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Playlist of Jean Goldkette Orchestra

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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.

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  • Jean Goldkette and His Orchestra - Im Looking Over a Four-Leaf Clover

    3:19

    Charted at #10 in 1927. Personnel includes Bix Beiderbecke (cornet), Tommy Dorsey (trombone), Fred Fuzzy Farrar (trumpet), Eddie Lang (guitar), Don Murray (saxophone), Howdy Quicksell (banjo), Bill Rank (trombone), Stanley Doc Ryker (saxophone), Joe Venuti (violin), Billy Murray (tenor vocal), Ray Lodwig (trumpet), Spiegle Willcox (trombone), Frank Trumbauer (C-melody saxophone), Irving Riskin (piano), Steve Brown (string bass), Chauncey Morehouse (drums), LeRoy Shield (director).

    I'm Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover also charted at #2 for Nick Lucas, and #3 for Ben Bernie and His Orchestra (which I've also posted), both in 1927. The song underwent a major revival in 1948 when it charted #1 for Art Mooney, #6 for Russ Morgan, #6 for Alvino Rey, #10 for the Three Suns, #11 for the Uptown String Band, and #14 for Arthur Godfrey. Finally, it bubbled under the Hot 100 at #123 for Wayne Newton in February 1964.

    Recorded January 28, 1927.

    Written by Mort Dixon and Harry M. Woods.

    Issued as the B-side of Yankee Rose.

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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.

  • 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).

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  • 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 - 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).

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  • 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 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

  • A Lane In Spain - Jean Goldkette & His Orchestra

    3:08

    Fred Farrar, Ray Lodwig (tp); Bix (c); Bill Rank, ‘Spiegle’ Willcox’ (tb); ‘Doc’ Ryker, Frank Trumbauer, Danny Polo (reeds); Joe Venuti, (vln); Eddie Lang (g); Paul Mertz (p); ‘Howdy’ Quicksell (bj); Steve Brown (sb); Chauncey Morehouse (dm) ; The Revelers (voc) : James Melton (1st tenor), Lewis James (2nd tenor), Elliot Shaw (baritone), Wilfred Glenn (bass). New York, February 3, 1927.

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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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • “Im Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover” by Jean Goldkette Orchestra 1927

    3:16

    “I'm Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover” by Jean Goldkette Orchestra 1927

    A terrific performance of a terrific song written in 1927 and recorded by many people over many decades that followed. This version is really great with a nice swinging movement and good solos. Just plain old fun. Look at the list of members of the orchestra below and it will be easy to understand why this is a great recording.

    Billy Murray is the vocalist on this record. A very late performance for Billy. He recorded tons of music over the previous 3 decades and continued to record in the orthophonic era. But, not to the extent of the earlier acoustic era.

    Spiegle Willcox (instrumentalist : trombone)
    Ray Lodwig (instrumentalist : trumpet)
    Eddie Lang (instrumentalist : guitar)
    Don Murray (instrumentalist : saxophone)
    Fuzzy Farrar (instrumentalist : trumpet)
    Bix Beiderbecke (instrumentalist : cornet)
    Irving Riskin (instrumentalist : piano)
    Howdy Quicksell (instrumentalist : banjo)
    Bill Rank (instrumentalist : trombone)
    Stanley Doc Ryker (instrumentalist : saxophone)
    Joe Venuti (instrumentalist : violin)
    Tommy Dorsey (instrumentalist : trombone)
    Chauncey Morehouse (instrumentalist : drums)
    Steve Brown (instrumentalist : string bass)
    Frank Trumbauer (instrumentalist : C-melody saxophone)
    Billy Murray (vocalist : tenor vocal)

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  • 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).

  • 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)

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  • My Ohio Home Jean Goldkette Orchestra

    2:59

    My Ohio Home-Jean Goldkette Orchestra on ViS 21166-A.Hoagy Carmichael on the vocal. Dec. 12-1927

  • Hoosier Sweetheart - Jean Goldkette & His Orchestra

    2:59

    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); Ray Muerer (voc). January 31, 1927.

    solos : Willcox (16+8) – Bix (4+2) – Muerer, voc (32) – Tram (16+8) – Bix, leads (16) – Rank (8) – Dorsey & orch (8).

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  • Jean Goldkette And His Orchestra Remember - Victor 19548-A.

    3:16

    Jean Goldkette And His Orchestra: Fuzzy Farrar, Tex Brewster (tp) Bill Rank, Tommy Dorsey (tb) Doc Ryker, George Williams (cl,as) Don Murray (cl,ts) Joe Venuti (vln) Dewey Bergman, Paul Mertz (p) (2nd p on all titles except the very first) Howdy Quicksell (bj) Irish Henry (tu) Charles Horvath (d).

