Friday’s Playlist • The Midway Gardens Orchestra (Chicago, 1923)

Elmer Schoebel’s band at Chicago’s Midway Gardens had something of an identity crisis on record, appearing most often under names that weren’t their own — even that of Art Kahn, in the case of their October 16, 1923 Columbia session.

As a result, their recordings got split up and scattered all over Rust’s Jazz Records, 1897–1942 — So locating them can be pretty klutzy in the (out-of)-print edition, but no problem with our fully searchable CD version of that work. And Jazz Records-7 (under way) will solve the problem for good by combining bands’ entire outputs in single entries, regardless of the label credits.

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MIDWAY GARDENS ORCHESTRA (as ORIGINAL MEMPHIS MELODY BOYS): There’s No Gal Like My Gal

Richmond, IN: Probably March 31, 1923
Gennett 5157  (mx. 11377-B)

Note: Although discographies traditionally show April 2 as the date for this session, the Gennett log sheet shows March 31.

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MIDWAY GARDENS ORCHESTRA (as ORIGINAL MEMPHIS MELODY BOYS): Blue Grass Blues

Richmond, IN: Probably March 31, 1923
Gennett 5157  (mx. 11379-A)

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MIDWAY GARDENS ORCHESTRA (as Chicago Blues Dance Orchestra):  House of David Blues

Chicago: May 30, 1923
Columbia A3923  (mx. 81044-2)

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