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Bunny Berigan – Louis Armstrong’s Fave Trumpeter – Phantom Dancer

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Bunny Berigan was one of the virtuoso jazz trumpeters of the Swing Era. He also sang. He’s this week’s Phantom Dancer feature artist.

The Phantom Dancer is your weekly non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV every week.

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BUNNY

Roland Bernard “Bunny” Berigan is best known for his virtuoso jazz trumpeting. His 1937 classic recording “I Can’t Get Started” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1975.

As a child he learned violin and trumpet. In his teenage years he played in local bands as a teenager, including the University of Wisconsin jazz ensemble (although he wasn’t enrolled).

He joined the Hal Kemp Orchestra in 1929 on his second attempt and made his first recorded trumpet solos were with the orchestra.

He also appeared as featured soloist with bands fronted by Rudy Vallee, Tommy Dorsey, Abe Lyman, Paul Whiteman and Benny Goodman.[1]

He joined the staff of CBS radio network musicians in early 1931. Berigan recorded his first vocal, “At Your Command”, with Freddy Rich’s orchestra that year.

From late 1932 – early 1934, Berigan was a member of Paul Whiteman’s orchestra, before playing with Abe Lyman’s band briefly in 1934.

He then freelanced in the New York recording studios and worked at CBS radio in 1934. He recorded as a sideman on hundreds of commercial records, most notably with the Dorsey Brothers and on Glenn Miller’s earliest recording as a leader in 1935, playing on “Solo Hop”.

Berigan joined Benny Goodman’s orchestra, talent scouted by producer John H. Hammond. Hammond later wrote that he helped persuade Gene Krupa to re-join Goodman, with whom he had had an earlier falling-out, by mentioning that Berigan, whom Krupa admired, was already committed to the new ensemble.

With Berigan and Krupa both on board, the Goodman band made the tour that ended at the Palomar Ballroom in Los Angeles. The performance often credited with the launch of the swing era. Berigan recorded a number of solos while with Goodman, including “King Porter Stomp”, “Sometimes I’m Happy”, and “Blue Skies”.

BERIGAN

Berigan left Goodman to freelance and record regularly under his own name. He backed singers such as Bing Crosby, Mildred Bailey, and Billie Holiday.

He spent some time with Tommy Dorsey’s orchestra in late 1936 and early 1937, working as a jazz soloist on Dorsey’s radio program and on several records. His solo on the Dorsey hit recording “Marie” became one of his signature performances.

In 1937, Berigan assembled a band to record and tour under his name, picking the then-little known Ira Gershwin–Vernon Duke composition “I Can’t Get Started” as his theme song.

Berigan modeled his trumpet style in part on Louis Armstrong’s, and he often acknowledged Armstrong as his idol. Still, his trumpet sound and jazz ideas were unique, earning Armstrong’s praise both before and after Berigan’s death.

Bunny led his own band full-time from early 1937 until June 1942, with a six-month hiatus in 1940 as a sideman in Tommy Dorsey’s band.

Among the players who worked in the Berigan band were: drummers Buddy Rich, Dave Tough, George Wettling, Johnny Blowers and Jack Sperling; alto saxophonists and clarinetists Gus Bivona, Joe Dixon and Andy Fitzgerald; vocalists Danny Richards, Ruth Bradley and Kathleen Lane; pianist Joe Bushkin; trombonist and arranger Ray Conniff; trombonist Sonny Lee; bassists Hank Wayland and Morty Stulmaker; trumpeters Carl Warwick, Steve Lipkins and Les Elgart; tenor saxophonists Georgie Auld and Don Lodice; and pianist and arranger Joe Lipman.

28 MARCH PLAY LIST

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5UV Adelaide Monday 2:30 – 3:30am
5GTR Mt Gambier Monday 2:30 – 3:30am
3MBR Murrayville Monday 3 – 4am
4NAG Keppel FM Monday 3 – 4am
2MIA Griffith Monday 3 – 4am
2BAR Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4am
2BRW Braidwood Monday 3 – 4am
2YYY Young Monday 3 – 4am
3VKV Alpine Radio Monday 6 – 7pm
7MID Oatlands Monday 3am – 4 and 6 -7pm
2MCE Bathurst Wednesday 9 – 10am
1ART ArtsoundFM Canberra Friday 10 – 11am
and Sunday 11pm
Reading Radio (QLD) Friday 1am – 2
2RRR Ryde Friday 11am – 12
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
5LCM Lofty FM Adelaide Friday 1 – 2pm
6GME Radio Goolarri Broome Saturday 4am – 5am
Denmark FM (West Australia) Saturday 10 – 11am
Repeat: Wednesdays 10 – 11pm
7LTN Launceston Sunday 5 – 6am
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am
3BBR West Gippsland Sunday 5 – 6pm
2SEA Sapphire Coast Eden Sunday 9 – 10pm

