Saturday, May 9, 2015

Jazz Performance Saturday - "Some Of These Days" - Traditional Jazz Orchestra

Today we have the Traditional Jazz Orchestra of Champaign-Urbana, Illinois performing the Shelton Brooks classic, "Some Of These Days," from a 2011 video.
I'm not sure how long the Traditional Jazz Orchestra has been around exactly, possibly since the 1990s, as references to earlier area Trad bands were mentioned up to 1994. Check out and "Like" their Facebook Page!
Shelton Brooks
The song "Some Of These Days" was originally published in 1910! It was written by Shelton Brooks(1886-1975), who was more than just a composer. He acted, danced, sang and played piano in vaudeville. Brooks was born in Canada and began performing professionally as a teenager in 1901. He moved to Chicago in 1905 where he started performing on stage eventually doing comedy and imitating the famous comic Bert Williams.
Some of  other compositions are Walking the Dog (1916), Darktown Strutters' Ball (1917), and Don't Leave Your Little Blackbird Blue (1930).
There are scores of recordings of Some of These Days. Perhaps the earliest recording was the one recorded on December 27, 1910 for Victor.
Another early recording was by the singer Sophie Tucker who recorded it for Edison on February 24, 1911 and another by her with Ted Lewis from 1926. It became Tucker's theme song over the years and she even titled her autobiography, Some of These Days.
Tucker writes in her book that it was her maid Mollie who brow beat her into agreeing to meet Brooks to hear his new song. Tucker writes, "The minute I heard Some of These Days I could have kicked myself for almost losing it. A song like that. It had everything. Hasn't it proved it? I've been singing it for thirty years, made it my theme song. I've turned it inside out, singing it every way imaginable, as a dramatic song, as a novelty number, as a sentimental ballad, and always audiences have loved it and asked for it. Some of These Days is one of the great songs that will be remembered and sung for years and years to come, like some of Stephen Foster's."

Here's Coon-Sanders Original Nighthawk Orchestra's version of the tune recorded on November 13, 1924.

It has been a jazz favorite ever since the earliest days of jazz. 
Now, here is the Traditional Jazz Orchestra's version of Some of These Days featuring Tom Birkner on cornet, Carlyle Johnson on clarinet, Morgan Powell on trombone, Mike Miller on banjo and Dan Anderson on tuba. It was recorded on July 5, 2011.


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