Since swing jazz is dance music, most swing bands have limitations on how far out on limb they can go. After all, you’ve got to keep everybody on their feet, right? Svetlana & the Delancey Five are the rare swing band who don’t recognize any limits: they’re just as fun to siit and listen to as they are for the dancers.
There weren’t a lot of people on their feet at the band’s sold-out show earlier this month at the Blue Note, but the band charmed the crowd for the duration of the set…with new arrangements of material that’s been ...
1939 – Louis Armstrong records “Jeepers Creepers.”
1964 – The Beatles make their US chart debut when “I Want To Hold Your Hand” enters the chart at #45 just ten days after its release, making it the fastest-breaking and the fastest selling single in Capitol Records history. It goes on to spend seven weeks at the top of the chart.
1965 – Paul Simon drops out of law school to pursue music full-time.
1969 – Former Beatles drummer Pete Best wins a defamation suit against his former bandmates. He sued them over remarks Ringo made in an interview implying that ...
Pulp gave the world the song “Bad Cover Version.” But seeing as I’m a sonic optimist, I’m of the belief that there’s more likely than not more good cover versions floating around than bad ones. Good Cover Version celebrates the good, and leaves all that bad and ugly stuff alone. I think we can all agree that Louis Armstrong doing “What a Wonderful World” is pretty timeless. But I’m pretty into this interpretation by Brooklyn’s Slothrust. Recorded live at Dangerbird, the trio’s version of the classic standard has a really wonderful vintage vibe, a nod to the band’s love ...
“No, they didn’t,” the writer answered truthfully. “Your trumpet player did.”
“It’s always midnight at the Blue Note,” the irrepressible swing chanteuse grinned as she took the stage yesterday, and the crowd agreed. This time out, she’d brought a big slice of New Orleans in the person of trumpeter/crooner James Williams. There are thousands of oldtimey swing bands with women out front, but what makes this band different is that they aren’t just a backing unit. And they have ...
It figures that drummer Rob Garcia would grab the opportunity to kick off Svetlana & the Delancey Five‘s show at Lucille’s Friday night with a counterintuitive series of offbeats into a hi-de-ho intro, Mike Sailors’ spiraling trumpet solo rising to carnivalesque heights and foreshadowing a darkly lustrous, unselfconsciously erudite show. Why has swing jazz become so enormously popular again? Sure, you can dance to it, and many couples – as well as an exuberant, octogenarian tapdancer – were cutting a rug at this show. But swing is also escapist, and frontwoman Svetlana Shmulyian makes no secret that this is ...
1962 – The Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein meets with EMI producer George Martin, who eventually signs the band to record demos on June 4, 1962. It is their first recording contract.
1963 – The Rolling Stones sign their first management contract with Andrew Loog Oldham’s management company, Impact, agreeing to license their UK output to Decca.
1964 – Louis Armstrong goes to #1 on the US singles chart with “Hello Dolly,” making him the oldest artist to top the charts at the age of 62. (In 2011, 85-year-old Tony Bennett breaks this record with his Duets album.)
The 33-minute film was recently discovered through a buyer of abandoned storage facilities. The film was shot while Louis Armstrong recorded his 1959 album “Satchmo Plays King Oliver.” One of his daughters put the film in a storage facility with other belongings. Another daughter found out on a message board a storage facility buyer ...
Drew Nugent is a busy, busy man! As founder and director of Philly’s own hot jazz band, Drew Nugent & The Midnight Society, he plays over five instruments and travels all over the city, bringing the 1920’s Jazz Age to Philadelphia once again. Rock On Philly had the opportunity to sit down with Nugent to discuss all of his musical pursuits in the city, playing piano on Sundays at Moshulu, and so much more. Click through the interview below!
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted eight legendary bands and musicians last week! To honor those new and old to the Hall of Fame, we have compiled a playlist of some of their best songs. Whether they were pioneers of the music industry or perfected the art, these legends have influenced countless others and why not celebrate with a huge playlist of their best work? Take a look, and listen, to the newest inductees below!
First off, Ringo Starr awarded for “Musical Excellence”
The “5” Royales for “Early Influence” which you can hear in this audio only video,
A very happy and classy birthday to jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald, who would be 98 years old today.
Fitzgerald has one of the most distinct voices of jazz, forgoing the melancholy that marked Billie Holiday‘s work and the politicism that marked Nina Simone‘s, instead, giving a light, warm, joyful tone to the jazz singer. To this day, the voice of the First Lady of Song is legendary.
It’s the day before The Night Before on XPN … and to help get us prepared for 24 hours of yours truly, I present to you a unique holiday song each day! There is really only one way to end this Twelve … Continued