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Set #9 

Set #9 has been added to Jaz's Jukebox, now at 135 songs. Here's the 15 new songs:

  1. taking a chance on love by vernon duke; ethel waters; judy garland; johnny mercer in C  1940
  2. when somebody thinks you’re wonderful by fats waller in Eb  1935
  3. satin doll by duke ellington; johnny mercer in Bb  1953
  4. stormy weather by harold arlen; ted koehler; ethel waters in G  1933
  5. let’s sing again by fats waller; jimmy mchugh; gus kahn in C  1936
  6. i remember you by victor schertzinger; johnny mercer; jo stafford; frank ifield; slim whitman; bjork in G  1941
  7. them there eyes by maceo pinkard; billy holiday in D  1930
  8. tangerine by victor schertzinger; johnny mercer in Eb  1941
  9. lullaby of birdland by george shearing in Em  1952
  10. keepin’ out of mischief now by fats waller; andy razaf; louis armstrong in G  1932
  11. lulu’s back in town by harry warren; fats waller in Eb  1935
  12. confessin’ by chris smith in G  1930
  13. bewitched (bothered and bewildered) by rogers & hart in B  1940
  14. gee, baby, ain’t i good to you by andy razaf; nat king cole in G  1929; 1943
  15. truckin’ by ted koehler; fats waller in C  1935

The Jaz Dumoz songbook is at 199 songs. The Jaz Dumoz Other (rejects) book is at 20.

Set #8 (and Apparently #7) 

Set #8 has been added to Jaz's Jukebox, now at 120 songs. 

Apparently I neglected to post when Set #7 was added. I probably wanted to space the post out a little from the last SongOfTheDay post and then forgot about it.

The Jaz Dumoz songbook is at 179 songs. The Jaz Dumoz Other (rejects) book is at 19.

Great Place! 

I had great fun playing Cracklin' Jack's for the 1st time Friday, April 22, 2022, 5:30-8:30.

Nice place, very folksy, very comfortable interior; large, mostly covered patio out back. Great people, and thanks to my minder Marty & bartender David! Always a pleasure to work with professionals.

I set up in a rear corner of the patio facing towards the building. The sound was good, I could keep the volume fairly low.

Thanks to my Canadian friends Owen & Sheila Evans for coming out & taking some pix.

I was in the setting sun for quite a while, but there were breezes & fans blowing, so I was not uncomfortable.

I worked from a new set list, 1/3 Jaz Dumoz, 1/3 Jim Dumas, 1/3 Steve & Chris. After the 1st set, my minder Marty told me to play faster stuff, which I did - I just started skipping the slow songs. Then on my 2nd break, I pulled up some more faster tunes. I played a total of 44 songs.

I asked Marty why she wanted faster songs, she said that the slow songs made people sad. She'd rather they be upbeat, both the songs & the patrons. Interesting, playing in dance bands, it was usually like 3-4 fast songs to 1 slow. I had thought dinner music would be maybe more 50-50, but, apparently not.

When I played all Jaz Dumoz music in Lexington, I was told by a couple of people that I should not play so many slows. Not what I was expecting. I really don't notice slow songs "bringing me down" - I just enjoy when they are pretty songs, regardless of tempo. So maybe I'm different from most in that. I will keep evolving the set lists towards more fast songs.

The songs that do "bring me down" are generally in a minor key. I deprecated "i love paris" & "let's face the music and dance" because both struck me as ominous & foreboding, i.e., anxiety-producing, & NOT romantic, my goal. ;->

I had requests for:

  • Eagles. Did "lyin' eyes", "desperado", & "tequila sunrise". I think better would be "take it easy" and "peaceful, easy feeling".
  • Willie Nelson. Did "you were always on my mind" & "without a song".
  • "sweet caroline". The audience did their standard parts, I always love audience participation.

Several patrons wanted to know how often I played there & when I'd be back, that was appreciated. Hopefully it will be soon, although "soon" at this point is probably next season. Looking forward to it!

Set #6 

Set #6 has been added to Jaz's Jukebox.

I think these 90 songs are enough for now. The Song of the Day queue currently has only 6 songs in it - as opposed to 10-12 as it was during my 100 days of posting a song a day. I'll maybe add 1 new song/month for the next few months, as i concentrate on having the current 90 ready for gigs, and hopefully playing gigs. The Jaz Dumoz songbook is at 132 songs. The Jaz Dumoz Other (rejects) book is at 11.

Set #5 

I just added Set #5 to the Set Lists page. I think this is the last set I will do for a while. In anticipation of getting some gigs (no jinx, fingers crossed), I will slow down on adding new songs and instead spend more time practicing the 75 songs in Sets 1-5.