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Harry 'Sweets' Edison

Duration:
1 hour
First broadcast:
Saturday 30 July 2011

The star trumpeter with Count Basie in the 1930s and 40s, Harry Sweets Edison went on to become one of the most recorded trumpet soloists in jazz. In an interview recorded for Radio 3 in 1992 he joined Alyn Shipton to select his favourite recordings from that vast catalogue, including discs with Nat King Cole, Ben Webster and Billie Holiday.

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12 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
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    Harry "Sweets" Edison Blue Lou

    Composer: Sampson / Mills Performers: Harry Edison, Shorty Sharrock, t; Murray McEachern, tb; Gus Bivona, cl; Benny Carter, Willie Smith, as; Plas Johnson, Babe Russin, ts; Jimmy Rowles, p; Al Hendrickson, g; Mike Rubin, b; Irv Cottler, d. 2 Dec 1955.

    Complete At Midnight / At Riverside Sessions, Lonehill, 10114

  • Image for Lucky Millinder with The Mills Blue Rhythm Band

    Lucky Millinder with The Mills Blue Rhythm Band Rhythm Jam

    Composer: Willet Performers: Lucky Millinder dir; Charlie Shavers, Bama Warwick, Harry Edison, t; Sandy Watson, Wilbur DeParis, tb; Tab Smith, as; Eddie Williams, Ronald Haynes, Harold Arnold, ts; Billy Kyle, p; Danny Barker, g; John Williams, b; Lester Nichols, d. 11 Feb 1937

    Mills Blue Rhythm Band 1936-37, Classics, 731

  • Image for Lucky Millinder with The Mills Blue Rhythm Band

    Lucky Millinder with The Mills Blue Rhythm Band Camp Meeting Jamboree

    Composer: Willet Performers: Lucky Millinder dir; Charlie Shavers, Bama Warwick, Harry Edison, t; Alfred Cobb, Wilbur DeParis, tb; Tab Smith, as; Eddie Williams, Ben Williams, Harold Arnold, ts; Billy Kyle, p; Danny Barker, g; John Williams, b; Lester Nichols, d. 1 July 1937

    Mills Blue Rhythm Band 1936-37, Classics, 731

  • Image for Count Basie & His Orchestra

    Count Basie & His Orchestra Every Tub

    Composer: Edison / Basie Performers: Ed Lewis, Buck Clayton, Karl George, t; Eddie Durham, Benny Morton, Dan Minor, tb; Earle Warren, Herschel Evans, Lester Young, Jack Washington, reeds; Basie, piano; Freddie Green, g; Walter Page, b; Jo Jones, d. 3 Jan 1938.

    Count Basie Story, Proper, Properbox 19

  • Image for Count Basie

    Count Basie Bill's Mill

    Composer: Basie / Roland Performers: Ed Lewis, Snooky Young, Sweets Edison, Emmett Berry, t; Ted Donnelly, George Matthews, Eli Robinson, Bill Johnson, tb; Rudy Rutherford, Preston Love, Buddy Tate, Paul Gonsalves, Jack Washington, reeds, Count Basie, p; Freddie Green, g; Rodney Richardson, b; Shadow Wilson, d. 3 Jan 1947.

    Count Basie Story, Proper, Properbox 19

  • Image for Count Basie

    Count Basie Just an Old Manuscript

    Composer: Don Redman Performers: Ed Lewis, Sweets Edison, Al Killian, Joe Newman t; Ted Donnelly, Louis Taylor, Eli Robinson, Dickie Wells, tb; Earle Warren, Jimmy Powell, Buddy Tate, Lucky Thompson, Rudy Rutherford, reeds, Count Basie, p; Freddie Green, g; Rodney Richardson, b; Shadow Wilson, d. 11 Jan 1945.

    Circus in Rhythm, Naxos, 8.12082

  • Image for Coleman Hawkins

    Coleman Hawkins Girl From Ipanema

    Composer: Jobim Performers: Harry Edison, t; Sir Charles Thompson, p; Jimmy Woode, b; Jo Jones, d. 1964.

    Live in 62 and 64, Naxos / Jazz Icons, 2119020

  • Image for Harry Sweets Edison and Ben Webster

    Harry Sweets Edison and Ben Webster Used to be Basie

    Composer: Edison Performers: Harry Edison, t; Ben Webster, ts; Jimmy Rowles, p; Barney Kessel, g; Joe Mondragon, b; Alvin Stoller, d. 4 Sept 1956

    Complete Sextet Sessions, Lonehill, 10258

  • Image for Billie Holiday

    Billie Holiday I Wished on the Moon

    Composer: Rainger / Parker Performers: Harry Edison, t; Ben Webster, ts; Jimmy Rowles, p; Barney Kessel, g; Red Mitchell, b; Alvin Stoller, d. 3 Jan 1957.

    The Ben Webster / Harry Edison Sessions, Lonehill, 10355

  • Image for Nat King Cole

    Nat King Cole Route 66

    Composer: Bobby Troupe Performers: Harry Edison, t; Nat King Cole, v, p; John Collins, g; Charlie Harris, b; Lee Young, d. 15 Aug 1955.

    After Midnight Sessions, Essential Jazz Classics, 55405

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    Harry "Sweets" Edison Out of Nowhere

    Composer: Green / Heyman Performers: Harry Edison, t; Frank Wess, Buddy Tate, ts; Hugh Lawson, p; Ray Drummond, b; Bobby Durham, d. 27 April, 1990.

    Swing Summit, Candid, 79050

  • Image for Art Tatum

    Art Tatum What Is This Thing Called Love

    Composer: Porter Performers: Harry Edison, t; Lionel Hampton, vib; Art Tatum, p; Barney Kessel, g; Red Callender, b; Buddy Rich, d. 7 Sept 1955.

    Legendary Art Tatum Sextet 1955 Session, Essential Jazz Classics, 55409

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