Herbie Fields Child Prodigy – Phantom Dancer 29 May Radio Swing Jazz Mix


Herbie Fields is a musician I’ve long wanted to play a set of. Now the time has come.

I’m Greg Poppleton, 1920s-30s singer and your Phantom Dancer.

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

On air every Tuesday, live from 107.3 2SER Sydney from 12:04-2pm, the Phantom Dancer is recorded for re-broadcast over 23 radio stations of the Community Radio Network and online at 2ser.com.

THIS WEEK’S PHANTOM DANCER MIX
– opens with a set of dance bands live on the 1940s ‘One Night Stand’ radio series,
– hear a set of Sarah Vaughan from live 1950s radio,
– a set of early radio dance bands from rare 1920s-30s radio,
– a set of the daddies of boogie woogie pianists from live 1930s radio,
– a set of today’s feature artist, Herbie Fields, including Miles Davis’s recording debut. See the full play list below for more…

HERBIE FIELDS
Herbie Fields was a child prodigy clarinet and sax player whose meteoric career in the mid-1940s faltered in the 1950s, making him increasing disgruntled until he couldn’t take it any more.

A student at the famous Juilliard School of Music, he began recording and broadcasting in 1944 after a two year stint in the U.S Army.

On this week’s Phantom Dancer we’ll hear his first orchestra live from 1944 radio on its own national network band remote. It was coveted radio exposure mostly given to more seasoned bands. We’ll also hear a song from his first recording session made for the prestigious Savoy record label.

The 1945 Savoy record we’ll hear on today’s show features singer Rubberlegs Williams. Rubberlegs, sounding very Fats Waller, calls out Herbie Fields by name on the record – more evidence of the meteoric rise of Herbie Field as a swing name.

This was also the first recording by teenage Miles Davis on trumpet. Miles sounds like Miles even then, though some players on the session complained that the teenager wasn’t good enough – another story for another Phantom Dancer.

Herbie Fields and his 3 year old daughter, Sandra
Herbie Fields and his 3 year old daughter, Sandra

 

UP-AND-COMING
His star rising in just twelve short months, Fields also won Esquire magazine’s New Star Award on alto sax in 1945.

In 1946, RCA Victor signed Fields as leader of his own big band. Despite including musicians of the calibre of Neal Hefti, Bill Evans, Marty Napoleon and Serge Chaloff, the band was a commercial failure. Big bands were out of fashion.

He went from big band to septet in 1949. We’ll hear that septet on this week’s Phantom Dancer in a 1951 radio broadcast.

In the septet was Frank Rosolino trombone, Jimmy Nottingham trumpet, Jim Aton double bass, Bill Evans piano and Tiny Kahn drums. The group backed Billie Holiday on a successful U.S east coat tour. You’ll hear in this septet broadcast how Fields could play in swing, bop and r’n’b styles all on the one song (‘How High The Moon’).

R’N’B
In the 1950s, Fields moved into rhythm and blues. He became a sax ‘honker’.

You’ll hear him mix honk with bop and swing on ‘How High the Moon’ with his septet on what the 1951 announcer calls a ‘rock’n’roll’ number.

But his decreasing popularity after such a promising career start in 1944 made him increasing disgruntled.

Bill Evans said of Field’s r’n’b style, “In some ways he had been a forerunner of rock ‘n’ roll. He was wiggling, jerking. Rock ‘n’ roll came, brought millions of dollars, but nothing for Herbie Fields.”

Field’s recorded sporadically as an r’n’b artist, bop player and big band leader.

He was leading a trio in his own Miami restaurant in 1958 when is suddenly had enough at age 39.

PHANTOM DANCER VIDEO OF THE WEEK
It’s Herbie Fields on clarinet with the Lionel Hampton sextet on a Decca recording of ‘Ribs and Hot Sauce’.

