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Jazz As Art

Joe Venuti and Eddie Lang's Blue Five

Hey! Young Fella!

 

When you listen to music, you sometimes conjure images in your mind. Our Jazz As Art series invites you to listen to a piece of jazz and as it plays, scroll down the page and see which of the pieces of art I have chosen comes closest to the pictures in your mind. Hopefully, this will introduce you to recordings and art works you might not have spent time with before.

 

Joe Venuti and Eddie Lang

 

Eddie Lang and Joe Venuti

 

This month we roll back the years to the 1933. On the 28th of February that year, violinist Joe Venuti and guitarist Eddie Lang led this 'Blue Five' into a recording studion in New York - the others were Jimmy Dorsey (trumpet, clarinet, alto saxophone); Adrian Rollini (bass sax, hot fountain pen, piano and vibraphone) and Phil Wall (piano). Writing the liner notes to one Venuti/Lang/Rollini compilation, Nöel Hendrick said: 'These tracks are notable for the way in which they exploit the versatility of Rollini on bass saxophone, hot fountain pen and vibraphone, whilst Jimmy Dorsey, best known as an alto-sax and clarinet player also contributes some tasty trumpet work'.

Hey! Young Fella! was a popular tune of the day, written by Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields for the 1933 musical film Dancing Lady starring Joan Crawford and Clark Gable. The film featured the screen debut of dancer Fred Astaire, who appeared as himself. The full lyrics are here, but we can get a taste of the song's theme (here, 'rubbers', of course, is the American word for 'wellington boots'):

You had nothing to sing about
The days were dreary and wet
Had no sunshine to sing about
And lots of rain to forget

Hey, young fella
Better close your old umbrella
Have a glorious day
Throwing rubbers away
'Cause it ain't gonna rain no more

 

Play the tune and scroll slowly down through the pictures I have chosen to go with the music (I think this only works if you spend time with each painting). The track is quite short so you might need to play it twice. See what you think.

 

 

 

 

Marianne Schovsbo

 

Marianne Schovsbo painting

 

 

 

Artist Not Known

 

Dancing In The rain

 

 

 

Helen Frankenthaler

 

Helen Frankenthaler painting

 

 

 

 

C-Kle

 

CKle painting

 

 

 

 

 

Roger Hilleboe

 

Roger Hillboe Roots After rain

 

 

 

 

 

Joseph Piccillo

 

Joseph Piccillo Dragonflies

 

 

 

Debra Hurd

 

Debra Hurd Painting

 

 

 

Beryl Cook

 

Beryl Cook Tango

 

 

 

Danny Kamins

 

Danny Kamins I Play Saxophone

 

 

 

 

 

Judith Kunzle

 

Judith Kunzle painting

 

 

 

Gopal Dagnogo

 

Gopal Dagnogo painting

 

 

 

 

 

 

Archibald Motley

 

Archibald Motley Nightlife

 

 

 

Adriaen Brouwer

 

Adriaen Brouwer painting

 

 

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