In 1923, a 17 year old teenager named Roger Wolfe Kahn bought the Arthur Lange Orchestra. He was able to do this because his father was Otto Kahn, a wealthy multi-millionaire banker, and he indulged his son's passion for music. The newspapers at the time got a big kick out of this story because Otto Kahn was a well known patron of the arts and chairman of the Metropolitan Opera's board of directors. They found it humorous that he would stoop to fund a jazz band. But Roger Wolfe Kahn was a serious musician who could play eighteen different musical instruments. After rehearsing his twelve piece band for a year in the music studio in the Kahn family mansion on 5th Avenue in New York the band made it's debut at the Bohemian Cabaret in New York City in 1924. Roger conducted the band as well was playing saxophone and banjo. Kahn also released records under the name of Roger Wolfe Kahn and his Biltmore Orchestra.

Thanks to Bob Palmer for his help with this page.

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company
A Cup Of Coffee, A Sandwich And You
(from Charlot's Revue")

(Rose / Dubin / Meyer)
12-15-1925 New York, New York Victor
19935-A
A Little Birdie Told Me So
Vocal refrain by Johnny Marvin
1-25-1927 New York, New York Victor
20493-A
A Room With A View
(From the Musical Comedy "This Year of Grace")

(Noel Coward)
11-28-1928 New York, New York Victor
21801-A
A Shine On Your Shoes
(Introducing: Louisiana Hayride)

(Dietz / Schwartz)
11-9-1932 New York, New York Columbia
2722-D
Adorable
(Tom Ford / Ray Wynburn)
7-8-1926 New York, New York Victor
20106-B
All By My Ownsome
(Al Dubin / Roger Wolfe Kahn)
7-14-1927 New York, New York Victor
20828-B
Among My Souvenirs
(Edgar Leslie / Horatio Nicholls)
11-23-1927 New York, New York Victor
21084-A
An Old Guitar And An Old Refrain
(A Song From Spain)

Vocal refrain by Franklyn Baur

(Kahn / Black / Moret)
11-15-1927 New York, New York Victor
21078-B
Another Night Alone
(Ted Koehler / Harold Arlen)
8-5-1932 New York, New York Columbia
2697-D
Anything You Say
(Walter Donaldson)
9-7-1928 New York, New York Victor
21675
At Peace With The World (waltz)
(Irving Berlin)
5-6-1926 New York, New York Victor
20045-A
Baby - Fox Trot Lullaby
(from "Castles In The Air")

(Raymond Peck / Percy Wenrich)
1-25-1926 New York, New York Victor
19942-B
Birdie
(Eugene Herbert)
3-10-1926 New York, New York Victor
19996
Calling
Vocal refrain by Franklyn Baur

(Ernie Golden)
5-12-1927 New York, New York Victor
20717-B
Cheer Up
(Good Times Are Comin')
5-1930 New York, New York Brunswick
4826
Clap Yo' Hands
(George Gershwin / Ira Gershwin)
11-4-1926 New York, New York Victor
20327
Cooking Breakfast For The One I Love
From the Motion Picture "Be Yourself"

(Rose / Tobias)
2-1930 New York, New York Brunswick
4699
Crazy Rhythm
(From "Here's Howe!") (take 2)
Vocal refrain by Franklyn Baur

(Kahn / Caesar / Meyer)
4-12-1928 New York, New York Victor
21368-B
Crazy Rhythm
(From "Here's Howe!") (take 3)

(Roger Wolfe Kahn / Caesar / Meyer)
4-12-1928 New York, New York Victor
21368-B
Cross Your Heart
(from the Musical Comedy "Queen High")

(De Sylva / Gensler)
5-27-1926 New York, New York Victor
20071-B
Dance, Little Lady
(From the Musical Comedy "This Year of Grace")

(Noel Coward)
11-28-1928 New York, New York Victor
21801-B
Dark Night
(Grey / Storhart / Cugat)
5-1930 New York, New York Brunswick
4811
Delilah
(Billy Rose / Fred Fisher)
1-11-1927 New York, New York Victor
20464-B
Do What You Do!
(George Gershwin / Ira Gershwin / Gus Kahn)
7-30-1929 New York, New York Brunswick
4479
Don't Ever Leave Me 11-1929 New York, New York Brunswick
4614
Exactly Like You
Vocal refrain by Libby Holman

(Dorothy Fields / Jimmy McHugh)
3-5-1930 New York, New York Brunswick
4742
Fit As A Fiddle
(Hoffman / Goodhart / Freed)
11-9-1932 New York, New York Columbia
2726-D
Following You Around 1-11-1927 New York, New York Victor
20573
Give Me The Sunshine
(From "Keep Shufflin'")

