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Big Band & Swing
"Here's That Band Again" The Dick Jurgens Video Scrapbook
The Dick Jurgens Orchestra was featured in ballrooms around the country. Heard nationwide on numerous live radio broadcasts. In 1986 Don Ring reorganized the band when Dick Jurgens asked him to carry on the tradition. In this program, the Dick Jurgens Orchestra plays many of their hits, including: "One Dozen Roses", "Rag Time Cowboy Joe", "Cecilia" and his theme song, "Daydreams Come True at Night".
Best of Swing Dancing: A Real Sock Hop
This program is an expose' of incredible swing dancing performed by some of the best dancers California has to offer. You'll see complicated moves, unique styles, and spotlight dancing all to the fantastic sounds of "The Cat-illacs" live on stage. Jitterbug, East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, and Rumba are the featured dance styles in this program.
Cobham Meets Bellson
Can a couple of drums have a conversation? Yes! Especially when they're played by two all-star drummers like Louie Bellson and Billy Cobham. Listen and watch as the two performers face each other, alternating in virtuosity and using all kinds of tones from the "whispering" to the "fortissimo." A continuous flow of rhythm punctuated by the Louie Bellson Big Band that provokes contagious movement.
Gil Evans and His Orchestra
In this 1983 live concert from Switzerland, Gil Evans conducts a 20-piece orchestra interpreting his arrangements of Gershwin, Charlie Mingus, Theolonius Monk and Jimi Hendrix, as well as his own compositions. Soloists include Michael and Randy Brecker, Lew Soloff, Howard Johnons, John Clark, Mike Manieri and Billy Cobham.
Louie Bellson and His Big Band
This inventor of the two bass drum kit is famous for his memorable participation in the big bands of Ellington, Basie, Dorsey and Benny Goodman. Bellson keeps up the big-band tradition with this video of his own orchestra with a superb live concert performance.
Meet the Bandleaders, Volume 103
Meet the Bandleaders, Volume 105
Larry Clinton, Jimmy Dorsey, Red Nichols, Bunny Berigan, Ina Ray Hutton - five of the great swing bands of the 30's and 40's play some of the tunes of the day.
Meet the Bandleaders, Volume 106
Lawrence Welk, Russ Morgan, Hal Kemp, Jan Garber - the sweet domesticated sounds of the country's leading "society" bands of the 30's will be music to the ears of the grown-up children of the Depression.
Meet the Bandleaders, Volume 107
Guy Lombardo with His Royal Canadians - the ultimate "sweet" band of all times performs 20 of its all-time favorites, including "Sioux City Sue," "Toot Toot Tootsie" and "On a Slow Boat to China."
Meet the Bandleaders, Volume 109
Hal Kemp, Johnny Long, Frankie Carle, Jan Garber and Art Mooney provide a real walk down memory lane. This one is worth it just to see and hear the great Frankie Carle.
Meet the Bandleaders, Volume 110
This is what the Big Band sound is all about with Ray McKinley, Dick Stabile, Sam Donahue and Stan Kenton setting your toe tapping and blowing your ears off.
Meet the Bandleaders, Volume 111
Count Basie, plus some outstanding solo work by Johnny Hodges, Harry Carney, Cootie Williams with Corky Corcoran, and Buddy Rich with the Harry James band as well. Great stuff!
Mel Lewis and His Big Band
Here is a top-flight 19-piece jazz band in a live outdoor concert in Jerusalem. This swinging big- band jazz at its best.
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