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.
“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
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.
“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?
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.”
"Spanish Flea" by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass
It’s this one.
And not because it’s a bad song, but because once you listen to it once it will stay in your head FOREVER.
I guarantee you’ve heard it somewhere else before even if you don’t recognize the title.
If I had a sitcom, I would want this to be my theme song. I already have it mentally timed as to when I would smile and look at the camera with my name across the bottom of the screen.
What? I’m completely normal.
It’s like, my heart is dancing the last song of the Jonathan Stout set!
After dancing for 14 hours already!