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Playlist of Jean Goldkette

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  • Sunday - Jean Goldkette & His Orchestra

    2:58

    Bix Beiderbecke, c / Fuzzy Farrar, Ray Lodwig, t / Bill Rank, Spiegle Willcox, tb / Don Murray, cl, as, bar / Doc Ryker, as / Frank Trumbauer, Cm / Joe Venuti, vn / Paul Mertz, p / Howdy Quicksell, bj / Eddie Lang, g / Steve Brown, sb / Chauncey Morehouse, d / Bill Challis, a / The Keller Sisters and Lynch, v. New York, October 15, 1926.

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  • 1929 Jean Goldkette - Painting The Clouds With Sunshine

    3:13

    Victor Young conducted the session (organizer-leader Goldkette himself did not actually perform in any of the orchestras that bore his name). This was one of two major 1929 song hits that Nick Lucas performed on-screen in “Gold-Diggers Of Broadway.” The other better-remembered tune was “Tip-Toe Thru’ The Tulips (With Me),” which you can find arranged in a similarly delightful manner on the flipside of this Goldkette 78 (listen here: )

    Transferred from 78rpm: Victor 22027 - Painting The Clouds With Sunshine (Dubin-Burke) by Jean Goldkette & his Orchestra, vocal by Frank Munn, recorded June 14, 1929

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  • Dinah - Jean Goldkette & His Orchestra

    3:01

    Fuzzy Farrar, Ray Lodwig, t / Spiegle Willcox, Bill Rank, tb / Doc Ryker, Jimmy Dorsey, cl, as / Don Murray, cl, as, ts, bar / Joe Venuti, vn / Lou Longo, p / Howdy Quicksell, bj / Steve Brown, sb / Chauncey Morehouse, d / Russ Morgan, a. New York, January 28, 1926.

  • Jean Goldkette - Painting The Clouds With Sunshine, 1929

    3:10

    From Wikipedia:
    GOLD DIGGERS OF BROADWAY 1929 is a lost Warner Bros. comedy/musical film which is historically important as the second talkie, photographed entirely in Technicolor. It became a box office sensation, making Winnie Lightner a worldwide star and boosting guitarist crooner Nick Lucas to further fame as he sang two songs that became 20th century standards; 'Tiptoe Through the Tulips' and 'Painting the Clouds with Sunshine' (Al Dubin / Joe Burke).
    It earned a domestic gross of $3.5 Million, extending to over $5 Million worldwide (adjusted for inflation in 2007 this would be a gross of around $60 Million). The original production cost was approximately $500,000. This film was so popular that it quickly became the top grossing film of all time in 1929 and held this record until 1939. It was chosen as one of the ten best films of 1929 by Film Daily. As with many early Technicolor films, no complete print survives, although the last twenty minutes do, but are missing a bridging sequence and the last minute of the film. Contemporary reviews, the soundtrack and the surviving footage suggest that the film was a fast-moving comedy which was enhanced by Technicolor and a set of lively and popular songs. It encapsulates the spirit of the flapper era, giving us a glimpse of a world about to be changed by the Great Depression.
    Because the film is lost, the partial remake, Gold Diggers of 1933, is the most frequently seen version of the story. The film has become so completely forgotten that it is seldom featured in any 'most wanted' lost film lists and is missing from many modern reviews of the early talkie.

    The song Painnting The Clouds With Sunshine was extremely popular also in Poland. The Polish lyrics Czy ty naprawdę masz tak przecudowną twarz... did not quite exactly match the English text's idea (the English translation of it would be more less, like : Do you really have/ such beautiful face/ or it only seemed so to me?). It was recorded by Chór Dana for Polish Odeon and their interpretation was one of the few cases when the original Polish recording was bought for the commercial German label pressing.
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    JOHN JEAN GOLDKETTE (1893--1962) was a jazz pianist and bandleader born in Patras, Greece. Goldkette spent his childhood in Greece and Russia, and emigrated to the United States in 1911. He led many jazz and dance bands, of which the best known was his Victor Recording Orchestra of 1924 -- 1929, which included, at various times, Bix Beiderbecke, Hoagy Carmichael,Chauncey Morehouse, Jimmy Dorsey, Tommy Dorsey, Bill Rank, Eddie Lang, Frankie Trumbauer, Pee Wee Russell, Steve Brown, Doc Ryker and Joe Venuti, among others. Vocalists included the Keller Sisters and Lynch. In his Jazz Masters of the Thirties, Rex Stewart, a member of Fletcher Henderson's band at the time, writes that the Goldkette band's innovative arrangements and strong rhythm made it the best dance band of its day and the first original white swing band in jazz history. Jean was also the Music Director for the Detroit Athletic Club for over 20 years, and was also co-owner of the legendary Graystone Ballroom with Charles Horvath, who also performed with the Goldkette Victor Band in its early years. Jean owned his own entertainment company called Jean Goldkette's Orchestras and Attractions, and worked out of the still-standing Book-Cadillac Hotel in Detroit.
    In 1927, Paul Whiteman, the controversially self-proclaimed King of Jazz, hired away most of Goldkette's better players due to Goldkette not being able to meet the payroll for his top-notch musicians. Goldkette later helped organize McKinney's Cotton Pickers and Glen Gray's Orange Blossoms, which became famous as the Casa Loma Orchestra. In the 1930s he left jazz to work as a booking agent and classical pianist. In 1939, he organized the American Symphony Orchestra which debuted at Carnegie Hall, and also married for the first time, to a lady named Lee McQuillen from New York City. He moved to California in 1961, and the following year died in Santa Barbara, California, of a heart attack.

