The Glenn Miller Band Reunion features original members of Miller's bands, the famed civilian one based in New York City and the specialty group he put together briefly for the Army Air Corps. The trombonist/band-leader was killed during World War II when his plane mysteriously disappeared crossing the English Channel. Jack Jones is the host, singing solo and with the other guests, 1950's recording artist Kay Starr and Los Angeles based jazz vocal group String of Pearls. Choreographer Lester Wilson created energetic nouveau jitterbugs to accompany and enhance the featured instrumentals. The music performed includes just about every Miller hit, from ''Moonlight Serenade,'' ''In the Mood,'' ''Chattanooga Choo Choo'' and ''Pennsylvania 6-5000'' to more obscure pieces like ''Love With a Capital U''. In between the live recorded musical numbers, there are biographical documentary segments, presented in the format of personal anecdotes from the original musicians themselves. Recalled are ... Written by
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Jazz Vocal Group "STRING OF PEARLS" was discovered by PBS Producer Sam Paul while performing at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel's famous Cinegrill. The three member group with Warren Adams, Perry Hart & Katheryne High were asked to re-create original Glenn Miller vocal group Modernaires recordings for the show and in an effort to be as authentic as possible they invited in jazz recording artist John Vance as the "fourth Pearl" for this one time only event. The group makes one appearance in the show as a trio performing an original jazz vocalese of the song "A String of Pearls" with lyrics written by Marilee Bradford. See more