17 April 2018 Phantom Dancer – Johnny Green Body and Soul


Johnny Green was a U.S composer, songwriter, pianist, band leader and orchestra conductor. His most famous song is ‘Body and Soul’.

On this week’s Phantom Dancer we’ll be hearing a few of the 1930s radio orchestras lead by Johnny Green. Below, your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week is a short film simulating a Johnny Green radio broadcast. The short was made in 1935.

This week you’ll also hear sets with Patti Page, Johnny Ray and Erroll Garner from live 1957 TV and some of the great swing bands from the 1930s live on the 1938-39 BBC series, ‘America Dances’.

Produced and presented by Australia’s only authentic 1920s-30s singer, Greg Poppleton, The Phantom Dancer is your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-1960s radio and TV every week.

Hear this week’s Phantom Dancer (after 17 April) and past Phantom Dancers online at radio 2ser.com

JOHN ‘JOHNNY’ WALDO GREEN

He won four Academy Awards for his film scores and a fifth for producing a short musical film. And he went by the name of John or ‘Maestro’ in his later years.

As you’ll hear on today’s live 1930s radio broadcasts of Johnny Green and his Orchestra, Green couldn’t help but be self-assured.

He entered Harvard at age 15. You’ll hear him talk today on a 1939 aircheck about his early music schooling and his first song as a kid.

Indeed, by the time he was at Harvard, bandleader Guy Lombardo had heard Green’s Gold Coast Orchestra and hired him to create dance arrangements for his nationally famous Lombardo orchestra.

JAZZ STANDARDS

Green’s first song hit was written for the Lombardo orchestra. It was Coquette (1928), which Green wrote when he was 19.

Two years later, in 1930, Green wrote ‘Body and Soul’ which is now a jazz standard.

In the early 30s he was the radio and recording accompanist and arranger to singers James Melton, Libby Holman and Ethel Merman, and as you’ll hear on this week’s Phantom Dancer, Ruth Etting. He was also arranger and conductor for Paramount Pictures.

In this period he also wrote the standards ‘Out Of Nowhere’ (which you’ll hear in play today), ‘Rain Rain Go Away’, ‘I Cover the Waterfront’, ‘You’re Mine You’, ‘I Wanna Be Loved’ (his 1934 Oldsmobile show theme song), ‘Easy Come Easy Go’, ‘Repeal The Blues’ and the theme for Max Fleischer’s Betty Boop cartoons.

johnny green record

Nathaniel Shilkret and Paul Whiteman commissioned Green to write larger works for orchestra, including ‘Night Club: Six Impressions for Orchestra with Three Pianos’.

After spending 1933 in London, where he wrote the first musical comedy ever for BBC Radio, Green returned to New York City where, William S. Paley, president of the Columbia Broadcasting System and an investor in New York’s St. Regis Hotel, encouraged him to form what became known as Johnny Green, his Piano and Orchestra.

And he continued to lead his orchestra in top ranking radio shows into the 1940s, backing singers such as Fred Astaire and Alan Jones.

In the early 40s, Green moved to Hollywood. He became one of the people central to changing the overall sound of the MGM Symphony Orchestra.

ACADEMY AWARDS

He was Music Director at MGM from 1949 to 1959 and was nominated for an Oscar thirteen times. He won the award for the musical scores of Easter Parade, An American in Paris, West Side Story, and Oliver!, as well as for producing the short “The Merry Wives of Windsor Overture”, which won in the Short Subjects (One-Reel) category in 1954.

johnny green an american in paris

After leaving MGM, Green guest-conducted the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Denver Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, and Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. He also continued to compose the occasional filmscore, including the critically acclaimed They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? in 1969. He conducted the orchestra for the 1961 United Artists’ film version of West Side Story, for which he won a Grammy.

Green was a chairman of the music branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, leading the orchestra through 17 of the Academy Award telecasts.

VIDEO OF THE WEEK

Your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week is a short film from 1935 of a Johnny Green Orchestra broadcast in action, with announcer Harry von Zell. I like the short scene of the ‘old radio listener’ slapping his knee with laughter. Enjoy…

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #311

107.3 2SER Tuesday 17 April 2018
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT)
National Program:
ArtSoundFM Canberra Sunday 7 – 8pm
and early morning on 22 other stations.

Set 1
Swing Bands on 1944-46 Radio
Theme + Boyd’s Nest
Boyd Raeburn Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Club Morrocco
Los Angeles
AFRS Re-broadcast
19 Aug 1946
Begin the Beguine
Bobby Sherwood Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Avadon Ballroom
Los Angeles
AFRS Re-broadcast
3 Jun 1946
A Fellow on a Furlough + Blue Skies
Bob Chester Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Panther Room
Hotel Sherman
Chicago
AFRS Re-broadcast
8 Oct 1944
Set 2
1950s Hipster Radio
Bling, Bling!
Machito
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Birdland
WJZ ABC NY
1951
Stuffy
Coleman Hawkins and Roy Eldridge
‘Stars in Jazz’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
1952
Cherry Blossom + Close
Georgie Auld
‘Here’s To Veteran’s’
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1954
Set 3
Women Pop Singers on the Air
Open + Poor, Poor People of Paris
Giselle McKenzie
‘Airtime’
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1945
I Love You, Yes I Do
Ella Mae Morse
‘Here’s To Veteran’s’
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1954
Cry Me A River
Julie London
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
The Cameo
WRCA NBC NY
1956
Set 4
Johnny Green on 1930s Radio
Bio + Penny Serenade
Johnny Green Orchestra
‘Fitch Bandwagon’
WEAF NBC Red NY
9 Apr 1939
Out of Nowhere + I Want To Love (theme)
Johnny Green (voc) Ruth Etting
‘Oldsmobile Show’
WABC CBS NY
27 Feb 1934
Row, Row, Row
Johnny Green Orchestra (voc) Ray Bloch Swing 14
‘Rhymo’
WABC CBS NY
26 May 1940
Set 5
Eddy Howard Ballard Singer
Careless (theme) + Thou Swell
Eddy Howard (voc) and his Orchestra
Aragon Ballroom
Mutual Network, Chicago
5 Dec 1945
I Wish I Was A Willow
Eddy Howard (voc) Dick Jurgens Orchestra
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1938
Sailboat in the Moonlight
Eddy Howard (voc) and his Orchestra
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1939
Medley + So Long For Now (theme)
Eddy Howard (voc) and his Orchestra
Aragon Ballroom
Mutual Network, Chicago
5 Dec 1945
Set 6
1950s Radio Swing Bands
Blue Flame (theme) + Hollywood Blues
Woody Herman Orchestra
Blue Room
Hotel Roosevelt
WWL CBS New Orleans
1951
Hob Nail Boogie
Count Basie Orchestra
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
31 Aug 1952
Flager’s Drive
Dorsey Brothers’ Orchestra
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
WCBS CBS NY
1 Jan 1956
Summertime
Claude Thornhill Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Steel Pier
Atlantic City NJ
AFRS Re-broadcast
24 Aug 1956
Set 7
America Dances on the BBC
Open + Over The Waves
Bob Crosby Orchestra
‘America Dances’
New York City
BBC London
1939
Every Tub + Song of the Wanderer
Count Basie Orchestra
‘America Dances’
New York City
BBC London
1939
Body and Soul
Teddy Wilson Orchestra
‘America Dances’
New York City
BBC London
1939
Two O’Clock Jump + Close
Harry James Orchestra
‘America Dances’
New York City
BBC London
19 Jul 1939
Set 8
The Big Record TV Show
Intro + I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
Patti Page
‘The Big Record’
CBS TV NY
27 Nov 1957
Ad + Cry + Soliloquy of a Fool
Johnny Ray
‘The Big Record’
CBS TV NY
27 Nov 1957
Where or When + Tea For Three
Erroll Garner
‘The Big Record’
CBS TV NY
27 Nov 1957
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10 April New Listen Welcome Phantom Dancer – Symphony Sid, Bop DJ


