The music of two bandleaders will return to Canton at 7:30 p.m. Saturday when Canton Comic Opera Company presents the concert A Ticket to the Twenties: A Tribute to Ted Lewis and Paul Whiteman at the Palace Theatre.
The men are gone. Whiteman, known as the King of Jazz, died in 1967. Lewis, the High-Hatted Tragedian of Song, passed on in 1971.
But, the music of two of the most popular bands of their era lingers. The original arrangements of the bandleaders will be used in the concert, said Joseph N. Rubin, executive director of Canton Comic Opera Company.
Rubin will portray Lewis in the first half of the concert, which essentially will be a variety show of the type Lewis put on when he toured the country. In the second half of the concert, Rubin will conduct the music made memorable by Whitemans band.
The Whiteman part will be more of a concert format, said Rubin. We have a 28-piece orchestra, which is what he had, performing all his songs, including (George Gershwins) Rhapsody in Blue, which is what people will remember the most.
CAME TO CANTON
Both Lewis and Whiteman brought their bands to Canton to perform. Whitemans orchestra performed in 1924 at Canton Auditorium and in 1927 at Land ODance. The band led by Lewis appeared in Canton in 1923 at the Grand Opera House and in 1938 at Meyers Lake Amusement Park.
Whiteman's second apperance in Canton took place on Nov 30, 1927. Bix had joined Whiteman a month earlier.
From the Evening Independent, Massilion, OH, Nov 30, 1927.
LAND O' DANCE.
The.management of Land O' Dance,
Canton, presents tonight America's
greatest jazz entertaining group when
it brings Paul Whiteman, himself
universally acknowledged "King
*of Jazz and his 35-pieceVictor orchestra
Which will play in a one-night engagement
at the big ballroom.
Land O Land had several notable attractions
Form the orchestrafield this year, bands whose
names have' been headliners at the
largest ball room and theatres of the United States,
but it has brought no band that, equals Paul Whiteman's.
Paul Whiteman carries thirty-five
men with him, each one of, whom is
an artist. Their baggage fills the baggage
car and a 20 x 30 foot stage has
been specially prepared for their performance.
During the rendition of the programme,
various members of the orchestra
are elevated singly and in
groups, so that when the particular
specialty that each member or group
performs, is staged, it is in full view
of-all parts of the ball room.
Land O' Dance has arranged for
dancing to continue until 1:00 a. m.
tonight, and one admission pays for
the entire evening.
From the Chronicle Telegram, Elyria, OH, Nov 30, 1927.
KING OF JAZZ
COLUMBUS., Nov. 30Paul
S Whiteman is getting thin. He
only weighs 298 pounds now.
The'King ot Jazz who once was
so fat he eclipsed all but the
end men of his orchestra has
trimmed away"thirty"pounds .*.
on his jaunting around the country and
is well on his way to being only
just as rotund as a bass drum."
Whiteman expects to reduce another
15 or 20 pounds before he
feels he will be in proper proportion
to the stage and his orchestra,
"I feel much better, but I am
having: a terrible time," the noted
conductor said just before he departed
for Canton where he will
appear tonight. The band will
visit the tomb of President Mo
Kinley and play "taps".
"I had a week to kill, and knew
of no more tolerant state than
Ohio," Whiteman explained.
"That is why I am in Columbus
instead of Tombstone, Arizona."
So far as he knows no drastic
changes either In the mode or
method of music are the offing
he said and to his way of thinking
it is just as well-
"Music as played now can be
danced to or listened to with,
equal pleasure,"' Whiteman said.
"There is no dearth of . new
rhythms and there need be none." '
Whiteman revealed yesterday",
that he likes burlesque shows.
'Is there atabloid show so
terrible that it would be fun to
see it?" he queried.
The melodic bandman hied himself
to the bald headed row at a
down town burlesque show to
while dragging hours to the accompaniment
of a rasping five piece orchestra