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Kings of Swing in Britain

Kings of Swing in Britain




Kings of Swing in Britain

The catalogue would not be complete without representing the light jazz styles which were so popular in the early part of the 20th century and through the war years, when a dance band would not be complete without a lead clarinet player. Big bands became popular in America during the mid 1930s. Playing the pop music of the time, a style of jazz called swing, they provided a touring for Dances or concerts, presenting star soloists and featuring a vocalist or two. Every top swing band was lead by a virtuoso instrumentalist, and the clarinet ruled. Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw were the two patriarchs. Shaw was styled ‘King of the Clarinet’, and Goodman the ‘King of Swing’. Their enormous influence permeates these recordings.


  • Carl Barriteau
  • Sid Phillips
  • Freddy Gardner
  • Henry McKenzie
  • Harry Parry
  • Danny Polo

and many more….Take a walk down memory lane with the many standards performed by the leading bands and soloists of the day. Foot stomping music by Britain’s early swingers!

‘…the playing is delicious and the repertoire of popular standards will bring back a bygone age. This is an important and historical testament of light jazz for which the clarinet was so famous.’

Playing Time: 76 mins.

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Weight 0.234 g
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