Wednesday, February 28, 2007


I love this video, even the karaoke-grade vocal from Miss Flynn. "Jazzmania," indeed. It's what I'm currently being treated for. Many more great clips at THIS SITE. (Thanks to Leah of the West End Jazz Band.)

Sunday, February 25, 2007

AL GALLODORO in the Mohawk Valley!!

We made the trip to Oneonta last night to see Al Gallodoro at the Sego Cafe, and wound up staying to the end of his show. He killed me on "Sleepy Time Down South." Amazing.

Al started playing professionally in 1926, and worked with such bandleaders as Isham Jones and Paul Whiteman through the 1930s. Today at 93, Al Gallodoro is still an incredible player. One of only 14 musicians and singers who recorded before 1940 and are still active (along with Svend Asmussen, Johnny Blowers, Lena Horne, Franz Jackson, Herb Jeffries, Lawrence Lucie, Buddy Morrow, Les Paul, George Shearing, Kay Starr, Gerald Wilson, Snooky Young and Zeke Zarchy), Gallodoro is still at 95% of his playing peak, playing phrases that sound completely impossible.

I found out that Al is going to be playing in the Mohawk Valley for two dates (which turn out to have been arranged by WHCL colleague Monk Rowe) here pasted from the Al Gallodoro website:

FRIDAY MARCH 23, WATERVILLE, NY 7PM, GALLODORO QUARTET with JoAnn Chmielowski piano, Tom Wetmore bass. More details to follow! Just put it on your calendar! Thanks! [This will be at the Waterville Public Library.]

THURSDAY, APRIL 5th 7PM Little Falls NY, Al Gallodoro Quartet, Details to follow, but put it on your calendar NOW! Thanks! [This will be at the Little Falls Public Library.]

The Waterville date, unfortunately, is the night I do my show, but I decided to black out my show that night, with the proviso that I expect every Radiola listener within the scope of the FM signal to attend the concert. This man must be heard.

I'll definitely hit both those shows, and probably the March 24th gig at the Sego Cafe as well. It's a great way to deal with the cabin fever.

Monday, February 19, 2007

"A Radiola! Winter Carnival" MONDAY, February 19, 2007

(Week 70)

RADIOLA! sneaks into the studio tonight (in lieu of Jonathan Mead's excellent "Anywhere But Here") for two hours of great old music making some reference to our current picturesque natural disaster. The roads seem passable, so we'll chance it by car rather than by dogsled. (The pug is recalcitrant, at best.)

The tunes start at 8 PM EST on WHCL.

