Phantom Dancer Subscriber Drive 18 October – Professor Coleslaw and his Toy Piano Swing


The Tuesday October 18 Phantom Dancer is in the second and final week of the annual 2SER Subscriber Drive.

Thank you to everyone who subscribed and donated, by phone on 02 9514 9500, or online at http://2ser.com/donate/

The Phantom Dancer, which I’ve presented since 1985 on 2SER, is your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s – 1960s radio and TV.

On-air and online, 107.3 2SER Sydney after the 12 noon news. Hear the show any time online at the 2SER website http://2ser.com.

On this Subscriber Drive, 18 October Phantom Dancer show, you’ll hear some of my favourite, and I hope your favourite, swing, jazz and bop songs from live 1930s-50s radio.

I hope, too, that these songs will inspire you to support the Phantom Dancer with your $$$ so The Phantom Dancer can continue on community radio 107.3 2SER Sydney and online around the world.

SUBSCRIBE OR DONATE

Donations are tax deductible. Subscriptions cost as little as a coffee a month and now can be direct debited monthly.

Call the Phantom Dancer during the 2SER Subscriber Drive, 02 9514 9500 or online to give your financial support. In return, you’ll get the good feeling of giving and more Phantom Dancers.

WHY SUPPORT THE PHANTOM DANCER?

2SER is a grassroots, community-funded Sydney station and we couldn’t deliver to you the stories, ideas and music that we do each and every day, seven days a week, year-round without the support of listeners just like you. 2SER has supported The Phantom Dancer since December 1985.

‘Supporter Drive’ is 2SER’s annual fundraiser.

In order for 2SER to remain independent, once a year we go on air and ask our listeners to dig deep and financially support the station. 2SER gets no funding from the government, we are limited in the amount of sponsorship we can take, and the rest of funds come from a variety of projects and grants.

The revenue raised through Supporter Drive is vital for the survival of 2SER

Each year, we ask our listeners for money to help us keep making great radio. We ask them to become a supporter or make a tax deductible donation.

The financial support from our listeners helps pay for our equipment and maintenance, and is an important part of our budget. It helps to ensure that we are free of commercial influences and it also gives our listeners a sense of ownership of the station; which is a great thing because without them we wouldn’t have a station.

There’s no prizes, no gimmicks, but we need your support to keep 2SER 107.3 on air in Sydney. If you’d like to help then head to 2ser.com/donate. Give what you can.

PROGRAM NOTE: PROFESSOR COLESLAW

Otherwise known as pianist Paul Kuhlthau, Professor Coleslaw plays ‘Toy Piano Jump’ on an actual toy piano. The performance is from a 1939 radio transcription by the Johnny Messner Orchestra and it’s on today’s Subscriber Drive Phantom Dancer.

‘Popular Mechanics’ magazine, in a September 1940 article titled ‘Cashing In On Hobbies’ explained that, “Paul Kuhlthau, of Milltown, N.J., ‘Professor Coleslaw’ on the radio, was just another good pianist until he took up the hobby of finding toy pianos on department store counters which were accurate (sic.) in tune, sometimes testing 300 to select one. One day he played one of his ninety-eight cent toys over the air and it was a hit.”

Paul Kuhlthau composed ‘The Toy Piano Jump’ in 1939. He then went on to write ‘The Boogie Woogie Bride’ and ‘Toy Piano Minuet’ in 1941. He played with the Vincent Lopez into the early 1960s, writing pop songs and rock’n’roll novelties including ‘The Ol’ Piano Roll Rock’.

Here’s Professor Coleslaw and his Toy Piano Jump in the exact 1939 radio transcription, you’ll hear on today’s Phantom Dancer. Enjoy and subscribe!

