Greg Poppleton

Watch SUGAR. New Tin Pan Alley Vol. 2 video now online WATCH

Fletcher Henderson – 11 February 2020 Phantom Dancer

This week’s 11 February Phantom Dancer mix of swing of jazz from live 1920s-60s radio, on radio and online, has Fletcher Henderson from 1940s-50s radio as feature artist.

Fletcher Henderson studied chemistry and maths. When he turned to music he changed jazz forever, introducing swing arrangements in the 1920s, bring Louis Armstrong to NYC and making music literacy popular. Hear him on 1935-50 radio on this week’s Phantom Dancer with Greg Poppleton.

The Phantom Dancer with actor and 1920s-30s singer Greg Poppleton can be heard online now at https://2ser.com/phantom-dancer/

The last hour is all vinyl.

Fletcher Henderson

SWING

A gifted pianist from the age of 6, whose father made him practice for hours every day, Fletcher Henderson, studied chemistry and mathematics and worked in a laboratory before turning to music.

Henderson, along with Don Redman, established the formula for swing music. The two broke the orchestra into sections (woodwind section, brass section, rhythm section). These sections worked together to create a unique sound. Sometimes, the sections would play in call-and-response style. At other times one section would play supporting riffs behind the other. Swing, its popularity spanning over a decade, was the most fashionable form of jazz ever in the United States.

The immaculately dressed Fletcher Henderson Orchestra in 1936, while Henderson was also arranging for Benny Goodman

The immaculately dressed Fletcher Henderson Orchestra in 1936, while Henderson was also arranging for Benny Goodman

ARMSTRONG

Henderson was also responsible for bringing Louis Armstrong from Chicago to New York in October 1924, thus flipping the focal point of jazz in the history of the United States. Armstrong left the band in November 1925 and returned to Chicago.

Henderson also played a key role in bringing improvisatory jazz styles from New Orleans and other areas of the country to New York, where they merged with a dance-band tradition that relied heavily on arrangements written out in musical notation.

Fletcher Henderson Orch. in 1925 with Louis Armstrong

Fletcher Henderson Orch. in 1925 with Louis Armstrong

HOW’S STUDYING?

Henderson differed from other musicians in his time. He made the idea of playing jazz popular to ambitious, young, black musicians. He made it financially stable and a way to seize cultural power during the time.

Henderson cared for the appearance of the band. He was all for making an impact on the era. Henderson would see to it that each member had a clean-shaven face, a tuxedo, and polished shoes. It was recorded that he would do this before every performance, especially ones in predominantly white communities.

Henderson created a band that was capable of playing dance music and complex arrangements. Louis Metcalf said, “The sight of Fletcher Henderson’s men playing behind music stands brought on a learning-to-read-music kick in Harlem which hadn’t cared before it. There were two years of real concentration. Everybody greeted you with ‘How’s studying?’

Here is The Phantom Dancer Video of the Week, the Fletcher Henderson Ork playing ‘You Go To My Head’ live over WLS NBC Blue, Grand Terrace Ballroom, Chicago, in 1938. Enjoy!

Make sure you come back to this blog, Greg Poppleton’s Radio Lounge, every Tuesday, for the newest Phantom Dancer play list and Video of the Week!

11 FEBRUARY PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #423

107.3 2SER Tuesday 11 February 2020
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT)
National Program:
ArtsoundFM Canberra Sunday 10 – 11pm
Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4pm
7MID Oatlands Tuesday 8 – 9pm
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am
and early morning on 23 other stations.

Set 1
 So-A-Tone
Sleep (theme) + On Your Toes
Fred Waring Orchestra (voc) Chorus + Johnny Davis
‘Fred Waring Show’
WABC CBS NYC
14 Apr 1936
Deep Forest (theme) + Limehouse Blues
Earl Hines Orchestra
Grand Terrance Cafe
WMAQ NBC Red Chicago
3 Aug 1938
Ad + The Broken Record + Rhapsody in Blue (theme)
Paul Whiteman Orchestra (voc and piano) Ramona
‘Paul Whiteman’s Musical Varieties’
WJZ NBC Blue NYC
12 Jan 1936
Set 2
1960s Radio
Open + There’ll Never Be Another You
Billy Taylor and Wes Montgomery
‘The Navy Swings’
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1964
I’ve Got a Crush on You
Jerry Gray and his Band of Today (voc) Bobby Clark
Palladium Ballrom
KFI NBC LA
20 Jan 1961
One Note Samba
Bola Sete
‘The Navy Swings’
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1965
Set 3
Dixieland on Radio
Blues in Bb
Opie Cates
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
10 Jan 1948
Mamie’s Blues
Louis Armstrong
‘This is Jazz’
WOR Mutual NY
26 Apr 1947
I’ve Got The World on a String + Close
Hazel Scott
‘Jazz Club USA’
VOA Washington DC
1951
Set 4
Fletcher Henderson
Jeep Rhythm
Fletcher Henderson Orchestra
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
1944
Alexander’s Ragtime Band
Fletcher Henderson arr. Benny Goodman Orchestra
‘Magic Key’
WLS NBC Blue Chicago
29 Dec 1935
Christopher Columbus (theme) + Royal Garden Blues
Fletcher Henderson Orchestra
Cafe Society Downtown
WMGM New York
9 Dec 1950
Set 5
Dorsey Brothers 1955
I’m Getting Sentimental Over You + Sentimental Baby
Dorsey Brothers Orchestra (voc) Lynn Roberts
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Magnolia Room
Hotel Claridge
WMC NBC Memphis
19 Jun 1955
Open + My Brother is the Leader of the Band
Dorsey Brothers Orchestra
‘Stage Show’
CBS TV New York City
1 Jan 1955
Capital Idea + Close
Dorsey Brothers Orchestra
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Magnolia Room
Hotel Claridge
WMC NBC Memphis
19 Jun 1955
Set 6
1937 Benny Goodman Orchestra
Let’s Dance (theme) + Naughty Waltz
Benny Goodman Orchestra
Madhattan Room
Hotel Pennsylvania
WABC CBS NY
6 Nov 1937
Satan Takes a Holiday
Benny Goodman Orchestra
‘Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS NY
17 Aug 1937
Popcorn Man
Benny Goodman Orchestra (voc) Martha Tilton
Madhattan Room
Hotel Pennsylvania
WABC CBS NY
6 Nov 1937
Sing, Sing, Sing
Benny Goodman Orchestra
‘Camel Caravan’
WABC CBS NY
10 Aug 1937
Set 7
Fats Waller
Your Feets Too Big
Fats Waller
‘Command Performance USA’
AFRS Hollywood
1943
I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter + Christopher Columbus
Fats Waller
‘The Magic Key’
WJZ NBC Blue NY
24 May 1936
The Joint is Jumpin’ + Summertime + Stompin’ at the Savoy
Fats Waller
‘This Is New York’
WABC CBS NY
11 Dec 1938
Set 8
Stan Kenton
Limelight
Stan Kenton Orchestra
‘Concert in Miniature’
Moonlight Gardens
Coney Island
NBC Cincinnati OH
26 Aug 1952
Painted Rhythm
Stan Kenton Orchestra
Palladium Ballroom
KNX CBS LA
27 Nov 1945
Bags and Barrage
Stan Kenton Orchestra
‘Concert in Miniature’
NBC Fort Sheridan IL
2 Sep 1952
Eager Beaver
Stan Kenton Orchestra
Palladium Ballroom
KNX CBS LA
27 Nov 1945

Back to the News

Available now! Get your copy

Newsletter

Keep in touch for gigs near you and new music releases