Written by Jim Eigo:
38th Annual Jazz Record Collectors Bash
This weekend marks the 38th Annual Jazz Record Collectors'
Bash June 29th - 30th, 2012 Hilton Woodbridge, 120 Wood Avenue South, Iselin,
June 29th - 30th
Hilton Woodbridge Iselin, NJ
I've been attending this hang for the past 30 years. There's loads of great records
at reasonable prices. Folks like Bob Porter, Dan Morgenstern, Will Friedwald, Scott
Wenzel from Mosaic and other notable record collectors have been regulars too.
And in addition to the vinyl in the evenings there's rare jazz films presented by
film historians Dave Weiner and Vitaphone curator Ron Hutchinson.
Please pass the word to all your vinyl collecting friends.
June 29th - 30th, 2012
78s, LPs, CDs & Memorabilia
120 Wood Avenue South
Iselin, NJ 08830
Reservations: Call either the toll free number 1-800-HILTONS (800 445-8667) or the
Hilton Woodbridge (732) 494-6200. Mention JAZZ RECORD COLLECTORS GROUP to get discount.
Rate with discount is $119.00 + tax per night. Please note: There are a limited
number of rooms available at the discount rate.
By car: Hotel is immediately off Garden State Parkway exit 131A. Commercial vehicles
are not permitted on the Garden State Parkway. If you have commercial license plates,
please contact hotel for directions.
By public transportation: From Penn Station in New York City, take NJ Transit (Northeast
Corridor Line / NEC) to the Metropark Station. (Do NOT take train to Woodbridge
station.) There are at least two trains per hour outside the peak travel time, with
travel time being about 45 minutes. Trains stop at Penn Station in Newark and Newark
Liberty International Airport. … From Philadelphia 30th Street Station, take SEPTA
to Trenton, NJ and transfer to NJ Transit NEC. Trains from Trenton run approximately
once hourly, more frequently after 4 pm.
For additional information on schedules and fares, see
From Metropark station or any point within a 5 mile (8 km) radius of the hotel,
a free shuttle is available to hotel guests and attendees of the Bash. Call the
hotel ahead of time for shuttle pickup.
Admission & Vendors
General admission: $20.00 covers buyer's admission for two days (Friday & Saturday).
After 5:00 pm Friday (including Saturday) and all day Saturday admission is $10.00.
Early buyers will be admitted Thursday evening after 7:30 pm for $40.00.
Doors open 8:00 am on Friday & Saturday.
Vendor space: All tables are 6 ft x 3 ft. Cost in advance is $75.00 per table for
2 days, $50 for Friday only or $35 for Saturday only. A 50% deposit is required.
On or after June 28th, cost will be $85.00 per table (for 2 days) on a space available
Dealer Setup: Dealers may set up on Thursday night after 7:30 pm. The room will
not be available prior to that hour.
Rare vintage videos each day: Admission free with Bash admission or $5 each for
film show only.
Friday, 8:00 PM: Jazz collector and film historian David Weiner will present two
hours of rare film and TV clips.
David Weiner will present two hours of rare film and TV clips, showcasing jazz and
pop artists of the1920s through the 1960s. Among the featured performers will be
big bands of Duke Ellington, Artie Shaw, the Dorsey Brothers, Noble Sissle, Les
Brown, Jack Payne, Ray Noble, Jack Hylton; solo features by Louis Armstrong, Billy
Strayhorn, Cootie Williams, Benny Goodman, Johnny Hodges, Stan Getz, Ben Webster,
Cannonball Adderley, Red Norvo, Gary Burton; vocalists Ethel Waters, Al Bowlly,
Ella Fitzgerald, Johnny Cash and the Three Flames.
Also, after the films, rare record playoffs / challenges hosted by Henry Schmidt.
Saturday: Ron Hutchinson, co-founder of The Vitaphone Project, will present a largely
previously unseen collection of early sound jazz and vaudeville short subjects.
Two different shows: First show from 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM and second show beginning
at 8:00 PM.
PROGRAM #1 – 4:30 PM
1. DICK RICH AND HIS SYNCHO SYMPHONISTS (Vitaphone, 1928) – The leader, actually
named Larry Rich, combines comedy and his resemblance to Paul Whiteman, in this
early band short. His references to ‘Henry' are about a trumpet player's constant
playing of ‘Hot Lips' like Henry Busse. Rich discovered The Andrews Sisters and
had them tour with him in the early thirties.
2. HARRIS & RADCLIFFE in ‘At The Party' (Vitaphone, 1929) – a rare short starring
a black singing and comedy act, which they wrote themselves. Sadly, after vaudeville
died they mainly played walk-ons in features.
3. SAFE IN HELL clip (WB, 1931) – a wonderful scene with Nina Mae McKinney from
one of the best racy ‘Pre-Code' features which starred Dorothy Mackaill
4. DAVE APOLLON in ‘The Wishing Stone' (Vitaphone, 1935) – stars mandolin wizard
Apollon and his Phillipino orchestra, blending ethnic comedy and great musicianship
5. RAMBLING ‘ROUND RADIO ROW #1452 (Vitaphone, 1933) – one of a series of ten one-reel
Vitaphones made in the early thirties which combined multiple radio star and vaudeville
acts. This entry features Tess Gardella (Aunt Jemimah) the Lombardo brothers, Baby
Rose Marie, and MC J.C. Flippen.
