1930s Italian Swing – Phantom Dancer 18 Dec 2018


ITALIAN 1930s SWING

Despite Italy being under the Fascist regime of Mussolini, jazz and swing was available on radio in Italy. Names had to be Italianised. Louis Armstrong became Luigi Braccioforte. St Louis Blues was Le Tristezze di San Luigi. We’ll hear a set of 1930s-40s Italian swing on this week’s Phantom Dancer with Greg Poppleton.

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Mussolini’s Son is Jazz Pianist – Romano Mussolini, son of the late Fascist dictator, plays piano during Italian Jazz festival at San Remo, Italy, last Sunday. Romano, who plays in a Roman quintet, was a main attraction at the festival. 1956

MUSSOLINI JAZZ DADDY

Visiting American artists had toured ragtime acts in Italy in the early 20th century. British, French and American jazz bands visited in the 1920s. They could also be heard daily over shortwave radio from the US and England and over medium and long wave stations from France.

The first Italian jazz orchestras were formed in the 1930s. Bands like those led by Barzizza and Angelini, and singers such as the Trio Lescano and Alberto Rabagliati were hugely popular. Rabagliati, a jazz crooner, even appeared in movies with such cultural icons as Tito Schipa and had his own radio show on national Italian radio EIAR in 1941, ‘Canta Rabagliati’ (Rabagliati sings).

It helped that dictator Mussolini’s son, Romano, was a great jazz fan and after the war performed prominent jazz pianist. “Occasionally inspired, he was always efficient – he made the refrains run on time”. So, in spite of the anti-American cultural policies of the Fascist regime during the 1930s, American jazz and its Italian form remained popular. Louis Armstrong toured Italy with great success in 1935, whereas he was banned in fascist Germany.

Much of the jazz recorded in Italy up to 1945 has been lost. While 78s exist, many of the original recording matrices were destroyed by bombing during WW2. Most of the Italian recording industry was centred on Milan and Turin, both heavily bombed between 1942-45. Other matrices were destroyed the same way much early Australian jazz has been lost, by record companies and radio stations dumping their libraries.

Maria Jottini on 1939 Italian TV
Maria Jottini on 1939 Italian TV

VIDEO

This week’s Phantom Dancer video of the week is a 1942 commercial recording by Ernesto Bonino, ‘A Zonzo’.

18 DECEMBER PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #345

107.3 2SER Tuesday 18 December 2018
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT)
National Program:
ArtSoundFM Canberra Sunday 7 – 8pm
and early morning on 24 other stations.