    Recording: Jean Goldkette & His Orch., v. Frank Munn - Painting The Clouds With Sunshine (Al Dubin/ Joe Burke), Victor 1929

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  • Jean Goldkette And His Orchestra - Sunday

    3:01

    Here is the unissued take 2 of Sunday by Jean Goldkette And His Orchestra, featuring a superb Bill Challis arrangement and solos by Bill Rank and Don Murray.

    Bix Beiderbecke, cornet / Fuzzy Farrar, Ray Lodwig, trumpet / Bill Rank, Spiegle Willcox, trombone / Don Murray, clarinet, alto sax, baritone sax / Doc Ryker, alto sax, baritone sax / Frank Trumbauer, alto sax / Joe Venuti, violin / Paul Mertz, piano / Howdy Quicksell, banjo / Eddie Lang, guitar / Steve Brown, string bass / Chauncey Morehouse, drums / Bill Challis, arranger / The Keller Sisters And Lynch, vocals. Recorded at Victor Studios, New York, October 15th, 1926.

  • Jean Goldkette - Sunny Disposish, 1927

    2:36

    Jean Goldkette & HIs Orchestra - Sunny Disposish' (G.Gershwin), Victor 1927

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  • 1927 Jean Goldkette - I’m Looking Over A Four Leaf Clover

    3:13

    This is take #4 which was issued on the Victor 78 in 1927. A then-unissued alternate take #1 has also appeared on various compilations over the past decades. Prolific early 20th century recording superstar Murray is heard on one of his later Victor appearances. Bix, J Dorsey, Trumbauer, Venuti, etc. perform on this Bill Challis arrangement of the big 1927 song hit.

    The original 78rpm single was issued on Victor 20466 - I’m Looking Over A Four Leaf Clover (Dixon-Woods) by Jean Goldkette & his Orchestra, vocal by Billy Murray, recorded in NYC January 28, 1927

  • Blue River - Jean Goldkette & His Orchestra

    3:25

    Fred Farrar, Ray Lodwig (tp); Bix (c); Bill Rank, Lloyd Turner (tb); ‘Doc’ Ryker, Frank Trumbauer, Don Murray (reeds); Irving Riskin (p); Joe Venuti & 2 (?) (vln); Eddie Lang (g); ‘Howdy’ Quicksell (bj); Steve Brown (sb); Chauncey Morehouse (dm); Lewis James (voc). New York, September 15, 1927.

    solos : Murray, bar (16+6) – Farrar (8) – Lang (2) – Venuti (2) – James, voc (30) – Tram (8).

  • Jean Goldkette with Bix, private footage from 1926 combined with Clementine

    2:55

    Probably the best white jazz/danceband from the 1920's.
    It had major, influental people like Bix Beiderbecke, (cornet) Frank Trumbauer (C-melody) and Steve Brown (bass) among it members.
    In 1926, (year of this footage) according to Rex Stewart in his book Jazz Masters of the '30's, this band defeated the Fletcher Henderson band in the Roseland Ballroom. A fact confirmed by both Benny Carter and Don Redman. They repeated it a year later, and according to the stories the Henderson prepared a lot better then, and it was a close call. Carter started to emulate the beauty of sound and perfect intonation of Trumbauer into his own playing after this, as Lester Young would do later. This band was also very forward looking in the sence it was one of the first to record with double bass. Steve Brown must be given a lot of credit, he was probably the most swinging bass player on record in 1926, when he started recording, and also the first to record slap bass solos.
    Nothing needs to be said about Bix. Oh yes, Armstrong in the end was THE better jazz trumpet player, but Armstrong loved Bix (and vice versa) and they were friends. When later in 1928 Bix became a major attraction with the Paul Whiteman organisation, Louis visited one concert and went backstage (very rare for him) to see his collegue. Later that night they were jamming together at Louis regular gig.
    Jazz history too often is told in stories of white musicians as opposed to Afro-American. As if it were 2 complete seperate worlds. This is quite wrong. Oh yes, on most official stages they were not allowed to perform together, but that stopped nobody to listen to each others records, or to jam private or in Harlem. In fact, Jazz is a mixture, composed of different elements that came together in the USA.
    The (original private) footage was first posted onto YouTube by Lindyhoppers. Please check their Chanell! We combined it with the music from these musicians from the same period.

