Alto saxophonist, Eddie Barefield, recalled that the band recorded the rare instrumental (for Calloway that is) Moon Glow just before setting out on a European tour. After returning stateside, at a dance in Texas, a record was being played before the band took to the stage. Wondering who the group on the record was playing the tune, Moon Glow, they approached and asked the record spinner. He replied "Don't you know your own record?"
Cab Calloway v, dir / Edwin Swayzee, Lammar Wright, Doc Cheatham t / De Priest Wheeler, Harry White tb / Eddie Barefield cl, as, bar / Arville Harris cl, as / Andrew Brown bcl, as, bar / Walter Thomas cl, ts, f / Bennie Payne p, cel / Morris White g / Al Morgan sb / Leroy Maxey d.
Walter Barnes (July 8, 1905 in Vicksburg, Mississippi –
April 23, 1940 in Natchez, Mississippi) was an American jazz clarinetist,
saxophonist and bandleader.
Barnes grew up in Chicago and studied under Franz Schoepp in
addition to attending the Chicago Musical College and the American Conservatory
of Music. He led his own bands from the early 1920s in addition to playing with
Detroit Shannon and his Royal Creolians. After Shannon's retinue became
dissatisfied with his leadership, Barnes took control of this group as well. He
played mostly in Chicago, though the band did hold a residency at the Savoy
Ballroom in New York City as well. His band recorded in 1928-29 for Brunswick
Records. He toured the American South in the 1930s to considerable success,
touring there yearly; by 1938 his ensemble included 16 members.
Barnes was one of the victims of the Rhythm Club Fire
in Natchez, Mississippi on April 23, 1940. He played in an eight-piece band
that night when the club caught fire; he had the group continue playing the
song Marie in order to keep the crowd from stampeding out of the
building. Nearly all of the band's members (which included Paul Stott and
vocalist Juanita Avery) except for drummer Walter Brown and bassist Arthur
Edward, were among the 201 victims of the fire. Barnes's death was repeatedly
immortalized in song thereafter. Was just informed about this documentary. Walter Barnes ts, dir / Cicero Thomas, George Thigpen t / Ed Burke, William 'Bullet' Bradley tb / Irby Gage, Wilson Underwood cl, ss / Lucius Wilson ts / Paul Johnson p / Plunker Hall bj / Louis Thompson bb / Billy Winston d. Recorded in Chicago on December 14, 1928.
Sam Lanin ldr / Bill Moore, Unknown t / Tommy Dorsey tb / Jimmy Dorsey cl, as / Unknown cl, ss, ts / Irving Brodsky p / Unknown bj / Joe Tarto bb / Vic Berton d.
Recorded in New York on February 22, 1927.
An Irving Mills' outfit: Jimmy McPartland c / ? Tommy Thunen t / Jack Teagarden tb / Jimmy Dorsey cl, as / Gil Rodin as / Larry Binyon ts / Vic Bredis p / Dick Morgan bj, g / Harry Goodman bb, sb / Ray Bauduc d.
The Jones & Collins Astoria Hot Eight were led by
cornetist Lee Collins and tenor saxophonist David Jones. They took their name
from the Astoria Gardens, the dance hall room of the Astoria Hotel on Rampart
Street in New Orleans where they were the house band in 1928 and 1929. The
group included a number of noted New Orleans jazz musicians in its relatively
The ensemble recorded only once, doing a session at
the Italian Hall in New Orleans on December 15, 1929. A total of four sides
were released from these sessions: Astoria Strut b/w Duet Stomp,
issued on Victor Records, and Damp Weather b/w Tip Easy Blues,
issued on Bluebird Records. Alternative takes of Damp Weather and Tip Easy
Blues survived to appear on reissues decades later. Lee Collins c / Sidney Arodin cl / Theodore Purnell as / David Jones ts / Joe Robechaux p / Emmanuel Sayles bj / Al Morgan sb, v / Joe Strode-Raphael d. Recorded in New Orleans on November (or December...sources differ) 15, 1929.