The Washingtonians / The Arkansas Travellers - Diva 2601 (1927-28)

Recorded just one month after taking up their engagement at the Cotton Club.

Duke Ellington p, a, dir / Bubber Miley, Louis Metcalf t / Joe Nanton tb / Otto Hardwick ss, as, bar / Harry Carney cl, as, bar / Barney Bigard cl, ts / Fred Guy bj / Wellman Braud sb / Sonny Greer d.

Recorded in New York on January 9, 1928.


Red Nichols t / Miff Mole tb / Pee Wee Russell or Fud Livingston cl / Fred Morrow as / Rube Bloom p / Vic Berton d.

Recorded in New York on September 14, 1927.

Sol Hoopii's Novelty Trio - Columbia 1155 (1927)

From wikipedia...

Sol Hoʻopiʻi (Hawaiian pronunciation: (1902–16 November 1953) was born Solomon Hoʻopiʻi Kaʻaiʻai in Honolulu, Hawaii. He was a Native Hawaiian guitarist, claimed by many as the all-time best lap steel guitar virtuoso, and he is one of the most famous original Hawaiian steel guitarists, along with Joseph Kekuku, Frank Ferera, Sam Ku West and "King" Bennie Nawahi.

Born Solomon Hoʻopiʻi Kaʻaiʻai, in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1902, into a large family, his birth making him the 21st child in the family.

As was the norm in Hawaiian families, Sol's family taught him to sing and play instruments by the time he could walk. He was playing the ukulele by age three. By his teenage years the Hawaiian steel guitar had become his instrument of choice.

He made his debut with Johnny Noble and his Orchestra. According to the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame, at age 17 Sol and two teenage friends stowed away on the ocean liner Matsonia. They were discovered by passengers who were so charmed by their musical performances that the other passengers took up a collection to pay their fares. They landed in San Francisco, played a few club engagements, and eventually made their way to Los Angeles. Sol's friends returned to Hawaii, and Sol formed a trio with new associates.

Recorded in Los Angeles on March 7, 1927.


Duke Ellington & His Cotton Club Orchestra - Victor 38036

A nice trade netted this one...Thanks, Swingman1938!

Duke Ellington p, a, dir / Bubber Miley, Arthur Whetsel, Freddy Jenkins t / Joe Nanton tb / Johnny Hodges cl, ss, as / Otto Hardwick as, bar / Harry Carney cl, as, bar / Barney Bigard cl, ts / Fred Guy bj / Wellman Braud sb / Sonny Greer d, chimes.

Recorded in New York on January 16, 1929.


McMurray's California Thumpers - Gennett 4904 (1922)

Finally found a copy of the other Thumper record.

Phil Napoleon, Jules Levy, Jr. ? t / ? Miff Mole tb / Loren McMurray as / Frank Signorelli p / ? John Cali bj.

Recorded in New York on June 8, 1922.



Anthony Parenti's Famous Melody Boys - Okeh 40308 (1925)

Here we have the first recording...and the only one for Okeh...by Anthony Parenti as leader. (His last 78 can be heard here)

This was recorded one day before Brownlee's Orchestra Of New Orleans waxed their only record.

From wikipedia...

Tony Parenti (August 6, 1900 – April, 17 1972) was an American jazz clarinettist and saxophonist born in New Orleans, perhaps best known for his decades of work in New York City.

Parenti was a childhood musical prodigy, first on violin, then on clarinet. As a child he substituted for Alcide Nunez in Papa Jack Laine's band. In New Orleans he also worked with Johnny Dedroit. During his early teens Parenti worked with the Nick LaRocca band. among other local acts. Parenti led his own band in New Orleans in the mid-1920s, making his first recordings there, before moving to New York City at the end of the decade.

In the late 1920s, Parenti worked with Benny Goodman and Fred Rich, and later in the decade moved to New York City full-time where he worked through the 1930s as a CBS staffman and as a member of the Radio City Symphony Orchestra.

From 1939-1945 Parenti, with Ted Lewis's band, played alongside Muggsy Spanier. In 1944, he recorded and appeared in concert with Sidney Bechet and Max Miller in Chicago.

In the 1940s and still in New York City, Parenti formed a Dixieland jazz band called Tony Parenti and His New Orleanians, and which featured Wild Bill Davison, Art Hodes and Jimmy Archey, among others. He often appeared at such New York jazz spots as Nick's and Jimmy Ryan's, and also worked with Eddie Condon. Parenti remained active until the 1960s in clubs, and died in New York City on April 17, 1972.

Tony Parenti cl, as, bar, dir / Henry Knecht c / Charles Hartman tb / Tony Papalia ts / Vic Lubowski p / Mike Holloway bj / Mario Finazzo bb / George Triay d.

Recorded in New Orleans on January 22, 1925.