King of Jazz
If you “Google” King of Jazz in about 0.14 seconds you will have an answer and you will find a 1930 movie featuring Paul Whiteman who was an orchestra leader who was dubbed King of Jazz in 1924. Credit is given to him for bringing jazz to the mainstream after WWI. Whiteman was the first to arrange music for jazz orchestra, creating a sound that was very danceable and geared toward the younger audience. His bands featured some of the greatest musicians of his day, Bix Beiderbecke, Jack Teagarden, Bunny Berigan, Eddie Lang, Red Norvo, and the Dorsey brothers. Whiteman also added a vocalist to his band in which he was one of the first to do so and a rarity at that time. Over the years Whiteman introduced many singers who went on to great success, including Bing Crosby, Dinah Shore, Mildred Bailey, and Morton Downey. Whiteman commissioned and debuted George Gershwin’s famous “Rhapsody In Blue. He recorded many jazz and pop standards during his career, including “Wang Wang Blues”, “Mississippi Mud”, the jazzy classic “Rhapsody in Blue”, “Wonderful One”, “Hot Lips”, “Mississippi Suite”, and “Ferde Grofé “Grand Canyon Suite”. This guy has some history! His popularity faded in the swing music era of the 1930s, and by the 1940s Whiteman was semi-retired from music.
Paul Whiteman Quote: “Jazz came to America three hundred years ago in chains.”