Sweet & Hot
Sweet & Hot
Jazz Bands & Singers in the Early 1930s
Thu Mar 13, 8:00-10:00 pm
Craterion Theater, The Craterion
  • Description
  • Personnel
  • Program
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.
Event Personnel
Steve Stone, artistic director & band leader
Vocalists
Shirley Sachs, vocalist
Tracy Williams, vocalist
Bob Cross, vocalist
David Matis, vocalist
Musicians
Steve Owen, reeds
Frank Kenney, reeds
James Phillips, reeds
Brian McWhorter, trumpet
Tim Clarke, trumpet
Caleb Standafer, trombone
Vicki Brabham, piano
Alan Phillips, guitar, banjo
Nathan Waddell, bass
Alan Tarpinian, drums
Program
SET I - 1930: What Depression?
 Sweet And Hot
(1930) You Said It Jack Yellen (w) Harold Arlen (m)
 Casa Loma Stomp
(1931) Gene Gifford (m)
 Georgia On My Mind
(1930) Stuart Gorell (w) Hoagy Carmichael (m)
 Smoke Rings
(1932) Ned Washington (w) H. Eugene Gifford (m)
 Happy Feet
(1930) Jack Yellen (w) Milton Ager (m)
 Willow Weep For Me
(1932) Ann Ronell (w/m)
 Hittin' The Bottle
(1930) Earl Carroll's Vanities, 8th ed. Ted Koehler (w) Harold Arlen (m)
 Cheerful Little Earful
(1930) Sweet And Low Ira Gershwin (w) Harry Warren (m)
 Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?
(1932) Americana Yip Harburg (w) Jay Gorney (m)
 Beyond The Blue Horizon
(1930) Monte Carlo Leo Robin (w) Richard Whiting, W. Franke Harling (m)
 Heat Wave
(1933) As Thousands Cheer Irving Berlin (w/m)
 I Got Rhythm
(1930) Girl Crazy Ira Gershwin (w) George Gershwin (m)
 Memories Of You
(1930) Lew Leslie's Blackbirds of 1930 Andy Razaf (w) Eubie Blake (m)
 I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues
(1932) Earl Carroll's Vanities, 10th ed. Ted Koehler (w) Harold Arlen (m)
 Body And Soul
(1930) Three's a Crowd Edward Heyman, Robert Sour, Frank Eyton (w) Johnny Green (m)
 Big City Blues
(1929) Fox Movietone Follies of 1929 Con Conrad, Sidney Mitchell, Archie Gottler (w/m)
 That's A-Plenty
(1914) Ray Gilbert (w) Lew Pollack (m)
SET II - Rhythm Is Our Business: The Cotton Club, etc.
 Rhythm Is Our Business
(1935) Sammy Cahn, Jimmie Lunceford (w) Saul Chaplin (m)
 Four Or Five Times
(1927) Marco H. Hellman (w) Byron Gay (m)
 Rockin' In Rhythm
(1931) Irving Mills (w) Duke Ellington, Harry Carney (m)
 Creole Love Call
(1927) Rhyth-mania Duke Ellington, Bubber Miley, Rudy Jackson (m)
 It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
(1932) Irving Mills (w) Duke Ellington (m)
 I've Got The World On A String
(1932) Cotton Club Show, 21st Edition Ted Koehler (w) Harold Arlen (m)
 Kickin' the Gong Around
(1932) Rhyth-mania Ted Koehler (w) Harold Arlen (m)
 I Can't Give You Anything But Love
(1928) Lew Leslie's Blackbirds of 1928 Dorothy Fields (w) Jimmy McHugh (m)
 I'm Crazy 'Bout My Baby
(1931) Alex Hill (w) Fats Waller (m)
 Keeping Out Of Mischief Now
(1932) Andy Razaf (w) Fats Waller (m)
 Handful of Keys
(1929) Fats Waller (m)
 Bugle Call Rag
(1923) Elmer Schoebel, Jack Pettis, Billy Meyers (m)


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