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The New York Age from New York, New York • Page 10

The New York Age from New York, New York • Page 10

The New York Agei
New York, New York
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Page Ten In The Realm Of A 1 I I By EDWARD BOATNEB 1 The Negro music teacher's lot is most perplexing one. He under stands his race and knows their weaknesses and short comings. Therefore, he can sympathize with them because of their handicaps. Ob in particular, limi' ed means (or study. However, sometimes ws mske a mistake in giving lessons to students for fees below the standard price, for the Negro pupil takes advantage of our human ttarian spirit and makes it a point to cheapen their profession. In most cases we make a mistake by letting our sympathies run away with our business tact, for a ma jorlty of the students of our group axe not grateful for special consideration. All first rate Negro teachers who have degrees in music should have the same consideration, in so far as pay for service is concerned, as any American white teacher or any foreign teacher. The average Negro student likes to take lessons in musij or voice as one goes to tne store occasionally to purchase a small quantity ot groceries. Then he wonders why he never makes any progress. If you speak to him about regularity of study, he becomes offended and says that he did not not have money or gives some other weak excuse. The teacher wco accepts perpetual excuses is neither helping himself nor the student; for when you. find a student who is net interested enough. in his lessons to take them regularly or who takes them only because someone else is doing so, You can be assured that hat student is spending his time in frivolity, and wasting bis money on foolishness money that could be used for serious music study if he were really interested. Such a student expects the teacher to be tolerant year in and year out He does not know and does not seem to care that this casts a degrading reflection on his teacher when he gets out to perform and fails because of such "slipshod' method of study. This same type of student has no regard whatsoever for time. If the appointment is for nine thirty, he is likely to come drifting in at ten minutes to ten or in most cases ten o'clock. Yet he will expect the teacher to give him the same amount ot time that is given to other students who keep their appointments on the hour. This is not true when it comes 'to studying with a tescher of the other race. When the pupil finally dec 10 leave you, which is because someone has told him that Mr. somebody (with a long foreign name) is such an excellent teacher, or Mr. Somebody Else, an American white teacher, is so fine that he just must study with him, he will make every sacrifice, even neglect his food, to pay this man five, six, and seven dollar per lesson when he would widely stretch his eyes if you asked him for one dollar and fifty cents. Anybody knows that a Negro who finishes from an accredited music school is as good ss sny white teacher who finishes from the same school and in some instances they art better qualified, because we usually have to do twice as much wort. It is nothing but the same old mental, damnable inferiority complex that has followed us from she days of slavery that makes us have one standard of business for a white man, and another stand ard for a colored, man. The white teacher dignifies his profession snd is not so much of missionary as we are. He insists on lessons being taken reg 4 ularly and paid for in advance. He lives no partial scholarships and demands his money regardless. In 1. 'Sr most cases he makes the colored student pay extra for everything that he takes. For example. If the student takes voice, he must pay for voice and not expecting caching in the foreign languages. If our best singers are honest, and most of them are, they will tell you tnat their foundation and practically the greater portion of their training was received from teachers of color. This applies to pianists and other Instrumentalists as welL The Negro teacher must begin to dignify his profession and this can be done by making his work outstanding. We will all agree that thre are exceptions to all rules. We do find conscientious students, occasionally with talent, but without finance to continue their study. In