Happy Pancake Day – Old New Orleans

Happy Pancake Day! Some people refer to this day as Mardi Gras.

This radio show was broadcast on 02/05/2008 and is 2 hours of tunes from, about and in some way relevant to New Orleans. We heard Jelly Roll Morton talk about Mardi Gras and Indian songs he remembered from his childhood. Primordial jazz from the likes of Sam Morgan, Louis DuMaine and the Humphrey Brothers (Willie and Percy) blowin’ down Jerico with The Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

The Ancient Mix Master showed up with a few 78’s. A great set on Capitol called The History of Jazz Vol 1: The Solid South. We also heard Mississippi: A Journey in Tones (Mississippi Suite), for orchestra by Ferde Grofé. This version conducted by André Kostelanetz. I played it out of sequence so we started in New Orleans and ended in Minnesota, the land of sky blue water.

The show ended with another aspect of mardi gras: hooch, hoodoo and hopheads.

Playlist Tracks:

Preservation Hall Jazz BandJoe Avery
Album: Preservation Hall Jazz Band Vol 1; Label: CBS

Jelly Roll Morton’s Red Hot PeppersCreole Songs
Album: The Library Of Congress Recordings Vol 5; Label: Swaggie

Ferde GroféMississippi Suite: Mardi Gras / Huckelberry Finn / Old Creole Days / Father of Waters
Album: Mississippi: A Journey in Tones Mississippi Suite; Label: Capitol

VariousMardi Gras Freak-Out Scene
Album: Easy Rider Soundtrack; Label: Dunhill

Jelly Roll MortonIndian Songs
Album: The Library Of Congress Recordings Vol 5; Label: Swaggie

Sam Morgan’s Jazz BandOver In Gloryland / Everybody’s Talking about Sammy
Album: Jazz The World Forgot V 1 2; Label: Yazoo

Preservation Hall Jazz BandTiger Rag
Album: Preservation Hall Jazz Band Vol 1; Label: CBS

Louis Dumaine’s Jazzola 8Pretty Audry
Album: Jazz The World Forgot V 2; Label: Yazoo

Lead BellyRock Island Line
Album: The History of Jazz Vol 1: The Solid South; Label: Capitol 78’s

Zutty Singleton’s TrioLulu’s Mood
Album: The History of Jazz Vol 1: The Solid South; Label: Capitol 78’s

Eddie Miller’s Crescent City QuartetCajun Love Song
Album: The History of Jazz Vol 1: The Solid South; Label: Capitol 78’s

Wingy Manone’s Dixieland BandThe Tailgate Ramble
Album: The History of Jazz Vol 1: The Solid South; Label: Capitol 78’s

Nappy LaMare’s Louisiana Levee LoungersAt The Jazz Band Ball
Album: The History of Jazz Vol 1: The Solid South; Label: Capitol 78’s

Boswell SistersRock and Roll
Album: Roots Of Rock N’ Roll 1927 – 1938 Vol 1; Label: Frémeaux Associates

Louis JordanJunco Partner
Album: Junkers, Jivers Coke Fiends: Vintage Songs About Drugs 1926 – 1952; Label: Buzzola

Louis JordanSomebody Done Hoodooed The Hoodoo Man
Album: Diabolical Hoodoo: Vintage Songs About Devilry, Doom Hellfire 1920 – 1952; Label: Buzzola

The Memphis Jug BandRukus Juice Chitlin’
Album: Juice Head Baby: Vintage Songs About Booze and Bars 1925 – 1953; Label: Buzzola

The Mississippi Jook BandHittin’ The Bottle Stomp
Album: Juice Head Baby: Vintage Songs About Booze and Bars 1925 – 1953; Label: Buzzola

Cab CallowayMinnie The Moocher
Album: Reefer Madness: A Collection Of Vintage Drug Songs 1927 – 1945; Label: Buzzola

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