"Our own Blues is Musette" (Boris Vian) Interview with Christian Van Den Broeck, Dominique Cravic and Robert Crumb to celebrate the release of their book about the history of musette.
Swing Time ! With G.I. Jill on the G.I. Jive
G.I. Jive was the AEF "juke box of the air" during WWII, hosted by the most famous AFRS performer: G.I. Jill.
~ June 2020 update: a little bit of everything ~
Details of the posts that have been updated, upgraded or revised this spring.
Early jazz recordings in Paris: Bands you know nothing about.
A detective work was required to draw a (still incomplete) portrait of these bands for which history has been lost.
Dance ! Tonight ! …at the barn !
...or more acurately: dance tonight at home, just like at the barn parties ! Thanks to recorded fiddle tunes with calls and the WLS National Barn Dance artists.
The John Lomax legacy: field recordings for the preservation of folk songs.
John Lomax was the first to record folk songs in the wild in the early 10's. He opened the way for many other folklorists and ethnomusicologists around the world, desperate to save local cultures that could quickly disapear.
Odd coupling on a Bluebird record.
Jazz and Country are not usually coupled together...
Early jazz recordings in Paris: F. Howard Jackson & his orchestra (the complete session).
Totally forgotten today, the Howard Jackson's orchestra was one, if not the first american band to record "jass" in France. [updated 11/2021]
The California Ramblers under pseudonym.
A few hot sides you might have missed because of their unusual pseudonym.
Des bouts d’histoire de la marque Aérophone
Malgré des lacunes dues à son caractère d'indépendante, voici l'histoire de la marque française Aérophone. [révisé le 16 juin 2020]