Moonshine Alley's New Venue

  1. Count Basie & Joe Williams - Smack Dab in the Middle
  2. Ella Fitzgerald - Smooth Sailing
  3. Duke Ellington - Wings and Things
  4. Tex Beneke & His Orchestra - Lullaby Of Birdland
  5. Terry Gibbs - The Fat Man
  6. Helen Humes - Ain't Gonna Quit You Baby
  7. Red Callender Sextet - Blues
  8. Lucky Millinder - That's All
  9. Carmen McRae - Perdido
  10. Louis Bellson Just Jazz All Stars - Johnny Come Lately
  11. Bill Elliott - Streamliner
  12. Benny Goodman Septet - In the land of Oo-Bla-Dee
  13. Ella & Basie - 'Deed I Do
  14. Gene Krupa - Opus One
  15. Jimmie Lunceford - Tain't What You Do
  16. Lionel Hampton - Till Tom Special
  17. Earl Hines - Ridin' and Jivin'
  18. Johnny Hodges All-Stars - Searsy's Blues
  19. Count Basie - Well Alright, Okay, You Win
  20. Slim Gaillard - Momma's In The Kitchen
  21. Sister Rosetta Tharpe - Singing In My Soul
  22. Sidney Bechet and his New Orleans Feetwarmers - Ain't Misbehavin'
  23. Metronome All Stars - Look Out
  24. Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra - C Jam Blues
  25. Jon Hendricks - Shiny Silk Stockings
  26. Cannonball Adderley & Ernie Andrews - Bill Bailey
  27. Mose Allison - That's Alright
  28. Jay McShann - The Duke and the Brute
  29. Don Redman - Redman Blues
  30. Anita O'Day - How Come? (René)
  31. Lucky Millinder - Apollo Jump
  32. Wingy Manone - Ochi Chornya
  33. Corky Corcoran - What Is This Thing Called Love
  34. Billy Strayhorn - Pick Side
  35. Amos Milburn - Roomin' House Boogie
  36. Gordon Webster - All Right, Okay, You Win
  37. Monty Alexander - Blues for Stephanie
  38. Cannonball Adderley & Ernie Andrews - Next Time I See You
  39. Coleman Hawkins - In a Mellow Tone

Grab your moustache wax and saddle up for the Tweed Run

Cramming into the Star of Kings after a bracing Tweed Run An 'atmosphere' set for the splendidly turned out chaps and chapesses of the Tweed Run. After a rather bracing day touring London on vintage bicycles, they piled into the Star of Kings pub, where their vintage tweeds gently steamed dry to the sounds of vintage jazz.

Rather like the set at the National Portrait Gallery, I stuck mainly to older recordings and was pleased to give lots of nice up-tempo tunes an airing. I started with faster, high-energy stuff and then calmed it down later on.

These atmosphere sets were fun, but I'm looking forward to getting back to the dance floor. Next stop: Wild Times, 23rd April.

  1. Accordion Joe – The Jungle Band
  2. The Henderson Stomp – Don Redman
  3. Charleston – Sidney Bechet
  4. Farewell Blues – Delta Big Four
  5. Nagasaki – Cab Calloway
  6. Sugar Foot Stomp – Fud Candrix
  7. Keep Smilin' At Trouble – Eddie Condon
  8. Who Broke The Lock Off The Hen House Door – Georgia Washboard Stompers
  9. It Don't Mean a Thing – Valaida Snow & The Washboard Rhythm Kings
  10. Rhythm Spasm – Mills Blue Rhythm Band
  11. Grand Terrace Stomp – Earl Hines
  12. Embassy Stomp – Ambrose And His Orchestra
  13. Professor Hot Stuff – Bennie Moten
  14. Victory Stride – James P. Johnson
  15. Glory Of Love – Count Basie
  16. Digga Digga Doo – Ella Fitzgerald & Her Famous Orchestra
  17. K.K. Boogie – Henry "Red" Allen
  18. I've Found A New Baby – Benny Goodman
  19. Rock and Rye – Earl Hines
  20. After You've Gone – Georgia Washboard Stompers
  21. Hot Nuts – Washboard Rhythm Kings
  22. Hello Lola! – Mound City Blue Blowers
  23. Washington Squabble – Fud Candrix
  24. Zero (I Never Knew) – Wingy Manone
  25. Stampede – Fletcher Henderson
  26. Frolic Sam – Barney Bigard
  27. My Blue Heaven – Stuff Smith & His Onyx Club Boys
  28. Madame Dynamite – Eddie Condon
  29. Riffin' the Blues – Lil Armstrong
  30. 8, 9 and 10 – Slim Gaillard
  31. Sugar Hill Shim Sham – Duke Ellington
  32. Haven't Named It Yet – Lionel Hampton
  33. Topsy – Count Basie
  34. Muskrat Ramble – Mound City Blue Blowers
  35. Lafayette – Hot Lips Page
  36. Dance Of The Goon – Duke Ellington
  37. King Porter Stomp – Teddy Hill
  38. Power House – Ambrose And His Orchestra

