Saturday, April 6, 2013

Boogie Woogie 78 RPM Records to be Broadcast Saturday, April 6 at 3:30 pm ET on CRAGG!

The Jazz-O-Rama Hour is part of The Joe Bev 3-Hour Block, which includes The Comedy-O-Rama Hour & The Joe Bev Experience, EVERY SATURDAY starting 2:30 pm ET / 11:30 am PT on

The boogie woogie of Count Basie, Albert Ammons and Pinetop Smith are among the tunes that will fill the air on the 34th edition of Joe Bev's Jazz-O-Rama Hour airing TODAY Saturday, April 6th at 3:30 pm ET / 12:30 pm PT, at (part of Joe Bev 3-Hour Block, beginning at 2:20 pm ET / 11:30 am PT).

Pinetop Smith

This Saturday Joe Bev presents 78 RPM Jazz with a Sense of Humor: "Roots of Rock: Boogie Woogie", including:

1. Pinetop's Boogie Woogie - Pinetop Smith (1928)
2. Six Wheel Chaser - Meade "Lux" Lewis (1930s)
3. Detroit Rocks - Arthur "Montana" Taylor (1940s)
4. Woo Woo - Albert Ammons (1938)
5. Boogie Woogie - Count Basie with Trio (1938)
6. Boogie Woogie (I May Be Wrong) The Count Basie Orchestra, Jimmy Rushing vocal (1936)
7. Boogie Woogie - Count Basie And Illinois Jacquet ‎(1946)
8. Boogie - Art Tatum (1945)
9. Billy´s Boogie - The Billy Penrose Quartet (1945)
10. Bass Goin' Crazy - Albert Ammons (1939)
11. Red's Boogie - Piano Red ‎(1950)
12. Indian Boogie Woogie - The Woody Herman Orchestra (1938) RCA Victor
13. Boogie Woogie - The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (1938)
14. Boo-Woo - Harry James and the Boogie Woogie Trio (1939)
15. Central Avenue Breakdown - Lionel Hampton with Nat King Cole (1940)
16. Beck's Boogie - Pia Beck (1952)

Clarence Smith, better known as Pinetop Smith or Pine Top Smith was one of the earliest pianists to recorded a boogie-woogie" piano solo. On December 29, 1928 he recorded his influential "Pine Top's Boogie Woogie," one of the first "boogie woogie" style recordings to make a hit, and which cemented the name for the style. Similar lyrics are heard in many later songs, including "Mess Around" and "What'd I Say" by Ray Charles.

Meade "Lux" Lewis was an pianist and composer, noted for his work in the boogie-woogie style. His best known work, "Honky Tonk Train Blues", has been recorded in various contexts, often in a big band arrangement.

Arthur "Montana" Taylor was a boogie-woogie pianist best known for his recordings in the 1940s and regarded as the leading exponent of the "barrelhouse" style of playing.

Albert C. Ammons learned to play by the age of ten. He also played percussion in the drum and bugle corps as a teenager and was soon performing with bands on the Chicago club scene. After World War I he became interested in the blues, learning by listening to Chicago pianists Hersal Thomas and the brothers Alonzo and Jimmy Yancey.

William "Count" Basie was born to Harvey Lee and Lillian Basie in Red Bank, New Jersey. His father worked as a coachman and caretaker for a wealthy judge. After automobiles replaced horses, his father became a groundskeeper and handyman for several wealthy families in the area.

Arthur "Art" Tatum, Jr. was an jazz pianist and virtuoso who played with phenomenal facility despite being nearly blind from birth. Tatum is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest jazz pianists of all time, and he was a major influence on later generations of jazz pianists.

The Billy Penrose Quartet recorded jazz in the 1940s in England for Parlophone Records.

William "Willie" Lee Perryman usually known professionally as Piano Red and later in life as Dr. Feelgood, was an jazz artist, the first to hit the pop music charts.Some music historians credit Perryman's 1950 recording "Rocking With Red" for the popularization of the term "rock and roll" in Atlanta. His simple, hard-pounding left hand and his percussive right hand, coupled with his cheerful shout, brought him considerable success over three decades.


Woodrow Charles "Woody" Herman was an jazz clarinetist, alto and soprano saxophonist, singer, and big band leader. Leading various groups called "The Herd," Herman was one of the most popular of the 1930s and '40s bandleaders. Herman continued to perform into the 1980s,

Thomas Francis "Tommy" Dorsey, Jr. was an jazz trombonist, trumpeter, composer, and bandleader of the Big Band era. He was known as "The Sentimental Gentleman of Swing", due to his smooth-toned trombone playing.He was known as "The Sentimental Gentleman of Swing", due to his smooth-toned trombone playing. The Dorey Brothers reunited in 1953, focusing their attention on television. On December 26, 1953, the brothers appeared with their orchestra on Jackie Gleason's CBS television show, which was preserved on kinescope and later released on home video by Gleason. The brothers took the unit on tour and onto their own television show, Stage Show, from 1955 to 1956. On numerous episodes, they introduced future noted rock musician Elvis Presley to national television audiences, prior to Presley's better known appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.


Henry Haag “Harry” James was a jazz musician and actor best known as a trumpeter who led a swing band during the Big Band Swing Era of the 1930s and 1940s. He was especially known among musicians for his astonishing technical proficiency as well as his superior tone.

Lionel Leo Hampton was an jazz vibraphonist, pianist, percussionist, bandleader and actor. Along with Red Norvo, Hampton was one of the first jazz vibraphone players. Hampton ranks among the great names in jazz history, having worked with a who's who of jazz musicians, from Benny Goodman and Buddy Rich to Charlie Parker and Quincy Jones.

Pieternella (Pia) Beck was a Dutch jazz pianist and singer. Beck was a natural at the piano. In May 1945, without significant musical training, she was hired as pianist and vocalist in the Miller Sextet, for which she performed in Belgium, Germany, Sweden and the Dutch East Indies.

Joe Bevilacqua (Joe Bev) has been producing radio in many genres since 1971 when he was 12. At 19 in 1980, Bev became the youngest person to produce a radio show for public radio. He co-hosted The Jazz Show with Garret Gega in the early 80s, a four hour a week mix classic jazz and comedy. Bev also worked for WBGO, Jazz 88 in Newark, NJ and produced documentaries for WNYC New York Public Radio on jazz legends including Louis Armstrong, Wynton Marsalis, Count Basie, Woody Herman, Cab Calloway, and Lionel Hampton.

Bev also produces, directs, writes and voices half of The Comedy-O-Rama Hour, which is has been highest rated radio show on Cult Radio A-Go-Go! for many weeks. Joe Bev's other weekly radio show, The Jazz-O-Rama Hour debuted at #2.

Last year, the veteran voice actor added his third hour for Cult Radio, called The Joe Bev Experience which airs right after The Jazz-O-Rama Hour.

Louis Armstrong's New Orleans, with Wynton Marsalis: A Joe Bev Musical Sound Portrait

by Joe Bevilacqua Narrated by Joe Bevilacqua, Winton Marsalis, Donald Newlove, Leonard Lopate, Louis Armstrong

Length: 59 min. 

Veteran radio producer Joe Bevilacqua hosts this entertaining, informative hour, recorded in the French Quarter of New Orleans and featuring jazz great Wynton Marsalis, jazz author and historian Donald Newlove, WNYC Radio talk show host Leonard Lopate, members of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and others, on the origins of jazz, and the life and music of legendary trumpeter Louis Armstrong. Also featured is the music of Armstrong throughout his long career, and rare recordings, including audio from a 1957 CBS TV documentary with Edward R. Murrow.



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