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Artist title m3u, Place (date) performers matrix label, record download
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Duke Ellington And His Famous Orchestra It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) New York, Feb 2, 1932
Arthur Whetsel, Freddy Jenkins, Cootie Williams (tp) Joe Nanton (tb) Juan Tizol (tp) Lawrence Brown (tb) Barney Bigard (cl,ts) Johnny Hodges (as,sop) Harry Carney (bar,cl,as) Duke Ellington (p) Fred Guy (bj) Wellman Braud (b) Sonny Greer (d) Ivie Anderson (vcl)
B11204-A Brunswick 6265 MP3
Mills Brothers It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) Chicago, Jun, 1932
John, Herbert, Harry Donald Mills (vo) acc. by John Mills (g)
C8664 Brunswick 6377 MP3
Charlie Palloy And His Orchestra It Don't Mean A Thing NY, Oct, 1932
2 tp, tb, 2 as, ts, p, Charlie Palloy (g,vcl) unknown tu and d
C1879-1 Crown 3392B MP3
Washboard Rhythm Kings It Don't Mean A Thing NY, Oct 5, 1932
unknown tp, cl/as, as, Carl Wade (ts) Eddie Miles (p) Steve Washington (bj,vcl) Ghost Howell (b) H. Smith (wbd)
12427-A Vocalion 1724 MP3
Victor Young Orchestra It Don't Mean A Thing NY, Nov 22, 1932
Victor Young (ldr), Bunny Berigan, Manny Klein (tpt), Tommy Dorsey (tbn), Jimmy Dorsey (cl), Larry Binyon (ts), Harry Hoffman (vln), Martha Boswell (p), Carl Kress (g), Artie Bernstein (sb), Stan King (d)
B-12639-A Brunswick 6442 MP3
Stephane Grappelly And His Hot Four It Don't Mean A Thing Paris, Oct 21, 1935
Stephane Grappelli (vln) Django Reinhardt, Joseph Reinhardt, Pierre "Baro" Ferret (g) Tony Rovira (b)
2083hpp Decca (E)F5831 MP3
Stephane Grappelli And His Hot Four It Don't Mean A Thing Paris, Oct 31, 1935
Stephane Grappelli (vln) Django Reinhardt, Joseph Reinhardt, Pierre "Baro" Ferret (g) Tony Rovira (b)
2093hpp Decca (E)F5831 MP3
Midge Williams Acc By The Columbia Jazz Band It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing_mood Indigo NY, , 1936
Hasashi Moriyama/Maseo Obata/Fumio Nanri-T, Fujio Tsuruta-Tb, Jun Hashimoto/Shin Matsumoto/Mitsuru-Ashida-Saxes, Roger Segure-P, Takashi Tsunoda-G, Ryo Watanabe-B, Kazuo Tanaka-D, Thomas Missman-Arr
Swing Time 2005 MP3
Andy Kirk And His Twelve Clouds Of Joy But It Didn't Mean A Thing NY, Dec 6, 1938
Harry Lawson, Clarence Trice, Earl Thompson (tp) Ted Donnelly, Henry Wells (tb) John Harrington (cl,as,bar) John Williams (as,bar) Earl Miller (as) Dick Wilson (ts) Mary Lou Williams (p) Ted Robinson (g) Booker Collins (b) Ben Thigpen (d) Pha Terrell (vcl) Andy Kirk (dir)
64784-A Decca 2277 MP3
Mills Brothers It Don't Mean A Thing London, Feb 18, 1939 DR3334 Decca 2982A MP3
Lionel Hampton And His Orchestra It Don't Mean A Thing NY, Apr 3, 1939
Irving Mouse Randolph (tp) Hymie Schertzer, Russell Procope (cl,as) Jerry Jerome (cl,b-cl,ts) Chu Berry (ts) Lionel Hampton (vib,vcl) Clyde Hart (p) Allen Reuss (g) Milt Hinton (b) Cozy Cole (d)
035394-1 Victor 26254 MP3
Glenn Miller And His Orchestra But It Didn't Mean A Thing NY, Apr 18, 1939
Leigh Knowles, Bob Price, R.D. McMickle (tp), Glenn Miller, Paul Tanner, Al Mastren (tb), Hal McIntyre, Wilbur Schwartz (cl, as), Tex Benneke, Al Klink (ts), Stanley Aaronson (as, bar), J.C. McGregor (p), Arthur Ens (g), Rowland Bundock (sb), Maurice Purtill (d) Marion Hutton (vcl)
035765-1 Bluebird B10269 MP3
Mills Brothers It Don't Mean A Thing Feb, 1945 V-Disc 365A2 MP3
Duke Ellington Group With Guests It Don't Mean A Thing WNEW radio broadcast, NY, May 10, 1947
Taft Jordan (tp) Ray Nance (tp,vln,vcl) Lawrence Brown (tb) Johnny Hodges (as,sop) Al Sears (ts) Harry Carney (bar) Duke Ellington (p) Oscar Pettiford (b) Sonny Greer (d)
JB486 V-Disc 795 MP3
Wynonie Harris Your Money Don't Mean A Thing NY, Dec 16, 1947
