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Another New Year's Eve

New Years Eve

It's New Year's Eve yet again (they seem to come quicker and quicker every year, don't they?) and we are about to begin a new decade.  I hope that everyone that is going out tonight has a blast but please, please be safe.  Don't be drinking and driving. :)

Happy New Year's Eve and Looking Forward to Playing Your Favorite Music in 2020!

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Worldwide Love of Swing City Radio

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It's been exciting to see Swing City Radio quickly grow into a popular Big Band and Swing radio station in the United States this year.  I'm so thankful for our listening audience.  Something that took me off guard was the growth of our international audience.  German listeners, especially in cities like Berlin, Hamburg, Munich and Cologne, were our largest audience outside of the United States.  Spain, Switzerland, France, Argentina and Poland also showed very surprising numbers of Big Band and Swing lovers that tuned into Swing City Radio during 2019.

Let's make 2020 the Year of Swing!  It makes me so happy to know that the love of 1930's and 1940's Big Band and Swing Music still has a worldwide appeal.

Thank you for listening to Swing City Radio!

Vielen Dank für das Hören von Swing City Radio!

¡Gracias por escuchar Swing City Radio!

Merci d'avoir écouté Swing City Radio!

Ďakujeme, že ste počuli Swing City Radio!

Dziękujemy za słuchanie Swing City Radio!

Grazie per aver ascoltato Swing City Radio!

Swing City Radioをお聴きいただきありがとうございます!

I used Google Translate to write those thank you messages.  So don't be mad at me if the translation is wrong. Haha. :)

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Big Band Jam Session

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A fantastic jam session of "Honeysuckle Rose" featuring some of the icons of the Big Band Era including:  Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Count Basie, Lionel Hampton, Buddy Rich, Ziggy Elman, Ed McKinney, Illinois Jacquet and Les Paul!  It was recorded live for the program "Command Performance" on September 30, 1944.


It starts off a little scattered as all of the musicians find their groove within the song, then features some nice solos.  It now showing on our Youtube Channel.  Enjoy!

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I've Got a Gal in Kalamazoo


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I've Got a Gal In Kalamazoo by Benny Goodman?

Everyone remembers the Glenn Miller version of "I've Got A Gal In Kalamazoo."  And rightfully so!  The song was a mega-hit for Glenn Miller and His Orchestra and appeared in the movie "Orchestra Wives."  But did you know that Benny Goodman recorded a version of the song as well?  You can hear this version of the song right here on Swing City Radio but I've included a video below so you can enjoy it right now!


The vocals on the song are handled by Dick Haymes and was one of a handful of titles sung by  Haymes at his only  recording session with the Benny Goodman band.  Their version was recorded in June of 1942.  Enjoy!

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Radio Sound Effects



Have you ever wondered how they did all of those great sound effects on those old radio shows in the 1930's and 1940's?  Now you have a chance to look behind the scenes at how the sound men and women created the broadcasts with sound effects. The nine minute video below, "Back of the Mike", begins with a child listening to the radio and his imagination is put on the screen. The camera then goes to a 1930's era radio sound studio where the program is originating. I started the video at the 2 minute mark to get to the good parts of the video.

This video gives you an insightful look at how those creative and life-like sounds were created.  Enjoy!


Merry Christmas 2019

Swing City Radio wishes you a Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of you out there in radio land.  I trust you've been enjoying the Big Band Christmas music we've been playing over the last month.  The holidays can sometimes lead to a lot of stress, so my hopes are that some of you were able to take some time to relax, kick back and enjoy the music we play here on Swing City Radio.

2019 has been a great year for the station.  We've only been broadcasting since October and the station is picking up new listeners every day.  I personally want to thank you all for listening.  This coming year should be an exciting year for Swing City Radio.  So please spread the word about the cool Big Band / Swing radio station that you found on the internet.  Getting your friends and family listening is the greatest Christmas gift you can give to us.  :)

Thanks again! Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and I hope you all have a great 2020.

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Benny Carter

Benny Carter

Benny Carter (1907–2003) was an important composer, arranger, and bandleader in the Swing Era. He was also a saxophonist, clarinetist and trumpeter. He was a pioneer on the alto saxophone. As an arranger, his charts for Fletcher Henderson's big band helped shape the swing style. He had an unusually long career that lasted into the 1990's. During the 1980's and 1990's, he was nominated for eight Grammy Awards, which included receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award.

In the 1920's, Benny Carter performed with likes of June Clark, Billy Paige, and Earl Hines, then toured as a member of the Wilberforce Collegians led by Horace Henderson. He appeared on record for the first time in 1927 as a member of Charlie Johnson's Paradise Ten. He returned to the Collegians and became their bandleader through 1929, including a performance at the Savoy Ballroom in New York City.

