Belated Happy 100th Birthday, Harry James!

You’re a great inspiration, nevertheless, you made many of us trumpeters sound like amateurs. There was never, and there will never be another you.

Although your label Columbia treated your enormous and hit-loaded recorded output between 1938 & 1954 like shit when they subsequently reissued only a handful of your works (electronic echo included!), you just went straight to Capitol, did a whole lot of fantastic albums and made them CBS-folks cry.

They didn’t deserve anything else, the poor sods.

Harry James: You were unique, one of a kind, a hell of a trumpeter.

Long live your great sounds!

Thanks for your wonderful jazz, and your lovely schmaltz too.

LIFE GOES TO A PARTY – Harry James, Buck Clayton (tp) Eddie Durham (tb) Earl Warren (as) Jack Washington (as, bar) Herschel Evans (ts) Jess Stacy (p) Walter Page (b) Jo Jones (d) – 1937

SING, SING, SING – Harry James, Ziggy Elman, Gordon Griffin (tp) Red Ballard, Vernon Brown (tb) Benny Goodman (cl) Hymie Schertzer, George Koenig (as) Arthur Rollini, Babe Russin (ts) Jess Stacy (p) Allen Reuss (g) Harry Goodman (b) Gene Krupa (d) – Carnegie Hall, NYC, January 16, 1938

ROLL ‘EM PETE – Harry James And The Boogie Woogie Trio: Harry James (tp) Pete Johnson (p) Johnny Williams (b) Eddie Dougherty (d) – December 30, 1938

To be continued … got some teaching to do in a minute😉

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