Playlist: Early Jazz in Southern California

Early Jazz in SoCal 8tracks cover

(Pictured here: first row, L to R – The Creole Palace nightclub in San Diego, Nordskog Recording Studios in Santa Monica, The Palomar Ballroom in Hollywood; second row, L to R – record label for Jazz Man Records, record label for the Spikes Brothers’ Sunshine label; third row, L to R – bassist Don Tosti, Johnny St. Cyr, Kid Ory, and Louis Armstrong playing on Disneyland’s Mark Twain Riverboat, Paul Howard’s Quality Serenaders.)

Early jazz history in Southern California was the topic of my undergraduate senior thesis, which I completed in June 2016. My thesis examined the history of early jazz in four distinct regions of Southern California: Downtown & South Los Angeles, Westside Los Angeles, Disneyland in Orange County, and San Diego. In the future I’d like to delve into even more regarding Southern California jazz, such as jazz in Hollywood films, and there is a lot more about women present in Southern California’s classic jazz scenes, jazz at the Disneyland Resort, and jazz in San Diego that I’d like to further research. As such, I plan on revisiting and building upon this research topic even more in my future studies.

Listen to the playlist HERE

Tracklist and information about the tracks:

Continue reading

Advertisements

Oh Shenandoah, I Long To Hear You

The “what’s your all-time favorite song?” question is an almost impossible question for me to answer. I can usually only answer with my top 5 or split it by genres, and always with a disclaimer that my lists of favorites always change. There are only a few songs that are consistently top favorites and one of those songs is the American folk song “Shenandoah”. Continue reading