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Metronome All Stars

A.k.a. All Star Band (4)

Metronome Magazine had an annual poll during 1939-1961 that picked who their readers considered the top jazz instrumentalists on each instrument for the year. More than that, Metronome actually recorded the all-stars on a fairly regular basis with sessions of the 1939-1942, 1945-1950, 1953, and 1956 contests. In most cases, the group recorded two songs with short solos from practically all of the participants.

PortraitMiles Davis
tr 1926-1991 US
PortraitStan Getz
ts 1927-1991 US
PortraitFrank Sinatra
voc 1915-1998 US
PortraitBuddy Rich
dr 1917-1987 US
PortraitGeorge Shearing
p 1919-2011 GB
PortraitDizzy Gillespie
tr 1917-1993 US
PortraitCharlie Parker
as 1920-1955 US
PortraitDuke Ellington
p 1899-1974 US
PortraitCount Basie
p 1904-1984 US
PortraitNat King Cole
voc, p 1919-1965 US
PortraitNeal Hefti
tr 1922-2008 US
PortraitMax Roach
dr 1924-2007 US
PortraitTommy Dorsey
tb 1905-1956 US
PortraitColeman Hawkins
ts 1904-1969 US
PortraitJ.J. Johnson
tb 1924-2001 US
PortraitBenny Goodman
cl 1909-1986 US
PortraitTeddy Wilson
p 1912-1986 US
PortraitTex Beneke
voc, sax, ts 1914-2000 US
PortraitSy Oliver
voc, tr 1910-1988 US
PortraitLester Young
ts 1909-1959 US
PortraitRoy Eldridge
tr 1911-1989 US
PortraitJohnny Hodges
as, sax 1906-1970 US
PortraitHarry Edison
tr US
PortraitGene Krupa
dr 1909-1973 US
PortraitVido Musso
ts, sax 1913-1982 US
PortraitArthur Rollini
ts, sax US
PortraitCootie Williams
tr 1911-1985 US
PortraitJohn Kirby
b, cb 1908-1952 US
PortraitBenny Carter
as 1907-2003 US
PortraitZiggy Elman
tr 1914-1968 US
PortraitLawrence Brown
tb 1907-1988 US
PortraitJess Stacy
p 1904-1995 US
PortraitHymie Schertzer
sax, as 1909-1977
PortraitLennie Tristano
p 1919-1978 US
PortraitBilly Bauer
g 1915-2005 US
PortraitWarne Marsh
ts 1927-1987 US
PortraitLee Konitz
as *1927 US
PortraitCharlie Ventura
ts, sax 1916-1992 US
PortraitShelly Manne
dr 1920-1984 US
PortraitFlip Phillips
ts, sax 1915-2001 US
PortraitCharlie Shavers
tr 1920-1971 US
PortraitKai Winding
tb 1922-1983 US
PortraitCharlie Barnet
as, ss, ts 1913-1991 US
PortraitBunny Berigan
tr 1908-1942 US
PortraitBob Zurke
p 1912-1944 US
PortraitFreddie Green
g 1911-1987 US
PortraitBob Cooper
ts 1925-1993 US
PortraitChubby Jackson
b 1918-2003 US
PortraitAl Porcino
tr 1925-2013 DE
PortraitHarry Carney
sax, bs 1910-1974 US
PortraitAlvino Rey
g, stg *1911 US
PortraitJune Christy
voc 1925-1990 US
PortraitPete Candoli
tr 1923-2008 US
PortraitPete Rugolo
key, tr 1915-2011 US
PortraitJack Teagarden
tb, voc 1905-1964 US
PortraitRed Norvo
vib 1908-1999 US
PortraitRex Stewart
tr, cor 1907-1967 US
PortraitJ.C. Higginbotham
tb 1906-1973 US
Artie Bernstein
b 1909-1964 US
PortraitFats Navarro
tr 1923-1950 US
PortraitSerge Chaloff
bs 1923-1957 US
PortraitLou McGarity
tb 1917-1971 US
PortraitTerry Gibbs
vib *1924 US
PortraitBill Harris
tb 1916-1973 US
PortraitCarmen Mastren
g 1913-1981 US
PortraitCharlie Christian
g, eg 1916-1942 US
PortraitDave Tough
dr 1907-1948 US
PortraitHarry James
tr 1916-1983 US
PortraitEddie Safranski
b 1918-1974 US
PortraitErnie Caceres
bs, cl 1911-1971 US
PortraitEddie Miller
ts 1911-1991 US
PortraitMilt Bernhart
tb 1926-2004 US
PortraitTiny Grimes
g 1916-1989 US
PortraitBob Haggart
b 1914-1998 US
PortraitSonny Dunham
tr, tb 1914-1990 US
PortraitRay Bauduc
dr 1906-1988 US
PortraitWill Bradley
tb 1912-1989 US
PortraitToots Mondello
as, sax 1911-1992 US
Doc Goldberg
b US
PortraitCharlie Spivak
tr 1905-1982 US
PortraitHarry Betts
tb 1922-2012 US
PortraitBuddy Childers
tr 1926-2007 US
PortraitBart Varsalona
tb 1918-1984 US
PortraitBuddy DeFranco
cl 1923-2014 US
PortraitJohn Laporta
as, cl 1920-2004 US
PortraitBob Gioga
bs, sax 1905-1999 US
PortraitSonny Berman
tr 1925-1947 US
PortraitRay Wetzel
tr 1924-1951 US
Bob Ahern
g, dr
Warren Weidler
sax, ts
PortraitKen Hanna
tr 1921-1982 US
John Altwerger
sax 1919-1990 CA
PortraitHerbie Fields
ts, cl 1919-1958 US
Harry Forbes
tb *1913

