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ERNIE SMITH JAZZ FILM COLLECTION, 
1894 - 1979
#491

(30 cubic feet: 352 reels of 16mm motion picture film)

by: Ben Pubols, Franklin A. Robinson, Jr., Wendy Shay, 2/2001

History

Ernest (Ernie) Smith began collecting jazz and jazz dance films during the mid-1950s. An Art Director for a New York advertising agency, Smith had a long-standing interest in jazz and jazz dance that began during his youth in Pittsburgh, Pa. Early on, Smith discovered that jazz music was best appreciated while dancing. He became an accomplished Lindy Hopper, frequenting both white and African American ballrooms.

His job at the advertising agency supported Smith's two passions - painting and jazz dance and music. Smith was also a film enthusiast so, in 1954, after taking a jazz class at the New School taught by Marshall Stearns, a leading jazz scholar, he began collecting examples of jazz and jazz dance on film. In the process of creating his film collection, Smith became one of the leading authorities on jazz and jazz dance films. He collaborated with Stearns on the 1964 book Jazz Dance, compiling the book's jazz dance film listing. He also wrote the extensive entry on jazz film for the 1988 edition of New Grove Dictionary of Jazz .

Smith built his film collection by identifying films of potential interest and acquiring them through trade and purchase. He created lecture reels on specific topics -- the history of jazz, social dance, tap dance, Duke Ellington, Lindy Hop -- and presented lecture/screenings nationally and internationally. He also provided footage for numerous documentaries and maintained active relationships with filmmakers, other film collectors, jazz scholars, the swing dance community, and musicians.

Ernie Smith donated his film collection to the Archives Center in 1993. He continues to lecture and participate in swing dance activities, but he devotes the majority of his time to painting and related artistic pursuits.

Scope and Content Note

The ERNIE SMITH JAZZ FILM COLLECTION, 1894-1979 consists of 352 reels of 16mm motion picture film. Most of the film is 16mm black and white and sound (composite optical track print), although a few titles are silent or in color. The collection is comprised of compilation reels created by Ernie Smith to accompany his lectures, topical compilation reels created by Ernie Smith, compilation reels created by the Archives Center, and single title reels. The Archives Center produced master and reference video copies using a wet-gate telecine film-to-tape transfer system. Titles were often combined to allow for increased ease of handling, storage, and duplication.

The ERNIE SMITH JAZZ FILM COLLECTION, 1894-1979 is strongest in the areas of jazz dance styles including Lindy Hop and tap, overviews of jazz musical performers and styles; specific jazz musicians and performers including Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, Woody Herman, Artie Shaw, Bob Crosby, Lionel Hampton, Count Basie, Jack Teagarden as well as a wide range of female vocalists; and documentation of the New York jazz and club scene. The collection includes feature films and excerpts from feature films, Soundies and other film shorts, television kinescopes, and documentary films.

The collection is not arranged in accordance with standard archival procedures. The breadth of the collection and the existence of so many multiple topic and/or performer compilation reels made it impossible to impose traditional archival series order. Therefore, each reel is described at the item level in the container list.

Provenance

The Archives Center acquired the collection from Ernie Smith in 1993. America's Jazz Heritage: A Partnership of the The Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund and the Smithsonian Institution provided the funding to produce many of the video master and reference copies.
ERNIE SMITH LECTURE REELS
RV OF491.1 Social Dance, 1903-1961

Descriptive Summary: b&w, a compilation reel created by Ernie Smith

1. Dance du Ventre (two parts)

Copyright: 1894

Corporate Creator: American Mutoscope and Biograph Co., Edison Mfg.

2. Cakewalk

Descriptive Summary: silent

Copyright: 1903

3. Uncle Tom's Cabin,

Descriptive Summary: silent, Tom and Little Eva in the Garden

Copyright: 1903

4. Ballyhoo Cakewalk

Descriptive Summary: silent

Copyright: 1903

Corporate Creator: Biograph

5. Country Cakewalk

Copyright: 1929

Song Title(s): "At a Georgia Camp Meeting"

6. The Whirl of Life, excerpt

Copyright: 1915

Corporate Creator: Cort Film Corp.

Director: Oliver D. Bailey

Performer(s): Vernon and Irene Castle

7. Untitled, silent, ca. 1920s

8. Charleston demonstration,

Corporate Creator: Pathe

9. New Orleans Jazz Funeral, excerpt

Copyright: ca. 1961

Producer: New Orleans Jazz Club

Performer(s): The Eureka Brass Band

10. Unidentified guitarist with a female dancer

11. "It's Easy to Shuffle Along", excerpt

Copyright: 1929

Performer(s): Nina Mae McKinney

RV OF491.2-1 History of Jazz, 1929-1943

Descriptive Summary: b&w, a compilation reel created by Ernie Smith

1. St. Louis Blues, excerpt

Copyright: 1929

Corporate Creator: Gramercy Studios, RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.

Producer: W.C. Handy

Director: Dudley Murphy

Performer(s): Bessie Smith and James P. Johnson

Song Title(s): "St. Louis Blues"

2. Black and Tan, excerpt

Copyright: 1929

Corporate Creator: RKO Radio Pictures

Director: Dudley Murphy

Performer(s): Duke Ellington, Arthur Whetsol, Otto Hardwick, Joe Nanton, Barney Bigard, Fredi Washington and the Ellington Orchestra

Song Title(s): "Black and Tan Fantasy"

3. "Rhythm is Our Business"

Copyright: 1937

Performer(s): Jimmy Lunceford and His Orchestra

4. "Reefer Man"

Copyright: 1933

Performer(s): Cab Calloway and His Harlemanics

5. Hollywood Hotel, excerpt

Copyright: 1937

Corporate Creator: Warner Brothers

Director: Busby Berkeley

Performer(s): Harry James, Benny Goodman Quartet with Teddy Wilson, Gene Krupa and Lionel Hampton

Song Title(s):

a. "Sing, Sing, Sing", Goodman Quartet, solos by Krupa, James and Goodman

b. "I Got Rhythm"

6. Reveille with Beverly, excerpt

Copyright: 1943

Corporate Creator: Columbia Pictures

Producer: Sam White

Director: Charles Barton

Performer(s): Ann Miller, Count Basie and His Orchestra

Song Title(s): "One O'clock Jump"

7. "Honeysuckle Rose"

Copyright: 1941

Corporate Creator: Official Films

Performer(s): Fats Waller

8. Hit Parade of 1937, excerpt

Copyright: 1937

Corporate Creator: Republic Films

Director: Gus Meins

Performer(s): Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: Hardwick, Hodges, Bigard, Carney (reeds), Stewart, Williams, Whetsol (trumpets), Nanton, Tizol, Brown (trombones), Ellington, Guy, Alvis, Taylor, Greer (rhythm), vocals by Ivie Anderson, Hayes Alvis, Rex Stewart and Harry Carney

Song Title(s): "I've Got to be a Rug Cutter"

9. Reveille with Beverly, excerpt

Copyright: 1943

Performance Date: October 8th, 1942

Corporate Creator: Columbia Pictures

Producer: Sam White

Director: Charles Barton

Performer(s): Duke Ellington and His Orchestra, (incl: Toby Hardwick, Rex Stewart,

RV OF491.2-2 History of Jazz, ca 1940s-1961

Descriptive Summary: b&w, a compilation reel created by Ernie Smith

1. Music in America, An amalgam of snippets, including: behind the scenes at Tin Pan Alley; Perry Como singing "Now"; "Your Hit Parade" excerpt; George Gershwin at the piano playing "I Got Rhythm"; Benny Goodman Orchestra; Dixieland Jass Band playing "Livery Stable Blues"; comments by narrator, "jazz is synonymous with cheap music"; a shot of some early books on jazz including Jazzmen and The Hot Discography; Benny Goodman as guest lecturer at Juilliard; Art Tatum at The Three Dueces; a scene at Eddie Condon's with Wild Bill Davison, Davie Tough and Brad Gowans.

2. "Honky Tonk Train"

Copyright: 1961

Performer(s): Meade Lux Lewis

3. "Things to Come"

Copyright: 1946

Performer(s): Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra, Milt Jackson on vibes

4. "Back O'Town Blues"

Copyright: ca. early 1950s

Performer(s): Louis Armstrong All-Stars, vocal by Armstrong, Teagarden absent

5. The Sound of Jazz, excerpt

Copyright: 1957

Corporate Creator: CBS, The Seven Lively Arts (Studio 58)

Producer: Robert Herridge

Director: Jack Smight

Performer(s): Jimmy Rushing vocals, the Count Basie Orchestra, narration by John Crosby

Song Title(s): "I Left My Baby"

6. Charlie Parker-Dizzy Gillespie Quintet, ca. late 1940s

RV OF491.2-3 History of Jazz, 1946-1957

Descriptive Summary: b&w, a compilation reel created by Ernie Smith

1. "Tacata"

Performance Date: 1946

Performer(s): Dizzy Gillespie Quintet, incl: Leo Wright, flute and Lalo Schifrin, piano

2. The Sound of Jazz, excerpt

Copyright: 1957

Corporate Creator: CBS, The Seven Lively Arts (Studio 58)

Producer: Robert Herridge

Director: Jack Smight

Performer(s): Thelonious Monk

Song Title(s): "Blue Monk"

3. "God Bless the Child"

Performance Date: 1950

Performer(s): vocals by Billie Holiday with the Count Basie Sextet

4. The Sound of Jazz, excerpt

Copyright: 1957

Corporate Creator: CBS, The Seven Lively Arts (Studio 58)

Producer: Robert Herridge

Director: Jack Smight

Performer(s): Billie Holiday vocals, the Count Basie Orchestra incl: Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins and Ben Webster

Song Title(s): "Fine and Mellow"

5. The Sound of Miles Davis

Performance Date: 1957

Producer: Robert Herridge

Director Jack Smight

Performer(s): Miles Davis

Song Title(s): "So What"

6. "Rockin' Chair"

Performance Date: 1950

Performer(s): Louis Armstrong-Jack Teagarden All Stars incl: Cozy Cole, Peanuts Hucko, Bobby Hackett, and others, vocals by Armstrong and Teagarden

RV OF491.3-1 Spreading Rhythm Around, 1903-1945

Descriptive Summary: 840f., b&w, a compilation reel created by Ernie Smith

1. Dance in Pajamas, silent

Copyright: 1903

Corporate Creator: American Mutoscope and Biograph Co.

2. 42nd St., excerpt

Copyright: 1933

Corporate Creator: Warner Brothers

Director: Lloyd Bacon

Performer(s): Ruby Keeler

3. Turn On the Red Hot Heat [probably from 52nd Street]

Performance Date: 1937

Performer(s): Dorothy Salter, Maurice Rocco and dance company

4. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, excerpt

Copyright: 1938

Corporate Creator: 20th Century Fox

Producer: 20th Century Fox

Director: Allan Dwan

Performer(s): Bill Robinson and Shirley Temple

Song Title(s): "The Toy Trumpet"

5. Unidentified musical number and "Anchors Aweigh"

Copyright: 1945

Performer(s): Jean Aloise

6. Unidentified movie excerpt

Copyright: 1941

Performer(s): unidentified female dancer, Louis DaPron with Bill Wills and His Texas Playboys

7. "Truckin'"

Copyright: 1936

Performer(s): Ina Ray Hutton and Her All Girl Orchestra

8. "La Cucaracha"

Copyright: 1941

Performer(s): Rita Rio and Her All Girl Orchestra, vocals and dance by Rio

RV OF491.3-2 Spreading Rhythm Around, 1935-1944

Descriptive Summary: 918f., b&w, a compilation reel created by Ernie Smith

1. George White's Scandals of 1935, excerpt

Copyright: 1935

Corporate Creator: 20th Century Fox

Producer: George White

Director: Harry Lachman and George White

Performer(s): Eleanor Powell

Song Title(s): "It's An Old Southern Custom"

2. Born to Dance, excerpt

Copyright: 1936

Corporate Creator: MGM

Producer: Jack Cummings

Director: Roy del Ruth

Performer(s): sung by Frances Langford, Buddy Ebsen and the Foursome, danced by Eleanor Powell and Buddy Ebsen

Song Title(s): "Swingin' the Jinx Away"

3. King of Burlesque, excerpt

Copyright: 1935

Corporate Creator: 20th Century Fox

Producer: Darryl F. Zanuck

Director: Sidney Lanfield

Performer(s): Dixie Dunbar and Fats Waller

Song Title(s): "I've Got My Fingers Crossed"

4. Hey, Rookie, excerpt

Copyright: 1944

Corporate Creator: Columbia Pictures

Producer: Irving Briskin

Director: Charles Barton

Performer(s): Ann Miller

Song Title(s): "Streamlined Sheik"

5. Broadway Melody of 1940, excerpt

Copyright: 1940

Corporate Creator: MGM

Producer: Jack Cummings

Director: Norman Taurog

Performer(s): Fred Astaire, Eleanor Powell and George Murphy

Song Title(s): "Begin the Beguine"

RV OF491.4 Crazy Feet, 1903-1964

Descriptive Summary: 1718f., b&w, a compilation reel created by Ernie Smith

1. Three teen-age "street boys"

Descriptive Summary: silent

Copyright: 1903

2. Cakewalk

Descriptive Summary: silent

Copyright: 1903 (see also 491.1(2))

