Harry Haag James (March 15, 1916 - July 5, 1983) was a popular United States musician and band leader, and a well known trumpet virtuoso. Harry James was born in Albany, Georgia, the son of a bandleader of a traveling circus. By age 10 he was taking trumpet lessons from his father. His father had him on a very strict practicing schedule every day. ...show more
Harry Haag James (March 15, 1916 - July 5, 1983) was a popular United States musician and band leader, and a well known trumpet virtuoso. Harry James was born in Albany, Georgia, the son of a bandleader of a traveling circus. By age 10 he was taking trumpet lessons from his father. His father had him on a very strict practicing schedule every day.
He was given one page to learn out of the Arban's book (a trumpet drill book) every day and could not do anything until he learned that page. In 1931 the family settled in Beaumont, Texas and James began playing with local dance bands. James joined the nationally popular Ben Pollack in 1935. At the start of 1937 he left Pollack to join Benny Goodman's orchestra, where he stayed through 1938.
In February of 1939 Harry James debuted his own big band in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He continued touring with the band into the 1980s. His was the first "name band" to employ vocalist Frank Sinatra, in 1939. In 1943 he married actress Betty Grable. ...show less
Albums & Singles by Harry James
The Very Best Of
Rhapsody and Rhythms
The Best of Harry James Vol. 2
The Masters of Jazz: 33 Best of George Shearing & Harry James
Rare War Time Recordings, Vol. 1
Harry James Big Band on Armed Forces Radio
The Best Jazz
Flying Home With Harry James
Big John Special
Two O'Clock Jump
And The Angels Sing
Rare War Time Recordings - Vol. 1
Harry James - Hotel Astor Roof 1942
New York World's Fair, 1940 - The Blue Room, Hotel Lincoln, 1941
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