Welcome to OTRCAT.com: Old Time Radio Catalog
 > 
  Music  

Esquire Jazz Concert

Swing to some great jazz with Louis Armstrong, Woody Herman and many more stars from the world of jazz on the first Esquire All-American Jazz Concert.

4 old time radio show recordings
available in the following formats:

1 MP3 CD
or
4 Audio CDs


Choose your CD format
or order disks individually: Add to Cart
Play a sample episode from January 18, 1944:

"American Jazz Band Pt 1"



... or click here to save the Mp3 file to your computer

About this Old Time Radio Show

Text on OTRCAT.com ©2001-2016 OTRCAT INC All Rights Reserved. Reproduction is prohibited.

Louis Armstrong

Billie HolidayThe first Esquire Jazz Concert was in 1944 and featured the winners and runners-up of the very first Esquire Jazz Poll. The idea for the poll was born at a Duke Ellington concert in 1943. Seated in the audience was the Esquire editor, Arnold Gingrich, along with jazz critics Leonard Feather and Robert Goffin. By the time the concert was over, the Esquire Jazz Poll was born. The Esquire poll lasted for four years.

The idea was to assemble a panel of jazz experts, including Feather and Goffin, to vote for the best jazz musicians of the time. There was, of course, controversy surrounding the poll with allegations of favoritism and reverse discrimination because there was a smaller percentage of white winners than in other jazz polls. Then there were allegations that the experts tended to vote for more traditional, dixieland style musicians than modern style musicians.

Regardless of the controversy, there were still some stellar names include Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, and Woody Herman.

After the polls were published, the winners and runners were featured in concerts benefiting the Navy League. Attendees of the concerts bought war bonds to get a seat. The 1944 concert was the first jazz concert at the Metropolitan Opera House.

For more jazz broadcasts, see also: Charlie and His Orchestra (Nazi Propganda), Date with the Duke, Eddie Condon Jazz Concert, Esquire Jazz Concert, Jubilee, Music Depreciation, Navy Swings, Live from Birdland, and New Orleans Jazz Band.

Text on OTRCAT.com ©2001-2016 OTRCAT INC All Rights Reserved. Reproduction is prohibited.

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.



    4 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 2 hours, 58 min
    Add MP3 Collection to Cart

    Click here to see disc contents


      4 shows - total playtime 2 hours 58 minutes
      1. Esquire Jazz Concert 440118 All American Jazz Band P 1.mp3
      2. Esquire Jazz Concert 440118 All American Jazz Band P 2.mp3
      3. Esquire Jazz Concert 440118 All American Jazz Band P 3.mp3
      4. Esquire Jazz Concert 460116 Take A Train.mp3
  • MP3 downloads are available instantly after purchase!



    4 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 2 hours, 58 min
    Add MP3 Collection to Cart

    Click here to see disc contents


      4 shows - total playtime 2 hours 58 minutes
      1. Esquire Jazz Concert 440118 All American Jazz Band P 1.mp3
      2. Esquire Jazz Concert 440118 All American Jazz Band P 2.mp3
      3. Esquire Jazz Concert 440118 All American Jazz Band P 3.mp3
      4. Esquire Jazz Concert 460116 Take A Train.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



    4 recordings on 4 Audio CDs
    total playtime 2 hours, 58 min

    Disc A001

    1. Esquire Jazz Concert 440118 All American Jazz Band P 1

    Add Audio CD to Cart - $5.00
    Disc A002

    1. Esquire Jazz Concert 440118 All American Jazz Band P 2

    Add Audio CD to Cart - $5.00
    Disc A003

    1. Esquire Jazz Concert 440118 All American Jazz Band P 3

    Add Audio CD to Cart - $5.00
    Disc A004

    1. Esquire Jazz Concert 460116 Take A Train

    Add Audio CD to Cart - $5.00