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“U.M.M.G” (1960) Music of Billy Strayhorn – Dizzy Gillespie with Clare Fischer

“U.M.M.G” Composed by Billy Strayhorn; arranged by Clare Fischer. Recorded by Dizzy Gillespie on April 27-28, 1960 for Verve in New York City. John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie, trumpet, directing: Ray Alonge, Richard Berg, Joe Singer, French horns; Benny Green, trombone; Jay McAlister, tuba; Robert Di Domenica, flute; Ernest Bright, John Murtaugh, Paul Ritchie, Stan Webb, […]

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The Smell of Money: George Shearing and Nat “King” Cole

“It Never Entered My Mind” Composed by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart. Recorded by George Shearing for Concord Jazz in San Francisco, California in May of 1985. George Shearing, solo piano. The story: Two of the most talented pianists in the history of jazz were George Shearing (1919-2011), and Nat “King” Cole (1919-1965). Cole is […]

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The Mancini Touch: “Robbins’ Nest” (1959)

“Robbins’ Nest” Composed by Illinois Jacquet and Sir Charles Thompson; arranged by Henry Mancini. Recorded by Henry Mancini and His Orchestra for RCA Victor on August 11, 1959 in Hollywood, California. Henry Mancini, directing: Dick Nash, first trombone; Jimmy Priddy, John Halliburton and Karl De Karske, trombones; Vince DeRosa, John Cave, John Graas, Dick Perissi; […]

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“Happy-Go-Lucky Local” (1975) Mercer Ellington

“Happy-Go-Lucky Local” Composed and arranged by Duke Ellington, with probable revisions in Duke’s original arrangement by Mercer Ellington. Recorded by Mercer Ellington with The Duke Ellington Orchestra for Fantasy on May 12, 1975 in New York City. Mercer Ellington, directing: James “Buddy” Bolden, Barry Lee Hall, Willie Singleton and Charles Melvin “Cootie” Williams, trumpets; Chuck […]

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Young (and not so) Old Blue Eyes

“Everything Happens to Me” Composed by Matt Dennis and Tom Adair; arranged by Axel Stordahl. Recorded by Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra for Victor on February 7, 1941 in New York. Thomas Francis Dorsey, Jr., first trombone, directing: Ziggy Elman, Chuck Peterson, Ray Linn and Jimmy Blake, trumpets; George Arus, Les Jenkins, Lowell Martin, trombones; […]

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“Big Noise From Winnetka” (1938) Bob Haggart-Ray Bauduc

“Big Noise From Winnetka” Composed by Bob Haggart and Ray Bauduc Recorded by Bob Haggart and Ray Bauduc for Decca on October 14, 1938 in Chicago. Bob Haggart, bass and whistling; Ray Bauduc, drums. The Story and the Music: One of the most unusual recordings made during the swing era was this one. At a […]

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“Cherry Juice” (1976) Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra

“Cherry Juice” Composed and arranged by Thad Jones. Recorded by the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra for Horizon on January 10, 1976.  Thad Jones, flugelhorn, directing: Al Porcino, first trumpet; Sinclair Acey, Waymon Reed,Cecil Bridgewater, trumpets; Billy Campbell, first trombone; Janice Robinson,John Mosca, trombones; Earl Campbell, bass trombone; Jerry Dodgion, first soprano saxophone; Eddie Xiques, second […]

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“Cast Your Fate to the Wind” (1962) Vince Guaraldi

 Dr. Funk Makes a House Call The story: Although I was fortunate to have a father who exposed me to swing music when I was a child, my awareness of mainstream jazz came when I was in my early teens through other people. I had a classmate who fancied himself as being a sophisticate who […]

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“Blues in Hoss’ Flat” (1958) Count Basie

“Blues in Hoss’ Flat” Composed and arranged by Frank Foster. Recorded by Count Basie and His Orchestra for Roulette on April 28, 1958 in New York City. William J. “Count” Basie, piano, directing: Eugene “Snooky” Young, first trumpet; Wendell Culley, Thaddeus “Thad” Jones, Joe Newman, trumpets; Henry Coker, Al Grey, Benny Powell, trombones; Marshal Royal, […]

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“White Christmas” (1967) Barbra Streisand

“White Christmas” Composed by Irving Berlin. Recorded by Barbra Streisand for Columbia in September 1967 in Los Angeles. The story: Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” was used in the 1942 Paramount film, Holiday Inn, starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire. Actually, the song was probably written in 1940 (or possibly before), while Berlin was staying at La […]

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