From Alf to Bert – yet, it’s Ambrose and his Orchestra. We begin with a jazzy bit of Cole Porter – My Heart Belongs to Daddy. It’s the only lyric I know that includes Finnan Haddie – good taste, eh?
(Cave: there’s a flickering effect from a fan on the visuals.)
For contrast here’s a non-jazzy Isn’t It Romantic. It reminds me of the observation that Richard Rogers wrote better tunes when his lyricist was the sharp and dry Lorenz Hart rather than the schmalzy Oscar Hammerstein.
Here’s a distinctly jazzy Jeepers Creepers. The chantoosie is Evelyn Dall.
A quadruple whammy: first, it’s Fats Waller’s Blue Turning Grey Over You. Secondly, the arrangement is by Lew Stone whom we met on WB2NO #7. Thirdly there’s a future British jazz star here – Ted Heath on trombone. Fourthly there’s evidence of one way jazz influenced the British dance bands – the employment of American musicians. Here we meet, for instance, Sylvester Ahola on trumpet and Danny Polo on reeds.
Streamline Strut: the “sleeve notes” on the youtube are revealing – ‘Bert Ambrose was born in London but crossed the Atlantic as a lad with his auntie to settle for a few years on U.S. soil. His very first professional engagement was as violinist for Emil Coleman at Reisenweber’s restaurant in New York: that’s the very restaurant where the Original Dixieland Jazz Band had thriven in 1917, changing popular music forever.
We swing out with a Bert recording you can compare with last week’s by Alf: Mean To Me.