Under a Blanket of Blue



Under a Blanket of Blue (m. Jerry Livingston*, w. Al J. Neiburg and Marty Symes) — 1933 standard


(above) The Casa Loma Orchestra, Atlantic City, 1933

Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra, vocal: Kenny Sargent — 1933



Carroll Gibbons and the Savoy Hotel Orpheans, vocal: Harry Bentley — recorded in London, 9 October 1933; issued on the single (UK) Columbia Records CB 666

Carroll Gibbons: (p, dir) Bill Shakespeare, Billy Higgs: (t) Arthur Fenoulhet: (t, tb) Paul Fenoulhet: (tb, arranger) Sam Acres: (tb) George Melanchrinc: (cl, as, vn) Laurie Payne: (cl, as, bar) George Smith: (ts) Ben Frankel: (vn) Harry Sherman: (g) Jack Evetts: (string bass) Rudy Starita: (d) Harry Bentley: (v)


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Layton & Johnstone — 1933



Roy Fox and his Band, vocal: Sid Buckman — 1933


Joe Loss & the Harlem Band-at the Kit-Cat Restaurant in London-1932-33


Joe Loss and his Band, vocal: Jimmy Mesene — 1933

The label in the video below credits the recording to “Joe Loss and his Band (at the Kit-Cat Restaurant, London).” I presume that identifies the band and its residence, and is not necessarily an indication of where the recording was made. In the group photo above, taken (I gather) at the Kit-Cat Restaurant, the band being led by Joe Loss is referred to at my source as the Harlem Band. The same source says that Joe Loss & the Harlem Band was “the back up band for R0y Fox and his Kit Kat Orchestra.”



Coleman Hawkins Quintet — probably from the single Mercury 1098, recorded in NYC on 17 October 1944, b/w “China Boy” (B-side recorded by Herbie Haymer’s Orchestra

Coleman Hawkins: tenor saxophone
Buck Clayton: trumpet
Teddy Wilson: piano
Slam Stewart: bass
Denzil Best: drums


Leslie Scott with Coleman Hawkins and his Orchestra — NYC, 10 December 1947 — Coleman Hawkins, (tenor saxophone), Hank Jones (piano), Chuck Wayne (guitar), Jack Lesberg (bass), Max Roach (drums), Leslie Scott (vocals), unidentified strings



Red Norvo’s Nine — recorded at Hollywood, Radio Recorders, 14 October 1947 and issued as the B-side of Capitol 78 rpm single Hollyridge Drive (Benny Carter)



Bobby Hackett — LP: Soft Lights and Bobby Hackett, released in 1954


Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong — recorded on 16 August 1956 and released on their first of three album collaborations for Verve Records, Ella and Louis, 1956




Lurlean Hunter — from her 1958 LP Stepping Out


Anita O’Day and Cal Tjader — from their 1962 Verve collaboration Time For Two, album recorded in Los Angeles, CA, 26-28 February 1962

Cal Tjader (vibraphone)
Lonnie Hewitt or Bob Corwin (piano)
Freddy Schreiber (bass)
Johnny Rae (drums)
Anita O’Day (vocals)



Gene Ammons Quartet — recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 14 April 1962 — Gene Ammons (tenor saxophone) Patti Bown (piano) George Duvivier (bass) Ed Shaughnessy (drums) — released on the 1963 Moodsville (Prestige series) LP The Soulful Moods of Gene Ammons, MVLP 28


* credited under his birth name, Jerry Levinson


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