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1 November 2014

Tunes with More Than One Title

It is surprising how many tunes in the traditional jazz repertoire have with the passage of time acquired more than one title. There must have been various reasons for this, one of which was that a later performer wanted to disguise the fact that he was plagiarising a tune from an earlier band. But I am sure there were other reasons too, that had more to do with mere memory loss.

Here are over fifty examples. Maybe you can send me some more?

Algiers Strut is also known as You're all I Want for Christmas

Astoria Strut is also known as Climax Rag

Atlanta Blues (final strain) is also known as Make Me a Pallet on the Floor

Barnyard Blues is also known as Livery Stable Blues

Black Bottom Stomp is also known as Queen of Spades

Blame it on the Blues is also known as Quincy Street Stomp

Bluebells Goodbye is also known as Bright Eyes Goodbye

Bugle Boy March is also known as American Soldier

California Blues is also known as Blue Yodel No. 4

Can I Sleep in Your Arms Tonight, Lady? is the same tune as Red River Valley and is the same tune as We Shall Walk Through the Streets of the City

Chimes Blues is also known as Mournful Serenade

Creole Love Call is basically the middle theme from Camp Meeting Blues

Creole Song is also known as L'Autre Can Can and is also known as Madame Pedoux

Dauphine Street Blues (first strain) is also known as Nobody Knows the Way I Feel This Morning

Deep Bayou Blues is also known as The Three Sixes

Dippermouth Blues was re-created by the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra as Sugarfoot Stomp

Do Lord (tune) is also known as It Takes a Worried Man to Sing a Worried Song

Don't Go 'Way, Nobody (tune) is also known as  How Come You Do Me Like You Do Do Do? and  is also known as Everybody's Talking About Sammy and  is also known as I'm a Ding Dong Daddy from Dumas and  is also known as If It Don't Fit, Don't Force It

Don't You Feel My Leg is also known as Don't Make Me High

Down Home Rag is also known as Black Rag

Duke's Place is also known as C-Jam Blues

Fidgety Feet is also known as War Clouds

Frogimore Rag (trio) is also known as Sweetheart of Mine

Frosty Morning Blues is also known as Lost Your Man Blues

The Eyes of Texas (tune) is also known as I've Been Working on the Railroad

Garbage Man Blues is also known as Call of the Freaks and is also known as New Call of the Freaks 

Get a Working Man is identical to Pinchbacks, Take 'Em Away (and the chorus is harmonically the same as It's a Long Way to Tipperary)

Golden Leaf Strut is also known as Milenberg Joys

Good Time Flat Blues is also known as Farewell to Storyville

Hesitating Blues is also known as How Long, How Long Blues

Hiawatha Rag  is also known as A Summer Idyll

San Jacinto Stomp is also known as I Can't Escape from You and is also known as In the Groove and  is also known as I Don't Mean Maybe

I Hope Gabriel Likes My Music is also known as I Hope You Like My Music

In The Sweet By and By is also known as The Preacher and the Slave

Joe Avery's Piece is also known as Victory Walk

La Harpe Street Blues (theme) is also known as We Sure Do Need Him Now

Lily of the Valley is also known as Everybody Ought To Know and was possibly plagiarized from the final theme of Red Onion Drag

London Blues is also known as Shoe Shiner's Drag

Lotus Blossom is also known as Sweet Lotus Blossom

Loveless Love is also known as Careless Love

Love Me Tender is also known as Aura Lee

Martha is also known as Mazie

Memphis Blues is also known as Mr. Crump

Milneberg Joys is usually mis-spelt Milenberg Joys [The New Orleans suburb took its name from Scotsman Alexander Milne]

Midnight Mama - see under Tom Cat Blues

Mississippi Wobble is also known as Quality Shout

Montmartre is also known as Django's Jump

Mood Indigo is also known as Dreamy Blues

Moonlight and Roses is actually Lemare's 'Andantino'

