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1930s And 1940s Jazz Combos
Radio Show Audio
Streaming live online Tuesdays from 4-6 PM Pacific it's the live feed of our weekly jazz radio show. Due to bandwidth limitations potato salad no longer included with transmission.

Our Jazz Radio Show Info Page
The sordid history of our weekly jazz music radio show, live since 1985. Proves that FCC radio deregulation survival may be linked to narcissistically twisted disorders.

Pre Swing Era Jazz History
Early hot jazz bands, the hotel dance bands and early jazz history leading up to the Big Band era.

Pre Swing Era World Report
The role of economics, early recording technology, and radio relative to the conception of the Big Band era.

The Recording Ban Of 1942
Scans of a 1942 Down Beat magazine article detailing one of the most devastating events of the Big Band era; the James Petrillo / AFM recording ban.

Webb Cuts Basie At The Savoy
Another of the many historic jazz magazine articles from Down Beat here on the site. This piece details the Count Basie vs. Chick Webb big band music Battle Of Swing held at Harlem's Savoy Ballroom in January of 1938.

Oscar Aleman's Small Groups
Henry "Red" Allen
Albert Ammons And His Rhythm Kings
Mildred Baily And Her Orchestra*
Buster Bailey And His Rhythm Busters
Paul Bascomb
Barney Bigard And His Jazzopaters
Bunny Berigan And His Boys
Chu Berry And His Jazz Ensemble
Joe Bushkin
Al Casey / Sid Catlett Quartet
Sidney Catlett
Cats And The Fiddle
Cozy Cole All Stars
Nat "King" Cole Trio
Al Cooper & His Savoy Sultans
Delta Rhythm Boys
Fats Domino
Duke Ellington's Small Groups
Panama Francis All Stars
Bud Freeman Trio
Slim Gaillard & Slam Stewart
Harry The Hipster Gibson
Benny Goodman Trios, Quartets, Sextets
Stephane Grappelly
Tiny Grimes And His Sextette
Edmund Hall Sextet
Lionel Hampton's All Star Groups
Wynonie Harris
Coleman Hawkins & His Sax Ensemble
J.C. Heard Quintet
Woody Herman's Woodchoppers
Johnny Hodges And His Orchestra*
Billie Holiday And Her Orchestra*
Hoosier Hot Shots
Camille Howard
Clyde Hurley And His Orchestra*
Bull Moose Jackson
Chubby Jackson And His Rhythm
Illinois Jacquet
Harry James' Boogie Woogie Trio
Pete Johnson All Stars
Betty Hall Jones
Jonah Jones And His Orchestra
Spike Jones And His City Slickers
Louis Jordan And His Tympanny Five
Kansas City 6 And 7
John Kirby Sextet
Manny Klein All Stars
Billy Kyle And His Swing Band
Eddie Lang
Bernie Leighton Quartet
Joe Liggins And The Honeydrippers
Harlan Leonard And His Rockets
Meade Lux Lewis
Joe Marsala And His Delta Four
Jack McVea All Stars
Metronome All Stars
Amos Milburn
Mills Brothers
Roy Milton And His Solid Senders
Joe Mooney Quartet
Joe Morris
Ted Nash Quintet
Frankie Newton
Red Norvo's All Star Sextet
Les Paul Trio
Port Of Harlem Jazzmen
Louis Prima And His New Orleans Gang
Quintet Of The Hot Club Of France
Sugar Chile Robinson
Artie Shaw's Gramercy Five
Rex Stewart And His Orchestra*
Bobby Smith
Suff Smith And His Onyx Club Boys
Maxine Sullivan
Jess Stacey
Ten Cats And A Mouse
Charlie Ventura Quartet
Fats Waller And His Rhythm
Cootie Williams And His Rugcutters
Midge Williams And Her Jazzjesters
Teddy Wilson And His Orchestra
Lester Young Trio And Quartet
Oscar Peterson Biography
Oscar Peterson performed as accompanist for a who's who of jazz soloists and vocalists. His recordings with several incarnations of the Oscar Peterson Trio are superb to fans of straight ahead mainstream jazz that swings. The prolific pianist died 12-23-2007.

Anita O'Day Biography
Not your typical big band "canary" Anita's voice was heard soaring over the brassy bands of Gene Krupa and Stan Kenton during the Swing era. She later recorded a number of fine swinging albums for Norman Granz on his Clef, Norgran and Verve record labels. She died 11-23-06 at 87.

Ray Charles Biography
Known as "The Genius" Ray Charles recorded a wide variety of music but got his start playing big band music and jazz. He passed away 6-10-04.

Barney Kessel Biography
The jazz guitar great died May 6th, 2004 and left behind a vast body of recorded jazz music.

Count Basie Biography
Our biography of Count Basie traces the career of "the kid from Red Bank" through Kansas City and into the later stages of his life as a bandleader.

New York City was the hub for jazz music in the 1930s and 1940s. In the early 1930s Harlem was the hot spot for live jazz in the city. However by the late 1930s the best live jazz had moved uptown to clubs like The Onyx Club, where Stuff Smith reigned, The Three Dueces, Jimmy Ryans, and The Famous Door.
The success of what became known as Swing Street was due, in part, to these clubs all being within walking distance of each other and all bringing in the greatest jazz musicians in the world. After-hours "cutting contests" between soloists were commonplace. It was an extraordinary period but by the 1950s 52nd Street was no longer what it had been in the 1930s and 1940s. This photo was taken just after the WWII. For a close-up, of the mecca to the jazz world in the mid 1940s, click the photo and be patient.
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