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Mel Blanc and the Jazz Age: Portland Jazz Baby

What: Screening Series Night 2

Where: The Secret Society
116 NE Russell
Portland, OR

When: Tuesday, May 17 · 7:00pm – 10:00pm

How Much: $6 suggested donation

Where did Mel Blanc get his astounding ear and ability to improvise? This program is of music shorts of pre-1930′s jazz bands (Duke EllingtonHal Kemp) and performers (Bessie SmithRudy ValleeEddie Peabody, others) which document the era during which Mel Blanc was himself a professional musician playing in Portland jazz bands. This is the music young Mel Blanc heard.
Program opens with a live performance from Portland’s newest ukulele orchestra,  Honky Tonk Prison.
We’re so pleased to have ukulele musicians with us on this night. Mel Blanc was discovered playing ukulele and singing with the Multnomah Hotel Orchestra in 1927. He was nineteen.
On to the films! They will include:
Kitty From Kansas City (1931) So early that Betty Boop is still a dog, and one named Kitty!  She is the title character in a song featuring Rudy Vallee, which he had made famous in 1930.
Black and Tan(1929)  Dudley Murphy directs Duke Ellington and his Cotton Club Orchestra
Favorite Melodies (1929) Ruth Etting
Rhapsody in Black and Blue(1932)  Short with Louis Armstrong and Sidney Easton.
College Chums (1928)   Eddie Peabody with Hal Kemp Orchestra.
St. Louis Blues (1929)  Dudley Murphy directed the only film of Bessie Smith.
All films from The Nyback Collection.
7:00 PM@ Secret Society, 116 NE Russell, Portland, Oregon
Admission by donation


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