Monday, May 5, 2014

Mondays' Music And all that Jazz

When I discovered Jazz, it wasn't Dave Bruebeck or Chuck Mangonie, two of the very popular Jazz leaders of the day.  No for me it was Glenn Miller.

Yes, Glenn Miller the leader of one of the most innovative Jazz Bands of all time.  I was maybe 12 or 13 when I got my first double record set, Sunrise Serenade.

So without any further intro, here is some of the music of my all time favorite Jazz leaders.  Glenn Miller.

Now we are going to take a journey back in time.  It is December 1940, The Battle of Britain is over and the Blitz on London is under full impact.  You are at home, you have put your little ones to bed.

You are having a brandy or maybe beer, reading the evening paper or perhaps some light reading like War and Peace or The complete works of William Shakespeare.

You have the radio on and it chimes in with your favorite station which carries the Glenn Miller program.  

So KVOD, The voice of Denver crackles on the air and the local announcer Gene Amole comes over the air...

"Welcome everyone to another broadcast live from The top of the Mark, here in beautiful Downtown Denver.  Tonight our visiting band, is none other than Glenn Miller and his orchestra.  So we go live now to the dance floor."

"Thank you everyone, it is a real pleasure to be here in Denver at the top of the Mark.  I see it looks like Tex is getting ready to take a little trip, so here we go on the Chatanooga Choo Choo."

"Now a song dedicated to our British friends."
"This next song should set the mood for some Dancing."
"Well it is that time again, when we say good night.  It has been a pleasure visiting Denver.  Here's hoping you and yours have a happy new year in 1941."
I hope you enjoyed my sentimental journey and didn't mind me pretending to be Glenn Miller.

Until next time.


  1. These are great old songs that are wonderful classics.

  2. Love the oldie vids, In The Mood will be in my head now heheh! :-)

    Have a jazznificent week ;-)

  3. Yes yes, this is Jazz! And yet I was so tired I came up with flub :) lol

    Thanks for these!

    And congrats on being spotlighted!

  4. Congratulations Spotlight Dancer! Love your writing and reminiscing. You really know how to set a mood. And your picks took us back to that time so long ago. It's like another world almost - just radio, no internet. Thanks for the memories and have a fantastic week!

  5. Congrats on Spotlight! Moonlight Serenade is definitely one of the best! And Glen was probably one of the first I heard too.... although I think the very first was probably Oscar Peterson tickling the ivories - being Canadian.

  6. Congrats Spotlight dancer! I love Glenn Miller. I even posted In the Mood, along with Chuck.

  7. I love listening to Glenn Miller,My Late Dad actually saw him perform live here in Cleveland before the War that claimed Mr Miller's Life.