Tonight, we’re pleased as punch to present a Dennis Nyback musical extravaganza – Calvin Coolidge Goes Crazy:
A story set in 1927 expanding on the true story of Calvin Coolidge’s decision in 1927 to not run for a second term as president of the United States.
On August 2 of that year he hosted a press conference where he handed out slips of paper to the press that said “I do not choose to run for president in 1928.” He then added “There will be nothing more from this office today.”
In addition to Calvin, the story features his wife Grace, their daughter Petunia, the valet Norris, and the jazz trumpet player Jack Purvis. Petunia is mad about jazz music and spends hours listening to jazz records in the White House. Her parents worry she will become a flapper. When Calvin hears a Bix Beiderbecke record he is struck by the beauty of it and he himself goes jazz crazy.
During a trip to New York he dons a disguise and travels to Harlem to hear live jazz. He is befriended by the young musician Jack Purvis. On a second trip to New York he is discovered in his disguise by his wife as he tries to sneak back back into their hotel room in the middle of the night. His wife convinces him that it unwise for the president of the United States to be clandestinely hanging out in Harlem. Calvin decides to bring Jazz to the White House. He builds a speakeasy in the basement that is connected to the outside world by a tunnel with many twists and turns to confuse anyone of its location. He then contacts Jack Purvis to create a house band. This brings Jack and the daughter together. Things goes bad when Gangsters try to blackmail Calvin into giving them control of the action.
With songs from the era by Jerome Kern, Rodgers and Hart, Fats Waller, Cole Porter, Rube Bloom and Jack Yellen.
Musical Director: De Henderson
Written, Produced and Directed by Dennis Nyback
This had been months in coming; we meant to do this several times this Winter, but was snowed out every time! It was great to finally do it! The play starts at about the 22 minute mark.
We also hear several selections for the wonderful compilation xx (while waiting for the cast to assemble, etc.), some Evil Genius, A Conrad Trio and Sun Ra and his Myth Science Orchestra.
Listen to it:
Playlist [hour: min. Artist – Track – Album]:
00:00 Leonard Pennario – Intro: March of the Lunatics – The Two Pianos of Leonard Pennario
00:01 Leslie Sarony With Jack Hylton And His Orchestra – Jollity Farm – Songs The Bonzo Dog Band Taught Us : A Pre History Of The Bonzos
00:04 The BBC Dance Orchestra – Mickey’s Son And Daughter – Songs The Bonzo Dog Band Taught Us : A Pre History Of The Bonzos
00:07 The Savoy Havana Band – I’m Gonna Bring A Watermelon To My Girl Tonight – Songs The Bonzo Dog Band Taught Us : A Pre History Of The Bonzos
00:10 Jack Hylton And His Orchestra – Button Up Your Overcoat – Songs The Bonzo Dog Band Taught Us : A Pre History Of The Bonzos
00:14 Percival Mackey And His Band – On Her Doorstep Last Night – Songs The Bonzo Dog Band Taught Us : A Pre History Of The Bonzos
00:16 The Rhythmic Troubadours – Ali Baba’s Camel – Songs The Bonzo Dog Band Taught Us : A Pre History Of The Bonzos
00:19 Set break
00:19 Dennis Nyback & His Radio All Star Players – Calvin Coolidge Goes Crazy – Calvin Coolidge Goes Crazy, Live On KBOO 3/23/17
01:20 Radio Lost & Found & Dennis Nyback – Dennis Nyback Interview – Calvin Coolidge Goes Crazy, Live On KBOO 3/23/17
01:26 CutUpSound – War Concerto pt. 1 – CutUpSound
01:28 Evil Genius – (Share in a) Regional Meat Vision – Bitter Human
01:35 A Conrad Trio – Harvest Your Blend – Screaming While Playing
01:39 A Conrad Trio – Amsterdam – Screaming While Playing
01:44 Sun Ra & His Myth Science Arkestra – Rocket #9 Take Off For the Planet Venus – Sun Ra and His Arkestra: In the Orbit of Ra
01:49 Noah Creshevsky – Great Performances (excerpt) – The Tape Music of Noah Creshevsky, 1971-92
01:49 Shockabilly – Lucifer Sam – Vietnam
01:52 Starlight Children’s Chorus – Outro: E.T., I Love You – E.T., I Love You and Other Extraterrestrial Songs