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An Evening With Chick Webb

Chick Webb saved up enough money selling newspapers to buy his first set of drums at age 11. By the time he was 18 he was leading a band that was a regular headliner at the Savoy Ballroom in New York. Chick contracted tuberculosis of the spine as a child which left him with severe scoliosis, a very short stature, and limited use of his neck and shoulders. His drum kit had to be specially modified because of his physical differences but his unique and exciting drum style transformed drumming in the swing  jazz era. Here’s Chick’s orchestra featuring a young Ella Fitzgerald performing one of their biggest hits, “Tain’t What You Do (It’s The Way That You Do It).”

I’ll be brief because I’m posting this late. It was Mommy’s night out tonight. I had a relaxing massage, a nice Thai food dinner, then a fantastic time at the Rifftrax Live show. I sure know how to show a girl a good time don’t I? If I was dating me I’d totally be getting lucky tonight!

Basie And Boogie For Lesser Mortals

One You Tube commenter said he thought this video was being played back at a slightly higher than normal speed. I can see where he might have gotten that idea. “Basie Boogie” actually did start out as a much slower tune but over the years it evolved so that this is the correct tempo for this smokin, swingin number.

I think I’m pretty competent in both the “plain” and “with my bad self” varieties of getting down, but at first this video made me question my ability to boogie.  Then I realized that surely this is some super advanced god-like level of boogieing. There must be lower, more attainable tiers for us mere mortals. For example I may not have the scores to rate a Taste Of Honey  “Oogie Oogie” level of boogie proficiency, but I’m fairly certain even I can claim mastery of the “Bertha Butt Boogie!”

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