3. "Tiger Rag"

Copyright: 1929

Performer(s): James Barton

4. Symphony in Black: A Rhapsody of Negro Life, (excerpt from 491.29)

Copyright: 1935

Corporate Creator: Paramount Pictures

Producer: Adolph Zukor

Director: Fred Waller

Performer(s): Snake Hips Tucker, Duke Ellington and His Orchestra incl. Greer, Hodges, Whetsol and Jenkins

Song Title(s): "Merry-Go-Round", part Four-Harlem Rhythm

5. "Harlem Harmony"

Copyright: 1932

Performer(s): Cab Calloway, introduction by James Wallington

Song Title(s): "Harlem Harmony"

6. Snow White (see also 491.187)

Copyright: 1933

Corporate Creator: Fleischer Studios, distributed by Paramount Pictures

Producer: Max Fleischer

Director: Dave Fleischer

Performer(s): Cab Calloway, voice of Betty Boop is Mae Questel

Song Title(s): "St. James Infirmary Blues", vocals by Calloway and Questel

7. "Christopher Columbus"

Copyright: 1937

Performer(s): Stringbean, Jimmy Lunceford and His Orchestra, (Willie Smith on alto sax)

8. "Nagasaki"

Copyright: 1934

Performer(s): Red and Struggie, Lucky Millinder's Orchestra

9. unidentified clip

Copyright: ca. early 1940s

Performer(s): Slick and Slack, (bass drum reads Chris and Crew)

10. "Solid Sending Soft Shoe Specialist"

Copyright: 1944

Performer(s): Rubberneck Holmes

11. Stump and Stumpy

Copyright: 1948

12. "Ain't Misbehaven"

Copyright: 1948

Performer(s) Patterson and Jackson

13. Raymond Kaylund

Copyright: 1941

Performer(s): Jimmy Lunceford and His Orchestra

Descriptive Summary: Same setting as #7, but noted as 1941

14. A Bundle of Blues, excerpt

Copyright: 1933

Corporate Creator: Paramount Pictures

Performer(s): Bessie Dudley and Florence Hill, Duke Ellington and His Orchestra personnel: Hardwick, Hodges, Bigard, Carney (reeds), Whetsol, Williams, Jenkins (trumpets), Nanton, Tizol, Brown (trombones), Ellington, Guy, Broad, Greer (rhythm)

Song Title(s): "Bugle Call Rag"

15. "Bugle Call Rag"

Copyright: 1938

Performer(s): Miss Harris

16. "It Don't Mean A Thing" and an unidentified musical number

Copyright: 1939

Performer(s): Miller and Rhodes, unidentified young female

17. Follow the Boys, excerpt

Descriptive Summary: An excerpt from a George Raft film.

Copyright: 1944

Corporate Creator: Universal Films

Producer(s): Charles K. Feldman, Albert L. Rockett

Director: A. Edward Sutherland

Performer(s):

Song Title(s): "Sweet Georgia Brown"

18. Al Minns and Leon James; Playboy Club Show, excerpt

Descriptive Summary: an excerpt from 491.5

Copyright: 1964

Corporate Creator: Playboy Magazine/Enterprises

Producer: Dan Schuffman

Director: Dan Schuffman

Performer(s): Al Minns and Leon James

Song Title(s): Camptown Races, "Charleston", "Stompin' at the Savoy", "One O'Clock Jump", "How High the Moon"

19. The Berry Brothers

Copyright: ca. late 1940s, early 1950s

Performer(s): Introduced by Phil Silvers, The Berry Brothers

20. Three scat-singing unidentified male dancers

21. Two unidentified male dancers

22. Jump rope dancer

Corporate Creator: Vitaphone, Warner Brothers

RV OF491.7 Lindy Hop - George Snowden 1929 to Hellzapoppin', 1929-1964

Descriptive Summary: b&w, a compilation reel created by Ernie Smith

1. "Sweet Sue"

Copyright: 1929

Performer(s): George "Shorty" Snowden and dancers; Hotfoot Bennett and Lizzie Highfly, Albert Hemingway and Buzz Saw Mamie, Shorty Stump and Liza Underdunk, George Snowden, Chick Webb Orchestra

2. Dance contest at Savoy Ballroom

Descriptive Summary: silent

Copyright: 1938

Corporate Creator: Paramount News Feature

Performer(s): Leon James and the Roy Eldridge Orchestra

3. Life in Harlem-A Documentary Film of American's Negro Metropolis

Descriptive Summary: Savoy ballroom scene, excerpt from 491.13

Copyright: 1940

Corporate Creator: Harry M. Popkin

Producer: Edward W. Lewis

4. A Day at the Races, excerpt

Descriptive Summary: Barn dance scene

Copyright: 1937

Corporate Creator: MGM

Producer: Sam Wood

Director: Sam Wood

Performer(s): The Marx Brothers

5. "The Shag"

Copyright: 1937

Descriptive Summary: Arthur Murray and four couples demonstrate the Shag

6. Eight Raggle Taggles

Copyright: 1939

Corporate Creator: Pictoreel

7. "Broome Street"

Copyright: 1941

Performer(s): Glen Gray, Casa Loma Orchestra and the Broome Street Dancers

8. "The Arts - Swing King Gives Benefit Concert"

Descriptive Summary: described by Andre Baruch, silent

9. "Jive - The dance of the Rising Generation"

Performer(s): British Lindy Hoppers

10. "Hot Chocolate" (REVERSE IMAGE)

Copyright: 1941

Corporate Creator: Soundie

Producer: Sam Coslow

Director: Josef Berne

Performer(s): Whitey's Lindy Hoppers including Frank Manning, Al Minns, Billy Ricker, Norma Miller, Duke Ellington and His Orchestra with solos by Ben Webster and Harry Carney, "Cottontail"

11. "Sugar Hill Masquerade" (REVERSE IMAGE)

Copyright: 1942

Performance Date:

Corporate Creator: Soundie, Monoco Productions

Performer(s): Hot Lips Fuller and Rubber Arms Marshall, Walter Fuller and Whitey's Lindy Hoppers, Gene Krupa Orchestra with Roy Eldridge

Song Title(s): "After You've Gone"

12. Lindy Hoppers

Copyright: 1943

Performer(s): Leon James and others, Cootie Williams Orchestra

13. The Big Apple

Copyright: 1943

Performer(s): Whitey's Lindy Hoppers incl. Frank Manning, Norma Miller, Al Minns

14. Jammin' the Blues, excerpt

Descriptive Summary: excerpt from the movie

Copyright: 1944

Corporate Creator: Warner Brothers

Producer: Gordan Hollingshead

Director: Gjon Mili

Performer(s): dancers: Marie Bryant, Archie Savage, musicians: Lester Young, Ilinois Jacquet, Harry Edison, Jo Jones, Barney Kessel, Marlowe Morris, Gene Ramey

15. "Twelfth Street Rag", excerpt

Copyright: 1964

Performer(s): Al Minns and Leon James

16. "I'm Gonna Rock It Up at the Ball Tonight"

Copyright: 1950

Performer(s): Billy Haley and His Comets

17. The Sensational Congaroos

Copyright: 1948

Performer(s): Frank Manning and others introduced by Andy Kirk

18. Hellzapoppin', excerpt

Copyright: 1941

Corporate Creator: Universal

Producer: Jules Levy

Director: H.C. Potter

Performer(s): choreographed by Nick Castle and Frank Manning

RV OF491.8-1 History of Tap (Fascinating Rhythms), 1893-ca. early 1950s

Descriptive Summary: 1162f., b&w, a compilation reel created by Ernie Smith

1. Small boy dancing on a barge

Descriptive Summary: silent

Copyright: 1893

2. Two young boys dancing on a flat-bed truck

Copyright: 1929

3. The Buck Dance

Copyright: early 1950s

Performer(s): Horace Sprott

4. Stair dance

Copyright: 1932

Performer(s): Bill Robinson

5. King for a Day, excerpt

Copyright: 1934

Corporate Creator: The Vitaphone Corporation

Director: Roy Mack

Performer(s): Bill Robinson

Song Title(s): "Old Folks at Home", "Old Black Joe", etc.

6. Tip, Tap, and Toe

Copyright: 1936

Performer(s): Sammy Green, Teddy Frazier and Raymond Winfield

7. Tip, Tap, and Toe

Copyright: 1944

Performer(s): Sammy Green, Teddy Frazier and Raymond Winfield with the Jack Teagarden Orchestra

Song Title(s): "Stompin' at the Savoy"

8. Ace Gibson and Eddie Thompson

Copyright: 1933

9. Varsity Show, excerpt

Copyright: 1937

Corporate Creator: Warner Brothers

Producer: Louis F. Edelman

Director: William Keighley

Performer(s): Dick Powell, John Bubbles and Buck Washington

10. Unidentified

Copyright: early 1960s

Performer(s): John Bubbles, dance and song later joined by Perry Como

11. Unidentified

Copyright: 1933

Performer(s): Sammy Davis, Jr., as a young boy

12. An All Colored Vaudeville Show

Copyright: 1935

Corporate Creator: The Vitaphone Company

Director: Roy Mack

Performer(s): The Nicholas Brothers

13. Stormy Weather, excerpt

Copyright: 1943

Corporate Creator: 20th Century Fox

Producer: William LeBaron

Director: Andrew L. Stone

Performer(s): The Nicholas Brothers, Cab Calloway Orchestra

Song Title(s): "The Jumpin' Jive"

RV OF491.8-2 History of Tap (Fascinating Rhythms), 1939-1965

Descriptive Summary: 1068f., b&w, a compilation reel created by Ernie Smith

1. Steve Condos dancing with the Buddy Rich Orchestra, 1939

2. Movie excerpt featuring the Berry Brothers, 1950

3. "The World is Waiting for the Sunrise", Bill Bailey, 1952

4. Carolina Blues, excerpt

Descriptive Summary: a production number from the motion-picture

Copyright: 1944

Corporate Creator: Columbia Pictures

Producer: Samuel Bischoff

Director: Leigh Jason

Performer(s): Kay Kyser and His Orchestra with Harold Nicholas

Song Title(s): "Mr. Beebe"

5. Bunny Briggs, 1950

6. Jimmy Slyde, 1959

7. "The Lawrence Welk Show"

Copyright: 1964

Performer(s): Arthur Duncan sings and dances accompanied by The Lawrence Welk Orchestra

Song Title(s): "Happy Feet"

8. Camera Three

Copyright: 1965

Corporate Creator: WCBS-TV, New York State Education Dept.

Performer(s): Honi Coles and Cholly Atkins

Song Title(s): "Doin the New Lowdown"

Descriptive Summary: an excerpt from 491.9

OF491.347 History of Tap

Descriptive Summary: 650f., b&w, an Ernie Smith compilation reel (short version):

1. Rufus Jones for President, excerpt

Descriptive Summary:

Copyright: 1933

Performance Date:

Corporate Creator: Vitaphone Corporation

Producer:

Director: Roy Mack

Performer(s): Sammy Davis, Jr., Ethel Waters, Hamtree Harrington, Dusty Fletcher, Edgar O'Connor

Song Title(s):

2. Kid Millions, excerpt

Descriptive Summary:

Copyright: 1934

Corporate Creator: Howard Productions, Samuel Goldwyn Co.

