100 Most-DJ’d Swing Tracks: 20 – 11

The penultimate installment – and with the usual MixCloud and Spotify links. Enjoy!

I’ve also created a Spotify playlist to host all the tracks (or all the ones i can find on Spotify anyway) – and each week, I’ll keep adding the tracks for the week. You can find it here!

  Track Artist Album Time BPM Plays
20 Take It From The Top Ella Fitzgerald & Her Famous Orchestra Complete Chick Webb & Ella Fitzgerald Decca Sessions (1934-1941) (disc 7) 2:57 161 150
  This is just classic Chick / Ella – a gorgeous track from the Savoy’s heyday.

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19 The Goon Drag (Gone Wid De Goon) Sammy Price And His Texas Blusicians Swing Time – The World’s Greatest Jazz Collection 1933-1957: Vol. 74 3:08 142 151
  Basie’s sidemen, having a lot of fun without Basie. Sammy Price on the piano.

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18 Effervescent Blues John Kirby and His Orchestra 1940/1941 Loch Lomond 2:42 135 153
  John Kirby, a wonderful bass player, led one of the greatest jazz bands of his time…

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17 Shake It Jelly Roll Morton Jelly Roll Morton Selected Hits Vol. 7 2:50 149 155
  A taste of New Orleans, from one of the biggest characters in jazz.

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16 You Hit My Heart With A Bang Bob Zurke Honky Tonk Train Blues 2:43 169 155
  Such a great track – some neat breaks, fantastic swinging instrumentals – it’s a real blast to dance to.

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15 Joshua Fit De Battle Of Jericho (10-15-46) Kid Ory Complete Jazz Series 1945 – 1950 3:11 159 158
  There’s about a million great swing versions of Joshua. This is one of my favourites.

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14 T’Ain’t What You Do Jimmie Lunceford The Genius Of 3:07 159 163
  So… according to this, I’ve DJ’d at least 163 Shim Shams. I’m so sorry…

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13 Oakland To Burbank Ray Noble Noble Classics 3:08 154 172
  There’s not a lot of great danceable swing from Ray Noble – but this track is great.

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12 C Jam Blues Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra Live In Swing City Swingin’ Wi 3:17 145 177
  It’s a great version of C Jam, but also a seriously overplayed one. Still great.

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11 Wang Wang Blues (Straycat Edit) Kid Ory’s Creole Jazz Band Kid Ory New Orleans Jazz Man 3:47 154 177
  A great track once it gets going – but that I do find that intro a little long and tedious. Which is why I play one of my edits, where I trimmed the intro right back. Sorry, Mr Ory…

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Footnote: – For anyone who doesn’t know the term, BPM is short for Beats Per Minute, and is a standard way for DJs to measure track speed.

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