Friday, June 29, 2007

"Rats!" June 29, 2007

(Week 82)

This is the RADIOLA! theme that, in a fit of pique, I promised to do last week. Well, I'm in a much better frame of mind this week. The music might be nasty, but I expect the commentary will be all sweetness and light--that is, unless something intrudes upon my serenity before airtime. Tune in tonight at 8 PM EDT to WHCL to see if I've managed to retain my composure.

Louis Armstrong and his Orch. – You’ll Wish You’d Never Been Born (1932) – RCA 09026-68682-2
Lonnie Johnson – Nothing But a Rat (1939) – Bluebird 66064-2
Jimmie Noone’s Apex Club Orch. – Wake Up Chillun Wake Up (1929) – JSP926B
Bill Haid’s Cubs – Weary Weasel (1928) – Jazz Oracle BDW 8039
Joe “Wingy” Manone and his Club Royale Orch. – Downright Disgusted (1928) – Classics 774
Henry “Red” Allen and his Orch. – You Might Get Better (1930) – Classics 540
Chick Bullock – Junk Man (1934) – Columbia/Legacy C2K 52942
The Mills Brothers – Dirt Dishing Daisy (1932) – Legacy/Columbia CK 57713
The Boswell Sisters – Was That The Human Thing To Do? (1932) – Collectables COL-CD-6461
Joe Sims and Clarence Williams – Shut Your Mouth (1927) – JSP927B
Lonnie Johnson – She’s Making Whoopee in Hell Tonight (1930) – Columbia CK 46221
Sam Manning – Sly Mongoose (1925) – Rounder CD 1039
Annette Hanshaw – You Wouldn’t Fool Me, Would You? (1929) – Take Two TT408CD
The Boswell Sisters – Why Don’t You Practice What You Preach? (1934) – ASV CD AJA 5216
Debroy Somers Band – You’re an Old Smoothie (1932) – Music & Memories MMD 1007
Charlie and his Orch. – Let’s Go Slumming (1941) – Proper P1322
Moxy Fruvous – The Greatest Man in America (1996) – WEA CD 15223
Squirrel Nut Zippers – Bad Businessman (1996) – Mammoth MR0137-2
Art Tatum – Ill Wind (1934) – Decca GRD 607
Fats Waller – Don’t Try Your Jive On Me (1939) – QED 015
Fats Waller and his Rhythm – You Run Your Mouth I’ll Run My Business (1940) – Newsound 2000 nst065
Tom Dorsey and his Novelty Orch. – You Can’t Cheat a Cheater (1929) – Jazz Oracle BDW 8005
Jimmie Noone’s Apex Club Orch. – Little White Lies (1930) – JSP926C
Dorsey Brothers’ Orch. – Nasty Man (1934) – Jazz Oracle BDW 8051
The Lion – It’s a Sin to Tell a Lie (1938) – Rounder CD 1077
The Lion – Malicious Neighbors (1939) – Rounder CD 1141
The Mills Brothers – I Heard (1932) – Legacy/Columbia CK 57713
Little Jack Little – There Ought to be a Law Against That (1928) – PAST CD7075
Clarence Williams and his Orch. – Chizzlin’ Sam (1934) – Quadromania 222495-444
Benny Goodman and his Orch. – Dr. Heckle and Mr. Jibe (1933) – Timeless CBC 1-065
The Caresser – The More They Try To Do Me Bad (1938) – Rounder CD 1054
Louis Armstrong and his Orch. – I’ll Be Glad When You’re Dead You Rascal You (1931) – JSP 3401
Jimmie Noone’s Apex Club Orch. – Sweet Sue-Just You (1928) – JSP926A


My apologies to anyone attempting to download 2005 RADIOLA! programs through the sendspace links on the playlists. Apparently, if the files are "inactive" (not downloaded over a seven-day period), the programs are deleted. So much for sendspace. Phooey.

I'll upload the early shows to A-INFOS RADIO, which is better by far. Give them some money. They're wonderful.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Annoucing YOWZAH! @ 8 PM TONIGHT on WPNR 90.7 FM

This week I begin a NEW series of programs on Utica College radio station WPNR 90.7 FM. It's better reception of this great music for those who live in the Utica area. (RADIOLA! will continue Friday nights on WHCL.) This is four hours of great music for those who can receive it on their radios. There is no WPNR stream, which doesn't matter--I'll post this program on my Live365 RADIOLA! site as soon as possible.

