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Selected MP3s of guitar instrumentals, jazz, big band, and classic easy listening from the original vinyl.

Welcome to Guitars & All That Jazz

Welcome to Guitars & All That Jazz

Guitars & All That Jazz was a radio station that webcast via Live365 for 11 years, ending in June 2011. The playlist consisted of guitar instrumentals, jazz, big band, early rock 'n' roll, lounge music and classic easy listening.

I hope to share some of this music with you via this blog. Most of it will be taken from the original vinyl (LPs and 45s) , cassettes and the occasional commercially unavailable CD.

Here's hoping you'll find something to enjoy. Please note files are available only for a limited time.

I urge you to purchase the digital version of the albums featured, either on CD or via download, wherever possible.

Listen to the Music
There are now two music streams. Click the appropriate player to the right.
1. Guitars & All That Jazz: Five hours of the best in jazz, guitars and other instrumental gems. New songs are added weekly.
2. Tiki Shores: Music to sweep you away to a tropical isle, a South American dance floor or a bossa nova on the beach at Rio. About 4.5 hours of classic exotica music, Latin rhythms and bossa nova.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Jose Melis - Jose Melis Plays His TV Favorites

Cuban pianist and arranger Jose Melis gained fame as the bandleader on The Tonight Show when Jack Paar took over as host from Steve Allen in 1957. Melis and Paar continued on the show until 1962.

Melis also carved out a recording career for himself, first on the Seeco label, which issued mainly Latin recordings, and then on Mercury.

Jose Melis Plays His TV Favorites was issued towards the end of his tenure on The Tonight Show. From it comes You Stepped Out of a Dream.

You Stepped Out of a Dream

Melis's star faded rapidly once his time on The Tonight Show was over. He suffered from vision and hearing problems in later years and died of a respiratory infection -- at age 85 -- in 2005.

Some of Melis's Seeco recordings are available from iTunes and other download sites. Although I haven't sampled them, I suspect they may be dubbed from vinyl. Listen before you buy.

None of Melis's recordings are available on CD.

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