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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 201-225 of 273 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
OKeh S-7040 10-in. Oct. 1919 Now I know Joseph M. Knecht ; Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
OKeh S-7041 10-in. Oct. 1919 Oh, what a pal was Mary Joseph M. Knecht ; Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
OKeh S-7042 10-in. Oct. 1919 On Miami shore Joseph M. Knecht ; Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
OKeh S-7093 10-in. Dec. 1919 On the streets of Cairo Joseph M. Knecht ; Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
OKeh S-7094 10-in. Dec. 1919 In your arms Joseph M. Knecht ; Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
OKeh S-7095 10-in. Dec. 1919 Pretty little rainbow Joseph M. Knecht ; Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
OKeh S-7228 10-in. Feb. 1920 Korinthia Joseph M. Knecht ; Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
OKeh S-7229 10-in. Feb. 1920 Wild flower Joseph M. Knecht ; Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
OKeh S-7230 10-in. Feb. 1920 Beautiful nights Joseph M. Knecht ; Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
OKeh S-7348 10-in. Mar. 1920 Dance-o-mania Joseph M. Knecht ; Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
OKeh S-7350 10-in. Mar. 1920 Zoma Joseph M. Knecht ; Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
OKeh S-7395 10-in. Apr. 1920 [Unknown title(s)] Joseph M. Knecht ; Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
OKeh S-7396 10-in. Apr. 1920 Enticing Joseph M. Knecht ; Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
OKeh S-7397 10-in. Apr. 1920 Polly Joseph M. Knecht ; Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
OKeh S-7494 10-in. July 1920 [Unknown title(s)] Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
OKeh S-7495 10-in. July 1920 Will you remember or will you forget? Joseph M. Knecht ; Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
OKeh S-7497 10-in. July 1920 Take me Joseph M. Knecht ; Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
OKeh S-7498 10-in. July 1920 Romance Joseph M. Knecht ; Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
OKeh S-7612 10-in. Oct. 1920 [Unknown title(s)] Joseph M. Knecht ; Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
OKeh S-7613 10-in. Oct. 1920 Why did you leave me? Joseph M. Knecht ; Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
OKeh S-7614 10-in. Oct. 1920 In my sweet little Alice blue gown Joseph M. Knecht ; Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
OKeh S-7637 10-in. Nov. 1920 June (I love no one but you) Joseph M. Knecht ; Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
OKeh S-7638 10-in. Nov. 1920 If a wish could make it so Joseph M. Knecht ; Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
OKeh S-7639 10-in. Nov. 1920 Lotus flowers Joseph M. Knecht ; Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
OKeh S-7773 10-in. Feb. 1921 Broken moon Joseph M. Knecht ; Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band Musical group  
(Results 201-225 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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