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Biography

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While little recalled now, Nathan Glantz was one of the better known U.S. orchestras. He recorded under a lot of pseudonyms among which were 'Hollywood Dance Orch.', Roy Collins' Dance Orchestra (1927), and the 'Continental Dance Orchestra' (1926 this name was also used by Joseph Samuels Orch.). Between 1923 and 1930, Glantz also recorded under the name of 'The Dixie Jazz Band' for the Challenge, Jewel, and Oriole labels, all subsidiaries of the Scranton (PA) Button Company.

It is interesting to note that the common practice back then was for a recording company to pay the leader for a session. The leader, in turn, would round up a group of musicians for the date (with the leader paying them). Often, the very same group of musicians, that just recorded for one leader, would stay on after the first session and would again record during a second session for some other leader, under a different band name. So one can see the difficulties in tracking the older bands of the 'Teens and 1920s. Many sidemen hired first by Nathan Glantz were subsequently used by Lou Gold, or Ben Selvin or perhaps Sam Lanin. Glantz also used the Lucky Strike Orchestra, but that name is better associated with another leader.

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