Soft Winds – Fletcher Henderson

A small-group swing classic that's been recorded in a countless variety of settings and arrangements. We'll be exploring this important jazz standard in many ways. For now, take a listen to the original Benny Goodman version, pianist Art Tatum's trio (and his transcribed solo), and a 3-guitar interpretation (with Minus You audio).

Fletcher Henderson

December 18, 1897 – December 29, 1952

Jazz historians often name Fletcher Henderson as one of the fathers of swing. Fletcher's band included nearly all of the greatest swing artists. Today he is credited not only with writing arrangements that helped pioneer swing and jazz forms but also discovering many of the best musicians of the swing era, including Louis Armstrong and Lester Young. Read more...

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