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Les Brown and the Band of Renown brought Doris Day into prominence with their recording of "Sentimental Journey" in 1945. The release of "Sentimental Journey" coincided with the end of WWII in Europe and was the homecoming theme for many veterans. They had nine other number-one hit songs, including "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm." Les Brown and the Band of Renown performed with Bob Hope on radio, stage and TV for almost fifty years. They did 18 USO Tours for American troops around the world, and entertained over three million. Before the Super Bowls were televised, the Bob Hope Christmas Specials were the highest-rated programs in television history

ARTICLE: RADIO

Benny Goodman & Paul Chambers

Read "Benny Goodman & Paul Chambers" reviewed by Joe Dimino

After a long break from the world of jazz, California-based Pianist & Composer Dave Bass is back with a new album that is charting very well called No Boundaries. That begins yet another look into jazz with Episode 616 and digging further into the modern and old worlds of jazz. On our journey to discover the ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEW

50 Years at the Village Vanguard: Thad Jones, Mel Lewis and the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

Read "50 Years at the Village Vanguard: Thad Jones, Mel Lewis and the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

50 Years at the Village Vanguard: Thad Jones, Mel Lewis and the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra Dave Lisik and Eric Allen 316 Pages ISBN: #9780692808580 SkyDeck 2017 During the heydays of the big bands, people swooned and jitterbugged to the swinging sounds of these large ensembles. Names like Count Basie, ...

ARTICLE: BOOK EXCERPTS

Jive-Colored Glasses

Read "Jive-Colored Glasses" reviewed by John Goodman

The following is an excerpt from “Chapter 4: Chicago" of Jive-Colored Glasses by John F Goodman (jg publications, 2015). Growing up in and around jny: Chicago in the 1950s brought me to all kinds and flavors of jazz. Between the house parties, clubs and concerts, there was a menu to please everyone. The Rush ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Power Bands of the '50s

Power Bands of the '50s

Duke Ellington, Harry James, Count Basie, Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, Les Brown and Charlie Barnet all piloted top-notch bands in the 1950s. But there were plenty of other superb leaders and bands who recorded during the early LP era. They didn't have marquee names and didn't record as often as the familiar ones, but their albums ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Les Brown Plays Richard Rodgers

Les Brown Plays Richard Rodgers

Les Brown's albums in the late 1950s and early 1960s are largely hit and miss. Some have punch while others sort of go through the motions. But when they hit, they're way out of the park. No other band had a swinging Hollywood sound like Brown's. Maybe it's because many of the recording band's West Coast ...

ARTICLE: IN THE STUDIO

Jazz on the Screen: A Jazz and Blues Filmography

Read "Jazz on the Screen: A Jazz and Blues Filmography" reviewed by AAJ Staff

This article appears courtesy of David Meeker and the Library of Congress. Learn more about Jazz on Screen. Overview of Jazz on the Screen By David Meeker The cultural, sociological and technical histories of jazz and motion pictures have run in parallel, sometimes intersecting, lines ever since both forms emerged ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Ted Nash: The Goal Is Creativity

Read "Ted Nash: The Goal Is Creativity" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

A New York City morning often starts early, sometimes 6 a.m., for this musician who is trying to elongate the hours available in a day. There's a lot to get to. Practicing the saxophone or flute. Sitting down to go through the elusive and demanding task of writing music worthy of the plateau, which these days ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Alan Ferber: March Sublime

Read "March Sublime" reviewed by Mark Corroto

When you open a nice bottle of red wine, to get the best results, it is better to set the bottle aside for some time. You let the wine, as they say, “breathe," allowing oxygen to bring out the hidden flavors. Same for a big band recording like Alan Ferber's March Sublime. Instead of setting the ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Swingin' on a Riff . . . Hangin' by a Thread?

Read "Swingin' on a Riff . . . Hangin' by a Thread?" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Betty and I returned to Albuquerque on Memorial Day after attending Swingin' on a Riff, the latest in a series of marvelous semi-annual events presented by Ken Poston and the Los Angeles Jazz Institute for more than twenty years at venues in and around L.A. This one was held May 23-26 at the Los Angeles Marriott ...


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