such cases, I do not think we will find any teacher who would not be sympathetic under the circumstances, taking everything into consideration. We Negroes must learn to pay Negroes the same price for training and art, as we would anybody in the other group. We pay top prices for anything else we want of a frivilous nature, so why cheapen the Negro musician. MUSIC NOTES Ora Lee Gray, soprano, and Maybelle Van Rensselear, contralto, pupils of the Watson Studio at 409 Edgecombe avenue, will be presented in recital at Grace Congregational Church, 306 West 139th street, Sunday afternoon, July 6, at 4 p. m. Their program will consist of duets and songs of famous composers. On Sunday afternoon In the YWCA Auditorium, West 138th street, Madeleine Jenkins, young advanced student pianist, will appear in recital. Miss Jenkins wiU be assisted by Frank Robinson, versatile musician and entertainer. Miss Jenkins has been honored by the honored by the Music Ed ucation League of New York. Ntfah Tlyder Is Named To Music Dept At Hampton Institute hampton Institute, va. Noah F. Ryder, head of the Music Department of Winston Salem Teachers College in North Carolina, has accepted a teaching position in the Hampton Institute Department of Music, President Malcolm S. MacLean announced Tuesday. Mr. Ryder, a Hampton graduate in the Class of 1935, has made an enviable record as a composer, choir director and teacher at Winston Salem. He was recently selected by Radio Station WBIO of Greensboro as one of the eight most outstanding Negroes in the State. Under his direction the choir of Winston Salem Teachers College hss become well known in the State, snd his organization of the music department at that school has attracted much attention. Mr. Ryder joins an enlarged and revitalized music department at Hampton Institute. Last week, the executive council announced the appointment of Francisco Am endola as conductor of the Instl tute Band and teacher of instruments and appointed F. Irene Sanders chairman of the Depart' ment A and Hate Wants or One Hundred Attend Banquet Of Art Guild Honoring Margetson GREENWOOD LAKE, N. Approximately one hundred per sona trsveled by motor from New York Cltv to this verdant and mountainous villafie Saturday af ternoon to attend tha annual ban ouet of the Art Guild of St Mar tin's Church (New York). The honored guest was Edward (Teddy) Margetson, musician composer, and the Louise Taylor Lodge was the scene ot the event Mr. Margetson is organist of the Church ot the Crucifixion (New York), founder and direct of the Schubert Music Society, and a member of the Art Guild. Those present were members of the Art Guild and their friends, and some members of the Schubert Society. Dr. Hudson A Sealy. president of the Art Guild, was toastmaster. In opening the festivities on the lawn where the covers were laid, Dr. Sealy gave a brief resume of the Art Guild, which, he said, was organized about five years ago when its organizers craved a fuller participation in music. He said Mr. Margetson is one of the "most self effacing, and one of the most talented individuals." The toastmaster added that such persons should be shown appreciation for their efforts. Mrs. Elizabeth Butler, secretary of the Art Guild, in her paper, said that both of Mr. Margetson's parents were musicians, and at a tender, age Mr. Margetson showed an aptitude for the piano. At the age of 14 he became organist of a church and later an admirer of his Induced him to study with Sam Lamberson. Fifteen years ago, continued Mrs. Butler, Mr. Margetson founded the Schubert Music Society. In 1934 he won the Joseph Rosenthal Fellowship, and each year durjng his course at Columbia University a place was found tor his music on the students' program. Miss Ivy Christian, president of the Schubert Society, said "it is net often that you find a man of Mr. Mar jJtson's calibre The Schubert Society, she added, would like to place a crown of laurel leaves upon his head. Dr. Charles Fairclough said that posterity "will scuttle around to read Mr. Margetson's music" and to read about this great musician composer. Ebenezer Ray said In effect that the honored guest embodied two of the world's greatest qualities in his beinff a centleman and a genius. Dennis Edwards said that Mr. Margetson "exemplifies all the big things which the Art Guild stands tor. It could not