Late Shift at the National Portrait Gallery

Enjoying drinks and vintage jazz in the Main Hall The Late Shift at the National Portrait Gallery turns the main hall area into a bar for the evening. As the current exhibition is the excellent Man Ray, the music was vintage jazz from the 20s and 30s.

I really enjoyed this nearly three hour set. Some good friends came by and kept me entertained, and I loved being able to give lots of up-tempo numbers a good airing. This was decidedly not a dance set.

Preparation was key. I trawled through my whole collection gathering everything I could see from the right date ranges into a master playlist (I'm pleased to have that now, as it reminded me of lots of great tunes that have been gathering dust a little too long.) Then — with Man Ray's work and history in mind — I sifted through the master playlist and pared it down to around 7 hours of music. That was the preparation done. I don't like to over-plan, preferring to create each set in the moment. This sort of set requires less focus than a dance set because it's about creating an atmospheric background. Feel and texture are still important, but speed is incidental.

  1. Accordion Joe – The Jungle Band
  2. Radio Rhythm – Fletcher Henderson
  3. Victory Stride – James P. Johnson
  4. Washington Squabble – Fud Candrix
  5. Indiana – Earl Hines
  6. Harlem Congo – Chick Webb
  7. I Got Rhythm – Raymond Scott
  8. I've Found A New Baby – Benny Goodman
  9. K.K. Boogie – Henry "Red" Allen
  10. Limehouse Blues – Georgia Washboard Stompers
  11. Maple Leaf Rag – Earl Hines
  12. Little Posey – Duke Ellington
  13. A Mellow Bit of Rhythm – Earl Hines
  14. Light Up – Buster Bailey
  15. Tuxedo Junction – Ken 'Snakehips' Johnson & His West Indian Jazz Band
  16. You Took Advantage of Me – Bunny Berrigan
  17. St. Louis Blues – Buster Bailey
  18. Lafayette – Hot Lips Page
  19. Jerry The Junker – Willie Bryant
  20. Jazz Potpourri – Duke Ellington
  21. I Wanna Go Back To Harlem – Coleman Hawkins & Ramblers
  22. Darktown Strutters Ball – AVRO Dansorkest Hans Mossel
  23. At The Jazz Band Ball – Muggsy Spanier
  24. Charleston – Sidney Bechet
  25. Embassy Stomp – Ambrose And His Orchestra
  26. Streamline Strut – Ambrose And His Orchestra
  27. Stuff and Things – Tito & His Swingtette
  28. Nagasaki – Cab Calloway
  29. Swingin' on C – Jimmie Lunceford
  30. Who Broke The Lock Off The Hen House Door – Georgia Washboard Stompers
  31. What A Night; What A Moon; What A Boy! – Billie Holiday
  32. I Hope Gabriel Likes My Music – Stuff Smith & His Onyx Club Boys
  33. Cavernism – Earl Hines
  34. Dinah – C. Mack J. Johnson
  35. Festival Swing – Django Reinhardt
  36. Pussy Willow – Duke Ellington
  37. Swingin' with the Fat Man – Don Redman
  38. Town Hall Blues – Bud Freeman's All Star Orchestra
  39. Twits And Twerps – Duke Ellington
  40. Blue Drag – Freddy Taylor and His Swing Men from Harlem
  41. Ain't Misbehavin' – Sidney Bechet and his New Orleans Feetwarmers
  42. Interlude (Night In Tunisia) – Sarah Vaughan
  43. Whistlin' The Blues – Muggsy Spanier
  44. Beyond The Moon – Bernie Leighton
  45. Grand Terrace Stomp – Earl Hines
  46. Gone With The Gin – Hot Lips Page
  47. Glory Of Love – Count Basie
  48. Every Tub – Count Basie
  49. Demi-Tasse (alt take) – Barney Bigard
  50. The Henderson Stomp – Don Redman
  51. Downtown Uproar – Cootie Williams
  52. Denison Swing – Lionel Hampton
  53. Jimtown Blues – Ben Pollack
  54. Keep Smilin' At Trouble – Bud Freeman
  55. Main Stem – Duke Ellington
  56. Sweet Sue - Just You – Don Redman
  57. Uncle Joe – Sidney Bechet
  58. Numb Fumblin' – Fats Waller
  59. Lotus Blossom (trio version) – Duke Ellington

