Paul Samuel Whiteman and William Christopher Handy.

by Albert Haim

On Jan 20, 1935 Paul Whiteman’s contribution to jazz and what he had done for negro music were celebrated by colored artists in a concert at the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem. Whiteman’s orchestra also played at the event.

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W. C. Handy presented Whiteman with a silver cup.

Paul Whiteman, noted orchestra leader, was the recipient of a handsome loving cup, awarded by W.C. Handy, noted Negro composer of the St. Louis Blues, in recognition of the once portly conductor's work in establishing and promoting jazz.

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Whiteman and the Virginians recorded three of Handy’s compositions in the 1920s.

Memphis Blues. Mar 22, 1922.
http://www.loc.gov/jukebox/recordings/detail/id/8818/autoplay/true/

Aunt Hagar’s Blues. Feb 1, 1923.
http://www.loc.gov/jukebox/recordings/detail/id/9191

St. Louis Blues, Mar 29, 1926.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1eCGXehRrQ

Albert
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Posted on Jan 13, 2018, 2:50 PM

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