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HAROLD ARLEN

Harold Arlen was a musical prodigy who left school to work as a singer, pianist, arranger, composer and who, by his teens, had formed a jazz trio. He had his first Broadway hit, “Get Happy” (1930), with Ted Koehler. They went on to write for Cotton Club revues and film, turning out “Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea” (1931), “I Got A Right To Sing the Blues” (1932), “Stormy Weather” (1933), and “Let’s Fall in Love” and “Ill Wind” (1934).

Arlen wrote “Last Night When We Were Young” (1935) with “Yip” Harburg, the tip of their iceberg, so to speak, because in 1939 they scored The Wizard of Oz. “Over the Rainbow” won the Oscar and became Judy Garland’s signature tune. But Arlen’s talent for creating complex melodic and rhythmic structures made other songs from the film popular with jazz musicians--“Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead” and “If I Only Had a Brain.” The pair’s “Happiness is Just a Thing Called Joe” from Cabin in the Sky was nominated for a 1942 Oscar.

Arlen’s collaboration with Johnny Mercer turned out equally dazzling songs: “Blues in the Night” (1941), “That Old Black Magic” (1942), “My Shining Hour” (1943), “One For My Baby” (1943), “Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive” (1944), “Out Of This World” (1945) and “Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home” and “Come Rain or Come Shine” (1946).

From 1948 on, Arlen collaborated with several lyricists, writing “The Man That Got Away” with Ira Gershwin for the Judy Garland film, A Star Is Born (1952) and returning to Broadway in 1954 to work with Truman Capote on a show which produced “A Sleepin’ Bee” and “Two Ladies in de Shade of de Banana Tree.”

Arlen’s Blues Opera Suite was performed by Andre Kostelanetz at Carnegie Hall in 1957, and he continued to work until his wife’s death in 1970 when he withdrew from public life.

-- Sandra Burlingame

Courtesy of JazzStandards.com

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Role: Classical Artist 
Album Title  Catalogue No  Work Category 
HERMAN, Woody: The Band That Plays the Blues (1937-1941) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120527
Jazz
HITS OF THE 1930s, Vol. 2 (1931-1933) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120842
Nostalgia

Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
ARLEN / GERSHWIN / WEILL / SCHWARTZ: Classic American Love Songs Naxos
8.559314
Vocal
ARMSTRONG, Louis: I've Got The World On A String (1930-1933) (Louis Armstrong, Vol. 2) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120609
Jazz
ARMSTRONG, Louis: Satchel Mouth Swing (1936-1938) (Louis Armstrong, Vol. 4) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120735
Jazz
BAECASTUFF: Out of This World Naxos Jazz
86063-2
Contemporary Jazz
BASIE, Count: Rock-A-Bye Basie (1939-1940) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120736
Jazz
BENNETT, Richard Rodney: I Never Went Away … Delos
DE5001
Contemporary Jazz
BLUE VELVET - 60 Nostalgia All Time Classics Naxos Nostalgia
8.103018
Nostalgia
CAPRICER MED OD, Vol. 3 (1976-1981) BIS
BIS-NL-CD-5022
Vocal
Commercial Grooves: Nostalgic Tracks from TV Adverts Naxos Nostalgia
8.120798
Nostalgia
CROSBY, Bing: Classic Crosby (1930-1934) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120507
Nostalgia
CROSBY, Bob: Dixieland Shuffle (1935-1939) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120652
Jazz
DAVIS JR, Sammy: Hey There (1949-1955) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120833
Nostalgia
EDDIE THOMAS SINGERS (THE): Voices from the Apartment Below Naxos Nostalgia
8.120896
Nostalgia
ELLINGTON, Duke: It Don't Mean a Thing (1930-1934) (Duke Ellington, Vol. 2) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120526
Jazz
ELLINGTON, Duke: Tootin' Through the Roof (1939-1940) (Duke Ellington, Vol. 6) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120729
Jazz
FITZGERALD, Ella: Lullaby Of Birdland (1947-1954) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120774
Jazz
FITZGERALD, Ella: Oh! Lady be Good (1945-1952) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120716
Jazz
GARLAND, Judy: Over the Rainbow (1936-1949) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120563
Nostalgia
GARNER, Erroll: Erroll Garner Plays Misty (1953-1954) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120771
Jazz
GIANTS OF JAZZ Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120756-57
Jazz
GOODMAN, Benny: Sing Me a Swing Song (1935-1936) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120548
Jazz
GRAPPELLI, Stephane: Swing from Paris (1935-1943) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120688
Jazz
HENDERSON, Fletcher: Blue Rhythm (1931-1933) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120672
Jazz
HERMAN, Woody: The Band That Plays the Blues (1937-1941) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120527
Jazz
HITS OF THE 1930s, Vol. 2 (1931-1933) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120842
Nostalgia
HOLIDAY, Billie: Fine and Mellow (1936-1941) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120583
Jazz
JAZZ AMBASSADORS: Legacy of Stan Kenton (The) Altissimo
75442260742
Contemporary Jazz
JAZZ FOR YOU - CHILL WITH FITZGERALD (1936-1952) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120893
Jazz
JONES, Spike: Musical Depreciation with Spike Jones (1942-1950) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120679
Nostalgia
KING COLE TRIO: That's What (1943-1947) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120826
Jazz
LEE, Peggy: It's a Good Day (1941-1950) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120642
Jazz
LITTON, Andrew: Tribute to Oscar Peterson (A) BIS
BIS-2034
Jazz
MAGIC OF THE MOMENT - IMPROVISATIONS BIS
BIS-NL-CD-5005
Contemporary Jazz
MANTOVANI ORCHESTRA: A Mantovani Concert (1946-1949) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120516
Nostalgia
MCPARTLAND, Marian: Lullaby of Birdland Naxos Jazz Archives
9.81168JZ
Jazz
MERMAN, Ethel: It's De-Lovely (1932-54) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120838
Nostalgia
Over The Rainbow Naxos International
8.990049
Film and TV Music
PARKER, Charlie: Bird on the Side (1941-1947) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120622
Jazz
Piano Recital: Kessel, Susanne - RACHMANINOV, S. / BACH, J.S. / MILHAUD, D. / KRENEK, E. / HUPFELD, H. (Californian Concert) Oehms Classics
OC534
Instrumental
PINZA, Ezio: Some Enchanted Evening (1949-1954) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120643
Nostalgia
SHAVERS, Charlie: Most Intimate (The) (1955) Naxos Jazz Archives
9.81140JZ
Jazz
SHORE, Dinah: Dinah Shore (1939-1951) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120659
Nostalgia
STARS of the GOLDEN ERA Naxos Nostalgia
8.120754-55
Nostalgia
SVENSKA JAZZKLASSIKER (Swedish Jazz Classics) (1950-1951) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120868
Nostalgia
TATUM, Art: Hold That Tiger! (1933-1940) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120610
Jazz
TATUM: Improvisations Naxos
8.559130
Instrumental
TEAGARDEN, Jack: Texas Tea Party (1933-1950) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120585
Jazz
THEMES OF THE BIG BANDS: Drifting and Dreaming (1934-1945) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120579
Jazz
TIBBETT, Lawrence: De Glory Road (1931-1936) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120595
Nostalgia
ULTIMATE BIG BAND COLLECTION (THE) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120861-62
Nostalgia
ULTIMATE VOCAL COLLECTION (THE) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120863-64
Nostalgia
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE AIRMEN OF NOTE: Out In Front Altissimo
75442261472
Contemporary Jazz
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE AIRMEN OF NOTE: Somewhere Out There Altissimo
75442261212
Contemporary Jazz
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND (THE AMBASSADORS): After Hours Altissimo
75442262482
Contemporary Jazz
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND OF MID-AMERICA: To the Edge of Space Altissimo
75442271092
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND OF THE ROCKIES: Just Friends Altissimo
75442271032
Contemporary Jazz
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE HERITAGE OF AMERICA BAND: Valentine Altissimo
75442270852
Contemporary Jazz
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE ORCHESTRA: Remembering the Glenn Miller Army Air Forces Orchestra Altissimo
75442260542
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
Vocal Recital: Mattila, Karita - LOEWE, F. / LLOYD WEBBER, A. / LEANDROS, L. / HOLLANDER, F. / STYNE, J. / GERSHWIN, G. (Best of Evergreens) Ondine
ODE994-2
Film and TV Music
Vocal Recital: Mattila, Karita - PORTER, C. / KERN, J. / WEBBER, A.L. Ondine
ODE848-2
Film and TV Music
Vocal Recital: Mattila, Karita - PORTER, C. / RODGERS, R. / HART, L / COOLEY, E. / SILVA, J. / JOBIM, A. / ARLEN, H. / GERSHWIN, G. / KERN, J. Ondine
ODE1105-2
Contemporary Jazz
Vocal Recital: Mattila, Karita - WAGNER, R. / DVORAK, A. / VERDI, G. / PUCCINI, G. / SIBELIUS, J. / MARTENSON, L. (The Irresistible Karita Mattila) Ondine
ODE1171-2
Film and TV Music
WYNTERS, Gail: My Shining Hour Naxos Jazz
86027-2
Contemporary Jazz
YAHEL, Sam: Searchin' Naxos Jazz
86004-2
Contemporary Jazz