Set 1
Glenn Miller
Moonlight Serenade (theme) + At Sundown
Glenn Miller Orchestra
Glen Island Casino
New Rochelle NY
WEAF NBC Red NY
17 May 1939
And the Angels Sing
Glenn Miller Orchestra (voc) Ray Eberle
Glen Island Casino
New Rochelle NY
WEAF NBC Red NY
17 May 1939
Under the Streading Chestnut Tree
Glenn Miller Orchestra (voc) Marion Hutton
Glen Island Casino
New Rochelle NY
WEAF NBC Red NY
17 May 1939
Sunrise SerenadeGlenn Miller Orchestra
Glen Island Casino
New Rochelle NY
WEAF NBC Red NY
17 May 1939
Set 2
Benny Goodman
One O’Clock Jump
Benny Goodman Orchestra
Madhattan Room
Hotel Pennsylvania
WABC CBS NYC
20 Oct 1937
Body & Soul
Benny Goodman Trio
Madhattan Room
Hotel Pennsylvania
WABC CBS NYC
20 Oct 1937
Sleepy Time Down South
Benny Goodman Orchestra
Madhattan Room
Hotel Pennsylvania
WABC CBS NYC
20 Oct 1937
Sweet Sue
Benny Goodman Quartet
Madhattan Room
Hotel Pennsylvania
WABC CBS NYC
20 Oct 1937
Set 3
Raymond Scott
Theme + GI Jive
Raymond Scott Orchestra (voc) Dorothy Collins
‘The Raymond Scott Show’
AFRS Re-broadcast
1944
It Could Happen To You
Raymond Scott Orchestra
‘The Raymond Scott Show’
AFRS Re-broadcast
1944
Just Close Your Eyes
Raymond Scott Orchestra (voc) Dorothy Collins‘The Raymond Scott Show’
AFRS Re-broadcast
1944
Section A + Theme
Raymond Scott Orchestra
‘The Raymond Scott Show’
AFRS Re-broadcast
1944
Set 4
Bunny Berigan
At Your Command
Freddy Rich Orchestra (Bunny Berigan tp & vov)
Comm Rec
New York City
15 Jun 1931
I Can’t Get Started with You (theme) + Round My Old Deserted Farm
Bunny Berigan Orchestra
Paradise Restaurant
WABC CBS NYC
27 Mar 1938
Night Song
Bunny Berigan Orchestra
Manhattan Centre
WNEW NYC
26 Sep 1939
I Can’t Get Started with You (theme) + Round My Old Deserted Farm
Bunny Berigan Orchestra
Panther Room
Hotel Sherman
WMAQ NBC Red
Chicago
Jul 1939
Set 5
Freddy Monroe
Open + Ring Dem Bell Tones
Freddy Monroe Orchestra (a.k.a Frankie Masters)
‘Streamlined Interlude’
WJSV CBS Washington DC
21 Sep 1939
The Lamp is Low
Freddy Monroe Orchestra (a.k.a Frankie Masters) (voc) Marion Forbes
‘Streamlined Interlude’
WJSV CBS Washington DC
21 Sep 1939
T’ain’t What You Do It’s The Way That You Do It
Freddy Monroe Orchestra (a.k.a Frankie Masters) (voc) Frankie Masters & Band
‘Streamlined Interlude’
WJSV CBS Washington DC
21 Sep 1939
Sunrise Serenade
Freddy Monroe Orchestra (a.k.a Frankie Masters)
‘Streamlined Interlude’
WJSV CBS Washington DC
21 Sep 1939
Set 6
Jimmie Lunceford
Open + Jeep Rhythm
Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Jefferson Barracks
Missouri
Mutual Network
23 Nov 1945
Blues in the Night
Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra (voc) Band
‘Spotlight Bands’
Jefferson Barracks
Missouri
Mutual Network
23 Nov 1945
What To Do?
Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Jefferson Barracks
Missouri
Mutual Network
23 Nov 1945
Are You Kidding?
Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra (voc) Band
‘Spotlight Bands’
Jefferson Barracks
Missouri
Mutual Network
23 Nov 1945
Set 7
Radio Transcriptions
The Beard
Raymond Scott Orchestra
Radio Transcription
New York City
1944
Harlem Nocturne
Shep Fields OrchestraRadio Transcription
New York City
1944
Pop Goes the Weasel
Raymond Scott Orchestra (voc) Helen Forrest
Radio Transcription
New York City
1944
The Moon is Low
Shep Fields Orchestra
Radio Transcription
New York City
1944
Set 8
Modern Jazz
Something for Clifford + Not So SleepyOscar PettifordBirdland
WABC ABC NYC
Aug 1957
Hot House
Miles Davis
Carnegie Hall
Voice of America
25 Dec 1949
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