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Underrated Gem

Erskine Hawkins Orchestra: 1937

The only film appearance of one of the great bands of the Swing Era. It comes from a 10 minute independent film (PictuReels) titled “Deviled Hams.”

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I'm a composer and musician, and I write about music—I do that here, for the New York Classical Review, at the Brooklyn Rail (I edit the music section there) and any place else that will have me, like New Music Box and Music & Literature. I also wrote the Miles Davis' Bitches Brew book in the 33 1/3 series.