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Lindy Hop DJ Corner: You Should DJ Big Band Music

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The Frankie Manning Foundation is pleased to welcome guest bloggers on a variety of subjects. Kicking off our new Lindy Hop DJ Corner is Michael Gamble: 


I want to talk to you, dancers and DJ’s, about my passion for big band music. Mostly, I want you to fall in love with it the way I have, and, if you’re a DJ, to take it upon yourself to make sure this stuff saturates the dance floor. I’m gonna make a lot of suggestions, over many posts, but this first one is just to get us rolling and introduce the topic.


I will present information in a simplified way that hopefully makes it easy to find. If you find that you are interested in certain details (“who’s that clarinet soloist??”) that are not listed, I welcome comments and questions, and will try to update/reply with information that may prove useful.


I will list big bands and songs alphabetically, cleverly avoiding the need to rank them in any subjective way.

I will include “big” bands of various sizes. And though there was a range, I’ll say a minimum of 10 musicians counts as “big” for this list.

I will include a spotify link to all the music at the bottom of the post.


  1. Al Cooper & His Savoy Sultans – Sophisticated Jump

  2. Andy Kirk & His Twelve Clouds of Joy – Walkin’ and Swinging’

  3. Artie Shaw & His Orchestra – Everything Is Jumping’

  4. Benny Goodman & His Orchestra – Roll ‘Em

  5. Boots & His Buddies – Rhythmic Rhapsody

  6. Charlie Barnet – The Right Idea

  7. Chick Webb & His Orchestra – Blue Lou

  8. Count Basie & His Orchestra – Sent For You Yesterday

  9. Duke Ellington Orchestra- Stepping Into Swing Society

  10. Gene Krupa & His Orchestra – Boogie Blues

  11. Earl Hines  & His Orchestra – Riff Medley

  12. Edgar Hayes & His Orchestra – Meet The Band

  13. Erskine Hawkins & His Orchestra – Rockin’ Rollers’ Jubilee

  14. Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra – Christopher Columbus

  15. Glen Grey & The Casa Loma Orchestra – Little Brown Jug

  16. Glenn Miller & His Orchestra – Johnson Rag

  17. Harry James Big Band – Rose Room

  18. Jimmie Lunceford & His Orchestra – Okay For Baby

  19. Larry Clinton & His Orchestra – Sugarcoat Stomp

  20. Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra – Till Tom Special

  21. Lucky Millinder Orchestra – How About That Mess

  22. Teddy Powell – Teddy Bear Boogie

  23. Teddy Wilson – Jumpin’ For Joy

  24. Will Bradley – All That Meat and No Potatoes

Michael Gamble is a DJ, Musician, and dancer from Ashville, NC, and one of the organizers of Lindy Focus.

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