29 MAY PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #318

107.3 2SER Tuesday 29 May 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 ‘One Night Stand’
Theme + Kentucky
Gay Claridge Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Chez Paree, Chicago
AFRS Re-broadcast
21 Aug 1945
You’re Driving Me Crazy
Jan Savitt Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Palladium Ballroom
Hollywood
AFRS Re-broadcast
20 Sep 1945
9:20 Special + Pavanne (close)
Sonny Dunham Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
14 Apr 1944
Set 2
Sarah Vaughan Sings Jazz on 1953-56 Radio
Tenderly
Sarah Vaughan
‘Stars in Jazz’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
31 Mar 1953
I Get a Kick Out of You
Sarah Vaughan
‘Stars in Jazz’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
31 Mar 1953
Linger Awhile + ‘S Wonderful + Tenderly
Sarah Vaughan
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Zardi’s
KFI NBC LA
21 May 1956
Set 3
Herbie Fields Feature
That’s The Stuff You Got To Watch
Herbie Fields, Miles Davis’s first recording, Rubberlegs Williams (voc)
WOR Studios
New York City
25 Apr 1945
Theme + Don’t Take Your Love From Me
Herbie Fields Orchestra (voc) Carol Kaye
Glen Island Casinu
New Rochelle NY
WOR MBS NY
9 Aug 1944
How High The Moon + Close
Herbie Fields Septet
‘Stars on Parade’
Radio Transcription
1951
Set 4
1920s-30s Radio Bands
I’m Just A Vagabond Lover
Eskimo Pie Orchestra
Radio Transcription
1929
I Can’t Believe That You’re In Love With Me
Jimmy Grier Orchestra (voc) Gogo Delys
Radio Transcription
1932
I Following You + Coca Cola Waltz
Leonard Joy Coca-Cola Orchestra
‘Coca-Cola Top Notchers’
WEAF NBC Red NY
19 Mar 1930
Set 5
Duke Ellington on 1950s Radio
Open + Tulip or Turnip
Duke Ellington Orchestra (voc) Ray Nance
Blue Note
WMAQ NBC Chicago
13 Aug 1952
Things Ain’t What They Used To Be
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
WNBC NBC NY
11 Jun 1951
The Hawk Talks
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Blue Note
WMAQ NBC Chicago
30 Jul 1952
Great Times
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Radio Transcription
New York
11 Feb 1951
Set 6
Eddie Condon
Open + At The Jazz Band Ball
Eddie Condon Group
‘Eddie Condon Town Hall Jazz Concert’
WJZ Blue NY
30 Sep 1944
I’m a Ding Dong Daddy From Dumas
Eddie Condon Group
‘Eddie Condon Town Hall Jazz Concert’
WJZ Blue NY
16 Jul 1944
Easter Parade
Eddie Condon Group
‘Eddie Condon Town Hall Jazz Concert’
WJZ Blue NY
23 Sep 1944
Ensemble Blues
Eddie Condon Group
‘Eddie Condon Town Hall Jazz Concert’
WJZ Blue NY
29 Jul 1944
Set 7
Boogie Woogie
Pine Top’s Boogie Woogie
Pine Tops Smith
Comm Rec
Chicago
29 Dec 1928
Pine Top’s Boogie Woogie
Albert Ammons, Meade Lux Lewis (voc) Johnny Mercer
‘Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS NY
11 Apr 1939
Honky Tonk Train Blues
Meade Lux Lewis
‘Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS NY
3 Jan 1939
Roll ‘Em
Albert Ammons, Meade Lux Lewis
‘Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS NY
3 Jan 1939
Set 8
Farewell
Boompsie
Chubby Jackson Orchestra
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
5 Mar 1949
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Women Jazz Stars On Live 1940s-50s Radio – 15 May Phantom Dancer


Women instrumentalists in jazz from live 1940s-50s radio feature in a set on this week’s Phantom Dancer.

Every Tuesday The Phantom Dancer non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio is brought to you by authentic jazz deco singer and actor, Greg Poppleton

The Phantom Dancer is recorded live-to-air at 107.3 2SER Sydney, Tuesdays 12:04 – 2pm. It’s re-broadcast on 22 radio stations of the Community Radio Network and online.