Gangbusters Set – March 2011

  1. House Rent Boogie – Count Basie
  2. Look Out – Metronome All Stars
  3. Sweethearts On Parade – Lionel Hampton
  4. I Like My Sugar Sweet – Fletcher Henderson
  5. Cross Your Heart – Artie Shaw
  6. Apollo Jump – Lucky Millinder
  7. Ain't Gonna Quit You Baby – Helen Humes
  8. Solo Flight – Charlie Christian
  9. Madame Dynamite – Eddie Condon
  10. Dippermouth Blues – Muggsy Spanier
  11. Have a Heart (Lost in Meditation) – Cootie Williams
  12. Christopher Columbus – Benny Goodman & Harry James
  13. Flat Rock – Cozy Cole
  14. Communication – Slim Gaillard
  15. Swingin' – Saunders King
  16. King Porter Stomp – Jimmy Dorsey
  17. A Smo-o-o-oth One – Charlie Christian
  18. Fiddle-Dee-Dee – Lionel Hampton
  19. Gettin' Together – Mezz Mezzrow
  20. The Moon Is Low – Arnold Ross
  21. Everybody Eats When They Come To My House – Cab Calloway
  22. Williams Special – Teddy Powell
  23. Chocolate Shake – Duke Ellington
  24. Twenty-Four Robbers – Fats Waller
  25. Gangbusters – The Cats & the Fiddle
  26. Castle Rock – Johnny Hodges
  27. Redman Blues – Don Redman

Oxford Lindy Exchange Set #3

I started the music at the OLX Saturday night in a beautiful big ballroom. I played for about an hour before the band's first set. I feel that it wasn't a particularly interesting or exciting set from a musical perspective – it's a lot of safe choices and obvious crowd-pleasers and a lot of mid-tempo... However, I was excited by the experience of realising that was the right choice for this session. I felt really tuned into what the crowd needed and managed to build the number on the floor with every choice. (Of course it helped that there were more people arriving all the time, but we'll skim over that detail)

  1. Fort Knox Jump – Jack Teagarden (149 bpm)
  2. Riding on a Blue Note – Duke Ellington (148 bpm)
  3. Groovin' With JC – JC Heard (150 bpm) ~ up until now it's really just me and three early members of the band ~
  4. Straighten Up and Fly Right – Sammy Davis Jr (147 bpm)
  5. Streamliner – Bill Elliott (151 bpm)
  6. The Fox – Ray Anthony (163 bpm)
  7. Them There Eyes – Anita O'Day (153 bpm)
  8. The Calloway Boogie – Cab Calloway (170 bpm)
  9. Loose Wig – Freddie Slack (146 bpm)
  10. Mack The Knife – Ella Fitzgerald (169 bpm)
  11. Teardrops from My Eyes – Jimmy Witherspoon (130 bpm)
  12. Hallelujah, I Love Her So – Count Basie & Joe Williams
  13. Gangbusters – The Cats & The Fiddle (191 bpm)
  14. Gettin' Together – Mezz Mezzrow (179 bpm)
  15. Between the Devil & the Deep Blue Sea – Django Reinhardt (189 bpm)
  16. Ochi Chornya – Wingy Manone (1941)