Producer: Samuel Goldwyn

Director: Roy del Ruth

Performer(s): The Nicholas Brothers

Song Title(s):

3. "Sheik of Araby", 1940?, production number from Tin Pan Alley? with the Berry Brothers or the Nicholas Brothers

4. Jimmy Slyde, ca. 1959

5. Bunny Briggs, ca.. 1954, with a Frank Sinatra introduction from the Rudy Vallee tv show

6. Coles and Atkins, Camera Three

Descriptive Summary: b&w, an excerpt, see 491.9

Copyright: 1965

Corporate Creator: WCBS-TV/New York State Education Program

Producer: Dan Gallagher

Director: Nick Havings

Performer(s): Honi Coles and Cholly Atkins

Song Title(s):

ADDITIONAL TITLES
RV OF491.5 Al Minns & Leon James, Playboy Club

Descriptive Summary: 676f., b&w, demonstration of several dances, performed to the compositions below, respectively: Cakwalk, Charleston, Lindy Hop, Big Apple, How to Ask a Girl to Dance in 1935 and ditto 1945

Corporate Creator: Playboy Magazine/Enterprises

Producer: Dan Schuffman

Director: Dan Schuffman

Performer(s): Al Minns & Leon James with the Mae Barnes Trio and commentary by Hugh Hefner and Marshall Stearns

Song Title(s):

1. "Camptown Races"

2. "Charleston"

3. "Stompin' at the Savoy"

4. "One O'Clock Jump"

5. "Stompin' at the Savoy"

6. "How High the Moon"

RV OF491.6-1 Tapdancin'

Descriptive Summary: 1596f., b&w, series of demonstrations and interviews including: children's tap dance class taught by Phil Black; The Capasetics; Third Generation Step; Maceo Anderson of the Four Step Brothers; Four Step Brothers dance routine; Maceo Anderson demo of Buck Dance; film clip of Bojangles; interview with John Bubbles; clip of Buck and Bubbles; Nicholas Brothers; Harold Nicholas and the Four Step Brothers; Nicholas Brothers film clips and dressing room interview; interview with Camden Richman; Honi Coles; Coles and Atkins dance to "Doin' the New Lowdown"; Cholly Atkins; Tap Jazz Percussion Ensemble

Copyright: 1980

Corporate Creator: Blackwood Films

Producer: Christian Blackwood

Director: Christian Blackwood

RV OF491.6-2 Tapdancin'

Descriptive Summary: 1134f., b&w, series of demonstrations and interviews including: Tap Jazz Percussion Ensemble; Tommy Tune practicing at home; Jerry Ames interview; Lon Chaney interview and dance to "Perdido"; Buster Brown interview and dance; Ralph Brown; Chuck Greene; The Hoofers; Honi Coles; Phil Black and his tap dance class

Copyright: 1980

Corporate Creator: Blackwood Films

Producer: Christian Blackwood

Director: Christian Blackwood

RV OF491.9 Camera Three, Coles & Atkins - Over the Top to Bebop

Descriptive Summary: 1020f., b&w, a brief history of tap with the steps being demonstrated by Coles and Atkins; tributes paid to Bojangles and Bubbles

Copyright: 1965

Corporate Creator: WCBS-TV/New York State Education Program

Producer: Dan Gallagher

Director: Nick Havings

Performer(s): Honi Coles and Cholly Atkins, commentary by Marshall Stearns

Song Title(s):

1. "Doin' the New Lowdown"

2. "Takin' a Chance on Love"

RV OF491.10-1 The Sound of Jazz

Descriptive Summary: 1003f., b&w

Copyright: 1957

Corporate Creator: CBS: The Seven Lively Arts (Studio 58)

Producer: Robert Herridge

Director: Jack Smight

Performer(s): Count Basie Orchestra: Count Basie, Roy Eldridge, Freddy Greene, Eddie Jones, Jo Jones, Emmett Berry, Doc Cheatham, Joe Newman, Joe Wilder, trumpets: Benny Morton, Vic Dickinson, Dickie Wells, trombones; Earle Warren, Bene Webster, Coleman Hawkins, Gerry Mulligan, saxes. Red Allen Group, Nat Pierce, Danny Barker, Milton Hinton, Jo Jones, Red Allen, Rex Stewart, Vic Dickinson, Pee Wee Russell, Coleman Hawkins. Thelonius Monk, Ahmed Abdul Malik and Ossie Johnson Trio

Song Title(s):

1. "A Blues"

2. "Wild Man Blues"

3. "Rosetta" vocals by Red Allen

4. "Blue Monk"

5. "I Left My Baby (Standing at the Back Door)" vocals by Jimmy Rushing

RV OF491.10-2 The Sound of Jazz

Descriptive Summary: 1042f., b&w, a continuation of 491.10-1

Copyright: 1957

Corporate Creator: CBS: The Seven Lively Arts (Studio 58)

Producer: Robert Herridge

Director: Jack Smight

Performer(s): Count Basie Orchestra: Count Basie, Roy Eldridge, Freddy Greene, Eddie Jones, Jo Jones, Emmett Berry, Doc Cheatham, Joe Newman, Joe Wilder, trumpets: Benny Morton, Vic Dickinson, Dickie Wells, trombones; Earle Warren, Bene Webster, Coleman Hawkins, Gerry Mulligan, saxes. Billie Holiday with Pick Up Group: Mal Waldron, Danny Barker, Milton Hinton, Ossie Johnson, Roy Eldridge, Doc Cheatham, Vic Dickinson, Gerry Mulligan. Jimmy Guiffre Three: Jimmy Guiffre, Jim Hall and Jim Atlas. Pick Up Group, Jo Jones, Milton Hinton, Danny Barker, Jimmy Guiffre and Pee Wee Russell

Song Title(s):

1. "Dickie's Dream", Count Basie and His Orchestra

2. "Fine and Mellow", vocals by Holiday with Pick Up Group

3. "The Train and the River", Jimmy Guiffre Three

4. Unidentified title, Pick Up Group

RV OF491.11 Jazz Dance

Descriptive Summary: b&w, Filmed "live" at Central Plaza Dance Hall, New York City. An evening in a night club, the main visual focus is on dancing by the audience.

Copyright: 1954

Performance Date: 1954

Corporate Creator: dist. by Rhapsody Films

Producer: Roger Tilton

Director(s): Roger Tilton and Richard Leacock

Performer(s): Jimmy McPartland, Jimmy Archey, Pee Wee Russell, Willie "The Lion" Smith, Pops Foster, George Wettling, dancing by Leon James and Al Minns

Song Title(s):

1. "A Very Lovely Blues"

2. "Ballin' the Jack" vocals by Willie Smith

3. "Royal Garden Blues"

4. "When the Saints Go Marching In"

RV OF491.12 Harlem

Descriptive Summary: b&w, silent, includes scenes from Harlem and from The Cotton Club featuring Duke Ellington and the floor show

Copyright: 1930

Corporate Creator: Pathe, a Pathe Audio Review

Director: Tom Hogan and Beverly Jones

Performer(s): Duke Ellington and His Cotton Club Orchestra

RV OF491.13 Life in Harlem - A Documentary Film of America's Negro Metropolis

Descriptive Summary: b&w, a short documentary on Harlem including scenes of Lenox Avenue, 17th Avenue, 125th Street, Harlem night life, Savoy ballroom, Small's Paradise, distributed by Sack Amusement Enterprises

Copyright: 1940

Corporate Creator: Harry M. Popkin

Producer: Edward W. Lewis

RV OF491.14 Black and Tan

Descriptive Summary: 686f., b&w, a musical short featuring various performers

Copyright: 1929

Performance Date:

Corporate Creator: RKO Productions, by arrangement with Irving Mills

Director: Dudley Murphy

Performer(s): Duke Ellington and His Cotton Club Orchestra; Hodges, Bigard, Carney (reeds), Whetsol, Williams, Jenkins (trumpets), Nanton, Tizol, (trombones), Ellington, Guy, Braud, Greer (rhythm), with Fredi Washington, Hall Johnson Choir and The Five Hot Shots (male dancers)

Song Title(s):

1. "Black and Tan Fantasy", Whetsol on trumpet

2. "The Duke Steps Out", Five Hot Shots

3. "Black Beauty", Five Hot Shots

4. "The Duke Steps Out", Five Hot Shots

5. "Black Beauty", Five Hot Shots

6. "Cotton Club Stomp", dance by Fredi Washington

7. "Hot Feet", dance by the Cotton Club Chorus Girls

8. "Same Train", vocals Hall Johnson Choir

9. "Black and Tan Fantasy", vocals Hall Johnson Choir

RV OF491.15-1 Showtime at the Apollo

Descriptive Summary: 935f., b&w

Copyright: 1955

Corporate Creator: Studio Films, Inc.

Director: Joseph Kohn

Descriptive Summary: a series of Apollo performances, billed as the "Harlem Variety Review", hosted and introduced by Willie Bryant consisting of:

1. "She's My Ding Dong Baby (And She Knows How to Ring My Bell)", played and sung by Lionel Hampton and orchestra

2. "You're Not the Kind of Boy for a Girl Like Me", sung by Sarah Vaughan

3. "My Love is True", vocals by Jimmy Brown with Paul Williams and his Hucklebuck Band

4. "We Just Couldn't Say Goodbye", vocals and piano by Martha Davis

5. A comedy routine with Nippsy Russell and Mantan Moreland

6. "Danny Boy", vocals by The Larks

7. "Route Sixty-Six", vocals by the King Cole Trio

8. "Slide Hamp, Slide", with Lionel Hampton and the orchestra with a trumpet solo by the young Quincy Jones

RV OF491.15-2 Showtime at the Apollo

Descriptive Summary: 880f., b&w

Copyright: 1955

Corporate Creator: Studio Films, Inc.

Director: Joseph Kohn

Descriptive Summary: a series of Apollo performances, billed as the "Harlem Variety Review", hosted and introduced by Willie Bryant consisting of:

1. "Jam Session", with Lionel Hampton and the orchestra

2. "Ev'ry Day", vocals by Fay Adams (not the Joe Williams song)

3. "In My Heart", vocals by Herb Jeffries

4. "Bad, Bad, Whiskey", with Amos Milburn and his combo

5. "Without a Song", vocals by The Larks

6. A comedy routine with Flo and Freddie

7. An unidentified piece performed by Lionel Hampton and the orchestra

RV OF491.15-3 Showtime at the Apollo

Descriptive Summary: 830f., b&w

Copyright: 1955

Corporate Creator: Studio Films, Inc.

Director: Joseph Kohn

Descriptive Summary: a series of Apollo performances, billed as the "Harlem Variety Review", hosted and introduced by Willie Bryant consisting of:

1. A comedy routine with Nippsy Russell and Mantan Moreland

2. "Caravan", Duke Ellington and the orchestra, solos by Cat Anderson, Juan Tizol, Jimmy Hamilton, Ray Nance (violin)

3. "Shadrack", vocals by The Larks

4. "The Nearness of You", vocals by Sarah Vaughan

5. "It's the Same Old Blues", vocals by Herb Jeffries

6. "VIPs Boogie", Duke Ellington and the orchestra, solos by Carney, Hamilton, Willie Cook, Gonsalves, Woodman, Procope, Anderson, Quentin Jackson and Willie Smith

RV OF491.16 About Tap

Descriptive Summary: 990f., color, reminiscences and demonstrations by Gregory Hines, Steve Condos, Chuck Green, and Jimmy Slyde

Copyright: 1985

Corporate Creator: George T. Nierenberg (GTN) Productions

Producer: George T. Nierenberg

Director: George T. Nierenberg

RV OF491.17 Ben Webster - Ahmad Jamal

Descriptive Summary: 956f., b&w

Copyright: 1959

Corporate Creator: The Robert Herridge Theatre, Studio 61

Producer: Robert Herridge

Director: Karl Genus

Performer(s): Ben Webster, tenor; Buck Clayton, tp; Vic Dickinson, tb; Hank Jones, piano; George Duvivier, bass; Jo Jones, drums; Ahmad Jamal, piano; Israel Crosby, bass; Vernel Fornier, drums

Song Title(s):

1. "Mop Mop", Webster Group

2. Unidentified number by the Ahmad Jamal Trio

3. "Excerpts from the Blues", Ahmad Jamal Trio

4. "Chelsea Bridge", Webster Group

5. "C Jam Blues", Webster Group

6. "Jim Loves Sue", Ahmad Jamal Trio

RV OF491.18 Minstrel Days

Descriptive Summary: 754f., b&w, A movie short depicting a glamorized view of white minstrelsy ending with "an old time minstrel show". The tributes include:

1. Daddy Rice, the first burnt cork minstrel, who appeared in Louisville, KY in 1832 singing, "Jump Jim Crow"

2. George Primrose, a soft shoe dancer

3. Honey Boy Evans, singer

4. McIntyre and Heath a comedy team

5. Eddie Leonard, "the original crooner"

6. Bert Williams, "a credit to his race"

7. Eddie Cantor

8. Al Jolson

Copyright: 1941

Corporate Creator: Warner Brothers and Vitaphone

Director: Bobby Connolly

Performer(s): Bud Jamison, Willie Best, Al Herman, Billy Elliott, Songfellows Quarette, Three Hi Hatters, narration by Knox Manning

Song Title(s):

RV OF491.19-1 Art Ford Jazz Party

Descriptive Summary: 965f., b&w, A "live" jazz program produced for television.

Copyright: ca. 1950s

Corporate Creator: Westinghouse

Producer: Art Ford

Director: Don Luftig

Performer(s): Buck Clayton, tp; Roy Eldridge, tp; Urbie Green, tb; George Auld, tenor; Ossie Johnson, drums; Stuff Smith, violin; Buster Bailey, clarinet; Harry Sheppard, vibes; Johnny Guarnieri, piano; Bill Henderson on vocals

Song Title(s):

1. "C-Jam Blues"

2. "Rose Room" featuring Buster Bailey

3. "In a Mellotone"

4. "Baby, Won't You Please Come Home", vocals by Henderson

5. "Stompin' at the Savoy", featuring Ossie Johnson on drums

RV OF491.19-2 Art Ford Jazz Party

Descriptive Summary: 945f., b&w, A "live" jazz program produced for television.

Copyright: ca. 1950s

Corporate Creator: Westinghouse

Producer: Art Ford

Director: Don Luftig

Performer(s): This program features Down Beat, Metronome and Esquire award winners, including Willie "The Lion" Smith.

Song Title(s):

1. "Indian Summer", Coleman Hawkins

2. Pee Wee Russell

3. "Undecided", Dick Thompson on guitar and Harry Sheppard

4. Unidentified selection, vocals by Mae Barnes

5. "Avalon", Sonny Greer

RV OF491.19-3 Art Ford Jazz Party

Descriptive Summary: 955f., b&w, This program features old-timers and new-comers on the same instrument, "Champs and Contenders".

Copyright: ca. 1950s

Corporate Creator Westinghouse

Producer: Art Ford

Director: Don Luftig

Song Title(s):

1. Rex Stewart and Nick Travis on trumpets

2. "Greensleeves", Ray Bryant on piano

3. "Bei Mir Bist Du Schon", Bob McGarry and Rolf Kuehn on clarinets

4. "Blues in the Night", Sylvia Simms

5. "Mop Mop", Johnny Pirella and Barry Miles (the ten year old milk drinker) on drums

6. Harry Shepherd introduced but tape ends

RV OF491.19-4 Art Ford Jazz Party

Descriptive Summary: 945f., b&w, A "live" jazz program filmed for television.