Set 1
1944-46 Radio Swing Bands
I’ve Got a Right to Sing the Blues (theme) + Shine
Jack Teagarden Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Coral Gables
Weymouth, Mass
AFRS Re-broadcast
24 Aug 1944
Come Rain or Come Shine
Bobby Sherwood Orchestra (voc) Frances Glenn
‘One Night Stand’
Avadon Ballroom
Los Angeles Ca
AFRS Re-broadcast
3 June 1946
Moten Swing + Cirribirribin (theme)
Harry James Orchestra
Casino Gardens
Ocean Park Ca
KFI NBC LA
1944
Set 2
Jazz on 1960 Radio
Open + Love Letters
Rodolfo Alchourron Quartet
‘Esto es Jazz’
LR1 Radio el Mundo
Buenos Aires
28 May 60
Red Pepper Blues
Art Pepper
‘Jazz International’
AFRTS Hollywood
16 Jun 1960
Cool By the Pool + Close
Gilbert Lacombe Septet
Radio Canada
Montreal
1960
Set 3
Swing Bands with Pianist Leaders
Snowball (theme) + Where or When
Claude Thornhill Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Glen Island Casino
New Rochelle NY
AFRS Re-broadcast
23 June 1947
Rocking in Rhythm
Duke Ellington Orchestra
‘Basin Street’
WCBS CBS NY
16 April 1956
If I Could Be With You One Hour Tonight
Erroll Garner (piano) Woody Herman Orchestra (voc) WH
‘Monitor’
WRCA NBC NY
26 Jun 1955
Set 4
1930s Italian Swing
Musica Maestro
Angelini e sua Orchestra (voc) Ernesto Bonino
Comm Rec
Turin
1938
Se io fossi un millionario
Unknown
Comm Rec
Milan
1939
Notte
Angelini e sua Orchestra (voc) Norma Bruni
Comm Rec
Turin
1939
Set 5
1920s-30s Dance Bands
My Troubles Are Over
Ted Weems Orchestra (voc) Parker Gibbs
Comm Rec
Camden NJ
7 Dec 1929
Ballin’ The Jack / Walkin’ the Dog
Red Nichols Orchestra
‘Heat’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1930
That’s A Plenty
Red Nichols Orchestra
‘Brunswick Brevities’
Radio Transcription
New York City
27 Aug 1929
Kansas City Kitty + What a Girl, What a Night!
Coon-Sanders Nighthawks (voc) Joe Sanders
‘Maytag Frolics’
Radio Transcription
Chicago
1 Mar 1929
Set 6
For The Record
Open + Futurama
Gene Krupa Orchestra
‘For The Record’
WEAF NBC NY
7 Aug 1944
I Can’t Get Started
Charlie Barnet Orchestra (voc) Kay Starr
‘For The Record’
WEAF NBC NY
11 Sep 1944
It Had To Be You
Gene Krupa Orchestra (voc) Peggy Mann
‘For The Record’
WEAF NBC NY
7 Aug 1944
Keep The Home Fires Burning
Charlie Barnet Orchestra
‘For The Record’
WEAF NBC NY
11 Sep 1944
Set 7
The Magic Key 1935-36
Alexander’s Ragtime Band + Dixieland Band
Benny Goodman Orchestra
‘The Magic Key’
WJZ NBC Blue NY
29 Dec 1935
I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter + Christopher Columbus
Fats Waller
‘The Magic Key’
WJZ NBC Blue NY
24 May 1936
Set 8
Way Out
Bebop
Howard McGee Sextet
AFRS Los Angeles
29 Apr 1947
I Remember Clifford
Oscar Pettiford
Birdland
WABC ABC NY
Jun 1957
If I Had You
Lee Konitz Quartet
Storyville
Copley Square Hotel
WHDH Boston
5 Jan 1954
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Cheeky Tourists – Funny Video


Film bombed by tourists. They walk towards the camera, then at 25 seconds it happens…
Enjoy

Juan Tizol – Phantom Dancer 11 Dec 2018


The Phantom Dancer, which I’ve been presenting on 107.3 2SER Sydney since 1985, is your non-stop 2 hour swing and jazz mix from live 1920s-60s radio and TV.

This week’s Phantom Dancer includes:
– a set of Duke Ellington trombonist’s Juan Tizol compositions,
– a set of Cuban rhythms by Xavier Cugat and Desi Arnez,
– 2 sets of rare mid-1930s swing and more from live 1920s-60s radio and TV broadcasts.

You can hear this week’s show from 11 Dec online at radio 2SER.

And the last hour is all vinyl!

Your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week: The Boswell Sisters singing ‘Crazy People’ in 1932. Enjoy!

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #345

107.3 2SER Tuesday 11 Dec 2018
After the 2SER news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT)

National Program:
ArtSoundFM Canberra Sunday 7 – 8pm
and early morning on 24 other stations.

