Thursday, December 9, 2010

Spotify playlists for swing, jazz and blues

I think music knowledge is important when you dance. After all it is the music that inspires us to dance in a certain way.

You dance differently to a classic swing song than you would do to a rhythm 'n' blues song or a hot jazz song. You probably end up dancing lindy hop, boogie woogie and charleston respectively.

To help my local swing dance scene, Swingkatten, I've put up a number of playlists on Spotify. There are two kinds of playlist, some have focus on type of music, others have their focus on what dance you'd like to to.

My intention is to make dancers more aware of the music and hopefully also inspire more people to become swing dj.

The playlists are collaborative which means that anyone can add songs to them. I encourage you to add your favorite songs to the playlists.

Spotify playlists

Focus on types of music:

Music for different kinds of dances

What do you think of the Spotify playlists for swing, jazz and blues? Please comment.

Friday, October 15, 2010

The Savoy King: Chick Webb & the Music That Changed America

It seems like there is going to be a movie made about Chick Webb, Ella Fitzgerald and the Savoy Ballroom called The Savoy King: Chick Webb and the Music That Changed America. Check out the video clips.

The documentary features interviews with Frankie Manning and Norma Miller.

(via Charlie)
What do you think of the movie? Please comment.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Deedles Blues with Diane Schuur and the P R Heineken Big Band

Diane Schuur does a great version of Deedles Blues together with the P R Heineken Big Band .

What do you think of the video clip? Please comment.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Guest dj on Yehoodi Radio: Henrik Eriksson

I have big news: This month I'm going to to be the guest dj on Yehoodi Radio. Each Thursday all through September I'll be presenting some of my favorite swing songs.

"In my set I'll provide a smorgasbord of swing, jazz and blues, a tasting menu, just featuring one song per artist so that you get maximum exposure to different artists and styles"
Listen to the show!

Here is the complete set list:

Bennie's Bugle / 4beat6
Why Don´t You Do Right / Mark Shane & Terry Blaine / With The I Swing!
Watch Out / Duke Heitger &His Swing Band / Rhythm Is Our Business

Red Hot Flo From Ko-Ko-Mo / Janet Klein And Her Parlor Boys / Put A Flavor To Love
Bei Mir Bist Schon / The Charleston-Globetrotter's / The Charleston-Globetrotter's - Charleston, Charleston
Let's Misbehave / Banu Gibson & New Orleans Hot Jazz / Jazz Baby

Katten / Cornelis Vreeswijk / Cornelis & tre damer på Bacchi Wapen
Hattmans Hatt / Peter Carlsson och Blå Grodorna / En dryg timme
The Man From Harlem / Kustbandet / The Man From Harlem

Jazz O' Jazz /Adrian & His Tap Room Gang / Very Best of Big Band Swingin' Jive
At the Fat Man's / Tommy Dorsey / Yes, Indeed
A Mellow Bit of Rhythm / Andy Kirk / Andy Kirk & The 12 Clouds of Joy

Down South Camp Meetin' / Fletcher Henderson / 1932-1934
Love Me Or Leave Me / Benny Goodman / Live Swing Sessions 1943 - 1949 (Disc 1)
Rockin' in Rhythm (1947) / Bunny Briggs / Scat Singing - The Art of Vocal Jazz (1927-1949)

Oh I'm Evil / Una Mae Carlisle / Chronological Una Mae Carlisle (1938-1941)
Did You See Jackie Robinson Hit That Ball? / Buddy Johnson & His Orchestra With Ella Johnson / Say Ella
Just Jivin' Around / Sam Price / 52nd Street Swing- New York In The '30s

Vine Street Rumble / Count Basie / Palais De Chaillot 29 Mars 1960
Captain Bill / Gene Harris / Best of Gene Harris
Beyond the Sea / Claude Bolling / Paris Swing

Jumpin' Jive / Joe Jackson / Jumpin' Jive
Mniam mniam mniam / Shakin' Dudi Orchestra / Swing revival
My Frisör / The Swingvergnügen / Road Rage

