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This is volume 2 of the Frog recordings of Bernie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra. Often called 'the heart of America', Kansas City lies in the centre of the USA where the Kansas and Missouri rivers meet. This volume contains all extant recordings of the band to 17th July 1929. They have a lot to recommend them - a distinctive band style, original tunes played with verve and at their best, a superb swinging ensemble. Not to be missed.
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Featuring Lamar Wright, Ed Lewis, Thamon Hayes, Harlan Leonard, Woody Walder, LaForest Dent, Vernon Page, Willie McWashington
25 tracks from 1926-1928 [MORE]
Chicago, from the late 1920s onwards was home to many bands of 10 or more musicians, and these big bands were untouched for energy, drive and excitement, as this CD will testify. So just sit back and enjoy!
Bands featured here are:
Tracks 1-2 Sunset Band
Tracks 3-8 Elgar's Creole Orchestra
Tracks 9-10 Fess Williams and his Joy Boys
Tracks 11-12 Carroll Dickerson's Savoy Orchestra
Tracks 13-22 Walter Barnes and his Royal ... [MORE]
The Alternate Masters remastered by John RT Davies. The recordings date from 1928-1931 - a period of great change and turmoil for the band as they toured the length and breadth of the USA, including trips to California and Salt Lake City! Personnel changed continually, but the band continued in fine form and these recordings were made made in New York and New Jersey.
Featuring Roscoe Simmons, Elmer Williams, Todd Rhodes, 'Doc Cheatham, Quentin ... [MORE]
Recordings from 1930 remastered by John RT Davies
Featuring Rex Stewart, Joe Smith, Clarence Ross, George 'Buddy' Lee, Ed Cuffee, Don Redman, Jimmy Dudley, Benny Carter [MORE]
In the 1920s the city of Memphis became a major centre for recording blues performer, jug bands, gospel and country music. Attracted by the wealth of local talent the major labels all sent units to the city in the latter half of the decade. Of these, Victor was the most active. Of the bands recorded, all sides cut by Williamson's Beale Street Frolic Orchestra, The Memphis Stompers and Jimmie Lunceford and his Chickasaw Syncopators are contained in this ... [MORE]
The Original Indiana Five was a working band and pioneers of radio broadcasts. They played mainly in New York and recordings appeared under their own name and a variety of pseudonyms and proved very popular. This issue contains all the titles recorded for the Harmony label between 1925-29 - Columbia's lower priced label. Their music is rooted in the Dixieland tradition, but also influenced by the New York school of Bix Beiderbeck and Miff Mole. Good and ... [MORE]
The City of Memphis, Tennessee played a vigorous role in the development of American roots music, especially the blues. Players from all regions use the City as a permanent base, or as a stop-over en route to St Louis or Chicago. This particular collection is dedicated to several particular Memphis afternoons in 1928 when the Victor unit recorded Ishman Bracey, Tommy Johnson, Rosie Mae Moore and Frank Stokes. [MORE]
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The City of Memphis, Tennessee played a vigorous role in the development of American roots music, especially the blues. Players from all regions use the City as a permanent base, or as a stop-over en route to St Louis or Chicago. This particular collection is dedicated to several particular Memphis afternoons in 1928 when the Victor unit recorded Ishman Bracey, Tommy Johnson, Rosie Mae Moore and Frank ... [MORE]
The achievements of trombonist Miff Mole were to become overshadowed by those of Jack Teagarden and others by the late 1920s so his recordings have been largely neglected in jazz histories. Yet his music has stood the test of time and Mole and Nichols are unsurpassed in their style. This CD brings together all the Victor recordings made by Miff and Red Nichols under the name of Red and Miff's Stompers, plus tracks from Miff Mole's Molers. The CD includes ... [MORE]
Acknowledged as the first to develop a colo role for the trombone in jazz music, Irving Milfred 'Miff' Mole was born in 1868 and had a thorough musical schooling studying the violin and also playing alto horn and piano before taking up the trombone. In 1922 - after a period with an orchestra led by Gus Sharpe and time with comedian pianist Jimmy Durante, he joined the original Memphis Five led by Phil Napoleon, and band strongly influenced by the Original ... [MORE]
Memphis had been a wide open town in the late twenties and clubs like Pee Wee's. The Monarch and The Hole in the Wall catered to crap-shooters and policy players with bootleg whiskey. But the euphoria of Beale Street that had persisted for nearly 2 decades was soon to evaporate: the jug bands of Memphis fiddled and blew while Wall Street burned. Yet these 25 tracks from the Memphis Jug Band 1928-1930 remastered by John RT Davies, provide a musical ... [MORE]
The Columbia Recordings Volume 2 completes the recordings made by Clarence Williams for the Columbia label under the name of Clarence Williams and his Jazz Kings, supplemented for his other recordings for that company with various other bands. These recordings span the years 1929-1931. Due to the onset of the Depression, the company ceased making new recordings and little was made until 1933, by which times Williams was busy with his many business ... [MORE]
This CD is volume 1 of The Columbia Recordings of Clarence Williams. This selection was recorded between 1926-1928 in New York and give testament to the work of this multi-talented pianist, singer, composer, arranger, publisher, music store proprietor, band organiser, artist and repertoire manager, jug blower, producer and one time dancer! Yet strangely, Clarence Williams was primarily a song writer and businessman who never had a regular band!
