Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off|Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong|Ella And Louis Again
  • Lonely one in this Town|Leigh Barker & The New Sheiks|The Sales Tax
  • Fly Me To the Moon|Gunhild Carling|Fly Me To the Moon
  • The Gal From Joe’s|Charlie Barnet & His Orchestra|AP3197 MERCURY -8979
  • Solid As A Rock (Hilliard-Mann)|Count Basie (piano) et son orchestre|Count Basie Et Son Orchestre 1950-1951
  • Savoy Blip|Jonathan Stout & his Campus Five|Crazy Rhythm
  • Everything is Jumpin’ (Remastered – 2000)|Artie Shaw And His Orchestra|Jazz Moods – Hot
  • The Song Is Ended|The Boilermaker Jazz Band|Give Me Your Telephone Number
  • When I Take My Sugar To Tea|Boilermaker Jazz Band|Jump For Joy
  • Good Rockin’ Tonight|Jimmy Witherspoon|Jazz Me Blues: The Best Of Jimmy Witherspoon
  • It’s Tight Like That|Jimmie Noone’s Apex Club Orchestra|Jimmie Noone’s Apex Club Orchestra
  • Let’s Get Drunk And Truck|Harlem Hamfats|Let’s Get Drunk And Truck
  • All That Meat And No Potatos|Fats Waller|The Best Of The War Years
  • Baby Can Dance|Carsie Blanton|Buoy
  • Tutti Frutti|Slim Gaillard|An Introduction to Slim Gaillard: His Best Re
  • Ridin’ on the L&N|Hal’s Angels|And The Angels Swing
  • Buckin’ the Dice (Live)|Gordon Webster|Live At Boston Swing Central
  • Night Train (Live)|Gordon Webster|Live in Rochester
  • 13 Step Boogie|Martin Sexton|In the Journey
  • Sheik Of Araby|Kid Ory|Song Of The Wanderer
  • Jack The Bear (Ellington)|Duke Ellington (piano) et son orchestre|Duke Ellington Et Son Orchestre: 1940
  • On The Sunny Side Of The Street|Duke Heitger And His Swing Band|Rhythm Is Our Business
  • Yacht Club Swing|Echoes of Swing|Harlem Joys
  • For Dancers Only|Jimmie Lunceford & His Orchestra|Swingsation – Jimmie Lunceford
  • (Shim Sham) Stompin’ At The Savoy|George Gee & His Make-Believe Ballroom Orchestra|Swingin’ Away
  • After You’ve Gone|Katharine Whalen|Katharine Whalen’s Jazz Squad

Nicole’s sets

Set 2:

  • Sent for You from Yesterday (1938 Version) 2:59 Count Basie and His Orchestra The Complete Decca Recordings (1937-1939) [Box Set]
  • Betcha Nickel 4:05 Mint Julep Jazz Band Battle Axe
  • Too Darn Hot (1956 Version) 3:50 Ella Fitzgerald The Complete Ella Fitzgerald Song Books (Box Set)
  • Them There Eyes 2:51 Billie Holiday Billie Holiday’s Greatest Hits
  • Splanky (Live) 3:54 Count Basie Live At the Sands (Before Frank)
  • Rosetta (feat. Jon Erik Kellso) 3:09 Boilermaker Jazz Band Nice Work If You Can Get It
  • Jo-Jo 3:20 Lester Young & The Kansas City Six The “Kansas City” Sessions
  • Take It Easy Greasy 3:46 Naomi & Her Handsome Devils Naomi & Her Handsome Devils
  • Who Walks in When I Walk Out? 2:20 Ella Fitzgerald, Dave Barbour & Louis Armstrong Ella & Friends
  • Study In Blue 3:37 Larry Clinton Live In 1938 & 1939
  • The Fed Hop 3:47 Jonathan Doyle Quintet The Fed Hop
  • Darktown Strutters’ Ball 3:13 Mint Julep Jazz Band Durham On Saturday Night
Set 4:
  • Git It 2:41 Skeets Tolbert And His Gentleman Of Swing 1942
  • Too Close for Comfort 3:02 Ella Fitzgerald Ultimate Ella Fitzgerald (Selected By Joe Williams)
  • Swingin’ The Blues (Remastered – 2002) 3:13 Count Basie Kansas City Powerhouse
  • Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t My Baby 4:04 Naomi & Her Handsome Devils Naomi & Her Handsome Devils
  • Perdido 3:12 Duke Ellington Jazz Icons from the Golden Era – Duke Elligton
  • Jumpin’ On Sugar Hill 3:00 Helen Humes & Buck Clayton’s Orchestra Legend Series Presents Golden Greats: Helen Humes and the Contrastors
  • Duke’s Place 4:39Ella Fitzgerald
  • 09 Jacquet in the Box 2:47 Glenn Crytzer and His Syncopators Skinny in Minne
  • King David (live) 2:48 Michael Gamble and the Rhythm Serenaders Little Swing Sesh ’13
  • The E and D Blues (E for Ella, D for Duke) 4:55 Ella Fitzgerald & Duke Ellington and His Orchestra The Complete Ella Fitzgerald Song Books (Box Set)
  • Jive At Five 3:23 Mint Julep Jazz Band Durham On Saturday Night
  • Okay for Baby 2:57 Jimmie Lunceford Jimmie Lunceford and His Orchestra 1940
  • Roll ‘Em 3:11 Benny Goodman and His Orchestra & Benny Goodman Sing, Sing, Sing (Remastered)
  • Chatterbox (Live) 3:22 Duke Ellington The Duke At Fargo 1940 (Special 60th Anniversary Edition) [Live]

