The All Balboa Weekend in Cleveland, OH just ended. On Sunday night we had a special event going on: a DJ'ed Battle of the bands.
Three DJs were spinning a set of just one artist. First Django Reinhardt, followed by Artie Shaw and finally Chick Webb. I was the Artie Shaw DJ and played one hour of his best tunes.
Finally, the audience decided who won the battle. And you know what? Artie killed it!
So, our Song of the Week is of course one by Artie Shaw. It was the last title of the set and it's quite fast.
In the same year, Shaw appeared in the movie “[easyazon-link asin=”B003VLITSA” locale=”us”]Dancing Co-Ed[/easyazon-link]” and played a slightly slower version of “Traffic Jam“.
I'm pretty sure you have heard this great song before. Traffic Jam is a classic and it often gets used for performances and competitions. If you don't own it, buy it.
[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B001D7HK48″ locale=”us” height=”155″ src=”https://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41EXgAh017L._SL160_.jpg” width=”160″]Title: [easyazon-link asin=”B001D7HHQY” locale=”us”]Traffic Jam[/easyazon-link]
Artist: Artie Shaw
Recorded: June 12, 1939
Album: [easyazon-link asin=”B001D7HK48″ locale=”us”]The Essential Artie Shaw[/easyazon-link]
Tempo: 272 bpm
Dance: Balboa, Lindy Hop
Click the link to download the song at
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What do you think about Traffic Jam? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!
Every Monday, I post a new “Song of the Week“.
You can find the songs also on my Spotify playlist or on 8tracks.
Song of the Week #14: “Frenesi” by Artie Shaw
Song of the Week #85: “Summit Ridge Drive” by Artie Shaw & His Gramercy Five
Song of the Week #118: “I Wan'na Be Like You” by Louis Prima
Song of the Week #117: “Shoot The Sherbert To Me Herbert” by Tommy Dorsey
Song of the Week #116: “Paramour” by Gordon Webster feat. Naomi Uyama