The show is from 8 PM until Midnight tonight.

Here is the playlist as broadcast June 27, 2007 on WPNR 90.7 FM:

The Chocolate Dandies – Stardust (1928) – JSP918A
Carmichael’s Collegians – Shimme-Sha-Wabble (1928) – JSP918A
Bennie Moten’s Kansas City Orch – Just Rite (1928) – Frog DGF29
Dorsey Brothers’ Orch. – By Heck (1935) – Circle CCD-20
Willie Lewis and his Entertainers – I’ve Got a Feelin’ You’re Foolin’ (1936) – Classics 822
Frankie and Johnny Orch. – Swing Fever (1936) – IAJRC CD-1002
Annette Hanshaw – Ho Hum! (1931) – Take Two TT408CD
Louis Armstrong and his Orch. – Them There Eyes (1931) – JSPCD3401
Boswell Sisters – The Sentimental Gentleman from Georgia (1932) – Collectibles COL-CD-6462
Ipana Troubadors – Glorianna (1928) – Rivermont BSW 1143
Red and Miff’s Stompers – Delirium (1927) – RCA 09026-68734-2
Billy Stennett and his Carolina Stompers – Buffalo Rhythm (1928) – Jazz Oracle BDW 8049
Mills Brothers – I Can’t Give You Anything But Love (1932) – ABMMCD 1030
Ethel Waters – Guess Who’s In Town (1928) – Classics 688
Earl Hines - Glad Rag Doll (1928) – RCA 09026-68734-2
Paul Whiteman and his Orch. – Dancing Tambourine (1927) – Naxos 8.120628
Roger Wolfe Kahn and his Orch. – Clap Yo’ Hands (1926) – Jazz Oracle BDW 8013
Ben Bernie and his Orch. – Sweet Georgia Brown (1925) – ASV Living Era CD AJA 5342
Bing Crosby – My Kinda Love (1929) – Naxos 8.120697
Fred Astaire – My One and Only (1928) – PAST CD 7845
The Radiolans – Who Taught You That? (1932) – Classics 822
Ray Miller and his Orch. - My Honey's Lovin' Arms (1928) – Timeless CBC 0-041 JAZZ
Paul Whiteman and his Orch. – Sweet and Low Down (1925) – Naxos 8.120628
West End Jazz Band – Wedding Bells (2007) – Legacy2K 107
Henry “Red” Allen and his N.Y. Orch. – Roamin’ (1930) – Classics 540
Jabbo Smith’s Rhythm Aces – Decatur Street Tutti (1929) – Retrieval 79013
Louis Armstrong and his Orch. – I Got Rhythm (1931) – JSPCD3401
Glen Lyte and his Orch. – When I Take My Sugar to Tea (1931) – Jazz Oracle BDW8049
Annette Hanshaw – I Have to Have You (1929) – Take Two TT408CD
Boswell Sisters – Minnie the Moocher's Wedding Day (1932) – Collectibles COL-CD-6462
Napoleon’s Emperors – Anything (1929) – Jazz Archives No. 28
Mound City Blue Blowers - One Hour (1929) – RCA 09026-68734-2
Paul Whiteman and his Orch. – Look What I’ve Got (1934) – Rivermont BSW 1141
