Andy Kirk special – Hot Ginger Radio Show #5

Our first ‘special’ where we devote an entire show to one artist. This time it’s a band we think are the best kept secret of the swing era: Andy Kirk and his 12 Clouds of Joy, featuring the amazing Mary Lou Williams.

Andy Kirk special – Hot Ginger Radio Show #5

Hot Ginger Radio Show no. 5 [ANDY KIRK SPECIAL]
TX date: 28 March 2010
Track listing:
01 – Walkin’ and Swingin’ (1936)
02 – Puddinhead Serenade (1936)
03 – All the Jive is gone (v. Pha Terrell)  (1936)
04 – A Mellow Bit of Rhythm  (1937)
05 – I’se a Muggin’  (v. Ben Thigpen)  (1936)
06 – Why Can’t We Do It Again? (v. Henry Wells) (1937)
07 – Moten Swing (1936)
08 – ‘Twinklin’ (extract)   (1937)
09 – The Lady Who Swings the Band  (v. Harry Mills) (1936)
10 – Dunkin’ A Doughnut  (1938)
11 – Jump Jack Jump  (1938)
12 – What’s Your Story, Morning Glory?  (v. Pha Terrell)  (1938)
13 – Wednesday Night Hop (1937)
14 – Little Joe From Chicago  (1938)
15 – Toadie Toddle (v. Ben Thigpen)  (1938)
16 – 52nd Street (v. Harry Mills) (1936)
17 – Give Her a Pint (And She’ll Tell It All)  (v. Pha Terrell)  (1936)
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‘One o’ Clock Jump’ – Hot Ginger Radio Show #4

Today’s featured artist is Count Basie & his Orchestra, plus music from Bunny Berigan, Glenn Miller, Louis Jordan and more…

‘One o’ Clock Jump’ – Hot Ginger Radio Show #4

Hot Ginger Radio Show no. 4

TX date: 21 March 2010

Track listing:

01 – Woody Herman – Woodchoppers’ Ball  (1939)
02 – Andrews Sisters – Mister Five by Five
03 – Bunny Berigan – Flat Foot Floogie
04 – Count Basie – One o’ Clock Jump [1937]
05 – Count Basie (v. Jimmy Rushing) – Sent For You Yesterday [1938]
06 – **** - German Songs 1940-41
07 – Lew Stone Orchestra (v. Alan Kane) – Stars Fell On Alabama (1934)
08 – Ambrose And His Orchestra (v. Anne Shelton) - Begin The Beguine
09 –  Artie Shaw – Begin The Beguine
10 – Glenn Miller – I Just Got A Letter [1939]
11 – Count Basie (v. Jimmy Rushing) – Don’t You Miss Your Baby [1937]
12 – Count Basie – Topsy [1939]
13 – Louis Jordan – Keep A-Knockin’ (But You Can’t Come In) (1939)
14 – Benny Goodman & Gene Krupa – Sing! Sing! Sing! (With a Swing)
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Raising the roof!

Well, what a brilliant Prohibition Party it was.

A hundred or more dappers and flappers making full use of both dance floors and the joint was jumping so much we kept playing well past the advertised 12.30 cut off point. Lovely mix of our usual 30s/40s swing with plenty of 1920s Charleston thrown in.

Check out all the photos from the night on Facebook and on MySpace (thanks to Lorna, Claire and Karl).

Ringo from Rhubarb Radio’s 10 o’Clock Rock show was there and went round collecting all your quotes for his Sunday morning show. Only he got so drunk on our special Hot Ginger cocktails, he couldn’t read his own writing! Here are the few he could decipher:

RingoGreat nite had by all. Absolutely bostin’!

Sally and JohnWhen is the next one? Can’t wait!

KarlThanks for another great night, already looking forward to the next one.

Claire – Thanks for another great night!

Jon – My third visit to Hot Ginger and it was absolutely amazing. The West Midlands is really lacking in this kind of venue so you guys have done a great job!

We’ll see you all again on 10th April for our Easter Hop.

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‘Runnin’ Wild’ – Hot Ginger Radio Show #3

With featured artist Benny Goodman, plus Jimmie Lunceford, Betty Hutton, Hoosiers Hotshots and more…

‘Runnin’ Wild’ – Hot Ginger Radio Show #3

Hot Ginger Radio Show no. 3
TX date: 14 March 2010

Track listing:

01 – Cab Calloway – Beal Street Mama
02 – Jimmie Lunceford – Life Is Fine
03 – Charlie Barnet & his Orchestra – Blues in the Night
04 – Benny Goodman – Big John’s Special
05 – Benny Goodman – Roll ‘Em
06 – Hoosier’s Hotshots – Like a Monkey Likes Cocoanuts
07 – Coleman Hawkins – Crazy Rhythm
08 – Ink Spots – Stompin’ at the Savoy
09 – Ken ‘Snakehips’ Johnson – Stompin’ at the Savoy
10 – Jimmy Dorsey & his Orchestra – Don’t Be That Way
11 – Al Bowlly, Ray Noble – My Woman
12 – Benny Goodman – Runnin’ Wild
13 – Benny Goodman – Winter Weather
14 – Betty Hutton – It’s A Man
15 – Tommy Dorsey (v. Jo Stafford & The Pied Pipers) – Whatcha Know Joe (1942)
16 – Lionel Hampton – Hey! Ba-Ba-Re-Bop

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We’re going dappers and flappers!

This weekend sees our fourth big night Upstairs at the Cross in Moseley, and this time it’s a Prohibition Party.

Er…. what’s a Prohibition Party? you ask.

Okay, it’s a Gangsters and Molls night, but we’re betting it’s the only one you’ll ever go to with authentic music from the Roaring Twenties.

So guys, get that pin-striped double-breasted suit from the back of the wardrobe, and girls, think feather boa! We’re going dappers and flappers.

And we’re opening up a second front!

The dance floor got so crowded last time that we’re opening a second dance floor space on the mezzanine level. It’s the perfect place for beginners to practice their moves. So now there’s two dance floors for the price of one.

See you Saturday!

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‘The Music Goes Round and Round’ – Hot Ginger Radio Show #2

Today’s featured artist is British trumpeter and bandleader Nat Gonella, plus the sounds of Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, Mildred Bailey and more…

‘The Music Goes Round and Round’ – Hot Ginger Radio Show #2

Hot Ginger Radio Show no. 0002
TX date: 7 March 2010

Track listing:

01. Andy Kirk And His Twelve Clouds Of Joy – Walkin’ And Swingin’ (1936)
02. Ambrose & His Orchestra – Bye Bye Baby
03. Duke Ellington & His Orchestra – So Far, So Good (1940)
04. Nat Gonella – Nagasaki
05. Nat Gonella – I Can’t Dance
06. Fats Waller – Chant of the Groove
07. Bob Howard & His Orchestra – You Fit into the Picture
08. Django Reinhardt – After You’ve Gone
09. Gene Krupa – After You’ve Gone
10. Betty Hutton – The Jitterbug
11. Mildred Bailey – All Too Soon
12. Nat Gonella – Georgia on my Mind
13. Nat Gonella – The Music Goes Round and Round
14. Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra – Chloe
15. Stuff Smith and his Onyx Club Boys (v. Rosetta Howard) - You’re a Viper (1936)
16. Count Basie – Jumpin’ At The Woodside

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