Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The Jazz-O-Rama Hour with Joe Bev "Fletcher & Sidney"



The Jazz-O-Rama Hour with Joe Bev
"Fletcher  & Sidney"

"I'm Just Wild About Harry", "Sing, Sing, Sing" and "Christopher Columbus" will be among the 78 RPM records  heard on this week's edition of Jazz-O-Rama Hour.




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Host Joe Bev presents 78 RPM Jazz with a Sense of Humor:  "Fletcher  & Sidney", including:
1. Swing Parade - Sidney Bechet And His New Orleans Feetwarmers (1941)
2. Viper Mad - Sidney Bechet (1938)
3. Limehouse Blues - Sidney Bechet (1941)
4. Grand Terrace Rhythm - Fletcher Henderson (1936)
5. I'm Just Wild About Harry - Sidney Bechet (1937)
6. Polka Dot Rag - Sidney Bechet (1936)
7. Polka Dot Rag - Sidney Bechet (1934)
8. Hold Tight - Sidney Bechet (1938)
9. Marche Du Coloneo Bogey - Sidney Bechet & Willie The Lion Smith (1939)
10. Hotter Than 'Ell - Fletcher Henderson (1934)
11. Meringue D'amour - Sidney Bechet & Haitian Orchestra (1939)
10. Sous Les Palmiers [Meringue] - Sidney Bechet & Haitian Orchestra (1939)
11. Baba [Rhumba] - Sidney Bechet & Haitian Orchestra (1939)
12. All God's Children Got Rhythm (1937)
13. Sing, Sing, Sing (With A Swing) - Fletcher Henderson
14. Christopher Columbus - Fletcher Henderson (1936)
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Sidney Bechet
Sidney Bechet was an American jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, and composer. He was one of the first important soloists in jazz (beating cornetist and trumpeter Louis Armstrong to the recording studio by several months and later playing duets with Armstrong), and was perhaps the first notable jazz saxophonist. Forceful delivery, well-constructed improvisations, and a distinctive, wide vibrato characterized Bechet's playing.


James Fletcher Hamilton Henderson, Jr.
James Fletcher Hamilton Henderson, Jr. was an American pianist, bandleader, arranger and composer, important in the development of big band jazz and swing music. His was one of the most prolific black orchestras and his influence was vast. Fletcher Henderson led the most commercially successful of the African-American Jazz bands of the 1920s. The smooth sound of his orchestra gave birth to the Swing style of the next decade.

"Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)" is a 1936 song, written by Louis Prima and first recorded by him with the New Orleans Gang and released in March 1936 as a 78 as Brunswick 7628 (with "It's Been So Long"
Louis Prima
as the B side). It is strongly identified with the big band and swing eras. It was covered by Fletcher Henderson and most famously Benny Goodman. Originally entitled "Sing Bing Sing", in reference to Bing Crosby, it was soon retitled for use in wider contexts. The song has since been covered by numerous artists. The original version of the song by Louis Prima includes lyrics, but, due to the better-known Benny Goodman version being instrumental (and including many musical flourishes in its arrangement), many assume the song was written as such.


On July 6, 1937, "Sing, Sing, Sing" was recorded in Hollywood with Benny Goodman on clarinet; Harry James, Ziggy Elman, and Chris Griffin on trumpets; Red Ballard and Murray McEachern on trombones; Hymie Schertzer and George Koenig on alto saxophones; Art Rollini and Vido Musso on tenor saxophone; Jess Stacy on piano; Allan Reuss on guitar; Harry Goodman on bass; and Gene Krupa on drums. The song was arranged by Jimmy Mundy. Unlike most big band arrangements of that era, limited in length to three minutes so that they could be recorded on one side of a standard 10-inch 78-rpm record, Goodman band version was an extended work. The 1937 recording lasted 8 min 43 seconds, and took both sides of a 12-inch 78. At its longest, a live recording (with impromptu solos) was recorded and took 12 min 30 sec. Mundy's arrangement incorporated "Christopher Columbus", a piece written by Chu Berry for the Fletcher Henderson band, as well as Prima's work.


Noble Sissle
"I'm Just Wild About Harry" is a song written in 1921 with lyrics by Noble Sissle and music by Eubie Blake for the Broadway show Shuffle Along. "I'm Just Wild About Harry" was the most popular number of the production, which was the first financially successful Broadway play to have African-American writers and an all African-American cast. The song broke what had been a taboo against musical and stage depictions of romantic love between African-Americans.

Originally written as a waltz, Blake rewrote the number as a foxtrot at the singer's request. The result was a simple, direct, joyous, and infectious tune enhanced onstage by improvisational dancing. In 1948 Harry S. Truman selected "I'm Just Wild About Harry" as his campaign song for the United States presidential election of 1948. Its success in politics led to a popular revival.

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.

Bev also produces, directs, writes and voices half of The Comedy-O-Rama Hour, and produces 14 other shows: The Joe Bev Experience, Cartoon Carnival, The Joe Bev Audio Theater, The Voice Actor Show, Lorie's Book Nook, Fred Frees Favorites, Audio Classics Archive, The J-OTR Show, The Lost OTR Show, Aroma Thyme Radio, What's Cooking?, The Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Celebrity Interviews, and the upcoming new show Movies on the Air.

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