[Dixielandjazz] Re: Peg LaCentra
Robert S. Ringwald
robert at ringwald.com
Fri Jan 28 00:21:27 PST 2005
Recently, someone was asking about the singer, Peg LaCentra. I asked Zeke
Zarchy about her.
Zeke played trumpet in my Great Pacific Jazz Band when I lived in the Los
Angeles area. He played lead trumpet for all the great big bands, including
the Glenn Miller Army Air Force Band, before going into the studios after WW
Zeke wrote the following:
----- Original Message -----
From: "Rubin Zarchy"
To: "Robert S. Ringwald" <robert at ringwald.com>
Sent: Thursday, January 27, 2005 8:49 PM
Subject: Re: Peg LaCentra
> Dear Bob
> Peg La Centra was the girl
> singer in Artie Shaw's first band which was the one
> I joined at the French Casino in NYC and
> unfortunately failed after about three months. I
> have a picture of part of that band on the wall in my
> house. It shows Tony Pastor tenor sax, Lee Castaldo
> trumpet, Moe Zudekoff trombone and me. In the
> background we see Ben Ginsberg on bass and George
> Wettling at the drums. In the foreground we see Jerry
> Gray violin and arranger and Sam Rosenblum viola.
> They were the other part of the string quartet with
> another violin and a cello. The rest of the band had
> Tony Gutuso
> on guitar and Joe Lippman on piano. and that was the
> whole first band. I loved playing in it. We also
> cut a few sides for Brunswick . Try to find
> The French Casino where I joined was a theatre
> night club. Huge place that had two bands. Artie's
> was on one side of the stage for dancing and a large
> orchestra that only played for the show was on the
> The best part of that gig was when we had to go
> through the
> chorus girls dressing room to get to the band stand.
> was that ever boob city !! The show was brought over
> Paris so you can just imagine what it was like.
> Best from us,
> Peggy and Zeke
> Artie gave me an acetate air check
> of my first night in the band which I still have some
> place. Peg La Centra
> sings on it. I don't have a 78 rpm player anymore
> to play it , besides, it plays from the inside out
> to the edge !!
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