Sorcery & Swing Comes to Melbourne 7 October


Sorcery and Swing comes to Melbourne, Friday 7 October. Book Now!

Join us for this Unique Roaring Twenties music and magic Dinner Show.

Bookings & Enquiries: https://www.kelvinclub.com/whats-on or (03) 9654 5711

6.30pm ARRIVAL for 7.00pm START at the Kelvin Club, Melbourne Place, Melbourne

FEATURING MAGIC and MUSIC – SORCERY and SWING
Vaudeville brought back to life as you dine in style in the sophisticated Kelvin Club

In singer, Greg Poppleton’s 1920s band, Melbourne’s finest trad musicians…

Ian Smith – sousaphone and cornet
Jason Downes – saxophone and clarinet
Peter Baylor – guitar

The Kelvin Club will be transforming into a “Roaring Twenties” speakeasy for this not-to-be-missed event!

“Moonshine” and canapés served on arrival – together with intimate close-up miracles from The Gentleman Magician.

◆ THE SORCERY… The engaging magic of Bruce Glen, The Gentleman Magician

◆ THE SWING… The superb 1920s-1930s music of Greg Poppleton and his band

ENJOY DINNER AND DANCING ACCOMPANIED BY THE MUSIC OF “TIN PAN ALLEY” – FEATURING…

Greg Poppleton – Australia’s only authentic 1920s-30s singer
Ian Smith – sousaphone and cornet
Peter Baylor – guitar
Jason Downes – clarinet and alto saxophone

  • Hear the captivating crooning of Greg Poppleton and his band
  • Unique storytelling magic by Bruce Glen, The Gentleman Magician
  • Fabulous 2-course dinner
  • Authentic speakeasy
  • A glass of authentic sparkling wine ‘Moonshine’ and canapes on arrival

The Great Gatsby never had it so good!

Greg Poppleton 1920s singer and The Gentleman Magician Bruce Glen - Sorcery & Magic Show
Greg Poppleton 1920s singer and The Gentleman Magician Bruce Glen – Sorcery & Magic Show

Venue: Kelvin Club, Melbourne Place, Melbourne 3000
Time: 6.30pm arrival for 7.00 pm start
Dress Code: 1920s Guys in ties, Girls in pearls
Single Tickets: $95 per person + booking fee
Inclusive of sparkling wine “moonshine” and canapés on arrival, 2-course dinner, entertainment, GST

Bookings & Enquiries: https://www.kelvinclub.com/whats-on or (03) 9654 5711

BRUCE GLEN BIO

Bruce Glen’s Magical Soirées are best described as ‘storytelling magic shows for adults – but not necessarily grown-ups’. They feature cutting-edge magic that seemingly defies the laws of physics – set amid intriguing stories that are guaranteed to leave you wondering. Bruce’s unique performance style has seen him invited to the famed Edinburgh Fringe; Adelaide Fringe and Fringe World Perth.

In 2015, he presented his ‘Imaginary Magic’ show in Sydney (ten sold-out shows) as part of the SMH Spectrum Now Festival. In addition, at sold-out Edinburgh International Magic Festival shows and at the famous London headquarters of The Magic Circle, Bruce left audiences gasping in disbelief – and also wondering if he had actually read their minds!

GREG POPPLETON BIO

Greg Poppleton is Australia’s only authentic 1920s-30s singer with band. Recent performance highlights: 2020 Sydney Festival, resident band Great Art Deco Ball, resident 1920s band Gin Mill Social.

Greg Poppleton brings the era to life with a dazzling Hollywood experience. Think vintage glamour, prohibition and speakeasies. He also appears in the movies Moulin Rouge! and Chronicles of Narnia Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

Ted Fio Rito Cocoanut Grove 1934 – Phantom Dancer 13 September 2022


Ted Fio Rito, band leader, composer and pianist, under the radio pseudonym ‘Vincent Valsanti’, is this week’s Phantom Dancer feature artist in a 1934 Cocoanut Grove radio transcription.

Since I’ve been playing radio transcriptions made in 1934 of ‘Valsanti’ from the Cocoanut Grove Los Angeles over the past three weeks, here’s a little about the Ted Fio Rito / Valsanti / Cocoanut Grove story along with videos from the era.

The Phantom Dancer – your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV hosted by me, Greg Poppleton.

Enjoy a whole library of Phantom Dancer mixes online now at https://2ser.com/phantom-dancer/.

This show will be online after 2pm AEST, Tuesday 13 September at https://2ser.com/phantom-dancer/

 

COCOANUT GROVE

The Cocoanut Grove at Los Angeles’ Ambassador Hotel was a lavishly appointed club – part of the massive 23-acre Ambassador resort, which also included four restaurants, a bowling alley, a billiard room, a shopping plaza, and even a movie theater – decorated in Moroccan style and featured full-sized palm trees reportedly salvaged from Rudolph Valentino’s film “The Sheik.” In addition to the decor, which also offered a night sky filled with stars (thanks to about 1000 small light bulbs), an elevated stage, and both dining and dancing room for several hundred patrons, customers came for the smooth musical entertainment provided by a series of dance orchestras and popular vocalists – many of whom would later go on to star careers in radio, recordings, and the film industry.

In the 1980 book, “Are the Stars Out Tonight?”, former Ambassador PR Director, Margaret Tante Burk, recalls the Grove’s opening night:

“…on the night of April 21, 1921… the new club officially opened its Moroccan style, gold leaf and etched palm tree doors… The Cocoanut Grove was aptly named, guests agreed as they were escorted by the maître de and captains down the wide plush grand staircase… Overhead, soaring about the room were cocoanut trees of papier mache, cocoanuts and palm fronds which had been rescued from the sandy beaches of Oxnard where they had served as atmosphere of the 1921 classic, The Sheik. Swinging from their branches were stuffed monkeys blinking at the revelers with their electrified amber eyes. Stars twinkled in the blue ceiling sky, and on the southernmost wall hung a full Hawaiian moon presiding over a painted landscape and splashing waterfall.”

Ray West Orchestra in 1930…

Due to the foresight of Abe Frank, the manager of both the hotel and the Grove, in the mid-1920s the Ambassador had been equipped with a small radio studio, allowing the music of the various orchestras to be broadcast and enjoyed well outside the confines of the nightclub. From the late 1920s well into the 1960s, live “remote” programs broadcast from the Cocoanut Grove were a popular feature of nighttime radio, allowing millions of people to enjoy the music they would otherwise be unable to afford to hear in person. These broadcasts, aired live nightly for two full hours, only increased the reputation of the Grove as “the place to be” when it came to top notch West Coast entertainment.

From the beginning, the Cocoanut Grove’s glamorous atmosphere attracted the top names in Hollywood for dining, dancing, and mingling. This celebrity connection was always well-publicized by the Ambassador and for a very good reason, too: tourists coming to Los Angeles for a vacation wanted to see the stars and there was no place where the stars came out quite so regularly as the Ambassador Hotel. On an average evening, it was common to see such well-known celebrities as Joan Crawford, Jack Oakie, or Jean Harlow coming to see Bing Crosby or Russ Columbo sing with Gus Arnheim’s Orchestra or dance to Jimmie Grier’s band as they accompanied Loyce Whiteman, The Three Ambassadors (Martin Sperzel, Jack Smith, and Al Teeter), or popular tenor Donald Novis. Even though there was a nationwide depression, Hollywood stars and executives still needed to be entertained — and the Cocoanut Grove was often their first choice.

From 1930 to 1943, six Academy Awards ceremonies were hosted at the hotel. As many as seven U.S. presidents stayed at the Ambassador, from Hoover to Nixon, along with heads of state from around the world.

It was the place to be even in the 1960s…

In 1968, the Ambassador Hotel was the scene of the shooting of Bobby Kennedy.

Due to the decline of the hotel and the surrounding area, the Ambassador Hotel was closed to guests in 1989. In 2001, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) purchased the property with the intent of constructing three new schools within the area. After subsequent litigations to preserve the hotel as a historic site, a settlement allowed the Ambassador Hotel to be demolished in 2005.

VALSANTI

Ted Fio Rito used the pseudonym ‘Valsanti’ for these Cocoanut Grove transcriptions because of an existing recording contract.

Fio Rito was a pianist, hammond organist and the composer of such classic tunes as, “I Never Knew,” “Toot, Toot, Tootsie, Goodbye,” “Laugh, Clown, Laugh,” “Roll Along, Prairie Moon” and “Alone at a Table for Two.”

He started his career as a pianist with a series of bands led by Harry Yerkes, then moved to Chicago in 1921 to join Dan Russo’s band. The following year, he joined with Russo to become the co-leader the Oriole Terrace Orchestra, which he eventually took over when Russo departed in 1928.

Before coming to the Cocoanut Grove in mid-1933, Fio Rito had spent a number of years touring the East Coast and Midwest, including many engagements in Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City and Cincinnati. An early radio enthusiast, Fio Rito’s band was frequently heard on the air from various nightspots – preparing him well for the regular broadcasts scheduled to emanate from the Grove during his stay.

Musically, the orchestra that Fio Rito brought to the Grove was sweet, smooth and clever, playing highly danceable music accented with temple blocks, rapid triplets, and even an occasional solo on the Hammond organ by its talented leader.

Due to an existing recording contract, Theodore Salvatore Fiorito’s singers also adopted pseudonyms for these transcriptions. Muzzy Marcellino, Fio Rito’s guitarist and primary vocalist, sings as Jack Howard. Howard Phillips sings under the name of Bill Thomas, and Fio Rito’s vocal trio The Debutants appear as The Three Keys. 

Watch Ted Fio Rito from the Cocoanut Grove in this 1934 Paramount short ‘Star night atthe Cocoanut Grove’ also featuring Mary Pickford and Bing Crosby. You’ll hear the extreme high and low four octave voice of Jimmy Durante’s future comic foil Candy Candido in what is thought to be his earliest film performance….

