Selections and Featured Soloists:
BODY AND SOUL:
Babe Russin - star tenor sax soloist with Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, and Jimmy Dorsey in the big band days.
Solo albums of his own.
GEORGIA ON MY MIND:
Joe Howard - trombonist in the original Stan Kenton Orchestra. Also played with Woody Herman, Ray Noble, Artie Shaw and a
concert group led by Igor Stravinsky.
LULLABY IN RHYTHM:
Paul Smith - Best known as leader of the Paul Smith Trio, he has made many albums on his own. He also performed with Tommy
Dorsey and Les Paul, and has been featured on many Hollywood TV shows.
MY FUNNY VALENTINE:
Barney Kessel - internationally renowned guitarist with many of his own albums available. Worked with Benny Goodman, Artie
Shaw, Charlie Parker, Oscar Peterson and Herb Ellis.
YOU ARE TOO BEAUTIFUL:
Ted Nash - long-time tenor sax star with Les Brown. Settled in Hollywood, and now renowned for his work on alto sax and alto
George Van Eps - admired and respected by guitar men everywhere. Played with Ray Noble and Benny Goodman. Featured in movie
"Pete Kelly's Blues" and made hit albums on his own.
Ziggy Elman - famous as composer and soloist on Benny Goodman record of "And The Angels Sing". Starred with Tommy Dorsey and
later as leader of his own band.
A FOGGY DAY:
Matty Matlock - clarinet soloist with the great Bob Crosby Band. Also played with Ben Pollack and the Rampart Street Paraders,
for whom he made outstanding arrangements.
WHEN IT'S SLEEPYTIME DOWN SOUTH:
Clyde Hurley - trumpet soloist with Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey and Artie Shaw. Played the exciting, aggressive "Texas Style".
Ted Nash - another solo on alto sax.
George Van Eps - his second exciting guitar performance.
A HUNDRED YEARS FROM TODAY:
Eddie Miller - tenor sax soloist with Bob Crosby and one of America's best known jazz musicians. A New Orleans native, he
returned there and played for many years with Pete Fountain.
AUTUMN IN NEW YORK:
Barney Kessel - one more fine jazz performance by Barney.
TALK OF THE TOWN:
Babe Russin - an encore featuring Babe on tenor sax.
NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT:
Paul Smith - again on piano.
Those of us fortunate enough to be conducting studio orchestras doing radio, recording, and television
work in Hollywood from 1943 through 1960 were privileged to be able to employ some of the finest musicians this country has
Many of them came from the "Big Bands" to settle in California. When we came to the Palomar Ballroom with Tommy Dorsey in
1938 many of us made definite plans to return, and did.
Then the great Bob Crosby Orchestra broke up here in 1942, and the nationally known star instrumentalists who stayed in Hollywood
were all soon busy with studio work.
From 1943, when I made my first Capitol "mood music" album - "MUSIC FOR DREAMING", I enjoyed the pleasure of having in my
orchestra at one time or another all of the musicians who performed on this "EASY JAZZ" album, and while at Columbia I decided
to write some arrangements which could give them a chance to display their unusual improvisational ability.
We made two albums, "MOOD FOR TWELVE", and "SOLO MOOD", and these newly released tracks represent some of the outstanding
solos played for these two albums. I was then, and still am, very grateful to these artists and all the other fine musicians
who worked for me through the years.
I always looked forward to going to work - whether it was a Johnny Mercer radio program, a Jo Stafford recording date, or
a Danny Kaye television show - because I knew that my friends, "the players", were waiting there to make music with me.