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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.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Dick Meldonian and Sonny Igoe - Dick Meldonian and Sonny Igoe and Their Big Swing Jazz Band Plays Gene Roland Music

Early in his career saxophonist Dick Meldonian had stints with the likes of Freddie Slack, Stan Kenton and Charlie Barnett. In the 1950s he began settling in as a regular in New York's recording studios.

Meldonian also managed some sporadic recording sessions under his own name including with a big band he co-led with drummer Sonny Igoe beginning in the 1980s. The recording pictured above (the one with the 14-word title) was released on the Progressive label in 1981. Below you can listen to and download a sample track. The MP3 is from the vinyl LP.


The Plays Gene Roland Music album was released on CD in 1999 and, believe it or not, is still available.

Dick Meldonian is now 82 years old and no longer appears to be active as a musician. Sonny Igoe died this past March at his Emerson, N.J., home. He was 88.

Here's a video of their great big band from a 2003 concert in Emerson.

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