BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “Jitterbug Waltz” Results

Last week, I started a Battle of the Bands between the Vince Guaraldi Trio and the Bobby Hutcherson Quartet over the song "Jitterbug Waltz." At first it looked like a blowout, but late votes made it a squeaker.

Vince Guaraldi – 4

  • Birgit
  • Stephen
  • Arlee
  • Mike

Bobby Hutcherson – 5

  • Jim
  • Hilary
  • Ed
  • Dan
  • Eugenia

Congratulations to Bobby Hutcherson and "good show" to Vince Guaraldi for making it close.

Next battle will be on Sunday, August 1. See you then!

BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “Jitterbug Waltz”

Last Sunday, I used Fats Waller’s "Jitterbug Waltz" for Song Lyric Sunday, and decided I’d use a couple of instrumental versions of it for Battle of the Bands. Here are the two contestants…

Vince Guaraldi Trio: From Vince’s 1962 album In Person.

Bobby Hutcherson Quartet: From the 2007 Jazz Baltica festival.

Those are the contestants. Here’s what I’d like you to do:

  1. Listen to the two songs.
  2. Decide which song you like the best.
  3. Vote for your favorite by leaving me a comment with your choice. If you feel like telling us why, feel free.
  4. Then, visit the other participants and vote in their Battles:

I’ll tally the votes and announce the winner next Thursday, July 22, so please cast your vote by then.

The lines are now open. Good luck to Vince and Bobby!

BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “Walk, Don’t Run” Results

This turned out to be a great battle! Remember, it was Johnny Smith versus Chet Atkins on Johnny’s classic "Walk, Don’t Run." Here are the results:

Johnny Smith – 6

Ed, Arlee, Willow, Mary B, Eugenia, Max

Chet Atkins – 7

Dan, Birgit, Stephen, Sharon, Mike G, Cathy, Mike M

Congratulations to Chet, and a pat on the back for Johnny for writing such a good song.

My next battle will be next Thursday, July 15. See you then!

BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “Walk, Don’t Run”

Just about everyone (and certainly anyone who follows my blog) has heard The Ventures’ song "Walk, Don’t Run." I was surprised to learn that it wasn’t one of their originals. The original was written by Johnny Smith and recorded by him in 1954, and covered by Chet Atkins in 1958. Let’s put those two versions up against each other and see what you think…

Johnny Smith (1954)

Chet Atkins (1958)

You know the drill from here…

  1. Listen to the two songs.
  2. Decide which song you like the best.
  3. Vote for your favorite by leaving me a comment with your choice. If you feel like telling us why, feel free.
  4. Then, visit the other participants and vote in their Battles:

I’ll announce the winner next Thursday, July 8, so vote by next Wednesday to make sure your voice is heard. Don’t forget, anyone can vote.

The lines are now open. Good luck to Johnny and Chet!

BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “Harlem Nocturne” Results

I thought this battle, with "Harlem Nocturne" being the song and Bud Shank and Illinois Jacquet the contestants, was going to end in a tie, but Mike cast the deciding vote…

Bud Shank – 3

Birgit, Dan, Stephen

Illinois Jacquet – 4

Eugenia, Ruth, Arlee, Mike

Congratulations to both of them for making it close and to Illinois Jacquet for prevailing.

Next battle will be on July 1. See you then!