New Orleans Bump is also known as Monrovia

Old Stack o'Lee Blues (not Stack o'Lee Blues) is virtually identical to Faraway Blues

Oriental Jazz was called Soudan by its original composer

The 1919 March is also known as The Rifle Rangers

China Boy is also known as Pacific Rim Stomp

Poor Old Joe is also known as Old Black Joe

Lazy Luke (composed in 1905 by George J. Philpot) was misleadingly renamed Red Flannel Rag by Turk Murphy when he recorded it many years later

Moanful Blues is actually Some Day Sweetheart

My Good Man Sam is virtually identical to Doctor Jazz

After You've Gone (1917) seems to have plagiarized Peg o' My Heart (1913)

Riverboat Shuffle was originally Free Wheeling

Riverside Blues is also known as Dixieland Shuffle

Root Hog or Die is virtually the same as Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen

The final theme of Royal Garden Blues is also the main theme of Georgia Bo Bo

Savoyager's Stomp is also known as Muskrat Ramble

Sidwewalk Blues is also known as Fishtail Blues

Silver Bell (second theme) is also known as Sometimes My Burden's Too Hard to Bear

Si Tu Vois Ma Mère is also known as Lonesome

Soap Suds is also known as Fickle Fay Creep

South is also known as Pork Chop

Storyville Blues is also known as Those Drafting Blues  and is also known as Bienville Blues

Gully Low Blues is also known as S.O.L. Blues

Original Dixieland One-Step (final strain) is also known as That Teasing Rag

Tar Paper Stomp is also known as Hot and Anxious (one theme) and is also known as In The Mood

The Midnight Special is also known as Shine a Light on Me

Till Times Get Better and Smokehouse Blues are almost identical to Up a Lazy River

Ting-a-ling is also known as Waltz of the Bells

Tom Cat Blues is also known as Midnight Mama (or Midnight Papa) and is also known as Nobody Knows The Way I Feel This Morning LINKED TO Winin' Boy Blues

Two Nineteen Blues is also known as Mamie's Blues

Uptown Bumps (final theme) is also known as The Bucket's Got a Hole in It

Viper Mad is also known as Pleasure Mad

Washington and Lee Swing is also known as Tulane Swing and Louisiana Swing

Way Down upon the Swanee River is also known as The Old Folks at Home

Weary Blues is also known as Travelling Blues

When Shadows Fall is also known as Home

Yaaka Hula Hickey Dula is also known as Hawaiian Love Song

Please note that Red Onion Rag (by Abe Olman, 1912) is a quite different tune from Louis Dumaine's Red Onion Drag.

31 October 2014

Introducing The Stamford Stompers : A New Band

Under the leadership of my friend Derek - a clarinet player - four of us have recently formed The Stamford Stompers.
We come from towns in Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire - counties in the Midlands of England.

Our plan is to provide street entertainment from time to time throughout our region. We also hope this may lead occasionally to an invitation to play at a party or wedding reception or similar event.

To hear us in action when we were playing recently at The Willow Place Shopping Centre in Corby, CLICK HERE.

30 October 2014

Salty Dog Chord Progression

If you're in the key of F and the chord for the first full bar is D7, it's likely you are playing a tune that uses The Salty Dog Chord Progression. It appears quite frequently in traditional jazz. So it is helpful to familiarise yourself with it. Essentially it begins with VI7 and then follows The Circle of Fifths.

So its pattern is this: VI7 - II7 - V7 - 1

Examples of our tunes in which this appears:

A Good Man Is Hard To Find
Alabamy Bound
All I Want is a Spoonful
Any Time
At The Jazz Band Ball [main strain]
Balling The Jack
Friends and Neighbours
Good Time Flat Blues (also known as Farewell to Storyville) [chorus]
Jazz Me Blues [main strain]
Lonesome Drag
Rose of the Rio Grande
Salty Dog
Seems Like Old Times
Shine On Harvest Moon
Sweet Georgia Brown
Tailgate Ramble
Take a Ferryboat Down to New Orleans
There’ll Be Some Changes Made
Up A Lazy River
You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby
You've Got The Right Key But The Wrong Keyhole

29 October 2014

Unrecorded Repertoire of Tuba Skinny


Which tunes have Tuba Skinny been seen playing (on YouTube) but have not yet recorded on any of their CDs (as at Oct 2014)?


