I take great pride in specializing in Big Band music, and in having one of, if not THE (yeah, who are we kidding – I’m not modest) absolute best collection of Big Band music and Popular Vocal Standards from the 20s through the 50s in the Sacramento area.
This last weekend, I had a wonderful time playing a Big Band themed birthday party at the Delta King on the river, and I’d like to share some of the playlist from that event. This party, and the venue, both lent themselves well to exploring all of these great musical traditions from an era gone by.
Unfortunately, not all of the selections I played are even available on YouTube, which just speaks to the size and depth of my collection, but I’ve listed those that are below so you can research them yourself, and have fun learning more about these artists and their music.
Also keep in mind that not all of these will be the exact versions present in my library, and in most all cases, the material I have sounds a lot better from a fidelity standpoint. We do have to remember, though, that recording technology was in its infancy when these musics were flourishing, and the overall fidelity, as well as the imperfections are just a part of the charm of these selections, and really help to transport you back in time!
Please enjoy these selections, and if you or someone you know are ever looking for a Big Band-themed wedding, or other event, please give me a call. While you’re at it, call around and let the other folks know you’d love some classic Big Band at your event, and ask them for some examples of what they’d play. You may (or may not) be surprised to hear them all mention Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and if you’re lucky maybe Benny Goodman or Duke Ellington for good measure. But Big band is so much more, and has so much more to offer than just the Rat Pack & Michael Buble!
So when you’re ready, let me know! I’d love to help you Jump, Jive & Wail your way through an awesome event and dance party!
Without further ado, let’s get started with our list!
Nat King Cole – Straighten Up And Fly Right
Duke Ellington And His Orchestra – Take The ”A” Train
Kay Starr – If I Could Be With You (One Hour Tonight)
Patti Page – Let Me Call You Sweetheart
Count Basie – Swingin’ the Blues
Frank Foster – Lust For Life
Andrews Sisters – Rum And Coca Cola
Johnny Mercer – Ac-cent-tchu-ate The Positive
Clyde McCoy – Sugar Blues
Ethel Merman – I Got Rhythm
Louis Prima – Jump, Jive, An’ Wail
The Six & Seven-Eighths String Band Of New Orleans – Clarinet Marmalade
Rosemary Clooney – Mambo Italiano
Bobby Darin – Beyond The Sea
Les Paul & Mary Ford – How High the Moon
Fats Waller – Alligator Crawl
Art Kassel & His Kassels In The Air Orch. – Bell-Bottom Trousers
Louis Armstrong and the Duke Ellington Orchestra – It Don’t Mean a Thing (if it Ain’t Got That Swing)
Betty Hutton – Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief
Fletcher Henderson and His Orchestra – Hotter Than ‘Ell
Les Brown & His Band of Renown – Leap Frog
Billie & De De Pierce Ft. Emile Barnes – Lonesome Road
Benny Goodman – Somebody Stole My Gal
Benny Carter – Black Bottom
Edmond Hall – It Had To Be You
Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong – A Fine Romance
Johnny Hodges – Something To Pay Your Foot To
Charlie Barnet – Cherokee
Dizzy Gillespie – Autumn Leaves
Benny Goodman – Let’s Dance
Blue Barron – Ida, Sweet as Apple Cider (The Three Blue Notes voc.)
Frank Sinatra – The Best Is Yet To Come
Ella Fitzgerald – Let’s Do It (Let’s Fall in Love)
Errol Garner – Red Sails In The Sunset
Count Basie – Tickle Toe
Benny Goodman – Down South Camp Meeting
Charly Barnet – Skyliner
Billie Holiday – Lover Come Back to Me
Glenn Miller – Begin the Beguine
Barney Bigard – Sugar
Emile Barnes & Lawrence Tocca W Billie Pierce – Shake It & Break It
Count Basie – April In Paris
Benny Goodman – Body & Soul
Benny Carter – I’m In The Mood For Swing
Buck Clayton – Way Down Yonder In New Orleans
Nat King Cole – L.O.V.E.