Joseph Robichaux and his N.O. Rhythm Boys – Stormy Weather (1933) – Document CD 1016
Paul Whiteman and his Orch. – Charleston (1925) – ASV Living Era CD AJA 5342
Coon-Sanders’ Nighthawks – I’m Gonna Charleston Back to Charleston (1925) – ASV CD AJA 5342
Al Gallodoro w/The Beau Hunks – The Hour of Parting (1999) – “Out of Nowhere” (Basta 30-9092-2)
Al Gallodoro – Liza (1951) – Saxophone Contrasts (Golden Rooster CD)
Al Gallodoro & JoAnn Chmielowski – Rosetta (2007) – Daybreak: Lyrical Jazz (Golden Rooster CD)
Red McKenzie and his Rhythm Kings – I Can’t Get Started (1936) – Timeless CBC 0-019 JAZZ
Jimmie Gunn and his Orch. – Slat’s Shuffle (1936) – IAJRC CD-1002
Benny Goodman and his Orch. – Nit Wit Serenade (1934) – ABC 838 438-2
Annette Hanshaw – That’s You, Baby (1929) – Take Two TT408CD
Nick Lucas and his Crooning Troubadors – You’re Driving Me Crazy (1930) – ASV CD AJA5342
Thelma Terry and her Playboys – Lady of Havana(1928) – Timeless CBC 0-041 JAZZ
Smyth-West Orch. – You’ve Got Me In The Palm of Your Hand (1932) – Jazz Oracle BDW 8049
Ben Pollack and his Orch. – Waitin’ for Katie (1928) – RCA 09026-68734-2
Slim Lamar and his Southerners – That’s a Plenty (1929) – Retrieval 79006
Louis Armstrong and his Orch. – Love, You Funny Thing (1932) – JSPCD4301
Jabbo Smith and his Rhythm Aces – I Got The Stinger (1929) – Retrieval 79013
King Mutt and his Tennessee Thumpers – Maxwell Street Stomp (1929) – ABM MCD 1104
Mills Brothers – Smoke Rings (1933) – ABM MCD 1030
Jack Smith – Miss Annabelle Lee (1928) – ASV CD AJA 5342
Bing Crosby w/Gus Arnheim – One More Time (1931) – Naxos 8.120697
Slim Lamar and his Southerners – Memphis Kick-Up (1929) – Retrieval 79006
Fletcher Henderson and his Orch. – Variety Stomp (1927) – RCA 09026-68734-2
Red McKenzie and his Rhythm Kings – Sweet Lorraine (1936) – Timeless CBC 0-019 JAZZ
Boswell Sisters – It Don’t Mean a Thing (1932) – Collectables COL-CD-6462
Dorsey Brothers’ Orch. – Annie’s Cousin Fanny (1934) – Jazz Oracle BDW 8051
Louis Armstrong and his Orch. – You Can Depend On Me (1931) – JSP CD3401
Mills Brothers – Nobody’s Sweetheart (1931) – ABM MCD 1030
Syd Valentine and his Patent Leather Kids – Rock and Gravel (1929) – ABM MCD 1104
Hoagy Carmichael and his Pals – Stardust (1927) – JSP918A
Ray Starita and his Ambassadors’ Club Orch. – Wake Up! Chill’un. Wake Up! (1929) – Avid AVC539