Band Membership

Title Artist Year Type
The Classic Recordings 1939-1953Metronome All Stars2005Compil.
Summit Meetings 1939-1950Metronome All Stars / Esquire All Stars2003Compil.
Birth Of The Cool Vol. 2Shorty Rogers And His Giants, Gerry Mulligan Tentette, Miles Davis And Metronome All Stars1992Compil.
The Metronome All-Star BandsMetronome All Stars1988Compil.
Trumpets On High!Maynard Ferguson / Dizzy Gillespie / Miles Davis & Metronome All Stars1984Compil.
Benny Carter 1945 Plus The Metronome All-StarsBenny Carter Plus Metronome All Stars1982Compil.
The Metronome All Stars - The Esquire All StarsMetronome All Stars, Esquire All Stars1972Compil.
The Metronome All-Star BandsMetronome All Stars1958Compil.
Metronome All-StarsMetronome All Stars1957Compil.
Metronome All-Stars 1956Metronome All Stars1956Album
Mr. "B' With A BeatBilly Eckstine With The Metronome All Stars1956Single
Mr. B. With A BeatBilly Eckstine Sings With The George Shearing Quintet, Woody Herman And His Orchestra, Metronome All Stars1955Album
The Metronome All-StarsMetronome All Stars1955Compil.
St. Louis BluesBilly Eckstine With Metronome All Stars1953Single
Bugle Call Rag, One O'Clock Jump / Blue Lou, The BluesMetronome All Stars / All Star Band1952Single
Metronome All-Star BandsMetronome All Stars1951Compil.
Early Spring / Local 802 BluesMetronome All Stars1951Album
Double Date / No FigsMetronome All Stars1950Album
Overtime / Victory BallMetronome All Stars1949Album
The Maharajah Of Magador / Adios / King Porter StompFreddy Martin And His Orchestra / Claude Thornhill And His Orchestra / Metronome All Stars1949Album
Leap Here / Metronome RiffMetronome All Stars1948Album
Sweet Lorraine / Nat Meets JuneMetronome All Stars With Frank Sinatra With June Christy And Nat King Cole1947Album
Royal Flush / I Got RhythmMetronome All Stars1942Album
Bugle Call Rag / One O'Clock JumpMetronome All Stars1941Album
King Porter Stomp / All Star StrutMetronome All Stars1940Album
Sweet Lorraine / Nat Meets JuneMetronome All Stars With Frank Sinatra With June Christy And Nat King ColeAlbum
Bugle Call Rag/One O'Clock JumpMetronome All StarsAlbum
Look Out / Metronome All OutMetronome All StarsAlbum
Billy Eckstine And The Metronome All StarsBilly Eckstine, Metronome All StarsSingle
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