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Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra

The Waldorf–Astoria Orchestra was an orchestra that played primarily at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, both the old and new locations. In addition to providing dinner music at the famous hotel, the orchestra made over 300 recordings and many radio broadcasts. It was established in the 1890s, and was directed by Carlo Curti, Joseph Knecht, at least from 1908 to 1925, later by Jack Denny and others, and then Xavier Cugat from approximately 1933 to 1949.

Denny and the Waldorf–Astoria Orchestra appeared in the movie Moonlight and Pretzels in 1933. Both Denny and Cugat had their own orchestras when they began playing at the Waldorf–Astoria, so the term "Waldorf–Astoria orchestras" might be an appropriate description.

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1915 - 1940

Roles Represented in DAHR: Musical group

Notes: Listing for Harold Leonard and his Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra.

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 273 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-21150 10-in. 12/10/1917 Maytime waltz Joseph M. Knecht ; Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra Orchestra Musical group  
Victor B-21151 10-in. 12/10/1917 The American serenade Joseph M. Knecht ; Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra Orchestra Musical group  
Victor B-21152 10-in. 12/10/1917 Miss 1917 medley Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra Orchestra Musical group  
Victor B-21153 10-in. 12/10/1917 Odds and ends of 1917 Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra Orchestra Musical group  
Victor B-21804 10-in. 4/29/1918 Deep river Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Victor B-21805 10-in. 4/29/1918 Oh lady! Lady! Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Victor B-21806 10-in. 4/29/1918 Fancy free Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Victor B-21807 10-in. 4/29/1918 Sinbad Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Victor B-22328 10-in. 11/29/1918 Arabian nights Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Victor B-22329 10-in. 11/29/1918 Kentucky dream Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Victor B-22330 10-in. 11/29/1918 Beautiful Ohio Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Victor BRC-72262 10-in. 4/11/1932 Dream sweetheart Jack Denny ; Waldorf-Astoria Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo Musical group  
Victor BRC-72263 10-in. 4/11/1932 Night Jack Denny ; Waldorf-Astoria Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo Musical group  
Victor BRC-72275 10-in. 4/13/1932 Goodnight, my love Jack Denny ; June Pursell ; Waldorf-Astoria Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo Musical group  
Victor BRC-72276 10-in. 4/13/1932 We will always be sweethearts Jack Denny ; June Pursell ; Waldorf-Astoria Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo Musical group  
Victor BRC-72277 10-in. 4/13/1932 Buenas noches, amor mío Jack Denny ; Waldorf-Astoria Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Victor BRC-72278 10-in. 4/13/1932 Siempre hemos de querernos Jack Denny ; Waldorf-Astoria Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Victor BRC-72541 10-in. 5/4/1932 Just a-wearyin' for you Jack Denny ; Waldorf-Astoria Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Victor BRC-72542 10-in. 5/4/1932 Sharing (My love for you) Jack Denny ; June Pursell ; Waldorf-Astoria Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo Musical group  
Victor BRC-72543 10-in. 5/4/1932 Lazy day Jack Denny ; June Pursell ; Waldorf-Astoria Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo Musical group  
Victor BRC-72554 10-in. 5/9/1932 Hello, sweetheart, hello! Jack Denny ; Frank Luther ; Waldorf-Astoria Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo Musical group  
Victor BRC-72555 10-in. 5/9/1932 Why can't this go on forever Jack Denny ; Frank Luther ; Waldorf-Astoria Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo Musical group  
Victor BRC-72556 10-in. 5/9/1932 Why can't this go on forever Jack Denny ; Waldorf-Astoria Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo Musical group  
Victor BS-73945 10-in. 11/11/1932 I've told ev'ry little star Jack Denny ; Paul Small ; Waldorf-Astoria Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo Musical group  
Victor BS-73946 10-in. 11/11/1932 The song is you Jack Denny ; Paul Small ; Waldorf-Astoria Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo Musical group  
(Results 1-25 of 273 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra," accessed October 28, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/100185.

Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 28, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/100185.

"Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 28 October 2020.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/100185

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