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Harry James

tr, 1916-1983 US, Albany, Georgia
Musician of Jazz
A.k.a. Henry Haag James

Harry Haag James (March 15, 1916 – July 5, 1983) was an American musician who is best known as a trumpet playing band leader who led a big band from 1939 to 1946. He broke up his band for a short period in 1947 but shortly after he re-organized and was active again with his band from then until his death in 1983. He was especially known among musicians for his astonishing technical proficiency as well as his superior tone, and was extremely influential on up and coming trumpet players from the late 1930s into the 1940s. He was also an actor in a number of motion pictures that usually featured his bands in some way.

        
Instruments
  • Trumpet
  • Bongos
  • Drums
Genres
  • Jazz
  • Pop
  • Soundtrack
Popular Tracks   
It's Been a Long, Long Time on Best Of The Big Bands by Harry James
All Or Nothing At All on Ultimate Big Band Collection: Harry James by Harry James
I've Heard That Song Before on Trumpet Blues: The Best Of Harry James by Harry James
It's Been A Long, Long Time on Harry James in Hi-Fi by Harry James
Sleepy Lagoon on Ultimate Big Band Collection: Harry James by Harry James
You Made Me Love You on Ultimate Big Band Collection: Harry James by Harry James
I'll Get By (As Long As I Have You) (with Dick Haymes) on Dick Haymes with Harry James & Benny Goodman: The Complete Columbia Recordings by Dick Haymes
You Made Me Love You on The Hit Years by Harry James
Strictly Instrumental on Trumpet Blues: The Best Of Harry James by Harry James
I Had The Craziest Dream on Best Of The Big Bands by Harry James

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Band Members
Discography



Title Artist Year Type
Ultimate Big Band CollectionHarry James2011Compil.
Best Of Harry JamesHarry James2010Compil.
In Chronology - 1945-1946Harry James2009Album
In Chronology - 1944-1945Harry James2009Album
New Yorks World's Fair ~ 1940 The Blue Room. Hotel Lincoln ~ 1941Harry James featuring Dick Haymes2009Compil.
The Complete Harry James In Hi-FiHarry James2008Compil.
Harry James And His New Swingin' BandHarry James2007Compil.
The In Person And Hi-Fi Sound Of Harry JamesHarry James, Harry James And His Orchestra2007Compil.
Harry James... Today!Harry James2007Album
Crazy RhythmHarry James2003Compil.
The Best Of Harry JamesHarry James2003Compil.
Two O'Clock Jump / Trumpet Blues And CantabileHarry James2002Compil.
SwingtownHarry James2002Compil.
At The Hollywood PalladiumHarry James2002Single
Concerto For TrumpetHarry James2002Compil.
Earl Hines' Jubilee With Harry JamesEarl Hines With Harry James2002Compil.
Dance Parade • Your Dance DateHarry James2002Compil.
Harry James And His New Jazz Band Vol. 2Harry James2001Album
Concerto For TrumpetHarry James2001Album
Greatest HitsHarry James2000Compil.
Harry James And His New Jazz Band Vol. 1Harry James2000Album
Harry James' Ray Anthony's GreatestHarry James / Ray Anthony2000Album
Life Goes To A PartyHarry James2000Album
The Complete Helen Forrest With Harry JamesHelen Forrest, Harry James1999Compil.
Big Sounds of The Big BandsLes Brown, Glen Gray, Ray Anthony, Stan Kenton, Harry James1999Album
The Complete Capitol Recordings Of Gene Krupa & Harry JamesGene Krupa & Harry James1999Compil.
Trumpet Blues: The Best Of Harry JamesHarry James1999Compil.
Harry James: Swing Town!Harry James1999Compil.
The Best Of Harry JamesHarry James1999Compil.
The Complete Columbia RecordingsDick Haymes, Harry James, Benny Goodman1998Compil.
The Best Of The Big BandsTommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Harry James, Artie Shaw1998Compil.
Big Band LegendsTommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Harry James, Glenn Miller1997Compil.
The Jazz Masters - 100 Años Of SwingHarry James1996Compil.
The Dream DuoHarry James, Betty Grable1996Album
Harry JamesHarry James1996Compil.
The Classic TracksHarry James1996Compil.
Verve Jazz Masters 55Harry James1996Compil.
Have Trumpet, Will TravelHarry James1996Compil.
April 1946 Spotlight Bands Broadcasts Plus: Rare 1943 Air ChecksHarry James Featuring Willie Smith1995Album
1940Harry James With Dick Haymes1995Album
Jazz Collection 1946-1955Harry James1995Compil.
