The Superior Rag

The Superior Rag

By Andrew Oliver
Pianist Andrew Oliver presents a podcast about vintage jazz, with stories, old records, history, interviews, live performances and more, plus a "side of the week" each Friday.
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Friday "Side of the Week" #4 (with Colin Hancock) - "Ain't Love Grand" by John Hyman's Bayou Stompers
Multi-instrumentalist Colin Hancock shares his pick for this Friday's "Side of the Week", "Ain't Love Grand" by John Hyman's Bayou Stompers from New Orleans
05:26
April 4, 2020
Nicholas D. Ball discusses DrumsInTheTwenties.com, Stan King, Jasper Taylor, and Vic Berton
Drummer and vintage drumming expert Nicholas D. Ball from London joines Andrew for an interview about his website drumsinthetwenties.com and three of his favorite underrated drummers of the era: Stan King, Jasper Taylor, and Vic Berton
55:24
April 1, 2020
Friday "Side of the Week" #3 - "Mamanita" by Jelly Roll Morton
This week's "Side of the Week" features one of the great New Orleans pioneer Jelly Roll Morton's finest "Spanish Tinge" tunes, in a classic 1923 performance.
04:46
March 27, 2020
Friday "Side of the Week" #2 - "Tell me Who" by the Halfway House Orchestra
This week's "Side of the week" features the Halfway House Orchestra, one of the many great bands who stayed in New Orleans in the 1920s, playing one of their own tunes, "Tell me Who"
05:41
March 20, 2020
Earl Hines plays two pop tunes in 1932
On this episode we check out Earl Hines' wild 1932 piano solos of "Love me Tonight" and "Down Among the Sheltering Palms", where he shows his forward-thinking improvisational skills applied to a couple of otherwise mediocre pop tunes, transforming them into great jazz piano workouts!  We'll hear the contemporaneous pop versions by Bing Crosby, Mildred Bailey and the Boswell Sisters and then hear several takes of Hines' versions, allowing us a glimpse into his music making process, and lots of amazing piano playing!  
33:53
March 18, 2020
Friday "Side of the week" #1 - "Missouri Wobble" by Bennie Moten
This week's "Side of the week" features the great Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra from 1926.  Happy weekend!
05:00
March 13, 2020
The Superior Rag Preview
Pianist Andrew Oliver presents a new podcast about vintage jazz, with history, old records, stories, interviews, live performances and a "side of the week" each Friday!  Here's a preview with some background and a taste of what's on the way.  Full episodes first and third Wednesday of the month starting soon!
08:36
March 10, 2020