Don Barrigo
alto and tenor sax/clarinet
England, UK.
b. 12 June 1906, USA, d. 4 May 1977.
A competent tenor saxophonist, Barrigo was active in New York and London in the 20s and 30s. Among the artists with whom he played and sometimes recorded were Joe Venuti and Eddie Lang. In the UK, he played with Nat Gonella in 1935/6 and with Al Bowlly in 1937. In 1940, he was a member of Maurice Winnick’s dance band alongside fellow sideman Ted Heath.

Archie Bleyer, Leader/label owner (Cadence)
b. Corona, NY, USA, d. March 20, 1989, Sheboygan, WI, USA.
Best recalled for his work leading the orchestra on the Arthur Godfrey shows.
1."Arthur Godfrey and His Friends" (1949) TV Series; Leader (1949-1954)
2."Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts" (1948) TV Series; Leader (1948-1954)

Al Donahue, leader, Violin
b. Boston, MA, USA
d. Feb. 20, 1983, Escondido, CA, USA. Theme Song: "Low Down Rhythm in a Top Hat".
Here are two photographs of Donahue, this informal picture, Al Donahue, and this one of Al formally posed. Donahue was a Boston Law chool graduate who loved playing the violin. His first fame came when he landed a booking at the prestigious Rainbow Room in New York. His vocalist was Phil Brito.(Singer-songwriter ("Mama"), composer, author, b. Sept. 15, 1915, Boomer, West Virginia, USA, d. Oct. 28, 2005, Newark, New Jersey, USA.)
In 1938, the US Bureau of Standards 'sank' a time capsule - not to opened for 5000 years. Inside this capsule was a picture of the Al Donahue 'Swing" Orchestra. Regretfully, Al's orchestra was not a 'swing' orchestra. But in 1941, he re-organized and built a 'swing' orchestra, which, also regretfully, never achieved any great fame. The 'girl' singer was Paula Kelly who went on to fame as part of the Modernaires with the Glenn Miller Orch.

Boyd Gilmore, guitar
b. Belzoni, MS, USA
b. 12 June 1910, Belzoni, Mississippi, USA, d. 23 December 1976, Fresno, California, USA. 
A guitarist, although seemingly not recorded as such, and an exuberant singer, Gilmore recorded for Modern in 1952 with Ike Turner on piano and James Scott Jnr. on guitar; Scott was an early victim of recording technology when an introduction and guitar break by Elmore James were spliced into ‘Rambling On My Mind’. The following year, Gilmore recorded for Sun Records, backed by Earl Hooker’s band, but the results were not issued until later. Gilmore performed in delta juke joints for a while, also playing in St. Louis and Pine Bluff, Arkansas, before settling in California for the remainder of his life.
Boyd Gilmore

E. Ray Goetz

Edward Ray Goetz (June 12, 1886 – June 12, 1954) was an American composer, songwriter, author and producer. He was a charter member of ASCAP in 1914, and was a director until 1917. Goetz appeared in the films Somebody Loves Me (1952), The Greatest Show On Earth (1952) and For Me and My Gal (1942). He wrote the songs "Toddling The Todalo" and "For Me and My Gal". He co-wrote the 50 Million Frenchmen musical play with Herbert Fields and Cole Porter which was released as the 1930 Warner Brothers film Fifty Million Frenchmen.

Personal life
On 24 October 1918, Goetz was married to actress Irène Bordoni. They were divorced in 1929.

In 1912, his sister Dorothy Goetz married songwriter Irving Berlin. She died six months later of typhoid fever contracted during their honeymoon in Havana, Cuba. A song Berlin wrote to express his grief was "When I Lost You."

1942 film - Goetz co-wrote music
His popular-song compositions included "Who'll Buy My Violets?", "Argentina," "Let's Be Lonesome Together," "So This Is Love," "Don't Go In the Lion's Cage Tonight," "If You Could Care," "Yaaka Hula Hickey Dula," "The Life of a Rose," "Meet Me in the Shadows," "The Land of Going to Be" and "Boom."