Thursday, June 21, 2007

"Light and Crunchy" June 22, 2007

(Week 81)

This is the playlist I assembled for last week--and did not play, for reasons explained a few days ago. This Friday at 8 PM ET on WHCL it will proceed as follows--with lots of newly acquired vintage shellac, with lots of levity. And the WHCL stream does seem to be working--at 24k, but that's better than nothing.

Mound City Blue Blowers – You Ain’t Got Nothin’ I Want (1924) – (78) Brunswick 2648-B
The Sunshine Boys – Huggable, Kissable You (1929) – Retrieval RTR 79039
Jimmie Noone’s Apex Club Orch. – Wake Up, Chill’un, Wake Up (1929) – JSP 926B
The Caroliners – Would You Miss Me If I Went Away? (1928) – (78) Cameo 8234
Seven Little Polar Bears – Hello Montreal (1928) – (78) Cameo 8178
Ray Noble and his Orch. – Tiger Rag (1933) – (78) Victor 24577-A
Phil Baker and Sid Silvers – At The Theatre, Part 1 (1927) – (78) Victor 20970-A
Charles Kaley – Hello Bluebird (1926) – (78) Columbia 807-D
Charlie Troutt’s Melody Artists – Transportation Blues, Pt. 1 (1927) – (78) Columbia 1030-D
Charlie Troutt’s Melody Artists – Transportation Blues, Pt. 2 (1927) – (78) Columbia 1030-D
Goodrich Broadcasters – Chloe (1928) – (78) Cameo 8149
Mound City Blue Blowers – Barb Wire Blues (1924) – (78) Brunswick 2648-A
Jack Kaufman – You Scream, I Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream (1928) – (78) Cameo 8115
Cliff Friend – Daffy Ditties (1928) – (78) Victor 21460 (sides A and B)
Charles W. Hamp – Laugh, Clown, Laugh (1928) – (78) Okeh 41046
Vernon Dalhart – The Old Gray Mare (1928) – (78) Cameo 8169
Joe Haymes and his Orch. (John Scott, vo.) – He’s a Curbstone Cutie (1932) – (78) Bluebird B-6412-B
Dixie Stars – Birmingham Papa (1925) – (78) Brunswick 2813-A
Ethel Waters – Make Me a Pallet on the Floor (1926) – (78) Columbia 14125-D
McKinney’s Cotton Pickers – Nobody’s Sweetheart (1928) – (78) Victor V-38000-B
Golden Gate Orch. – Ramblin’ Blues (1924) – (78) Perfect 14309-B
Miami Royal Palm Orch. – Back In Your Own Backyard (1928) – (78) Cameo 8137
Sam Lanin and his Troubadors – I Can’t Give You Anything But Love (1928) – (78) Cameo 8234
Phil Baker and Sid Silvers – At The Theatre, Part 2 (1927) – (78) Victor 20970-B
Les Poe – Oh Doctor! My Adjustment (1929) – (78) Brunswick 4368
The Melotone (Sunshine) Boys – When I Take My Sugar to Tea (1931) – Retrieval RTR 79039
Harry McDaniel and his Orch. – No! No! A Thousand Times No! (1933) – (78) Perfect 16039-B
Ethel Waters – Bring Your Greenbacks (1926) – (78) Columbia 14125-D
Slim Green – Cocktails for Two (1935) – (78) Decca 7104 A
Mills Blue Rhythm Band – Jes’ Natch’ully Lazy (1936) – (78) Columbia 3134-D
Chicago Rhythm Kings – Stompin’ At The Savoy (1936) – (78) Bluebird B-6412-A
Jimmie Noone’s Apex Club Orch – Sweet Sue-Just You (1928) – JSP 926A

Sunday, June 17, 2007


The wonderful West End Jazz Band of Chicago. This was taped at the same Davenport, Iowa venue where Bix played. Enjoy!

Saturday, June 16, 2007

The Boy Who Cried "Shoutcast"

Dear frustrated RADIOLA! streamers/on-air listeners,

I doubly apologize for yesterday's RADIOLA! non-show. Not only was the Shoutcast stream malfunctioning (so that anyone who may have tried to stream would have heard dead air), but when I got to the studio some genius had flipped the master switch to the CD and minidisc players and so I vamped until I could download one of my old programs from the internet to play on the air. The computer audio was fine, of course. (RADIOLA! is a very resourceful radio program.)

In my two years at WHCL, I never had occasion to use the master switch--and nobody thought it important enough to tell me where it was. (As in, "If you come to the station and all the CD and minidisc players are off, this switch up here restores power to them.")

Finally, I pressed the right button and everything lit up. So, I jettisoned the old show from January 2006 and instead played selections from some "extra" CDs I brought with me. (Jimmie Noone and Fats Waller JSP box sets, Paul Whiteman, Ted Weems, The Sunshine Boys, and Al Gallodoro.) It wasn't a bad show for an impromptu effort, but I really wasn't about to truncate the playlist that it had taken me two days to transfer from 78s and put together. (I was working on the show until almost the last minute so I had no opportunity to post the playlist here.) I will play that in its entirety next Friday at 8 PM ET.

I'm not going to promise anything ever again about the WHCL Shoutcast stream unless I know it's up and running and playing actual music. Again, I apologize for any inconvenience.


