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Jean Goldkette

Jean Goldkette

Jean Goldkette


Jean Goldkette (18 March 1893 – 24 March 1962) was a jazz pianist and bandleader. Born in Patras, Greece and raised in Russia, he emigrated to the United States in 1910. He led many jazz and dance bands, of which the best known was his Victor Recording Orchestra of 1924 – 1929, which included, at various times, Bix Beiderbecke, Hoagy Carmichael, Jimmy Dorsey, Tommy Dorsey, Eddie Lang, Frankie Trumbauer, Pee Wee Russell, Steve Brown, Doc Ryker and Joe Venuti, among others. Read more on Last.fm
Jean Goldkette (18 March 1893 – 24 March 1962) was a jazz pianist and bandleader. Born in Patras, Greece and raised in Russia, he emigrated to the United States in 1910. He led many jazz and dance bands, of which the best known was his Victor Recording Orchestra of 1924 – 1929, which included, at various times, Bix Beiderbecke, Hoagy Carmichael, Jimmy Dorsey, Tommy Dorsey, Eddie Lang, Frankie Trumbauer, Pee Wee Russell, Steve Brown, Doc Ryker and Joe Venuti, among others. Vocalists included the Keller Sisters and Lynch. In his Jazz Masters of the Thirties, Rex Stewart, a member of Fletcher Henderson's band at the time, writes that the Goldkette band's innovative arrangements and strong rhythm made it the best dance band of its day and "the first original white swing band in jazz history." In 1927, Paul Whiteman hired away most of Goldkette's better players.

Goldkette later helped organize McKinney's Cotton Pickers and Glen Gray's Orange Blossoms, which became famous as the Casa Loma Orchestra. In the 1930s he left jazz to work as a booking agent and classical pianist. In 1939, he organized the American Symphony Orchestra which debuted at Carnegie Hall. Frankie Laine worked as Goldkette's librarian. He moved to California in 1961 and the following year died in Santa Barbara, California Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..

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