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    Al Stewart (1927-2016)

    Screen Shot 2016-10-19 at 8.37.04 PMAl Stewart, a first-chair swing trumpeter who recorded on some of the most significant big-band recordings of the late 1940s and '50s and toured with many of the era's marquee jazz orchestras, died on Oct. 17 in Sarasota, Fla., according to his daughter, Amy Abigail Stewart. He was 89.

    The Intimate Keely Smith

    Keely-Smith-resize-1Keely Smith spent the 1950s in the shadow of her husband, Louis Prima. Both Smith and Prima were supremely talented for different reasons.

    Earl Bostic: Alto-tude

    MaxresdefaultFrom Earl Bostic's first record date in 1939 with the Lionel Hampton Orchestra on Haven't Named It Yet , it was clear that the alto saxophonist was different.

    Claus Ogerman (1930-2016)

    Screen Shot 2016-10-16 at 8.30.15 PMClaus Ogerman, an achingly beautiful jazz-pop orchestral arranger whose signature sound behind singers and instrumentalists featured violins scored in a high register, with the violas, cellos and bass playing sensually voiced chords below, died in Germany on March 8. He was 85.

    RIAS Big Band: Kenton Tribute

    Screen Shot 2016-10-13 at 4.44.35 PMGermany is an alphabet soup of fabulous big bands supported by radio stations.

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