I was checking the personnel on these sides (as many sidemen are well known to others...but not always to me) and happened upon trumpeter Frank Guarente. While born in Italy, he resided in New Orleans around 1914. He apparently befriended King Oliver, learning techniques from him while in return, showing Oliver how to read music.
The following are 2 sides from a small outfit culled from Paul Specht's orchestra...one that some cite as the first "group within a group."
Lineup: Frank Guarente t / Ray Stilwell tb / Johnny O'Donnell cl, bcl, as / Arthur Schutt p / Joe Tarto bb / Chauncey Morehouse d.
Here we have a side by San Antonio's Frank Tanner's Rhythm Kings from 1936. I can hear the groundwork to early R&B / Rock & Roll being laid down in this track.
The flip side is by the Chicago Rhythm Kings. The group is a pseudonym for Tempo King & His Kings Of Tempo which, in turn, is a pseudonym for Marty Masala, Joe Marsala, Queenie Ada Rubin, Mort Stuhlmaker, Stan King & Eddie Condon (Tempo King??).
I won this 78 on eBay years ago without knowing either group or what the type of music it was and got it for next to nothing. I'm glad I did.
The cornet on Siegel's track (composed by the great Lemuel Fowler) is listed as being either Murphy Steinberg or NORK leader, Paul Mares. The only identified personnel on Raderman's side is Harry Reser on banjo.
I'm not big into post war jazz nor do I have much of it on 78 or Lp. I just came across this acetate in my garage featuring some names I recognize and one I can't identify. I searched the net a bit but couldn't find much information on the tracks by these musicians. I doubt that these are recordings of some long lost unpublished sides but does anyone have information on maybe what label this was recorded for or who the bassist was?
Here's a recent addition to the collection which was found along Alabama's stretch of the Gulf.
Clarence Halliday (1898–1937) (also known as Clarence
Holiday) was an American musician and the probable father of singer, Billie
At the age of 17 years old, Halliday became the unmarried
father of Billie Holiday who was born to 13 year old Julia Sadie Fagan.
Halliday rarely visited Fagan or her daughter.
When he was 21 years old he moved from Baltimore to
Halliday played rhythm guitar and banjo as a member of
the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra (1928–33). Halliday also recorded with Benny
Carter (1934) and Bob Howard (1935) and worked with Charlie Turner (1935),
Louis Metcalf (1935–36), and the Don Redman Big Band (1936–37).
Fletcher Henderson p, a, dir / Russell Smith, Rex Stewart, Bobby Stark t / Claude Jones, Benny Morton tb / Russell Procope, Harvey Boone cl, as / Coleman Hawkins cl, ts / Clarence Holiday g / John Kirby bb / Walter Johnson d / George Bias v.
About 15 years ago, in my former life, I worked in golf and got to meet many people on a daily basis. One was an auctioneer and knowing my interest in records, informed me that there was going to be several boxes of them at the next auction. I told him that I'd be there.
I arrived and looked over the items that were to be put up that night. Unfortunately, the records were lps but there were a few Verve labeled items that I thought would be nice to have if the price didn't go too high.
Apparently, according to wikipedia, Australia banned the entry of black musicians because of incidents that occured while Sonny Clay's band was touring that country in 1928. The article said that Louis Armstrong was unable to play in Australia until 1954 because of this.