Copyright: ca. 1950s

Corporate Creator: Westinghouse

Producer: Art Ford

Director: Don Luftig

Song Title(s):

1. "These Foolish Things" featuring George Auld

2. Johnny Guarnieri

3. "I Can't Get Started" featuring Roy Eldridge

4. "Roll 'Em-Jump for Joy", vocals by Bill Henderson

5. "Perdido" featuring everyone

RV OF491.20 Symphony in Swing

Descriptive Summary: 498f., b&w a short

Copyright: 1949

Corporate Creator: Universal International

Producer: Will Cowan

Director: Will Cowan

Performer(s): Duke Ellington and His Orchestra, personnel: Hodges, Hamilton, Procope, Webster, Charlie Rouse, Carney (reeds), Nance, Baker, Hemphill, Francis Williams, Al Killian (trumpets), Ellington, Marshall, Greer (rhythm - no guitar), Delta Rhythm Boys, Kay Davis, Edward Sisters

Song Title(s):

1. "Take the A Train"

2. "Suddenly it Jumped", danced by the Edward Sisters

3. "On a Turquoise Cloud", Kay Davis, Jimmy Hamilton, Lawrence Brown

4. "Dancers in Love", with the Finger Snappers

5. "Knock Me a Kiss", Delta Rhythm Boys

6. "Frankie and Johnny", solo by Tyree Glenn

RV OF491.21-1 No Maps on My Taps

Descriptive Summary: 1100f., b&w, Reminiscences and dancing by Chuck Green, Sandman Sims, and Bunny Briggs, with music by Lionel Hampton and orchestra. Filmed in part at Small's Paradise and includes film clips and stills.

Copyright: 1979

Corporate Creator: George T. Nierenberg (GTN Productions)

Producer: George T. Nierenberg

Director: George T. Nierenberg

Performer(s): Chuck Green, Sandman Sims, Bunny Briggs

Song Title(s):

1. "Doin' the New Lowdown", vocals by Lionel Hampton, danced by Green, Sims and Briggs

2. "Slow Poke", danced by Briggs

3. "Caravan", danced by Green

RV OF491.21-2 No Maps on My Taps, Part II

Descriptive Summary: 1015f., b&w, A continuation of 491.21-2 includes reminiscences and dancing by Chuck Green, Sandman Sims, and Bunny Briggs, with music by Lionel Hampton and orchestra. Filmed in part at Small's Paradise and includes film clips and stills.

Copyright: 1979

Corporate Creator: George T. Nierenberg (GTN Productions)

Producer: George T. Nierenberg

Director: George T. Nierenberg

Performer(s): Chuck Green, Sandman Sims, Bunny Briggs

Song Title(s):

1. "sand dance", Sims

2. "Take the A Train", Lionel Hampton and orchestra, danced by Sims, Briggs, and Green

RV OF491.22 Count Basie

Descriptive Summary: 1220f., b&w, a composite reel created by Ernie Smith

Performer(s): Count Basie and His Orchestra

Song Title(s):

1. "Take Me Back Baby", vocals by Jimmy Rushing, Official Films

2. "Air Mail Special", Official Films, 1941

3. "Sent for You Yesterday", vocals by Jimmy Rushing from the short musical film Choo Choo Swing, 1942

4. "One O'Clock Jump", from the film Revielle With Beverly, Columbia Pictures, 1943, the band includes Don Byas and Buck Clayton

5. "Sunny Side of the Street", with Lester Young, Harry Edison, Marie Bryant from the musical short, Jammin' the Blues, 1944

6. A dance number from Jammin' the Blues, 1944, danced by Marie Bryant and Archie Savage

7. "If I Could be With You", vocals by Helen Humes

8. "You're Not the Only Girl in Town/I Don't Like You No More", vocals by Joe Williams

9. "I Left My Baby", vocals by Jimmy Rushing with an introduction by John Crosby

RV OF491.23-1 Satchmo the Great

Descriptive Summary: 1151f., b&w, A CBS Television production about Louis Armstrong and His All-Stars tour of several European cities which took place in 1956. The film includes music and some informal chatter between Edward R. Murrow and Armstrong. Narrated by Edward R. Murrow

Copyright: 1956

Corporate Creator: A CBS Television production, a United Artists release

Producer: Edward R. Murrow and Fred W. Friendly

Performer(s): Louis Armstrong and His All-Stars, personnel include: Louis Armstrong, trumpet, Ed Hall, clarinet, Trummy Young, trombone, Velma Middleton, vocals, Billy Kyle, piano, Arville Shaw, bass, Barrett Deems, drums

Song Title(s):

1. "Sleepy Time Down South"

2. "When the Saints Go Marching In"

3. "That's My Desire"

4. "Blueberry Hill"

5. "C'est Ci Bon"

6. "Struttin' With Some Barbeque", Claude Luter

7. "Mack the Knife"

8. "My Bucket's Got a Hole In It"

RV OF491.23-2 Satchmo the Great - II

Descriptive Summary: 1149f., b&w, A CBS Television production about Louis Armstrong and His All-Stars tour of the African Gold Coast which took place in 1956. The film includes music and some informal chatter between Edward R. Murrow and Armstrong.

Copyright: 1956

Corporate Creator: A CBS Television production, a United Artists release

Producer: Edward R. Murrow and Fred W. Friendly

Performer(s): Louis Armstrong and His All-Stars, personnel include: Louis Armstrong, trumpet, Ed Hall, clarinet, Trummy Young, trombone, Velma Middleton, vocals, Billy Kyle, piano, Jack Lesberg, bass, Barrett Deems, drums

Song Title(s):

1. "Royal Garden Blues"

2. "Black and Blue"

3. "St. Louis Blues"

RV OF491.24 The Sounds of Miles Davis

Descriptive Summary: 932f., b&w, Studio performances by the Miles Davis band.

Copyright: 1959

Corporate Creator: The Robert Herridge Theatre, Studio 61

Producer: Robert Herridge

Director: Jack Smight

Performer(s): Miles Davis, Ernie Royal, Jimmy Cleveland, Bill Barber, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderly, Wynton Kelly, piano, Paul Chambers, bass, Jimmy Cobb, drums and others

Song Title(s):

1. "So What"

2. "The Duke"

3. "Blues for Pablo"

4. "New Rhumba"

RV OF491.25-1 Ben Pollack and His Orchestra, with Miss Doris Robbins

Descriptive Summary: 312f., b&w

Copyright: 1934

Corporate Creator: Vitaphone (#1696)

Director: Joseph Henabery

Performer(s): Ben Pollack, Doris Robbins and unidentified others

Song Title(s):

1. "Got the Jitters", unidentified male vocalist

2. "The Beat of My Heart", vocals by Doris Robbins

3. "Sweethearts?", unidentified male/female dance couple perform a waltz number

4. "Mimi", vocals by Ben Pollack and Doris Robbins

RV OF491.25-2 Freddie Rich and His Orchestra in 'Mirrors' with Vera Van - Eton Boys

Descriptive Summary: 412f., b&w

Copyright: 1934

Corporate Creator: Vitaphone

Director: Roy Mack

Performer(s): Freddie Rich and His Orchestra, Vera Van, the Eton Boys, Johnny Noble, clarinet solo by Jimmy Dorsey

Song Title(s):

1. "China Boy"

2. "I Wanna be Loved", vocals by Van

3. "Aloha, Oe", Rich and His Orchestra

4. "I Wanna Go Back to My Little Grass Shack in Hawaii", vocals by the Eton Boys

5. "Way Down Yonder in New Orleans", vocals by the Eton Boys

6. "I've Got to Go Where You Are", vocals by Van

7. Unidentified number

RV OF491.26 St. Louis Blues

Descriptive Summary: b&w, an excerpt from the short film of the same name featuring a brief scripted vignette

Copyright: 1929

Corporate Creator: Gramercy Studios, RKO Radio Pictures, Dudley Murphy's Jazz Classics, Warner Brothers

Producer: W.C. Handy

Director: Dudley Murphy

Performer(s): Bessie Smith, Jimmy Mordecai, Isabel Washington, James P. Johnson and Orchestra: Joe Smith, Russell Smith (tp); Charlie Green (tb); Buster Bailey (cl, as); Happy Valdwell (ts); Charlie Dixon or Bernard Addison (bj & g); Harry Hall (bs); Kaiser Marshall (dm)

Song Title(s):

1. "St. Louis Blues

2. "Rhapsody in Blue", excerpt

RV OF491.27-1 Ellington Program I, 1933-1949

Descriptive Summary: 770f., b&w, a composite reel created by Ernie Smith

1. A UM & M Pictorial, March 1933, featuring three numbers:

a. "Stardust" & "Echoes of the Jungle", performed by Baron Lee and His Blue Rhythm Band

b. "Sophisticated Lady" excerpt, "Creole Rhapsody" excerpt, performed by Duke Ellington and His Orchestra. Personnel: Hardwick, Hodges, Bigard, Carney (reeds), Whetsol, Williams, Jenkins (trumpet), Nanton, Tizol, Brown (trombones), Ellington, Guy, Braud, Greer (rhythm)

c. Cab Calloway and His Orchestra performing an unidentified number

2. Murder at the Vanities, excerpt

Copyright: 1934

Corporate Creator: Paramount Pictures

Producer: E. Lloyd Sheldon

Director: Mitchell Leisen

Performer(s): Duke Ellington and His Orchestra and an unidentified female vocalist. Personnel: Hardwick, Hodges, Bigard, Carney (reeds), Whetsol, Williams, Jenkins (trumpet), Nanton, Tizol, Brown (trombones), Ellington, Guy, Braud, Greer (rhythm)

Song Title(s): "Ebony Rapsody"

3. An RKO Pathe Jamboree

Copyright: 1943

Performance Date: June, 1943

Corporate Creator: UM & M TV Corp.

Producer Frederick Ullman, Jr.

Director: Jany Bonafield

Performer(s): Duke Ellington and His Orchestra, Personnel: Hamilton, Hodges, Nat Jones, Webster, Carney (reeds), Nance, Jordan, Wallace Jones, Baker, (trumpet), Nanton, Tizol, Sandy Williams (trombones), Ellington, Guy, Raglin, Greer (rhythm)

Song Title(s):

a. "Mood Indigo"

b. "Sophisticated Lady", piano solo by Ellington

c. "It Don't Mean a Thing", vocals by Ray Nance and Taft Jordan, instrumental solos by Nance and Webster

d. "Never No Lament", instrumental solos by Ellington, Hodges and Nanton

4. "Dancers in Love", from The Perfume Suite (excerpt from 491.20), Ellington, Wendall Marshall, Greer

RV OF491.27-2 Ellington Program II, 1949-ca. early 1970s

Descriptive Summary: 1617f., b&w, a composite reel created by Ernie Smith

1. Salute to Duke Ellington

Copyright: 1949

Performance Date: February/March 1949

Corporate Creator: Universal International

Producer: Will Cowan

Director: Will Cowan

Performer(s): Duke Ellington and His Orchestra, Personnel: Hodges, Hamilton, Procope, Sears, Webster, Carney (reeds) Nance, Hemphill, Baker, Killian, Francis Williams (trumpets), Lawrence Brown, Tyree Glenn, Quentin Jackson (trombones), Ellington, Marshall, Greer (rhythm - no guitar)

Song Title(s):

a. "Things Ain't What They Used to Be"

b. "Hello Little Boy, Don't You Remember Me", vocals by Chubby Kemp

c. "The History of Jazz in Three Minutes"

d. "She Wouldn't be Moved"

e. "Violet Blue", vocals by Kay Davis, solo by Hodges

f. "Take the A Train"

2. "The Mooch", early 1950s, Studio Films, Inc., personnel includes: Hamilton, Procope, Carney (clarinet trio), Willie Smith, Gonsalves, Wendell Marshall, Louie Bellson

3. Live recording, musical numbers include:

a. "Satin Doll", personnel include: Mercer Ellington, Cat Anderson (trumpets), Rufus Jones (drums)

b. "Things Ain't What They Used to Be", featuring Johnny Hodges

c. "Take the A Train", featuring Cat Anderson

4. 70th Birthday Party at the White House, ca. early 1970s, USIA, narrated by Willis Conover, a party for and presentation of the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Duke Ellington

RV OF491.28 A Bundle of Blues

Descriptive Summary: 330f., b&w, an excerpt from the short film of the same name

Copyright: 1933

Corporate Creator: Paramount Pictures, distributed by UM & M TV Corp.

Producer:

Director:

Performer(s): Duke Ellington and His Orchestra; personnell; Hardwick, Hodges, Bigard, Carney (reeds), Whetsol, Williams, Jenkins (trumpets), Nanton, Tizol, Brown (trombones), Ellington, Guy, Braud, Greer, (rhythm), vocals by Ivie Anderson, dances by Florence Hill and Bessie Dudley

Song Title(s):

1. "Lightnin'" excerpt

2. "Rockin' in Rhythm"

3. "Stormy Weather", vocals by Anderson

4. "Bugle Call Rag"

5. Reprise of "Lightin'"

RV OF491.29 Symphony in Black

Descriptive Summary: 345f., b&w

Copyright: 1935

Corporate Creator: Paramount Pictures, distributed by UM&M TV Corp.

