Category: music

  • Leigh Barker Band album

    An Australian bass player transplanted to Paris, Leigh Barker has become the European linchpin of bands like Naomi Uyama’s Handsome Devils and Gordon Webster’s Band. He’s played in many popular dance bands all over Europe, but his own hot jazz band is exceptional. The double album Paris/Melbourne offers an opportunity to hear the two groups […]

  • Global Online Social final edition

    My playlist In A Mellotone – 2021 – Andrew Dickeson’s Blue Rhythm Band – 132 – Swingin’ The Blues – 5:18 Splanky – 2021 – Andrew Dickeson’s Blue Rhythm Band – 120 – Swingin’ The Blues – 4:57 Red Top – 2001 – Chris Tanner’s Virus – 109 – With Her Dixie Eyes Blazin’ – […]

  • The effects of Long covid on lindy hop

    If you catch covid, you have a 10-30% chance of it becoming long covid. One of the most comment symptoms of long covid is fatigue. If we work with those assumptions, what does that mean for a community of dancers? Let me be clear: I not an epidemiologist, a health specialist, a physiotherapist, or a […]

  • Why watch something you hate?

    I’ve been thinking about this question: ‘why watch things you know you’re going to hate?’ There are lots of personal reasons – boredom, the pleasure of a hate-watch, curiosity, keeping up with trends, I’m not the only person watching the telly in my household, etc etc. But I also try to keep abreast of things […]

  • A known offender is teaching at a local event. What do you do?

    A known offender is teaching at an event in your area. What do you do? I’d probably think local. You can’t change the entire world, but you can be useful to local people. You know you and your mates won’t go (because you know who he is and what he’s done), but do the people […]

  • DJing for Tracktown Swing

    More lovely DJing, this time with the very nice Track Town Swing at their Online Jazz Party (which is on every month). I didn’t have a plan, or anything in particular prepared, though I did plop some songs in my maybe list while I was listening to the DJs before me. I have had an […]

  • Mills Blue Rhythm Band soundie

    1. This features a dood jump roping to a jazz band. 2. The comedian Hamtree Harrington is in this, and he’s the guy looking for a dance partner (and eventually winning) the dance contest in the Keep Punchin’ (Big Apple) soundie. And this character inspired the character and dance scene in Spike Lee’s film Malcolm […]

  • DJing on the internet! I LIKE it!

    Yesterday I DJed a really nice zoom party/listening session for the San Antonio Swing Dance Society in Texas. I was in Sydney (still am), but perhaps one unexpected perks of a pandemic, is dance scenes’ refocussing on their local community. Quite a few local scenes have been running regular online meet-ups for the crews, keeping […]

  • MBRB

    Gee that Mills Blue Rhythm Band is good. I keep forgetting, and then I come back to them, and my mind is blown again. The ‘band’ itself has an interesting history, and is worth looking up. I’ve just relistened to this song, Let’s Get Together (1937). There’s something about the relationship between bass and guitar […]

  • Hello Sidney Catlett

    After yesterday’s extra fun set for Tracktown Swing’s zoom party (fun), I’m feeling interested in jazz again. Overhearing Andrew’s interest in Sid Catlett’s drumming, I’ve been digging through the Catlett in my own collection. I can’t remember listening to this song ‘How High the Moon’ by Al Casey and his Sextet (1945) before. The band […]