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Saturday, November 23, 1940
To Be Honored At Dinner The great Bill “Bojangles” Robinson will have his day on December 8 when he is to be honored at a Testimonial Dinner at New York’s Mecc&' Temple. The Negro Actors Guild will bo host, in spite of the fact that tickets are $5 each, the place will probably be jammed. I IT4MM ACTORS GUILD AND BOARD STAGING WAR Ace Goodman Arranger Visits CookmanCampus DAYTONA BEACH, FIa.—(SNS) f —Fred Norman, ace arranger for Benny Goodman’s Orchestra, along with his wife and several friends, spent last Saturday on the campus visiting and inspecting the NYA music project headed by Julian * Houston. Mr. Norman had confer ences with students and made sev er#! helpful suggestions that were of benefit to the local project. Sev eral new arrangement were turned over to Mr. Houston for the band by this famous composer. Mr. Norman, a native of Florida, «his home being in Leesburg, is deeply interested in the musical -program at Bethune-Cookman and has a committee formed in the Benny Goodman band to contrib ute to the musical success of the local institution. Lionel Hampton a member of the committee. This Committee made possible a seven hundred dollar drum set for" the college swing band and Arthur Bernstein, also a member of the band contributed the bass violin. Mrs. Norman is president of the Bethune-Cookman Clubs in New York City, and Flushing, N. Y„ Ex ecutive Secretary of the National Council of Negro Women and a member of the Advisory Board of Bethune-Cokman College. BEAUTY HINTS By HELEN JAMESON (Distributed by King Features syndicate, me.) LATE HOURS seem to prevail in nearly all family circles. Even the children don’t get to bed at a decent hour. Insomnia is epidemic; more and more men and women complain because they cannot sleep. The result is evident in human faces. Many look fatigued, others have tense muscles. Life’s no fun when one is in need of rest. Sleeping well is largely a matter of habit. Outdoor exercise and mental health contribute to the early arrival of the sandman and a sense of refreshment in the morn ing. If one is beset with worry, if the mind goes over and over dis appointments and grievances, wakefulness results. We all have anxieties now and then; they are ft part of human existence. But if nothing can be done to be rid of them, it is folly to weaken one self by unhappy thoughts. Nothing unfits one for the job like restless ness and worry. They unfit us for human companionship. We pass on our misery to other members of the family; it is in the air, every one breaths it in, harbors the poi son of unhappiness. One has to be a philosopher to how to live with zest. Certain only the happy ones are blessed with beauty. Little Mourn ful Mug won’t get any prizes. Whiners get whiner’s faces, sag- j ging muscles droopy lines. By LAWRENCE F. LAMAR LOS ANGELES, Calif.—(NPß> Internecine war, threatening for some time within the ranks of the Screen Actors' Guild, broke out into the open this week, with the Class “B” Council appointing com -1 mittees to discuss problems with | the AFL council and the NLRB i officials. The committees were j dissolved, however, when the Board of Directors representing senior members of SAG warned them that they were in violation of by-laws' and had no authority. Members of the Council inter viewed by reporters regarding their difficulties with the directorate, guardedly told of the jealous dis sension that existed between cer tain “B” class members of the council and the senior board over -ting power and influence in the affairs of the rank and file. Mem wno were not afraid to talk, I said it was ti group of the Johnic Bioff labor racketeers endeavoring to controll the actors through sev eral members of the council, that first started the ?ow. The council chambers of the “B' class membership, this racket labor group has been reportedly quite ac tive lately. It appears that they have successfully engineered a “majority” m the council. Since, it has been the policy of “demand” more and more recognition in the control of “B ’ membership affiars by left in the hands of the