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P»W I. BAND WAGON. Mnroh 1«. 1040


WE have received many letters complaining of inability to buy BAND WAGON on the bookstalls. In order to conserve paper supplies, the distribution of all newspapers has been restricted.

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New Year or no New Year*-

Some Good Resolutions

for Jazz

COME of you who may have taken the fame, and as quickly explode and ^-'trouble to read previous articles of mine disintegrate. It is significant that in this paper quite possibly regard me the men who were making supreme as one of those ageing, armchair critics jazz a decade and more ago are who. irrespective of facts, obstinately still the great names in this music-refuse to concede that anything good has and one begins to wonder where been done in jazz since around circa 1929. the future of jazz lies. Every For the benefit of any who ascribe to examination convinces me that its this view I want to make my position future emphatically does not lie along plain, not because I care a row of tied the path of swing (a catchword invented notes (or blue ones) what anyone thinks tQ f0ist a brand of “ commercial hot of me personally, but because a clear music” on the public), statement of my attitude to jazz is Cast your mind around and pick out necessary if we are to sweep the decks bands which to-day can challenge com-clean for resolute stocktaking. parison in the things that matter with the

it p__i, »» i___ Laog-Venuli Orchestra, the Charleston

jazz Chasers, the Five Pennies, the Original

of to-day and working up from the beginnings again);

3. To assist in this, absorb everything that is written about the growth and inspiration of jazz and take a course in listening to gramophone records which mark the milestones in jazz history (it’s surprising how many musicians " never have the time ” to

—suggested by “ Blue Note

I’ll define that attitude in a few words.

This way: when I take it upon myself to criticise a very great deal of contemporary jazz it is in no carping spirit of being unable to see the lusty young l r- , . . ,, ,

1939 wood because I am lost in the forest M!mfr. ? - T’ I- 1"Clden'?,"y’ p!ease of a dead and buried 1929 past. Such n°hte. that in ,hls art,ele 1 am ta,kinS about criticisms as I make in these columns are whlte >azz-

as fair as I can make them; in short, 1 You may recall that 1 do not question criticise only where I believe criticism is the improvement which the years have appropriate—and needed. I like to think, brought in the matter of technique, polish too, that most of you pay the author of and such what-have you. But what the these articles the compliment of believing hell is the good of putting polish on a in his sincerity. phoney brand of goods?

My attitude can, then, be defined by . . ,, , , . . , ....

the simple process of stating that I believe -T a ls, whole point of criticisms the Golden Age produced “ peak ” jazz of latter~day >azz-

—that it w., an era of genuine musical In my judgment the only contemporary enthusiasm arising p rtly from a youthful white band which has allied purely zest for musical exploration and partly technical or instrumental achievement to from an intuitive understanding of the a real understanding of the traditional objectives of jaz? - •'■■■■ factors objectives of jazz is the Bob Crosby

combined io produce that relaxed group. I do not claim that every record without which attempts to create this combination makes is a world-beater jazz become artificial. —but I do claim that all its better work

In the years that have passed since the bears the indelible imprint of jazz in the


listen to anything not produced by themselves);

4. Having got so far, relate real “ feeling ” for jazz to the undoubted progress in technique which constant musical practice has already given, and we shall really start to get some place;

5. Finally, stop the process of underrating public intelligence—a process which has now reached a point when the public is credited with having no intelligence whatever.

Put the Jazz





House n Order

.... , . , There is a five-point plan. With the

but I do claim that all its better work knowledge and experience at our disposal . f , . ,-. . bears the indelible imprint of jazz in the jt need not be a five-year plan. I am not

dawn of the nineteen-thirties we have sense in which you and I understand the trvj to te|| band/to s,op p|ayi a„

seen many stars rocket to a transient term. pops my point on that is that even pops

can be made interesting (after all, Margie was a pop tune once upon a time).




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_ But if we can go forward determined

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_____________ educate public taste to appreciate and

I am not here to say that no jazz is tha,?

worth-while unless it is of the Dixieland dreadful stuff currently being offered, variety, nor do I suggest that no other So"g writers will fall into line-after all, white band can make the sounds which “an? lh,eh me" "h° Play ,the'r we instinctively recognise as jazz-but 1 “n‘^mlA"d •* b<r, standard of p ayed

go on record as declaring that the Crosby 50 Wl11 ,he standard of >azz

band has an obvious and consistent p *

appreciation of jazz aims which is Once a real lead is given—particularly

generally lacking. from the top—the whole fabric of jazz

And this preamble brings me to the *mrnensely strengthened,

central purpose of this article. Good AI1 this can be done if we have the

resolutions usually are as quickly broken w||] to do ¡t and jf we succeed i do as made, but that need not deter us from not exclude the opening up of an era putting a few down. If the practitioners jn wbich a|| ,he best elements of old and of jazz are so blinded by their own smug- new ar* combined in another Golden ness, slavish imitativeness and cheap Age exhibitionism that they won’t even admit ’ that there is room for urgent reform it will principally be their loss. (We can always order a new copy of Decca F 5883.)

