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28 June 2022

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Don Redman Swing Inventor? Phantom Dancer 28 June 2022

Greg Poppleton's Phantom Dancer swing jazz radio show

Don Redman is this week’s Phantom Dancer feature artist. Don Redman was a U.S jazz musician, arranger, bandleader and composer. He’s hailed as the arranger who invented swing. He’s the uncle of saxophonist Dewey Redman and great-uncle of saxophonist Joshua Redman and trumpeter Carlos Redman.

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

LISTEN to this week’s Phantom Dancer mix (online after 2pm AEST, Tuesday 28 June) and two years of Phantom Dancer mixes online at, at https://2ser.com/phantom-dancer/

Here’s Don Redman singing with his Orchestra in a Vitaphone short feature from 1933…

DON REDMAN

Don Redman’s father was a music teacher. His mother was a singer. He started playing trumpet at age 3 and joined his first band at the aged 6.

By the time he was 12, he was proficient on all wind instruments ranging from trumpet to oboe as well as piano.

He studied at Storer College in Harper’s Ferry (where the third video, The Don Redman Jazz Heritage Awards was filmed, see below.). He then studied at the Boston Conservatory.

On graduating he joined Billy Page’s Broadway Syncopaters in New York City.

SWING

Crucial to the developement of swing, Redman joined the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra in 1923 on clarinet and saxophones. He began writing arrangements for the Henderson Orchestra which created the Swing sound.

A trademark of Redman’s arrangements was the band playing harmony under written solos. He played brass and reed sections off each other in a call-response pattern, having one section punctuate the figures of another, and moved the melody around different orchestral sections and soloists. This innovative Swing sound forms the basis of much big band jazz writing.

He left Henderson in 1927 to join McKinney’s Cotton Pickers as their musical director and leader. He was responsible for their great success and arranged over half of their music. In 1931 he started his own orchestra.

ORCHESTRA

With his own band, Redman started at a residency at the Manhattan jazz club Connie’s Inn. Redman signed with Brunswick Records and undertook a series of radio broadcasts – part of one you’ll hear on this week’s Phantom Dancer.

He sang with his orchestra, sharing the microphone with the ‘Black Crosby’, Harlan Lattimore. By 1937, his orchestra featured ‘The Swing Choir’. Redman’s vocal style on his own songs like ‘I Heard’ and ‘Try Getting a Good Night’s Sleep’ is recitative in style.

Don Redman and Orchestra in the 1933 Betty Boop cartoon, “I Heard”…

Redman disbanded his orchestra in 1940 and concentrated on freelance work writing arrangements for Jimmy Dorsey, Count Basie, and Harry James.

He traveled to Europe in 1946 leading an all-star band that included Don Byas, Tyree Glenn, and Billy Taylor. He appeared on Uptown Jubilee on the CBS Television network for the 1949 season. In the 1950s, he was music director for singer Pearl Bailey.

In the early 1960s, he played piano for the Georgia Minstrels Concert and soprano sax with Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle’s band.

Don Redman’s legacy continues – The Don Redman Jazz Heritage Awards, 2016…

28 JUNE PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
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107.3 2SER Tuesday 28 June 2022
12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT) and Saturdays 5 – 5:55pm
National Program
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 6 -7pm
6GME Radio Goolarri Broome Tuesday 12am – 1am
2SEA Eden Tuesday 6 – 7pm
2MCE Bathurst Wednesday 9 – 10am
1ART ArtsoundFM Canberra Friday 10 – 11am
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
5LCM Lofty FM Adelaide Friday 1 – 2pm
Denmark FM (West Australia) Saturdays 10 – 11am
Repeat: Wednesdays 10 – 11pm
7LTN Launceston Sunday 5 – 6am
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am
3BBR West Gippsland Sunday 5 – 6pm