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #283

107.3 2SER Tuesday 18 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 1944-1950 Radio
Beethoven Wrote It, But It Swings
Dolly Dawn and her Dawn Patrol (voc) Dolly Dawn
Comm Rec
New York City
15 Feb 1939
We’re Off To See The Wizard
Jim Davidson ABC Dance Orchestra (voc) Band
Comm Rec
Sydney
21 Nov 1939
Behind The Swinging Doors
Jim Davidson ABC Dance Orchestra (voc) Alice Smith, Dave Cranburn, Gordon Rawlinson and Jim Gussey
Comm Rec
Sydney
2 Nov 1938
Set 2
Modern Sounds in Swing
Do The Hucklebuck
Benny Goodman Orchestra (voc) Band Vocal
’Band Remote’
Surf Beach Club
Virginia Beach Va.
NBC
27 Aug 1949
Boyd Meets Girl
Boyd Raeburn Orchestra
Rose Room
Palace Hotel
KQW CBS San Francisco
19 Jun 1945
Northwest Passage
Kauko Viitamaki Quintet
Comm Rec
Helsinki
7 Apr 1949
Set 3
Subscribe Now:
Phone 02 9514 9500
Cosa Farai Di Me?
E.I.A.R Orchestra Moderna (voc) Vittorio Belleli
Comm Rec
Rome
1940
Swamp Fire
Frankie Masters Orchestra
’Rhythm and Romance’
WJSV CBS Washington DC
21 Sep 1939
Solveig’s Song + Close
Bert Shefta (of modernistic piano fame)
’Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street’
WJZ NBC Blue NY
23 Jun 1941
Set 4
Out There Orchestrations
Powerhouse
Raymond Scott Quintet
‘Saturday Night Swing Club’
WABC CBS NY
12 Jun 1937
Sound of Music
Felicia Saunders
’Guest Star’
Radio Transcription
3 Apr 1960
Ads + Sugar Loaf Mambo
Bernard ‘Whitey’ Berquist and the NBC Chicago Symphony
’Monitor’
WRCA NBC NY
19 Jun 1955
Set 5
1930s Novelty Songs
Toy Piano Jump
Johnny Messner Orchestra (toy piano) Prof. Coleslaw
Radio Transcription
New York City
1939
Somebody
Claude Hopkins Orchestra (voc) Fred Norman
Comm Rec
New York City
18 Oct 1935
The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down
Dick Jurgens Orchestra (voc) Eddy Howard and Band
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1938
Penny Serenade
Hal Kemp Orchestra (voc) Saxie Dowell and Audience
Aircheck
1939
Set 6
Swinging Fast & Slow
Let’s Have One For The Road
George Trevare Orchestra (voc) unknown
Comm Rec
Sydney
1945
Baby Boogie
Eliot Lawrence Orchestra (voc) Rosalind Patton
Palladium Ballroom
KNX CBS LA
5 Dec 1947
Loose Wig
Lionel Hampton Orchestra
’Jubilee’
Hollywood
26 Nov 1945
Square Face
Turk Murphy San Francisco Jazz Band
Club Hangover
KCBS CBS San Francisco
7 Nov 1958
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
Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra (voc) Trio
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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Sarah Vaughan Was Not A Jazz Singer – 10 Oct Subscriber Drive Phantom Dancer


The Tuesday October 10 and 18 Phantom Dancers will be part of the annual 2SER Subscriber Drive.

The Phantom Dancer, which I’ve presented since 1985 on 2SER, is your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s – 1960s radio and TV.

On-air and online, 107.3 2SER Sydney after the 12 noon news. Hear the show any time online at the 2SER website.

And for both Subscriber Drive Phantom Dancer shows, you’ll hear some of the greats of jazz, including Sarah Vaughan, Louis Armstrong and Harry James, from live 1920s-60s radio, broadcasting money songs and songs to inspire you to support the Phantom Dancer with your $$$$.

SUBSCRIBE OR DONATE

Donations are tax deductible. Subscriptions cost as little as a coffee a month and now can be direct debited monthly.

Call the Phantom Dancer during the 2SER Subscriber Drive, 02 9514 9500 or online to give your financial support.

WHY SUPPORT THE PHANTOM DANCER?

