Big Band Jazz

The Critic as viewed by the audience

Critic John Simon Talks To Artie Shaw – 1972 – Past Daily Weekend Gallimaufry

Conversations With Artie Shaw – Guest: John Simon – Feb. 29, 1972 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – Critics – an alternately loved and despised lot, viewed by some as a combination of giddy swooning fan and stone-faced curmudgeon. The critic, throughout history has been a starmaker and icon-basher. Why...

Connee Boswell

Connee Boswell – Booglie Wooglie Piggy – 1942 – Nights At The Round Table: Music Of World War 2

Connee Boswell – Booglie-Wooglie Piggy – unknown band – NBC Transcription – 1942 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – Diving into the antiquities this weekend. Pulling up an unreleased aircheck recording of a song not recorded commercially by Connee Boswell. Initially performing as The Boswell Sisters, Connee and her siblings...

Big Jay McNeely

Big Jay McNeely – Live At Birdland 1957 – Past Daily Soundbooth – Birthday Edition (Big Jay McNeely – April 29, 1927)

Big Jay McNeely – live at Birdland, Seattle Washington – 1957 – Big J Records 1989 – In case you missed it, or it slipped your mind, or you were distracted by the birthday of another celebrated Jazz giant, Duke Ellington (born on April 29, 1899), yesterday was also the...