Month: March 2016

“Prelude in C Sharp Major” (1940) Artie Shaw

  “Prelude in C Sharp Major” Composed and Arranged by Ray Conniff and Artie Shaw Recorded by Artie Shaw and His Orchestra for Victor Records December 4, 1940 in Hollywood. Artie Shaw, clarinet, directing: Billy Butterfield, first trumpet; George “Jumbo” Wendt, Jack Cathcart, trumpets; Jack Jenney, first trombone; Vernon Brown, trombone; Les Robinson, first alto […]

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“Loose Lid Special” (1941) Tommy Dorsey

  “Loose Lid Special” Composed and Arranged by Sy Oliver Recorded by Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra for Victor Records July 15, 1941 in New York Personnel: Tommy Dorsey, lead and solo trombone, directing: Chuck Peterson, lead; Ziggy Elman, Jimmy Blake, Al Sterns, trumpets; Trombones:  George Arus, Dave Jacobs, Lowell Martin, trombones;  Freddie Stulce, lead alto […]

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“Take the ‘A’ Train” (1941) Duke Ellington

“Take the ‘A’ Train” Composed and arranged by Billy Strayhorn “Take the ‘A’ Train” Composed and arranged by Billy Strayhorn Recorded by Duke Ellington and His Orchestra for Victor Records; February 15,1941, Hollywood CA Personnel: Duke Ellington, piano, directing: Wallace Jones, first trumpet; Ray Nance, trumpet; Rex Stewart, cornet; Lawrence Brown, first trombone; Joseph Nanton, […]

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The Birth Of Swing

Louis Armstrong and “West End Blues,” Bix Beiderbecke and “Clementine,” and the “Birth” of Swing An introduction to the music, musicians and singers of the swing era. Big bands were the major purveyors of swing music, but by no means the only ones.  Many small groups also played great swing. For this introduction to swing […]

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