Blanche Calloway & Her Joy Boys / McKinney's Cotton Pickers - Victor 22640 (1931)

Blanche Calloway, sister of Cab, recorded 3 sides with Andy Kirk's band in 1931 and seemingly had eyes on becoming their new bandleader. She was unsuccessful in her attempt to take over Kirk's group but she did manage to steal a few sidemen when she started up her new Joy Boys orchestra.

Harry Lawson, Edgar Battle, Clarence Smith t / Floyd Brady tb / John Harrington cl, as / John Williams as / Lawrence Freeman ts / Mary Lou Williams p / Bill Dirvin bj / Andy Kirk bb / Ben Thigpen d / Blanche Calloway v.

Recorded in Camden, NJ on March 2, 1931.

Don Redman cl, as, bar, v, a, dir / Joe Smith c / Rex Stewart, Langston Curl t / Ed Cuffee tb / Benny Carter cl, as / Edward Inge cl, as, ts / Prince Robinson cl, ts / Todd Rhodes p / Dave Wilborn bj / Billy Taylor bb / Cuba Austin d.

Recorded in New York on November 3, 1930.

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