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Collector's Checklists
by Music Librarian Christopher Popa

​     Rather than a list of every big band CD ever available, these are meant to be the most important releases in order for collectors to have the least duplication.  However, some duplication is impossible to avoid.

Val Alexander

Ray Anthony

Louis Armstrong

Desi Arnaz

Gus Arnheim

Georgie Auld

Mitchell Ayres

Charlie Barnet

Blue Barron

Count Basie

Louie Bellson

Tex Beneke

Bunny Berigan

Ben Bernie

Will Bradley

Randy Brooks

Les Brown

Sonny Burke

Henry Busse

Billy Butterfield

Bobby Byrne

Cab Calloway

Frankie Carle

Benny Carter

Lee Castle

Carmen Cavallaro

Bob Chester

Larry Clinton

Al Cooper (Savoy Sultans)

Del Courtney

Warren Covington

Bob Crosby

Xavier Cugat

Al Donahue

Sam Donahue

Dorsey Brothers

Jimmy Dorsey 

Tommy Dorsey

Eddy Duchin

Sonny Dunham

Billy Eckstine

Les and Larry Elgart

Duke Ellington

Ziggy Elman

Skinnay Ennis

Maynard Ferguson

Shep Fields

Jack Fina

Ted FioRito

Ralph Flanagan

Chuck Foster

Jan Garber

Dizzy Gillespie

Benny Goodman

Gray Gordon

Glen Gray (Casa Loma Orchestra)

Jerry Gray

Jimmie Grier

Bobby Hackett

George Hall [ including Dolly Dawn ]

Mal Hallett

Lionel Hampton

Phil Harris

Coleman Hawkins

Erskine Hawkins

Edgar Hayes

Ted Heath

Neal Hefti

Horace Heidt

Fletcher Henderson [ including Horace Henderson ]

Woody Herman

Tiny Hill

Richard Himber

Earl Hines

Claude Hopkins

Eddy Howard

Dean Hudson


Ina Ray Hutton

Illinois Jacquet

Harry James

Jack Jenney

Henry Jerome

Buddy Johnson

Isham Jones

Spike Jones

Louis Jordan

Jimmy Joy

Dick Jurgens

Art Kassel

Sammy Kaye

Hal Kemp

Stan Kenton

Wayne King

John Kirby

Andy Kirk

Gene Krupa

Kay Kyser

Lester Lanin

Elliot Lawrence

Syd Lawrence

Ted Lewis

Enoch Light

Little Jack Little

Guy Lombardo

Johnny Long

Vincent Lopez

Jimmie Lunceford

Abe Lyman

Richard Maltby

Ralph Marterie

Freddy Martin

Chico Marx

Frankie Masters

Billy May

Clyde McCoy

Hal McIntyre

Ray McKinley

Jay McShann

Glenn Miller

Lucky Millinder (Mills Blue Rhythm Band)

Vaughn Monroe

Art Mooney

Russ Morgan

Buddy Morrow

Ozzie Nelson

Red Nichols

Ray Noble

Red Norvo

Sy Oliver

Will Osborne

Tony Pastor

Ben Pollack

Teddy Powell

Louis Prima

Boyd Raeburn

Don Redman

Alvino Rey

Tommy Reynolds

Buddy Rich

Luis Russell


Jan Savitt

Raymond Scott

Artie Shaw

Bobby Sherwood

Freddie Slack

Muggsy Spanier

Phil Spitalny

Charlie Spivak

Dick Stabile

Bob Strong

Jack Teagarden

Claude Thornhill


Orrin Tucker

Tommy Tucker

Rudy Vallee

Various Artists

Charlie Ventura

Joe Venuti

Jerry Wald

Fats Waller

Chick Webb

Ted Weems

Lawrence Welk

Paul Weston

Paul Whiteman

Cootie Williams

Griff Williams

Teddy Wilson

Si Zentner

Bob Zurke

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