The Legends of the Rocking Dutchman - episode 237

Legends Mix

Today's playlist starts with a piece of history, some very important amateur recordings of the birth of bebop in Minton's Playhouse featuring perhaps the most important pioneer of the new style that evolved into modern jazz - Charlie Christian. We also end in style with a great masterpiece of Cootie Williams.

And in between? Some real early stuff from the acoustic era, and a composition from 1896, not just a ragtime piece but inspired on religious get-togethers from the African American community - revived by no-one less than Bessie Smith, and still popular today with the fans of a Chicago soccer team.



  1. Charlie Christian - Swing to Bop (Charlies Choice)
  2. Slam Stewart - Three Blind Mices
  3. Ruth Brown - Rocking Blues
  4. Jimmy Witherspoon - Back Door Blues
  5. Jimmy Mccracklin - Southside Mood
  6. Rosetta Howard - Too Many Drivers
  7. Johnny Otis - Good Boogdi Googie
  8. Doc Wheeler's Sunset Orchestra - Sorghum Switch
  9. Big Bill Broonzy - Hit the Right Lick
  10. Richard M. Jones - Muggin' The Blues
  11. Bessie Smith - A Hot Time In The Old Town Tonight
  12. Nettie Porter - Blind Man Blues
  13. Trixie Smith - Freight Train Blues
  14. Five Jinks - There Goes My Headache
  15. Cootie Williams - Echoes Of Harlem


  • Wild Bill Moore Sextette - Bongo Bounce
The following music served as background music during the spoken parts:
  • Kirk Kirkland - The Saxaphone Rag
  • Benny Goodman feat. Charlie Christian - Solo Flight
  • Georgia Washboard Stompers - Farewell Blues
  • Jimmy Dorsey & His Orchestra - Sorghum Switch
  • King Brady's Clarinet Band - Embarressement Blues (Sidewalk Blues)
  • Lloyd Glenn - Chica Boo
  • Richard M. Jones - Tickle Britches Blues
  • Washboard Rhythm Kings - Bug-A-Boo