In a nightclub setting, Don Redman and His Orchestra perform three songs, and one number is performed by singers/tap dancers 'Red' and Struggie. (For the list of songs, check the soundtrack...
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Vitaphone provided a unique opportunity for black orchestras. Without this small studio in New York showcasing their work, we might not have any record of some of the great black bands of the day. A few, such as Cab Calloway and Duke Ellington and his Orchestra, are very famous and would no doubt be remembered even without their Vitaphone appearances....but what about Don Redman & His Orchestra? This mostly forgotten band leader and band survive to this day because of Vitaphone.
The short begins with Redman and the rest performing in front of a set made up of giant cards and a roulette-type wheel. Redman himself sings two unremarkble tunes and then Harlan Lattimore and Red & Struggie sing two more. None of it will change your life or turn you into a rabid Redman fan...but it is pleasant and worth seeing.
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