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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 76-100 of 273 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-98424 10-in. 12/13/1935 Para vigo me voy (Congo rhythm) Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo, male vocal ensemble, and shouts Musical group  
Victor BS-07715 10-in. 4/5/1937 A love song of long ago Buddy Clark ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo Musical group  
Victor BS-07716 10-in. 4/5/1937 Hold me tight Buddy Clark ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo Musical group  
Victor BS-07717 10-in. 4/5/1937 I hum a waltz Buddy Clark ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo Musical group  
Victor BS-07718 10-in. 4/5/1937 It's no secret I love you Carmen Castillo ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo Musical group  
Victor BS-07719 10-in. 4/5/1937 Azuquita Carmen Castillo ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo and male vocal ensemble Musical group  
Victor BS-07720 10-in. 4/5/1937 Havana's calling me Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal ensemble Musical group  
Victor BS-017382 10-in. 12/9/1937 Habanera Alfredito Valdés ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo Musical group  
Victor BS-017383 10-in. 12/9/1937 Bruca maniguá Alfredito Valdés ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo Musical group  
Victor BS-017384 10-in. 12/9/1937 Estrellita Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Victor BS-017385 10-in. 12/9/1937 Ahí viene la conga Alfredito Valdés ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo Musical group  
Victor BS-017386 10-in. 12/9/1937 Margarita Eddie Asherman ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo Musical group  
Victor BS-017387 10-in. 12/9/1937 Flame Celia Branz ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo Musical group  
Victor BS-021761 10-in. 4/8/1938 La golondrina Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Victor BS-021762 10-in. 4/8/1938 Cielito lindo Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal duet Musical group  
Victor BS-021763 10-in. 4/8/1938 La paloma Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal duet Musical group  
Victor BS-021764 10-in. 4/8/1938 Eso no es na Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Victor BS-021765 10-in. 4/8/1938 Sirena Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal ensemble Musical group  
Victor BS-021766 10-in. 4/8/1938 Perdón Chacha Aguilar ; Carmen Castillo ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal duet Musical group  
Victor BS-027265 10-in. 10/7/1938 Night must fall Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Victor BS-027266 10-in. 10/7/1938 Conga de noche Catalino Rolón ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and vocal chorus Musical group  
Victor BS-027267 10-in. 10/7/1938 Cui cui Catalino Rolón ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and vocal chorus Musical group  
Victor BS-027268 10-in. 10/7/1938 Nora Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Victor BS-027269 10-in. 10/7/1938 Guitarra romana Carmen Castillo ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo Musical group  
Victor BS-027270 10-in. 10/7/1938 Alfredo Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
(Results 76-100 of 273 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra," accessed October 26, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/100185.

Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 26, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/100185.

"Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 26 October 2020.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

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

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