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It is quite remarkable how much of American roots music is related to the style we know as swing. Boomers were made aware of the style through our parents who played a great deal of Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman and others on that old console stereo. Most of us had little idea what we were hearing, but others absorbed the music and took it as their own. For the next couple of weeks, we’ll dig into some great swing-style roots music. We'll open with some classics and later feature some contemporary players whose style has been influenced by swing. It don’t mean a thing, if it ain’t got that swing … this week on The Sing Out! Radio Magazine.

Episode #18-48: Swing Pt.1
Host: Tom Druckenmiller


Pete Seeger / “If I Had A Hammer”(excerpt) / Songs of Hope and Struggle / Smithsonian Folkways
Guy Van Duser / “Seneca Slide” / Stride Guitar / Rounder
Louis Armstrong / I Can't Give You Anything but Love” / Louis in Yew York / Columbia
Duke Ellington / “Diga Diga Doo” / The Okeh Ellington / Columbia
Joe Venuti / “Raggin' the Scale” / Violin Jazz 1927-1934 / Yazoo
Lambert, Hendricks & Bavan / “One O'Clock Jump” / Jazz Masters-The Vocalists / BMG-Bluebird

Claude Williams / “Cherokee” / Masters of the Folk Violin / Arhoolie
Rob Wasserman & Stephane Grappelli / “Over the Rainbow” / Duets / MCA
The David Grisman Quintet / “Minor Swing” / The David Grisman Quintet / Kaleidoscope
Guy Van Duser / “That Certain Feeling” / Stride Guitar / Rounder

Eden MacAdam-Somer&Larry Unger / “Soft Shoe Louie” / Through Many a Land / Black Socks
Pete Wernick's Live Five / “Seven Come Eleven” / Up All Night / Niwot
Claudia Schmidt / “Sea of Love” / Promising Sky / Self Produced
Housetop / “Two Foot Jumpin'” / Two Foot Jumpin” / Self Produced
Jim Kweskin & the Jug Band / “That's When I'll Come Back to You” / Greatest Hits / Vanguard
Rodney Miller / “Contrazz – Old Joe” / Airplang / Rounder
The Pickpocket Ensemble / “Prague” / If I Were A Highway / New World Cafe
Pete Seeger / “If I Had A Hammer”(excerpt) / Songs of Hope and Struggle / Smithsonian Folkways