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Harry James: the MGM Years on WBGO this Sunday evening

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Harry James: the MGM Years on WBGO this Sunday evening

Postby ghost of miles » Thu October 25 2007 06:26 AM

Hey all, passing this along from Bill Kirchner, who does a monthly turn on WBGO's "Jazz From the Archives." I'm a fan of the James MGM material and wish that more of it were available; should be a good show:

Recently, I taped my next one-hour show for the "Jazz From the Archives"
series. Presented by the Institute of Jazz Studies, the series runs every
Sunday on WBGO-FM (88.3).

Harry James (1916-1983) was one of the Swing Era's most phenomenal
successes, both as a virtuoso trumpeter and a bandleader. But it's perhaps
his commercial success that has led to James being shortchanged in the jazz-history

Ironically, James's peak jazz years were arguably the 1950s and '60s, when he
led a big band modeled to some degree after Count Basie's, though with its own
distinctive personality. His jazz playing by that time was a unique amalgam of
influences ranging from Louis Armstrong to Clifford Brown, and he was one of the
few Swing Era giants to be comfortable with bebop harmony. (He was, after all,
only a year older than Dizzy Gillespie.)

We'll hear recordings made by James and his band for the MGM label between 1959
and 1964. Arrangements are by Ralph Burns, Neal Hefti, Thad Jones, Matty Matlock,
and Ernie Wilkins.

The show will air this Sunday, October 28, from 11 p.m. to midnight, Eastern
Daylight Time.

NOTE: If you live outside the New York City metropolitan area, WBGO also
broadcasts on the Internet at htpp://

Bill Kirchner
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Postby John Cooper » Mon March 10 2008 03:42 AM


I like the highly underrated James/MGM recordings, too.

Is that show archived anywhere to listen to?


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