This one-hour CD (20 tunes) is comprised of two Armed Forces Radio Service (AFRS) programs recorded in early 1945 in Los Angeles to entertain U.S. troops abroad during W.W.II. The main acts are the Benny Carter and Charlie Barnet Orchestras, the Nat "King" Cole trio, vocalist Betty Roché and comedian/entertainer Jimmy Durante. Like all AFRS shows, these two programs present the top "entertainment" - jazz, popular music and comedy - acts of the early-mid 1940's.The two shows present top swing acts, where it is possible to detect the beginnings of bebop inspiration, especially in Charlie Barnet's Orch.
BENNY CARTER AND HIS ORHCESTRA Probably Benny Carter, alto sax, trumpet & arranger; Irving Lewis, Fred Trainer, Gerald Wilson, Paul Cohen, Emmett Berry, trumpets; J. J. Johnson, George Washington, Louis "Zilch" Taylor, trombones; Porter Kilbert, Jewell Grant, alto saxes; Bumps Myers, Harold Clarke, tenor saxes; John Taylor, baritoneCHAR(13) + CHAR(10)sax; Rufus Webster, piano; Herman Mitchell, guitar; Charles Drayton, string bass; Max Roach, drums. BETTY ROCHE Betty Roché, vocal, acc. by unidentified trumpet; trombone; Barney Bigard, clarinet; tenor sax; piano;string bass; drums.CHAR(13) + CHAR(10)NAT KING COLE TRIO Nat "King" Cole, piano & vocal; Oscar Moore, guitar, Johnny Miller, string bass. Benny Carter´s orchestra comes in for the last few bars only. COMEDY SKIT Jimmy Durante & Ernest Whitman. JIMMY DURANTE Jimmy Durante, vocal, acc. by orchestra. BARNEY BIGARD Barney Bigard, clarinet soloist, acc. by the Benny Carter orchestra.CHAR(13) + CHAR(10)CHARLIE BARNET AND HIS ORCHESTRA Herbert LeRoy "Peanuts" Holland, trumpet & vocal; Lyman H. Vunk, Jack Mootz, Ernie Thomas Figueroa, Frances Shirley, trumpets; David Hallett, Zolman Martin "Porky" Cohen (aka Porky Martin), Edward Henry "Ed" Fromm, Gifford T. "Giff" Barnett, trombones; Rae De Geer, Lawrence Eugene "Gene" Kinsey, alto sax; Charlie Barnet, tenor & soprano saxophones; Eduard R. "Eddie" Pripps, Kurt Bloom, tenor saxes; Robert T. "Bob" Poland, baritone sax; Matthew G. "Marty" Napoleon, piano; Turk Van Lake, guitar; John Cianciarulo (aka John Chance), string bass; Harold Lee Hahn, drums, Andy Gibson, Billy May, George Siravo, arrangers. EDDIE HEYWOOD SEXTET Probably Dick Vance or Parr Jones, trumpet; Vic Dickenson, trombone; Lem Davis, alto sax; Eddie Heywood, piano; Al Lucas or Ernest Shephard, string bass; Keg Pursell, drums. ROSE MURPHY Rose Murphy, piano & vocal, unidentified drums. SAM DEACON McDANIEL Sam Deacon McDaniel, vocal, acc. by unidentified piano