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Geoffrey Smith serves up some Christmas treats: food and drink from Fats Waller and the Memphis Jug Band; seasonal reflections by James P. Johnson and Charlie Parker; and a visit to Vienna with Joe Zawinul.

1 hour

Last on

Sun 22 Dec 2013 00:00

Music Played

  • Blind Willie Johnson

    Dark was the Night

    Performer: Blind Willie Johnson, g, v. December 1927.

    Composer: Traditional

    • Promised Land.
    • Columbia.
    • 4785852 (2); Tr. 9 (3.18).
  • Memphis Jug Band

    Rukus Juice and Chittlin’

    Performer: Will Shade, g, v; Charlie Burse, g; Charlie Pierce, vn; Robert Burse, d. Jab Jones, jug. 8 November 1934.

    Composer: Traditional

    • Booze and the Blues.
    • Columbia.
    • 4835862 (1); Tr. 8 (2.51).
  • Bessie Smith

    At the Christmas Ball

    Performer: Bessie Smith, v; Joe Smith, c; Charlie Big Green, tb; Fletcher Henderson, p. 18 November 1925.

    Composer: Longshaw

    • The Essential.
    • Columbia/Legacy.
    • 487398 2. Tr. 15 (3.23).
  • Max Kaminsky

    Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight

    Performer: Max Kaminsky, t Pee Wee Russell, cl; Miff Mole, tb; Joe Sullivan, p; Jack Lesberg, b; George Wettling, d. poss 1954.

    Composer: Metz, Hayden

    • Windy City Jazz.
    • Concert Hall Society.
    • CHJ 1009. S1/1 (4.01).
  • Charlie Parker

    White Christmas

    Performer: Miles Davis, t; Charlie Parker, as; Kenny Dorham, t; Al Haig, p; Tommy Potter, b; Max Roach, d.25 December 1950.

    Composer: Berlin

    • Pensive Bird.
    • Ember.
    • CJS 821. S2/2 (4.01).
  • James P. Johnson

    Snowy Morning Blues

    Performer: James P. Johnson , p. 25 February 1927.

    Composer: Johnson

    • Hot Piano.
    • Topaz.
    • TPZ 1048. Tr. 9 (2.42).
  • Fats Waller

    Shortnin’ Bread

    Performer: Fats Waller, p; John Bugs Hamilton, t; Gene Honeybear Sedric, ts, cl; John Smith, g; Cedric Wallace, b; Slick Jones, d. 2 January 1941..

    Composer: Traditional, arr Waller

    • Ain’t Misbehavin’.
    • Past Perfect.
    • PPCD 78118. Tr. 21 (2.42).
  • Rahsaan Roland Kirk

    We Free Kings

    Performer: Roland Kirk, fl; Hank Jones, p; Wendell Marshall, b; Charlie Persip, d. 17 August 1961.

    Composer: Kirk

    • We Free Kings and Triple Threat.
    • Essential Jazz Classics.
    • EJC 55562. Tr. 6 (4.44).
  • Paul Desmond


    Performer: Paul Desmond, as; Jim Hall, g; Percy Heath, b; Connie Kay, d. September 1959.

    Composer: Traditional

    • Three Classic Albums Plus.
    • Avid.
    • AMSC 1033. D2, Tr. 9 (2.02).
  • Count Basie

    Good Morning Blues

    Performer: Buck Clayton, Ed Lewis, Bobby Moore, t; Eddie Durham, tb, g; George Hunt, Dan Minor, tb; Earl Warren, as; Jack Washington, as, bs. Performer: Herschel Evans, Lester Young, ts, cl; Jimmy Rushing, v; Count Basie, p; Freddie Green, g; Walter Page, b; Jo Jones, d. 9 August 1937..

    Composer: Durham, Basie, Rushing

    • The Very Best of Christmas Jazz.
    • Verve.
    • 549 067-2. Tr. 11 (3.13).
  • Duke Ellington

    Arabesque Cookie

    Performer: Duke Ellington, p; Ray Nance, Willie Cook, Andres Meringuito, Eddie Mullins, t; Lawrence Brown, Britt Woodman, Booty Wood, tb; Juan Tizol, valve tb, tb. Performer: Russell Procope, cl, as, bamboo whistle; Jimmy Hamilton, cl, ts; Harry Carney, bcl, bs; Johnny Hodges, as; Paul Gonsalves, ts; Aaron Bell, b; Sam Woodyard, d. 22 June 1960.

    Composer: Tchaikovsky, arr Ellington, Strayhorn

    • The Essential Duke Ellington.
    • Columbia/Legacy.
    • 517463 2. D2, Tr.17 (5.40).
  • Joe Zawinul

    Brown Street

    Performer: Joe Zawinul, p; Alex Acuna, perc; Victor Bailey, b; Nathaniel Townsley, d with the WDR Big Band of Cologne, Heiner Wiberny, ss; Paul Shigihara, g. October 2005.

    Composer: Zawinul, Shorter

    • Brown Street.
    • Intuition.
    • INT34502 (1); D1, Tr. 1(10.58).