DJ Chrisbe’s Song of the Week #105: A-Tisket A-Tasket

DJ Chrisbe's Song of the Week #105: A-Tisket A-Tasket by Ella Fitzgerald

This tune is not only a great swing song, it also has a special story. Did you know, that A-Tisket, A-Tasket is based on a popular Anerican nursery rhyme, that appeared the first time around 1879*? Original Rhyme A-tisket a-tasket A green and yellow basket I wrote a letter to my love And on the way I dropped it, I dropped it, I dropped it, And on the way I dropped it. A little boy he picked it up and put it in his pocket. Ella Fitzgerald co-wrote the swing version “A-Tisket, A-Tasket” with Chick Webb‘s arranger Van Alexander (then Al Friedman). […]

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The Savoy King – Feature Documentary Is Finished!

As announced today on the Facebook Page, “THE SAVOY KING: Chick Webb and the Music That Changed America” is finally finished! THE SAVOY KING is a feature documentary about the Swing-era drummer-bandleader Chick Webb, Ella Fitzgerald, and Harlem's Savoy Ballroom. I'm really looking forward to seeing this documentary! CLIP: “Ella Fitzgerald Vignette” This is a clip from the new feature film. Interviews with Norma Miller, Frankie Manning and Van Alexander, among others! Produced by Jeff Kaufman of Floating World Pictures Edited by Jamal El-Amin Graphics Wizard: Patrick Connelly Post-production Supervisor: Alita Renée Holly Link: Website The Savoy King Related Posts: […]

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DJ Chrisbe’s Song of the Week #46: Lindy Hopper’s Delight

Chick Webb Strictly Jive

What shall I say, this is a song every Swing dancer should know. I think it's not wrong to say that the song is overused for performances and probably also overplayed on the dance floor. However, it's a great tune! When this song was recorded, Chick Webb has already died – a few months before, at the age of only 34 – and Ella Fitzgerald led the orchestra. Title: Lindyhopper's Delight Artist: Chick Webb Orchestra Recorded: October 12, 1939 Album: Strictly Jive Tempo: 196 bpm Dance: Lindy Hop, Balboa Click the link to prelisten and download the song (mp3/mp4a) at […]

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The Savoy King – Feature Documentary in Post-Production

Facebook might be overwhelming but sometimes I discover interesting things like these rough cut clips from an upcoming feature documentary “THE SAVOY KING: Chick Webb and the Music That Changed America” which seems to be in post-production now. THE SAVOY KING, produced/directed/written by Jeff Kaufman, is about the Swing-era drummer-bandleader Chick Webb, Ella Fitzgerald and Harlem's Savoy Ballroom. These clips are from the latest cut of the film, finished on October 6, 2010. Rough Cut Clip: “Ella Fitzgerald Vignette” Interviews with Norma Miller, Frankie Manning and Van Alexander, among others! Rough Cut Clip: “Chick Webb Vignette” Interviews with Norma Miller, […]

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