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Catamount Community Radio - February 1, 2009

I may have set a new record today for most records played in a two hour show: 34. If not, it's right up there. Today I featured ragtime (and stride piano). Jelly Roll Morton talked about the "professors" of New Orleans and played some bits; I read from James Weldon Johnson.

The president has Kenyan roots, so why not a little music from Kenya (Daniel Owino Misiani). So, if you get a yen for a some blues, jazz, doo-wop, country, reggae, rock, hip-hop, or etc., tune-in to WWCU-FM Sunday mornings 10-12 (EST) and you can catch catchy little numbers like those listed below.

James Weldon Johnson on ragtime:

There was a young fellow singing a song, accompanied on the piano by a short, thick-set, dark man. Between each verse he did some dance steps, which brought forth great applause and a shower of small coins at his feet. After the singer had responded to a rousing encore, the stout man at the piano began to run his fingers up and down the keyboard. This he did in a manner which indicated that he was master of a good deal of technique.

Then he began to play; and such playing! I stopped talking to listen. It was music of a kind I had never heard before. It was music that demanded physical response, patting of the feet, drumming of the fingers, or nodding of the head in time with the beat. The barbaric harmonies, the audacious resolutions often consisting of an abrupt jump from one key to another, the intricate rhythms in which the accents fell in the most unexpected places, but in which the beat was never lost, produced a most curious effect...

This was ragtime music, then a novelty in New York, and just growing to be a rage which has not yet subsided. It was originated in the questionable resorts about Memphis and St. Louis by Negro piano players, who knew no more of the theory of music than they did of the theory of the universe, but were guided by natural musical instinct and talent.

Jim Dandy on his hat:

It's a little cold today so I left my wool cap on my head as I went about my work day.
A guy came into my store and said he liked my hat, saying that it becomes me.
I thought, "Becomes me?"

What took me 50 years to do, this hat acomplished in one day?

1. Etta Baker – Carolina Breakdown
2. Serge Gainsbourg – Je suis venu te dire que je m'en vais
3. James P. Johnson – Snowy Morning Blues
4. Dick Hyman – A Barrell of Keys
5. Willie Nelson – Bandera
6. Sonny Smith – This is my Story, This is my Song
7. Jean Shepherd – Happy Hangovers to You
8. Bob Marley & the Wailers – Mellow Mood
9. Jelly Roll Morton – King Porter Stomp
10. The Five Royals – Baby, Don't Do It
11. Illinois Jacquet – Flying Home
12. Tim Wilson – Help Me Find Jimmy Hoffa
13. Jelly Roll Morton – Poor Alfred Wilson
14. Daniel Owino Misiani/Shirati Band – Dr. J. Abuya
15. Scott Joplin – Weeping Willow Rag
16. Jimmy Yancey – I Received a Letter
17. Daniel Owino Misiani/Shirati Band – Wuoro Monoro
18. Dinah Washington – Crazy, He Calls Me
19. Sufjan Stevens – The Mistress Witch from McClure
20. Slim Gaillard & Slam Stewart – Dark Eyes
21. The Flamingos – I Only Have Eyes for You
22. Willie Bobo – Tuxedo Junction
23. Neil Young – Birds (Reprise 0958)
24. Burning Spear – Dread River
25. Freddie Notes & the Rudies – Unity
26. Maceo & the Kings Men – Southwick
27. John Coltrane – All or Nothing At All
28. Too $hort – Life is ... Too Short
29. Nick Drake – Harvest Breed
30. Tammy Wynette – Good Girl Gone Bad
31. Little Richard – Sllippin' and Slidin' (Take 2 ww/ brushes)
32. The Stooges – Down on the Street (take 8)
33. The Re-Vels – False Alarm
34. Sonny Rollins – Namely You

Jelly Roll Morton

Daniel Owino Misiani


Big Bopper

now, if only l could find a hat that would make me become you!

May 2018



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