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  • My Pretty Girl - Jean Goldkette and His Orchestra

    2:41

    Recorded on the 1st February, 1927 for Victor. This was the alternative take of this song, listed as BVE 37587-2

  • Clementine - Jean Goldkette & His Orchestra

    3:00

    Fred Farrar, Ray Lodwig (tp); Bix (c); Bill Rank, Lloyd Turner (tb); ‘Doc’ Ryker, Frank Trumbauer, Don Murray (reeds); Irving Riskin (p); Joe Venuti (vln); Eddie Lang (g); ‘Howdy’ Quicksell (bj); Steve Brown (sb); Chauncey Morehouse (dm). New York, September 15, 1927.

    solos : Rank (8) – Lang (2+2) – Bix (1+16) – Venuti (8) – Bix (1+6) – Lang (2).

  • Jean Goldkette - Proud Of A Baby Like You, 1927

    3:04

    Jean Goldkette & His Orch., Vocal refrain Keller Sisters and Lynch - Proud Of A Baby Like You, Victor 1927

    NOTE: Jean GOLDKETTE (1893-1962) led one of the most successful jazz orchestras of the late 1920s. Born in Patras, Greece to a family of traveling performers, Goldkette spent his early years in Greece and Russia before immigrating to the United States around 1910. Though a talented and classically trained pianist he was first and foremost a businessman. In 1924 Goldkette decided to put together a top-notch jazz outfit that could rival the popularity of Paul Whiteman's orchestra. Famous names featured at various times in Goldkette's banner group included Eddie Lang, Joe Venuti, Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey. The band came to fame in 1926 when trumpeter Bix Beiderbecke and saxophonist Frankie Trumbauer joined. Vocalists included the Keller Sisters and Lynch - excellent vocal group consisted of Annie Catherine Nan Keller (1900-1975), Kathryne Ann Taddy Keller (1909-1962) and Frank Lynch (1902-1992). They were actually all siblings born with the family name Lynch. They recorded many significant sides for Victor. Goldkette himself did not perform in any group which bore his name. In 1928, one of his contract groups, the Orange Blossoms, broke from him to become the Casa Loma Orchestra. Financial problems caused by high musician salaries forced Goldkette to disband his all-star orchestra, though he continued to record under its moniker with a new line-up until 1929. Most of his former stars ended up joining Whiteman. Goldkette continued to work as a booking agent into the 1930s but had given up all his bands by 1930, deciding to pursue a career in classical music instead. Jean Goldkette passed away in 1962.

  • In My Merry Oldsmobile - Jean Goldkette & His Orchestra

    2:28

    Fred Farrar, Ray Lodwig (tp); Bix (c); Bill Rank, 'Spiegle' Willcox' (tb); 'Doc' Ryker, Frank Trumbauer, Don Murray (reeds); Irving Riskin (p); Eddy Sheasby (vln); 'Howdy' Quicksell (bj); Steve Brown (sb); Chauncey Morehouse (dm) ; Ray Lodwig, 'Howdy' Quicksell, 'Doc' Ryker, Bix ? (voc), Camden, May, 23, 1927.

  • Idolizing by Jean Goldkette and his orchestra

    3:01

    Vocal by Frank Bessinger
    The band included Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, Joe Venuti and Bix Beiderbecke.

  • Jean Goldkette and His Orchestra - So Tired

    3:20

    So Tired by Jean Goldkette and his Orchestra, Victor 21150, December 12, 1927.
    From the Amoeba Music 78 blog We buy 78 collections at

  • Dinah 1920s Jean Goldkette and His Orchestra - 1959

    2:45

    BEST SOUND AT 720p. Dinah 1920's by Jean Goldkette and His Orchestra played in the true 1920's style, from the 1959 RCA Camden Lp titled Dance Hits Of The 20's In Stereo

  • Jean Goldkette Orchestra - My Pretty Girl

    2:42

    One of the Jean Goldkette band's best sides (if only they had been allowed to record more hot numbers like this!), featuring Danny Polo on clarinet, slap bass playing by Steve Brown and a violin solo by Joe Venuti (you can hear him tapping his feet when he solos).

    The film shots of the band are from a home movie taken at the Bronx Zoo in the Fall of 1926. Bix is the second person coming out of the doorway, following Steve Brown. Don Murray is just behind Bix. I have slowed the video down so that you can get a good look at Bix and the other musicians.

