Meticulously restored from the best available prints, these priceless and ground-breaking jazz, jive and jump performances have never looked or sounded better. Featuring Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Louis Jordan, Cab Calloway + more!
Vanita Smythe: Low, Short & Squatty; Back Door Man
Half-Past Jump Time! is the first volume in 'The Swingtime Collection', a new DVD series dedicated to highlights from The Swing Era. Contrary to popular belief, the history of the popular music promo video did not begin with Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody' in 1975; as long ago as 1941 America's Soundie film company began making promotional music featurettes for the newly-arrived video jukebox. Compiled from those 'Soundies' and other promotional short films from the Forties, along with the rival Snader Telescriptions from the early Fifties, 'Half-Past Jump Time!' is an exhilarating collection of jump and jive classics from those halcyon years.
In addition to such well-known names as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Louis Jordan and Cab Calloway, just as importantly this collection features a host of memorable performances from several of the music's unsung heroes, some of whom were never recorded commercially for phonograph records. The Swingtime Collection will be featuring many rare and sought-after performances, not only from those lesser-known artists but will also boast alternative soundtrack versions of the big hits from the major artists, as well as numbers not available in any other form by performers big and small.
Skeets Tolbert & His Orchestra: Blitzkrieg Bombardier; 'Tis You Baby; Corn Pone; No, No Baby
Meade Lux Lewis: Low Down Dog; Boogie Woogie
Cab Calloway & His Cabaliers: Calloway Boogie
The Lionel Hampton Orchestra: Ding Dong Baby
Mabel Lee With Deryck Sampson'S Band: The Cat Can Dance; Baby Don'T Go Away From Me; Half Past Jump Time
Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five: Fuzzy Wuzzy; Five Guys Named Moe; Old Man Mose
The Count Basie Sextet: Basie Boogie
Helen Humes With The Count Basie Sextet: I Cried For You
Red Allen & His Band: Count Me Out; Drink Hearty; House On 52nd Street
Maurice Rocco: Rocco Blues; Rhumboogie
Duke Ellington & His Orchestra: V.I.P.'S Boogie
Pat Flowers: Scotch Boogie
Will Bradley & His Orchestra: Barnyard Bounce (Chicken Gumboog)
June Richmond With Roy Milton'S Band: 47th Street Jive; Ride On, Ride On; Hey Lawdy Mama
Mabel Lee And Harris & Hunt: Rhythmania; Lynn Albritton: Backstage Blues
Dallas Bartley & His Band: Sandin' Joe; Ya Fine And Healthy Thing; All Ruzzit Buzzit; Cryin' And Singin' The Blues
Dorothy Dandridge & Paul White: A Zoot Suit (For My Sunday Girl)
Dorothy Dandridge: Cow Cow Boogie
Cook & Brown: Chatter; Toot That Trumpet
'Follow That Music' A short film from 1946 starring Gene Krupa and featuring him and his orchestra playing four numbers.
Audio CD of Highlights