have honored a better, or a more talented individual. Wilton Prescod, student organist, said Mr. Margetson was an in spiration to him, and Gottlieb Bell said he held Mr. Margetson in high esteem. Mr. Margetson, in reply, ex pressed his appreciation tor the honor bestowed upon him by the Art Guild and others present He said he liked to take "little peo ple" and see them grow in music and develop their talent He liked the setting of cslm and quiet chosen for the occasion, the honoree said. A program of compositions ot Mr. Margetson was liven is the drawing room of the Lodge afterwards. Vocal numbers were rendered by Ethel Hardy Smith, soprano; vio lin numbers by Penelope Johnson; W. Smellie read seversl of Mr. Margetson's poems, and Marie Margetson, his sister, gave an analysis of the guest of honor's music. "Now Sleeps The. Crlm son Petal," was sung by an en semble. And the trek back to New York started around mid night EJU rr Mfwt svMBiran shown' kar Im. a epUat ptawra. Toot horn louMono. odoDiow Miss Dorxtrtdg and Miss Wesrtey who sHMluCVeost. me fSmjtm Jofta Woyna with One MunaoA, toy Henry Sleohenso. and THE NEW YORK AGE Record Reviews Sidney Bechet waxes a remarkable record for Victor when he becomes a one man band and plays all the instruments "The Shiek of Araby and "Blues of Bechet" For the recording, Bechet first played the tenor sax part through thm hag while listening with Mu earphones to a playback, repeating this procedure each time until the completed racord. contained, drums, soprano sax and clarinet parts. Margie Stuart, Larry Neill, Joe Kcicnman and his boys wax a nifty for Victor with "Mrs. Austin from Boston" and Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata." Earl "Father" Hines and his orchestra go romantic or Bluebird with "Julia" with Billy Eckstein doing the vocals while Earl does the piano serenade. Tne band turns out a swell performance on a mid dun' slow ballad. On tbeB side is "Opmia' In 1 "Do You CareT" and "Six Mile Stretch" on Bluebird by Sam Donahue and his Orchestra is some thin. Irene Days gets the lyrics assignment and she sells them the smooth way on the A side while o.i the side the orchestra covers a lot of ground on the stretch through jazzmania. Enric Madriguera plays for us "Moon In The Sea," a 'bolero of his own composition, on the A side and Ernesto Lecuona's beautiful "Danza Lucumi" on a new Victor record. The Madriguera band is at its best with Latin American music magic in its most bewitching form. Bnny Carter offers much for Bluebird with "What A Diffrencs A Day Made" and "Cuddle Up, Huddle Up." The A side features business man's empo (bright enough so the boys can walk around full chorded arrange, n.tnt.... clear and colorful voce! The side features muted trumpet Benny's alto sax and swing piano. Sonny Boy Williamson, Blues singer with instrumental accompaniment records for Bluebird "Western Union Man" and 'Shotgun Blues" while the Hearenly Gospel Singers do "What A Time" and "I'm Going To Build Right On That Shore," the male quartet doing the numbers unaccompanied. Victor's popular album of the features Latin favorites sung Pedro Vargas, Mexican tenor, with orchestra. Tommy Dorsey and his orches tra and Frank Silatra sell a sen sational tune (from the new Bob Hope film, "Caught In the "Love Me As I Am" on Victor. On the side is the latest Tom Adair Matt Dennis nifty, "Nine Old Men" which Tommy is giv lng a tremendous lift on all his air time All of the above records co nn sal July 9 st your local music store. ffETB JAZ E.II7E By HERBERT H. NICHOLS Tha aversge person goes to the dance hall, cabaret musical revue or party for a good time and re turns home exhausted. The musi cian is the composed person you meet on arriving and the compos ed one you lesve when you mske your departure. Aside, from plsy ing he part of the capable entertainer his appearance must remain Impeccable and he too, must all times appear to be enjoying himself. (His real attitude toward any proceeding, of course, is seldom msde known to the public.) Jazz, (or swing music, is the prevalent type of music dispensed for dancing in the United States today. Few of us know how it evolved to SptdAGIcriosJdj A ABIflON THE MY Greenwcd lake, It Y. Dining; Dancing; Choice Wines Liquors Southern Fried Chicken 515 WEEKLY $5 WEEK END Mrs. RUTH CROWDIR, Proa. Far lafematissi CH Green Lake New