Louis Armstrong

Struttin’ with some Barbecue

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Recorded 12/5/1927

Louis makes the solo lead line important – the most important development from small ensemble music.

Louis Armstrong

Weather Bird

Duo between Louis Armstrong and Earl “Fatha” Hines

Piano style referred to as “Trumpet style”

Recorded in Chicago, 1928

Bix Beiderbecke
Singing the Blues
Fletcher Hendersen
The Stampede
Count Basie
Doggin Around
Duke Ellington

Concerto for Cootie

Recorded 1940

Written for Cootie Williams

Words were added later – “Do Nothin tilyou hear from me” 


Duke Ellington

East St. Louis Toodle-oo

A collaboration between Duke and Bubber Miley.   

Original title was “toad-low” referring to an old man in East St. Louis bent w/ age, walked as low as a toad. 

Instrumentation: only 6 horns, 3 brass, 3 reeds and rhythm section. 

Charlie Christian
Breakfast Feud
Don Byas
I Got Rhythm
Charlie Parker
Embracable You
Dave Brubeck
Blue Rondo a la Turk
Art Tatum
Willow Weep for Me
Bennie Moten
Moten’s Swing
Dizzy Gillespie
Shawn Nuff
Jelly Roll Morton
Black Bottom Stomp
Jelly Roll Morton
Maple Leaf Stomp
Mile Davis
Scott Joplin
Maple Leaf Rag
Sidney Bechet
Blue Horizon
Bessie Smith
Lost Your Head Blues