The Omaha guide. (Omaha, Neb.) 1927-19??, November 19, 1938, Page Three, Image 3

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    Theatricals Music Features I
{Music Features & Photo Syndicate) «"
irpHE song, “Music, Maestro, Please,” by Allie Wrubrl and Herbert
1-1 Magidson, a.s.c.a.i-., is rapidly crowding its way to the top cf cu'
'rent crazes . The word "music” could be omitted and the com.uand
would lose none of its meaning . . • Melody men Sam Coslow, Walter
Donaldson and
Johnny Noble
are in New
York from Hol
lywood, arrang
i n g for pub
lication of new
numbers . . .
Melody man
Lew Pollack has
returned to the
West Coast.
Pollock’s name
t—i-■«-«—'-1 is not generally
Louis Reid known to the
public, yet he manages to turn out
©tte hit after another ... A leading
inember for many years of the Am
erican Society of Composers, Au
thors and Publishers, he is the au
thor of such popular ditties as
“'Moonshine Over Kentucky,” ‘‘With
You on My Mind,” “Isn’t It Won
ierful, Isn’t It Swell.” . . . I.ordy,
.f there isn’t now a “Sweet Chimes
cl Hawaii”!
Dance bands outdraic all other
bnusical organizations at the box
office. Hammy Kaye established «
ficw attendance record the other
blight at Asbury Park At a single
1appearance at the resort’s casino,
1he ployed to 4,500 persons. The im
mense popularity of dance band
leaders ran be attributed chiefly to
badio tvhich has made of them
household gods Yet, radio repeti
\tion of tunes
presents on ever
present threat to
the landmen’s
In paying,trib-‘,
tite to the com
positions of the
■fate George
(Gershwin music
Jovers single out
f'Rhapsody i n
Blue,"' generally'
lover look tne
isongs of “Porgy Herbert Pdagidson
fciul Bess.” Yet, A.8.CA P.
•there is no more rollicking ballad
in American music lore than the
composer's “I Got Plenty of Nothin' ’
from his above-named opera, with
Its gusty, ingratiating expression of
(the Negro's essentially happy-go
Jucky nature. Tibbett, who has
ladded it to his repertory, sings it
(particularly well.
, “We have Mother’s Day and
Father's Day,” comments Ferdc
Crofe, “why not a Children’s Dayt”
Why not, indeedf
New Words for Old
The music world in general and
bandleaders in particular continu • :c.
hunt for a word more suitable {■ r*.
“jazz” in describing modem Arne •
ican mucic. “Jazz,” they insist, i o
longer serves. In fact, for those v: >
take the new American music f
ously, it hasn’t served for srr.;
years. They maintain—and right'y
—that such music has gone far be
yond jazz, that jazz is merely n
rhythmic style of playing, a pnmi
tive, hot cacophany that followed
hard upon the ragtime era.
Maestros have long shied from
the word. They believe it insuits
their new-found dignity—"swing,”
of course, describes a special kind
of jazz—and their search is for a
word that has vigor and euphony
and will rol I
easily off their
tongues as the It
music rolls off
their fiddles.
The word that
springs spon•
taneously into
public approval
and usage will,
be the one, of\
course, that /tr-j
litre dictionary 3
will record The
Allie Wrubel American lan•
A.S.C A P. guage, fortunate
ly, is not hampered by hide-boit: l
conventions and traditions It <?|
ever staking out new pastures to t
the needs of the times. The ir l
“jazz” will have, we believe, a per
manent place in it as the symbol,
not only of a type of rhythm, but
of an aye.
Some day, somewhere, a new
word v/ill be bom that will fit the
new American music—the corn; o-'
sitions of Ferde Grofe and Fh e
Bloom and Duke Ellington nd
Dana Suesse, to name a few writers
—as snugly as a pinch-back,
fits a Broadway ogler It may bo
the product of a paragraphs or a,
cartoonist or a lowly musician or
some obscure person with imagina
tion and a quick wit
Probably, too, when he appears
he will be no more alert to the
significance of what he has achieved
than the person who first said
The inventor of that word, alas,'
has never been known.
