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1 iil 1 is I1' i'j 6 4 it: 4 In The Realm Of MUSIC. tn. DWAin BOATNE The average neophyte In voice fer piano, unfortunately, mi tne wrong idea about the type of songs or the instrumental selections best (or him to use at his premature stage of development. Every young tenor I have ever taught, after he has bad about eight lessons, expects to sing the trias, "Vesti La Giubba" (from Pagliacci), "Celeste Aids," Lu cevan Le Stelle," and a dozen or more that no operatic tenor mas ten under three or four years. If the singer is a soprano, she wants to sing the famous arias, "Depuis Jour" (from Louise), Don Fatale," "Pace Pace Mio Dio" (from Forxa del Destino), "Ri torna Vincitor." the mad scene from Faust and all the heavy soprano arias.

The baritone wants to ting "Barber of Seville Room for the Factotum," "Vision Fugitive," "Prologue" (from Pagliacci), "Ere Tu Cbe Macchiavi," and the other famous baritone arias. This is atoo true of the contraltos snd basses. Such is most unfortunate for none of these numbers have tech' nical element necessary to help the young singer acquire an even le nto scale or a good mezza voice, indispensable for concert work. In the first place the arias we hear in the operas today should not be sung on the concert stage. An op eratic setting is needed if they are to have the proper effect on the listeners.

The opera is not con the highest form of vocal composition. The oratorio is aftead and above all vocal forms. It is perfectly all right for one to sing these arias on the concert stage if he has an international reputation Record Review Here's the sweetest surprise package of the week month year! You know the versatility of certain Thomas "Fats" Waller from lone experience. "but even this we are sure will not prepare you for Victom Album 72. This is pipe organ work from a new slant in a new light Spirituals, not at a stately processional pace definitely not jazzed but Just gone over once lightly with that inimitable Waller touch.

Hij harmonics are Just as surprising as they are delectable. Duke Ellington and his famous orchestra record for Victor the title song, "Jump For Joy" and "The Brown Skin Gal," both from the musical production of "Jump For Joy" which opened on the West Coast only a short time ago. Teddy Powell and his orchestra gives Una Mae Carlisle's "I see A Million People" full band treatment on Bluebird. On the reverse is Bob Mersey's "Jungle Boogie." Incidentally, as a result of the success of her recording of her own ditty, "Welkin By The Riv er," Una Mae Carlisle platters an sther of her compositions for Blue bird with her own six piece com position last week. It's labeled "It Aint Like That" and will hit (he record marts shortly.

Latest Victro releases out August I include: Tommy Dorsey and ork with "I Guess Hsve To Dream The Rest" and "Loose Lid Art Jarrett and bis orchestra with 'Shepherd Serenade" and "Fool W. C. HANDY AND URBAN LEAGUE PLAN SECOND 'WNOWN TALENT CONCERT' W. Handy, the New York Urban League, and the League's Women's Council are now making plans for the second annual "Stars of Tomorrow" variety concert for the benefit of young, aspiring talent who have not had much of a chance to show the public whst they can do. It will be at Town Hall, Sunday afternoon, September 21 At last year.

Mr. Handy and the New York Urban League extend I warm Invitation to all talented FEATURED AT I as an opera linger. However, oth era who do so make a grave error and overlook a most important opportunity, for the songs of Schubert; Brahms, Wolf. Strauss, Handel, Beethoven are far superior to any operatic aria. It requires more artistry to sing concert songs than to bellow away at any aria.

It Is very difficult to hold the young singer ana ptanisi 10 a given schedule of technique. They want to travel too fast. They should never be allowed to sing advanced songs or attempt to play difficult selections until they have perfected a professional technique for such music. I do not blame the young pupil so much for taking such a pretentious step, for most teachers allow pupils to hsve their way for fear of their drifting off to another teacher. It would be better to let them drift in the long run han to have them reflect upon your reputation as a teacher.

Any student will leave a teacher who is not exacting and careful and who will allow him to make his own choice of working material. Most teachers forget that students, no matter how simple, have an analytical mind. When they find that they are being taught without regard to system they wake up and begin to look about to see what others are doing. They usually find or single out one teacher whose pupils sing with authority, no matter song, and he is impressed. Don't forget that Teachers.