Producer: Adolph Zukor

Director: Fred Waller

Performer(s): Duke Ellington and His Orchestra, personnel: aumented orchestra includng: Hardwick, Hodges, Bigard, Carney;, Whetsol, Williams, Jenkins; Nanton, Tizol, Brown; Ellington, Guy, Braud, Greer, vocals by Billie Holiday, dances featuring Snake Hips Tucker and Bessie Dudley

Song Title(s): "Symphony in Black: A Rhapsody of Negro Life"

1. The Laborers - solos by Brown, Hodges

2. A Triangle: Dance, Jealousy, Blues - solos by Brown, Cootie, Barney, Nanton; Tucker and Dudley, vocals by Billie Holliday

3. A Hymn of Sorrow - solo possibly by Cootie Williams

4. Harlem Rhythm - Merry-Go-Round, solo by Jenkins, dancing by Snake Hips Tucker

RV OF491.30 Benny Goodman in Brussels

Descriptive Summary: 470f., b&w, Informal shots of Benny Goodman and the orchestra during a visit to Brussels, Belgium for a concert appearance.

Performer(s): Benny Goodman and His Orchestra

Song Title(s):

1. "The World is Waiting for the Sunrise"

2. "The Monk Swings"

3. "Tuxedo Junction"

4. "Bugle Call Rag"

RV OF491.31 Born to Swing

Descriptive Summary: 1785f., color, A series of interviews, reminiscences, tributes with members of the Count Basie Band and related individuals including: Gene Krupa, Snub Mosley, and Count Basie as well as others

Copyright: 1973

Corporate Creator: Silverscreen Productions, Ltd.

Producer: John Jeremy

Director: John Jeremy

Performer(s): narrated by Humphrey Lyttelton

RV OF491.32 Check and Double Check

Descriptive Summary: 135f., b&w, An excerpt from the RKO Radio Picture of the same name.

Copyright: 1930

Corporate Creator: RKO

Producer: William LeBaron

Director: Melville W. Brown

Performer(s): Duke Ellington and His Cotton Club Orchestra, personnel: Hardwick, hodges, Bigard, Carney; Whetsol, Williams, Jenkins; Nanton, Tizol; Ellington, Guy, Braud, Greer; Bing Crosby, Harry Barris, Al Rinker

Song Title(s):

1. "Three Little Words", vocals by Crosby, Barris and Rinker

2. "Old Man Blues", instrumental solos by Carney, Hodges, and Jenkins

RV OF491.33 Chicago and All That Jazz

Descriptive Summary: 1565f., b&w

Copyright: 1961

Corporate Creator: NBC Television

Producer: Donald B. Hyatt

Director: James Elson

Performer(s): Red Allen, Lil Armstrong, Buster Bailey, Mae Barnes, Eddie Condon, Bud Freeman, Johnny Guarnieri, Bob Haggart, Milt Hinton, Gene Krupa, Meade Lux Lewis, Jimmy McPartland, Minns & James, Kid Ory, Pee Wee Russell, Blossom Seeley, Johnny St. Cyr, Zutty Singleton, Joe Sullivan and Jack Teagarden

Song Title(s):

1. "Sensation"

2. "Jazz Me Blues"

3. "Hello Central, Give Me Dr. Jazz", vocals by Barnes

4. "In a Mist", Joe Sullivan

5. "Honky Tonk Train Blues", Meade Lux Lewis

6. "Chicago", Blossom Seeley and Lil Armstrong, with solos by Teagarden, Freeman, McPartland, and others

7. "China Boy", Austin High Gang, McPartland, Freeman, Russell, Krupa, Condon, Teagarden, Sullivan, Haggart

8. "A Chicago Free-For-All" including;

a. "After You've Gone" with Teagarden vocals

b. Piano solo by Armstrong

c. "Heebie Jeebies", vocal duet by Armstrong and Barnes

d. "Way Down Yonder in New Orleans", vocals by Seeley

OF491.34 Non-existent
RV OF491.35 Ella Fitzgerald with the Duke Ellington Orchestra In Concert

Descriptive Summary: 708f., b&w

Copyright: 1966

Corporate Creator: Screen Gems

Producer: Jackie Barnett

Director: Toni Char

Performer(s): Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington and His Orchestra, personnel: Hodges, Hamilton, Gonzalves, Mercer, Rufus Jones, strings

Song Title(s):

1. "I Can't Stop Lovin' You"

2. "Summertime"

3. "Sweet Georgia Brown"

4. "Lover Man"

5. "Mack the Knife"

6. "People"

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OF491.37

Swing!

Descriptive Summary: reel 1: 360f., reel 2: 592f., b&w, an excerpt from the film of the same name

Copyright: 1938

Corporate Creator: Micheaux Pictures Corporation

Producer: Oscar Micheaux

Director: Oscar Micheaux

Performer(s): Leon Gross Orchestra

Song Title(s):

1. "China Boy"

2. "Bugle Call Rag"

3. "Dear Old Southland"

RV OF491.38 Stan Kenton, "Southern Scandal"

Descriptive Summary: 710f., b&w, a compilation reel created by Ernie Smith

Copyright: 1946

Corporate Creator: Soundies

Producer: William Forest Crouch

Director: William Forest Crouch

Performer(s): Stan Kenton and His Orchestra, Ed Szafranski on bass

Song Title(s): "Southern Scandall"

Descriptive Summary:

2. Untitled

1938, three Puppetoons produced by Phillips Broadcast featuring Ambrose and His Orchestra in:

a. "A Jacket of Blue"

b. "Harbor Lights"

c. "The Rhythm's OK in Harlem"

3. Hoagy Carmichael featuring Jack Teagarden and His Orchestra with Meredith Blake

Copyright: 1939

Corporate Creator: Paramount Pictures Corporation

Director: Leslie Roush

Performer(s): Hoagy Carmichael, Jack Teagarden and His Orchestra, Meredith Blake

Song Title(s):

a. "Two Sleepy People"

b. "I'm Wrong", vocals by Blake

c. "Washboard Blues", vocals by Carmichael

d. "Lazy Bones"

e. "Small Fry - Talking Blues"

f. "Rockin' Chair", vocals by Carmichael

g. "Star Dust" w/ verse, vocals by Blake

RV OF491.39 Artistry in Rhythm

Descriptive Summary: 393f., b&w

Copyright: 1944

Corporate Creator: Universal Studios

Producer: Will Cowan

Director: Lewis D. Collins

Performer(s): Stan Kenton and His Orchestra, Anita O'Day, The Tailor Maids, Gene Howard

Song Title(s):

1. "Eager Beaver"

2. "Tabby the Cat", vocals by O'Day

3. "Tabu"

4. "Mad for a Pad", vocals by O'Day

5. "Memphis Lament"

RV OF491.40 Copa Cabana Review

Descriptive Summary: 912f., b&w, a composite reel created by Ernie Smith

1. The Copacabana Review, excerpt

Copyright: ca. 1950s

Corporate Creator: Thunderbird Films/Paramount Pictures release

Producer: Film Institute, Inc.

Director: Leslie Roush

Performer(s): Pancho and His Orchestra, The Six Samba Sirens (female dancers), Don Loper and Barrat (male/female dance team), Los Hermanos Williams (male dance team), and Juanita Juarez

2. Copacabana, excerpt

Copyright: 1947

Corporate Creator: United Artists

Producer: Sam Coslow

Director: Alfred E. Green

Performer(s): Andy Russell, Steve Cochran, Gloria Jean, The Original Copa Girls, Groucho Marx, Carmen Miranda, Maxine Fifi

Song Title(s):

a. "We've Come to the Copa", performed by The Original Copa Girls

b. Unidentified female singer-dancer

c. Song and dance routine between Miranda and Andy Russell

d. A number by Fifi

e. "My Heart Was Doing the Bolero", Miranda, Fifi and Russell

RV OF491.41 The Subject is Jazz

Descriptive Summary: 1065f., b&w, with host Gilbert Seldes, "Blues" with special guests Leonard Feather and Jimmy Rushing

Copyright: 1958

Corporate Creator: Educational Television and NBC Television

Producer: George Norford

Director: Lynwood King

Performer(s): Buck Clayton, Vic Dickenson, Paul Quinichette, Billy Taylor, Mundell Lowe, Eddie Safranski, Ed Thigpen, Jimmy Rushing, Leonard Feather

Song Title(s):

1. "Sent for You Yesterday", Rushing

2. Leadbelly recording

3. "Cold in Hand Blues", Louis Armstrong & Bessie Smith recording

4. "Goin' to Chicago", Rushing and Taylor

5. "Frankie and Johnny", Feather

6. "St. Louis Blues", Feather, Taylor and combo

7. "I Want a Little Girl", Rushing

8. "Billie's Bounce", Charlie Parker recording

9. "Boogie Woogie", Rushing

10. "Blues", Taylor

RV OF491.42 Frankie Masters and His Orchestra in 'Rockabye Rhythm'

Descriptive Summary: 509f., b&w

Copyright: 1945

Corporate Creator: Universal Pictures

Producer: Will Cowan

Director: Lewis D. Collins

Performer(s): Frankie Masters and His Orchestra, Eddie Williams

Song Title(s):

1. "Stompin' at the Savoy"

2. "When Johnny Comes Marching Home", vocals by Marty, Kay, Pat, and Jo

3. "Deacon Jones", vocals by Phyllis

3. "I Don't Know Why I Love You Like I Do" vocals by Williams

4. "Swanee River", Frankie Cook, harmonica and guitar

5. "Scatter Brain", vocals by Masters

6. "Take Me Out to the Ball Game", vocals by Marty, etc.

RV OF491.43 Alveno Rey and His Band in 'Swingin' Down the Scale' with the King Sisters

Descriptive Summary: 542f., b&w

Copyright: 1946

Corporate Creator: Universal Pictures

Producer: Will Cowan

Director: Will Cowan

Performer(s): Alvino Rey and His Band, the King Sisters

Song Title(s):

1. Unidentified Instrumental

2. "Over the Rainbow", vocals by the King Sisters

3. "Whispering", vocals by the King Sisters

4. "Farewell Blues", instrumental, Rey on guitar

5. "Isle of Capri", the King Sisters

RV OF491.44 Sonny Dunham and His Orchestra in 'Jive Busters'

Descriptive Summary: 540f., b&w

Copyright: 1944

Corporate Creator: Universal Pictures

Producer: Will Cowan

Director: Lewis D. Collins

Performer(s): Sonny Dunham and His Orchestra

Song Title(s):

1. "Poinciana", Dunham solo on trumpet and trombone

2. "I'm Coming Virginia", unidentified female vocalist

3. "All I Do is Dream of You", unidentified vocals

4. "Don't Blame Me", unidentified vocals

5. Unidentified instrumental

6. "I'm in Love With You Honey", unidentified vocals

7. Unidentified instrumental, Dunham on trumpet and trombone

RV OF491.45 Trumpet Serenade

Descriptive Summary: 540f., b&w

Copyright: 1942

Corporate Creator: Universal Pictures

Producer: Will Cowan

Director: Reginald Le Borg

Performer(s): Harry James and His Music Makers, Helen Forrest, Grace McDonald, the Jivin' Jacks and Jills

Song Title(s):

1. "Ciribiribin"

2. "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen"

3. Unidentified instrumental

4. "You Made Me Love You"

5. "He's 1-A in the Army and He's A-1 in My Heart", vocals by Forrest

6. Unidentified instrumental, The Jivin' Jacks and Jills

7. "The Flight of the Bumble Bee"

OF491.46 Louis Armstrong

Descriptive Summary: 175f., b&w

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OF491.47 Music from the South

Descriptive Summary: 170f., b&w

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OF491.48 Bob Crosby

Descriptive Summary: 185f., b&w

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OF491.49 Tailgate Man from New Orleans

Descriptive Summary: 540f., b&w

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RV OF491.50 TV Gospel Time

Descriptive Summary: 877f., b&w

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Producer: Howard A. Schwartz

Director: Peter Brysac

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RV OF491.51 TV Gospel Time

Descriptive Summary: 865f., b&w

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Producer: Howard A. Schwartz

Director: Peter Brysac

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RV OF491.52-1 Leonard Bernstein Jazz

Descriptive Summary: 1106f., b&w

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RV OF491.52-2 Leonard Bernstein Jazz

Descriptive Summary: 1032f., b&w

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RV OF491.53 TV Gospel Time

Descriptive Summary: 867f., b&w

Corporate Creator: Amherst Productions, Inc.

Producer: Howard A. Schwartz

Director: Peter Brysac

Performer(s): The Dixie Hummingbirds, Frank Dennis, The Bible Way Joy Bell Singers, Myrtle Jackson, host Frank Davis

Song Title(s):

1. "If You See My Savior", vocals by The Dixie Hummingbirds

2. Unidentified, vocals by The Dixie Hummingbirds

3. "Sweet Anew", vocals by Jackson

4. "Hallelujah", vocals by The Bible Way Singers

5. "Every Creed, Every Color", with a tribute to John F. Kennedy, The Dixie Hummingbirds

6. "Glory, Glory", vocals by The Bible Way Singers, Dennis

7. "You Gotta Give an Account of Your Sins", vocals by Jackson

8. "Everybody's There, Amen", vocals by Jackson, Dennis

RV OF491.54 TV Gospel Time

Descriptive Summary: 863f., b&w

Corporate Creator: Amherst Productions, Inc.