coun cil. In rejecting the plea of the council, the directorate stood on its rights. The “B” Class Counci’ i.ets no autonomy. Jesse Graves, lone sepia member of the council, an energetic and vigorous fighter in the cause of sepia members of the guild, said: “This repeated fighting in the ranks of the “B” Class membership council, is endangering the cause of the membership.” After the Board of Directors had posted no tice to mail ballots to the extras to vote on a referendum to abol • ish the Class “B” Council “on the grounds tjjat it has become a de structive rather than a construc tive force,” Graves again was sought out for an opinion. He said, “I do not know what the wordings on the ballo s might be, but, I’d advise Class “B” members to fol low its suggestions.” FOOTLITE FLICKERS ... By ALVIN MOSES NEW YORK, N. Y.—(ANP)— CHAUNCEY HOOPER, attorney, trusted attache of Judge Donnel lan, great athlete and soldier, was’ mhde a colonel by President Roose velt. He succeeds to th e post (369th National guard) held by RIJN DAVIS, recently commissioned a brigadier general Harlem's thou sands are proud, jubilant, but in a dignified restrained manner. Chauncey Hooper to them, has always been a general, a major general, if you please! There was never any question of doubt in the minds of the lowly proletariat, as well as ih e socially elite, concern ing Col. Hooper’s advancement to the topmost rung of the ladder whether his choice was the army or any other field of endeavor. For more than two decades CHAUNCEY (it’s hard trying to call him anything else), has iden tified himself with every movement designed to make Harlem (his Har lem), a better place for all of us. He’s carried the same spirit that Feud Between Broadcasters And Composers Sizzles; Deadline Near Many Negro Writers To Be Affected NEW YORK CITY (ANP) Tiiis week, the controversy between the nation’s major broadcasting stations and the aSCAP—Ameri can Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers—was the sole topic on Broadway and in Harlem, as the dettdline neared for expiration of the contract between the com* posers and broadcasters. ASCAP which has many famous Negro composers in its member ship. charges the National Broad casting company and the Colum bia Broadcasting system with try ing to monopolize the ‘music” end of radio, and the broadcasters hurl the same charge at ASCAP. The network and affiliated' sta tions, it is said, are planning to boycott ASCAP after Dec. 31, when the old contract expires. To strengthen the proposed boycott ana be able to send “independent’ music programs over the ethei waves, radio has organized Broad cast Music, Inc., has 250 composers at work turning out swing tunes and other melodies to take the place of ASCAP tunes, should the boycott become effective. Russell Clevenger, BMI director of public relations, explaining the controversy, said this week: “ASCAP has refused in 1940, as in the past, to deal with broad casters on a “per program” basis of payment when its music is play ed, but insists that broadcasters pay a percentage of their entire revenue, including that which they receive from the sale of time for news, dramatics, sports and other non-musical programs. The broadcasters are willing to pay aSCAP, as a licensing authori ty, for programs using one or more ASCAP selections, but they are un willing to continue to pay that or ganization for programs that use no ASCAP music. Tuskegee To Open Little Theatre Season Friday TUSKEGEE INSTITUTE, Ala.— (SNS)—Tuskegee’s Little Theatre opens the season with Thorton Wilder’s gripping three-act drama, “Our Town” on Friday, November 22. The leading roles are Editor Webb played by Osmond Moore; Mrs. Webb. Margaret Washington; Dr. Gibbs, Charles Shelton; Mrs. Gibbs, Elizabeth Campbell; and stage manager, Reginald Morris The difficult role of Emily Webb will be portrayed by Laurice Camp field. The play will be presented under the direction of Saunders Earl Walker, who returned to Tus kegee Institute during the summer after a year’s work in speech and the drama at the University of Michigan. Rural drama is one of the im portant new phases of Little The atre activities at Tuskegee this year. Mr. Walker has organized a chain of rural Little Theatres with the assistance of cadet teachers in the School of Education. In these rural laboratory schools, plays are presented by the students and by the adults in the communities. JURY INDICTS FOUR MACON, Ga.