You can hear this week’s Phantom Dancer online at 2ser.com from 15 May. And that’s where you’ll find lots of past Phantom Dancer swing jazz mixes.

THIS WEEK’S PHANTOM DANCER MIX

– has a set of Benny Goodman small groups from live 1943 radio, a set of Dave Brubeck from 1950s radio by request, and a set of jazz and swing from the Armed Forces Radio Service ‘Jubilee’ series, including an aircheck by Gerald Wilson, Kay Starr and The International Sweethearts of Rhythm.

WOMEN IN JAZZ

In fact, this week’s Phantom Dancer has a set of women jazz instrumentalists on live 1940s-50s radio. You’ll hear:

MARJORIE HYAMS

Jazz vibraphonist, pianist and arranger. She played in Woody Herman’s Orchestra (1944 – 1945), the Hip Chicks (1945), Mary Lou Williams (1946), Charlie Ventura (1946), George Shearing (1949 – 1950), and led her own groups.
Marjorie Hyams

MELBA LISTON

Jazz trombonist, musical arranger and composer. She was the first woman trombonist to play in big bands. She was a star writer and arranger.
Melba Liston

VIVIEN GARRY

Jazz double bassist and band leader
Vivien Garry

GINGER SMOCK

Jazz violinist, band leader and TV personality
Ginger Smock

INTERNATIONAL SWEETHEARTS OF RHYTHM

The first integrated all women band in the US featuring some of the top female talent of the early-mid 1940s.
International Sweethearts of Rhythm

Phantom Dancer Vid of the Week?

It’s the Vivien Garry Quintet playing bop on disc in ’46, ‘Operation Mop’ (nothing to with floors, mop-mop was a jazz style). In the quintet: Arvin Garrison (her husband) guitarist, Wini Beatty, piano, Ginger Smock on violin and Dody Jeshke, drums.

15 MAY PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #316

107.3 2SER Tuesday 15 May 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
Louis Prima on 1939-45 Radio
Theme + Robin Hood
Louis Prima Orchestra (voc) Louis Prima
‘One Night Stand’
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
AFRS Re-broadcast
23 Dec 1944
St Louis Blues
Louis Prima Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
AFRS Re-broadcast
28 Sep 1945
Should I + Close
Louis Prima Orchestra
Hickory House
via WJSV CBS Washington
23 Sep 1939
Set 2
1945-48Jubilee Radio Series
Theme + Cruisin´ With Cab
Gerald Wilson
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
Apr 1946
Tuxedo Junction
International Sweethearts of Rhythm
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
17 Jul 1945
Blues + One O’Clock Jump (theme)
Kay Starr
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
1 May 1948
Set 3
Louis Armstrong on Radio
I’ve Got a Gal in Kalamazoo
Louis Armstrong
‘Downbeat’
AFRS Hollywood
1943
Mahoganny Hall Stomp
Louis Armstrong
Aircheck
1949?
S’Wonderful + Close
Louis Armstrong
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Basin Street
WRCA NBC NY
8 May 1955
Set 4
Women Jazz Instrumentalists
Open + A Woman’s Place Is In The Groove
Vivien Garry
‘Jazz Club USA’
Voice of America
Washington DC
1951
Stella By Starlight
Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra (tb) Melba Liston
Birdland
WCBS CBS NY
mid-1956
Northwest Passage + Blue Flame Theme
Woody Herman Orchestra (vibes) Marjorie Hyams
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
WABC CBS NY
18 Sep 1944
Set 5
Music From The Movies
Melody For Two + September in the Rain
Louis Levy and the Gaumont British Symphony
Comm Rec
London
1937
Carranga
Ray Noble Orchestra
Coty Hour
WEAF NBC Red NY
13 Mar 1935
Over The Rainbow
Judy Garland
‘The Gulf Screen Guild Show’
KNX CBS LA
8 Jan 1939
Midnight + On The Good Ship Lollipop
Joe Haymes Orchestra (voc) Cliff Weston
Grill Room
Hotel McAlpen
WABC CBS NY
29 Jan 1935
Set 6
The Benny Goodman Small Groups
Oh Baby
Benny Goodman Sextet
Meadowbrook Gardens
Culver City Ca
Aircheck
26 Jan 1946
Three Little Words
Benny Goodman Quintet
‘Spotlight Bands’
Cornell University, Ithaca NY
Blue Network
25 Sep 1943
Sweet Lorraine
Benny Goodman Trio
Meadowbrook Gardens
Culver City Ca
Aircheck
26 Jan 1946
Sweet Georgia Brown
Benny Goodman Quintet
‘Spotlight Bands’
Springfield, Mass
Blue Network
29 Sep 1943
Set 7
Dave Brubeck
Jeepers Creepers
Dave Brubeck
‘Symphony Sid Show’
WJZ ABC NY
Dec 1953
The Duke
Dave Brubeck
Basin Street
WCBS CBS NY
Feb 1956
I’ll Remember April
Dave Brubeck
Aircheck
Jan 1954
The Trolley Song
Dave Brubeck
Basin Street
WCBS CBS NY
Feb 1956
Set 8
1940s Big Band Radio
Blue ‘n’ Boogie (theme) + Airmail Special
Billy Eckstine Orchestra
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
Mar 1945
Swanee River
Lionel Hampton Orchestra
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
26 Nov 1945
Artistry in Rhythm (theme) + Artistry Jumps
Stan Kenton Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Palladium Ballroom LA
AFRS Hollywood
27 Nov 1945
Bommpsie
Chubby Jackson Orchestra
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NY
5 mar 1949