    JEAN GOLDKETTE AND HIS ORCHESTRA
    Fred Farrar - 1st (lead) trumpet / Ray Lodwig - 2nd trumpet / Bix Beiderbecke - cornet / Bill Rank and Spiegle Willcox - trombones / Doc Ryker - 1st alto sax / Danny Polo - 2nd alto sax, tenor sax, clarinet / Frank Trumbauer - C-melody sax, leader / Joe Venuti - violin / Paul Mertz - piano / Howdy Quicksell - banjo / Steve Brown - string bass / Chauncey Morehouse - drums / Bill Challis - arranger

    Recorded in New York, February 1st, 1927.

    37587-1 My Pretty Girl Victor 20588


    (Thanks to Rob Rothberg for the photo of the Goldkette band, scanned from the University of Michigan Yearbook for 1927. This is the well-known floating heads photo, which was heavily re-touched. It may have been taken at the Book-Cadillac Hotel in Detroit, and the date is likely to be February 1927)

  • Jean Goldkette And His Orchestra - Slow River BIX!

    3:01

    Bix's superb solo on this take (take 2) of Slow River is more urgent and strident than take 4. He starts the solo off with a powerful Bixian rip! Frank Trumbauer's solo is typically urbane and sophisticated. Spiegle Willcox has a nice straight trombone solo that once again displays his lovely tone. Steve Brown bows the double bass until the last chorus, when he slaps it into live!

    JEAN GOLDKETTE AND HIS ORCHESTRA
    Fred Farrar - 1st trumpet / Ray Lodwig - 2nd trumpet / Bix Beiderbecke - cornet / Spiegle Willcox and Bill Rank - trombones / Doc Ryker - 1st alto sax, baritone sax / Frank Trumbauer - C-melody sax (and director) / Don Murray - tenor sax, baritone sax, clarinet / Irving Riskin - piano / Howdy Quicksell - banjo / Steve Brown - string bass / Chauncey Morehouse - drums / Bill Challis - arranger.

    Recorded New York, May 6th, 1927

    38607-2 Slow River Victor 25354

  • Jean Goldkette Here Comes the Show Boat

    3:11

    Here Comes the Show Boat
    Words by Billy Rose, music by Maceo Pinkard
    Jean Goldkette and His Orchestra
    Recorded December 14, 1927, Kansas City
    Victor 2166

    Personnel:
    Myron Schultz - violin, director
    Nat Natoli, Andy Secrest, Sterling Bose - Trumpets
    Lorin Schultz, Red Ginzler - trombone
    Larry Tice, Bob Hutsell Reggie Byleth, Ray Porter - reeds
    Harold Stokes - accordion, arranger
    Harry Bason - piano
    Joe Galbraith - banjo
    Harold George - tuba
    Mel Miller - drums
    Myron Schultz, Ray Porter, Harold Stokes - vocals

    Jean Goldkette (1899 - 1962) noted for all-star band and recordings between 1926 and 1929. Lived in Greece and Russia, came to US in 1911. Pianist in Chicago and Detroit, where he settled in and bought the Graystone Hotel Ballroom there and booked bands. Formed big band 1924 and recorded for Victor. Russ Morgan joined 1926 as arranger and organizer, helped get outstanding musicians. Excellent band 1926-27, at times featured Don Murray, Joe Venuti, Bix Beiderbecke, Frankie Trumbauer, Eddie Lang, Danny Polo, Andy Secrest, Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, sterling Bose, Bill Rank and others. Used Detroit as base, travelled and played New York. Payroll large, probably a factor in the band's demise. Goldkette also booked McKinney's Cotton Pickers, other units including one that evolved into Casa Loma Orchestra (later led by Glen Gray). In early 1930s did some radio. Gave up booking, later worked as agent. Occasional work as classical pianoist. In mid-1939 presented concert of American music at Carnegie Hall with 90-piece orchestra, no great sucess. In 1944 led combo in Detroit. Occasionally active in music in later 1940s and 1950s. Settled in California in 1961.

  • A Lane In Spain by Jean Goldkette and His Orchestra 1927

    3:11

    “A Lane In Spain” by Jean Goldkette and His Orchestra 1927

    From Wikipedia:
    Jean Goldkette led many jazz and dance bands, of which the most popular was his Victor Recording Orchestra of 1924–1929. The band defeated Fletcher Henderson in a battle of the bands contest. The head arranger was Bill Challis and the musicians included Bix Beiderbecke, Steve Brown, Hoagy Carmichael, Jimmy Dorsey, Tommy Dorsey, Eddie Lang, Chauncey Morehouse, Don Murray, Bill Rank, and Spiegle Willcox. Rex Stewart, a member of Henderson's band, wrote that It was, without any question, the greatest in the world...the original predecessor to any large white dance orchestra that followed, up to Benny Goodman. Brian Rust also called it the greatest band of them all.

