Tribute to Louis Armstrong & His All​-​Stars / Live at Lindy Focus

by Gordon Au

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about

“I grew up listening to Louis Armstrong. Last year I had the chance to do something I’ve wanted to do for a long time: bring the music of Louis & the All-Stars to swing dancers. I heard a few hip DJs play Louis for lindy hoppers over the years, but I always wished there were more, and I knew that I myself would love dancing to the All-Stars. I wanted to give dancers the chance to hear the music of the All-Stars with a live band, and to dance to it and fall in love with it.

Last December, that wish came true. At Lindy Focus XVIII, I presented a tribute to Louis Armstrong & His All-Stars with a dream team of 10 musicians, and finally got to share that music I love with hundreds of people dancing their hearts out, late at night in a packed ballroom, surrounded by smiling faces, at the largest lindy hop event in the nation. And now I’m happy to share it with all of you.”

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released April 15, 2020

1. Squeeze Me (79 BPM)
2. All That Meat and No Potatoes (110 BPM)
3. Twelfth St. Rag (128 BPM)
4. I’ll Walk Alone (88 BPM)
5. Back o’Town Blues (74 BPM)
6. Blueberry Hill (96 BPM)
7. Faithful Hussar (133 BPM)
8. Someday You’ll be Sorry (105 BPM)
9. Unless (87 BPM)
10. My Bucket’s Got a Hole in It (141 BPM)
11. Beale St. Blues (105 BPM)
12. Lovely Weather We’re Having (88 BPM)
13. C’est Si Bon (143 BPM)
14. Yellow Dog Blues (88 BPM)
15. Black and Blue (99 BPM)
16. Don’t Fence Me In (106 BPM)
17. Saint Louis Blues (118 BPM)
18. Keepin’ Out of Mischief Now (130 BPM)

All tracks adapted/arranged by Gordon Au (Gordonburi Music – ASCAP)

Laura Windley—vocals (1,2,4,6,9,10,16-8)
Jim Ziegler—vocals (1,2,5,8,10,12,14), trumpet (8,14)
Gordon Au—trumpet/leader (all)
Keenan McKenzie—soprano sax (2,3,6,8,10,12-15,17), clarinet (4,5,8,9,16,18)
Jacob Zimmerman—clarinet (1-4,6-15,17)
Lucian Cobb—trombone (all)
Jonathan Stout—guitar (all)
Chris Dawson—piano (all)
Jen Hodge—bass (all)
Josh Collazo—drums (all)

Produced by Gordon Au (GordonAuMusic.com)
Performed live December 28, 2019 at Lindy Focus XVIII in Asheville, NC
Recorded by Rob Moreland and James Bianco
Edited, Mixed, and Mastered by Gordon Au
Cover Art by Conan Zhao (allaprimaxyz.com)
Design by Gaby Cook
Liner Notes by Michael Steinman

Special thanks to all those above, and to Jaya and Michael Gamble, Jenna Applegarth, Jon Tigert, Michael Strickland, Michael Cancienne, Ken Heil, Diana Smith Halsey, Daphna Harel, and many more at Lindy Focus who helped the show happen. Additional thanks to the Au Brothers Jazz Band (Brandon Au, Justin Au, Howard Miyata, Katie Cavera, and Danny Coots) and the Grand St. Stompers (Tamar Korn, Molly Ryan, Dennis Lichtman, Matt Koza, Matt Musselman, Joe McDonough, Nick Russo, Rob Adkins, Kevin Dorn, and others), who helped develop and debut a few of these songs. Thank you to Michael Steinman, Ricky Riccardi, David Ostwald, and Vince Giordano for feeding my Armstrong love. Finally, thanks to our friends and families, to Kelsey (always), to everyone who pre-ordered to help support the musicians, and to all our listeners and the dancers who joined us!

Copyright ©℗ 2020 Gordon Au / Gordonburi Music

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Gordon Au New York, New York

Called “comfortable in any idiom and fearless” by the press, Gordon plays and composes modern and trad jazz. He leads the Grand St. Stompers, called “a pillar of New York’s hot jazz scene” by the NYTimes, and appears with the Grammy-winning Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks, the Armstrong Eternity Band at Birdland, Dandy Wellington, and others, and performs worldwide at festivals, dance events, & more. ... more

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