17 October 2014


On a wet afternoon here in England, having nothing better to do, I thought about East Coast Trot. I first heard this tune when the New Orleans cornet player Chris Tyle played it while on tour in England about 25 years ago, and I liked it immediately. I believe it dates from 1926 and was written by two gentlemen called Jimmy Blythe and Lathair Stephens. Probably it originally had lyrics, though I have never heard them.

In several years of hoping, I have not come across the printed music for this tune. So here's how I am playing it.

I kept it simple. But much of the tune's appeal lies in its melodic and structural simplicity because it lends itself very easily to improvisation.