Get Rhythm in Your Feet: the Music of J. Russel Robinson and the Original D...
We're continuing our Centennial Stomp series with Gordon Au's Grand St Stompers presenting "Get Rhythm in Your Feet: the Music of J. Russel Robinson and the Original Dixieland Jass Band" featuring Molly Ryan.
On February 26th 1917, exactly 100 years to the day of this concert, The Original Dixieland Jass Band (ODJB) made the first ever commercial jazz recording,"Livery Stable Blues", for the Victor Talking Machine Company. An instant hit, selling close to a million copies, the record paved the way to establishing jazz as popular music.
The Grand St Stompers will celebrate this historic occasion as well as paying an homage to one of the members of ODJB, J. Russel Robinson, for his contribution to jazz and American popular music. Robinson was an American ragtime and jazz pianist and a composer who first started publishing ragtime compositions in his teens. His early hits included "Sapho Rag" and "Eccentric". Known for his blues influenced playing style, Robinson joined the Original Dixieland Jass Band in 1919. Among his hits for ODJB were composition such as "Margie", "Singin' the Blues", and "Palesteena". In 1977, Robinson's "Singin' the Blues" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in a 1927 recording by Frankie Trumbauer and his Orchestra.
The concert will start with a brief introduction and antique gramophone presentation by MICHAEL CUMMELA (aka Phonograph DJ MAC), the host of WFMU Radio's Antique Phonograph Music Program.
Needless to say, a dance floor will be set aside for those with happy feet.
Led by Monk Institute fellow, trumpeter Gordon Au, called a musician "comfortable in any idiom", GRAND ST. STOMPERS are a New York-based New Orleans-style hot jazz band, reviving and refreshing the music of the 1910's onward for today's listeners and dancers alike. The Stompers are loved not only for their authentic performances of hot jazz tunes, but also for their interpretations from classical music, film, and even pop repertoire, as well as their own exciting originals. With the talent and experience of top trad jazz players of NYC's Nu Hot Jazz movement, including two exceptional vocalists, Tamar Korn and Molly Ryan, they have delighted audiences at jazz clubs, ballrooms, festivals, and speakeasies both around the country and locally at venues and events such as Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Cafe Carlyle, NYC Winter Jazzfest, NY Hot Jazz Fest and Shanghai Mermaid.
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