    Jean Goldkette is said to have been born March 18, 1893 in Valenciennes, France. However, there is some evidence that despite what he claimed, he was actually born in Patras, Greece. He was named after his mother, Angela Goldkette, a circus performer from Denmark, his father being unknown. He spent his childhood in Greece and Russia, where he studied piano at the Moscow Conservatory as a child prodigy. The family emigrated to the United States in 1911, and he performed in a classical ensemble in Chicago at the age of 15, later joining one of Edgar Benson's dance orchestras .

    He leased a ballroom in Detroit and formed a band which grew to success, and was the foundation for a business empire acting as an agency for twenty orchestras and owning many dance halls. In 1936 he filed for bankruptcy, but over the next three decades he built up business again as a musician, conductor and promoter. He married Lee McQuillen, a newspaperwoman on March 4, 1939.

    He moved to California in 1961, and the following year died in Santa Barbara, California, of a heart attack, aged 69. He took a taxi to the hospital by himself, and died that same day. He is buried in the Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery in Los Angeles, California.

  • 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.

  • Just One More Kiss - Jean Goldkette & His Orchestra

    3:03

    Fred Farrar, Ray Lodwig (tp); Bix (c); Bill Rank, Newell ‘Spiegle’ Willcox’ (tb); ‘Doc’ Ryker, Frank Trumbauer, Don Murray (reeds); Eddie Lang (g); Joe Venuti (vln); Irving Riskin (p); ‘Howdy’ Quicksell (bj); Steve Brown (sb); Chauncey Morehouse (dm); Al Lynch (voc). New York, October 15, 1926.

  • Jean Goldkette Orchestra - An Old Italian Love Song

    3:20

    An Old Italian Love Song was recorded by the Jean Goldkette Orchestra in the afternoon of July 27, 1929 in the Victor studio in Chicago. Rust gives an unknown personnel except trumpeter Nat Natoli and banjoist/vocalist Van Fleming (both are indeed recognizable) and Victor Young as one of the violinists. Actually a guitar, not a banjo, is audible and this cannot be Van Fleming as he is clearly the vocalist and does not do both at the same time. In spite of what has been written about this session, this is quite clearly not the same band that recorded I'm Refer'n Just To Her'n Me and Birmingham Bertha during the morning but also issued as Jean Goldkette. Alas the recording cards (which were filled in during the session) no longer exist, only the Victor file sheets which were typed later and which do not give any information about the names of the musicians involved.

  • 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.

  • “Withered Roses” by Jean Goldkettes Orchestra 1928

    3:15

    “Withered Roses” by Jean Goldkette's Orchestra 1928
    Vocalist: Van Fleming

    Harold Stokes directed a Jean Goldkette orchestra in 1928-'29 that was essentially a WGN studio unit, as well as making very good Victor records (some incorporating a contingent of McKinney's Cotton Pickers). This is a calm and beautiful arrangement by that band.

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  • “Painting the Clouds With Sunshine” by Jean Goldkette Orchestra 1929

    3:17

    “Painting the Clouds With Sunshine” 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”. This song is nearly the title song for the movie. A fun Spring time fantasy that is cheery and bright.

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  • Dont Be Like That by Jean Goldkettes Orchestra, 1928

    2:52

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

  • My Pretty Girl - Jean Goldkette & His Orchestra

    2:42

    Fred Farrar, Ray Lodwig (tp); Bix (c); Bill Rank, ‘Spiegle’ Willcox’ (tb); ‘Doc’ Ryker, Frank Trumbauer, Danny Polo (reeds); Joe Venuti, Eddy Sheasby (vln); Paul Mertz (p); ‘Howdy’ Quicksell (bj); Steve Brown (sb); Chauncey Morehouse (dm). New York, February 1st, 1927.

    solos : Polo + Willcox (32) – Tram (2) – Bix & tps (32) – Rank (2) – Venuti (8+8) – Tram (8).

  • Im Gonna Meet My Sweetie Now - Jean Goldkette & His Orchestra

    2:49

    Fred Farrar, Ray Lodwig, t / Bix Beiderbecke, 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, d / arr. Bill Challis. New York, January 31, 1927.

  • 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.

  • Jean Goldkette and His Orchestra - So Tired

    3:20

    So Tired by Jean Goldkette and his Orchestra, Victor 21150, December 12, 1927.
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  • Here Comes the Show Boat by the Jean Goldkette Orchestra 1927

    3:13

    Vocalists: Raymond Pink Porter, Myron Schultz, Harold Stokes

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  • Bix Beiderbecke - Slow River

    3:05

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  • Dont be Like That - Jean Goldkette & His Orchestra

    2:51

    Harold Stokes, pac (when used),v, dir: Earl Baker, Joe Hooven, Sterling Bose, t / Pee Wee Hunt, Vernon Brown, tb / Volly De Faut,cl, as / Larry Tice, cl, as, ts / Dale Skinner, cl, ts / Bob Strong?, as, vn / Ben Schriebman, Earl Wright, plus two unknown, vn / ArtGronwall, p / Van Fleming, bj, v / unknown, bb / Dee Orr, d / Don Redman, a. Chicago, November 23, 1928.

