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Posts tagged "jazz"


"Minnie" shadow dancing during Cab Calloway and his Orchestra’s performance of Minnie the Moocher. The scene is from 1955 concert film Rhythm and Blues Revue.

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Scenes from 1938 Carnival of Swing concert on Randall’s Island, NY. It is considered the first outdoor jazz festival.

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I know that for many dancers it’s kind of difficult to start compiling a ‘lindy library’, if you will, of music that you like to dance to and blahblahblah.

So, here’s a link to my Spotify playlist with a bunch of the music I’ve compiled over the past year or so. I hope it will help some of you dancers to compile your own playlists of dance music, find out what kind of music/artists you like, etc.

Obviously, this is representative of my own personal taste, not just a general playlist, so beware that the music may/may not be music that you, personally, want to dance to. 

There may some random ‘floater’ songs in there that are not necessarily danceable, that I just haven’t had the time to fish out and put into a different playlist just yet. Not ordered by BPM/Genre/Title/anything. Not a DJ-ready list. Nothing fancy. Just my personal playlist. 

Updated weekly with new tunes! (just shy of 500 songs at the moment)

I hope you enjoy! :)

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Lionel Hampton,
Flying Home


Loose Wig - Lionel Hampton

Gotta love this one.

This is surprisingly excellent motivational music.

Beautiful song, I would LOVE to choreograph a routine to it.

It just always makes me wanna smile and dance my little heart out.

Give it a listen :)

Skye Humphries & Frida Segerdahl: Jazz Roots Dance Festival 2013

The six years I was with Miles, we never talked about music. We never had a rehearsal. Jazz shouldn’t have any mandates. Jazz is not supposed to be something that’s required to sound like jazz. For me, the word ‘jazz’ means, ‘I dare you.’ The effort to break out of something is worth more than getting an A in syncopation.
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Lionel Hampton,
Flying Home


Loose Wig - Lionel Hampton

Gotta love this one.

reblogging myself ‘cause this song is awesome! :)

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Billie Holiday,
Lady Day: The Complete Billie Holiday on Columbia (1933-1944) (Disc 03)


“How Could You” by Billie Holiday

I had my best dance this week to this lovely song.  It’s one of my favorites.

I hope this song beings you some joy today :)

Reblogging myself because this song is so wonderful and I STILL remember the amazing dance I had to this song.




A Dynamic Duo-Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald

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Louis Armstrong & Ella Fitzgerald,
Complete Ella Fitzgerald & Lou

Cheek to Cheek - Louis Armstrong & Ella Fitzgerald

This is such a simple, beautiful song.

This reminds me of happy dances :)

Plus, Louie & Ella. Can’t go wrong. 

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Count Basie & His Orchestra,
Frankie Manning's Really Swingin' Big Band Favorites


“Shiny Stockings,” by Count Basie & His Orchestra. This song is a wonderful example of how low-key swing music can be.  It is a solid swing song (that’s over five minutes long) that will not wear you out.  It also lends itself remarkably well to dancers displaying their musicality.

Also, did I mention it was Frankie Manning’s favorite song?

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Cab Calloway And His Orchestra,

Peck-A-Doodle-Do by Cab Calloway

I discovered this song over this past weekend, actually at a place not related to jazz or dancing at all.  It was playing at one of my favorite stores, Buffalo Exchange, where the clothes are cute, the prices are low, and all the male employees are exactly my type.  It was an awesome find, and it made me wanna start dancing in the store!

Anyway, Cab Calloway is AMAZING and one of the performers that truly exudes unabashed joy throughout his work.

Have a listen and enjoy!


“In 1954, the 42-year-old Langston Hughes decided to channel his love of jazz into a sort-of-children’s book that educated young readers about the culture he so loved. The First Book of Jazz was born, taking on the ambitious task of being the first-ever children’s book to review American music, and to this day arguably the best.”

awesome possum.

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