On January 18, 1944 the “All American Jazz Band” played the first jazz concert ever presented at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York. The players were chosen as a result of a poll conducted by Esquire Magazine. This jam session was held in conjunction with the awarding of $10,000 in war bonds to these poll winners:

trumpet: Louis Armstrong (first), Cootie William (second)

clarinet: Benny Goodman, Barney Bigard

trombone: Jack Teagarden, Lawrence Brown

saxophone: Coleman Hawkins, Johnny Hodges

bass: Oscar Pettiford, Milton Hinton and Al Morgan (tied for second)

guitar: Al Casey, Oscar Moore

drums: Sidney Catlett, Cozy Cole

piano: Art Tatum, Earl Hines

odd instruments: Red Norvo and Lionel Hampton, tied

Armed Forces favorites: Artie Shaw, Willie Smith and Dave Tough (tied for second)

female vocalists: Billie Holiday, Mildred Bailey

male vocalists: Louis Armstrong, Leo Watson

The Mudd has Esquire Magazine’s Jazz Book from 1944, 1945 and 1946 containing information on the All-American Jazz Band plus articles on jazz, jazz players and jazz records.