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We have our own record label! Our sound engineers release collections of rare and sometimes never-before-released Australian jazz under the AJAZZ label (formerly the VJAZZ label). Click <HERE> to download a copy of our catalogue.

001 Fred Parkes’ New Rhythm Kings – 1987 VJAZZ 001 – PAR 058

Clarinet player Fred Parkes, who, from the 1950s played with many important bands including Len Barnard, Kenn Jones, and the Powerhouse aggregation, produced this recording with his Dixieland-style New Rhythm Kings at the South Melbourne Town Hall in 1987. Tunes include Frenesi, My Walkin’ Stick, and Cherokee.

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1. Jubilee
2. People Will Say We’re In Love
3. Frenesi
4. Don’t Let It Bother You
5. My One And Only Love
6. Mamma Nita
7. Liza
8. My Walkin’ Stick
9. Rosalie
10. Cherokee
11. I Can’t Get Started
12. Get Happy

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001/010 Rare Collectable Jazz – Sampler 1 VJAZZ 001/010 – RCJ 312

This CD provides sample tracks from the VJAZZ series from 001 to 010 in order to assist prospective purchasers in making a selection from the range. The sample tunes include Frenesi, Doctor Blues, Dusky Stevedore, Shine, Steamboat Stomp, Bugle Call Rag, and Keepin’ out of Mischief Now.

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1. Frenesi
2.  My One And Only Love
3.  Give Me Your Telephone Number
4.  Doctor Stomp
5.  Stormy Weather
6.  I Heard a Jazz Band Playing
7.  Trombone Frankie
8.  All Night Blues
9.  Sage Hen Strut
10.  Dusky Stevedore
11.  Totem Tom Tom
12.  Old Man Harlem
13.  Bugle Call Rag
14.  That Da Da Strain
15.  Shine
16.  Steamboat Stomp
17.  Wabash Blues
18.  Keeping Out of Mischief
19. Wild Man Blues
20. Singin’ The Blues

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002 Melbourne – Hobart Sessions 1943/1949 VJAZZ 002 – MEL 059

This is a selection of rare trad jazz from the acetate collection (recordings made direct to disc) of jazz entrepreneur the late Bill Miller. They include Roger Bell’s Jazz Band, Ced Pearce’s All Stars, Tom Pickering’s Good Time Music, The Barrelhouse Four, and Lazy Ade’s Backroom Boys all recorded in Melbourne in the late 1940s.

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1. Give Me Your Telephone Number
2. I Can’t Believe That You’re In Love With Me
3. I Wish I Were Twins – (Roger Bell v)
4. If I Could Be With You One Hour Tonight
5. Untitled Blues
6. Yes Sir – (Tom Pickering v)
7. Oh Dem Golden Slippers
8. Barefoot Stomp
9. Old Nog Says Goodbye
10. Doctor Blues
11. Once In A While
12. In A Milk Gloom
13. Buddy Bolden’s Blues
14. Six Or Seven Times
15. Dark Town Strutters Ball
16. Jelly Roll
17. Knee Drops
18. Wabash Blues
19. Build My Gallows High – (Tom Pickering v)
20. At The Jazz Band Ball
21. Royal Garden Blues

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003 Jelly Roll Label Sessions 1943/1945 VJAZZ 003 – JRL 072

These recordings by broadcaster and writer C. Ian Turner were intended for release on his intended Jelly Roll label. The performances, now released for the first time on this CD, represent some of the best Dixieland-style jazz of the early 1940s. The Bands—the Backroom Boys, the Ramblers, etc. all include the legendary Ade Monsbourgh.