“Dean took the wheel and drove clear the rest of the way to New York, and we began to hear the Symphony Sid show on the radio with all the latest bop, and now we were entering the great and final city of America.” (Jack Kerouac, On the Road, pt. 3, ch. 11)

Ah yes, we’ll be hearing some of those broadcasts from the ‘all-night, all-frantic one’, Symphony Sid, on this week’s Phantom Dancer.

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This week you’ll also hear some early rock’n’roll airchecks from the 1950s, Jack Teagarden and his Trad band from Club Hangover over KCBS San Francisco (in particular Saint James Infirmary which has been requested), a set of Martha Tilton singing in front of Benny Goodman’s Orchestra over CBS in January and February 1939 and a whole lot more.

See the full play list below.

The Phantom Dancer is your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV. It’s made in the studios of 2SER in Sydney. The Phantom Dancer is heard across Australia on stations of the Community Radio Network.

The Phantom Dancer is produced and presented by Australia’s only authentic 1920s-30s-style singer and band leader, Greg Poppleton.

Hear this week’s Phantom Dancer (and past Phantom Dancers online) at radio 2ser.com

Greg Poppleton music website.

SYMPHONY SID

Born Sidney Tarnopol, which he shortened to Sid Torin, Symphony Sid was a DJ and bop promoter, credited with introducing bebop to the mass audience. He did this by co-producing ‘modern progressive jazz concerts’, as he called them, from 1945, but mainly through his radio show, the all-night, all-frantic Symphony Sid show.

Symphony Sid introducing Charlie Parker
Symphony Sid introducing Charlie Parker

Listening to many Symphony Sid airchecks, it seemed the show ran on WMCA New York from 1948-49, and then on the flagship New York ABC station, WJZ, until 1953, from midnight to 5pm Saturday and Sunday mornings.

Symphony Sid championed what he called ‘the finest in modern progressive jazz’. And as we’ll hear today, he also championed latin music by Machito and others, and he also hosted gospel radio shows not much later in his career when he moved from New York to Boston. At the end of his radio career in Miami, he was an influential Latin DJ and hosted live latin music on WBUS.

His show was a DJ show, where he’d spin records and listeners could call in Circle 6-2500 (WMCA) or Circle 6-4343 (WJZ), “guess the ‘gone’ side,” and make requests.

Then from 3:03am to 4, the show broadcast live bop (mostly) from The Royal Roost nightclub, and then from Birdland.

Sid would make the live introductions in a ‘flying-by-the-seat-of-his-pants’ style: a little bit dope-addled perhaps, sometimes forgetting names, sometimes covering for time with an impromptu interview, but always conversational and hipster.

Bandleaders who played these early morning shows included Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Tadd Dameron, Dinah Washington, Terry Gibbs, Lester Young, Machito, Charlie Ventura, Dave Brubeck, Chubby Jackson and Slim Gaillard.

Being on the Symphony Sid Show gave huge exposure to musicians. Some wrote tribute songs to him. ‘Jumpin’ With Symphony Sid’, which became his radio theme, was written by Lester Young with lyrics added later by King Pleasure. It was a hit in 1950 for the George Shearing Quintet. Illinois Jacquet wrote ‘Symphony in Sid’. Louis Jordan’s song, ‘After School Swing Session’ had the added title, ‘Swinging With Symphony Sid’.

“[Symphony Sid] is probably the greatest middleman jazz has ever known. A broadcaster for 35 years, once billed as ‘the all-night, all-frantic one’, he was the man to listen to in the forties, fifties and sixties if you wanted to know what was happening in jazz.”— Leslie Gourse, New York Times.

VIDEO OF THE WEEK

Your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week is a short aircheck of Symphony Sid introducing the live portion of on eof his 1948 WMCA shows from The Royal Roost. He introduces the Tadd Dameron small group. Enjoy…

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #310

107.3 2SER Tuesday 10 April 2018
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT)
National Program:
ArtSoundFM Canberra Sunday 7 – 8pm
and early morning on 22 other stations.

Set 1
1940s Pop Radio
Theme + I Haven’t Got a Worry in the World
Griff Williams Orchestra
Empire Room
Palmer House
WGN Chicago
5 Mar 1947
Am I Blue? + Taking a Chance on Love
Ethel Waters
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
17 Jul 1945
Twilight Time + Close
Dean Hudson Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Blue Room
Hotel Lincoln
New York City
AFRS Re-broadcast
11 Nov 1944
Set 2
Modern Progressive Jazz on Radio
Ol’ Man BeBop
Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra
AFRS Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1946
No, No, Chi-Chi, No!
Machito (voc) Gracie Graziella and Band
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Birdland
WJZ ABC NY
1951
Francesca + Artistry in Rhythm (theme)
Stan Kenton Orchestra
‘Concert in Miniature’
Hampton Casino
Hampton Beach NH
WBZ NBC Boston
21 Jul 1953
Set 3
Rock’n’Roll
Open + Straight Life
King Porter
‘Burgie Big Beat’
KNX CBS LA
1956
Ad + But I Don’t Care
Sid King and the Five Strings
KTAE Taylor TX
1955
Flagwaver + Close
Sam ‘The Man’ Taylor Big Band
‘Rock’n’Roll Dance Party’
WCBS CBS NY
24 Jul 1956
Set 4
Jack Teagarden at Club Hangover
Stardust on the Moon + Dear Old Southland
Jack Teagarden
Club Hangover
KCBS San Francisco
7 May 1954
Stomp, Mr Henry Lee
Jack Teagarden
Club Hangover
KCBS San Francisco
17 Apr 1954
Lazy River + I Got a Right to Sing the Blues (theme)
Jack Teagarden
Club Hangover
KCBS San Francisco
30 Apr 1954
Set 5
Martha Tilton Sings with Benny Goodman 1939
Hurry Home
Martha Tilton (voc) Benny Goodman Orchestra
‘Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS NY
3 Jan 1939
Gotta Get Some Shuteye
Martha Tilton (voc) Benny Goodman Orchestra
‘Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS NY
7 Feb 1939
I Have Eyes
Martha Tilton (voc) Benny Goodman Orchestra
‘Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS NY
10 Jan 1939
Sweet Little Headache
Martha Tilton (voc) Benny Goodman Orchestra
‘Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS NY
14 Feb 1939
Set 6
1950s Radio Swing Bands
Blue Flame (theme) + Hollywood Blues
Woody Herman Orchestra
Blue Room
Hotel Roosevelt
WWL CBS New Orleans
1951
Hob Nail Boogie
Count Basie Orchestra
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
31 Aug 1952
Flager’s Drive
Dorsey Brothers’ Orchestra
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
WCBS CBS NY
1 Jan 1956
Summertime
Claude Thornhill Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Steel Pier
Atlantic City NJ
AFRS Re-broadcast
24 Aug 1956
Set 7
Sing-a-long Tunes with Blue Barron
Heart and Soul
Blue Barron Orchestra (voc) Russ Carlyle
Radio Transcription
New York City
1938
You’re The Only Star In My Blue Heaven
Blue Barron Orchestra (voc) Russ Carlyle and the Glee Club
Radio Transcription
New York City
1938
Scatterbrain
Blue Barron Orchestra (voc) Charlie Fisher
Radio Transcription
New York City
1939
You Are My Sunshine
Blue Barron Orchestra (voc) Russ Carlyle
Radio Transcription
New York City
1940
Set 8
Symphony Sid Show
Intro + Blue ‘n’ Boogie
Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Birdland
WJZ ABC NY
31 Mar 1951
Symphony Sid live ad
Symphony Sid
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
4 Sep 1948
I’m Glad There’s You
Charlie Ventura Group (voc) Jackie Cain
Birdland
WABC ABC NY
7 Nov 1958
Symphony Sid live ad
Symphony Sid
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
18 Sep 1948
How High The Moon
Lester Young (voc) Ella Fitzgerald
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
27 Nov 1948