    Jean Goldkette Orchestra (Musical group)
    Bix Beiderbecke (instrumentalist : cornet)
    Steve Brown (instrumentalist : string bass)
    Tommy Dorsey (instrumentalist : trombone)
    Fuzzy Farrar (instrumentalist : trumpet)
    Jean Goldkette (leader)
    Ray Lodwig (instrumentalist : trumpet)
    Chauncey Morehouse (instrumentalist : drums)
    Danny Polo (instrumentalist : saxophone)
    Howdy Quicksell (instrumentalist : banjo)
    Bill Rank (instrumentalist : trombone)
    Stanley Doc Ryker (instrumentalist : saxophone)
    Frank Trumbauer (instrumentalist : C-melody saxophone)
    Joe Venuti (instrumentalist : violin)
    Spiegle Willcox (instrumentalist : trombone)
    Elliott Shaw (vocalist : baritone vocal)
    Wilfred Glenn (vocalist : bass vocal)
    Lewis James (vocalist : tenor vocal)
    Charles Harrison (vocalist : tenor vocal)
    Paul Mertz (instrumentalist : piano)
    Nathaniel Shilkret (director)

    DAHR Link:


    Jean Goldkette Wikipedia Link:

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  • Jean Goldkette and His Orchestra - Sunday

    3:05

    Charted at #11 in 1927. Look at the personnel on this recording!

    Tommy Dorsey (trombone)
    Fred Fuzzy Farrar (trumpet)
    Jean Goldkette (leader)
    Eddie Lang (guitar)
    Don Murray ( saxophone)
    Howdy Quicksell (banjo)
    Bill Rank (trombone)
    Stanley Doc Ryker (saxophone)
    Joe Venuti (violin)
    Bix Beiderbecke (cornet)
    Taddy Keller (vocalist)
    Nan Keller (vocalist)
    Ray Lodwig (trumpet)
    Spiegle Willcox (trombone)
    Frank Trumbauer (C-melody saxophone)
    Irving Riskin (piano)
    Steve Brown (string bass)
    Chauncey Morehouse (drums)
    Frank Lynch (vocalist)
    Edward T. King (director)

    Recorded October 15, 1926. Written by Ned Miller, Chester Cohn, Jules Stein and Bennie Krueger.

    Also a #3 hit for Cliff Edwards in 1927, and #11 for Gene Austin in 1927.

    The other side of the record is I'd Rather Be the Girl in Your Arms (than the Girl In Your Dreams).

  • Dont Be Like That by Jean Goldkettes Orchestra, 1928

    2:52

    Vocal by Harold Stokes. Take 2. Recorded November, 1928.

  • Jean Goldkette and His Orchestra – That’s Just My Way of Forgetting You

    3:03

    Recorded in Chicago on July 12th 1928
    Personnel:
    Earl Baker, Joe Hooven and Sterling Bose-trumpet / Pee Wee Hunt and Vernon Brown-trombone / Volly de Faut, Larry Tice and Dale Skinner-reeds / Art Gronwall-piano / George Rose-banjo and guitar / Steve Brown-string bass / Dee Orr-drums / Jean Napier-vocal

  • Jean Goldkette - Birmingham Bertha - Alabama

    2:58

    John Jean Goldkette (18 March 1893--March 24, 1962) was a jazz pianist and bandleader born in Patras, Greece. Goldkette spent his childhood in Greece and Russia, and emigrated to the United States in 1911.
    He led many jazz and dance bands, of which the best known was his Victor Recording Orchestra of 1924 -- 1929, which included, at various times, Bix Beiderbecke, Hoagy Carmichael, Chauncey Morehouse, Jimmy Dorsey, Tommy Dorsey, Bill Rank, Eddie Lang, Frankie Trumbauer, Pee Wee Russell, Steve Brown, Joe Venuti, and arranger Robert Ginzler among others. Vocalists included the Keller Sisters and Lynch. In his Jazz Masters of the Thirties, Rex Stewart, a member of Fletcher Henderson's band at the time, writes that the Goldkette band's innovative arrangements and strong rhythm made it the best dance band of its day and the first original white swing band in jazz history.

  • Varsity Drag 1920s - Jean Goldkette and His Orchestra - 1959

    2:47

    BEST SOUND AT 720p. Varsity Drag 1920's by The Jean Goldkette Orchestra played in the true 1920's style from the RCA Camden Lp title Dance Hits of The 20's In Stereo.

  • Proud Of A Baby Like You - Jean Goldkette & His Orchestra

    3:06

    Fred Farrar, Ray Lodwig (tp); Bix (c); Bill Rank, Newell ‘Spiegle’ Willcox’ (tb); ‘Doc’ Ryker, Frank Trumbauer, Jimmy Dorsey (reeds); Joe Venuti (vln); Paul Mertz (p); ‘Howdy’ Quicksell (bj); Steve Brown (sb); Chauncey Morehouse (dm) ; Nan and Taddy Keller (Keller Sisters), Al Lynch (voc). New York, Januar 28, 1927.

    solos : Ryker (16+6) – Farrar (4) – Keller Sisters & Lynch, voc (4+32) - Bix (16) – Willcox & orch (8).

