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BOOKING A NAME BAND NOW
by Music Librarian Christopher Popa
portions updated February 2017

     During the heyday of the legendary bands, the biggest names were booked by about a dozen famous agencies, such as the Music Corporation of America (MCA), General Artists Corporation (GAC), Rockwell-O'Keefe, Associated Booking Corporation (ABC), and Mills Artists, Inc.  
     But as public interest in the bands dwindled, those agencies turned their attention to more lucrative fields like rock'n' roll groups, movie stars, and other celebrities.
   For many years, especially in the 1960s, ‘70s, and early ‘80s, The Willard Alexander Agency was the prime specialist for big bands, but it ceased operation following Alexander’s death in 1984.

   Today, most bands simply operate out of their own offices – but, there is an uncertain status for a few of the groups, because some bands don’t even have their own website (it’s almost like they don’t want you to be able to find them) and others that do have a website haven’t updated anything on it, such as their performance calendars, in a while.

     Please use the information below only for employing the name bands listed, not for other questions unrelated to booking the groups, comments, fan requests, where can I buy your records, etc.

RAY ANTHONY
“Ray Anthony and His Orchestra”   rayanthonyband.com
   contact: 310.858.1992 / 888.RAY.ANTHONY (888.729.2684) M-H 9-5 PST
   NOTE: Ray Anthony is still alive (born January 20, 1922)

COUNT BASIE
“The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra”   thecountbasieorchestra.com
   contact: Dee Askew, CEO/Bookings, dee@thecountbasieorchestra.com,
   973.275.0529

TEX BENEKE
“The Tex Beneke Orchestra”   terryhillentertainment.com
   contact: Terry M. Hill & Associates, Inc., terryhillinc@verizon.net, 760.674.0540

RANDY BROOKS
“The Randy Brooks Orchestra”   bobcary.webs.com/randybrooksorchestra.html
   contact: Bob Cary, bcary600@gmail.com

LES BROWN
“Les Brown’s Band of Renown directed by Les Brown Jr.”   bandofrenown.com
   no information available

CAB CALLOWAY
“Cab Calloway Orchestra Official Homepage”   cabcalloway.cc
   contact: C. Calloway Brooks, info@cabcalloway.cc, 914.833.3777

XAVIER CUGAT
“The Xavier Cugat Orchestra”
   contact: ACK Enterprises, Inc., 21 Kenneth St., Plainview, NY, 516.681.1271

JIMMY DORSEY
“The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra”   jimmydorseyorchestra.com
   contact: Bill Tole, BillTole1@aol.com

TOMMY DORSEY
“The One & Only Tommy Dorsey Orchestra”   buddymorrowproductions.com
   contact: Carol Morrow, info@buddymorrowproductions.com, 407.831.1675

LES AND LARRY ELGART
“The World Famous Les Elgart Orchestra” has ceased to exist, following leader Russ Dorsey's passing on July 19, 2015.  Likewise, their official website, leselgart.com, is no longer active.  Meanwhile, Larry is still alive (born March 20, 1922), but he is retired. 

DUKE ELLINGTON
“The Duke Ellington Orchestra”   dukeellington.com
   contact: A.C. Lichtenstein, President, Ideal Entertainment, Inc., ace@idealtalent.com

JAN GARBER
“The Jan Garber Orchestra”   jangarber.com
   contact: Howard Schneider, trumpeterone@hotmail.com, 262.626.1600

DIZZY GILLESPIE
“The Dizzy Gillespie Big Band, Quintet, and Afro-Cuban Experience”   dizzygillespie.org
   contact: Frank Moten, bands@ourgig.net, 305.604.5256

LIONEL HAMPTON
“The Lionel Hampton New York Big Band”
   no information available

HORACE HEIDT
“Horace Heidt Jr. and His Musical Knights”   bigbands.com
   contact: Horace Heidt Productions, productions@bigbands.com, 818.995.6827

WOODY HERMAN
“The Woody Herman Orchestra”   woodyherman.biz
   contact: Stew Jackson, CEO, info@woodyherman.biz, 303.300.2500 ext 101

EDDY HOWARD
“Memories of the Eddy Howard Orchestra”   
   contact: Gerald Accola, 815.747.3196
   status uncertain 6/2014

HARRY JAMES
“The Harry James Orchestra”   fredradke.com
   contact: Fred Radke, info@harryjamesband.com or Mike Magnelli, Regal Artists
   Corporation, 617.287.1221

DICK JURGENS
“The Dick Jurgens Orchestra”   
   status uncertain 6/2014

SAMMY KAYE
“The Sammy Kaye Orchestra”   sammykayeorchestra.com
   contact: Roger Thorpe, RPThorpe@aol.com, 845.255.1944

GENE KRUPA
Mike Berkowitz has let his license to lead the Gene Krupa Orchestra lapse, so there is no longer an official Krupa band.  Likewise, Berkowitz's website, berkmusic.com, has been discontinued.

LESTER LANIN
“The Lester Lanin Orchestra”   lesterlanin.com
   contact: Spencer Bruno, Spencer Bruno Productions, Inc.,
   spencer@LesterLanin.com, 212.265.5208

GUY LOMBARDO
“Guy Lombardo’s Royal Canadians” continue to perform, directed by Al Pierson, though his wife, Nancy Pizzamiglio, who acted as their contact via the e-mail address ApGLO@aol.com, passed away on May 8, 2016.

HAL McINTYRE
“The Hal McIntyre Orchestra”
   contact: Don Pentleton, donpentleton@yahoo.com

GLENN MILLER
“The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra”   
[ United States, Canada, Mexico ]   glennmillerorchestra.com
   contact: Charles DeStefano, Charles@glennmillerorchestra.com, 321.441.9135 ext 1
   or Phoenix Talent Agency, Inc., office@phoenixtalentagency.com, 321.441.9139
[ England, Scotland, Ireland ]   glennmillerorchestra.co.uk
[ Sweden, Norway, Finland, France, Denmark ]   glennmillerorchestra.se
[ Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany, Austria, Italy, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, Switzerland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus ]   
   glenn-miller-orchestra.de/t3/index.php

LOUIS PRIMA
“Keely Smith”
   contact: Terry M. Hill & Associates, Inc., terryhillinc@verizon.net, 760.674.0540
“Lena Prima”   lenaprimamusic.com / lenaprimaofficial.com
   contact: Tim Fahey, Lena Prima Productions, tim@lenaprimamusic.com,
   504.616.2322

BUDDY RICH
“The Buddy Rich Big Band”
   contact: Scabeba Entertainment, scabeba1@aol.com

ARTIE SHAW
“The Artie Shaw Orchestra”   artieshaworchestra.com
   contact: Bill Curtis, William.ciamusic@gmail.com, 781.400.5610 or 917.309.3544

   A good way to hire one of the above groups would also be to contact Thomas Cassidy of America’s Music Agency, info@americasmusicagency.com, 520.751.4751, as he and his wife, Susan, can probably book most (if not all) of the name bands still in existence.  Cassidy was a former employee of the Willard Alexander Agency.


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