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Phil Napoleon Jazz Trumpet Pioneer – Phantom Dancer 12 Jul 2022

Phil Napoleon, pioneer jazz trumpeter and band leader is this week’s Phantom Dancer feature artist.

Born Filippo Napoli, Napoleon led many recording sessions in the mid-1920s that helped build the popularity of jazz. He was a pioneer whose playing was influential on later trumpeters including Red Nichols and Bix Beiderbecke.

Here’s a 1925 recording of the Bass Ale Blues. Bass Ale was a popular tipple in Sydney in the 1920s and the uploader of this clip has included mugshots of Sydney suspects from the Sydney Police and Justice Museum collection…

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 12 July) and two years of Phantom Dancer mixes online at, at https://2ser.com/phantom-dancer/

PIONEER

Phil Napoleon was performing publicly by age 5 as a classical trumpeter in 1906.

In the 1910s, he was one of the first musicians in the northern US to embrace the new “jass” style brought to that part of the country from New Orleans.

He formed “The Original Memphis Five” with pianist Frank Signorell in 1917 and was one of the most sought after trumpeters of the 1920s.

The New York City-based Original Memphis Five were often in the recording studio in the acoustical recording era and made over 100 recordings in 1922-1923 alone.

Though Napoleon’s 1927 version of “Clarinet Marmalade” was a big success, The Original Memphis Five disbanded in 1928.

He recorded with the Cotton Pickers and the Charleston Chasers and also worked with blues singers Leona Williams and Alberta Hunter.

LATER CAREER

During the 1930s, Napoleon mainly worked as a session trumpeter, working in the RCA Radio Orchestra in the early 1930s

In 1937, Napoleon unsuccessfully tried to form his own orchestra.

He joined Jimmy Dorsey’s Orchestra in the mid 1940s, and appeared with the band in the film Four Jills in a Jeep.

Leaving Dorsey in 1947, he worked as a studio musician at NBC New York until 1949 when he reformed The Original Memphis Five, which you’ll hear on this week’s Phantom Dancer, broadcasting from Nick’s, where he continued to play into the 1950s.

His nephew, jazz pianist Marty Napoleon, worked with him often.

On July 3, 1959, Napoleon and The Memphis Five performed at the Newport Jazz Festival. This was recorded and released as an album.

“Napoleon’s Retreat” was his own club which he opened in Miami, Florida in 1966. He continued to perform Dixieland jazz in the club up until the 1980s.

12 JULY PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney
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Community Radio Network Show CRN #553

