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Drop Me Off in Harlem - A Vintage Jazz Portrait - Various Artists

Drop Me Off in Harlem - A Vintage Jazz Portrait - Various Artists
CD / Product Number: RTR4247

This is an evocative sound portrait of Harlem, an exuberant sequence of some of the most enjoyable vintage jazz imaginable.
Since the late 20s the Harlem district of New York City has been synonymous with the liveliest black music of the vintage jazz age. No one place in any city has been so immortalised in music. All the most creative musicians played in its many theatres and clubs. Retrospective has carefully selected 25 of the finest of the innumerable numbers written to illustrate some aspect of this characterful area. Prominent among the galaxy of jazz stars represented is Duke Ellington (Echoes Of Harlem ...), whose statue marks the boundary of Harlem and Central Park, and other top black band leaders Chick Webb (Go Harlem...), Fletcher Henderson (Underneath The Harlem Moon) and Jimmie Lunceford (Harlem Shout). But the range is extraordinarily wide with plenty of other delights from the likes of Fats Waller, Glenn Miller, Woody Herman, and even Fred Astaire tap-dancing! The hedonistic spirit is epitomised by the two genial duets from Jack Teagarden and Joe Mercer (Christmas Night In Harlem...). Let us (aurally) drop you off there.


1. Drop Me Off In Harlem - Adelaide Hall
2. Harlem Twist - Red Nichols
3. Harlem Fuss - Fats Waller
4. Jungle Nights In Harlem - Duke Ellington
5. Underneath The Harlem Moon - Fletcher Henderson
6. Old Man Harlem - The Dorsey Brothers
7. There’s A House In Harlem For Sale - Henry Red Allen
8. Harlem Joys - Willie The Lion Smith
9. Harlem Lullaby - Mildred Bailey
10. Go Harlem - Chick Webb
11. Echoes Of Harlem (Cootie’s Concerto) - Duke Ellington
12. Christmas Night In Harlem - Jack Teagarden and Johnny Mercer
13. Harlem Shout - Jimmie Lunceford
14. It Was A Sad Night In Harlem - Duke Ellington, with Ivie Anderson
15. Harlem Congo - Chick Webb
16. Reunion In Harlem - Joe Marsala
17. Bojangles Of Harlem - Fred Astaire
18. Harlem Air-Shaft - Duke Ellington
19. Harlem In My Heart - Elisabeth Welch
20. Harlem Rumbain’ The Blues - Hot Lips Page
21. I Dreamt I Dwelt In Harlem - Glenn Miller
22. Holiday In Harlem - Ella Fitzgerald, With Chick Webb
23. Harlem Hotcha - The Carnival Three, With James P. Johnson
24. Harlem Nocturne - Woody Herman, With David Rose
25. Fare Thee Well To Harlem - Jack Teagarden and Johnny Mercer