Art Hickman

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Arthur George Hickman (June 13, 1886 – January 16, 1930) was a drummer, pianist, and bandleader of one of the first big bands.wikipedia
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Popularity allowed Hickman to expand his sextet and hire Ben Black, Earl Burtnett, Fred Coffman, Clyde Doerr, Steve Douglas, Frank Ellis, Dick Noolan, Ed Fitzpatrick, Jess Fitzpatrick, Roy Fox, Ray Hoback, Vic King, Lou Marcasie, Hank Miller, Mark Moica, Bert Ralton, Juan Ramos, Forrest Ray, Walt Rosener, Bela Spiller, Dick Winfree.
He began having songs published, including "Canadian Capers" (1915) and "Down Honolulu Way" (1916), and in 1918 joined Art Hickman's touring band.

Archeophone Records

In 2004, Archeophone Records released The San Francisco Sound, an album that contains nearly all of Hickman's recordings from Sept. 15, 1919 to July 8, 1920.
Archeophone has released recordings by Billy Murray, Bert Williams, Guido Deiro, Nora Bayes, Jack Norworth, Eddie Morton, and by jazz ensembles the Six Brown Brothers, the Benson Orchestra of Chicago, and Art Hickman's Orchestra.

World's fair

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In 1915, they performed at the world's fair in San Francisco.

Florenz Ziegfeld Jr.

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Four years later they were hired by Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. to play at his nightclub on the roof of the New Amsterdam Theatre in New York City.

New Amsterdam Theatre

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Four years later they were hired by Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. to play at his nightclub on the roof of the New Amsterdam Theatre in New York City.

Ziegfeld Follies

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During the next year, they accompanied the Ziegfeld Follies.

Ambassador Hotel (Los Angeles)

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Hickman's orchestra went back to California and played again at the St. Francis Hotel and the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.

Paul Whiteman

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Before Paul Whiteman, Hickman's dance orchestra was one of the first to use elements of jazz and one of the first to use a saxophone section.

Jelly Roll Morton

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Jelly Roll Morton disputed the notion that Hickman's orchestra was one of the first big bands.


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In a Mellow Tone

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The song was based on the 1917 standard "Rose Room" by Art Hickman and Harry Williams, which Ellington himself had recorded in 1932.

Rose Room

"Rose Room", also known as "In Sunny Roseland", is a 1917 jazz standard, music by Art Hickman, lyrics by Harry Williams.

The Japanese Sandman

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It has been subsequently performed by several musical artists like Art Hickman, Benny Goodman, Bix Beiderbecke, Artie Shaw, Earl Hines, Paul Young, Django Reinhardt, the Andrews Sisters, Freddy Gardner, Freddy Sunder, and in 2010, a high-fidelity recording of Whiteman's historic arrangement, by Vince Giordano and his Nighthawks Orchestra.

Big band

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One of the first bands to accompany the new rhythms was led by a drummer, Art Hickman, in San Francisco in 1916.

Bert Kelly (jazz musician)

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: In 1914, Kelly was in Art Hickman's band playing tea dances in the Rose Room of the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco.

Westin St. Francis

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One of the appeals of the St. Francis was its jazz orchestra, led by a young musician named Art Hickman.

Jazz (word)

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A leading contender is Bert Kelly, a musician and bandleader who was familiar with the California slang term from being a banjoist with Art Hickman's orchestra.