I’m a huge fan of these old Columbia and RCA vinyl covers by artist Jim Flora from the late 1940’s – 1950’s.  I found these on the official Jim Flora Website.

florabixtram

floraalex-kallao

Benny Goodman sketch

floracollaboration

floragene-krupa

florakid-ory-cover

floraMambo-print100

florapanic-is-on

florapete-jolly-duo

florasauter-finegan

florashorty-rogers

florapete-jolly-trio-coming-out-party

I found these great photographs of some of my favorite old big bands.

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The Count Basie Orchestra (Image: http://www.euclidsfifth.com)

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Count Basie Orchestra poster from 1939 (Image: AllPosters)

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The Tommy Dorsey Band with Buddy Rich on skins - 1941 (Image: http://www.tuxjunction.com)

Glenn Miller with his orchestra

Glenn Miller with his orchestra

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Glenn Miller Orchestra poster from the Hippodrome Theatre in Baltimore (Image:AllPosters)

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The Benny Goodman Ochestra with Gene Krupa on skins (Image:www.drummerworld.com)

Mr. Gene Krupa of the Benny Goodman Orchestra

Mr. Gene Krupa of the Benny Goodman Orchestra (Image:www.drummerworld.com)

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The Gene Krupa Band (Image:www.drummerworld.com)

The Duke Ellington Orchestra with Mr. Ellington on keys - 1962 (Image www.steinonvine.com)

The Duke Ellington Orchestra with Mr. Ellington on keys - 1962 (Image http://www.steinonvine.com)

The Duke Ellington Orchestra - 1937

The Duke Ellington Orchestra - 1937