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”That jazz” is referring to a miracle in music that happened in the beginning of 1900s when people from a big variation of ethnical and cultural background inspired each other to play in a new fashion. Luckily all this coincided with the development of new inventions like the phonograph recordings, photography and film so that it became in part documented and still can be enjoyed today. In my early teens I happened to be exposed to ”that jazz” and it struck a string deep within me that has kept vibrating ever since.

Paul Bocciolone Strandberg

Santa Claus Blues

Santa Claus BluesKiki remarked that the song is sad, but I said “so what?”. I’ve always liked sad songs even when I’m not feeling that way. First of all they remind us of the fact that not everybody is happy. Then it can make you remember times when (…) read more and view videoread more and view video

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NEW Series: From the Record Shelves

Today’s Tune:

From the Record Shelves #182

Oh Me! Oh My!

LP VJM Records VLP 21

Sometimes a collector or a specialist comes up with recorded evidence that jazz was everywhere, thus debating if New Orleans really was the birthplace of jazz. But in any case, the city had more jazz than anyplace else in the beginning, and we are not very surprised if a white band that played for dancing sounds like the present one. The improvisation, the hot style with rhythmical phrasing, had become the “normal” way of interpreting almost any tune by the time a recording team visited Crescent City in the mid-twenties. We can add the blues feeling to that.

Very little is known of The New Orleans Owl’s members, at least by the time of this LP release.

The cornet player who owes his style with a mute to King Oliver is Bill Padron, and the clarinetist who plays alto here is Benjie White. Furthermore, we have Lester Smith on tenor sax; Mose Farrar is at the piano; and the rest of the rhythm section consists of Rene Gelpi, banjo; Dan LeBlanc, tuba; and Earl Crumb on drums. I mention all their names because sometimes people show up in a group on Facebook and say “That was my great-grandfather.”

The tune was also recorded by Mitchell’s Jazz Kings in Paris in 1922.

Since the Owl’s were recorded with electric equipment from a van, the sound is very good for 1925.

Radioprogram (Swedish):

Radio Swingtime 100 – 1 november 2002

MY PRETTY GIRL - Radio Swingtime 100MY PRETTY GIRL – Nu är vi framme vid det näst sista avsnittet i denna unika radioprogramserie. Vi gläds åt livaktig jazz från New Orleans med Oliver Naylor och Halfway House Orchestra, vi njuter av Fletcher Hendersons fina orkester med arrangemang av (…) lyssna på radioprogramlyssna på Radio Swingtime 100

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Latest CD:

New Sensational CD with Narcisse Jazz Band

Narcisse Cd coverMelodious jazz inspired by the irresistible sound and pulse of the 1920’s. Buy at $10.00 (+shipping) (…) view the CDMore about Narcisse CD

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New Paul and His Gang CD:

Paul and His Gang – new CD Live in USA and Canada

Paul and His Gang CD Live in USA and Canada Paul and his Gang was founded in Malmoe, Sweden by Paul Bocciolone Strandberg in 1990. At the most prestigious jazz festival for “old style jazz” in Breda, Holland they won the first prize in 1992. Their genuine interpretations of early jazz created an interest also in the US where (…) view the CDMore about Paul and His Gang CD Live in USA and Canada

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Also Available:

“Remembering” CD

remembering_front I’m proud to present a new double-CD in co-operation with jazzarkivet. The production is a retrospective collection of recordings and presents two of my most successful bands, Scaniazz (CD 1) and The Absalon Orchestra (CD 2), covering the period from 1975 until 1988 (…) continue readingRemembering CD

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