“Looking Back: Goodbye Benny, et al” by Arnie Koch

When the Benny Goodman Orchestra appeared at the Metropolitan Theater in Boston in May 1937, the Boston Morning Globe reported: “The Metropolitan Theater yesterday appeared to hold every boy and girl in Greater Boston who could beg a school ‘absent’ excuse from a tolerant parent. Benny Goodman, King of Swing, is in town, which means that the youngsters of the city are in their seventh heaven of rapture. What shrieks of joy as he played ‘Alexander’s Ragtime Band’ in his own swingy rhythms! What yells and whistles and stampings followed Gene Krupa’s drumming exhibitions!” Read more at the Melrose Free Press:

Here’s to The Vocalists! by Arnie Koch

Seldom acknowledged is how many big bands provided the “launching pads” for their vocalists who went on to fame and. sometimes, fortunes. Many became as important and familiar to the public as their former employers,  .As the big band era began to fade,  their  careers  blossomed.  It is an impressive list: Continue reading


May 28th, 2011

Thank you to everyone who has visited our site and signed up to be a part of our mission. We are currently re-organizing to localize within the Boston area and recruit volunteers to assist in our upcoming fundraising events and cataloguing our small but growing library of arrangements.  Over the next few weeks, we’ll be posting the titles of our unpublished arrangement library and listing our new sponsors. If you would like to join us in our efforts and live in the Boston or surrounding area, please contact us.

Amanda Carr, Founder