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Friday, March 7, 2014


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The TV Guide listing for the week of February 25, 1957 mentioned the guest vocalist for Stars of Jazz, Julie Sutton, but made no mention of the featured instrumental group, Allyn Ferguson’s Chamber Jazz Sextet. Julie Sutton was yet another aspiring songbird whose career never took flight.  She had recorded a 45 single for the Bihari brothers Crown label, and the script by Bruce Lansbury mentioned a recording contract with Ray Noble and an engagement at The Sands in Las Vegas.  

Allyn Ferguson’s Chamber Jazz Sextet would appear on Stars of Jazz a total of four times, a testament to how well he was received by the studio audience and the viewers at home watching on their TV sets.  Two of those appearances would include Kenneth Rexroth reciting his poetry. 

The Chamber Jazz Sextet's first LP for Archie Bleyer's Cadence label had been released.  The Cadence label was best known as having a pop single in 1954, Mr. Sandman, sung by the Chordettes, a female vocal group.

SHOW #34
FEBRUARY 25, 1957
The Chamber Jazz Sextet:- Robert Wilson, trumpet; Frank Leal, alto sax, bass clarinet; Modesto Brisano, tenor sax, clarinet, baritone sax; Allyn Ferguson, piano, French horn; Fred Dutton, acoustic double bass, bassoon; Tom Reynolds, drums; Rex Koury String Quartet. Julie Sutton, vocal, Eddie Beal, piano.

Production credits for this show:
Host: Bobby Troup
Producer: Jimmie Baker
Writer: Bruce Lansbury
Director: "Hap" Leo G. Weyman
Audio: Chuck Lewis
Cameramen: Jack Denton, Sal Folino
Technical Director: Gene Lukowski
Lighting Director: Vince Cilurzo
Video: George Hillas