There is Still Hope

However, I am nol completely without hope. 1 know there are musicians, even if they are in an honourable minority, who play their music for something more than what they get out of it in terms of £ s. d. I believe, too, that in bands whose leaders adhere to the formula that the lowest in public taste must be made the common denominator there are musicians capable of better things.

Here, then, are those New Year Resolutions for Jazz:

1. Scrap all existing “ mass production " arrangements which are sapping every bit of vitality out of a type of music which can live only by vitality and insist on orchestrations constructed to make jazz articulate once again;

2. Set about now securing a reorientation of policy which will ensure M) understanding of the authentic spirit qj jagz (this means throwing overboard all the ready-made, shoddy standards






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RAND WAOON. March 16. 1940. F»W

T>AND WAGON’S new British studio feature has met with an enthusiastic ^ reception from members of all ranks of the film industry in this country.

The idea of a weekly budget of carefully co-ordinated news items dealing with British films has made an immediate appeal to the imagination of those who earn a living from the cinema business here.

They realise the urgent need for a regular and concise summary of information regarding home production—a service hitherto not available in the columns of any newspaper.

Fleet Street newsmen who deal with films have also expressed their keen appreciation of Band Wagon’s new project, which should mean additional publicity for our studios.

Incidentally, a word to those who intend applying for jobs at the studios.


In every case, written application should be made to the relevant departments before any personal call is made at any studio.

This precaution will probably prevent a waste of time and money, as only in extremely rare cases can an interview be secured by a previously unsolicited call.

Another useful tip. Care should be taken to ascertain the name of any agent who may be dealing with the sole casting of a picture, and application made in this direction. These agents are often employed to do the job on the outside.

A telephone call to the studios will quickly place you in possession of this information—or let you know whether the unit concerned has its own casting director 44 on the premises.”



Regal, Marble Arch: ‘Dead Man’s

Shoes ” is a British version of a French film presented in l.ondon last year. Wilfrid Lawson. Judy Kelly and Joan Marion star in an unusual story based on the mistaken identity theme—with a “ problem ” climax. Strong stuff for the more discriminating.

New Gallery: “ Pinocchio ” is Walt Disney's follow up to “ Snow White,” and a brilliant effort in full-length cartoon work. Central character is a stringless puppet, but "Jiminv Cricket” is the little fellow who will steal the public's affections, just as " Dopey ” did in the earlier picture. Outstanding entertainment anywhere—and a genuine “ MUST.”

Cinephone, Oxford Street: “ Sons of the Sea ” is the first full-length film in Dufay-color. Made by Maurice Elvey, it tells a rather trivial story of espionage, but has an inspiring background of the Royal Naval


yLIX has returned to Mars tollowing ^ his investigation into the conditions of the musical racket on Earth.

Zlix was shown around by the Band Wagon special reporter allocated to him and he was introduced to many musicians in Archer Street and Carmen's Cafe last week.

Being a simple minded soul, all this has been Ihe cause of upsetting Zlix and he decided at once to return to his home.

Before departing he could not help but make arrangements for the employment of hundreds of London musicians and also for branch offices to be opened in all the principal Martian cities for London instrument dealers, publishers, arrangers and the rest of the folk in the profession.

A Good Carve up

Large consignments of old gong drums, odd sticks, faulty reeds, broken mouthpieces. second-hand mouthorgans, cheap accordions and sousaphones, as well as any old iron, have been packed ready for dispatch on the cargo space machines from Mars.

Zlix has sold all the options on these cargo machines, and the whole music trade will be rushing to make a good carve up amongst the simple minded Martians.

Not only musicians are interested in this visit of Zlix, but vast crowds of landlords, money lenders, bankers, qheap Jchisellers and carvers of all kinds are pushing to this unfortunate planet.

As the Martians have no religion, the ichurches are sending vast hoards of missionaries; and as there are no politics on Wlars, hundreds of street corner orators, {conservatives, liberals, fascists, bolsheviks, petit bourgeoisies, and other odds #nd ends, are booking passages on the space machines.

Band Wagon reporter flew with Zlix to the new take-off field near Tam worth

A.T.P. Studios, The Green, Ealing, W.5. Ealing 6761.

A.T.P.: “Convoy.” Clive Brook, Judy Campbell, Bdward Chapman. Director: Pen Tennyson. Drama.

A.T.P.: “Sailors Three.” Tommy Trinder. Director: Walter Forde.

Comedy. In preparation.

British Lion Studios, Beaeons-field, Bucks. Beaconsfield 555.

British Lion: “This Way, Please.” Director: Herbert Smith. Musical

with bands, radio and variety acts.

In preparation.

Denham Studios, Uxbridge, Middlesex. Denham 2345.

