All Star Parade 1943-1949




This double-CD is comprised of radio broadcasts made on the east and west coast of the U.S. during the years 1945-49. None of the music has been previously released on CD. The 2-CD contains 28 numbers, with a playing time of over 2½ hours. This is big band swing music (with a full string section), and therefore the repertoire consists mainly of swing tunes, along with pop numbers and a few traditional jazz favorites. Harry James was one of the greatest trumpet players of all time, as well as one of the best swing big band leaders of his day, who rose to fame playing in Benny Goodman’s orchestra in the late thirties. Joining Harry James are some of the top jazz musicians of the forties, including vocalist Cab Calloway, alto saxophonist Willie Smith, trombonist Juan Tizol and pianist Eddie Heywood. Almost sixty years after these recordings were made, the tight, swinging professionalism of the Harry James Orchestra is still a delight to hear.

Harry James Orchestra

Theme (Ciribiribin) Into the G Flat Special
Begin the Beguine
If That’s the Way You Want It, Baby
The Man I Love
Harpie’s Bazaar
Kappa Sinche Hoinc (Business Men’s Bounce)
Dancing in the Dark
Baby What You Do to Me
Air Mail Special
You Go to My Head
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
It Must Be Jelly
Mr. Co-Ed
I’ve Never Forgotten
There Goes That Song Again
The Beaumont Ride
Steel Guitar Rag
Friar Rock
St. Louis Blues
Love and the Weather
Rose Room
The Back Beat Boogie
11.60 P.M.
Strange What a Song Can Do
Tuxedo Junction
I Walk My Post in a Military Manner
Queer Street
Oh, Lady Be Good
Where or When
I’m Beginning to See the Light
Ready Gal Jump
A Blue Serge Suit with a Belt in the Back
King Porter Stomp
Down by the Station
I Got Rhythm
Things Ain’t What They Used to Be
The Arrival
It’s the Talk of the Town
The Eight Bar Riff

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