Category: cat blogging

  • Geoff Bull and the Finer Cuts

    Geoff Bull and the Finer Cuts

  • Dick Hyman

    @RiverwalkJazz tweeted this cool photo of Dick Hyman this morning. It reminded me that he was not only doing Bix Beiderbeck tributes, but also lovely albums like the perennial dancers’ favourite ‘A Tribute to Andy Razaf’ with Maxine Sullivan (and Buster Bailey!)

  • Local yazz

    Geoff Bull and the Finer Cuts play a very nice version of Lay me down a pallet on your floor

  • Metronome All Stars, 1946

    My favourite part of the new Coleman Hawkins Mosaic set is the little collection of 1946 recordings by the Metronome All Star Band. This particular session features Charlie Shavers, Lawrence Brown, Johnny Hodges, Coleman Hawkins, Harry Carney, Nat ‘King’ Cole, Bob Ahern, Eddie Safranksi, Buddy Rich, Frank Sinatra, June Christy and Sy Oliver (arranging), recording […]

  • Preservation Hall Hot 4 with Duke DeJan

    This is my favourite Preservation Hall Jazz Band album. It’s called Preservation Hall Hot 4 “with Duke DeJan” and I like it because it’s a smaller group, and while they’re definitely trucking along, it’s a calmer, quieter album. Their version of ‘Dinah’ is my most favourite, probably because I used to run to it every […]

  • Women’s History Month: Maxine Sullivan!

    Geez, these posts are becoming a real trial. I am just too busy. No, actually, I’m just too can’t be bothered to do one of these every day. I just feel as though I’m listing all the big name vocalists of the swing era. Boooring. I had intended to do lots of research and come […]

  • Women’s History Month: Mamie Smith!

    The first person to record a vocal blues album, Smith was a singer, actor and performer. Her 1920 recording ‘Crazy Blues’ was important for lots of reasons. It sold 75 000 copies in its first week and fueled a popular hunger for black women blues artists, which in turn shook the recording industry and race […]

  • Women’s History Month: Lil Green!

    I have to run out the house in a few minutes, so I don’t have time to write anything about Lil Green right now (I’ll try to get back to this later… ahahahhah. Who’m I kidding?). Lil Green. Singer, songwriter, musician. Why Don’t You Do Right, 1941

  • Women’s History Month: Sister Rosetta Tharpe!

    Oh, argh. My life is making it difficult for me to find time to do proper service to these posts. And I’m a little tired of just defaulting to women singers. I’d really like to post some women record company administrators, or composers or other people in the music industry. But I guess that’s the […]

  • Women’s History Month: Ella Fitzgerald!

    I’ve had a bit of a rough day, so I’m going to post someone easy. Ella Fitzgerald. Because even when she was trying to sing the blues, she couldn’t help but leak joy. She was just made of it. You can read about her here. My story about Ella is: I’d picked up Ella Fitzgerald […]