Category Archives: Dancing

In Memoriam Maria Tallchief

Maria Tallchief died a few days ago. She was a truly beautiful dancer – just look at her hands alone in this video. She had few equals. Forgive me for striking a somewhat sour note at her death. I was … Continue reading

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Smokey and Mirrors

In the opening of Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man, the narrator says that Louis Armstrong makes “poetry out of being invisible” and that his music allows you to occupy and understand “those points where time stands still or from which it … Continue reading

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Too Darn Hot

According to the Kinsey Report, Every average man you know Much prefers to play his favorite sport When the temperature is low. But when the thermometer goes way up, And the weather is sizzling hot, Mister Adam For his madam … Continue reading

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One of Billy and Dad’s favorite faces of all time is the infinitely mischievous mug of Fats Waller. “Ain’t Misbehavin’” is sometimes done as a melancholy number; but you have to be pretty thick to miss what the chorus means … Continue reading

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Joe and John

Even if you just saw this last night, it’s worth seeing again. Nothing quite like it. You enter some twilight zone where parody and homage and cool duetting all merge into one hilarious, charming, rollicking performance. By the way, on … Continue reading

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Best of the Blog: Our 100th Post

Billy and Dad are celebrating our 100th post by reviewing the best videos we’ve dug up. First up, there’s Caetano singing the Beatles’ “You’re Gonna Lose that Girl.” It’s such a charmer because every music lover identifies with him – … Continue reading

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Jammin’ the Blues

This is a piece of real beauty. Lester Young’s playing would be enough, but there’s so much more, including Sid Catlett, Illinois Jacquet, and some perfect dancing.

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