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DJing at Hot Club of Durham, September 2, 2010

I DJed at Hot Club of Durham last night. More and more people keep coming out to the dances. This was one of the best turn-outs I’ve seen. We had a good sized balboa contingent, and a fair number of blues dancers as well, which made for some interesting challenges DJing. A couple dancers who just moved to North Carolina came in from Greensboro for the night. I really had to keep an eye on the floor the whole time, so I didn’t get to dance much until after my set. I hope I gave everybody enough of what they were looking for.

The Soul mini-set was a complete flop, so I killed it after one song. People filled the floor dancing (lindy hop, no less!) to songs as slow as 73 BPM and the bal dancers were out as fast as 218 BPM. I was surprised to see Billie Holiday’s “Them There Eyes” clear the floor entirely, but the recording was crappier than I realized when I previewed it yesterday. The beat was kind of muddled beyond recognition. Lesson learned. It seemed like everyone was having a fairly good time.

Set list:

Sidney Bechet—Perdido Street Blues (149 BPM)
Andy Kirk—Walkin’ and Swingin’
Artie Shaw—What is this Thing Called Love (193 BPM)
Edgar Hayes—Swingin’ in the Promised Land (218 BPM)
Slim Gaillard—Look-a-There (175 BPM)
Erskine Hawkins—Tuxedo Junction (148 BPM)
Ella Fitzgerald—Let’s Do It (Let’s Fall in Love) (73 BPM)
Sam Cooke—Frankie and Johnny (115 BPM)
King Cole Trio—Straighten Up and Fly Right (160 BPM)
Chick Webb—Who Ya Hunchin’ (187 BPM)
Hot Club de Norvege—J’Attendrai (181 BPM)
Fats Waller—Hold Tight (I Want Some Seafood, Mama) (189 BPM)
Jelly Roll Morton—Georgia Swing
Ella Fitzgerald—Clap Yo’ Hands (134 BPM)
Benny Goodman—Christopher Columbus (160 BPM)
Slim Gaillard—Potatoe Chips (139 BPM)
Wynonie Harris—Keep on Churnin’ (142 BPM)
Louis Armstrong—A Kiss to Build a Dream On (85 BPM)
The Isley Brothers—This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You)
Big Three Trio—I Feel Like Steppin’ Out (151 BPM)
Fats Waller—Serenade for a Wealthy Widow (208 BPM)
(announcements)
Sidney Bechet—Muskrat Ramble (180 BPM)
Lu Watters—Pork and Beans (175 BPM)
Jimmie Lunceford—Le Jazz Hot (144 BPM)
Benny Goodman—Sometimes I’m Happy (132 BPM)
Boilermaker Jazz Band—Sunday (158 BPM)
Billie Holiday—Them There Eyes (194 BPM)
Andy Kirk—A Mellow Bit of Rhythm
Mills Blue Rhythm Band—Keep the Rhythm Going (175 BPM)
Duke Ellington—It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing) (211 BPM)
Artie Shaw—Oh! Lady Be Good (209 BPM)
Boilermaker Jazz Band—Minor Swing (203 BPM)

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