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October 23, 2011


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Bill Kirchner

That album by THE Orchestra is the only album it did alone. But it backed Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie (and others) in live club appearances, and albums by both soloists with the band have been issued--both entitled "One Night in Washington."

As good as the Bill Potts charts are on the band's solo album, the masterpiece is a slow version of "The Song Is You" arranged by Johnny Mandel. It was originally written for Buddy Rich in 1947 but unrecorded until THE Orchestra did it in 1953.

Twenty-five years later, composer-arranger Mike Crotty's DC-based big band, The Sunday Morning Jazz Band (of which I was a member), picked up where THE Orchestra left off. We too did a weekly club gig with star guest soloists from NYC.

Doug Zielke

Thank you, Marc, for the nod to Edgar Villchur. Along with his partner, Henry Kloss, the company they formed (Acoustic Research Inc.), made it possible for almost everyone to be an audiophile.

Win Hinkle

Thanks for the German Brass link. These guys are incredibly talented and their sound and musicianship is well rehearsed and played extremely well. Not jazz but some incredible music and entertainment.


Thanks for the Paul Broadnax mention. I spent most Sundays in the mid-late 80s listening to Paul and the trio plus guests: Rebecca Parris, Herb Pomeroy, Paul Fontaine, Don Doane & Ralph Norris, Gene DiStasio, Grey Sargent, Dave Whitney, Fred Haas. A priceless musical education.


Hail, hail Freedonia; Land of the brave and free.....

With respect and admiration to Margaret Dumont and the Brothers Marx.


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