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1. Rose Room
2. Dark Town Strutters Ball
3. Stormy Weather
4. You Must Have Been A beautiful Baby
5. That’s When I’ll Come Back To You
6. I Ain’t Gonna Give Nobody ….Jelly roll
7. I Hear A Jazz Band
8. Sorry To Be Leaving
9. Some Of These Days
10. Stomp It Around
11. Fairfield Blues
12. Kelly’s Deal
13. Southbound Bump
14. The Jazz Parade
15. I Hear A Jazz Band Playing
16. The Rusty Drag
17. The King’s Cakewalk
18. Rainbow Jelly Strut Take #2
19. Is That The Way?
20. Lazy Stuff
21. The Father’s Stomp
22. Just A Petty Thing
23. Blues For Shirley
24. Big Butter & Egg Man

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004 Frank Traynor’s Jazz Preachers – Trombone Frankie VJAZZ 004 – TRA 129

Trombonist Frank Traynor gained experience with Len Barnard and Frank Johnson before forming his own band, the Jazz Preachers (which included Roger Bell, Ade Monsbourgh and Graham Coyle) in 1958. The items on this CD are unissued takes from some of his commercial recordings. The 23 tracks include Charleston, Doctor Jazz, and Saturday Night Function.

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1. Charleston
2. Dallas Blues
3. You Have Just Missed Lafcadio Spooncreel
4. Muskrat Ramble
5. Daddy Do
6. Corrine Corrina
7. Doctor Jazz
8. St James Infirmary
9. Apex Blues
10. Trombone Frankie
11. Moan You Mourners
12. Dear Old Southland
13. Trombone Rag
14. My Sweetie Went Away
15. Muddy Water Blues
16. Dancin’ Fool
17. Saturday Night Function
18. Boogie Woogie Stomp
19. You Can’t Stop Me From Dreaming
20. Do You Ever Think Of Me
21. Papa Dip
22. All Night Blues
23. When Erastus Plays His Old Kazoo

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005 Tom Baker’s San Francisco Jazz Band – Live at The Esplanade Hotel VJAZZ 005 – BAK 187

The items on this CD were recorded live at the Esplanade Hotel in 1977. This New Orleans-style band, led by Californian trumpeter Tom Baker, first played at the Australian Jazz Convention in 1975 and was an instant success. Tunes include 1919 March, Savoy Blues, Dusky Stevedore, Bill Bailey, Riverboat Shuffle and I Got Rhythm

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1. 1919 March
2. Savoy Blues
3. Strutting With Some Barbecue
4. Up A Lazy River
5. Sage Hen Strut
6. I’ve Got What It Takes
7. Dusty Stevedore
8. Mabel’s Dream
9. Wocka The Fish
10. Ostrich Walk
11. Nobody Knows You When Your Down/Out
12. Riverboat Shuffle
13. Perido Street Blues
14. Stomp The Blues
15. Stormy Weather
16. Bill Bailey Won’t You Please Come Home
17. Cakewalking Babies From Home
18. I Got Rhythm
19. Rollo, Jordan, Roll

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006 Kenn Jones and His Powerhouse Crew 1965/1982 VJAZZ 006 – JON 188

From two separate sessions, these recordings represent the best of the Kenn Jones’s Dixieland style Jazz Band. Also in the band were Tony Newstead, Fred Parkes, Harry Price, Peter Cleaver, and Graham Coyle. Tunes include Moten Swing, Us on a Bus, The Natural Thing to Do, Stumbling and Old Man Harlem.

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1. Song of the Vagabond
2. Us On A Bus
3. Totem Tom Tom
4. Moten Swing
5. Ponchatrain
6. Did I Remember
7. Riverboat Shuffle
8. The Natural Thing To Do
9. Stumbling
10. Love Is Just Around The Corner
11. I’ll Never Say Never Again
12. Jive At Five
13. Just Squeeze Me
14. Old Man Harlem

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007/008 Graeme and Roger Bell – The Early Years 1939/1947 (2 CD Set) VJAZZ 007 008 – BEL 161

Probably Australia’s two best-known jazz musicians and their bands are featured on this two-CD set. Very little Australian jazz was recorded in the 1940s but the Museum is fortunate to have located this rare selection of early recordings by this iconic group. Tunes include Ain’t Misbehavin’, Muskrat Ramble, Dippermouth Blues, Ballin’ the Jack, and Who’s Sorry Now.

