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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, September 19, 2012

The Dukes of Dixieland - Now Hear This

A version of the Dukes of Dixieland has existed ever since New Orleans brothers Fred (trombone) and Frank (trumpet) Assunto put together the group in 1949. The current lineup still performs on Bourbon Street, although Assunto family members are no longer involved. Fred died in 1964 and Frank in 1974.

The Dukes have recorded dozens of albums over the years, including several with Louis Armstrong. Their peak years were between 1956 and 1966 when they recorded for Audio Fidelity and Columbia.

The Dukes' Columbia recordings were enhanced by the presence of such stellar musicians as clarinetist Jerry Fuller and guitarist Herb Ellis. Both are pictured on the cover of Now Hear This, which was released in 1962. A sample track, taken from the vinyl album is available below.

When You're Smiling (The Whole World Smiles With You)

Now Hear This has never been released on CD and is not available as a download.

To close a vintage (c. 1959-60) clip of the Dukes playing Slide Frog Slide on a local Los Angeles TV show.


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