2SER is a grassroots, community-funded Sydney station and we couldn’t deliver to you the stories, ideas and music that we do each and every day, seven days a week, year-round without the support of listeners just like you. 2SER has supported The Phantom Dancer since December 1985.

‘Supporter Drive’ is 2SER’s annual fundraiser.

In order for 2SER to remain independent, once a year we go on air and ask our listeners to dig deep and financially support the station. 2SER gets no funding from the government, we are limited in the amount of sponsorship we can take, and the rest of funds come from a variety of projects and grants.

The revenue raised through Supporter Drive is vital for the survival of 2SER

Each year, we ask our listeners for money to help us keep making great radio. We ask them to become a supporter or make a tax deductible donation.

The financial support from our listeners helps pay for our equipment and maintenance, and is an important part of our budget. It helps to ensure that we are free of commercial influences and it also gives our listeners a sense of ownership of the station; which is a great thing because without them we wouldn’t have a station.

There’s no prizes, no gimmicks, but we need your support to keep 2SER 107.3 on air in Sydney. If you’d like to help then head to 2ser.com/donate and give what you can.

PROGRAM NOTE: SARAH VAUGHAN

Over the last two weeks I’ve described some of the ‘classical’ background of Fats Waller and Harry James.

This week I’m playing a song from a 1953 NBC broadcast by Sarah Vaughan, an extraordinary singer who had NO classical background, but a singer with a vocal instrument acclaimed as being suited for opera, though she chose not to train in that genre.

Vaughan’s New York Times obituary stated, “[Sarah was a] singer who brought an operatic splendour to her performances of popular standards and jazz.”

Her voice which remained resonant and supple throughout her illustrious career, spanned soprano to female baritone with no difficult intervals. Musicologist Henry Pleasants noted that Vaughan ranged from a soprano high C down to contralto low D.

She used a hand held microphone to add ternary dynamics to her voice.

As to being a jazz singer?

Sarah avoided classifying herself as one. In a 1982 interview for Down Beat she said,
“I don’t know why people call me a jazz singer, though I guess people associate me with jazz because I was raised in it, from way back. I’m not putting jazz down, but I’m not a jazz singer…I’ve recorded all kinds of music, but (to them) I’m either a jazz singer or a blues singer. I can’t sing a blues – just a right-out blues – but I can put the blues in whatever I sing.”

Here’s Sarah singing rock/doo-wop/cha-cha in 1959 and having a laugh during the song. Enjoy!

