Jean Goldkette
b. Patras, Greece
d. March 24, 1962.
Although he was a fine classically trained pianist who emigrated to the United States in 1911, Jean Goldkette's importance to jazz is as a bandleader in the 1920s. Goldkette actually had over 20 bands under his name by the mid-'20s, but it was his main unit (which recorded for Victor during 1924-1929) that is the only one remembered today. In 1924, the band included Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey and Joe Venuti, with the legendary cornetist Bix Beiderbecke heard on just one selection ("I Didn't Know"); his inability to sight read at the time kept his first stint with Goldkette quite short.
However, in 1926, Beiderbecke became the orchestra's top soloist and the jazz lineup was pretty impressive with such musicians as Spiegle Willcox, Bill Rank, Don Murray, Frankie "Tram" Trumbauer, Joe Venuti, Eddie Lang, Steve Brown, and Chauncey Morehouse among the personnel. With Bill Challis working as chief arranger, the orchestra was among the best of the period, even defeating Fletcher Henderson at a Battle of the Bands contest in New York. Unfortunately, Goldkette's Orchestra was not allowed to cut loose much in the studios and was saddled with indifferent vocalists who were not part of the band. Best among their recordings are "My Pretty Girl" and "Clementine"; Steve Brown's swinging bass is a major asset on many of the other numbers, particularly during the final choruses.
In 1927, Paul Whiteman hired away most of Goldkette's top jazz players (including Beiderbecke and Tram) and the band's later recordings are of lesser interest, although Hoagy Carmichael is heard on two vocals. Goldkette, who also helped organize McKinney's Cotton Pickers and the Orange Blossoms (the latter became the Casa Loma Orchestra), dropped out of the jazz business by the early '30s, worked as a booking agent and a classical piano soloist. In 1959, Jean Goldkette revived some of the old arrangements (adding some new ones by Sy Oliver) for a Camden "reunion" LP, but few of the sidemen (other than Chauncey Morehouse) were present. 
~ Scott Yanow

Joseph A. Burke, composer
b. Philadelphia, PA, USA.
d. June 9, 1950, Upper Darby, PA, USA.
Joseph A. Burke was born in Philadelphia, PA on March 18, 1884. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, Burke first appeared in the trade that would define the rest of his life: Hollywood films.
As an actor, Burke appeared in several films beginning with the role of Senator Keene in the 1915 production, “The Senator”. His final acting role came in 1929 in the film “The Show of Shows”. From that time on, Burke’s relationship with film would be strictly through song.
Under contract, Burke composed for films such as Gold Diggers of Broadway 1929, Hearts in Exile, Little Johnny Jones, She Couldn’t Say No, Hold Everything, Dancing Sweeties, Oh Sailor Behave, Top Speed, Sweethearts on Parade, Sally, Big Boy and Palooka also known as The Great Schnozzle.
Burke’s catalog holds a bevy of Billboard Number one hit songs including “Moon Over Miami” (1936 hit for Eddy Duchin); “Carolina Moon” (1929 hit for Gene Austin); “On Treasure Island” (1935 hit for Tommy Dorsey); “Dancing With Tears in My Eyes” (1930 hit for Nat Shilkret); and “Who Wouldn’t Love You” (1942 hit for Kay Kyser).

Other songs in the Joe Burke catalog include “Baby Your Mother”, “Tip Toe Through the Tulips”, “For You”, “Yearning”, “Oh, How I Miss You Tonight”, “A Little Bit Independent”, “In a Little Gypsy Tearoom”, “It Looks Like Rain in Cherry Blossom Lane”, “In the Valley of the Moon”, “Painting the Clouds with Sunshine”, “At a Perfume Counter”, “Rambling Rose”, “By the River of the Roses”, “The Kiss Waltz”, “She Was Just a Sailor’s Sweetheart”, “Robins and Roses”, “Cling To Me”, “Midnight Blue”, “We Must be Vigilant”, “Villanova Alma Mater” and “Getting Some Fun Out of Love”.
A composer and traditional pianist, Burke collaborated with several lyricists most notably Edgar Leslie, Al Dubin, Benny Davis, Mark Fisher and Charles Tobias.
Joe Burke died in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania on June 9, 1950.

