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Favorite Jazz Stars of Old Time Radio
Jazz started in Black Communities in New Orleans, moved north during the Great Migration, and gained world wide popularity during the Golden Age of Radio. Here's a few of our favorite jazz stars in Old Time Radio:
Artie Shaw Clarinet Tooter and Musician Master: Artie rivaled swing bandleaders Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller in the 1930s and 40s.
Benny Goodman During the Big Band Era, Benny Goodman was the undisputed "King of Swing". The Goodman Band is credited with launching the Swing Era with a series of performances and broadcasts from California in 1935.
Charlie Barnet One of the Jazzmen who embodied the joy of the Jazz world was saxophonist and bandleader Charlie Barnet.
Connee Boswell Born and raised in the Jazz-filled New Orleans streets, Connie Boswell, and her two other sisters, Martha and Vet, learned to pluck and toot almost every instrument used in popular and vocal Jazz.Boswell Sisters
Count Basie In Live From Birdland, Count Basie and his Orchestra Plays at the Hotspot of Jazz in New York City!
Dizzy Gillespie American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, composer, and singer.
Duke Ellington Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington was a composer, pianist, and jazz orchestras bandleader.
Eddie Condon Experience the heyday of jazz with Eddie Condon's Jazz Concert, a musical series of fun, footloose live jazz performances from 1944-45.
Fats Waller Enjoy One of the Great Talents of Jazz Piano who mad a Name for Himself in the Early Days of Radio, Fats Waller.
George Shearing Starting out as a poor, "blind kid from Battersea", Sir George Shearing is one of the greatest Jazz pianists on either side of the Atlantic.
Glenn MillerGlenn Miller and his Orchestra got America “In The Mood”, but when his country needed him he was ready to give it all for his fellow servicemen. In fact, Major Glenn Miller was lost over the Channel on his way to set up shows for servicemen stationed near the front lines.
Helen Forrest After a difficult childhood, Helen Forrest beat the odds and was discovered by bandleader Artie Shaw to song with and eventually replace Billie Holiday. She later worked with Benny Goodman and Harry James Orchestra.
Les Paul A Fun and Entertaining Musical Team with Giggling Mary and Witty Les!
Paul Whiteman Performances by "The King of Jazz!"
Peggy Lee Peggy Lee was a musical innovator whose beautiful voice crossed into Swing, blues, Jazz, Latin and rock styles.
Slim Gaillard For singer Slim Gaillard, his instrument was less his voice than the language styling he used while performing.
Stan Kenton Believing that Jazz could be more than just music to dance to, Kenton made no apologies for his brand of "progressive Jazz."
Woody Herman Heavily influenced by Duke Ellington and Count Basie, the Woody Herman's Herd was known for lively arrangements that combined swing rhythms and bebop themes.
Louis Jordan Appearing at the end of the Swing Era, Louis Jordan's Jump Blue helped to launch Rock & Roll.
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