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08 August 2023

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Artie Shaw’s Gramercy Five – Phantom Dancer

Greg Poppleton's Phantom Dancer swing jazz radio show

Artie Shaw and his Gramercy Five was a jazz combo led by bandleader ‘King of the Clarinet’, swing band leader and composer, Artie Shaw. It’s this week’s Phantom Dancer feature. The Gramercy Five had different line-ups when it ran between 1940 and 1954. After his Australian tour in 1954, Shaw gave up clarinet and the Gramercy Five, saying he’d done all he could with it.

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 8 August) and weeks of Phantom Dancer mixes online at, at https://2ser.com/phantom-dancer/

PS: Come join me and my friends for two great jazz shows 6pm Saturday 19 August & 1pm Sunday 20 August at Sunshine Coast Jazz Club. Book now

In keeping with the Sunshine Coast Jazz Club’s motto, “Putting Sunshine into Jazz”, the SSJC brings you Australia’s only authentic 1920s-30s singer Greg Poppleton and 6-piece swing band in two shows of 1920s-30s jazz and swing

“Greg Poppleton’s vocals capture the essence of the Swing Years with uncanny accuracy.” John Gilbert eJazzNews (U.S)

Come dressed Gatsby style. Guys in ties. Girls in pearls

The Band
Greg Poppleton – 1920s-30s vocals
Geoff Power – trumpet
Damon Poppleton – alto saxophone
Shane Cranney – guitar
Adam Barnard – washboard & snare
Will Sargisson – keyboard
Richard Stevens -sousaphone.

The Place
Pelican Room, Caloundra Power Boat Club, Lamerough Parade

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FIRST GRAMERCY FIVE 1940-41

The Gramercy Five was a six-piece small group Artie Shaw formed out of his strongest jazz players. The name was his telephone number.

Big band leaders live Tommy Dorsey (The Clambake 7), Bob Crosby (the Bobcats) and Benny Goodman had their own ‘bands within a band’.

The Gramercy Five was born out of the 19 September 1939 broadcast of the  ‘Melody & Madness’ radio series when Shaw arranged the rhythm section of his orchestra, with his clarinet, to accompany vocal trio, The King Sisters.

The Gramercy Five the formed in 1940 after Shaw had quite band leading, went to Mexico, then returned, was like a jazz chamber orchestra using harpsichord instead of piano.

For Artie Shaw, the sextet was an opportunity for him to stretch out as a clarinettist although his solos were never longer than 16 bars.

The Gramercy 5 featured with the Shaw Orchestra on radio broadcasts and went into the recording studio twelve times between 1940 and 1954

The foriginal line-up had Johnny Guarnieri (harpsichord), Billy Butterfield (trumpet), Artie Shaw (clarinet, arrangement), Al Hendrickson (guitar), Jud DeNaut (bass) and Nick Fatool (drums). 

Shortly before his death in 1988, Billy Butterfield said about working The Gramercy Five :

“It was a great little band. We rehearsed a lot, we worked on it, and every number we played was well prepared before we did it. Artie was a perfectionist , like Benny Goodman. Both were perfectionists. He treated us very well. He once said to me ‘you know, to be a good player you need practice and you always have to live with the horn’.”

SECOND GRAMERCY FIVE 1945

Artie Shaw reassembled the Gramercy Five for Victor records in 1945 with tunes that straddled swing and bebop.

Roy Eldridge (trumpet), Artie Shaw, Dodo Marmarosa (piano), Barney Kessel (guitar), Morris Rayman (bass) and Lou Fromm (drums) recorded the two tracks “The Grabtown Grabble” and “The Sad Sack “.

Commercially, the new recordings were not very successful.

In March 1945, two more titles, “I Was Doing All Right” and ” You Took Advantage of Me ” was recorded for NBC in Hollywood.

Then on July 31 and August 2, 1945, they recorded the track “Scuttlebutt”, two days later “The Gentle Grifter”, “Hop, Skip and Jump” and two takes of “Misterioso”.

THIRD GRAMERCY FIVE 1949 -54

In December 1949 Shaw recorded five radio transcriptions including the standard Smoke Gets in Your Eyes and the Pied Piper Theme with a new Gramercy Five.

The, in January 1950, with a similar line-up, the Gramercy Five recorded “There Must Be Something Better Than Love” ( Dorothy Fields / Morton Gould ) and “Nothin’ from Nothin'” with Mary Ann McCall (vocals) For Decca.

This edition of the Gramercy Five included Don Fagerquist (trumpet), Gil Barrios (piano), Jimmy Raney (guitar), Dick Nivison (bass) and Irv Kluger (drums).

In April, the Five recorded “Crumbum” and  “Sheckomeeko Shuffle” with Fagerquist replaced by Lee Castle , Nivison by Teddy Kotick and Irv Kluger by Dave Williams. They were joined by tenor saxophonist Don Lanphere.

January 1951, Artie Shaw and his Gramercy Five accompanied pop vocalists June Hutton (“My Kinda Love”/”Dancing on the Ceiling”) and Don Cherry (“I Apologize”/”Bring Back the Thrill”) on four tracks.

This band had Stan Freeman (piano), Danny Perri (guitar), Bob Haggart (bass) and Bunny Shawker (drums).