Producer: Howard A. Schwartz

Director: Peter Brysac

Performer(s): Sister Rosetta Tharpe, host, The Imperials, (male quartet), J. Roberts Bratlee, Oliver Institutional Baptist Choir

Song Title(s):

1. "God is Good to Me", vocals by Sister Tharpe and the Baptist Choir

2. "The Lord Will See You Through", vocals by The Imperials

3. "Standin' in the Need of Prayer", vocals by Bratlee

4. Unidentified, vocals by the Baptist Choir

5. "Music in the Air", Sister Tharpe

6. "He's Always There . . . in My Father's House", vocals by The Imperials

7. "Amazing Grace", vocals by Bratlee

RV OF491.55 All-Star Melody Masters

Descriptive Summary: 530f., b&w

Copyright: 1944

Corporate Creator: Castle Films, United World Film, Inc.

Director: Jean Negulesco

Performer(s): Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra, Dottie O'Brien, The Mello-Larks

Song Title(s):

1. "Contrasts"

2. "Am I Blue?", vocals by O'Brien

3. "We Hate Cowboy Songs", vocals by The Mello-Larks

4. "Quien Sabe", vocals by The Mello-Larks

5. "Jamboree Jones", vocals by The Mello-Larks

6. "Lover"

RV OF491.56 Jimmy Dorsey's Varieties

Descriptive Summary: 520f., b&w

Copyright: 1952

Corporate Creator: Universal-International

Producer: Will Cowan

Director: Will Cowan

Performer(s): Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra, Herb Jeffries, Red Norvo Trio, The Showtimers, Johnny Mack

Song Title(s):

1. "Sweet Georgia Brown"

2. Unidentified song

3. "The Circus", The Showtimers

4. "Wimoweh"

5. "Temptation", Red Norvo Trio

6. "In the Bayou", vocals by Jeffries

7. "South Rampart Street Parade"

RV OF491.57 The Fabulous Dorseys

Descriptive Summary: 728f., b&w, An excerpt from the movie of the same name.

Copyright: 1947

Corporate Creator: United Artists

Producer: Charles R. Rogers

Director: Alfred E. Green

Performer(s): (as listed, but not appearing in this excerpt): Tommy Dorsey, Jimmy Dorsey, Janet Blair, Paul Whiteman, Charlie Barnet, Henry Busse, Mike Pingatore, Ziggy Elman, Bob Eberle, Helen O'Connell, Art Tatum, Stuart Foster, Ray Bauduc

Song Title(s):

1. "Turkey Trot"

2. "When You and I Where Young, Maggie"

OF491.58 Rufus Jones for President

Descriptive Summary: 776f., b&w

Copyright: 1933

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Director: Roy Mack

Performer(s): Sammy Davis, Jr., Ethel Waters, Hamtree Harrington, Dusty Fletcher, Edgar O'Connor

Song Title(s):

"Am I Blue", vocals by Waters

"Underneath a Harlem Moon", vocals by Waters

RV OF491.59 Melody Parade

Descriptive Summary: 555f., b&w

Copyright: 1944

Corporate Creator: Universal Studios, a United World Films presentation

Associate Producer: Will Cowan

Director: Lewis D. Collins

Performer(s): Charlie Barnett and His Orchestra, The Pied Pipers with June Hutton, Dorothy Allen, Grey and Dane, Kay Starr

Song Title(s):

1. "Cherokee", Barnet on alto

2. "How Am I to Know", vocals by Allen

3. Unidentified instrumental, Grey and Dane, dancers-tumblers-acrobats

4. "It's a Haunted Town", vocals by Starr

5. "Snoqualmie Joe", vocals by The Pied Pipers

6. Unidentified instrumental

RV OF491.60 Melody Masters

Descriptive Summary: 535f., b&w

Copyright: 1949

Corporate Creator: United World Films, Inc.

Performer(s): Charlie Barnett and His Orchestra, Clark Dennis, Virginia Maxes

Song Title(s):

1. "Redskin Rhumba"

2. "Jealousie", vocals by Dennis

3. "Pompton Turnpike"

4. "Jeepers Creepers", vocals by Maxes

5. "Peg O' My Heart", vocals by Dennis

6. "Skyline"

RV OF491.61 Jazz Casual Series: The Modern Jazz Quartet

Descriptive Summary: 763f., b&w

Corporate Creator: KQED, San Francisco, CA for NET

Producer: Ralph J. Gleason and Dick Christian

Director: Dick Christian

Performer(s): John Lewis, piano, Percy Heath, bass, Milt Jackson, vibes, Connie Kay, drums

Song Title(s):

1. Unidentified

2. "If I Were Eve"

3. "Winter Tale" from the Italian film The Milano Story

4. "Lonely Woman"

OF491.62 Rock & Roll Trailers

Descriptive Summary: 505f., b&w, a compilation reel created by Ernie Smith

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OF491.63 Supremes

Descriptive Summary: 300f., b&w

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RV OF491.64 Sonny Rollins

Descriptive Summary: 1346f., b&w

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RV OF491.65 Thelonius Monk/Charlie Rouse

Descriptive Summary: 1377f., b&w

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RV OF491.66 Trumpets: Armstrong to Eldrige

Descriptive Summary: 980f., b&w, an Ernie Smith compilation reel and despite the title the footage is mostly of Armstrong singing and not playing and there is no Edridge.

1. New Orleans, excerpt

Copyright: 1947

Corporate Creator: Embassy/Jules Levy Productions, distributed by Uniated Artists

Producer: Jules Levy

Director: Arthur Lubin

Performer(s): Louis Armstrong All-Stars; personnel: Kid Ory, Barney Bigard, Charlie Beale (p), Bud Scott (g), Red Callendar (b), Zutty Singleton, Billie Holiday

Song Title(s):

a. "Do You Know What It Means", vocals by Holiday

b. "This is Where the Blues Was Born", vocals by Armstrong

2. "Back O' Town Blues"

Descriptive Summary: A concert performance, Armstrong on trumpet and vocals.

3. "Rockin' Chair"

Descriptive Summary: A concert with Bobby Hackett, Jack Teagarden, Cozy Cole, Armstrong on trumpet, vocals by Armstrong and Teagarden.

4. Schaefer Beer commercial

5. Tribute

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Producer: Sidney J. Stiber Productions, Inc.

Performer(s): narrated by Willis Conover

Song Title(s):

1. "I Can't Give You Anything But Love", vocals by Armstrong

2. "Cabaret", vocals by Armstrong

Descriptive Summary: Includes early stills of Armstrong and New Orleans, film clips of New Orleans, Armstrong's transition from jazz musician to entertainer, creation of the All-Stars in the 1940s.

RV OF491.67 Jammin' the Blues

Descriptive Summary: 367f., b&w, an excerpt from the film of the same name

Copyright: 1944

Corporate Creator: Warner Brothers

Producer: Gordon Hollingshead

Director: Gjon Mili

Performer(s): Lester Young, Red Callender, Harry Edison, Marlowe Morris, Sidney Catlett, Barney Kessel, Joe Jones, John Simmons, Illinois Jacquet, Marie Bryant, Archie Savage

Song Title(s):

1. "Blues", solos by Prez and Sweets

2. "On the Sunny Side of the Street", vocals by Bryant, solo by Young

3. Unidentified up tempo number, solos by Jacquet and Edison, Young, Kessel, Edison, and Morris

RV OF491.68 The Embers, with Danton Walker, Broadway Columnist, N.Y. Daily News

Descriptive Summary: 370f., b&w

Producer: Harry Foster

Director: Harry Foster

Performer(s): Joe Buskin Sextet, with Buck Clayton, Jo Jones, Dorothy Louden

Song Title(s):

1. "Rat Race"

2. "Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea", vocals by Louden

3. "Oh, Loot at Me Now", vocals by Buskin

RV OF491.69-1 Hollywood and Harlem

Descriptive Summary: 975f., b&w, An Ernie Smith compilation reel featuring clips from Hollywood movies depicting Harlem nightlife.

Performer(s): Ethel Waters, Jimmy Lunceford and His Orchestra, Willie Smith, Billie Holiday, Count Basie and His Orchestra, The Three Tenors, others unidentified

Song Title(s):

1. "Jail House Blues", 1942, unidentified female vocalist

2. "Daddy Won't You Please Come Home", unidentified female vocalist

3. Unidentified vocals by Waters

4. "Am I Blue?", vocals by Waters, probably from Rufus Jones for President, 1933 (see 491.58)

5. "Underneath a Harlem Moon", vocals by Waters, from Rufus Jones for President, 1933 (see 491.58)

6. 'Rhythm is Our Business", vocals by Smith, Jimmy Lunceford and His Orchestra

7. "God Bless the Child", vocals by Holiday, Count Basie and His Orchestra

8. "Fine and Mellow", vocals by Holiday and The Three Tenors (see 491.10-1)

RV OF491.69-2 Hollywood and Harlem

Descriptive Summary: 350f., b&w, An Ernie Smith compilation reel featuring clips from Hollywood movies depicting Harlem nightlife.

Performer(s): Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and His Orchestra including: Carney, Procope, Hamilton, Willie Smith, Louis Bellson, Ray Nance, Quentin Jackson, Paul Gonsalves, Wendell Marshall from the early 1950s, Lindy Hoppers

Song Title(s):

1. "I Can't Give You Anything But Love", vocals by Armstrong

2. "The Mooche", Duke Ellington and His Orchestra

3. Newsreel footage featuring the Lindy Hoppers at the Savoy Ballroom

RV OF491.70 Swing's the Thing

Descriptive Summary: 670f., b&w

Copyright: 1939

Corporate Creator: Astor Pictures Corp.

Producer: Joe Rock

Director: Alf Goulding

Performer(s): Harry Roy and His Famous Band, Mabel Mercer

Song Title(s):

1. Unidentified title, Roy solo on clarinet

2. "I'm Cheerful"

3. Unidentified title

4. "You're the Last Word in Love"

5. "Harlem is Weeping", Roy, vocals by Mercer

RV OF491.71 The Band Parade - Ted Lewis and His Band

293f., b&w

Copyright: 1939

Corporate Creator: Castle Films

Performer(s): Ted Lewis and His Orchestra, unidentified female dancer, vocal quartet

Song Title(s):

1. "On the Sunny Side of the Street", vocals by Lewis

2. "Me and My Shadow", vocals by Lewis

3. "Three Black Mice", vocals by Lewis and quartet

4. "Isn't She a Pretty Thing", vocals by Lewis, dance by unidentified female

5. "I'm the Leader of the Band", vocals by Lewis

RV OF491.72 Harlem Sandman

Descriptive Summary: 265f., b&w, excerpts from the film of the same name

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1. "Harlem Sandman", Basie and His Orchestra, vocals by Dandridge

RV OF491.73 The Band Parade - Count Basie and His Band

Descriptive Summary: 315f., b&w

Copyright: 1949

Corporate Creator: Castle Films

Performer(s): Count Basie Orchestra with Buck Clayton, Jo Jones, Delta Rhythm Boys

Song Title(s):

1. Unidentified title, the Basie Band

2. "Someone's Rockin' My Dream Boat"

3. "St. Louis Blues", vocals by the Delta Rhythm Boys

4. "Count Basie Boogie", the Basie Band

RV OF491.74 The Judy Garland Show, Episode #2

Descriptive Summary: 320f., b&w, Segments from one of Judy Garland's 1963-64 tv shows as shown on CBS Television.

Copyright: 1963

Performance Date: July 7th, 1963, air date November 10th, 1963

Corporate Creator: Kingsrow Productions

Producer: George Schlatter

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Performer(s): Judy Garland, Count Basie and His Orchestra

Song Title(s):

1. Medley, "I Hear Music / The Sweetest Sounds / Strike Up the Band", Basie Orchestra, vocals by Garland

2. "One O'Clock Jump", Basie Orchestra

3. "Memories of You", Basie, vocals by Garland

RV OF491.75 Jazz Casual Series: Dizzy Gillespie Quintet

Descriptive Summary: 727f., b&w

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OF491.76 Date with Dizzy

Descriptive Summary: 396f., b&w

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OF491.77 Top Hat

Descriptive Summary: 1423f., b&w, excerpts

Copyright: 1935

Corporate Creator: RKO Radio Pictures

Producer: Pandro S. Berman

Director: Mark Sandrich

Performer(s): Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers

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RV OF491.78 George White's Scandals

Descriptive Summary: 515f., b&w, excerpts from the motion picture

Copyright: 1945

Corporate Creator: C and C Films, Inc.