Paul Whiteman and his Orch. – Sweet Sue, Just You (1928) – Naxos Nostalgia 8.120520
Joseph Robichaux and his New Orleans Rhythm Boys – Stormy Weather (1933) – Document DOCD1016
Mose Tapiero – William Tell Overture (1912) – Columbia 78 RPM
Alex Bartha’s Traymore Hotel Orch. – Hot Biscuits (1932) – The Old Masters mb125
Roane’s Pennsylvanians – Sleep Come On and Take Me (1932) – The Old Masters mb125
Adrian Rollini and his Tap Room Gang – Weather Man (1935) – Hep CD 1077
Lee Morse – Let a Smile Be Your Umbrella (1928) – Jasmine JASCD 646
Boswell Sisters – Shuffle Off to Buffalo (1933) – Collectables CD Col-CD-6462
The Rhythm Boys – The Blackbirds and The Bluebirds Got Together (1929) – Collectables Col-CD-6805
Gilmore’s Band – The Thunderer March (ca. 1899-1900) – Archeophone 9004
Pathe Freres Orchestre – Tobbogan (1910) – Jazz In Europe box set
Bennie Moten’s Kansas City Orch. – Goofy Dust (1924) – Classics 549
Atilla the Hun – Woman is Not the Weaker Sex (1941) – Rounder CD 1141
The Caresser – Exploiting (1938) – Rounder CD 1141
The Growler – In The Dew and The Rain (1939) – Rounder CD 1077
Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks – Stoppin’ the Traffic (1993) – Stomp Off 1260
West End Jazz Band – Persian Rug (2003) – Legacy 2K 103
West End Jazz Band – Vladivostok (2002) – Legacy 2K 102
Ross and Sargent – Nellie, The Nudist Queen (1933) – ASV Living Era CD AJA 5030
Libby Holman – Am I Blue? (1929) – ASV Living Era CD AJA 5015
Irving Kaufman and Vaughn DeLeath – You Took Advantage of Me (1928) – Archeophone 5504
Dorsey Brothers’ Orchestra – Button Up Your Overcoat (1928) – Jazz Oracle BDW 8005
Waring’s Pennsylvanians – Hello Montreal! (1928) – Viper’s Nest VN-179
Frank Trumbauer and his Orch. – Shivery Stomp (1929) – The Old Masters mb107
Louis Armstrong and his Orch. – Snowball (1933) (disc 1, tk.16) – RCA Victor 09026-68682-2
Lloyd Smith and his Gut-Bucketeers – Rub Me Some More (1930) – Biograph BCD 152 ADD
Jabbo Smith and his Orch. – How Can Cupid Be So Stupid (1938) – History 20.3015-HI
Al Bowlly (w/Ray Noble’s Orch.) – By the Fireside (1932) – Rathbone 0351
Boswell Sisters – We’ve Got to Put That Sun Back in the Sky (1932) – Collectables Col-CD-6461
Lee Morse – We (My Honey and Me) (1928) – Jasmine JASCD 646
Fred Rich and his Orch. – The Little Things in Life (1930) – The Old Masters mb101
Bing Crosby – Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams (1931) – Naxos Nostalgia 8.120697
Paul Whiteman and his Orch. – When Day is Done (1927) – Naxos Nostalgia 8.120505

Sunday, February 18, 2007


From the current New Yorker:

Feb. 25: Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks get folks moving at the society’s monthly dance party. Manning the most unwieldy of instruments (bass, tuba, bass saxophone), as well as a bulbous vintage Kellogg microphone, Giordano leads a tuxedo-clad band whose ease with early jazz and swing breathes life into a long-gone era. (St. Cyril and St. Methodius Croatian Church, 502 W. 41st St. For more information, visit
Since we sadly won't be able to attend, we must console ourselves with yet more comfort food--such as this excellent mushroom stew (made by me):

Saturday, February 17, 2007


The perfect steak, bacon, and cheese omelet (made by me)
makes it much easier to deal with this grim reality:
I'll be on the air Monday if the pug (pictured) is able to navigate College Hill with the sled (not pictured).

Friday, February 16, 2007


Every so often, RADIOLA! pops up on WHCL like Brigadoon, or perhaps the recurrence of some mild skin irritation. Hypothetically, it airs Fridays from 8-10 PM US Eastern Time--but this has rarely been observed in the Hamilton College world where breaks proliferate and constant sporting events demand to be heard.

Nonetheless, a special edition of RADIOLA! will be broadcast Monday, February 19 from 8-10 PM ET. I've managed to book airtime using the ruse of pretending I'm a hockey game. Since very few people will be tuned in, I expect I can get away with playing a couple of hours of nice 1920s and 1930s jazz and pop before anyone catches on. I may stage a bout of high-sticking and put myself in the penalty box to add to the verisimilitude.

And then, there are always the fridge-fresh old programs on my Live365 station. They'll tide you over!

Saturday, February 10, 2007

If You Download RADIOLA! Please Contribute

UPDATE: Five more shows have been uploaded today--Enjoy!
If you use the excellent free service The a-Infos Radio Project to download old RADIOLA! programs, you should really kick in some money to keep the site going. There are hundreds of great programs on the site, most far better than what you hear on the corporate AM-FM outlets. So, if you would, PLEASE CONTRIBUTE.