Also for Decca, in 1952, Shaw’s Gramercy Five (this time featuring Bob Kitsis (piano), George Barnes  (guitar), Trigger Alpert, Buddy Schutz) accompanied singer Connee Boswell singing “Where There’s Smoke There’s Fire” and “My Little Nest of Heavenly Blue”.

The Five recorded an EP for Bell Records with Tal Farlow, Hank Jones, Joe Roland, Tommy Potter and Irv Kluger.

The Gramercy Five’s final recording was in June 1954 for the Clef LP Artie Shaw and his Grammercy Five Album #3.

With Artie Shaw were Hank Jones, Joe Puma, Tommy Potter and Irv Kluger. It was an album of standards including My Funny Valentine, Too Marvelous for Words, Yesterdays, Tenderly and Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered.

8 AUGUST PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
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107.3 2SER Tuesday 8 August 2023
12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT)
National Program
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
7RPH Hobart Monday 3 – 4pm
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
Count Basie
One O’Clock Jump (theme) + Perdido
Count Basie Orchestra
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Zardi’s
KFI NBC LA
14 May 1956
Blues Backstage
Count Basie Orchestra
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Zardi’s
KFI NBC LA
14 May 1956
Alright, OK, You Win
Count Basie Orchestra (voc) Joe Williams
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Zardi’s
KFI NBC LA
14 May 1956
April in ParisCount Basie Orchestra
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Zardi’s
KFI NBC LA
14 May 1956
Set 2
Trad Jazz
Station ID + A Kiss to Build a Dream On
George Gerard & the New Orleans Five (voc)
O’Dwyer’s
WWL CBS New Orleans
1951
Mahoghany Hall Stomp
George Gerard & the New Orleans Five (voc) Band
O’Dwyer’s
WWL CBS New Orleans
1951
Mississippi Mud
George Gerard & the New Orleans Five
O’Dwyer’s
WWL CBS New Orleans
1951
I’m Sitting on Top of the World
George Gerard & the New Orleans Five
O’Dwyer’s
WWL CBS New Orleans
1951
Set 3
Gramercy Five
Summit Ridge Drive
Artie Shaw’s Gramercy 5
‘Spotlight Bands’
AFRS Re-broadcast
San Diego Ca
12 Sep 1945
The Sad Sack
Artie Shaw’s Gramercy 5
‘Spotlight Bands’
AFRS Re-broadcast
Santa Ana AFB Ca
3 Oct 1945
Hop, Skip and Jump
Artie Shaw’s Gramercy 5
‘Spotlight Bands’
AFRS Re-broadcast
San Luis Obispo Ca
26 Sep 1945
Scuttlebutt
Artie Shaw’s Gramercy 5
‘Spotlight Bands’
AFRS Re-broadcast
Fort Ord Ca
19 Sep 1945
Set 4
Freddy Martin
Open + Lily Belle
Freddy Martin Orchestra
‘Downbeat’
AFRS Hollywood
1944
Poinciana
Freddy Martin Orchestra
‘Downbeat’
AFRS Hollywood
1944
There Must Be Someone For Me
Freddy Martin Orchestra (voc) The Martin Men
‘Downbeat’
AFRS Hollywood
1944
Warsaw Concerto + So Long (theme)
Freddy Martin Orchestra
‘Downbeat’
AFRS Hollywood
1944
Set 5
Jazz Piano
Me + Football Song
Sam Lanin Orchestra with vocals
Hit of the Week Record
1931
Love Letters in the Sand + Football Song
Sam Lanin Orchestra with vocals
Hit of the Week Record
1931
Set 6
1930s Hot Swing
Open + Murdy Purdy
Gene Krupa Orchestra
Aircheck
Palomar Ballroom
Los Angeles
28 Nov 1938
Let’s Get Together (theme) + Breakin’ ’em Down
Chick Webb Orchestra
Southland Cafe
WNAC NBC Red Boston
4 May 1939
Hartford Stomp
Benny Goodman Orchestra
‘Camel Caravan’
Hartford Conn
WDRC CBS
7 Feb 1939
St Louis Blues + One O’Clock Jump
Count Basie Orchestra
Chatterbox
Hotel William Penn
WCAE NBC Red
Pittsburgh
8 Feb 1937
Set 7
Louis Armstrong
When It’s Sleepy Time Down South (theme)
Louis Armstrong All-Stars
‘Guest Star’
Radio Transcription NYC
12 Dec 1954
Indiana
Louis Armstrong All-Stars‘Guest Star’
Radio Transcription NYC
12 Dec 1954
You’re Just in Love
Louis Armstrong All-Stars (voc) Louis Armstrong & Velma Middleton
‘Guest Star’
Radio Transcription NYC
12 Dec 1954
Basin Street Blues + Close
Louis Armstrong All-Stars (voc) Louis Armstrong
‘Guest Star’
Radio Transcription NYC
12 Dec 1954
Set 8
Bop Sides
Yardbird Suite
Charlie Parker Septet
Comm Rec
Hollywood
28 Mar 1946
Oo Bop Sh’BamCharlie Parker Quintet
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NYC
1 Jan 1949
Open + Blue’n’Boogie
Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Birdland
WLZ ABC  NYC
31 Mar 1951
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