Chicago, Nov. 12 (ANP)—Local
musical and theatrical circles con
tinued to buzz this week after
hearing the strange story of Zil- j
ner T. Randolph, colored WPA mu
sician who declared that he had
written tho song hit. “Old Man j
Mose,” and >n 1934 had sold it to ;
Louis Armstrong to avoid eviction
from his home.
Randolph, who at one time had
played tho cornet in Armstrong’s
band, said ‘ My wife and I talked
it over, and we decided to sell it.
So, for $50 I let a song go that
I had lx en afraid to trust to the j
mails to get copyrighted. I carried
From now to Christmas, every
j Lucky Heart Agent makes
I that used to make $10 to $20 a week
I can make up to S45.00 a week full
* time, FROM NOW ON! Be a Lucky
1 Heart Agent, DOUBLE YOUR
| MONEY. Write now for $9.00 worth
i of guaranteed cosmetics, medicines,
i flavorings, curios and BIG SAMPLE
1 CAJ$E FREJJ of extra _cosL^_ Lucky
Heart Co., Dept. 1-11-47, Memphis
i. all the way to Washington my
self. Louis Armstrong later hear !
it and wrote to me about it. 1
had an lidea, is was good but
sold it to save my home.”
Randolph^ who is the father of
five children, now has two new
numbers “as good, if not better,
than Old Man Mose.” One “Knock
Kne-d Sal.” he wrote for Eddie
Dudhin and the other “Liza Down
cn the Levee,” was introduced by
Ethels Waters last year on the Ben
Bcrnio program. Asked about these
songi.^ Randolph said quickly “You
can bet I won’t sell them for $50.
Seattle, Wash. Nov. 12 (By Ar
line N. Paiya for ANP)—“An
evening with Dunbar,” a play by
the Federal theatre’s Negro re
pertory company, playing last
week at the Metropolitan theatre
was a huge success. The play is
based on the works and life of
1 aul Lawrence Dunbar, entirely
written and set to music by the
cast. Joseph Staton plays the part
of the- poet, while Howard Biggs,
brilliant young muscian, wrote
most of the music. Biggs directs
Effective Miylst:
20 Cent Discount
on Laundry & Dry Cleaning
Cash and Carry
Edholm and Sherman
i Launderers & Dry Cleaners
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tho chorus and also the 30-pieeel
hand for the se nes. The ploy,
which is called a folks opera, is
: exceptionally don j ar.d is the sc
| eon'’ play written by the Negro
| easi. T1 o other play was "Natural
i Man,” a rather dramatic interpr-'
N-.tion of tho John Henry Legend
by Tod Browne. Browne is now in
the Rost with the hope of present
mg this play.
Thu Negro P pert rry theatre is
i now three years old. Tho project
j wag originally submitted by the
Seattl Urban League under J. S.
Jackson, its executive secretary.
Thu church scene was one of tho
most beautifully and well enacted.
Doris Booker, whoso pleasing voice
delight d the audience with several
numbers sings in this scene. Sir
lcfj. Groves, a* the deacon draw-,
loud applause with his rendition
i of the "Artm-TMlum Sermon."
Ifermon Moore and Thomas Trice
as “Tho Rivals,” are another higli
; light of tho play. Others members
' of th; cast are Sarah Oliver Jane
# 1
Chandler. Joe Smith, Harry Phil
' !'ps. Frank Colins, George Height,
Edward White Leo Fletcher Mark
, Allen, George Blackw‘1,1 Derry
I Gilliam, Heiibert Coleman, Alice
Powtll, Evelyn Winston Marceta
Tribble, Ulalia N’ckel r and Robert
A. Si. Clair.
Harper Gaston and St. Clair d;
1 rected the dancing for “the Party”
i scene. Tin chorus sings both for
! lh« epilogu and prologue.
Tho play drew crows at the
Metropolitan theatre for a week,
(Oct. 31th to Nov. 5>lh.) and now
has b-en moved to the Federal
theatre on Rainer avenue where
it is st 11 attracting crowds.
