About

The Pop Of Yestercentury (formerly titled Aesthetic, Not Anesthetic) is devoted to hot jazz, eighteenth century hits, big bands, Baroque opera, rag-a-jazz, early music and more archaic pop.

Its author, Andrew Jon Sammut, loves popular music that just happens to have been popular between eighty and three hundred years ago.  Andrew is proud to have contributed to All About JazzThe Boston Musical Intelligencer, Early Music America and the IAJRC Journal but is not a trained critic or a professional musician.  He is just a music lover and self-taught clarinetist trying to learn more about the music that interests him.  Since most of this music is left out of history books and magazines, Andrew’s blog will have to do (for now).  Hopefully it will attract new listeners, intrigue familiar ones and perhaps encourage professionals to investigate this music in greater detail.

 

15 thoughts on “About

  1. Credit where credit is due…

    That adorably thought-provoking cartoon that I am lucky to share with readers is the work of Matteo Bertelli, and can be found here.

  2. Hello,
    I am working on a jazz documentary and I would like to contact you via email directly.
    Thank you,
    Valeria Rios
    rios.orangethenblue@gmail.com

  3. […] Cool in Your Ears, Not Cold in the Ground Skip to content HomeAnd We’re Back…About ← India’s Jazz Age, for Your […]

  4. Andrew Homzy says:

    – BOB ZURKE INSPIRES THEOLONIOUS MONK –

    It has been well documented that Monk was inspired by Mary Lou William’s “Walkin’ And Swingin'” – “Rhythm-a-ning” – and John Kirby’s “Pastel Blue” – “Blue Monk”.

    Thanks to your blog, this morning, I discovered that Bob Zurke’s performance of “Tea For Two”, with the Bob Crosby Band in 1938, is the genesis of Monk’s still-unique version of the same tune. Recorded in New York, March 10, 1938 for Decca.

    Zurke’s spectacular reharmonization begins at 2:39 –

    In Chicago, on January 18, 1940, Zurke returned to Youman’s theme, recording it with his own big band – Bob Zurke and his Delta Rhythm Band. At 2:17, there begins an even more extensive, i.e. full chorus reharmonization. Monk could have heard this version as it was issued on Victor & was probably widely distributed.

    The 1940 version has been reissued on HEP CD – and is available on iTunes.

    I would love to hear the version Squirrel Ashcraft recorded in Chicago, 1938 – a duo of Zurke and Joe Rushton on clarinet.

    Zurke was also mentioned “Jelly Roll” Morton as a favorite contemporary player. As told to historian Alan Lomax on May 23, 1938, “There’s only a very few jazz pianists, if there’s any, that as I state today. So far as the present time, musicians as pianists, I don’t know of but only one that have a tendency to be on the right track, and that’s Bob Zurke of Bob Crosby Band. Far as the rest of ’em, all I can see is ragtime pianists in a very fine form.””

    Bob Zurke died on February 16, 1944, just weeks after his 32nd birthday.

    Cheers,

    Andrew

  5. saana lehtonen says:

    Hello Andrew! You posted a great photo of bass clarinet In your post from Jun 24 2013 “Jazz Bass Clarinet Before Dolphy”. I was wondering if it would be ok to use it in a e-book that I’m editing. It’s a music education book for elementary students. Let me know!

  6. billysobczyk says:

    This blog makes me happy. I love the tone and sincerity of your writing. I too am a non-musician, non-professional whose taste-for and interest-in early jazz preceeds my knowledge of the form, and your blog has served as a guide that I can relate to, not as an intimidating know-it-all encyclopedia. Thank you.

    I was saddened last year when you wrote that you were giving it up. I foolishly never came back to check it after that and today I find that there is a lot of new material for me to dig into. Oh joy! I need to pace myself. Keep up the good work.

    • I am embarrassed that after receiving compliments for my writing that all I can say is “wow.” Thank you so much for reading, for reaching out and above all for such kind words. It is honestly so very rewarding to know that this blog has been helpful.

  7. How serendipitous to have stumbled upon your article about Larry Binyon, AND that today, of all days, I should find it on his birthday! Larry was my father-in-law!
    In the sixties I accompanied him to many recording sessions when he was an agent for the Musicians Union Local 47. It was a wonderful treat to tag along with him for dinner at Musso and Frank Grille before a session. He possessed a wonderful sense of humor and I loved hearing his stories about “the good old days” in Chicago and new York.
    Sadly, I heard him play the flute only once. I walked in as he was sitting on the bed playing a very sweet tune for his ill, 8 year old step-daughter. I was delighted to have heard at least 45 seconds before he discovered that I was listening. I asked him to please continue…but he declined. He always called me “Daughter”…and I recall him saying, “Daughter, there is nothing sadder than an old cat who has lost his lip.” It made me sad…
    Shortly thereafter he developed leukemia, lung cancer, and had suffered a mild heart attack, his third marriage ended and came to live with us. Those were bittersweet days, filled with his wonderful stories, laughter and tears. I loved him dearly and after my marriage to his son, Claude, ended, I continued my relationship with him.
    I loved reading your article and I’m thrilled that you have remembered him in your article for the talented guy he was. Thank you! He will live forever in my heart…
    Elena Binyon Kern
    art4elena@aol.com

    • Thank you so much for writing and sharing these memories of your father-in-law! Mr. Binyon’s versatility and sound/style on multiple instruments has impressed me for a long time and it was fascinating to research his life and music. It is a pleasure to hear that you enjoyed this article and I really appreciate your providing further insights into this remarkable musician.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 121 other followers

%d bloggers like this: