This year’s program offers a pretty eclectic mix of music and performers – hopefully something for everyone!
CARTOONS! – MY PAL PAUL (1930) and NO OTHER ONE (1936) –
Walter Lantz’s little-known follow-up to his color cartoon in THE KING OF JAZZ, recycling the movie’s songs. Then Hal Kemp & Skinnay Ennis (plus Wiffle Piffle) invite us to follow the bouncing ball!
GUS ARNHEIM & HIS ORCHESTRA (1927) – one of the earliest Vitaphone band shorts, catching this hot West Coast band a year before its first record date – pre-Russ Columbo and Bing Crosby! New Orleanian Ray Lopez is one of the trumpeters; future bandleader Jimmie Grier is on saxophone and sings in the vocal trio (he’s on the left). Notice how the banjoist switches to guitar and walks over to an off-screen microphone to play an obbligato to the vocal trio. They play “Sing Me a Baby Song” and “Who-oo? You-oo, That’s Who!”
ODJB, MBRB, etc. (1936-37) – three selections from a series of Nu-Atlas musical shorts. First, a rare clip by the Original Dixieland Jazz Band (LaRocca, Shields, Edwards, Robinson, Sbarbaro) – “Original Dixieland One-Step”; next, Lucky Millinder and the Mills Blue Rhythm Band – “Ride, Red, Ride.” Don Byas on sax; Frank Galbraith on trumpet; also Bill Doggett on piano and drummer Shadow Wilson. Third, Erskine Hawkins’ Band – “Deviled Ham.” The soloists are “Dud” Bascomb, first trumpet solo; Erskine Hawkins, second trumpet solo; Bill Johnson, alto sax; Paul Bascomb, tenor sax; Heywood Henry, baritone sax.
LEO WATSON & THE SPIRITS OF RHYTHM (both 1941) – A Soundie by Eddie Cantor imitator Jackie Green – “Alabamy Bound” – and a number from the feature, SWEETHEART OF THE CAMPUS – “Tom, Tom, the Elevator Boy.” Leo Watson is prominently seen in both, along with guitarist Teddy Bunn and Wilbur & Douglas Daniels, plus bassist Wilson Myers.
LAMBERT, HENDRICKS & ROSS & JOE WILLIAMS & COUNT BASIE (1959) – “The King.”
FRANK ROSOLINO QUARTET (1962) – playing Monk’s “Well You Needn’t,” with Mike Melvoin, piano; Bob Bertaux, bass; Nick Martinis, drums.
JACK TEAGARDEN (1952) – “Stars Fell on Alabama,” with Charlie Teagarden & Ray Bauduc.
EARL HINES (1963) – “Love is Just Around the Corner,” with John Green, bass; Earl Watkins, drums.
WOODY HERMAN (1963) – Bill Chase’s beautiful arrangement of “A Taste of Honey,” with Chase on trumpet and Bobby Jones (I think) on tenor.
LES BROWN (1951) – “Dance of Renown” and “Billboard March” – Stumpy Brown & Butch Stone dance; Tony Rizzi (guitar), Dave Pell (sax), Wes Hensel (trombone) and Jack Sperling (drums) solo.
DISTRAXION (2007) – a funny little digital cartoon about the perils of “smooth jazz” in the workplace.
TOMMY DORSEY (1944) – two musical numbers that were cut from THRILL OF A ROMANCE. Bob Allen, Bonnie Lou Williams & the Sentimentalists sing “I Should Care” and the King Sisters vocalize “Please Don’t Say No.”
LOUIS ARMSTRONG (June 1952) – a solo TV appearance on the COLGATE COMEDY HOUR, playing “Basin Street Blues” and “Bugle Call Rag.”
SAUTER-FINEGAN ORCHESTRA (May 1954) – from the COLGATE COMEDY HOUR, playing Bill Finegan’s “Midnight Sleighride” and Eddie Sauter’s “Holiday.” I think that’s Joe Venuto running from orchestra bells to xylophone, holding sheet music at one point to read his part!
ETHEL WATERS (1959) and HOAGY CARMICHAEL (1961) – two memorable guest spots from THE TENNESSEE ERNIE FORD SHOW.
DUKE ELLINGTON (1965) – “Stormy Weather” and “The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea.” From a TV tribute to Harold Arlen, who wrote both songs for Cotton Club Revues. Johnny Hodges, Cootie Williams, Lawrence Brown, Louis Bellson and Paul Gonsalves solo.
AL JOLSON (1930) – a two-color Technicolor clip from MAMMY – “Why Do They All Take the Night Boat to Albany?”
HENRY HALL (1935) – the BBC Dance Orchestra play “Just Little Bits and Pieces.
JACK BUCHANAN & ELSIE CARLISLE (1936) – “I’m in a Dancing Mood” from THIS’LL MAKE YOU WHISTLE.
RADIO PARADE OF 1935 (made in 1934) – two Dufaycolor numbers from this lavish British revue film. Alberta Hunter sings “Black Shadows” and the Teddy Joyce Band with Fred Conyngham, Peggy Cochrane (Mrs. Jack Payne) and the Carlyle Cousins perform “There’s No Excusin’ Susan.”
And that’s all, folks!
— presented by Dave Weiner
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