Traces the events spanning Griffin's career from his time in the Benny Goodman band with Harry James and Ziggy Elman in what Duke Ellington dubbed the best brass section of its day through his freelance years in radio, television, and records where he recorded with legendary musicians such as Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Tony Bennett, and Frank Sinatra. Griffin's honesty and humor shine through the text as he recalls a time when talent and dedication to quality were supreme.
The late Warren W. Vache was a freelance writer and jazz musician. He was a co-founder and charter member of the New Jersey Jazz Society, the co-founder of the American Federation of Jazz Societies, and founder of the American Jazz Hall of Fame.
Part 1 Editor's Foreword Part 2 Prelude Part 3 Introduction Chapter 4 Binghamton Chapter 5 White Plains Chapter 6 Emmett Donahue Chapter 7 Johnny Caper Chapter 8 Scott Fisher Chapter 9 Charlie Barnet Chapter 10 Bouf Turner Chapter 11 Joe Haymes Chapter 12 Helen O'Brien Chapter 13 Bar Harbor Chapter 14 CBS Chapter 15 John Hammond Chapter 16 Ziggy Elman Chapter 17 Benny Goodman Chapter 18 Mrs. Stegmaier Chapter 19 Andy Ferretti Chapter 20 Fritz Kreisler Chapter 21 Frank Sinatra Chapter 22 Manny Weinstock Chapter 23 Ray Bloch Chapter 24 Mel Torme Chapter 25 Dinah Shore Chapter 26 Benny Baker Chapter 27 Johnny Pepper Chapter 28 Jackie Gleason Chapter 29 Easter Call Chapter 30 Charles Martin Drama Chapter 31 Tony Martin Chapter 32 Milton Berle Chapter 33 Kate Smith Chapter 34 Peter Van Steeden Chapter 35 Paul and Irene Griffin Part 36 Discography Part 37 About the Author