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Looking for jaunty jazz ala Al Jolson's "Blue Skies" or "I Love To Singa"

Old 04-02-07, 02:40 PM
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Looking for jaunty jazz ala Al Jolson's "Blue Skies" or "I Love To Singa"

Can you name musical artists from the 20's, 30's, or 40's whose music would be in the same vein as Al Jolson from that jazz era? Some jaunty jazz music that doesn't bore?

I've experimented with some Cab Calloway, but I find his music kinda corny. I've only been able to enjoy Al Jolson's renditions of Camptown Races, Oh Susanna, Sittin' On Top Of The World, Blue Skies, and I Love To Singa,, and I did enjoy Cab Calloway's Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby (how can you not?)

What else?
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Old 04-03-07, 04:00 PM
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Old 04-03-07, 05:44 PM
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Dixieland Jazz is hot stuff, the Cab Calloway you probably want is hard to come by...he recorded in '29 with the Missourians, not boring.

Jelly Roll Morton, Bennie Moten, King Oliver, & Duke Ellington should be added to wendersfan's list above. The 20, 30s, & 40s in Jazz would be roughly equivalent to the 50s 60s & 70s in rock 'n' roll, substantial development of the form occurred in this time frame.

My knowledge is limited, but if asked to name a jazz vocalist of the era, would not have chosen Jolsen.

Sittin' On Top Of The World was also done (outstandingly) by the Mississppi Sheiks, a blues band.

If you have a decent public library, you might want to explore the Jazz Archives by EPM in the system holdings, and JSP has some great stuff real cheap - hot 5's & 7s (Armstrong) & the Jelly Roll Mortons R/M by the late John RT Davies should be in everyone's collection, and Chronological Classics is nice too.

Hope that helps,
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