Set 1
1930s Swing on the Wireless
Back Room Romp (A Contrapuntal Stomp)
Rex Stewart and his 52nd Street Sompers
Comm Rec
NYC
7 July 1937
Margie
Benny Goodman Orchestra
‘Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS New York
6 Sep 1938
Here Comes Your Pappy Down The Own Dusty Road + Close
Bob Crosby Orchestra (voc) The Freshman
‘Ford V-8 Revue’
NYC
1936
Set 2
The Songs of Juan Tizol
Zambu
Harry James Orchestra featuring Juan Tizol
Meadowbrook Gardens
Cedar Grove NJ
WNBC NBC NY
Feb 1946
Take The A-Train (theme) + Caravan
Duke Ellington featuring Juan Tizol (tb)
‘Stars in Jazz’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
24 Nov 1952
Perdido + Lullaby of Birdland (theme)
Sarah Vaughan
‘Stars In Jazz’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
31 Mar 53
Is There Life On Other Planets?
Various Learned Professors
‘University of Chicago Roundtable’
NBC Chicago
1948
Set 3
The Great Jazz Singers of the 1950s on Radio and TV
Keeps On Raining
Billie Holliday
‘Eddie Condon’s Floor Show’
WPIX TV NY
1949
You’re My Thrill
Carmen McCrea
‘All-Star Parade Of Bands’
Birdland
WRCA NBC NY
1956
Linger Awhile + Tenderly (Close)
Sarah Vaughan
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Sardi’s Hollywood
KFI NBC LA
21 May 1956
Set 4
Cuban Rhythms – Cugie and Desi on the Radio
Open + Brazil
Xavier Cugat Orchestra (voc) Choir
‘Xavier Cugat Show’
AFRTS Re-broadcast
1944
Cachita
Desi Arnez Orchestra (voc) DA
Ciro’s
Hollywood
KNX CBS LA
1946
Chiu Chiu + Close
Xavier Cugat Orchestra (voc) Nita Rosa
‘Xavier Cugat Show’
AFRTS Re-broadcast
1944
Set 5
1944 – 1946 Radio Swing on One Night Stand
Cherokee
Charlie Barnet Orchestra
Radio Transcription
21 Jul 1944
Zanzi
Cab Calloway Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Club Zanzibar NY
AFRS Re-broadcast
16 Jul 1945
On The Road To Mandalay
Jack Teagarden Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Joplin, Missouri
AFRS Re-broadcast
18 Mar 1946
Holiday For Swing + Trinidad
Erskine Hawkins Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Blue Room
Hotel Lincoln NY
AFRS Re-broadcast
1 May 1946
Set 6
1930s Swing on the Radio
can You Take It?
Fletcher Henderson Orchestra
Comm Rec
New York
18 Aug 1933
Let’s Dance (theme) + Te Object Of My Affection
Benny Goodman Orchestra (voc) Buddy Clark
‘Let’s Dance’
WEAF NBC Red NY
1 Dec 1934
Zonky
Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra
‘Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS NY
17 Dec 1935
Happy As The Day Is Long + Close
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
‘Ford V-8 Show’
Texas Centennial Exposition
Dallas
Aug 1936
Set 7
Bix Beidebecke
Singin’ The Bluess
Frankie Trambauer Orchestra Orchestra, Bix Beidebecke (cnt) The 1st recorded jazz ballad?
Comm Rec
New York
4 Feb 1927
In A Mist + Candlelight – both composed by Bix
Harry ‘The Hipster’ Gibson (piano)
‘Eddie Condon’s Jazz Concert’
Town Hall
WJZ Blue Network NY
22 Jul 1944
You Took Advantage Of Me
Paul Whiteman Orchestra (voc) Bing Crosby (cnt) Bix Beidebecke
Comm Rec
New York
28 Apr 1928
Set 8
Bop Singers On The Air
What’s The Matter Now?
Clyde Hart’s All-Stars (tp) Dizzy Gillespie (voc) Rubberleg Williams
Comm Rec
NYC
Jan 1945
Hurry Home + Deedle + Royal Roost Bop
Dave Lambert and Buddy Stewart (voc)
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
5 Mar 1949
I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles
Jackie Kane and Roy Kral (voc) Charlie Ventura Quartet
‘Symphony Sid Show’
WMCA NY
1949
Romance Without Finance
Charlie Parker Quintet (voc) Jimmy Butts
Comm Rec
NYC
15 Sep 1944