Goetz wrote "The Gay White Way" and "Two Islands" in 1907, "The Prince Of Bohemia" and "A Matinee Idol" in 1910. He also wrote "There's a Girl in Chateau Thierry" in 1919.
E. Ray Goetz | National Jukebox - Library of Congress

Gene Hall, reeds, teacher
b. Whitewright, TX, USA
d. March 4, 1993.
né: Morris Eugene Hall
Morris Eugene Hall (aka M.E. "Gene" Hall) (1913-1993) was a music educator, saxophonist, and arranger, most known for creating and presiding over the first academic curriculum leading to a bachelors degree in jazz (then called "Dance Band") at an institution of higher learning, being at the University of North Texas College of Music (then, "North Texas State Teachers College") in 1947.
Emmett Hardy, Cornet
b. Gretna, LA, USA
d. 1925.
Yet another jazz horn player cut down early in life by tuberculosis, cornetist Emmett Hardy at least got started on music quite early. His parents were performers in New Orleans in the latter part of the 19th century, intriguing the youngster who fiddled with piano and guitar before touching lips to brass only one year before he became a teenager. In another two years he was good enough to join the band of Papa Jack Laine, whose nickname was perhaps earned through his acceptance of such young players in his outfit.
The cornetist went on to work with several busy groups such as Brownlee's Orchestra of New Orleans, the Carlise Evans Band, and a combo backing vaudeville artist Bea Palmer. The latter artist took him on the road and when he got as far out as Davenport, Iowa he jumped ship; or, more accurately he jumped to a ship, spending eight months performing aboard a riverboat. By the end of 1919, he was back in his hometown leading a group of his own, then was back off on another boat thanks to bandleader Tony Catalino. His next move was setting up a base in Chicago, where he was welcomed into the New Orleans Rhythm Kings band. Apparently it was the musicians' union who sent him packing back to New Orleans, where his final gigs were with Brownlee's Orchestra.
Recordings of this artist who, according to legend, could outplay Bix Beiderbecke and other brassmen of his period, seem to be a rarity indeed. Hardy's name pops up repeatedly in historic studies of jazz as many much more famous players crossed paths with him. The Metropolitan Jazz Octet are among the groups who have recorded a tune written in his honor, "Ballad of Emmett Hardy." ~ Eugene Chadbourne

Gene Kardos, bandleader
b. New York City
d. Aug. 1980
Tenor sax man Gene Kardos led a New York territory orchestra from 1931 to 1938. The band's early swing sound earned it a large following and made it a regular at the Roseland Ballroom. The group made its first recording for RCA in 1931.

It also made several early recordings on the Crown label under the name of Kardos' pianist Joel Shaw. House vocalist Dick Robertson was featured on many of those early recordings. Later recordings were made under Kardos' name on RCA and ARC. Vocalists were Chick Bullock, Pat Henry, Don Carrol, Cecil Bridge, Lee Russell, Jackie Gale, and Bea Wain. Arrangers were Bernie Green and Vic Schoen.
Ulysses "Jabo" Ward, sax
b. Kansas City, KS, USA.
d. April 10, 2004, Seattle, WA, USA.
Age: 85. né: James Ware.
A central figure in Seattle's legendary Jackson Street music scene, where from 1943 to 1950, Jabo played six nights a week at the Union Club with bandleader Al Pierre. Though he was exposed to the best Swing bands in Kansas City, he didn't play music as a teenager. In 1937, his father gave him a train ticket to visit Seattle and look for work. He joined the Merchant Marine and on one of his trips to Alaska, decided to learn how to play the saxophone. Those ships would drop off their cargo in Alaska and returned empty, affording "Jabo' lots of time in which to practice. Ward was an avid golfer and a co-founder of Seattle's 'Fir State Golf Club'.