All I Want is a Spoonful
Almost Afraid to Love
Big Boat
Bill Bailey
Billy Goat Stomp
Black Mountain Blues
Blue Devil Blues
Blue Moon of Kentucky Keep on Shining
Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives to Me
Carpet Alley Breakdown
C.C. (See See) Rider
Cemetery Life
Crazy Blues
Crumpled Paper
Dallas Blues
Dangerous Blues
Dear Almanzoer
Dirty TB Blues
Don't You Feel My Leg
Dodo Blues
Do It Right
Drop It On You
Droppin’ Shucks
Dusty Rag
Dyin’ Blues
Egyptian Ella
Everybody Loves My Baby
Exactly Like You
Faraway Blues
Farewell to Storyville
Fingering With Your Fingers
Forget Me Not Blues
Fourth Street Mess Around
Freight Train Blues
Frisco Bound
Frosty Morning Blues
Gee Baby Ain't I Good to You
Going to Germany
Good Liquor Gonna Carry Me Down
Good Time Flat Blues
Grandpa's Spells
Hard Pushin' Papa
Hear Me Talkin’ To Ya
Hey Hey, Your Mama's Feeling Blue (Blind Blake's Blues)
High Society
How Can It Be?
How Come You Do Me Like You Do Do Do?
How Do They Do It That Way?
Ice Man
If It Don't Fit, Don't Force It
If You Take Me Back
I Got a Man in the 'Bama Mines
I Got a Woman
I'll See You in the Spring
I'm Blue and Lonesome (Nobody Cares for Me)
I’m Goin’ Back Home
I'm Gonna Be a Sweet Lovin' Ol' Soul
I'm Gonna Grab Me A Freight Train
I'm So Blue
In Harlem's Araby
It’s Nobody’s Fault But Mine
Jackass Blues
Jailhouse Blues
Jazz Battle
Jubilee Stomp
Just a Closer Walk With Thee
Kansas City Stomps
Lily of the Valley
Lovesick Blues (I Got a Feeling Called the Blues)
Make Me a Pallet on Your Floor (Atlanta Blues)
Me and My Chauffeur
Memphis Shake
Michigander Blues
Moanin’ The Blues
New Dirty Dozens
Nothin' [aka Dodo Blues]
Oh Papa Blues
Old Red
Ol' Miss Rag
One More Thing
Oriental Jazz
Perdido Street Blues
Please Come Back To Me
Running Down My Man
Satan, Your Kingdom Must Come Down
Savoy Blues
See See Rider
Shake It and Break It
Shine On, Harvest Moon
Sidewalk Blues
Sold My Soul, Sold it to the Devil
Somebody Else is Taking My Place
Some Day I’ll Be Gone Away
Some Day, Sweetheart
Stavin' Chain
St. Louis Blues
Sunset Waltz
Sweet Potato Blues
Throw Your Black Hand Down
Tiger Rag
Tin Roof Blues
Tishomingo Blues
Tom Cat Blues
True Love
Up a Lazy River
Variety Stomp
Vine Street Drag
Viper Mad
Wabash Blues
Weary Blues
What’s the Matter With the Mill?
When My Dreamboat Comes Home
When You and I Were Young, Maggie
Wild Man Blues
Winin' Boy Blues
Won’t You Be Kind to Me?
Yellow Dog Blues
Yes Sir That’s My Baby

............and a few more that I can't identify.

What an impressive repertoire they have!

26 October 2014

Tuba Skinny's CD 'Owl Call Blues'

Readers asked me to write about Tuba Skinny's CD - Owl Call Blues - which was released at the end of August 2014.
I would much prefer that you all listen to it and buy it! Go to their website   CLICK HERE   and follow the instructions.

