Big Band

Paul Whiteman with Mildred Bailey – “All Of Me”

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In the American songbook, there are Standards and there are Standards. This would be a front cover of Standard Magazine. […]

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Paul Whiteman Orchestra – “Doo Wacka Doo”

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The Paul Whiteman Orchestra famously pushed the boundaries of jazz by incorporating classical orchestration into big band arrangements. Whiteman commissioned […]

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Louis Armstrong & His All-Stars – “Struttin’ With Some Barbecue”

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Louis Armstrong & His All-Stars recorded “Struttin’ With Some Barbecue” in Chicago, Illinois on December 9, 1927. The moment was […]

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Duke Ellington – “Washington Wobble”

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There is some debate as to the origin of this Duke Ellington title. “Washington Wobble” might pay tribute to the […]

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Billie Holiday – “They Can’t Take That Away From Me”

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Here is the incomparable Billie Holiday’s take on George and Ira Gershwin’s classic, “They Can’t Take That Away From Me,” […]

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Duke Ellington – “Jubilee Stomp”

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This up-beat instrumental by Duke Ellington was recorded in 1928. “Jubilee Stomp” cooks from beginning to end, carrying with it […]

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Louis Armstrong – “Old Man Mose”

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A brilliant recording from the great Louis Armstrong, “Old Man Mose” has a swingin’ beat that will have your feet […]

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Duke Ellington – “Louisiana”

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Here’s a magnificent recording of Duke Ellington’s orchestra performing “Louisiana.” Back then there was no such thing as an overdub, […]

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Duke Ellington – “Swampy River”

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Not to be confused with the Suwannee River or any song about an old folks home, this is Duke Ellington’s […]

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