Oxford Lindy Exchange Late Night Set

  1. Tonsilectomy – Seymour Österwall
  2. South of the Border – Charlie Christian
  3. If the Blues Was Whisky [edit] – Lionel Hampton
  4. Next Time I See You – Cannonball Adderley & Ernie Andrews
  5. Nighttime Is The Right Time – Shirley Scott
  6. Roomin' House Boogie – Amos Milburn
  7. Straighten Up And Fly Right – Tiny Bradshaw
  8. The Big Question – Eddie Boyd
  9. Gangster of Love [Session Take 6] – Johnny 'Guitar' Watson
  10. Evil Man Blues – Joe Williams & Thad Jones
  11. Delta Mood – Duke Ellington
  12. How Insensitive [edit] – Ray Brown Trio
  13. Satin Doll – Paul Tillotson the Love Trio
  14. Make It Real (Ride On) – Betty Adams
  15. Ain't That A Shame – Jimmy McGriff & Junior Parker

Oxford Lindy Exchange DJ Set #1

This was a really impressive first Lindy Exchange and I was delighted to play a few sets. This first set was interesting in that I thought it was going to be an hour, but the DJ who was supposed to come on after me had a major technology failure and I ended up covering for half an hour extra. Even after that favour, the same DJ later refused to divulge the artist behind a hot version of Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho that I'd never heard before. I found out when I got home.

No I'm not telling.

  1. The Pencil Broke (That's All She Wrote) – Lionel Hampton
  2. Evenin' – Count Basie
  3. Topsy – Ike Quebec
  4. Look Out – Metronome All Stars
  5. Love In Swingtime – Duke Ellington
  6. Going Out the Back Way – Johnny Hodges
  7. Royal Garden Blues – Charlie Christian
  8. Makin' Whoopee – Gene Harris
  9. Tubs – Jimmy Smith
  10. Apollo Jump – Lucky Millinder
  11. The Lamplighter – Lionel Hampton
  12. Too Darn Hot – Ella Fitzgerald
  13. Mumbles – Oscar Peterson & Clark Terry
  14. Flat Foot Floogie – Kurt Järnbergs Kvintett
  15. Splanky – Count Basie
  16. How Come? (René) – Anita O'Day
  17. Don't Get Around Much Anymore – Barbara Morrison
  18. Kumquat [edit] – Aaron Bell
  19. Portrait of Louis Armstrong – Lincoln Centre Jazz Orchestra
  20. <Unknown Title> – <It might be Erskine Hawkins...>
  21. Down For Debbie – Sax Kari Orchestra
  22. Jamaica Jam – Teddy Powell
  23. Ain't Misbehavin' – Sidney Bechet
  24. In A Mellow Tone – Coleman Hawkins

London Lindy Exchange Set #1

  1. Wham – Johnny Hodges
  2. Magic – Count Basie
  3. Perdido – Carmen McRae
  4. It's Been So Long – Edmond Hall
  5. I Saw Stars – Herbie Haymer
  6. (I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My) Sister Kate – Muggsy Spanier
  7. Ain't Misbehavin' – Sidney Bechet
  8. Besame Mucho – Wingy Manone
  9. How Come? – Anita O'Day
  10. Swing, Brother, Swing – Billie Holiday & Count Basie
  11. Bug In A Rug – Duke Ellington
  12. Don't Be That Way – Gene Harris
  13. Splanky – Count Basie
  14. Everybody Eats When They Come To My House – Cab Calloway
  15. Back Bay Shuffle – Ella Fitzgerald & Her Famous Orchestra
  16. Look Out – Metronome All Stars
  17. Comes Love – Sam Cooke
  18. Bli Blip – Lincoln Centre Jazz Orchestra

