Big Band/Jazz/Dixieland/ Ragtime CD Albums for
sale on Amazon, from $11.95
Barbarin and His New Orleans Jazz(Atlantic Jazz, 1990).
Includes great liner notes about
(a drummer) and the musicians on this recording, which includes Milt Hinton,
jazz bassist. (For his story and photography,
see his autobiography, Bass Lines, in Harry's collection.) Both of these
jazz greats are gone, but they left a great musical legacy.
Best of the British Dance Bands (Two Discs; Music & Memories, 1993)
"The reason I like those English bands," Harry once said, "is because they don't
overplay the music. It's easy on the ears. Also, I notice that many of the
trumpet solos sound a lot like Bix."
Calloway, His Best Recordings, 1930-1942. (Best of Jazz, 1996). Cab
Calloway, who was born on Christmas night, 1907, was a gift to many audiences
who loved his spirited baritone singing and animated performances. The Calloway
family has a very nice website
Donahue Live in Stereo at Jantzen Beach. (Jazz Hour, live broadcast, 1957).
Sam Donahue was an American swing music jazz tenor saxophonist, trumpeter, and
musical arranger. If you're not familiar with this sweet orchestra, you can
listen to tunes online to see why you will want to add this album to your
Goodman and His Orchestra, "Sing, Sing, Sing." (RCA, 1990).
This particular tune is perhaps the most famous tune associated with Goodman, if
not the entire Swing Era, according to
a great article I found here. You'll want to read it, I'm sure, and then add
this album to your big band collection.
of the Jazz Age, Waldo’s Gutbucket Syncopators —The Gotham City Band. (Musical
Heritage Society, 1989). Terry Waldo, called one of the finest traditional
jazz pianists from the 1970s to the present, has "often labored in
near-anonymity, yet has recorded quite a few highly enjoyable records,"
about him. One of his vinyl records is now selling for $250.
Hawkins and His Orchestra, The Original Tuxedo Junction (RCA, 1992). Erskine
Hawkins was "a prominent African American trumpeter, bandleader, and composer
during the Big Band era of the 1930s and 1940s. Known as the 'Twentieth-Century
Gabriel' (after the angel Gabriel . . .
Compact Jazz: Harry James (Polygram Records, 1990). The "Compact Jazz"
series includes albums of all the jazz greats. This one includes 16 tunes from
vinyl recordings by Verve done between 1959 and 1962 (detailed in printed liner
Dixieland Jazz Band 75th Anniversary March, 1992, RCA).
A very rare item! This band made its first
recording in 1917, and this 75th anniversary album includes a 16-page booklet
about the band's history and its musicians.
Nice article about the band here on Wikipedia.
Miller and His Orchestra, Sunset Serenade Premier Show, August 30, 1941, Steel
Pier; and January 11, 1941, Café Rouge. (Jazz Hour, 1994). Amusing note: The
Sunset Serenade show was recorded from Atlantic City's famous Steel Pier
Amusement Center, which had a ballroom at the end a half mile out over the
Atlantic ocean. This one-hour show, done live, was interrupted in the middle for
a horse race from Saratoga.
from the Arthur Pryor Orchestra Collection, "On the Boardwalk." (Newport
Little known now, Arthur Pryor (1870-1942) was a ragtime pioneer, once one of
America's most important musical figures. He was the world's greatest
trombonist, a celebrated conductor, and the composer of some of the most popular
tunes of the early 1900s. Rick Benjamin is directing the Paragon Ragtime
Music from the Arthur Pryor Orchestra Collection, "A Whistler and His Dog."
(Newport Classics, 1994).
Pryor wrote this famous novelty tune, an instrumental old favorite from the
early 20th century that you've probably heard many times but didn't know the
name of. One writer on the Web called it a tune that's "perfect to skip to."
Rick Benjamin directs the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra on this album.
Williams' New York Band, "10th Avenue." (Rainwood Records, 1995). Not many
copies of this album anywhere today! Here's a
great review of it that will encourage you to add this album to your
Band Renaissance—"The Evolution of the Jazz Orchestra," the 1940s and Beyond.
(Smithsonian Collection, 1996). Harry's beautiful mint-condition boxed set
of five CDs--which may have been the only like-new set in captivity--has sold,
but other sellers on Amazon still offer this collection in less than mint
condition. Each CD has 12 tracks, and there's a
description of each CD on the Amazon product page.
Brass Bands, March Music & John Philip Sousa CDs
for sale on Amazon, from $11.99
(Album covers, price and condition notes for all of the following can be
viewed on Amazon.)