20 March 2018 Phantom Dancer – Miff Mole Pioneer 1920s Jazz Trombonist


Miff Mole was a trombone player who became famous in the jazz world of the 1920s. And we’ll be hearing radio broadcasts by Miff on this week’s The Phantom Dancer.

The Phantom Dancer is two hours of non-stop swing and jazz mixed from live 1920s – 1960s radio and TV.

Now in its 33rd year, The Phantom Dancer is produced and presented by Greg Poppleton, Australia’s only authentic 1920s-1930s singer.

On this week’s Phantom Dancer you’ll also hear a set of live vintage radio by Nat King Cole, Marion Hutton and Charlie Spivak.

Broadcast 12:04pm Tuesdays 107.3 2SER Sydney then over 22 radio stations and online.

HEAR The Phantom Dancer live-streamed then online on the Radio 2SER website.

 

MIFF MOLE…

…was the stage name of Irving Milfred Mole (March 11, 1898 – April 29, 1961).

He was a jazz trombonist and band leader. He created ‘the first distinctive and influential solo jazz trombone style.’

Miff Mole’s soloing style had rapid-fire cadenzas, octave-leaps and shakes. He was a big influence on later trombonists Bill Rank, Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, and Jimmy Harrison.

His heyday was the mid-1920s when he recorded popular and critically acclaimed records with such stars as Sophie Tucker (Red Hot Mama (1924)) and Bix Beiderbecke (Davenport Blues (1925)).

Miff Mole studied classical violin and piano as a child. He picked up the trombone age 15. He was playing professionally by 1920 and went on to play in some of the greatest New York City bands in the Jazz Age.

TROMBONE

Miff Mole played in the Original Memphis Five (1922), and with Ross Gorman, Roger Wolfe Kahn, Sam Lanin, Ray Miller and many others. With cornetist Red Nichols, he led Miff Mole and His Little Molers, recording from 1926 – 1930.

Miff Mole waxed sides with a lot of Red Nichols ‘aggregations’: The Red Heads, The Hottentots, The Charleston Chasers, The Six Hottentots, The Cotton Pickers, Red and Miff’s Stompers, and Red Nichols and His Five Pennies.

But Miff’s style became ‘old-hat’ when Jack Teagarden arrived in New York in 1928. Teagarden brought a more legato, blues-oriented approach to jazz.

After the 1920s, Miff Mole took to radio as an NBC studio musician until 1938 when he joined Paul Whiteman’s orchestra. By then, even Mole had been influenced by Teagarden. He was in Benny Goodman’s orchestra from 1942-43 and led various dixieland bands, one of which we hear on today’s Phantom Dancer – his Nixieland Six – from 1942-47. He worked in Chicago in 1947–54 when bad health reduced the amount of playing he did. He died in 1961.

Miff Mole’s records have been used in the soundtracks of two twenty-first century movies.

His 1928 recording of ‘Shim-Me-Sha-Wabble’ with the Little Molers was used in Russell Crowe;s movie, Cinderella Man.

His composition ‘There’ll Come a Time (Wait and See)’, is heard in the Academy Award-nominated movie, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

Your Phantom Dancer Miff Mole Video of the Week – Miff Mole hanging out on a hotel rooftop in 1943. Enjoy!

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #308

107.3 2SER Tuesday 20 March 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 22 other stations.

Set 1
The Lesser Known 1940s Dance Bands
Straighten Up and Fly Right (theme) + Sunday + Ad + Wildroot Creme Oil Song
Nat King Cole Trio (voc) NCK
‘King Cole Trio Time’
KFI NBC LA
6 Mar 1948
Open + Little Joe From Chicago (theme) + Boogie a la King
Nat King Cole Trio (voc) NCK
Radio Transcription
1959
Go Bongo + Close
Nat King Cole Trio (bongos) Jack Costanza
‘Just Jazz’
Shrine Auditorium LA
AFRS Re-broadcast
1945
Set 2
1950s Modern Jazz Radio
Leap Frog (Theme) + At Sundown
Les Brown Orchestra
‘Treasury Bandstand’
Hershey Park Ballroom
WLAN ABC Lancaster PA
1957
Always
Kai Winding
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
2 Sep 1952
Perdido
Ray Anthony Orchestra
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
25 Dec 1952
Set 3
Hot Music on 1930-32 Radio
Coca Cola Waltz (theme) + So Sympathetic
Leonard Joy and the Coca Cola Orchestra
‘Coca Cola Top Notchers’
WEEI NBC Boston
26 Mar 1930
Bugle Call Rag
George Olsen Music
’Lucky Strike Orchestra’
WEAF NBC Red NY
1 Dec 1932
Whistling in the Dark + Sweet and Lovely (close)
Gus Arnheim Orchestra
’Cocoanut Grove’
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1931
Set 4
Pop Singers 1950s-60s Radio
Open + Baby, I Want It
Frankie Laine
‘Navy Star Time’
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1952
Cheek to Cheek
Rosemary Clooney
‘Bing Crosby Show’
KNX CNS LA
19 Oct 1960
I Get a Kick Out of You + Period (close)
Sarah Vaughan
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
21 Apr 1952
Set 5
Marion Hutton sings on 1938-39 Radio
Oh, Johnny, Oh!
Glenn Miller Orchestra (voc) Marion Hutton
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
WJZ NBC Blue NY
5 Dec 1939
The Jumping’ Jive
Glenn Miller Orchestra (voc) Marion Hutton
NBC Radio
Baltimore
5 Sep 1939
I Just Got a Letter
Glenn Miller Orchestra (voc) Marion Hutton
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
WJZ NBC Blue NY
6 Dec 1939
In a Russian Foxhole
Glenn Miller Orchestra (voc) Marion Hutton
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
WJZ NBC Blue NY
18 Apr 1939
Set 6
Charlie Spivak on 1940s Radio
After I Say I’m Sorry
Charlie Spivak Orchestra (voc) The Stardusters including Marion’s sister June
Radio Transcription
New York City
1941
Stomping Room Only
Charlie Spivak Orchestra
Palladium Ballroom
KNX CBS Hollywood
4 Apr 1948
20 May 1940
Besume Mucho
Charlie Spivak Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Century Room
Commodore Hotel NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
1944
Massenet’s Elegy
Charlie Spivak Orchestra
Palladium Ballroom
KNX CBS Hollywood
Apr 1948
20 May 1940
Set 7
Miff Mole
Davenport Blues
Red and Miff’s Stompers
Comm Rec
New York City
11 Feb 1927
Peg o’ My Heart
Miff Mole Nixieland Six
‘For The Record’
WEAF NBC NY
30 Oct 1944
Nobody’s Sweetheart
Irving Mill’s Hotsy Totsy Gang (tb) Miff Mole
‘Brunswick Brevities’
WABC CBS NY
Oct 1928
Waiting For The Evening Whistle + Bugle Call Rag
Eddie Condon Group (tb) Miff Mole
‘Eddie Condon Jazz Concert’
Town Hall
WJZ Blue NY
30 Sep 1944
Set 8
Charlie Barnet
Makin’ Whoopee
Charlie Barnet Orchestra
Casino Gardens
Ocean Park Ca
KECA ABC LA
Dec 1946
Come To Baby Do
Charlie Barnet Orchestra (voc) Lena Horne
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
1945
Strolling
Charlie Barnet Orchestra
Aircheck
Dec 1945
Dear Old Southland + Close
Charlie Barnet Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Ft Devon, Mass
Blue Network
15 Oct 1945