—(SNS)— Four Negroes were found guilty of alcohol tax law violations Tues day. Convicted of illicit distilling were James Napier, Harrison Ken dall, Jr., and John W. Kendall, Sr. A jury found Oscar Wisdom guilty of possessing a transporting tax unpaid whisky. ns,q.k.rla made him a standout on the foot ball gridiron,, into every phase of his life. And just as sure as al mighty God made the eternal hills, Colonel Chauncey Hooper will be come the second member of our group in this country to be com missioned a BRIGADIER GEN ERAL. (tab this.) NEED WHOLE SHOP The white gardenia this column usually reserves for the buttonhole of its heroes, as well as Harlem’s favored sons and daughters, and you, colonel, are one of her most illustrious; would not suffice in this case. We’d need an entire florist shop in order for the nation at large to know how all of us who work and live for Harlem re gard you l . Before I sign off on this brief epistle, colonel, accept a word of kindly advice from a friend of years’ standing. • Find time to play some gym game, twice weekly,, in a rational sort of way. Do not get ambitious to the point that you put the boxing gloves on with that ace ad- The PHOENIX INDEX. PHuEVfX. aki/ONA NEWS OF THEATRES Flows Gently t ' 4 Charming, tiny Maxine Sulliva n mellow voice sends thousands of hearers every Sunday via the Co lumbia Broadcasting System at 12:30 (EST) on the regularly sche duled “Flow Gently Sweet Rhythm” program. Her husband, John Kir by, supplies the orchestral back ground. Gab Breaks Record In Newark Theatre Week NEW YORK CITY (SNS)—That Cab Calloway, his Royal Highness of Hi De Ho, is one of the fore most colored stage attractions was again convincingly demonstrated last week at the Adams Theatre in Newark where he shattered by several thousand dollars, the re ceipts record for this season. Cab’s Cotton Club Revue grossed $15,000 in a theatre where the average “take” approximates only SII,OOO. Previous Adams Theatre attractions this season were Joe Penner, Bob Chester and his Or chestra with Bert Wheeler, Judy Canova, George While's Scandals with Ben Blue and several others of equal note. Always the perfectionist, Callo way has gone to great lengths and expense to improve his show. From a musicianship point of view, his orchestra ranks with the best. Gene Krupa, the Drummer Man, has gone out on a limb with the state ment that “Calloway’s crew is one of the best in the business.” Chu Berry and Cozy Cole, at the tenor ■sax and drums, respectively, are recognized artists honored by Paul Whiteman with places on his All- American swing band. John '(Dizzy” Gillespie, hot trumpec man, is a youngster but the word along “Musician’s Row” is that he will take his place with the top notchers. The same applies thru WILD RADIO RAVES By HAROLD JOVIEN (For ANP) The following listing is in effect from November 23 to December 6 All time shewn is Eastern Stan dard. Subtract 1 hour for Centra) time; 2 hours for Mountain and j hours for Pacific coast time. As is the unavoidable case in radic scheduling, all programs are sub ject to last minute time and talent changes. INSTRUMENTAL AND VOCAL Basin Street Chamber Music So ciety—NßC Blue—Monday, 9:30 p m.—Guests. Erskine Butterfield —MBS—Tues- day, 8:15 p.m.—pianist-vocalist. Charioteers—NßC Blue Tuesday 8:30 p.m.—NBC Red Wednesday 12:30 p.m., Saturday, 9:45 a.m. Roy Collins— songs. WAAT—94O k Jersey City, N. J.—Sunday, 2:15 p.m. Four of A Kind—vcoal quartet— WLW 710k —Cincinnati, Ohio— Scattered Schedule. Erskine Hawkins—NßC Blue— Monday, Thursday, Saturday, 12:3C a.m.—Savoy, New York. John Kirby-CBS Sunday, 2:35 p.m.—Also songstress Maxine Sul livan. mirer of yours, Detective George Broker (smile). Booker for (my money (I should know as I used to rought and tumble it with that guy) can lick his weight in wildcats (in or out of the ring), when he’s so disposed, and, WE DO WANT TO SALUTE YOU AS GENERAL *A few years hence. Benny Goodman 9 s Big New Band Set For Action Cootie Williams Leaves Duke To Join Septet NEW YORK.