Daily Archives: February 23, 2013

EVERY KIND OF CURIOSITY ONE COULD IMAGINE

envelope

And the award for BEST SEARCH ENGINE TERM of February 2013 goes to . . . .the envelope, please . . . .

fats waller , hew york, meatballs, ralph sutton

Make up your own story — a late-night Italian feast in “hew york,” by Mr. Waller, later recreated by Mr. Sutton?

And the award for LEAST ATTRACTIVE PRURIENT INTEREST IN THE DEAD for February 2013 goes to . . . . the envelope, please . . . .

billie holiday naked pictures

Perhaps a long period of recovery in the fresh air might be prescribed for that writer?  (For myself, I would like all the people who are fascinated by “Billie Holiday” — and the quotation marks are accurate — to listen to her recordings.  Nothing else.)

May your happiness increase.

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“I MUST HAVE IT”: YERBA BUENA STOMPERS at SAN DIEGO (Nov. 22, 2012)

The title phrase doesn’t refer to an illegal addiction, or the unquenchable desire for just one more cracker or chip.  It’s a King Oliver tune from his Victor period (1929-30) but here it sums up the fierce loyalties we feel about the Yerba Buena Stompers, captured on video one more time at the 2012 San Diego Thanksgiving Dixieland Jazz Festival, or (now) the San Diego Jazz Fest.  They are Leon Oakley and Duke Heitger, trumpet; Tom Bartlett, trombone; Orange Kellin, clarinet; Conal Fowkes, piano; John Gill, banjo; Clint Baker, tuba; Kevin Dorn, drums.

I MUST HAVE IT:

John Gill explains the cultural history behind BIG CHIEF BATTLE AXE:

The reference in the title TOO TIGHT isn’t to a constricting piece of clothing, but to a Johnny Dodds record from the old days in Chicago — when the phrase was a term of deep approval:

My lantsman, Jelly Roll Morton’s classic, WOLVERINE BLUES.  (To find out why Jelly and I are distant kin, read this):

Marty Bloom’s MELANCHOLY:

RHYTHM CLUB STOMP, another Oliver recording, poses a linguistic mystery.  The subtitle (or original title in the Victor archives) was CURWISHIP GLIDE.  What, or whom, or where . . . was [a] CURWISHIP?  Inquiring minds want to know:

JUST A GIGOLO is Duke and the band’s tribute to Mister Strong.  We know handsome Duke is no gigolo, though:

May your happiness increase.