Our last post on Bert’s Band starts with a couple of tunes from the 1920s jazz repertoire. First Copenhagen: named after a brand of chawin’ tobacco, and recorded by Bix and the Wolverines in 1924.
Next Deep Henderson, recorded by King Oliver in 1926.
Cotton Pickers Congregation was written by Sid Phillips who played baritone sax for Bert.
Now a tune I first met on a CD of Marty Grosz, “Pardon me, pretty baby”. (Marty said he played “hot music”; he’s the son of George Grosz who did those rather cruel caricatures of the inhabitants of Weimar Berlin. Marty once led a band called “Marty Grosz and Destiny’s Tots”.)
Now this IS hot music: Embassy Stomp, composed by Bert Barnes who played the piano in the band.
Lastly we cool it down with a sweet rather than hot track: a song that went on to become a jazz standard – Body and Soul.