Friday, August 19, 2011

"Here's a number that all the musicians in the world love to play..."

Louis Armstrong claimed that "all the musicians in the world" loved to play Tiger Rag. Perhaps this is a slight exaggeration - many jazz musicians roll their eyes when it is requested! In spite of this, the versions below sound vibrant enough.

Here's the famous boxer Jack Johnson leading his jazz band in 1929. Is that Chick Webb on drums?



Now here are western swing pioneers the Light Crust Doughboys in 1936:



And stringsman Roy Smeck on the ukelele:



But who could top Louis Armstrong himself, live in Copenhagen, 1933:

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