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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 51-75 of 273 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-84993 10-in. 11/14/1934 Tabú Pedro Berríos ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and vocal ensemble Musical group  
Victor BS-89505 10-in. 4/1/1935 Adios muchachos Joseph de Soiza ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and male vocal ensemble Musical group  
Victor BS-89506 10-in. 4/1/1935 Clavel del aire Carmen Castillo ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo and male vocal ensemble Musical group  
Victor BS-89507 10-in. 4/1/1935 Le tango du reve Yvonne Bouvier ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo Musical group  
Victor BS-89508 10-in. 4/1/1935 The lady in red Don Reid ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and vocal ensemble Musical group  
Victor BS-89509 10-in. 4/1/1935 Then it isn't love Don Reid ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and vocal ensemble Musical group  
Victor BS-89510 10-in. 4/1/1935 The cocoanut pudding vendor Pedro Berríos ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet and vocal chorus Musical group  
Victor BS-89511 10-in. 4/1/1935 Tina Don Reid ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo Musical group  
Victor BS-94183 10-in. 9/5/1935 The Missouri waltz Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo Musical group  
Victor BS-94184 10-in. 9/5/1935 Let me call you sweetheart (I'm in love with you) Buddy Clark ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo Musical group  
Victor BS-94185 10-in. 9/5/1935 Waltz down the aisle Don Reid ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo Musical group  
Victor BS-94186 10-in. 9/5/1935 Jalousie Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Victor BS-94187 10-in. 9/5/1935 Begin the beguine Don Reid ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo Musical group  
Victor BS-94188 10-in. 9/5/1935 Chino soy Don Reid ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo, male vocal chorus, and talk Musical group  
Victor PBS-97665 10-in. 8/7/1936 Inspiration Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with vocal ensemble Musical group  
Victor PBS-97666 10-in. 8/7/1936 Medias de seda Carmen Castillo ; Charito ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal duet Musical group  
Victor PBS-97667 10-in. 8/7/1936 Las palmeras Pedro Berríos ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo, female vocal ensemble, and male vocal Musical group  
Victor PBS-97668 10-in. 8/7/1936 Mi sombrero Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and vocal ensemble Musical group  
Victor PBS-97669 10-in. 8/7/1936 La bomba Dorothy Miller ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo Musical group  
Victor PBS-97670 10-in. 8/7/1936 Como arrullo de palmas Carmen Castillo ; Charito ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal duet Musical group  
Victor BS-98419 10-in. 12/13/1935 Cosi cosa Jimmy Ray ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo Musical group  
Victor BS-98420 10-in. 12/13/1935 A street in old Seville Jimmy Ray ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo Musical group  
Victor BS-98421 10-in. 12/13/1935 Little rose of the rancho Jimmy Ray ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo Musical group  
Victor BS-98422 10-in. 12/13/1935 Cigarette Jimmy Ray ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo Musical group  
Victor BS-98423 10-in. 12/13/1935 Just once around the clock Jimmy Ray ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo Musical group  
(Results 51-75 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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