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Slivka
post Apr 16 2005, 03:28 AM
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Hey Gang!

I am currently putting a "Hot" band together with a bit of a Dark Twist to it.

We're working up versions of "St. James Infirmary" and "Gloomy Sunday"

I was wondering what your favorite dark or mysterious tunes might be?

Steven P. Slivka
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post Apr 16 2005, 04:27 AM
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QUOTE(Slivka @ Apr 15 2005, 09:28 PM)
Hey Gang!

I am currently putting a "Hot" band together with a bit of a Dark Twist to it.

We're working up versions of "St. James Infirmary" and "Gloomy Sunday"

I was wondering what your favorite dark or mysterious tunes might be?

Steven P. Slivka

What part of the country will your band perform in?

Here are two that come to the top of my head:

"Swamp Ghosts" by Wayne King and His Orchestra Sadly, I don't believe that I still have a copy of it. The one that I did have was cracked and I believe the crack eventually gave way to a total break.

"Black And Tan Fantasy" by Duke Ellington and His Orchestra. The band recorded several versions of it. It is a VERY gloomy recording

There is also "Clarinet In A Haunted House" by Johnny Messner and His Orchestra.

Some versions of "Chloe (Song Of The Swamp)" can be kind of dark and mysterious.
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Slivka
post Apr 16 2005, 04:46 AM
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I'm in Chicago!

I still need a good cornet player if anybody knows of one in the area.

Steven P. Slivka
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post Apr 16 2005, 11:50 PM
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"Queer Notions" by Fletcher Henderson with Coleman Hawkins.
"Chain Gang" by Bob Crosby
"Nightmare" by Clyde McCoy or Cab Calloway


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post Apr 18 2005, 07:44 AM
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A more humorous gloomy number is "Mysterious Mose", recorded by Ted Weems (and several other bands).

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post Apr 19 2005, 09:12 PM
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I'll be glad when you're dead "You Rascal You"----------------------

"Mean Music"

"Junk Man"

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post Apr 21 2005, 05:54 PM
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Here's another:

Devil's Kitchen by Vic Berton.

http:// jazz.com/Songs/berton/devilskitchen.ram

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post Apr 29 2005, 03:12 AM
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Hi, kids, I'm new here...

"I'll Be Glad When You're Dead You Rascal You" is a great choice, Gregory!
I believe Louis Armstrong once dedicated that to the King of England on a tour...

"Nightmare" is also a good choice, Jarred. I was going to offer that one, too, but you beat me to it!
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post Apr 29 2005, 04:46 AM
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Hi Miss O,

Welcome to the board! Glad to have you with us...

Is that the same "Nightmare" that Artie Shaw used as his theme song? If it is, it gets my vote as well.

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post May 4 2005, 04:08 AM
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To me the darkest and gloomiest tune has got to be Billie Holliday's "Strange Fruit", due to the tragic story behind the song. Recorded in 1939, it was a mournful lament of the lynchings that used to take place. Really leaves a lasting impression on a person once he or she hears it.
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post May 4 2005, 08:54 PM
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No, Artie Shaw's "Nightmare" is a different tune, but it is pretty gloomy as well. Think about it, should a song called "Nightmare" be cheerful and happy? I don't think so.
"Hell's Bells" could be another one, although some versions seem more silly than evil.


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post May 5 2005, 03:45 AM
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Jarred!

Are you referring to Art Kassel?

Art first recorded it on Columbia in 1932 and I suppose you all know the story behind it, otherwise here it goes: On New Year´s Eve of 1931 a young lady had danced by the bandstand and when Art asked her if she was having any fun answered "Hell's Bells, Yes." Art knew a good song title when he heard it and that next day wrote it. (Taken from the sleeve to Art Kassel and His "Kassels-In-The-Air" Orchestra 1944 Hindsight HSR-162.)

Other good versions by Hal Kemp and Jimmie Lunceford.
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post May 13 2005, 03:34 AM
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"Chloe" and "Take Me Away from the River" have have a mysterious side. On the fun side, "Mr. Ghost Goes to Town" is a blast.

Is Slivka a Slovak name? Mine is Vasicek (which is Slovak), and I am originally from the Chicago area. There is a cool vintage jazz band out there: The West End Jazz Band. You can contact them at (708) 788-5460 (sounds like a Berwyn number). They might know of a cornet player.
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post May 14 2005, 04:34 AM
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Ed,

Slivka is indeed Slovak or (Boheimian depending on when your family came to the US).
The Slivkas are of good, hearty Chicago Bohunk stock.

I know the West End Jazz band very well and have seen them many times.
They are definitely from Berwyn. I'm live in Berwyn as well.

Who would have thought that Berwyn would become the vintage jazz hotbed of chicago?(it's not really...yet!)

I'm thinking of petitioning the city to put on a music festival there.

Mike Bezin the leader and cornet player for the West End Jazz Band is amazing.

I've never heard anyone nail Bix like he does.

Slivka
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Ed Vasicek
post May 26 2005, 01:32 AM
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Great! Sorry to be away so long.

Bohemians and Moravians are actually now called, "Czechs," (and always have been in the old country) while Slovaks are a related but different people. So the home land of Czechs and Moravians is the Czech Republic, Slovaks the Slovak Republic.

But back to Berwyn, I''m originally from Cicero and graduated from Morton East in 1974; my wife, Marylu (nee Troppito) graduated from Morton West and was from Berwyn. Her mom just moved from the family homestead on the 1200 south block of Maple Ave. to Forest Park.

The Chicago area was perhaps the cutting edge of popular jazz in the 1920's....so maybe there is something in the culture that still draws us to it?

You mentioned Bix, one of my favorites. But Bob Schultz (with the San Francisco Starlight Orchestra and some of this own bands) is another great current cornet player. But the West End cornet player does seem to be very, very good!

I now live 175 miles away from the Chicago area, but hope to hear the West End Jazz Band sometime somewhere. I'll be going to the Elkhart Jazz Festival (Elkhart IN, which is closer to me) to hear the Crazy Rhythm Hot Society Orchestra, a band that is really cool.

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