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Readings and Lead Sheets for Swing (II)

Swing bands and orchestras were performing and rearranging their tunes at a rapid pace during this period, thus, it is very difficult to find good transcriptions of the recordings we are covering. Here is the lead sheet for “Daphne” and here is the lead sheet for “Bei Mir Bist Du Shoen.”

Next week, we will be discussing the role of women in swing during World War II. Sherry Tucker’s Swing Shift is the best discussion of the role of “all girl” swing bands during the war. Here is a chapter about the role of the “male mass audience.” I look forward to your reactions to her research and how it contrasts with the more typical picture of female jazz musicians as pianists and singers.


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Storms and Hurricanes

New College will be closed on Monday due to Isaac’s approach. In honor of the impending weather, I have decided to post a few of my favorite jazz recordings about storms, rain, and hurricanes.

Lena Horne, “Stormy Weather” (1943)

This song was Lena Horne’s signature song for decades.

Elis Regina & Tom Jobim, “Águas de Março [Waters of March]” (1974)

Someone in mini-classes asked if we are covering any bossa nova song. Yes, we are indeed, although they will only be covered for one day. Thus, I take advantage of blog posts to expose you to more.

Elis Regina and Antônio Carlos Jobim recorded this song in Los Angeles. It continues to be one of the more celebrated of his ouvre, a full 15 years after the bossa nova trend began.

Herbie Hancock / VSOP “Eye of the Hurricane” (1986)

This song was originally on Hancock’s Maiden Voyage (1965), a post-bop album we’ll discuss in the second half of the class.

What are your favorite weather-related jazz songs?



Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, “Hurricane Camile” (1990)

I searched high and low for this recording on YouTube, Grooveshark, and SoundCloud. It turns out that Béla Fleck’s tune is more popular on YouTube as an arrangement for H.S. drum-lines.

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