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JazzSnap: Harry James (C. 1943)


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The saxophonist here is Corky Corcoran, lead tenor on Harry James' band recordings from 1941 through the 1970s. That's James on trumpet, of course, and James band stringman John deVoodgt to James' right. I'm guessing this is 1943 based on the cut of their suits and the fabulous 1943 newspaper photo of James on the right.

The photo at the top is from Betty's collection of snapshots and stills sent along to me by her friend Chris. Betty has donated all of her prints, including this one, to Rutgers University's Institute of Jazz Studies. But since she and Chris also are big JazzWax readers, they wanted you to see them, too.

JazzWax clip: It seems unfair for me to force you to look at photos of James from 1943 without letting you hear something by him as well. Here's the '43 James orchestra with strings featuring Helen Forrest singing the World War II heart-tugger I Heard You Cried Last Night...

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This story appears courtesy of JazzWax by Marc Myers.
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