The Tuesday October 10 and 18 Phantom Dancers will be part of the annual 2SER Subscriber Drive.
The Phantom Dancer, which I’ve presented since 1985 on 2SER, is your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s – 1960s radio and TV.
On-air and online, 107.3 2SER Sydney after the 12 noon news. Hear the show any time online at the 2SER website.
And for both Subscriber Drive Phantom Dancer shows, you’ll hear some of the greats of jazz, including Sarah Vaughan, Louis Armstrong and Harry James, from live 1920s-60s radio, broadcasting money songs and songs to inspire you to support the Phantom Dancer with your $$$$.
SUBSCRIBE OR DONATE
Donations are tax deductible. Subscriptions cost as little as a coffee a month and now can be direct debited monthly.
Call the Phantom Dancer during the 2SER Subscriber Drive, 02 9514 9500 or online to give your financial support.
WHY SUPPORT THE PHANTOM DANCER?
2SER is a grassroots, community-funded Sydney station and we couldn’t deliver to you the stories, ideas and music that we do each and every day, seven days a week, year-round without the support of listeners just like you. 2SER has supported The Phantom Dancer since December 1985.
‘Supporter Drive’ is 2SER’s annual fundraiser.
In order for 2SER to remain independent, once a year we go on air and ask our listeners to dig deep and financially support the station. 2SER gets no funding from the government, we are limited in the amount of sponsorship we can take, and the rest of funds come from a variety of projects and grants.
The revenue raised through Supporter Drive is vital for the survival of 2SER
Each year, we ask our listeners for money to help us keep making great radio. We ask them to become a supporter or make a tax deductible donation.
The financial support from our listeners helps pay for our equipment and maintenance, and is an important part of our budget. It helps to ensure that we are free of commercial influences and it also gives our listeners a sense of ownership of the station; which is a great thing because without them we wouldn’t have a station.
There’s no prizes, no gimmicks, but we need your support to keep 2SER 107.3 on air in Sydney. If you’d like to help then head to 2ser.com/donate and give what you can.
PROGRAM NOTE: SARAH VAUGHAN
Over the last two weeks I’ve described some of the ‘classical’ background of Fats Waller and Harry James.
This week I’m playing a song from a 1953 NBC broadcast by Sarah Vaughan, an extraordinary singer who had NO classical background, but a singer with a vocal instrument acclaimed as being suited for opera, though she chose not to train in that genre.
Vaughan’s New York Times obituary stated, “[Sarah was a] singer who brought an operatic splendour to her performances of popular standards and jazz.”
Her voice which remained resonant and supple throughout her illustrious career, spanned soprano to female baritone with no difficult intervals. Musicologist Henry Pleasants noted that Vaughan ranged from a soprano high C down to contralto low D.
She used a hand held microphone to add ternary dynamics to her voice.
As to being a jazz singer?
Sarah avoided classifying herself as one. In a 1982 interview for Down Beat she said,
“I don’t know why people call me a jazz singer, though I guess people associate me with jazz because I was raised in it, from way back. I’m not putting jazz down, but I’m not a jazz singer…I’ve recorded all kinds of music, but (to them) I’m either a jazz singer or a blues singer. I can’t sing a blues – just a right-out blues – but I can put the blues in whatever I sing.”
Here’s Sarah singing rock/doo-wop/cha-cha in 1959 and having a laugh during the song. Enjoy!