Paul Whiteman and his orchestra (with Bix) had an engagement in the Stanley Theatre in Philadelphia, PA from Jan 22 to 28, 1928.
“The Stanley Theatre was one of the major motion picture palaces of Philadelphia. Silent pictures were accompanied by a 55 piece symphony orchestra, the city’s best after the Philadelphia Orchestra. In April 1936, fans crowded the theatre for the visit of Al Jolson for the premiere of his film “The Singing Kid.”.Due to declining patronage, the Stanley Theatre was closed on January 20, 1970 and demolished in 1973.”
It was a busy week for the musicians. Daily appearances in The Stanley and travelling to Camden, NJ for recording sessions on Jan 24, 27 and 28, 1928 at the Church Studio of the Victor Talking Machine.
Bix and Jimmy Dorsey had hot solos in “Back in Your Own Backyard.” Good visuals in this video:
The Jan 20, 1928 issue of The Daily Pennsylvanian, the University of Pennsylvania student newspaper, had an announcement
and an ad.
I highlight the florid language:
Syncopation that attains the heights in fascinating rhythms
Jazz—And Then Some
Paul Whiteman and his orchestra (with Bix) at the Stanley Theatre in Philadelphia, PA from Jan 22 to 28, 1928.
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