Ben Bernie & His Hotel Roosevelt Orchestra - Brunswick 3716 (1927)

From wikipedia…

Ben Bernie (May 30, 1891 – October 23, 1943), born Bernard Anzelevitz, was an American jazz violinist and radio personality, often introduced as The Old Maestro. He was noted for his showmanship and memorable bits of snappy dialogue.

Bernie was born in Bayonne, New Jersey. By the age of 15 he was teaching violin, but this experience apparently diminished his interest in the violin for a time. He returned to music doing vaudeville, appearing with Phil Baker as Baker and Bernie, but he met with little success until 1922 when he joined his first orchestra. Later, he had his own band, "The Lads," seen in the early DeForest Phonofilm sound short, Ben Bernie and All the Lads (1924–1925), featuring pianist Oscar Levant. He toured with Maurice Chevalier and also toured in Europe.

Bernie's orchestra recorded throughout the 1920s and 1930s; Vocalion (1922–1925), Brunswick (1925–1933), Columbia (1933), Decca (1936), and ARC (Vocalion and OKeh) (1939–1940). In 1925 Ben Bernie and his orchestra did the first recording of Sweet Georgia Brown. Bernie was the co-composer of this jazz standard, which became the theme song of the Harlem Globetrotters. (His Vocalion and Brunswick records were always listed as Ben Bernie and His Orchestra; only his Columbia records used the moniker "Ben Bernie and All The Lads".)

Line up similar to: Donald Bryan, Bill Moore t / Frank Sarlo tb / Len kavash, Norman Ronemous cl, as / Jack Pettis cl, Cm, ts / Ben Bernie vn, ldr / Nick Gerlach vn / Al Goering p / Paul Nito bj, vn / Max Rosen bb / Sam Fink d / Scrappy Lambert, Billy Hillpot v.

Recorded in New York on November 10, 1927.

(Side A is pretty rough)

1 comment:

  1. I think the Max Rosen who sited as the many varied musicians in the Ben Bernie orchestra was actually Max Rosen the violinist. There was another musician Max Rosen who was a brass bass player which could have caused some historical confusion. Both Max Rosen the violinist and Ben Bernie were signed to Brunswick. There is a photo of Max Rosen (violinist) seated in the first row to the right with spats holding a violin at I believe the Roosevelt Hotel.