(Con Conrad / Henry Creamer / James P. Johnson)
3-14-1928 New York, New York Victor
21425-B
Great Day
(Youmans / Eliscu / Rose)
11-1929 New York, New York Brunswick
4600
Heigh-Ho, Everybody, Heigh-Ho
(Harry Woods)
4-1929 New York, New York Brunswick
4374
Here I Am
(from "Sweet Adeline")

(Hammerstein 2nd / Kern)
10-1929 New York, New York Brunswick
4583
I Can't Believe It's True 8-5-1932 New York, New York Columbia
2695-D
I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me 3-2-1927 New York, New York Victor
20573
I'd Climb The Highest Mountain If I Knew I'd Find You
(Lew Brown / Sidney Clare)
5-6-1926 New York, New York Victor
20045-B
If You're In Love You'll Waltz
(From RADIO picture "Rio Rita")

(Joseph McCarthy / Harry Tierney)
3-2-1927 New York, New York Victor
20557-A
Imagination
(From "Here's Howe!")
Vocal refrain by Franklyn Baur

(Joseph Meyer / Roger Wolfe Kahn)
4-12-1928 New York, New York Victor
21368-A
In A Bamboo Garden
(Walter Donaldson)
9-7-1928 New York, New York Victor
21675
Into My Heart
From the Metro-Goldwyn-Meyer Production "In Gay Madrid"

(Turk / Ahlert)
5-1930 New York, New York Brunswick
4811
It Don't Mean A Thing
(Duke Ellington / Irving Mills)
11-9-1932 New York, New York Columbia
2722-D
Jersey Walk
(Introducing "The Little White House")

From the Musical Play "Honeymoon Lane"

(Eddie F. Dowling / James F. Hanley)
9-24-1926 New York, New York Victor
20231-B
Just A Little Home For The Old Folks 11-9-1932 New York, New York Columbia
2726-D
Just The Same
(Donaldson / Burke)
4-14-1927 New York, New York Victor
20634-B
Lantern Of Love
(from "Castles In The Air")

(Raymond W. Peck / Percy Wenrich)
1-25-1926 New York, New York Victor
19942-A
Lazy Day
(Kahn / Kahn)
5-4-1932 New York, New York Columbia
2653-D
Let A Smile Be Your Umbrella
(On A Rainy Day)

(Kahal / Wheeler / Fain)
2-8-1928 New York, New York Victor
21233
Liza (All The Clouds'll Roll Away) 7-30-1929 New York, New York Brunswick
4479
Lonely Little Bluebird 6-26-1928 New York, New York Victor
21510
Looking For A Boy
(from the Musical Comedy "Tip-Toes")

(George Gershwin / Ira George Gershwin)
1-13-1926 New York, New York Victor
19939
Montana Call
From the M.G.M. Motion Picture "Montana Moon"

(Gary / Stothart)
3-1930 New York, New York Brunswick
4750
Mountain Greenery
(From the "Garrick Gaieties of 1926")

(Rogers / Hart)
5-27-1926 New York, New York Victor
20071-A
My Silent Love
(Sarese / Heyman)
5-4-1932 New York, New York Columbia
2653-D
On The Sunny Side Of The Street
(Dorothy Fields / Jimmy McHugh)
3-1930 New York, New York Brunswick
4742
One Summer Night 4-28-1927 New York, New York Victor
20634
Pretty Little Thing
(Malie / Little)
4-1-1929 New York, New York Victor
4374
Raquel Miller Medley 5-13-1926 New York, New York Victor
20066-B
Russian Lullaby (waltz)
(Irving Berlin)
4-14-1927 New York, New York Victor
20602
Say "Yes" Today
(Walter Donaldson)
2-8-1928 New York, New York Victor
21507-B
Shady Lady 2-21-1929 New York, New York Victor
21897
Sheltered By The Stars, Cradled By The Moon
(Waller / Young)
8-5-1932 New York, New York Columbia
2697
She's A Great, Great Girl (take 1)
(Harry Woods)
3-14-1928 New York, New York Victor
21326
She's A Great, Great Girl (take 2)
(Harry Woods)
3-14-1928 New York, New York Victor
LPV-528
Somebody's Lonely
Vocal Chorus by Henry Burr

(Benny Davis / Joe Gold)
5-13-1926 New York, New York Victor
20059-A
Sometimes I'm Happy
From the Musical Comedy "Hit The Deck"
vocal refrain by Franklyn Baur

(Irving Caesar / Vincent Youmans)
4-14-1927 New York, New York Victor
20599-A
Song Of The Flame
(From "Song of the Flame")