Set 1
1940s Swing Radio
Sound Off (theme) + Sheik of Araby
Teddy Wilson and Red Norvo Band
‘Sound Off’
AFRS Hollywood
1944
Remember (theme) + Woodchoppers’ Ball
Benny Goodman Orchestra (theme) Woody Herman Orchestra
‘Jill’s All-Time Juke Box’
AFRS Hollywood
1945
When They Ask About You + Sound Off (theme)
Hal McIntyre Orchestra (voc) Gloria Vance
‘Sound Off’
AFRS Hollywood
1944
Set 2
Dixie
Open + Panama
Paul Tanner and his Solid Seven
‘Yank Bandstand’
AFRS Hollywood
1944
Down The Road Apiece
Art Hodes (piano)
‘Dixieland Club’
AFRS Re-broadcast5 Sep 1951
When The Saints Go Marching In + Getting Sentimental Over You
Dorsey Brothers Orchestra + Duke Ellington + Buddy Rich + Johnny Ray
‘Stageshow’
WCBS CBS TV NYC
1 Jan 1955
Set 3
Frank Sinatra
Open + With a Song in My Heart
Frank Sinatra
‘Treasury Star Parade’
Radio Transcription
1944
Great Day + You’ll Never Walk Alone
Frank Sinatra
‘Guest Star’
Radio Transcription
1948
That Old Black Magic + Auld Lang Syne + Put Your Dreams Away (theme)
Frank Sinatra
‘Songs by Sinatra
WABC CBS NYC
31 Dec 1943
Set 4
Don Redman
Try Getting a Good Night’s Sleep
Don Redman Orchestra (voc) Don Redman
Comm Rec
NYC
26 Feb 1932
Odds and Ends
Don Redman Orchestra (voc) Don Redman
Casino de Paree
WABC CBS NYC
22 Dec 1933
Redman Rhythm + Close (At the beginning of Redman Rhythm, the radio reception for this 1933 home disc recording improves)
Don Redman Orchestra
Casino de Paree
WABC CBS NYC
22 Dec 1933
A Two Time Man
Don Redman Orchestra (voc) Don Redman
Comm Rec
NYC
19 Sep 1932
Set 5
Let’s Dance
Let’s Dance (theme) + The Object of My Affection
Benny Goodman Orchestra (voc) Buddy Clark
‘Let’s Dance’
WEAF NBC Red NYC
1 Dec 1934
Honeysuckle Rose + Love is Just Around the Corner
Benny Goodman Orchestra (voc) Buddy Clark
‘Let’s Dance’
WEAF NBC Red NYC
4 Jan 1935
Chicago
Benny Goodman Orchestra
‘Let’s Dance’
WEAF NBC Red NYC
2 Feb 1935
Set 6
Radio Transcriptions
Tumbling Tumbleweeds
Jan Garber Orchestra (voc) Lee Bennett
Radio Transcription
1939
Cradle Song (Brahms)
Les Elgart Orchestra
Radio Transcription
1946
Love Song of Renaldo
Jan Garber Orchestra (voc) Fritz Heilbron
Radio Transcription
1941
Largo (Dvorak)
Les Elgart Orchestra
Radio Transcription
1946
Set 7
Selling Shoes and Aeroplanes
I’ve Got Five Dollars (theme) + One Man Band
Freddy Rich Orchestra
‘Friendly Five Footnotes’
Radio Transcription
1932
Somebody Stole My Gla
Freddy Rich Orchestra
‘Friendly Five Footnotes’
Radio Transcription
1932
A Happy Landing
Freddy Rich Orchestra
‘Friendly Five Footnotes’
Radio Transcription
1932
San
Freddy Rich Orchestra
‘Friendly Five Footnotes’
Radio Transcription
1932
Set 8
Modern Jazz
Night and Day
Django Reinhardt with Paul Baron’s Orchestra
‘This is Paris’
NBC
1949
If I Were a Bell
Buddy Rich Quintet
Birdland
WABC ABC NY
7 Nov 1958
Theme + Jordu
Stan Getz Quartet
‘Bandstand USA’
Red Hill Inn
Pennsauken NJ
Mutual
18 May 1957
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