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NATHANIEL SHILKRET

At the age of seven, New York City-born Nathaniel Shilkret (1889–1982) was the clarinet soloist for the New York Boys Orchestra on its tour of the United States, and in his teen years he played in several of New York’s most popular orchestras and bands, including the Russian Symphony Orchestra, Victor Herbert’s orchestra, and John Phillip Sousa’s Grand Concert Band as well as under both Vassily Safanov and Gustav Mahler in the New York Philharmonic Society (later the New York Philharmonic). For many years Shilkret’s most prominent association was with the Victor Talking Machine Company (later RCA Victor), where, as “director of light music,” he conducted numerous recordings with his Victor Salon Orchestra and other ensembles. Many of those recordingseither in a popular or what was then called light classical veinbecame best-selling hit records. Shilkret conducted for thousands of network radio broadcasts during those years, and recorded for many labels, such as Brunswick, Columbia, Edison, and Okeh. Some of his recordings also featured him as an instrumental soloist, playing clarinet, piano, organ, celeste, chimes, and trumpetand even whistling. Shilkret wrote a number of popular songs, of which the best-known and most commercially successful was “The Lonesome Road.” It was sung in the initial film version of Show Boat in 1929 and has been recorded in vocal and instrumental versions by more than 100 popular performers, including the Andrews Sisters (on the Paul Whiteman radio show), Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Bing Crosby, Sammy Davis Jr., Peggy Lee, Frank Sinatra, Tommy Dorsey, Earl Hines, Al Hirt, Paul Robeson, and Helen Traubel. Shilkret conducted the 1927 electrical recording of George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue (credited to Paul Whiteman); and he was selected to conduct the initial broadcast and recording of Gershwin’s An American in Paris which he also directed at the 1937 Gershwin Memorial Concert in Los Angeles. In 1935 he relocated to Los Angeles, where he worked intensively in Hollywoodprimarily at RKO and MGM studios. He composed, arranged, or conducted for at least several dozen film scores, including Shall We Dance, with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers (1937, with a score by Gershwin); Swing Time (1936, with a Jerome Kern score); The Bohemian Girl and Mary of Scotland (both 1936); and several Laurel and Hardy films. Although Shilkret is best remembered for his commercial and film music, he also wrote a number of concert works. His trombone concerto was commissioned by Tommy Dorsey, who played it in 1945 in New York with Leopold Stokowski conducting, and it was played at Carnegie Hall in 2003 by the New York Pops orchestra conducted by Skitch Henderson.

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Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
GENESIS SUITE (1945) Naxos
8.559442
Orchestral

Role: Non-Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
76 TROMBONES - Works for Trombone Altissimo
75442259892
Concertos
ARMSTRONG, Louis: I've Got The World On A String (1930-1933) (Louis Armstrong, Vol. 2) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120609
Jazz
BLUE VELVET - 60 Nostalgia All Time Classics Naxos Nostalgia
8.103018
Nostalgia
BRITISH DANCE BANDS, Vol. 2 (1928-1940) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120604
Nostalgia
BRITISH DANCE BANDS, Vol. 3 (1928-1949) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120656
Nostalgia
DAVIS JR, Sammy: Hey There (1949-1955) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120833
Nostalgia
LOST TAPES - Hipp, Jutta (1952-1955) SWR Jazzhaus
101723
Jazz
LOST TAPES - Hipp, Jutta (1952-1955) SWR Jazzhaus
JAH-423
Jazz
McCORMACK, John: 18 Favourites (1911-1936) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120504
Nostalgia
ROBESON, Paul: Roll Away Clouds (1928-1937) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120543
Nostalgia
SHILKRET, Nathaniel: Skyscrapers Symphonic Jazz (1928-1932) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120644
Jazz
SHILKRET: Trombone Concerto / HOGBERG: Trombone Concerto / LINDBERG: Helikon Wasp BIS
BIS-SACD-1448
Concertos
WHITEMAN, Paul: A Pops Concert (1927-1929) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120520
Nostalgia

Role: Conductor 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
BERLIN, Irving: Say It Isn't So - Songs of Irving Berlin (1919-1950) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120829
Nostalgia
BLUE VELVET - 60 Nostalgia All Time Classics Naxos Nostalgia
8.103018
Nostalgia
CROOKS, Richard: Neapolitan Love Song (1924-1933) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120639
Operetta, Nostalgia
CROOKS, Richards: Opera Arias / Songs (1925-1945) Delos
DE5501
Vocal
EDDY, Nelson: A Perfect Day (1935-1947) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120591
Nostalgia
GERSHWIN, George: Gershwin and Friends (1927-1951) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120664
Nostalgia
GERSHWIN: Porgy and Bess (Original Cast Recordings) (1935-1942) Naxos Historical
8.110219-20
Opera
GIGLI, Beniamino: Gigli Edition, Vol. 2: Milan, Camden and New York Recordings (1919-1922) Naxos Historical
8.110263
Vocal
GIGLI, Beniamino: Gigli Edition, Vol. 3: Camden and New York Recordings (1923-1925) Naxos Historical
8.110264
Vocal
GIGLI, Beniamino: Gigli Edition, Vol. 4: Camden and New York Recordings (1926-1927) Naxos Historical
8.110265
Vocal
GIGLI, Beniamino: Gigli Edition, Vol. 7: London, New York and Milan Recordings (1931-1932) Naxos Historical
8.110268
Vocal, Opera
HITS OF THE 1920s, Vol. 2 (1921-1923) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120841
Nostalgia
MCCORMACK, John: McCormack Edition, Vol. 11: Victor Talking Machine Company Recordings / Gramophone Company Ltd. Recordings (1924) Naxos Historical
8.111402
Nostalgia
MERMAN, Ethel: It's De-Lovely (1932-54) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120838
Nostalgia
SCHIPA, Tito: Complete Victor Recordings (The), Vol. 1 (1922-1925) Naxos Historical
8.110332
Opera, Vocal
SHILKRET, Nathaniel: Skyscrapers Symphonic Jazz (1928-1932) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120644
Jazz
SONGS of IRELAND (1916-1950) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120640
Nostalgia
TCHAIKOVSKY / WIENIAWSKI: Violin Concertos (Elman) (1929, 1950) Naxos Historical
8.110912
Orchestral
TIBBETT, Lawrence: De Glory Road (1931-1936) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120595
Nostalgia
TIBBETT, Lawrence: The White Dove (1926-1931) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120593
Nostalgia
ULTIMATE VOCAL COLLECTION (THE) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120863-64
Nostalgia
WHITEMAN, Paul: Music for Moderns (1927-1928) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120505
Nostalgia





 
 
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