Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Jazz at The Laundry

Strictly for YOUR information only, here is the setlist from the gig I did the other night at The Laundry, Johnston St, Fitzroy.
I got there a bit early and as there were a few people also there, I started to play some pre-set room warmers. I wanted to get the atmosphere up and swinging while people arrived, got their drinks and settled in. It was also a good excuse to play some fast hot stuff (with the exception of the 2 groovy tracks- Slims Jam/ Dupree's Blues) and lots of Fats Waller!
The dancing set started properly with Cab Calloways Oh! Grandpa.

Snake Rag (Instrumental)- Sidney Bechet - Sidney Bechet et Claude Luter
It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)/ Duke Ellington/ Introducing Duke Ellington Disc 2/
Dinah/ Fats Waller & His Rhythm/ If You Got To Ask, You Ain't Got It!
Slim's Jam/ Slim Gaillard/ The Legends of Savoy, Vol. 2
Dupree Blues/ Woody Herman and the Swingin' Herd/ Blues Groove
'Tain't What You Do (It's The Way That You Do It)/ Fats Waller & His Rhythm/ If You Got To Ask, You Ain't Got It!
Shag/ Sidney Bechet/ 1924-1938
Old Grand Dad/ Fats Waller & His Rhythm/ If You Got To Ask, You Ain't Got It!
Oh! Gram'pa/ Cab Calloway/Are You Hep To The Jive?
Shake, Rattle and Roll (Afternoon of a Moax)/ Charlie Barnet & His Orchestra/ 1940
Silks And Satins/ Count Basie/ The Complete Atomic Basie
Jump Session/ Slim & Slam/ Lindy Hop Jamboree Part 3
Turn It Over/ Bus Moten & His Men/ Kansas City Blues 1944-1949 Disc 3
Blow, Man, Blow/ Calvin Boze/ Jumpin' Like Mad: Cool Cats & Hip Chicks Disc 2
Back Room Romp/ Duke Ellington/ Ken Burns Jazz Series: Duke Ellington
Four Or Five Times/ Woody Herman/ The Great Swing Bands (Disc 2)
'Til My Baby Comes Back To Me/ Blue Harlem/ Talk to me
Where were you?/ Nat King Cole with Pete Rugolo/ Now that's Swing
Ooh Wee, Then The Lights Go Out/ Jimmy Witherspoon With Jay McShann And His Band/ Goin' To Kansas City Blues
Your Feet's Too Big/ JB Scott's Swingin' Allstars/ Just Swingin'!
Potato Chips/ Slim Gailard/ The Best of Slim Gaillard: Laughin' in Rhythm
Talking That Talk/ Jimmy Liggins/ Jumpin' Like Mad: Cool Cats & Hip Chicks Disc 2
Viper Mad/ Sidney Bechet/ 1924-1938
Hold Tight (Want Some Seafood Mama)/ Fats Waller & His Rhythm/ A Handful of Fats: Original 1929-1942 Recordings
Laughing in Rhythm/ Slim Gaillard/ 1947-1951
Spreadin' Rhythm Around/ Billie Holiday/ Lady Day Swings
Le Jazz Hot/ Jimmie Lunceford / Lunceford Special
Summit Ridge Drive/ Artie Shaw/ The Complete Gramercy Five Sessions
I Can't Stop Now/ Blue Harlem/ Talk to me
Savoy Blues/ Louis Armstrong/ See You Later ...
Loose Wig/ Lionel Hampton/ Swingstation
A Viper's Moan/ Willie Bryant & His Orchestra/ Willie Bryant & His Orchestra
Sugarfoot Stomp/ Kid Ory/ Kid Ory Plays The Blues - Live Broadcasts From The Hangover Club In San Francisco
Blues My Naughty Sweetie/ Sidney Bechet/ The Blue Note Years
Hot And Anxious/ Fletcher Henderson/ Ken Burns Jazz
Shorty's Got To Go/ Lucky Millinder/ Apollo Jump
Up a Lazy River/ Bobby Darin/ Aces back to back
Sugar Blues/ Clyde McCoy/ Mixed Swing
For Dancers Only/ Junior Mance/ Happy Time
Bucket's Got a Hole in It/ Kid Ory/ 1944-1946
Whoa babe/ Lionel Hampton/ Swing - The Ultimate Big Band Album
All Night Long/ Sam Butera And The Witnesses/ Wild Cool And Swingin'

This might be the last lindy hop gig at the Laundry as they're closing for 6 weeks while the venue undergoes refurbishment under the new owners. Quite fitting perhaps as I played at their opening night only a few months ago.
It's a great location and a pretty good room except for the hard concrete dancefloor upstairs. Personally I find it too punishing to dance for long on it, and as a dj I've noticed that people won't tend to dance non-stop all night there. Thats OK though, as it gives people a chance to socialize and get drinks etc.
Never-the-less, it was a pretty good gig! The floor was always full and there was a high energy happening. I ended up playing both sets as no one told me to stop.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

My old friend.

After spending last night djing some hot swinging jazz for lindy hoppers at The Laundry in Fitzroy, I'm feeling the influence of that old faithful friend- Indie pop nostaligia!

Listening to Stone Roses: Stone Roses and Primal Screams Screamadelica and Give Out But Don't Give Up on shuffle.

After 3 years in the same pad we're moving house tomorrow!
New Diggsville HQ!!