the Scranton Sirens
- Whiteman helped himself to the cream of the Goldkette crop. Whiteman
and Goldkette helped themselves wholesale to the Scranton Sirens:
Eddie Lang, the Dorseys, Bill Challis, Vic D'Ipppolito, Fuzzy
Farrar, Mike Trafficante, Itzy Riskin...but, the Sirens' legacy
consists of one record! The Red Hot Jazz site has a picture and an
article by Marshall Lustig, son of Billy Lustig, the leader of the
group. Aside from Lustig, the only definitely identified musicians
in the picture are Jimmy Dorsey and Russ Morgan. I question whether
it's JD. According to the article by Lustig, Jr., the Dorseys had
left (we know they were with Goldkette in March, 1924) by the time
Lang joined. Does anyone know what Alfie Evans looked like? Or Jim
Crossan, or Vic D'Ippolito? My suggestion, based on other pictures,
is that the banjo, tuba and piano are Lang, Trafficante and Riskin.
My guess is that the trumpet is D'Ippolito and that this is the
group that plays on the record.
I've googled the Sirens and all that comes up is Red Hot Jazz. Is
that all there is?