8 May 2018 Phantom Dancer – He Knew He Wanted To Be A Professional Musician By Age 16


Tenor sax man Charlie Barnet knew what he wanted from a very early age. In fact, he was playing professionally by the age of 16. Then at 18 he went to New York to talk the CBS Artist Bureau into booking him as an orchestra leader. We hear some of this determined teenager’s orchestras from 1930s-40s airchecks on this week’s Phantom Dancer.

The Phantom Dancer is produced and presented every Tuesday by authentic 1920s-30s-style singer and actor, Greg Poppleton .

It’s your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV. On air since 1985!

The Phantom Dancer is recorded live-to-air at 107.3 2SER Sydney, Tuesdays 12:04 – 2pm. It’s re-broadcast on 22 radio stations of the Community Radio Network and online.

Online, this week’s Phantom Dancer will be available for your listening pleasure after the 2SER broadcast, Tuesday 8 May. Go to 2ser.com to listen.

You’ll also find plenty of past Phantom Dancers to enjoy online, too.

THIS WEEK’S PHANTOM DANCER MIX

– includes two Australian dance bands – Jim Davidson and his New Palais Royal Orchestra and Frank Coughlan’s Trocadero Orchestra .There are also sets by Lee Konitz in 1954 from WHDH Boston, live jazz from 1962 radio on WNEW NY and WBBM Chicago, a set of trad from WMGM New York’s 1950-51 ‘Doctor Jazz’ series (after being asked for a version of Doctor Jazz during last week’s show) and, of course, the Charle Barnet set. See the full play list below.

CHARLIE BARNET

Born Charles Daly Barnet, Charlie Barnet was a U.S orchestra leader, sax player and composer. Important to his overall ‘fun’ band leading attitude was that he was a person of means. He was heir to his grandfather’s fortune, the New York Central Railway vice-president and banker, Charles Frederick Daly. His family wanted him to be a lawyer. He chose music.

Barnet had worked for one of the many franchise bands of the Jean Goldkette Orchestra, on of the most famous U.S bands of the late 1920s by the age of 16. He then left for New York to play tenor sax in Frank Winegar’s Pennsylvania Boys before trying his luck as an extra in Hollywood films.

Late in 1932 at the age of 18 he returned to New York City and talked a contact at the CBS artist’s bureau to book him as an orchestra leader.

Charlie Barnet WOR Aquarium NYC

INFATUATION

His 1930s orchestras were numerous and short-lived. But they were also musically interesting as you can hear in the 1934 recording below, ‘Infatuation’, which is your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week.

