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28 September 2021

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Southern Louisiana Music – Phantom Dancer Is Back Live – 28 Sep 2021

Greg Poppleton's Phantom Dancer swing jazz radio show

Southern Louisiana music, off the radio is this week’s Phantom Dancer feature. You’ll hear Cajun and New Orleans jazz from 1950s and 60 radio.

It is so good to be back in the studio to create a fresh non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV hosted for you. My name,s Greg Poppleton, Greg Poppleton. I’ve been mixing The Phantom Dancer for you since June 1985 and this week is the first live mix since the latest Sydney Covid lockdown starting June this year.

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This week, two musics from Sothern Louisiana…


Cajun music is relatively catchy with an infectious beat and a lot of forward drive, placing the accordion at the center. Besides the voices, only two melodic instruments are heard, the accordion and fiddle, but usually in the background can also be heard the high, clear tones of a metal triangle.

The harmonies of Cajun music are simple and the melodic range is just one octave, rising a fifth above the tonic and descending a fourth below. Because the Cajun accordion is a diatonic instrument (do-re-mi or natural major scale) it can only play tunes in a few keys. For example, a “C” accordion is tuned such that the entire C scale is available on the ten buttons (over two octaves) and it can play a tune in the key of C with all the notes of the C scale available (C-D-E-F-G-A-B). A “C” accordion can also play a few Cajun songs in the key of F however the Bb note will be missing. Also it can play in the key of D with a bluesy sound since the F natural note becomes a flat third or minor third in the key of D. However a skilled accordion player can play in these other keys and still make good music whereby the notes missing (because of the limitations of the diatonic tuning) are not needed by the melody.

Since an instrument must match the singer’s range, much Cajun singing is sung in the singer’s upper range. The accordionist gives the vocal melody greater energy by repeating most notes.

Dancehall Cajun, which we’ll hear today from a 1966 KEUN Mamou La recording of thier live ‘Fais-do-do’ radio show, is often known in South Louisiana as ‘Fais do-do’ music because it is commonly played at fais do-dos; this in turn comes from the local practice of couples bringing their children with them to the dance hall.

As bands moved from house dances to large halls, electrical amplification of instruments was introduced so as to cut through the noise of the crowd.

Typically in dancehall Cajun performances, the melody is played by the accordion followed by a bridge, a vocal verse, a leading line by the steel guitar, a leading line by the fiddle, then a leading line by the accordion player again followed by a bridge. This is followed by the next vocal verse, and so on. Lawrence Walker, Aldus Roger, Nathan Abshire, Iry LeJeune, and Sidney Brown are examples of this musical period.


Probably the single most famous style of music to originate in the city was New Orleans jazz, also known as Dixieland. It came into being around 1900. Many with memories of the time say that the most important figure in the formation of the music was Papa Jack Laine who enlisted hundreds of musicians from all of the city’s diverse ethnic groups and social status. Most of these musicians became instrumental in forming jazz music including Buddy Bolden, Bunk Johnson and the members of Original Dixieland Jazz Band.

One of early rural blues, ragtime, and marching band music were combined with collective improvisation to create this new style of music. At first, the music was known by various names such as “hot music”, “hot ragtime” and “ratty music”; the term “jazz” (early on often spelled “jass”) did not become common until the 1910s. The early style was exemplified by the bands of such musicians as Freddie Keppard, Jelly Roll Morton, “King” Joe Oliver, Kid Ory. The next generation took the young art form into more daring and sophisticated directions, with such creative musical virtuosos as Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, and Red Allen.

New Orleans was a regional Tin Pan Alley music composing and publishing center through the 1920s, and was also an important center of ragtime.

Louis Prima demonstrated the versatility of the New Orleans tradition, taking a style rooted in traditional New Orleans jazz into swinging hot music popular into the rock and roll era. He is buried in New Orleans.

Contemporary jazz has had a following in New Orleans with musicians such as Alvin Batiste and Ellis Marsalis. Some younger jazz virtuosos such as Wynton Marsalis and Nicholas Payton experiment with the avant garde while refusing to disregard the traditions of early jazz.


Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney
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107.3 2SER Tuesday 28 SEPTEMBER 2021
12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT) and Saturdays 5 – 5:55pm
National Program
5GTR Mt Gambier Monday 2:30 – 3:30am
3MBR Murrayville Monday 3 – 4am
4NAG Keppel FM Monday 3 – 4am
2SEA Eden Monday 3 – 4am
2MIA Griffith Monday 3 – 4am
2BAR Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4am
2BRW Braidwood Monday 3 – 4am
3VKV Alpine Radio Monday 6 – 7pm
7MID Oatlands Monday 6 -7pm
6GME Radio Goolarri Broome Tuesday 12am – 1am
2MCE Bathurst Wednesday 9 – 10am
1ART ArtsoundFM Canberra Friday 10 – 11am
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
5LCM Lofty FM Adelaide Friday 1 – 2pm
7LTN Launceston Sunday 5 – 6am
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am
3BBR West Gippsland Sunday 5 – 6pm

Set 1
1940s One Night Stand Radio
Theme + Cowboy Song
Gay Claridge Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Chez Paree
AFRS Re-broadcast
15 Oct 1945
Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians (voc) Kenny Gardiner
‘One Night Stand’
Grill Room
Hotel Roosevelt NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
25 Oct 1950
Play, Fiddle, Play + Smoke Rings (theme)
Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Casino Gardens
Ocean Park
AFRS Re-broadcast
24 Oct 1945
Set 2
Jazz Blues
Memphis Blues
Wild Bill Davison (cnt)
‘This is Jazz’
WOR Mutual NYC
17 May 1947
Tin Roof Blues
George Brunies (tb and voc)
‘This is Jazz’
WOR Mutual NYC
10 May 1947
Wild Cat Blues
James P Johnson and Sidney Bechet (piano and cl)
‘This is Jazz’
WOR Mutual NYC
24 May 1947
Set 3
Ted Fio Rito
Theme + Stay As Sweet As You Are
Vincent Valsanti (aka Ted Fio Rito) Orchestra (voc) Bill Thomas
Cocoanut Grove
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
Two Hearts
Vincent Valsanti (aka Ted Fio Rito) Orchestra
Cocoanut Grove
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
Miss Otis Regrets + What a Difference a Day Makes + Theme
Vincent Valsanti (aka Ted Fio Rito) Orchestra (voc) Spooky Dickenson
Cocoanut Grove
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
Set 4
South Louisiana Music
Eh, La Bas
Papa Celestin
‘Dixieland Jambake’
WDSU ABC New Orleans
Ma Negresse
Nathan Abshire and his Pine Grove Boys
‘Fais Do-Do’
KEUN Mamou La
Runnin’ Wild
George Lewis
‘Dixieland Jambake’
WDSU ABC New Orleans
16 Sep 1950
Grand Mamou
Adam Landreneau
‘Fais Do-Do’
KEUN Mamou La
Set 5
Your Hit Parade
Theme + Casual Jazz
 Mark Warnow Orchestra (voc) Barry Wood
‘Your Hit Parade’
AFRS Re-broadcast
23 Jan 1943
So In Love
Axel Stordahl Orchestra (voc) Frank Sinatra
‘Your Hit Parade’
30 Apr 1949
Change Partners + I’ve Got a Pocketful of Deams
Al Goodman Orchestra
‘Your Hit Parade’
22 Oct 1938
Set 6
Glenn Miller Ballads
On The Alamo
Glenn Miller Orchestra (voc) Gail Reese
Paradise Restaurant
18 Jun 1938
Shadows on the Sand
Glenn Miller Orchestra
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
6 Nov 1940
Please Come Out of Your Dream
Glenn Miller Orchestra
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
8 Mar 1939
Georgia On My Mind
Glenn Miller Orchestra
‘Sunset Serenade’
Steel Pier
Atlantic City NJ
30 Aug 1941
Set 7
1930s Radio Transcriptions
You’re a Heavenly Thing
Orville Knapp Orchestra (voc) Edith Caldwell
Radio Transcription
Gone With The Wind
Dick Jurgens Orchestra (voc) Eddy Howard
Radio Transcription
Robins and Roses
Orville Knapp Orchestra (voc) Leighton Noble
Radio Transcription
In a Sentimental Mood
Dick Jurgens Orchestra
Radio Transcription
Set 8
1950s Piano Jazz
Erroll Garner
Basin Street
May 1956
Dream a Little Dream of Me
Claude Thornhill Orchestra (voc) Patty Ryan
‘One Night Stand’
Steel Pier
Atlantic City NJ
AFRS Re-broadcast
16 Jun 1956
Here Lies LoveDave Brubeck
Basin Street
Feb 1956
It’s Time For Us To Part
Claude Thornhill Orchestra (voc) Gene Williams
‘One Night Stand’
Steel Pier
Atlantic City NJ
AFRS Re-broadcast
24 Aug 1956
All Gigs
12:04 pm - 2:00 pm
2SER 107.3 Sydney

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