Besides a wikipedia entry, I also found a blog dedicated to Dan Gregory and his sidemen.
Dan Gregory was an American pianist and bandleader, mainly working in
from the 1920s through the 1940s. However, the band also appeared in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania New
York City during the early 1920s.
According to Ken Frew, the son of Kenneth "Kenny" Frew (1902-1986), a later member of Gregory’s orchestra, the band’s
York residence was the at 66th and Broadway. During
its New York years Gregory’s band made a handful of records, first for lesser
labels such as Oriole, Puritan, Grey Gull and Cameo but also two sides for the
major label Victor (Me And The Boy Friend and Then You'll Know That You’re In
Love issued on Victor 19519 and 19554 respectively). One of the members of
Gregory’s orchestra during its Crystal
Palace New York
tenure was multi-instrumentalist Andy Sannella, though it is not known whether
he appeared on any of the bands recordings.
Gregory finally (according to Frew) decided to get "rid of his high-priced men" and move back to
and organize a new band which went on working through the following two
decades. The band however also travelled to venues outside its home town and
among other places it played at the Bertrand Island amusement park, where it
appeared (as "Dan Gregory’s Famous Dance Orchestra") with comedian
Clem ”Fat” Gority in 1934.
According to Ken Frew, Gregory's outfit toured 29 states and
that included Richmond, Chicago,
St Louis, Miami,
and Gregory later, apart from leading his own band, "went on to manage
Tony Pastor’s Orchestra and helped discover Rosemary Clooney". Toronto, New York
Recently the nephew of Ray Ripani, Gregory’s tenor saxophone player during the late 1930s and early 1940s, has put up a website devoted to Dan Gregory and his orchestra (see "external links" below), gathering information and documents about the band.
Known personnel as per Rust: Dan Gregory p, dir / Norman Weiner t / George Stell tb.
Recorded in New York on November 20, 1924.
Found just a little bit of info on Jack Chapman & His Drake Hotel Orchestra.
From the Red Hot Jazz website...
Jack Chapman lead the band at the Drake Hotel which was located at
140 East Walton Place
in Chicago. Chapman's band was also
the "official orchestra" for Chicago
radio station, WDAP.
Known personnel: Clark Meyers as / Raymond Davis vn, v / Jack Chapman p, ldr.
Recorded in Chicago on November 8, 1924.
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