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Ina Ray Hutton is best known for the all-female big band that she led during the 1930s, a unit that consistently swung more than expected and showed that females could play jazz too. However, this collectors' CD features her later all-male orchestra. Unfortunately, no personnel is given other than that Stuart Foster (later with Tommy Dorsey) handles the male vocals and the Loo Sisters are featured singing on "In My Arms." The repertoire is typical of the period (mostly all swing standards), with the hotter "killer dillers" including "Hallelujah," "King Porter Stomp," and "Ring Dem Bells." The music overall is well-played, although the orchestra (which broke up later in 1944) never developed a personality of its own beyond its baton-waving leader.


Born: 13 March 1916 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '30s, '40s

Ina Ray Hutton is most famous in jazz history for having led an all-female big band in the 1930s. Her dancing in front of the orchestra (often using a baton as a prop) and her occasional winning vocals were a strong attraction for years. In the early '30s she sang and danced in several Broadway productions including Lew Leslie's "Clowns In ilover," George White's "Melody Revue" and the Ziegfield Follies. In 1934 she was signed by Irving Mills to front an all-female orchestra which became known as...
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