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Monday, February 07, 2011

1939 DownBeat Readers Poll

DownBeat has put much of its archive on line including the Annual Readers/Critic Polls Below is a typical example from 1939...
Seems as though 1939 was a very good (man) year for Benny, the Dorseys and Woody.
Sweet Band: Tommy Dorsey - Swing Band: Benny Goodman - King of Corn: Clyde McCoy
Fave Soloist: Benny Goodman - Small Combinations: Benny Goodman's Sextet
Under-rated Band: Woody Herman - Under-rated Soloist: Woody Herman
Alto Saxophone: Jimmy Dorsey - Tenor Saxophone: Coleman Hawkins
Trumpet: Harry James - Trombone: Tommy Dorsey - Clarinet: Benny Goodman
Drums: Gene Krupa - Bass: Bob Haggart - Guitar: Charlie Christian - Piano: Jess Stacy Arranger: Fletcher Henderson - Male Singer: Bing Crosby - Fem Chirpers: Ella Fitzgerald Back to Index - the index includes the winners from 1936 to the present day and is a fascinating insight as to popular tastes in jazz in any particular year. Click on the index link to select a year There are also archival articles which are being added to constantly. Along with Colin's Melody Makers there is a lot of material available. Guitarists might like this Jim Hall article.
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