~Songwriters Hall of Fame - Joe Burke Exhibit Home
"Smiley" Burnette
(Western) singer/comedy-actor
b. Summum, IL, USA.
d. Feb. 16, 1967, Encino, California, USA. (leukemia).
né: "Lester Alvin Burnette", and aka: "George 'Smiley' Burnette", "Lester 'Smiley' Burnette", "Lester 'Smiley' Burnett", and "Lester Burnette"
Lester Alvin Burnett (March 18, 1911 – February 16, 1967), better known as Smiley Burnette, was a popular American country music performer and a comedic actor in Western films and on radio and TV, playing sidekick to Gene Autry and other B-movie cowboys. He was also a prolific singer-songwriter who could play as many as 100 musical instruments, some simultaneously. His career, beginning in 1934, spanned four decades, including a regular role on CBS-TV's Petticoat Junction in the 1960s.
In 1971, four years after his death from leukemia, Burnette was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

McKinney's Cotton Pickers in 1928. left to right: Cuba Austin, Prince Robinson, George Thomas, Don Redman, Dave Wilborn, Todd Rhoades, Bob Escudero, seated: John Nesbitt, Claude Jones, Milton Senoir, Langston Curl.
Langston Curl, Trumpet
b. Charles City, VA, USA.
Trumpeter Langston Curl, whose name sounds like a fusion between black poetry and basic hair styling, did the main body of his recording work between 1927 and the mid 30's. He retired in Bridgeport, Connecticut, following some three decades out of the music business and was indeed so removed from the public spotlight by this time that his death seems to have gone unnoticed. He was a trumpeter beginning at the age of six, his first teacher being one of his cousins. Curl began gigging around his home town of Norfolk, Virginia, with a variety of local outfits but his first real professional job was in the superb McKinney's Cotton Pickers. In this outfit he developed brilliant abilities as a section player, setting a standard in the basic refinement in the sound of jazz during this period.

The group, based out of Detroit, kept a smile on Curl's face for four years, after which he joined up with Don Redman. In 1937 he quit music as a fulltime profession following a stint touring in a combo led by Jessie Owens. Hit parade listeners in the '30s also heard a good deal of his trumpet sound on sides by the Boswell Sisters and the Mills Brothers. Until 1964 his main profession was with a Bridgeport brass company, something of a logical choice for a trumpeter.
~ Eugene Chadbourne

Louis Gaste, composer
Louis "Loulou" Gasté (18 March 1908 – 8 January 1995) was a French composer of several successful mélodies.
Louis Gasté was born in Paris in 1908. In his fifty year career, he composed approximately 1,200 songs, ten of which have received international success. In 1929, he played in Ray Ventura's orchestra, and composed several pieces for him. He discovered and launched Line Renaud, a famous French singer and actress in 1945, and married her in 1950.
He died at Rueil-Malmaison in 1995.

Fred Gerard, Trumpet
b. Besancon, France

Mike Hanapi, vocals
b. Honolulu, HI, USA.
d. Member: 'Kalama Quartette'

Kalama's Quartet: Information from

Al Hall
bass/label owner ("Wax")
b. Jacksonville, FL, USA
d. 1988. USA.
Although never a prominent soloist, the versatile and very supportive bassist Al Hall was considered an asset to a countless number of dates and recording sessions. He grew up in Philadelphia and early on played cello and tuba before switching permanently to bass in 1932. After working locally for a few years, Hall moved to New York in 1936 where he played with Billy Hicks (1936-1937), Skeets Tolbert (1937-1938), and, most significantly, Teddy Wilson's big band and combo (1939-1941). After working with the Ellis Larkins Trio (1942-1943) and Mary Lou Williams, Hall became a staff musician at CBS (often playing on The Mildred Bailey Show as part of the Paul Baron Orchestra) and worked in the pit bands of Broadway shows on an occasional basis for decades.
Hall formed the Wax label in 1946, which lasted three years before being purchased by Atlantic. The bassist worked and toured with Erroll Garner off and on during 1945-1963. Among his later associations were Benny Goodman (a 1966 tour of Europe), Hazel Scott, Tiny Grimes, Alberta Hunter (1977-1978), and Doc Cheatham. Hall made his recording debut with Billy Hicks in 1937, and led five titles during 1946-1947 for the Wax label and four selections for European Columbia in 1959. Additionally, he was not above playing sessions devoted to newer forms of music and, as a New York-based musician, alternated with Abie Baker on sessions for George Goldner's Gee and Rama labels run by saxman Jimmy Wright, doing R&B and early rock & roll.
~ Scott Yanow & Bruce Eder
Al Hall (musician) - Wikipedia

