Celestin's Original Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra - Columbia 636 (1926)

These are from Oscar "Papa" Celestin's first recording session for Columbia...second session overall (3 sides were recorded for Okeh a year earlier).

According to the liner notes from the wonderful Oscar "Papa" Celestin / Sam Morgan cd set by Jazz Oracle, during the 1920s, there were only 35 sides recorded in New Orleans by black bands (94 by white outfits). The cd boasts 25 of those sides with Celestin responsible for 17 and Morgan for the rest. Wonder who the other 12 belong to.

Oscar Celestin c, dir / August Rousseau tb / Paul Barnes cl, as / Earl Pierson ts / Jeanette Salvant p / John Marrero bj / Abby Foster d / Charles Gillis v (Josephine).

Recorded in New Orleans on April 13, 1926.

Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra - Vocalion 14892 (1924)

These are the two tracks recorded directly prior to (and two weeks before) Louis Armstrong joining Fletcher Henderson's outfit after being hired away from King Oliver's band.

Fletcher Henderson p, a, dir / Elmer Chambers, Howard Scott c / Charlie Green tb / Don Redman cl, as, gfs / Coleman Hawkins cl, ts, bsx / Charlie Dixon bj / Ralph Esudero bb / Kaiser Marshall d.

Recorded in New York on September 24, 1924.

The Tennessee Tooters - Columbia 144 (1924)

Here's the total output by the first Tennessee Tooters...the ones that recorded seven months before the "other" ones.

Sterling Grant, Roscoe Wickham k / Porter Grainger p / Samuel Speed bj.

Recorded in New York on May 21, 1924.