Role: Non-Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
BENNETT, Richard Rodney: I Never Went Away … Delos
DE5001
Contemporary Jazz
BIGBANDS LIVE - Benny Goodman Orchestra featuring Anita O’Day (1959) Jazzhaus
101704
Jazz
CHARLIE MARIANO SEXTET: Avant-Garde Alto from the Back Bay (1953) Naxos Jazz Archives
9.81142JZ
Jazz
EVANS, Bill: Live '64 - '75 (NTSC) Naxos
2.119013
Jazz DVD
JAZZ AMBASSADORS: Legacy of Stan Kenton (The) Altissimo
75442260742
Contemporary Jazz
Jazzin Legeanat - 60 kaikkien aikojen klassikkoa Naxos Jazz Legends
8.103014
Jazz
LEA, Barbara: A Woman In Love (1955) Naxos Jazz Archives
9.81228JZ
Jazz
SHAVERS, Charlie: Most Intimate (The) (1955) Naxos Jazz Archives
9.81140JZ
Jazz
STRING FEVER: It don't mean a thing Naxos
8.572834
Contemporary Jazz
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE AIRMEN OF NOTE: Here Come the Airmen of Note Altissimo
75442253362
Contemporary Jazz
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE AIRMEN OF NOTE: Tiempo Latino Altissimo
75442260222
Contemporary Jazz
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND OF THE ROCKIES: Ev'rytime We Say Goodbye Altissimo
75442260102
Contemporary Jazz
UNITED STATES ARMY CHORUS: Settin' the Standards Altissimo
75442270652
Choral - Secular
VAUGHAN, Sarah: Come Rain or Come Shine (1949-1953) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120773
Jazz
VAUGHAN, Sarah: Live in '58 and '64 (NTSC) Naxos
2.119004
Jazz DVD
Vocal Recital: Mattila, Karita - PORTER, C. / RODGERS, R. / HART, L / COOLEY, E. / SILVA, J. / JOBIM, A. / ARLEN, H. / GERSHWIN, G. / KERN, J. Ondine
ODE1105-2
Contemporary Jazz
WEBSTER, Ben: Music for Loving (1954) Naxos Jazz Archives
9.81158JZ
Jazz





 
 
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