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09 July 2024

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Henry ‘Red’ Allen Trad and Mod Trumpeter – Phantom Dancer

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Henry ‘Red’ Allen was an American trumpeter and singer,. He was the first to incorporate Louis Armstrong’s trumpet innovations and he was a Downbeat poll winner for both trad and modern trumpet. He’s your Phantom Dancer featured artist this week.

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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HENRY

Born in New Orleans, Henry James “Red” Allen, Jr was the son of the bandleader Henry Allen Sr. His first trumpet lessons were with Peter Bocage and Manuel Manetta.

Starting in Sidney Desvigne’s Southern Syncopators, Allen was playing professionally at age 15 (in 1924) with the Excelsior Brass Band and the jazz dance bands of Sam Morgan, George Lewis and John Casimir.

He played on riverboats on the Mississippi River, then went to Chicago in 1927 to join King Oliver’s band. He made recordings in the band of Clarence Williams.

Returning briefly to New Orleans, he worked with the bands of Fate Marable and Fats Pichon, and was offered a recording contract with Victor Records. This took him to New York City in 1929, where he joined the Luis Russell band and was a featured soloist until 1932.

Allen played on recording sessions organized by Eddie Condon, some of which featured Fats Waller and Tommy Dorsey. He also made a series of recordings in late 1931 with Don Redman. In 1932 he recorded with the Rhythmakers in New York City. In 1933 he joined Fletcher Henderson’s Orchestra. He played with Lucky Millinder’s Mills Blue Rhythm Band from 1934 to 1937, when he returned to Russell for three more years, by which time Russell’s orchestra was fronted by Louis Armstrong.

Allen seldom received any solo space on recordings with Armstrong, but was prominently featured in the band’s live performances, even getting billing as a featured attraction.

BAND LEADER

Allen recorded with his own band for Victor from 1929 – 1930. He made records as co-leader with Coleman Hawkins in 1933 for ARC. He was as an ARC recording artist till 1935. He was moved to ARC’s Vocalion label for a popular series of swing records from 1935 – 1937. He did a session for Decca in 1940 and two sessions for OKeh in 1941.

After World War II, he recorded for Brunswick in 1944, Victor in 1946, and Apollo in 1947.

Allen made many records under his own name and with Fats Waller and Jelly Roll Morton. He accompanied singers Victoria Spivey and Billie Holiday. After a short stint with Benny Goodman, Allen lead his own band at the Famous Door in Manhattan which he toured around the United States into the late 1950s.

In December 1957, Allen appeared with Pee Wee Russell on tTV in Sound Of Jazz.

In 1959, he made his first tour of Europe when he joined Kid Ory’s band.

He led the house band at New York’s Metropole Cafe from 1954 – 1965. We hear a broadcast from thr Metropole of Henry ‘Red’ Allen from the Metropole on this week’s Phantom Dancer.

New Orleans City Council renamed “Slidell Street” in his birth place Algiers to “Red Allen Way”, in 2022.