13 March Phantom Dancer – Ukuleles


A hint of ukuleles takes a set on this week’s The Phantom Dancer with Harry Reser and Wendall Hall from 1925 and 1931.

The Phantom Dancer is your two hour non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s – 1960s radio and TV.

Hear the show and past Phantom Dancers at the Radio 2SER website.

Presented by Australia’s only authentic 1920s-1930s singer, this week’s Phantom Dancer also has a set of shuffle from 1940s radio, Les Paul and Mary Ford from their 1950 radio series, and Charlie Parker from live January – February 1949 ‘Symphony Sid Show’ broadcasts

 

UKELELE

Synonymous with Hawaii and the 1920s Jazz Age, the ukulele harks back to the 1880s as a Hawaiian adaptation of the Portuguese machete. The name roughly translates as ‘jumping flea’.

Its popularity in Hawaiian music and culture came mainly through the royal patronage of King Kalākaua. He added it to the music played at Hawaiian royal gatherings.

A lute-like instrument, the uke commonly has four nylon strings. It can also have six or eight strings with strings paired.

Ukes come in four sizes: soprano, concert, tenor, and baritone. Sopranino and contrabass ukes are also played.

 

WORLDWIDE

The 1915 Panama–Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco is credited with having introduced the ukulele to the wider world (even though the ukulele was mentioned in print in New York in 1907 and related Hawaiian guitar duos were already recording for HMV London in 1914).

The Hawaiian Pavilion at the 1915 Exposition had a guitar and ukulele ensemble plus George E. K. Awai and his Royal Hawaiian Quartet and ukulele maker and player Jonah Kumalae.

The popularity of the ensembles with visitors launched a fad for Hawaiian-themed songs among Tin Pan Alley songwriters. These made the uke as big a hallmark of 1920s America as The Charleston and the Raccoon coat.

In fact, Tin Pan Alley sheet music up to the swing era often had ukulele tablature printed on top of the vocal and piano lead sheet for the home ukeist.

Japan is the second home for the uke. It was introduced to Japan in 1929 by Hawaiian-born Yukihiko Haida. The country still has big ukulele clubs.

In the UK, the ukulele is synonymous with 1930s comedian, George Formby, even though, Formby often played the banjolele.

The banjolele is a hybrid instrument consisting of an extended ukulele neck with a banjo resonator body. Bertie Wooster tried to learn banjolele much to the chagrin of his personal gentleman’s gentleman, Jeeves, in the P. G. Wodehouse novels.

RESURGENCE

Today, the ukulele has had a resurgence in popularity. The Jazz Age revival, the ukulele’s ease of play, its portability and its low cost has made it as popular today with amateur players as it was in the 1920s. There are even electric ukuleles.

In the Greg Poppleton 1920s-30s band, the ukulele is played by Chuck Morgan (playing the uke of a famous 1920s Hollywood star) and Grahame Conlon on Roaring ’20s songs like Tip Toe Through the Tulips and Singing in the Rain. Greg Poppleton band website

Your Phantom Dancer ukulele Video of the Week. It’s a June 1926 Vitaphone short featuring ‘The Wizard of the Strings’, Roy Smeck. He plays Hawaiian guitar, ukulele, then banjo in this pre-‘The Jazz Singer’ sound-on-disc short film. Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Y3f9CWCTes

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #307

107.3 2SER Tuesday 13 March 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 22 other stations.

