Annette Hanshaw’s sincere and unaffected vocal style was a natural fit for the jazz-influenced pop music which emerged in the 1920’s. Her recordings for the Pathé and Perfect Record labels, including an early version of “Body And Soul,” were hits in the Golden Age of Radio. Hanshaw left the spotlight in 1936, to settle down with her husband, Pathé executive Herman Rose. “Ain’t He Sweet” finds Annette Hanshaw’s charming and disarming voice accompanied by a single upright piano, in an up-tempo jaunt with echoes of ragtime and speakeasies.
The Paul Whiteman Orchestra famously pushed the boundaries of jazz by incorporating classical orchestration into big band arrangements. Whiteman commissioned and debuted George Gershwin’s groundbreaking “Rhapsody In Blue” in 1924, and his symphonic jazz style influenced many greats who followed – including Miles Davis, Gil Evans and later Winton Marsalis. Here’s an early recording by Paul Whiteman Orchestra – the classic horn player anthem, “Doo Wacka Doo.”