The Roaring Twenties, as we’ve christened them conjure images of smoky jazz clubs, illegal gin joints, and the hustle and bustle of thousands moving into cities for the first time. If you’re anything like me and spend most of your time living in a time period other than the current era, you might imagine yourself sitting at a small corner table for two while a trumpet blares on stage and a glamorous woman laments over her love life.
Personally, I would take this over a crowded coffee shop surrounded by people all speaking on their iPhones at the top of their lungs to be heard over the blender.
In this case, I prescribe some choice tunes from the 1920s to mellow out your day and carry your blues away.
A list of music from the 1920s wouldn’t be complete without the addition of Louis Armstrong. Easily one of the most popular, if not the most popular jazz musician of the decade, Armstrong’s music is capable of cutting through modern inconveniences and transporting the listener to the previously mentioned jazz club.
If you’re looking for a summary of exactly what the 1920’s were about, this is the CD for you. It has everything from the Broadway hits which became a phenomenon at the time, to the jazz standards which captivated the nation.
Sweet Sixteenths : A Ragtime Concert
If you’re in the mood to put on your dancing shoes and break out in the biggest dance craze to happen since the ‘Party Shuffle’, then pick up this CD and experience the phenomena of ragtime! Particularly ‘The Charleston’ which became so sensational that one man did it for 22 hours straight to break a world record! (This is not a Sewickley Public Library item.)
Back to back: Duke Ellington and Johnny Hodges play the blues.
Though recorded in the 1960s, this CD conjured up the iconic feeling of 1920s freedom of expression and the new modern society in which people were free to explore art and emotion. (This is not a Sewickley Public Library item.)
For a comprehensive look at the music of this magical decade, you’ve arrived at the right place! This series of CDs will lead you through the nostalgic and beautiful music of the 1920s! (This is not a Sewickley Public Library item.)
Look out next week for a musical spot light on the 1930s!