“The Bert Ambrose Orchestra of 1929 as recording artists and resident dance orchestra at the May Fair Hotel was a friendly group of excellent musicians who took pride in their work. There were no alcoholics, no tardiness on sessions or at the hotel. It was quite a group of gentlemen in formal attire, wing collars and stiff shirts. . Jimmy Dorsey, in London with Ted Lewist said we were-the world’s greatest dance orchestra. The Ambrose band had the steadiest beat of any band I ever played for!” - Sylvester Ahola (1980).
Personnel: Bert Ambrose directing Sylvester Ahola and Dennis Radcliffe (trumpets); Ted Heath (trombone); Danny Polo (clarinet, alto and baritone s axophones); Joe Crossman (clarinet; alto, tenor and baritone, saxophones); Joe Jeannette (clarinet, tenor saxophone and flute when used); Bert Read (piano and arranger); Joe Brannelly (banjo); Dick Escott (brass and string bass); Max Bacon (drums); Phil Arnold (vocal).
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