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Paramount Recordings from Chicago 1926-1928 with some rarely heard bands and tracks. This was an era of hot jazz sounds from Chicago, so this is a rare treat that's not to be missed!
The bands featured are Klien Tindull Paramount Serenaders, Preston Jackson's Uptown Band, Elzadie Robinson, Wilson's T.O.B.A. Band, Pickett-Parham Apollo Syncopators, Jenette James and her Synco Jazzers, John Williams' Synco Jazzers, DC Nelson's Paramount Serenaders, ... [MORE]
Tracks 8-9 LLOYD SCOTT'S ORCHESTRA
Tracks 10-11 CHARLIE JOHNSON'S ORIGINAL PARADISE TEN
Tracks 12-14 CHARLIE JOHNSON'S PARADISE TEN
Track 15 LEROY SMITH AND HIS ORCHESTRA
Tracks 16-18 CHARLIE JOHNSON AND HIS PARADISE BAND
Tracks 19-20 CHARLIE JOHNSON AND HIS ORCHESTRA
Tracks 21-22 BUBBER MILEY AND HIS MILEAGE MAKKERS
Track 23 WOODING'S GRAND CENTRAL REDCAPS [MORE]
All the recordings in this collection were made for the Victor Company in New York between 1929 - 1931, just before the Great Depression sent record sales through the floor ushering a time of great hardship for many musicians. These recordings come from a time when recordings were a dispensable luxury and understandingly many are exceedingly rare in their original form.
The artists on this CD are JIMMIE JOHN AND HIS ORCHESTRA - CECIL SCOTT AND HIS ... [MORE]
This is the first ever complete collection of all known Clifford hayes' Louisville Stompers sides, issued and unissued. Reflect on how much intuitive pioneers like these added to the spicy pot of the 20th centure - a revelation in black jazz appreciation! Listen and enjoy these 26 Recordings from 1927-1929.
Personnel here include Earl Hines, Clifford Hayes' Louisville Stompers and Sippie Thomas. [MORE]
By 1929 the end of Chicago's Jazz Age was already in sight. The closure of many small black and tan cabarets by the Federal Authorities for violation of teh Volstead Act prohibiting the sale of Alcholic liquir, the advent of the 'talking picture' and the increasing effect of network radio all combined to dimish the work available for musicians. Then the Great Depression was the final blow. The recordings preswented on this CD are representative of the ... [MORE]
The City of New York was - since before the turn of the 20th Century, the commercial centre for popular music. By the mid-20s the black popularion of the City had increased greatly and was largely concentrated in Harlem. Jazz was the popular music of the day and the city was full of theatres, night clubs and dance halls providing employment for musicians, and entertainment for the masses.
Bands here are SAVOY BEARCATS, EVELYN PREER ACCOMPANIED BY ... [MORE]
It was the migration of southern black to northern cities in the years 1916-19 which triggered Chicago's Jazz Age. The cabarets, theatres, dance halls clubs all provided employment for skilled musicians who could sight read and accompany performers such as dancers and comedians. The stock market crash of October 1929 marked the end of this Jazz Age and the beginning of the Great Depression. Recording activity virtually came to a standstill. So these are ... [MORE]
The Complete Sessions of The Dixieland Jug Blowers featured here is a culmination of more than thirty years of jug and band tradition radiating from Louisville, Kentucky. Here the 'jug' is an empty one-gallon stone jar that might have contained whisky or cider. it acts solely as a resonator for a double-lip blown 'raspberry'. Most of the band had known one another sine 1914 when there were several stings and jug bands working the area as this was a ... [MORE]