Friday, June 15, 2007



AL GALLODORO QUARTET with piano accompanist JoAnn Chmielowski, Larry Trott on Bass, and Lou Colone on drums
SEGO CAFE, Main St, Oneonta, New York. Reservations 607-432-0228

Dr. Alfred J. Gallodoro (born June 20, 1913) will celebrate his 94th birthday with a magical performance at SEGO CAFE. Gallodoro is one of only 13 artists who recorded before 1940 that is still active and recording, During a professional career spanning an amazing nine decades, Gallodoro has played his saxophone, clarinet and bass clarinet in all forms and venues of music - - - from Vaudeville houses to New Orleans speak-easies, from nightclubs to symphonies, from Carnegie Hall to international jazz festivals (North Sea and Breda, Holland!) and even the Ringling Brothers Circus! Gallodoro was called upon in April 2006 to perform George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the NYC Harmonie Ensemble, a piece for which he holds the distinction of a world’s record - - over 10,000 performances throughout the 1930’s and 40’s with the “King of Jazz” Paul Whiteman. In his association of nearly 4 decades with Whiteman, Gallodoro played lead 1st alto sax, as well as clarinet and bass clarinet for the orchestra; hence, the moniker “Triple Threat!” He was a regularly featured “front stage” soloist on live broadcasts spanning from the 1930’s through the 1970’s, and even continues those live radio performances today with regular appearances on Northeast Public Radio! In fact, Gallodoro has done more live on-the-air saxophone and clarinet solos than any other performer in history.

Also a classical performer in his own right, Gallodoro worked for many years under symphonic conductors Arturo Toscanini and Leopold Stokowski. Thus, one can often detect a classical vein running throughout his art of improvisation. Ferde GrofĂ© was so impressed by Gallodoro’s art that he composed Gallodoro’s Serenade for saxophone and piano (1957) to specifically emphasize Al’s style, and showcase his technique. The piece (released on Bridge Records, 2006) had its premier New York City performance and recording when Al was an energetic 91 years old, with pianist Lincoln Mayorga. Perhaps it is his unique ability to bridge jazz and classical idioms that so endears him to a broad variety of fans.

AL GALLODORO was featured in 2002 on CBS’ Sunday Morning, and has also been the topic of a PBS documentary, the Al Gallodoro Story. In 2005 Alfred J. Gallodoro received an Honorary Doctoral Degree from Hartwick College in recognition of a lifetime of extraordinary achievement in music performance and teaching. His admirers include more than just saxophone aficionados - - -- he recently appeared twice at Cornell University's Weill Medical College for concerts AND as the subject of an extensive interview on longevity and vitality. At 94 years young, Gallodoro continues to thrill his listeners with his impeccable musicianship and incredible mastery of his instruments. He can arguably be regarded as the greatest saxophone/clarinet virtuoso in history.

As partner with manager/pianist and long term collaborator JoAnn Bertone Chmielowski, Gallodoro’s independent label Chmusic Productions/Golden Rooster Records has added 4 CD’s and a music video to his credit. His most recent release DAYBREAK – Lyrical Jazz (April 2007), has a specific goal: to bring a renewed awareness of the lyrical sound of the saxophone to mainstream jazz. With a bit of Southern flair, credited to his Birmingham and New Orleans roots, the Mediterranean influence of his Sicilian heritage, and the sounds attributed to nearly six decades of working in New York City, Dr. Alfred J. Gallodoro (born June 20, 1913) is still absolutely inimitable!

JoAnn Bertone Chmielowski, keyboard/synthesizer. With roots in classical piano, and currently a jazz pianist for the Al Gallodoro Quartet, JoAnn combines her musical creativity with harmonies that compliment Al's unique art of improvisation. Her performance venues include West Kortright Center, Saratoga's Caffe Lena, and the Night Eagle, as well as clubs in Albany and the NYC area.

More extensive information can be found at

Friday, June 08, 2007

"Anything Goes" June 8, 2007

(Week 80)

The Summer Season is officially under way at WHCL--and tonight's playlist reflects an undercurrent of references to local (to the Utica, NY area) current events. Our mad old mayor, Ed Hanna, who left under a cloud in 2000, has decided to regain his post. That's all you need to know, unless you want to go off on a Google quest. Plenty of good music here, and my aircheck will be posted forthwith.

Oh, and it's the start of my third year on the air. If only the stream were working! Well, if you live in the area, tune us in at 88.7 FM. Otherwise, Live 365 will work as well as anything for the time being.