Always be the master of the situation; and if the pupil drifts away because of your strict interest, he will come back. And Disc Dope ish;" Barry Wood, baritone, with ork, in "The Cowbow Serenade" and "Harbor of reams." Lionel Hampton and his Sextet will be heard on their latest Victor release" Now That You're Mine" and "Chaste With Chase." Leno Home, Victors new blues singing find, who debuted on Artie Shaw's platter of "Love Me A Lit tle Little," has been signed for a new NBC sustaining series. Bluebird releases out August 1 will include: Bob Chester's orcffSs tra In "It's So Peaceful In The Country" and "There Goes That Song Dick Todd, baritone, with orchestra, in "Shepherd Serenade" and "Don't Let Julia Fool Ya;" Freddy Martin's ork wRh YouH Never Remember" and Rancho Pillow;" Tony Pastor's "I Found You In The Rain' and "21 A Day Once a Month;" Dinah Shore and ork in "You And and "On A Bicycle Built For Two;" and Mitchell Ayres in "Good Bye Dear IU Be Back In A Year" and "At The Old Town HalL" Bluebird is also relessing this week: Lil Green (blues singer with piano, guitar and bass) in "What's The Matter With and "Country Boy Robert Petway (blues singer with guitar) "Slippy Woman Blues" and "Dont Go Down, Babe;" the Wright Brothers (male voices unaccomp anied) "Wake. Shake Me, Dent Let Me Sleep Too Long" and "I Go Where You Want Me To Go;" Jimmy Hart and his Merrymakers in "Little Hula Girl" and "Let's Start All Over Again." young people whose ambition to gain recognition in the enter taining field. And as last yesr, there is absolutely no obligation on the part of anyone to participate.

If one can sing, dance, act or an instrument well he or she is eligible for an The first "Stars of Tomorrow" concert, held last September, wss proclaimed by the critics and those who attended as one of the siost outstanding affairs of Its kind ever presented In New York. LOEWS VICTORIA Saturday, August 2, 1941 THE NEW YORK AGE Tuskegee Quhtet On Tear of Northern States By CLEVELAND G. ALLEN. The famous Tuskegee Quintette passed through New York recently on their annual tour which will carry them through northeastern Pennsylvania, New York State, and New England. The singers who are well known throughout the coun try for their concerts, will appear in churches schools, "amps, and various clubs.

The presJnt Tus kegee quintette is made up of three graduates, and two students, who are working their way through the institution. The members of the quintette are Otis Wright, 1st tenor; Fred Parks, 2nd tenor; William Howard, Snd tenon Daniel Andrews, baritone; and William Wiley, bass. The sing ers will be on tour until September when they are scheduled to arrive In Tuskegee. The Tuskegee sing ers are well known throughout the country for over 40 years. Captain William Wiley has been member of the Tuskegee Quin tette since 1912.

The quintette trav els in their special Tuskegee car. They are making a fine contribution to the work of Tuskegee. Hold Emaccipatica Confab Under auspices of the West In dies National Council a Confer, ence on Caribbean Affairs in com memoration of the 107th anniver sary of Emancipation in the British West Indies will be held Mon day, August 4, 1941 at 8 p. in. at the YWCA Auditorium, 144 West 138th street Nathaniel Dickerson Recital at YW Aug.

14 Nathaniel Dickerson, former ten or soloist with the choir of the St Mark's Methodist Church, and now Jubilee Singers, will appear in a song recital in the auditorium of the Y. W. C. A. on Thursday evening, August 14th.

He is appear ing under the auspices of Eston Collins. Mr. Dickerson is well known in musical circles, and has appeared in concert in some of the leading cities of the country. INVINCIBLE TEMPLE The regular meeting of InvinC' ible Temple No. 77, Daughter Elks washeld Monday night with a large attendance.

It was announced that the Sa die A. Grant Boosters will hsve their final musical Sunday, Aug ust 3, at the Imperial Home. The Glee Dub is preparing to meet at the Grand Lodge Conven tion. Daughter Mary Wormsley is president The Viola Fisher Color Club is working hard, as are also the Flower Club and the New Ida Club. Visitors for the evening were Viola Colton and Daughter Perine of Eureka Temple: also J.

