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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.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Jack Sterling and His Quintet - Cocktail Swing


Although Jack Sterling played drums on this 1959 release on Columbia's Harmony budget label he was better known as the early morning disc jockey from 1948 to 1966 on New York's WCBS, known today as Newsradio 88. Sterling replaced Arthur Godfrey as the morning DJ on the CBS flagship station when Godfrey took to network radio and TV gigs full-time.

When Cocktail Swing came out Sterling was still featuring live music on his radio show, a rarity for the late 1950s. Although his skills on the drum kit were rudimentary Sterling surrounded himself with top New York studio musicians for the date: bass – Buddy Jones, clarinet – Andy Fitz, guitar – Mary Osborne, piano – Tony Aless, vibraphone – Tyree Glenn.

The sample track is Goody, Goody, composed in 1936 by Marty Malneck with lyrics by Johnny Mercer. Benny Goodman and Bob Crosby both recorded it that year and Frankie Lymon had a hit with it again in 1957.

Goody, Goody



Cocktail Swing and another Columbia/Harmony LP, Music from Gypsy (Broadway show), appear to be the entire recorded output of Jack Sterling. Neither album has appeared in a digital format.

Sterling died of lung cancer in Stuart, Fla., on Oct. 31, 1990. He was 75.

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