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Published on Mar 12, 2012
In this clip Harry James, who was strongly influence by Count Basie during the 1950s, plays a composition and arrangement by Jimmy Mundy titled "Sweet Jenny Lou." (To my ears it sounds a great deal like Duke Ellington's composition "Someone.") Two Ellington alumni are in the band, valve trombonist Juan Tizol and alto sax Willie Smith. The source of this clip is a television series made for the Dumont Network titled "Cavalcade of Bands." Dumont was not able to compete with CBS, NBC and ABC, and they ceased broadcast operations in 1956. As I understand the story, some twenty years later a lawyer, fearing liability issues where the network's kinescopes were concerned, had the entire collection dumped in the East River. As a result, anything from the network is a rarity, indeed.