Tuesday on The AIR we deliver a brand-new episode of The Swing Shift. In order to hear this new hour of Suh-Wing, you simply have to move your cursor over and tune in at the website, or you could just stay on this page, and listen to that copascetic little embedded radio player at the top of the right column of this blog.
But before that, we bring you the latest Radio Free Charleston, which debuted last Thursday. You can read about that show, and even listen on demand HERE. Then at 1 PM we have two hours of MIRRORBALL, including Mel Larch’s recent fiftieth episode.
At 3 PM a new hour of The Swing Shift arrives after a two-month absence with a show made up of some offbeat parts, including a set of female vocals and a song that literally arrived in the mail as I was putting the show together.
This morning when I checked my email I had a message from Tyler Pedersen. I’d already planned to include him in this week’s show, but he suggested that I feature The Boswell Sisters, a 1930s vocal trio from New Orleans who innovated three-part harmony and paved the way for everyone from The Andrews Sisters to The Manhattan Transfer to The Puppini Sisters. I haven’t really featured enough female vocals on the show, so I decided to offer up a couple of their tunes, and some from the singers they influenced. I even tossed in a song about them.
As I was finishing up the show, the mail ran and it brought “BAM” the latest album from The Daniel Glass Trio. Glass is an amazing drummer who’s written books on the subject, and has played with Royal Crown Revue, The Brian Setzer Orchestra, Bette Midler and more top artists, when he’s not holding down the fort at Birdland of 54 Below in New York City. I rearranged the show and dropped in a cut from his new album right at the end.
By the way, it swings. Check out the playlist…
The Swing Shift 128
Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne “I Ain’t Gonna Be No Monkey Man”
Minor Swing “Minor Swing”
Joscho Stephan “Blues For Stochelo (live)”
Beverly Kenny “Destination Moon”
Ty Pedersen “Steppin’ Out”
The Boswell Sisters “Everybody Loves My Baby”
O Sister “Boswell Sisters Song”
The Puppini Sisters “Changes”
The Maguire Sisters “Sugar”
The Andrews Sisters “Strip Polka”
The Boswell Sisters “Crazy People”
Count Basie “In A Mellow Tone”
Brian Setzer Orchestra “That Mellow Saxophone”
Modern Jazz Quartet “Baseball”
Daniel Glass Trio “Bolivia”
You can hear The Swing Shift Tuesday at 3 PM, with replays Wednesday at 8 AM and 6 PM, Thursday at 2 PM and Saturday afternoon, only on The AIR . You can also hear all-night marathons, seven hours each, starting at Midnight Thursday and Sunday evenings.