Madame 'Ma' Rainey Acc. By Lovie Austin & Her Blues Serenaders - Paramount 12083 (1923)

Here are 2 sides from Ma Rainey's second recording session.

From Wikipedia…

Thomas J. "Tommy" Ladnier (May 28, 1900 – June 4, 1939) was an American jazz trumpeter. Clarinetist/writer Mezz Mezzrow rated him second only to Louis Armstrong.

Ladnier moved to New Orleans in his youth. He was influenced by early New Orleans trumpet/cornet players Bunk Johnson and Joe "King" Oliver. About 1919 he moved to Chicago, where he started making records in 1924. In 1926 he moved to New York City to join the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra. Two years later Ladnier toured Europe with Sam Wooding's band, then returned to the States to rejoin Fletcher Henderson, and then played in Noble Sissle's Orchestra, with whom he again toured Europe. In the 1930s Ladnier co-led a band with Sidney Bechet called The New Orleans Feetwarmers, with whom Ladnier made some of his best recordings.

Tommy Ladnier died of a heart attack in New York City at the age of 39.

Jimmy O'Bryant (c. 1896, Arkansas or KentuckyJune 24, 1928, Chicago) was an American jazz clarinetist, often compared to Johnny Dodds.

O'Bryant played with the Tennessee Ten in 1920-21, then in a group with Jelly Roll Morton and W.C. Handy in 1923. In 1924 he played with King Oliver. From 1923 to 1926 he recorded extensively with Lovie Austin's Blues Serenaders, and also did sessions with his own Washboard Band. He died in 1928 at the peak of his career.

Gertrude Rainey v / Tommy Ladnier c / Jimmy O'Bryant cl / Lovie Austin p.

Recorded in Chicago on December 12, 1923.

1 comment:

  1. Nothing, and I mean nothing, can stir one's soul like the early recordings. The echo, the tinny sound of a piano, a trumpet, the voice through a megaphone. Love these Paramounts.