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    Sam Wooding's Chocolate Dandies - How Am I To Know?

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    Sam Wooding (1895-1985) was an expatriate American jazz pianist, arranger and bandleader living and performing in Europe and the United States. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he led several big bands in the United States and abroad. His orchestra recorded several selections in Berlin around 1925. In 1929, with slightly different personnel, Wooding's orchestra made more recordings in Barcelona and Paris for the Parlophone and Pathé labels. Wooding remained in Europe, performing on the Continent, in Russia and England through most of the 1930s. Wooding's long stays overseas made him virtually unknown in the US, but very popular in Europe. Returning to the States in the late 1930s, when WWII seemed a certainty, Wooding began formal studies of music, attained a degree, and began teaching full-time, counting among his students trumpeter Clifford Brown. He also led and toured with the Southland Spiritual Choir. In the early 1970s, Sam Wooding formed another big band and took it to Switzerland for a successful concert, but this venture was short-lived. This wonderful recording was made in 1929. Vocal by Ted Fields.