The Tom Cat Blues. This is a song close to my heart. Why, do you ask? well, let me tell you.
The Felis catus (a.k.a Felis silvestris catus or Felis domesticus) often called the housecat, is a small carnivore mammal of the family of felines of which the Jazz Cat Jay is a proud member. Some of our remarkable traits include social nature, obvious body language, love of play and high intelligence. And a great love of music, of course.
A group of cats is referred to as a “clowder”, a female is called a “molly” or “queen” and a male cat is called a “tom”. Which I am. A tom cat, that is. Ergo, this song is about me.
Now, back to the song. Tom Cat Blues was composed by one hep cat called Joe “King” Oliver. King Oliver is one of the greatest figures of Early Jazz and his style of collective improvisation is what we know today as Hot Jazz. Not only that but he was the mentor or world’s beloved Louis Armstrong. King Oliver recorded this song in 1924 with Jelly Roll Morton, another great figure of Jazz, on piano.