Benny Goodman would be 106 years old if still alive today. We might not have "The King of Swing" but damn if we don't have Ken Peplowski, 56, to inherit that mantle. Cleveland resident Peplowski's new 'Enrapture' on Capri Records proves you can swing mightily on tunes from any genre.
This might be the grand-daddy of boxed sets: not for its bulk, but for its cultural importance. For it is here where America grew to love Frank Sinatra, 'A Voice On Air 1935-1955' (Legacy Recordings).
Today, we celebrate guitar virtuoso Joe Pass' birthday. The jazz heavyweight would have been 85 years old.