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2020-10-25 3:11:24 AM  
Salute! RIP
 
2020-10-25 3:14:55 AM  
Thank you, Viola.
 
2020-10-25 3:17:25 AM  
RIP shredder
She played that bit with soft mallets, which made it a bit more difficult than it looked.
Great find subby
 
2020-10-25 3:36:25 AM  
On a greater scale, her passing likely marks the demise of the last direct living connection to the Big Band/Swing Era.
 
2020-10-25 3:48:55 AM  
This one hurts.
 
2020-10-25 3:49:02 AM  
Cool. A life well lived. Gone too soon. (Ya always gotta say that.)
 
2020-10-25 3:56:01 AM  

NDP2: On a greater scale, her passing likely marks the demise of the last direct living connection to the Big Band/Swing Era.


You'll get over it
 
2020-10-25 4:00:39 AM  
Incredible story! I cannot imagine how I've never heard of her (Class of '82 here!) and I played in Big Band combo's long enough!  BRAVO, lady!
 
433 [TotalFark]
2020-10-25 6:16:26 AM  
Can anyone help with what those large white things on stands to her right and left are?  I thought they were something sound-related at first but then I saw her strike the one to her right a few times.

She would have torn it up with a modern kit, or at least in a different context with sticks and not mallets.
 
2020-10-25 8:35:43 AM  
"I really had a charmed life. Unless people call drumming work. Then I worked hard in my life."

Heh
 
2020-10-25 8:59:12 AM  

433: Can anyone help with what those large white things on stands to her right and left are?  I thought they were something sound-related at first but then I saw her strike the one to her right a few times.

She would have torn it up with a modern kit, or at least in a different context with sticks and not mallets.


Pretty sure they're drums.
 
2020-10-25 9:03:04 AM  

NotThatGuyAgain: 433: Can anyone help with what those large white things on stands to her right and left are?  I thought they were something sound-related at first but then I saw her strike the one to her right a few times.

She would have torn it up with a modern kit, or at least in a different context with sticks and not mallets.

Pretty sure they're drums.


16" tom toms, in fact
 
2020-10-25 11:04:12 AM  

NDP2: On a greater scale, her passing likely marks the demise of the last direct living connection to the Big Band/Swing Era.


You're probably right.  Man, they came up with some great tunes, though.
Benny Goodman Orchestra - Sing, Sing, Sing
Youtube GwPvLMlGWPI

This song is fierce.  It's aggressively in your face.  I bet Viola Smith was a goddamn goddess playing this song.
 
2020-10-25 12:28:10 PM  
Wow, that was awesome. With the all the swing and big band music we listened to growing up in my grandparents' home, how is it possible that I've never heard of Frances Carroll or Viola Smith before?
 
2020-10-25 12:37:02 PM  

Aquapope: NDP2: On a greater scale, her passing likely marks the demise of the last direct living connection to the Big Band/Swing Era.

You're probably right.  Man, they came up with some great tunes, though.
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This song is fierce.  It's aggressively in your face.  I bet Viola Smith was a goddamn goddess playing this song.


That brings back memories of my fours siblings and I in our grandparent's living room with neighborhood kids doing bleeped up versions of the Charleston, the Cha-cha-cha, the Jitterbug, and the Bump. My father, who did not allow us to dance in his household caught us during an unexpected visit from him. He remarked that we looked like heathens. My grandfather drolly replied "Careful, this tribe may be going on the warpath." It shut our asshole father right up.
 
2020-10-25 1:31:54 PM  
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2020-10-25 4:27:39 PM  

NDP2: On a greater scale, her passing likely marks the demise of the last direct living connection to the Big Band/Swing Era.


It's good we have recordings instead of only musical notation.

Hard-core before that was a thing, for sure.
 
2020-10-25 5:25:03 PM  

NDP2: On a greater scale, her passing likely marks the demise of the last direct living connection to the Big Band/Swing Era.


Bandleader Ray Anthony is still alive, age 98.  He played trumpet in Glenn Miller's band in the early 40's.
 
2020-10-25 6:59:03 PM  

Miss Stein: NDP2: On a greater scale, her passing likely marks the demise of the last direct living connection to the Big Band/Swing Era.

Bandleader Ray Anthony is still alive, age 98.  He played trumpet in Glenn Miller's band in the early 40's.


I did not know that. Thanks for the info. I guess it's now just him and (arguably) Tony Bennett (whose career didn't start until after WWII).
 
2020-10-25 9:02:20 PM  

NDP2: Miss Stein: NDP2: On a greater scale, her passing likely marks the demise of the last direct living connection to the Big Band/Swing Era.

Bandleader Ray Anthony is still alive, age 98.  He played trumpet in Glenn Miller's band in the early 40's.

I did not know that. Thanks for the info. I guess it's now just him and (arguably) Tony Bennett (whose career didn't start until after WWII).


You're welcome.  When Patty Andrews passed away a few years ago, I thought she was the last of the big band artists (she performed on Benny Goodman's 1938 Carnegie Concert album).  I did a search, and saw that Ray Anthony (who gave us "The Bunny Hop") was still kicking, and still is.

Speaking of Tony Bennett, he did perform while serving in WWII, with an Army Special Services Band.
 
433 [TotalFark]
2020-10-25 10:05:59 PM  

NotThatGuyAgain: NotThatGuyAgain: 433: Can anyone help with what those large white things on stands to her right and left are?  I thought they were something sound-related at first but then I saw her strike the one to her right a few times.

She would have torn it up with a modern kit, or at least in a different context with sticks and not mallets.

Pretty sure they're drums.

16" tom toms, in fact


Well, yeah, but what I mean is what are they?  I've never seen any quite like that.
 
2020-10-25 11:45:52 PM  
Yeah, she was a great drummer, but, I more interested in the bandleader, Frances. Wow, she was wild and had a great bod, too.
 
2020-10-26 12:10:31 AM  
The age old question finally answered in that Frances Carroll video:

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2020-10-26 1:01:18 AM  
Wow, she was great. I'm glad I got the chance to know who she was at least.

RIP.
 
2020-10-26 2:51:56 AM  

zimbomba67: Yeah, she was a great drummer, but, I more interested in the bandleader, Frances. Wow, she was wild and had a great bod, too.


Bonus point for performing "stick lick" rap with a straight face
 
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