Jam Jazzman

Life is a path lit only by the light of those I’ve loved …

Jam,” Michael Jackson
James,” Huffamoose
James Bond Theme,” Leroy Holmes
“Jamey’s Got the Blues,” Randy Stonehill
Jane Says,” Jane’s Addiction
Jangling Jack,” Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Janie Jones,” The Clash
“Jasper Johns,” Twitchen Vibes
Jayne’s Blue Wish,” Tom Waits
Jazzman,” Carole King

Since this list starts with Michael Jackson, here’s a bonus link to his favorite song. (That’s Janelle Monae singing a Charlie Chaplin tune — spanning a century of American artistic genius.)

After an unfortunate string of bottom-tier Randy Stonehill songs cropping up in these weekly alphabetical slices, today we at least get some middle-tier Stonehill. Hmm, maybe when we get to the U’s, we can arrange it to include “Until Your Love Broke Through.”

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  • Sgt. Pepper’s Bleeding Heart

    I recommend having a listen to “Jandamarra/Pidgeon” by Paul Kelly. It’s a tribute to a young 19th century Aboriginal man who led a resistance against white settlers in Australia–regarded by some people as an Indigenous Ned Kelly, but either way an important local cultural figure. Cool song, too.

  • Anonymous

    “James Alley Blues” – Marco Mahler
    “The James Alley Blues” – Roger McGuinn
    “James Alley Blues” – Wilco
    “January In The Halifax Airport Lounge” – Bruce Cockburn
    “The January Man” – Bert Jansch
    “Jawbone” – The Band
    “Jaweh and Allah Battle” (poem) – Allen Ginsberg

  • “A jatek veget ert”, by EDDA Művek
    “Jamming”, by Bob Marley
    “Janet Jangle”, by the High Llamas
    “Janie Runaway”, by Steely Dan
    “January Hymn”, by the Decemberists
    “Január”, by Kistehén Tánczenekar
    “Jara jesty tu”, by Kanizsa Csillagai
    “Jared (The Wild Boy)”, by Moxy Früvous
    “jazz a go go”, performed by Shiina Ringo

  • Anonymous

    “James River Blues” Old Crow Medicine Show
    “Jamming” Bob Marley
    “Jane Says” Jane’s Addiction
    “Janglin” Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes
    “Janie Jones” The Clash
    “January Hymn” The Decemberists
    “January Wedding” Avett Brothers
    “Jap Dad” Uuvvwwz
    “Java Jive” Richard Thompson
    “Jayme Lynn” Bela Fleck

    Despite having quite a lot of jazz, I have no song whose title begins with the word “jazz.” I have rock songs that start with “rock,” blues songs that start with “blues,” country songs that start with “country” and a rap song that starts with “rap,” but no jazz songs starting with “jazz.” In fact I can’t even think of any.

  • John Small Berries

    Jaun Loco“, by Rodrigo y Gabriela. There’s about 1:20 of percussion on the guitars before the actual notes start.

    (I’m guessing it’s probably “Juan Loco”, but it’s spelled “Jaun” on the YouTube video, so it fits.)

  • Matt H

    “Jambalaya (On the Bayou)” – Harry Connick Jr. (Oh My NoLa)
    “Jane” – Barenaked Ladies (Maybe You Should Drive)

  • Jamaica Farewell – Harry Belafonte

  • @S_Pho: I’ve got one for you here!

    “Jambalaya (On the Bayou),” Hank Williams
    “James,” Camera Obscura
    “James,” Huffamoose
    “James Alley Blues,” Richard Rabbit Brown (from the Anthology of American Folk Music)
    “James Brown is Dead,” LA Style
    “James River Blues,” Old Crow Medicine Show
    “Jane Says,” Jane’s Addiction
    “Janie Jones,” The Clash
    “January 2nd,” Drunkdriver
    “Japan is an Island,” The Spinto Band
    “Jasmine,” Children of the Revolution
    “Jason and the Argonauts,” XTC
    “Jayne’s Blue Wish,” Tom Waits
    “Jazz Lips,” Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five

  • Michael Cule

    “January Song” by Lindisfarne from the album FOG ON THE TYNE. (Gosh, I took that in cassette form up to Oxford with me in 1972… Memories…)

    “Jamara Valley” by Woodie Guthrie

  • muteKi

    “James K. Polk” By They Might Be Giants (album: Factory Showroom)

    Also, as a guy who spends far too much time gaming:
    “Japonesque” from Shinobi III

  • “Jam for the Ladies”- Moby
    “Jam out of Terrapin”- Grateful Dead
    “Jamaica Jam”- Teddy Powell
    “James K. Polk”- They might be Giants

    Light section of the iTunes library.

