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Ziggy Elman

Harry Aaron Finkelman, better known by the stage name Ziggy Elman, was an American jazz trumpeter most associated with Benny Goodman, though he also led his own Ziggy Elman and His Orchestra. He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but his family settled in Atlantic City when he was four. His father was a violinist who had hoped Harry would play violin as well. Although he did learn to play the violin, Harry preferred the brass instruments. He began playing for Jewish weddings and nightclubs at age 15, and in 1932 made his first recording where he played trombone. At some point in the decade he adopted the name Ziggy Elman

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Lasse Lindgren Big Constellation: The Unrecorded Fox

Read "The Unrecorded Fox" reviewed by Jack Bowers

When it comes to playing high-note jazz trumpet, the late great Maynard Ferguson was, is and perhaps always will be the standard to which every specialist in that limited field aspires. Yes, there have been assorted claimants--Cat Anderson, Ziggy Elman, Jon Faddis, Dave Stahl, Eric Miyashiro, Wayne Bergeron and Dennis Noday spring to mind--but no one ...

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From The Download Den: Martha Tilton "And The Angels Sing"

From The Download Den: Martha Tilton "And The Angels Sing"

FROM THE DOWNLOAD DEN AT ALL ABOUT JAZZ Two weeks after Johnny Mercer wrote words to Ziggy Elman's “Fralich in Spring," the new song—the hit “And The Angels Sing"—was premiered by the Benny Goodman Orchestra with singer Martha Tilton in a live broadcast on the Camel Caravan radio series. This week, on January 9, the Download ...

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Jim Guttmann: Bessarabian Breakdown

Read "Bessarabian Breakdown" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

Surely Bessarabian Breakdown is a contender for one of 2010's most interesting albums . It has been a year for a sort of mini-revival of roots music, and klezmer has received wide attention--as much as the blues and other folk music. Against that backdrop, Jim Guttmann's Bessarabian Breakdown must be well received. It is a sleek ...

Body And Soul / I've Found A New Baby

Label: MGM Records
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