107.3 2SER Tuesday 12 July 2022
12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 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
Duke Ellington
Theme + Blue Skies
Duke Ellington Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Buffalo NY
Blue Network
27 Nov 1943
Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me
Duke Ellington Orchestra (voc) Al Hibbler
‘Spotlight Bands’
Buffalo NY
Blue Network
27 Nov 1943
Rockin’ in Rhythm + Close
Duke Ellington Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Buffalo NY
Blue Network
27 Nov 1943
Set 2
Selling Diet Pills
Open + Little Girl
Marmola Entertainers
‘Marmola Show’
Radio Transcription
1934
It’s the Girl
Marmola Entertainers
‘Marmola Show’
Radio Transcription
1934
Instrumental
Marmola Entertainers
‘Marmola Show’
Radio Transcription
1934
Drama + Little Girl + Close
Marmola Entertainers
‘Marmola Show’
Radio Transcription
1934
Set 3
Boyd Raeburn
Open + Cirribirribin
Boyd Raeburn Orchestra
‘Meet the Band’
WBBM CBS Chicago
14 Jun 1940
Roses in Picardy
Boyd Raeburn Orchestra (voc) Three Men and a Maid
‘Meet the Band’
WBBM CBS Chicago
14 Jun 1940
Medley: On the Alamo + Blue Skies
Boyd Raeburn Orchestra + Gertrude Niessen
‘Meet the Band’
WBBM CBS Chicago
14 Jun 1940
Dance of the Demons + Close
Boyd Raeburn Orchestra
‘Meet the Band’
WBBM CBS Chicago
14 Jun 1940
Set 4
Jazz Pioneer
Open + Instrumental
Phil Napoleon and his Memphis Five
‘One Night Stand’
AFRS re-broadcast
Nick’s
New York City
20 Jul 1949
Peg o’ My Heart
Phil Napoleon and his Memphis Five
‘One Night Stand’
AFRS re-broadcast
Nick’s
New York City
20 Jul 1949
Bond Street (fron Fats Waller’s London Suite)
Hank Duncan (piano)
‘One Night Stand’
AFRS re-broadcast
Nick’s
New York City
20 Jul 1949
Royal Garden Blues
Phil Napoleon and his Memphis Five
‘One Night Stand’
AFRS re-broadcast
Nick’s
New York City
20 Jul 1949
Set 5
1930s Shuffle Rhythm
Hot Lips (theme) + Rose Room
Henry Busse Orchestra
Radio Transcription
1935
IOn the Road to Mandalay
Jan Savitt Orchestra (voc) Bon Bon
Radio Transcription
1939
Lookie Lookie Here Comes Cookie
Henry Busse Orchestra (voc) Marion Holmes
Radio Transcription
1935
Good Morning
Jan Savitt Orchestra
Radio Transcription
1939
Set 6
1940s Swing Bands
Theme + Tea for Two
Bob Strong Orchestra
Glen Island Casino
New Rochelle NY
WOR Mutual NYC
5 Aug 1944
Theme + Giant Panda
Bobby Sherwood Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
AFRS re-broadcast
Jantzen Beach OR
1944
One Way Passage + Stardreams (theme)
Charlie Spivak Orchestra
Palladium Ballroom
KNX CBS LA
7 Apr 1948
Set 7
Screaming Big Bands
Melancholy Lullaby (theme) + Old Man River
Benny Carter Orchestra
Trianon Ballroom
South Gate CA
KECA Blue LA
1944
Airmail Special
Billy Eckstine Orchestra‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
Feb 1945
Fish Fry
Benny Carter Orchestra
Trianon Ballroom
South Gate CA
KECA Blue LA
1944
Mr Chips + Blue ‘n’ Boogie (theme)
Billy Eckstine Orchestra
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
Feb 1945
Set 8
Bop 1949
Tiny’s Blues
Chubby Jackson Orchestra
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NYC
12 Mar 1949
I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles
Jackie Kane & Roy Kral
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NYC
1949
Father Knickerbocker
Chubby Jackson Orchestra
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NYC
5 Mar 1949

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12 July 2022

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Phil Napoleon Jazz Trumpet Pioneer – Phantom Dancer 12 Jul 2022

Greg Poppleton's Phantom Dancer swing jazz radio show

Phil Napoleon, pioneer jazz trumpeter and band leader is this week’s Phantom Dancer feature artist.

Born Filippo Napoli, Napoleon led many recording sessions in the mid-1920s that helped build the popularity of jazz. He was a pioneer whose playing was influential on later trumpeters including Red Nichols and Bix Beiderbecke.

Here’s a 1925 recording of the Bass Ale Blues. Bass Ale was a popular tipple in Sydney in the 1920s and the uploader of this clip has included mugshots of Sydney suspects from the Sydney Police and Justice Museum collection…

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 12 July) and two years of Phantom Dancer mixes online at, at https://2ser.com/phantom-dancer/

PIONEER

Phil Napoleon was performing publicly by age 5 as a classical trumpeter in 1906.

In the 1910s, he was one of the first musicians in the northern US to embrace the new “jass” style brought to that part of the country from New Orleans.

He formed “The Original Memphis Five” with pianist Frank Signorell in 1917 and was one of the most sought after trumpeters of the 1920s.

The New York City-based Original Memphis Five were often in the recording studio in the acoustical recording era and made over 100 recordings in 1922-1923 alone.

Though Napoleon’s 1927 version of “Clarinet Marmalade” was a big success, The Original Memphis Five disbanded in 1928.

He recorded with the Cotton Pickers and the Charleston Chasers and also worked with blues singers Leona Williams and Alberta Hunter.

LATER CAREER

During the 1930s, Napoleon mainly worked as a session trumpeter, working in the RCA Radio Orchestra in the early 1930s

In 1937, Napoleon unsuccessfully tried to form his own orchestra.

He joined Jimmy Dorsey’s Orchestra in the mid 1940s, and appeared with the band in the film Four Jills in a Jeep.

Leaving Dorsey in 1947, he worked as a studio musician at NBC New York until 1949 when he reformed The Original Memphis Five, which you’ll hear on this week’s Phantom Dancer, broadcasting from Nick’s, where he continued to play into the 1950s.

His nephew, jazz pianist Marty Napoleon, worked with him often.

