Dixieland Jug Blowers - Victor 20420 (1926)

From All Music...

A shadowy figure in jazz and blues history, Clifford Hayes was a violinist, but was more significant as a leader of recording sessions. He recorded with Sara Martin (1924), and often teamed up with banjoist Cal Smith in early jug bands including the Old Southern Jug Band, Clifford's Louisville Jug Band, the well-known Dixieland Jug Blowers (1926-1927), and Hayes' Louisville Stompers (1927-1929). One of the Dixieland Jug Blowers' sessions featured the great clarinetist Johnny Dodds, while pianist Earl Hines was a surprise star with the otherwise primitive Louisville Stompers (a jug-less group with a front line of Hayes' violin and Hense Grundy's trombone). Clifford Hayes' last recordings were in 1931.

Lockwood Lewis as, v / Johnny Dodds cl (House Rent Blues) / Clifford Hayes vn / Cal Smith, Freddy Smith, Curtis Hayes bj / Earl McDonald jug, v / Henry Clifford jug.

Recorded at the Webster Hotel in Chicago on December 10 (Lard) & 11, 1926.




Savoy Bearcats - Victor 20182 (1926)

Here are the Savoy Bearcats' first released sides. A previous recording session two weeks earlier, which included Leon Abbey on violin, resulted in two unissued tracks.

Would sure like to come across pianist, Joe Steele's Victor 78.

From wikipedia...

The Savoy Bearcats were an eleven-piece jazz band, led by Leon Abbey, which was the house band at the Savoy Ballroom in New York City from its opening in 1926 to 1928. The band's name was changed from the Charleston Bearcats while they were at the Savoy. After leaving the Savoy they became known as Leon Abbey's Band.

Tiny Bradshaw had passed through this outfit as drummer.

Duncan Mayers dir / Gilbert Paris, Demas Dean t / James Reevy tb / Carmelo Jari (Jejo) cl, as, bar / Otto Mikell cl, as / Ramon Hernandez cl, ts / Joe Steele p / Freddy White bj, g / Harry Edwards bb / Willie Lynch d.

Recorded in New York on August 23, 1926.



The Jungle Band - Brunswick 4345 (1929)

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

Recorded in New York on January 8 (Voom) & March 1 (Rent), 1929.


Duke Ellington & His Orchestra - Victor 24521 (1934)

Duke Ellington p, a dir / Arthur Whetsel, Freddy Jenkins, Cootie Williams, Louis Bacon t / Joe Nanton, Lawrence Brown tb / Juan Tizol vtb / Johnny Hodges cl, ss, as / Harry Carney cl, as, bar / Otto Hardwick as, bsx / Barney Bigard cl, ts / Fred Guy bj, g / Wellman Braud sb / Sonny Greer d.

Recorded in Chicago on January 9 & 10, 1934.


John Hyman's Bayou Stompers - Victor 20593 (1927)

Been after this New Orleans recorded 78 for a long time.

Gonna keep looking for a better player, but for now, couldn't be happier to finally have it in the NOLA collection.

(Also Nappy Lamare's debut recording)

From wikipedia...

Johnny Wiggs (July 25, 1899 - October 10, 1977) was a jazz musician and band leader.

Born John Wigginton Hyman in New Orleans, Louisiana, he started his music career on the violin. He soon adopted the cornet and moved to New York for some time before returning to New Orleans. His main stylistic influences were Joe "King" Oliver (who Wiggs insisted did his best work in New Orleans in the years before he moved up North and was recorded) and Bix Beiderbecke.

In the late 1920s he took a job as a teacher in Louisiana and moonlighted in New Orleans jazz clubs at night. He made his first recordings as "John Hyman's Bayou Stompers" in the late 1920s.

In the 1940s he again became a full time musician, leading several bands and laying down a good number of tracks. He took on the nickname "Johnny Wiggs" for his musical work as jazz was still looked down on in some circles. He became an important figure in the local traditional jazz revival. In the 1960s he returned to performing part time only, though he remained active until the 1970s. He was a mentor to such younger musicians as George Finola.

Along the way he helped found the New Orleans Jazz Club and was a force behind the jazz revival in the 1940s. Pete Fountain is one of his more famous pupils.

John Hyman c / Charles Hartman tb / Elry Maser cl / Alvin Gautreaux h / Horace Diaz p / Nappy Lamare g / Monk Hazel d.

Recorded in New Orleans on March 10, 1927.