Bob Merrill (tp) Gerald Valentine (tb) Don Stovall (as) Dexter Gordon, William Parker (ts) Rene Hall (g) unknown p, b, d
K5321 King 4217 MP3
Charlie Ventura It Don't Mean A Thing NY, Dec 28, 1949
Stan Fishelson, Johnny Mandel, Dale Pierce, Red Rodney (tp) Mort Bullman, Bennie Green (tb) Bart Varsalona (v-tb) Bill Barber (tu) Charlie Ventura (ts,bar,sop) Ray Beckenstein, Frank Socolow (as) Al Epstein (ts) [aka Al Young (ts) ] Al Cohn (ts) Manny Albam (bar) Lou Stein (p) Barry Galbraith (g) Curly Russell (b) Ed Shaughnessy (d) George Russell (arr,tamb) George Williams (arr)
D9VB2854 Victor 20-3669 MP3
Dizzy Gillespie And Stan Getz Sextet It Don't Mean A Thing LA, Dec 9, 1953
Dizzy Gillespie (tp) Stan Getz (ts) Oscar Peterson (p) Herb Ellis (g) Ray Brown (b) Max Roach (d)
1368-7 Norgran MGN-2 MP3
Lester Young It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) NY, , 1954
Jesse Drake (tp), Lester Young (ts), Gildo Mahones (p), John Ore (sb), Connie Kay (dm)
2112-2 Verve 314-547087-2 MP3
Duke Ellington And His Orchestra It Don't Mean A Thing NY, Jun 17, 1954
Ray Nance (tp,vcl), Clark Terry, Willie Cook, Cat Anderson (tp), Quentin Jackson, Britt Woodman, John Sanders (tb), Jimmy Hamilton (cl, ts), Rick Henderson (as), Russell Procope (cl, as), Paul Gonsalves (ts), Harry Carney (bar, b-cl), Duke Ellington (p), Wendell Marshall (sb), Dave Black (d)
20403-4 Mosaic MD5-160 MP3
Stan Getz Quintet It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) Live: Shrine Auditorium, LA, Nov 8, 1954
Stan Getz (ts) Sanford Gold (p) Johnny Smith (g) Eddie Safranski (b) Don Lamond (d)
Norgran MGN2000-2 MP3
Thelonious Monk Trio It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing Hackensack, NJ, Jul 21, 1955
Thelonious Monk (p) Oscar Pettiford (b) Kenny Clarke (d)
Riverside RLP12-201 MP3
Keith Christie Quartet It Don't Mean A Thing London, Jul 26, 1955
Keith Christie (tb) Johnny Dankworth (as) [as John Dee (as) ] Bill Sutcliffe (b) Allan Ganley (d)
796-3 Esquire (E)20-047 MP3
June Christy It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing 1956
June Christy (vo) acc. by big band, prob. Les Brown
Hindsight HSR235 MP3
Ella Fitzgerald It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing LA, Sep 4, 1956
Ella Fitzgerald (vcl) acc by Ben Webster (ts) Paul Smith (p) Stuff Smith (vln) Barney Kessel (g) Joe Mondragon (b) Alvin Stoller (d)
20260-1 Verve MGV4008-2 MP3
Ella Fitzgerald And The JATP All Stars It Don't Mean A Thing Live: Konserthuset, Stockholm, Sweden, Apr 29, 1957
Ella Fitzgerald (vcl) acc by Roy Eldridge (tp) Stuff Smith (vln) Don Abney (p) Herb Ellis (g) Ray Brown (b) Jo Jones (d)
Jazz Society (Swd)AA514 MP3
Chris Connor It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) NY, , 1959
Bill Rubenstein (P), Kenny Burrell (G), Eddie DeHaas (B), Lex Humphries (D)
Live from ''The Village Vanguard''
3460 Atlantic LP8040 MP3
Duke Ellington And His Orchestra It Don't Mean A Thing Hollywood, Jun 2, 1960
Fats Ford, Willie Cook, Ed Mullens, Ray Nance (tp) Britt Woodman, Booty Wood, Juan Tizol, Lawrence Brown (tb) Jimmy Hamilton (cl,ts) Russell Procope (as,cl) Johnny Hodges (as) Paul Gonsalves (ts) Harry Carney (bar,b-cl,cl) Duke Ellington (p) Aaron Bell (b) Sam Woodyard (d)
RHC046673-3 Columbia CK87107 MP3
Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington It Don't Mean A Thing NY, Apr 3, 1961
Louis Armstrong (tp,vcl) Trummy Young (tb) Barney Bigard (cl) Duke Ellington (p) Mort Herbert (b) Danny Barcelona (d)
Roulette R52103 MP3
Bill LeSage It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) London, May 3, 1965
Johnny Scott (as) Ronnie Ross (bar) Bill Le Sage (p) Freddie Alexander, Maurice Westerby, Francis Gabarro, William De Mont (clo) Spike Heatley (b) Tony Carr (d)
Philips (E)BL7673 LP MP3

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