I find “novelties” charming: their goofy allure harks back to my childhood. This one has stuck since I saw Danny Kaye perform it in THE FIVE PENNIES.
We can (in the best Amazon way) peek inside:
In 1935, it was a phenomenal hit for this band, and one of them, probably Mike Reilly, had an ancient brass instrument, very complicated, that he used in the nightclub presentation:
But this post isn’t a nostalgic ramble down “Swing Street” (New York’s Fifty-Second Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues, its raucous charm obliterated for decades) — it’s about living hot music, with a touch of comedy, performed right now, at the Fresno “Sounds of Mardi Gras,” by a lively hot band. They’re Dave Stuckey and the Hot House Gang, for this occasion, Dave on guitar, vocal, and amusement; Marc Caparone, cornet, verbal japes; Nate Ketner, reeds; David Aus, piano; Sam Rocha, string bass; Gareth Price, drums, with guest star Riley Baker, trombone — he only gets a few bars on this number, but he makes the most of them.
If you don’t understand the circular course that hot music takes, watch the video again. Share with your friends who need to be enlightened. It will turn up on the final exam in your Doctorate in Hot. Until then . . .
May your happiness increase!