Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The Jazz-O-Rama Hour with Joe Bev, "Two Guys & Two Guys": Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Fats Waller & Mildred Bailey



"Two Guys & Two Girls": Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Fats Waller & Mildred Bailey
"The Sheik of Araby", "Don't Fence Me In" 
and "Alexander's Ragtime Band" 
will be among the 78 RPM records heard 
on the newest edition of Joe Bev's Jazz-O-Rama Hour.
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Joe Bev presents 78 RPM Jazz with a Sense of Humor:  "Two Guys & Two 
Girls": Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Fats Waller & Mildred Bailey, 
including:

The Sheik of Araby - Fats Waller
Don't Fence Me In - Mildred Bailey
Cut Off My Legs and Call Me Shorty - Louis Armstrong
My Wubber Dolly - Ella Fitzgerald
Lulu's Back in Town - Fats Waller
Shoutin' in that Amen Corner - Mildred Bailey with the Dorsey Brothers 
Orchestra
Alexander's Ragtime Band - Louis Armstrong
Vote for Mr. Rhythm - Ella Fitzgerald
Rhythm and Romance - Ella Fitzgerald
I've Got My Fingers Crossed - Louis Armstrong
I Put a Four Leaf Clover in Your Pocket - Ella Fitzgerald
I've Go a Pocket Full of Dreams - Louis Armstrong
When I Got Low, I Ger High - Ella Fitzgerald
My Very Good Friend the Milkman - Fats Waller
Doin' the Uptown Lowdown - Mildred Bailey with the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra
Swingin' Them Jingle Bells - Fats Waller

Fats Waller
Fats Waller born Thomas Wright Waller, was a jazz pianist, organist, composer, singer, and comedic entertainer. Waller was one of the most popular performers of his era, finding critical and commercial success in his homeland and in Europe. He was also a prolific songwriter and many songs he wrote or co-wrote are still popular, such as "Honeysuckle Rose", "Ain't Misbehavin'" and "Squeeze Me".

Waller contracted pneumonia and died on a cross country train trip near Kansas City, Missouri on December 15, 1943, after making a final recording session with an interracial group in Detroit that included white trumpeter Don Hirleman. He was on his way back to Hollywood for more film work, after the smash success of "Stormy Weather". Coincidentally, as the train with the body of Waller stopped in Kansas City, so stopped a train with his dear friend Louis Armstrong on board.

Louis Armstrong, nicknamed Satchmo or Pops, was an American jazz trumpeter and singer from New Orleans, Louisiana.
Louis Armstrong

Renowned for his charismatic stage presence and voice almost as much as for his trumpet-playing, Armstrong's influence extends well beyond jazz music, and by the end of his career in the 1960s, he was widely regarded as a profound influence on popular music in general. Armstrong was one of the first truly popular African-American entertainers to "cross over", whose skin-color was secondary to his music in an America that was severely racially divided. He rarely publicly politicized his race, often to the dismay of fellow African-Americans, but took a well-publicized stand for desegregation during the Little Rock Crisis. 

His artistry and personality allowed him socially acceptable access to the upper echelons of American society that were highly restricted for a black man.
Ella Fitzgerald

Ella Jane Fitzgerald, also known as the "First Lady of Song", "Queen of Jazz", and "Lady Ella", was an American jazz and song vocalist. With a vocal range spanning three octaves (D♭3 to D♭6), she was noted for her purity of tone, impeccable diction, phrasing and intonation, and a "horn-like" improvisational ability, particularly in her scat singing.

Fitzgerald was a notable interpreter of the Great American Songbook. Over the course of her 59-year recording career, she was the winner of 13 Grammy Awards and was awarded the National Medal of Arts by Ronald Reagan and the Presidential Medal of Freedom by George H. W. Bush.
Mildred Bailey

Mildred Rinker Bailey was a popular and influential American jazz singer during the 1930s, known as "The Queen of Swing", "The Rockin' Chair Lady" and "Mrs. Swing". Some of her best known hits are "It's So Peaceful in the Country", "Trust In Me", "Where Are You", "I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart", "Small Fry", "Please Be Kind", "Darn That Dream", "Rockin' Chair", "Blame It On My Last Affair", and "Says My Heart".

In 1938, Bailey had two number one hits with Red Norvo. "Please Be Kind" was number one for two weeks. She also sang lead vocals on "Says My Heart" by Red Norvo and his Orchestra, which was number one for four weeks on the pop charts. "Says My Heart" reached number one during the week of June 18, 1938. Bailey sang lead vocals on "Darn That Dream", recorded by Benny Goodman and His Orchestra, which reached number one 
for one week in March, 1940 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

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Joe Bevilacqua (Joe Bev) has been producing radio in many genres since 1971 when he was 12. At 19 in 1980, Bev became the youngest person to produce a radio show for public radio. He co-hosted The Jazz Show with Garret Gega in the early 80s, a four hour a week mix classic jazz and comedy. Bev also worked for WBGO, Jazz 88 in Newark, NJ and produced documentaries for WNYC New York Public Radio on jazz legends including 
Louis Armstrong, Wynton Marsalis, Count Basie, Woody Herman, Cab Calloway, and Lionel Hampton.

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