Posts Tagged ‘Swing Jazz’

Last Chance to Dance – Live Video

Matty of Eclectic Vinyl Orchestra

We have started adding original songs to our set list, and we’ve recorded a video of one of Matty’s called “Last Chance to Dance”. It should be out in the spring. Here is the song during our latest performance at the Red Brick Cafe. Below is Matty’s comment on how the song grew. “This Could…

Atlantic Rhythm and Blues 1947 1974 Collection

Many years ago, I separately purchased individual volumes of the Atlantic Rhythm and Blues 1947 – 1974 Collection.  I likely started with Volumes 5 and 6.  Growing up in the 60s, the CDs included soul and R& B songs I was familiar with from my teenage years: The Drifters: Up on the Roof, On Broadway,…

Moondog Matinee

Moondog Matinee by The Band

The Band’s “Moondog Matinee” album is not a well-known album. None of my friends had it and I don’t think it was ever widely promoted. I believe I found it in a “Sam the Record Man” delete bin. I had heard a story at the time that the songs were a collection of tracks “The…

Joe Jackson's Jumpin' Jive

Back in 1981, I was visiting a friend who was one of those friends always turning me on to new and different records and sounds. He pulled out two albums to play me. The first one was Peter Gabriel’s fourth album “Security” (the one with “Shock the Monkey”). The second album was “Jumpin’ Jive” by…

Fever All Through the Night

You give me Fever

Today I wanted to introduce you to the singer Little Willie John and the songwriter Otis Blackwell. I am embarrassed to say, I knew very little about Little Willie John until I started researching this post. You can find his whole musical history on the Internet so I won’t cover all the details. You can…

My Baby Just Cares for Me

My Baby Just Cares for Me

Kerry, our drummer, suggested we cover “My Baby Just Cares for Me” by Nina Simone. He sent us an animated video for the song. The song is a jazz standard written by Walter Donaldson (“Makin’ Whoopee”) and Gus Kahn (EVO also covers Gus Kahn’s “Dream and Little Dream of Me”). The song was an obscure…

I Held My Nose, I Closed My Eyes, I Took a Drink

I don’t know where or when I first saw the writing credit of “Leiber and Stoller”.  It may have been the first time I read the credits for the song “Kansas City”.  Maybe it was on a Herman’s Hermits record or maybe on a Little Richard or a Beatles record.  I was to hear the…

You Got a Cute Vest Pocket Mazda

Anyone who knows me knows that I love to sing and I love singing harmonies.  When we first put the Eclectic Vinyl Orchestra (Eclecticvo.com) together, I’m not sure I even knew if anyone in the band could or would sing.  My memory is that I gradually realized that Matty and Jim were singing along on…

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Eclecticvo.com

As this is my fourth post, I think it’s time I spoke about Louis Jordan.  I mentioned his “Saturday Night Fish Fry” in my last post as an example of humor in songs.  The Eclectic Vinyl Orchestra plays about three or four songs that he popularized in the 1940s.  In Ken Burns’ documentary on Jazz,…

Almost Like Being in Love

“Almost Like Being in Love” (1947) was written by Frederick Loewe, with lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner. The song was made popular in the musical “Brigadoon”. I think most people know it as the last song played in the movie “Groundhog Day” where Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell run off down the street from the…