British National: “Gaslight.” Diana Wynyard and Anton Walbrook. Director: Thorold Dickinson. Drama.

Legeran Productions: “Old Bill

and Son.” Morland Graham, Janine DArcy, Mary Clare, John Mills, Rene Ray. Renee Houston. Director: lan Dalrymple. Comedy-drama.

M.G.M.-British: “Busman's Honeymoon.'- Robert Montgomery. Constance Cummings. Director: Arthur Woods. Comedy-thriller. In preparation.

Pascal Productions: “Major Barbara.” Wendy Hiller. Director: Gabriel Pascal. Drama. In preparation.

Orion Productions. Ltd.: “Rings on Her Fingers.” Elisabeth Bergner. Director: Dr. Paul Csinner. Romantic drama. In preparation.

Leslie Howard Unit: “The Man Who Lost Himself.” Leslie Howard. Stacpoole story. In preparation.

G.B. Studios, Lime Grove, Shepherd's Bush, W.12. Shepherd’s Bush 1210.

Gainsborough: “The Girl in the News.” Margaret Lockwood, Barry K. Barnes, Emlyn Williams. Mar-garetta Scott. Roger Livesey, Roland Culver, Basil Radford. Director: Carol Reed. Comedy-drama.

Gainsborough: “For Freedom.”

Will Fyffe. Directors: Castleton

Knight and Maurice Elvey. Documentary. ^ ^

Gainsborough: "The Ghost Train. ’ Arthur Askey. Comedy thriller. In preparation.

Gainsborough: “ Sunshine Susie.

Comedy, romance with music. In preparation.

Highbury Studios, 96a Highbury New Park, London, N. Clissold 3003. m

Grand National: “Room for Two.” Frances Day, Vic Oliver. Director: Maurice Elvey. Farce comedy. Starting Monday.

Grand National: “Under Your

Hat.” Jack Hulbert, Cicely Courtneidge. Musical comedy. Starting April 22.

Grand National: “Alibi. "Michael Redgrave. Margaret Lockwood. Drama. Starting April 10.

St. Margarets Studios, The


n Staffordshire, and before Zlix said rewell to his only real friend on Earth, he and the boys were enterlained to some good honest beer at the ” Fox Inn,” Coton.

News of the musicians, publishers, instrument makers, and the rest of the crowd will be broadcast direct from Mars very soon and some interesting developments are expected.

So far there has never been a war on Mars, but there appears to be every possibility of one starting as soon as the earth crowd gets busy.

(Special investigation by L. A. Lyons.)

Band Wagon Studio Guide

Baroos, St. Margarets, Twickenham. Popesgrove 1155.

Boulting. Ltd.: “Pastor Hall.”

Wilfrid Lawson. Sir Seymour Hicks, Nova Pilbeam, Marius Goring, Director: Roy Boulting Drama.

Welwyn Studios, Welwyn Garden City, Herts. Welwyn Garden 3241. ‘

Associated British: “Café de Paris.” Family.” Jack Buchanan. Farce comedy. In preparation.

Associated British: “The Flag

Lieutenant,” Jack Buchanan. Action drama. In prepaiation.

Associated British: “Bulldog Drummond's Secret." Detective thriller. In preparation.

College at Dartmouth, and contains some beautiful scenic stuff. Interesting.

London Pavilion: “ Rio" is a workmanlike drama learning two Hollywood Englishmen— Badl Rathbone and Victor McLaglen.

Ritz, Leicester Square: “ Nick Carter, Master Detective ” marks the premier run début of Ihe Rilz. which has previously acted as second run to the next-door Empire. Good thriller, introducing famous fictional sleuth.

Plaza: - Remember the Night ” is a thriller featuring Barbara Stanwyck. GocJ rule-of-thumb s:uff.

Odeon: • Big Guy ” has Victor McLaglen emoting fairly well as a crooked prison warder who is guilty of a crime pinned on young Jackie Cooper. Reasonably good of its type.

Rialto: “Cavalcade” is reissued again and should make a highly topical offering.

Associated British: “Spring Meeting." West End stage show. In preparation.

Associated British: “Piccadilly.”

Drama. In preparation.

Associated British: "Cafe de Paris.” Smart comedy. In preparation.

Associated British: “ Coffee for

One." Smart comedy. In preparation.

Associated British: “Traitors Gate.1' Edgar Wallace spectacle. In preparation.

Studio not yet settled.

Paramount British Productions:

“The Admirable Crichton.'.’ Cary Grant (tentative). Comedy-drama. In preparation.

Paramount British Productions:

“ Knights of the Round Table.”

L.aurence Olivier. Vivien Leigh. Costume legend. In preparation.

Paramount British Productions:

‘The Life of Barney Barnalo.” Biograph\. In preparation.

Paramount British Productions:

“What Hoi " Comedy. In preparation.







By the writer of “ When the Poppies Bloom Again ”


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