Cole Porter – Anything Goes (1934) – Prism Leisure PLATCD 938
Vincent Lopez and his Hotel Pennsylvania Orch. – Kinky Kids’ Parade (1925) – (78) Okeh 40471-A
Jimmie Noone’s Apex Club Orch. – Wake Up, Chill’un, Wake Up (1929) – JSP 926
Symphonic Trio (Andy Sannella) – My Ohio Home (1928) – (78) Radiex 1505a
Roy Collins’ Dance Orch. – Skies of Gray (1927) – (78) Oriole 1103b
Walter Page and his Blue Devils – There’s a Scufflin’ (1929) – ABM ABMMCD 1104
The Rounders – Ready for the River (1928) – (78) Victor 21382-B
Lillie Delk Christian – I Can’t Give You Anything But Love (1928) – JSP 926
The Mills Brothers – Tiger Rag (1931) – ABM ABMMCD 1030
Manhattan Entertainers – Sweethearts on Parade (1928) – (78) Broadway 1222
Bob Green’s Dance Orch – They Don’t Come Better Than Betty (1928) – (78) Oriole 1228b
The Western Wanderers – Four or Five Times (1927) – (78) Cameo 1154
Paul Robeson – Trees (1938) – (78) HMV B.8830
Judy Garland – Somewhere Over the Rainbow (1939) – History of Pop Radio, Volume 10
Jeanne Aubert with the Four Admirals – Blow, Gabriel, Blow (1938) – Prism Leisure PLATCD 938
The Happiness Boys – The Fire Brigade (1926) – (78) Cameo 1079
Wilmoth Houdini – Mama, Call the Fire Brigade (1941) – Rounder CD 1077
Andy Senior – Andy Senior’s Ed Hanna Song (1997) – Keeler Unwrapped
Charles Dickson (Irving Kaufman) –Wedding Bells (1929) – (78) Oriole 1498a
Joe Candullo and his Orch. – Song of the Wanderer (1927) – (78) Cameo 1105
Cameo Dance Orch. – Proud (1927) – (78) Cameo 1105
Fate Marable’s Society Syncopators – Frankie and Johnny (1924) – ABM AMBMCD 1104
Original Dixieland Jazz Band – At The Jazz Band Ball (1918) – (78) Victor 18457-A
Original Dixieland Jazz Band – Ostrich Walk (1918) – (78) – Victor 18457-B
Paul Robeson – Ol’ Man River (1936) – (78) HMV B.8497
Lillie Delk Christian – Too Busy! (1928) – JSP 926
Bob Wills’ Texas Playboys – Too Busy! (1936) – (78) Vocalion 03537
Bob Wills’ Texas Playboys – No Matter How She Done It (1936) – (78) Vocalion 03537
Putney Dandridge and his Orch. – Sweet Violets (1936) – (78) Vocalion 3109
Guy Lombardo and his Orch. – Boo Hoo! (1937) – (78) Victor 25522-B
Joseph Lhevinne – Arabesques on “The Beautiful Blue Danube” (1928) – VAIA/IPA 1019
Joe Daniels and his Hotshots in “Drumnastics” – Sweet Sue–Just You (1935) – (78) Decca 953 B

Wednesday, June 06, 2007


As yet unsuccessful in their attempt to shake down internet broadcasters, the RIAA is now trying to pry nickels and dimes from the pockets of public radio in an unprecedented grab for royalties. You have to suppose that extends beyond corporate NPR outlets to college and community stations, like WHCL.

Since popular music is now creatively defunct, and cannibalizes an ever-diminishing few riffs and ideas, the RIAA ghouls return to suck the marrow of the bones of the brilliant dead.

Saturday, June 02, 2007


To the consternation of those who may have tried to stream or tune in at 8 PM EDT the past two Fridays, there has been a hiatus. The good news is that RADIOLA! will return to the WHCL-FM next Friday, June 8, at 8 PM EDT for a summer season of weekly two-hour programs. The (possibly) bad news is that direct streaming of WHCL may not be available owing to problems with the Shoutcast Computer. The (genuinely) good news is that each Friday's program will be uploaded to my Live365 station within a day or two of the live broadcast.

I'll keep you apprised of the Shoutcast situation. It's no more than a minor concern. If you're listening locally to 88.7 FM, it helps to have a GOOD radio and maybe an external antenna. For some reason, sets made before the mid-90s tend to get better reception of weak stations. So dig out that old relic from the attic, plug 'er in, and wait for the electrician. Happy listening!