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In his early 20's, Carter worked as arranger for Fletcher Henderson after that position was vacated by Don Redman. He had no formal education in arranging, so he learned by trial and error.

In 1932 he formed a band in New York City that included Chu Berry, Sid Catlett, Cozy Cole along with some other great musicians. Carter's arrangements were complex. Among the most significant were "Keep a Song in Your Soul", written for Henderson in 1930, and "Lonesome Nights" and "Symphony in Riffs" from 1933, both of which show off his writing for saxophones.

By the early 1930's, Carter and Johnny Hodges were considered the leading alto saxophonists. Carter also became a leading trumpet soloist, having rediscovered the instrument. He recorded extensively on trumpet in the 1930's. Carter's short-lived Orchestra played the Harlem Club in New York but only recorded a handful of records for Columbia, OKeh and Vocalion. The OKeh sides were issued under the name The Chocolate Dandies.

Carter died in 2003 at the ripe old age of 95.

You can hear Benny Carter's music and arrangements right here on Swing City Radio.

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Royal Crown Revue

Royal Crown Revue

Royal Crown Revue was a Los Angeles based Swing band formed in 1989. They are credited with starting the swing revival movement of the 1990's.

The band was founded by Mark Stern, Eddie Nichols and Mando Dorame out of their love of Rockabilly, Punk, Jazz, Blues, Soul and other styles of roots music.

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Hollywood has helped spread the word about Royal Crown Revue.  After filming The Mask, they began a residency at The Derby, which gained worldwide recognition due mainly to the club's inclusion in the film Swingers. Although the band's music was an instrumental part of The Derby's swing scene, a conflict in their Warner Brothers contract prevented Royal Crown Revue from appearing in the movie.

You can hear Royal Crown Revue right here on Swing City Radio.

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Marion Hutton

Marion Hutton

Marion Hutton (1919–1987) was a singer, actress and is best known for her singing with the Glenn Miller Orchestra. She was also the older sister of Betty Hutton.

Marion and Betty Hutton were raised in Battle Creek, Michigan. The sisters' father abandoned the family when they were both young forcing their mother to work a variety of jobs to support the family until she became a successful bootlegger. Marion Hutton was eventually discovered by Glenn Miller and was invited to join the Glenn Miller Orchestra in 1938. She was still only 17, so Glenn and Helen Miller became her legal guardians so she would be able to sing and perform in the nightclubs where the band played.  Marion had been quoted in interviews explaining that Glenn Miller was Like a father to her because she never had a father that she had remembered.

Miller wanted Marion to appear as an all-American girl, so on her first few performances, he introduced her as "Sissy Jones." The pseudonym was not used beyond those first performances.

Hutton was an important part of the Miller band for over six years.  She remained with Miller (except for a small personal break) until the orchestra disbanded in 1942.

Marion Hutton

You can hear Marion Hutton's vocals on many of Glenn Miller's songs right here on Swing City Radio.

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The Glenn Crytzer Orchestra

The Glenn Crytzer Orchestra

There are some great dance bands out today carrying the "torch" for the iconic Big Bands that you hear on Swing City Radio.  One band that has truly nailed down the sound of the 1930's and 40's is a talented band out of New York City, The Glenn Crytzer Orchestra!  We are currently featuring their Christmas song "Over the River and Through the Wood" in our Christmas music rotation.  The song can be found on their album: Underneath the Mistletoe.  You can listen to or purchase the song right now at: glenncrytzer.com/music

The Glenn Crytzer Orchestra is a New York City based band led by Butler, Pennsylvania born, Glenn Crytzer.  Other members include: Sam Hoyt, Jason Prover, Mike Davis, Rob Edwards, Jim Fryer, Joe McDonough, Jay Ratman, Dennis Lichtman, Dan Block, Matt Koza, Ricky Alexander, Bryan Reeder, Ian Hutchison and Andrew Millar.  This extremely talented group of musicians specializes in the authentic performance of big band and dance band music from the 1930's and 40's as well as new original music composed and arranged in the classic styles of this period. They were voted Best Group in the 2017 NYC Fans Decide Jazz Poll which was sponsored by Hot House Magazine.

Some of The Glenn Crytzer Orchestra's music has even appeared in a variety of TV programs and films by Disney, MGM, ABC, and more.

To learn more about The Glenn Crytzer Orchestra be sure to check out their website at: GCOswing.com as well as their Facebook Fan Page at: facebook.com/GlennCrytzerMusic and be sure to listen for their Christmas song "Over the River and Through the Wood" playing now on Swing City Radio.

