Waltz in Jazz Time

Simon Hugh “Si” Zentner (June 13, 1917 in New York City – January 31, 2000 in Las Vegas, Nevada) was an American trombonist and jazz big-band leader.


Waltz in Jazz Time

Si Zentner & His Orchestra

Side One

The Sweetest Sounds
A La Mode
Belle of the Ball
Gonna Go Fishin’

Side Two

Waltz in Jazz Time
Green Fields
Willow Weep for Me
Wild Honeysuckle

This Is The Big Band Era

As I mentioned in the end of the month wrap up, I went to Pitchfork in Concord, New Hampshire to do some digging for new vinyl. We ended up finding some great LPs, this one included, so I’ll be entering some new LPs in the mix of singles!!!


This is The Big Band Era

Various Artists

Side One

South – Bennie Moten’s Kansas City Orchestra
Song of India – Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra
Sing, Sing, Sing (Introducing “Christopher Columbus”) – Benny Goodman and his Orchestra
I Can’t Get Started – Bunny Berigan and his Orchestra
Don’t Be That Way – Benny Goodman and his Orchestra

Side Two

Begin the Beguine – Artie Shaw and his Orchestra
And the Angels Sing – Ziggy Elman and his Orchestra
12th Street Rag – Lionel Hampton and his Orchestra
Cherokee – Charlie Barnet and his Orchestra
In the Mood – Glenn Miller and his Orchestra

Side Three

Boogie Woogie on St. Lousi Blues – Earl “Fatha” Hines and his Orchestra
Frenesi – Artie Shaw and his Orchestra
After Hours – Erskine Hawkins and his Orchestra
Pompton Turnpike – Charlie Benet and his Orchestra
Take the “A” Train – Duke Ellington and his Orchestra

Side Four

A String of Pearls – Glenn Miller and his Orchestra
Opus One – Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra
Tippin’ In – Erskine Hawkins and his Orchestra
Mister Roberts’ Roost – Count Basie and his Orchestra
Study in Brown – Larry Clinton and his Orchestra

Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra

You might recognize this name since I did an earlier post on a tribute to Tommy Dorsey by the The Hamburg Philharmonia Orchestra.

Thomas Francis “Tommy” Dorsey, Jr. (November 19, 1905 – November 26, 1956) was an American jazz trombonist, trumpeter, composer, and bandleader of the Big Band era. He was known as “The Sentimental Gentleman of Swing”, because of his smooth-toned trombone playing. Although he was not known for being a notable soloist, his technical skill on the trombone gave him renown amongst other musicians. He led an extremely popular and highly successful band from the late 1930s into the 1950s.


Side One

There Are Such Things

Side Two

Star Dust


Side One

My Baby Just Cares for Me

Side Two

Tea for Two Cha Cha


Hmmm. Did my dad get this because of my mom? My mom’s father was Greek (please don’t ask me to spell her maiden name, she yells when I call to make sure I got the Os and Us in the correct order) and so that side of the family is like My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Well, minus the Windex.

Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou (Greek: Ευάγγελος Οδυσσέας Παπαθανασίου; born 29 March 1943), professionally known as Vangelis, is a Greek composer of electronic, progressive, ambient, jazz, pop rock, and orchestral music. He is best known for his Academy Award–winning score for the film Chariots of Fire, composing scores for the films Antarctica, Blade Runner, 1492: Conquest of Paradise, and Alexander, and the use of his music in the PBS documentary Cosmos: A Personal Voyage by Carl Sagan.

Vangelis began his professional musical career working with several popular bands of the 1960s. Throughout the 1970s, Vangelis composed music scores for several animal documentaries; the success of these scores brought him into the film scoring mainstream. In the early 1980s, Vangelis formed a musical partnership with Jon Anderson, the lead singer of progressive rock band Yes, and the duo went on to release several albums together as Jon & Vangelis. His work has continued through to this day, working on music for events like the 2001 Mars Odessey and the 2002 World Cup.

In 1981, he composed the score for the Oscar-winning film Chariots of Fire, for which he won an Academy Award for Best Original Music Score. The soundtrack’s single, Titles, also reached the top of the American Billboard Hot 100 chart and was used as the background music at the London 2012 Olympics winners’ medal presentation ceremonies. In 2012, Vangelis re-tooled and added new pieces to the Chariots of Fire soundtrack, for use in Chariots of Fire, the 2012 stage adaptation of the 1981 film of the same title.

Having had a career in music spanning over 50 years and having composed and performed more than 52 albums, Vangelis is the world’s most celebrated creator of electronic music.


Side One

Chariots of Fire – Titles

Side Two

Eric’s Theme

Walter Murphy & The Big Apple Band

When entering this album, I went about my usual Wikipedia routine for info and about two seconds in, screamed in excitement. I’m a TV addict and Seth MacFarlane’s shows are some of my Sunday night regulars!

Walter Anthony Murphy, Jr. (born December 19, 1952) is an American composer, arranger, pianist, musician, and songwriter. He rose to fame with the hit instrumental “A Fifth of Beethoven”, a disco adaptation of passages from the first movement of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, in 1976, when disco was rising in popularity.

In a career spanning nearly four decades, Murphy has written music for numerous films and TV shows, including Stingray, Wiseguy, Hunter, The Commish, Profit, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Channel Umptee-3, Changing Hearts, Looney Tunes, and Foodfight!. He has had a long association with Seth MacFarlane, composing the music for his films and TV shows such as Family Guy, The Cleveland Show, American Dad!, and Ted.


Side One

A Fifth of Beethoven

Side Two

California Strut