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Brass, Reeds, and Percussion: August 19, 2023

Desperate Brasswives is a group of nine women brass players from Austria and Bavaria. The group consists of four trumpet players, three trombone players, and two tuba players. From time to time, the group has the assistance of two men who usually play percussion. The group typically plays rock-and-roll covers, such as the composition that opens this edition of Brass, Reeds, and Percussion; namely, “Dance With Somebody.” This is not the same tune made popular by Donna Summer during the 1980s, but rather a big rock-and-roll hit from 2009, originally recorded by the Sweedish rock-and-roll band Mando Diao. On the pop charts, the tune reached No. 1 in Austria and No. 2 in Germany.

  1. Dance With Somebody
    Composer:  Gustaf Noren (1981- ) & Bjorn Dixgrad (1981- )
    Performer:  Desperate Brasswives
    Album:  Best of Woodstock der Blasmusik, Vol. 11
      
  2. Dohoam is uberoi
    Composer:  Leonhard Meixner
    Performer:  Cubaboarisch 2.0 (Cubavarians)
    Album:  Best of Woodstock der Blasmusik, Vol. 11
      
  3. Tip Easy Blues
    Composer:  Joe Robinchaux (1900-1965) & Theodore Purnell (1908-1967)
    Performer:  Red Allen & His New York Orchestra
    Album:  Jazz Classics in Digital Stereo: New Orleans
      
  4. The Blues
    Composer:  Unknown, arranged by Dewey Bregman
    Performer:  Coleman Hawkins (1904-1969) & Red Allen (1908-1967)
    Album:  Standards and Warhorses
      
  5. Almtaler Polka
    Composer:  Patrick Prammer (1987- )
    Performer:  Kaiser Musikanten
    Album:  Best of Woodstock der Blasmusik
      
  6. Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head (1969)
    Composer:  Burt Bacharach (1928-1923) & Hal David (1921-2012)
    Performer:  Philharmonic Wind Orchestra
    Album:  Move and Light Music Highlights
      
  7. On the Sunny Side of the Street (1930)
    Composer:  Jimmy McHugh (music, 1894-1969) & Dorothy Fields (lyrics, 1904-1974)
    Performer:  Philharmonic Wind Orchestra
    Album:  Move and Light Music Highlights
      
  8. Appalachian Overture (1983)
    Composer:  James Barnes (1949- )
    Performer:  Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra
    Album:  Overtures, Vol. 2
      
  9. Symphonic Overture (1991)
    Composer:  James Barnes (1949- )
    Performer:  Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra
    Album:  Overtures, Vol. 2
      
  10. Tippin' In (1945 recording)
    Composer:  Robert Lewis "Bobby" Smith (music, ?) & Marty Symes (lyrics, 1904-1953)
    Performer:  Erskine Hawkins & His Orchestra
    Album:  Nipper's Greatest Hits: The 40's, Vol. 2
      
  11. Sentimental Journey (1945 recording)
    Composer:  Les Brown (music, 1912-2001), Ben Homer (music, 1917-1975) & Bud Green (lyrics, 1897-1981)
    Performer:  Hal McIntyre & His Orchestra
    Album:  Nipper's Greatest Hits: The 40's, Vol. 2
Born in Natchez, Mississippi, in 1951, John moved to Huntsville in 1975, where he worked for a communications training firm. From 1997 to 2022, John worked for the Lanier Ford law firm. During his tenure, He served as Lanier Ford's law librarian, marketing specialist, trainer, and professional recruiter. While in college and law school, John worked in professional radio in Starkville and Oxford, Mississippi.