 

 

13 SEPTEMBER PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney

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Community Radio Network Show CRN #563

107.3 2SER Tuesday 13 September 2022
12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT) and Saturdays 5 – 5:55pm
National Program
5GTR Mt Gambier Monday 2:30 – 3:30am
3MBR Murrayville Monday 3 – 4am
4NAG Keppel FM Monday 3 – 4am
2MIA Griffith Monday 3 – 4am
2BAR Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4am
2BRW Braidwood Monday 3 – 4am
2YYY Young Monday 3 – 4am
3VKV Alpine Radio Monday 6 – 7pm
7MID Oatlands Monday 6 -7pm
6GME Radio Goolarri Broome Tuesday 12am – 1am
2SEA Eden Tuesday 6 – 7pm
2MCE Bathurst Wednesday 9 – 10am
2RDJ Burwood Wednesday 12 – 1pm
1ART ArtsoundFM Canberra Friday 10 – 11am
2RRR Ryde Friday 11am -12 noon
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
5LCM Lofty FM Adelaide Friday 1 – 2pm
Denmark FM (West Australia) Saturdays 10 – 11am
Repeat: Wednesdays 10 – 11pm
7LTN Launceston Sunday 5 – 6am
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am
3BBR West Gippsland Sunday 5 – 6pm

Set 1
Swing Bands One Night Stand Radio  
Theme + Song of the Wanderer
Buddy Morrow Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Roseland Ballroom NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
1 Mar 1946
16:00 On The Clock
Shep Field and His New Music
‘One Night Stand’
Copacabana NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
9 Aug 1944
Come Rain Come Shine + Close
Hal McIntyre Orchestra (voc) Frankie Lester
‘One Night Stand’
Century Room
Hotel Commodore NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
15 May 1946
Set 2
1950s-60s Jazz Radio  
Jazz Connoisseur
Harry James Orchestra (dms) Buddy Rich
Moonbowl
Freedomland
WNEW NYC
1962
The Theme
Miles Davis Sextet
‘Treasury of Music’
Birdland
WRCA NBC NY
AFRTS Re-broadcast
25 Aug 1959
 
 
 
Set 3
Benny Goodman in Chicago  
Let’s Dance (theme) + Farewell Blues
Benny Goodman Orchestra
Joseph Urban Room
Congress Hotel
WMAQ NBC Red Chicago
20 Jan 1936
Soft Spring
Benny Goodman Orchestra (voc) Helen Forrest
Panther Room
Hotel Sherman
WMAQ NBC Chicago
10 Aug 1941
King Porter Stomp + Goodbye (theme)
Benny Goodman Orchestra
Joseph Urban Room
Congress Hotel
WMAQ NBC Red Chicago
3 Feb 1936
Set 4
Vincent Valsanti (Ted Fio Rito)  
Serenade of Love (theme) + Flirtation Walk
Vincent Valsanti Orchestra (voc) Jack Howard
Cocoanut Radio Transcription
TRANSCO
Los Angeles
1934
When You’re in Love
Vincent Valsanti Orchestra
Cocoanut Radio Transcription
TRANSCO
Los Angeles
1934
Two Cigarettes in the Dark
Vincent Valsanti Orchestra (voc) Phil Thomas
Cocoanut Radio Transcription
TRANSCO
Los Angeles
1934
Were You Foolin’? + I’ll Take an Option on You + Serenade of Love (theme)
Vincent Valsanti Orchestra (voc) Jack Howard and The Three Blue Keys
Cocoanut Radio Transcription
TRANSCO
Los Angeles
1934
Set 5
1930s German Swing  
Darf ich bitten?
Die Goldene Sieben
Comm Rec
Berlin
Sep 1936
Ja und nein
Die Goldene Sieben
Comm Rec
Berlin
Aug 1939
Aus lauter Liebe
Die Goldene Sieben (voc) Peter Igelhoff
Comm Rec
Berlin
Jul 1937
Oh! Aha!
Die Goldene Sieben (voc) Rudi Schuricke Terzett
Comm Rec
Berlin
Feb 1939
Set 6
Early Dorseys  
Theme + On The Beach at Bali Bali
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
‘Ford V-8 Show’
Texas Centennial Exhibition
KRLD CBS Dallas Tx
11 Aug 1936
Sandman (theme) + Is That Religion?
Dorsey Brothers Orchestra (voc) Bob Crosby
Riviera
Fort Lee NJ
WEAF NBC Red NY
20 Sep 1934
Weary Blues
Eddy Howard Orchestra
‘Ford V-8 Show’
Texas Centennial Exhibition
KRLD CBS Dallas Tx
4 Aug 1936
Farewell Blues
Dorsey Brothers Orchestra
‘Chrysler Show’
Radio Transcription
1934
Set 7
Sweet Music  
Romance (theme) + We Just Couldn’t Say Goodbye
Ray Herbeck Music with Romance Orchestra (voc) Lorraine Benson
Trianon Ballroom
WGN Mutual Chicago
24 Nov 1947
For You
King Sisters
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
Jun 1945
Sweet Lorraine
Frank Sinatra
‘Frank Sinatra Show’
AFRS Re-broadcast
26 Nov 1946
What is This Thing Called Love?
Paul Whiteman Orchestra (voc) Eugenie Baird
‘Forever Pops’
ABC Chicago
1947
Set 8
1930s Fats Waller  
Yacht Club Swing (theme) + Whatcha Know, Joe?
Fats Waller
Panther Room
Hotel Sherman
WMAQ NBC Red Chicago
3 Dec 1940
Pent Up in a Penthouse
Fats Waller
Yacht Club
WABC CBS NY
14 Oct 1938
Sto Beating ‘Round The Mulberry Bush
Fats Waller
WEAF NBC Red NY
16 Jul 1938
I Had To Do It
Fats Waller
Yacht Club
WABC CBS NY
18 Oct 1938

Dinah Washington Forged Her Own Path – Phantom Dancer 6 September 2022


Dinah Washington, The Queen of the Blues, the most popular black female recording artist of the 1950s, is this week’s Phantom Dancer feature.

As an artist, she was one of the most beloved and controversial singers of the mid-20th century.

  • Beloved, because she had a great voice.
  • Controversial, because she didn’t seek approval from ‘the gatekeepers’. And as you’ll hear in her Birdland radio broadcast on this week’s Phantom Dancer, she didn’t hold back from telling radio announcers to shut up or stop being corny.

The Phantom Dancer – your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV hosted by me, Greg Poppleton.

Enjoy a whole library of Phantom Dancer mixes online now at https://2ser.com/phantom-dancer/.

This show will be online after 2pm AEST, Tuesday 6 September at https://2ser.com/phantom-dancer/. This episode is a Phantom Dancer Classic which first went to air on 30 March 2021.

DINAH

Dinah Washington was the stage name of Ruth Lee Jones.

She was a jazz singer but also sang blues, R&B, and pop music.

As a child she sang gospel music in church and played piano, directing her church choir in her teens and sang lead with the first female gospel singers formed by Sallie Martin, co-founder of the Gospel Singers Convention. She joined the gospel choir after she won an amateur contest at Chicago’s Regal Theater, singing, ‘I Can’t Face the Music’.

HAMPTON

At 15, she started singing in clubs. By 1941–42 she was performing at the Sherman Hotel in Chicago with Fats Waller.

She was playing at the Three Deuces, a jazz club, when a friend took her to hear Billie Holiday at the Garrick Stage Bar. Club owner Joe Sherman was so impressed with her singing of “I Understand”, backed by the Cats and the Fiddle, who were appearing in the Garrick’s upstairs room, that he hired her. During her year at the Garrick, she sang upstairs while Holiday performed downstairs room. Sherman gave her her stage name.

Lionel Hampton came to hear Dinah at the Garrick and invited her to join his orchestra

She made her recording debut singing Evil Gal Blues, written by Leonard Feather (who wrote Blow Top Blues you’ll hear Dinah sing in this week’s show, live on 1952 radio) and backed by Hampton and musicians from his band. Both that record and its follow-up, ‘Salty Papa Blues’, made the Billboard “Harlem Hit Parade” in 1944.

In December 1945 she made a series of twelve recordings for Apollo Records, 10 of which were issued, featuring the Lucky Thompson All Stars.

She stayed with Lionel Hampton’s orchestra until 1946.

SOLO

Her first solo recording, Fats Waller’s ‘Ain’t Misbehavin”, was another hit. Between 1948 and 1955, she had 27 R&B top-10 hits, making her one of the most popular and successful singers of the period.

‘Am I Asking Too Much?’ (1948) and ‘Baby Get Lost’ (1949) reached Number 1 on the R&B chart. Her version of Johnny Green’s 1930s hit, ‘I Wanna Be Loved’ (1950) crossed over to reach Number 22 on the US pop chart.

Her hit recordings included blues, standards, novelties, pop covers, and even a version of Hank Williams’ ‘Cold, Cold Heart’ (R&B Number 3, 1951). At the same time as her biggest popular success, she also recorded sessions with many leading jazz musicians, including last week’s Phantom Dancer feature artist, Clifford Brown, Clark Terry, Cannonball Adderley and Ben Webster.

In 1950, Dinah Washington performed at the sixth avalcade of Jazz concert held at Wrigley Field in Los Angeles. Also featured on the same day were Lionel Hampton, PeeWee Crayton’s Orchestra, Roy Milton and his Orchestra plus Tiny Davis and Her Hell Divers. 16,000 were reported to be in attendance and the concert ended early because of a fracas while Lionel Hampton played ‘Flying High’.

