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Second Post

Wow! A busy week of me on this review:

I am reviewing  this week Mr. Nat King Cole, The Mills Brothers and Mr. Duke Ellington:

 

Nat King Cole:

Nat King Cole was born on March 17th 1919 in Alabama. He was the first African American to have his own TV variety show. When he was four years old he started to play the piano. My memory of Nat King Cole is the way that he sang his great songs and he had a baritone voice.  I recently discovered watching the Nat King Cole Show on YouTube.com. It was on TV from 1956-1957, and he became famous with his big hits. The show was on NBC. The show opening was music notes with his name and then the band or the orchestra would start and then Nat King Cole would sing. It’s tough to pick a Nat King Cole favorite tune. I would say my favorite is LOVE”, which is also recorded in many different languages. If Nat King Cole was still alive I would ask him, “What’s you advice for up and coming musicians?” I think he would answer, “listen to the heroes of the time.”  Nat King Cole also had a famous daughter Natalie Cole who sang with him “Unforgettable”.

These are my 3 favorite Nat King Cole track:

  1. From the My Fair Lady Album (1963) “Would it be lovely” reminds us to be lovely to things. It’s interesting to hear a man sing this famous tune.
  2. “Smile” was written by the great Charlie Chaplin. He wrote this tune for the movie “Modern Times”. In it Nat King Cole gives the orchestra the  chance to play in it with the beautiful sounds.
  3. “Love” one of the biggest Nat King Cole tubes used in movies and has a beautiful trumpet solo in it.

 

The Mills Brothers:

The Mills Brothers were a big band vocal group consisting of  four members. The only instrument that I remembered them with was a guitar. This fact according to Wikipedia surprised me: The Mills Brothers were a vocal quartet who made more than 2,000 recordings that sold more than 50 million copies and garnered at least three dozen gold records. With all the big hits it’s tough to choose a classic song to listen to.

Here are my 3 favorite Mills Brother Tunes

  1. “Glow Worm” was written by founder of Capitol Records Mr Johnny Mercer.
  2. “ Up a Lazy River” was written by Mr. Hoagy Carmichael. It reminds me to exercise.
  3. “Anytime” is an interesting song because it reminds us to have a flexible schedule.

 

DUKE ELLINGTON

 

Duke Ellington was an American composer, pianist, and bandleader of a jazz big band which he led from 1923 for his  career spanning over fifty years. One of the greatest composition that Duke Ellington wrote was called Satin Doll. Duke Ellington recorded many great tunes that he did with his band and other singers. After Duke Ellington died, his son took over for the big band. At the age of 7, he began studying piano and earned the nicknameDuke” for his gentlemanly ways.  In my opinion, Duke Ellington is an interesting hero for me because he had a smile and always had a lot of joy and did his own arrangement of “The Nutcracker Suite.” If  Duke Ellington was alive I would ask him “ What inspired you to write great big band tunes?”He would say, “I got inspired from hear great classical music.” Here are my top 3 duke ellington songs:

  1. “Satin Doll” starts off with the Piano and then the band comes in.
  2. “Take The A Train” a big hit for duke ellington
  3. Any tune has a style of it’s own.

Both Duke Ellington and Beethoven were both masters on the piano. Beethoven was a romantic 18th century.  Duke Ellington was a 20th century and makes his own classical music.

 

 

 

Here are the links you should check out

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JErVP6xLZwg

This is Nat King Cole’s famous tune “LOVE” I like it because of Bobby Bryant’s trumpet solo.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVciPUoNir8

This features The Mills Brothers on The Dean Martin Show.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrytKuC3Z_o

The finale link is my favorite Duke Ellington song“ Satin Doll”.

 

Tune in next time when I interview my good friend Carla and a post about female musicians.

the first post

Jeff’s and friends first music review of the 2018 season.

Welcome to the first entry of Jeff and friends music blog. I hope this blog encourage you to explore new musical styles and listen to artists you’ve never listened to before. This Month’s theme is African American Music History. So we are paying tribute to some of the most influential African American Jazz Musicians of all time. This week I’m focusing on Mr. Count Basie, Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald.

Jeff’s Pick “April In Paris” By Count Basie and His Orchestra and others.