The Big BandsLes Brown, Glen Gray, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Harry James, Woody Herman1995Compil.
Masters Of JazzDuke Ellington, Harry James, Herb Pomeroy1995Compil.
Sentimental SwingHelen Forrest with Benny Goodman, Harry James1995Compil.
The Classic TracksHarry James1995Compil.
Things Ain't What They Used To BeHarry James1994Compil.
The Essence Of Harry JamesHarry James1994Compil.
Yes, Indeed!Harry James1993Compil.
The Music MakerHarry James1993Compil.
The Best of the Capitol YearsHarry James1992Compil.
Harry JamesHarry James1992Album
Harry JamesHarry James1992Compil.
You Made Me Love YouHarry James1992Album
Harry JamesHarry James1992Compil.
The World Of Harry James/How High The MoonHarry James1992Compil.
Basie RhythmCount Basie, Harry James1991Compil.
Back Beat BoogieHarry James1991Compil.
Original Golden HitsHarry James1991Compil.
Harry JamesHarry James1990Compil.
Two O'Clock JumpHarry James1990Compil.
Os Grandes Sucessos De Harry JamesHarry James1990Compil.
The Best Of The Big Dance BandsBenny Goodman / Woody Herman / Harry James1990Compil.
In Vienna 1957 Vol. 1Harry James1990Album
In Vienna 1957 Vol. 2Harry James1990Album
Best Of Big BandsHarry James1990Compil.
Trumpet BluesHarry James1989Compil.
Harry JamesHarry James1989Compil.
Things Ain't What They Used To BeHarry James1989Compil.
Harry James At The Casino GardensHarry James1988Album
One Night StandHarry James1988Album
Trumpet Blues - 20 Original Big Band HitsHarry James1988Compil.
20 Original Big Band HitsHarry James1988Compil.
The Kings Of Swing Vol. 1Benny Goodman, Harry James, Woody Herman1988Compil.
Live In The 1970's Volume OneHarry James1987Compil.
Harry James (2)Harry James1987Compil.
Harry's DelightHarry James1987Compil.
Digital MagicHarry James1987Compil.
Harry JamesHarry James1987Compil.
Perfil de Harry JamesHarry James1986Compil.
September SongHarry James1984Compil.
One Night Stand With Harry James And His Swingin' '46 BandHarry James1984Album
CiribiribinHarry James1984Compil.
The Greatest Recordings Of The Big Band EraHarry James / Freddie Slack / Bobby Sherwood / Abe Lyman / Dick Stabile1984Compil.
One Night Stand With Harry James At The Blue NoteHarry James1984Album
1940 & 1939Harry James & Ziggy Elman featuring on vocals Dick Haymes1984Compil.
La Tromba E L'Orchestra Di Harry JamesHarry James1983Compil.
Trumpet ToastHarry James1983Compil.
One Night Stand With Harry James In New JerseyHarry James1983Album
Big Bands: Harry JamesHarry James1983Compil.
MemorialHarry James1983Album
One Night Stand With Harry James At The ClickHarry James1983Album
Big Band Arranger 1937-1942Harry James1983Compil.
Big John SpecialHarry James1982Compil.
... Con Swing... Vol. 23Harry James1982Compil.
The Kings Of SwingBenny Goodman, Stan Kenton, Harry James1982Compil.
Music MakerHarry James1982Album
One Night Stand With Harry James And Pretty Kitty KallenHarry James1981Album
Harry James LiveHarry James1981Album
Europa JazzDuke Ellington, Harry James, Herb Pomeroy, Jon Hendricks1981Compil.
Ozvěny SwinguHarry James / Les Brown1981Compil.
The Unheard Harry JamesHarry James1981Album
The Swinging Big Bands 1936-1946Benny Goodman, Harry James, Tommy Dorsey & Frank Sinatra, Glenn Miller1981Compil.
Young Harry James 1936-1939Harry James1980Compil.
One Night Stand With Harry James At The Fireman's BallHarry James1980Album
The Greatest Recordings Of The Big Band EraHarry James, Horace Heidt / Jack Jenney / Claude Hopkins1980Compil.
Harry JamesHarry James1979Compil.
Live! Hollywood Palladium - Freedomland, N.Y. 1953 - 54Harry James, Willie Smith, Buddy Rich1979Album
CiribiribinHarry James1979Compil.
American Jazz & Blues History Vol. 16Harry James1979Compil.
One Night Stand With Harry James On Staten IslandHarry James1979Album
Film Tracks Of Harry JamesHarry James1979Album
The Man With The HornHarry James1979Compil.
One Night Stand With Harry James On Tour In '64Harry James1979Album
Trompettes D'OrHarry James, Maurice André1978Compil.