The Soul of Nicole

The 9:20 Special has a much beloved tradition of having Soul nights once in a while. In June we had a special ‘Soul’-stice dance ! Nicole and Manu DJ’ed. Nicole generously shared her list!
Let The Good Time Roll    2:30    Sam Cooke    The Essential Sam Cooke Collection 2
How Sweet It Is    2:57    Marvin Gaye    I Heard It Through The Grapevine
The Way You Do The Things You Do    2:42    The Temptations    The Temptations: The Ultimate Collection
Shop Around    2:49    Smokey Robinson & The Miracles    The Ultimate Collection
Soul Man    2:39    Sam & Dave  Rhino Hi-Five: Sam & Dave – EP
Ain’t Too Proud To Beg    2:35    The Temptations    The Ultimate Collection
The Girl’s Alright With Me    3:23    The Temptations    The Best of The Temptations
He’s So Fine    1:50    The Chiffons    20th Century Rocks: 60’s Rock ‘n Roll
(Love Is Like A) Heat Wave    2:49    Martha Reeves & The Vandellas    Soul ! – The Very Best Of Motown CD2
Get Ready    2:39    The Temptations    The Ultimate Collection
Lonely Teardrops    2:44    Jackie Wilson    Jackie Wilson: 20 Greatest Hits
Oogum Boogum    2:28    Brenton Wood    Brenton Wood’s 18 Best
Isn’t She Lovely    3:21    Stevie Wonder    Definitive Collection [2CD] Disc 1
Having A Party    2:38    Sam Cooke    Greatest Hits
Please Mr. Postman    2:32    The Marvelettes    The Very Best Of Motown CD2
You Beat Me To The Punch    2:47    Mary Wells    20th Century Masters- The Millennium Collection: The Best of Mary Wells
Cry to Me    2:32    Solomon Burke    The Very Best of Solomon Burke
I Want You Back    3:01    The Jackson 5    Soul ! – The Very Best Of Motown CD2
Shotgun    3:01    Jr. Walker & The All Stars    The Very Best Of Motown CD1
Stubborn Kind Of Fellow    2:47    Marvin Gaye   Gold: Marvin Gaye
Dig the Way I Feel    2:49    Mary Wells
Soothe Me    2:14    Sam Cooke    The Essential Sam Cooke Collection 3
You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me    2:58    Smokey Robinson & the Miracles    Ooh, Baby, Baby: The Anthology
Groovin’    2:30    The Young Rascals    Groovin’
This Old Heart Of Mine    2:47    Isley Bros    The Very Best Of Motown CD1
What’s Going On    3:53    Marvin Gaye    # 1’s
Stay    1:36    Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs    Dirty Dancing
That’s the Way I Feel About ‘Cha    3:37    Bobby Womack    Greatest Hits
Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag – Live    4:58    Otis Redding    Otis! The Definitive Otis Redding [Box Set]
Can I Get A Witness    2:49    Marvin Gaye    Motown’s Greatest Hits
I Want A Love I Can See    2:33    The Temptations    Meet The Temptations
It´s The Same Old Song    2:48    The Four Tops    Soul ! – The Very Best Of Motown CD2
(Sittin’ On The) Dock Of The Bay    2:42    Otis Redding    The Very Best Of Otis Redding

Playlist Jun 23: DJ Arnold!

