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October 1, 2013

Harry James

I have to admit, I wasn’t ever a big Harry James fan. Mostly, as it turns out, I hadn’t heard enough of his stuff. Thanks to Christian Bossert (Switzerland), I found myself searching high and low for more!

Harry James worked for many years with Benny Goodman before going out on his own. Most known for Two O’Clock Jump in the dance scene, James was wildly prolific in the late 30’s and through the 40’s. And then continued to perform and record all the way through the 60’s and 70’s. However, there is so much more to Harry than Two O’Clock Jump. Here is a small collection of some of my favorite Harry James tunes:

  • Jesse
  • Life Goes To A Party
  • Boo Woo
  • Back Beat Boogie
  • Comes Love
  • Boo Woo
  • Flyin’ Home
  • Flash
  • Texas Chatter
  • Cotton Pickin’
  • Wrappin’ It Up
  • Gangbuster’s Holiday

A clip from the Benny Goodman story. Recreating “Sing, Sing, Sing”. Harry James makes an appearance at 2:30

The only problem you will come across when searching for Harry is that there is a lot, I mean a lot, of modern stuff out there. He had a very prolific recording career, and there are more CD’s than you can shake a stick at that were recorded after the golden age of swing. But, if you can filter past those tracks, you will be handsomely rewarded.

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