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Tea Dance - 1920s 1930s & 1940s Vintage Tea Party CD

Tea Dance - 1920s 1930s & 1940s Vintage Tea Party CD

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With dance cards at the ready, and feet primed to sweep your partner across the floor, this collection provides the ideal selection of 26 vintage tunes for the quintessential English afternoon or evening tea dance. Music from the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s blends into the perfect background for dancing (just tea and cake required). Indulge in a little style in these expertly cleaned and remastered original recordings, sung expertly by stars of both stage and screen.


Reinhardt & Grappelli - Tea For Two
The Ink Spots - Java Jive
Benny Goodman Orchestra - Sugar Foot Stomp
Fats Waller & His Rhythm - My Very Good Friend The Milkman
Jan Savitt & His Top Hatters - Jersey Bounce
Paul Whiteman - Happy Feet
Artie Shaw - Begin The Beguine
The Boswell Sisters and Dorsey Brothers - When I Take My Sugar To Tea
Jimmie Lunceford - For Dancers Only
Billie Holiday with Teddy Wilson Orchestra - Sugar
Lionel Hampton and His Orchestra - Flying Home
Frankie Trumbauer with Bix Beiderbecke and Eddie Lang - Singin The Blues
Annette Hanshaw - Lovable And Sweet
The Mills Brothers - Sweeter Than Sugar
Glenn Miller and His Orchestra - I've Got A Gal In Kalamazoo
Reinhardt & Grappelli - The Lambeth Walk
Benny Goodman Trio - China Boy
Fred Astaire - Let's Face The Music And Dance
Reinhardt & Grappelli - It Don't Mean A Thing - If It Ain't Got That Swing
Hutch - Moonlight Cocktail
Helen Ward with Benny Goodman Orchestra - Sing Me A Swing Song
Hoagy Carmichael - Rockin Chair
Fats Waller & His Rhythm - Shortnin Bread
Jack Teagarden with Benny Goodman Orchestra - Texas Tea Party
The Bud Freeman Trio - Three Little Words
Sam Costa with Peter York Orchestra - A Nice Cup Of Tea

Dimensions: 11.8 x 13.8 x 0.6cm


Evolving from afternoon tea, a Tea Dance usually takes place during the summer or autumn in the late afternoon or early evening and was very popular among genteel society throughout the early part of the 20th Century. Also known as thé dansant (French for "dancing tea"), food and drink was served – tea, coffee, champagne, wine, ices, fruit, sandwiches, cake and biscuits. A live orchestra was often expected to play some light classical music for the participants to dance to - waltzes, tangos and the Charleston were all familiar sights.


The Roaring Twenties has become one of the best defined (and analysed) decades in modern history. The “Jazz Age”: Flappers, the Charleston, Prohibition, Al Capone, Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Douglas Fairbanks, Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Lilian Gish, Gloria Swanson, PG Wodehouse, Agatha Christie, DH Lawrence, Bright Young Things and Gatsby. It is seen as a time of hedonism for many, fuelled by music, art, fashion, technology and seemingly a never-ending string of parties. Emerging from the horror of the First World War, this was a generation determined to cling to the joys of life with everything they had. Dismissing the conventions and norms that held sway before the war, they created – new styles, new moralities and, in many ways, new methods of self-destruction.


After the Roaring Twenties burned itself out, it yielded to a less frenetic palette of popular music. The popularity of night club entertainers soared when they began appearing 'on the halls' instead of being confined to exclusive nightspots. Charming, clever songs with great appeal created and reflected an age of elegance, refinement and a not inconsiderable wit.


The elegance of the thirties was soon replaced, once the Second World War appeared, with a combination of stiff-upper-lip stoic resolution mixed with a fervent sense of community and patriotism. Added to this mix were flurries of fun-seizing in the face of hardship - such as the dance hall exuberance of Glenn Miller.

Featured Artists:

#DjangoReinhardt: Developing a brand new 'hot' jazz guitar style, Jean "Django" Reinhardt, the Belgian jazz guitarist and composer, showed that the guitar could be much more than just a rhythm instrument and was influential well outside the 'Gypsy jazz' genre he created.

#StephaneGrappelli: The French jazz violinist started playing at 12 and continued performing into his 80s. Playing on hundreds of recordings, he collaborated with many influential artists like Django Reinhardt and Yehudi Menuhin, and was a founding member of the Quintette du Hot Club de France in 1934, an all-string jazz band.

#TheInkSpots: Internationally famous in the 1930s and 1940s, the American vocal group's musical style was a key influence on the development of the rhythm and blues, rock and roll and doo-wop genres of popular music.

#BennyGoodman: The "King of Swing", Benjamin David Goodman was an influential and popular American jazz clarinet player and band leader from the mid-1930s and helped to launch many major jazz artists.

#FatsWaller: Who else but the irrepressible Fats Waller would describe himself as the 'harmful little armful' or 'Mrs Waller's 285 pounds of jam, jive and everythin''? His recordings express an unbridled sense of joie de vivre.

#JanSavitt&HisTopHatters: Led by American bandleader, arranger and classically-trained violinist Jan Savitt, the Top Hatters formed in 1937 and, unusually for the time, featured an African American vocalist, George Tunnell.

