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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 126-150 of 273 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-044840 10-in. 2/19/1940 Siboney Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Victor BS-044841 10-in. 2/19/1940 I want my mama Carmen Castillo ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo Musical group  
Victor BS-044842 10-in. 2/19/1940 Long live love Alice Cornet ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo Musical group  
Victor BS-050877 10-in. 5/27/1940 Blen blen blen Miguelito Valdés ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo Musical group  
Victor BS-050878 10-in. 5/27/1940 Rumba rumbero Miguelito Valdés ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo Musical group  
Victor BS-050879 10-in. 5/27/1940 Macurije Miguelito Valdés ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo Musical group  
Victor BS-050880 10-in. 5/27/1940 Nueva conga Miguelito Valdés ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo Musical group  
Victor BS-050881 10-in. 5/27/1940 When the swallows come back to Capistrano Dinah Shore ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo Musical group  
Victor BS-050882 10-in. 5/27/1940 The breeze and I Dinah Shore ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo Musical group  
Victor BS-051565 10-in. 6/26/1940 Tunare Miguelito Valdés ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and male vocal ensemble Musical group  
Victor BS-051566 10-in. 6/26/1940 Guaira Miguelito Valdés ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo Musical group  
Victor BS-051567 10-in. 6/26/1940 Cinco hijos Miguelito Valdés ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and male vocal ensemble Musical group  
Victor BS-051568 10-in. 6/26/1940 Mi conga Miguelito Valdés ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and male vocal ensemble Musical group  
Victor BS-051569 10-in. 6/26/1940 The rhumba cardi Dinah Shore ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo and male vocal ensemble Musical group  
Victor BS-051570 10-in. 6/26/1940 Whatever happened to you Dinah Shore ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo Musical group  
Victor BS-055544 10-in. 8/27/1940 Zombie Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Victor BS-055545 10-in. 8/27/1940 Elube changó Miguelito Valdés ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo Musical group  
Victor BS-055546 10-in. 8/27/1940 Frenesi Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Victor BS-055547 10-in. 8/27/1940 Los hijos de Buda Miguelito Valdés ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo Musical group  
Victor BS-055548 10-in. 8/27/1940 Cat's serenade Loretta Clemens Tupper ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo Musical group  
Victor BS-055549 10-in. 8/27/1940 Almendra Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Victor BS-055599 10-in. 9/6/1940 En la plantacion Miguelita Valdés ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo and male vocal ensemble Musical group  
Victor BS-055954 10-in. 9/6/1940 Benaba Miguelito Valdés ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo Musical group  
Victor BS-055955 10-in. 9/6/1940 Adios Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Victor BS-055956 10-in. 9/6/1940 Green eyes Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with vocal ensemble Musical group  
(Results 126-150 of 273 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra," accessed October 24, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/100185.

Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 24, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/100185.

"Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 24 October 2020.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

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

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