Producer: George White

Director: Felix E. Feist

Performer(s): Gene Krupa and His Orchestra with Charlie Ventura, Rose Murphy, brief appearance by Margaret Hamilton

Song Title(s):

1. Unidentified instrumental, Krupa Orchestra

2. "Wishing", vocals by Murphy

3. Unidentified production number

4. "Bolero in the Jungle", production number with Krupa

RV OF491.79 Gene Krupa & His Orchestra, Thrills of Music Series 2, Vol. 7

Descriptive Summary: 360f., b&w

Copyright: 1948

Corporate Creator: Columbia Pictures

Director: Harry Foster

Performer(s): introduction by Fred Robbins, Gene Krupa and His Orchestra, Dolores Hawkins

Song Title(s):

1. "Starburst"

2. "Bop Boogie", vocals by Hawkins

3. "Sabre Dance"

4. "Disc Jockey Jump"

RV OF491.80 The Drummer Man

Descriptive Summary: 463f., b&w, footage is missing the Jeanne Blanche number

Copyright: 1948

Corporate Creator: Universal International

Producer: Will Cowan

Director: Will Cowan

Performer(s): Gene Krupa Orchestra and Jazz Trio (Krupa, Billy Baker, piano, Tommy Lucas, alto), Carolyin Grey, Jeanne Blanche

Song Title(s):

1. "Lover"

2. "Boogie Blues", vocals by Grey

3. "Stompin' at the Savoy"

4. "Leave Us Leap"

RV OF491.81 Let Me Off Uptown

Descriptive Summary: 620f., b&w, a compilation reel created by Ernie Smith

1. "Let Me Off Uptown"

Copyright: 1942

Corporate Creator: Official Films, Inc.

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Performer(s): Gene Krupa and His Orchestra, Anita O'Day, Roy Eldridge, and two Lindy Hoppers

Song Title(s):

"Let Me Off Uptown"

2. Unidentified instrumental featuring Cootie Williams on trumpet.

3. "Battle Hymn of the Republic" performed by a Dixieland combo

4. "Fine and Mellow", an excerpt from 491.10-1, vocals by Billie Holiday

RV OF491.82 Dexter in Gouda

Descriptive Summary: 918f., b&w, a documentary filmed in Holland

Producer: Nick Van den Boezem

Performer(s): Dexter Gordon

RV OF491.83 The Song & Dance Men

Descriptive Summary: A history of song and dance men with Dailey as the master of ceremonies. 1860f., b&w

Producer: Buddy Bregman

Director: Joe Tinney

Performer(s): Dan Dailey, Pat Rooney, Larry Kert, Louise Glenn, Jack Haley

Song Title(s):

1. "Lazy Moon", George Primrose tribute

2. "Roll Them Rolly Polly Eyes", Eddie Leonard tribute

3. Unidentified Rooney number

4. "East Side, West Side", Rooney and Dailey

5. "Darktown Strutter's Ball", Joe Frisco tribute

6. Sally Rand tribute

7. "I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate", Gilda Grey

8. "Rose of Washington Square", Fanny Brice tribute

9. "Nobody", Bert Williams tribute

10. Medley, "Yankee Doodle Dandy / You're a Grand Old Flag", Dailey

11. "So Long Letty", Charlotte Greenwood tribute

12. "Liza", tribute to Ruby Keeler and Al Jolson

13. "As Long as I Care for You", William Gaxton tribute

14. "South Pacific" selection, Mary Martin tribute

15. "West Side Story", Kert dances

16. ""Bye Bye Birdie", Dailey dances

17. "You Belong to Me", Haley and Dailey

18. "Every Street's a Boulevard", Haley and Dailey

19. "Gypsy", Dailey and the whole cast

RV OF491.84 Don Byas: The Come Back

Descriptive Summary: A selection of interviews, reminiscences, live action shots, musical events concerning and about Don Byas. 1990f., b&w

Copyright: 1970

Corporate Creator: The Netherlands VARA Television

Director: Nick van den Boezem

Performer(s): Don Byas, Mel Lewis, Jo Jones, Roland Adams, Thad Jones, Dizzy Gillespie, Max Gordon, Bobby Hackett, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Harry Carney, Gonsalves, Jimmy Rushing

RV OF491.85 Musical Variety

Descriptive Summary: 1480f., b&w, An Ernie Smith compilation reel highlighting one or more World War II GI variety shows.

Song Title(s):

1. "Just a Plain American Boy"

2. "Harlem Sandman", Count Basie Orchestra and unidentified female vocalist

3. Unidentified dance number

4. Winnie Clark jitterbugging

5. "Where Are the Good Old Days . . . My Wife's A WAC", Ukelele Ike

6. Community Sing, excerpt

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Producer: B.K. Blake

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Performer(s): Don Baker, The Song Spinners

Song Title(s):

a. "If I Could Only Play a Concertina"

b. "Dear Mom"

c. "Daisy Bell . . . A Bicycle Built for Two"

d. "How Do I Know It's Real"

e. "Deep in the Heart of Texas"

 

7. Winnie Clark and the Step Forward Co. with the Hal McIntyre Orchestra

a. Unidentified instrumental

b. "Streamlined Sheik", vocals by Winnie Clark, dance by the Harem Girls

8. "So What Serenade", unidentified male quartet

9. "There Goes Taps", Winnie Clark and an unidentified male vocalist

10. "Take a Chance", song and dance routine

11. "Great American Home", vocals by an unidentified male quartet

RV OF491.86-1 Those Ragtime Years

Descriptive Summary: 965f., b&w, A history, not of ragtime, but of the "ragtime era", from the 1890s to the death of Scott Joplin in 1917. The film uses period film footage and stills, recreations, narration, and music, a made for television production. NOTE: This may be the only surviving copy; see Terry Waldo: This is Ragtime, 1976, reprinted 1984, pg. 170.

Copyright: 1960

Corporate Creator: Project Twenty/NBC

Producer: Williams Nichols

Director: William A. Graham

Performer(s): narrated by Hoagy Carmichael, Mae Barnes, Billy B. Quartet, Eubie Blake, Minns and James, Wilbur deParis, Robin Roberts, Ralph Sutton, Clara Ward Singers, Dick Wellstood and Dorothy Loudon

Song Title(s):

1. "At a Georgia Camp Meeting"

2. "Rufus Brown"

3. "Bill Bailey Won't You Please Come Home", vocals by Barnes

4. "The Cascades"

5. "Little David . . . ", vocals by the Clara Ward Singers

RV OF491.86-2 Those Ragtime Years

Descriptive Summary: 710f., b&w, a continuation of 491.86-1, A history, not of ragtime, but of the "ragtime era", from the 1890s to the death of Scott Joplin in 1917. The film uses period film footage and stills, recreations, narration, and music, a made for television production. This is a continuation of 491.86-1. NOTE: This may be the only surviving copy; see Terry Waldo: This is Ragtime, 1976, reprinted 1984, pg. 170.

Copyright: 1960

Corporate Creator: Project Twenty/NBC

Producer: Williams Nichols

Director: William A. Graham

Performer(s): narrated by Hoagy Carmichael, Mae Barnes, Billy B. Quartet, Eubie Blake, Minns and James, Wilbur deParis, Robin Roberts, Ralph Sutton, Clara Ward Singers, Dick Wellstood and Dorothy Loudon

Song Title(s):

1. "Under the Bamboo Tree"

2. "At a Georgia Camp Meeting", Bryant's Minstrels

3. A Turkey Trot, footage with Vernon and Irene Castle

4. "Alexander's Ragtime Band"

5. "Let's Dance That Society Bear", unidentified female vocalist

6. "I Love a Piano", vocals by Carmichael

7. "Won't You Play a Simple Melody", vocals by Carmichael

8. "Won't You Play Me Some Rag", unidentified female vocalist

9. Unidentified ragtime piece, played by Blake

10. "Maple Leaf Rag", Carmichael, Blake and a Dixieland band

RV OF491.87 Errol Garner Concert

Descriptive Summary: 1308f., b&w

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The Great American Broadcast

Descriptive Summary: reel 1: 1941f., b&w, reel 2: 1580f., b&w, songs and lyrics by Mack Gordon and Harry Warren

Copyright: 1941

Corporate Creator: 20th Century Fox

Producer: Darryl Zanuck

Director: Archie Mayo

Performer(s): Alice Faye, Jack Oakie, John Payne, John Newill, the Nicholas Brothers, the Wiere Brothers, The Ink Spots

Song Title(s):

1. "The Great American Broadcast", vocals by Newill

2. "I Take to You", vocals by Faye, Payne and Oakie

3. "It's All in a Lifetime", vocals by Faye

4. "I've Got a Bone to Pick With You", vocals by The Ink Spots

5. "Long Ago Last Night", vocals by Faye

6. "Where Are You", vocals by Faye and Payne

OF491.89 The Lawrence Welk Show

Descriptive Summary: 1654f., b&w

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OF491.90 Argentine Nights, part two

Descriptive Summary: 1654f., b&w

Copyright: 1940

Corporate Creator: Universal

Producer: Ken Goldsmith

Director: Albert S. Rogell

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Descriptive Summary: reel 1: 740f., b&w, reel 2: 1437f., b&w, reel 3: 1005f., b&w

Copyright: 1942

Corporate Creator: RKO Radio Pictures

Producer: William Dieterle

Director: William Dieterle

Performer(s): Adolph Menjou, Jackie Cooper, Bonita Granville, Benny Goodman, Harry James, Charlie Barnet, Joe Venuti, Jack Jenney, Gene Krupa, Alvin Rey

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Descriptive Summary: reel 1: 1050f., b&w, reel 2: 950f., b&w, reel 3: 560f., b&w

Copyright: 1944

Corporate Creator: 20th Century Fox

Producer: William LeBaron

Director: Archie Mayo

Performer(s): Benny Goodman, Lynn Bari

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RV OF491.93 Isham Jones and His Orchestra with Gypsy Nina and the Boylans

Descriptive Summary: 390f., b&w,

Copyright: 1933

Corporate Creator: Vitaphone

Director: Roy Mack

Performer(s): Isham Jones and His Orchestra, Gypsy Nina (accordianist), the Boylans dancers

Song Title(s):

1. "Why Can't This Night Go On Forever", unidentified male vocalist

2. "The Wooden Soldier and the China Doll", unidentified male vocalist, The Boylans

3. Unidentified instrumental

4. "Sibonay", Nina

5. "Rachmanioff's Prelude in C# Minor"

RV OF491.94 The Happiness Remedy

Descriptive Summary: 305f., b&w

Copyright: 1930

Corporate Creator: UM & M TV

Director: Ray Cozine

Performer(s): Ted Lewis and His Orchestra

RV OF491.95 Mills Blue Rhythm Band

Descriptive Summary: 385f., b&w, an excerpt from the motion picture short

Copyright: 1934

Corporate Creator: The Vitaphone Corp.

Director: Roy Mack

Performer(s): Sally Gooding, Fredi Washington, Hamtree Harrington, Blues McAllister, The Three Dukes

Song Title(s):

1. "There Goes My Headache", unidentified female vocalist

2. "Peanut Vendor", danced by The Three Dukes

3. "Love is the Thing", unidentified female vocalist

4. Unidentified Instrumental number

OF491.96 Honeymoon Lodge

Descriptive Summary: 2238f., b&w

Copyright: 1943

Corporate Creator: Universal

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Director: Edward C. Lilley

Performer(s): David Bruce, Harriet Hilliard, Franklin Pangborn

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OF491.97 Jazz Special

Descriptive Summary: 1396f., b&w, silent

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RV OF491.98 That's the Spirit

Descriptive Summary: 338f., b&w, an excerpt, Miller and Moreland are night watchmen in a haunted pawn shop. Various items come to life and dance to the music.

Copyright: 1933

Corporate Creator: The Vitaphone Corporation, Warner Brothers

Director: Roy Mack

Performer(s): Noble Sissle and His Orchestra, Cora LaRedd (does not appear in this excerpt), the Washboard Serenaders, Miller and Moreland

Song Title(s):

1. "St. Louis Blues", Sissle Orchestra

2. "In a Shanty in Old Shanty Town", the Washboard Serenaders

3. "Tiger Rag", Sissle

RV OF491.99 Deep South

Descriptive Summary: 602f., b&w

Copyright: 1930

Corporate Creator: RKO / Sack Amusement Enterprises

Producer: Bert Gilroy

Director: Lesslie Goodwins

Performer(s): Hall Johnson Choir, Clarence Muse, Willie Bert, Daisy Bufford

Song Title(s):

1. "Old Folks at Home"

2. ""I'm Going Down That Lonesome Road"

3. "At a Georgia Camp Meeting"

4. "My Old Kentucky Home"

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OF491.100-1

OF491.100-2

OF491.100-3

Vogues

Descriptive Summary: reel 1: 1200f., b&w, reel 2: 1440F., b&w, reel 3: 990f., b&w. Also known as Vogues of 1938, these are b&w prints of a Technicolor film.

Copyright: 1937

Corporate Creator: Walter Wanger Productions, Inc.