6. READIN' RITIN' RHYTHM (Universal, 1937) – Vitaphone wasn't the only New York
studio turning out shorts. Universal released nearly a hundred of their Mentone
one reelers in the thirties. These too combine multiple acts into one film. This
one is noteworthy for the inclusion of Lucky Millender and his Band.
7. VAUDEVILLE REEL #1 (Vitaphone, 1934) – Vitaphone decided to fill the gap of waning
vaudeville by producing a series of shorts modeled after a vaude show. After an
acrobatic act, a series of others leading up to the star appeared. That star her
is bizarre comic Herb Williams.
8. HOT SATURDAY clip (Paramount, 1932) – here's a truly fun and infectious song
from a 1932 Nancy Carroll/Cary Grant feature. The tune, ‘I'm Burning For You' was
never recorded or published.
9. VAN AND SCHENCK (MGM, 1928) – one of the earliest sound shorts made in New York
by MGM, this ‘Movietone Act' stars the legendary singing team who later were sent
to Hollywood to make their sole feature,
10. THEY LEARNED ABOUT WOMEN, released shortly before Schenck's death in 1930.
11. MARION HARRIS (MGM, 1928) – another New York-filmed ‘Movietone Act', and a rare
screen appearance by singer Marion Harris.
12. BETTY & JERRY BROWNE in ‘Let's Elope' (Vitaphone, 1929) –one of the last Vitaphone
shorts made that were a straight filming of a vaudeville act. Little is known about
the team, and they don't appear to have made any other films.
13. SERVICE WITH A SMILE (Vitaphone, 1934) – this is one of the earliest live action
films made in the new three-strip Technicolor process. Filmed on the west coast,
this Leon Errol starry is brimming with music and sly Pre-Code comedy.
PROGRAM #2 – 8:00 PM
1. Frames from recently discovered KING OF JAZZ 1930 nitrate Technicolor film
2 SHE WHO GETS SLAPPED (Vitaphone, 1930) – is a relatively rare straight Vitaphone
comedy, and was shot on the west coast. The stars hear are usually supporting players
Tom Dugan and William Irving. Fairly politically incorrect material here!
3. DANCE OF LIFE clip (Paramount, 1929) – filmed at Paramount's Astoria, NY studio
(which still stands), this feature starred Nancy Carroll and Broadway star Hal Skelly.
This is a great clip of Skelly's eccentric dance to ‘Flippity Flop' near the finale.
4. WILLIE & EUGENE HOWARD in ‘Between The Acts At The Opera' (Vitaphone, 1926) –
this is one of the earliest Vitaphone shorts, and accompanied the second Vitaphone
feature, THE BETTER ‘OLE. It was these vaudeville, rather than classical, shorts
that really put talkies over.
5. RAMBLING ‘ROUND RADIO ROW #1662 (Vitaphone, 1934) – another edition of this ten
shirt series. This one features Betty Boop singer Bonnie Poe, singer Vera Van, George
Jessel and Shemp Howard. What a combination!
6. HARRY WARREN, AMERICA'S FOREMOST COMPOSER (Vitaphone, 1933) – has the famous
songwriter playing many of his hits, and leading up to his then current popular
tune, "Forty Second Street".
7. WILD PEOPLE (MGM, 1933) – this is a Metro Colortone short, in the older two-color
Technicolor process. MGM made about 6 of these a year starting in 1929. This one
features the forgotten team of Jans & Whalen.
8. NIGHT WORLD clip (Universal, 1932) – this is the ‘Who's Your Little Who-Zis'
number from this Lew Ayres/Boris Karloff feature. The choreography is by Busby Berkeley.
9. SYNCOPATED CITY (Vitaphone, 1933) – a two reel original musical starring dancer
Hal Leroy and then-ingenue Dorothy Dare.
10. JACK BUCHANAN AND HIS GLEE QUARTET (Vitaphone, 1929) – this is actually a cut
number from SHOW OF SHOWS which was released as a short. Buchanan concurrently was
filming the now-lost PARIS (WB, 1929).
11. VAUDEVILLE REEL WITH AL TRAHAN (Vitaphone, 1934) – we close with one more of
the mid- thirties "canned" vaudeville shows from Vitaphone. The star of tihs one
is Al Trahan. Forgotten today, but his laugh was imitated in countless Warner cartoons.
The Vitaphone Project seeks to find the missing soundtrack disks to 1926-30 talkies,
and work with archives and studios for their restoration. To date, over 4000 disks
have been found, and nearly 150 shorts restored. Many are available on DVD from
Warner Archive. Check out the Vitaphone Project Website at www.vitaphoneproject.com.
To be added to the mailing list for the Jazz Record Collectors' Bash, contact:
P. O. Box 158
Jericho, NY 11753-0158
Vendor payment in advance by check or money order. Cash and checks will be accepted
at the door. Non-vendors pay only at door.