  • Amaryllis

    and the January man comes round again…and again, and again…

    James Connolly – Andy Irvine
    James Connolly – Black 47
    Jammin’ the Blues – Ray Charles
    Janglin – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
    January Hymn – The Decemberists
    January June – June Tabor
    January Man – Christy Moore
    January Man – Martin Carthy
    January Man – Rachel Unthank and the Winterset
    Jawbreaker – The Dead Weather
    Jayne’s Blue Wish – Tom Waits

    Editorial note: submitted for the second time. The first attempt had links for several of the songs, but apparently Disqus is as undependable as Typepad for that sort of thing.

  • Jam-Master Jay – Run DMC
    Jam on It – Newcleus
    Jamming – Bob Marley & the Marleys
    Jan the Weatherman – Michael Knott
    Jane – Aunt Bettys
    Jane Says – Jane’s Addiction

    Hmmm… fairly limited…

  • “The Jam Was Moving [Extended Version]” – Debbie Harry
    “James Bond Theme” – Monty Norman Orchestra (the original version from Dr. No)
    “Jamie” – Crumbächer
    “Jammin’ Me” – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
    “Jane” – Elf Power
    “January Rain” – Hunters & Collectors
    “Jason” – Sufjan Stevens

    Two bands with ampersands in their names this week. Go me.

  • Jamaican Dollar – Trinity
    Jamestown 2007 – Danbert Nobacon
    Jamming – Bob Marley & the Wailers (3 different mixes)
    Jammins – Bunny Wailer (a completely different song from another Wailer)
    Jams Run Free – Sonic Youth
    Janet Vs. Johnny – The Fall
    Janine – David Bowie
    Janis – Country Joe & The Fish
    Japan Is A Dishpan – Captain Beefheart
    Japanese Train Station – The Cannanes
    Jarrow Song – Alan Price
    Jazz, Delicious Hot, Disgusting Cold – The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
    Jazzboe Abubaka At Large – Ras Michael & The Sons Of Negus

  • Uncle Max

    Hang on, since when was Sir Charlie Chaplin American?

  • Anonymous

    Jailhouse Sublime
    Jailhouse Rock Elvis Presley
    Jam Back At The House Jimi Hendrix
    James Bond Spoof Stan Freberg
    James Brown Cage The Elephant
    Jane Fonda Mickey Avalon
    Jazz on Rubberbands Stan Freberg

  • Jamaica Farewell (Harry Belafonte)
    James Dean (Daniel Bedingfield)
    Japanese Exchange Student (The Rocket Summer)
    Jar of Hearts (Christina Perri)
    Jar of Hearts (Sam Tsui)
    Java Jive (Manhattan Transfer)
    Javert’s Arrival/Little People (the 10th Anniversary Cast of Les Miserables)
    Javert’s Suicide (the 10th Anniversary Cast of Les Miserables)

  • rm

    Jambalaya (On the Bayou) — Hank Williams
    Jambalaya (On the Bayou) — Lucinda Williams
    James River Blues — Old Crow Medicine Show
    Jarama Valley — Woody Guthrie
    Jaw Bone — Willie Chapman
    Jay Gould’s Daughter — Pete Seeger
    Jay Legg — Hammons Family
    Jazz Convulsions — Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
    Jazzbo Stomp — Memphis Jug Band

  • The Jam That Ate Itself – Lupine Howl
    Jane Doe – Nik Kershaw
    Jane Fakes a Hug – The Wrens
    Jane the Queen of Love – Frank Black & The Catholics
    Janie Jones – The Clash
    January 17 – Mountains
    Jaws of Life – Wintersleep