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #282

107.3 2SER Tuesday 10 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
Jazz Women on Radio support 2SER
Open + I Get A Kick Out Of You
Sarah Vaughan
‘Stars in Jazz’
Birdland
29 Mar 1953
Cry Me A River
Julie London
’All-Star Parade of Bands’
Cameo
WRCA NBC NYC
1956
Thank You
Frances Faye
’All-Star Parade of Bands’
Cameo
WRCA NBC NYC
5 Mar 1956
Set 2
Loosen the Purse Strings with 1940s Swing
Theme + Always
Harry James Orchestra (voc) Buddy Moreno and Band
’March of Dimes’
Radio Transcription
1944
Got a Penny, Jenny?
Stan Kenton Orchestra (voc) June Christy
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
Dec 1945
Give Me Twenty Nickels For a Dollar
Nat King Cole
’King Cole Trio Time’
WMAQ NBC Chicago
1 Mar 1947
Set 3
1930s Dance Bands Donation Jamboree
Jamboree
Frank Coughlan Orchestra (voc) FC
’Featuradio radio Transcription’
Sydney
Jul 1937
The Coat and The Pants Do All of the Work
Bob Dyer
Comm Rec
Sydney
5 Sep 1940
I’m Shooting High
Benny Goodman Orchestra (voc) Helen Ward
Congress Hotel
WMAQ NBC Red
Chicago
20 Jan 1936
Set 4
Swing Bands on 1943-46 Radio
Singin’ In The Rain
Cliff Edwards (uke and voc)
Comm Rec
Los Angeles
28 May 1929
Let a Little Pleasure Interfere With Business
Philco Orchestra (tp) Bob Effros
’Philco Show’
WABC CBS NY
1930
That’s A’Plenty + Say It With Music (theme)
Red Nichols Orchestra
’Brunswick Brevities’
Radio Transcription
27 Aug 1929
Set 5
Money Songs on 1940s Swing Radio
Get Some Cash For Your Trash
Fats Waller
Broadcast
Garrick Stare Var Theatre
Chicago
2 Feb 1942
Million Dollar Smile
Dinah Washington (voc) Lionel Hampton Orchestra
’Jubilee’
AFRS
Hollywood
16 Oct 1944
This Is Worth Fighting For
Harry James Orchestra (voc) Jimmy Saunders
’Treasury War Bond Show’
Radio Transcription
Mar 1942
Three Cent Stomp
Duke Ellington Orchestra
’Jubilee’
AFRS
Hollywood
Feb 1949
Set 6
1930s Dance Bands Want You To Subscribe
You’re The Top
Hal Kemp Orchestra (voc) Skinnay Ennis
Radio Transcription
New York
14 Dec 1934
The Gold Diggers Song
Jack Hylton Orchestra
Comm Rec
London
28 Jul 1933
You’ve Stayed Away Too Long
Claude Hopkins Orchestra
Radio Transcription
New York
1935
The Moon Is A Silver Dollar
Gray Gordon Tic-Toc Rhythm Orchestra (voc) Cliff Grass
Radio Transcription
New York
1939
Set 7
Glenn Miller Says, “It’s Great to Donate”
Outside Of That I Love You
Glenn Miller Orchestra (voc) Marion Hutton and Tex Beneke
‘Chesterfield Show’
Masonic Auditorium
CBS Detroit
26 Jun 1940
Sold American
Glenn Miller Orchestra
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
WEAF NBC Red NY
8 Mar 1939
Open + Flying Home
Glenn Miller Orchestra
’I Sustain the Wings War Bond Rally’
Chicago Theatre
WBBM CBS Chicago
10 Jun 1944
The Moon Is A Silver Dollar
Glenn Miller Orchestra (voc) Marion Hutton
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
WEAF NBC Red NY
18 Apr 1939
Set 8
Bop and Post Bop Appeals For Your Dough Off 1945-64 Radio
I Want Every Bit Of It
Ruuberlegs Williams (voc) Clyde Hart’s All-Stars including Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker
Comm Rec
New York
Jan 1945
A Gem From Tiffany
Shelly Manne Quintet
Basin Street
WCBS CBS NY
1956
To Each His Own
Claude Thornhill Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Steel Pier
Atlantic City NJ
AFRS Re-broadcast
24 Aug 1956
More
Duke Ellington Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Steel Pier
Atlantic City NJ
AFRS Re-broadcast
Jul 1964

Greg Poppleton 1920s-30s Show, Corrimal Hotel 7 October – Illawarra Jazz Club


Every Saturday, the Illawarra Jazz Club in Wollongong, hosts a jazz band at the Corrimal Hotel on the Princes Highway in Corrimal.

Sometimes the bands are small groups, other times they are big bands. Many local bands and singers are featured.

Greg Poppleton and band were invited to play on Saturday 7 October.

The brief was to use as many outstanding young players as possible in a 1920s – 30s quartet who could play in the style.

So the band featured Damon Poppleton (14) on alto sax, Michael Brady (22) on guitarlele and banjo, Jim Elliott bass sax, Adam Barnard on snare, bells, splash cymbal and washboard, and myself singing the songs of the Jazz Age and Swing Era.

What a fun afternoon. It was full house from 3:30 till the show’s end at 6:30pm. And the Jazz Club told me it was the largest turnout in some months.

As always, I snapped some photos for you. Enjoy!

We’ll be back in Wollongong at the Builders’ Club, 61 Church St Wollongong, 2:30-5:30pm Sunday 22 October. Free! We hope you can drop by!

