Sweet & Hot
Jazz Bands & Singers in the Early 1930s
Fri, Feb 21, 8:00 - 10:00 pm
Soreng Theater, Hult Center
The Emerald City Jazz Kings were organized to investigate an important but somewhat overlooked period of transition in American music, the late ‘20s and early ‘30s transition from New Orleans jazz to swing, from vaudeville to motion pictures, from Broadway revues to musical comedy—all of these ac-companied by startling electronic developments which changed the nature of performance and audience perception radio, sound motion pictures, the microphone and new recording techniques.
Our base of operations is the 10 year period from 1925 to 1935 when these electronic developments came into common use and when the dance bands of the day were generally of the size we utilize--three brass, three saxophones and four rhythm. But we do allow ourselves the privilege of going both forward and backward in time to investigate particular styles and repertory. American popular music is a continuum, not a series of discrete styles.
We also have four singers as a part of the ensemble. A key decision of the Jazz Kings has been one of conscious compromise. A group such as ours would not have been found in 1930, except possibly in some related form in the aggregations of Paul Whitemen or Fred Waring. Singers were a late and often reluctant addition to dance bands, but we wanted to explore more than jazz and dance band repertory. Microphones came into use in the early '30s, but were initially not a major consideration, and certainly not the factor in presentation that they are today. We found out early on that sound amplification is something modern ears expect. Styles of singing and playing are compromises as well. One writer has remarked that if you want a singer who sounds '20s authentic, go out and find the worst possible male voice.
One final important consideration was that we would enjoy ourselves and have a good time! There is a strong element of humor in much of the music of this period sadly lacking in much of more recent popular music and jazz. So, we pick our programs with both authenticity and audience appeal in mind, and hope our audiences enjoy them as much as we do.
SET I - 1930: What Depression?
 Sweet And Hot
(1930) You Said It
Words by Jack Yellen - Music by Harold Arlen
 Casa Loma Stomp
Music by Gene Gifford
 Georgia On My Mind
Words by Stuart Gorell - Music by Hoagy Carmichael
 Smoke Rings
Words by Ned Washington - Music by H. Eugene Gifford
 Happy Feet
Words by Jack Yellen - Music by Milton Ager
 Willow Weep For Me
Words & music by Ann Ronell
 Hittin' The Bottle
(1930) Earl Carroll's Vanities, 1930
Words by Ted Koehler - Music by Harold Arlen
 Cheerful Little Earful
(1930) Sweet And Low
Words by Ira Gershwin - Music by Harry Warren
 Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?
(1932) Americana
Words by Yip Harburg - Music by Jay Gorney
 Beyond The Blue Horizon
(1930) Monte Carlo
Words by Leo Robin - Music by Richard Whiting, W. Franke Harling
 Heat Wave
(1933) As Thousands Cheer
Words & music by Irving Berlin
 I Got Rhythm
(1930) Girl Crazy
Words by Ira Gershwin - Music by George Gershwin
 Memories Of You
(1930) Lew Leslie's Blackbirds of 1930
Words by Andy Razaf - Music by Eubie Blake
 I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues
(1932) Earl Carroll's Vanities, 1932
Words by Ted Koehler - Music by Harold Arlen
 Body And Soul
(1930) Three's a Crowd
Words by Edward Heyman, Robert Sour, Frank Eyton - Music by Johnny Green
 Big City Blues
(1929) Fox Movietone Follies of 1929
Words & music by Con Conrad, Sidney Mitchell, Archie Gottler
 That's A-Plenty
Words by Ray Gilbert - Music by Lew Pollack
SET II - Rhythm Is Our Business: The Cotton Club, etc.
 Rhythm Is Our Business
Words by Sammy Cahn, Jimmie Lunceford - Music by Saul Chaplin
 Four Or Five Times
Words by Marco H. Hellman - Music by Byron Gay
 Rockin' In Rhythm
Words by Irving Mills - Music by Duke Ellington, Harry Carney
 Creole Love Call
(1927) Rhyth-mania
Music by Duke Ellington, Bubber Miley, Rudy Jackson
 It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
Words by Irving Mills - Music by Duke Ellington
 I've Got The World On A String
(1932) Cotton Club Show, 21st Edition
Words by Ted Koehler - Music by Harold Arlen
 Kickin' the Gong Around
(1932) Rhyth-mania
Words by Ted Koehler - Music by Harold Arlen
 I Can't Give You Anything But Love
(1928) Lew Leslie's Blackbirds of 1928
Words by Dorothy Fields - Music by Jimmy McHugh
 I'm Crazy 'Bout My Baby
Words by Alex Hill - Music by Fats Waller
 Keeping Out Of Mischief Now
Words by Andy Razaf - Music by Fats Waller
 Handful of Keys
Music by Fats Waller
 Bugle Call Rag
Music by Elmer Schoebel, Jack Pettis, Billy Meyers
Featured composers, lyricists, creators
Milton Ager, 1893-1979
Harold Arlen, 1905-1986
Irving Berlin, 1888-1989
Eubie Blake, 1883-1983
Sammy Cahn, 1913-1993
Hoagy Carmichael, 1899-1981
Harry Carney, 1910-1974
Saul Chaplin, 1912-1997
Con Conrad, 1891-1938
Duke Ellington, 1899-1974
Frank Eyton, 1894-1962
Dorothy Fields, 1905-1975
Byron Gay, 1886-1945
George Gershwin, 1898-1937
Ira Gershwin, 1896-1983
H. Eugene Gifford, 1908-1970
Gene Gifford, 1908-1970
Ray Gilbert, -
Stuart Gorell, 1901-1963
Jay Gorney, 1894-1990
Archie Gottler, -
Johnny Green, 1908-1989
Yip Harburg, 1896-1981
W. Franke Harling, 1887-1958
Marco H. Hellman, -
Edward Heyman, 1907-1981
Alex Hill, 1906-1937
Rudy Jackson, -
Ted Koehler, 1894-1973
Jimmie Lunceford, -
Jimmy McHugh, 1895-1969
Billy Meyers, -
Bubber Miley, 1903-1932
Irving Mills, 1894-1985
Sidney Mitchell, 1888-1942
Jack Pettis, -
Lew Pollack, 1895-1946
Andy Razaf, 1895-1973
Leo Robin, 1900-1984
Ann Ronell, 1908-1993
Elmer Schoebel, 1896-1970
Robert Sour, -1985
Fats Waller, 1904-1943
Harry Warren, 1893-1981
Ned Washington, 1901-1976
Richard Whiting, 1891-1938
Jack Yellen, 1892-1991
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Soreng Theater
Hult Center for the Performing Arts
One Eugene Center
Eugene, Oregon
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