Yrk nana; CSIverslty 4 4171 Iomm 4.1 if. frM Cui tm TtcauMl, sisM mm ki Disc Dopef Outstanding Star Of 1941 CANADA LEE. acclaimed by critics for his outstanding perform ance In "Native Son," heads the big holiday revue there begin ning Friday, Jaly 4. He will appear In two big scenes from "Na tive Son" and will be supported by members from the original Broadway production. Canada Lee Launches Ambitious Radio Drive For Negro Talent Realizing that colored writers heretofore havent been given an opportunity to display their talents in the radio field, Canada Lee is launching a drive to encourage them by using suitable material submitted to him. Star of the smash hit, "Native Son," Lee has decided to embark upon an ambitious schedule ot radio activity for the coming period. No stranger to the airwaves, Lee was the first colored announcer to be employed on any major station. With John Kirby's WABC program, "Flow Gently Sweet Rhythm." In April he was featured in the Free Company drama, "A Start In Life," also of WABC A month ago, over the same station, he played the final scene from "Native Son" in a broadcast sponsored by a group of Negro celebrities in tribute to his great acting in that play. Two weeks sgo he was heard by NBC listeners as guest star on Stella Unger's program, "Your Hollywood Newa Girl." Canada Lee's future plans call for. the presentation ot a series of half hour plays to run for thirteen weeks. Supporting actors will be mostly colored, will be engaged for the entire thirteen week period, and will probably operate under the name, "The Canada Lee Company." Although no sponsor has as yet been found, agencies representing well known national concerns have already put in bids for the show. In an effort to get away from the stereotyped performances that colored actors have usually been cast in Uncle Tom roles, maids, butlers and the like Lee Is asking those who submit scripts to deal with all forms of Negro life. Stor its present state. One thing that is quite certain and fortunately so for the colored musician is the fact that tie incorruptible American Jitterbug apparently believes that the supreme haven of this musical art lies in the hands of colored bands. The overwhelming and re1 pested financial success that we have enjoyed in this field, I be lieve, proves this to be true. Jazx artistry reigns supreme in our group. It has been this de psrtments contention that when it comes to jitter buggin and swing music we stomp louder and more often than the other fellow, and apparently find more pleasure in so doing. The jam session has finally come to the attention of our swing magazines. Some inusiclans would rather miss their sleep than pass up chance to hear Roy (Little Jazz) Eldrldge or The Hawk at a jam session. If you haven't heard pianists Art Tatum, Kersey, Marlowe or Phipps at such a session then you hsve missed' a lot of power ful piano playing. To the Jazz mu sician who wants to learn more about syncopation snd who wants to stay in the groove, these sessions are more in the nature of attend ing school Every group of people In the world is exponent of some particu lar type ot music or dancing. Nat urally, it this music or dancing catches on with the public there is going to be many imitations. The people of Lapland, who 'have their own musical dances, ordinarily would not attempt to make lasting reforms either in the music or the dance form of the rhumba. How ever, if It were a matter of radio commercials, big time vaudeville dates, jobs, moving picture work, fst recording contracts and other million dollar considerations one wouldn't regard the situation ordinary, any longer. As a mat ter ot fact with this always in mind the average Spanish person would be better prepared for tha ensuing mutilation of his beloved rhumbs. Jszs is a big business and can not be divorced from the Negro. It it still lucrative field ad If taken more seriously by some can be mad, fo yield mora of that green stuft jrtJ ladaadT Ca'eb Peterson Jr, To Tear He East TOWies'ter'' Caleb Peterson, ir twenty three year old bass baritone of PeekskilL N. was recently discovered by Eddie Anderson during his engagement at the Alebam Theatre Cafe some few weeks ago, will leave Los Angeles, June 26th; 4 4 if CALEB PETERSON Jr. to go on a ten weeks tour through the Esst with Rochester. Young Peterson who is currently appearing