Bix did not make it.

by Albert Haim

Bix left New York to join Goldkette in Detroit in early October 1924. A few weeks later, the Wolverine orchestra (sans Bix) appeared at the Loew Metro Goldwyn ball in the Astor Hotel.

Aerial view of Broadway and 7th Avenue, with the Hotel Astor on the left, ca. 1904
https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/…/choru…/file/5213849/MNY10169.0.jpg

The Astor Hotel
https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/…/choru…/file/5213825/MNY13078.0.jpg

George Johnson, the tenor sax man with the Wolverines, remembered the event in his article for Swing Magazine, 1936.

https://image.ibb.co/dAMZ9G/George_Johnson_Astor_Hotel_MGMBall_Swing_Magazine1936.jpg

The ad for the Ball in the New York Evening Post, Oct 31, 1924.

https://image.ibb.co/ejskGw/MGMMovie_Ball_New_York_Evening_Post31_Oct1924.jpg

Copenhagen by the Arkansas/Arkansaw Travelers
Mike Mosiello, Jules Levy, Jr. (tp) Miff Mole (tb) or Mike Durso (tb) Larry Abbott, Arnold Brilhart (cl,sop,as) Morris Dixon (cl,ts) Harry Perrella (p) Tony Colucci (bj) Bill Short (tu) Irving Farberman (d) Sam Lanin (dir)
New York, November 19, 1924

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psG7nZ9k3Fs

Compare with the version by the Wolverines.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjBNjdIMh58

Albert
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Posted on Jan 23, 2018, 8:23 AM

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