Washington returned to perform at the twelfth Cavalcade of Jazz also at Wrigley Field in Los Angeles in 1956. Performing that day were Little Richard, The Mel Williams Dots, Julie Stevens, Chuck Higgin’s Orchestra, Bo Rhambo, Willie Hayden & Five Black Birds, The Premiers, Gerald Wilson and His 20-Piece Recording Orchestra and Jerry Gray and his Orchestra.

In 1959, she had her first top ten pop hit, with a version of ‘What a Diff’rence a Day Makes’. She followed it up with a version of Irving Gordon’s ‘Unforgettable’ and then two highly successful duets in 1960 with Brook Benton, ‘Baby (You’ve Got What It Takes)’, which you’ll hear on this week’s show from a 1960 aircheck and ‘A Rockin’ Good Way (To Mess Around and Fall in Love)’. Her last big hit was ‘September in the Rain’, in 1961.

She won the Grammy for Best Rhythm and Blues Performance, 1959, for ‘What a Diff’rence a Day Makes’.

6 SEPTEMBER PLAY LIST

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107.3 2SER-FM Sydney
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Community Radio Network Show CRN #562

107.3 2SER Tuesday 6 September 2022
12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT) and Saturdays 5 – 5:55pm
National Program
5GTR Mt Gambier Monday 2:30 – 3:30am
3MBR Murrayville Monday 3 – 4am
4NAG Keppel FM Monday 3 – 4am
2MIA Griffith Monday 3 – 4am
2BAR Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4am
2BRW Braidwood Monday 3 – 4am
2YYY Young Monday 3 – 4am
3VKV Alpine Radio Monday 6 – 7pm
7MID Oatlands Monday 6 -7pm
6GME Radio Goolarri Broome Tuesday 12am – 1am
2SEA Eden Tuesday 6 – 7pm
2MCE Bathurst Wednesday 9 – 10am
2RDJ Burwood Wednesday 12 – 1pm
1ART ArtsoundFM Canberra Friday 10 – 11am
2RRR Ryde Friday 11am -12 noon
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
5LCM Lofty FM Adelaide Friday 1 – 2pm
Denmark FM (West Australia) Saturdays 10 – 11am
Repeat: Wednesdays 10 – 11pm
7LTN Launceston Sunday 5 – 6am
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am
3BBR West Gippsland Sunday 5 – 6pm

Set 1
One Night Stand Radio  
Artistry in Rhythm (theme) + I Know That You Know
Stan Kenton Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
27 Sep 1945
I’m In Love With Someone
Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra (voc) Glagys Tell
‘One Night Stand’
Panther Room
Hotel Sherman
Chicago
AFRS Re-broadcast
Mar 1944
Poinciana
Jan Savitt Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Palladium Ballroom Hollywood
AFRS Re-broadcast
4 Oct 1945
Set 2
Jimmy Grier  
Music in the Moonlight (theme) + Just Friends
Jimmy Grier Orchestra (voc) Dick Webster
Cocoanut Grove
Ambassador Hotel
TRANSCO
Radio Transcription
1932
Save The Last Dance For Me
Jimmy Grier Orchestra (voc) Donald Novis
Cocoanut Grove
Ambassador Hotel
TRANSCO
Radio Transcription
1932
The More You Hurt Me The More You Make Me Care + Music in the Moonlight (theme)
Jimmy Grier Orchestra (voc) Margaret Lawrence
Cocoanut Grove
Ambassador Hotel
TRANSCO
Radio Transcription
1932
Set 3
1950s Jazz Radio  
Open + Without a Word of Warning
Arnett Cobb
‘Stars in Jazz’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
2 Jul 1952
Open + Small Hotel / All The Things You Are / Rose Room
Larry Green
Starlight Roof
Hotel Chase
KMOX CBS St Louis
1958
Open + Too Marvelous
Erroll Garner
Basin Street
WCBS CBS NYC
6 May 1956
Set 4
Dinah Washington  
No Love, No Nothin’
Dinah Washington (voc) Lionel Hampton Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Traianon Ballroom
Southgate Ca
AFRS Re-broadcast
16 Jun 1944
Mixed Emotions + Blow Top Blues
Dinah Washington
‘The Birdland Show’
WJZ ABC NYC
21 Jun 1952
You’ve Got What It Takes
Dinah Washington and Brook Benton
Aircheck
WKBW Buffalo NY
1960
Set 5
Erskine Hawkins Commercial Discs  
Rockin’ Rollers’ Jubilee
Erskine Hawkins Orchestra
Comm Rec
New York City
12 Sep 1938
No Soap
Erskine Hawkins Orchestra
Comm Rec
New York City
14 May 1939
A Study in Brown
Erskine Hawkins Orchestra
Comm Rec
New York City
20 Oct 1938
I Hadn’t Anyone Till You
Erskine Hawkins Orchestra (voc) Dolores Brown
Comm Rec
New York City
20 Dec 1939
Set 6
1930s Swing Radio  
Dixieland Band
Benny Goodman Orchestra (voc) Helen Ward
Palomar Ballroom
KFI NBC Red
22 Aug 1935
You Took The Words Right Out of My Mouth
Bunny Berrigan Orchestra
Paradise Restaurant
WABC CBS NY
10 Apr 1938
Kiss Me Again
Bunny Berrigan Orchestra (voc) Gail Reese
Paradise Restaurant
WABC CBS NY
10 Apr 1938
You Do The Darndest Things, Baby
Count Basie Orchestra (voc) Jimmy Rushing
Chatterbox
Hotel William Penn
WCAE NBC Red Pittsburgh
10 Jan 1937
Set 7
Dorsey Brothers Orchestra 1956  
Intro + Song of India
Dorsey Brothers’ Orchestra
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Statler
WRCA NBC NY
1956
Ridin’ Around in the Rain
Dorsey Brothers’ Orchestra (voc) Dolly Houston
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Statler
WRCA NBC NY
1956
Sunny Side of the Street
Dorsey Brothers’ Orchestra (voc) Lynn Roberts
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Statler
WRCA NBC NY
1956
Just For Taking Bows
Dorsey Brothers’ Orchestra
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Statler
WRCA NBC NY
1956
Set 8
Carson Robinson Buckaroos  
Careless Love (theme) + Home on the Range
Carson Robinson Buckaroos
‘Ford RandG Used Cars’
Radio Transcription
1939
Wait Till the Sun Shines, Nellie + Down on the Levee
Carson Robinson Buckaroos
‘Ford RandG Used Cars’
Radio Transcription
1939
Goin’ Back to my Good Ol’ Texas Home + Golden Slippers
Carson Robinson Buckaroos
‘Ford RandG Used Cars’
Radio Transcription
1939
Wabash Moon + Boots and Saddles + Close
Carson Robinson Buckaroos
‘Ford RandG Used Cars’
Radio Transcription
1939

Book Today! Next Sorcery & Swing Dinner Show – Sat 10 September


Sorcery and Swing September 10! Join us for a Unique Roaring Twenties Dinner Show.

6.30pm ARRIVAL for 7.00pm START in the 1920s Cellos Room, Castlereagh Boutique Hotel, 169 Castlereagh St Sydney.

FEATURING MAGIC and MUSIC – SORCERY and SWING
Vaudeville brought back to life as you dine in style in the glamorous surrounds of Cellos Grand Dining Room.

Cellos, an original 1920s dining room, will return to its heyday, transforming into a “Roaring Twenties” speakeasy for this not-to-be-missed event!

“Moonshine” and canapés served on arrival – together with intimate close-up miracles from The Gentleman Magician.

◆ THE SORCERY… The engaging magic of Bruce Glen, The Gentleman Magician

◆ THE SWING… The superb 1920s-1930s music of Greg Poppleton and his band

ENJOY DINNER AND DANCING ACCOMPANIED BY THE MUSIC OF “TIN PAN ALLEY” – FEATURING…

Greg Poppleton – Australia’s only authentic 1920s-30s singer
Geoff Power (ARIA nominee) – sousaphone and trumpet
Grahame Conlon (as seen on TV) – guitar and banjo
Damon Poppleton (youngest James Morrison Scholarship winner) – alto saxophone

  • Hear the captivating crooning of Greg Poppleton and his band
  • Unique storytelling magic by Bruce Glen, The Gentleman Magician
  • Fabulous 3-course dinner
  • Authentic speakeasy
  • A glass of authentic sparkling wine ‘Moonshine’ and canapes on arrival

The Great Gatsby never had it so good!

Greg Poppleton 1920s singer and The Gentleman Magician Bruce Glen - Sorcery & Magic Show
Greg Poppleton 1920s singer and The Gentleman Magician Bruce Glen – Sorcery & Magic Show

Venue: Cellos Grand Dining Room, Castlereagh Boutique Hotel, 169 Castlereagh St City
Time: 6.30pm arrival for 7.00 pm start
Dress Code: 1920s Guys in ties, Girls in pearls
Single Tickets: $150.00 per person + booking fee
Inclusive of sparkling wine “moonshine” and canapés on arrival, 3-course dinner, entertainment, GST and Members’ Discount.
Table of 8: $1100.00 + booking fee
Inclusive of 8 single tickets + as above and 2 complimentary bottles of Silverleaf Sparkling Wine

Bookings & Enquiries: 02 9284 1006 | https://www.thecastlereagh.com.au/events/unique-roaring-twenties-dinner-show/

WE’RE MAKING AN IMPACT – *We have chosen Humanitix as our ticketing partner, contributing to creating a positive impact on the world. Humanitix is making a difference by reinvesting 100% of profits back into helping the world’s most disadvantaged children.

BRUCE GLEN BIO

Bruce Glen’s Magical Soirées are best described as ‘storytelling magic shows for adults – but not necessarily grown-ups’. They feature cutting-edge magic that seemingly defies the laws of physics – set amid intriguing stories that are guaranteed to leave you wondering. Bruce’s unique performance style has seen him invited to the famed Edinburgh Fringe; Adelaide Fringe and Fringe World Perth.