  • Slow River-Jean Goldkette Orchestra-1927

    2:59

    Slow River-Jean Goldkette Orchestra on ViS20926 -38607-4 ,Camden NJ,May 6-1927.Spiegle Willcox -tb,Bix Biederbecke-c ,Frank Trumbauer-cm,Doc Ryker-as,Howdy Quicksell-banjo,Fuzzy Farrar,Ray Ludwig-t Danny Polo-cl-bar,Joe Venuti-vn,Itsy Riskin-p Steve Brown-sb,Chauncy Morehouse-d,Bill Challis-a Ray Muerer-v

  • 1929 HITS ARCHIVE: Tip-Toe Thru The Tulips With Me - Jean Goldkette

    3:02

    Victor Young conducted the session, as organizer-leader Goldkette himself did not actually perform in any of the orchestras that bore his name. This was one of two major 1929 song hits that Nick Lucas performed on-screen in “Gold-Diggers Of Broadway.”

    Digitally processed from 78rpm: Victor 22027 - Tip-Toe Thru’ The Tulips With Me (Dubin-Burke) by Jean Goldkette & his Orchestra, vocal by Frank Munn, recorded in NYC June 14, 1929

    THE 1929 HITS ARCHIVE - a collection of commercial recordings and songs that proved popular during the calendar year 1929 (some were recorded in 1928) via sales, sheet music, and radio exposure.…plus some others that have gained increased recognition or have been shown to have had an impact during the decades that followed.

  • Jean Goldkette & His Orch. - Dinah, 1926

    3:02

    Jean Goldkette & His Orchestra - Dinah, Victor 1926

    NOTE: It is a slightly remastered version (reduction of the hiss). In YT can also be found this tune played on the Victrola

  • Jean Goldkette and his Orchestra - In My Merry Oldsmobile

    2:28

    Here is the unissued take 2 of In My Merry Oldsmobile by Jean Goldkette And His Orchestra. Bix is absolutely electrifying as he improvises over the ensemble in the last chorus, and he is heard more clearly than on the issued take (take 1). This transfer is taken from a Victor master test pressing.

    It has been suggested by the late Jean-Pierre Lion and others that Bix may be one of the singers in the vocal quartet.


    JEAN GOLDKETTE AND HIS ORCHESTRA

    May 23, 1927 (9.30-12:00 am). Victor Studios, Camden, New Jersey

    Fred Farrar, Ray Lodwig (tp); Bix Beiderbecke (c); Bill Rank, ‘Spiegle’ Willcox’ (tb); ‘Doc’ Ryker, Frank Trumbauer, Don Murray (reeds); Irving Riskin (p); Eddy Sheasby (vln); ‘Howdy’ Quicksell (bj); Steve Brown (sb); Chauncey Morehouse (dm); Ray Lodwig, ‘Howdy’ Quicksell, ‘Doc’ Ryker, Bix? (voc); Bill Challis (arr).

    BVE 38268-2 In My Merry Oldsmobile (Bryan-Edwards - arr: Bill Challis)


    (Note: The photograph of 'Spiegle' Willcox that appears during his trombone solo is courtesy of the Willcox Archives, State University of New York at Cortland)

  • 1927 Jean Goldkette - Here Comes The Show Boat

    3:10

    Original 78rpm courtesy of the Rick Colom Collection. An alternate take can be found on the Timeless CD “Jean Goldkette Bands 1924-1929.” The also-posted flip side is “My Ohio Home.”

    From Victor 21166 - Here Comes The Show Boat (Rose-Pinkard) by Jean Goldkette & his Orchestra, with vocal trio, recorded at the Baltimore Hotel in Kansas City, December 14, 1927

  • Proud of a baby like you, Jean Goldkette, Bix Beiderbecke, Keller Sisters & Lynch

    3:11

    In 1927, the Keller Sisters and Al Lynch returned to the Jean Goldkette Orchestra to record this snappy number. Bix can be heard freely improvising towards the end. Enjoy!

  • Clementine by Jean Goldkette

    3:32

    Clementine was recorded by the Jean Goldkette Orchestra in Leiderkranz Hall in New York City on Sept. 15, 1927. The session was supervised by Leroy Shield. The Goldkette Orchestra had been struggling financially and the members knew that this would be their last recording session.

    The performance was adapted by the orchestra from a stock arrangement. Soloists are Bill Rank, trombone, Eddie Lang, guitar, Bix Beiderbecke, cornet, and Joe Venuti, violin. It is considered to be the finest performance of the Goldkette Orchestra captured on records.


    The record player is an Orthophonic Victrola model VE4-4X, or Granada. The E in the model number indicates that the Victrola is fitted with a synchronous A/C motor instead of a wind-up motor. The machine has a full orthophonic playback system (for electrically-recorded records) including the special orthophonic sound box with a duralumin diaphragm and a folded exponential horn inside of the cabinet. Although the gigantic Credenza Victrola produced deeper bass, the Granada had the most accurate overall frequency response of all the acoustic Orthophonic Victrolas. The serial number indicates that this machine was probably manufactured in 1926.

