Ray Ventura was the most prominent French Jazz band leader of the late 1920s and 1930s. In 1924 he assembled his first band Le Collegiate Five with four of his classmates at the Lycée de Sailly. By 1929 Ventura had become leader of the band and the band became known as Ray Ventura et ses Collegiens. Ventura and his band became very popular during the 1930s. They were heard on radio, toured internationally and Ventura starred in the movies "Feux de Joie" and "Tourbillon de Paris". During World War II (1942 to 1944) Ventura fled France for Argentina from where he continued to record and perform with his orchestra. After the war he returned to France and continued to have a very successful career in show business.

Thanks to Yves Francois for his help with the recordings on this page.

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company
Button Up Your Overcoat
(Ray Henderson / Lew Brown / Buddy DeSylva)
5-16-1929 Paris, France Odeon
165624
Can't We Be Friends?
(Key / Swift)
10-19-1929 Paris, France Odeon
165803
If I Had You
(Shapiro / Campbell / Connelly)
2-23-1929 Paris, France Odeon
165559
I'm Afraid Of You
(Davis / Daly / Gotler)
1-1929 Paris, France Columbia
D-19146
I Want To Be Bad
(Buddy DeSylva / Lew Brown / Ray Henderson)
5-16-1929 Paris, France Odeon
165624
I'm Doing What I'm Doing For Love
(Milton Ager / Jack Yellen)
9-27-1929 Paris, France Odeon
165775
Let's Do It
(Cole Porter)
2-23-1929 Paris, France Odeon
165529
Louise
(Leo Robin / Richard A. Whiting)
5-16-1929 Paris, France Odeon
165625
Lover Come Back To Me
(Hammerstein II / Romberg)
5-16-1929 Paris, France Odeon
165625
Makin' Whoopie
(Gus Kahn / Walter Donaldson)
2-23-1929 Paris, France Odeon
165559
Some Sweet Day
(Rose / Jackson / Olman)
9-27-1929 Paris, France Odeon
165776
Sweet Ella Mae
(Renard / Alpert / Robinson)
1-1929 Paris, France Columbia
D-19146
With A Song In My Heart
(Lorenz Hart / Richard Rodgers)
10-19-1929 Paris, France Odeon
165803
You'll Want Me Back Again 9-27-1929 Paris, France Odeon
165775
Your The Cream In My Coffee
(Ray Henderson / Lew Brown / Buddy DeSylva)
2-23-1929 Paris, France Odeon
165529
Artist Instrument
Krikor "Coco" Arslanian Drums
John Arslanian Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Charlie Barnes Drums
Rene Barry Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Ray Binder Trumpet
Philippe Brun Trumpet
Al Cazentre Vocals
Spencer Clark Bass Saxophone
Robert De Gaille Trumpet
Grace Edwards Vocals
Edouard S. Foy Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Vocals
Serge Glykson Alto Saxophone
Roger Grasset Bass Brass
Henri Guesde Guitar
Gaston Lapeyronnie Trombone, Trumpet
Paul Misraki Piano
Philippe Montaigut Trumpet
Stephane Mougin Piano
Danny Polo Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Alex Renard Trumpet
Jacques Bourgas Rosselli Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Pierre Simon Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Bob Vaz Piano
Ray Ventura Piano, Leader