The History of Jazz:  The Swing Era

The History of Jazz: The Swing Era

By the late 1930s and early 40s the Swing-Big Band era was at its height just as other parts of everyday life were rapidly falling apart: the outbreak of war in Europe. However American GIs serving overseas spread the word about their favourite music and the airwaves were soon filled with Forces' radio stations broadcasting the American stars at the peak of their popularity: Count Basie, Gene Krupa, Charlie Barnet, Artie Shaw and others. Some even joined up to help the war effort notably Capt Glenn Miller whose band toured Britain prior to D-Day. The tracks on this CD are:

1. Begin The Beguine - Artie Shaw and his Orchestra
2. Prelude To A Kiss - Duke Ellington and his Famous Orchestra
3. Jumpin' At The Woodside - Count Basie and his Orchestra, featuring Lester Young
4. Finger Buster - Willie 'The Lion' Smith
5. Grand Terrace Shuffle - Earl Hines and his Orchestra
6. Cherokee - Charlie Barnet and his Orchestra
7. In the Mood - Glenn Miller and his Orchestra
8. Lester Leaps In - Count Basie's Kansas City Seven, featuring Lester Young
9. Body and Soul - Coleman Hawkins and his Orchestra
10. Your Feet's Too Big - Fats Waller and his Rhythm
11. Bouncing With Bean - Coleman Hawkins' All Star Octet
12. Grand Slam (Boy Meets Girl) - Benny Goodman and his Sextet, featuring Charlie Christian and Lionel Hampton
13. Cotton Tail - Duke Ellington and his Famous Orchestra, featuring Ben Webster
14. Perdido Street Blues - Louis Armstong and his Orchestra, featuring Sidney Bechet
15. Day Dream - Johnny Hodges and his Orchestra
16. Baby Dear - Mary Lou Williams and her Kansas City Seven
17. On The Alamo - Benny Goodman and his Sextet, featuring Count Basie
18. Drum Boogie - Gene Krupa and his Orchestra, vocals: Irene Daye
19. Take The 'A' Train - Duke Ellington and his Famous Orchestra
20. Swingmatism - Jay McShann and his Orchestra, featuring Charlie Parker
21. God Bless The Child - Billie Holliday with Eddie Heywood and his Orchestra
22. Solitude - Billie Holliday with Eddie Heywood and his Orchestra
23. I'm Coming Virginia - Sidney Bechet and his New Orleans Orchestra
24. American Patrol - Glenn Miller and his Orchestra
25. I've Got a Gal in Kalamazoo - Glenn Miller and his Orchestra, vocals: Marion Hutton, Tex Beneke and the Modernaires

Total running time 76 minutes

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