at the Paramount Theatre in Los An getles, has been, adopted by Rochester as his "protege," and is now well on the road to success. On his tour through the East, Rochester will introduce to the public, tor the first time, his very talent ed protege who, doubtless, will be most enthusiastically received. Mr. Peterson may well be re membered for his signal triumph in 1938 when he became the first Negro ever to win the National Dramatic Declamation Title in Oklahoma City, Since that time he has steadily progressed up the ladder ot success. A student of West Virginia State College, Caleb Peterson came to Los Angeles in February of this year for a screen test Through Rochester's influence he was given an audition at the Paramount Stu dios and the directors who heard him were very favorably impressed. He will make a picture for Paramount Studios upon his return from tour. In sddition to possessing one of the finest baritone voices in the country. Mr. Peterson is also out standing tor his dramatic ability. An original One Act Play entitled Bis Robe" 'which he authored and dedicated to Paul Robeson, hss won for him great acclaim wher ever he has rendered it riea embracing the Negro in the theatre, in snorts: stories with love, comedr or adventure interest, will be particularly welcome. Regard ing this matter, Lee says: "The Nesm like every other hu man being, is a person of msny and varied emotions, and interested in many and varied activities. We would like to set away from the idea ot the Negro always as a lynch victim, or fast stepping night lifer. There are many more aspects to Negro life than those. We would like to bring to America, through this radio series, the fullest expression ot as many aspects as possible of the Negro community in America. Finished scripts, not mere ideas, are wanted. These should be sent to Daniel James, with return post' age, who Is in charge of the series. The address is Room 815, Hotel Theresa, Seventh avenue at 125tt street, New York City. Yen; To Appear In Recital On Sundsy atfernoon next, Louis Cyrus will present one one Of his Clann nunila. Kvatvn Roert, in recital in the lecture room of the St Ambrose Church, 100 West 130th street Pearl Lake, dramatic soprano, will be assist raws. Fit, 1st. JAMES FAULETTI GODDAKD W.V. POT. O'. GOLD' with HOBACX HE2DT and ale OBXH. alas "TE FEOrLE n. wltt' Lew Ayr Lionel Bairjsais Urate Day Saturday, Julr ttW tfegro Capitol of the By FLOYD G. SNELSON CONGRATS TO LIEUTENANT .1 All Harlem extended lelicitations to its No. 1 police officer, Samuel Jesse Battle, who completed 30 years as one ot "New York's finest" and has the distlncuon of being tha first of his race to be appointed to the force. At the attention ot P. Newspaper, the heroic New York tabloid, whicn carries tub page of pictures of Mr. Battle, that was assigned to your cruisaig reporter, we called at the Battles home, and in nis modest way we "dug" out interesting info of valus After looking over his scrap book that carries startling cvenst ot courage and fortitude on the part of this most respected citizen, it was a remarkable sequence of bravery and sportmanship. taoinhrdluetaoin ft NATIONAL NEGRO DAY parade that was led by Assemblyman Dan Burroughs, and Chairman Gardner, offered much fan flare and excitement Friday and Jihousanas lined the sidewalks from 140th street on Lenox avenue to 110th street, and up Seventh avenue More power to your Committee for progress. IT NICE TO KNOW PEOPLE Mayor LaGuardla swore In a couple ot lady judges to fill the vacancies of Justice Jane Bolin. (our only colored) who is on maternity leave after motherhood the ladies should be ideal tor the Domestic Relations Court Bill Robinson stopped off during recent trip upstate, at Ithaca. N. Y. sanitarium to visit his friend Dr. Louis T. Wright MD. and took charge of the institution for the time being, he made the re cuperants forget their ills, and how! I certainyl enjoyed the eloauent address delivered over "Wines Over Jordan" Sunday by the mas terful Dr. Theodore Boone, my good friend of Texas John Kir by and his little "sweet hand made history in the Park Avenue sector, the first group of color to play at the Monte Carlo. East 54th street, one ot the most exclusive rendezvous ot the smart set The' stunning Savannah Church. ill Brooklyn born 'and bred closed a most successful ses slou at Smalls' Paradise and entrained for Chicago, where I am most sure she will be aDoreciatfd in the Windy City Mme. Brick top Smith, internationally famous, nag enhanced for Saratoga Spa, Where she Will be chief hnsten at the swanky Will Vodery hot spot hightery, the highlight of the, gay "CaKa In The Sky" Now In San Francisco LOS ANGELES. Calif. 