Ferd (Jelly Roll) Morton - Gennett 5218 (1923)

Basically a wall hanger but still feel lucky to have two piano solos by Jelly Roll Morton from his third recording session.

Jelly Roll Morton p.

Recorded in Richmond, IN on July 18, 1923.

(Warning...terrible fidelity ahead)


Cab Calloway & His Cotton Club Orchestra - Victor 24690 (1934)

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.

Recorded in New York on January 22 & 23, 1934.


Walter Barnes & His Royal Creolians - Brunswick 4187 (1928)

Here we have Walter Barnes & His Royal Creolians first release. Two sides were cut for Vocalion a month before but were unissued.

Unfortunately, Barnes and his band were the subject of one of the most tragic episodes in the history of jazz.

From wikipedia...

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.



Ten Black Berries - Banner 0839 (1927 & 1929)

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.

Recorded in New York on April 4, 1929.

Jones & Collins Astoria Hot Eight - Biltmore 1001 (Originally Victor 38576) (1929)

Still waiting for their original New Orleans recordings on Victor and Bluebird to fall into my lap...so until then, this Biltmore bootleg will suffice nicely.

From wikipedia...

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 short life.

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.