Hot Dance Bands from OKeh 1923-1931

Hot Dance Bands from OKeh 1923-1931


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Hot Dance Bands from OKeh 1923-1931

In 2007 the Retrieval historic reissue label brought out a chronologically arranged double-CD anthology of obscure hot dance band recordings made between November 1923 and February 1931 and released on 78-rpm platters bearing wine-red labels imprinted with the OKeh logo. Back then it was standard practice for phonograph record companies to maintain racially segregated catalogs. This compilation focuses upon 24 Caucasian OKeh dance bands, most of them quite obscure from the retrospective vantage point of the 21st century. Individuals who are lucky enough to own a copy of this amazing collection will have ready access to the sounds of the Scranton Sirens (from Pennsylvania), the Palledo Orchestra of St. Louis; Harold Leonard & His Red Jackets; trumpeter Frankie Quartell & His Little Club Orchestra; violinist Ace Brigode & His Fourteen Virginians; and bands led by violinist Irwin Abrams and pianists Mike Markel and Fred Rich. Ensembles named after landmark businesses include Vincent Lopez & His Hotel Pennsylvania Orchestra; trombonist Mickey Guy & His Rose Tree Café Orchestra; Gus Arnheim & His Ambassador Hotel Orchestra (with "Whispering Cornetist" Roy Fox and violinist Russ Columbo); Jack Glassner & His Colonial Inn Orchestra; and pianist Arnold Frank & His Roger's Café Orchestra, whose OKeh record was cut on site at the Radisson Hotel in Minneapolis in September 1927. Although the exact identity of the Carolina Club Orchestra is surprisingly difficult to ascertain, it was likely led by Hal Kemp. When he wasn't operating a dance band under his own name, Sam Lanin fronted the Arkansas Travelers (with trombonist Miff Mole, C-melody saxophonist Frankie Trumbauer, pianist Rube Bloom, and vocalist Vernon Dalhart) as well as the Melody Sheiks (with trumpeter Red Nichols, tuba titan Joe Tarto, and legendary early jazz drummer Vic Berton). Other supreme but nearly forgotten delights include music by Milt Shaw & His Detroiters, the Jazz Pilots (one of many novelty groups led by banjoist Harry Reser), a band directed by Cleveland violinist Emerson Gill, and another by pianist Sol S. Wagner with incidental vocals by the Brown Sisters & Green. Ed Kirkeby, later famous for being Fats Waller's manager, steered two of the bands on this collection; the "Ted Wallace" orchestra and the Goofus Five. Both were quite similar to Kirkeby's main group, a prolific recording ensemble known as the California Ramblers. In addition to the handful of authentic early jazz heroes already mentioned, trombonist Jack Teagarden, saxophonists Jimmy Dorsey and Adrian Rollini, and guitarist Dick McDonough show up as members of a dance band led by pianist/accordionist Cornell Smelser. Retrieval's Hot Dance Bands from OKeh 1923-1931 is a unique and fascinating archive of historical treasures that are guaranteed to amuse, amaze, and entertain.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/07/2007
Label: Retrieval Records
UPC: 0608917905021
catalogNumber: 79050

