John Kirby and His Orchestra - A Forward Step in The Development of Jazz
by Alan Williams
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.