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Some jazz standards are relatively unknown to people who don’t listen to jazz. Sweet Georgia Brown, though, is known by EVERYONE, mainly because the Harlem Globetrotters have been using the tune as their theme song since 1952. Even fiddlers love this song, and it’s a popular bluegrass tune in addition to being a great jazz tune. The tune, written by Ben Bernie, Maceo Pinkard, and lyricist Kenneth Casey, was first published in 1925. Rather, 1925 seems to be the most widely accepted date, although some people suspect the film was made in 1922 or 1924. 1925 was certainly the year Bernie recorded the song on vinyl.

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Camden is a working jazz pianist, multi-instrumentalist, and music educator currently living near Boise, ID. He teaches music at the Idaho Arts Charter School, and is the jazz adjunct professor at Northwest Nazarene University. Check out his music at www.camdenhughesmusic.com.

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    • Hi Graham,
      We are currently in the process of replacing some of our older play-alongs. Please stay tuned as there will be a longer and improved one soon!

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