CD1- VJazz007

CD2- VJazz008

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Disc 1
Original Tin Pan Alley
1. Tin Alley Rambler
2. Ain’t Misbehavin’
Leonard’s Group
3. Muskrat Ramble
4. Dippermouth Blues
Graeme Bell & His Jazz Gang
5. Bugle Call Rag
6. Leonard’s Shuffle
7. Dippermouth Blues
8. Who’s Sorry Now
9. Blue Moon
Graeme Bell’s Dixieland Band
10. Chicago
Graeme Bell’s Jazz Gang
11. Ballin’ The Jack
12. Georgia Camp Meeting
13. I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate
14. Way Down Yonder In New Orleans
15. Mum Dalleey Blues
16. Maxie’s Gone Away
17. The Father’s Stomp
18. I’ve Got A Feeling I’m Falling
19. High Society
20. Don’t Leave Me Daddy
21. Someday Sweetheart
Disc 2
Graeme Bell’s Dixieland Six
1. Tippin’ Barrel Blues
2. Georgia Bo Bo
Graeme Bell’s Dixieland Band
3. You Rascal You
4. I’m Going But I’ll Be Back
5. You Tell Her I Stutter
6. Strut Miss Lizzie
7. Unrealistic Blues
8. Bloody Recording Blues
9. Swanston Street Shamble
10. Two Day Jag
Lazy Ade’s Late Hour Boys
11. Drag It Out Blues
12. Big Bass Blues
Graeme Bell’s Dixieland Band
13. At The Jazz Band Ball
14. Alma Street Requiem
The Bell Monsbourgh Melbourne Jazz Men
15. Georgia Camp Meeting
16. Back Home
Graeme Bell – Piano Solos
17. That Da Da Strain
18. Angry Penguins
Graeme Bell’s Dixieland Band
19. Darktown Strutters Ball
20. Canal Street Blues
21. Darktown Strutters Ball

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009 Downbeat Concert No.55 – Melbourne Town Hall – 27th June, 1960 VJAZZ 009 – DOW 207

Melbourne’s music store owner Bob Clemens weekly Downbeat Concerts were an institution in Melbourne from 1952 to 1968. The bands featured from this particular concert are those of Len Barnard, Fred Parkes, Frank Traynor, Graeme Bell, Brian Hanley, Dick Tatum, and the Melbourne New Orleans Jazz Band all playing familiar tunes.

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1. Mahogany Stomp
2. Downbeat Blues
3. Shine
4. Original Dixieland One Step
5. Potato Head Blues
6. Ponchatrain
7. Ice Cream
8. Heebie Jeebies
9. Solitude
10. Get Out Of Here
11. Georgia Camp Meeting
12. Shake It & Break It
13. Sister Kate
14. Guitar Blues
15. Dauphine Street Blues
16. Steamboat Stomp
17. Just A Little While To Stay Here
18. Milenberg Joys
19. The Jazz Band Ball

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010 Jim Loughnan’s Indigo Five – Live at La Pion Lounge 1964 VJAZZ 010 – LOU 222

The items on this CD, in traditional jazz style, were recorded at the La Pion coffee lounge in Canterbury, Melbourne. Jim Loughnan on soprano sax and clarinet is joined by Paul Martin, Ross Collins, Keith Cox, Wes Brown. Numbers include Royal Garden Blues, Once in a While, Rosetta, and Wabash Blues.