In 2015, he presented his ‘Imaginary Magic’ show in Sydney (ten sold-out shows) as part of the SMH Spectrum Now Festival. In addition, at sold-out Edinburgh International Magic Festival shows and at the famous London headquarters of The Magic Circle, Bruce left audiences gasping in disbelief – and also wondering if he had actually read their minds!

GREG POPPLETON BIO

Greg Poppleton is Australia’s only authentic 1920s-30s singer with band. Recent performance highlights: 2020 Sydney Festival, resident band Great Art Deco Ball, resident 1920s band Gin Mill Social.

Greg Poppleton brings the era to life with a dazzling Hollywood experience. Think vintage glamour, prohibition and speakeasies. He also appears in the movies Moulin Rouge! and Chronicles of Narnia Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

Charlie Shavers Teenage Prodigy – Phantom Dancer 16 Aug 2022


Charlie Shavers was an American jazz trumpeter. He played with Dizzy Gillespie, Nat King Cole, Roy Eldridge, Johnny Dodds, Jimmie Noone, Sidney Bechet, Midge Williams, Tommy Dorsey. and Billie Holiday. He was also an arranger and composer. One of his songs, “Undecided”, is a jazz standard.

Charlie Shavers and his trumpet on radio in the 1960s…

The Phantom Dancer is your weekly non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV every week.

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Charlie Shavers on the 1967 WCBS CBS TV NYC show, “Dail M for Music”…

YOUNG SHAVER

Charlie Shavers palyed piano and banjo before switching to trumpet.

Before the age of 16, in the mid-1930s, he was playing in the orchestras of Tiny Bradshaw and Lucky Millinder.

Aged 15, in 1935, he played in the trumpet section of Frankie Fairfax’s Campus Club Orchestra with Dizzy Gillespie and Carl (Bama) Warwick.

In 1936, he joined John Kirby’s Sextet as trumpet soloist and arranger. He was only 16, but gave his birth date as 1917 (he was born in 1920) to avoid child labor laws.

Shavers’s arrangements and solos helped make Kirby’s band one of the most commercially successful and imitated of its day. In 1937, he performed with Midge Williams and her Jazz Jesters.

Charlie Shavers on a 1950s Dorsey Brothers Stage Show…

YOUNG BLADE

In 1944, Shavers was playing sessions in Raymond Scott’s CBS staff orchestra, which you’ll here on this week’s Phantom Dancer.

He left John Kirby’s band in 1945 to join Tommy Dorsey’s Orchestra, with whom he toured and recorded, off and on, until Dorsey died in 1956.

In 1949, he sang and played the hit “The Hucklebuck” with the Dorsey Orchestra. You’ll hear him sing “Mt Daddy’s Got The Gleeks” with the Dorsey Brothers’ Orchestra in 1956 on this week’s Phantom Dancer.

He played with the Dorsey Brothers’ Orchestra on all “Stage Show” telecasts for CBS in the 1950s.

During this time he also appeared with the Metronome All-Stars and made a number of recordings as trumpet soloist with Billie Holiday.

From 1953 to 1954, he worked with Benny Goodman and toured Europe with Norman Granz’s popular Jazz at the Philharmonic series, where he was a crowd favorite. He formed his own band with Terry Gibbs and Louie Bellson.

Shavers died from throat cancer in New York in 1971 at the age of 50. His friend Louis Armstrong died while Shavers was on his deathbed, and his last request was that his trumpet mouthpiece be buried with Armstrong.

Charlie Shavers with the Benny Goodman Orchestra playing Sing, Sing, Sing on the Sid Caesar TV Show, 1 Nov 1954…

16 AUGUST PLAY LIST

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107.3 2SER-FM Sydney
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Community Radio Network Show CRN #559

107.3 2SER Tuesday 16 August 2022
12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT) and Saturdays 5 – 5:55pm
National Program
5GTR Mt Gambier Monday 2:30 – 3:30am
3MBR Murrayville Monday 3 – 4am
4NAG Keppel FM Monday 3 – 4am
2MIA Griffith Monday 3 – 4am
2BAR Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4am
2BRW Braidwood Monday 3 – 4am
2YYY Young Monday 3 – 4am
3VKV Alpine Radio Monday 6 – 7pm
7MID Oatlands Monday 6 -7pm
6GME Radio Goolarri Broome Tuesday 12am – 1am
2SEA Eden Tuesday 6 – 7pm
2MCE Bathurst Wednesday 9 – 10am
2RDJ Burwood Wednesday 12 – 1pm
1ART ArtsoundFM Canberra Friday 10 – 11am
2RRR Ryde Friday 11am -12 noon
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
5LCM Lofty FM Adelaide Friday 1 – 2pm
Denmark FM (West Australia) Saturdays 10 – 11am
Repeat: Wednesdays 10 – 11pm
7LTN Launceston Sunday 5 – 6am
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am
3BBR West Gippsland Sunday 5 – 6pm

Set 1
Larry Clinton
Dipsy Doodle (theme) + Shh! Don’t Look Now
Larry Clinton Orchestra (voc) Bea Wain and Ford Leery
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
WJZ NBC Blue NYC
9 Feb 1939
Night Shades
Larry Clinton Orchestra (voc) Bea Wain
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
WJZ NBC Blue NYC
9 Feb 1939
Strictly for the Persians
Larry Clinton Orchestra
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
WJZ NBC Blue NYC
9 Feb 1939
Get Outta Town + half time announcement Larry Clinton Orchestra (voc) Bea Wain
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
WJZ NBC Blue NYC
9 Feb 1939
Set 2
Johnny Messner
Can’t We Be Friends (theme) + Moonlight Masquerade
Johnny Messner Orchestra (voc) Jack Ryan
Marine Grill
Hotel McAlpin
WOR Mutual NYC
7 Dec 1941
Mamma Maria
Johnny Messner Orchestra (voc) The 3 Jacks
Marine Grill
Hotel McAlpin
WOR Mutual NYC
7 Dec 1941
Madeleine
Johnny Messner Orchestra (voc) Jack Ryan
Marine Grill
Hotel McAlpin
WOR Mutual NYC
7 Dec 1941
Pearl Harbour Attack News
WOR News Room
Marine Grill
Hotel McAlpin
WOR Mutual NYC
7 Dec 1941
Set 3
Kay Kyser
I’m Sitting on Top of the World
Kay Kyser and his Band from the Carolines
Radio Transcription
1934
Going Home
Kay Kyser and his Band from the Carolines (voc) Glee Club
Radio Transcription
1934
Jungle Drums
Kay Kyser and his Band from the Carolines
Radio Transcription
1934
Who’s Going to Take Me Home?
Kay Kyser and his Band from the Carolines (voc) Kay Kyser,  Mohan Boag, Sully Mason and Band
Radio Transcription
1934
Set 4
Charlie Shavers
Theme + I Never Knew
Raymond Scott’s Capitivators
‘Morning Music’
WABC CBS NYC
10 Jan 1943
What is this Thing Called Love
Charlie Shavers Quartet
London House
WBBM CBS Chicago
May 1962
Your Daddy’s Got the Gleeks
Dorsey Brothers’ Orchestra (voc and tp) Charlie Shavers
Hotel Sherman
WMAQ NBC Red Chicago
20 May 1940
I Want a Little Girl + Bernie’s Tune
Charlie Shavers Quartet
London House
WBBM CBS Chicago
May 1962
Set 5
Phil Napoleon
Medley including Ballin’ the Jack
Phil Napoleon and his Memphis Five
‘One Night Stand’
AFRS re-broadcast
Nick’s
New York City
20 Jul 1949
Runnin’ Wild
Phil Napoleon and his Memphis Five
‘One Night Stand’
AFRS re-broadcast
Nick’s
New York City
20 Jul 1949
The Alligator Crawl
Hank Duncan (piano)
‘One Night Stand’
AFRS re-broadcast
Nick’s
New York City
20 Jul 1949
Up a Lazy River + Close
Phil Napoleon and his Memphis Five
‘One Night Stand’
AFRS re-broadcast
Nick’s
New York City
20 Jul 1949
Set 6
1938-39 Artie Shaw
Nightmare – opening theme +
You’re Mine You
Artie Shaw Orchestra
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WJZ NBC Blue NYC
20 Oct 1939
Nightmare – mid program theme + My Reverie
Artie Shaw Orchestra (voc) Helen Forrest
Blue Room
Hotel Lincoln
WJZ NBC Blue NYC
25 Nov 1938
Moonray
Artie Shaw Orchestra (voc) Helen Forrest
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WJZ NBC Blue NYC
22 Oct 1939
Jungle Drums
Artie Shaw Orchestra
Blue Room
Hotel Lincoln
WJZ NBC Blue NYC
30 Dec 1938
Set 7
Big Stars
You’re Just in Love
Louis Armstrong All-Stars (voc) Louis Armstrong, Thelma Middleton
‘Guest Star’
Radio Transcription
12 Dec 1954
Two O’Clock Jump
Harry James Octet Aircheck
1950s
Clarinet a la King
Benny Goodman Orchestra
Aircheck
Virginia Beach
3 Sep 1949
Not Really the Blues
Woody Herman Orchestra
Blue Room
Hotel Roosevelt
WWL CBS New Orleans
20 Oct 1951
Set 8
1950s Jazz
Theme + Sweet Georgia Brown
Roy Eldridge Quintet
‘Bandstand USA’
Cafe Bohemia
WOR Mutual NYC
Mar 1957
When Your Lover Has Gone + Theme
Erroll Garner Trio
Storyville
WHDH Boston
Dec 1953
Little Girl Blue
Shelly Manne Quartet
Basin street
WCBS CBS NYC
1956

Bud Freeman Schoolboy Jazz Star – Phantom Dancer 9 Aug 2022


Bud Freeman was an American jazz musician, bandleader and composer. He is this week’s Phantom Dancer feature artist. Bud Freeman was one of the first tenor saxophonists in jazz along with Coleman Hawkins.

