Jazz Record Collectors’ Bash To Screen Rare Films on June 27–28
Posted 6/17/2014

The 40th Annual Jazz Record Collectors’ Bash will give enthusiastic jazzheads and collectors everywhere a new excuse to “buy, sell, trade and schmooze” from June 27–28 in Iselin, N.J.

The bash will include a record exchange as well as screenings of vintage video and presentations from jazz historians.

From 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on June 27, Ron Hutchinson, co-founder of the Vitaphone Project, will present a previously unseen collection of early jazz and vaudeville films, including a batch of rare 1929–’38 British Pathetone musical films.

Jazz collector and historian David Weiner will present two hours of rare film and TV clips on June 28 from 8 to 10 p.m., showcasing jazz artists from the 1920s to the 1960s. Among the featured artists are trumpeter Louis Armstrong; pianists Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk and Earl Hines; clarinetist Benny Goodman; violinist Joe Venuti; drummer Buddy Rich; and vocalist Adelaide Hall.

Additional screenings on June 27 beginning at 8 p.m. include the shorts Waring’s Pennsylvanians (1927) and The Happiness Boys (1927), featuring Billy Jones and Ernie Hare. On the same evening, the Pathetone shorts will be screened, featuring performances by Ellington; vocalists Sophie Tucker and Val Rosing; trumpeter Roy Fox; and trombonist Buddy Rodgers, among others.

Screenings continue June 28 at 4:30 p.m., with Betty Boop’s Penthouse (1932) followed by I Came First (1929), featuring Herman Timberg. Among the other films showing are MGM’s Swing Banditry (1936), starring Georgie Stoll, and clips from Paramount’s Nite Club (1929).

The Jazz Record Collectors’ Bash takes place at the Hilton Woodbridge in Iselin. Two-day admission for the event is $20. Admission is free for the film screenings with the regular event admission (or $5 for each film session).

More information is posted at jazzbash.net.

Matt McCall


The film Waring’s Pennsylvanians (1927) will be screened at the Jazz Record Bash on June 27. (Photo: Courtesy Vitaphone/Ron Hutchinson)

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