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Dr. Zarkov’s Tiki Lounge February 27, 2019

On this week’s Dr. Zarkov’s Tiki Lounge radio show took a slight detour to from the world of Tiki-ness to celebrate the multifarious and magnanimous magnificence of Mardi Gras. As some of you are aware, the Doctor’s family hails from Louisiana and for many generations helped to build, run and literally supply pharmaceuticals to New Orleans, which makes this annual musical migration something of a hopeful and hallowed hajj to the City That Care Forgot and the rest of southern Louisiana.

Dr. Zarkov’s Tiki Lounge show is broadcast on Wednesdays, 5-6 pm Eastern Standard Time (2-3 pm on the West Coast and 10-11 GMT in Europe) at http://www.radiofairfax.org. Radio Fairfax also can be heard on Tune In Radio at tunein.com, and streamed on smartphones by downloading the Tunein app. It also can be streamed on Roku and Google TV at: http://tinyurl.com/3uqfsz9

Past shows from this year are now available to listen to in their entirety at: https://www.mixcloud.com/Flashfriend/

  1. “Tiger Rag,” which when recorded in 1918 by The Original Dixieland Jass Band ignited the worldwide craze for jazz, performed in 1954 by Freddie L. Small and rescued for posterity by the Smithsonian Folkways collection: Classic Sounds of New Orleans.

  2. The Sidney Bechet composition “Ti Ralph,” from the 78 rpm album titled: Haitian Moods, with Bechet on Soprano Sax, Willie “The Lion” Smith on Piano, Kenneth Roane on Trumpet, Olin Alderhold on Bass and Zutty Singleton on Drums, appearing on the CD: The Art Tatum Trio and Sidney Bechet/The Stimson Collectors Series.

  3. The Hoagy Carmichael classic “New Orleans” performed by Cajun flddle maestro Michael Doucet on his album From Now On, featuring Todd Duke on Acoustic Guitar.

  4. “Red White and Blue Got the Golden Band,” a 1956 recording made on Burgundy Street in the French Quarter of an unidentified group of Mardi Gras Indians, found on the ahistorical anthology: Classic Sounds of New Orleans.

  5. From another tradition, “Zydeco Gris-Gris” by Beausoleil from their 1985 recording: Bayou Boogie, with Michael Doucet on Vocal and Fiddle, Sonny Landreth on Electric Guitar, Steve Conn on Organ, Errol Verret on Accordion and Russell Keyes on Bass.

  6. The Mardi Gras classic “Iko Iko” by Dr. John on his 1972 lagniappe LP: Dr. John’s Gumbo.

  7. “Mercy Me” by Mike West from his auspicious album: Redneck Riviera, who moved with his family to Lawrence, Kansas, from New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina.

  8. “Rage On!” from the scintilacious CD: Big Sam’s Funky Nation --King of the Party, led by Big Sam (Sammie) Williams on Vocals and Trombone and Takeshi Shinmura on Guitar.

  9. The 1959 recording “Carnival Time” by Al Johnson, taken from the bodacious CD Box Set: Doctors, Professors, Kings & Queens – The Big Ol' Box of New Orleans.

  10. King of the Mardi Gras” by Tim Laughlin, who also plays on Clarinet, recorded in 1994 for his CD: Blue Orleans.

  11. “At the Foot of Canal Street” by John Boutte from his CD: Good Neighbor, with David Torkanowsky on Piano, James Andrews on Trumpet and Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews on Trombone.

  12. “That's It!” from the Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s latest album of the same name, featuring Mark Braud on Trumpet and Joe Lastie Jr. on Drums.

  13. “Back O' Town” from the 1963 LP: Gumbo! Led by New Orleans native Pony Poindexter, who wrote the song and plays Soprano Sax, with Booker Ervin on Tenor Sax, Al Grey on Trombone and Guido Mahones on Piano George Tucker on Bass and Jimmie Smith on Drums.

  14. “Look What You’re Doin’ to Me (Oooh-Wee, Baby)” by Professor Longhair, the 1957 classic taken from The Oxford American Southern Music Issue No.14: The Music of Louisiana.

  15. The Paul Barbarin composition, “Bourbon Street Parade” performed by James and Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews on their album: 12 & Shorty, featuring James on Vocal and Trumpet and Troy on Trombone, natch, with Stanton Moore on Drums.

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