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PAUL WHITEMAN

Orchestra Leader, Music Director, Radio & TV Personality
(1890–1967)

Paul Whiteman led the most popular band throughout the 1920’s and was given the moniker, “The King of Jazz,” in 1923, although that title is generally disputed. It must be said, however, that at the time, when the fox trot was coming into vogue, the dance was equated with jazz, and Whiteman capitalized on it by appending the two words to many of the tunes he recorded. Furthermore, he often hired some of the finest jazz musicians for his orchestra such as Bix Beiderbecke, Bunny Berigan, Joe Venuti, and Frank Trumbauer. And Whiteman gave Bing Crosby his start.

Whiteman made his first recording in 1920 and was hugely successful with “Whispering” and “Japanese Sandman.” The appeal of the orchestra was in its fresh instrumentation and its size—nine musicians were unusual for bands of the time. He was forward thinking when it came to the music as well, being the one who introduced both “Body and Soul” and “How Deep Is the Ocean”. Perhaps, most importantly, Whiteman was the first to use and credit arrangers, foremost among them Ferdé Grofé, who played a work, later to become “Grand Canyon Suite,” commissioned by Whiteman for his wedding ceremony in 1931.

This was not Whiteman’s first commissioned work. In 1924 he presented George Gershwin performing “Rhapsody in Blue” in a landmark concert in New York. Whiteman was also a star of radio and the subject of a film, The King of Jazz (1930). Although his style began to lose favor in the ‘30s, he continued to guest conduct, had his own television show, and served as music director of ABC.

-- Sandra Burlingame

Courtesy of JazzStandards.com


Albums featuring this artist are available for download from ClassicsOnline.com
Role: Conductor 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
CROSBY, Bing: Rhythm King (1926-1930) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120696
Nostalgia
CROSBY, Bing: Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams (1927-1931) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120697
Nostalgia
GERSHWIN, G.: 'S Wonderful - Songs of George Gershwin (1929-1949) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120828
Nostalgia
GERSHWIN, George: Gershwin and Friends (1927-1951) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120664
Nostalgia
GERSHWIN, George: Gershwin Plays Gershwin (1919-1931) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120510
Nostalgia
HITS OF THE 1920s, Vol. 1 (1920): Whispering Naxos Nostalgia
8.120635
Nostalgia
HITS OF THE 1920s, Vol. 2 (1921-1923) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120841
Nostalgia
HITS OF THE 1930s, Vol. 1 (1930): Happy Days Are Here Again! Naxos Nostalgia
8.120634
Nostalgia
HITS OF THE 1930s, Vol. 2 (1931-1933) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120842
Nostalgia
HOLIDAY, Billie: Trav'lin' Light (1940-1944) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120701
Jazz
PORTER, Cole: But in the Morning, No (1930-1943) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120627
Nostalgia
RODGERS, Richard: Easy to Remember - Songs of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart (1925-1946) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120830
Nostalgia
TEAGARDEN, Jack: Texas Tea Party (1933-1950) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120585
Jazz
WHITEMAN, Paul: Paul Whiteman and His Dance Band Naxos Nostalgia
8.120511
Nostalgia
WHITEMAN, Paul: A Pops Concert (1927-1929) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120520
Nostalgia
WHITEMAN, Paul: Music for Moderns (1927-1928) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120505
Nostalgia





 
 
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