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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 151-175 of 273 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-055957 10-in. 9/6/1940 La rosita Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Victor BS-055958 10-in. 9/6/1940 Tiara Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Victor BS-056402 10-in. 9/28/1940 Trinidad Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Victor BS-056403 10-in. 9/28/1940 Adversidad Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Victor BS-056404 10-in. 9/28/1940 Serenata tropical Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Victor BS-056405 10-in. m Los carnavales de oriente Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal ensemble Musical group  
Victor BS-056406 10-in. 9/28/1940 Canción del mar Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Victor BS-056407 10-in. 9/28/1940 Cuatro personas Bobby Capó ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo Musical group  
Victor BS-056408 10-in. 9/28/1940 Sueña la conga Bobby Capó ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo Musical group  
Victor BS-056411 10-in. 9/28/1940 Bilongo Bobby Capó ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and male vocal ensemble Musical group  
Victor BS-056423 10-in. 10/1/1940 Visit Panama Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Victor BS-056425 10-in. 10/1/1940 Agua agua! Lina Romay ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo Musical group  
Victor BS-056426 10-in. 10/1/1940 Noche de ronda Carmen Castillo ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo Musical group  
Victor BS-056427 10-in. 10/1/1940 Salud, dinero y amor Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo Musical group  
Victor BS-056430 10-in. 10/1/1940 Ni pitos ni flautas Nico Lopez ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo Musical group  
Columbia 78225 10-in. 12/24/1918 No one but you Joseph M. Knecht ; Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Columbia 78226 10-in. 12/24/1918 Thousands of years ago Joseph M. Knecht ; Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Columbia 78227 10-in. 12/24/1918 I wonder whether I've loved you all my life Joseph M. Knecht ; Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Columbia 78318 10-in. 2/24/1919 Mary Ann Joseph M. Knecht ; Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Columbia 78319 10-in. 2/24/1919 It gets them all Joseph M. Knecht ; Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Columbia 78320 10-in. 2/24/1919 My Cairo love Joseph M. Knecht ; Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Columbia 78402 10-in. 4/19/1919 The red lantern Joseph M. Knecht ; Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Columbia 78403 10-in. 4/19/1919 One and two and three and four, rock-a-bye Joseph M. Knecht ; Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Columbia 78404 10-in. 4/19/1919 Monte Cristo Jr. medley Joseph M. Knecht ; Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
Columbia 78459 10-in. 5/29/1919 The vamp Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal chorus Musical group  
(Results 151-175 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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