The Radio Discs Of Harry James Volume 3Harry James1978Album
One Night Stand With Harry James Volume 5Harry James With Cab Calloway1978Album
One Night StandHarry James1978Album
EspecialHarry James1978Compil.
One Night Stand With Harry James At The AstorHarry James1977Album
Comin' From A Good PlaceHarry James1977Album
Spotlight On Jerry Wald, Jan Savitt And Harry JamesJerry Wald, Jan Savitt And Harry James1977Compil.
The Benny Goodman StoryBenny Goodman With Harry James / Lionel Hampton / Martha Tilton1977Album
Big Bands Forever! Four Kings Of Swing, Volume 1Harry James, Kay Kyser1977Compil.
Spotlight On Harry JamesHarry James1977Album
Sessions, LiveHarry James / Les Brown1976Album
Radio Discs Of Harry James Volume 2Harry James1976Album
ClassicsHarry James1975Compil.
Radio Discs Of Harry JamesHarry James1975Album
One Night Stand With Harry JamesHarry James1975Album
One Night Stand with Harry James Volume IIHarry James1975Album
You Made Me Love You / All Or Nothing At AllHarry James1974Single
The Glenn Miller & Harry James BandsGlenn Miller And Harry James1974Compil.
Sleepy Lagoon / Two O'Clock JumpHarry James1974Single
Swingtime With Harry James & Benny Goodman 1937-1942Harry James / Benny Goodman1973Compil.
Jazz History Vol. 4Harry James, Gene Krupa1973Compil.
Harry James And His Orchestra - Recorded In 1938 to 1942Harry James1973Compil.
Ciribiribin / I'll Get ByHarry James1973Single
Trumpet Blues / Concerto For TrumpetHarry James1972Single
Harry James Greatest HitsHarry James1971Single
The Mellow HornHarry James1971Album
Harry James' Greatest HitsHarry James1970Compil.
Harry JamesHarry James1969Single
The Golden Trumpet Of Harry JamesHarry James1968Album
Harry James' Greatest HitsHarry James1967Compil.
Our Leader!Harry James1967Album
Big Bands Are BackHarry James1967Album
Live At The RiverboatHarry James1966Album
Harry James & His Western FriendsHarry James1966Album
The Ballads And The Beat!Harry James, Harry James And His Orchestra1966Album
Favoritas De Norteamérica Vol. IIIFrancis Bay, Sammy Kaye, Harry James, Ken Griffin, Les Brown1965Compil.
Harry James Plays Green Onions & Other Great HitsHarry James1965Album
In A Relaxed MoodHarry James1964Album
New Versions Of Down Beat FavoritesHarry James1964Album
The Best Of The Big BandsBenny Goodman, Harry James, Glen Gray & The Casa Loma Orchestra1963Compil.
Harry James Plays Neal HeftiHarry James1961Album
The Spectacular Sound Of Harry JamesHarry James1961Album
Six Top Bands Swing AgainLes Brown, Benny Goodman, Glen Gray, Woody Herman, Harry James, Stan Kenton1960Compil.
Harry James ...TodayHarry James1960Album
Hollywood HitsRosemary Clooney And Harry James1959Compil.
The James SoundHarry James1959Single
Too Close For ComfortHarry James1959Single
The New Harry JamesHarry James1959Compil.
The Four From "Porgy And Bess"Anita Ellis, Harry James, Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday1959Single
The Golden Age Of The Dance BandsThe Poll Winners Of 1940 - Glenn Miller ● Tommy Dorsey ● Harry James ● Benny Goodman ● Artie Shaw ● Jimmy Dorsey1958Compil.
Frank Sinatra With Harry James & Pearl BaileyFrank Sinatra With Harry James & Pearl Bailey1958Single
Benny Goodman Plays Selections From The Benny Goodman Story - Part 1Benny Goodman With Harry James / Lionel Hampton / Martha Tilton1956Single
More Harry James In Hi-Fi (Part 2)Harry James1956Single
More Harry James In Hi-Fi Part 2Harry James, Harry James And His Orchestra1956Single
More Harry James In Hi-fiHarry James1956Album
Eight To The ValveHarry James, Pete Johnson, Albert Ammons1955Single
Harry James In Hi-fiHarry James1955Album
When You Wish Upon A Star / It Might As Well Be SpringRosemary Clooney - Harry James With Harry James And His Orchestra1955Single
All Time FavoritesHarry James And His Orchestra, Harry James1955Single
All About Harry JamesHarry James1955Compil.
Hollywood's BestRosemary Clooney, Harry James1954Compil.
