Danny Kaye and Satchmo and the NY Philharmonic (OH my!)
I’ve been watching Danny Kaye on Youtube for the last couple of hours, and thought this would be a great thing to post on here (where the postings have come few and far between, I’m afraid.)
He is such a wonderful performer. Â There’s something so effortless about everything he does, even though it’s clear he’s got so much virtuosity.
Below isÂ a great video of Danny Kaye and Satchmo playing and singing “When The Saints Come Marching In.” Â An example of two great performers who when together are better than the sum of their parts.
I love watching Danny Kaye work– it’s a lot like watching Robin Williams. Â He simply sparkles effortlessly.
(Except it turns out a lot of what Danny Kaye did was scripted and painstakingly rehearsed, and a lot of what Robin Williams did was unleashing his inner mind. Â But they have the same kind of twinkle.)
And that led me to find this 1981 concert with the NY Philharmonic with Danny Kaye as the conductor. Â Once again, he shines.
There’s a wonderful biography of Danny Â called Nobody’s Fool which goes through a lot of his trials and tribulations. Â Highly recommend it.
And finally, Danny did a bunch of fantastic records for kids. Â Or rather, they are family comedy/jazz albums. Â Novelty songs, I guess, but many of them are hilarious, and form the musical soundtrack of my son’s naptimes when he was a baby. I especially love the song “Civilization (Bongo Bongo Bongo) which has the classic lyrics:
“Bongo Bongo Bongo I don’t want to leave the Congo”
Here you can listen via Youtube to Bongo Bongo Bongo, but there’s tons of great ones
As I mentioned above Nobody’s Fool is a great read.