Results: Mary Lou Williams

Mary Lou Williams…First Woman of Swing “Big Jim Blues” (1939) and “Roll ‘Em” (1937)

I have recently been re-reading the wonderful biography of pianist/arranger/composer Mary Lou Williams entitled “Morning Glory,” by Linda Dahl, (1999) University of California Press. I have long been beguiled by Ms. Williams’s compositions and arrangements, especially those she wrote for Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy in the 1930s. These include:”Walkin’ and Swingin’,” “Lotta Sax […]

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“Cotton Tail” (1940) Duke Ellington and Ben Webster

Very recently, swingandbeyond.com has hosted its 20,000th viewer! That is very good news for me and for everyone who likes this thing called swing. This blog has been up and running since March of 2016. The 10,000th view happened some seventeen months later. The 20,000th view happened six months after that. More people are viewing […]

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The Birth Of Swing

Louis Armstrong and “West End Blues,” Bix Beiderbecke and “Clementine,” and the “Birth” of Swing An introduction to the music, musicians and singers of the swing era. Big bands were the major purveyors of swing music, but by no means the only ones.  Many small groups also played great swing. For this introduction to swing […]

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“Too Many Tears” (1969) Maxine Sullivan with Bob Wilber

“Too Many Tears” Composed by Harry Warren (music), and Al Dubin (lyric).  Recorded by Maxine Sullivan and Bob Wilber for Monmouth-Evergreen on June 11, 1969 in New York. Maxine Sullivan, singing, with: Bob Wilber, soprano saxophone; Bernie Leighton, piano; George Duvivier, bass; Gus Johnson, drums. The story: Maxine Sullivan (May 13, 1911–April 7, 1987), born Marietta Williams in Homestead, Pennsylvania, […]

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“Strange Fruit” (1939) Billie Holiday

“Strange Fruit” Composed by “Lewis Allan” (Abel Meeropol); informally arranged by Danny Mendelsohn. Piano prologue suggested by Milt Gabler. Recorded by Billie Holiday and Her Orchestra for Commodore Records on April 20, 1939 in New York. Billie Holiday, vocal, directing: Frankie Newton, trumpet; Talmadge “Tab” Smith, alto saxophone; Stan Payne and Kenneth Hollon, tenor saxophones; […]

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“Naked City” Music of Raymond Scott

“Naked City” Composed and arranged by Raymond Scott in 1953. Transcribed by Menno Daams. Recorded by The Metropole Orchestra, conducted by Jan Stulen, on June 18-22, 2001 in Hilversum, Netherlands. Jan Stulen, directing:Jan Oosthof, Jan Hollander, Henk Heijink, Ruud Breuls, trumpets; Bart van Lier, Jan Elsink, Jeroen Rol, Martin de Kam, trombones; Leo van Oostrom, […]

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Reads and Re-reads-Benny Goodman’s 1938 Carnegie Hall Concert

“Benny Goodman’s Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert” by Catherine Tackley I recently finished reading this wonderful book, which was published in 2012 as a part of Oxford University Press’s “Studies in Recorded Jazz” series. For those who have a serious interest in the music of the late-1930s Benny Goodman band, this book will be […]

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