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More on Skat: Here is the Avocado Soup Symphony

June 24, 2013 in American Lifestyle, Culture, Music

Sounds from Los Angeles December 1945 – Slim Gaillard and Leo Watson. Bulee “Slim” Gaillard (January 4, 1916 – February 26, 1991) was an American jazz singer, songwriter, pianist, and guitarist, noted for his vocalese singing and word play in a language he called “Vout”. (In addition to speaking eight other languages, Gaillard wrote a dictionary for his own constructed language.) Gaillard used Yiddish in at least two of his songs, “Dunkin Bagels”, and “Matzo Balls”, Arabic is also used in some of Gaillard’s songs, for example “Yep-Roc-Heresay” and “Arabian Boogie”.

Iflizwerequeen note: I don’t know if there is a copy of the dictionary in its entirety, but here is the link to a site that shows pages from it:

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    What a great time last night! Watching Charles Manns and the Dallas Jazz Orchestra

    June 24, 2013 in Entertainment, Local, Music

    Do I have fun–outside turning my front lawn into a woodland garden or “bugging”  my local government regarding Glyphosate ?  Yes I do. Here is a photo of me (second from left) with some friends last night at the Village Country Club for a Dallas Jazz Orchestra performance last night.

    Below is a photo of guest singer Charles Manns along with the Dallas Jazz Orchestra.  The DJO are fabulous!  Every single musician in that group is a stand-alone talented artist.  It you are a youngster who has never had the opportunity to experience a big band jazz experience along with talented individual jazz performances on various instruments, do yourself a favor and attend the next performance of the Dallas Jazz Orchestra.


    As you can see from the photo below, it’s not just us old folks who appreciate the Dallas Jazz Orchestra!

    And below is an adorable young man who got up and sang with Charles Manns.

    When you attend a Dallas Jazz Orchestra performance–be prepared for many surprises and talents to rise up from the audience.  Among other things, a Dallas Jazz Orchestra event is highly participatory.  The audience don’t just sit there and listen.  They dance and even perform themselves.  What a great tribute to America’s unique art form–JAZZ!

    And speaking of other impromptu singers from the audience last night, we had a great jazz vocalist get up and sing a couple of numbers for us.  However, nothing surprised us more than when the gentleman below, dressed in a tux came up and joined the singer with some scat singing.  And his scat was great!


    A close up of Skat man shown below–another great photo taken by Delores.


    Note: In vocal jazz, scat singing is vocal improvisation with wordless vocables, nonsense syllables or without words at all. Scat singing gives singers the ability to sing improvised melodies and rhythms, to create the equivalent of an instrumental solo using their voice. You have to hear it to know it.

    Humor is an important element of scat singing. Cab Calloway exemplified the use of humorous scatting. Other classic examples of humorous scatting include Slim Gaillard, Leo Watson, and Bam Brown’s 1945 “Avocado Seed Soup Symphony,” in which the singers scat variations on the word “avocado” for much of the recording. In addition to such nonsensical uses of language, humor is communicated in scat singing through the use of musical quotation.

    Leo Watson, who performed before the canon of American popular music, frequently drew on nursery rhymes in his scatting. This is called using a compression. Though Louis Armstrong’s 1926 recording of Heebie Jeebies is often cited as the first song to employ scatting, there are many earlier examples.  One early master of ragtime scat singing was Gene Greene who recorded scat choruses in his song “King of the Bungaloos” and several others between 1911 and 1917.


    MORE IMPORTANTLY:  How can YOU join the Dallas Jazz Orchestra fun?

    First visit  Remember the Moment and look at all the photos taken by my friend Delores Elder-Jones. (See her in the first photo above to the far right.)  Note: Delores is also available to take photos of your special events too.


    1) DJO tears it up!  The Village Country Club, Sunday June 30 at  7:00 pm.

    2) Swing Independence Day Sock Hop.  The Village Country Club, Sunday July 7 at  7:00 pm.

    3) DJO Burns! The Village Country Club, Sunday July 14 at  7:00 pm.

    4) DJO Stan Kenton Night The Village Country Club, Sunday July 14 at  7:00 pm.

    5) DJO’s Last Concert of the Summer The Village Country Club, Sunday July 28 at  7:00 pm.

    Cover charge is $10 a person.
    The Village Country Club offers a hot, all you can eat buffet.  There is also a full bar and they offer a menu from the Village Grill.

    The Village Country Club is located at 8302 Southwestern Blvd, Dallas, Texas.

    As far as I”m concerned, this is the best bargain for live music in the metroplex this summer.

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      Mr. Bojangles

      January 6, 2013 in Music

      Mr. Bojangles is the title of a song originally written and recorded by American country music artist Jerry Jeff Walker for his 1968 album of the same title. Since then, it has been recorded by many other artists.

      Walker has said he was inspired to write the song after an encounter with a street performer in a New Orleans jail and that the song does not refer to the famous stage and movie personality Bill “Bojangles” Robinson. Walker said while in jail for public intoxication in 1965, he met a homeless white man who called himself “Mr. Bojangles” to conceal his true identity from the police. He had been arrested as part of a police sweep of indigent people that was carried out following a high-profile murder. The two men and others in the cell chatted about all manner of things, but when Mr. Bojangles told a story about his dog, the mood in the room turned heavy. Someone else in the cell asked for something to lighten the mood, and Mr. Bojangles obliged with a tap dance.

      (Jerry Jeff Walker has a son by the name of Django Waker born in 1981 who is also a musician living in Austin Texas.)

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        Merry Christmas Baby

        December 12, 2012 in Music

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          Merry Christmas Baby

          December 12, 2012 in Holiday News, Music

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            Let it Snow

            December 12, 2012 in Music

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              Tom Waits – Christmas Card From a Hooker in Minneapolis

              December 7, 2012 in Entertainment, Music

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                Townes Van Zandt

                November 23, 2012 in Culture, Music

                Speaking of Steve Earle in a previous post reminds me of Townes Van Zandt who was a huge influence on Earle. Very few other songwriters can measure up to him. Here are two of my favorites.

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                  Happy Birthday Fats, wherever you may be!

                  May 21, 2011 in Music

                  On this day, more than 100 years ago in 1904, Fats Waller was born.  Fats left us in 1943–long before many of us were even born.

                  I thought in a tribute to Fats that the most appropriate of his songs to play on this Day of Apocalypse would be “There is Going to be the Devil to Pay”

                  It’s a good thing that Fats started early because he was only 39 when he died. Fats Waller started playing the piano when he was six and graduated to the organ of his father’s church four years later.

                  His playing once put him at risk of injury. Waller was kidnapped in Chicago leaving a performance in 1926. Four men bundled him into a car and took him to the Hawthorne Inn, owned by gangster Al Capone. Fats was ordered inside the building, and found a party in full swing. Gun to his back, he was pushed towards a piano, and told to play. A terrified Waller realized he was the “surprise guest” at Al Capone’s birthday party, and took comfort that the gangsters didn’t intend to kill him. According to rumor, Waller played for three days. When he left the Hawthorne Inn, he was very drunk, extremely tired, and had earned thousands of dollars in cash from Capone and other party-goers as tips.

                  He was very versatile.  Waller performed Bach   organ pieces for small groups on occasion. Waller influenced many pre-bop jazz pianists such as Count Basie.  Waller contracted pneumonia and died on a cross country train trip near Kansas City, Missouri on December 15, 1943. [SOURCE FOR FACTS: WIKI]

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                    A River Song for the Folks on the Mississippi tonight

                    May 14, 2011 in Music

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