Swinging ’round Midnight

From ‘Big Noise From Winnetka Midnight Swim’ to ‘Midnight Sun’ , we have mixed 21 ‘Jazz For Dancers‘ tunes around the theme of ‘Midnight‘. It has B.B. King, Cab Calloway, Sir Julian, Benny Carter and many more.

IMAGE : The Beantown Swing Orchestra Photo by Rich Moffitt

S p a c e A g e P o p M u s i c : Caiola’s best album is undoubtedly Sounds for Spies and Private Eyes, which features a stellar Caiola original, “Underwater Swim,” that rates as one of the all-time best spy music tunes

Wikipedia : Music video for B.B. King version of the “In the Midnight Hour” was made by John Landis. In this video appeared stars from the Into the Night movie: Jeff Goldblum, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dan Aykroyd and also Steve Martin, Eddie Murphy and Michelle Pfeiffer’s sister.

Benny Carter : In 1978, Carter was a guest at the White House, where he led a group at President Jimmy Carter’s celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Newport Jazz Festival. He also led an orchestra for the 1984 inaugural of President Reagan and played at the White House in 1989 as a guest of President Bush.

Cab Calloway : ‘Long About Midnight has been recorded two times : 1/22/34 and 1935. In 1934 Popularizing the term Jitterbug, Cab stars in musical short “Cab Calloway’s Jitterbug Party” by Paramount Pictures. In 1935 Cab Calloway and his Cotton Club Orchestra begins its first tour of Europe.

Globalia : The music to “Midnight Sun” was composed by Lionel Hampton and Sonny Burk in 1947; the lyrics were written by Johnny Mercer in 1954. Sonny Burke, composer and arranger studied piano and violin as a child. Some of his most famous work was for the Disney animated feature “Lady and the Tramp”

Eight to the Bar : Eight to the Bar has cultivated a large, enthusiastic following that has put them in clubs from Disneyland to Disney World as well as Europe and the Carribean. Their rigorous performing schedule, has included opening spots for Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Manhattan Transfer, Robert Cray, Neil Young, Roy Orbison, and Ray Charles.

Howlin’ Wolf : Howlin’ Wolf was a musical giant in every way. He stood six-foot-three, weighed almost three hundred pounds, wore size seventeen shoes, and poured out his darkest sorrows onstage in a voice like a raging chainsaw. Half a century after his first hits, his sound still terrifies and inspires.

PLAYLIST : Al Caiola – Big Noise From Winnetka Midnight Swim (4.21) . Les Brown – Celery stalks at midnight (2.59) . B.B. King – In The Midnight Hour (3.24) . Roy Brown – Rockin’ At Midnight (2.51) . Texas Blues – Midnight Trouble Blues (2.37) . Max Greger – Midnight in Munich (3.49) . Sir Julian – Movin’ At Midnight (3.09) . Mel Tormé – Midnight Swinger (2.12) . Cab Calloway – ‘Long About Midnight (3.03) . Howlin Wolf – Moanin at Midnight (2.57) . Tiny Grimes – Midnight Special (2.45) . Quartetto Cetra – Un Bacio A Mezzanotte (2.14) . Royal Crown Revue – Boogie After Midnight (4.51) . Eight To The Bar – Rockin’ At Midnight (4.16) . Kenny Burrell – Midnight Blue (4.00) . Kenny Ball & Jazzmen – Midnight In Moscow (3.00) . Coleman Hawkins – Midnight Sun (2.55) . Frank Sinatra & Tommy Dorsey – Tell Me At Midnight (2.52) . Benny Carter – Midnight (3.20) . Eddie Lockjaw Davis & Johnny Griffin – Midnight At Minton’ s (5.29) . Question Mark and the Mysterians – Midnight (2.38) .


Comments are closed.