COUNT BASIE

BASIE

Count Basie’s music is considered to be jazz, big band, and piano. His music and his life influence me and others. The beginning of this piece has a drum feature. Count Basie influenced me because we were both born in New Jersey and I am also a drummer. At the end of this classic tune we hear Basie say “ONE MORE TIME!.” He gives the band a chance to play the same tune again.

People should enjoy the tunes of Count Basie because he does many different styles (or genres) of music. For example “I Can’t Stop Loving You” was recorded by Ray Charles, Count Basie, and others. Baise’s version  of this tune is  instrumental and a little upbeat(peppy). In Ray Charles’s version of the song he sings it and plays the piano. Another example of this is the Baise’s version of the of the Beatles classic hit “Can’t Buy Me Love”. On Basie’s album Basie’s Beatles Bag (1966 on the verve label) he covers a number of Beatles songs, including “Can’t Buy Me Love”.  There is a second Count Basie album called Basie on the Beatles released in 1969 on the Happy Tiger label. On Basie’s Beatles Bag, he does Beatles songs in a style I have never heard before. Everyone was influenced by the Beatles.

ELLA  FITZGERALD

ELLA

Ella Fitzgerald was one of the most influential of women singers of all time. She could scat and sing great. “A Tisket a Tasket” reminds the child in us not to lose things.  Ella Fitzgerald was a heroes’ of mine. Ella Fitzgerald could sing anything! Whenever she performed with another singer, she would also make sure they each got a turn to sing and also  to sing together. Her unique style of singing and scatting is still popular today. If you’ve have not listened to Ella, make sure you take the time to. Let me know if you enjoy it and how it makes you feel!

Ella and Louis Armstrong were good friends. They recorded many albums together and both had a happy go lucky smile.

LOUIS ARMSTRONG

LOUIE ARMSTRONG

Louis Armstrong was great African American trumpet player. His skill on the trumpet was incredible and his unique style and big smile made him a mentor to many. His songs have meaning. “What a Wonderful World” always makes me want to think about nature and have a great day. It’s my song of the day! I recommend looking up Louis Armstrong duets with Danny Kaye or Dean Martin on YouTube. You can also look up Ella and Louie together and hear Ella scatting and singing with Mr. Armstrong. The links to all the videos are posted below that I disccued.

I hope you enjoyed this weeks post! Make sure to comment below and tell a friend about the blog if you enjoyed reading! Also, check out my first interview with Lauren from UNCG’s speaking center featuring her mom Donna who plays the piano and   she started playing the piano in Junior High School! We have an entertaining discussion about music and the love of piano.

Tune in Next Time for the next entry on Jeff’s music and Friends Review.

Here are the links:

April in Paris – Count Basie

Was written by Vernon Duke and E.Y.”Yip” Harburg. This was from a recording done between 1955 and 1956 relesade on the Verve Label.

Medley of Louis Armstrong’s Hits! – Danny Kaye and Louis Armstrong with Caterina Valente

DANNY

This Is a great 10 minutes combinations  of songs that make you smile. This is what entertainment should be like now.  The following tunes are apart of this medley: A Salute to Louis Armstrong. Songs include “Ja Da”, “Rockin’ Chair”, “Basin Street Blues”, “Mack the Knife”, “Hello, Dolly!” and “C’es Si Bon” and others.

Louis Armstrong and Dean Martin  Duet Medley

DEAN

This Medley  includes two of my favorite singers it combines the following tunes to make you want to sing or dance:

Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody” / “When It’s Sleepy Time Down South” / “Mississippi Mud” / “Down By The Riverside” / “Swanee” / “Won’t You Come Home Bill Bailey” / “Gotta Travel On” / “Hot Time In The Old Town Tonight” / “When The Saints Go Marching In”

A Tisket a Tasket – Ella Fitzgerald

Was used in the movie Ride ‘EM’ Cowboy with Chick Webb and his Orchestra. The song have a life lesson for all: just enjoy this classic nursery rhyme song. It was recorded in the year 1938.

Can’t Buy Me Love – Count Basie & His Orchestra- Baise is on the piano and leading his orchestra in this cover of the classic Beatles tune.

I Can’t Stop Loving You (LIVE) – Count Basie & His Orchestra- Baise is on the piano and leading his orchestra in this pretty tune done in 1963.