(Harbach / Hammerstein / Gershwin / Stothart)
1-13-1926 New York, New York Victor
19935-B
South Wind 5-12-1927 New York, New York Victor
20645
Tell Me Tonight
(Connor / Little)
12-14-1926 New York, New York Victor
20398-A
Tell Me Why You Smile, Mona Lisa 5-4-1932 New York, New York Columbia
2662-D
Tenderly Think Of Me 12-14-1926 New York, New York Victor
20398-B
That's A Good Girl 9-24-1926 New York, New York Victor
20243-B
The Hours I Spent With You
Vocal refrain by Franklyn Baur

(Lewis / Young / Little)
11-15-1927 New York, New York Victor
21078-A
The Moon Is Low 3-1930 New York, New York Brunswick
4750
The Tap-Tap
(Rose / MacDonald / Greer)
7-14-1927 New York, New York Victor
20827
Then You've Never Been Blue 9-1929 New York, New York Brunswick
4571
There I Go Dreaming Again 5-4-1932 New York, New York Columbia
2662
Through!
(How Can You Say We're Through?)

(McCarthy / Monaco)
9-1929 New York, New York Brunswick
4571
Ting-a-Ling, The Bells'll Ring 7-8-1926 New York, New York Victor
20116
Tonight You Belong To Me
Vocal refrain by Franklin Baur

(Billy Rose / Lee David)
11-24-1926 New York, New York Victor
20359-A
Twas Not So Long Ago
From "Sweet Adeline"

(Hammerstein II / Kern)
9-1929 New York, New York Brunswick
4614
We'll Have A Kingdom
(from the Musical Comedy "The Wild Rose")
Vocal refrain by Johnny Marvin

(Harbach / Hammerstein / Friml)
11-4-1926 New York, New York Victor
20338-B
When A Woman Loves A Man
(Rose / Rainger)
2-1930 New York, New York Brunswick
4699
Where The Wild, Wild Flowers Grow
(Mort Dixon / Harry Woods)
5-12-1927 New York, New York Victor
20717-A
Why Was I Born ?
(from "Sweet Adeline")

(Hammerstein 2nd / Kern)
10-1929 New York, New York Brunswick
4583
Without A Song
(From "Great Day")

Rolfe / Elisa / Youmans)
11-1929 New York, New York Brunswick 4600
Wouldn't You ?
(Owen Murphy)
11-24-1926 New York, New York Victor
20379
Yankee Rose
(Holden / Frankl)
1-25-1927 New York, New York Victor
20466-A
You're A Real Sweetheart
(Irving Caesar / Cliff Friend)
6-26-1928 New York, New York Victor
21510
You're The Only One For Me
(From Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer picture "The Flying Fleet")

(Klages / Askt / Mendoza)
2-21-1929 New York, New York Victor
21897
You've Got Me In The Palm Of Your Hand 8-5-1932 New York, New York Columbia
2695-D
Artist Instrument
Leo Armand Trombone
Owen Bartlett Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Franklyn Baur Vocals
Vic Berton Drums
Frank Bessinger Vocals
Larry Binyon Tenor Saxophone, Flute
Perry Botkin Guitar
Arnold Brilhart Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Flute, Oboe
Irving Brodsky Piano
Henry Burr Vocals
Charlie Butterfield Trombone
Arthur Campbell Brass Bass, String Bass
Chuck Campbell Trombone
Russ Carlson Piano
Tony Colucci Banjo, Guitar
Jimmy Dorsey Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
John O. Egan Trumpet
William C. Elkins Jubilee Singers Vocals
Alfie Evans Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Sibyl Sanderson Fagan Whistling
Max Farley Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Elmer Feldkamp Vocals
Dudley Fosdick Mellophone
Henry Garden Vocals
Tony Gianelli Trumpet
Tommy Gott Trumpet
Ephraim Hannaford Trombone
Libby Holman Vocals
Billy Jones Vocals
Roger Wolfe Kahn Leader
The Kahn-a-Sirs Vocals
Stan King Drums
Manny Klein Trumpet
Scrappy Lambert Vocals
Eddie Lang Banjo, Guitar
Ward Lay String Bass
Burt Lorin Vocals
Johnny Marvin Ukulele, Vocals
Carl Mathieu Vocals
Leo McConville Trumpet
Miff Mole Trombone
Chauncey Morehouse Drums
Fred Morrow Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Frank Munn Vocals
Dell Porter Vocals
Joe Raymond Violin
Gladys Rice Vocals
Dick Robertson Vocals
Domenic Romeo Banjo, Guitar
Babe Russin Tenor Saxophone
Jack Russin Piano
Andy Russo Trombone
Arthur Schutt Piano
Elliot Shaw Vocals
Artie Shaw Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Nat Shilkret Celeste
Harold Sturr Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Joe Tarto String Bass
Jack Teagarden Trombone
Joe Venuti Violin
Ruby Weinstein Trumpet
Henry Whiteman Violin
Frank Zullo Trumpet