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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 226-250 of 273 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
OKeh S-7774 10-in. Feb. 1921 [Unknown title(s)] Joseph M. Knecht ; Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
OKeh S-7821 10-in. Mar. 1921 Snuggle Joseph M. Knecht ; Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
OKeh o-8107 10-in. approximately Feb. 1921 My budding rose Joseph M. Knecht ; Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
OKeh o-8108 10-in. approximately Feb. 1921 Goodbye Joseph M. Knecht ; Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
OKeh o-8133 10-in. approximately Mar. 1921 In my igloo Joseph M. Knecht ; Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
OKeh o-8134 10-in. approximately Mar. 1921 Would you? Joseph M. Knecht ; Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
OKeh o-8141 10-in. approximately Mar. 1921 Do you ever think of me? Joseph M. Knecht ; Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
OKeh o-8142 10-in. approximately Mar. 1921 Wyoming Joseph M. Knecht ; Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
OKeh o-8143 10-in. approximately Mar. 1921 Dear little rose girl Joseph M. Knecht ; Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
OKeh o-8189 10-in. approximately Aug. 1921 You're the sweetest girl in all the world Joseph M. Knecht ; Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
OKeh o-8190 10-in. approximately Aug. 1921 Crooning Joseph M. Knecht ; Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
OKeh o-8191 10-in. approximately Aug. 1921 Fancies Joseph M. Knecht ; Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
OKeh S-70196 10-in. Sept. 1921 I wonder if you still care for me Joseph M. Knecht ; Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
OKeh S-70197 10-in. Sept. 1921 Figaro Joseph M. Knecht ; Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
OKeh S-70299 10-in. Nov. 1921 Della-Rhea Joseph M. Knecht ; Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
OKeh S-70300 10-in. Nov. 1921 Rosy cheeks Joseph M. Knecht ; Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
OKeh S-70378 10-in. Dec. 1921 [Unknown title(s)] Joseph M. Knecht ; Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
OKeh S-70379 10-in. Dec. 1921 That haunting waltz Joseph M. Knecht ; Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
OKeh S-70380 10-in. Dec. 1921 By the old Ohio shore Joseph M. Knecht ; Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
OKeh [OK cat 4123-A] 10-in. approximately Apr. 1920 The crocodile Joseph M. Knecht ; Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
OKeh [Od cat 20071-A] 10-in. approximately 1921 The merry widow Joseph M. Knecht ; Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Brunswick E17290-E17292 10-in. 12/30/1925 Kentucky’s way of sayin’ good mornin’ Harold Leonard ; Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Brunswick E17293-E17295 10-in. 12/30/1925 Dinah Harold Leonard ; Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Brunswick E17429-E17431 10-in. 1/11/1926 Dinah Harold Leonard ; Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Brunswick E17432-E17434 10-in. 1/11/1926 Kentucky’s way of sayin’ good mornin’ Harold Leonard ; Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
(Results 226-250 of 273 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra," accessed October 24, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/100185.

Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 24, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/100185.

"Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 24 October 2020.

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

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