Frankie Trumbauer & His Orchestra - UHCA 29/30 (Okeh 40822 - 1927)

What I wouldn't give to go back in time and be able to walk into the Commodore Music Shop either on 42nd St or at it's newer 1937 spot on 52nd St.

Milt Gabler started working at his dad's radio shop and started buying up unsold records which got him into reissuing older jazz gems. He also started listing complete personnels on the labels.

Besides producing the taboo song Strange Fruit for Billie Holiday, he was also responsible for getting Bill Haley's Rock Around The Clock on wax with an abnormally loud backbeat as there was only 10 minutes left in the recording session and probably wasn't enough time for a thorough soundcheck.

Just discovered that there was a documentary called The Milt Gabler Story produced on dvd in 2005...gotta get me a copy!

Bix Beiderbecke c / Billy Rank tb / Don Murray cl / Frankie Trumbauer, Doc Ryker as / Paul Mertz p / Eddie Lang g / Chauncey Morehouse d.

Recorded in New York on May 9, 1927.

Rosa Henderson With Fletcher Henderson's Jazz Five - Brunswick 2589 (1924)

Here we have the first two of four sides recorded on the Brunswick label by Rosa Henderson (all accompanied by Fletcher Henderson's Jazz Five).

Rosa Henderson v / Elmer Chambers c / Teddy Nixon tb / Don Redman cl / Fletcher Henderson p / Charlie Dixon bj.

Recorded in New York on February 13, 1924.

Red & Miff's Stompers - Edison 51854 (1926)

On the way back from a doctor's visit today...can't shake this cold...I stopped by an antique clock shop. The owner had called me before Christmas saying he had a few boxes of Edisons for me to sort through. After looking at a box the week prior...I think NOLA by Vincent Lopez was the cream of the crop.

So stopping today, I didn't hold out much hope. Although the Edisons looked like they had just come off the record store shelf (with original sleeves) there just wasn't much musically that piqued my interest...until...the last box. About halfway down, there it was. Red & Miff's Stompers on the shiniest Edison in the bunch. (Here is a recent post of a Red & Miff's Stompers on Victor)

Just got home from filling my prescription (hope it helps) and am now posting my lucky find.


Red Nichols t / Miff Mole tb / Jimmy Dorsey cl, as / Alfie Evans as / Arthur Schutt p / Joe Tarto bb / Vic Berton d.

Recorded in New York on October 13, 1926.

The Original Memphis Five - Vocalion 14506 (1923) & Columbia 155-D (1924)

Here's four more from The Five. (The others are here & here.)

Not sure as to the actual personnel for each recording with all the changes, omissions & replacements.

Recorded in New York on June 4,1924.

Recorded in New York in late January 1923.

Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra - Columbia 509 (1925)

Since it has been quite a while since my last update...still trying to get over this flu bug...I think I will usher in the new era by posting the end of an old one...namely Louis Armstrong's last recording from his year long stint with the Fletcher Henderson band.

Fletcher Henderson p, a, dir / Elmer Chambers, Joe Smith, Louis Armstrong t / Charlie Green tb / Buster Bailey cl, as / Don Redman as, ts, a / Coleman Hawkins cl, ts, bsx / Charlie Dixon bj / Bob Escudero bb / Kaiser Marshall d.

Recorded on October 21, 1925 in New York.