[Dixielandjazz] Billy Joel

Charlie Hooks charliehooks2 at earthlink.net
Mon Jun 20 17:35:23 PDT 2005

On Monday, June 20, 2005, at 06:15 PM, Ed Danielson wrote:

> Interesting idea, Steve.  That is a good song, but with an awful lot 
> of major 7ths, it seems to me.  Ahmad Jamal recorded a very nice 
> version of it, and I'd be curious as to how it turns out as a trad 
> tune.

It turns out fine.  When I was backing up Polly Podewell in the 
Empire Room of the Palmer House back in 1980 along with Rick Bendel 
on trumpet, Dickie Borden on drums, Lew Gregory on piano and John 
Bany on bass (what a group!) , Polly loved to sing that song, and we 
did it almost every night.  It swings just fine if you swing it.   Or 
light rock if you must.

Anyone run into Polly lately out on the left coast?  She left Chicago 
shortly after the Empire Room gig closed and went out to stay with 
Woody Herman during his last illness.  Later moved in with Buddy Rich 
just before HE died.  Word was around Chicago, keep the front door 
locked: Polly Podewell might be coming up onto your porch!

Bad joke but good singer.  Polly is good folks.

"The only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at 
once."--Albert Einstein   (Huh?)

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