SONH MUSICALITY NOTES

Hey gang, here are the notes from the musicality class on Thursday this year at Swing Out New Hampshire. Many thanks to the band for being so patient and playing so well, especially with my very confusing requests. Here's the evidence that every one of these guys is a student of jazz and swing. This is what it takes to get a band that really swings, not just guys with talent, but players who know their stuff!           -P

Keenan McKenzie - reeds

Artist to check out:

Chu Berry who died at the age of 33 was said to be destined to be one of the greats had he not passed away so early. Keenan recommends "The Doxy Collection" as a great, cheap album for Chu.

 

Solo to share:

Count Basie's "Lady Be Good" fom the 1936 recording under the name "Jones-Smith Inc." It's Count Basie's band working outside of their regular contracts, hence the odd name. Lester Young takes the solo.

A good album to buy: The Doxy Collection
David Jellema - trumpet

Artist to check out:

Bix Beiderbecke was one of the most influential cornet players in jazz. David recommends in particular his 1927 recording of the song, "I'm Coming Virginia". 

 

Solo to share:

Bix's solo on "Singing the Blues" from 1927 on which he played with Frankie Trumbauer, another great player who influenced the saxophonist Lester Young. 

Cassidy Holden - guitar (& bass)

Artist to check out:

Django Reinhardt the great Gypsy jazz player from France who was influenced by Eddie LangJoe Venuti and later played with Stephane Grapelli. His last two fingers on his left hand were injured in a fire in his youth but that didn't stop him from being one of the most virtuousic jazz guitarists ever.

 

Solo to share:

"I'll See You in My Dreams"

A good album to buy: Django with his American Friends
James Posedel - piano

Artist to check out:

James recommended two artists for us, Jelly Roll Morton and Eubie Blake as two great contrasting figures in early jazz piano.

 

Solo to share:

"King Porter Stomp" by Jelly Roll Morton (1926)

A good album to buy:
A good album to buy:
Mike Daugherty - drums

Artist to check out:

Mike recommended Big Sid Catlett (who played with Louis Armstrong and in the famous film "Jammin' the Blues") as well as Zutty Singleton.

 

Solo to share:

Zooty Singleton's intro on "Moppin' and Boppin'" with Fats Waller. Listen for Fats call on him to "take over" at the start of the track.

Good albums to buy:
Michael Gamble - Bass

Artist to check out:

Michael recommended Jimmy Blanton who played with Duke Ellington's band.

 

Solo to share:

Jimmy Blanton's solo on the Ellington song, "Jack the Bear".

A good album to buy: Ellington at Fargo (1940)
Brooks Prumo - rhythm guitar

Artist to check out:

Brooks recommended Freddie Green who played with Count Basie rhythm section.

 

Solo to share:

Freddie Green was said to never take a solo but check out this song, it's close!