Set 1
The Lesser Known 1940s Dance Bands
Poor Bubber
Rex Stewart Orchestra
Comm Rec
Hollywood
3 Jul 1941
Open + Smoke Rings (theme) A Sure Thing
Glen Grey and the Casa Loma Orchestra (voc) Eugenie Baird
‘One Night Stand’
Tune Town Ballroom
St Louis
AFRS Re-broadcast
5 Apr 1944
I Got Rhythm + Close
Lenny Conn Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
AFRS Re-broadcast
1944
Set 2
Count Basie 1956 Radio
One O’Clock Jump (Theme) + Sixteen Men Swinging
Count Basie Orchestra
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Birdland
WRCA NBC NY
2 Jul 1956
Shiny Stockings
Count Basie Orchestra
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Birdland
WRCA NBC NY
9 Jan 1956
One O’Clock Jump
Count Basie Orchestra
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Zardi’s
KFI NBC LA
14 May 1956
Set 3
Hint of Ukulele
Ukulele Lady
Harry Reser Orchestra
Comm Rec
New York City
1 Jun 1925
Lonely Lane + Land of My Sunset Dreams + Melancholy Moon + It Ain’t Gonna Rain No More + Aloha Oe
Wendall Hall
’The Pineapple Picadour’
WMAQ NBC Chicago
2 Apr 1931
Set 4
Les Paul and Mary Ford
Open + Brazil
Les Paul and Mary Ford
‘Les Paul and Mary Ford Show’
NBC
12 May 1950
Dry My Tears
Les Paul and Mary Ford
‘Les Paul and Mary Ford Show’
NBC
30 Jun 1950
The Rustic Dance + Looking For The Bully of the Town + If A Nightingale Could Sing Like You (theme)
Les Paul and Mary Ford
‘Les Paul and Mary Ford Show’
NBC
30 Jun 1950
Set 5
1940s Swing Bands on the Wireless
Cape Horn
Bobby Sherwood Orchestra
Aircheck
1944
Lover
Joe Marsala Orchestra
Aircheck
Log Cabin Farm
Armouk NY
30 Oct 1942
Mister Pastor Goes To Town
Tony Pastor Orchestra
Aircheck
New York City
Feb 1942
In a Russian Foxhole
Bob Strong Orchestra
Glen Island Casino
New Rochelle
WOR Mutual NYC
5 Aug 1944
Set 6
1940s Trad Style Big Bands
Back To Croajingalong
George Trevare Orchestra
Comm Rec
Sydney
1945
Intro + I Ain’t Gonna Give No One None Of My Jelly Roll + Secrets in the Moonlight + Shake Down the Stars + Out of this World + Yours is My Heart Alone + I Love You Much Too Much
Bud Freeman Summa Cum Laude Orchestra
Panther Room
Hotel Sherman
WMAQ NBC Red Chicago
20 May 1940
Complainin’
Bob Crosby Orchestra Orchestra
Terrace Room
Hotel New Yorker
WOR Mutual NYC
25 Mar 1940
It Had To Be You (request)
Artie Shaw Orchestra
Blue Room
Hotel Lincoln
WABC CBS NY
25 Nov 1938
Set 7
Shuffle Rhythm
Beat Me Daddy Eight To The Bar
Ted Weems Orchestra (voc) Red Ingle
‘Beat The Band’
WMAQ NBC Red Chicago
1940
Good Morning
Jan Savitt and his Top Hatters
Radio Transcription
New York City
1939
Quaker City Jazz
Jan Savitt and his Top Hatters
Arcadia Restaurant
KYW NBC Red Philadelphia
2 Dec 1938
Sidewalks of Cuba + When Day is Done (theme)
Henry Busse Orchestra
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1935
Set 8
Charlie Parker at the Royal Roost jan-Feb 1949
Scrapple From The Apple
Charlie Parker
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NYC
15 Jan 1949
Barbados
Charlie Parker
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NYC
12 Feb 1949
Oo Bop Sh’bam
Charlie Parker (voc) CP and Band
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NYC
22 Jan 1949
Salt Peanuts
Charlie Parker (voc) CP
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NYC
19 Feb 1949

6 March Phantom Dancer – Hans Albers, The German John Wayne and a Clown Called Quick.


The Phantom Dancer is presented by authentic 1920s – 30s singer, Greg Poppleton..

The Phantom Dancer, goes to the movies this week. In one of the vinyl sets in the last hour, you’ll hear movie songs hits by 1930s-40s German film star, Hans Albers. (You’ll also hear sets of Raymond Scott, Louis Armstrong and Woody Herman from live 1940s radio)

Hear the mix after the 27 Feb broadcast at radio 2ser.com

Why Hans Albers?

I am in the process of memorising the German lyrics for ‘La Paloma’. La Paloma is probably the most recorded Spanish song in history. It has become a quasi-folk song in many cultures. Written by Sebastián Yradier as a contradanza (the progenitor of danzon, mambo and cha cha cha), it was published in Madrid in 1859 as a ‘Cancion Americana con acompañamiento de Piano’.

The lyrics I’m learning are those sung by Hans Albers in the 1943 film ‘Grosse Freiheit Nr 7’. This is one of three films in the Nazi era that celebrated the individual rather than fascist corporatist ideas.

Also in this week’s Phantom Dancer we’ll hear a set of swing from live 1936 radio. Other sets are dedicated to 1940s dance orchestras and there’s two sets of music radio from the 1950s.

 

HANS PHILIPP AUGUST ALBERS…

…was one of the most popular German actors, and singers, of the twentieth century.

He was an actor in theatre and in more than a hundred silent films.

He then starred in the first German talkie Die Nacht gehört uns (The Night is Ours) in 1929. He was the big-mouthed strong man Mazeppa alongside Marlene Dietrich in her star-making film Der blaue Engel (The Blue Angel) in 1930.

Albers himself hit stardom that same year in the movie, The Copper.

In 1932 he starred in my favourite Albers film, ‘Quick’ in which he plays two roles, one being an English vaudeville clown, speaking German in an English accent.

Many of Albers’ movie songs became huge hits. We’ll hear four of them today on The Phantom Dancer, including ‘Gnaedige Frau komm’ und spiel’ mid mir’ from ‘Quick’. In the film he sings the song after sliding down a giant banjo on a theatre stage, then flying around the theatre until he lands on one of the balconies to serenade his lady love.

Although Albers became Germany’s most popular actor under the Nazi regime, he never supported the Nazis. He instead supported his Jewish girlfriend Hansi Berg. She left for Switzerland, then England in 1939, with Hans Albers continuing to financially support her until they reunited after the war. They stayed together until his death.

Nevertheless, he continued to star in major films during the war in ‘hero’ roles. After 1945, when the occupation powers didn’t want German heroes in German films, he was typecast in wise-aged-man roles.

He remained active in film and theatre until three months before his death due to alcohol related disease in 1960.

TWO PHANTOM DANCER VIDEOS OF THE WEEK!

Your Phantom Dancer ‘Video of the Week’ #1 shows Hans Albers as the singing hero in living Agfacolour.

It’s the song, La Paloma, from the 1943 movie, Grosse Freiheit Nr7. Enjoy…

Your Phantom Dancer ‘Video of the Week’ #2 shows Hans Albers as vaudeville clown, Quick.

It’s the song, La Paloma, from the 1943 movie, Grosse Freiheit Nr7. Enjoy…

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #306

107.3 2SER Tuesday 6 March 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 22 other stations.

