Early Big Bands: Songs That Linger
Episode date - August 5, 2011
I’ve enjoyed covering this period in time because, to be quite honest, I previously didn’t know very much about this era.
Most historians (rightly) dedicate tremendous efforts to learning as much as possible about the founders of jazz music, but the trail from the 1920s to the late ‘30s seems to have been neglected by most historians, as if music from this period of time fell through the cracks, serving little purpose except to serve as a ‘stopgap’ between ‘hot’ jazz and the big bands.
Most of the band names have been forgotten, but many of the songs linger, so it’s nice to hear music from an era when ‘jazz’ music was smack dab in the middle of a metamorphosis.
Bug-A-Boo – Wingy Manone with Red Nichols & his Orchestra
Tar Paper Stomp – Wingy Manone
Heartaches – Ted Weems Orchestra
Sing You Sinners – The Charleston Chasers
Harlem Congo – Chick Webb
Azure – Chick Webb
Don’t Be That Way – Chick Webb & Quincy Jones and his Orchestra
Everybody Loves My Baby – Earl Hines & His Orchestra
Up Jumped the Devil – Earl Hines & His Orchestra
Happy Feet – Leo Reisman & His Orchestra
The Music Goes ‘Round and ‘Round – Frank Froeba & His Swing Band
Happy Days Are Here Again – Ben Selvin & His Orchestra
T’Ain’t Whatcha Do, It’s the Way Hatcha Do It- Jimmie Lunceford
Auld Land Syne – Guy Lombardo