Music Memory – Jack Bramm

Music Memory is sponsored by the Alzheimer Society of Toronto, offering the “Music For Memory Project”: a program based on the effects of music and stimulation on people with dementia, by providing them with iPods containing personalized music. For more information, visit

This week we hear from listener Jack Bramm.

“My music for memory is tweaked by the Jazz and popular music of the 40’s and 50’s—now called the Big Band Era. On radio, I would listen to the big bands far into the night, we’d here live, remote broadcasts of famous bands from across the continent.

Hotels and dance pavilions became famous and we’d travel far and wide to get to them. Frank Dailey’s Meadowbrook in New Jersey; the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco; the Glen Island Casino in New Rochelle NY; The Panther Room of the Hotel Sherman in Chicago were just a few.

And yes, here in Canada, we had remote radio broadcasts from the Palais Royale Ballroom on Toronto’s waterfront featuring all the big bands of the day.

The radio announcers describing these live remote broadcasts painted elaborate verbal pictures of the location and the orchestras performing. Here’s to the Big Bands.”