THE JONATHAN STOUT ORCHESTRA featuring Hilary Alexander is a 14-piece big band playing danceable rare gems from 1937-1945, often featuring arrangements from bands such as Count Basie, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Gene Krupa, Erskine Hawkins, Duke Ellington, Tommy Dorsey, Jan Savitt and Harry James. Rather than focusing on the same-old sentimental favorites, the JSO plays some of the more unique, lesser-known tunes and bands of the era, and especially some of the dancers’ favorites. Among the repertoire are uncommon songs by big band leaders, such as Artie Shaw’s “Man from Mars” or Count Basie’s “Board Meeting”, both recorded solely as “air-checks”, or radio broadcasts, but also tunes from more uncommon bands, such as Jan Savitt’s “720 in the Books”, or two tunes from the Metronome All Star Bands of 1939 and 1942.



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