On July 3, 1959, Napoleon and The Memphis Five performed at the Newport Jazz Festival. This was recorded and released as an album.

“Napoleon’s Retreat” was his own club which he opened in Miami, Florida in 1966. He continued to perform Dixieland jazz in the club up until the 1980s.

12 JULY PLAY LIST

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney
LISTEN ONLINE

Community Radio Network Show CRN #553

107.3 2SER Tuesday 12 July 2022
12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 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
Duke Ellington
Theme + Blue Skies
Duke Ellington Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Buffalo NY
Blue Network
27 Nov 1943
Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me
Duke Ellington Orchestra (voc) Al Hibbler
‘Spotlight Bands’
Buffalo NY
Blue Network
27 Nov 1943
Rockin’ in Rhythm + Close
Duke Ellington Orchestra
‘Spotlight Bands’
Buffalo NY
Blue Network
27 Nov 1943
Set 2
Selling Diet Pills
Open + Little Girl
Marmola Entertainers
‘Marmola Show’
Radio Transcription
1934
It’s the Girl
Marmola Entertainers
‘Marmola Show’
Radio Transcription
1934
Instrumental
Marmola Entertainers
‘Marmola Show’
Radio Transcription
1934
Drama + Little Girl + Close
Marmola Entertainers
‘Marmola Show’
Radio Transcription
1934
Set 3
Boyd Raeburn
Open + Cirribirribin
Boyd Raeburn Orchestra
‘Meet the Band’
WBBM CBS Chicago
14 Jun 1940
Roses in Picardy
Boyd Raeburn Orchestra (voc) Three Men and a Maid
‘Meet the Band’
WBBM CBS Chicago
14 Jun 1940
Medley: On the Alamo + Blue Skies
Boyd Raeburn Orchestra + Gertrude Niessen
‘Meet the Band’
WBBM CBS Chicago
14 Jun 1940
Dance of the Demons + Close
Boyd Raeburn Orchestra
‘Meet the Band’
WBBM CBS Chicago
14 Jun 1940
Set 4
Jazz Pioneer
Open + Instrumental
Phil Napoleon and his Memphis Five
‘One Night Stand’
AFRS re-broadcast
Nick’s
New York City
20 Jul 1949
Peg o’ My Heart
Phil Napoleon and his Memphis Five
‘One Night Stand’
AFRS re-broadcast
Nick’s
New York City
20 Jul 1949
Bond Street (fron Fats Waller’s London Suite)
Hank Duncan (piano)
‘One Night Stand’
AFRS re-broadcast
Nick’s
New York City
20 Jul 1949
Royal Garden Blues
Phil Napoleon and his Memphis Five
‘One Night Stand’
AFRS re-broadcast
Nick’s
New York City
20 Jul 1949
Set 5
1930s Shuffle Rhythm
Hot Lips (theme) + Rose Room
Henry Busse Orchestra
Radio Transcription
1935
IOn the Road to Mandalay
Jan Savitt Orchestra (voc) Bon Bon
Radio Transcription
1939
Lookie Lookie Here Comes Cookie
Henry Busse Orchestra (voc) Marion Holmes
Radio Transcription
1935
Good Morning
Jan Savitt Orchestra
Radio Transcription
1939
Set 6
1940s Swing Bands
Theme + Tea for Two
Bob Strong Orchestra
Glen Island Casino
New Rochelle NY
WOR Mutual NYC
5 Aug 1944
Theme + Giant Panda
Bobby Sherwood Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
AFRS re-broadcast
Jantzen Beach OR
1944
One Way Passage + Stardreams (theme)
Charlie Spivak Orchestra
Palladium Ballroom
KNX CBS LA
7 Apr 1948
Set 7
Screaming Big Bands
Melancholy Lullaby (theme) + Old Man River
Benny Carter Orchestra
Trianon Ballroom
South Gate CA
KECA Blue LA
1944
Airmail Special
Billy Eckstine Orchestra‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
Feb 1945
Fish Fry
Benny Carter Orchestra
Trianon Ballroom
South Gate CA
KECA Blue LA
1944
Mr Chips + Blue ‘n’ Boogie (theme)
Billy Eckstine Orchestra
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
Feb 1945
Set 8
Bop 1949
Tiny’s Blues
Chubby Jackson Orchestra
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NYC
12 Mar 1949
I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles
Jackie Kane & Roy Kral
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NYC
1949
Father Knickerbocker
Chubby Jackson Orchestra
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NYC
5 Mar 1949
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