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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 26-50 of 273 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor LBS-73947 10-in. (33-1/3 rpm) 11/11/1932 The song is you Jack Denny ; Waldorf-Astoria Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Victor BS-73948 10-in. 11/11/1932 The song is you Jack Denny ; Waldorf-Astoria Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Victor LBS-73949 10-in. (33-1/3 rpm) 11/11/1932 I've told every little star Jack Denny ; Waldorf-Astoria Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Victor BS-73950 10-in. 11/11/1932 I've told every little star Jack Denny ; Waldorf-Astoria Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Victor BS-73951 10-in. 11/11/1932 My river home Jack Denny ; Paul Small ; Waldorf-Astoria Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo Musical group  
Victor LBS-73952 10-in. (33-1/3 rpm) 11/14/1932 My river home Jack Denny ; Waldorf-Astoria Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Victor BS-73953 10-in. 11/14/1932 My river home Jack Denny ; Waldorf-Astoria Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Victor BS-73954 10-in. 11/14/1932 That's all that matters to me Jack Denny ; Paul Small ; Waldorf-Astoria Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo Musical group  
Victor LBS-73955 10-in. (33-1/3 rpm) 11/14/1932 That's all that matters Jack Denny ; Waldorf-Astoria Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Victor BS-73956 10-in. 11/14/1932 That's all that matters to me Jack Denny ; Waldorf-Astoria Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Victor BS-74734 10-in. 12/28/1932 Twenty million people Jack Denny ; Waldorf-Astoria Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo Musical group  
Victor BS-74735 10-in. 12/28/1932 Moon song Jack Denny ; Waldorf-Astoria Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo Musical group  
Victor BS-74736 10-in. 12/28/1932 I'm playing with fire Jack Denny ; Paul Small ; Waldorf-Astoria Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo Musical group  
Victor BS-74737 10-in. 12/28/1932 You're charming Jack Denny ; Paul Small ; Waldorf-Astoria Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo Musical group  
Victor BS-77483 10-in. 8/15/1933 Caminito Carmen Castillo ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo Musical group  
Victor BS-77484 10-in. 8/15/1933 Dusk Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Victor BS-77485 10-in. 8/15/1933 Gypsy airs Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Victor BS-77486 10-in. 8/15/1933 Ombo Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Victor BS-77487 10-in. 8/15/1933 Silencio Carmen Castillo ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo and male vocal ensemble Musical group  
Victor BS-77488 10-in. 8/15/1933 En el rancho grande Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal ensemble Musical group  
Victor BS-84988 10-in. 11/14/1934 La mancornadora Pedro Berríos ; Reymundo Gonzales ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet Musical group  
Victor BS-84989 10-in. 11/14/1934 Vous! Qu'avez-vous fait de [mon] amour Yolanda Norris ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo Musical group  
Victor BS-84990 10-in. 11/14/1934 Canción de cuna Pedro Berríos ; Yolanda Norris ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female-male vocal duet and vocal ensemble Musical group  
Victor BS-84991 10-in. 11/14/1934 Isle of Capri Luis Alvarez ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo Musical group  
Victor BS-84992 10-in. 11/14/1934 El sombrero de Gaspar Pedro Berríos ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and vocal ensemble Musical group  
(Results 26-50 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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