Producer: Walter Wanger

Director: Irving Cummings

Performer(s): Warner Baxter, Joan Bennett, Victor Young and His Orchestra, The Four Hot Shots, Cotton Club Singers, George Tapps, Maurice Rocco, Virginia Verrill, Fred Lawrence

Song Title(s):

1. "Turn on that Red Hot Heat"

2. "King of Jam"

3. "That Old Feeling", vocals by Verrill

4. "Lovely One", vocals by Lawrence & Verrill

5. "Lady of the Evening", vocals by Lawrence

6. "Aloha Oe"

7. "Siboney"

8. "Fall Fashion Show"

9. "Moonlight Sonata"

10. "Anchors Aweigh"

11. "Jingle Bells"

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OF491.101-1

OF491.101-2

Something to Sing About

Descriptive Summary: reel 1: 1583f., b&w, reel 2: 1727f., b&w

Copyright: 1937

Corporate Creator: Grand National Pictures

Producer: Zion Myers

Director: Victor Schertzinger

Performer(s): James Cagney, Evelyn Daw, William Frawley, Three Shades of Blue

Song Title(s):

1. "Right or Wrong"

2. "Any Old Love", vocals by Three Shades of Blue

3. "Out of the Blue"

4. "Something to Sing About"

5. "Loving You"

OF491.102-1

OF491.102-2

Gang War

Descriptive Summary: reel 1: 887f., b&w, reel 2: 1336f., b&w

Copyright: 1940

Corporate Creator: Million Dollar Productions, Inc.

Producer: Clifford Sanforth, Assoc. Producer: Sara Frances, Ex. Producer: Harry M. Popkin

Director: Leo C. Popkin

Performer(s): Ralph Cooper, Gladys Snyder

Song Title(s):

"Remember the Night", vocals by Snyder

OF491.103-1 Busby Berkeley Production Numbers

Descriptive Summary: 1475f., b&w, a compilation reel created by Ernie Smith

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OF491.103-2 Busby Berkeley Production Numbers

Descriptive Summary: 1385f., b&w, a compilation reel created by Ernie Smith

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OF491.104-1

OF491.104-2

Killer Diller

Descriptive Summary: reel 1: 1358f., b&w, reel 2: 667f., b&w

Copyright: 1948

Corporate Creator: All-American News

Producer: E.M. Glucksman

Director: Josh Binney

Performer(s): Dusty Fletcher, The King Cole Trio, Butterfly McQueen, Moms Mabley, Andy Kirk and His Orchestra, Count Basie

Song Title(s):

1. "Breezy and the Bass", vocals by Nat 'King' Cole

2. "Basie Boohie", performed by Basie

3. "Gator Serenade"

4. "Apollo Groove"

5. "Ooh Kickeroonie"

6. "Now He Tells Me"

7. "If I Didn't Care"

8. "I Believe"

9. "Ain't Misbehavin'"

10. "It Ain't Nobody's Business What I Do"

11. "I Don't Want to Get Married"

12. "Don't Sit On My Bed"

OF491.105 Big Bill Blues

Descriptive Summary: 470f., b&w, a Belgian short film

Copyright: 1956

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OF491.106 Light'nin Sam Hopkins

Descriptive Summary: 312f., b&w

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RV OF491.107 The Song Makers

Descriptive Summary: 2122f., b&w

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RV OF491.108 Anatomy of Pop

Descriptive Summary: 1883f., b&w

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RV OF491.109 Drug Songs

Descriptive Summary: 478f., b&w, a compilation reel created by Ernie Smith

Performer(s): Ethel Waters, Cab Calloway, and an unidentified female vocalist

Song Title(s):

1. "Underneath a Harlem Moon", vocals by Waters, (see 491.69-1, 491.58)

2. "Reefer Man", vocals by Calloway, (see 491.110)

3. "Kickin' the Gong Around", vocals by Calloway

4. "Sweet Marijuana", unidentified female vocalist

RV OF491.110 Cab Calloway

Descriptive Summary: 505f., b&w, a compilation reel created by Ernie Smith:

1. A UM & M Pictorial, March 1933, featuring three numbers:

a. "Stardust" & "Echoes of the Jungle", performed by Baron Lee and His Blue Rhythm Band

b. "Sophisticated Lady" excerpt, "Creole Rhapsody" excerpt, performed by Duke Ellington and His Orchestra. Personnel: Hardwick, Hodges, Bigard, Carney (reeds), Whetsol, Williams, Jenkins (trumpet), Nanton, Tizol, Brown (trombones), Ellington, Guy, Braud, Greer (rhythm)

c. Cab Calloway and His Orchestra perform an unidentified number.

2. "Reefer Man", vocals by Calloway, (see 491.109-2)

3. Harlem, Pathe Newsreel, (36-2)

Descriptive Summary: b&w, silent, includes scenes from Harlem and from The Cotton Club featuring Duke Ellington and the floor show, NO AUDIO (see 491.12)

Copyright: 1930

Corporate Creator: Pathe

Director: Tom Hogan and Beverly Jones

Performer(s): Duke Ellington

OF491.111-1

OF491.111-2

Broadway Melody of 1940

Descriptive Summary: b&w

Copyright: 1940

Corporate Creator: MGM

Producer: Jack Cummings

Director: Norman Taurog

Performer(s): Fred Astaire, Eleanor Powell, Douglas McPhail and George Murphy

Song Title(s):

1. "Please Don't Monkey With Broadway", vocals and dance by Astaire and Murphy

2. "All Ashore", dance by Powell

3. "Between You and Me", vocals by Murphy, dance by Murphy and Powell

4. "I've Got My Eyes on You", vocals and dance by Astaire

5. "Jukebox Dance", dance by Astaire and Powell

6. "I Concentrate on You", vocals by McPhail, dance by Astaire and Powell

7. "Begin the Beguine", vocals by Carmen D'Antonio (dubbed by Lois Hardnett) and the Music Maids, dance by Astaire and Powell

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OF491.112-3

OF491.112-4

OF491.112-5

OF491.112-6

Jivin' in Bebop

Descriptive Summary: b&w

Copyright: 1946

Corporate Creator: Alexander Productions

Producer: William Alexander

Director: Leonard Alexander, Spencer Williams

Performer(s): Ralph Brown, Ray Brown, Dan Burley, Benny Carter, Freddie Carter, Dizzy Gillespie, Kenny Hagood, Helen Humes, Milt Jackson, James Moody, Sahij, Ray Sneed, Johnny Taylor

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OF491.113-1

OF491.113-2

Straight to Heaven

Descriptive Summary: reel 1: 330f., b&w, reel 2: 1470f., b&w

Copyright: 1939

Corporate Creator: distributed by Sack Amusement Enterprises

Producer: Arthur H. Leonard, Alfred N. Sack

Director: Arthur H. Leonard

Performer(s): Jack Carter, Nina Mae McKinney

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OF491.114-1

OF491.115-2

Sensations of 1945

Descriptive Summary: reel 1: 1230f., b&w, reel 2: 640f., b&w, also known as Sensations

Copyright: 1944

Corporate Creator: Andrew Stone Productions, United Artists

Producer: Andrew L. Stone

Director: Andrew L. Stone

Performer(s): Eleanor Powell, Cab Calloway, Sophie Tucker, The Johnson Brothers

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OF491.115-1

OF491.115-2

Don't Knock the Twist

Descriptive Summary: reel 1: 1480f., b&w, reel 2: 1640f., b&w

Copyright: 1962

Corporate Creator: Columbia Pictures Corporation, Four Leaf Productions

Producer: Sam Katzman

Director: Oscar Rudolph

Performer(s): Chubby Checker, Gene Chandler, Linda Scott, Vic Dana, The Dovells, Dee Dee Sharp

Song Title(s):

1. "Don't Knock the Twist", vocals by Checker

2. "Duke of Earl", vocals by Chandler

3. "Slow Twistin'', vocals by Checker and Sharp

4. "Yessiree", vocals by Scott

5. "Little Altar Boy", vocals by Dana

6. "The Fly", vocals by Checker

7. "Do the New Continental", vocals by The Dovells

8. "Hey Bo Diddley", vocals by The Dovells

9. "Mashed Potato Time", vocals by Sharp

10. "Bristol Stomp", vocals by The Dovells

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OF491.116-1

OF491.116-2

New Orleans

Descriptive Summary: b&w, reel 1: 1512f., reel 2: 1685f.

Copyright: 1947

Corporate Creator: Embassy, Jules Levy Productions, distributed by United Artists

Producer: Jules Levy

Director: Arthur Lubin

Performer(s): Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Woody Herman, Shelly Winters

Song Title(s):

1. "Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans", vocals by Holiday

OF491.117 Swing Time

Descriptive Summary: 1477f., b&w

Copyright: 1936

Corporate Creator: RKO Radio Pictures

Producer: Pandro S. Berman

Director: George Stevens

Performer(s): Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Betty Furness

Song Title(s):

1. "Pick Yourself Up", vocals and dance by Astaire and Rogers

2. "The Way You Look Tonight", Astaire

3. "Waltz in Swing Time", dance by Astaire and Rogers

4. "A Fine Romance", vocals and dance by Astaire and Rogers

5. "Bojangles of Harlem", vocal and dance by Astaire

6. "Never Gonna Dance" vocal by Astaire, dance by Astaire and Rogers

RV OF491.118 One Night Stand

1865f., color

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OF491.119-1

OF491.119-2

Music of the South

Descriptive Summary: reel 1: 1100f., reel 2: 966f., b&w

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OF491.120-1

OF491.120-2

Paradise in Harlem

Descriptive Summary: reel 1: 1231f., reel 2: 1441f., b&w

Copyright: 1939

Corporate Creator: Jubilee Pictures Corporation

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Director: Joseph Seiden

Performer(s): Frank C. Wilson, Mamie Smith, Edna Mae Harris, Lucky Millender, Juanita Hall, Sidney Easton, Babe Matthews, The Alphabetical Four, Francine Everett, Juanita Hall Singers

Song Title(s):

1. "I Gotta Put You Down", Millender and Orchestra

2. "Lord, I Love That Man", vocals by Smith

3. "Harlem Serenade", vocals by Harris and Millender, dance by Harris

4. "How D'You Figure I'll Miss You?", vocals by Easton and Matthews

5. "Harlem Blues", vocals by Smith and The Alphabetical Four

6. "Why Am I So Blue?", vocals by Matthews

7. Gospel version of "Othello", vocals by Juanita Hall Singers, Everett, Wilson and Matthews

RV OF491.121-2 Harlem is Heaven

Descriptive Summary: reel 1: 574f., reel 2: 935f., reel 3: 898f., b&w

Copyright: 1932

Corporate Creator: Herald Pictures, Lincoln Productions

Producer: Alfred N. Sack

Director: Irwin Franklyn

Performer(s): Bill Robinson, Eubie Blake

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OF491.122-1

OF491.122-2

Atlantic City

Descriptive Summary: reel 1: 1628f., reel 2: 1177f., b&w

Copyright: 1944

Corporate Creator: Republic Pictures Corporation

Associate Producer: Albert J. Cohen

Director: Ray McCarey

Performer(s): Louis Armstrong, Constance Moore, Charlie Grapewin, Paul Whiteman, Stanley Brown

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RV OF491.123 Block Busters

Descriptive Summary: 878f., b&w

Copyright: 1944

Corporate Creator: Monogram Pictures Corporation, Banner Productions

Producer: Sam Katz, Jack Deitz

Director: Wallace Fox

Performer(s): Jimmie Noone and His Orchestra, Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, Noah Beery

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RV OF491.124 Stompin'. at the Savoy

Descriptive Summary: 400f., b&w, an Ernie Smith compilation reel:

1. Erskine Hawkins and His Orchestra

2. Charlie Barnet and His Orchestra playing "Cherokee"

3. Unidentified instrumental played by a small band in a night club setting.

4. Cootie Williams and His Orchestra, with two Lindy Hopping couples

RV OF491.125 Don Redman and His Orchestra with Red and Struggie

Descriptive Summary: 370f., b&w

Copyright: 1934

Performance Date: 1934

Corporate Creator: Vitaphone

Director: Joseph Henabery

Performer(s): Don Redman and His Orchestra, Red and Struggie, Harlan Lattimore

Song Title(s):

1. "Yeah Man", Redman and Orchestra

2. Unidentified instrumental

3. "Ill Wind", vocals by Lattimore, Redman and Orchestra

4. "Nagasaki", vocals and tap by Red and Struggie

5. "Why Should I Be Tall?", vocals by Redman

RV OF491.126 Jimmy Lunceford and His Orchestra with the Three Brown Jack and Myra Johnson

Descriptive Summary: 220f., b&w, (see also 491.314)

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Corporate Creator: Vitaphone

Director: Joseph Henabery

Performer(s): Jimmy Lunceford and His Orchestra, the Three Brown Jacks, Myra Johnson

Song Title(s):

1. "Rhythm Comin' to Life"

2. "You Can't Pull the Wool Over My Eyes", vocals by Johnson

3. "Nagasaki", unknown male vocalist

RV OF491.127 Coleman Hawkins in Brussels

Descriptive Summary: 1160f., b&w

Copyright: 1962

Performance Date: 1962

Director: Yannick Bruynogne

Performer(s): Coleman Hawkins, George Arvanitas (p), Mickey Baker (g), Jimmy Woode (b), Kansas Fields (dr)

RV OF491.128 Syncopation

Descriptive Summary: 965f., b&w, see also 491.91-2, 491.91-2, an excerpt from the motion picture of the same name

Copyright: 1942

Corporate Creator: RKO Radio Pictures

Producer: William Dieterle

Director: William Dieterle

Performer(s): Adolph Menjou, Jackie Cooper, Bonita Granville, Benny Goodman, Harry James, Charlie Barnet, Joe Venuti, Jack Jenney, Gene Krupa, Alvin Rey

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