Now That's Chicago!

Now That's Chicago!

When the film version of Chicago became a hit in 2002 and won the Academy Award for Best Picture one year later, producer Michael Brooks -- who's won a few awards of his own -- conceived a compilation that would unite two of his passions: Chicago-based hot jazz from the late '20s and early '30s and the classic period of American musicals during the '30s and


When the film version of Chicago became a hit in 2002 and won the Academy Award for Best Picture one year later, producer Michael Brooks -- who's won a few awards of his own -- conceived a compilation that would unite two of his passions: Chicago-based hot jazz from the late '20s and early '30s and the classic period of American musicals during the '30s and '40s. The result is Now That's Chicago!, a triumphant, successful collection of material by some of the finest performers of the era, and a set capable of attracting both trend-following fans and serious jazz buffs alike. Though he's probably more successful at impressing the latter, Brooks' collection is splendid throughout, mixing and matching rare, outré performances from the best of the early swing bands (Fletcher Henderson, Clarence Williams, Duke Ellington, Don Redman, Cab Calloway) with songs from an array of vaudeville, pop, and blues vocalists (Sophie Tucker, Ethel Waters, Cliff Edwards, Annette Hanshaw, Ruth Etting, Frankie "Half Pint" Jaxon). Brooks' compilation abilities are shown at their best here. He selects great performances from excellent artists of material that lean toward the sensationalist -- but perfectly in keeping with the concept of this compilation. Especially good combinations of each are the It Girl's post-Depression lament, "I Got 'It' But It Don't Do Me No Good," by the criminally underrated Hanshaw; the studio group Hot-Air Men's (featuring Phil Napoleon) effervescent swing through "Red Hot Chicago"; the proto-feminist anthem "No Man's Mama" by Ethel Waters (her definitive "Ten Cents a Dance" would've been a good, though rather obvious choice); and the bubbly "That's My Weakness Now" by the lush yet cheery Edwards. Even the dated songs are dated in all the right ways, including "She Knows Her Onions" by the California Ramblers and "Fifteen Cents" by Frankie "Half Pint" Jaxon, the singing-and-dancing female impersonator. For anyone wanting to go directly to the source of Kander & Ebb's Chicago, or for those who want to dig deeper than "Birmingham Breakdown" or "Brother Can You Spare a Dime," Now That's Chicago! will be a breath of fresh air.

