It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)

Alex Welsh Jazz Band

Prague, Czechoslovakia, 1976

Composed in 1931 by Duke Ellington, “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)” has since become a jazz standard. Cutting edge, it predates the swing era and may be the first song to use swing in its title.

Alex Welsh, a Scotsman, was not only a band leader and a talented trumpet player but was noted for his showmanship and sense of humor.


Alex Welsh, trumpet
Roy Williams, trombone
Johnny Barnes, reeds
Brian Lemon, piano
Paul Skivington, bass
Roger Nobes, drums

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