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History

This swing formation was founded by Chick Webb in the late 20s, from (and predating) the former Harlem Stoppers Webb's Quintet, and the Jungle Band.
During the early 30s, it was the Savoy Ballroom house band, and was dreaded as one of the Giants killer big band formation of the era (notably, the high-fly Goodman's orchestra was dwarfed during one of these Savoy "battles").
Integrating Ella Fitzgerald in its rank in 1935, the band enjoyed wide popularity and a few charts success, before Webb's dramatic death in 1939.
Ella Fitzgerald then lead the band for two more years under the name Ella Fitzgerald and Her Famous Orchestra, before going solo and splitting it up during the summer of 1941.
The band never really had stars in its rank (beside, of course, Ella Fitzgerald, and quick appearances of Benny Carter and Johnny Hodges) and its main strengths were its unity and Webb's amazing play.

A later Ella Fitzgerald release would "reunite" the former Webb Orchestra members during the 50s.

Listener Guide

The band discography nowadays is available in two parts, the first (prior 1939) being detailed in Chick Webb's page, the second obviously found under Ella Fitzgerald and Her Famous Orchestra, which modern editions tend to scatter into Ella Fitzgerald discography (in the numerous releases covering the early Decca days).

The reference for serious listeners is either the Classics' Chronological, or the Proper's boxset.

Additional Notes

The band was variously referred to as Chick Webb's Orchestra, Chick Webb and his Orchestra, Chick Webb's Band, Chick Webb and his Band, Chick Webb Savoy's Orchestra, etc.
There is absolutely no differences between these.

