Some of These Days – Ted Lewis & His Band

Early Big Bands: From Hot Jazz to Big Band

Episode 1

Episode date - July 8, 2011

How Music Changed

    From a distance of seventy some-odd years, history tends to neglect the fact that there was music before big band swing, but after ‘hot’ jazz. The reasons for this are not too complicated.

    Hot jazz is remembered because it represented the ‘birth’ of jazz, while the big band era represents the commercial high point of this music. The bits in between, though, representing a time period from the late ‘20s and early ‘30s, seems to have slipped through the cracks. For this series of shows, we will attempt to convey the history that connected hot jazz to the big band era.

    Songs from this show include;

    Some of These Days – Ted Lewis & His Band

    Castle Walk – Europe’s Society Orchestra

    Livery Stable Blues – Original Dixieland Jass Band

    Whispering – Paul Whiteman

    There Ain’t No Sweet Man – Paul Whiteman

    Riverboat Shuffle – The Wolverines

    Everybody Loves My Baby – Clarence Williams

    East St. Louis Toodle-oo – Duke Ellington

    The Peanut Vendor – California Ramblers

    My Pretty Girl – Jean Goldkette & His Orchestra

    Clementine – Jean Goldkette & His Orchestra

    12) Kansas City Shuffle – Bennie Moten’s Kansas City Orchestra

    Channel 16 - Early Big Bands