Basin Street Blues – Okanagan Swing 2008
In 1928 Louis Armstrong made his first recording of Basin Street Blues, He combined the 32 bar theme in combination with the 12 bar blues with a very creative introduction by Earl Hines on celeste. Much later the blues part was omitted and with a new verse made Basin Street as it is played by all bands in the world today.
I was always intrigued by that original Armstrong recording and in our combination we combine the introduction, the theme, the blues and the verse presented at a concert for the Vernon Jazz Society on April 12, 2008.
I also posted the original 1928 Armstrong audio recording. Check on: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMNWL5ZWsho
Our drummer Bill Lowden does the vocal and mentioned he had some trouble with the pitch the second time around because he did not have the verse to begin with. Obviously that would make it a bit easier. Bill used to be a trumpetplayer himself but has now developed in one of the better timekeepers.
The band consists of Bill on drums and vocal, Bjorn Edblad clarinet, Don Ross tenor sax, George Beazley piano, Randy Millan guitar, Bernie Addington bass and myself on cornet.
I like to make compliments to George Bensmiller from Armstrong. BC, a fine musician himself, who spend the full day filming the band with excellent equipment and a great sense for filming everything the right way. Thank you George!