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The Carolina Shout - Ragtime and Jazz Piano with Ethan Uslan

The Carolina Shout is a podcast about ragtime, New Orleans jazz, Harlem stride piano, and swing. Ethan Uslan is the pianist and host who performs live from his living room and offers up fun commentary and stories about the music. Each episode is a short informal private concert just for you, with occasional special guests and experts. So if you are interested in a podcast about rip-roarin American piano music that’s funny, quirky, a little educational but not too much, here it is!
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Nov 20, 2016

For the final episode of the season, Ethan relishes the opportunity to open up the phone lines. To his surprise, the world's foremost authority on pickles calls in. Then Ethan reflects on the song that helped him make Romanian friends, and then finally, we celebrate the first Cubs championship since the ragtime era. 

Songs Included:

Song of the Fir Tree - (Traditional, arr. Billy Mayerl, 1938) 
Dill Pickles - (Charles L. Johnson, 1906)
Tea for Two - (Youmans/Caesar, 1925) 
Chicago - (That Toddlin' Town) - (Fred Fisher, 1922) 
Nov 20, 2016

Special guest Dr. Kendra Preston-Leonard talks about the Silent Film Sound and Music Archive and we hear Ethan play music from the silent movies. We wrap things up by forming a human pyramid while we listen to Ethan's college football music.

Songs Included:

Misterioso Infernale - (Gaston Borch, 1918)
Radio Message - (Maurice Baron, 1917) 
Sing Ling Ting: Chinese One-Step - (George L. Cobb, 1914) 
Illinois Loyalty - (Thatcher Howland Guild, 1906)
Nov 20, 2016

In the name of science, Ethan performs an experiment on the Moonlight Sonata. Then he introduces a new segment called "Book Report" where he talks about a nefarious con man who ran for office. Then he tries to calm you back down with "Stars Fell on Alabama" before he premieres two original compositions. Huzzah!

Songs Included:

That's a Plenty (Pollack/Gilbert, 1914) 
Moonlight Sonata - (Beethoven, 1801, arr. Uslan) 
He's the Man - (Maudie Butler Shreffler, 1932) 
Stars Fell on Alabama - (Perkins/Parish, 1934)
Eggs in the Coffee - (Ethan Uslan, 2016) 
Copacetic - (Ethan Uslan, 2016) 

 

Nov 20, 2016
Ethan dons a vintage bathing suit to play some beach music. Then he opens up the phone lines and gets a demanding caller who makes too many requests. Finally Ethan reflects on his experience playing piano at a Georgian restaurant in France. 

Songs Included:

Elite Syncopations (Scott Joplin, 1902) 
By the Beautiful Sea - (Carroll/Atteridge, 1914) 
You’re the Top - (Cole Porter, 1934) 
Georgia on my Mind - (Carmichael/Gorrell), 1930)
Nov 20, 2016
Ethan talks about his trip to the Netherlands where he heard cowboy music coming from a church. He also does jazz variations on a Dutch waltz, and relates a story about how he met the world's most famous woman of the night.

Songs Included:

Eggs in the Coffee - (Ethan Uslan, 2016)
Tulpen Uit Amsterdam - (Martyn/Bader/Neumann/Arnie, 1958) 
Home on the Range - (Kelley/Higley, 1870s) 
Love for Sale - (Cole Porter), 1930)

 

Nov 20, 2016

Laura Windley is back to sing what is (probably) the only jazz song about North Carolina. Then Ethan plays variations on a Dutch-Indonesian rock song that was originally an American pseudo-Mexican waltz. Finally we hear the world's most beloved Irish cakewalk.

Songs Included:

Muscle Shoals Blues - (George W. Thomas, 1921) 
Just a Little Bit South of North Carolina - (Cannon/Shaftel/Skylar, 1941) 
Ramona - (Wayne/Wolfe Gilbert, 1928) 
McAlheeny's Cakewalk - (Emmet Balfmoor, 1899) 
Nov 20, 2016

Ethan answers a FAQ and travels back in time to 1988, when he was 9 years old and went to New Orleans for the first time. Then he demonstrates a piano technique that he invented, called Pi-Yodeling.™ Finally, Ethan wraps it up by playing a soundtrack to a movie that exists only in his mind.

Songs Included:

I'm Just Wild About Harry - (Blake/Sissle, 1921) 
Muskrat Ramble - (Kid Ory, 1926) 
Beer Barrel Polka - (Vejvoda/Brown/Timm, 1927)
Oh! Susanna - (Stephen Foster, 1848)
 
Nov 20, 2016

In this episode, Ethan plays the Calico Rag and tells you everything he knows about its composer, Nat Johnson. Then, he plays a French song in the style of Fats Waller. Finally, we hear Ethan accompany vocalist Laura Windley of the Mint Julep Jazz Band.

Songs Included:

Colonel Bogey's March - (F.J. Ricketts, 1914) 
Calico Rag - (Nat Johnson, 1914)
La Vie en Rose - (Louisguy/Monnot/Piaf, 1945)
Mon Homme (My Man) - (Yvain/Charles/Pollock/Willemetz, 1916)

 

 

Nov 20, 2016

Ethan explains why the Carolina Shout is called the Carolina Shout. After the shout, Ethan talks about his former life as a librarian, where shouting was strictly forbidden, and whispering was the only sanctioned form of communication. Finally, he plays a song that you will find soothing - if you are a cow. 

Songs Included:

Happy Days Are Here Again - (Ager/Yellen, 1929)
Carolina Shout - (James P. Johnson, 1916) 
Carolina Moon - (Burke/Davis, 1928) 
Whispering - (Rose/Schonberger/Coburn, 1920)
Nov 20, 2016

With much fanfare, Ethan triumphantly heralds the birth of a podcast. We get to hear the first song Ethan ever learned to play on the piano, and then we float down the Mississippi River to learn about the first piece of ragtime ever published. Finally, the show ends with a confetti-throwing march celebrating, among other things, the sewing machine. How riveting! 

Songs Included:

Dawn of the Century: March & Two-Step - (E.T. Paull, 1900) 
Heart and Soul - (Carmichael/Loesser, 1938) 
Mississippi Rag - (William Krell, 1897)  
Nov 9, 2016

The Carolina Shout is a podcast about ragtime, New Orleans jazz, Harlem stride piano, and swing. Ethan Uslan is the pianist and host who performs live from his living room and offers up fun commentary and stories about the music. Each episode is a short informal private concert just for you, with occasional special guests and experts. So if you are interested in a podcast about rip-roarin American piano music that’s funny, quirky, a little educational but not too much, here it is!

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