Set 1
Woody Herman Orchestra and Vocals on 1940s Radio
Blue Flame (Theme) + I’m Going To See My Baby
Woody Herman Orchestra (voc) WH
‘One Night Stand’
Empire Room
Rice Hotel
Houston
1955
There, I Said It Again
Woody Herman Orchestra (voc) WH
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WABC CBS NY
21 Jul 1945
I Ain’t Got Nothin’ But The Blues + Blue Flame (theme)
Woody Herman Orchestra (voc) WH
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WABC CBS NY
21 Aug 1944
Set 2
Club Hangover
Relaxin’ At The Trouro (Theme) + Sensation Rag
Muggsy Spanier
Club Hangover
KCBS San Francisco
20 Nov 1954
Riverside Blues
Muggsy Spanier
Club Hangover
KCBS San Francisco
20 Nov 1954
Royal Garden Blues + I’ve Got A Right To Sing The Blues (theme)
Jack Teagarden
Club Hangover
KCBS San Francisco
17 Apr 1954
Set 3
Dance Bands on 1940s Radio
Theme + Octave Jump
Bob Chester Orchestra
’One Night Stand’
College Inn
Hotel Sherman, Chicago
AFRS Re-broadcast
8 Oct 1944
Personality + I’m Getting Sentimental Over You (theme)
Sy Oliver Orchestra (voc) Buddy Moreno
’Endorsed By Dorsey’
WOR Mutual NY
3 Mar 1946
With My Head In The Clouds + Lady Be Good
Glenn Miller AAF Orchestra (voc) Johnny Desmond and the Modernaires
’Uncle Sam Presents’
WEAF NBC NY
12 Feb 1944
Set 4
Frank Sinatra on Your Hit Parade 1943-44
I’ve Heard That Song Before
Frank Sinatra
‘Your Hit Parade’ (Dress Rehearsal)
WEAF NBC NY
27 Feb 1943
I’ll Be Seeing You
Frank Sinatra
‘Your Hit Parade’
WEAF NBC NY
26 Aug 1944
I Love You + Theme
Frank Sinatra
‘Your Hit Parade’
WEAF NBC NY
6 May 1944
Set 5
Hans Albers 1930s movie Hits
Hoppla, jets komm’ ich
Hans Albers
Movie: ‘Der Sieger’ 1932
La Paloma
Hans Albers
Movie: Grosse Freiheit Nr7, 1943
Gnaedige Frau, komm’ und spiel’ mit mir
Hans Albers
Movie: ‘Quick’, 1932
Goodbye Jonny
Hans Albers
Movie: Wasser fuer Canitoga 1939
Set 6
Raymond Scott on the Air
I’ll Be Around
Raymond Scott Orchestra
Radio Transcription
New York City
1944
Blues Theme
Raymond Scott ‘The Captivators’
WABC CBS NY
10 Jan 1943
In A Magic Garden
Raymond Scott Orchestra
Rose Room
Palace Hotel
KQW CBS San Francisco
Apr 1944
Four Beat Shuffle + Pretty Little Petticoat (theme)
Raymond Scott Orchestra
Panther Room
Hotel Sherman
WMAQ NBC Red Chicago
1940
Set 7
Hit Of The Week Cardboard Records
You Bought a New Kind of Love to Me
Don Vorhees Orchestra (tp either Red Nichols or Bob Effros)(voc) Dick Robertson
‘Hit of the Week’ Record
New York City
Aug 1930
Cheer Up – Ballyhoo
Phil Spitalny Music (voc) Eddie Cantor (v) Joe Venuti (tp) Bob Effros
‘Hit of the Week’ Record
New York City
Oct 1931
I’ll Be Blue
Hit of the Week Orchestra (tp) Manny Klein (voc) Dick Robertson
‘Hit of the Week’ Record
New York City
Nov 1930
Reaching For The Moon
Sam Lanin Orchestra (voc) Scrappy Lambert
‘Hit of the Week’ Record
New York City
Mar 1931
Set 8
Louis Armstrong On 1943-44 Radio
Brother Bill
Louis Armstrong Orchestra (voc) LA
‘Spotlight Bands’
Geiger Field
Blue Network
1943
If I Could Be With You (One Hour Tonight)
Louis Armstrong Orchestra (voc) LA
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
1943
Lazy River
Louis Armstrong Orchestra (voc) LA
‘Spotlight Bands’
Dallas TX
Blue Network
17 Aug 1943
It Had To Be You + Close
Louis Armstrong Orchestra (voc) LA
‘Spotlight Bands’
Tuskagee, Alabama
Blue Network
5 Oct 1944

27 Feb Phantom Dancer – Errol Buddle Dead, The Last Australian In The Australian Jazz Quintet.


The Phantom Dancer is presented by authentic 1920s – 30s singer, Greg Poppleton.

It’s your two hour non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s – 1960s radio and TV.

Hear the mix after the 27 Feb broadcast at radio 2ser.com

This week, The Phantom Dancer, bids farewell to Sydney jazz identity, jazz bassoon and sax great –  the last Australian in the Australian Jazz Quartet, Errol Buddle.

Errol died last week and The Phantom Dancer brings you a broadcast he made with the AJQ in 1956.

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AUSTRALIAN JAZZ QUARTET/QUINTET

The broadcast of the Australian Jazz Quintet is from Birdland as part of the NBC Radio Series ‘The All-Star Parade of Bands’.

I make these cultural observations about the broadcast:

1. Fred Collins, NBC announcer, network jazz DJ and ‘expert’, obviously doesn’t know what to do with The Australian Jazz Quintet. He comes across like he hasn’t done his research. He’s polite, almost seeming to damn with very faint praise. And the AJQ get short shrift from Fred in the promotion department.

2. The All-Star Parade of Bands usually has two bands doing 13 minutes each with an ad in between as the second band sets up. In this broadcast, the AJQ do two songs in the middle and the closing theme. Most of the show is given to Carmen McRae.

3. The American in the AJQ is the spokesman for the group on the radio.

4. The AJQ use voicings and phrasings that hark back to the Australian dance bands of the late 30s and 1940s. This, as well as jazz bassoon, must have sounded uncomfortable to New York jazz ears who went for an overload of the safe and familiar with Carmen.

5. The NBC live recording for the AJQ is rather indistinct sounding. Carmen and her pianist is much more present in the radio mix.

 

WHO WERE THE AJQ?

They were three Australians and one American. The Australians were Errol Buddle (bassoon and tenor saxophone), Bryce Rohde (piano), and Jack Brokensha (vibraphone and percussion).

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Errol Buddle, who played in the Sydney Jazz Scene , died last week.

Bryce Rohde returned to the U.S. from Australia in 1965 and played in the San Francisco jazz scene until he died in 2016.

Jack Brokensha returned to Detroit after the 1958 AJQ Australian tour.  He was hired by Berry Gordy of Motown Records as a percussionist. He was one of the few white members of Motown’s Hitsville U.S.A. recording studio’s house band, The Funk Brothers. He was given the nickname “White Jack”, to distinguish him from Jack Ashford, an African American percussionist nicknamed “Black Jack”.

 

THE AJQ STORY

Errol Buddle, Bryce Rohde and Jack Brokensha went to Windsor, Ontario, Canada in 1952, across from the U.S. city of Detroit with the aim of touring the U.S as a trio. Initially they had visa troubles. For a while, Errol Buddle played bassoon in the Windsor Symphony. A chance booking on WXYZ-TV Detroit for Brokensha after being spotted at a Windsor gig led to all three getting visas and regular TV, recording and club work in Detroit. There they met the fourth member of the AJQ, who you hear talking on the Birdland broadcast, Richard J. (Dick) Healey (alto sax, clarinet, flute, bass).

Because what happened next is so detailed, I will quote directly from the Wikipedia article on the AJQ

“Early 1954 appearances on the Detroit WXYZ-TV show “Soupy’s On” led comedian Soupy Sales to recommend the group to a Detroit suburb club owner Ed Sarkesian to accompany jazz vocalist Chris Connor for two weeks at the club (Rouge Lounge in River Rouge, a Detroit suburb) and to have the group perform between each of her sets. Since Buddle had been playing bassoon regularly with the Windsor Symphony, Healey and Rohde quickly decided to make arrangements for the flute-bassoon-vibes combination, giving the group a distinctive sound. This unusual instrumentation created much interest in the quartet, not only from jazz enthusiasts, but also from classical music aficionados. During the two-week engagement with Connor, Sarkesian contacted Joe Glaser of Associated Booking Corporation in New York. Sarkesian named the group The Australian Jazz Quartet/Quintet, and based on a quickly recorded 78 disk, he garnered a five-year contract with ABC and Bethlehem Records for the group. Sarkesian then became the group’s personal manager, which worked out very well because he also soon became a major promoter of jazz concerts and festivals.

