The Playlist • Slapstick Ragtime: Fred Van Eps’ Banjo Orchestra & Trio (1914 – 1916)

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VAN EPS BANJO ORCHESTRA: Some Baby

New York — Master shipment date: July 24, 1914 (Columbia release: November 1914)
Silvertone 39503 (Columbia mx. 39503 – 2)

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VAN EPS BANJO ORCHESTRA: Old Folks Rag

New York: September 25, 1914 (Released: February 1915)
Columbia A5618 (mx. 37042 – 2)

Usual Banjo Orchestra personnel at this time, from various trade-paper reports, were Fred Van Eps (banjo); William Van Eps (banjo / guitar); Felix Arndt (piano); Howard Kopp (percussion and effects)

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VAN EPS TRIO: Chinese Picnic, introducing: The Oriental Dance of Wonderland

New York: March 19, 1914 (Released September 1914 — Deleted January 1923)
Victor 17601 (mx. B 14589 – 1)
Personnel from Victor ledger: Fred Van Eps (banjo); Felix Arndt (piano); Edward King (drums). Correct titles shown above are from the Victor files; the records are labeled “Chinese Picnic and Oriental Dance Medley.”

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VAN EPS TRIO: Teasin’ the Cat

New York: December 20, 1916   (Released March 1917 — Deleted 1922)
Victor 18226 (mx. B 18860 – 2)
Personnel from Victor ledger: Fred Van Eps (banjo); Nathan Glantz (saxophone); Frank E. Banta (piano)

 

Victor discographic data courtesy of John Bolig

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