Have us at your place! Visit the band website www.gregpoppletonmusic.com.

Adam Barnard on washboard
Adam Barnard on washboard
Damon Poppleton, alto sax
Damon Poppleton, alto sax
Dancing to Greg Poppleton's 1920s - 1930s jazz and swing
Dancing to Greg Poppleton’s 1920s – 1930s jazz and swing
Michael Brady on the guitarlele doubling banjo
Michael Brady on the guitarlele doubling banjo
Greg Poppleton, authentic 1920s-1930s singer
Greg Poppleton, authentic 1920s-1930s singer
The Greg Poppleton band at Corrimal Hotel
The Greg Poppleton band at Corrimal Hotel
Jim Elliott, bass sax
Jim Elliott, bass sax

Have us at your place! For bookings, visit the band website, www.gregpoppletonmusic.com.

Harry James and Arban’s – 3 October Phantom Dancer + ‘Leave It To Harry’ (1954)


If the 26 September show is anything to go by, the 3 October Phantom Dancer, one week before the annual 2SER Subscriber Drive, is going to be the best show ever.

This week you’ll Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye and tune in for Part 5 of the Harry James aircheck series 1953-54. Indeed, the entire Vinyl Hour of The Phantom Dancer is devoted to trumpet band leaders on live radio: Louis Armstrong, Harry James, Erskine Hawkins and Dizzy Gillespie.

Your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV is presented by myself, Greg Poppleton, over radio station 107.3 2SER Sydney. I’ve been bringing you The Phantom Dancer since 1985.

You can now hear it live-streamed and online on Radio 2SER’s website: http://www.2ser.com/phantomdancer.

HARRY JAMES
Since we are up to Part 5 in our chronological review of radio airchecks by trumpeter Harry James, it is worth noting here that just like Fats Waller, discussed in last week’s Phantom Dancer play list notes, Harry James also had a classical background when learning his instrument.

Harry James was none for his great facility on the trumpet and his wonderful tone. Harry’s father was a circus band leader. He started teaching Harry trumpet when Harry was aged 10.  The lesson regime was that each day, he had to learn a page from the Arban’s book.

What’s the Arban’s book? It’s the instruction book for cornet, flugelhorn and trumpet written by the famous Joseph Jean-Baptiste Laurent Arban  before 1859.

Arban was a cornetist, conductor, composer, teacher and the first famed virtuoso of the cornet. He was influenced by Niccolò Paganini’s virtuosic technique on the violin and successfully proved that the cornet was a true solo instrument by developing virtuoso technique it.

Arban’s book consists of:  Introduction / First Studies / Playing Methods: Slurring or Legato Playing /  Scales / Ornaments / Advanced Studies / Tonguing / Phrasing: 150 Classic and Popular Melodies / 68 Duets for Two Cornets / 14 Characteristic Studies / Celebrated Fantasies and Airs Varies

See the full Phantom Dancer play list below.

Make sure you come back to this blog, Greg Poppleton’s Radio Lounge, every Tuesday, for the newest Phantom Dancer play list!
Thank you.