New York, Nov. 17—Latest rac
ket of the smart boys in New
' ork's Harlem is a job selling
rack t in Which a young girl is
old an office job by a man who
goes into the office to talk to the
proprietor, ostensibly about the
job. What he does is go in and
talk about th^> weather or some
thing else and then comeg out and
tells the girl^ who has seen him
talk to the man, that she should
J eomc. around the next day. When
she does she is told there is no job
or her. Many such cases brought
o light in the past few weeks.
We have looked all over Harl
m for a corner which would cor
respond to Chicago’s 47th and
South Parkway, or Memphis’ Beale
dreet, Tulsa’s Greenwood street,
Cincinnati’s Fifth and John, San
Antonio’s Commerce street or
Houston’s Milam and Prairie or
Odin streets. The Seventh. Eigh
th and Lenox avenues are typical
Negro section streets they do not
compare with any of the above
named streets. There are many
populous centers on Harlem’s
treet but none where one can say
bat “if one stands there long enuf
on0 will see any one who is in
Tho West Indian is fast taking
over most of tho business estab
lishments in Harkm. Few Negro
businesses are run and owned by
American Negroes. Because tho
West Indian is frugal, thrifty,
knows how to sitrike a bargain and
lives up to his word, he is called
th0 “Jew of Harlem”. There is
much enmity and envy between the
two peoples. While the American
Negro does a lot of talking about
the situation, as usual, he does
nothing about it. The West Indian
brother just goes along, saves his
moneyf opens more business and
gets his pe|pi-’s support. F<|
which we say, "bravo.”
One thing in particular which
we have noticed is that while the
colored man in Harkm thinks it
is perfectly all right for him to!
go out and around with a whke
girl he quickly feels and expresses
Cl. 'cagvi, Nov. 12 (t'XA)—P.-om
! inont th atrical stars, civic leaders
j social workers j.lined this
• week in paying tribute to the N -
! r-r. Peoples Theatre nt a t a held
Ut tho YMCA, 4559 So. Parkway
I S3 ;* “get-together” for those “who
i hnv'.i indicat. d an interest in the
a n’fj and potentialities of the MPT.
’.tho tea was organised by the pro-’
n tif nal and publicity committee
• of th. group.
Tho program -opened with the
j introduction by Mis Ailcne Marks
of Mrs. Lillian Summers, chairman
, af tho committee. Mrs. Summers
m' l’n i brh fly the intensive cam
paign which has been fallowed by
the committee in its attempt t >
■-tain support for the Negro Peo
ples theatre venture.
Among the stars who participat
ed were Mrs. Etta Moten of stage
and screen and radio fame; Leigh
Whipper who is appearing h re
currently as a star in the produc
'< f Men and Mice;’’ Edward
v'r: elion. the “Mikado” in the pro
!' ■>. r.f the f.aiftn na me.
Miss Fanny McConnell, ex> cuiiv
T < ter < f the NIT, vijprouiy
pponled for an increased interest
>n d mag based on fh„ r al and
•■litre:;*; pc't> rn of Negro life.”
1 Tin gathering heard an appeal
! ! r 1 i.vallst Spain bv M Th; rn
1 ’wardsi social'wok: eiv 1.1 .’ss E I
: ward;, u.gcd the n cessity cvf re
rista'nco by the Negro pc pie to
any advance of Fascism here or
1road_ and asked support for the:
cam; ign to li#t thr US arms em
bargo against Spain.
Tho Negro People Theatre is at
present producing T .mg ton
Hug it .' play, “Don’t you want to
b? Free.” Th-, production opened
Nov. 10 at the Linccdn Centre. 700
E. Ooakwood Blvd, and will he pre
sented on the 121h, 17th, 19th and
25th. together with a modem dance
presentation, the "Dancers of the
Masque.” the later group under
ihe direction of Miss Posey Flow
resentment when he sees some
colored girl running around with
p. white man. Lots of it done,
however, but always there is quite
a bit of excite ment created when
it is seen. Is this the same feel
ing the white man has about his
women with Negro men in the
West Indian women have the nic
est and cutest accent evfr. We
love to hear them talk.***Trench
ant saying in Harlem: “When a
man's money gives out his girl
friend runs out”***Many men have
nice jobs here, esp cially those
gigolos who have to air the dog
for their mistresses. Couldn't
very well call it a he-man’s job.
