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Catamount Community Radio - September 21, 2014

After the show, the station manager helped me record a new promo for my show. It's about time, the last one was recorded way back in 2011, so it has been in rotation now for three years. I used my "music for your dining and dancing pleasure, so long as your dining is breakfast" line. I'm thinking of doing another one, a thirty-second one. The old one and the new one both clock in at one minute. I did the voice track in one take. I'm a badass like that.

I featured the song craft of Hoagy Carmichael today. Started with Gene Krupa's band doing "Rockin' Chair." I have no notes on the recording, but I'm more than sure that it it was feature for the great trumpet man Roy Eldridge.

In the old days, before the invention of the stereo, whore houses had piano players, some of whom referred to as "professors." It was said to get the job, you needed to know two tunes: the blues and "Stardust." Today we listened to Ben Webster play Carmichael's "Stardust" (on the tenor sax, not on the piano, even though Webster could play some mean boogie-woogie piano). "Georgia on my Mind" is probably Carmichael's most famous tune, because of Ray Charles' version. We listened to Michael Lowenstern play it on the bass clarinet. Not enough bass clarinet in the world. Bing Crosby, who was a pretty hip dude, joined the Mills Brothers (les freres Mills) on a medley of "Lazy River" and "Paper Doll" (the first of which is a Carmichael tune). Brad Mehldau played "The Nearness of You" on the 88s, and finally, Carmen McRae and Sammy Davis, Jr. duetted on "Two Sleepy People"

From Frank Loesser's lyrics:

Do you remember the nights we used to linger in the hall
Father didn't like you at all
Do you remember the reason why we married in the fall
To rent this little nest and get a bit of rest

After the "Father didn't like it at all" line, Sammy Davis, Jr. quips, "He broke my arm." In Fats Waller's version of the tune, after the line, "Do you remember the reason we married in the fall?" he inserts, "Yes, it was a shotgun wedding."

Jim Dandy comes back to win the cover contest this week, edging out Mary Ellen.

1. Whose tune is it, and who is playing it? - James Brown's / Johnny Winter. Dandy considered guessing Edgar Winter, but changed his mind and still got it wrong. The only question he missed.

2. What tune are Frank Marocco and Simone Zanchini playing on their accordions? - "The Flintstones."

3. With which rock star did Bing Crosby duet near the end of his life? - with David Bowie

4. Name this tune - "Sanford and Sons Theme" ("The Streetbeater" by Quincy Jones), played by Brian Bromberg and friends.


Catamount Community Radio, sublime, but really not bad at all. Sunday at 10:00 a.m. in Maine and 4:00 p.m. in Spain on WWCU.

1. Etta James – A Sunday Kind of Love
2. Omer Avital – Arrival
3. Matt Wilson – Feel the Sway
4. The Platters – You’ll Never Know
5. Roy Eldridge – Rockin’ Chair
6. Don Byron – Blue Bubbles
7. Jean Sheppard – Happy Hangovers to You
8. Johnny Winter – Out of Sight
9. Ellis Marsalis – Melancholia
10. Charles Brown – I’ll Get Along Somehow
11. Ben Webster – Stardust
12. Frank Marocco & Simone Zanchini – The Flintstones
13. Coleman Hawkins – Under Paris Skies
14. Charlie Parker – Melancholy Baby
15. Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Stitt et. al. – Dark Eyes
16. Michael Lowenstern – Georgia on my Mind
17. Marc Ribot – Future Rock 2
18. Carole King – Crying in the Rain
19. Bing Crosby & the Mills Brothers – Lazy River / Paper Doll medley
20. Junior Mance – Small Fry
21. The Beach Boys – Forever
22. Ella Fitzgerald – Skylark
23. Brad Mehldau – The Nearness of You
24. Sammy Davis, Jr. & Carmen McRae – Two Sleepy People
25. Brian Blomberg – Sanford & Son Theme
26. John Patitucci – Jesus on the Main Line
27. The Dixie Hummingbirds – Christian Automobile
28. Tony Allen – Gbedu (fragment)
29. Duke Ellington - Melancholia

Hoagy Carmichael


I'm Back!

I guess I got your clue backwards thinking that it was the answer's brother that recently died, and although I didn't think it sounded like either of them anyway I went with Joe Tex, whom it may not sound like either, but that was what flew into my head so who am I to argue with me.
Great show!


I made some great rice the other day. Sautee finely chopped garlic and onions in olive oil, add the washed thai rice, sautee until all the rice is coated with oil then a little more, add a combination of chicken stock and water (2:1 ratio) bring to a boil, add some turmeric (to make it yellow), salt and pepper, stir a bit, cover, lower the temp. and let it go until done. It will accompany anything.

Re: I'm Back!

I've already got two questions ready for next week.


Re: I'm Back!

2:1 refers to the liquid/rice ratio, not the stock/water ratio.

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