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #281

107.3 2SER Tuesday 3 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 1944-1950 Radio
Small Town Boogie
Barbara James (voc) Albert Fisher Orchestra
Aircheck
Sydney
1944
Sunrise Serenade (theme) + Let’s Do It Again
Frankie Carle Orchestra (voc) Band
’Your Saturday Dance Date’
Marine Dining Room
Edgewater Beach Hotel
WMAQ NBC Chicago
12 Aug 1950
On The Beach At Waikiki + Aloha Oe
Harry Owens Orchestra (voc) Prince Kawuhi and Chorus
’Sweet Leihani’
Mural Room
Hotel St Francis
KPO NBC San Francisco
1940s
Set 2
Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye
Theme + Just A Prayer Away
Sammy Kaye Orchestra (voc) Billy Williams
’Sunday Serenade’
WJZ Blue Network NYC
15 Apr 1945
It’s A Great Feeling
Sammy Kaye Orchestra (voc) The Kaydettes and Kaye Choir
’Sammy Kaye’s Showroom’
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1949
How Deep Is The Ocean? + I’m In The Mood For Love + Avalon + Close
Sammy Kaye Orchestra
’One Night Stand’
Hotel Astor Roof
AFRS re-broadcast
27 Aug 1945
Set 3
Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street 1941
Open + Ballin’ The Jack
Henry Levine Dixieland Octet
’Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street’
WJZ NBC Blue NY
18 Aug 1941
Peter and the Wolf
Paul Laval Woodwinds
’Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street’
WJZ NBC Blue NY
23 Jun 1941
Gone With What Wind + Close
Paul Laval Woodwinds
’Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street’
WJZ NBC Blue NY
4 Aug 1941
Set 4
Swing Bands on 1943-46 Radio
I’ve Got You Under My Skin
Leo Reisman Orchestra
’Spotlight Bands’
National Press Club
Washington DC
Blue Network
23 Jun 1943
Open + Look For The Silver Lining
Andy Russell (voc) Toots Cammerata Orchestra
’Double Feature’
AFRS Re-broadcast
2 Oct 1944
Tuesday at Ten + Close
Ray McKinley Orchestra
’One Night Stand’
Century Room
Commodore Hotel
AFRS Re-broadcast
1946
Set 5
Louis Armstrong
Theme + If I Could Be With You One Hour Tonight
Louis Armstrong Orchestra
’Jubilee’
AFRS
New York City
Mar 1943
Super Tiger Rag
Louis Armstrong and French Orchestra
Comm Rec
Paris
1934
Lazy River
Louis Armstrong Orchestra (voc) LA
’Spotlight Bands’
Dallas TX
Blue Network
17 Aug 1943
Royal Garden Blues
Louis Armstrong All-Stars
’Damon Runyon Memorial Jazz Concert’
Blue Note
ABC Chicago
11 Dec 1948
Set 6
Harry James on 1953-54 Radio
Stomp and Whistle
Harry James Orchestra (voc) Buddy Rich
Aircheck
Superior WI
29 May 1954
Down South Camp Meeting
Harry James Orchestra
Aircheck
Hotel Astor Roof NYC
25 May 1953
Open + Stealin’ Apples
Harry James Orchestra
Aircheck
Aragon Ballroom
Chicago
18 Jun 1954
Back Beat Boogie
Harry James Orchestra
Aircheck
Aragon Ballroom
Chicago
20 Jun 1954
Set 7
Erskine Hawkins
What Do You Know About Love?
Erskine Hawkins Orchestra (voc) Ida James
Comm Rec
New York City
20 Oct 1938
Open + Eelibuj Boogie
Erskine Hawkins Orchestra
Paradise Restaurant
WOR MBS NY
3 May 1938
Holiday For Strings + Trinidad
Erskine Hawkins Orchestra
’One Night Stand’
Blue Room
Hotel Lincoln
New York City
1 May 1946
Set 8
Dizzy Gillespie
Intro + Blue ’n’ Boogie
Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker
’Symphony Sid Show’
Bordland
WJZ NYC
31 Mar 1951
Minor Walk
Dizzy Gillespie with Tony Proteau Orchestra
Rex Theatre
RTF Paris
Feb 1953
Doodlin’
Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra
Birdland
WCBS CBS NY
Jun 1956
Ool-Ya-Koo
Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra
Winter Palace
Radio Sweden
Stockholm
2 Feb 1948

Fats Waller’s Classical Background – 19 September Phantom Dancer Radio Show Play List


If the 19 September Phantom Dancer radio show is anything to go by, the 26 September non-stop mix of swing and dance from live 1920s – 1960s radio and TV is going to be the best show ever.

This week you’ll hear Fats Waller, Benny Goodman and news on the European Crisis over WABC NY in 1938 which we didn’t get to hear on last week’s show. We ran out of time with so much good music.

There’s also a set of women bop singers including Sarah Vaughan and Jackie Kane, and tune in for Part 4 in the Harry James aircheck series 1948-51.

