Casa Loma Orchestra

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The Casa Loma Orchestra was an American swing band active from 1927 to 1963.

The band, under the name the Orange Blossoms, was started by saxophonist Glen Gray and Jean Goldkette. Gray changed the name to the Casa Loma Orchestra after playing at a hotel of the same name in Toronto, Canada.

The Casa Loma Orchestra became one of the top North American dance bands. Personel included Pee Wee Hunt, Sonny Dunham, Clarence Hutchenrider, Tony Briglia, and Kenny Sargent. In the 1940s the band featured guitarist Herb Ellis, trumpeter Bobby Hackett, and cornetist Red Nichols. From 1927 to 1950 the band was on the road touring. After 1950 the orchestra only recorded.

Jazz historian George A. Borgman is currently researching and writing a book about Glen Gray and the orchestra.

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