Portrait of Ray McKinley, Eddie Sauter, and (Robert) Dean Kincaide, Hotel Commodore, Century Room, New York, N.Y., ca. Jan. 1947. Gottlieb, William P., 1917-, photographer.
Deane Kincaide
Bari-Tenor Sax/arranger
b. Houston, TX, USA.
d. Aug. 14, 1992, St Cloud FL, USA.
né: Robert Deane Kincaide.
In addition to being a good 'reedman', Kincaide was one of the very gifted, early 'White' arrangers that also included suchmen as Gil Rodin, Gene Gifford, and Bill Challis. (Benny Carter once told Gene Lees "Bill Challis was my idol".) Perhaps Deane is best recalled for his work with the Bob Crosby Orchestra, but he also worked with other bands including Ben Pollack's band, and groups nominally led by Bobby Hackett, Muggsy Spanier, Lennie Hayton, and arranged for Tommy Dorsey.
He also did some song orchestrations used in Hollywood films including 'If I Had My Way' (Universal), 'You'll Find Out' (RKO), and 'Love Thy Neighbor' (Paramount). For TV, he orchestrated for the "Jackie Gleason and His American Scene Magazine" (1962), and the "Jackie Gleason Show" (1966 TV Series - USA: rerun title: "The Honeymooners). He also recorded (NYC March 9, 1950) as leader of 'Deane Kincaide's Band' that included 'Yank' Lawson (tp), 'Cutty' Cutshall (tb), 'Peanuts' Hucko (cl), 'Toots' Mondello (as), Paul Ricci (ts), Dean Kincaide (bari, arr), Dave Bowman (p), Carl Kress (g), 'Trigger' Alpert (b), Ray Bauduc (d). The sides (regretfully never issued, I believe) included: "Take A Little Tip From Father", "Scaddle-De-Mooch", "The Junk Man Rag", and "Rooster Rag".
Deane Kincaide | AllMusic
The Men Behind the Music: Deane Kincaide

George Olsen & Ethel Shutta
George Olsen, Leader
b. USA. Portland, OR, USA.
d. March 18, 1971, Paramus, NJ, USA.
Married to Ethel Shutta, his band's vocalist.
George was born and died on same day and month.
George Olsen was an American band-leader. Born in Portland, Oregon he attended the University of Michigan, where he formed his band, George Olsen and his Music. He made the transition to Broadway, appearing in Kid Boots, the Ziegfeld Follies of 1924, and Good News.
George Olsen and his Music were prolific Victor recording artists and their records are among the most numerous found by record collectors today, testifying to their original popularity. He and his orchestra were in Eddie Cantor's 1928 Broadway hit Whoopee!, and in the 1930 movie version. He met a singer, Ethel Shutta, who sings and dances memorably in Whoopee!, and they married, appearing together in nightclubs and on radio. They had two children; following a divorce, Olsen opened a restaurant in New Jersey.
Olsen signed with Victor in 1924 and remained as one of Victor's most popular bands through 1933 when signed signed with Columbia. He stayed with Columbia through 1934. He recorded a single session in 1938 for Decca.
In 1936, Olsen became leader of Orville Knapp's band after Knapp died in a plane crash. Olsen was chosen to lead the band by Knapp's widow. Morale problems plagued the group, and in 1938, after many musicians had already left, the group disbanded.
Olsen died in Paramus, New Jersey.

