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Small Groups of the 1930s – Chu, Little Jazz, Rabbit and Pres (1937 - 1940)

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While the jazz of the thirties was predominantly remembered as coming from orchestras and big bands, seminal soloists continued to record memorable music in small group settings, setting the stage for disruptive industry transitions to come in the 1940s. Small groups led by Chu Berry, Roy Eldridge, Johnny Hodges and Lester Young in this hour of Jazz at 100.

Playlist

  • Host Intro 0:00
  • Chu Berry And His Stompy Stevedores. "Limehouse Blues" from Chu Berry: 1937— 1941 (Classics) 2:30
  • Chu Berry And His Jazz Ensemble. "On The Sunny Side Of The Street" from Chu Berry: 1937—1941 (Classics) 5:23
  • Host speaks 9:18
  • Roy Eldridge And His Orchestra. "Wabash Stomp" from The Big Sound of Little Jazz (Topaz) 11:15
  • Roy Eldridge And His Orchestra. "Heckler's Hop" from The Big Sound of Little Jazz (Topaz) 14:21
  • Host speaks 16:56
  • Chocolate Dandies. "I Surrender Dear" from The Big Sound of Little Jazz (Topaz) 17:26
  • The Chocolate Dandies. "I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me." from The Big Sound of Little Jazz (Topaz) 21:55
  • Host speaks 26:03:
  • Chu Berry And His "Little Jazz" Ensemble. "Sittin` In" from The Big Sound of Little Jazz (Topaz) 28:13
  • Chu Berry And His "Little Jazz" Ensemble. "Body And Soul" from The Big Sound of Little Jazz (Topaz) 30:23
  • Host speaks 34:12
  • Johnny Hodges & His Orchestra. "Jeep's Blues" from The Dukes Men: Small Groups Vol 2 (Columbia) 35:36
  • Johnny Hodges & His Orchestra. "Rendezvous With Rhythm" from The Dukes Men: Small Groups Vol 2 (Columbia) 38:29
  • Johnny Hodges & His Orchestra. "The Jeep Is Jumpin" from The Dukes Men: Small Groups Vol 2 (Columbia) 41:25
  • Host speaks 43:50
  • Count Basie's Kansas City Seven. "Lester Leaps In" from Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz v (Smithsonian) 46:48
  • Count Basie's Kansas City Seven. "Dickie's Dream" from Swing Time: Vol. 074, Lester Young Vol. 2 (1939-41) (Encyclopedia of Jazz) 50:02
  • Host speaks 53:09
  • Kansas City Six. "Pagin' the Devil" from The "Kansas City" Sessions (Commodore) 54:07
  • Host Outro 57:02
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