Playing 1920's & early 1930s
The music doesn't live on just
through vintage recordings. Here are a few groups that I am familiar
with who are helping to keep it alive.
Pasadena Roof Orchestra An excellent group from
Britain that has been around since the early 1970s. They play everything
from 1920s pop to the big band music of the 1940s. I can't find a
website for the band, but here is a page put up by its pianist.
San Francisco Starlight Orchestra. This group
plays late 1920s and early 1930s pop and jazz using original orchestrations.
If you live in the San Francisco area, you have the opportunity to hear
them perform live each month.
Palast Orchester This is a group from Germany
that plays German and American popular music from the 1920s & 1930s.
I have three of their CDs - one of them sent to me by a member of the band.
Their recordings are upbeat and lots of fun. Be sure to check out
their website. Even if you don't understand a word of German, it
is very attractive and well done.
Society Jazz Orchestra Another fine 1920s
& 1930s style dance band from the San Francisco area.
Giordano's Nighthawks. A late 1920s style band from
New York City.
Off Records. Stomp Off is a record label that specializes
in modern groups that play vintage jazz and ragtime.