Your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV is presented by myself, Greg Poppleton, over radio station 107.3 2SER Sydney. I’ve been bringing you The Phantom Dancer since 1985.

You can now hear it live-streamed and online on Radio 2SER’s website: http://www.2ser.com/phantomdancer.

See the full play list below.

FATS WALLER

Fats Waller was a composer, pianist and entertainer. He wrote such jazz standards as Keeping Out of Mischief Now, Ain’t Misbehavin’ and Honeysuckle Rose. You’ll hear him play his popular tune, The Joint is Jumpin’, on today’s Phantom Dancer on a live WABC NYC broadcast from 1938.

What’s little known about Fats Waller is the classic background that informed his unique jazz stride piano style.

Waller’s grandfather was an accomplished violinist. His mother, Adeline, was a church organist. She taught him to play organ, gave him his first lessons in classical music, and hired a tutor for him. His church musical director introduced him to the works of J.S. Bach.

1920s stride piano stars James P. Johnson and Willie ‘The Lion’ Smith later mentored Fats, teaching him stride piano style and introducing him to the works of impressionistic composers of the nineteenth century.

Enjoy!

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #280

107.3 2SER Tuesday 26 September 2017
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
Tunes on 1936 Radio
On The Beach At Bali Bali
Teddy Stauffer and his Original Teddies
Comm Rec
Berlin
19 Sep 1936
The Way You Look Tonight
Freddy Rich Orchestra (voc) Freddy Rich
’Your Hit Parade’
WEAF NBC Red NYC
21 Oct 1936
Fix It Easy + Ro-Ro-Rolling Along (theme)
Bob Crosby’s Bobcats (theme voc: The Freshmen)
’Ford V8 Revue’
Radio Transcription
NBC NYC
1936
Set 2
1947 Swing Radio
Spring Isn’t Everything
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (voc) Stuart Foster
Casino Gardens
Ocean Park Ca
KECA ABC LA
1947
Naughty Angeline
Nat King Cole Trio (voc) Nat King Cole
’King Cole Trio Time’
KFI NBC Hollywood
5 Jul 1947
Come To The Mardi Gras + Close
Ray Eberle Orchestra
’All-Star Parade of Bands’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
9 Sep 1952
Set 3
1950s Big Bands
One O’Clock Jump (theme) + Little Pony
Count Basie Orchestra
’Stars in Jazz’
WNBC NBC NY
31 Jul 1952
I’ll Take Romance
Charlie Barnet Orchestra (voc) June Christy
’The Charlie Barnet Show’
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
20 Jan 1957
Limelight + Close
Stan Kenton Orchestra
’Concert in Miniature’
WBOW NBC Terre Haute IN
16 Jun 1953
Set 4
Swing Bands on 1945 Radio
Theme + No Can Do
Chuck Foster Orchestra (voc) Judy Tremain
’One Night Stand’
Terrace Room
Hotel New Yorker NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
8 Sep 1945
Caldonia (theme) + You Was Right, Baby
Louis Jordan Tympani 5 (voc) LJ
Zanzibar Cafe
WOR Mutual NYC
15 Oct 1945
Taco Tico + Close
Clyde Lucas Orchestra
’Spotlight Bands’
Blue Network
12 Jan 1945
Set 5
Women Bop Singers
What More Can A Woman Do?
Dizzy Gillespie Septet (voc) Sarah Vaughan
Comm Rec
New York City
25 May 1945
I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles
Jackie Kain and Roy Kral (voc) Charlie Ventura Group
’Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
1948
The Man I Love
Benny Goodman Sextet (voc) Patti Page
’One Night Stand’
The Click
Philadelphia
3 Jun 1948
I’m Glad There’s You
Jackie Kain (voc) Charlie Ventura Group
’Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
1948
Set 6
Harry James on 1948-51 Radio
Open + How High The Moon
Harry James Orchestra
Aircheck
1948
Ciribiribin (theme) + Don’t Be That Way
Harry James Jazz Octet
Blue Room
Roosevelt Hotel
WWJ CBS New Orleans
1950
Open + New York Blues
Harry James Orchestra
Aircheck
1949
Two O’Clock Jump
Harry James Jazz Octet
Blue Room
Roosevelt Hotel
WWJ CBS New Orleans
1950
Set 7
1930s Radio Dance Bands
You Stayed Away To Long
Claude Hopkins Orchestra
Radio Transcription
New York City
1935
Moonshine Over Kentucky + Heigh Ho
Bunny Berrigan Orchestra
Paradise Restaurant
WOR MBS NY
3 May 1938
St Louis Blues
Paul Whiteman Orchestra (tb) Jack Teagarden
’Paul Whiteman’s Varieties’
WJZ NBC Blue
New York City
16 Feb 1936
My Melancholy Baby + The White Star of Sigma Nu
Joe Haymes Orchestra
Grill Room
Hotel McAlfin
WABC CBS NYC
29 Jan 1935
Set 8
1938 Radio, WABC New York
The Joint is Jumping / Summertime / Stomping At The Savoy
Fats Waller
’This is New York’
WABC CBS NY
11 Dec 1938
CBS News
WABC CBS NY
25 Sep 1938
Love Me Or Leave Me
Benny Goodman Orchestra
’Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS NY
23 Aug 1938

