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The Cafe Society was a nightclub operated by Barney Josephson who sold his New Jersey shoe store to enter the nightclub business and try out a novel idea for Greenwich Village: Mixing Blacks and Whites on the bandstand and in the audience. The band was drawn mostly from Harlem; Joe Sullivan and Danny Polo were the only White players.

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company
Coquette
(Gus Kahn / Carman Lombardo /Jimmy Green)
4-29-1940 New York, New York Okeh
5647
I Can't Give You Anything But Love
Foxtrot from "Blackbirds of 1928"
Vocal Chorus by Joe Turner

(Jimmy McHugh / Dorothy Fields)
2-9-1940 New York, New York Vocalion
5496
Conqueror
9503
I Cover The Waterfront
(Johnny Green / Edward Heyman)
2-9-1940 New York, New York Vocalion
5556
I've Got A Crush On You
From "Strike Up The Band"
Vocal Chorus by Helen Ward

(George Gershwin / Ira Gershwin)
2-9-1940 New York, New York Okeh
5647
Low Down Dirty Shame
Vocal Chorus by Joe Turner

(Larry Riley)
2-9-1940 New York, New York Vocalion
5531
Oh, Lady Be Good
(George Gershwin / Ira Gershwin)
2-9-1940 New York, New York Vocalion
5496
Conqueror
9503
Pom Pom
(Benny Carter)
4-29-1940 New York, New York Vocalion
5556
Solitude
(Duke Ellington)
2-9-1940 New York, New York Vocalion
5531
Artist Instrument
Ed Anderson Trumpet
Freddie Green Guitar
Edmond Hall Clarinet
Bennie Morton Trombone
Danny Polo Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Joe Sullivan Piano
Billy Taylor Bass
Henry Turner Bass
Joe Turner Vocals
Johnny Wells Drums