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Performance Credits

Annette Hanshaw   Vocals
Buster Bailey   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Cab Calloway   Leader,Vocals
Sidney DeParis   Trumpet
Benny Goodman   Clarinet
Johnny Hodges   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Pee Wee Russell   Clarinet
Rex Stewart   Trumpet
Jack Teagarden   Trombone,Vocals
Fats Waller   Piano
Ethel Waters   Vocals
Cootie Williams   Trumpet
Lawrence Brown   Trombone
Herman Chittison   Piano
Phil Napoleon   Trumpet
Horace Henderson   Piano
Frank Melrose   Piano,Soloist
Miff Mole   Trombone
Benny Morton   Trombone
Tony Parenti   Clarinet
Reuben Reeves   Trumpet
Harry Reser   Banjo
Gene Rodgers   Piano
Adrian Rollini   Bass Saxophone
Charlie Teagarden   Trumpet
Ruth Etting   Vocals
Don Redman   Clarinet,Leader,Alto Saxophone,Vocals
Sophie Tucker   Vocals
Cliff "Ukelele Ike" Edwards   Vocals
Coleman Hawkins   Clarinet,Bass Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Wellman Braud   Bass
Sonny Greer   Chimes,Drums
Jimmy Archey   Trombone
Bill Beason   Drums
Artie Bernstein   Bass
Barney Bigard   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Rube Bloom   Piano,Vocals
Dalbert Bright   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Alex Brown   Bass Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Harry Carney   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Spencer Clark   Bass Saxophone
Shirley Clay   Trumpet
Rupert Cole   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Langston Curl   Trumpet
Bobby Davis   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
R.Q. Dickerson   Trumpet
Bill Dillard   Trumpet
Tommy Dorsey   Trombone,Trumpet
Duke Ellington   Piano,Leader
Tommy Fellini   Guitar
Fletcher Henderson   Piano,Leader
Richard "Dick" Fullbright   Bass
Fred Guy   Banjo
Arville Harris   Alto Saxophone,Clacker
Jimmy Harrison   Trombone
Clarence Holiday   Banjo
Edward Inge   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Charlie Irvis   Trombone
Preston Jackson   Trombone
Freddy Jenkins   Trumpet
Manzie Johnson   Drums
Claude Jones   Trombone
Guy Kelly   Trumpet
Stan King   Drums
Manny Klein   Trumpet
Nappy Lamare   Guitar
Abe Lincoln   Trombone
Goldie Lucas   Guitar
Bingie Madison   Clarinet,Leader,Tenor Saxophone
Leroy Maxey   Drums
Ward Pinkett   Trumpet
Earres Prince   Piano
Talcott Reeves   Guitar
Ikey Robinson   Banjo
Cecil Scott   Clarinet
Bob Shoffner   Trumpet
Fred Skerritt   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Jimmy Smith   Tuba
Joe "Fox" Smith   Cornet
Willie "The Lion" Smith   Piano
Cyrus St. Clair   Tuba
Walter Thomas   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Benny Waters   Clarinet
Priest Wheeler   Trombone
Arthur Whetsol   Trumpet
Morris White   Banjo
Clarence Williams   Piano,Jug
Pearl Wright   Piano
Bob Ysaguirre   Bass
Sterling Bose   Trumpet
Joe Catalyne   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Max Farley   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Johnny Frazier   Bass
Sam M. Lewis   Trombone
Joe Tarto   Bass
Chauncey Gray   Piano
Carl Loeffler   Trombone
Pete Pumiglio   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Sam Ruby   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Jack Russin   Piano
Herb Weil   Drums
Charlie Green   Trombone
Ward Lay   Bass
Charles Magnante   Accordion
Fred Robinson   Trombone
Harry White   Trombone
Lee Morse   Vocals
Adrian Schubert   Leader
Clarence Williams' Blue Five   Accompaniment
Ed Kirkeby   Leader,Vocals
Clarence Todd   Kazoo,Vocals
Lammar Wright   Trumpet
Irving Brodsky   Piano
Bobby Stark   Trumpet
Harvey Boone   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Bob Effros   Trumpet
Ted Shapiro   Piano
Del Thomas   Bass
Larry Abbott   Clarinet
Harold Marcus   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Roy Evans   Vocals
William Wirges   Piano
Angie Rattiner   Trumpet
Andy Sannella   Clarinet
Sarah Martin   Vocals
George Mitchell   Trumpet
Jerome Carrington   Piano
Dave Young Orchestra   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Johnston   Bass Saxophone
Frank Cush   Trumpet
Duffy   Violin
Willie Mae Williams   Washboard
Frankie "Half-Pint" Jaxon & His Hot Shots   Vocals
Robert Carroll   Tenor Saxophone
Kenny Anderson   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Reg Harrington   Trombone
Roy Johnston   Trumpet
Her Ebony Four   Accompaniment
Earl Oliver   Trumpet
Henry Jones   Alto Saxophone
Harold "Scrappy" Lambert   Vocals

Technical Credits

Frank Melrose   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Don Redman   Arranger,Composer
Harry Barris   Composer
Rube Bloom   Composer
Peter DeRose   Composer
Buddy DeSylva   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
M. Gordon   Composer
Bud Green   Composer
Eddie Green   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Sara Krieger   Composer
Paul Mares   Composer
Leon Roppolo   Composer
Elmer Schoebel   Composer
Sam H. Stept   Composer
Jo Trent   Composer
Clarence Williams   Composer
Spencer Williams   Composer
J. Little   Composer
Michael Brooks   Liner Notes
Max Farley   Arranger
Billy Meyers   Composer
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Clarence Todd   Composer
Harry Woods   Composer
Harry Revel   Composer
Cornell Todd   Composer
Ernie Erdman   Composer
Bridget McGoldrick   Packaging Manager
J.C. Lewis   Composer

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