Shuffle on #10 – The Aftermath

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Shuffle On #10 what a great evening that was. Nice and relaxed atmosphere made people stay longer then usual. Within the three hour set (from 8pm-11pm) I played mostly songs where Chu Berry’s solos can be clearly heard from his short career. With a few exceptions of some slow ballads (below 100 BPM), the tempo of the evening varied dynamically in a swingin’ mood, to which balboa dancers are accustomed.

Below is a list of the songs I played, with added BPM (Beats Per Minute). Calculation of the average tempo of the evening shown 200 BPM.

It is always very interesting to observe dancers from the DJ booth, especially as a dance instructor. It gives me many pointers for my next teaching sessions.

Anyway, the songs mentioned here are only the ones I had played in three hour set. It would  probably take double the amount of time to hear everything from Chu Berry. That means I would need to vary it much more in a slow mood. I left out many of the various artists that he worked with, including among them Count Basie and superb blues singers Mildred Bailey and Ollie Shepard. I also didn’t play any from the Commodore “Sittin’ In” sessions (cover on the photo above).

Although I set the list of songs in chronological order to display his freelancing, I performed recordings back and fourth; jumping from one year to another and then back again, to maintain nice dancing flow. Chu Berry was a hard working musician and, as it was for many, his schedule was tight. Of course, this here doesn’t include dates of his live performances at the theatres, jam sessions in bars, concerts at the hotels, and at private parties – all of which was the everyday live of a jazz musician.


New York, March 14, 1933
Benny Carter and his Orchestra
Six Bells Stampede; 219 BPM
Synthetic Love; voc. Benny Carter; 170 BPM
Swing It; voc. Benny Carter; 237 BPM

New York, October 10, 1933
Benny Carter and his Orchestra
I Never Knew; 214 BPM
Krazy Kapers; 250 BPM
Blue Interlude; 98 BPM

New York, February 26, 1935
Teddy Hill and his Orchestra
(Lookie, Lookie, Lookie) Here Comes Cookie; 212 BPM

New York, April 29, 1935
Henry Allen and his Orchestra
Rosetta; voc. Henry Allen; 220 BPM
Body And Soul; 121 BPM
I’ll Never Say “Never Again”; voc. Henry Allen; 201 BPM
Get Rhythm In Your Feet (And Music Indoor Soul); voc. Henry Allen; 212 BPM

New York, June 25, 1935
Putney Dandridge and his Orchestra
When I Grow Too Old To Dream; voc. Putney Dandridge; 207 BPM

New York, October 25, 1935
Teddy Wilson and his Orchestra
Twenty Four Hours A Day; voc. Billie Holiday; 225 BPM

New York, October 28, 1935
Teddy Wilson and his Orchestra
Yankee Doodle Went To Town; voc. Billie Holiday; 170 BPM

Chicago, March 27th, 1936
Fletcher Henderson and his Orchestra
Big Chief De Sota (Grand Terrace Rhythm); 195 BPM
Stealin’ Apples; 187 BPM
Blue Lou; 208 BPM
Christopher Columbus; 198 BPM

Chicago, April 9, 1936
Fletcher Henderson and his Orchestra
Moonrise On The Lowlands; 180 BPM
I’ll Always In Love In You; 186 BPM
Jangled Nerves; 305 BPM

Chicago, May 14th, 1936
Teddy Wilson and his Orchestra
Too God to Be True; 100 BPM
Warmin’ Up, Chicago; 248 BPM
Blues In C sharp Minor; 100 BPM
Mary Had A Little Lamb; voc. Roy Eldridge; 217 BPM

Chicago, May 23, 1936
Fletcher Henderson and his Orchestra
Where There’s You There’s Me; 180 BPM
Riffin’ ; 196 BPM

Chicago, August 4, 1936
Fletcher Henderson and his Orchestra
Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing); voc. Georgia Boy Simpkins; 220 BPM
Until Today; 152 BPM
Knock, Knock, Who’s There?; 228 BPM
Jimtown Blues; 212 BPM
You Can Depend On Me; 209 BPM

Chicago, March 2, 1937
Fletcher Henderson and his Orchestra
Rhythm Of The Tambourine; 254 BPM

Chicago, March 22, 1937
Fletcher Henderson and his Orchestra
Back In Your Own Backyard; 254 BPM

New York, March 23, 1937
Chu Berry and his Stompy Stevedores
Indiana (Back Home Again In Indiana); 204 BPM
Now You’re Talking My Language; voc. Hot Lips Page; 200 BPM
Too Marvelous For Words; voc. Hot Lips Page; 208 BPM
Limehouse Blues; 284 BPM

Chicago, June 3, 1937
Fletcher Henderson and his Orchestra
Chris And His Gang; 188 BPM

New York, August 31, 1937
Cab Calloway and his Orchestra
Mama I Want To Make Rhythm; voc. Cab Calloway; 210 BPM
Queen Isabella; 184 BPM
Savage Rhythm; 232 BPM

New York, September 10, 1937
Chu Berry and his Stompy Stevedores
Maelstrom; 184 BPM
Chuberry Jam; 200 BPM
Ebb Tide; 194 BPM

New York, December 10, 1937
Cab Calloway and his Orchestra
Every Day’s A Holiday; voc. Cab Calloway; 182 BPM

New York, January 26, 1938
Cab Calloway and his Orchestra
One Big Union For Two; voc. Cab Calloway; 162 BPM
Doing The Reactionary; voc. Cab Calloway; 173 BPM

New York, March 23, 1938
Cab Calloway and his Orchestra
At The Clambake Carnival; 194 BPM

New York, April 3, 1939
Lionel Hampton and his Orchestra
It Don’t Mean A Thing; voc. Lionel Hampton; 182 BPM
Johnny Get Your Horn And Blow It; voc. Lionel Hampton; 183 BPM

New York, April 5, 1939
Lionel Hampton and his Orchestra
Sweethearts On Parade; voc. Lionel Hampton; 181 BPM
Shufflin’ At The Hollywood; 226 BPM
Wizzin’ The Wizz; 335 BPM

New York, June 9, 1939
Lionel Hampton and his Orchestra
If It’s Good (Then I Want It); voc. Lionel Hampton; 192 BPM
Stand by! For Further Announcements (And More Good News); voc. Lionel Hampton; 188 BPM
Big Wig In The Wigwam; voc. orchestra; 190 BPM

New York, June 19, 1939
Wingy Manone and His Orchestra
Limehouse Blues; 304 BPM

New York, September 11, 1939
Lionel Hampton and his Orchestra
Hot Mallets; 252 BPM
When The Lights Are Low; 193 BPM

New York, May 15, 1940
Cab Calloway and his Orchestra
The Lone Arranger; 216 BPM

Chicago, June 27, 1940
Cab Calloway and his Orchestra
(I Don’t Stand) Ghost Of A Chance (With You); 102 BPM
Come On with the “Come On”; voc. Cab Calloway, Chicago; 250 BPM

New York, August 5, 1940
Cab Calloway and his Orchestra
Papa’s In Bed With His Britches On; voc. Cab Calloway; 168 BPM

New York, August 28, 1940
Cab Calloway and his Orchestra
Lonesome Nights; 104 BPM

New York, July 3, 1941
Cab Calloway and his Orchestra
Take The “A” Train; 168 BPM


At the end of this post I would like to thank to anyone who showed up and enjoyed the tenth edition of  Balboa Special at Forum, the place of West Coast Jitterbugs. There were some nice moments caught by . . . well lets just say he is a dear friend of mine, a dancer and a gentleman, and obviously an awesome photographer whose modesty wished to stay anonymous. Thank you!

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