14 Facts About Jean Goldkette


John Jean Goldkette was a jazz pianist and bandleader.


Jean Goldkette's mother, Angela Goldkette, was a circus performer from Denmark.


Jean Goldkette spent his childhood in Greece and Russia, where he studied piano at the Moscow Conservatory as a child prodigy.


Jean Goldkette performed in a classical ensemble in Chicago at the age of 18, later joining one of Edgar Benson's dance orchestras.


Jean Goldkette leased a ballroom in Detroit and formed a band which grew to success, and was the foundation for a business empire acting as an agency for twenty orchestras and owning many dance halls.


Jean Goldkette married Lee McQuillen, a newspaperwoman, on March 4,1939.


Jean Goldkette was music director for the Detroit Athletic Club for over 20 years and co-owned the Graystone Ballroom in Detroit with Charles Horvath, who performed with the Jean Goldkette Victor Band in its early years.


Jean Goldkette owned his own entertainment company, Jean Goldkette's Orchestras and Attractions, working out of the Book-Cadillac Hotel in Detroit.


Jean Goldkette co-wrote the song "It's the Blues " which was recorded in Detroit and released by Victor.


Jean Goldkette wrote the words to the 1926 song "New Steps".


Jean Goldkette helped organize McKinney's Cotton Pickers and Glen Gray's Orange Blossoms, which became popular as the Casa Loma Orchestra.


Jean Goldkette moved to California in 1961 and the following year died in Santa Barbara, California, of a heart attack at the age of 69.


Jean Goldkette took a taxi to the hospital by himself and died that same day.


Jean Goldkette is buried in the Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery in Los Angeles, California.