April 1, 2020

Hi Everybody,
Well, things have gotten truly bizarre and, for a lot of people, really awful in the last two weeks. For Panorama, as far as people have reported to me, everybody is healthy and safe. Staying home, waiting and making the best of things. We've had 100% of all of our gigs cancelled for the foreseeable future but it looks like there are dollars going around to musicians. I've applied for relief myself and have also raised money on GoFundMe to help the players with their bills.

If you'd like to donate, go to: gf.me/u/xs7y2k. We met our original goal of $1000 within like 72 hours but as long as funds keep coming in, I'll keep distributing them to the players.

I am so glad we did that live session at Luthjens' last month! Thanks to that one gig (recorded live by Rick Nelson), We have enough content to send you for several months, if necessary.

Your Panorama song-of-the-month for April is another tune we recorded on our first CD, "Another Hot Night in February," which we released in 2003. You may know the original recording of "Sali Dame" from the seminal 1947 album, "Jazz A La Creole" featuring Albert Nicholas (clarinet), James P. Johnson(piano), Danny Barker (guitar), Pops Foster(bass) and Freddy Moore(drums). That's where we learned it from.

I'm sorry if I'm butchering the lyrics or the Creole spelling. Here's my best translation. And while I believe I understand the lyrics' literal meaning, I'm sure I'm missing most of the inside jokes.

Thanks for listening, thanks for your support, STAY WELL, let me know how you're doing and stand by for some fresh new tracks as soon as we're able to get back in the recording studio.
At your service,
Ben Schenck
Panorama Jazz Band
New Orleans, LA


Mamselle Josephine, li resté dan la ri Dauphine
Glissé ainsi un bobine et cassé to ti jamb fine

Sali Dame Sali Dame Sali Dame bonjour
Sali Dame laissé mo wa to gros nwa toto!

Si vous cui un poule po moi, cui li sans un fricassé
Pas blié po met la sauce tomate avec un gros gallon du vin.


Miss Josephine stayed on Dauphine Street
Slipped on a bobbin and broke her fine little leg

Sali Dame (either "hello lady," "salty lady" or "dirty lady." Or all three) hello.
Sali Dame let me see your big black ass!

If you cook a chicken for me, cook it in a fricassee
Don't forget to add the tomato sauce with a big gallon of wine.


from Song​-​of​-​the​-​Month Club: Good Music For You, track released April 1, 2020
Panorama Jazz Band
Ben Schenck - Clarinet
Byron Asher - Alto Saxophone
Charlie Halloran - Trombone
Michael Ward-Bergeman - Accordion
Gary Washington - Tenor Banjo
Matt Perrine - Tuba
Doug Garrison - Drum Set
Songwriter - Traditional / PD
Arrangers - Ben Schenck (Snack Daddy Music / ASCAP) with Byron Asher, Charlie Halloran, Michael Ward-Bergeman, Gary Washington, Matt Perrine and Doug Garrison
Publisher - Snack Daddy Music
Recorded by Rick Nelson Feb 14, 2020 at Marigny Recording Studios, New Orleans, LA
Mixed and mastered by Lu Rojas at Oak Street Recording, New Orleans, LA
Photo and graphic design - Ben Schenck


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