Carey exalted ruler of Mon arch Lodge No. 45, and his corn committee, asking cooperation on their boat outing on August 10. Appearing on the program were a number of excellent artists, and were marvelously assisted by out' standing stars such as Maxine Sul livan, Bill Robinson, Noble Sissle and John Kirby. Some of the participants in last year's program have since made headlines. Among them Edna Gay, who sang the leading role in the National Negro Opera Company; the Three Little Maids and a Bachelor, who appear weekly on Station WNYC; the Philhar monic Glee Club, and Sylvia Med ford.

violinist "We are very happy to an nounce," ssid Mr. Handy, "that many of the stars of today are extremely anxious to render what ever service they possibly can to assist those who may be stars of tomorrow. The New York Age, The Amsterdam News, and the Newark Herald News have, also sgreed to extend whatever cooperation they possibly can. The Ur ban League and myself have been complimnted by the top notchers in the profession for giving these youngsters a chance to appear before the public. It is indeed an honor to be a co sponsor of such a worthy cause again." The affair is to assist the Urban League, of which James Hubert Is executive secretary, in raising funds to continue the splendid work it has been doing for the Negroes in New York for the past twenty three years.

In order for one to be eligible to take part In the "Stars of To morrow" concert he or she must be under thirty yesrs of age. They must apply in writing to the New York Urban League, 204 West 136th street, for an audition and must state in their letters their talent, training, and if they have made any public appearances. give names, places and dates All applications must be in the office of the New York Urban League before 12 noon Saturday, August 23rd. "We would like very much to give everyone a chance," said Mr. Hubert, "but there is so much good material among our race we simply cant put everyone on the program, ana, tnereiore, and it necessary to set an age umkt as well as restricting the areas in which the talent live." ta4 air Bpert Page Tsui caver age ef sports e4 by Bester MUlA.

KU AD FEATURED IN ALL SEPIA REVUE AT PARAMOUNT THEATRE THIS WEEK cap i 5RSK1NE 'THE FOUR 7 CUE By HERBERT H. NICHOLS War is a boom time for song A Si writers. We recau nat during and following the last war that the jazz life came into be Entertainers did all right for ik.muivM durlns that period. It Mivuwv was the goal of the average musician to cross the big pond, and m.nv of them did lust thst And it wii durinc that period that Harlem became known as the bo hemian section of New York. This ituatlon almost brought a perma.

nent vogue in literature. Such writers as Carl Van Vechten. Langston Hughes and Claude McKay did much to publicize this was during that era that the first efforts to organize Negro mu siclsns got under wsy. Locsl 310 was a Negro Musicians' locaL The Clef Club was on the downgrade, but still maintained its headquar. tors in West 53rd street Such other clubs as the Bandbox and the Rhythm Club, operated by the late Bert HalL came Into being.

The parlor social era, which followed, wont be seen forgotten. During that period the kazoo became a full fledged instrument right alongside the venerable vi olin. At the average party you would find the kazoo player team ed with te pianist the drums or some other Instrument being add ed if the sponsors rest like over sporting themselves. The great parlor social piano player was "Fats Waller. If you listen to his Bluebird recording of "The Joint is Jumpin'" youli see whst I mesn.

The whole complexion of show life has changed in a few years. From dramatic stock, the Lafayette went to colored musical revues, with such names as Leroy Smith, Sam Wooding, Drake and Walker, the Saa Doming ans end the Smarter Set Shows featured The old Lincoln Theatre brought out Mamie Smith and other blues singers of thst day. The small cabarets and dance haCs were twice as active during this period. Everybody had a job and belonged to some social club. Some of the orchestras that cxter ed to these groups were the Congo Knights, Ernie Ferguson and bis Midnight Ramlers.

Gus Crelgh. Hsrlem used to bum in those days with the social activity centered the nelghorfaood from 133rd to 136th stmt Baron WUkJns Club, the Pirates Cove, the Dunbar, the Nest, ihc Turf Club, the Checker Club th Saraton Club. Connie's Inn, the Bronze StuaV and the 101 Ranch are a few of the night spots that art no more. I Wul history repeat itself la this' direction? I a HAWKINS i 4 1 INK SPOTS LHPE Paul Robeson Returns To Stage 0 "Emperor Jones" DENNIS, Mass. Paul Robeson once more is portraying the title part in Eugene O'Neil's "The Em peror Jones." which opened at the Cape Playhouse here this week.

