Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “The Dipsy Doodle” by Chick Webb & His Orchestra featuring Ella Fitzgerald

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Chick Webb was known as “The King of the Savoy” where he and his orchestra would regularly win battles of music against the other leading big bands of the day. He stood tall amongst big band drummers even though his diminutive frame was only a tad over 4 feet tall. His major discovery was Ella […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “The Nutcracker Suite” by Les Brown & His Band Of Renown

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The story of The Nutcracker was inspired by E.T.A. Hoffmann’s ‘The Nutcracker and the King Of Mice’ and was presented to Russian composer, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, by Marius Petipa who was maître de ballet of the Imperial Theater from Dumas. Tchaikovsky was unmoved by the prospect of writing a ballet for the story and was […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Streamline” by Artie Shaw

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“Benny Goodman played clarinet, I played music.” Such was the animosity between the two main clarinet-playing band leaders during the height of the big band era. While both musicians were exemplary, Artie Shaw was far more inventive in his soloing, composition style, use of instrumentation and crucially, in the arena of arrangements. Shaw held a […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Bruca Manigua” by Ibrahim Ferrer

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He became the bolero king of Cuba…forty years into his recording career. From his humble beginnings, orphaned at age twelve and forced to busk on the streets singing to survive, to becoming the Grammy-winning “Nat King Cole of Cuba,” Ferrer’s story is indeed a tale of rags to riches, but he wasn’t alone and shared […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Long Yellow Road” by Toshiko Akiyoshi-Lew Tabackin Big Band

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Contrary to popular belief, the Big Band Era didn’t end in the 1950s when the popularity for the form diminished in sales. Big bands have continued throughout time and still exist today. One of the premier big bands of the mid-to-late 1970s was the Toshiko Akiyoshi-Lew Tabackin Big Band. The group released a clutch of […]

Imaginary Music in 3D

Imaginary Music Show

Two weeks ago on The Award Winning 3D RadioActivity we featured a musical journey into fantasy, so on this episode we are playing songs about imagination: the ability of forming new images and sensations when they are indirectly perceived through sight, hearing, or other senses.  Imagination helps provide meaning to experience and understanding to knowledge; […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Swinging On A Star” by Bing Crosby

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This Academy Award winner for Best Original Song was composed by Jimmy Van Heusen and Johnny Burke for the 1944 film “Going My Way” in which Bing Crosby plays a priest. The song’s genesis came out of a meeting at Crosby’s house between him and Van Heusen to discuss music for the film. Crosby son […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Seven Come Eleven” by Charlie Christian w/ The Benny Goodman Sextet

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The world of music is scattered with “what ifs,” such as “What if Waylon Jennings didn’t give his seat up to Buddy Holly on the ill-fated flight that took his life?,” or “What if John Lennon hadn’t been murdered…would there have been a Beatles reunion?” One of the more intriguing what-ifs in my book is […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Get Happy” by Benny Goodman & His Orchestra

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This gem comes from relatively early in Benny Goodman’s career. He had only begun leading a big band a year or two earlier and he was beginning to make a name for himself and feel his first brushes with success while performing at and broadcasting from the Palomar Ballroom in Hollywood on the “Let’s Dance” […]

Song Of The Day – “Everybody Step” by Chick Webb & His Orchestra featuring Ella Fitzgerald

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Chick Webb was known as “The King of the Savoy” where he and his orchestra would regularly win battles of music against the other leading big bands of the day including Benny Goodman. He stood tall amongst big band drummers even though his diminutive frame was only a tad over four feet tall. Can you […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Clink! Clink! Another Drink” by Spike Jones and his City Slickers

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Spike Jones and His City Slickers were among the many performers showcased in “Soundies,” short musical films designed to be played in special jukeboxes. In “Clink! Clink! Another Drink” (1942), Del Porter leads the chorus and there’s a featured vocal by Mel Blanc, the voice of many legendary cartoon characters (including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, […]

Song of the Day by Eric Berman – “She’s A Great, Great Girl” by Roger Wolfe Kahn & His Orchestra with Jack Teagarden

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Singer, trombonist, Jack Teagarden, came from a musical family. His mother taught piano, his father was an amateur trumpeter and his siblings were also professional musicians. “The Big T” sang like he played trombone very lyrically and infused with the blues. During the 1920s he collaborated with the cream of the Jazz crop including Bix […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Sabre Dance” by Woody Herman & His Second Herd

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Everyone knows this catchy tune composed in 1942 by Aram Khachaturian for his ballet “Gayane.” Although, you’ve probably never heard this song within the context of the ballet, but, more appropriately, as background music to some zany competition on a 1960s game show. This recording is from 1948 performed by big band leader, clarinetist, saxophonist […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Sax-O-Phun” by George Olsen And His Music

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During the Jazz age of the mid-1920s, the dance band leader as personality came into vogue with Paul Whiteman, Art Hickman and George Olsen at the forefront of the trend. Their music was closely tied to that of the stage with lots of Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, George Gershwin and Richard Rodgers and […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Beware Brother Beware” by Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five

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Some stone cold advice from Mr. Jordan and company waxed back in 1946. That’s Wild Bill Davis on the piano and, of course, Jordan himself on the vocals and the alto saxophone. When it came to big band, jump blues, jazz and boogie woogie, Jordan was top of the heap ranking just behind Duke Ellington […]