Friday, February 09, 2007

"In Love Again" February 9, 2007

(Week 69)

RADIOLA! comes back (again) this week with a multi-faceted exploration of the Number One Disease of the Heart. The Love Feast begins at 8 PM ET on WHCL-FM 88.7.

Lonnie Johnson – In Love Again (1941) – Bluebird 07863 66064-2
Bing Crosby – I’m Through With Love (1931) – Brunswick 78 RPM
Mose Tapiero – William Tell Overture (1912) – Columbia 78 RPM
Leo Reisman and his Orch. – What is This Thing Called Love? (1930) – Naxos 8.120627
Teddy Wilson and his Orch. (B. Holiday) – Life Begins When You’re In Love (1936) – Columbia/Legacy C3K 47724
Horace Heidt and his Brigadiers – It’s The Natural Thing To Do (1937) – Sony A 52079
Guy Lombardo and his R. Canadians – Begging For Love (1931) – Collectors’ Choice CCM-299-2
Barbecue Bob – Beggin’ for Love (1928) – Columbia/Legacy CK 52831
Jack Teagarden – Love Me (1933) – Columbia/Legacy C2K 52942
Isa Foster and her Ambassadors – It’s Great to Be in Love (1931) – Jazz Oracle BDW 8049
Louis (King) Garcia and his Swing Band – It’s Great to Be in Love Again (1936) – Hep CD 1077
Red McKenzie and his Rhythm Kings – Double Trouble (1935) – Timeless CBC 1-019 JAZZ
Sam Manning-Anna Freeman – Nothing But a Double-Barrel Shotgun’s Gonna Keep Me Away From You (1928) – Jazz Oracle BDW 8029
The Caresser – King Edward VIII (1937) – Rounder CD 1142
The Lion and Atilla – I Will String Along With You (1937) – Rounder CD 1141
Russ Wilson and his Nouveau-Passe Orchestra – Business in F (2006) – Wondertone WMC 20061
West End Jazz Band – My Love Parade (2005) – Legacy 2K 106
The Sweetback Sisters – Everlovin’ (2006) – The Sweetback Sisters Bang!: The EP
Waring’s Pennsylvanians – It Made You Happy When You Made Me Cry (1926) – CCM-175-2
Frank Trumbauer and his Orch. – Love Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues (1929) – The Old Masters mb108
Ruth Etting – Love is Like That–What Can You Do? (1931) – Take Two TT403 CD
Richard Tauber – Indian Love Call (1929) – Gala GL 314
Marlene Dietrich – Ich Bin Von Kopf Bis Fuss Auf Liebe Eingestellt – Double Take CRG 218015
Comedian Harmonists – Tag und Nacht – Membran 221463-205
Richard Himber and his Essex House Orch. – Love is the Sweetest Thing (1933) – Renovation 7002
Russ Carlson and his High Steppers – Everyone Says “I Love You” (1932) – The Old Masters mb121
Gene Kardos and his Orch – Now’s The Time to Fall In Love (1931)
Ethel Waters – When Your Lover Has Gone (1931) – Classics 721
Cab Calloway and his Orch. – I Learned About Love From Her (1933) – Jazz Tribune No.58
Louis Armstrong and his Orch. – Love, You Funny Thing (1932) – JSP CD3401
Dorsey Bros. Orch. (Chick Bullock) – Love Thy Neighbor (1934) – Jazz Oracle BDW 8051
Bing Crosby – Love in Bloom (1934) – Columbia/Legacy CK 57712
Paul Whiteman and his Orch. – Sweet Sue–Just You (1928) – Naxos Nostalgia 8.120520
Ray Starita and his Ambassadors’ Club Orch. – Wake Up! Chill’un, Wake Up! (1929) – Avid AVC539

Friday, February 02, 2007


No RADIOLA! tonight--sorry! Hamilton College sports--either Basketball or Hockey (I know one is played with a puck)--will be heard on WHCL-FM this evening during the RADIOLA! hours.

I'll be back next week with a playlist I'll somehow create between now and then.