When first released it reached number 11 on the Billboard charts and remained on them for four weeks. Since then it has become a frequently recorded jazz standard. The song was recorded on August 22, for Decca and was released on December 17 of that year. The song is considered one of the Basie bands "signature" tunes,   a "favorite",  and even "a definition of swing. While many liner notes credit the tune only to Basie, historians and others also credit band member Eddie Durham. Durham had left the band by the time it was recorded.
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Count Basie arr. Robert Lowden. Jumpin' at the Woodside is a song first recorded in by the Count Basie Orchestra, and considered one of the band's signature tunes. When first released it reached number 11 on the Billboard charts and remained on there for four weeks. Since then it has become a frequently recorded jazz standard. While many liner notes credit the tune only to Basie, historians and others also credit band member Eddie Durham. Like many Basie numbers of that era, it was a "head arrangement" collaboratively created by the band.
The tune was based on earlier songs such as Jammin' for the Jackpot and John's Idea. The word "jumpin" in the title is a triple entendre -- it means lively as in "the joint is jumping", a synonym for dancing or a synonym for sex. The location in the title refers to the Woodside Hotel, which was located on Seventh Avenue at nd Street in Harlem. It was operated by Love B. Woods, an African American who operated a number of "dingy flophouses", some of which had "unsavory reputation[s]".
But the Woodside distinguished itself by becoming a popular place for jazz musicians and Negro league baseball teams to stay while in New York during segregation. The band stayed at the Woodside repeatedly and even rehearsed in the basement of the hotel. From Wind Repertory Project.
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Jumpin' at the Woodside
"Jumpin' at the Woodside": Count Basie Orchestra