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Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street

Swing music was all about having fun, and one of the ways that Swing musicians found to have fun was by making fun of the more serious classical music scene. The result was Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street, which even featured Milton Cross, the normally serious announcer for the Metropolitan Opera.

8 old time radio show recordings
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4 Audio CDs


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"Lead Belly"



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Musical Satire; a swing show that lampooned the classics (1940-52)

"Good evening, lovers of fine music. Welcome to the no-doubt world-famous Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street, and another concert dedicated to the perpetuation of the three B's - barrelhouse, boogie-woogie, and the blues."

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Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street was molded in the essence that it would be verbally satirical, but when the music started, it produced one of the best swing music on the air. To add more humor to the show, the announcer was Milton Cross, the long-lasting announcer to the sallow-faced Metropolitan Opera broadcasts. Milton would pile on long-haired grandeur upon the commonest distributor of rhythm and blues.

The show served as the launching pad for the venerable Dinah Shore and included appearances by artists such as Eddie Condon. Milton Cross once said that "she starts a fire by rubbing two notes together," which explains the nickname "the one-woman torchlight parade." With star-studded power like this, Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street guarantees a swingin' good

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These classic recordings are available in the following formats:
  • MP3 CDs are delivered by mail. These archival quality MP3 CDs are playable in your computer and many MP3 player devices.



    8 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 3 hours, 44 min
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      8 shows - total playtime 3 hours 44 minutes
      1. CMLBS 400505 Benny Carter.mp3
      2. CMLBS 400623 Bobby Hackett.mp3
      3. CMLBS 400714 Jelly Roll Morton.mp3
      4. CMLBS 400804 Lead Belly.mp3
      5. CMLBS 400819 Lionel Hampton Quartet.mp3
      6. CMLBS 401021 Jack Charlie Teagarden.mp3
      7. CMLBS 410106 Joe Sullivan Pee Wee Russell Eddie Condon.mp3
      8. CMLBS 410217 Joe Marsala Adele Girand.mp3
  • MP3 downloads are available instantly after purchase!



    8 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 3 hours, 44 min
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    Click here to see disc contents


      8 shows - total playtime 3 hours 44 minutes
      1. CMLBS 400505 Benny Carter.mp3
      2. CMLBS 400623 Bobby Hackett.mp3
      3. CMLBS 400714 Jelly Roll Morton.mp3
      4. CMLBS 400804 Lead Belly.mp3
      5. CMLBS 400819 Lionel Hampton Quartet.mp3
      6. CMLBS 401021 Jack Charlie Teagarden.mp3
      7. CMLBS 410106 Joe Sullivan Pee Wee Russell Eddie Condon.mp3
      8. CMLBS 410217 Joe Marsala Adele Girand.mp3
  • Standard Audio CDs are delivered by mail on archival quality media with up to 60 minutes on each CD and play in all CD players



    8 recordings on 4 Audio CDs
    total playtime 3 hours, 44 min

    Disc A001

    1. CMLBS 400505 Benny Carter
    2. CMLBS 400623 Bobby Hackett

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    Disc A002

    1. CMLBS 400714 Jelly Roll Morton
    2. CMLBS 400804 Lead Belly

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    Disc A003

    1. CMLBS 400819 Lionel Hampton Quartet
    2. CMLBS 401021 Jack Charlie Teagarden

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    Disc A004

    1. CMLBS 410106 Joe Sullivan Pee Wee Russell Eddie Condon
    2. CMLBS 410217 Joe Marsala Adele Girand

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