25 October Phantom Dancer – Don Redman 1920s Swing Pioneer


Thank you to everyone who supported 2SER and The Phantom Dancer during this October’s Subscriber Drive.

I’m looking forward to presenting another year of Phantom Dancer shows for you. The Phantom Dancer is your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV broadcasts.

In December, The Phantom Dancer will have been on air in various forms for 32 years.

Hear The Phantom Dancer live on 107.3 2SER Sydney every Tuesday after the midday news and online at radio 2ser.com

See today’s play list below. It includes a 1956 ‘Rock’n’Roll Party’ WCBS NYC aircheck from 1956 of the swinging Count Basie Orchestra, Joe Williams and Big Al Sears. There’s also a RARE Don Redman aircheck from the same radio station when it was known as WABC and from 1933.

PROGRAM NOTES – DON REDMAN 1920s SWING PIONEER

My favourite 1930s singer and composer of witty songs, Don Redman talked-sung his way through many of his own compositions exceptional charisma.

Songs written by Don Redman include the jazz standard, Cherry, I Heard, Try Getting a Good Night’s Sleep,
Gee, Baby, Ain’t I Good to You and today’s Phantom Dancer rarity, Watching the Knife and Fork Spoon.

It’s a rarity because extant Don Redman radio broadcasts are rare. In fact, I heard they were long lost. But the 1933 Don Redman radio broadcast on today’s Phantom Dancer sound like it comes from a home recording with all the crackle, surface noice and static. But though all the noise, the classic Redman charm shines through.

Don Redman had musical parents. He started learning trumpet at 3, joined his first band at 6, and could play all wind instruments by 12. He polished his musical knowledge at a conservatory, then began work as a professional jazz musician in New York City in the early 1920s.

In 1923 he joined the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra playing reeds and arrangements. His arrangements contributed hugely to the development of what become Swing. In 1927 he was invited to join McKinney’s Cotton Pickers as their musical director and leader and made it a huge success.

Don Redman then formed his own band in 1931, signed to Brunswick Records and also did a series of those now rare radio broadcasts, part of one of which we’ll hear today.

You can hear Don Redman online in the Betty Boop cartoon ‘I Heard’ for which he wrote the music and this Vitaphone musical short which has been a Phantom Dancer Video of the Week.

In 1940 he turned to freelance arranging, writing hits for Jimmy Dorsey, Count Basie and Harry James.

Don Redman is was the great-uncle of saxophonist Joshua Redman.

Now as your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week, here is the much faster tempo commercial recording made by Don Redman in 1933 of his song, Watching the Knife and Fork Spoon. You can hear the live 1933 radio version on today’s Phantom Dancer. Enjoy!

