John Kirby and His Orchestra - A Forward Step in The Development of Jazz

John Kirby is a jazz icon and a forgotten legend. However, between 1937 and 1942 his orchestra had no equals. Notable accomplishments: gained instant superstardom recording a swing version of the Scottish ballad Loch Lomond in 1937; the first jazz band to sponsored their own radio show on CBS "Flow Gently Sweet Rhythm" in 1940, They were affectionately called - The Biggest Little Band in America. More

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Language: English
ISBN: 9780964744110
About Alan Williams

I self published "Fall From Grace-The John Kirby Story in 1996 and Flow Gently Sweet Rhythm in 2005; both were a huge success and out of print. I was born in Winchester, Va., and I am a graduate of John Handley High School. I earned my Bachelors in Workforce, Education and Development from Southern Illinois University and my Masters in Public Administration at Troy University. I'm a retired Navy Petty Officer First Class and I'm enjoying my second career in the area of law enforcement administration. I am an amateur bass player (1993 Fender Prophecy III) with an intense interest in progressive jazz and old school funk. My favorite bass players: John Kirby, Wayne Roberts, Milt Hinton, Charles Mingus, Sid Weiss, Ron Brown, Stanley Clarke, Verdine White, James Alexander, Larry Graham, Louis Johnson, Bootsy Collins, Chris Squire, Giddy Lee and Aaron Mills.


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