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"1934 Vita-phone Short"


In this 1934 Vita-phone short "Don Redman & His Orchestra" perform four numbers with Shirley Clay, Lanston Curl, and Sidney DeParis trumpet, Eugene Simon, Benny Morton, and Quentin "Butter" Jackson trombone, Don Redman alto sax, vocals, & leader, Ed Inge alto sax & clarinet, Rupert Cole alto sax, Robert Carroll tenor sax, Don Kirkpatrick piano, Talcott Reeves guitar, Bob Ysaguirre string bass, and Manzie Johnson drums.


1. "Yeah, Man"
2. "Ill Wind"
3. "Nagasaki"
4. "Tall Man"

This Warner Brothers' film also features the singing of Harlan Lattimore (aka "The Colored Bing Crosby") on "Ill Wind", and vocals from the obscure Harlem vaudeville tap dance duo "Red & Struggie" on "Nagasaki".

After spending much of the 1920's with the "Fletcher Henderson Orchestra" and as musical director for the originally Detroit based "McKinney's Cotton Pickers" saxophonist and bandleader Don Redman formed his own band in 1931. Known for his half-spoken and often humorous vocal style Redman's band recorded what are now considered to be among the most complex pre-swing era arrangements of popular tunes.

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