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Boy! What a Girl!: 1947

By 1946, African-American casts were making musical films geared for theater distribution nationwide, not just movie houses in African-American communities.

Gene Kurpa: Drummer Man

Friday, 13 January 2017 10:34

To fully appreciate the power and bop of Gene Krupa's band and his drumming in 1947, I thought the full short of Drummer Man would do the trick. It features Carolyn Grey on vocal, Tommy Lucas on alto sax, Bill Baker on piano and one heck of a trumpet section that likely featured John Bello, Ray Triscari, Gordon Boswell and Dick Dale...

Buddy Greco (1926-2017)

Thursday, 12 January 2017 11:05

Buddy Greco, a solid swinging jazz pianist, a supper-club pop vocalist and probably the last surviving member of Benny Goodman's "Undercurrent Blues" bebop band of 1948-49, died January 10. He was 90.

Buddy Bregman (1930-2017)

Wednesday, 11 January 2017 14:23

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Buddy Bregman, a West Coast big-band arranger who could write with sensitivity and swing, and spent much of his career orchestrating music for leading jazz-pop singers, television and the movies, died Jan. 8.

Stan Hasselgard: How Great?


In November 1948, U.S. immigration laws required foreign nationals seeking residence and employment in the States to leave the country and renter, re-setting the legality of their stay under a new visa.

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