The Phantom Dancer is your weekly non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV every week.

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SCHOOL

Freeman was one of the young musicians inspired by New Orleans ensembles and the innovations of Louis Armstrong to synthesize the Chicago style in the late 1920s.

He was one of the ‘Austin High Gang’.

One hundred years ago, in 1922, five kids from Austin High School in Chicago, Illinois formed a little band: Jim Lanigan on piano, Jimmy McPartland on cornet, his older brother Dick McPartland on banjo and guitar, Frank Teschemacher on alto saxophone, and Bud Freeman on C-melody tenor saxophone.

Bud was the greenhorn of the group and the only one who did not also play the violin. At the time, their ages ranged from Jimmy McPartland, who was fourteen, to Jim Lanigan and Dick McPartland, seventeen. Teschemacher was sixteen and Freeman was slightly younger.

The boys, like many other students from their high school, frequented an ice cream parlor across the street known as “The Spoon and the Straw.” One of them would feed a nickel to the automatic phonograph and one day they discovered a record by the New Orleans Rhythm Kings. They were so enthralled by the sound of such authentic jazz that they played the record over and over. Then and there, they named their band “The Blue Friars,” after The Friar’s Inn on the Chicago Loop where the Rhythm Kings played.

They went and heard King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band live, rounding off their identity with New Orleans jazz.

Sometimes the Austin High Gang played at Lewis Institute, which Dave Tough attended, and he added his drums to the little band. Later, Jim Lanigan picked up the bass through Chink Martin’s playing and soon became the band’s bassist; Teschemacher also began practicing the clarinet, his style showing traces of the glissandi from violin playing. Dave found Floyd O’Brien playing trombone at a University of Chicago jam session. Then, recruiting him and pianist Dave North, they named themselves Husk O’Hare’s Wolverines and were ready to play professionally. They got a job at White City, a large dance hall of Chicago’s south side amusement park, where they played until their disbandment at the end of the White City engagement.

In 1927, Eddie Condon recorded the Austin High Gang as the “Mackenzie-Condon Chicagoans”. These recordings catapulted the young musicians into the spotlight and they all subsequently developed acclaimed careers in New York, playing and recording with established musicians like Jack Teagarden, Pee Wee Russell, Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey. Of the original Austin High Gang, Jimmy McPartland and Bud Freeman sustained the longest careers in jazz

EEL

By the 1930s, Bud Freeman was working in New York City, typically in the company of ex-Chicagoans, especially Eddie Condon, in whose band Freeman recorded a noted solo, “The Eel” (1933).

By then he had developed a fluent, romantic style featuring sinuous legato melodies. His tenor saxophone sound was especially distinctive—full and smooth, with a rough edge and a large vibrato—and he played with a robust, at times almost violent swing.

Along with a Chicago friend, drummer Dave Tough, Freeman played in the big bands of Tommy Dorsey (1936–38) and Benny Goodman (1938) before embarking on a freelance career as bandleader and soloist.

He formed the Summa Cum Laude Orchestra (1939–1940) which you’ll hear live from Chicago on this week’s Phantom Dancer.

Freeman led a U.S. Army dance band based in the Aleutian Islands during World War II, then lived in New York and Chile.

He often reunited with Condon and other former Chicagoans in concert. Among his notable albums are The Bud Freeman All-Stars and the 1957 Cootie Williams–Rex Stewart album, The Big Challenge, which brought together Freeman and his great tenor saxophone rival, Coleman Hawkins.

After touring with the World’s Greatest Jazz Band (1969–71), Freeman lived in England (1974–80) and performed there and in Europe; thereafter he was based in Chicago.

He wrote two short volumes of reminiscences, You Don’t Look Like a Musician (1974) and If You Know of a Better Life, Please Tell Me (1976), and an autobiography, Crazeology (with Robert Wolf, 1989).

The Eel…

9 AUGUST PLAY LIST

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Community Radio Network Show CRN #558

107.3 2SER Tuesday 9 August 2022
12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT) and Saturdays 5 – 5:55pm
National Program
5GTR Mt Gambier Monday 2:30 – 3:30am
3MBR Murrayville Monday 3 – 4am
4NAG Keppel FM Monday 3 – 4am
2MIA Griffith Monday 3 – 4am
2BAR Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4am
2BRW Braidwood Monday 3 – 4am
2YYY Young Monday 3 – 4am
3VKV Alpine Radio Monday 6 – 7pm
7MID Oatlands Monday 6 -7pm
6GME Radio Goolarri Broome Tuesday 12am – 1am
2SEA Eden Tuesday 6 – 7pm
2MCE Bathurst Wednesday 9 – 10am
2RDJ Burwood Wednesday 12 – 1pm
1ART ArtsoundFM Canberra Friday 10 – 11am
2RRR Ryde Friday 11am -12 noon
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
5LCM Lofty FM Adelaide Friday 1 – 2pm
Denmark FM (West Australia) Saturdays 10 – 11am
Repeat: Wednesdays 10 – 11pm
7LTN Launceston Sunday 5 – 6am
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am
3BBR West Gippsland Sunday 5 – 6pm

Set 1
Glenn Miller
Moonlight Serenade (theme) + Ain’t You Coming Out?
Glenn Miller Orchestra (voc) Marion Hutton + Tex Beneke
Glen Island Casino
New Rochelle NY
WEAF NBC Red NY
15 Aug 1939
The Lamp is Low
Glenn Miller Orchestra (voc) Ray Eberle
Glen Island Casino
New Rochelle NY
WEAF NBC Red NY
15 Aug 1939
The Isle of Golden Dreams
Glenn Miller Orchestra
Glen Island Casino
New Rochelle NY
WEAF NBC Red NY
15 Aug 1939
The Pagan Love Song + Moonlight Serenade (theme) Glenn Miller Orchestra (voc)
Glen Island Casino
New Rochelle NY
WEAF NBC Red NY
15 Aug 1939
Set 2
Kay Kyser
Hallelujah
Kay Kyser and his Band from the Carolines (voc) Band
Radio Transcription
1934
Swing Low Sweet Chariot
Kay Kyser and his Band from the Carolines (voc) Glee Club
Radio Transcription
1934
How Do I Know It’s Sunday?
Kay Kyser and his Band from the Carolines (voc) Art Wilson and Band
Radio Transcription
1934
Simple Symphony
Kay Kyser and his Band from the Carolines
Radio Transcription
1934
Set 3
Selling Scholls
Open + What is This Thing Called Love?
Melodyland Orchestra
‘Ambassadors of Melodyland’
Radio Transcription
1931
Fallen Arch Story
Announcer
‘Ambassadors of Melodyland’
Radio Transcription
1931
Where the Golden Daffodils Grow + Close
Melodyland Orchestra
‘Ambassadors of Melodyland’
Radio Transcription
1931
Set 4
Bud Freeman
Theme + I Ain’t Gonna Give You None Of My Jelly Roll
Bud Freeman’s Summa cum Laude Orchestra
Hotel Sherman
WMAQ NBC Red Chicago
20 May 1940
Secrets in the Moonlight
Bud Freeman’s Summa cum Laude Orchestra
Hotel Sherman
WMAQ NBC Red Chicago
20 May 1940
Shake Down the Stars + Medley + Sierra Sue
Bud Freeman’s Summa cum Laude Orchestra
Hotel Sherman
WMAQ NBC Red Chicago
20 May 1940
The Long Blues
Bud Freeman and Roy Eldridge
Blue Note
WMAQ NBC Chicago
1957
Set 5
Dance Bands
Open + It Was Just One of Those Things
Russ Morgan Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Biltmore Hotel
Los Angeles
AFRS Re-broadcast
13 May 1946
In a Magic Garden
Raymond Scott Orchestra
Garden Room
Palace Hotel
KQW CBS San Francisco
Apr 1944
Monday Morning
Jan Savitt’s Top Hatters (voc) Carlotta Dale
KYW NBC Red Philadelphia
17 Oct 1938
Creepy Weepy
Raymond Scott Orchestra
‘Music Depreciation’
KHJ Don Lee Mutual Los Angeles
1940
Set 6
Muggsy Spanier 1953
Relaxin’ at the Trouro (theme) + Royal Garden Blues
Muggsy Spanier
Blue Note
WMAQ NBC Chicago
18 Oct 1953
Riverside Blues
Muggsy Spanier
Club Hangover
KCBS San Francisco
18 Apr 1953
I Ain’t Got Nobody
Muggsy Spanier
Blue Note
WMAQ NBC Chicago
25 Oct 1953
That’s a’Plenty + Close
Muggsy Spanier
Club Hangover
KCBS San Francisco
18 Apr 1953
Set 7
Dutch and Belgian Swing
A Strange Fact
De Ramblers with Coleman Hawkins
Comm Rec
Hilversum Holland
26 Apr 1937
Washington Squabble
Fud Candrix Orchestra Comm Rec
Blankenberghe
Belgium
27 Jun 1938
Crazy Rhythm
De Ramblers with Coleman Hawkins
Comm Rec
Hilversum Holland
28 Apr 1937
The Oldest Swinger in Harlem
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Comm Rec
Brussels Belgium
22 Nov 1940
Set 8
1950s Swing
Theme + Dizzy’s Blues
Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra
Birdland
WCBS CBS NYC
Jun 1956
Two Handed Blues
Erroll Garner Trio
Storyville
WHDH Boston
Dec 1953
Tangerine + Close
Dorsey Brothers’ Orchestra (voc) Tommy Mercer and Dolly Houston
Cafe Rouge
Hotel pennsylvania
WRCA NBC NYC
Dec 1955

Sonic Journey ABC Radio – Obscure 1920s-50s Women Jazz Singers


Sonic Journey with Simon Marnie, ABC Radio Sydney, Saturday 3 September, has myself chatting to Simon about obscure women swing and jazz singers who broadcast live on 1920s-50s radio. In between, you’ll hear their songs from those live vintage radio shows. That’s happening 11am – 12 noon, Saturday 3 September, on ‘Weekend Mornings’ over 702 ABC Radio Sydney.

