Kathy Smith sent the following images and writes, "This was the home of the Gene Kardos band and today it is still a theater."
Thanks very much, Kathy. I appreciate your contribution.
Gene Kardos was brought up in the forum about two and a half years ago. See
There is a lot of good information (and excerpts of the recordings) about Gene Kardos in
Right now I want you to listen to Gene Kardos' recording of Georgia on My Mind. It was waxed in the first recording section of the band, New York, June 10, 1931. Issued on Timely Tunes as by Gene and His Glorians.
Here is the roster of musicians according to Rust's Jazz discography: Gene Kardos, as, dir; Sammy Castin, Willie Mayer, t; Milt Shaw, tb; Joe Sagora, cl, as; Morrris Cohen or Nat Brown, c, as, ts; Joel Shaw, p; Albert Julian, v; Danny Bono or Ben Goldberg, bb; Saul Howard, d. However, according to Lord, the musicians are: Sid Peltyn (tp) + one of the following 3: Sammy Castin, Stan Castner (tp) or Red Rosenberg (tp) Milt Shaw (tb) Julie Friedman (cl,as) Gene Kardos (as,vcl,dir) Gabe Galinas (ts) Joel Shaw (p,vcl) prob Albert Julian (g,vcl) unknown (tu) Sam Weiss (d) Dick Robertson (vcl) Bernie Green (arr). The discrepancies are noteworthy. The listing of musicians in the TOM CD: Gene Kardos - leader; Sammy Caspin,Stan Casner - t; Milt Small - tb; Moe Cohen - as; Gabe Galinas - Jules Harrison - as-ts; Joel Shaw - p; Sal Sussman - bj-g; Max Goodman - bb-sb; Smith Howard - d; Albert Julian- v. Brian Rust's American Dance Band Discography lists Mike Doty as clarinet/alto sax, but the personnel list compiled by surviving members of the band and researcher Harold Smith does not include him. Arrangements, unless otherwise noted, are by Bernie Green. [Note 1]
The whole record reminds me of Bix, but the trumpet soloist is certainly highly informed of what and how Bix played his cornet!! In his solo, in little breaks, in his obbligato behind the vocal, we are dealing with another Bixian trumpet player. As I said before, so many of the trumpet players (and also players of other instruments) in the 1920s and early 1930s wanted to sound like Bix. Who is this trumpet player? Going by what the discographers tell us, we have five to choose from! Does anyone know or can make an educated guess? Of course, the tune itself is Bixian. Sudhalter writes in his biography of Hoagy Carmichael, "the melody (of Georgia), as with all else Carmichael has written to date, spills off the page like a hot chorus-a Bix chorus. Indeed. Lastly, get a load of the many interpolations of "southern" tunes in the recording.
Note 1. According to the solid website, Vic Schoen was another of the arrangers for Gene Kardos. Do you remember Vic Schoen? Probaly his most famous arangement is the one for the Andrew Sisters. From Wikipedia: Schoen was backstage at a Yiddish Theatre in New York looking through a large crate of sheet music. He found the song Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen written by Sholom Secunda with Yiddish lyrics by Jacob Jacobs. Schoen was attracted to the song because he liked that his name was part of the title. After adding his own English lyrics, Schoen arranged the song for the Andrews Sisters and soon they had their first number one hit earning them a Gold Record, the first ever to a female vocal group. Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen, a novelty tune, was originally recorded as a B-side. After the success of the records release, the Andrews Sisters were asked to sign autographs outside a record store in New York. When Schoen arrived to join in, he noticed lyricist Sammy Cahn next to them also signing his name on the newly released record. Schoen was puzzled and asked a Decca Records producer why Cahn was present. The response was, We figured that if we put his name down as the lyricist then wed sell a few more copies.