Barnet got his first recording contract in 1933 during an engagement at New York’s Park Central Hotel.

He was always into ‘hot music’ and he was an early adapter of Swing.

RAN OUT OF TOWN

While playing swing at New Orlean’s Roosevelt Hotel in 1935, he earned the ire of conservative governor Huey Long who hated the new sound. Long set up a sting, luring the band to a brothel then having it raided so the band could be ‘run out of town’.

Barnet got a number of his now unemployed band members into Joe Haymes Orchestra (soon to be taken over by Tommy Dorsey) and then headed off for a jaunt in Havana escorting a well off, older woman.

His 1936 orchestra included the new vocal harmony quartet, ‘The Modernaires’ though that band soon shut up shop, too. ‘The Modernaires’ were later and famously associated with the Glenn Miller Orchestra. At this time, Charlie Barnet was one of the first to integrate his band.

He was a big fan of Duke Ellington and Count Basie. He championed Duke Ellington tunes in his orchestra and Ellington recorded Barnet’s ‘In A Mizz’.

GO TO BLAZES

When Charlie Barnet lost all his band charts in the 1938 Los Angeles Palomar Ballroom fire, Count Basie lent him charts.

palomar ballroom

His 1939 band was catapaulted into the big time with the release of his recording of the Ray Noble song (from his Indian Suite), Cherokee.

He had a second big hit on 1944 with ‘Skyliner’. ‘Skyliner’ was used as the theme music for the late 1940s US Armed Forces Network program ‘Midnight In Munich’ broadcast from AFN Munich.

Other major recordings include ‘Scotch and Soda’, ‘In a Mizz’, ‘The Right Idea’, ‘The Wrong Idea’ and Southland Shuffle’.

STARS

Barnet switched from Swing to Bop in 1947. Barnet’s swing band included such names as Buddy DeFranco, Roy Eldridge, Billy May, Neal Hefti, Lena Horne, Barney Kessel, Dodo Marmorosa and Oscar Pettiford.

His later bands had Maynard Ferguson, Doc Severinsen and Clark Terry.

He ‘retired’ in 1949, claiming to have lost interest in music, though he continued to lead an orchestra and was broadcast on radio into the 1960s.

Charlie Barnet was married 11 times. His last marriage lasted 33 years.

VIDEO OF THE WEEK

As your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week, an early Charlie Barney record from his short-lived 1934 band, the weird ‘Infatuation’

