Jan Garber And His Orchestra

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Jan's greatest popularity surfaced in early 1933, shortly after he took over leadership of the 'Little Freddie Large Orchestra' from Canada. With Freddie's unique lead alto saxophone captivating radio listeners from Cincinnati to Catalina Island, the Garber Band - with a sound like Lombardo but lots peppier - became an overnight sensation at Chicago's famed Trianon Ballroom. A year later, it was solidly entrenched among the most popular dance groups in the entire country. Prominent in this emergence were the imaginative musical arrangements of pianist Doug Roe; the singing of Nebraska native Lee Bennett; and a series of comic skits, special shows and mini-concerts during each dance. During World War II, Garber switched styles completely and launched a swinging big band. The experiment proved a musical success but a financial disaster. Jan mercifully cut his losses, and ended the suffering of his countless 1930s followers, by returning to his familiar 'sweet' style of music in late 1945.

Freddie Large returned with him, bringing along Tony Briglia, a fellow Canadian and long-time drummer with the famed Casa Loma Orchestra. Also aiding the cause considerably were trumpeter Bill Kleeb and trombonist/arranger Frank Bettencourt. They had both joined Jan in late 1942, with Frank returning after military service to update and take charge of virtually all the band's musical library in addition to his trombone and part-time piano chores. Kleeb's classic trumpet work became a Garber trademark for the better part of a quarter-century.

Memo Bernabei and prewar sideman Al Powers, together with Jo Jo Huffman, rounded out the new reed-section quartet. Jack Barrow, who had also been on the band during the latter 1930s, returned with Bettencourt on trombone, with Ernie Mathias and Vince DiBari joining Kleeb in the expanded trumpet section. Frank McCauley on string bass and pianist Jack Motch, who both helped with arranging, rounded out Jan's new postwar group.

During these years, Jan Garber was to become increasingly well known as 'The Idol of The Air Lanes.' This was an informal title bestowed by announcer Pierre Andre during one of the band's countless broadcasts on Chicago's WGN Radio.
In addition to superior musicians, Jan was blessed with a series of excellent vocalists from the mid-1940s onward. Tommy Traynor and Tim Reardon were early names in the postwar Garber Band, together with Alan Copeland and his 'TwinTones' singing group. Also emerging from the late 1940s were Bob Grabeau; Roy Cordell (called "the best of them all" by Jan's widow, Dorothy); Larry Dean; Julio Maro; and Marv Nielsen. Prominent among Jan's postwar female vocalists were Thelma Gracen, Julie Vernon and Janis Garber (who was billed for a time as 'Kitty Thomas').
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H199 Jan Garber And His Orchestra - Dance Time album art Ray Anthony & His Orchestra / Jan Garber And His Orchestra Ray Anthony & His Orchestra / Jan Garber And His Orchestra - Dance Time(10", Album, Mono) Capitol Records H199 US 1950 Sell This Version
H-154, H154 Jan Garber And His Orchestra - College Medleys album art Jan Garber And His Orchestra College Medleys(10", Album) Capitol Records, Capitol Records H-154, H154 US 1950 Sell This Version
1867 Jan Garber And His Orchestra - Jan Garber And His Orchestra Play album art Jan Garber And His Orchestra Jan Garber And His Orchestra Play(10") Royale 1867 1954 Sell This Version
DL 8482 Jan Garber And His Orchestra - Dance At Home album art Jan Garber And His Orchestra Dance At Home(LP, Album) Decca DL 8482 US 1957 Sell This Version
45 174 LPH, LPH 45 174 Jan Garber And His Orchestra - Leichte Tanzkost (Instrumental-Foxtrots) album art Jan Garber Und Sein Orchester* Leichte Tanzkost (Instrumental-Foxtrots)(10") Polydor, Polydor 45 174 LPH, LPH 45 174 Germany 1958 Sell This Version
45 169 Jan Garber And His Orchestra - Von Tanz Zu Tanz album art Jan Garber Und Sein Orchester* Von Tanz Zu Tanz(10", Mono) Polydor 45 169 Germany 1958 Sell This Version
Jan Garber And His Orchestra - Christmas Dance Party album art Jan Garber And His Orchestra Christmas Dance Party Decca US 1960 Sell This Version
Jan Garber And His Orchestra - Dance Program album art Jan Garber And His Orchestra Dance Program (Album) Decca US 1961 Sell This Version
Jan Garber And His Orchestra - Dance To The Songs Everybody Knows album art Jan Garber And His Orchestra Dance To The Songs Everybody Knows (Album) Decca US 1961 Sell This Version
Jan Garber And His Orchestra - Street Of Dreams album art Jan Garber And His Orchestra Street Of Dreams (Album) Decca US 1961 Sell This Version
Jan Garber And His Orchestra - Jan Garber In Danceland album art Jan Garber And His Orchestra Jan Garber In Danceland Brunswick, Brunswick Germany 1961 Sell This Version
Jan Garber And His Orchestra - You Stepped Out Of A Dream album art Jan Garber And His Orchestra You Stepped Out Of A Dream (Album) Decca Canada 1959 Sell This Version
Jan Garber And His Orchestra - Everybody Dance album art Jan Garber And His Orchestra Everybody Dance Decca Canada 1961 Sell This Version
T 154, T-154 Jan Garber And His Orchestra - College Medleys album art Jan Garber And His Orchestra College Medleys(LP, Album, Mono) Capitol Records, Capitol Records T 154, T-154 US 1961 Sell This Version
Jan Garber And His Orchestra - Golden Waltzes From The Blue Room album art Jan Garber And His Orchestra Golden Waltzes From The Blue Room (Album) Decca Canada 1962 Sell This Version
Jan Garber And His Orchestra - College Songs Everybody Knows album art Jan Garber And His Orchestra College Songs Everybody Knows (Album) Decca US 1962 Sell This Version
Jan Garber And His Orchestra - Melodies And Memories album art Jan Garber And His Orchestra Melodies And Memories (Album) Decca, Decca US 1962 Sell This Version
Jan Garber And His Orchestra - They're Playing Our Song album art Jan Garber And His Orchestra They're Playing Our Song (Album) Decca US 1964 Sell This Version
Jan Garber And His Orchestra - Dance To The Country Hits album art Jan Garber And His Orchestra Dance To The Country Hits (Album) Decca US 1965 Sell This Version
Jan Garber And His Orchestra - The Shadow Of Your Smile album art Jan Garber And His Orchestra The Shadow Of Your Smile (Album) Decca Canada 1966 Sell This Version
Jan Garber And His Orchestra - Dancing Happy album art Jan Garber And His Orchestra Dancing Happy (Album) Decca US 1968 Sell This Version
Jan Garber And His Orchestra - Star Dust album art Jan Garber And His Orchestra Star Dust Vocalion (2) Canada 1970 Sell This Version
Jan Garber And His Orchestra - Mellow Medleys album art Jan Garber And His Orchestra Mellow Medleys (Album, Comp) Decca US 1970 Sell This Version
6798 Jan Garber And His Orchestra - Modos album art Jan Garber And His Orchestra Modos(LP, Album) MCA Records 6798 Argentina 1975 Sell This Version
Jan Garber And His Orchestra - The Uncollected Jan Garber And His Orchestra 1939-1941 album art Jan Garber And His Orchestra The Uncollected Jan Garber And His Orchestra 1939-1941 (Album) Hindsight Records (2) US 1978 Sell This Version

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