Jimmie Lunceford a, dir / Eddie Tompkins, Tommy Stevenson t / Sy Oliver t, a / Henry Wells, Russell Bowles tb / Willie Smith, Earl Carruthers cl, as, bar / Laforet Dent as / Joe Thomas cl, ts / Edwin Wilcox p / Al Norris g / Moses Allen sb / Jimmy Crawford d, vib.
Recorded in New York on October 29, 1934.
Jimmie Lunceford a, dir / Eddie Tompkins, Paul Webster t / Sy Oliver t, a / Elmer Crumbley, Russell Bowles tb / Eddie Durham tb, g / Willie Smith cl, as, bar / Laforet Dent as / Dan Grissom cl, as / Earl Carruthers cl, as, bar / Joe Thomas cl, ts / Edwin Wilcox p, cel / Al Norris g / Moses Allen sb / Jimmy Crawford d, vib.
A shadowy figure in jazz and blues history, Clifford
Hayes was a violinist, but was more significant as a leader of recording
sessions. He recorded with Sara Martin (1924), and often teamed up with
banjoist Cal Smith in early jug bands including the Old Southern Jug Band,
Clifford's Louisville Jug Band, the well-known Dixieland Jug Blowers
(1926-1927), and Hayes' Louisville Stompers (1927-1929). One of the Dixieland
Jug Blowers' sessions featured the great clarinetist Johnny Dodds, while
pianist Earl Hines was a surprise star with the otherwise primitive Louisville
Stompers (a jug-less group with a front line of Hayes' violin and Hense
Grundy's trombone). Clifford Hayes' last recordings were in 1931. Lockwood Lewis as, v / Johnny Dodds cl (House Rent Blues) / Clifford Hayes vn / Cal Smith, Freddy Smith, Curtis Hayes bj / Earl McDonald jug, v / Henry Clifford jug. Recorded at the Webster Hotel in Chicago on December 10 (Lard) & 11, 1926.
Here are the Savoy Bearcats' first released sides. A previous recording session two weeks earlier, which included Leon Abbey on violin, resulted in two unissued tracks.
Would sure like to come across pianist, Joe Steele's Victor 78.
The Savoy Bearcats were an eleven-piece jazz
band, led by Leon Abbey, which was the house band at the Savoy Ballroom in New
York City from its opening in 1926 to 1928. The band's name was changed from
the Charleston Bearcats while they were at the Savoy. After leaving the Savoy
they became known as Leon Abbey's Band. Tiny Bradshaw had passed through this outfit as drummer. Duncan Mayers dir / Gilbert Paris, Demas Dean t / James Reevy tb / Carmelo Jari (Jejo) cl, as, bar / Otto Mikell cl, as / Ramon Hernandez cl, ts / Joe Steele p / Freddy White bj, g / Harry Edwards bb / Willie Lynch d. Recorded in New York on August 23, 1926.
Duke Ellington p, a, dir / Bubber Miley, Arthur Whetsel, Freddy Jenkins t / Joe Nanton tb / Johnny Hodges cl, ss, as / Harry Carney cl, as, bar / Barney Bigard cl, ts / Fred Guy bj / Wellman Braud sb / Sonny Greer.
Recorded in New York on January 8 (Voom) & March 1 (Rent), 1929.
Duke Ellington p, a dir / Arthur Whetsel, Freddy Jenkins, Cootie Williams, Louis Bacon t / Joe Nanton, Lawrence Brown tb / Juan Tizol vtb / Johnny Hodges cl, ss, as / Harry Carney cl, as, bar / Otto Hardwick as, bsx / Barney Bigard cl, ts / Fred Guy bj, g / Wellman Braud sb / Sonny Greer d.