The Emerald City Jazz Kings in
Swingin' the Blues
Sun, Oct 28, 7:30 - 10:00 pm
Austin Auditorium, LaSells
Just as "jazz" became a word familiar to the American public at large by 1920 because of the recordings of the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, so did the "blues" make inroads in the early 20s through the popularity of songs by W. C. Handy and blues singers such as the Smith "Sisters" -- Bessie, Clara and Mamie -- particularly Mamie's recording of "Crazy Blues" in 1920. Quickly the word "blues" began appearing in the titles of American popular songs, but many of the writers had little understanding of the music and often made no attempt to use blues chord progressions, and the songs were often far removed in feeling from the blues. Similarly, the blues chord structure became the basis for many jazz and swing numbers with little resemblance to the early blues in feeling. (E.g., "Limehouse Blues" is not a blues , "String of Pearls" it based on a blues chord progression.) We will examine some of these numbers to see just how broadly this word was used during the jazz and swing eras!
Program
SET I. BLUES ON PARADE
 Basin Street Blues
(1928)
Words & music by Spencer Williams
 Blues In The Night
(1941) Blues In The Night
Words by Johnny Mercer - Music by Harold Arlen
 The Half Of It, Dearie, Blues
(1924) Lady, Be Good
Words by Ira Gershwin - Music by George Gershwin
 Am I Blue?
(1929) Cotton Club Parade, 22nd Edition
Words by Grant Clarke - Music by Harry Akst
SET II. SWINGIN' THE BLUES
 Tin Roof Blues
(1923)
Music by Paul Mares
 Potato Head Blues
(1927)
Music by Louis Armstrong
 Limehouse Blues
(1922)
Words by Douglas Furber - Music by Philip Braham
 Black Coffee
(1948)
Words & music by Paul Francis Webster, Sonny Burke
 Things Ain't What They Used To Be
(1941)
Words by Ted Persons - Music by Mercer Ellington
Featured composers, lyricists, creators
Harry Akst, 1894-1963
Harold Arlen, 1905-1986
Louis Armstrong, 1901-1971
Philip Braham, -
Sonny Burke, -
Grant Clarke, 1891-1931
Mercer Ellington, 1919-1996
Douglas Furber, 1885-1961
George Gershwin, 1898-1937
Ira Gershwin, 1896-1983
Paul Mares, 1900-1949
Johnny Mercer, 1909-1976
Ted Persons, -
Paul Francis Webster, 1907-1984
Spencer Williams, 1889-1965
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Austin Auditorium
LaSells Stewart Center
OSU Campus
Corvallis, OR
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