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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.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Gene Ludwig - Blue Flame

Ever notice how many of the great jazz organists came from Pennsylvania? Jimmy Smith, Jimmy McGriff, and from an earlier era, Bill Doggett, all hailed from the Philadelphia area. And from Pittsburgh came Gene Ludwig, who was the last major jazz organist from the 1960s still active when he died in 2010.

Ludwig switched to organ from piano after seeing Smith perform at a Pittsburgh club. Although he never achieved the level of popularity of Smith and McGriff, Ludwig performed steadily for nearly 50 years.

Blue Flame was the B-side of a one-off single recorded for singer Johnny Nash's Jocida label in 1966. Listen to and download it from the link below.

Blue Flame

The A-side of this single was Mother Blues and here it is from YouTube.

Neither of these tunes has been released on CD to my knowledge nor are they available as legal downloads. However, about half a dozen of Ludwig's albums are widely available on CD and as downloads.

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