Ever Heard A Metamodern Band? Now’s Your Chance


Greg Poppleton, 1920s singer, at the Illawarra Jazz Club
Greg Poppleton, 1920s singer, at the Illawarra Jazz Club

 

Derrida said,

“If this work seems so threatening, this is because it isn’t simply eccentric or strange, but competent, rigorously argued, and carrying conviction.”

The Illawarra Jazz Club presents Australia’s only authentic 1920s – 1930s singer, Greg Poppleton, with his metamodern jazz band, for an afternoon of Liederhosen.

Let me explain…

Greg Poppleton’s music is a metamodern mediation between aspects of modernism and postmodernism.

As a modernist he is Australia’s only authentic 1920s – 1930s singer.

As a postmodernist he is both cognizant that he can never be truly ‘authentic’ yet pursues his single-minded mission with Virilian speed to create fascinatingly ephemeral ‘1920s Urzeiten’ unique to his time and place on stage.

“To pretend, I actually do the thing: I have therefore only pretended to pretend,” Jacques Derrida.

Deftly avoiding jazz cliches and gimmicky contemporary music incorporations, Greg becomes ‘1920s’ on-stage utilising a thorough ethical framework of sound music practice, stagecraft and an authentic passion for the genre since earliest childhood.

“All human knowledge takes the form of interpretation,” Weimar Jazz Age writer, broadcaster and essayist, Walter Benjamin.

Greg is truly a metamodern singer in English and German, and the Corrimal Hotel is the one place in the Illawarra where this musical intersection can engage, challenge and charm.

Totally untouched by contemporary music, producing sounds that intrigue and catch listeners off-guard, Greg has over 1 MILLION YouTube plays for just one mix of his 1920s-30s music from three albums.

Gloriously rejected by the more traditional elements of the jazz community in which he is supposed to belong and embraced by Bob Rogers on commercial radio and 18-35 year olds in Europe, the US and Mexico, there is no middle ground with Greg Poppleton.

Greg entertains, bringing an operatically trained voice, a lifelong single-minded approach to the music of the 1920s and 1930s, and an acting background which has seen him in movie scenes opposite such Hollywood stars as Nicole Kidman, Adrien Brody and John Goodman.

Now I ask you, writing in the first person, is there a place for my metamodern Greg Poppleton band in your hearts so that you’ll be at the Corrimal Hotel, Saturday 7 October, 3:30-6:30pm?

There’s a bistro. A bar. And no PA!

To find out more, do visit Greg’s website at http://www.gregpoppletonmusic.com for photos, music and contact.

Greg Poppleton, Corrimal Hotel, Sat 7 Oct