27 March 2013


Sometimes it's fun and interesting to pick a year at random and then find out which tunes from that year are still in the repertoire of traditional jazz bands today. Usually you come up with some really 'good ol' good ones', as Louis Armstrong would have said. They are bound to be good: they have stood the test of time.

So let's go way way back - to 1910. Are there any tunes from that year we still play?

I guess most of us have in our repertoire Washington and Lee Swing, Memphis Blues, Down By The Old Mill Stream (that used to be a favourite of Kid Thomas), Shine, Let Me Call You Sweetheart, Some of These Days and Silver Bell.

I hope there are still a few bands playing Dill Pickles.

A clarinet-playing friend makes a feature of All That I Ask of You is Love and another plays Joshua.

I don't think that's a bad crop from a year so long ago.

But does anybody still play The Spaghetti Rag? I doubt it.