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Fireworks: Red, Hot & Blues

“Fireworks,” one of the great Hot Five series of discs recorded by Louis Armstrong in Chicago for the Okeh label in 1928 represents the beginning of heroic soloing in jazz. The Cullum Band version, heard here on our broadcast of the same name, is a signature arrangement.

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Gentle Giants: The Beauty of the Jazz Ballad

Jazz musicians, far better known as performers than composers, have turned their talents to writing jazz ballads. Cornetist Bob Barnard and The Jim Cullum Jazz Band perform compositions by jazz musician-composers: guitarist Django Reinhardt, pianist Thelonious Monk, baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan, trumpeter Louis Armstrong, and more.

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