Under the new arrangement with ABC the AJQ performed at the Blue Note in Chicago and on a concert in Washington DC. with the Dave Brubeck Quartet, the Modern Jazz Quartet, and Carmen McRae. Soon they began playing at clubs like The Hickory House, Birdland (jazz club), Basin Street, and the Roundtable in New York; the Blue Note, Modern Jazz Room, and Robert’s Show Room in Chicago; Storyville in Boston; Jazz City in Los Angeles; Macumba in San Francisco; Sonny’s Lounge in Denver; Peacock Alley in St. Louis; Rouge Lounge in Detroit; Peps and Blue Note in Philadelphia; Midway Lounge in Pittsburgh; Colonial in Toronto, Ball & Chain in Miami and many others. At many of these clubs the AJQ shared the band stand with well-known groups such as the Dave Brubeck Quartet, Les Brown Orchestra, Johnny Smith Quartet, Bud Shank Quartet, Miles Davis, Pete Jolly Trio, J. J. Johnson, Max Roach-Clifford Brown Quintet, Art Blakey Quintet, Teddy and Marty Napoleon Quartet, Bud Powell Trio, Thelonious Monk, Conte Candoli/Al Cohn Quintet, Ahmad Jamal Trio, Don Shirley Trio, Lee Konitz Quartet, Woody Herman, Billie Holiday and others.

National concert tours took place in 1955–57. In 1955 there was the “Modern Jazz Show” with the Dave Brubeck QuartetGerry Mulligan, and Carmen McRae. In 1956 there was “Music For Moderns” with Count BasieErroll Garner, the Kai Winding Septet, the Chico Hamilton Quintet, and the Gerry Mulligan Quartet. In 1957, there was again “Music For Moderns” with the George Shearing Quintet, the Gerry Mulligan Quintet, Chico Hamilton, Helen MerrillCannonball Adderley, and Miles Davis. These tours included performances at major concert halls, including Carnegie Hall in New York.

The AJQ appeared on several national television shows, the most notable being the Steve Allen Tonight Show, The Dave Garroway Today Show, The Arthur Godfrey Show, In Town Tonight Chicago, and the Ed Mackenzie and Soupy Sales Shows from ABC in Detroit. On the Radio they were heard on CBS’s “Woolworth Hour”, NBC’s “Monitor”, and ABC’s “Parade of the Bands”.

During 1955 to 1958 the AJQ recorded seven albums under the Bethlehem label. The first album, distinguished by its cover illustrated by four side-by-side kangaroos, was a 10″ LP recorded in February 1955 and featured arrangements of eight standard songs. A 12″ version of this album, released in 1956, added three standards and one original song by bassist Jimmy Gannon, who also assisted on the recording. Meanwhile, another album, this one with scores of kangaroos on its cover, was released with 10 songs including two originals, one by Gannon and the other by Healey.

In 1958 the group travelled to Australia for The Australian Concert Tour for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). Also, there were TV and Radio Broadcasts, and, in Melbourne and Sydney, there were concerts with Sammy Davis Jr. These performances were broadcast nationally by the ABC. After the 1958 tour the group members decided to terminate the AJQ and become independent performing and recording artists. However, reunion concerts occurred in Adelaide in 1986 and 1993, and a recording of the 1993 concert was distributed.”
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Australian_Jazz_Quartet

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ERROL BUDDLE – YOUR PHANTOM DANCER VIDEOS OF THE WEEK!

Your Phantom Dancer ‘Video of the Week’ features Errol Buddle on tenor in a cameo about Sydney jazz club, The El Rocco. Good to see some of the extras at least tried to get ’80s versions of early 1960s short back and sides.

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #305

107.3 2SER Tuesday 27 February 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 22 other stations.

Set 1
1950s Dance Bands on Radio
Theme + Komonoi Ostrow
Lawrence Welk Orchestra
Aragon Ballroom
Ocean Park Ca
KECA ABC LA
1955
South
Chuck Cabot Orchestra
Empire Room
Rice Hotel
CBS Houston
Apr 1953
Show Me The Way To Get Out Of This World (That’s Where Everything Is) + Will You Still Be Mine? (Theme)
Matt Dennis
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Chi-Chi Club
WRCA NBC NYC
13 Jun 1955
Set 2
Bands on 1936 Radio
Theme + I’ve Got Rhythm
Freddy Rich Orchestra
‘Dodge Show’
Radio Transcription
New York City
13 Feb 1936
Christopher Columbus
Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians (voc) Band
‘Ford Show’
WABC CBS NY
14 Apr 1936
Hallelujah
Johnny Green Orchestra
‘Packard Hour’
KFI NBC LA
11 Mar 1936
Set 3
Australian Jazz Quintet
Spring Is Here + The Fire Dance
Australian Jazz Quintet
’All Star Parade of Bands’
Birdland
WRCA NBC NY
1956
You’re My Thrill + Coming Down To Earth
 Carmen McRae
 ’All Star Parade of Bands’
Birdland
WRCA NBC NY
1956
Lullaby of Birdland
 Australian Jazz Quintet
’All Star Parade of Bands’
Birdland
WRCA NBC NY
1956
Set 4
Cocoanut Grove Radio 1933-34
Lady Play Your Mandolin
Vincent Valsanti Orchestra (voc) The Playmates
Cocoanut Grove
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1934
Making Faces At The Man In The Moon
Gus Arnheim Orchestra (voc) Loyce Whiteman
‘Cocoanut Grove’
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1931
Dancing With The Daffodils + Sweet and Lovely (theme)
Gus Arnheim Orchestra
Cocoanut Grove
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1931
Set 5
Jazz Tenor Sax Stars On Radio
Too Marvellous For Words
Chu Berry and his Stompy Stevedours
Comm Rec
New York
23 Mar 1937
Body and Soul (theme) + Chant of the Groove
Coleman Hawkins Orchestra
Aircheck
Savoy Ballroom
Harlem
4 Aug 1940
I Cover The Waterfront
Lester Young
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
4 Dec 1948
Long Island Sound
Stan Getz
‘Stars of Modern Jazz’
Carnegie Hall
Voice of America
25 Dec 1949
Set 6
1939 Radio Dance Bands
Way Back In 1939 AD
Gray Gordon Tic-Toc Rhythm Orchestra (voc) Cliff Grass
Radio Transcription
New York City
1939
Concerto for Trumpet
Harry James Orchestra
Chatterbox Club
Mountainside NJ
Aircheck
1940
Scatterbrain
Blue Barron Orchestra
Radio Transcription
New York City
1939
Theme + Over The Waves
Bob Crosby Orchestra
‘America Dances’
CBS NY and BBC London
1939
Set 7
Swing on 1943 Radio
Take The A-Train (theme) + Way Low
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Hurricane Restaurant
WJZ NBC Blue
28 Aug 1943
Blackberry Jam
Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Columbus OH
Blue Network
19 Nov 1943
T’aint What You Think
Les Brown Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Miami FL
Blue Network
10 Aug 19435
Jumpin’ Jiminy + Close
Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WABC CBS NY
Mar 1943
Set 8
1950s – 60s Swing On Radio and TV
One O’Clock Jump (theme) + Blee Blop Blues
Count Basie Orchestra
‘Stars in Jazz’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
14 Jan 1953
Hamp’s Boogie Woogie
Lionel Hampton Orchestra
‘Second Timex All-Star Jazz Concert’
CBS TV
30 Apr 1958
What Is This Thing Called Love + My Funny Valentine
Charlie Shavers Quartet
London House
WBBM CBS Chicago
May 1962

13 February Phantom Dancer – Pioneer African-American Singer And Stand-up


Pioneer African-American stand-up comedian, Timmie Rogers, is the focus of this week’s, The Phantom Dancer.

