This Saturday Joe Bev presents 78 RPM Jazz with a Sense of Humor: "Fred Frees Favorites", including:
Benny Goodman: It's Only a Paper Moon (1945)
Count Basie: Volcano (1939)
Duke Ellington: Bensonality (1952)
Benny Goodman: King Porter Stomp (1935)
Count Basie: One O'Clock Jump (1937)
Duke Ellington: Take the A Train (1941)
Benny Goodman: Tiger Rag (1936)
Benny Goodman: If You Haven't Got a Girl (1931)
Count Basie: Jumpin' at the Woodside (1938)
Benny Goodman, Peggy Lee: Blues in the Night (1941)
Count Basie: 9:20 Special 1941
Duke Ellington: Perdido (1942)
Duke Ellington: Ring Dem Bells (1931)
Fred Frees Guest Stars on Three Cult Radio-A-Go-Go!
Voice actor and the son of legendary voice actor, Paul Frees acts, DJs and is interviewed during "The Joe Bev 3-Hour Block".is a voice actor and the son of legendary voice actor, Paul Frees. Among his credits, Fred has worked for the Cartoon Network, Disney Interactive, and provided test spots as the Pillsbury Dough Boy for Leo Burnett Co.
On The Jazz-O-Rama Hour, Frees introduces 78 RPM records in the voices of cartoon characters including his father's Boris Badanov from Jay Ward's "Rocky and Bullwinkle", Professor Ludwig Von Drake from Disney's "Wonderful World of Color" and Disney's Haunted Mansion voice.
About the music, from Wikipedia:
Catalyst for the Swing era
In July 1935, a record of the Goodman band playing the Henderson arrangements of "King Porter Stomp" backed with "Sometimes I'm Happy", Victor 78 25090, had been released to ecstatic reviews in both Down Beat and Melody Maker. Reports were that in Pittsburgh at the Stanley Theater some of the kids danced in the aisles, but in general these arrangements had made little impact on the band's tour until August 19 when they arrived in Oakland to play at McFadden's Ballroom. There, Goodman and his artists Gene Krupa, Bunny Berigan, and Helen Ward found a large crowd of young dancers, raving and cheering the hot music they had heard on the Let's Dance radio show. Herb Caen wrote that "from the first note, the place was in an uproar." One night later, at Pismo Beach, the show was another flop, and the band thought the overwhelming reception in Oakland had been a fluke.
The next night, August 21, 1935 at the Palomar Ballroom in Los Angeles, Goodman and his band began a three-week engagement. On top of the Let's Dance airplay, Al Jarvis had been playing Goodman records on KFWB radio, and Los Angeles fans were primed to hear him in person. Goodman started the evening with stock arrangements, but after an indifferent response, began the second set with the arrangements by Fletcher Henderson and Spud Murphy. According to Willard Alexander, the band's booking agent, Krupa said "If we're gonna die, Benny, let's die playing our own thing." The crowd broke into cheers and applause. News reports spread word of the enthusiastic dancing and exciting new music that was happening. Over the course of the engagement, the "Jitterbug" began to appear as a new dance craze, and radio broadcasts carried the band's performances across the nation.
The Palomar engagement was such a marked success it is often exaggeratedly described as the beginning of the swing era. Donald Clarke wrote "It is clear in retrospect that the Swing Era had been waiting to happen, but it was Goodman and his band that touched it off."
Joe Bevilacqua (Joe Bev) has been producing radio in many genres since 1971 when he was 12. At 19 in 1980, Bev became the youngest person to produce a radio show for public radio. He co-hosted The Jazz Show with Garret Gega in the early 80s, a four hour a week mix classic jazz and comedy. Bev also worked for WBGO, Jazz 88 in Newark, NJ and produced documentaries for WNYC New York Public Radio on jazz legends including Louis Armstrong, Wynton Marsalis, Count Basie, Woody Herman, Cab Calloway, and Lionel Hampton.
Bev also produces, directs, writes and voices half of The Comedy-O-Rama Hour, which is has been highest rated radio show on Cult Radio A-Go-Go! for many weeks. Joe Bev's other weekly radio show, The Jazz-O-Rama Hour debuted at #2.
14 weeks ago, the veteran voice actor added his third hour for Cult Radio, called The Joe Bev Experience which airs right after The Jazz-O-Rama Hour.
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An announcement about this week's Joe Bev Experience with guest star Fred Frees follows.
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