Sonic Journey is a Saturday morning radio institution in Sydney. A journey through music into a guest’s life or a specialist topic on ABC Weekend Mornings.

From 11am – 12 noon on 702 ABC Radio Sydney and across New South Wales, broadcaster Simon Marnie invites guests to bring in the music that influences them. Together they take a conversational Sonic Journey.

ABC is the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the national radio and TV network.

Simon Marnie…

simon marniehttps://www.abc.net.au/sydney/programs/weekendmornings

Past Sonic Jouney guests have included musicians, politicians, actors, directors, journalists, scientists, and people in the news.

I’ll be in on Saturday 3 September with a stack of swing and jazz records under one arm. Every record – a radio transcription from 1920s-50s radio.

For the 3 September Sonic Journey, Simon has invited me to talk about women jazz and swing singers who broadcast on 1920s – 50s radio.

In particular, he’s interested in the obscure singers. So be surprised to hear some great female vocalists you may never have heard of.

I last went on a Sonic Journey with Simon on Saturday 7 May with a mix of swing and jazz from live 1929-1940 radio recordings.

On that Sonic Journey you would have heard radio broadcasts and transcriptions by Red Nichols, Ray Miller, Anson Weekes, Ella Fitzgerald, Dolly Dawn, Artie Shaw and more.

Sonic Journey is on the air during the last hour of Simon Marnie’s Saturday ABC Weekend show.

Simon says he loves ABC Radio Saturday Weekends, adding, “Sydney weekends are about leisure, relaxing and fun and this city is one of the best in Australia – we cover as many events as possible to show the diversity of cultures, people and regions that make up the Greater Sydney Region.”

Choon in online, or on your wireless, to 702 AM ABC Radio Sydney, for Sonic Journey hosted by Simon Marnie, with myself bringing in the platters that matter, after the 11am news, Saturday 3 September.

Sonic Journey – Weekends with Simon Marnie, 702 ABC Radio Sydney, 11am-12 noon, Saturday 3 September.

Greg Poppleton and some of his 1920s-30s swing jazz band

greg poppleton 1920s jazz trio

The King’s Jesters – Phantom Dancer 2 Aug 2022


The King’s Jesters, billed as America’s ‘biggest little band’ is this week’s Phantom Dancer feature artists. They were a vocal group who accompanied themselves on guitar, banjo and other instruments and with orchestra. They were household names in the 1930s and early 1940s.

You’ve heard them previously on The Phantom Dancer featured as a male vocal trio with Ben Bernie’s Orchestra on 1942 episodes of the weekday ‘Ben Bernie’s War Workers’ Program’.

Here’s a 1938 Standard radio transcription ofThe King’s Jesters…

The Phantom Dancer is your weekly non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV every week.

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The King Jesters’s singing for Paul Whiteman in the early 1930s…

START

The King’s Jesters began as a comic vocal trio that also played instruments along with an accompanist.

They were John Ravencroft – sax and clarinet, Francis “Fritz” Bastow – banjo and guitar, George Howard – drums and vibraphone, along with Ray McDermott – piano, accordion, and arranger.

They were hired by Paul Whiteman to replace The Rhythm Boys and sang with him from 1930 to 1931.

When they left Whiteman, they added vocalist Marjorie Whitney and called her their queen. These five were the core of the King’s Jesters.

Here are The King’s Jesters on a 1932 LP released by the Paul Whiteman Orchestra in 1932…

BREAK

The King’s Jesters were discovered by Ray McDermott. He managed them and set up an audition for Paul Whiteman, the leading orchestra leader of the 1920s, while he was touring with his band in Cincinnati.

Whiteman named them The King’s Jesters. They toured and recorded with the Whiteman band from 1931 – 32, replacing Whiteman’s famous Rhythm Boys which had included Bing Crosby.

AFTER

In 1932, after leaving Paul Whiteman, The King’s Jesters formed a new band of seven members: Fritz Bastow, George Howard and John Ravencroft, Ray McDermott who was the piano accompanist, Jimmy Awad on trumpet, Bob Casey on string bass, and singer, Marjorie Whitney, who you’ll hear this week singing, ‘Same Old Lines’, and with George Howard on ‘I’ll Love You Coast to Coast’.

The King’s Jesters broadcast daily over NBC from the Hotel Morrison in Chicago.

In June 1936 The King’s Jesters begin playing at the Bismark Hotel in Chicago, from where you’ll hear them on this week’s Phantom Dancer.

Their repertoire mixed instrumental fox trots for dancing and and vocal harmony numbers.

Pianist Ray McDermott died of pneumonia in 1937. The King’s Jesters and band then opened a new floor show in the Blue Fountain Room at the La Salle Hotel.

In July 1937, The King’s Jesters were on the front cover of the July 3, 1937 issue of the trade music bible, Billboard. They were billed as “America’s Biggest Little Band.”

After their months-long engagement at the La Salle Hotel in 1937, The King’s Jesters moved to the Fairview Hotel & Dance Gardens in Chicago.

Their 1937 show included songs like ‘Turkish Delight’,’The Deacon Steps Out’, sung with the ‘Peck-in’ dance introduced in ‘New Faces of 1937’ and ‘Today I am a Man’. Their queen, Marjorie Whitney, had a number of songs to herself, which include ‘They Can’t Take That Away From Me’ and ‘There’ll be Changes Made’.

BENNY GOODMAN

The King’s Jesters band made two guest radio appearances with Benny Goodman and his orchestra on July 7, 1941, and one on July 24, 1941.

They appeared in the Sir Francis Drake hotel in San Francisco; William Penn hotel in Pittsburgh; LaSalle hotel in Chicago; the Carlton hotel in Washington, and the Philadelphia hotel in Philadelphia. For all these spots they broadcast over the NBC and Mutual.

The King’s Jesters stopped performing in 1962.

2 AUGUST PLAY LIST

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Community Radio Network Show CRN #556

107.3 2SER Tuesday 2 August 2022
12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT) and Saturdays 5 – 5:55pm
National Program
5GTR Mt Gambier Monday 2:30 – 3:30am
3MBR Murrayville Monday 3 – 4am
4NAG Keppel FM Monday 3 – 4am
2MIA Griffith Monday 3 – 4am
2BAR Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4am
2BRW Braidwood Monday 3 – 4am
2YYY Young Monday 3 – 4am
3VKV Alpine Radio Monday 6 – 7pm
7MID Oatlands Monday 6 -7pm
6GME Radio Goolarri Broome Tuesday 12am – 1am
2SEA Eden Tuesday 6 – 7pm
2MCE Bathurst Wednesday 9 – 10am
2RDJ Burwood Wednesday 12 – 1pm
1ART ArtsoundFM Canberra Friday 10 – 11am
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
5LCM Lofty FM Adelaide Friday 1 – 2pm
Denmark FM (West Australia) Saturdays 10 – 11am
Repeat: Wednesdays 10 – 11pm
7LTN Launceston Sunday 5 – 6am
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am
3BBR West Gippsland Sunday 5 – 6pm

Set 1
Champagne Music
Champagne Music (theme) + Annabelle
Lawrence Welk Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Aragon Ballroom
Lick Pier
Ocean Park Ca
KNX CBS LA
AFRS Re-broadcast
9 Aug 1951
Wang Wang Blues
Lawrence Welk Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Aragon Ballroom
Lick Pier
Ocean Park Ca
KNX CBS LA
AFRS Re-broadcast
9 Aug 1951
In The Mood
Lawrence Welk Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Aragon Ballroom
Lick Pier
Ocean Park Ca
KNX CBS LA
AFRS Re-broadcast
9 Aug 1951
Wonder Why? + Close Lawrence Welk Orchestra (voc) Dick Dale
‘One Night Stand’
Aragon Ballroom
Lick Pier
Ocean Park Ca
KNX CBS LA
AFRS Re-broadcast
9 Aug 1951
Set 2
Kay Kyser
You Ought to Be in Pictures
Kay Kyser and his Band from the Carolines (voc) Art Wilson
Radio Transcription
1934
Liza
Kay Kyser and his Band from the Carolines
Radio Transcription
1934
Vieni Su
Kay Kyser and his Band from the Carolines (voc) Glee Club
Radio Transcription
1934
Rhapsody in Rain
Kay Kyser and his Band from the Carolines
Radio Transcription
1934
Set 3
More Breakfast Radio
Open Theme
Unidentified Orchestra
‘Breakfast with Bill’
WNAC Yankee Network Boston
5 Jan 1950
Chicago
Guy Lombardo Orchestra
‘Breakfast with Bill’
WNAC Yankee Network Boston
5 Jan 1950
Good News
Unannounced Orchestra
‘Breakfast with Bill’
WNAC Yankee Network Boston
5 Jan 1950
Dixie + Close
Ray Anthony Orchestra
‘Breakfast with Bill’
WNAC Yankee Network Boston
5 Jan 1950
Set 4
The King’s Jesters
Changes (theme) + I’ll Sing You a Thousand Love Songs
The King’s Jesters Orchestra
Walnut Room
Bismarck Hotel
WMAQ NBC Red Chicago
1936
Medley: Serenade in the Night + Love, What Are You Doing to My Heart?
The King’s Jesters Orchestra
Walnut Room
Bismarck Hotel
WMAQ NBC Red Chicago
1936
Same Old Lines
The King’s Jesters Orchestra (voc) Marjorie Whitney
Walnut Room
Bismarck Hotel
WMAQ NBC Red Chicago
1936
It’s Still Being Done + I Love You From Coast to Coast + Swingin’ on the Swanee Show + Close
The King’s Jesters Orchestra (voc) Marjorie Whitney and George Howard
Walnut Room
Bismarck Hotel
WMAQ NBC Red Chicago
1936
Set 5
Hopkins and Eldridge
Minor Jive
Roy Eldridge Orchestra
Aircheck
Arcadia Ballroom
New York City
1939
Chasing My Blues Away
Claude Hopkins Orchestra
Radio Transcription
New York City
1935
Mahogany Hall Stomp
Roy Eldridge Orchestra
Aircheck
Arcadia Ballroom
New York City
1939
Lazybones
Claude Hopkins Orchestra
Radio Transcription
New York City
1935
Set 6
Charlie Barnet
Theme + Back in Your Own Backyard
Charlie Barnet Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Ft Devon Mass.
Mutual Network
15 Oct 1945
I Like To Riff
Charlie Barnet Orchestra (voc) Peanuts Holland
‘For the Record’
WEAF NBC NYC
11 Sep 1944
Gulf Coast Blues
Charlie Barnet Orchestra
‘Downbeat’
AFRS Hollywood
Feb 1944
Keep the Home Fires Burning
Charlie Barnet Orchestra
‘For the Record’
WEAF NBC NYC
11 Sep 1944
Set 7
Cotton Club
O, Babe! Maybe Some Day
Duke Ellington Orchestra (voc) Ivie Anderson
Cotton Club
WABC CBS NYC
24 Mar 1938
Harlem Speaks
Duke Ellington Orchestra Cotton Club
WABC CBS NYC
18 Mar 1937
Riding on a Blue Note
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Cotton Club
WOR Mutual NYC
1 May 1938
Caravan
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Cotton Club
WABC CBS NYC
18 Mar 1937
Set 8
Count Basie
One O’Clock Jump (theme) + Why Not?
Count Basie Orchestra
Birdland
WNBC NBC NYC
31 Aug 1952
Andy’s Blues
Count Basie Orchestra
Avadon Ballroom
KHJ Don Lee Network
Los Angeles
Jun 1946
Paradise Squat + Lullaby of Bordland + Close
Count Basie Orchestra
‘Stars of Jazz’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NYC
14 Jan 1953

