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ENTER THE COUNT — Basie, That Is.

ENTER THE COUNT — Basie, That Is.

Not to be overlooked in our Big Band series is the enormous contribution made by those World War II-era cinematic potpourris featuring top stars of the time along with an array of front-ranked orchestras and singers. Rummaging through Joe’s extensive photo library one afternoon, Frank — a devout jazz fan since adolescence — was pleasantly taken aback at the […]

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Big Band Superstar — DUKE ELLINGTON

Big Band Superstar — DUKE ELLINGTON

Duke Ellington, a Hollywood superstar?  What?, you ask. How on earth does America’s most durable and internationally famous composer/bandleader qualify as a classic movie star?  Good question. Fact is, Ellington and Hollywood had been on close speaking terms for almost all of the 50-years-plus that he and his orchestra performed on the world stage. His first movie […]

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