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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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“Jingle Bells” (1941) Glenn Miller

“Jingle Bells” Composed by J.S. Pierpont; arranged by Bill Finegan and Glenn Miller. Additional lyrics by Hal Dickinson and Bill Conway. Recorded live on the CBS “Moonlight Serenade Chesterfield Time with Glenn Miller” radio show on December 24, 1941. Glenn Miller, first trombone, directing: Dale “Mickey” McMickle, first trumpet; John Best, Billy May, Bobby Hackett, […]

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“Let It Snow” (1945) Woody Herman

“Let It Snow” Composed by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne; arranged by Neal Hefti. Recorded by Woody Herman and His Orchestra for Columbia on December 10, 1945 in New York City. Woody Herman, vocal, directing: Walter J. “Pete” Candoli, first trumpet; Irving Lewis, Milton M. “Shorty” Rogers, Saul “Sonny” Berman, trumpets; Bill Harris, Ed Kiefer. […]

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On the Air with the Great Bands (1940) Tommy Dorsey–“Hallelujah!”

Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra live over the NBC radio network, June 1, 1940 Astor (Hotel) Roof, New York City. “Hallelujah!” Composed by Vincent Youmans; Arranged by Sy Oliver. Tommy Dorsey, first and solo trombone; directing: Bunny Berigan, Ray Linn, Jimmy Blake, Leon Debrow, trumpets; George Arus, Les Jenkins, Lowell Martin, trombones; Hymie Shertzer, Freddie […]

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“Summer Sequence Part 4” (1947) and “Early Autumn” (1948) Woody Herman

“Summer Sequence Part 4” Composed and Arranged by Ralph Burns. Recorded by Woody Herman and His Orchestra for Columbia on December 27, 1947 in Hollywood, California.  Woody Herman, alto saxophone, directing: Bernie Glow,Stan Fishelson, Marky Markowitz,Ernie Royal and Shorty Rogers, trumpets; Ollie Wilson, Earl Swope and Bob Swift, trombones; Sam Marowitz, alto saxophone; Herbie Steward, […]

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Gershwin’s Piano Prelude 2, played by Buddy Morrow (1964)

More Music by Gershwin I continue my tribute to the music of George Gershwin by presenting a superb 1964 performance of his Piano Prelude 2 in a magnificent arrangement by John Woehrmann, for trombone virtuoso Buddy Morrow and His Orchestra. Gershwin originally planned to compose 24 piano preludes, but for various reasons ended up with only […]

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“Harlem Speaks” (1941) Charlie Barnet

“Harlem Speaks” Composed by Duke Ellington; arranged by Andy Gibson. Recorded by Charlie Barnet and His Orchestra for RCA-Bluebird on August 14, 1941 in Hollywood, California. Charlie Barnet, alto saxophone, directing: Seymour “Sy” Baker, first trumpet; Bob Price,Bob Burnet, Micky Bloom, trumpets; Spud Murphy, Tommy Reo, Bill Robertson, Ford Leary, trombones; Ray Hopfner, Conn Humphries, […]

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“Boo-Wah Boo-Wah” Cab Calloway (1940), with Chu Berry and Dizzy Gillespie

  “Boo-Wah Boo-Wah” Composed by Larry Clinton; arranged by Buster Harding Recorded by Cab Calloway and His Orchestra for OKeh Records on August 5, 1940 in New York City. Cab Calloway, vocal, directing: Mario Bauza, first trumpet; Lammar Wright, John B. “Dizzy” Gillespie, trumpets;Tyree Glenn, Quentin “Butter” Jackson, Frederic H. “Keg” Johnson, trombones; Hilton Jefferson, […]

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