—(ANP)—With the secrecy of army maneuvers, Benny Goodman has been test-piloting a sensational new band in one-night stands around New York. A sum mer’s worth of thoughtful plan ning, careful selection of person nel and daily rehearsal lies behind Benny’s new outfit, which promises to be the finest orchestra he has ever led. The size of the big band remains the came, although not one of the original members is left. Critics hearing Goodman have been struck not only by the dance music innovations of the big band— but also by the brilliant perform ances of Benny’s new septet. The septet, replacing the former quin tet, will include Charlie Christian, on electric guitar with a complete instrumentation of piano, drums, bass fiddle, guitar, tenor sax, Coot out the entire band. Theatre and dance fans find the Cab Jivers. an intra-band instru mental group “solid senders”. They are rapidly taking their places alongside Raymond Scott’s Quintet and Benny Goodman’s swing group as popular favorites. The personnel of the group has Chu Berry at the sax; Cozy Cole a( the drums; Danny Barker, gui tar, Milton Hinton at the bass and Tyree Glenn at the vibraharp. The latter, incidentally, is the newest addition to the band. Under Cab’s expert showmanship, (lie comedy duo of Cook and Brown are now showing to their greatest advantage. They tied the show into knots during each of their appearances in Louisville and Newark An is 3 and Aland, youth ful dance stars, have also received their share of plaudits from appre ciative audiences. Avis Andrews, of course, is a national singing favorite for many seasons. Without question, deep breathing as one reposes in bed will soothe the nerves and bring a sense of relaxation. Lie on the back, in hale through the nostrils, lifting the chest and drawing in the ad dominal muscles. Breathe way down to your toes. Do all this very slowly with rests between breaths. Rocking in Rhythm—WHlP 1480 k Tuesday, Thursday, 2:30 p.m.— Recordings from Hammond, Ind. Vagabonds—NßC Blue except Monday thru Friday, 10 a.m.—Also Wednesday. 6 p.m. Additional schedule—Vocal quartet. Fats WaIIer—NBC—WMAQ 670 k —Nitely except Monday, 12:05 a.m. —WENR 870 k nitely except Mon day, 1:30 am.—Sherman Hotel, Chicago. VARIETY INSPIRATIONAL Amateur Nice in Harlem—WMCA 570k—Wednesday, 11 p.m. to 12:00 midnite—Apoilo theatre, New York All Nations’ Pentecostal Church —WCFL, 970 k. Chicago, Sunday -12 midnite. Amos ’N. Andy—CßS Monday thru Friday 7 p.m.—West Coasts 11 p.m. Clyde Barrie—Baritone, CBS— Sunday, 9:15 a.in. Major Bowes Amateur Hour— Thursday 3 p.m.—C&7. Colored Hour —KTSW, Emporia, Kansas—Sunday, 9:30 p.m. Chicago Bee Radio Forum-- WHIP 1480 k, Hammond, Ind., Tuesday, 2:15 p.m. Community Tabernacle—WCPO, 1200 k Sunday, 10:30 p.m. Cincin nati, Ohio. Deep River Boys—NßC Blue, Saturday 11 a.m. Tuesday, 12 noon, Vocalists. Hazel Chatman—The Emporia song bird—KTSW—Emporia, Kan sas, Thursday, 6:30 p.m. First Church of Deliverance — WIND, Chicago, 550 k, Sunday, 12 ie Williams’ trumpet and * Good man’s inimitable clarinet. One important change of instru mentation in Goodman’s orchestra will be the addition of a baritone saxophone, augmenting the wood wind section to five men besides himself. Star trumpeter, carrying on in the tradition of Harry James and RATING THE RECORDS By FRANK MARSHALL DAVIS FOR ANP) EMPRESS OF THE BLUES Third of the albums of reissues dedicated to great figures in hot jazz is Columbia’s “Bessie Smith: Empress of the Blues” containing four discs titled COLD IN HAND BLUES and YOU’VE BEEN A GOOD OLE WAGON; CAKE WALKING BABIES and YOUNG WOMAN’S BLUES; LOST YOUR HEAD BLUES and BABY DOLL, and EMPTY BED BLUES PARTS 1 AND 11. All except the latter piece, waxed in 1928, were recorded in 1925 and 1926 with accompani ment by Joe Smith, Louis Arm strong, trumpets; Fletcher Hender son, Porter Grainger, Fred Lorig shaw, piano; Charlie Green, trom bone, and Buster Bailey, clarinet. Bessie, who died in an auto ac cident at Memphis three