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CD Salute to Big Bands of the WWII Era

On May 25, 2004, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings will release Tribute to a Generation: A Salute to the Big Bands of the WWII Era. The 17-track collection pays homage to the big-band songs that came to represent the American way of life during a difficult period in U.S. history. Compositions and arrangements by such giants as Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman (pictured), Artie Shaw, Glen Miller, and more were recorded live by the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra.

Annotated by Rob Bamberger, host of National Public Radio’s Hot Jazz Saturday Night Tribute to a Generation provides new insight and stellar performances of such classics as Artie Shaw’s “Begin the Beguine” and “Summertime,” Duke Ellington’s “Take the A Train,” and Benny Goodman’s “Mission to Moscow,” as well as songs by Lionel Hampton, Benny Carter, Tommy Dorsey and others.

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