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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, May 29, 2013

NBC's Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street

NBC broadcast The Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street East from 1940-44. This half-hour radio program of jazz was delivered in a tongue-in-cheek manner that satirized the opera and symphony broadcasts hosted by Milton Cross.

Dinah Shore and Lena Horne were among the featured vocalists with Henry Levine & His Barefooted Dixieland Philharmonic and Paul Laval & His Woodwindy Ten providing the music.

The album of selections from the show that's pictured above was first released on the RCA Camden label in 1956 (Some of the selections had appeared on an RCA Victor 78 r.p.m. album). I'm not sure which of the two covers came first, but I suspect it was the grey one. It was probably reissued with the second cover to emphasize the presence of Shore and Horne. There were a couple of more reissues of this album on Camden in ensuing years, with different covers again. The track selection was identical on all of them.

Here's trumpeter Henry Levine and his group with one of the most recognizable Dixieland tunes. The MP3 is taken from a copy of the vinyl LP that has the grey cover.

Basin Street Blues

All of the material on the Camden LP (plus another dozen bonus tracks) is easily available on CD in a 1995 release on the Harlequin label.

New and used copies start at about $6 on Amazon.

The Camden album also can be had as a download, but it's almost certainly taken from a vinyl LP.

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