Paul Howard's Quality Serenaders: Lawrence Brown, Harvey Brooks, George Orendorff, Earl Thompson, Lionel Hampton, Charlie Lawrence, Thomas Valentine, Lloyd Reese, James Jackson, Paul Howard
George Orendorff, Trumpet
b. Atlanta, GA, USA.
d. 1984.
Going to high school with fellows who turned out to be great jazz musicians---not only Eddie South and Wallace Bishop but try on Lionel Hampton for classmate vibes---may have been an overwhelming experience for George Orendorff, a talented trumpeter who subsequently made swinging music a part-time, if consistent, part of his life. He also served in the Army during the second World War, worked for the post office, became an official in the American Federation of Musicians, collaborated with Les Hite on a series of film soundtracks and published a score of poems.
It all started with the guitar, like many life-long spurts of productivity, but by high school Orendorff had picked up the cornet, at the age of 17 joining a ballroom band led by Detroit Shannon. This engagement also led to out of town work when Shannon´s ensemble was nabbed to back up a performer named Ben Harney.
The trumpeter established something of a glowing reputation on the Chicago jazz scene, to the point where as legend has it, he was even called in to replace King Oliver one night when some misfortune struck the New Orleans jazz kingpin. In the mid ´20s Orendorff left all this behind to tour with the Helen Dewey Show, a revue that subsequently dumped him in Los Angeles, something of a tradition in the music business.
Paul Howard provided a regular west coast gig through 1930, a setting in which he was considered to be one of the best soloists. Next Orendorff joined up with Hite for a crowd-gathering run at the trendy Cotton Club. Louis Armstrong kept Orendorff in the same venue for an extended ensemble called the Sebastian New Cotton Club Orchestra, making recordings in 1931 and again in 1932, a period when film and studio assignments with Hite were also getting scribbled into the datebook.
Orendorff´s last gig of note before the run with Uncle Sam was with guitarist Ceele Burke. The post-war period of his career can best be described as one of the better juggling acts involving musical and non-musical activities. This was not a jazzman who had put it all behind him, glumly punching the postal time clock whilst memories settle on past glories. Orendorff´s regular outings with his trumpet case included some fine recording sessions and performances with challenging bandleader Ben Pollack and the energizing Peppy Price and His Orchestra.

Ross Russell
producer/label owner/writer
d. Jan. 31, 2000.
Age: 90.
Ross was the owner of the 'Tempo Music Shop' when he formed the Dial label in 1946. At the time, alto saxist Charlie Parker was convalescing in Camarillo State Hospital, and Russell, very much afraid that Parker might never play again, formed the 'Dial' label with the prime purpose of recording Parker. And, for one year, Russell also acted as Parker's manager. Before the label folded in 1949, Russell had recorded such stars as Dodo Marmarosa, Erroll Garner, Dizzy Gillespie, Dexter Gordon and Howard McGhee, among others. Russell later contributed pieces to Down Beat, as well as authoring two books.
Ross Russell - Wikipedia
Ross Russell: 1909-2000

Notable Events Occurring 
On This Date Include:

Glen Gray and The Casa Loma Orchestra recorded "No Name Jive" (Decca).

Songs Recorded/Released
On This Date Include:


Original Dixieland Jass Band - At The Jazz Band Ball


Joseph C. Smith's Orchestra
  • Dear Old Pal Of Mine
  • When You Look In The Heart Of A Rose


Yerkes' Jazarimba Orchestra - Mon Homme


Bailey's Lucky Seven

  • I Wonder Blues
  • Pick Me Up And Lay Me Down In Dear Old Dixieland


Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra - What'll I Do?
  • Lazy


Roy Bargy
  • Jim-Jams
  • Justin-Tyme


Louise Vant accompanied by
Perry Bradford's Mean Four

Bessie Smith - Jazzbo Brown From Memphis Town


Lizzie Miles
  • Slow Up Papa
  • Grievin' Mama Blues


The California Ramblers
  • The One That I Love Loves Me

Art Gillham, aka The Whispering Pianist

  • Blue Little You And Blue Little Me


King Oliver's Orchestra - Rhythm Club Stomp


Bennie Krueger and his Orchestra
  • Lovable


Les Brown And His Band Of Renown
  • Swamp Fire
  • Ramona
  • Don’t You Care What Anyone Says?
  • Dance Of The Blue Devils


~(Lieut. Gitz Rice / Harold Robé)

All my life is empty, since I went away
Skies don't seem to be so clear
May some angel sentry, guard you while I stray
And fate be kind to join us some sweet day

Oh, how I want you, dear old pal of mine
Each night and day I pray you're always mine
Sweetheart, may God bless you, angel hands caress you
While sweet dreams rest you, dear old pal of mine

Dearie, I'm so lonely, how I miss your smile
And your tender loving way
I just want you only, want you all the while
May God decree I have you back some day

Oh, how I want you, dear old pal of mine
Each night and day I pray you're always mine
Sweetheart, may God bless you, angel hands caress you
While sweet dreams rest you, dear old pal of mine

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