Webmaster:   Peter Hoekje    Editor@earlyjas.org

Do you enjoy Traditional or New Orleans style Jazz?
         Some of the benefits of EARLYJAS:
         + Contact with other jazz enthusiasts
         + Jam sessions for fun and practice
         + Promote the history and culture of
             Traditional Jazz and Ragtime
Earlville Association for Ragtime Lovers Yearning for
Jazz Advancement and Socialization
These clips are posted so that we can make music together, even while far apart! Get your axe out and play along to these early jazz standards. Join in with the melody, or chorus where you can take a solo, either playing the melody or adding your own improvisation.
Have fun! And while you are at it, record your own part and submit it below, so that we can add you to the band!
Ain't Misbehavin' (Fats Waller, Harry Brooks, 1929) (key: E-flat, M.M. 108)

4 choruses
The accompaniment is provided by iRealPro,
which taps out 8 beats to count us in.
Chorus 1: Melody
Chorus 2: Cornet takes a solo
Chorus 3: Your turn!
Chorus 4: It's such a good melody, let's play it again!

C part    B-flat part
[Inspired by a performance by Randy Reinhart and Marty Grosz on NPR's Fresh Air]
Margie (Con Conrad, J. Russell Robinson, and Ben Davis, 1920) (key: F, M.M. 160)

4 choruses
iRealPro taps out 8 beats to count us in,
then we do a 4-bar intro a la Bix.
Chorus 1: Melody
Chorus 2: (Missing a horn solo here...)
Chorus 3: Your turn!
Chorus 4: Let's take it out altogether!

C part    B-flat part
[Inspired by Bix's version, this one is for my late mother Marjorie]
OR, if you want to record directly from your browser, try our experimental recording page.


Q: I don't know the tunes; where can I find the music?
A: Look for links to "C part" and "Bb part" following each tune above. EARLYJAS club has an official jam book; write to Editor@earlyjas.org for more info.
There are many other fakebooks out there of varying availability, but The Real Dixieland Book by Hal Leonard is available at many retail outlets.
The New Orleans Jam Book is a comprehensive compendium of tunes made available for free download by Lasse Collin and Mathis Gustavson at http://cjam.lassecollin.se/

Q: What do I need to hear these audio clips?
A: You need a browser that supports HTML5 audio such as Firefox or Chrome, and a computer with sound output and headphones or speakers. You should see an audio player element for each tune, with a play button and a progress bar. Click the play button and play along!

Q: What do I need to record my own part?
A: If you are able to play these clips, then you probably already have what you need.
1. A microphone is probably already built into your laptop, tablet, or smartphone. If you have a desktop computer you might need a separate microphone; a USB microphone costing $20 or so would be a good choice.
2. A sound recording app is probably already included on your computer, tablet or smartphone. There are so many of these available that we can't give specific instructions. Search your computer for "recorder" or "voice recorder". If you can't find one already installed, then go to your favorite online app store (Google Play or iTunes) and look for a simple, free version.

Q: How do I record my part?
A: Open your recorder app and click the "Record" button, which might be a solid red circle. Make a test recording first, so that you can check recording levels and practice using the controls. (OR, try our experimental recording page.)
After you stop recording, there should be a sound file on your computer that you will need to find. It probably will be in either WAV or MP3 format. Write down the path to this file folder, because you will need it later to send the file.
Use headphones so that we will not be able to hear the original track on your recording. When you are ready, start the recording first, then start the audio clip. When you hear the count off in your headphone, count along with it so we know where you are. Now play along with us! Don't forget to stop the recording when the song is over.

Q: How do I send you the file?
A: It would be a good idea for you to listen to your file before you send it, to make sure you have right one.
Click the link above labelled SUBMIT YOUR PART HERE
Click the BROWSE button, then find and select your sound file. Enter your name and email address in the boxes so we can contact you if we have any questions. Press SUBMIT.

Q: How do I turn down the rhythm section or the soloist? A: The soloist is mostly in the LEFT channel, the rhythm section is mostly in the RIGHT. If you want to avoid getting distracted by one of the parts, then listen only to the other headphone.

Q: What information do you collect, and what do you do with it?
A: We collect your email address, so that we can contact you if we have any questions. If you use a fake email address, we will not be able to use your recording.
We collect your name so that we can acknowledge your participation on the web page. If you would prefer us to use a different name to acknowledge you, please give that information in the Comments.
We are also happy to collect any other comments you have.
None of this information will be copied or distributed to any other party and will not be used for any other purpose.