Charlie Christian (July 29, 1916 - 1942, tuberculosis) - American swing and early bop jazz guitarist…

Benny Goodman Sextet, feat. Charlie Christian: Grand Slam (Boy Meets Goy) - from Charlie Christian: The Genius of the Electric Guitar

Recorded: Los Angeles, 16 Apr 1940.

Personnel: Benny Goodman - clarinet; Lionel Hampton - vibraphone; Charlie Christian - guitar; Johnny Guarnieri - piano; Artie Bernstein - bass; Nick Fatool - drums

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Birthday of the smoothest alto man ever to blow, Johnny Hodges (July 25, 1906 – 1970), of whom Duke Ellington said in his eulogy that he possessed “a tone so beautiful it sometimes brought tears to the eyes…”

Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra, feat. Billie Holiday: Carelessly, 1937

Personnel: Teddy Wilson, Piano; Johnny Hodges, Alt. Sax; Cootie Williams, Trumpet; Harry Carney, Clarinet and Bass Clarinet; Allan Reuss, Guitar; Cozy Cole, Drums; John Kirby, Bass - and Billie Holiday - vocals

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