The Continental (You Kiss While You're Dancing) / You'll Never Know / Sweet Leilani / The Lady Is A TrampRosemary Clooney - Harry James With Harry James And His Orchestra1954Single
N°4Harry James1954Single
Le Vol Du BourdonHarry James1954Single
Dancing In Person With Harry James At The Hollywood PalladiumHarry James1954Album
Lovelight / Fruit CakeHarry James And His Orchestra / Harry James - Toni Harper1952Album
Just A MoodTeddy Wilson Quartet Starring Harry James & Red Norvo1952Single
Blacksmith Blues / Don't Send Me HomeToni Harper - Harry James1952Album
Hollywood's Best Vol. IIHarry James, Rosemary Clooney1952Single
You'll Never Know / The Continental (You Kiss While You're Dancing)Rosemary Clooney - Harry James With Harry James And His Orchestra1952Album
Hollywood's BestRosemary Clooney And Harry James With Harry James And His Orchestra1952Album
The Melancholy Trumpet / Goin' HomeHarry James - Toni Harper With Harry James And His Orchestra1952Album
To Be Loved By You / When I DreamHarry James & Kitty Kallen with Harry James And His Orchestra1952Single
Hollywood's BestRosemary Clooney And Harry James1952Single
Like The Moon Above You / Roll 'EmHarry James & Kitty Kallen with Harry James And His Orchestra1952Album
Castle Rock / Deep NightFrank Sinatra & Harry James1951Single
Young Man With A HornDoris Day And Harry James1950Album
My Honey's Lovin' Arms / New York City Blues / There's Music In The LandBobby Hackett1948Album
All Time FavoritesHarry James1946Album
Home James / JesseHarry James And The Boogie Woogie Trio1939Album
Boo-Woo / Woo-WooHarry James And The Boogie Woogie Trio1939Album
Life Goes To A PartyBenny Goodman / Harry James1933Compil.
Louis Armstrong Harry JamesLouis Armstrong, Harry James1929Compil.
Great Bands!Harry James - Jimmy Dorsey - Les Brown - Woody Herman - Gene KrupaCompil.
Swing Goes On! Vol. 9Harry JamesCompil.
Palladium PartyHarry JamesCompil.
La Carnaval De VeniseHarry JamesSingle
Over The RainbowRosemary Clooney E Harry JamesAlbum
. . For Old Times Sake: 1939 & 1951Frank Sinatra And Harry JamesCompil.
TiernamenteHarry JamesSingle
I Giganti Del Jazz Vol. 71Harry James / Buddy Rich / Woody HermanCompil.
Best Of The Big BandsBenny Goodman, Harry James, Glen Gray & The Casa Loma OrchestraSingle
O, Mein Papa (Oh! My Papa) / SerenataHarry James & Paul Weston And His OrchestraSingle
Greatest Hits Vol. 2Harry JamesCompil.
Big Band PortraitDuke Ellington / Benny Goodman / Harry James / Glen GrayCompil.
Dixieland HornHarry James, Wingy Manone, Louis Prima, Bunny BeriganSingle
Dance To The Bands! Vol. 1Stan Kenton / Les Brown / Harry James / Billy May / Woody Herman / Ray AnthonyCompil.
Harry James And His Orchestra 1936-1938Harry JamesCompil.
If I Could Be With YouHarry JamesAlbum
Broadcast Tributes Presents Smoldering Big Band RemotesBenny Goodman, Charlie Shavers, Harry James, Buddy Rich, Gene KrupaCompil.
Golden HitsHarry JamesCompil.
One Night Stand With Harry James At The War Bond RallyHarry JamesAlbum
UntitledHarry JamesAlbum
Sleepy Time GalHarry JamesCompil.
One Night Stand with Harry James In 1944Harry JamesAlbum
Ajuri MusicalHarry JamesAlbum
The Great swing bands of the ‘40’sJimmie Lunceford, Les Brown, Tommy Dorsey, Stan Kenton, Buddy Rich, Harry James, Sam Donahue, Jack Teagarden, Woody Herman, Charlie Barnet, Benny Carter, Boyd Raeburn, Jimmy MundyCompil.
Jazz History, Vol. 12Harry JamesCompil.
Your Helen O'Connell Preview Record "The Years To Remember"Helen O'Connell, Ray Anthony, Harry James, Teresa Brewer, The Andrews Sisters, Marlene Dietrich, Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, Louis Armstrong, Les Brown, The Ames BrothersAlbum
Golden InstrumentalsHarry James & Les PaulCompil.
The Post-War PeriodHarry JamesAlbum
The Great American Dance BandsHarry JamesCompil.
One Night Stand With Buddy Rich & Harry JamesBuddy Rich & Harry JamesAlbum
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