Goodwill and love: Louis and Jackson play and sing ‘Rockin’ Chair’

December 20, 2014 at 4:27 pm (Christmas, humanism, jazz, Jim D, love, music)

At this time of year, those of us without Christian religious convictions attempt to make the best of things by celebrating goodwill and love towards all humanity. For those of us in the jazz community, nothing can express this better than Mr Jackson Tea and his old friend Louis singing and playing ‘Rockin’ Chair’: the affection – indeed, love in the truest, platonic, sense – is obvious. It transcends all racial, cultural and other artificial divisions of humanity.

This 1957 TV performance is as near as we’ll ever get to a film of the legendary New York Town Hall performance of ten years earlier: Bobby Hackett (cornet) and Peanuts Hucko (clarinet) are once again present, which is just great; but Jackson and Louis are the timeless stars – wondrous then, now and forever:

2 Comments

  1. Ross said,

    Thanks for that…. a wonderful clip.

    I have an old LP, ‘The Vintage Goodman’. which has a couple of J T’s lazy vocals. On Beale St Blues he sings the prohibition / great depression lyric:

    ’Im goin’ to the river, and there’s a reason why,
    ‘cause the river’s wet, and Beale Street’s done gone dry… I said it’s done gone dry….yeah.

    Fortunately I can drink to that,

    Ross.

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