Have just found out about a documentary in the works about W.C. Handy. Check out the website and film trailer.
It got me to go digging for the only Handy record in my collection...an old, worn Columbia found in Myrtle Beach over 15 years ago.
Please pardon my feeble attempt to get some music out of it...and you'll have to take my word for the sides as the labels are just about illegible.
W.C. Handy t, dir / Sylvester Bevard tb / Wilson Townes, Alex Poole cl, as / Charles Harris, Nelson Kincaid cl, ts / Edward Alexander, William Tyler, Darnell Howard vn / Henry Graves vc / Charles Hillman p / Archie Walls, bb, sb / Jasber Taylor d, x.
Recorded in New York on September 21 & 22, 1917.
Livery Stable Blues
That "Jazz" Dance (That Jazz Dance Everybody Is Crazy 'Bout)
I do believe that these sides, although part of an album set, (Decca No. 214 Kansas City Jazz), are not reissues...this was their only 78 release.
Checking in Rust, Eddie Durham has 4 sides listed under his name and all were recorded during the same session. While two were released on a "regular" Decca (8529), the two here only have 18126 listed.
Joe Keyes t / Willard Brown, Henry Buster Smith as / Lem Johnson ts / Conrad Frederick p / Eddie Durham g, a / Averil Pollard sb / Arthur Herbert d.
Matt Malneck vn, dir white orchestra (personnel unidentified) / Duke Ellington & His Cotton Club Orchestra: Bubber Miley, Arthur Whetsel t / Freddy Jenkins t, fh / Joe Nanton tb / Barney Bigard cl, ts / Johnny Hodges ss, as / Harry Carney cl, as, bar / Duke Ellington p, a / Fred Guy bj / Wellman Braud sb / Sonny Greer d / female v.
Recorded in New York on December 20, 1928.
Matt Malneck vn, dir: Manny Klein, Red Nichols and another t / Tommy Dorsey tb / Jimmy Dorsey, Arnold Brilhart as / ts / 4 vn / Arthur Schutt p / Eddie Lang g / 2 bb / d / 3 female and 6 male (4 of them apparently black) voices with unknown female soloist.
Here we have Alabama Gulf Coast native, Cootie Williams and his orchestra featuring two nicknamed Eddies who would go on to great fame.
Cootie Williams, Ermit V. Perry, George Treadwell, Harold 'Money' Johnson t / Ed Burke, George Stevenson, Robert Horton tb / Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson as, v / Charlie Holmes as / Eddie 'Lockjaw' Davis ts / Lee Pope ts / Eddie de Verteuil bar / Bud Powell p / Norman Keenan b / Sylvester 'Vess' Payne d.
Summer has begun and the posting has been sparse. Finally got out of the house yesterday to go record hunting. Not a day of big finds but hit a thrift shop that had this one and a Big Bill on Vocalion. Both were in poor shape but grabbed them nonetheless...couldn't beat the price. (Also got a tip from a record store guy saying that a neighbor of his just inherited a bunch of lps and 78s from an octogenarian that played string bass in a jazz outfit and that he would let me know when/if they would be available to search through.)
Johnny Temple v, g / Herb Morand t / Odell Rand cl / Horace Malcolm p / Joe McCoy g / Charlie McCoy g, md / sb / Frank Flynn d.