As Long as I Live


1934-As Long as I Live-Cotton Club Parade (24th Ed.)-11934-As Long as I Live-Cotton Club Parade (24th Ed.)-2

As Long as I Live (m. Harold Arlen, w. Ted Koehler)

As Long as I Live was written for the 24th Edition of the Cotton Club Parade, the last on which the songwriting team of Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler worked. The show opened on 23 March 1934. The song was introduced by Avon Long and Lena Horne. Another Arlen-Koehler jazz standard, Ill Wind, was also introduced in this show.


Benny Goodman early portrait-1-ss-c1Benny Goodman_2

Benny Goodman and his Orchestra — 1934



Red McKenzie with The Spirits of Rhythm — recorded 11 September 1934




Leo Reisman and his Orchestra, vocal: Phil Neely — 1934



Lew Stone and His Band, vocal by Al Bowlly — recorded 3 August 1934, at the Monseigneur Restaurant, London

It was issued as the B-side of Decca Records 78 rpm single Isle of Capri (Wilhelm Grosz, Jimmy Kennedy) (Decca F.5132), a 25 July 1934 recording by Lew Stone and His Band with vocal by trumpeter Nat Gonella.


Benny-Goodman-Sextet-Paramount Theatre-NY-Autumn-1940-1-sh20-f10

Benny Goodman Sextet-1-d43Benny Goodman Sextet, featuring Count Basie — recorded 7 November 1940

Benny Goodman, clarinet
Count Basie, piano
Charlie Christian, electric guitar
Cootie Williams, trumpet
George Auld, tenor sax
Artie Bernstein, bass
Harry Jaeger, drums




Lena Horne with Horace Henderson and his Orchestra — recorded in Hollywood, California on 21 November 1944



Anita O’Day — recorded 6 December 1955, and released on the 1956 Verve LP Anita (MGV 2000), reissued in 1962 as This is Anita (V/V6 8483)

Anita O’Day: vocal
Paul Smith: piano
Barney Kessel: guitar
Joe Mondragon: bass
Alvin Stoller: drums


Gene Krupa — second track on the 1965 Metro Records LP Gene Krupa (MS 518)


Kenny Burrell — from his 1967 LP A Generation Ago Today


Jim Cullum Jazz Band with guests: singer Catherine Russell and pianist Dick Hyman — An excerpt from a recording for the Public Radio series Riverwalk Jazz at Pearl Stable, San Antonio, TX, May 2010

JCJB members — Jim Cullum: cornet, Ron Hockett: reeds, Mike Pittsley: trombone, Howard Elkins: guitar, Ric Ramirez: bass, Mike Waskiewicz, drums



Catherine Russell — live studio performance, Rijnmond, Rotterdam – 9 July 2010

Before she performed at North Sea Jazz Festival 2010 in the evening, Catherine Russell visited the studios of RTV Rijnmond, Rotterdam. She sang “As Long As I Live” from her album, Catherine RussellInside This Heart of Mine.

Catherine Russell – vocals
Mark Shane – piano
Matt Munisteri – guitar
Lee Hudson – bass



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

web stats