Tag Archives: Louis Armstrong

Svetlana & the Delancey Five: New York’s Most Unpredictably Fun Swing Band

Source: New York Music Daily

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 ...

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Jan 18 in Music History: The Beatles make their US chart debut, Pink Floyd begins recording Dark Side Of The Moon

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Jan 18 in Music History: The Beatles make their US chart debut, Pink Floyd begins recording Dark Side Of The Moon
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 ...

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Good Cover Version: Slothrust Does Louis Armstrong

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Good Cover Version: Slothrust Does Louis Armstrong

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 ...

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Trumpeter James Williams with Svetlana & the Delancey Five: Midnight at Noon at the Blue Note

Source: New York Music Daily

“”They let you in here?” the leader of Svetlana & the Delancey Five asked the writer, scrunching up her face.

“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 ...

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Svetlana and the Delancey Five Salute Ella and Satchmo and Put Their Own Sophisticated Stamp on Classic Swing

Source: New York Music Daily

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 ...

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This Day in Music History: George Harrison releases Electronic Sound, Bruce Springsteen makes his television network debut on SNL

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This Day in Music History: George Harrison releases Electronic Sound, Bruce Springsteen makes his television network debut on SNL

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.)

1966 – The Beatles record “For No One.”

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XPN MusicNotes: See rare footage of Louis Armstrong in a recording studio, hear Eddie Vedder sing with his daughter

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XPN MusicNotes: See rare footage of Louis Armstrong in a recording studio, hear Eddie Vedder sing with his daughter

Louis Armstrong | via Library of Congress

As Jazz Appreciation Month is observed in April, The Louis Armstrong House Museum has acquired recently discovered film footage of American music legend Louis Armstrong – the only known footage of him in a recording studio.

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 ...

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XPN MusicNotes: Watch Jimmy Fallon & Chris Martin sing David Bowie’s “Life on Mars?” and 25 more songs added to Library of Congress’ National Registry

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Late night host Jimmy Fallon unleashed his best David Bowie impression earlier this week as he sang Bowie’s classic “Life on Mars?” accompanied by Coldplay’s Chris Martin on piano. Watch.

XPN MusicNotes: Watch Jimmy Fallon & Chris Martin sing David Bowie’s “Life on Mars?” and 25 more songs added to Library of Congress’ National Registry

Miles Davis recording Kind of Blue | Photo by Frank Driggs

The Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry has added the album “A Love Supreme”  by John Coltrane, to its archives.   The National Recording Registry preserves recordings of cultural or historical significance.   The albums: “It’s My Way” by Buffy Sainte-Marie ...

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Drew Nugent Talks Hot Jazz, Moshulu, and Speakeasys

Source: Rock On Philly

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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!

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Monday Playlist: Pride Month!

Source: Rock On Philly

Happy Pride Month! Not only is June the month to celebrate the LGBT community, but it also happens to be the month the Supreme Court declared the right to same-sex marriage nation wide! This week’s playlist mirrors the love, equality, and pride this month has to offer so listen all week long and keep the good vibes going.

This heartbreakingly beautiful duet featuring two men for starters…

and HAIM for some sisters for change..

and The Roots with a softer side…

Listen to the full playlist here!

Featured Image by Guillaume Paumier via Flickr

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Monday Playlist: Rock and Roll!

Source: Rock On Philly

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,

The Paul Butterfield Blues ...

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Ella Fitzgerald and her Enduring Influence

Source: Rock On Philly

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.

Fitzgerald was responsible for recording some of the most famous renditions of the Great American Songbook, recording three albums covering Cole Porter‘s, Duke Ellington‘s, and Irving Berlin‘s ...

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Robert Drake’s Christmas Countdown: cozy up with Louis Armstrong and Twas the Night Before Christmas

Source: The Key (WXPN)

Louis ArmstrongIt’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

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