Title: Jumpin' At The Woodside
Artist: Count Basie


Composer: Basie
Publisher: Warner Brothers
CD: The Complete Decca Recordings
Label: Decca
(c) and (p) 1992 MCA Records/GRP Records. All Rights Reserved.
Recording Date: August 22, 1938
Personnel: Buck Clayton, Joe Keyes, and Carl Smith, trumpets; George Hunt and Dan Minor, trombones; Lester Young, and Herschel Evans, clarinets and tenor saxes; Caughey Roberts, alto sax; Jack Washington, alto and baritone saxes; Count Basie, piano; Claude Williams, guitar; Walter Page, bass; Jo Jones, drums
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Title: Jumpin’ At The Woodside
Artist: Count Basie
Type of Tune: swing
Tempo: 238 BPM
Key: Bb Major
Form: AABA
Devices: repeated melodic patterns that horn sections play behind soloist; dramatic effects by horn players, including sliding, slurring, and noises mimicking yells and cries; call and response
Scale(s): major, blues, pentatonic
Recurring Patterns: repeated melodic patterns that horn sections play behind soloist
Developmental Techniques: band swings harder and harder as tune develops

General Comments:

"Jumpin’ at the Woodside" was a huge hit for Count Basie and the Basie band. The tune is fairly simple harmonically and in its arrangement, mostly serving as a vehicle for lively soloing and notable for its excellent swing feel. The tune was named after Kansas City’s Woodside Hotel where many of the band members stayed and where the tune was rehearsed.