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  • mistermuse 1:33 am on January 1, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    It has been some time since I devoted a post to one of my passions, namely CLASSIC JAZZ, so what say we ramble on down to the old camp meeting and get some jazz religion? If you’re not a classic jazz lover, perhaps it’s because you’ve never been exposed or open to the sound of America’s own indigenous music, with its roots in late 19th century ragtime, gospel and blues, among other influences. So I’m making it my mission (and New Year’s resolution) to deliver you from that sin of omission in your musical faith upbringing.

    One of the greatest pioneering jazzmen was New Orleans-born Joseph “King” Oliver, mentor of Louis Armstrong, who made a number of historic jazz records beginning in 1923, including CAMP MEETING BLUES. Here is the beginning of that primitive recording, which transitions beautifully (after 37 seconds) into the PERUNA JAZZMEN’s 1988 faithful-to-the-original rendering:

    Next, we turn to an even more recent rendering of an even older Camp Meeting song:


    Our last Camp Meeting is a Swing era classic from another king, the King of Swing, Benny Goodman:

    Now that you have seen the light, go and sin no more.


    Oh….and Happy New Year!


  • mistermuse 3:29 pm on May 23, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Although it is tempting to sum up the classic jazz era of 1917-32 with a few major names (Louis Armstrong, King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton, James P. Johnson, Earl Hines, Duke Ellington, etc.), there were many other important contributors. The classic jazz era was one of dizzying innovation and breakthrough. –Scott Yanow, jazz writer

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    I am a classic jazz lover, pure and simple — which does not mean I love classic jazz exclusively. On the contrary, I’ve enjoyed the best of various types of music over the decades. But, considering the noisome state of what has been popular of late, I’m glad I was born early enough to appreciate the difference between music and noise. Thus, these poems on this day:


    The things that pass
    for music these days.


    I could tell you what it
    was like in those days,
    but you had to live it
    to appreciate it, and why
    should you give a damn?
    I wasn’t born yesterday.

    The destiny of every
    generation is to become
    irrelevant to the next.
    You may save its music for
    your collection of coming
    tomorrows, its sounds
    long died in the past, but
    when you go, so too
    goes the living ghost
    of the world you knew.


    Listen —
    You can’t get
    there from here.

    May 23 also happens to be the birthday of all-time great clarinetist ARTIE SHAW, who was born in 1910 and played with many jazz/dance bands beginning in 1926. In 1936, he formed his own group, which evolved into one of the leading bands of the swing era. He also composed a number of fine songs, including LOVE OF MY LIFE (lyrics by Johnny Mercer) and ANY OLD TIME (which his band recorded in July 1938 with Billie Holiday as vocalist). That same recording session produced his biggest hit:

    • arekhill1 12:00 pm on May 24, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Hope you enjoyed Jazz Day by playing your favorites, Sr. Muse.


    • mistermuse 4:13 pm on May 24, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Gracias, Ricardo. Artie Shaw’s rendition of “Begin the Beguine” IS one of my favorites, and I played it several times.


      • Michaeline Montezinos 8:26 pm on May 24, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        My husband and I may not be of your generation, mistermuse. However, we both enjoy listening to jazz and swing songs. Why? We were born just after World War II and we watched those movies on the television. “Begin the Beguine” with Artie Shaw is one of my favorites. too. Nothing can compare to the music of Glenn Miller and Louis Armstrong to name a few. I have some CDs with some of these great songs on them. I play them when I am “In The Mood.”


    • mistermuse 9:45 pm on May 24, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Having been born in 1936, swing was the music I grew up listening to. Even though it went out of fashion by the late 1940s, it – and the classic jazz era it came from – remain unsurpassed….which is not to say there hasn’t been “a whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on” since then.


    • Mél@nie 9:54 am on May 25, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      it was celebrated in France, too… btw, have you ever been to New Orleans=Nouvelle Orléans?… 🙂 we went there several times while in Houston, TX for 5 years… oh, speakin’ of ARTIE SHAW, the French would read it “artichaut” = artichoke… 🙂

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    • mistermuse 10:46 am on May 25, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve been to New Orleans as a child on one of my parent’s many trips, but I was too young to remember it. Unfortunately, I’ve never returned.

      Artie Shaw’s greatest clarinet rival back in the day was Benny Goodman, which I assume the French would read as Benny Bonhomme. 😦


      • Mél@nie 7:56 am on May 29, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        they’re both appreciated and respected in France, just like Woody Allen… 🙂 Benny Goodman is correctly pronounced with a slight French intonation.

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        • mistermuse 10:44 am on May 29, 2015 Permalink

          In America, we classic jazz/swing lovers appreciate and respect French guitarist Django Reinhardt, one of the great jazz instrumentalists of all time.


    • Don Frankel 3:59 pm on May 26, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Just remember Muse only the great stuff endures. If you listened to everything from any era there would be a lot of junk.


    • mistermuse 9:17 pm on May 26, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Well, when it comes to classic jazz of 80-90 years ago, a lot of the great stuff only endures to a relative few of us, and some of it was never recorded and endures only in the witness of those who heard it at the time and testified to it. But I agree that every era produces its share of junk.


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