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’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 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 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
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
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.