On January 7th, 1940, Woody Herman plays at the Famous Door on 52nd St. in New York City. Herman was a famous big band leader that played the clarinet, saxophone and also sang. His band was usually referred to as "The Herd". The Famous Door was located at 66 W. 52nd Street on the south side between 5th and 6th Avenue not far from Radio City Music Hall or MOMA today. That block was known for having some of the great jazz clubs of that era.
Duke Ellington ( 1899 – 1974) American composer, pianist, and big-band leader. Ellington wrote over 1,000 compositions. "In the century since his birth, there has been no greater composer, American or otherwise, than Edward Kennedy Ellington." A major figure in the history of jazz, Ellington's music stretched into various other genres, including blues, gospel, film scores, popular, and classical. His career spanned more than 50 years, leading his orchestra,composing an inexhaustible…
Henry Haag “Harry” James (March 15, 1916 – July 5, 1983) was an actor and musician best known as a trumpeter who led a swing band during the Big Band Swing Era of the 1930s and 1940s. He was especially known among musicians for his astonishing technical proficiency as well as his superior tone.He was second only to Glenn Miller as the most successful recording artist of 1942
Glenn Miller - In The Mood "In the Mood" is a song popularized by the American bandleader Glenn Miller in 1939, and one of the best-known arrangements of the big band era. Miller's rendition topped the charts one year later and was featured in the 1941 movie Sun Valley Serenade.
PEGGY LEE (1920 - 2002) American jazz and popular music singer, songwriter, composer, and actress in a career spanning six decades. From her beginning as a vocalist on local radio to singing with Benny Goodman's big band, she forged a sophisticated persona, evolving into a multi-faceted artist and performer. She wrote music for films, acted, and created conceptual record albums—encompassing poetry, jazz, chamber pop, and art songs.