The Casa Loma Orchestra was originally a cooperative orchestra.
At the beginning the band was called “Orange Bloosoms“, the name Casa Loma Orchestra was used with their first recordings for Okeh in 1929, shortly after it played at the Casa Loma Hotel in Toronto.
Violinist Henry Biagini led the orchestra in the first few years before their eventual leader saxophonist Glen Gray took over the band and became its owner.
The Casa Loma Orchestra was one of the most important orchestra before the real swing era and my song of the week “No Name Jive” was one of their top hits.
The song is quite long (6:31) and the sound has this typical staccato feeling. They play with different moods, powerful and softer parts are alternating, with nice solo sections.
The entire album is highly recommendable!
Title: No Name Jive
Artist: Casa Loma Orchestra
Tempo: 192 bpm
Dance: Lindy Hop, Balboa
You can find the songs of the series also on my Spotify playlist. Official hashtag of the series: #djcsotw
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