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #284

107.3 2SER Tuesday 25 October 2017
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
Dance Bands on 1941-45 Radio
Come Out Where Ever You Are
Harry James Music Makers (voc) Buddy DiVito
Casino Gardens
Ocean Park Ca
KFI NBC LA
1944
Paxtonia
George Paxton Orchestra
’One Night Stand’
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
New York City
AFRS re-broadcast
19 Jul 1945
War Dance For Wooden Indians + Pretty Little Petticoat (theme)
Raymond Scott Orchestra
Bermuda Room
Hotel Brunswick
WBZ NBC Boston
6 Dec 1941
Set 2
Club Hangover on 1954 Radio
Relaxing at the Touro (theme) + That Dada Strain
Muggsy Spanier
Club Hangover
KCBS San Francisco
27 Nov 1954
Stomp, Mr Henry Lee!
Jack Teagarden
Club Hangover
KCBS San Francisco
17 Apr 1954
One O’Clock Jump + Deep Forest (theme)
Earl Hines
Club Hangover
KCBS San Francisco
30 Jan 1954
Set 3
1956 Rock’n’Roll Radio
One O’Clock Jump (theme) + Perdido + Low Light + Beaver junction
Count Basie Orchestra
’Alan Freed Rock’n’Roll Dance Party’
WCBS CBS NY
2 Jun 1956
Give Me Someone To Love
Joe Williams
’Alan Freed Rock’n’Roll Dance Party’
WCBS CBS NY
2 Jun 1956
Right Now + Teeners’ Canteen
Big Al Sears
’Alan Freed Rock’n’Roll Dance Party’
WCBS CBS NY
2 Jun 1956
Set 4
Early Swing 1933-36 Radio
Theme + Watching The Knife and Fork Spoon
Don Redman Orchestra (voc) Don Redman
Casino de Paree
WABC CBS NY
22 Dec 1933
I Got Rhythm
Benny Goodman Orchestra
’Let’s Dance’
WEAF NBC Red NY
5 May 1935
Honeysuckle Rose
Benny Goodman Orchestra
Joseph Urban Room
Congress Hotel
WMAQ NBC Red Chicago
3 Feb 1936
Set 5
1930s-1940s Australian Dance Bands
Fair and Warmer
Jim Davidson New Palais Dance Orchestra (voc) Austral Singers
Comm Rec
Sydney
7 Sep 1934
Jungle Jive
George Trevare Orchestra (voc) Elsie Wardrope
Comm Rec
Sydney
1943
Hang Your Heart On A Hickory Limb
Jim Davidson ABC Dance Orchestra (voc) Alice Smith
Comm Rec
Sydney
24 Jul 1939
Shoo Shoo Baby
George Trevare Orchestra (voc) Joan Blake
Comm Rec
Sydney
1944
Set 6
Women Singers with 1950s Big Bands
Theme + Dream A Little Dream Of Me
Claude Thornhill Orchestra (voc) Patty Ryan
’One Night Stand’
Steel Pier
Atlantic City NJ
AFRS Re-broadcast
19 Jun 1955
Till I Waltz Again With You
Harry James Orchestra (voc) April Ames
Hotel Astor Roof
WOR Mutual NY
25 May 1953
Too Young To Go Steady
Dorsey Brothers Orchestra (voc) Dolly Houston
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania
WRCA NBC NY
May 1956
Indian summer
Duke Ellington Orchestra (voc) Norma Oldham
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
WNBC NBC NY
6 Jun 1951
Set 7
Swing Era Toe-Tappers
Pretty Little Petticoat (theme) + Huckleberry Duck
Raymond Scott Orchestra
Radio Transcription
WMAQ NBC Chicago
1940
I’m Looking For A Guy Who Plays Alto and Baritone Doubles on a Clarinet and Wears a Size 37 Suit
Ozzie Nelson Orchestra (voc) Rose Ann Stevens
Blackhawk Restaurant
WGN Mutual Chicago
30 Mar 1940
Honeydripper
Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra (voc) Trio
’Spotlight Bands’
Jefferson Barracks, Missouri
Blue Network
23 Nov 1945
Solid Geometry For Squares
Joe Marsala Orchestra (harp) Adele Girard
Band Remote
Log Cabin
New York
23 Oct 1942
Set 8
Bop and Cool
Broadway
Charlie Parker
Birdland
WJZ NYC
9 May 1953
I Want a Little Girl
Charlie Shavers Quartet
London House
WBBM CBS Chicago
May 1962
I Remember Clifford
Oscar Pettiford Orchestra
Birdland
WCBS CBS NY
Jun 1957
Koko + Anthropology (theme)
Barry Ulanov All Star Metronome Jazzmen
WOR Mutual NY
8 Nov 1947
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24 March Gin Mill Social Photos with Greg Poppleton Band


Greg Poppleton and band opened the 24 March Gin Mill Social with plenty of rhythmic 1920s hotcha.

Greg Poppleton, Australia’s only authentic 1920s singer sang, with Paul Baker banjo and Jim Elliott on alto and bass saxophone.

Here’s a gallery of all the fun at Sydney’s premier 1920s night.

Get in early to book your tickets for the last Gin Mill Social at Slide, Friday 21 April, 6:45-11:30pm.

It will be the final show of the Greg Poppleton Easter Tour 2017: Penrith RSL 15 April 2pm = Builders Club Wollongong 16 April 2:30pm – Gin Mill Social, Slide Cabaret, Surry Hills 21 April 6:45pm

Greg Poppleton and band also play weddings, corporate events and parties. Contact us at the band website.

Family Connections To Phantom Dancer Radio Shows


Recently The Phantom Dancer has been contacted by family members of some of the singers and radio personalities presented each week on the show. So this week I’ve put up two sets of live radio featuring talent that some Phantom Dancers have a personal connection to – Lawrie Brooks, John Reed King, The Thrasher Sisters and Eleanor Russell.