    I shoot my video with a Sony Digital 8 format camera. For audio, I use a Shure SM-57 microphone on a stand placed about 4 feet in front of the Victrola horn. I use soft tone needles to keep from overloading the microphone. The mic is plugged directly into the video camera. The videos are edited with Windows Movie Maker. I use Sound Forge 9 to clean up the audio, but don't worry -- you're hearing the record exactly as the Victrola plays it!

    For more great music, videos, and trivia from this era, please visit my website,

  • Birmingham Bertha - Jean Goldkette and His Orchestra

    2:57

    PhilaVideo transfer of Victor 22077-B disc. Recorded in Chicago on July 27, 1929. Photos courtesy the Bix Beiderbecke research site, contact ahaim@bixography.com

  • 9 Jean Goldkette – Waiting for Bix at Mike Durham’s Classic Jazz Party, Whitley Bay 2019 Fri 1 Nov

    45:07

    Jean Goldkette – Waiting for Bix at Mike Durham’s Classic Jazz Party, Whitley Bay 2019 Set 9
    This is must be the ultimate Jean Goldkette Orchestra recreation by Johh Duffee with 16 of the festival's 34 musicians taking part at various points.
    This year Josh Duffee presents another set of hot numbers from Jean Goldkette’s orchestra.
    Andy Schuum- cornet; Mike Davis- trumpet; Dave Bock- trombone; Michael McQuaid, Richard Exall, Stephane Gillot- reeds; Emma Fisk- violin; David Boeddinghaus- piano; Henry Lemair- banjo, guitar; Phil Rutherford- tuba; Josh Duffee- drums; Joan Viskant- vocals. The band was supplemented at various points by: Colin Hancock- cornet; Alistair Allen- trombone; Malcolm Sked- string bass; Mrs Duffee- flute.
    Programme notes written by Brian Goggin.
    Diary Note -The next Mike Durham International Classic Jazz Party will start on Friday 30 October 2020, at the Village Hotel, (Near Whitley Bay), at Cobalt Park, Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

  • 1927 Jean Goldkette - Hoosier Sweetheart

    3:01

    From 78rpm Victor 20471 - Hoosier Sweetheart by Jean Goldkette & his Orchestra, vocal by Ray Muerer, recorded in NYC January 31, 1927

    This music is sourced from Rick Colom’s personal archive of several thousand tracks which he had recorded directly to CD-R from his own 78rpm discs (the labels were not scanned). No digital noise reduction procedures or EQ adjustments have been performed on the audio.

  • Jean Goldkette And His Orchestra - My Pretty Girl

    2:41

    My Pretty Girl (Fulcher)

    Bix Beiderbecke (cn)
    Fuzzy Farrar, Ray Ludwig (tp)
    Bill Rank, Spiegle Wilcox (tb)
    Danny Polo (cl, bar)
    Doc Ryder (as)
    Frank Trumbauer (c-mel)
    Itzy Riskin (p)
    Howdy Quicksell (bjo)
    Steve Brown (b)
    Chauncey Morehouse (d)
    Eddie Sheasby, Joe Venuti (vln)
    Bill Challis (arr)
    Ray Muerer (vcl)

    New York, February 1, 1927

  • I Didnt Know by Jean Goldkette and His Orchestra, 1924

    3:09

    BixBix81 sent this to me and asked me to upload it for him.

    Personnel:
    Fred 'Fuzzy' Farrar, Tex Brusstar (tp); Bix Beiderbecke (c); Bill
    Rank, Tommy Dorsey (tb); Stanley 'Doc' Ryker, Don Murray, George
    Williams (reeds); Joe Venuti (vln); Paul Mertz (p); 'Howdy' Quicksell
    (bj); Irish Henry (tu); Charles Horvath (dm), Detroit, November, 1924.

  • Dance Hits of the 20s Jean Goldkette Sy Oliver

    26:50

    The complete album released on RCA Camden in 1959 - presented for educational purposes. I claim no ownership of any of this music or the recorded performances.

  • Sunday- Jean Goldkette Orchestra-1926

    3:22

    Sunday Jean Goldkette Orchestra on ViS 20273 Oct.15-1926,with a photo of Bigband78(Lou) and Spiegel Wilcox,a member of this orchestra taken in 1999 shortly before he passed away.

  • Behind The Clouds- Jean Goldkette Orchestra

    2:55

    Behind The Clouds- Jean Goldkette Orchestra on Victor Wing 19965.Recorded in NY Feb.3-1926.