Jones and Hare 1920s Vaudeville Radio Duo – Phantom Dancer 26 Jul 2022


Jones and Hare, Billy Jones and Ernie Hare, were a vocal duo who sang novelty songs, popular on radio in the 1920s and continuing on radio up to 1939. Billy Jones (1889-1940) was a tenor and Ernie Hare was a bass/baritone (1883-1939).

Here’s the 1924 recording of Jones and Hare’s radio theme, ‘How Do You Do?’…

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RADIO

Jones and Hare began on radio October 18, 1921 on WJZ (Newark, New Jersey), where they were sponsored by the chain of Happiness Candy stores. Listeners mailed in their comments about the singers on cards supplied to retailers by Happiness Candy. They were billed as the ‘Happiness Boys’.

Beginning August 22, 1923, the Happiness Boys broadcast on New York’s WEAF, moving to NBC from a run from 1926 to 1929.

The duo sang popular tunes, mostly light fare and comic songs, and they engaged in humorous repartee between numbers.

Their theme song was “How Do You Do” (1924). However, only the words to this song were new at that time. The melody had been used for a variety of other songs in the past and is still used in the camp favorite “If You’re Happy and You Know It (Clap Your Hands)”.

By 1928, Jones and Hare were the highest paid singers in radio, earning $1,250 ($20,000 today) a week. They also made highly successful personal appearances in the United States and Europe. (They mention the European tour fondly in their recording of “We Don’t Like It, Not Much”.)

Radio’s “Happiness Boys” changed their identities and allegiance whenever they changed sponsors. For Taystee Bread, for example, Jones and Hare became “The Taystee Loafers”, and for Interwoven Socks they became “The Interwoven Pair.” Regardless of their affiliation, they continued with their songs and jokes through the 1930s.

SONGS

Jones and Hare specialized in comic songs that commented on trends and popular culture.

When the song “Collegiate” swept the country and prompted a host of similar tunes, Jones and Hare countered with “We Ain’t Never Been to College”. Gracious living and social propriety were skewered in Jones and Hare’s “Etiquette Blues”.

America’s fascination with radio triggered the parody “Twisting the Dials”, maybe the first comedy sketch of its kind. Billy and Ernie simulate tuning a radio and getting snatches of random radio programs.

One of their most pointed satires, recorded with full orchestra, was “We Can’t Sleep in the Movies Anymore”. Jones and Hare demonstrate how talking pictures have changed a restful evening in a theater into a noisy onslaught of “sneezes, squawks, and squeals”. The lyrics also note that the actors’ voices seldom matched their silent screen images:

HARE: The sheik is from the ghetto. I thought he came from Spain.
JONES: His voice is high falsetto! And he sounds like he’s in pain!

Jones and Hare kidded the “talkies“, but were featured in A Movietone Divertissement (MGM, 1928) and Rambling ‘Round Radio Row #4 (Warner Brothers/Vitaphone, 1932), both sound short subjects.

The partnership ended with Ernie Hare’s death on March 9, 1939. Hare’s 16-year-old daughter, Marilyn Hare, joined Jones at the microphone, allowing the act to continue as “Jones and Hare” for about a year, until she left to pursue a movie career in Hollywood. You will hear her on this week’s Phantom Dancer in a Saks Furniture Store program from WMCA NYC in 1939.

Two selections from Jones and Hare’s 1934 Taystee Loafers radio series…

19 JULY PLAY LIST

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107.3 2SER-FM Sydney
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Community Radio Network Show CRN #554

107.3 2SER Tuesday 19 July 2022
12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT) and Saturdays 5 – 5:55pm
National Program
5GTR Mt Gambier Monday 2:30 – 3:30am
3MBR Murrayville Monday 3 – 4am
4NAG Keppel FM Monday 3 – 4am
2MIA Griffith Monday 3 – 4am
2BAR Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4am
2BRW Braidwood Monday 3 – 4am
2YYY Young Monday 3 – 4am
3VKV Alpine Radio Monday 6 – 7pm
7MID Oatlands Monday 6 -7pm
6GME Radio Goolarri Broome Tuesday 12am – 1am
2SEA Eden Tuesday 6 – 7pm
2MCE Bathurst Wednesday 9 – 10am
1ART ArtsoundFM Canberra Friday 10 – 11am
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
5LCM Lofty FM Adelaide Friday 1 – 2pm
Denmark FM (West Australia) Saturdays 10 – 11am
Repeat: Wednesdays 10 – 11pm
7LTN Launceston Sunday 5 – 6am
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am
3BBR West Gippsland Sunday 5 – 6pm

Set 1
The Voice of Experience
Lonesome Old Town (theme) + The Marine Hymn
Ben Bernie and all the Lads
‘Ben Bernie War Workers’ Program’
WMAQ CBS Chicago
15 Sep 1942
Wonder When My Baby’s Coming Home?
Ben Bernie and all the Lads (voc) Gail Robbins
‘Ben Bernie War Workers’ Program’
WMAQ CBS Chicago
15 Sep 1942
My Great Great Great Grandfather
Ben Bernie and all the Lads (voc) Ben Bernie
‘Ben Bernie War Workers’ Program’
WMAQ CBS Chicago
15 Sep 1942
Old Fashioned Swing + Idaho + Goodbye + Lonesome Old Town (close) Ben Bernie and all the Lads (voc) The King’s Jesters
‘Ben Bernie War Workers’ Program’
WMAQ CBS Chicago
15 Sep 1942
Set 2
Stan Kenton
Artistry in Rhythm (theme) + Young Blood
Stan Kenton Orchestra
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Birdland
WRCA NBC NYC
1 Jul 1955
The Thrill is Gone
Stan Kenton Orchestra (voc) Ann Richards
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Birdland
WRCA NBC NYC
1 Jul 1955
Theme & Variations
Stan Kenton Orchestra
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Birdland
WRCA NBC NYC
1 Jul 1955
Lullaby of Birdland + Close
Stan Kenton Orchestra (voc) Ann Richards
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Birdland
WRCA NBC NYC
1 Jul 1955
Set 3
Selling Dessert
San Francisco
Phil Harris Orchestra
‘Jack Benny Program’
Westen Women’s Club
San Francisco
via KFI NBC Red LA
9 Jan 1938
When the Organ Played at Oh Promise Me
Phil Harris Orchestra (voc) Kenny Baker
‘Jack Benny Program’
Westen Women’s Club
San Francisco
via KFI NBC Red LA
9 Jan 1938
Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen
Phil Harris Orchestra
‘Jack Benny Program’
Westen Women’s Club
San Francisco
via KFI NBC Red LA
9 Jan 1938
Playout + Close
Phil Harris Orchestra
‘Jack Benny Program’
Westen Women’s Club
San Francisco
via KFI NBC Red LA
9 Jan 1938
Set 4
Jones and Hare
How Do You Do? (theme) + Hot Dogs and Sasparilla
Billy Jones and Ernie Hare (voc) Ben Selvin Orchestra
‘Taystee Loafers’
Columbia Radio Transcription
New York City
1934
At the End of the Day
Ernie Hare (voc) Ben Selvin Orchestra
‘Taystee Loafers’
Columbia Radio Transcription
New York City
1934
Speak to Me of Love
Gypsy Nina (voc) Ben Selvin Orchestra
‘Taystee Loafers’
Columbia Radio Transcription
New York City
1934
Opera Sketch + Great Day!
Billy Jones and Ernie Hare (voc) Ben Selvin Orchestra
‘Taystee Loafers’
Columbia Radio Transcription
New York City
1934
Set 5
Billy Jones and Marilyn Hare
We’re on the Air (theme) + You Look Good to Me + Ain’t You Got No Romance
Sam Ross Orchestra
‘Saks Program’
WMCA NYC
12 Feb 1939
Since Nelly Came Back From The City
Sam Ross Orchestra (voc) Esmarelda
‘Saks Program’
WMCA NYC
12 Feb 1939
They Say + Chopsticks
Sam Ross Orchestra (voc) Marilyn Hare
‘Saks Program’
WMCA NYC
12 Feb 1939
My Girl Don’t Love Me + Confidentially + We’re on the Air + There’s No Place Like Home(close)
Sam Ross Orchestra (voc) Billy Jones + duet with Marilyn Hare + Close with Jim Brennan
‘Saks Program’
WMCA NYC
12 Feb 1939
Set 6
Valaida Snow
I Wish I Were Twins
Valaida Snow (voc and tp) Billy Mason Orchestra
Comm Rec
London
18 Jan 1935
Dixie Lee
Valaida Snow (voc and tp)
Comm Rec
London
25 Sep 1936
Singing in the Rain
Valaida Snow (voc and tp)
Comm Rec
London
26 Apr 1936
Where is the Sun?
Valaida Snow (voc and tp) Johnny Claes Orchestra
Comm Rec
London
7 Jul 1937
Set 7
Les Brown
Theme + OK for Baby
Les Brown Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Miami FL
Blue Network
10 Aug 1943
We’ll Be Together Again
Les Brown Orchestra (voc) Jane Harvey ‘One Night Stand’
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
AFRS Re-broadcast
28 Dec 1945
Things Ain’t What They Used to Be
Les Brown Orchestra
Palladium Ballroom
Hollywood
KNX CBS LA
Nov 1943
Bizet Has His Day + Leap Frog (theme)
Les Brown Orchestra
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WABC CBS NYC
7 Jul 1944
Set 8
1950s Jazz
Bensonality
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Blue Note
WMAQ NBC Chicago
30 Jul 1952
Open + Sweet Georgia Brown + Embraceable You
Roy Eldridge Quintet
‘Bandstand USA’
Cafe Bohemia
WOR Mutual NYC
Mar 1957
All of Me
Duke Ellington Orchestra (voc) Bette Roche
Blue Note
WMAQ NBC Chicago
30 Jul 1952

