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WHAT ARE YOU GONNA DO WHEN THERE AIN'T NO JAZZ? This is Barbara's mature hot jazz-blues best, recorded in New Orleans (1988) and in Berkeley (2000). Three revered veterans of the San Francisco '50s jazz revival play on both sessions: Bob Mielke (trombone), Richard Hadlock (soprano & alto sax) and Pete Allen (bass). Two brilliant younger players, Clint Baker (guitar) and Marc Caparone (trumpet) animate the California session. The piano chair is shared by two of the greatest in traditional jazz: Ray Skjelbred and Butch Thompson (of Prairie Home Companion fame). There’s a rich mixture of classics like Jelly Bean Blues and Black Eye Blues, prohibition-era tunes like the title song and Irving Berlin's "See you in C-U-B-A," Barbara’s original “Blues for the Old Timer” dedicated to the elders who have inspired her, Yip Harburg's beloved "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?", and Fats Waller's "How Can You Face Me Now?", all delivered with a subtext that comments on life in today's uneasy world.  GHB BCD-240....$15.00 Add to Cart

TROUBLE IN MIND: This is Barbara's very first recording, a collector's item since its issue in 1957 when it was said of her: "A voice like this hasn't been heard in 30 years."   Jazz critic Philip Elwood says, "an immense voice, remarkably well turned...As a gut-level blues singer she is without compare." Classic blues accompanied by jazz masters Don Ewell, piano; Bob Mielke, trombone; P.T. Stanton, trumpet; Darnell Howard, clarinet; Pops Foster, bass.

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ON MY WAY: Classic blues with a contemporary beat. A rich slice of what Barbara was doing in the early '60s with her unbeatable partners Kenny Whitson (piano/ cornet genius) and Wellman Braud (former Ellington bassist) plus special guests Billy Strange (guitar), Earl Palmer or Jesse Sailes (drums), Ray Johnson, Rocco Wilson and the Andrews Gospel Singers from Oakland. Includes Dane's radio breakout "I'm On My Way." Dreadnaught DN-1602....$15.00 Add to Cart


LIVIN’ WITH THE BLUES: "The voice is pure, rich... haunting dusky legato ...rare as a 20 carat diamond" said Time Magazine in 1959, about the time this recording was issued. The result of mixing Barbara's blues with jazz men Earl "Fatha" Hines (piano), Benny Carter (trumpet!), Plaz Johnson (sax), Herbie Harper/John Halliburton (trombone), Shelly Manne (drums), and Leroy Vinegar (bass). Includes some of her favorite ballads, "A Hundred Years from Today" and "Porgy."

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SOMETIMES I BELIEVE SHE LOVES ME: Spontaneous moments of musical communication between Barbara and the legendary Lightnin' Hopkins captured on Arhoolie records by the inimitable Chris Strachwitz in 1965 at the Cabale in Berkeley, California. Followed by a group of her lifelong favorite folk-style songs, some with the addition of piano giant Ray Skjelbred, including Woody Guthrie's "Deportees" and Malvina Reynolds' "Bury Me in My Overalls." Full notes by Dane.         Arhoolie CD-451....$15.00  Add to Cart

LIVE AT THE ASH GROVE, NEW YEAR’S EVE 1961-62 Barbara Dane, vocals and guitar, Kenny “Good News” Whitson, piano and cornet, Wellman Braud, bass. Tunes: 1. Intro: Meditation in Blue; 2. Mama Yancy’s Advice; 3. Intro to next song; 4. Mean Old Southern; 5. Intro of musiicans and next song; 6. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out; 7. Nobody Knows the Way I Feel This Morning; 8. My Daddy Rocks Me With a Steady Roll; 9. Kenny Introduces his original blues; 10. When Wellman Braud Plays That Bass Violin; 11. Salty Dog; 12. Introduction ot the Next Song; 13. I’m On My Way; 14. Ain’t Nobody Gonna Get None of My Jelly Roll; 15. Celebration; 16. Auld Lang Syne.  Dreadnaught DN-1604....$15.00 

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BARBARA DANE AND THE CHAMBERS BROTHERS These songs, mostly civil rights era anthems, were powerful and very contemporary when they were first recorded in 1965. Four decades later, they serve to remind us that freedom is a constant struggle.  (Originally issued as Folkways FA 2468 ©1966. Smithsonian / Folkways Records FW02468

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(originally issued on Everest as "WHEN I WAS A YOUNG GIRL")"Her strong voice and ability to make a traditional folk or blues song her own have made (Barbara) an invaluable influence upon musicians as varied as Janis Joplin and Tracy Chapman." (from the reissue liner notes) This album, recorded in 1959, features guitar and banjo contributions from Tom Paley (of The New Lost City Ramblers). Songs include: Nine Hundred Miles, Turkey Reveille, Gypsy Davy, Danville Girl, Little Maggie, Girl of Constant Sorrow etc.  Tradition/Rykodisc TCD-1062....$15.00  Add to Cart


  2. 1. I Hate the Capitalist System;  2. Lonesome Jailhouse Blues;          3. Detroit Medley; 4. Plane Wreck at Lost Gatos / Deportees;            5. Goodbye to Cold Winter; 6. A Single Girl; 7. Ludlow Massacre; 8. I Don't Want Your Millions, Mister; 9. Things Are So Slow; 10. Song of My Hands; 11. Bitter Rain; 12. Song of the Coat-Makers; 13. The Kent State Massacre; 14 Working Class Woman. (Originally issued as Paredon P-1014 ©1973. Reissued by permission of Smithsonian / Folkways Records.)                                   

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  2. Songs of the GI Resistance to the War in Vietnam sung by Barbara Dane with active-duty GIs. Recorded live in 1969 at Fort Hood, Texas; Fort Benning, Georgia; and Fort Bragg, North Carolina

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BLUES OVER BODEGA The preposterous idea of building a nuclear power plant at Bodega Head in Northern California, precisely astride the San Andreas earthquake fault, was enough to make legendary trumpet man Lu Watters return to action after 14 years of retirement just to organize this powerful musical outcry. Together with a storm of protest from the community, aided by Barbara Dane’s strong voicing of Lu’s composition “Blues Over Bodega” which became a local juke box hit that stuck for years, the Pacific Gas & Electric Company backed down, making this history's first musical victory over nuclear power. The San Francisco Bay Area’s finest traditional jazz musicians including trombonist Bob Mielke, clarinetist Bob Helm, and pianist Wally Rose,  were mobilized to make this recording, which stands as a bonafide classic. In addition to the title song, Barbara sings Jesse Fuller's "San Francisco Bay Blues" and Ma Rainey's "See, See Rider." The balance of the album is instrumental. OUT OF PRINT


BACK TO BODEGA The Down Home Jazz Band under the direction of drummer Hal Smith plays a mostly instrumental tribute to the historic 1963 Blues over Bodega recording.  The all-star band includes Bob Helm, clarinets; Bob Mielke, trombone; Wally Rose, piano; Carl Lunsford, banjo; Mike Walbridge, tuba; and Chris Tyle, trumpet. Sadly, this is among the last recordings made before the death of Bob Helm and Wally Rose. Barbara Dane sings on three cuts: “Yonder Comes the Blues”, “Misery Blues”, and the classic “Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight”.