“Rockin’ Chair”

Roy Eldridge (aka “Little Jazz”) blows with the Gene Krupa Orchestra. Truly one of the greatest trumpet solos in the history of jazz.

The song was composed by Hoagy Carmichael in 1929, and had words: a back and forth between and old man and his son. A vocal version was recorded by Louis Armstrong and Carmichael in 1929 (here), and later by Armstrong and the jazz trombonist Jack Teagarden (here). Eldredge’s version outshines them all by far, despite Armstrong’s 1929 solo. But do see the wonderful camaraderie between Armstrong and Teagarden.


  1. Ken Kukec
    Posted May 24, 2018 at 5:51 pm | Permalink

    Three great versions of a great tune. Pops & J. Teagarden — there’s a pair had seen some sights, could tell some tales, brother.

  2. Posted May 24, 2018 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

    For reasons I never quite found out, Little Jazz used to introduce himself as “Yours truly, Wyatt Earp”.

    Perhaps it had something to do with his competitiveness. I saw him in 1975 on stage with both Dizzy Gillespie and Clark Terry.

  3. freiner
    Posted May 24, 2018 at 6:20 pm | Permalink

    Everything you said. Double.

  4. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted May 24, 2018 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

    Nice pick

    Looks like it’s on “Drummer Man” by Gene Krupa Big Band

  5. ladyatheist
    Posted May 24, 2018 at 7:43 pm | Permalink

    Gene Krupa was the drummer behind the Benny Goodman hit, “Sing, Sing, Sing,” one of my all-time favorite big band hits!

  6. Posted May 24, 2018 at 8:17 pm | Permalink

    Good interpretation. I have Armstrong with Fats Waller and recall them at Newport, RI

    • Posted May 25, 2018 at 2:06 am | Permalink

      As far as I know, Pops and Fats were recorded together only once. It was a radio performance in 1938. Fats died in 1943.

      • Posted May 25, 2018 at 2:11 am | Permalink

        But I’m sure Armstrong played Waller tunes several times at Newport, with Billy Kyle at the piano.

  7. harrync
    Posted May 24, 2018 at 11:09 pm | Permalink

    Maybe just a little off topic, but the Asheville, NC airport is the only airport I have ever seen that had rocking chairs in the waiting area.

    • freiner
      Posted May 25, 2018 at 4:36 am | Permalink

      Harrisburg PA does, too. I’m yet to see them in the planes, though.

  8. Mike
    Posted May 25, 2018 at 8:02 am | Permalink

    Class, pure class.

  9. Posted May 25, 2018 at 8:50 am | Permalink

    Two Jazz fans here, my husband and I! Good stuff! 👍🎶🎹

  10. prinzler
    Posted May 25, 2018 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

    One of my favorite Armstrong quotes is about him and Teagarden:

    “I’m a spade and you an ofay. We got the same soul, so let’s blow!”

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