Walker Wtip Kipmb BALTIMORE, Mi Jack "Bud ay walker, 197, Columbus, O. outpunched Johnny Kspovich, 183, Baltimore in a ten round bout here Monday night 30 Brocks Steps Brut WILMINGTON, DL Louis Brooks, ISO, Wilmington, stopped Charlie Brant 1S2 Pitsburgh, in the sixth round of a scheduled ten round bout here Monday night 1 I i 1 HAtMD IfU WIKMT If THE BAND THAT PLAYS if. 6. Fnuik Schiff man Undergoes Saccessful Operation Frank Schiffman, veteran Har lem theatrical man and for many years managing mr.u i 125th Street Apouo ineavre, un der went a successful operauon ai the Jewish Memorial Hospital last week. Mr.

Schlgman has been ailing for some, time and friends hope that the operation will pave the way for his complete recov ery. His Harlem theatre, The Apol lo for seven weexs during the hot weather and is expected to reopen on August 29 with a new colored musical revue featur ing the Inkspots. 30 Howard On. Players To Present "Wiatersef Aug. 6 WASHINGTON, D.

James W. Butcher Jr director of the How ard Players of Howard University, announced this week that the youthful thespians will bring the summer theater to a close with an outdoor performance of Maxwell Anderson's famous play, "Winter aet on August 8. The play which became famous during its long stay on Broadway, is built on the effort of a son to prove his father guiltless of a murder for which he has been condemned and executed. Chicken Cabin Opens On Prospect Avenue, Bronx The Chicken Cabin is the name of a new restaurant in the Bronx which opened August 1, and fea tures Southern fried chicken. The establishment with an all colored personnel, is located at 1300 Pros peot avenue, near Home street Lois Moore is official hostess of the restaurant LOEVTS VICTORIA Lisbon, with its century old mys tery and natural beauty, alive with dancing feet peopled with men and women bent on a mad merry mak ing chase while they still have 1 chance to enjoy the sunny side of life, is the locale for Fred Mac Murray and Madeline Carroll's newest co starring vehicle, "One Night In Lisbon." The picture, together with "That Uncertain Feeling." comprise the program opening on Tfrursdsy at Loew's Victoria The atre.

and which will be on view through Monday. Fred MacMurrray plays the part of an American aviator who ferries bombers across the Atlantc to the RAF. He falls harder than a parachutist for Madeline Carroll, glam oroua volunteer chauffeur to 1 British Foreign Office official. The locale la evenly divided betwten air raid shelters in London snd Lisbon's glittering gay night life. Fifth columnists stalk In and out the picture between laughs, furnishing exciting suspense and more than one reason for romance.

Supporting MacMurray and Miss Carroll is an all star cast including Fatricla Morrison, Billie Burke. John Loder, Dame May Whitty and Reginald Denny. mat Luc itsch Touch" is again evident in That Uncertain Feel Ing." co staring Merle Oberpn and Meivyn Douglas, a comedy waich plots its course 1 round the rival meets husband meeta wife theate. oirecteo: by that ace of megaphon ists. Ernest Lubitsch.

1 a picture rscea Off to a gsy start when Miss Oberoa decides to try psychoanalysis and falls first into the hands of "Dr." Alan Mow oray ana teen into the arms of Musician Burgesa Meredith. But the race is not always to the swift for glamorous Miss Oberon tip in the arms of her own cinematic husband. Melvyr Doug, f. A hi 3 Iff nnVBMNW a 1 Co Author Of New Song "When You're With Me" is the name of a new song by two young Negroei Bin tiaray, wno wrote the lyrics, and Herbie Nich ols, who wrote the music. Nichols is the author of the column, "Jazz Life," which now appears in this paper.

The song has been published by Belltone Music Publishing of 63 75 Hamilton terrace. William Moore Jr colored arrang er for Charlie Barnet has made an arrangement of this tune for Iff RADIO WORK KEEPS CANADA LEE BUSY DURING THE SUMMER MO It was unnecessary for Canada Lea to prove that his performance in Son" was far from be ing a flash in the pan. To anyone who witnessed him in that play it must have seemed cbvious that his was an art which flowed so clearly and so powerfully from the very depths of his, and the soul of his race, that his Bigger Thomas, great as it was, could signal merely the. opening of the sluicegates of a vast resevoir of creative power. In between the play's closing, June 28th, and its re opening this week at luaplewood, New Jersey, Canada Lee has demonstrated thii observation and brilliantly.

Not on the stage. The new successes there will come this Fall. It is through another medium entirely that Mr. Lee has been achieving new honors of late radio. First in his recent series of characterizations on the radio was his revival four weeks ago over Sta tion WNYC, of the always faacin atng drama of Toussaint L'Ouver ture.