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1. Honeysuckle Rose
2. Really The Blues
3. Tiz Autumn
4. Royal Garden Blues
5. Stormy Weather
6. Honky Tonk Train Blues-Piano Solo
7. Up A Lazy River
8. Si Tu Vois Ma Mere
9. Keeping Out of Mischief Now
10. Wabash Blues
11. I Ain’t Gonna Give Nobody None .. Jelly Roll
12. Roses of Picardy
13. Rosetta
14. Speaking My Mind
15. Once In a While
16. Strike Up The Band

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011 JazzArt Collection Volume 1 – The Traditionalists 1 – 1949/1953 VJAZZ 011 – JAZ 453

Melbourne’s music store owner Bob Clemens established his own record label, Jazzart, in 1948 and, over 4 years, issued a large selection of Australian Dixieland (or traditional jazz) and progressive (or modern) jazz. This CD contains 24 tracks of traditional jazz from the bands of Len Barnard, the Southern Jazz Group and Lazy Ade Monsbourgh.

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1. Moose March
2.  Big Fat Ma And Skinny Pa
3.  Texas Moaner
4.  Wait Till You See My Baby Do The Charleston
5.  Lord Let Me In The Lifeboat
6.  Mr Jelly Lord
7.  New Orleans Hop Scop Blues
8.  Stomp Off Let’s Go
9.  1919 March
10.  Snag It
11.  King Of The Zulus
12.  Brown Skin Mama
13.  It’s Tight Jim
14.  Original Georgia Grind
15.  Working Man’s Blues
16.  Cushion Foot Stomp
17.  Ory’s Creole Trombone
18.  Clarinet Marmalade
19.  Dixie Jazzband One Step
20.  That Mesmerising Rag
21.  Passion Rag
22.  Race Day Rag
23.  Stomp It Around
24.  Tell The Boys You Saw Me

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012 JazzArt Collection Volume 2 – The Traditionalists 2 – 1948/1950 (2 CD Set) VJAZZ 012 – JAZ 454

This double-CD, the second of the traditional or Dixieland bands issued on the Jazzart label, features the bands of Cy Watts and his Jazzmen, and Frank Johnson’s Fabulous Dixielanders with the original members of this most popular band. Tunes include St Louis Blues, Oh by Jingo, Tiger Rag, and Memphis Blues.

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Disc 1 Cy Watts
1. Jazz Me Blues
2.  Miss Annabelle Lee
3.  Muskrat Ramble
4.  Gaslight Jazz
5.  St Louis Blues
6.  Fidgety Feet
7.  Royal Garden Blues
8.  Mississippi Mud
9.  Twelfth Street Rag
10.  Ballin’ The Jack
11.  Riverboat Shuffle
12.  Jackass Blues
13.  Thanks For The Buggy Ride
14.  In The Sudan
15.  Oh By Jingo
16.  Sorry
17.  Irish Black Bottom
18.  Dippermouth Blues
Disc 2 Frank Johnson
1.  Sensation Rag
2.  I’m Looking Over A Four Leaf Clover
3.  Big Chief Battle Axe
4.  Come Back Sweet Papa
5.  Alexanders Rag Time Band
6.  You Can’t Stop Me From Dreaming
7.  Tiger Rag
8.  Worn Out Blues
9.  Get Out Of Here, Go On Home
10.  Memphis Blues
11.  Indiana
12.  Is It True What They Say About Dixie

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013 JazzArt Collection Volume 3 – The Progressives 1 – (1948/1949) (Birth of the Cool!) VJAZZ 013 – JAZ 463

This CD features the “progressives” or modernist jazz players of the period which were released on the Jazzart label. It represents the beginning of the cool. Bands featured are Jack Brokensha, Ron Gowans, Errol Buddle and Three Beeps no Beep. Tunes include Sweeet Lorraine, I Can’t Get Started, Nurseree Bop and Hey Chic.

