Thanks to Enrico Borsetti, who pointed me in this direction, here are two versions of FROM MONDAY ON by the Original Prague Syncopated Orchestra.  The first, a loose improvisation on the theme at a leisurely tempo, was recorded in May 26, 2008 and performed by a small contingent — it’s halfway between a rehearsal and a jam session, a most rewarding creation!  (Life backstage, a pleasure.) 

The members of the “Originální Pražský Synkopický Orchestr” here are Pavel Klikar (leader, trumpet, mellophone),Tomáš Černý and Jakub Šnýdl (clarinets), Jan Šimůnek (violinophone), Petr Wajsar and Tony Šturma (guitar), Jiří Šícha a Zbyněk Dobrohruška (banjo), Ondřej Landa (bass). 

This more elaborately formal version, a beautiful production number, adds a vocal trio, a violin trio, a chorus line of beauties, a bit of visual comedy, and the contributions of Ondrej Havelka — also recorded in 2008.  Although the purists have had their heated say, it gives me a taste of what a 1928 stage show might have been like. 


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  2. I love this song… check out the Spirits of Rhythm version if you haven’t heard it already (available on: Amazon MP3 or MySpace Music)

  3. Any friend of the Spirits of Rhythm is a friend of mine! God bless Leo Watson, Teddy Bunn, Douglas Daniels, Wilbur Daniels, assorted bassists, and Ella Logan, too! And how about SONNY BOY with Vic? Cheers, Michael

  4. Phew! Most people I speak to say “Who?”. Such a shame that they are not remembered in the same way other legends of their time are!

    With a combination of Teddy Bunn and Leo Watson.. how can you go wrong?! Have you seen Tom Tom The Elevator Boy?

  5. Saw it? I posted it some months ago – – – even though the synchronizing is not perfect, it’s a wondrous thing to see Leo in action. Cheers, Michael

  6. Ha ha! Oh yeh!… wanna hear something even funnier?…..

    I was the commenter “Tom Tom” who posted the chords underneath! 🙂 If you click on the name “Tom Tom” it’ll take you to the Idle Words web site! 😉

  7. ‘Way cool, to coin a phrase! Now I have to go to work . . . !

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