May 042015

i just finished listening to this as i work away like mad… great recording of benny goodman’s orchestra live at carnegie hall in 1938 (for more details, see wikipedia).  i’m not posting the files here as they are available on the internet archive and, unlike a lot of music on, these are good quality.  yes, mp3 but at 320 kbps, 44.1 khz…  that should be good enough for most people!  originally “bob varney’ posted un-tracked mp3’s (at 320 kpbs) of the original double-lp, and then “ojdo” tracked the show & posted those mp3 files (keeping the 320 kbps quality).

this is a killer show, so go take a minute to download it — and so i also took a minute to mention it here.


benny goodman orchestra
the famous carnegie hall jazz concert
carnegie hall
new york city, ny, usa
16 jan 1938

track listing

side one
1 don’t be that way (edgar sampson, benny goodman, mitchell parish) 4:12
2 one o’clock jump (eddie durham, buster smith) 6:52
3 sensation rag (edwin eddie edwardsv 1:20
4 i’m coming virginia (will marion cook, donald heywood) 2:07
5 when my baby smiles at me (bill munro, andrew sterling, ted lewis, harry von tilzer) 0:51
6 shine (cecil mack, ford dabney, lew brown) 1:03
7 blue reverie (duke ellington, harry carney) 3:22
8 life goes to a party (harry james, benny goodman) 4:13

side two
1 honeysuckle rose (thomas fats waller, andy razaf) 13:57
2 body and soul (johnny green, edward heyman, robert sour, frank eyton) 3:23
3 avalon (vincent rose, b.g. desylva, al jolson) 4:16
4 the man i love (george gershwin, ira gershwin) 3:28
total length: 48:59

side three
1 i got rhythm (george gershwin, ira gershwin) 5:09
2 blue skies (irving berlin) 3:17
3 loch lomond (traditional) 2:58
4 blue room (richard rodgers, lorenz hart) 5:12 [note 2:42 per wikipedia]
5 swingtime in the rockies (jimmy mundy, benny goodman) 3:27 [note 2:30 per wikipedia]
6 bei mir bist du schoen (scholom secunda (music), jacob jacobs (lyrics) adapted by sammy cahn, saul chaplin) 0:32 [note 4:00 per wikipedia]
7 china boy (dick winfree, phil boutelje) 4:52

side four
1 stompin’ at the savoy (edgar sampson, benny goodman, chick webb) 5:56
2 dizzy spells (benny goodman, lionel hampton, teddy wilson) 5:43
3 sing sing sing (with a swing) (louis prima) 10:58 [note 12:08 per wikipedia]
4 big john’s special (horace henderson) 3:45
total length: 53:05

line up (per wikipedia)
the benny goodman orchestra
benny goodman, clarinet, vocal, and leader
chris griffin, ziggy elman, harry james, trumpets
red ballard, vernon brown, trombones
george koenig, art rollini, babe russin, hymie schertzer, reed instruments
jess stacy, piano
teddy wilson, piano (bg trio and quartet only)
lionel hampton, vibraphone (bg quartet only)
allan reuss, guitar
harry goodman, bass
gene krupa, drums
martha tilton, vocal

additional personnel
buck clayton, trumpet
bobby hackett, cornet
cootie williams, trumpet
harry carney, baritone saxophone
johnny hodges, soprano[5] and alto saxophones
lester young, tenor saxophone
count basie, piano
freddie green, guitar
walter page, bass

original columbia lp osl-160 > transfer and restoration by bob varney > mp3 (cbr,
320 kbps, 44.1 khz, 2 channels) > internet archive > tracking & tagging by “ojdo”
> mp3 (cbr, 320 kbps, 44.1 khz, 2 channels) > internet archive

download:  from the internet archive



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  3 Responses to “benny goodman – the famous 1938 carnegie hall jazz concert”

  1. bom dia Peter
    i have just discoverd your blog and the stuff you have here is great
    going through it i found this benny goodman 1938 show but there is no download link
    any chance to get it?
    thanks a million

    • hi joao, it’s available on the internet archive, but yes it would have been clearer to have a d/l link in the usual place… so i’ve added that (no password needed).


  2. bom dia Peter
    great, thanks a million
    keep well

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