Desert Island Jazz
Bob Mielke (2002)

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“A decade before the psychedelic rock bands created `the San Francisco Sound,' the Bay Area was rife with traditional jazz combos who played music rooted in the early New Orleans sound. Lu Watters and Turk Murphy were the most prominent, but here's another, Bob Mielke's Bearcats, which featured banjo baron Dick Oxtot, who later led his sextet at the Point in Point Richmond, as well as the Oakland A's Swingers band. Even before he launched Arhoolie Records, Berkeley's Chris Strachwitz was running around with his tape recorder capturing music he liked. In this case it was the Bearcats septet at the Sail `N in San Francisco in 1958, which he has finally issued. The most amazing aspect isn't that the band is so lively and swinging, but that Strachwitz captured such good fidelity with only one microphone. From `Millenburg Joys' through `Bugle Boy March' this is a romping, stomping album, maybe not a historic breakthrough, but a lot of fun.”
Pick Artist Album Song Label
# 1 New Orleans Feetwarmers featuring Kid Ory Johnny Dodds, 1926-1928 Gatemouth (JSP)
# 2 Muggsy Spanier, featuring George Brunies The Great 16 (LP) Livery Stable Blues (RCA)
# 3 Bunk Johnson, featuring Jim Robinson Bunk Johnson and His Superior Jazz Band Down by the Riverside (Good Time Jazz)
# 4 Ludwig van Beethoven Claudio Arrau "Eroica Variations", Variations and Fugue in E-flat Major, Op. 35 (Naxos)
# 5 Louis Armstong, featuring Lawrence Brown Louis in Los Angeles, 1930 (LP) One Hour Tonight (Swaggie)
# 6 Henry "Red" Allen, featuring J.C. Higginbotham Henry Allen and His New York Orchestra, 1929-30, Vol. 2 Pleasing Paul (JSP)
# 7 Duke Ellington, featuring Joe "Tricky Sam" Nanton The Blanton-Webster Band Sidewalks of New York (Bluebird)
# 8 Vic Dickenson The Complete Edmond Hall / James P. Johnson / Sidney de Paris / Vic Dickenson Blue Note Sessions (LP) High Society (Mosaic)
Book The Encyclopaedia Britannica
Luxury Item A solar-powered short-wave radio
Alternate Picks/Not Broadcast
Alt 1 Bob Mielke's Bearcats The Bearcats Corrine Corrina unreleased as of broadcast date
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Paul Anastasio
25 Sep
Macy Blackman
19 Jun
George Cole
21 Aug
Alex Condé
06 Mar
Kit Eakle
04 Sep
Phillip Greenlief
13 Feb
Noah Griffin
06 Nov
Tammy Hall
27 Feb
Alan Hall
22 May
Christian Howes
27 Mar
Kymberly Jackson
03 Apr
Julie Kelly
20 Feb
Maya Kronfeld and Valerie Troutt
29 May
Jennifer Lee
17 Apr
Steven Lugerner
24 Jul
Steve McQuarry
05 Jun
Jacqui Naylor
13 Nov
Dave Newhouse
14 Aug
Zack Rogow
24 Apr
Holli Ross
17 Jul
Ellen Seeling
02 Oct
Richard Seidel
09 Oct
Edward Simon
31 Jul
Tessa Souter
23 Oct
Steve Turré
07 Aug
Donna Viscuso
20 Nov
Patrick Wolff
16 Jan