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  •  Harry James was one of those guys (0+ / 0-)

    who looked into the tea leaves, and followed the money, rather than the art.  But unlike some (cough Kenny G cough), he had real chops and could play great jazz (but not bebop) when he wanted to.

    He had his own voice and his own sound, and you can always tell his playing within a few measures.  he inspired a generation of imitators, and a bunch of guys who started imitating his technique grew up to go beyond him stylistically.  Doc Severinsen has said he owes a lot to Harry's bravura style.  (People pick on Doc for his wardrobe, but he's a hell of a player).

    My half-brother has a photo taken in the early 50's of him, age 2, sitting on Betty Grable's lap.

    I am not religious, and did NOT say I enjoyed sects.

    by trumpeter on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 11:15:57 AM PDT

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