During the 1950s, Madison, Wisconsin's Edgewater Hotel, on the shores of Lake Mendota, played host to America's most celebrated big bands, and as many as 2,500 dancers, who moved to their favorite music. The Edgewater provided a classy venue for the genre`s biggest names and a lavish dance floor on its open Starlite Roof, as well as the more intimate Rigadoon Dining Room. Owing to the foresight of The Edgewater's Augic Faulkner, these unreleased recordings have been preserved for musical history.
Live at the Edgewater: With Jimmy Dorsey and Woody Herman, the restored Edgewater recordings preserve the sound of two of the most celebrated bands of that period. The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra’s appearance of August 4, 1952 and Woody Herman and his New Third Herd performance on July 12, 1950, all capture the live sounds of big band, swing and jazz. If the Big Band era was drawing to a close by the early 50's, none of the patrons of Madison, Wisconsin's lavish Edgewater knew or cared.
Jimmy Dorsey, American jazz clarinetist, saxophonist, trumpeter and bandleader, and Woody Herman, American jazz clarinetist, alto and soprano saxophonist, singer and big band leader, combine for an evening you'll never forget.
With 14 tracks, Live at the Edgewater: With Jimmy Dorsey and Woody Herman will transport you back to an era when big bands, soon to be eclipsed by smaller rock and roll combos, still drew a large crowd onto the nation’s dance floors. Pay particular attention to Dorsey’s extended clarinet solo on “Delicado”, vocalist Eleanor Russell's sultry performance on "Don't You Worry 'Bout Me" and “That’s a Plenty,” which was a piece better known for Jackie Gleason’s appropriation of it as “a little traveling music” on his TV show.
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