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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 251-273 of 273 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Brunswick E17507-E17510 10-in. 1/18/1926 Dinah Harold Leonard ; Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Brunswick E17511-E17513 10-in. 1/18/1926 Kentucky’s way of sayin’ good mornin’ Harold Leonard ; Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Brunswick E18789-E18791 10-in. 4/16/1926 I’m flirting with you (Yoo-hoo!) Harold Leonard ; Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Brunswick E18792-E18794 10-in. 4/16/1926 Lonesome and sorry Harold Leonard ; Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Brunswick E18913-E18915 10-in. 4/26/1926 Lonesome and sorry Harold Leonard ; Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Brunswick E18916-E18918 10-in. 4/26/1926 I’m flirting with you Harold Leonard ; Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Brunswick E19727-E19730 10-in. 7/10/1926 Flapperette Harold Leonard and his Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Brunswick E19731-E19734 10-in. 7/10/1926 While the years go drifting by Harold Leonard and his Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal ensemble Musical group  
Brunswick E19867-E19869 10-in. 7/22/1926 While the years go drifting by Harold Leonard ; Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal ensemble Musical group  
Brunswick E19870-E19872 10-in. 7/22/1926 Flapperette Harold Leonard ; Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Brunswick E20294-E20295 10-in. 9/29/1926 Climbing up the ladder of love Harold Leonard ; Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo Musical group  
Brunswick E20296-E20297 10-in. 9/29/1926 Hugs and kisses Harold Leonard ; Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo Musical group  
Brunswick E20372-E20373 10-in. 10/8/1926 Climbing up the ladder of love Harold Leonard ; Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo Musical group  
Brunswick E20931-E20933 10-in. 12/13/1926 Muddy water Harold Leonard ; Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo Musical group  
Brunswick E20934-E20936 10-in. 12/13/1926 Angel eyes Harold Leonard ; Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo Musical group  
Edison 8599 10-in. 9/18/1922 When all your castles come tumbling down Joseph M. Knecht ; Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Edison 8600 10-in. 9/18/1922 I gave you up just before you threw me down Joseph M. Knecht ; Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Edison 8636 10-in. 10/13/1922 Jimmy Joseph M. Knecht ; Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Edison 8637 10-in. 10/13/1922 All muddled up Joseph M. Knecht ; Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Edison 10431 10-in. 6/15/1925 I wonder where we've met before Joseph M. Knecht ; Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Edison 10432 10-in. 6/15/1925 Stop flirting Joseph M. Knecht ; Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Edison 10698 10-in. 11/27/1925 Moonlight in Mandalay Joseph M. Knecht ; Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Edison 10699 10-in. 11/27/1925 Let's wander away Joseph M. Knecht ; Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
(Results 251-273 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.

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

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