Phil Napoleon Jazz Trumpet Pioneer – Phantom Dancer 12 Jul 2022


Phil Napoleon, pioneer jazz trumpeter and band leader is this week’s Phantom Dancer feature artist.

Born Filippo Napoli, Napoleon led many recording sessions in the mid-1920s that helped build the popularity of jazz. He was a pioneer whose playing was influential on later trumpeters including Red Nichols and Bix Beiderbecke.

Here’s a 1925 recording of the Bass Ale Blues. Bass Ale was a popular tipple in Sydney in the 1920s and the uploader of this clip has included mugshots of Sydney suspects from the Sydney Police and Justice Museum collection…

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PIONEER

Phil Napoleon was performing publicly by age 5 as a classical trumpeter in 1906.

In the 1910s, he was one of the first musicians in the northern US to embrace the new “jass” style brought to that part of the country from New Orleans.

He formed “The Original Memphis Five” with pianist Frank Signorell in 1917 and was one of the most sought after trumpeters of the 1920s.

The New York City-based Original Memphis Five were often in the recording studio in the acoustical recording era and made over 100 recordings in 1922-1923 alone.

Though Napoleon’s 1927 version of “Clarinet Marmalade” was a big success, The Original Memphis Five disbanded in 1928.

He recorded with the Cotton Pickers and the Charleston Chasers and also worked with blues singers Leona Williams and Alberta Hunter.

LATER CAREER

During the 1930s, Napoleon mainly worked as a session trumpeter, working in the RCA Radio Orchestra in the early 1930s

In 1937, Napoleon unsuccessfully tried to form his own orchestra.

He joined Jimmy Dorsey’s Orchestra in the mid 1940s, and appeared with the band in the film Four Jills in a Jeep.

Leaving Dorsey in 1947, he worked as a studio musician at NBC New York until 1949 when he reformed The Original Memphis Five, which you’ll hear on this week’s Phantom Dancer, broadcasting from Nick’s, where he continued to play into the 1950s.

His nephew, jazz pianist Marty Napoleon, worked with him often.

On July 3, 1959, Napoleon and The Memphis Five performed at the Newport Jazz Festival. This was recorded and released as an album.

“Napoleon’s Retreat” was his own club which he opened in Miami, Florida in 1966. He continued to perform Dixieland jazz in the club up until the 1980s.

12 JULY PLAY LIST

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107.3 2SER-FM Sydney
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Community Radio Network Show CRN #553

107.3 2SER Tuesday 12 July 2022
12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT) and Saturdays 5 – 5:55pm
National Program
5GTR Mt Gambier Monday 2:30 – 3:30am
3MBR Murrayville Monday 3 – 4am
4NAG Keppel FM Monday 3 – 4am
2MIA Griffith Monday 3 – 4am
2BAR Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4am
2BRW Braidwood Monday 3 – 4am
2YYY Young Monday 3 – 4am
3VKV Alpine Radio Monday 6 – 7pm
7MID Oatlands Monday 6 -7pm
6GME Radio Goolarri Broome Tuesday 12am – 1am
2SEA Eden Tuesday 6 – 7pm
2MCE Bathurst Wednesday 9 – 10am
1ART ArtsoundFM Canberra Friday 10 – 11am
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
5LCM Lofty FM Adelaide Friday 1 – 2pm
Denmark FM (West Australia) Saturdays 10 – 11am
Repeat: Wednesdays 10 – 11pm
7LTN Launceston Sunday 5 – 6am
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am
3BBR West Gippsland Sunday 5 – 6pm

Set 1
Duke Ellington
Theme + Blue Skies
Duke Ellington Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Buffalo NY
Blue Network
27 Nov 1943
Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me
Duke Ellington Orchestra (voc) Al Hibbler
‘Spotlight Bands’
Buffalo NY
Blue Network
27 Nov 1943
Rockin’ in Rhythm + Close
Duke Ellington Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Buffalo NY
Blue Network
27 Nov 1943
Set 2
Selling Diet Pills
Open + Little Girl
Marmola Entertainers
‘Marmola Show’
Radio Transcription
1934
It’s the Girl
Marmola Entertainers
‘Marmola Show’
Radio Transcription
1934
Instrumental
Marmola Entertainers
‘Marmola Show’
Radio Transcription
1934
Drama + Little Girl + Close
Marmola Entertainers
‘Marmola Show’
Radio Transcription
1934
Set 3
Boyd Raeburn
Open + Cirribirribin
Boyd Raeburn Orchestra
‘Meet the Band’
WBBM CBS Chicago
14 Jun 1940
Roses in Picardy
Boyd Raeburn Orchestra (voc) Three Men and a Maid
‘Meet the Band’
WBBM CBS Chicago
14 Jun 1940
Medley: On the Alamo + Blue Skies
Boyd Raeburn Orchestra + Gertrude Niessen
‘Meet the Band’
WBBM CBS Chicago
14 Jun 1940
Dance of the Demons + Close
Boyd Raeburn Orchestra
‘Meet the Band’
WBBM CBS Chicago
14 Jun 1940
Set 4
Jazz Pioneer
Open + Instrumental
Phil Napoleon and his Memphis Five
‘One Night Stand’
AFRS re-broadcast
Nick’s
New York City
20 Jul 1949
Peg o’ My Heart
Phil Napoleon and his Memphis Five
‘One Night Stand’
AFRS re-broadcast
Nick’s
New York City
20 Jul 1949
Bond Street (fron Fats Waller’s London Suite)
Hank Duncan (piano)
‘One Night Stand’
AFRS re-broadcast
Nick’s
New York City
20 Jul 1949
Royal Garden Blues
Phil Napoleon and his Memphis Five
‘One Night Stand’
AFRS re-broadcast
Nick’s
New York City
20 Jul 1949
Set 5
1930s Shuffle Rhythm
Hot Lips (theme) + Rose Room
Henry Busse Orchestra
Radio Transcription
1935
IOn the Road to Mandalay
Jan Savitt Orchestra (voc) Bon Bon
Radio Transcription
1939
Lookie Lookie Here Comes Cookie
Henry Busse Orchestra (voc) Marion Holmes
Radio Transcription
1935
Good Morning
Jan Savitt Orchestra
Radio Transcription
1939
Set 6
1940s Swing Bands
Theme + Tea for Two
Bob Strong Orchestra
Glen Island Casino
New Rochelle NY
WOR Mutual NYC
5 Aug 1944
Theme + Giant Panda
Bobby Sherwood Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
AFRS re-broadcast
Jantzen Beach OR
1944
One Way Passage + Stardreams (theme)
Charlie Spivak Orchestra
Palladium Ballroom
KNX CBS LA
7 Apr 1948
Set 7
Screaming Big Bands
Melancholy Lullaby (theme) + Old Man River
Benny Carter Orchestra
Trianon Ballroom
South Gate CA
KECA Blue LA
1944
Airmail Special
Billy Eckstine Orchestra ‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
Feb 1945
Fish Fry
Benny Carter Orchestra
Trianon Ballroom
South Gate CA
KECA Blue LA
1944
Mr Chips + Blue ‘n’ Boogie (theme)
Billy Eckstine Orchestra
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
Feb 1945
Set 8
Bop 1949
Tiny’s Blues
Chubby Jackson Orchestra
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NYC
12 Mar 1949
I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles
Jackie Kane & Roy Kral
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NYC
1949
Father Knickerbocker
Chubby Jackson Orchestra
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NYC
5 Mar 1949