The band's friend Max Bien-Khan recorded the music with his equipment over several days in one of the New Orleans houses in which Tuba Skinny musicians live. The resulting acoustic is of a very high quality.

Here's what the CD contains:

1. Crazy 'Bout You: a standard Tuba Skinny performance of the pleasant, simple 16-bar tune, with singing by Erika and good ensemble work. I enjoyed Shaye's cheeky Ab on the very last note played - turning the final chord into Bb7th!

2. Rosa Lee Blues: vocal by Greg (abetted by Erika) in this 12-bar blues, which is slightly unusual in having an eight-to-the-bar rhythm and being played in the key of G.

3. Cannonball Blues: An amazing key-changing 12-bar blues with a terrific head arrangement. I love the moment when Shaye shakes her cornet though about 12 notes in half a second while changing the key from Eb to Ab! And it's clever how they slide down to the Key of C for Todd's tuba chorus before sliding up again to Ab.

4. Got a Mind To Ramble: One of those Erika vocals that we all love. Essentially a simple 8-bar theme in Bb - just the sort of material out of which nobody can make more than Erika and Tuba Skinny do.

5. Short-Dress Gal: Many of us know and love the 1927 original by the Sam Morgan Band. Tuba Skinny recreate it with their usual skill and Barnabus does a great job on the trombone, in the style of Big Jim Robinson on the Sam Morgan recording.

6. Owl Call Blues: I think for many of us this haunting song alone is worth the price of the CD. Shaye and Erika composed it; and here the band performs it lyrically for us. I have written before about Owl Call Blues   HERE .

7. Too Tight: The bouncy 16-bar blues highlights the strings and also Todd on the tuba.

8. Oriental Strut: Johnny St. Cyr's complex multi-part 1926 composition is very well executed, with a typical Tuba Skinny arrangement including some tricky breaks and rhythmic effects.

9. Ambulance Man: This 1930 Hattie Hart song is a duet with a story to tell. There is very good ensemble support. Basically a 12-bar Chorus in Bb but with a preceding Verse. (Don't like to say this: I think it starts too slowly; but it picks up speed later.)

10. How Do They Do It That Way?: This Victoria Spivey song from 1929 is a favourite with the band and their followers. There are plenty of videos of them performing it. And I believe it's the only number they have recorded twice for CDs: it was also on their Garbage Man CD. So we are in familiar territory, though with a new arrangement. On this occasion they have chosen to play one Chorus in Eb and then one in Bb (Erika's preferred key) before Erika's vocal solo. But they return to Eb for a remarkable final Chorus, displaying Shaye's talents as she plays almost the entire Chorus solo, against stop chords.

11. Dallas Rag: This tune (devised and recorded by The Dallas String Band in 1927) has settled into Tuba Skinny's repertoire and I have written about it before ( CLICK HERE TO READ ). Although it's based on a simple chord sequence, given its liveliness and the use of breaks, it is a great fun number. Good work all round. Fans of Robin will enjoy hearing him strut his stuff.

12. Untrue Blues: Another 8-bar theme bouncily played and well sung by Erika. You'll enjoy hearing Shaye playing the fiddle here. Like Rosa Lee Blues (above) it's played in G.

13. Somebody's Been Lovin' My Baby: One of those sad tales that suits Erika's voice very well. A 32-bar song. Sounds like another example of a key that is hardly ever ventured into by other traditional jazz bands - A minor.

14. Willie the Weeper: Jazz bands have been playing this one since 1920. Tuba Skinny give a lusty creative performance, almost entirely with full ensemble and preferring the keys of G minor and Bb to those used by many bands - D minor and F. (By the way, Robin has said this is his favourite track on the CD).

15. Travellin' Blues:  A standard 12-bar, with Shaye on fiddle and Greg providing the vocal - again abetted by Erika.