Monday, February 20, 2017

Pilsen Polka

In 1930, "Pilsen Polka" was the first record that Romy Gosz played trumpet on, after only six months on the instrument (after switching from piano)! What a great, original sound. Rooted in european folk music but with a contemporary awareness of Duke Elllington and popular music of the day.
Here is a 1946 re-recording of the traditional Bohemian tune, with Romy leading the group:

A more recent version, with Jerry Minar on concertina:

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Friday, December 30, 2016

Life in the Finnish Woods, aka Livet I Finnskogarna, aka Mockingbird Hill

Jerry Minar's version here made me decide to learn this familiar tune.

I believe this is the original:

Whoopee John's version is classic:

The same melody is used in Mockingbird Hill:

Friday, December 16, 2016

Radio around the world

This is a pretty fun globe you can spin to hear radio stations in your browser. Of course, I landed in Munich!