Hey everyone, here’s DJ Arnold’s playlist from Jun 23 2016. (And here is his playlist on Spotify!)

Loose Wig|Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra|The Lionel Hampton Story [Disc 2] – Flying Home
Flash|Harry James|Lets Do The Hop
Feedin’ The Bean|Count Basie|Cutting Butter – The Complete Columbia Recordings 1939 – 1942
Rosetta|Benny Goodman|The Yale University Music Library, Volume 7: Florida Sessions
When Winter Comes In|Artie Shaw|The Big Band Legends
Midnight In Moscow|Titan Hot Seven|Linger Awhile
Tuxedo Junction|The Solomon Douglas Swingtet|Ain’t No School Like the Old School
You’re A Heavenly Thing|Hal Smith’s Roadrunners|Rhythm, Romance…And Roadrunners!
One O’Clock Jump|The New Orleans Jazz Vipers|Going, Going, Gone
Ten ‘Til Five|Glenn Crytzer And His Sycopators|Harlem Mad
Big Apple Contest|The Solomon Douglas Swingtet|Swingmatism
Now & Again|Jonathan Doyle Quintet|The Fed Hop :: Extras
In a Mellow Tone|Mint Julep Jazz Band|Durham On Saturday Night
Careless Love|Mr. Acker Bilk & His Paramount Jazz Band|This Is Trad Dad! [Disc 2]
Starvation Blues|Orleans 6|Orleans 6
Coquette|The New Orleans Cottonmouth Kings|Still Thirsty
The Gentlemen’s Blue Drag (Bonus Track)|The Two Man Gentlemen Band|Two At A Time
What A Night, What A Moon, What A Boy|Hal Smith’s Roadrunners|Rhythm, Romance…And Roadrunners!
Half Tight Boogie|Jonathan Stout & Campus Five|Jammin’ the Blues
Shufflin’ the Boogie|Albert Ammons and His Rhythm Kings|Legend Series Presents Golden Greats – Albert Ammons and His Rhythm Kings
You’re Driving Me Crazy|Joe Turner|Shake, Rattle & Rock
Jamaica Jam|Teddy Powell and his Orchestra|
Free Wheeling|Artie Shaw|The Artie Shaw Story D1: Free Wheeling
Sweet Sue, Just You|Artie Shaw|In The Blue Room
Soft Winds [Alternate Take]|Benny Goodman, Charlie Christian, Benny Goodman Sextet|The Genius Of The Electric Guitar [Disc 1]
Six Appeal (My Daddy Rocks Me)|Benny Goodman, Charlie Christian, Benny Goodman Sextet|The Genius Of The Electric Guitar [Disc 2]

 

Favorite tunes for teaching to

We asked our teaching staff to share the songs they love best to teach to. We collected these as Spotify playlists for your convenience.

Here’s also a list of these songs in one list!

