When I was just a young lad, I mean 7 or 8, the music influence in our house was my dad. I do believe that’s where I get my rhythm from.
Dad was always listening to up-tempo Jazz bands, like Pee Wee Hunt’s 12th Street Rag or Spike Jones and his City Slickers. He even took me to see Spike Jones when I was maybe 9.
My Dad played a little guitar, loved Honky Tonk Piano and Dixieland Jazz. Now that’s where I get my enjoyment of Dixieland and other forms of music circa 30’s & 40’s. I think that’s why I enjoyed Les Paul and Mary Ford so much; anything up-tempo.
I found a little Gem from 1936 and I am sending it too you. Man, those Cat’s could really play! When I listen to Gene Krupa I can see him behind the drums. He was a show by himself; then he did have a small drug problem.
The first time I heard Benny Goodman’s Boogie Woogie, I liked it, and I would have been about 5. I must say that I enjoyed the smaller groups, rather than the big bands. Don’t get me wrong – I liked the Big Bands and still do.
Benny Goodman (with Teddy Wilson, Gene Krupa) – Tiger Rag
Benny Goodman with Gene Krupa – Sing Sing Sing
Benny Goodman – I’ve Got Rhythm