… and elsewhere.
Our compilation of Pre-War Stomps did not include the real classic, Stompin’ at the Savoy. This refers to the Savoy Ballroom which was located at 596 Lenox Avenue, between West 140th and 141st Streets in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City.
The Savoy opened in 1926 and featured a large 10,000 square foot dance floor which began to attract the best dancers in New York. In 1927 the Savoy began sponsoring jazz band competitions. Chick Webb’s Harlem Stompers participated in the first of these cutting sessions which was called the Battle of Jazz. Over the next several years, Chick Webb and His Orchestra would become the Savoy house band and with his triumphs over the likes of the Count Basie, Fletcher Henderson, and Benny Goodman bands, he would be crowned The King of the Savoy.
The soon-to-become-a jazz standard was originally composed by Edgar Sampson in 1936 while he was alto saxophonist and arranger in Chick Webb’s band. He was later hired by Benny Goodman as an arranger, and Andy Razaf, Fats Waller’s frequent lyricist, turned the instrumental hit into the song, so all four share writing credits.
01. Errol Garner – Stompin’ At The Savoy (1951)
02. Chick Webb Savoy Orchestra – Stomping at the Savoy (1934)
03. Benny Goodman – Stompin’ at The Savoy (1938)
04. Charlie Christian – Stomping At The Savoy (Live in a small club 1941)
05. Remo Palmieri (w. Teddy Wilson?) – Stompin’ at the Savoy (1945)
06. Jazz At The Philharmonic – Stompin’ at the Savoy 1 (1954)
The soloists are, in order, Flip Phillips, Bill Harris and Joey deFranco.
07. Jazz At The Philharmonic – Stompin’ at the Savoy 2 (1954)
The soloists are, in order, Oscar Peterson, Herb Ellis, Dizzy Gillespie and Roy Eldridge.
Both parts are from the 1954 Norman Granz Jam Sessions.
Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong sing, swing, and stomp about the Savoy in 1957 …
The ballroom closed permanently in October 1958, but the music has lived on..
08. The Three Sounds – Stompin’ at the Savoy (1961)
09. Louis Stewart – Stomping At The Savoy (1994)
Count Basie’s band, like all the other bands, did play in other venues.
10. Count Basie & His Orchestra – Swinging At The Daisy Chain (1937)
The only reference I can find to the Daisy Chain is this: Buffet flats such as Hazel Valentine’s Daisy Chain offered sexual tableaux – both hetero and homo- staged in apartment chambers.
11. Count Basie & His Orchestra – Jumpin’ At The Woodside (1937)
12. Duke Ellington & Count Basie – Jumpin’ At The Woodside (1961)
The Duke also played at the Savoy and, presumably, the Woodside Hotel in New York.
13. Branko Kralj – Jumpin’ At The Woodside (1962)
14. Albert Ammons – Boogie Woogie At The Civic Opera (1946)
Was it the Chicago Civic Opera House?
This was the ‘house band’ at the Savoy Hotel in London between 1923 and 1927. They broadcast live once a week on BBC radio.