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Hawaiian Hula Song

1940's

Hawaiian Hula Song

Ana Lani & Ray Kinney: Hawaiian Hula Song w/Steel Guitar - 1940's

Hawaiian Hula Song, a classic. A seductive beauty does the hula while a duo play on guitar and slide. During the last third of the song, the rhythm picks up, becoming swingy. Where Hawaiian traditional and American Jazz meet, practically western swing.  

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Louis Jordan: You Gotta have a Beat

1940's

Louis Jordan: You Gotta have a Beat

Louis Jordan: You Gotta have a Beat - 1940's

In this film, Louis Jordan is going to school you on the difference between now and then, between yesterday and today, between the new and the old. Even back in the 1940’s, this ingenious musician, lyricist and performer, Louis Jordan, had it right. To this day, no one still could disagree & Today You Gotta […]

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Martha Davis & Her Spouse

1950's

Martha Davis & Her Spouse

Martha Davis & Her Spouse - 1950's

It’s clear that Martha Davis wears the pants in this relationship. Influenced by the great Fats Waller, she and her husband, bassist Calvin Ponder, who would later play with Earl Hines, performed in nightclubs across Chicago.

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Louis Jordan: How Long Must I Wait for You

1940

Louis Jordan: How Long Must I Wait for You

Louis Jordan: How Long Must I Wait for You - 1940's

Louis Jordan performs “How Long Must I Wait for You” with his Timpany Five. Considered by some to be no more than a long running novelty act, back in the day he battled Chick Webb and conceived lyrics with wit that rivals Dylan or any modern-day rapper.

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Whistler’s Jug Band: Foldin’ Bed

1929

Whistler’s Jug Band: Foldin’ Bed

Whistler & His Jug Band: Foldin' Bed - 1929

Whistler & His Jug Band came up out of Louisville, Kentucky, and became the first recorded jug band, according to R Crumb’s Heroes of Blues, Jazz & Country. They recorded at least twenty-one songs between 1924 and 1931. The names of the musicians remain unknown.    

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Ted Weems Orchestra

1930's

Ted Weems Orchestra

Flapper Chorus Line with Ted Weems Orchestra - 1930

You know you’ve made the Big Time when you’re leading a band that’s accompanied with a chorus line of perky flappers. But then again, if you’re Ted Weems in the early 1930’s, this is the life of a famous radio bandleader. Just another day at the beach on the Eastern Seaboard during the Jazz Age, […]

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A Jazz Etude

1930

A Jazz Etude

A Jazz Etude - Serendipitously Surreal

In this serendipitously surreal short “A Jazz Etude,” tap dance extraordinaire Billy Burt dances up a storm in top hat, tuxedo tail and cane. Is he floating? And that screwy soundtrack … a mishmash of ‘Flight of the Bumblebee,’ ragtime fills, and 1930’s jazz cliches, is remeniscent of Carl Stalling or Raymond Scott. Still, I […]

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