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It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing

by Fred Wesley & The Swing 'N Jazz All-Stars

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Wicked Walk 06:09
Eventually 04:27
Body & Soul 06:31
Emily 06:53
Par Three 06:58
Acirfa 08:40
Head Start 07:02


By buying this recording, you’re supporting an important cause, as profits will go to The Commission Project (TCP), a nonprofit organization founded by music educator Ned Corman to foster creativity through music education by commissioning original music and producing workshops and composer-in-residence programs in schools nationwide. Since 1994, TCP has benefited over 23,000 students by commissioning 112 composers to write more than 357 pieces for student ensembles. Swing ‘N Jazz, in its ninth year and coinciding with this release, is a three-day celebration of jazz education that includes concerts, free workshops, and a charity golf tournament.

Many jazz legends support TCP and participate in Swing ‘N Jazz, some of whom are documented here under the leadership of Fred Wesley (James Brown, Pee Wee Ellis, The JBs). The disc was recorded live in the studio immediately after SNJ XIII in June of 2004.


released June 6, 2006

Fred WESLEY, trombone
Akira TANA, drums
Rich THOMPSON, drums
Mike HOLOBER, piano
Bob SNEIDER, guitar
Jay LEONHART, bass
Keter BETTS, bass
Charles ATKINS, alto & tenor saxophones
Marvin STAMM, trumpet & fleugelhorn


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Fred Wesley New York, New York

Fred WESLEY earned a place in funk and jazz history as James Brown’s music director, arranger, trombonist and primary composer from 1968 to 1975. His 35-year career includes playing with and arranging for artists such as Count Basie, Ray Charles, Ike and Tina Turner, Usher, Lionel Hampton, Randy Crawford, Vanessa Williams, Cameo and De La Soul. Scores of other artists have sampled his work. ... more

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