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The Palomar

The Palomar

Remembering the big bands, the Swing Era....

The Palomar Music Player

by George SpinkThe Palomar tends to focus on big band broadcasts, but sometimes we focus on other topics pertaining to big bands and ...

Some of My Favorite Girls in Jazz Today!

By Spencer 'Wolf' SmarttAs most of you know by the many articles I have written over the years for the Palomar that I enjoy the music of ...

The Composers - Part 3 - George Gershwin

By Spencer 'Wolf' SmarttBorn in Brooklyn New York in 1898 as Jacob Gershowitz, George changed his name to 'George Gershwin' after he ...

Tuxedo Junction Turns Ten Years Old

October 15th is the day I celebrate Tuxedo Junction's anniversary. This year we celebrate its 10th anniversary. have loved big band ...

Chick Webb: A Little Guy with a Great Big Sound

by Jeff KarpinskiChick Webb was not only one of the greatest drummers of the early Swing Era but also one of the most unlikely. ...

The Evolution of Sweet Georgia Brown

By Spencer 'Wolf' SmarttIt all started back in 1925 by Ben Bernie with his friend Maceo Pinkard writing the music and Kenneth Casey ...

Trombonist Gary Tole to Lead the Glenn Miller Orchestra

by George SpinkGlenn Miller Productions has announced that trombonist and bandleader Gary Tole will lead the World Famous Glenn Miller ...

George T. Simon and The Big Bands

by Jack FortesSpencer 'Wolf' Smartt had a nostalgic report recently on the New York City/Broadway scene in the 50s and 60s.nbsp I like ...

“And the Angel Sings”

By Spencer 'Wolf' SmarttMartha Tilton was born on November 14, 1915, in Corpus Christi, Texas and was lovingly known to the public at ...

"Birdland - The Jazz Corner of the World”

by Spencer 'Wolf' SmarttDuring the 50s and 60s on just about any night the fashionable place to be in New York City was down on Broadway ...

Why Don't You Do Right?

by Spencer 'Wolf' SmarttFor almost 70 years, Norma Deloris Egstrom of Jamestown, North Dakota entertained millions as the incomparable ...

Pete Fountain: Basin Street Blues

by Len Hart'Basin Street Blues' written by Spencer Williams is often thought of as a 'Dixieland' number. It is, in fact, a part of a ...