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Wayne's Music 9/10 October 2010.Tribute To The Swing Era

Eager Beaver This weekend on Wayne's Music we tap into the Swing Era … nothing else, just swing.
Begin The Beguine Enoch Light, Col Porter composed the tune at the piano in the bar of the Ritz Hotel in Paris. Muskrat Ramble a long standing favourite Dixie piece, not strictly swing, it was dreamt up by trombonist Kid ory for a recording session by Louis Armstrong's Hot Five in 1926.
Take The A Train Dick Hyman takes the piano solo and Mel Davis blows hot and strong on the trumpet solo on Duke Ellington's "Take The A Train".
Harlem Holiday one of the famous Cotton Club songs cobbled together by Hariold Arlen and Ted Koehler during their golden years as the songwriting team for the Club. String Of pearls Al Klink recreates his original solo alternating with Boomie Richman on the tenor solos. The trumpet solo's handled by Mel Davis on the Glenn Miller arrangement.
I've Heard That Song before the punch of Harry James' great band with the plaintive Helen Forrest vocal.
South Rampart StreetParade this is bassist Bob haggart's composition and the original arrangement he wrote when he was a member of the Bob Crosby Band.
On The Sunny Side Of The Street it's 1937 and Lionel Hampton has gathered together some of the best players from the best bands..
I'm getting Sentimental Over You Urbie Green with the trombone solo; Walt Levinsky on lead alto and the piano solo from Bernie Leighton on Tommy Dorsey's arrangement Get Yourself A new broom more from our feature artist this week Maxine Sullivan with another of the show stoppers from the Cotton Club in 1933.
Poor Butterfly Red Nichols led his Five Pennies right up until his death in 1965
Snowfall Dick Hyman plays piano on the Claude Thornhill 's charming composition.
It's Only A paper Moon The Nat King Cole Trio.
Well, Git It
The Sy Oliver version played by Enoch Light and The Light Brigade
I've Got The World on A String most of the time the big bands were the background for Louis Armstrong's exceptional trumpet and vocal talent.

Wayne's Music Sunday 10 October 2010. Swing That Thing. PART ONE.

Woodchoppers Ball Woody Herman's signature tune and his biggest seller by far.
Happy As The Day is Long our feature vocalist this week, Maxine Sullivan singing some of the Cotton Club Classics from the in-house song writing team at the time (1930 to 1934) Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler.
In The Mood the original member of the Glenn Miller band Al Klink recreates his tenor sax solo with Enoch Light's Light Brigade back in 1972.
One O'Clock Jump
Count Basie selected the all stars for the Metronome Band in 1941, they included Drummer Buddy Rich, guitarist Charlie Christian, Benny Goodman, Harry James, Cootie Williams, Benny Carter.


Let's Dance the tune that launched Benny Goodman as "The King Of Swing". The turning point for his struggling dance band, and the broadcasts from the Palomar Ballroom sent the excitement from coast to coast.
Raisin' The Rent the feature vocalist this week, Maxine Sullivan who joined the first rank of American Jazz singers in 1937 when her recording of "Loch Lomond" with Claude Thornhill's Band became an instant best seller.
Moonlight Serenade The Miller Sound.
All By Myself maybe this is NOT how Irving Berlin had imagined his song should be treated, when he first put it to paper, but how could he not be impressed by this swinging arrangement by the Bobcats and the rather splendid singing voice of Marion Mann.
I'll get By
this young fellow auditioned some songs he had written for band leader Harry James who offered him a job, not as a song writer, but as the band's vocalist. It proved to be a smart move. The young man was Dick Haymes.
Redskin Rhumba here's an extension of Charlie Barnet's theme "Cherokee".
Opus One sometimes the Dorsey's get left off the list of top swing performers, but this Sy Oliver Tune that Tommy Dorsey adopted as his theme leaves a lot of them in the dust. The famous Opus One.
Here's Love In Your Eye the Queen Of Big band Swing, Helen Ward, must have recorded about 8 or 9 sides with teddy Wilson's band during her 6 year association with his band.
Special delivery Stomp when Artie Shaw got into the small group concept, he introduced Johnny Guarnieri on the harpsichord, the first time the instrument has been used in a jazz group.
Tampico Stan Kenton and June Christie wrote the lyrics … it's another swing-time favourite.
Hamps Boogie Woogie Lionel Hampton brought the house down at his Carnegie Hall concert in April 1945 with his trigger finger piano exhibition on his perennial Boogie Woogie
Hot Mallets Lionel Hampton with a selection of stars - Coleman Hawkins, Chu berry, and Ben Webster, plus Benny Carter, and there was a newcomer called Dizzy Gillespie.
Please Be Kind Mildred Bailey and Red Norvo (her husband for most of the 30s) topped the hit parade with this number in 1938.
Do You Ever Think Of me The Bob cats - a band within a band, and when they needed a leader, it made sense to hire the former singer with the Dorsey orchestra, he had a warm personality, a definite knowledge of showmanship, he loved Dixieland music, and he was Bing Crosby's brother, Bob.
That's What I hate About Love the feature artist this week, Big band And Jazz Hall Of Famer, Mthe late Maxine Sullivan.States and Europe.
Lulu's Back In Town Fats Waller could swing anything, with joyous exuberance.