Trumpeters Zeke Zarchy (right)
and Louis Armstrong visit during
a rehearsal for a Los Angeles TV
show in the late 1960s.
Rubin "Zeke" Zarchy, Trumpet
b. New York, NY, USA
Rubin "Zeke" Zarchy (June 12, 1915 – April 12, 2009) was an American lead trumpet player of the big band and swing eras.
Zeke's trumpet can be heard on recordings as Benny Goodman's "Bugle Call Rag", Glenn Miller's Moonlight Cocktails, and Bob Crosby's South Rampart Street Parade. He joined the Joe Haymes orchestra in 1934, then played with Benny Goodman in 1936 and Artie Shawin 1937. From 1937 to 1942, he worked and recorded with the bands of Red Norvo, Bob Crosby, Mildred Bailey, Frank Sinatra, Helen Ward, Judy Garland, Tommy Dorsey, and Ella Fitzgerald. When World War II broke out, Zarchy was the first musician chosen by Glenn Miller for what became Miller's Army Air Force Band (officially, the 418th Army Band) where Zarchy played lead trumpet and was Master (First) Sergeant from 1942 to 1945.
After the war, singer Frank Sinatra invited Zarchy to move to Los Angeles, where he became a first-call studio musician. He played on the recordings of hundreds of vocalists, including Louis Armstrong, Tony Bennett, Dinah Shore, and The Mills Brothers. His trumpet is heard in the soundtracks of many classic Hollywood movies, including West Side Story (1961), Dr. Zhivago (1965) and the The Glenn Miller Story (1954).
During the 1960s and '70s, he played in the house bands of several CBS TV variety shows, including The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, The Danny Kaye Show and The Jonathan Winters Show, and was a member of the NBC Staff Orchestras in Los Angeles and New York.
In his later years, Zarchy made many music tours of Europe, South America, and Australia, as well as 32 concert trips to Japan. He died on April 12, 2009 at the age of 93.

Notable Events 

On This Date Include:

Jimmy Dorsey, clarinet/leader
died in New York, NY, USA.
Age: 53.

Isidore Barbarin, alto sax
died in New Orleans, LA, USA.
(b. Sept. 24, 1872, New Orleans, LA, USA.)
Isidore Barbarin - Wikipedia
Bob Scobey, Dixieland trumpeter
died in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
(b. Dec 9, 1916 in Tucumcari, New Mexico)

J. E. Mainer, banjo/violin
died in Concord, NC, USA.

Ed Kirkeby, leader, manager
died in Mineola, Long Island, NY, USA.
(b. Oct. 10, 1891, New York (Brooklyn), NY, USA)

Songs Recorded/Released
On This Date Include:


Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra


Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra - Ding Dong Blues


Emmett Miller accompanied by his Georgia Crackers - Lovesick Blues

Annette Hanshaw - For Old Times' Sake

Annette Hanshaw - Was It A Dream?


The California Ramblers - I Love You So Much

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Vance Dixon and his Pencils - Hot Peanuts

Adrian Rollini and his Orchestra - Blue Prelude


Don Redman and his Orchestra - Auld Lang Syne


Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra - Trav'lin' Light - (Trombone, Skip Layton, vocals, Billie Holiday)


~From the film "You Were Never Lovelier" (1942)
~(Jerome Kern / Johnny Mercer)

I am not such a clever one about the latest fads
I admit I was never one adored by local lads
Not that I ever tried to be a saint
I’m the type that they classify as quaint

I’m old fashioned, I love the moonlight
I love the old fashioned things
The sound of rain upon a window pane
The starry song that April sings
This years fancies are passing fancies
But sighing sighs, holding hands
These my heart understands

I’m old fashioned but I don’t mind it
That’s how I want to be
As long as you agree
To stay old fashioned with me.

(Orchestral Interlude)

I’m old fashioned but I don’t mind it
That’s how I want to be
As long as you agree
To stay old fashioned with me.

Auld Lang Syne
~Written by: Robert Burns (1788)

Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and old lang syne?

For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we'll take a cup o' kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

And surely you'll buy your pint cup!
And surely I'll buy mine!
And we'll take a cup o' kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.


We two have run about the slopes,
and picked the daisies fine;
But we've wandered many a weary foot,
since auld lang syne.


We two have paddled in the stream,
from morning sun till dine;
But seas between us broad have roared
since auld lang syne.


And there's a hand my trusty friend!
And give us a hand o' thine!
And we'll take a right good-will draught,
for auld lang syne.


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