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Louis Jordan

Alyn Shipton is joined by singer Gwyneth Herbert to select the best from the recorded catalogue of jump-jive saxophonist and singer Louis Jordan.

The saxophonist and singer Louis Jordan bridged the gap between jazz and rhythm and blues, pioneering many techniques that would be the foundation of r and b, and of rock, but always played as straight ahead jazz. Jordan produced dozens of classic recordings including "Five Guys Named Moe" and "Saturday Night Fish Fry". His discography stretches for over three decades from the mid-1930s and to pick his best work, Alyn Shipton is joined by singer Gwyneth Herbert.

1 hour

Last on

Sun 23 Oct 2011 00:00

Music Played

  • Louis Jordan

    Choo Choo Ch'Boogie

    Composer: Horton, Darling, Gabler

    • Jivin with Jordan.
    • Proper.
    • Properbox 47.
  • Chick Webb and His Orchestra

    Rusty Hinge

    Composer: LaFremiere / Brown Performers: Mario Bauza, Bobby Stark, Taft Jordan, t; Sandy Williams, Nat Story, tb; Louis Jordan, as, voc; Pete Clark, Ted McRae, Waymon Carver, reeds; Tommy Fulford, p; John Trueheart g; Beverly Peer, b; Chick Webb, d. 24 March 1937.

    • Stomping at the Savoy.
    • Proper.
    • Properbox 97.
  • Louis Jordan's Elks Rendezvous Band

    Honey in the Bee Ball

    Composer: Jordan Performers: Courtney Williams, t; Louis Jordan, cl, as, bar, voc; Lem Johnson, ts; Clarence Johnson, p; Charlie Drayton, b; Walter Martin, d. 20 Dec 1938.

    • Jivin with Jordan.
    • Proper.
    • Properbox 47.
  • Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five

    Keep a Knockin'

    Composer: Mays, Bradford Performers: Performers: Courtney Williams, t; Louis Jordan, cl, as, bar, voc; Lem Johnson, ts; Clarence Johnson, p; Charlie Drayton, b; Walter Martin, d. 29 March 1939.

    • Jivin with Jordan.
    • Proper.
    • Properbox 47.
  • Louis Jordan

    A Chicken Ain't Nothin But a Bird (Sept 1940)

    Composer: Wallace Performers: Courtney Williams, t; Louis Jordan, cl, as, ts, bar, voc; Kenneth Hollon, ts; Arnold Thomas, p; Charlie Drayton, b; Walter Martin, d. 30 Sept 1940.

    • Jivin with Jordan.
    • Proper.
    • Properbox 47.
  • Louis Jordan

    Knock Me a Kiss

    Composer: Jackson Performers: Kenneth Roane, t; Louis Jordan, cl, as, ts, bar, voc; Arnold Thomas, p; Dallas Bartley, b; Walter Martin, d. 30 Sept 1940.

    • Jivin with Jordan.
    • Proper.
    • Properbox 47.
  • Louis Jordan

    Five Guys Named Moe

    Composer: Bresler, Wynn Performers: Kenneth Roane, t; Louis Jordan, cl, as, ts, bar, voc; Arnold Thomas, p; Dallas Bartley, b; Walter Martin, d. 21 July 1942.

    • Jivin with Jordan.
    • Proper.
    • Properbox 47.
  • Louis Jordan

    Deacon Jones

    Composer: Lange, Heath, Loring Performers: Eddie Roane, t; Louis Jordan, as, voc; Arnold Thomas, p; Po Simkins, b; Shadow Wilson, d. 4 Oct 1943.

    • Jivin with Jordan.
    • Proper.
    • Properbox 47.
  • Louis Jordan

    Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby

    Composer: Austin / Jordan Performers: Eddie Roane, t; Louis Jordan, as, voc; Arnold Thomas, p; Po Simkins, b; Shadow Wilson, d. 4 Oct 1943.

    • Jivin with Jordan.
    • Proper.
    • Properbox 47.
  • Louis Jordan

    G I Jive

    Composer: Mercer Performers: Eddie Roane, t; Louis Jordan, as, voc; Arnold Thomas, p; Al Morgan, b; Slick Jones, d. 26 July 1944, Los Angeles.

    • Jivin with Jordan.
    • Proper.
    • Properbox 47.
  • Louis Jordan

    Caldonia Boogie

    Composer: Moore Performers: Idrees Sulieman, t; Louis Jordan, as, voc; Freddie Simon, ts; William Austin, p; Al Morgan, b; Razz Mitchell, d. 19 Jan 1945.

    • Jivin with Jordan.
    • Proper.
    • Properbox 47.
  • Louis Jordan and Ella Fitzgerald

    Stone Cold Dead in De Market Place

    Composer: Houdini Performers: Aaron Izenhall, t; Louis Jordan, as, v; Josh Jackson, ts; Wild Bill Davis, p; Carl Hogan, g; Po Simkins, b; Eddie Byrd, d; Harry Dial, maracas, Vic Lourie, claves. 8 Oct 1945.

    • Jivin with Jordan.
    • Proper.
    • Properbox 47.
  • Louis Jordan

    Saturday Night Fish Fry

    Composer: Jordan / Walsh Performers: Aaron Izenhall, Bob Mitchell, Harold Mitchell, t; Louis Jordan, as; Josh Jackson, ts; Bill Doggett, p; James Ham Jackson, g; NIlly Hadnott, b; Joe Morris, d. 9 Aug 1949.

    • Jivin with Jordan.
    • Proper.
    • Properbox 47.
  • Louis Jordan

    Let The Good Times Roll

    Composer: Spo-Dee-Odee / Moore Performers: Louis Jordan, vo, as; Ernie Royal, tp; Jimmy Cleveland, tb; Budd Johnson, ts, bs; Sam “The Man” Taylor, ts; Ernie Hayes, p; Mickey Baker, g; Wendell Marshall, b; Charlie Persip, ds; Quincy Jones, arr. & cond. Recorded in New York City, October 22, 1956.

    • Somebody Up There Digs Me.
    • Universal (Japan).
    • 489837.
  • Louis Jordan

    Tain't Nobody's Business

    Composer: Grainger / Robbins Performers: Louis Jordan, vo, as; Ottilie Patterson, vo; Graham Burbidge, d; Eddie Smith, ban; Dick Smith, b; Ian Wheeler, cl; Pat Halcox, t; Chris Barber, tr, vo. Olympic Studios, London, England, 15th December 1962.

    • Lost and Found Vol.2.
    • Blues Legacy.
    • 5068X.

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