The Phantom Dancer is your non-stop two hour mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s – 1960s radio and TV.

It’s been presented by 1920s-1930s singer and band leader, Greg Poppleton, since 1985.

Hear this show online for the next 4 weeks after the 13 Feb broadcast at radio 2ser.com

On this week’s Phantom Dancer we hear the stars of jazz on Eddie Condon’s 1948 TV ‘Floorshow’. There’s a set of Benny Goodman from 1934-36 radio. And we visit ‘The Supper Club’, an NBC radio show, in 1944-45. The Birdland audience sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to Billy Eckstine live on 1953 radio.

Plus, as mentioned, we hear Timmie Rogers, in live 1945-49 radio appearances. And there’s a bonus live Nat King Cole treatment of a Timmie Rogers song, broadcast from The Trocadero in Hollywood in 1945.

 

TIMMIE ROGERS

US comedian, band leader, singer, composer and actor, Timmie Rogers, was one of the first black comedians who directly addressed a white audience when he worked.

Before Rogers, African-American comedians had to either work in pairs or groups, talking only to each other while playing characters – think Mr Gallagher  and Mr Sheen.

In fact, Timmie Rogers began in vaudeville in 1932 with a partner, Freddie, doing a dance act.

 

STAND-UP PIONEER

He went his own way in 1944 and was an immediate success on radio. Today’s Phantom Dancer features some of Timmie Rogers early radio solo work.

Rogers had been dancing since age 8. He ran away from home at 12 working as a dishwasher. He learnt the languages he heard in the kitchens. He eventually could speak nine languages. He sang in French and German.

While working cleaning ashtrays in a ballroom, absorbed which what was happening on stage, he was invited to dance between acts. That was the beginning of his career in entertainment. First he was a dancer and singer. Then his main focus became stand-up, specialising in the topical and political.

FIRST TV SHOW 1949

In 1949, Rogers starred in the first black prime-time show on US TV (CBS), Uptown Jubilee.

 

OH, YEAH!

Rogers was known as the Unknown Pioneer of (Black) Comedy. His catchphrase was “Oh Yeah!”, which you’ll hear plenty of times in today’s Phantom dancer Timmie Rogers set and in The Phantom dancer Video of the Week below.

He was a recurring guest star on The Jackie Gleason Show for over 12 years. He ended up working with Gleason thirty years.

Rogers also a composer and lyricist. You’ll hear his song, ‘If You Can’t Smile and Say Yes’, sung by Nat King Cole in a live 1945 radio broadcast. He wrote songs for Carmen McRae and Sarah Vaughan. His hits included ‘Back to School Again’ and ‘I Love Ya, I Love Ya, I Love Ya’.

 

1961 TV APPEARANCE

On your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week, enjoy Timmie Rogers as he wins over the studio audience on a 1961 TV Variety Show,

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #303

107.3 2SER Tuesday 13 February 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 22 other stations.

Set 1
Benny Goodman 1934-36
Music Hall Rag
Benny Goodman Orchestra
Comm Rec
New York City
1934
Dixieland Band
Benny Goodman Orchestra (voc) Helen Ward
‘Let’s Dance’
WEAF NBC Red NY
4 May 1935
King Porter Stomp + Goodbye (theme)
Benny Goodman Orchestra
Joseph Urban Room
Congress Hotel
NBC Chicago
3 February 1936
Set 2
Exotica on the Wireless
Theme + Tweedle Dee Tweedle Dum
Sauter and Finegan
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Blue Note
WMAQ NBC Chicago
12 Sep 1953
Goodnight For A Murder
George Barnes
‘The Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street’
WJZ NBC Blue NY via Chicago
8 Sep 1941
Mocambo Mambo
Martin Denny Orchestra
London House
WBBM CBS Chicago
1959
Set 3
NBC Supper Club
I May Be Wrong
Jo Stafford
’Supper Club’
NBC/AFRS
10 Apr 1946
On The Atcheson, Topeka and Santa Fe
The Satisfiers
’Supper Club’
NBC/AFRS
1945
The Brave Volunteer + Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
Jo Stafford
’Supper Club’
NBC/AFRS
1950
Set 4
Progressive Jazz Singers
I Didn’t Sleep A Wink Last Night
Arthur Prysock
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
9 Sep 1952
Ain’t Misbehavin’
Anita O’Day (voc) Nat King Cole Trio
‘King Cole Court’
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1959
Happy Birthday + Send My Baby Back To Me
Billy Eckstine
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
8 Jul 1953
Set 5
Jazz on 1948-49 TV with Eddie Condon
Fascinating Rhythm / I Got a Crush On You / ‘S Wonderful / They Can’t Take That Away From Me / The Man I Love / Embraceable You / I Got Rhythm
Eddie Condon Group
‘Eddie Condon Floor Show’
WNBT TV NY
9 Jul 1949
I Cover The Waterfront
Sarah Vaughan
‘Eddie Condon Floor Show’
WPIX TV NY
13 Dec 1948
Look At Me Now
June Christy
‘Eddie Condon Floor Show’
WNBT TV NY
23 Jul 1949
Blues
Eddie Condon Group
‘Eddie Condon Floor Show’
WPIX TV NY
13 Dec 1948
Set 6
1930s Small Groups
Sweet Heartache
Valaida Snow
Comm Rec
London
9 Jul 1937
Deep Purple
Benny Goodman Quartet
‘Camel Caravan’
WCAU CBS Philadelphia
14 Feb 1939
Theme + Hold My Hand
Fats Waller
WEAF NBC Red NY
16 Jul 1938
Gin Mill Blues + Close
Bob Crosby
‘Swing Concert’
Congress Hotel
WMAQ NBC Red Chicago
18 May 1937
Set 7
Timmie Rogers Comedian
Good Deal
Timmie Rogers
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
1946
Stand-Up
Timmie Rogers
Apollo Theatre
New York City
17 Aug 1950
Daddy-O
Timmie Rogers
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
1946
The Trouble With Me Is You
Nat King Cole (composed by Timmie Rogers)
Trocadero
KHJ Mutual LA
26 Apr 1945
Set 8
1940s-50s ‘Modern Jazz’
Twilight in Teheran
Buck Ram All-Stars
Comm Rec
New York City
18 Sep 1944
Intro + I’m In A Dancing Mood
Dave Brubeck Quartet
Basin Street
WCBS CBS NY
Mar 1957
Ain’t You A Mess
Stan Getz
Red Hill Inn
Pennsauken
WCBS CBS NY
18 May 1957
Dizzy’s Business
Dizzy Gillespie
Birdland
WCBS CBS NY
Jun 1956