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He Set the WORLD on Fire! Swinging the Blues to Lindy Hop with Jazz Legend Eddie Durham

Saturday Night July 15th 2017 - the FINAL NIGHT of Mid Summer Night Swing (MSNS) in New York City.

Some heavy hearts are obvious as this classic and Special Summer dance staple nears it's end.  But one person's heart is touched to hear her family's musical legacy blaring from the DJ Booth, a bit more than they anticipated.

On thisnight the MSNS DJ played -  on average -  three to four of Eddie Durham's compositions for Count Basie, Glenn Miller, Bennie Goodman or 
Jimmie Lunceford. This year she heard Blues In The Groove (Lunceford), Sent For You Yesterday & Here You Come Today (Basie), WHAM REBOP BOOM BAM (Benny Goodman) and Durham's Infamous ARRANGEMENT of IN THE MOOD for Glenn Miller, one of the most famous arrangements globally.

These were all played in a row, right before the Harlem Renaissance Orchestra HRO) hit their musical stride at 7:30.Not too much later theHarlem Renaissance Orchestra performed you could hear TOPSY and SWINGING the BLUES (Basie versions…