Hut we do wish they would take
them to the edge of the sidewalk
to satisfy the demands of nature.
Sidewalks littered with excrement
everywhere* **Three cars preced
ed by a motor cycle escort, stops
suddenly at the Mimo club, 133
and Seventh. Many white men
jump out of the’ cars. Bystanders
follow them to the club. They go
into the club. Looks like a raidt
but no, just District Attorney
Dewey, who ran for governor,
coming to pay his respects to Joe
Louis, who is having a good time
in the elub.***Politics occupied the
limelight this past week. Candi
dates wooed the colored brother
with hopes of success. All kinds
of people handled ‘ big” money ($5
or more) who have not sfen that
much at one time *ir.ce the last
—Fill Robinson, Harlem’s Bronze
mayor is back. Greeting friends
everywhere While considering an
offer to go back to his old stand,
the Cotton Club.**Chiek Webb and
the world’s most not d canary,
Elle. Fitzgerald, have signed up for
a 12 week stint at the exclusive
Park Central hotel, an ofay spot
ir the h art of th ngs. At a sal
ary r< puted to be $2,000 per week
and p. nightly cut on covers. He
will be an ice break< r there for the
colored, outfits.♦•♦Joe Gordon and
his young ork is clicking nt Small s
Paradise 135 and Seventh avenue
♦••Watch for the coming of Roose
V. It Sykes, better known as the
‘‘Honey Dripper”, who is headed
Wist and South or. a scout for
Dccca waxing talent***After play
ing many colleges, debutante danc
es (white), theatres and clubs.
Andy Kirk has left for the hinter
lands. Will come back to Ilarl
c.n in December***Air fans are lis
tening to Alberta Hunter ov< r
NBC each night from G to 6:30 p.
m. EST***Oscar Moore bass fid
dler of the King Cole Jesters, lat
ent radio team to click in Harlem,
i;, an Aust n, Texas, hoy who has
made good in the —big city. They
arc cn the air every Monday via1
NBC from 5 to 5:15***Eddie South
famed “Dark Ang*1 of the Violin" 1
a Ch’cngo product, hes been sign- j
ed to play the ofay Famous Door
Club n the downtown sector. He
will bring his entire string cn-i
somblo th* ra and soell Count Bar e
who is i\ decided hit***deni LegOh
dancing darling of the stage and
screen, pny* a delicate compliment
to Lou Swa>z, solo art tat of St.
Ionia, When ,;he stopped off cn
route to Washington to visit her
‘ Low Leslies’ Blackbirds sched
uled to open on Broadway this
month. Twill be a bigger and
tetter show accord ng to princip
als* **( hick and Ella hit the road
iv> December, nmi'ng a southwes
tern tour thru the provinces****
-tuff Smith and his slap-happy
music will play tho pink Merry
to Round in Newark, starting
January 22****Oponing of “Con
Jur” dramatic story of supersti
t oug colored people, at the Rrat
tleboro in Brooklyn*this past w ok
****Roland Hayes, who appeared
at Town Hall. Nov, 8, has accept' d
Negro college bookings for the
first time. “Wrhy", asks Harlem
"** Shelton Brooks wis(. cracking
pianist, is wowing them at Casa
!Uanantt***Tho fir t all fat man’s
’< nd is being organized by Nat
"rtj'. b'ff. To b' come a member
ono mu-! bo 200 pounds or over.
Fats Waller will positiv ly NOT
i !>o a mombor’ ^ 'Ftbf'l Waters will
appear as a soloist with the ITall
.••Vhnson choir at Town Hall, Nov.
21 *+*
rmr.ii*s Paradise, 135th'and Sev
enth avenue,1 holds cilebrity nigh1
y Sunday. Stars from all the
elu1’;' in town entertain to the gay
tunes of Jor1 Gordon and hie or*,
(continued on page 5)
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our public schools have defective eye
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