SEVEN SONGS ESSENTIAL TO THE EARLY ROOTS OF JAZZ

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Here are seven Jazz songs you should hear and know about:

“Doo Wacka Doo” performed by Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra. This zany song is a perfect example of the JOY and FUN created by several talented musicians playing off of each other. Listen and more

“Hot Lips” performed by Bill Brown and His Brownies. The interplay between musicians is evident as the individual musicians perform. Listen and more

“Washboard Wiggles” performed by Tiny Parham and his Musicians. The washboard, a common American folk instrument, is introduced to Jazz, and takes a solo. Listen and more

“Toodles” performed by The Charleston 7. The blending of the musicians in front of one mic to record this to 78 disc is quite a feat, sounding this good is a testament to amazing musicianship. Listen and more

“Everybody’s Charleston Crazy” performed by The Georgia Melodians. They recorded this song based on the world-wide dance craze, “The Charleston.” The Melodians were one of the first “studio bands.” Listen and more

“Rock and Gravel” performed by Syl Valentine and The Patent Leather kids. This combo is taken to musical heights by their collective music intelligence. Believe it or not this three-piece combo produces a full sound. Listen and more

“Frankie and Johnnie” performed by The Quality Four. The solos in this recording are stupendous, plus this track was performed live in one take. Listen and more

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