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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, November 13, 2013

Hollywood Studio Orchestra - Broadway Memories (Post No. 2)

Longtime readers of this blog may remember I made favorable mention of this budget CD in May 2012. Like many of the cheap CDs emanating from Europe, this 1985 release credited to the Hollywood Studio Orchestra contains no information about the who, where and when of the recording.

But surprisingly, unlike many of its ilk, Broadway Memories is a pretty decent listen thanks to some good big band and orchestral arrangements.

Many of the songs are of course linked to stage productions, while others, such as Misty, seem to have no connection at all to the theater. As far as I know pianist Erroll Garner's 1954 composition has no Broadway link. The song, made popular by Johnny Mathis's 1959 recording, did play a prominent role in a couple of movies (eg., Play Misty for Me), but that was much later.

In any case Misty is included on Broadway Memories.


As mentioned in the earlier post probably the best chance at getting a copy of Broadway Memories is checking the bins at your area thrift stores.

Here's Erroll Garner's original 1954 recording of Misty.

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