8 MAY PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #316

107.3 2SER Tuesday 8 May 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 ‘One Night Stand’
Theme + Murder at Peyton Hall
Charlie Barnet Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Casino Gardens
Ocean Park Ca
AFRS Re-broadcast
3 Jan 1947
Tea For Two (voc) Carolyn Gray
Gene Krupa Orchestra (voc) Carolyn Gray
‘One Night Stand’
Meadowbrook Gardens
Culver City Ca
AFRS Re-broadcast
31 Mar 1946
9:20 Special + Minnie the Moocher (theme)
Cab Calloway Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
New Zanzibar NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
Jul 1945
Set 2
Jazz on Live 1962 Radio
Algiers Bounce + Lady Be Good
Henry ‘Red’ Allen
London House
WBBM CBS Chicago
30 Mar 1962
Cuckoo + Two O’Clock Jump
Harry James Orchestra
Moon Bowl
Freedomland
WNEW NY
Mar 1962
The Price Is Right
Henry ‘Red’ Allen
London House
WBBM CBS Chicago
30 Mar 1962
Set 3
1937
Theme + Hey, Hey Your Cares Away
Kay Kyser Orchestra (voc) Sully Mason
Trianon Ballroom
MBS Chicago
25 Mar 1937
Jamboree
Frank Coughlan Trocadero Orchestra (voc) Frank Coughlan
Featuradio Transcription
Sydney
June 1937
Time Out For Love
Joe Sanders Orchestra (voc) Joe Sanders
Blackhawk Restaurant
MBS Chicago
25 Mar 1937
Set 4
Doctor Jazz
Struttin’ With Some Barbeque
Hot Lips Page
‘Doctor Jazz’
Stuyvesant Casino
WMGM NY
1951
Sheik of Araby
Eddie Condon Group
‘Doctor Jazz’
Eddie Condon’s
WMGM NY
1951
Ride, Red, Ride
Red Allen ‘Dixielanders’
‘Doctor Jazz’
Stuyvesant Casino
WMGM NY
1951
Set 5
1940 Mickey Mouse Band Radio Transcriptions
Let There Be Love
Shep Fields and his Rippling Rhythm Orchestra (voc) Hal Derwin
Radio Transcription
New York City
1940
These Things You Left Me
Chuck Foster Orchestra (voc) Dorothy Brandon
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1940
At Long Last Love
Blue Barron Orchestra (voc) Charlie Fisher
Radio Transcription
New York City
1940
Pinch Me
Sterling Young Orchestra (voc) Bobbie Ennis
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1940
Set 6
Charlie Barnet Orchestra
Ya Got Me
Charlie Barnet Orchestra
Comm Rec
New York City
oct 1938
Theme + Back In Your Own Backyard
Charlie Barnet Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Fort Devon Mass
Mutual Network
15 Oct 1945
The Victory Walk
Charlie Barnet Orchestra
Aircheck
New York City
1942
In There
Charlie Barnet Orchestra
‘Downbeat’
AFRS Hollywood
Feb 1944
Set 7
Early 1930s dance Bands
Forty-Second Street
Jim Davidson New Palais Orchestra
Comm Rec
Sydney
6 Jun 1933
Theme + is That Religion?
Dorsey Brothers Orchestra (voc) Bob Crosby
Riviera
Fort Lee NJ
WEAF NBC Red NY
20 Sep 1934
Dancing With Tears In My Eyes
Ruth Etting (voc) Ben Selvin Orchestra
‘Columbia Tele-Focal Show’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1930
Somebody Loves You + Close
Ben Selvin Orchestra
‘Davis Musical Moments Show’
Radio Transcription
New York City
1932
Set 8
Lee Konitz 1954 Radio
Open + Hi Beck
Lee Konitz
Storyville
Copley Square Hotel
WHDH Boston
5 Jan 1954
Subconscious Lee
Lee Konitz
Storyville
Copley Square Hotel
WHDH Boston
5 Jan 1954

3 April 2018 Phantom Dancer. Helen Keller On How The Deaf Heard Radio Music In The 1920s


There’re some rare, rare early jazz radio broadcasts for your listening pleasure on this week’s Phantom Dancer. And below, read an insight from Helen Keller about how radio brought music to the deaf in the 1920s.

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

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.

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

Greg Poppleton music website.

In this week’s mix, you’ll hear sets of radio broadcasts by Buddy Rich, Benny Goodman over three days in October 1937 and The Andrew Sisters. There’s also a set of WW2 European dance bands from Prague, Moscow and Hilversum. The Prague recording features Andrew Sisters soundalikes, The Allan Sisters (Allanovy Sestry).

But the rare, rare radio comes from January 1929. Four ‘Sunny Meadows Washing Machine Programs’ featuring the Ray Miller Orchestra. These were recorded on five minute 78 rpm discs – six discs to a 30 minute show.

1920s radio set
1920s radio set

And that got me thinking about 1920s radio and how it was perceived. That’s when I found two letters from 1924 and 1926 quoted by Timmy D. Taylor in his paper, ‘Music and the Rise of Radio in 1920s
America: technological imperialism, socialization, and the transformation of intimacy’, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Vol. 22, No. 4, 2002.

The two letters come from the very early years of radio as a mass entertainment medium. They both describe how deaf people could ‘hear’ music on the radio.

 

HELEN KELLER REPORTS…

Helen Keller
Helen Keller

The first letter is from the famous deaf and blind social activist, Helen Keller, in 1924.

It is a letter to the Symphony Society of New York and describes her joy at hearing a symphonic concert on WEAF Radio, New York City.