For those of you out there that think things like "They just don't make music like they used to!" Then I STRONGLY encourage you to listen to The Glenn Crytzer Orchestra songs found at: glenncrytzer.com/music.  You won't be disappointed.

Of course, you can also hear The Glenn Crytzer Orchestra right here on Swing City Radio.

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Chrissy & The Get Go's

Chrissy & The Get Go's - Santa's Sleighin' It

I'm sure that you've noticed that we have been sprinkling in some Christmas Songs into our playlist since Thanksgiving.  Most of the songs you've been hearing are classic holiday standards recorded in the 1930's and 40's but we've also been featuring new Christmas Songs to mix things up a bit.  One of those songs is "Santa's Sleighin' It" by Chrissy & The Get Go's.  The band is based in Nashville, Tennessee and led by singer/songwriter Chrissy Blazier.  Chrissy's strong vocal talents are backed by a talented group of fine musicians including Chris Rodriguez, Mike Kyle, Boh Cooper and Bobby Blazier.

"Santa's Sleighin' It" is a good, old fashioned, Christmas song that has a catchy hook and a fun, bouncy feel to it.  You can hear the song right here on Swing City Radio or you can listen right now by visiting the band's Soundcloud Page: Listen to "Santa's Sleighin' It"

You can also learn more about Chrissy & The Get Go's by visiting their Facebook page: facebook.com/chrissyblazier

Rumor has it that Chrissy is a former Las Vegas headliner! So be sure to read more about her and the band on their fan page and keep listening to Swing City Radio to hear "Santa's Sleighin' It."

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Buy Your Favorite Music!

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When you make purchases through links provided on Swing City Radio.com the small commissions we make help us continue to "Bring the Swing!" So buy your favorite Big Band and Swing Music and Support our radio station! Browse by the artist links found below.

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Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

Swing City Radio wishes you a Happy Thanksgiving!  We are so thankful for all of you that have been listening to the station for the last couple months.  If you like what you are hearing, then please let your friends and family know. 

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Christmas Music

Big Band and Swing Christmas Music

Starting on Thanksgiving Day, Swing City Radio will be playing Christmas songs by your favorite Big Band and Swing artists along with some other Christmas standards.  We will be scattering them in throughout the day mixed in with our normal programming.  (About one or two songs per hour.)

We will also be featuring some Christmas songs from some new, unsigned Big Band artists that we are very excited about.  I plan on featuring some articles about them so you can learn more about the artists and their music.

I'll keep you posted about any plans we may have for Christmas Day and New Years Eve.

I hope you all enjoy your Thanksgiving and thanks for continuing to listen and supporting the station.  Maybe you can have the station playing in the background as you have your Thanksgiving dinner?  It's my understanding that Big Band and Swing music helps the body digest food better.  Just kidding! :)

Enjoy the holiday and be safe!

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Earl Burtnett

Earl Burtnett

Earl Burtnett (1896–1936) was a bandleader, songwriter and pianist.  Burtlett was popular in the 1920's and 1930's.

In 1918 he joined Art Hickman's band as lead arranger and writer for the orchestra.  He penned some successful songs for Hickman including "Sleep", "Leave Me With A Smile", "Mandalay", and "If I Should Lose You".

In 1929, he took over as band leader on Hickman's retirement. His band then had a residency at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, and recorded for Brunswick Records backing the Biltmore Trio. They played across the country in the early and mid 1930's, with periods at both the Rice Hotel in Houston, and later at the Drake Hotel and other venues in Chicago, where their concerts were often broadcast on WGN radio.

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Burtnett recorded for Columbia from 1926 through 1928 when he signed with Brunswick again and recorded prolifically through mid-1931.

On Christmas Eve, 1935, Burtnett underwent an emergency appendectomy in Chicago. However, peritonitis set in after the operation, and he died on January 2, 1936 at the age of 39.  He unfortunately passed away right as swing music was starting to take hold in the United States.  One can only imagine the great music he would have created.

You can hear Earl Burtnett right here on Swing City Radio.

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Don Redman

Don Redman

Don Redman (1900 – 1964) was a talented musician of many instruments, as well as an innovative arranger, bandleader, and composer.

Redman was born in West Virginia. His father was a music teacher and his mother was a singer. Don began playing the trumpet at the age of three and joined his first band at the age of six. Think about that! Six years old and in a band! By the age of 12, Redman was proficient on all wind instruments ranging from trumpet to oboe as well and could even play piano.

In 1923, Redman joined the Fletcher Henderson orchestra, mostly playing clarinet and saxophones.  With Fletcher Henderson's band he began writing arrangements. Redman was very influential in establishing the sound that was to become swing.

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In 1927, he joined McKinney's Cotton Pickers as their musical director and leader. He was responsible for their great success and arranged over half of their music selection.

