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Jack Cortner New York Big Band: Fast Track

You may not have heard of Jack Cortner, but you’ve probably heard his music. He wrote theme music for The Edge of Night and As The World Turns, but if you’re not into soap operas, you may have heard his arrangement of the theme for Monday Night Football. Or perhaps some of his numerous jingles and charts for folks like Barry Manilow and Freddy Cole. But Cortner is also a fine, straightahead, big-band composer-arranger who’s had a long-term musical association with trumpeter Marvin Stamm. Stamm has frequently commissioned Cortner to provide arrangements for his appearances with bands and orchestras around the country.

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