|New York Herald Tribune - July 11, 1943
Name Bands Play in Hotels in Competition
With Night Clubs
Ever since prohibition New York hotels have felt a growing competition
from the nightclubs, and as a result they have instituted in one or
more of their rooms, a policy of food and entertainment that would
provide an equal attraction. In the case of West Side hotels, orchestras
with a pre-New York name value have been engaged as the principal
Mrs. Kramer Is currently presenting Bobby Sherwood and his band-ex-Roseland-at
the Hotel Lincoln Blue Room. At the Hotel Edison Green Room she offers
Tiny Hill and his orchestra, an outfit that may go places. The Hotel
Astor has always come to the fore with big bands in summer - engagements
the Astor Roof. This season is no exception. Harry James and his band,
probably the hottest box-office band in the country, recently concluded
a spring engagement there. And now the Astor is following With Benny
Goodman, a hard choice to beat. Down at the New Yorker Terrace Room,
Jerry Wald-ex-Roseland and Blue Room is fulfilling a long engagement
with his band. The New Yorker also offers a stunning ice show, at
luncheon, dinner and supper.
The Park Central Hotel, which for some months has concentrated on
large floor shows backed by a medium-sized, orchestra, is changing
its policy Thursday, by bringing Cab Calloway and his orchestra, one
of the top Negro aggregations in the country.
The Hotel McAlpin has a different policy than most other hotels. When
it has an orchestra in its Marine Grill that is liked, the orchestra
continues, indefinitely. That is the lot now of Johnny Messner and
his orchestra. The Taft is another hotel with a similar policy, but
this hotel, has its orchestra play only for luncheon and dinner. The
room is closed at supper. Vincent Lopez and his orchestra are the
attraction. Al Trace and his corn musicians play at the Hotel Dixie
East Side hotels go in more for shows, but that doesn't mean that
orchestras aren't good. The Waldorf -Astoria features the music of
Leo Reisman and his orchestra at the Starlight Roof and the singing
of Morton Downey-supper only. The Plaza is keeping the Persian Room
open, and is currently offering Larry Siry and his orchestra, Bob
Hannon and Maurice and Cordoba.
The Savoy-Plaza Cafe Lounge which presented singing attractions during
the winter, is offering this summer Joe. Marden and his orchestra
and Clemente's rumba band. The Pierre has Rasha and Mirko, the Barrys
and, Stanley Melba's orchestra at the Cotillion Room and the Andrinis
and Ellen Mitchell at Cafe Pierre. The St. Regis Roof maintains its
reputation of the most delightful rooms in town, with music by Larry
Keyes and his orchestra and Theodora Brooks at the organ. Jules Lande
and his orchestra play at the attractive Hotel Ambassador Garden.
Two handsome rooms In Central Park South are the Cafe de la Paix of
the St. Moritz and the Casino-on-the-Park of Essex House. The former
is quite continental, with music for dancing by Ron Perry's orchestra
and Frank Ramoni's rumba band. The Essex House is presenting Barry
Winton and his orchestra.
In East Fifty-eigth Street, at the Hotel Madison, is one of the most
popular, cocktail spots in town, the Cafe Madison. Jimmy Bryant, who
calls himself a reformed playboy, keeps friends pouring into the place.
Russ Smith and his orchestra provide the music.
Lexington Avenue has a group of teresting hotel entertainment rooms.
Outstanding is the Hawaiian Room of the Hotel Lexington, which has
been a tremendous success since its opening several years ago. It
has had many imitators, but none has lasted. Lani McIntire and his
A few blocks up is the Belmont Plaza, which is as popular for its
Glass Hat, where a variety show is presented and music by Hal Saunders
and his orchestra. Farther downtown is the Hotel Sheraton, which prides
itself on its Skyline Roof. There is dancing to King Johnson's orchestra
and a fine view of the Empire State and Chrysler Buildings. Down near
Gramercy Park is the George Washington, which boasts the intimate
"23" Room, with like entertainment.
The Hotel Biltmore Roof Is a beautiful dining place with an elaborate
bill of entertainment. There is a colorful ice show and music by Ray
Heatherton and his orchestra. City Lombardo and his orchestra continue
their almost permanent stand at the Roosevelt Grill. The Commodore
Century Room Is open only for dinner, with light orchestra music.