'Cahln in the Skv" atarrinv Kh1 Waters, closed here nn 'Jiin 91 and opened for an indefinite run in aan rrancisco on June 23. While in Los Aneeles. uvr1 members of the cast headed by Katherlne Dunham, made a movie short Miss Wsters sppeared as guesi stsr with Bins Crosby's show and Milton Williams was a guest star on WHJ durine tha week. The comnanv mwm uisDana alter, in San Jt.L. a Francisco snd return to their nomes in the East Ins artist Mr. 'Cyrus un that MM W.t, who is but 13 years of age, hu been a consistent pupil of his for seven yesrs. wishing happiness forever. Assemblyman Audrews and his wife Regina, the latter head librarian at the 115th Street Branch eijoyed their summer home upstate, the Grenier Turner's local electrical contractor, I'm. told hu one ot the prettiest bungalows at Greenwood Lake watering spot The Clifford Alexanders; Y. A. business manager and the Ulustfrt ous wife Edith "get away from jst all" in the CaskUl Mt retreat 1 Ken Duncan, former mortician is progressing with his new business venture Cleaning and. pressing still in the ((Dyeing) profession Rev. Josephine Becton, noted Spiritualist Is back in town located at 211 West 135th sreet pretty Barbara (Bobbiel Wrigh. of 139th atreet the doctor's deter, of Mt Holyoke. is do ing secretarial work at Atlanta Urn versity for the Summer her nrst trip to Dixie. Mable Garrett vivacious show girl, of Cotton Club snd "Cabin in the Sky" fame back firm Boston where she is holding tha atten ol a dapper Army otficer at Camp Devens may tie the knot In the Fall Dr. George D. Can nou, affable medico Is sport ing a sleight 41 Bulck rosdmastei his diminutive wife Lill'uini is tickled pink, but she's too timid to try herself at the wheel Al." ma Hubbard, the melodious thrush is getting her mall and phone ealli 409 on the Hill. i Hamtree Harrington, the cornet lan heps me that the new muiiell opus "La Belle Helene" best known as Helen of Troy, of which he is a member in the cast is a solid natural, that opens 47) in summer stockist Weetport DAWN PATROL I took a fling at the yawning spots sbout four a. CLARK MONROE'S UPTOWN HOUSE is "sit in' pretty" with Maymie Gardner. Willie Duck doing the jive Clark's, mother Mrs. Bennie Monroe, is there help, ing her son do well Artie Shaw and Charlie Barn'ett are regular customers. DICKIE WELLS right in the groove, featuring the glamour gal Georgia Green, late of Montreal, Billy the dancing dynamo and the exotic Latin queen, Delores Del Alvafado. COVAN MOROCCO, where Bit. lio Marhsall, of Blackbirds fame sends love to her many friends, and Baby Banks, 'Jazzbo Billiard, Eunice Hart keep the pace plapty JERRYS LOG CABIN, was ajS high pitch with Dorise (raelocftV Moore doing vocals snd the Grool. erneers, Cecil Austin, Jack Johnson (net the pugilist) and Bob Pope. Down at the PLAYHOUSE. U8tb Street Teddys Hill and Myron Col. ll. who. specialize in tha frost Canoca Coolers and the pretty Gladys Martin al) miles, and stilj carrying the torch Ur her soliiei hubby in a Texas war camp Where does Walter Winchell get that info that, the Joe Louises may soon Rerio ize? Regret to learn that so msny Harlem W. P., including Rio Ottley, a ranking supervisor got the "gate." Native Son, doxology last Satldy nlte. ym missed something if you mised it So long pals' and gals and 30. II 1 'X WEEK BEG. FRIDAY, JULY 4th 1941's Greatest Dramatic Star fn UNI In Gripping WEE SON Scenes Frees A ftT (T TUT 17 JDUrilV Iw The Queen AND HER UMLMB! Troy Brown Baron AND OTHER 4. tt0D3 Oil AMATEURS) Of Hi Dee Ho Nation" resort "Brick says, "come up and see me sometime," McKlssack Jones, of the money clan. Chicago remained in towo several days after the fight try. lrg out the golf courses 'in the Manhattan area Kenneth Bright local realtor all smiles recipient of sn avalanche of congrat on taking upon himself a pretty bride from down Carolina way his first venture to the altar here's A Nn Ice OXcnor Brcs. HEADLINE ACTS St SZ I Sat Midnight Show rJ' v. "I hi

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