Exactly Like You / Carmen McRae / After Glow
My Blue Heaven / Helen Humes / Swingin' with Humes
Mack The Knife / Ella Fitzgerald / Ken Burns Jazz: Ella Fitzgerald

Gotta Good Reason For Being Bad / Bus Moten / Blues Connection Vol. 3 "After Midnite"
I Like Pie, I Like Cake / The Four Clefs / The Jive is Jumpin: RCA & Bluebird Vocal Groups 1939-52
It Comes In Like A Lion / Julia Lee / Blues Connection Vol. 3 "After Midnite"

Twist City / Lambert, Hendricks & Ross /The Hottest New Group In Jazz (Disc 2)
Errand Girl For Rhythm / Pippa Wilson / Errand Girl For Swing
Billie's Bounce / Betty Roché / Singin' and Swingin'

Bugle Call Rag / Glen Gray & The Casa Loma Orchestra / Swinging Sounds of Great Bands
720 In The Books / Jan Savitt / Swing session (Leif "Smoke Rings" Anderson)
Swing Out / Humphrey Lyttelton / The Best Of Humphrey Lyttelton (Disc 1)

Gettin' That Low Down Swing / Modern Mountaineers / Western Swing & Country Jazz
Thinking / Jimmie Revard & his Oklahoma Playboys / Western Swing & Country Jazz
Diga Diga Doo / Hot Club of Cowtown / Continental Stomp

Big John Special / Harry James / Swing session (Leif "Smoke Rings" Anderson)
Let Me Off Uptown / Anita O'Day/Gene Krupa / Let Me Off Uptown: The Best of Anita O'Day
Shorty Gotta Go / Lucky Millinder & His Orchestra / Very Best of Big Band Swingin' Jive

Keep A-Knockin' / Louis Jordan / 1934-1940
The Music Goes 'Round And Around' / Wingy Manone & His Orchestra / Very Best of Big Band Swingin' Jive
Stomp, Stomp / The Cats & the Fiddle / Hep Cats Swing: Complete Recordings, Vol. 2 (1941-1946)

Swinging Straight / Bent Persson / Swinging Straight
SWINGING THE BLUES / John Evans and the big band / Cool Percussions
Buns Blues / Oscar Peterson / Satch & Josh

Everybody Loves My Baby / The Temperence Seven / The Best Of The Temperence Seven
Black Beauty / Bratislava Hot Serenaders / Take It Easy
CHARLESTON / Enoch Light and the Light Brigade / Great Gatsby Era

They raided the joint / Duke Robillard / A Swingin' Session With Duke Robillard
One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer / Jimmy Witherspoon / Baby, Baby, Baby
Take the Wrinkles Out of Your Birthday Suit / Jeannie Cheatham/Jimmy Cheatham / The Concord Jazz Heritage Series

One O'Clock Jump / Count Basie / Count Basie at Newport

That's How Rhythm Was Born / Sister Swing / Riff Raff And Ruffles
Kick It! / Lannie Garrett and her Swingin' Big Band / Kick It!
It Dont Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing / Girls From Mars / Planet Swing

Trucking / Ondrej Havelka / Vzpomínky na hvìzdný prach
Them There Eyes / Hot Jazz Band /15. Jubileum
Short Brunettes / Jimmy Sapienza's Five Guys Named Moe / Jitterbuggin'

If You Don't Why Don't Ya! / Charles Brown / 1947-1948
On the sunny side of the street (1937) / Lionel Hampton / A treasure of Immortal Performances
All Of Me / Sidney Bechet / The Fabulous Sidney Bechet

Onion / Lily Wilde and Her Jumpin' Jubilee Orchestra / Insect Ball
Tuxedo Junction / The Solomon Douglas Swingtet / Ain't No School Like the Old School
I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter / Cab Calloway and Scatman Crothers / Kings of the Cotton Club

Deedle´s Blues / Attraktionsorkestern / Roligare Med Stil
Down For Double / Phontrattarne / Pojkar Och Flickor Gör Det

I Can't Dance / Top Shelf Jazz / Fast & Louche 

What do you think of my guest dj spot on Yehoodi Radio? Please comment.