46th Annual Jazz Record
Collectors’ Bash

Fri-Sat: June 19 & 20, 2020

78s, LPs, CDs & Memorabilia

Hilton Garden Inn
Edison/Raritan Center
50 Raritan Center Parkway
Edison, New Jersey 08837

Vitaphone Programs

Each year, Ron Hutchinson — co-founder of The Vitaphone Project — presents a largely previously unseen collection of early sound jazz and vaudeville short subjects. See below for this year’s program, and for links to what was shown in previous years!

Vendors / Dealers

2020 info TBA (2019 info below)Vendor space: All tables are 6ft x 3ft. Cost in advance is $95.00 per table for 2 days, $60 for Friday only or $35 for Saturday only. A 50% deposit is required. On or after June 20th, cost will be $100 per table (for 2…

Schedule & Events

2020 info TBA (2019 info below)Rare vintage videos each day: Admission free with Bash admission or $5 for each film show only. 2020 Jazz Bash Film Schedule Friday TBA Saturday TBA

R.I.P. William “Red” Carraro

William “Red” Carraro, also known as The Jazz Hunter, was a Jazz Aficionado, well-known record collector/record dealer, and one hell of a Bass player too. May 29, 1928 – July 11, 2010

R.I.P. Ron Hutchinson

Vitaphone Project Co-Founder and Longtime Jazz Bash Presenter Ron Hutchinson: 1952-2019


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Hotel Reservations

2020 info TBA (2019 info below)Special hotel room rate of $119 per night, Thursday through Saturday. Other discount rates available for seniors, government employees, and members of AAA, AARP and the military. For reservations, call hotel before June *TBA* and mention Jazz Record Collectors: 732-225-0900 or toll free 800-774-1500. Or, to…


Through the summer of 1974, Rutgers University’s Institute of Jazz Studies sponsored annual discographical conferences. A prime force in establishing those conferences was Walter C. Allen, who died in December of that year at the age of 54. Allen was author of “Hendersonia,” the comprehensive bio-discography of Fletcher Henderson that…


By car: IMPORTANT: Although the hotel address is on Raritan Center Parkway, it is safer to enter the hotel grounds from King Georges Post Road.  For those approaching the hotel via Raritan Center Parkway, online mapping websites and GPS devices will instruct you to make a U-turn. Ignore those instructions…


2020 info TBA (2019 info below)General admission: $20.00 covers buyer’s admission for two days (Friday & Saturday). After 5:00 p.m. Friday (including Saturday re-entry) and all day Saturday admission is $10.00. Early buyers will be admitted Thursday evening after 7:30pm for $40.00. Doors open 8:00am on Friday & Saturday

2019 Schedule & Events

2019 Jazz Bash Film Schedule Friday 8-10pm Rare film and TV clips by jazz collector and film historian David Weiner, followed by a half hour presentation of rare Vitaphone and Hal Roach musical shorts. It’s a salute to our dear late friend and colleague Ron Hutchinson for his great pioneering…

2016 Vitaphone Program

A special program in recognition of the 25th Anniversary of The Vitaphone Project. Details to be announced.

2015 Vitaphone Program

Saturday, June 27, 2015 4:00 PM STOOPNOCRACY (Par/’33) – Fleischer Song Cartune with Radio favorites Colonel Stoopnagle and Budd with the added surprise of Harold Nicholas of the Nicholas Brothers imitating Cab Calloway. JACK WHITE AND HIS MONTREALERS (Vitaphone/’29) – Bizarre Vitaphone short starring vaudeville headliner Jack White. THE JAZZ…

2014 Vitaphone Program

Friday, June 27, 2014 & Saturday, June 28, 2014 FRIDAY, JUNE 27 @ 8:00PM Waring’s Pennsylvanians – Vitaphone 1927 The Happiness Boys: Billy Jones & Ernie Hare – Vitaphone 1927 BANJOLAND – Eddie Peabody & Jimmie Maisel – Vitaphone 1928 An hour selection of 1929-1938 Pathetone band and singer shorts…

2013 Vitaphone Program

Saturday, June 22, 2013 4:30 PM SHOW Ben Bernie & His Orchestra – Vitaphone 1930 Sally Swing – Fleisher Cartoon with Rose Marie – Paramount 1938 Harry Warren, America’s Foremost Composer – Vitaphone 1933 Over The Counter – MGM Colortone Musical – 1933 Teddy Brown & His Band (from “Elstree…

2012 Vitaphone Program

Saturday, June 30, 2012 Program #1 – 4:30 PM DICK RICH AND HIS SYNCHO SYMPHONISTS (Vitaphone, 1928) – The leader, actually named Larry Rich, combines comedy and his resemblance to Paul Whiteman, in this early band short. His references to ‘Henry’ are about a trumpet player’s constant playing of ‘Hot…

2011 Vitaphone Program

SATURDAY, JUNE 25, 2011 PROGRAM #2 – 4:30 PM DOOLEY AND SALES in “DOOLEY’S THE NAME” (1929) Francis Dooley and Corrinne Sales are seen here in a typical vaudeville act that blends comedy patter, songs, wild dancing and the inevitable catch-phrase (here it is, predictably, “Dooley’s the name — Dooley”).…

2010 Vitaphone Program

Saturday, June 26, 2010 Every year Ron Hutchinson — co-founder of The Vitaphone Project — presents a largely previously unseen collection of early sound jazz and vaudeville short subjects. 4:30 PM Minnie The Moocher – Paramount Talkartoon 1932 Tal Henry & His North Carolinians – Vitaphone 1929 MAMMY Vitaphone Trailer…

2009 Vitaphone Program

Saturday, June 20, 2009 Vitaphone Billboard (1936) – One of a series of one-reel Brooklyn filmed shorts in the “Big Time Vaudeville” series that presented multiple acts in a recreation of a mini-vaudeville program. Featured here are The Keller Sisters & Lynch, best remembered as vocalists on the Jean Goldkette…

2008 Vitaphone Program

Saturday, June 14, 2008 A variety of music, vaudeville, and comedy from the first decade of talking pictures. Those wishing to own some rare restored 1926-30 Vitaphone shorts should purchase the 3-DVD deluxe JAZZ SINGER set from Warner Home Video. It includes 24 early Vitaphone shorts, a dozen more shorts…