Annotation last modified on 2007-12-14 14:09 .
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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2000 The World of Swing Various Artists 1
2002 Swing Swing Swing Various Artists 1
2003 Now They Call It Swing! - No. 1 Charts Hits Only Various Artists 1
2013 Ella Fitzgerald: The Voice of Jazz Ella Fitzgerald 1
2017 100 Songs For a Centennial Ella Fitzgerald 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1976 Reefer Songs: 16 Original Jazz Classics Various Artists 1
1983 Big Band Jazz From the Beginnings to the Fifties, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1983 Greatest Jazz Recordings of All Time: Great Arrangers & Composers Various Artists 1
1984 Big Bands: Big Band Bash Various Artists 1
1986 Viper Mad Blues: 25 Songs of Dope and Depravity Various Artists 2
1990 25 Géants du Jazz : Enregistrements Historiques Various Artists 1
1990 L'art vocal Volume 5 Ella Fitzgerald 1
1990 The Chronological Classics: Ella Fitzgerald 1935-1937 Ella Fitzgerald 2
1990 The Chronological Classics: Ella Fitzgerald 1937-1938 Ella Fitzgerald 2
1990 The Chronological Classics: Ella Fitzgerald 1938-1939 Ella Fitzgerald 2
1990 The Chronological Classics: Ella Fitzgerald 1939 Ella Fitzgerald 1
1992 16 Most Requested Songs Big Band Instrumentals Various Artists 1
1993 An Anthology of Big Band Swing 1930–1955 Various Artists 1
1993 Remember the Forties: The Swing Years Various Artists 1
1993 Swing Time! The Fabulous Big Band Era 1925-1955 Various Artists 1
1993 The Early Years, Part 2 Ella Fitzgerald 2
1993 The Fabulous Thirties Various Artists 1
1994 Swing That Music! Various Artists 1
1994 Spinnin' the Webb: The Original Decca Recordings Chick Webb 2
1994 'S Wonderful!: The Songs of George and Ira Gershwin Various Artists 1
1994 Black Legends of Jazz Various Artists 1
1995 Ella Fitzgerald With the Chick Webb Band (1935-1938) Ella Fitzgerald & Chick Webb 1
1995 Dreams Come True Ella Fitzgerald 1
1995 Swing Time (of the 30’s) Various Artists 1
1995 The Orchestras of 1936-1937: Chick Webb, Bill Challis and Woody Herman Various Artists 1
1996 Best of the Big Bands Various Artists 1
1996 Swing Out Various Artists 1
1996 Dedicated to You Ella Fitzgerald 1
1996 Gershwin - The Platinum Collection George Gershwin 1
1996 Jazz Greats, Volume 2A: Swing That Music Various Artists 1
1996 Jazz Greats, Volume 5: Ella Fitzgerald: Sing Me a Swing Song Ella Fitzgerald 1
1996 Masters of Jazz, Volume 3: Big Bands of the '30s and '40s Various Artists 1
1996 Sophisticated Swing: Presentert av Leif "Smokerings" Anderson & Knut Borge Various Artists 1
1997 Smokin’ Jazz Various Artists 1
1997 The Early Years, Part 1 Ella Fitzgerald 1
1997 The Masters Ella Fitzgerald 1
1997 The Music of Prohibition Various Artists 1
1998 Swingsation: Ella Fitzgerald With Chick Webb Ella Fitzgerald & Chick Webb 1
1998 Let's Swing Various Artists 1
1998 Woody Allen's Movies Various Artists 1
1998 Deja Vu Retro Gold Collection Ella Fitzgerald 1
1998 EMI Music Resources: The Standards, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1998 Jazz Greats, Volume 64: Stompin' at the Savoy Various Artists 1
1998 Spinnin' the Webb Chick Webb 1
1998 The Gold Collection Ella Fitzgerald 1
1999 Holiday in Harlem Ella Fitzgerald 1
1999 The Engine Room: A History of Jazz Drumming From Storyville to 52nd Street Various Artists 1
1999 100 Years of Jazz: From Ragtime to Avantgarde Various Artists 1
1999 The Ultimate Grammy Box: From the Recording Academy’s Collection of Award Winning Music Various Artists 2
1999 Complementary Tracks Various Artists 1
1999 I Got a Guy Ella Fitzgerald 1
1999 Jazz Greats, Volume 74: Swing Trumpets: Fiesta in Brass Various Artists 1
2000 Flashbacks, Volume 1: High & Low: DrugSongs 1917-1944 Various Artists 1
2000 Ken Burns Jazz: The Story of America's Music Various Artists 1
2000 As Good as It Gets: Swing Various Artists 1
2000 Les Triomphes du jazz Various Artists 3 1
2000 Midnite Jazz & Blues: Rhythm and Romance Ella Fitzgerald 1
2000 Music for Goodfellas Various Artists 1
2000 Roots of Rhythm: Leader of the Band Various Artists 1
2000 The 'Thirties Various Artists 1
2000 The Chronological Classics: Ella Fitzgerald, Volume 1: 1935-1941 Ella Fitzgerald 1
2000 The Swing Era 1930 - 1936 Various Artists 1
2001 Woody's Winners: 20 Classic Tracks From the Films Various Artists 2
2001 Star Power Ella Fitzgerald 1
2001 The Ella Fitzgerald Songbook Ella Fitzgerald 1
2001 50 Original Recordings Ella Fitzgerald 1
2001 Love & Kisses Ella Fitzgerald 1
2001 Swing Various Artists 1
2001 That Old Black Magic Ella Fitzgerald 1
2001 The History of Jazz: 100 Jazz Hits as Featured in the Celebrated TV Series Various Artists 1
2001 The Swing Era: 1938 to 1939 Various Artists 1
2001 Woody Allen's Movie Music Various Artists 1
2002 Sing When You're Swinging Various Artists 1
2002 Portrait Ella Fitzgerald 2
2002 Classic Jazz: The Thirties Various Artists 1
2003 The Great Dance Bands Various Artists 1
2003 Lindy Hop and Salsa: Mai 2003 Mix by Evelyne Various Artists 1
2003 Rhythm and Romance Ella Fitzgerald 1
2003 The Art Deco Music Collection Various Artists 1
2004 Romance and Rhythm Ella Fitzgerald 1
2004 Le petit dictionnaire du jazz classique en 80 musiciens Various Artists 1
2004 The Ultimate 30s and 40s Reefer Songs Various Artists 1
2005 The Ultimate Jazz Archive Various Artists 43
2005 De Pre Historie - 75 Jaar Radiohits 30-40 Various Artists 1
2006 Big Band Compilation, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
2006 Jazz in the Charts 017 (1934) Various Artists 1
2006 Jazz in the Charts 021 (1935) Various Artists 1
2006 Jazz in the Charts 026 (1936) Various Artists 1
2006 Jazz in the Charts 027 (1936) Various Artists 1
2006 Jazz in the Charts 029 (1936) Various Artists 1
2006 Jazz in the Charts 033 (1937) Various Artists 1
2006 Jazz in the Charts 035 (1937) Various Artists 1
2006 Jazz in the Charts 038 (1938) Various Artists 1
2006 Jazz in the Charts 040 (1938) Various Artists 1
2006 Jazz in the Charts 044 (1938) Various Artists 1

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