Jan. 18, 1944
It’s Tuesday in 1944 and today we have:
— “Molly Gets Flowers From a Man Named Ralph” on “Fibber McGee and Molly.”
—Esquire’s “All-American Jazz Band” from the Metropolitan Opera House. This is a terrific find. The audio quality is fairly decent for the 1940s and look at the personnel. The announced performers are singer Billie Holiday; drums, Sid Catlett; trombone: Jack Teagarden; clarinet: Barney Bigard, saxophone: Coleman Hawkins, trumpet: Roy Eldridge. Other online sources also list Louis Armstrong, Teddy Wilson, Art Tatum, Red Norvo, Lionel Hampton, Oscar Pettiford, Al Casey and Mildred Bailey.
Here’s the mp3 version in case your browser doesn’t have a plug-in for the ogg format.
Both recordings courtesy of Archive.org.