Live from the Meadowbank Ballroom, Cedar Grove, NJ, 1940

Live from the Meadowbank Ballroom, Cedar Grove, NJ, 1940

by Glen Gray & The Casa Loma Orchestra



Here's two better than average quality home recordings of the Casa Loma Band taken from the Meadowbrook Ballroom in Cedar Grove, NJ, from two weekend shows in March of 1940. Glenn never had any big-name players in his outfit (unless you count guys like Pee Wee Hunt and Murray McEachern in the trombone section), but the band played with a precision and swing that was mesmerizing. It was also a self-contained band, in the sense that there were no add-on boy or girl singers, the vocalizing being handled by reedman Kenny Sargent or trombonist Hunt. The reed section of the Casa Loma Orchestra was its true secret weapon, with the players doubling, tripling, and quadrupling on clarinet, flute, oboe, bassoon, alto, tenor, soprano, baritone, and bass saxophones. Chart wise, the band moves effortlessly on these broadcasts, from its theme of "Smoke Rings" to swingers like "Tuxedo Junction," "Honeysuckle Rose," and "How High the Moon" to novelties like "Wham!" to heavyweight material like "Prelude in C Sharp Minor." A well-rounded band that was one of the true innovators of the big-band era, the Casa Loma Orchestra is one of the hidden treasures from this era just waiting to be discovered. Well worth investigating.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/13/2000
Label: Jazz Band
UPC: 5020957215024
catalogNumber: 2150

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Glen Gray & The Casa Loma Orchestra   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Glen Gray   Reeds
Pee Wee Hunt   Trombone,Vocals
Tony Briglia   Drums
Murray McEachern   Reeds,Trombone
Kenny Sargent   Reeds,Vocals
Stanley Dennis   Bass
Clarence Hutchenrider   Reeds
Art Ralston   Reeds
Grady Watts   Trumpet
Jack Blanchette   Guitar
Frank Ryerson   Trumpet
Bill Abernathy   Announcer

Technical Credits

Victor Herbert   Composer
Franz Lehár   Composer
Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky   Composer
George Butler   Engineer
Buddy DeSylva   Composer
Dubin   Composer
Nancy Hamilton   Composer
Tony Middleton   Liner Notes
Morgan Lewis   Composer
Beda Fritz Loehner   Composer
Sherman   Composer
Ludwig Herzer   Composer

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