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1. Sweet Lorraine
2.  Buddie’s Be Bop Boogie
3.  Waltzing Matilda
4.  Serenade To A Bad Tempered Clavier
5.  Esquire Bounce
6.  Maternity
7.  I Can’t Get Started
8.  Sleepy Lagoon
9.  Symphony Sid
10.  Talk Of The Town
11.  Tea For Two
12.  September Song
13.  Slow Boogie
14.  Boogie Blues
15.  Nurseree Bop
16.  Ool Ya Koo
17.  Hey Chic
18.  Choo Choo Boogie

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014 JazzArt Collection Volume 4 – The Progressives 2 – (1949/1951) (Birth of the Cool!) VJAZZ 014 – JAZ 464

This CD features more of the “progressives” or modernist jazz players of the period which were released on the Jazzart label. Bands featured are Don Harper, Don Banks, Rex Stewart, Ron Loughhead, and Bruce Clarke. Tunes include Stompy Jones, Five O’clock Mood, Body and Soul, Cherokee, and Blue Moon.

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1. Japanese Sandman
2.  Fiesta
3.  Stompy Jones
4.  Five O’clock Mood
5.  Three Little Words
6.  Body And Soul
7.  What Is This Thing Called Love
8.  I’ve Found A New Baby
9.  I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
10.  Cherokee
11.  Can’t Help Lovin’ That Man
12.  Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams
13.  Apple Honey
14.  Blue Moon
15.  Blue Moon
16.  Dance Of The Kordies
17.  How I Love Offbeats
18.  Saint Louis Blues

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015 JazzArt Collection Volume 5 – The Progressives 3 – (1949/1952) (Birth of the Cool!) VJAZZ 015 – JAZ 465

This CD features more of the “progressives” or modernist jazz players of the period which were released on the Jazzart label. The Band featured is Splinter Reeves (b.1924, d.1987). Among his band members were Ted Preston, Lin Challen, Bruce Clarke Charlie Blott, Jack Williams and Ken Lester and vocalist June Carey.

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1. The Good Earth
2.  1-2-3-4 Jump
3.  All The Things You Are
4.  Lemon Drop
5.  I’m In The Mood For Love
6.  Be Bop Spoken Here
7.  Eulogising
8.  I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
9.  Stars Fell On Alabama
10.  How High The Moon
11.  Stompin’ At The Savoy
12.  More Than You Know
13.  The Man I Love
14.  Of Paramount Importance
15.  Rosetta
16.  Body And Soul
17.  If I Had You
18.  Sweet Georgia Brown

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016 Frank Traynor’s Jazz Preachers – Trombone Frankie Volume 2 : The Roseleaf Sessions Out-takes VJAZZ 016 – TRA 466

This CD contains the unissued recordings of outstanding trombonist and bandleader Frank Traynor which were recorded for a Roseleaf LP release in 1977, plus 3 unissued tracks by W&G. Frank’s Dixieland band play Basin Street Blues, Fidgety Feet, Blue Turning Grey, Sweet Georgia Brown, and others.

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1. Darktown Strutter’s Ball
2.  Basin Street Blues
3.  Sweet Patootie
4.  Savoy Blues
5.  Georgia Grind
6.  Christopher Columbus
7.  Dippermouth Blues
8.  Fidgety Feet
9.  Baltimore
10.  Russian Lullaby
11.  Blue Turning Grey Over You
12.  Sweet Georgia Brown
13.  Hold It And Shake It
14.  Mrs Robinson
15.  Coney Island Washboard

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017 Graeme Bell’s All Stars – Robert Blackwood Hall Concert – Melbourne 1978 VJAZZ 017 – BEL 490

Recorded at a lunchtime concert in Melbourne University’s Robert Blackwood Hall, this great example of Dixieland jazz is presented in Hi Fidelity stereo. Numbers include Bourbon Street Parade, Pineapple Rag, Memphis Blues, Doctor Jazz, Just a Gigolo, Caravan and When the Saints Come Marching In.

