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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.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Gene Krupa & His Orchestra - Georgia on My Mind (single)

Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich are generally acknowledged to have been the greatest drummers of the big band era. Krupa, of course, gained fame with the Benny Goodman orchestra before leading his own band.

The stars of the highly regarded Krupa band, besides the leader, were trumpeter Roy Eldridge and singer Anita O'Day. The March 1941 New York session that produced Georgia on My Mind was O'Day's first-ever recording date. The 78 single on Columbia's OKeh label, with another O'Day vocal, Alreet, on the flip side, was released later that year and was a fairly substantial hit.

Georgia on My Mind

The Krupa orchestra's Columbia recordings have been endlessly repacked on vinyl and CD and as downloads. Take particular care in choosing downloads as many of them have been taken from substandard vinyl.

Anita O'Day was with Gene Krupa from 1941-43 and again briefly in 1945. She's heard in a brief vocal chorus at the end of this May 1941 recording of Green Eyes. Roy Eldridge and male vocalist Howard Dulany are also featured.

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