years ago, is generally considered the greatest of all blues singers, eclipsing such other immortals as Ma Rainey, Edith Wilson, Mamie Smith and the rest. She had a big and ex pressive voice, full of sincere emo tion for she sang straight from the heart. This means that every record she made was a work of art, a real classic. Os this collection, only one has never before been released, and that is “Cake Walking Babies.” F’rankly, I do not like it as well as others in this group, particularly “Empty Bed” and ‘ Baby Doll,” but that does- not detract from its worth. It is enough to say that the entire album represents blues as they should be sung, AMONG CONTEMPORARIES Best bet of the week is Duke El lington’s Victor of IN A MELLO TONE and RUMPUS IN RICH MOND, typical Duke material. Cootie Williams’ fanciful trumpet answered by the entire sax team and Johnny Hodges’ alto highlight the first side, with excellent ensem ble and Cootie again starring on “Rumpus.” And, of course, Jimmy Blanton’s cruel bass is glorious on both . . . Connie Boswell does herself prod for Decca on NO BODY’S SWEETHEART and DI NAH. No need to tell you of this gal’s remarkable voice. She’s back ed by solid rhythm and a whizzing guitarist who, although limited in ideas, is nevertheless splendid. The midnitg to 1 a.m. Fisk Jubilee Choir in Magnolia Blossoms, NBC Blue, Thursday 10:30 pm. , Golden Gate Jubilee Singers— CBS, Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:30 p.m. Charles Holland, tenor, with orchestra, NBC red. Friday, 5:15 p.m. Honest Abe—CßS. Saturday, 9:30 a.m—Drama Interracial Goodwill Hour—WMß C—Detroit, Tuesday, 10:30 p.m., Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Mable Sanford Lewis—WHlP, 1480 k, Hammond. Ind., Sunday, 6 p.m. Josef Marais, songs. NBC Blue, Sheep and Goats Club Revue — MBS Tuesday, 11:15 p.m.—Richard Huey, MC. “‘Rochester’’ (Eddie Anderson) and Jack Eenny comedians, NBC Red, Sunday, 7 p.m., West Coast rebroadcast, 11:30 p.m. Southernaires —Vocal quartet NBC Blue, Sunday, 1:30 a.m Wednesday, Thursday, 12:15 p.m. We, The People—CßS, 9 p.m.,— West Coast rebroadcast, 12 midnite. Virginia Union University Choral CIub—DRTQ. Richmond, Va., from Coburn Hall. Voice of Progress—WMßC, De troit, Thursday, 10:30 p.m. Wings Over Jordan Singers, speakers—CßS. Sunday, 9:30 a.m. i Ziggy Elman, is Cootie Williams, 11 years “growl ’ trumpet man with Duke Ellington. Fletcher Hender son and Eadie Eauter, Juilliard School alumnus, will han dle most of the arranging work Helen Forrest, who started her ca reer singing to U. S. senators in a Washington night-spot, retains her job as Benny Goodman’s vocalist. piano likewise isn’t bad. Billie Holiday, with an aggrega tion including Teddy Wilson, Roy Eldriage and Don Redmon, gives out for Okeh on I HEAR MUSIC and I’M ALL FOR YOU. The latter is toichy and a natural for her style, but the first side is a misfit for Billie. .Sy Oliver has Tommy Dorsey’s band swinging in a Lunceford groove on the Victor of MAKE ME KNOW IT with Zig gy Elman’s- trumpet furnishing added kicks. Coupled is WHEN I SAW YOU, airly rhythmic with a cute voiced vocalist. .Wingie Man one is hot in a Dixieland way with WHEN I GET YOU ALONE TO NIGHT and DINNER FOR THE DUCHESS, Bluebird, with the lat ter by far the better side. How ever, Wingie has turned out much stronger pancakes. The Charioteers, leading rivals of the Ink Spots, just Spots, just ooze sentiment on their Columbia j of I DON’T WANT TO CRY ANY MORE and ONLY FOREVER. This will please lovers of sweet music. .Since Bob Chester sounds like Glenn Miller, may as well mention their new Bluebirds to gether. Bob’s is MAY I NEWER LOVE AGAIN and BUZZ BUZZ BUZZ, the first a sentimental pop over sound rhythm, and the sec ond a jitterbug tune. Miller’s pair, not nearly so hot as those of his imitator, are I’D KNOW YOU ANYWHERE and YOU'VE GOT ME THIS WAY, commercial stuff Bob Crosby is also thoroughly commercial on his well played Dec ca of I’D KNOW YOU ANY WHERE and I’VE GOT A ONE TRACK MIND Cab Calloway has a slow, de lightful Okeh named LONESOME NIGHTS in which Chu Berry and the sax choir star, plus- an Afro. Cubano number, YO ETA CANSA, sung by the Hi-De-Ho King in Spanish. Both sides make for good listening. .Larry Clinton, who likes to turn classics and s-tandard tunes into jazz, has done brilliantly on Sousa’s SEMPER FIDELIS and Tschaikowsky’s DANCE OF THE FLOWERS for Bluebird. _ You’ll want Paul Robeson’s Victor of DEAR OLD SOUTHLAND and NOTHIN.’ His- glorious baritone voice has few equals..Al Donahue serves it piping hot with good rock and ride on the Okeh of BURNING THE MIDNIGHT OIL and THE BLUE JUMP. This band dishes out potent swing here, although solos are merely competent and not startling. Decide Atlantan Died Naturally ATLANTA, Ga.— (SNS)— Rosell Oglatree, of 434 Nelson street, SW, died of natural causes, a coroner’s jury decided at David T. Howard Funeral Home Satur day morning. Ogletree’s body was found be neath a railroad underpass on Mit chell street Friday morning. Bach Recordings Sold In Dialect in Africa BERLIN. —(ANP)— There’s a Berlin recording company that cer tainly has an eye for business. This enterprising firm is selling Bach recording to African natives, and is finding surprisingly enough that the natives go for them in a big way. But that’s not all. This firm has struck a real African gold mine in making recordings of blues sing ers’ warblings and selling them back to African coastal inhabitants to play on their beloved gramphones. At first the company tried forc ing European jazz down their throats but that didn’t seem to be such a business plum, so the com pany directors sent crews with re cording outfits into the jungle There they set up their “mikeSr PAGE SEVEN His Blues No More - Unless the feud between the chain broadcasters and the Ameri can Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers settled by Decem ber 31, no more will radio audiences be given the opportunity to hear W. C. Handy’s greai blues’ songs. Handy is a member of the ASCAP He Has New Band |pr :: m S igt *. > iS/ J 4 FLOYD RAY—the diminutive lit tle California bandleader, who stag ed a sensation on liis coast-to coast tour last fall, has organized a new band, it was learned this week. Ray’s outfit was warmly re ceived when they played engage ments throughout. Louisiana, Ten nessee, Georgia and Florida, play tiiuon Players Present Three One-Act Dramas RICHMOND, Va. —(SNS)— The Virginia Union University Players, winners of top honors in the Ne gro Intercollegiate Dramatic Tour nament last year, opened their sae son last Tuesday evening, Nov. 12, with the presentation of three one act plays in Coburn Hall. “Release”, a story of life in a mining section, written by Luke Stewart, featured Angeline Spen cer, from Poitsmouth, Va.; Henry Terry, Washington, D. C.; William Owens, Richmond; Mitchell Bever ly, Richmond; Walker Wood, Lex ington, Va.; Thomas Wright, Christ Church, Va., and Herman Strader, Danville, Va. “The Haunted Palace’’, a drama tization of the Grecian story of King Agamemnon, by Stephen Schofield, was presented with the following students in the cast; Francis Foster, Richmond; Susan Brown, New York City; Leola Syles, Richmond; Dorothy Tate, New Jer sey; Blanche Smith, Richmond; Joseph Thompson. Richmond; Wal lace Collins, Richmond; Thomas Paige, Phoebus, Va.; William Pink ston, Camden, N. J., and Warren Baugh, Richmond. William Butler, of Chicago, por trayed the title role in “The Pro fessor Roars”, a comedy written by Betty Smith and Rcbert Finch. Cast in supporting roles were Mil licent Bouey, Richmond; Grace Blackwell, Richmond; Marian Thompson, Richmond; and Lillian Newkirk, Richmond. and a village orchestra wheezes, whines, and boom-booms away. Back to Bori n goes the wax re cording. and from it a matrix is made. Thousands of black discs are then pressed off and returned to the market. * Natives of the East African coast are the to whom Bach has a special appeal. For these custom ers the lyrics have been translated into seven dialects. Jazz doesn’t please the custom ers like their own music, although some coast tribes will buy a few recordings. The “Hymn for the Birthday of an East African King ’ is one of the best sellers recorded by native virtuosos. The firm sends native records back to 58 ’ands.