  • [If I Could Be With You] by The Butch Thompson Trio; from the album Plays Favorites (BPM 103)
  • [Lazy River] by Kid Ory; from the album The Complete Kid Ory Verve Sessions Disc 6 (BPM 110)
  • [Get It Southern Style] by Mint Julep Jazz Band; from the album Durham on Saturday Night (BPM 116)
  • [A Sheridan “Square”] by Henry “Red” Allen; from the album Quadromania – Henry Red Allen (BPM 124)
  • [Memphis Blues] by Muggsy Spanier; from the album Quadromania – Muggsy Spanier (BPM 125)
  • [A Smo-o-o-oth One] by Benny Goodman Sextet; from the album Charlie Christian: Genius Of Electric Guitar (BPM 126)
  • [Swingin’ on Nothin’] by Jonathan Stout & His Campus Five; from the album Jammin’ the Blues (BPM 126)
  • [Baby Won’t You Please Come Home] by Crytzer’s Blue Rhythm Band; from the album Chasin’ The Blues (BPM 128)
  • [Open House] by Lionel Hampton & His Sextet; from the album The Complete Lionel Hampton Victor Sessions 1937-1941 (BPM 128)
  • [Travelin’ All Alone] by Smoking Time Jazz Club; from the album Stampede (BPM 128)
  • [Walk ‘Em] by Buddy Johnson; from the album Walk ‘Em (BPM 130)
  • [Kentucky Avenue, C.A – Duke Ellington] by Duke Ellington; from the album Intimacy Of The Blues (BPM 133)
  • [A Smo-o-oth One] by Jonathan Stout; from the album (Unreleased) (BPM 133)
  • [Ain’t Misbehavin’] by Kid Ory; from the album The Complete Verve Sessions Disc 6 (BPM 135)
  • [Blues in Hoss’ flat] by Count Basie; from the album Half Moon Street (BPM 140)
  • [Ten ‘Til Five] by Glenn Crytzer and his Syncopators; from the album Harlem Mad (BPM 140)
  • [Shout, Sister, Shout] by Lucky Millinder; from the album Apollo Jump (BPM 140
  • [Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives To Me] by The Fabulous Sidney Bechet & His Hot Six with Sidney De Paris; from the album The Fabulous Sidney Bechet (BPM 143)
  • [Rock-A-Bye Basie] by Johnny Otis; from the album Spirit of the Black Territory Bands (BPM 149)
  • [Tippin’ On The Q. T. (Alt Take)] by Count Basie & His Orchestra; from the album Complete Clef/Verve Count Basie Fifties Studio Recordings (BPM 152)
  • [Stuffy] by Jonathan Stout & His Campus Five; from the album Jammin’ the Blues (BPM 152)
  • [Shufflin’ And Rollin’] by Buddy Johnson; from the album Walk ‘Em (BPM 153)
  • [The Gal From Joe’s] by Charlie Barnet & His Orchestra; from the album Harlem Speaks (BPM 158)
  • [(Shim Sham)Tain’t What You Do] by Jimmie Lunceford and his Orchestra; from the album Lunceford Special (BPM 160)
  • [All of Me] by Twin Cities Hot Club; from the album Twin Cities Hot Club (BPM 167
  • [Georgianna] by Count Basie; from the album Count Basie: The Complete Decca Recordings (BPM 168)
  • [Mr. Ghost Goes To Town] by Mora’s Modern Rhythmists; from the album Mr. Rhythmist Goes To Town (BPM 170)
  • [Hot Platter] by Erskine Hawkins; from the album Erskine Hawkins – Classics – 1938-1940 (BPM 173)
  • [(Tranky Doo)The Dipsy Doodle] by Chick Webb; from the album Stomping At The Savoy (BPM 176)
  • [Lovin’ Sam] by Firehouse Five Plus Two; from the album Firehouse Five Plus Two Story (Disc 2) (BPM 180)
  • [Joshua Fit De Battle O’ Jericho] by Sidney Bechet & His Blue Note Jazzmen; from the album Sidney Bechet Complete 1939-1951 Blue Note Master Takes (BPM 180
  • [Woodchopper’s Ball] by Woody Herman & His Orchestra; from the album The Golden Years of Jazz: 1939 (BPM 180)
  • [Flying Home] by Charlie Barnet; from the album Quadromania – Charlie Barnet (BPM 184)
  • [Undecided] by Ella Fitzgerald with Chick Webb; from the album Swingsation (BPM 185)
  • [The Kingdom Of Swing] by Benny Goodman & His Orchestra; from the album Classics – Benny Goodman – 1939 (BPM 187)
  • [(Tranky Doo)Chant Of The Groove] by Fats Waller, his Rhythm & his Orchestra; from the album Portrait: Fats Waller Volume 2 (BPM 187)
  • [Black Stick Blues] by Bridgetown Sextet; from the album The New Old-Fashioned (BPM 190)
  • [Lindyhopper’s Delight] by Chick Webb; from the album Strictly Jive (BPM 196
  • [Firechief Rag] by Firehouse Five Plus Two; from the album Firehouse Five Plus Two Story (Disc 2) (BPM 197)
  • [(Big Apple)Flying Home No. 1] by Lionel Hampton; from the album Lionel Hampton: Classic Jazz Archive (BPM 200)
  • [Sugar Foot Stomp] by Fletcher Henderson; from the album Ken Burns Jazz Collection: Fletcher Henderson (BPM 203)
  • [(Big Apple)”Big Apple Contest”] by The Solomon Douglas Swingtet; from the album Swingmatism (BPM 211)