2/17/2009 Dig Up The Roots

 

All the music played today was from my Dad's record collection. I grew up listening to my parents records, and lucky for me, a lot of them were pretty good. As always, 2 hours goes fast, and in that brief time we had several sets: Traditional New Orleans style Jazz; Broadway show tunes by Gershwin Porter; Benny Goodman Opera and comedy - melded smoothly with Groucho Marx singing a tune from The Mikado.

Kid Ory started us off with an old creole tune EH LA BAS, Sweet Emma the Bell Gal and a core group of the revolving evolving Preservation Hall Jazz Band with a live recording made in 1964 at the old Guthrie Theater. Bob Scoby's Frisco Band, members of a New Orleans style revival in the early 1950's dropped in a few numbers that I thought were actual places that one could go to: Hindustan The Devil's Ball. Remember, these are songs from my childhood.

Ella Fitzgerald and the amazingly smooth orchestrations of Nelson Riddle provide us a set of show tunes from the Songbook series that appeared on Verve. A very diverse set from Benny Goodman including some of his work with 20th Century Classical composers.

A few historic recordings from The Met - I enjoy opera and have wanted to do do programs with it. Some comedy album recordings featuring the likes of Tom Lehrer, Monty Python and Allen Sherman helped fill in all those minutes.

Playlist Tracks: 
Kid Ory - Eh La Bas / Joshua Fit De Battle of Jericho
Album: The Great New Orleans Trombonist; Label: Columbia
Sweet Emma The Bell Gal - Somebody Stole My Gal
Album: Sweet Emma The Bell Gal And Her New Orleans Jazz Band at Dixieland Hall; Label: Nobility Recording Co
Sweet Emma The Bell Gal - Little Liza Jane
Album: Sweet Emma and her Preservation Hall Jazz Band; Label: VPS
Preservation Hall Jazz Band - Joe Avery
Album: Preservation Hall Jazz Band Vol 1; Label: Columbia
Bob Scoby's Frisco Band - Hindustan
Album: The Scoby Story Vol 2; Label: Good Time Jazz
Bob Scoby's Frisco Band - At The Devil's Ball
Album: Scoby Clancy Vol 5; Label: Good Time Jazz
Ogden Nash - Bankers Are Just Like Anybody Else, Except Richer
Album: Ogden Nash reads Ogden Nash; Label: Caedmon
Harry Clark Jack Diamond - Brush Up Your Shakespeare
Album: Kiss Me Kate; Label: Columbia
Ella Fitzgerald Nelson Ridddle Orchestra - Lorelei
Album: The George Ira Gershwin Songbook; Label: Verve
Ella Fitzgerald Nelson Ridddle Orchestra - Anything Goes / Night Day
Album: The Cole Porter Songbook; Label: Verve
Ella Fitzgerald Nelson Ridddle Orchestra - Our Love Is Here To Stay
Album: The George Ira Gershwin Songbook; Label: Verve
Ella Fitzgerald Nelson Ridddle Orchestra - So In Love
Album: The Cole Porter Songbook; Label: Verve
Tom Lehrer - I Hold Your Hand In Mine
Album: Songs By Tom Lehrer; Label: Reprise
Benny Gooman and His Orchestra - Moonlight On The Ganges
Album: Benny Goodman Presents Eddie Sauter Arrangements; Label: Columbia
Benny Goodman - When I Grow Too Old To Dream
Album: B.G. in HI - FI; Label: Capitol
Benny Goodman Igor Stravinsky - Excerpt from Ebony Concerto
Album: Meeting At The Summit; Label: Columbia
Benny Goodman Morton Gould - Excerpt from Derivations for Clarinet and Band
Album: Meeting At The Summit; Label: Columbia
Monty Pythons Flying Circus - Royal Symphony Hall Concert
Album: Another Monty Python Record; Label: Kama Sutra
Titta Ruffo singing Rossini - Il barbiere di Siviglia: Act 1 - Largo al factotum
Album: RCA MET: 100 Singers - 100 Years; Label: RCA
Emma Calve singing Bizet - Carmen: Act 2 - Les tringles des sisters
Album: RCA MET: 100 Singers - 100 Years; Label: RCA
Giuseppi Di Stefano singing Puccini - La Boheme: Act 1 - Che gelida manina
Album: RCA MET: 100 Singers - 100 Years; Label: RCA
Groucho Marx singing Gilbert Sullivan - Willow Tit-Willow
Album: The Mikado; Label: Columbia
Allen Sherman - Shticks and Stones
Album: my son, the folk singer; Label: Warner Bros
Air Date: 
February 17, 2009

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