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Xavier Cugat   Violin
Jack Teagarden   Trombone
Joe Venuti   Violin
Red Nichols   Trumpet
Danny Alvin   Drums
Miff Mole   Trombone
Harry Reser   Banjo
Adrian Rollini   Bass Saxophone,String Bass
Frankie Trumbauer   Cornet
Roy Fox   Trumpet
Henry Levine   Trumpet
Vernon Dalhart   Violin
Leni Reed Riley   Cornet
Eddie Allen   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Gus Arnheim   Piano
Bob Berry   Drums
Vic Berton   Drums
Rube Bloom   Piano
Arnold Brillhardt   Clarinet,Flute,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Tony Colucci   Banjo,String Bass
Bobby Davis   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Damon Dickson   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Dorsey   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Tommy Dorsey   Trombone
Tommy Fellini   Banjo
Maurice Harris   Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Harry   Clarinet,Piano,Tenor Saxophone
Stan King   Drums
Manny Klein   Trumpet
Abe Lincoln   Trombone
Johnny McGhee   Trumpet
Frankie Quartell   Trumpet
Harry Robinson   Bowed Bass
Arthur Schutt   Banjo,Piano,Drums,Bowed Bass
Frank Signorelli   Piano
Charlie Butterfield   Trombone
Dick McDonough   Guitar
Joe Tarto   Bowed Bass,String Bass
Hymie Wolfson   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Henry Jaworski   Violin
Philburn   Trombone
Chelsea Quealey   Trumpet
Itzy Riskin   Piano
Sam Ruby   Tenor Saxophone
Jack Russin   Piano
Hank Stern   String Bass
Herb Weil   Drums
Freddy Bauer   Drums
Louis Martin   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Ruby Weinstein   Trumpet
Herbert Winfield   Trombone
Smith Ballew   Violin
Ace Brigode   Clarinet,Leader,Alto Saxophone
Russ Columbo   Violin
Artie Dunn   Violin
Joey Gold   Piano
Mike Markel   Piano
Jimmy Grier & His Orchestra   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Russ Morgan & His Orchestra   Trombone
Lyle Bowen   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Nat Natoli   Trumpet
Earl Wright   Banjo
Alfie Evans   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Mike Trafficante   Bowed Bass
Irving Brodsky   Piano
Leo McConville   Trumpet
Jules Cassard   Bowed Bass
Bob Effros   Trumpet
Tommy Gott   Trumpet
Elliott Jacoby   Piano
Andy Picard   Drums
Cornell Smelser   Accordion
Tom Stacks   Violin,Drums
Sid Trucker   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Harry Perrella   Piano
Dan Yates   Violin
Larry Abbott   Clarinet,Violin,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Bill Miller   Piano
Milton Shaw   Violin
Ward Archer   Drums
Phillip Cole   Banjo,Clarinet,Violin,Drums,Alto Saxophone,Bass Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
William Wirges   Piano
Bill Barford   Banjo,Bowed Bass
John Poston   Trumpet
Jim Cassidy   Trombone
Norman Yorke   Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Johnston   Bass Saxophone
Jules Levy   Trumpet
George Troup   Trombone
Frank Cush   Trumpet
Fletcher Hereford   Alto Saxophone
Alex Hyatt   Clarinet
Vincent Lopez & His Casa Lopez Orchestra   Piano
Cliff Gamet   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Hymie Farberman   Trumpet
Tex Hurst   String Bass
Norman Taylor   Trombone
Jim Crossan   Tenor Saxophone
Reis   Violin
Roy Johnston   Trumpet
Earl Oliver   Trumpet
Joe Lindwurm   Trumpet
George Napoleon   Alto Saxophone
Sammy Lewis   Trombone
Aaron Voloshin   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Lord   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Will Simerall   Drums
Stanley Thompson   Banjo,Bowed Bass
Mickey Guy & His Rose Tree Cafe Orchestra   Trombone
Irwin Abrams   Violin
Sonny Howard Ernie Anderson   Guitar
Nate Bold   Cornet
Fred Brohez   Banjo,Cornet
Nick Cortez   Accordion,Flugelhorn
Harry Countmann   Clarinet,Trombone,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Lucien Criner   Trumpet
Crumbacher   Reeds
Delaneyt   Trombone,Flugelhorn
Vic DIpollito   Trumpet
Dippy DIppollito   Piano
Morris Dixon   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Mike Durso   Trombone
Irving Farbermann   Drums
Penn Fay   Piano
Mark Fisher   Banjo
Gene Fogarty   Violin
Arnold Frank   Piano
Jimmy Freshour   Trombone
Emerson Gill   Violin
Louis Harmin   Trombone
Clarence Heidke   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Hub Henning   Trombone

Technical Credits

Harry Reser   Director
Charles Davis   Composer
Gus Arnheim   Director
Elmer Schoebel   Composer
Ben Selvin   Director
Rick Shlosser   Composer
Jack Yellen   Composer
Fred Rich   Director
Sam Lanin   Director
Mike Markel   Director
Bill Perry Blues Band   Arranger
Ed Kirkeby   Director
John R.T. Davies   Original Material
Charlie Crump   Original Material
Cornell Smelser   Director
Harry Coster   Original Material
Lew Pollack   Composer
Nat Bonx   Composer
Dale Wimbrow   Composer
Steve Paget   Original Material
Mark Berresford   Liner Notes,Original Material
Michael Brooks   Original Material
Eric Hibbeler   Composer
Chris Ellis   Producer,Author,Original Material
Mickey Guy & His Rose Tree Cafe Orchestra   Arranger
Irwin Abrams   Director
Wim Bor   Original Material
Arnold Frank   Director
Joe Frasetto   Director
Emerson Gill   Director

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