Sunday, April 27, 2014

Savoy King - Chic Webb Movie


If you haven't seen information about this new documentary I would encourage you to read this from the official website. Apparently there is no DVD available yet, but when there is I can't wait to see it.
Official Trailer
 Savoy King Official Trailer




Savoy King

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Claude Thornhill on WGN-TV BIG BANDS - complete 1/2 hr



Last summer I posted an excerpt of the WGN-TV BIG BANDS appearance by Claude Thornhill. This is the complete 1/2 hour. It is most likely the last live performance by this fine musician/composer/bandleader who had a heart attack and died July 1, 1965. I hope you enjoy it.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Tex Beneke Salutes the Glenn Miller Orchestra at Glen Island Casino

Tex Beneke assembled a terrific orchestra and guest stars for a PBS special saluting Glenn Miller. It was recorded live at the Glen Island Casino sometime in the 1980s. Van Johnson hosted the show.  I've posted two segments of this to YouTube and so far it hasn't been pulled by the copyright police.








Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Ray Anthony Video

I don't think I'll take the chance to post any of this superb tv special, but encourage you to search it out and buy. Ray Anthony and his allstar band Story of the Big Band Era is a wonderful DVD in b&w with guest stars including Charlie Barnett, Herb Jeffries, Jerry Gray, Ann Richards, Les Brown and Vicki Carr. The orchestra includes Frank Rossolino and Abe Most. Ray does his usual smooth mc work and the band is simply superb. Audio quality and video is excellent . I found this on Amazon for under $10. If you love the big bands it should be in your collection.

I'll be posting another magazine, probably a Downbeat soon. Watch for it.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Artie Shaw in Click Magazine July 1940

I'm changing direction with this blog. After having so many audio posts deleted by the copyright police, I've decided to share my large treasure trove of printed material from the big band and classic radio era. This is the first. It's 4 pages from Click Magazine July 1940 featuring an interview and many photos of Artie Shaw. Please let me know if you like this. I also have over 100 copies of Downbeat Magazine from the 1930s through early 1950s loaded with fascinating articles, record reviews, photos, etc. I'll put those up as time allows. Contact me directly at rdbqpaul@gmail.com



Monday, May 27, 2013

Claude Thornhill 1965 WGN TV




I mentioned some time ago that I had an original 16mm print of the complete WGN-TV appearance of The Claude Thornhill Orchestra performing on THE BIG BANDS series.

Recently I had it professionally converted to DVD and am offering this sample selection with the hope that some will be interested in spending $10 to purchase the entire 26:30 program to help me defray the cost of duplication.

This, to my knowledge, is the last appearance of Claude before he died July 1, 1965. The band is likely a pickup unit of fine Chicago musicians plus the excellent Joe Eich singers which he refers to as the "Snowflakes" several times.

Several of the selections are stock arrangements by Glen Osser including "Little Girl" and "Old Piano Roll Blues," but they are excellently played and include some typical Thornhill piano accompaniment that gives them some extra shine.

If you'd like a copy of the complete show, please contact me at rdbqpaul@gmail.com

Here's a sample from the show: There's a Small Hotel