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Dr. Zarkov’s Tiki Lounge September 18, 2019

On this week’s show we celebrated the birthdays of just a few of the fine musical artists who began their extant existence during the salubrious month of September.

Dr. Zarkov’s Tiki Lounge show is broadcast every Wednesday, 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. ‘Keawaiki,” composed by September Birthday Celebrant Helen Desha Beamer, performed by her great grandsons on their eponymous 1975 album: titled: Hawaii's Keola and Kapono Beamer, with both on Vocals and Slack-Key Guitars joined by Russell Schmidt on Drums and Percussion.

  2. “Papalina Lahilahi (Your Caressable Cheeks)” featuring our Birthday Boy Joe Keawe on Steel Guitar the Lei Momi Hula Maids, recorded in the 1940s and found on the copacetic compilation: Vintage Hawaiian Treasures, Volume Two – Hula Hawaiian Style.

  3. “Satan's Holiday” played by our Birthday Boy and master jazz violinist Joe Venuti on his righteous retrospective made up of radio transcriptions recorded in 1934 titled: Performance, featuring Frank Victor on Guitar and Jerry Colonna on Trombone, who later became better known as a comedian who worked for many years with Bob Hope.

  4. The 1946 recording of “Married Man Blues” by the singer Helen Humes on her azurial album: Blue and Sentimental, featuring Birthday Boy Meade Lux Lewis on Piano with Wild Bill Moore and William Woodman on Tenor Saxes and Irving Ashby on Guitar.

  5. “Eeny Meeny Miney Mo,” composed by Johnny Mercer and Matt Malneck for the 1935 movie musical: To Beat the Band found on the thorough retrospective: The Quintessential Billie Holiday, Volume 1: 1933-1935, featuring September Natal Notable Chu Berry on Tenor Sax, with Teddy Wilson on Piano, Benny Morton on Trombone, Roy Eldridge on Trumpet, Dave Barbour on Guitar, John Kirby on String Bass and Cozy Cole on Drums. Lyricist Johnny Mercer reportedly hated the song.

  6. “Buck Dance Rhythm,” recorded in 1938 and taken from the bodacious Box Set: Slim Gaillard – Laughing in Rhythm, featuring Gaillard on Vocal and Sax, joined by our September Birthday Celebrant Slam Stewart on Vocals and Bass.

  7. “Jivin' With Jack the Bellboy” composed by Illinois Jacquet and Bill Doggett, found on the bopping Box Set: The Illinois Jacquet Story, recorded in 1947 with our Birthday Boy Fats Navarro on Trumpet, joined in the brass section by Trumpeters Joe Newman, Marion Hazel and Miles Davis, Monsieur Jacquet on Tenor Sax, Leo Parker on Baritone Sax and Bill Doggett on Piano.

  8. “By Myself” with the music by Arthur Schwartz and lyrics by our September Birthday Boy Howard Dietz for the 1937 Broadway musical: Between the Devil, sung by Helen Merrill on her 1956 lapidarial LP: Dream of You, which was arranged and conducted by Gil Evans and included Barry Galbraith on Guitar, Hank Jones on Piano, John LaPorta on Clarinet and Art Farmer on Trumpet.

  9. “Love Is Just Around the Corner” By Leo Robin and Lewis Gensler, introduced in the 1934 movie: Here Is My Heart, and used in the 1935 movie: Millions in the Air, sung by our Natal Notable Mel Torme on his 1962 LP: At the Red Hill, recorded live at the Red Hill Club in Pennsauken, New Jersey.

  10. He was followed by Birthday Girl Julie London singing “But Not for Me” composed by her fellow September Celebrant George Gershwin with lyrics by his brother Ira for the 1930 Broadway musical: Girl Crazy, where it was sung by Ginger Rogers. This 1960 version appeared on Ms. London’s loquacious LP: Around Midnight, which was arranged and conducted by Dick Reynolds.

  11. “Giant Steps” composed by our Birthday Boy John Coltrane played by the guitarist Joe Pass on his 1976 aptly-named album: Virtuoso #2.

  12. “Little Pony” written by Neil Hefti, Dave Lambert and our September Birthday Celebrant Jon Hendricks, recorded as a tribute to West Coast saxophonist Pony Poindexter in 1957 by Lambert, Hendricks & Ross for their landmark LP: Sing a Song of Basie, featuring a Hendricks vocal solo that was based on a Tenor Sax Solo by Wardell Gray. Also on board on the auspicious occasion were Nat Pierce on Piano; Freddie Green on Guitar; Eddie Jones on Bass and Sonny Payne on Drums.

  13. “Nono” performed by our Natal Notable, the renowned guitarist Laurindo Almeida and Bud Shank on Alto Sax, appearing on their premature album: Brazilliance Volume 1, which was recorded in 1953, predating the Bossa Nova craze in the United States by 10 years, with Harry Babasin on Bass and Roy Harte on Drums.

  14. The 1950 song composed by Percy Mayfield, “Please Send Me Someone to Love,” sung by Nancy Wilson on her 1963 ambigutory album: Yesterday's Love Songs Today's Blues, with the orchestra arranged and conducted by our September Birthday Boy Gerald Wilson, featuring Jack Wilson on Celeste, Joe Pass on Guitar, Jimmy Bond on Bass and Kenny Dennis on Drums.

  15. “Señor Blues,” written by our September Celebrant Horace Silver, performed by Mark Murphy on his cerulean CD: That’s How I Love the Blues, recorded in 1962. (Personnel are said to include Nick Travis, Clark Terry or Snooky Young on Trumpets; Bernie Leighton or Dick Hyman on Organ; Roger Kellaway on Piano; Jim Hall on Electric Guitar; Ben Tucker on Bass; Dave Bailey on Drums and Willie Rodriguez on Congas or Tambourine).

  16. “Rockin' in Rhythm,” found on the 1957 luxurious LP set: Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Duke Ellington Song Book, with The Duke Ellington Orchestra, including the Duke himself on Piano and featuring our September Birthday Boy Cat Anderson on Trumpet.

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