A while back, I posted Blanche Calloway's Victor 22733 showing where it was among Ben Webster's first recordings.
Well, here's his first.
Blanche Calloway v, dir / Joe Keyes, Edgar Battle, Clarence
Smith t / Alton Moore tb / Booker Pitman cl, as / Leroy Hardy as /
Ben Webster ts / Clyde Hart p / Andy Jackson bj, g / Joe Durham bb / Cozy Cole
d / Billy Massey v.
Ward Pinkett (April 29, 1906—March 15, 1937) was an American
jazz trumpeter remembered for playing two notable solos in recordings by jazz
pianist and bandleader Jelly Roll Morton. His promising musical career was cut
short by alcoholism and illness.
The son of an amateur cornet player, Ward Pinkett started
playing the trumpet when he was ten years old. He played in the school band at
Hampton Institute and later attended the New Haven Conservatory of Music.
After working with the White Brothers Orchestra in
Washington D.C., Pinkett moved to New York City. He played for brief periods
with the bands of Charlie Johnson, Willie Gant, Billy Fowler, Henri Saparo, Joe
Steele and Charlie Skeete. During his stint with Jelly Roll Morton in 1928–30,
he participated in seven of Morton's recording sessions and his solos on
"Strokin' Away" and "Low Gravy" (both recorded on July 14,
1930) are considered by music historians to be the best of his career. He also
worked with Chick Webb, Bingie Madison, Rex Stewart (1933) and Teddy Hill, but
was never able to achieve fame. In 1935 he teamed with Albert Nicholas and
Bernard Addison at Adrian Rollini's Tap Room and also had a short stint with
Louis Metcalf's Big Band. In addition to the Jelly Roll Morton recordings, he
recorded with King Oliver, Bubber Miley, Clarence Williams, James P. Johnson
and the Little Ramblers.
Ward Pinkett died of alcoholism-aggravated pneumonia
six weeks short of his thirty-first birthday. Tom Morris, Ward Pinkett t / Geechie Fields tb / Ernest Elliott cl, as, bar / Happy Caldwell cl, ts / Marlowe Morris p / ? Lee Blair bj / Bill Benford bb. Recorded in New York on July 13, 1926.
Red Nichols t, a, dir / Manny Klein t / Miff Mole tb / Arnold Brilhart, ? Jimmy Crossan cl, as / Fud Livingston cl, ts / Kurt Dieterle, ? Murray Kellner vn / Arthur Schutt p / Perry Botkin bj, g / ? Hank Stern bb / Gene Krupa d / Dick Robertson, Charles Small v.
The Carolina Tar Heels was an American old time string band.
It originally consisted of Dock Walsh (July 23, 1901 – May 28, 1967) on banjo and
Gwen Foster on harmonica. Later Clarence Ashley (September 29, 1895 – June 2,
1967) joined on guitar and Garley Foster (January 10, 1905 – October 5, 1968)
would replace Gwen on harmonica. Despite sharing a surname Gwen and Garley were
Doctor Coble Walsh (July 23, 1901 in Lewis Fork, Wilkes
County, North Carolina – May 28, 1967), better known as Doc/Dock Walsh, was an
American banjoist, and bandleader of The Carolina Tar Heels. He formed that
group with Clarence Ashley in 1925, followed by the addition of Gwen Foster.
Walsh is known as the "Banjo King of the Carolinas."
He played in a clawhammer style, but was one of the
first to record the three-finger style. He also invented a method of playing
with pennies under the bridge and the strings played with a knife, similar to
bottle neck guitar style.
The Carolina Tar Heels were active in the 1920s, and
disbanded in 1932.