“I have the joy of being able to tell you that, though deaf and blind, I spent a glorious hour last night listening over the radio to Beethoven’s ‘Ninth Symphony.’

I do not mean to say that I ‘heard’ the music in the sense that other people heard it; and I do not know whether I can make you understand how it was possible for me to derive pleasure from the symphony. It was a great
surprise to myself. I had been reading in my magazine for the blind of the happiness that the radio was bringing to the sightless everywhere. I was delighted to know that the blind had gained a new source of enjoyment; but
I did not dream that I could have any part in the joy.

Last night, when the family was listening to your wonderful rendering of the immortal symphony some one suggested that I put my hand on the receiver and see if I could get any of the vibrations. He unscrewed the top, and I lightly touched the sensitive diaphragm. What was my amazement to discover that I could feel, not only the vibrations, but also the impassioned rhythm, the throb and the urge of the music. The intertwined and intermingling vibrations from different instruments enchanted me. I could actually distinguish the cornets, the roll of the drums, deep-toned violas and violins singing in exquisite unison. How the lovely speech of the violins flowed and flowed over the deepest tones of the other instruments! When the human voices leaped up thrilling from the surge of harmony, I recognized them instantly as voices. I felt the chorus grow more exultant, more ecstatic, upcurving swift and flame-like, until my heart almost stood still. The women’s voices seemed an embodiment of all the angelic voices rushing in a harmonious flood of beautiful and inspiring sound. The great chorus throbbed against my Žfingers with poignant pause and flow. Then all the instruments and voices together burst forth—an ocean of heavenly vibration—and died away like winds with the atom is spent, ending in a delicate shower of sweet notes.

Of course, this was not hearing, but I do know that the tones and harmonies conveyed to me moods of great beauty and majesty. I also sensed, or thought I did, the tender sounds of nature that sing into my hand—swaying reeds and
winds and the murmur of streams. I have never been so enraptured before by a multitude of tone-vibrations. As I listened, with darkness and melody, shadow and sound filling all the room, I could not help remembering that the great composer who poured forth such a flood of sweetness into the world was deaf like myself. I marveled
at the power of his quenchless spirit by which out of his pain he wrought such joy for others—and there I sat, feeling with my hand the magniŽficent symphony which broke like a sea upon the silent shores of his soul and mine.

Let me thank you warmly for all the delight which your beautiful music has brought to my household and to me. I want also to thank Station WEAF for the joy they are broadcasting in the world.”

 

JAZZING THE DEAF

The second report about the deaf ‘hearing’ radio in the 1920s comes from ‘Jazzing the deaf by radio’, Popular Radio, March 1926, p. 296.

“This information has been conveyed to Paul Ash, orchestra leader and radio star of KYW in letters from several women who explain that these are the only sounds they have been able to hear and that they enjoy the jazz music although otherwise deaf.

A famous ear specialist of Chicago has become interested in the subject, it is reported, and is conducting a series of tests to determine the possibilities of utilizing this means of ‘bone conduction’ of sound so that those
who have lost normal hearing may through radio have the pleasures of music.

When the unique investigation has been completed the renowned specialist promises the issuance of a report and a test program over the air is to be given with deaf persons asked to ‘listen in’ and to report what they ‘hear’.”

 

VIDEOS OF THE WEEK

Your Phantom Dancer Videos of the Week feature Helen Keller herself.

In the first video, the teacher who taught her to speak, Anne Sullivan (who was blind herself), explains with Helen demonstrating, how Helen learnt to talk after hitherto being dumb as well as deaf and blind. Her first word was ‘it’. Her first sentence, “I am not dumb now.” Be amazed…

And here is a 1919 dramatisation of her childhood. The film is called ‘Deliverance’…