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1. Bourbon Street Parade
2.  South
3.  Nobody Knows You When Your Down & Out
4.  Pineapple Rag
5.  Malloney’s Boogie
6.  Float Me Down The River
7.  Doctor Jazz
8.  Memphis Blues
9.  Undecided
10.  Just A Gigolo
11.  Ole Man Mose
12.  Saint James Infirmary
13.  Caravan
14.  When The Saints Come Marching In & Medley

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018 Jack Varney Quintette – Melbourne 1970 VJAZZ 018 – VAR 498

When Jack Varney (on vibraphone) formed this quintette with Len Barnard, Fred Parker, Tony Gould and Derek Capewell in 1970 it sounded like Australia’s answer to the Benny Goodman small groups. Originally released on LP as Sweet and Hot it features Sugar, Deep Purple, I’ve Found a New Baby, Poor Butterfly and others.

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1. I’ve Got A Feeling I’m Falling
2.  Sugar
3.  Deep Purple
4.  I’ve Found A New Baby
5.  Time On My Hands
6.  Fine And Dandy
7.  Melancholy Baby
8.  Get Happy
9.  Poor Butterfly
10.  Doin’ The New Lowdown
11.  Once In A While
12.  China Boy

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019 Rare Acetates from the Forties : The Best of The Elmar/Zenith Recordings – 1947/1949 VJAZZ 019 – RCJ 502

The Elmer and the Zenith record labels were the creation of Ross Fusedale and Norm Linehan respectively but the production of discs scarcely got going. This CD features the recordings that were intended to be released but largely never were. Bands include Warwick Dyer, the Yarra City Stompers, Keith Hounslow, the Illawarra Jazz Gang and others.

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1. Weary Blues
2. Wet Coat Blues
3. Save It Pretty Mama
4. That’s a Plenty
5. Get It Right
6. Ice Cream
7. Buddy Bolden Blues
8. I Wish I Were Twins
9. Fidgety Feet
10. Sunday
11. Storyville Blues
12. Struttin’ With Some Barbecue
13. Song Of The Islands
14. Once In A While
15. Memphis Blues
16. Canal Street Blues
17. Doctor Jazz
18. Darktown Strutters Ball
19. Careless Love
20. Canal Street Blues
21. Just A Closer Walk With Thee
22. We Shall Walk Thru The Streets of The City
23. Old Fashioned Love

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020 The Pianists (2 CD Set) VJAZZ 020 – RCJ 508

On August 7 and 8, 1993, fourteen of Melbourne’s top jazz pianists got together for a marathon recording session as a fund-raising event for the Jazz Musicians’ Benefit Fund. This double-CD, containing 40 tracks, represents a permanent tribute to these outstanding performers. Tunes include I Want a Girl, Pennies from Heaven, Sugar Blues, and Manhattan.

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Disc 1
1. I Want A Little Girl
2. My Fate Is In Your Hands
3. Blue Monk
4. Lotus Blossom
5. Pennies From Heaven
6. Do Nothin’ Till You Hear From Me
7. New Orleans
8. Petite Fleur
9. Old Fashioned Love
10. Lover Man
11. You Took Advantage Of Me
12. I Guess I’ll Have To Change My Plan
13. Baggin’ The Boogie
14. Nuages
15. Teach Me Tonight
16. Come Rain Or Come Shine
17. Stompin’ At The Savoy
18. Sugar Blues
19. Enough’s Enough
20. Lucky To Be Me
Disc 2
1. Fickle Fay Creep
2. St James Infirmary
3. Let’s Do It
4. If I Could Be With You
5. Two Deuces
6. Yama Yama Man
7. Sweet Savannah Sue
8. Jitterbug Waltz
9. ‘Tain’t Nobody’s Business
10. Embraceable You
11. Somebody Loves You
12. I’ve Got The World On A String
13. I’ve Got The World On A String
14. We’ll Be Together Again
15. A Time For Love
16. Manhattan
17. One More Boogie
18. One Sweet Letter From You
19. Pete Johnson’s Boogie
20. Where Or When

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