  • 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.

  • Hush-a-Bye • Jean Goldkette and His Orchestra

    3:33

    Jean Goldkette and His Orchestra (with Frank Bessinger on the vocal refrain) play Hush-a-Bye on Victor scroll record 20270-A, played on a 1926 Victor VE8-30X Orthophonic Victrola with medium tone needle. Recorded October 12, 1926 in New York City.

  • After I Say Im Sorry

    3:21

    Jean Goldkette and His Orchestra (with vocal refrain by Frank Bessinger) play After I Say I'm Sorry (What Can I Say?) on Victor electric batwing record 19947-B, played on a 1926 Victor VE8-30X (Credenza) orthophonic victrola with a medium tone steel needle. Recorded in New York January 28, 1926.

  • Jean Goldkette and his Orchestra: My Pretty Girl - Stomp 1927

    2:44

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    Victor 20588-A, rec. 01 February 1927, NYC
    Arranged by Bill Challis

    Frank Trumbauer: C-Melody Sax, Bandleader
    Bix Beiderbecke: Cornet
    Steve Brown: String Bass (slapping!)
    Fred Fuzzy Farrar, Ray Lodwig: Trumpet
    Doc Ryker, Danny Polo: Alto Sax
    Bill Rank, Spiegle Willcox: Trombone
    Joe Venuti: Violin
    Paul Mertz: Piano
    Howdy Quicksell: Banjo
    Chauncey Morehouse: Drums

  • 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

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

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    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.

  • A Lane in Spain, Fox Trot. Jean Goldkette and His Orchestra 1927

    3:28

    Some nice arrangement by Goldkette, with lovely spanish influence. great sounding orchestra.

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

    3:11

    Just A Little Kiss From A Little Miss 78 RPM vinyl music oldies 1930 1920 1910

  • A Lane in Spain • Jean Goldkette and His Orchestra

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    Jean Goldkette and His Orchestra play A Lane in Spain on Victor scroll record 20491-B, played on a 1926 Victor VE8-30X (Credenza) orthophonic victrola with medium tone needle. Recorded January 3, 1927 in New York City.

  • Hoosier Sweetheart • Jean Goldkette and His Orchestra

    3:08

    Jean Goldkette and His Orchestra (with vocal refrain by Ray Muerer) play Hoosier Sweetheart on Victor scroll record 20471-B, played on an EMGCR Mark Xb Oversize gramophone with a Meltrope III soundbox and a Burmese Colour Needle. Recorded January 31, 1927 in New York City.

  • Id Rather Be The Girl In Your Arms - Jean Goldkette & His Orchestra

    2:59

    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 / Frank Bessinger v. New York, October 15, 1926.

  • My Ohio Home by the Jean Goldkette Orchestra, Hoagy Carmichael vocalist 1927

    3:05

    Vocalist: Hoagy Carmichael

    A slight bit of blasting on the opening cords, then pretty good.

    I first encountered this song as a duet on an Edison Diamond Disc. While I like this version too, I am somehow still drawn to the Edison version. The quirky vocal by Hoagy Carmichael is pretty entertaining though.

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  • Jean Goldkette and his Orchestra - In My Merry Oldsmobile

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    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)

  • Jean Goldkettes Orchestra Dont Be Like That - Victor 21805.

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    Jean Goldkette's Orchestra - pers. 17 musicians using members of the Goldkette and McKinney's Cotton Pickers bands from this period probably including : John Nesbitt, Sterling Bose (tp) Pee Wee Hunt (tb) Volly De Faut (cl) Don Redman (cl,as,arr) Carol Huxley (p) Dave Wilborn (bj) Cuba Austin (d) Harold Stokes (dir,vcl).


    Jean Goldkette is said to have been born March 18, 1893 in Valenciennes, France. However, there is some evidence that despite what he claimed, he was actually born in Patras, Greece. He was named after his mother, Angela Goldkette, a circus performer from Denmark, his father being unknown. He spent his childhood in Greece and Russia, where he studied piano at the Moscow Conservatory as a child prodigy. The family emigrated to the United States in 1911, and he performed in a classical ensemble in Chicago at the age of 15, later joining one of Edgar Benson's dance orchestras .
    He leased a ballroom in Detroit and formed a band which grew to success, and was the foundation for a business empire acting as an agency for twenty orchestras and owning many dance halls. In 1936 he filed for bankruptcy, but over the next three decades he built up business again as a musician, conductor and promoter. He married Lee McQuillen, a newspaperwoman on March 4, 1939.
    He moved to California in 1961, and the following year died in Santa Barbara, California, of a heart attack, aged 69. He took a taxi to the hospital by himself, and died that same day. He is buried in the Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery in Los Angeles, Californi

  • Sunday - Jean Goldkette, vocals by Keller Sisters and Lynch, featuring Bix Beiderbecke

    2:59

    I love the authentic '20s sound that the vocalists give to this song. As usual, Bix is on raring form here

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