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Helen Ward was one of the most popular singers of the big band era, becoming a national sensation as vocalist for the Benny Goodman Orchestra. Helen Ward was born in New York City on Sept. 19, 1916, studied piano as a child before taking up singing, and by her early teens was on radio in New York. When she was 17 she worked with the Latin band of violinist Enric Madriguera. In 1934 she was working as a staff singer at NBC's studios where Benny Goodman was playing on the Nabisco Let's Dance radio show. When Goodman set out on his coast-to- coast tour, Ward joined up as the band's singer and was an vital part of his breakthrough in August 1935

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Girl Singers Of The Swing Era This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

This week on Riverwalk Jazz, vocalists Nina Ferro, Topsy Chapman and Stephanie Nakasian join The Jim Cullum Jazz Band to recall female singers of the Swing Era— from Ella and Billie to Martha Tilton, Ivie Anderson and Helen Humes. Also on our radio show, rare interview clips with Ella Fitzgerald, Martha Tilton and Helen Ward telling ...

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This Week On Riverwalk Jazz: The Great Innovator---benny Goodman

This Week On Riverwalk Jazz: The Great Innovator---benny Goodman

Benny Goodman, the clarinet virtuoso from Chicago, became a central figure of the Swing Era and popularized the jazz form with a worldwide audience in the 1930s and beyond. To celebrate Goodman’s innovative style, Riverwalk Jazz has assembled performances and stories from our stable of jazz greats drawn into his orbit—Lionel Hampton, Doc Cheatham, Helen Ward—and ...

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Girl Singers of the Swing Era on Riverwalk Jazz This Week

Girl Singers of the Swing Era on Riverwalk Jazz This Week

This week on Riverwalk Jazz, vocalists Nina Ferro, Topsy Chapman and Stephanie Nakasian join The Jim Cullum Jazz Band to recall female singers of the Swing Era— from Ella and Billie to Martha Tilton, Ivie Anderson and Helen Humes. Also on our radio show, rare interview clips with Ella Fitzgerald, Martha Tilton and Helen Ward telling ...

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Benny Goodman, The Great Innovator—This week on Riverwalk Jazz

Benny Goodman, The Great Innovator—This week on Riverwalk Jazz

To celebrate Benny Goodman's innovative style, Riverwalk Jazz has assembled performances and stories from our stable of jazz greats drawn into his orbit—Lionel Hampton, Doc Cheatham, Helen Ward—and our own Ron Hockett and Jim Cullum. In 22 years of Riverwalk Jazz radio broadcasts, we've welcomed several artists closely associated with Goodman—or deeply influenced by his music—to ...

Album

It's Been So Long

Label: Melodiya
Released: 1954

Album

It's Been So Long!

Label: Melodiya
Released: 0


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