Woodchoppers Ball - Glen Gray & The Casa Loma Orchestra - Sounds Of The Great Bands!
Label: Capitol Records - W 1022 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Mono • Country: Brazil • Genre: Jazz • Style: Big Band
The Casa Loma Orchestra was an American dance band Woodchoppers Ball - Glen Gray & The Casa Loma Orchestra - Sounds Of The Great Bands! from to With the decline of the big band business following the end of World War IIit disbanded in However, from toit re-emerged as a recording session band in Hollywood, made up of top-flight studio musicians under the direction of its most notable leader of the past, Glen Gray.
The band assembled in as the Orange Blossoms,  one of several Detroit groups that came out of the Jean Goldkette office. The band adopted the name "Casa Loma" by the time of its first recordings inshortly after it played an eight-month engagement at Casa Loma in Toronto, which was being operated as a hotel at the time.
Inthe Casa Loma Orchestra was incorporated in New York with the members becoming owners, shareholders, and board Madcore Lesson (Nukem Remix) - Mr. Madness - Mr. Madness Remixes. The band members were hired on the grounds of "musical and congenial" competence and followed strict conduct and financial rules. Because the band operated as a collective group, as opposed to almost all other bands that had a "leader" for whom everyone worked, the band maintained a stable collection of personnel that varied little.
Members who broke the rules could be summoned before the "board", have their contract bought out, and be ejected from the band. The band was led for the first few years by violinist Hank Biagini, although the eventual leader, saxophonist Glen Gray — was from the beginning "first among equals. Jack Blanchette, trumpeter Frank L. Gifford's arrangements were credited in large part to giving the band its sound, but even he fell victim to the band's strict rules, being bought out in due to alcohol-related infractions.
The band's manager, Cork O'Keefe, was made a Vice President in the corporation and arranged bookings in venues such as Glen Island casinowhich they helped popularize, and the Essex House Hotelthat led to their increasing fame via radio broadcasts before and throughout the swing era of — Their mids appearances LA Aint No Great Place To Be - Help She Cant Swim - I Dont Need You / LA Aint No Great Place To the long-run radio comedy-variety program, the Camel Caravan introduced with their theme, "Smoke Rings" increased their popularity.
Gray chose not to conduct the band in the early years, playing in the saxophone section while violinist Mel Jenssen acted as conductor. Inthe band overwhelmingly voted in favor Wolfman Jack - Todd Rundgren - Something / Anything? Glen leading the orchestra, and Gray finally accepted the job. Part of the reason for the band's decline is that other big bands included in their books hard-swinging numbers emulating the hot Casa Loma style.
In the late s Gray took top billing, and by the mids as the other original players left Gray would come to own the band and the Casa Loma name. In Octoberthe band debuted on Okeh Records. The following year, they signed with Brunswick where they recorded until In latethey followed Jack Kapp to the newly formed Decca Records and stayed there well into the Woodchoppers Ball - Glen Gray & The Casa Loma Orchestra - Sounds Of The Great Bands!
era when they signed with Capitol. Most of the Okeh's and many of the Brunswick's were out-and-out jazz albeit very rehearsed and remain highly collectible.
Inthe orchestra made a Warner Bros. The orchestra's recording "Girl of My Dreams" was Surprise Surprise - The Troggs - Mixed Bag in the film Angel Heart with the fictional title "Life Would Be Complete" by the fictional crooner Johnny Favorite, and elements of the tune were incorporated into the score.
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