Now, you can check out this show online (after 20 Sep) and hear earlier Phantom Dancer shows any time you wish over the next month by following The Phantom Dancer links at 2ser.com

And The Phantom Dancer Video of the Week – a WMGM NY ‘Doctor Jazz’ show aircheck of Ride Red Ride, Henry Red Allen, Stuyvesant casino, New York, 24 Feb 1952…

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney
, Live Stream, Digital Radio

Community Radio Network Show #71

2SER Tuesday 17 September 2013
12 noon – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT)

Set 1

Open + Begin The Beguine

Glen Gray and his Casa Loma Orchestra

‘One Night Stand’
Casino Gardens
Ocean Park Ca

AFRS Re-broadcast
24 Oct 1945

Frolic Sam
Duke Ellington Orchestra

‘Saturday Night Swing Club’
WABC CBS NY
12 Jun 37

Blues On Parade + Close
Woody Herman Orchestra
Famous Door
WEAF NBC Red NY
7 Jan 1940
Set 2
Is This Going To Be My Lucky Summer?
Jack Birch
‘Gulf Spray Show’
WABC CBS NY
1940
Be Anything, But Darling Be Mine
Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra (voc) Eleanor Russell
Starlite Roof
Edgewater Hotel
CBS Madison Wi
4 Aug 1952
Lili Marlene
Lawrie Brooks (voc)
‘Humphrey Bishop Cavalcade’
2CH AWA Sydney
1944
Set 3

Shoo-Shoo Baby
Thrasher Sisters (voc) Phil Davis Orchestra
‘Fountain Of Fun’
WLW Cincinnati OH
21 Nov 1943
Idaho
Thrasher Sisters (voc) Phil Davis Orchestra
‘Fountain Of Fun’
WLW Cincinnati OH
11 Oct 1943
Tuesday At Ten
Thrasher Sisters (voc) Phil Davis Orchestra
‘Fountain Of Fun’
WLW Cincinnati OH
28 Nov 1943
Set 4

Open + One For The Boys
Tommy Pederson Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Palladium Ballroom
Hollywood

AFRS Re-broadcast
Mar 1947
Open + Sugar
Sextet From Hunger
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
1947
I Ain’t Getting Any Younger
Woody Herman (voc) Third Herd
‘Just Jazz’
Shrine Auditorium
AFRS Los Angeles
1947
Set 5

The Pants That My Pappy Gave To Me
Bob Dyer (voc) and The Mountain Boys
Comm Rec
Sydney
23 Aug 1940
Open + Tonight You Belong To Me
Bob Crosby, Paula Kelly and The Modernaires, Bob Crosby Orchestra
‘Bob Crosby Show’
Television City
Hollywood
1955
Bugle Call Rag + Moonlight Serenade
Glenn Miller Orchestra
Glen Island Casino
New Rochelle NY
WEAF NBC Red NY
10 Aug 1939
Set 6

The Little Man Who Wasn’t There
Johnny Messner Orchestra
Radio Transcription
New York
1939
Nellie’s Nightmare
Buddy Rich Orchestra

Band Remote
New York
1947

Lover Come Back To Me
Artie Shaw Orchestra
Blue Room
Hotel Lincoln
WOR Mutual NY
18 Jan 1939
Girl Of My Dreams
The Cab Jivers
Broadcast
1940
Set 7

Ornithology
Howard McGhee (tp) Les Robinson (as) Lucky Thompson (ts) Jimmy Bunn (p) Irving Ashby (g) Red Callender (b) Jackie Mills (d)
‘Junior Jazz At The Auditorium’
Los Angeles
Aug 1946
Open + Sid’s Ahead
Miles Davis (tp) John Coltrane (ts) Cannonball Adderley (as) Red Garland (p) Paul Chambers (b) Joe Jones (d)
The Spotlight
ABC
Washington DC
Feb 1959
Set 8

Please
Ambrose Orchestra (voc) Sam Browne
Comm Rec
London
1933
Open + Flowers For Madam
Ray Noble Ochestra (voc) Al Bowlly
‘Coty Hour’
WEAF NBC Red NY
13 Mar 1935
We Shall Have Music
Jack Hylton Orchestra

BBC Broadcast
London
7 Sep 1944

Etude In Red
Vic Lewis Jazzmen

BBC Broadcast
London
22 Aug 1945

Set 8

What’s The Matter Now
Clyde Hart All-Stars (voc) Rubberlegs Williams
Comm Rec
New York
Jan 1945
High On An Open Mike
Charlie Ventura
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
1948
Smoke Signals + Theme
Oscar Pettiford
Birdland
WJZ ABC NY
26 May 1957