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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 101-125 of 273 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-031481 10-in. 1/16/1939 Batamu Catalino Rolón ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo Musical group  
Victor BS-031482 10-in. 1/16/1939 Nocturnal Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Victor BS-031483 10-in. 1/16/1939 Belén Antonio Lopez ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and vocal chorus Musical group  
Victor BS-031484 10-in. 1/16/1939 Society conga Antonio Lopez ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and vocal chorus Musical group  
Victor BS-031485 10-in. 1/16/1939 The applause waltz Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Victor BS-031486 10-in. 1/16/1939 Mi España Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo Musical group  
Victor BS-031487 10-in. 1/16/1939 Adios, Mariquita Linda Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Victor BS-031488 10-in. 1/16/1939 Cuban love song Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Victor BS-037624 10-in. 6/12/1939 Havana for a night Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Victor BS-037625 10-in. 6/12/1939 The thrill of a new romance Dinah Shore ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo Musical group  
Victor BS-037626 10-in. 6/12/1939 Perfidia Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Victor BS-037627 10-in. 6/12/1939 Quiereme mucho Dinah Shore ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo Musical group  
Victor BS-037628 10-in. 6/12/1939 One, two, three, kick Catalino Rolón ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and male vocal ensemble Musical group  
Victor BS-037629 10-in. 6/12/1939 Nana Antonio Lopez ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and vocal ensemble Musical group  
Victor BS-042740 10-in. 9/27/1939 La cumparsita Dinah Shore ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo Musical group  
Victor BS-042741 10-in. 9/27/1939 Negro aresa Machito ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and vocal ensemble Musical group  
Victor BS-042742 10-in. 9/27/1939 Calientito Machito ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and vocal ensemble Musical group  
Victor BS-042743 10-in. 9/27/1939 Auto-conga Machito ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo Musical group  
Victor BS-042789 10-in. 10/5/1939 In sunny San Domingo Dinah Shore ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo Musical group  
Victor BS-042790 10-in. 10/5/1939 Jungle drums Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo Musical group  
Victor BS-042791 10-in. 10/5/1939 Cuban episode Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Victor BS-042792 10-in. 10/5/1939 Tu volveras Carmen Castillo ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo Musical group  
Victor BS-044836 10-in. 2/19/1940 At a time like this Alice Cornet ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo Musical group  
Victor BS-044838 10-in. 2/19/1940 Loca ilusion Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Victor BS-044839 10-in. 2/19/1940 Pa-ran-pan-pan Carmen Castillo ; Nico Lopez ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female-male vocal duet Musical group  
(Results 101-125 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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