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #309

107.3 2SER Tuesday 3 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
Russ Morgan his Wah-Wah Trombone and his Orchestra
Does Your Heart Beat For Me?
Russ Morgan Orchestra
Radio Transcription
Los Angeles
1937
Sheik of Araby
Russ Morgan Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
AFRS Re-broadcast
28 Apr 1944
Open Up That Door and Let Me In + So Long (Close)
Russ Morgan Orchestra (voc) Al Jennings
‘One Night Stand’
Garden Room
Hotel Claremont
Berkeley Ca
AFRS Re-broadcast
28 Jun 1945
Set 2
Andrew Sisters on Radio
Open + Atcheson, Topeka and Santa Fe
Andrew Sisters with Raymond Paige Orchestra
‘Kraft Music Hall’
KFI NBC LA
6 Sep 1945
Begin the Beguine
Andrew Sisters with Glenn Miller Orchestra
‘Chesterfield Show’
WABC CBS NY
31 Jan 1940
White Christmas + Jingle Bells Nash Ad + Apple Blossom Time (Close)
Andrew Sisters with Curt Massey and Vic Schoen Orchestra
‘Nash – Kelvinator Show’
KNX CBS Los Angeles
19 Dec 1945
Set 3
Swing from WWII Europe
Poznate lehce nas rytmus
Allanovy Sestry
Comm Rec
Prague
17 Dec 1942
Baron von der Pschek (Bel Mir Bist Du Schoen)
Leonid Utesov
Comm Rec
Moscow
1943
Ja
De Ramblers (voc) Ferry Barendse and Band
Comm Rec
Hilversum
2 Mar 1944
Set 4
Benny Goodman – 3 Days in October 1937
Stardust on the Moon + Dear Old Southland
Benny Goodman Orchestra
Manhattan Room
Hotel Pennsylvania
WABC CBS NY
20 Oct 1937
Where or When + Someday Sweetheart
Benny Goodman Trio and Orchestra
Manhattan Room
Hotel Pennsylvania
WABC CBS NY
20 Oct 1937
Dixieland Band + Goodbye
Benny Goodman Orchestra (voc) Martha Tilton
Manhattan Room
Hotel Pennsylvania
WOR Mutual NY
23 Oct 1937
Set 5
Duke Ellington on 1951-53 Radio
VIP’s Boogie
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Aircheck
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
4 Oct 1953
Things Ain’t What They Used To Be
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
WNBC NBC New York
11 Jun 1951
Great Times
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Radio Transcription
New York City
11 Feb 1951
Just a Sit-in’ and a Rockin’ + Mood Indigo
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Blue Note
WMAQ NBC Chicago
13 Aug 1952
Set 6
Ray Miller on 1929 Radio
Open + Angry
Ray Miller Orchestra
‘Sunny Meadows Program’
Radio Transcription
Chicago
18 Jan 1929
I’ll Never Ask For More
Ray Miller Orchestra
‘Sunny Meadows Program’
Radio Transcription
Chicago
18 Jan 1929
I Ain’t Got Nobody
Ray Miller Orchestra (voc) Mary Williams
‘Sunny Meadows Program’
Radio Transcription
Chicago
18 Jan 1929
Tell Me Who + There’s No Place Like Home (theme)
Ray Miller Orchestra (voc) Bob Nolan
‘Sunny Meadows Program’
Radio Transcription
Chicago
25 Jan 1929
Set 7
Bob Crosby 1939 Radio
South Rampart Street Parade
Bob Crosby Orchestra
‘Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS New York City
27 Jun 1939
Little Rock Getaway
Bob Crosby Orchestra (piano) Joe Sullivan
‘Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS New York City
4 Jul 1939
O, You Crazy Moon
Bob Crosby Orchestra (voc) Helen Ward
‘Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS New York City
11 Jul 1939
Diga Diga Doo
Bob Crosby Orchestra
‘Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS New York City
18 Jul 1939
Set 8
Buddy Rich Radio
Rain on the Riff (theme) + Cool Breeze
Buddy Rich Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Phoenixville PA
Mutual
24 Dec 1945
Nellie’s Nightmare
Buddy Rich Orchestra
Aircheck
New York City
1947
In a Prescribed Manner
Buddy Rich Quintet
Birdland
WABC ABC NY
7 Nov 1958

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

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

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