Americans We: The Great Marches of Henry Fillmore Henry Fillmore. (Proarte
18 Selections played by the Florida State University Band, James Croft,
Brass & The Band (Crystal Records, 1993) Chicago Chamber Brass and the
Dallas Wind Symphony with soloists. See detailed content on Amazon's product
British Music for Concert Band, The Central Band of the Royal Air Force. (EMI
Records, 1988). Harry had a British music friend, which is probably how he
came by this album. It is extremely rare.
My copy and one other on Amazon appear to be the only ones available anywhere.
(The RAF sells some of its CDs on the Web, but this one is no longer available.)
A true collector's album!
Collections of National Anthems, Vol. 2 (1993 Denon Records). Music of
America, Africa, Middle East and Oceania, played by The Regimental Band of the
Coldstream Guards. Includes an 8-page insert.
Esprit - "The Commandant's Own" - The United States Marine Drum & Bugle
Corps. This copy is the original U.S. Marine Drum & Bugle Corps release, not the
re-release by CreateSpace. Truly a collectible.
Famous Marches from World-Known Operas (1994, Supraphon).
Prague Castle Guard Band plays nine great marches by Verdi, Mozart, Gounod,
Wagner and Meyerbeer. Very rare CD!
For Those in Peril on the Sea, A Tribute to the Royal National Lifeboat
Institution. (2004 Clovelly Recordings). Featuring the Band of HM Royal
Marines, Plymouth. Includes an 8-page insert.
The Golden Age of Brass Virtuoso Solos (1994, Summit).
This CD features David Hickman, one of the world's finest trumpet and cornet
soloists, and Mark H. Lawrence, Principal Trombone with the San Francisco
Symphony. An outstanding CD for brass lovers!
Golden Age of Brass, Virtuoso Solos, Vol. II. (1995 Summit).
More from Mark H. Lawrence and David Hickman. 13 tunes.
Golden Age of the March, The Washington Winds, Edward Petersen, Conductor.
(Walking Frog Records, 1994). Includes 17 great marches by Karl L. King and
C. L. Barnhouse, including King’s great
Barnum & Bailey’s Favorite. A very rare album!
James Reese Europe and the 369th U.S. Infantry "Hell Fighters" Band featuring
Noble Sissle. IAJRC, 1996.) The complete Pathe Recordings, 1919. 24
The Martial Music of Sir Vivian Dunn—A Musical Salute to the Doyen of British
Military Musicians. (2004, Clovelly) The Band of HM Royal Marines, Plymouth,
The Music of Kenneth Alford (Chandos, 1992). Band of H.M. Royal Marines.
Includes such great tunes as Colonel Bogey, The Thin Red Line, Eagle Squadron,
and The Vanished Army.
The Regimental Band of The Coldstream Guards. "Marches II American, European
Continental." (A&M Records, 1989). Major Roger G. Swift, Director. Includes
11 American selections; 13 European/Continential.
Regimental Marches of British Army, Vol. 1 (Chandos, 1992). Includes 40
marches that are listed on Amazon's product page.
Regimental Marches of the British Army, Vol. II (Chandos, 1992). 46
selections on this hour-long+ CD are listed on Amazon's product page.
Silks & Rags, The Great American Main St. Band. (1991 Angel Records).
Includes a 6-page booklet about the performers and 19 selections.
"Solid Men to the Front" - Favorite Sousa Marches, Vol. 3 (EMI 1989).
Band of H.M. Royal Marines. 15 marches, including
Solid Men to the Front, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, On the Campus and
The Glory of the Yankee Navy.
The Spirit of '76 and Ruffles and Flourishes (Mercury, 1997).
Frederick Fennell and members of the Eastman Wind Ensemble perform 48 selections
(detailed on Amazon).
Tunes of Glory, RAF and Royal Marines Bands, The Compact Selection. (July, 1991,
Conifer). Includes 20 works, ten played by the Band of H. M. Royal Marines,
ten by the Band of the RAF Southern Command.
West Music of Buffalo Bill's Cowboy Band, (American Brass Band; a product of the
Buffalo Bill Historical Center, WY).
I love how this CD is packaged! It's a work of art in itself. A complex folder
that opens every which way, it holds a beautifully imprinted CD, two 24-page
descriptive booklets, and a 10x14-inch folded replica of a Buffalo Bill promo
Clown and Midway Calliope Music Vol. 1. (1994, Marion Roehl Recordings).
joyful selections that will make you feel young again!
Sounds of the Circus, Vol. 26 (2004 Whitmarsh Recordings). 18 selections played
by the South Shore Concert Band conducted by Richard Whitmarsh. Includes 8-pg.
Sounds of the Circus, Vol. 27 (2004 Whitmarsh Recordings).
Nineteen selections played by the South Shore Concert Band conducted by Richard Whitmarsh. Includes 8-pg. color insert.