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This week, we begin the two-part feature “It Don't Mean a Thing ... .” America has exported many products to the world, some better than others. One of our finest gifts is music. We automatically think of rock and roll and rhythm and blues, but one of the earliest musical exports is jazz and swing is one of the most popular. This week we'll feature classics from Django Reinhardt, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Dan Hicks and his Hot Licks, Russ Barenberg and many more. Everybody’s swingin’ … this week on The Sing Out! Radio Magazine.

Episode #20-41: “It Don't Mean a Thing …”, Pt.1
Host: Tom Druckenmiller

Artist/”Song”/CD/Label

Pete Seeger / “If I Had A Hammer”(excerpt) / Songs of Hope and Struggle / Smithsonian Folkways
Django Reinhardt & Stephane Grappelli / “Minor Swing” / Djangologie Vol.6 / EMI Pathe
Joshua Rifkin / “Elite Syncopations” / Scott Joplin Piano Rags / Nonesuch
Benny Goodman / “Air Mail Special” / Best of the Big Bands / Columbia
Count Basie / “One O'Clock Jump” / This is Jazz 11 / Columbia
Duke Ellington & Ella Fitzgerald / “It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)” / At the Cote D' Azur / Verve

Lambert, Hendricks & Ross / “Twisted” / The Hottest New Group in Jazz / Columbia
Dan Hicks & his Hot Licks / “Canned Music” / Original Recordings / Epic
Bill Knopf / “Take the “A” Train” / Pacific Swing / First Inversion
Django Reinhardt & Stephane Grappelli / “Swinging with Django” / Djangologie Vol.6 / EMI Pathe

Allen Tousaint / “Rocks in My Bed” / American Tunes / Nonesuch
Guy Van Duser & Billy Novick / “Exactly Like You” / Exactly Like Us / Rounder

Russ Barenberg / “Halloween Rehearsal” / Halloween Rehearsal / Rounder
The Phil Salazar Band / “Swing to Bop” / The Phil Salazar Band / Flying Fish
Merle Travis / “Walkin the Strings” / The Merle Travis Guitar / Raven
Pete Seeger / “If I Had A Hammer”(excerpt) / Songs of Hope and Struggle / Smithsonian Folkways