The same Toussaint and yet in the hands of Mr. Lee, another. He gave us Toussaint as peasant feeling the suffering of his people through his own suffering. Tons saint as father healer preserving life and nurturing hope with the profound compassion snd logic which waa his alone. Toussaint as soldier masterful, brilliant in tactic Toussaint as revolutionary stirring, inspiring.

Toussaint, as diplomat a total failure, but only because he lacked the capacity for deceit which is the closk of all statesmen. And lastly, Toussaint as victim and martyr tired, broken, bereaved unforgetiable still to those who heard the program, standing there on the rrench ablp abducting him from his native land, the eagle a captive. Following Toussaint Canada Lee's next task was seemingly im possible to bring to life a character almost totally legendary; Saint Moses the Ethiopian. But he did so with such effect scores of fan letters are sUll nesrly three weeks later pourng into Station WMCA. As on screen, you saw Moses released from slavery by a master wno.

try aa he might found It Impossible to confine a man so spiritually and physically strong as Moses within the four walls of his house. You ssw Moses perform unimaginable feate of physical prowess he established his leadership over wandering men of the desert like himself. Then as brigand leader, terrorizing the countryside. But best of all. finest of all as the transgressor at last on the path toward redemption.

Moses Is redeemed in a simple manner my treatment as an equal, by kind understanding This bis master had never given him: hence Tkara, Sfoa. Jl Agg. tk MADELINE CAtlOLL FRED MACMTEBAT ANIGHT IN LISBON" Merle Melvya OBERON DOl'CLAg Tlxt Oscertaa FeeHtf TMiay mU WtSacWay. Aag. TEN DAYS" wttk REX H4RRISOX plea THEKONSTER AND THE GRT wrOi ELLEN DREW til ALWAYS A I) mm That's the slogan given to ttf little orchestra of Bobby Marti th IntprnatinnnllT famed bad leader.

Bobby and the boys trf packing them in every night sf the Place in Greenwich Villapf downtown Manhattan. They cently closed a 40 week engagt ment at Martin's on West 57th street off Broadway. Bobby rt turned from Europe two and. half years ago, and has worked ell only three joc 31 weeas at in Place before going to Martini! and 3 weeks at Jiggs' on 57th Street the Bar net band, which will feif ture it on a forthcoming program his evolution into a highwaymi On the other hand, let a man like Father Isidore, wh vites him to share his bed bread; let Father Isidore not fed Moses because he is big and blaci let Father Isidore look into ttf soul of Moses and disclose to McJ .1 1 .1 1 1 es inat were nc ace ucauiuiu odd and lo and behold, Moses transformed. Moses is now a nun a friend, a healer, a shepherd God, a martyr.

Astonishingly versatile, over last week Canada Lee hurdled froi Saint Moseg into the ancient an respected role of raconteur. Ansr the tale he had to tell was on of the most exciting and tragi that has ever been told, the tag of Pine Top Smith, the pre ji piano virtuoso who, modestly yi with power, stirred honky tonf sudiences in St Louis and Kansi City, and finally, the Chicago club elite. But it was here thf Pine Top, barely on the verge realizing his wildest hopes as dreams, not his tragic end. PlayisJ on like the trouper hi was, af though he knew he was menace he was cruelly shot down battle between two gangs obscure notice of only a few Mi, 0 t.f in next days newspapers notd mis xaci. loaay Fine Top la ml morialized by no one, hardly rl membered even by the few in tit music profession who knew bid Yet without his famous double bei and his stress upon improvisatiof swing would not be what it is tJ day Considering all this merely prelude to even busier weeks aheJ Canada Lee has two ambitious rl dio programs in prospect besid 1 woaicvcr stage activity He mi be engaged in.

The Drat is a ries of weekly half hour dram which WMCA will audition ahortl: SSWS no secona is an unusual vanef show, which will be tried out CBS in mid August Included wis show will be Eddie Gree Helena Home, and that up aru coming young song writer and anist Margaret Bonds, with Canaif Lee directing and starring in 1 1 rtes of ten minute sketches. Spend A Hap A (SAGItl ON THE KY 1 Greyed lake, N. T. Dining: Dancing Choice Wines Liquori wfcein Fried CMr ken $15 WEEKLY 55 WEEK END Mrs. KITH CROWDER, ITW Far ltfensWlaai Call Greeaweed Lake se New Terfc I'MvcrsMy 1 413 DIICCTlOMS: WaSiw RoMrt 4.

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