The Playlist (Free MP3 Downloads):
The Great Harlem Bands (1926 – 1929)
The Playlists are back, by popular request. To get started, here’s a sampling of some the best Harlem bands of the 1920s, from pristine original pressings. Discographical data can be found in Brian Rust’s Jazz Records 1897-1942 (the sixth, and final, edition), free to download for personal use.
SAVOY BEARCATS: Senegalese Stomp
New York: August 23, 1926
CHARLIE JOHNSON’S PARADISE TEN:
Charleston Is the Best Dance After All New York: January 24, 1928
CLARENCE WILLIAMS’ JAZZ KINGS: The Keyboard Express
New York: August 1, 1928
FLETCHER HENDERSON & HIS ORCHESTRA: The Wang Wang Blues New York: May 16, 1929
LUIS RUSSELL ORCHESTRA (as Henry Allen, Jr. & his Orchestra):
It Should Be You
New York: July 16, 1929
DUKE ELLINGTON & HIS ORCHESTRA: Move Over
New York: October 1, 1928
Collector’s Corner (Free MP3s) • Some May 2020 Additions
Louisville Jug Band, Big Bill Broonzy, Memphis Minnie & Kansas Joe, Fletcher Henderson, Cliff Jackson, Carolina Tar Heels
Some of this month’s favorite new additions to the collection, for your entertainment. We’re always looking to purchase more records of this type, if in top condition; let us know what you have on your disposables list.
CLIFFORD HAYES’ LOUISVILLE JUG BAND (as Old Southern Jug Band): Blues, Just Blues, That’s All (E– to V++)
St. Louis: November 24, 1924
Vocalion 14958 (mx. Ch 336)
MEMPHIS MINNIE & KANSAS JOE: You Got to Move (You Ain’t Got to Move) — Part 2 (EE–)
Chicago: August 31, 1934
Decca 7038 (mx. C 9389)
BIG BILL (BROONZY): C and A Blues (E-)
Chicago: June 20, 1935
Oriole 5-12-65 (ARC mx. C 1020 – B) Probably Louis Lasky, second guitar.
FLETCHER HENDERSON & HIS ORCHESTRA: Hop Off (EE+)
Chicago: September 14, 1928
Brunswick 4119 (mx. C 2315 – A or -B) The take used is not indicated in the pressing or the Brunswick files. This recording was made just two weeks after Henderson sustained serious injuries in an auto accident in Kentucky, while on an extended tour with the band.
CLIFF JACKSON & HIS KRAZY KATS (as Tuxedo Syncopators):
Horse Feathers (V+)
New York: c. January 1930
Madison 5098 (Grey Gull mx. 3866 – A / Madison ctl. 337)
CAROLINA TAR HEELS: Shanghai in China (E–)
Charlotte, NC: August 11, 1927 Victor 20941 (mx. BVE 39795 – 3) Gwen Foster (vocal, guitar, harmonica) and Dock Walsh (vocal, banjo), per the Victor files.