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  • John P Healy wrote on July 10, 2008 report

    I would definetly have Harry James in my trumpet section for my dream band.The solo Harry played on Sing, Sing Sing during the Benny Goodman Carnegie Hall concert 1938 is one of the all time greats.My drummer would be Louis Bellson. Count Basie would be on piano and of course Freddie Green on guitar.

  • Jack Bowers wrote on July 11, 2008 report

    Hi John

    Some excellent choices there. Harry James was an excellent trumpeter, even though not one I'd consider strictly a "Jazz" player. Nevertheless, he'd be an asset to any section, as would all-around players like Doc Severinsen.

    If I could have two drummers, Louie would be the second. I still prefer Buddy, but that's a matter of opinion. I've always been a big fan of Louie's too.

    The Count, of course, was better known as a big-band pianist than Oscar, whom I tapped simply because he's my favorite pianist. And if the rhythm section I chose needed some help, Freddie Green would definitely be the man.

    Thanks for the comments!

    Jack Bowers