For a short time in the late '50s, Harry Arnold led one of the finest big bands in jazz, which was quite an accomplishment considering that he was based in Sweden. Originally a saxophonist, Arnold started leading swinging orchestras starting in 1942 and eventually gave up playing in favor of being an arranger. He worked with Thore Ehrling's band from 1949-1952 (on tenor, alto, and as an arranger) and was busy in the studios, writing many film scores throughout the first half of the '50s. Arnold's glory years were 1956-1965, when he was the leader of the Swedish Radio Big Band, an orchestra that included such top Swedish players as Arne Domnerus, Bengt Hallberg, and Ake Persson. Trumpeter Benny Bailey also played regularly with the band, and Quincy Jones headed it for a period in 1958 when he was contributing some notable charts to their ...
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Big Band in Concert 1957-58 1996 Big Band in Concert 1957-58
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