#PaulWhitemanOrchestra: Leading one of the most popular dance bands of the 1920s and 1930s, Paul Whiteman was often referred to as the "King of Jazz" but explored many styles, blending symphonic music, pop and jazz.

#ArtieShaw: One of jazz's finest clarinet players, the American composer, bandleader and actor was also an author. He led one of the most popular big bands in the late 1930s and early 1940s.

#TheBoswellSisters: With their intricate harmonies, the close harmony group of three sisters started performing in vaudeville theatres and were among radio's earliest stars. They had a string of influential hits throughout the 1930s.

#DorseyBrothers: Led by musicians Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra started recording in 1928. Although they broke up in 1935, they worked together again for the 1947 bio-pic The Fabulous Dorseys and had their own TV show in the 1950s.

#JimmieLunceford: James Melvin Lunceford first organised his band in 1927. Becoming known for its often outrageously humorous music and lyrics and precise ensemble-based musicianship, it toured the US and Europe and made recordings throughout the 1930s.

#BillieHoliday: Also known as "Lady Day", American jazz musician, singer and composer Eleanora Fagan had a unique way of using phrasing and tempo to complement her improvisational skills and vocal style. She enjoyed huge success across the 1930s and 1940s.

#TeddyWilsonOrchestra: Theodore Shaw Wilson was known as "the definitive swing pianist" for his elegant playing style and recorded with many of the biggest names in jazz, as well as leading his own groups, from the late 1920s through to the 1980s.

#LionelHamptonOrchestra: Lionel Leo Hampton's Orchestra became popular during the 1940s and early 1950s. An accomplished jazz musician (vibraphone, piano and percussion), bandleader and actor, his career spanned eight decades from the late 1920s to early 1990s.

#FrankieTrumbauer: A leading jazz saxophonist and jazz band leader of the 1920s and 1930s, the influential Orie Frank Trumbauer predominantly played the C-melody saxophone but also played several other instruments as well as composing.

#BixBeiderbecke: Despite his early death at just 28, the American jazz cornetist, pianist and composer Leon Bismark "Bix" Beiderbecke was one of the most influential jazz soloists of the 1920s, known for his non-standard technique, gift for improvisation and ’original sound’.

#EddieLang: During the 1920s, the so-called ‘father of jazz guitar’ helped give the instrument a new prominence, in jazz bands and dance orchestras, and as an accompaniment for vocalists. He recorded with the big bands of Paul Whiteman and Bing Crosby.

#AnnetteHanshaw: American jazz singer Catherine Annette Hanshaw was a well-known and popular radio star of the 1930s. Recording over 250 'sides' in a decade-long career, she sold millions of records.

#TheMillsBrothers: From the late 1920s to late 1960s, the American vocal quartet of four brothers from Ohio made over 2,000 jazz and popular music recordings, selling more than 50 million copies.

#GlennMillerOrchestra: Given their fame, it’s hard to believe they existed for only five years. They became the most popular and successful dance band in the world, with 40 top ten records in three years.

#BennyGoodman: The "King of Swing", Benjamin David Goodman was an influential and popular American jazz clarinet player and band leader from the mid-1930s and helped to launch many major jazz artists.

#FredAstaire: Astaire was always elegant and stylish, from his effortlessness on the dance floor to his intimate delivery of classic songs. A consummate dancer, singer, actor and composer, his career began at just five years old.

#LeslieHutchinson: Born in Grenada and moving to London via New York and Paris, he was better known as Hutch, and was one of the most stylish entertainers on the London cabaret scene, popular, attractive, handsome, well-dressed and unfailingly courteous.

#HelenWard: Starting in 1934, with Benny Goodman's band, and performing throughout the 1940s and into the 1950s, the American jazz singer was one of the first popular female swing singers.

#HoagyCarmichael: American Hoagland Howard "Hoagy" Carmichael was one of the most successful Tin Pan Alley songwriters of the 1930s, composing several hundred songs. He was also a supremely talented pianist, singer, actor TV and radio host and bandleader.

#FatsWaller: Who else but the irrepressible Fats Waller would describe himself as the 'harmful little armful' or 'Mrs Waller's 285 pounds of jam, jive and everythin''? His recordings express an unbridled sense of joie de vivre.

#JackTeagarden: Weldon Leo "Jack" Teagarden was a largely self-taught jazz trombonist and singer – and one of the best at both in the 1920s and 1930s. With an ability to give any tune a 'blue' tone, he developed a number of special effects and styles of playing the trombone, much expanding its role.

#TheBudFreemanTrio: One of the era's most influential and important jazz tenor saxophonists, Lawrence "Bud" Freeman was an American jazz musician, bandleader and composer, working from the early 1920s through to the last 1980s.

#SamCosta: Starting as a pianist, Samuel Gabriel 'Sam' Costa became first a popular singer in the 1930s and then a voice actor on ‘ITMA’ and ‘Much Binding in the Marsh’, before finishing his career as a BBC radio dj.

#PeterYorkOrchestra: One of the most popular broadcast orchestras up to the 1960s, it was led by Peter Yorke, the British composer, conductor, organist and pianist, whose skill as an arranger had led to his working with various dance orchestras throughout the 1920s 1930s and 1940s.

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