Louis Armstrong- Skeleton in the closet (1936)

From the American musical comedy movie from 1936, Pennies from Heaven directed by Norman Z. McLeod. Teddy Buckner – Trumpet Fletcher Galloway – Trumpet Allen Durham – Trombone Arcima Taylor – Reeds Caughey Roberts – Clarinet, Alt saxophone Bumps Myers – Tenor Saxophone Ramon LaRue – Piano Wesley Prince – Acoustic Double Bass Lionel Hampton – Drums Advertisements Continue reading Louis Armstrong- Skeleton in the closet (1936)

Ethel Waters With Duke Ellington & His Orchestra – I Can’t Give You Anything But Love (1932)

Ethel Waters (October 31, 1896 – September 1, 1977) was an African-American blues, jazz and gospel vocalist and actress. She frequently performed jazz, big band, and pop music, on the Broadway stage and in concerts, although she began her career in the 1920s singing blues. [source] Johnny Hodges – Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone / Fred Guy – Banjo, Guitar / Harry Carney –  Baritone Saxophone / … Continue reading Ethel Waters With Duke Ellington & His Orchestra – I Can’t Give You Anything But Love (1932)

Al Bowlly – Moon Love (1939)

Albert Allick “Al” Bowlly (7 January 1898 — 17 April 1941) was a popular Jazz guitarist, singer, and crooner in the United Kingdom and later in the United States of America during the 1930s, making more than 1,000 recordings between 1927 and 1941.The evening of his death on 17 April 1941, Bowlly and Messene had just given a performance at the Rex Cinema in High … Continue reading Al Bowlly – Moon Love (1939)

Billie Holiday – Strange Fruit (1939)

“Strange Fruit” is a song performed most famously by Billie Holiday, who first sang and recorded it in 1939. Written by the teacher Abel Meeropol as a poem, it exposed American racism, particularly the lynching of African Americans. Such lynchings had occurred chiefly in the South but also in other regions of the United States. Meeropol set it to music and with his wife and … Continue reading Billie Holiday – Strange Fruit (1939)

Django Reinhardt / Stéphane Grappelli / Eddie South – Improvisation On 1st Movement From Concerto In D Minor by JS Bach (1933)

Improvisation On 1st Movement From Concerto In D Minor by JS Bach is arranged by Django Reinhardt and recorded in Paris in 1933. Gypsy jazz (also known as gypsy swing or hot club jazz) is a style of jazz music often said to have been started by guitarist Jean “Django” Reinhardt in the 1930s. Django was foremost among a group of Gypsy guitarists working in and around Paris in the 1930s through the 1950s, … Continue reading Django Reinhardt / Stéphane Grappelli / Eddie South – Improvisation On 1st Movement From Concerto In D Minor by JS Bach (1933)

Gene Krupa – Blues Of Israel (1935)

Israel Crosby (January 19, 1919 – August 11, 1962) was an African-American jazz double-bassist born in Chicago, Illinois, best known as member of the Ahmad Jamal trio from 1957 to 1962. A close contemporary of Jimmy Blanton, Crosby is less considered as a pioneer, but his interactive playing in Jamal’s trio and that of George Shearing shows how easily and fluently he displayed a modern … Continue reading Gene Krupa – Blues Of Israel (1935)