Feb. 13, 1947: Coming to the Shrine Auditorium – Esquire Award winners Lester Young, Woody Herman, Benny Goodman, Lucky Thompson, Benny Carter, Dodo Marmarosa, Barney Kessell and Vic Dickenson.
Feb. 13, 1947: Esquire magazine began an annual poll in 1943 to select the leading American jazz musicians. But in 1945, Arnold Gingrich, one of Esquire’s founders, left the magazine in a falling-out with Publisher David A. Smart.
In Gingrich’s place, the magazine hired Ernest Anderson, a publicist for Eddie Condon, to run the poll. An article on the magazine’s website by Alex Belth says Anderson “made a mockery of it by ostensibly turning it a press release for Condon, a white, middlebrow bandleader who had never previously been mentioned in Esquire’s jazz coverage. The panel of experts resigned en mass in protest and the jazz poll came to a halt.”
Note: The microfilmed copy of the Los Angeles Sentinel is missing the first section.
In 1949, Gingrich ran into Smart on a street corner in New York. Smart asked him to return to Esquire and in 1952, he became publisher and vice president.