Redman then formed the Don Redman Orchestra in 1931. They got a residency at the famous Manhattan jazz club Connie's Inn.  That year Redman also signed with Brunswick Records. The Brunswick records Redman made between 1931–1934 were some of the most complex pre-swing hot jazz arrangements of popular tunes.

The band hopped from label to label until 1940 when Redman disbanded the orchestra.  At that point in his career he concentrated on freelance work writing arrangements. Some of his arrangements became hits for Jimmy Dorsey, Count Basie, and Harry James. In the 1950's he was the music director for singer Pearl Bailey.

You can hear Don Redman right here on Swing City Radio.

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Bunny Berigan

Bunny Berigan

Bunny Berigan (1908–1942) was a trumpeter and bandleader whose career was tragically cut short by alcoholism.

Berigan started his career playing with local bands as a teenager in his home state of Wisconsin. He joined Hal Kemp's Orchestra in 1929 after failing his first tryout for the band.  By late 1930 he had already become a sought out studio musician providing trumpet solos for Abe Lyman, Paul Whiteman and Benny Goodman.  From late 1932 through early 1934, Berigan was a member of Paul Whiteman's orchestra, before playing with Abe Lyman's band for a bit in 1934.

In 1934, Bunny returned to freelancing and recorded as a sideman on hundreds of recordings, most notably with the Dorsey Brothers and Glenn Miller's earliest recordings as a band leader.

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At the same time, Berigan joined Benny Goodman's Swing band. With Berigan and Krupa both on board, the Goodman band made the tour that ended at the Palomar Ballroom in Los Angeles. That tour and performance are often credited with the launch of the swing era.  Berigan recorded a number of solos while with Benny Goodman, including "King Porter Stomp", "Sometimes I'm Happy", and "Blue Skies".

Berigan led his own band full-time from early 1937 until June 1942, with a six-month hiatus in 1940 as a sideman in Tommy Dorsey's band. Berigan's alcoholism worked against his financial success as a bandleader. The stresses of bandleading drove Berigan to drink even more heavily. Some of the notable members of his band were Buddy Rich, Ray Conniff and Les Elgart.

Berigan sadly passed away in 1942 of cirrhosis of the liver.

You can hear Bunny Berigan right here on Swing City Radio.

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Cootie Williams

Cootie Williams

Cootie Williams (1911–1985) was a trumpeter and band leader.

Cootie Williams began his professional career at the young age of fourteen with the Young Family band, which also happened to include Lester Young on sax. Williams once said he acquired his nickname as a boy when his father took him to a band concert. When it was over his father asked him what he'd heard and the young William replied, "Cootie, cootie, cootie."  Makes me wonder what band his father took him to see. :)

In 1928, he worked briefly in the bands of both Chick Webb and Fletcher Henderson.  His career took off when he became a member of Duke Ellington's orchestra when the band was playing at the Cotton Club. He also recorded his own sessions during this time, both as a freelancer and with other members Ellington's band. Williams was renowned for his "jungle" style of trumpet playing and for his use of the plunger mute. He would also sing occasionally. He was the soloist in major Ellington compositions like "Echoes of Harlem" and "Harlem Air Shaft."

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In 1940 he joined Benny Goodman's orchestra. It was a highly publicized move within the Big Band community and it's fans. and it caused quite a stir at the time.  Then in 1941, Cootie Williams formed his own orchestra.  Some of the musicians he employed over the years were Charlie Parker, Eddie Davis, Bud Powell and Eddie Vinson.

In the late 1940's the band disbanded and Cootie began to focus more on rhythm and blues music.

You can listen to Cootie Williams and His Orchestra right here on Swing City Radio.

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Dolly Dawn

Dolly Dawn

Dolly Dawn (1916–2002) was a vocalist and band leader. She was a singer with George Hall's Hotel Taft Orchestra in the 1930's and later took over control of the band.

In the early 1930's she appeared weekly on a local radio show based in New Jersey where she grew up. In 1935 she replaced Loretta Lee as vocalist with George Hall's orchestra.  She and the band broadcast six days a week from the famous Grill Room of the Taft Hotel in New York. The band became very popular. Her most successful song with George Hall's Hotel Taft Orchestra was "You're a Sweetheart."

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In July of 1941 George Hall officially turned the band over to Dolly and became her manager. The band was renamed "Dolly Dawn and Her Dawn Patrol".  This was short-lived because she lost many member of the band because of the World War II draft. From 1942 she continued on without the band appearing in clubs, dance halls and in other engagements throughout the US.

Dolly continued to record as a solo artist into the 1950's.

You can hear Dolly Dawn and Her Dawn Patrol as well as George Hall's Hotel Taft Orchestra right here on Swing City Radio.

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