Swing Mon Amour Set

  1. Fiddle Dee Dee – Lionel Hampton (193 bpm, 1941)
  2. Gettin' Together – Mezz Mezzrow (179 bpm)
  3. Besame Mucho – Wingy Manone (167 bpm, 03/07/1944)
  4. All The Cats Join In – Peggy Lee (153 bpm)
  5. Straighten Up and Fly Right – Tiny Bradshaw
  6. Castle Rock – Johnny Hodges (171 bpm)
  7. Meade Lux Special – Artie Shaw (175 bpm)
  8. Swingin' – Saunders King (196 bpm)
  9. The E & D Blues (E for Ella, D for Duke) – Ella Fitzgerald & Duke Ellington
  10. How Come? (René) – Anita O'Day
  11. The Goon Drag – Sammy Price (141 bpm)
  12. Tonsilectomy – Seymour Österwall
  13. Momma's In The Kitchen – Slim Gaillard
  14. One Is Never Too Old to Swing – The Cats & The Fiddle
  15. Copenhagen – Bud Freeman
  16. Stealin' the Bean – Coleman Hawkins
  17. Evenin' – Count Basie
  18. Jamaica Jam – Teddy Powell

I really enjoyed this set and the night in general. There weren't too many of us out tonight, but the energy stayed high and I felt the lovely connection with the dancers while spinning. That's the thing that makes DJing feel really good. When the connection isn't there it can still be a good set but it feels more like work. But when the connection clicks, it's almost like you're out there dancing with everyone in the room.

My favourite bit was the big energy jump in the room when I moved from the mid-set calm spell (Goon Drag / Tonsilectomy) into Momma's in the Kitchen.

Gangbusters Set, 6th December 2009

Gangbusters is always about the pure vintage – Tim would go mentile if I played anything post-1950. I remember it was a quiet one in the run up to Christmas. I felt like I lost track of the floor occasionally – I don't think anyone was up for the speediest numbers – but overall it was an enjoyable set.

  1. Johnny Come Lately – Louie Bellson (166 bpm)
  2. Walking Slow Behind You – Count Basie (151 bpm)
  3. Snafu – Esquire All-American Award Winners (150 bpm)
  4. 9:20 Special – Teddy Powell (182 bpm)
  5. The Hucklebuck – Louis Armstrong and The All Stars (170 bpm)
  6. Copenhagen – Bud Freeman (205 bpm)
  7. Something's Gotta Be Done – Washboard Rhythm Kings (175 bpm)
  8. Ain't Misbehavin' – Sidney Bechet & his New Orleans Feetwarmers (140 bpm)
  9. Redman Blues [remix] – Don Redman (130 bpm)
  10. Loose Wig – Freddie Slack (146 bpm)
  11. Bei Mir Bist Du Schön – Ella Fitzgerald (? bpm, 12/21/1937)
  12. Sweethearts on Parade – Lionel Hampton (174 bpm)
  13. Royal Garden Blues – Charlie Christian (with Benny Goodman Sextet) (196 bpm)
  14. I Like 'Em Fat Like That – Louis Jordan & the Tympani Five (204 bpm)
  15. Bechet Parades the Blues – Sidney Bechet (178 bpm)
  16. A Viper's Moan – Willie Bryant (151 bpm)
  17. Look Out – Metronome All Stars (142 bpm)
  18. Beaver Junction – Count Basie (157 bpm)

One of my favourite sets ever – from London Lindy Exchange 2009

This was one of my favourite sets ever. It was the closing set on the Sunday night of LLX 2009 and I totally felt the connection with the crowd. I managed to move through several changes in style and texture, while keeping it locked in the pocket. The floor was packed and rocking, even when I shifted into quite full-on groove with the Jimmy McGriff number. This is the sort of thing I hope for every time I DJ.

  1. Look Out – Metronome All Stars (142 bpm)
  2. 12:00 Jump – Panama Francis (163 bpm)
  3. Inside On The Southside – Bud Freeman's All Star Orchestra (167 bpm)
  4. Muskrat Ramble – Jimmy Dorsey & His Original 'Dorseyland' Jazz Band (204 bpm)
  5. Perdido Street Blues – Sidney Bechet (145 bpm)
  6. Pick Side – Billy Strayhorn (155 bpm)
  7. Too Darn Hot – Ella Fitzgerald (162 bpm)
  8. All Right, OK, You Win – Count Basie & Joe Williams (131 bpm)
  9. Every Day I Have The Blues – Jimmy McGriff (130 bpm)
  10. I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water – Lou Rawls (185 bpm)
  11. In The Mood – Oscar Alemán (167 bpm)
  12. Vine Street Rumble – Count Basie (173 bpm)
  13. Bottoms Up – Illinois Jacquet (234 bpm)