  • “Tip Toe Thru the Tulips With Me” by Jean Goldkette Orchestra 1929

    3:06

    “Tip Toe Thru' the Tulips With Me” by Jean Goldkette Orchestra 1929

    One of the famous songs from the 1929 talking picture made in early 2 strip Technicolor “Gold Diggers of Broadway”. Originally sung by Nick Lucas in the film, it was recorded over and over in 1929 alone including this record. A great almost iconic song from the late 20s still performed decades after.

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  • Orch. Jean Goldkette and the Keller Sisters: Sunday .

    3:08

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  • 1929 Jean Goldkette - She’s Funny That Way

    3:26

    Popular 1929 song hit for which tunesmith Richard Whiting composed just the lyrics, as opposed to his usual practice of providing the music in collaboration with other lyricists. For the top-selling Gene Austin version of the song, listen here:

    From 78rpm: Victor 21853 - (I Got A Woman Crazy For Me) She’s Funny That Way (Whiting-Moret) by Jean Goldkette & his Orchestra, vocal by Van Fleming, recorded in Chicago January 17, 1929

  • Gonna Meet My Sweetie Now -Jean Goldkette

    2:57

    Here's a recording by the Jean Goldkette Orchestra (see my notes to the Casa Loma Grey Bonnet posting) from 1927.
    The line-up includes many musicians who went on to make considerable names for themselves later, such as the Dorsey brothers, Joe Venuti & Eddie Lang, Bix Beiderbeck, Frankie Trumbaur and many others.
    An orchestra that set the style for much that followed in the 'swing' era.

  • Just A Little Kiss From A Little Miss - Jean Goldkette and His Orchestra

    3:05

    A hot 1927 side, recorded just 3 months after Bix left in September 1927. Recorded in Kansas City, December 14th 1927. Featuring: Myron Schulz, vn, v, dir: Nat Natoli, Andy Secrest, Sterling Bose, t / Lorin Schulz, tb, v / Red Ginsler, tb / Larry Tice, Bob Hutsell, cl, as / Reggie Byleth (Severance), cl, as, ts / Ray Porter, cl, as, ts, v / Harold Stokes, pac, a, v / Harry Bason, p / Joe Galbraith, bj / Harold George, bb / Mel Miller, d.

  • Idolizing - Fox-Trot: Jean Goldkette and his Orchestra

    3:02

    Bix Beiderbecke's first released recording with the Jean Goldkette band. At the time they were the most popular and the most soulful white dance band in the nation. This is not shown in their recordings however, because the executives at Victor made them record often mediocre and swoozy love songs that featured singers not even affiliated with the group! To hear what the band really must have sounded like, one must listen to either the final choruses of these tunes or their two hottest numbers, Clementine (from New Orleans) and My Pretty Girl (Stomp). Here Bix's cornet shines in a solo before the vocal chorus by Frank Bessinger.

  • Roaring Twenties: Jean Goldkette Orchestra - In the Evening, 1924

    3:15

    Jean Godkette & His Orchestra – In the Evening, Fox-Trot (W.Donaldson), Victor 1924 (USA)

    NOTE: Jean Goldkette (born in 1899 in Valenciennes, France, d. 1962 in Santa Barbara, California) was a trained classical pianist who swithed to jazz and became one of the most important figures in American Jazz Age. His mother was a circus performer from Denmark; his father was French and Jean grew up in various countries – as a child he spent some time in Greece, then he studied piano at the Moscow Conservatory as a child prodigy. When he was 11, his family moved to the United States, where he performed in a classical ensemble in Chicago at the age of 15, later joining one of Edgar Benson's dance orchestras. During the Roaring Twenties he directed many jazz and dance bands, including his best-known band from 1924 to 1929 in Detroit. Bix Beiderbecke, Hoagy Carmichael, Jimmy Dorsey, Tommy Dorsey, Eddie Lang, Frankie Trumbauer, Joe Venuti, Pee Wee Hunt, Don Murray and many others all played in his band at different times. In 1927, Paul Whiteman recruited most of Goldkette's best band members, due to Goldkette's inability to meet payroll for his top-notch musicians. Goldkette helped organize McKinney's Cotton Pickers and Glen Gray's Orange Blossoms, which became popular as the Casa Loma Orchestra. In the 1930s he left jazz to work as a booking agent. In 1939 he was the manager of the American Symphony Orchestra and he appeared as a concert pianist. During a big band era Jean Goldkette tried to return on the American dance band market, but without much success. In the US, he spent most of his life in Detroit, yet a year before his death he moved with his wife to California.

  • Charleston - 1920s - Jean Goldkette and His Orchestra - 1959

    2:44

    BEST SOUND AT 720p. Charleston 1920's played by Jean Goldkette and His Orchestra in a true 1920's style from the 1959 RCA Camden Lp titled Dance Hits Of The 20's In Stereo.

  • Jean Goldkette - In the Evening - 1924

    3:47

    Test driving the new format, let me know how it looks.
    If have a few people recommend that less in formation while the record plays and shorter videos with a faster play start so i came up with this.

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