9 July PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
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107.3 2SER Tuesday 9 July 2024
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 Thursday 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
Eddie Howard
Josephine
Eddie Howard Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Aragon Ballroom
Chicago
AFRS Re-broadcast
1955
In a Little Corner of your Heart
Eddie Howard Orchestra (voc) Eddie Howard
‘One Night Stand’
Aragon Ballroom
Chicago
AFRS Re-broadcast
1955
My Darling ClementineEddie Howard Orchestra (voc) Eddie Howard and the Trio
‘One Night Stand’
Aragon Ballroom
Chicago
AFRS Re-broadcast
1955
Medley: Peg o’My Heart + Louise + If I Could Be with You One Hour Tonight + CloseEddie Howard Orchestra‘One Night Stand’
Aragon Ballroom
Chicago
AFRS Re-broadcast
1955
Set 2
Richard Himber
Program Theme + Himber’s Theme
Richard Himber and his Studebaker Champions (theme by Frank Black and the NBC Symphony Orch.)
‘The Magic Key’
WJZ NBC Blue NYC
27 Dec 1936
Yesterdays
Richard Himber and his Studebaker Champions
‘The Magic Key’
WJZ NBC Blue NYC
27 Dec 1936
Through the Courtesy of Love
Richard Himber and his Studebaker Champions (voc) Stuart Allen
‘The Magic Key’
WJZ NBC Blue NYC
27 Dec 1936
It’s DeLovely + Program Music
Richard Himber and his Studebaker Champions (program music and theme by Frank Black and the NBC Symphony Orch.)
‘The Magic Key’
WJZ NBC Blue NYC
27 Dec 1936
Set 3
Henry ‘Red’ Allen
Algiers Bounce (theme) + Lady Be Good
Henry ‘Red’ Allen
London House
WBBM CBS Chicago
30 Mar 1962
I’ll Do Anything For You
Henry ‘Red’ Allen
‘Bandstand USA’
Cafe Metropole
WOR Mutual NYC
Jan 1958
The Price is Right
Henry ‘Red’ Allen
London House
WBBM CBS Chicago
30 Mar 1962
Basin Street Blues
Henry ‘Red’ Allen
‘Doctor Jazz’
Central Plaza
WMGM NYC
13 Apr 1952
Ride, Red, RideHenry ‘Red’ Allen‘Doctor Jazz’
Central Plaza
WMGM NYC
13 Apr 1952
Set 4
1930 Radio
Coca Cola Waltz (theme) + So Sympathetic
Leonard Joy all String Orchestra
‘Coca-Cola Top Notchers’
WEEI NBC Red Edison Boston
26 Mar 1930
Romance
Leonard Joy all String Orchestra
‘Coca-Cola Top Notchers’
WEEI NBC Red Edison Boston
26 Mar 1930
A Pretty Girl is Like a Melody
Leonard Joy all String Orchestra
‘Coca-Cola Top Notchers’
WEEI NBC Red Edison Boston
26 Mar 1930
Perdida
Leonard Joy all String Orchestra
‘Coca-Cola Top Notchers’
WEEI NBC Red Edison Boston
26 Mar 1930
Set 5
Billy Eckstine
Blue and Boogie (theme) + Airmail Special
Billy Eckstine Orchestra‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
Feb 1945
Don’t Blame Me
Billy Eckstine Orchestra (voc) Sarah Vaughan
 ‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
Feb 1945
If That’s the Way You Feel
Billy Eckstine Orchestra (voc) Billy Eckstine
 ‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
Feb 1945
Blue and Boogie (theme)
Billy Eckstine Orchestra
 ‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
Feb 1945
Set 6
Bunny Berrigan 1938
Will You Remember Tomorrow Tonight?
Benny Berrigan Orchestra
Radio Transcription
1938
It’s Wonderful
Benny Berrigan Orchestra (voc) Gail Reese
Aircheck
1938
Black Bottom
Benny Berrigan Orchestra
Radio Transcription
1938
Devil’s Holiday
Benny Berrigan Orchestra
Aircheck
1938
Set 7
Tommy Dorsey
I Never Knew
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (voc) The Sentimentalists
‘For The Record’
Carnegie Hall
WEAF NBC NYC
17 Apr 1944
So Little Time
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (voc) Morton Downey
‘For The Record’
Carnegie Hall
WEAF NBC NYC
17 Apr 1944
Song of India
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
‘For The Record’
Carnegie Hall
WEAF NBC NYC
17 Apr 1944
Loosers Weepers
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
‘For The Record’
Carnegie Hall
WEAF NBC NYC
17 Apr 1944
Set 8
Hampton and Goodman
Swanee RiverLionel Hampton Orchestra‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
3 Dec 1945
Rattle and RollBenny Goodman Orchestra
Meadowbrook Gardens
Culver City Ca
KHJ Mutual LA
14 Jan 1946
I Wish I could Tell You + Goodbye (theme)Benny Goodman Orchestra (voc) Lisa MorrowMeadowbrook Gardens
Culver City Ca
KHJ Mutual LA
14 Jan 1946
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